Snippet Sunday … A Taste of The Triple-Shot

This is the latest book that I am working on – The Triple-Shot.  For those of you who have read A Lifetime to Find Love and Sacred Surrender, this is Susan’s story – which introduces Josiah (I think y’all will be pleased with him).  Here is a little snippet from The Triple-Shot!

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Susan’s breathing abruptly came to a halt when the cowboy with his back to her quickly turned around at Tessa’s words.  Never, never in the twenty-six years she’d been alive had she seen such a sight.  The backside of Mr. Cowboy was nice, but what a sight the front offered.  His dark skin enhanced cocoa brown eyes that sparkled from the small amount of overhead lights that the suddenly overcrowded bar provided.  The stretch of his shirt confirmed Susan’s suspicions that beneath the piece of material lay muscle upon muscle.  An oversize belt buckle the size of a small town drew her eyes to his nether regions unconsciously and left no room for her over active imagination.  What lie in wait behind the denim kept her attention a little longer than she’d planned and the sound of Tessa’s laughter shook her from the trance this stranger put her under without thought.  Susan felt the flush of her cheeks as her eyes traveled up to the cowboy’s, his pearly whites flashing as the corners of his mouth lifted into a smile as if her flustered state amused him.  Susan shook off the image of her sprawled out beneath him and tried to focus on the words Tessa spoke to her.

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Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

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Sample Sunday ~ Triple Shot

I have been working on the next book after Sacred Surrender.  As it stands now, the title is TRIPLE SHOT.  This could most definitely change as we all know that sometimes the first title usually ends up changing during edits.  With that being said, Triple Shot is Susan’s story.  If you’ve read A Lifetime to Find Love, you know who she is.  I love me some Susan.  Josiah is an old college buddy of Rowan and Cade’s.  While Rowan and Cade stayed in Long Beach to pursue their careers, Josiah had signed on the dotted line to serve time in the Marines.  Now, after years of service to his country, Josiah has made his way back to Long Beach for a long overdue extended vacation.  Little does he know when he walks into the Triple Shot, that a dark hair beauty would turn his world upside down and make the decision to return to Texas difficult to make.

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Josiah’s shoulders shook as Susan watched him try to reign in his laughter unsuccessfully.  He slipped her keys into his pocket, held his arm out toward the entrance to The Triple Shot, and waited until she obliged him.  His relaxed stance as he waited for her to make a move only added to her already bad mood.  She crossed her arms over her chest, let out a heavy sigh, and reluctantly walked past Josiah without a word.  The bastard was cocky and although she would like him even less if he was a push over, she was in no mood to deal with an egotistical son of a bitch.  The nerve of him to just assume that she would allow him to come home with her.  Was she really that easy?  Did she really come off as being a quick, easy lay for him?

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Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

A Taste Of Sacred Surrender

Sacred Surrender is FREE for a limited time at amazon.com.  Here is a little taste of what you will find going on with Rowan and Madison.  Make sure to get your FREE copy today.

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     Rowan leaned in for the kiss he’d dreamt about last night, as Madison’s eyes widen. Blood surged through his veins as the anticipation of her taste on his tongue flooded his mind. His pulse raced while her scent engulfed every aspect of his being. He slowly, gently reached up, cupping the side of her face with one hand. Leaning in for the kiss that he was sure to have a lasting effect on him, he heard her breath hitch. His heart smiled knowing that he affected her that way.

     “Rowan, wait,” she said on a murmur.

     “Madison, just let it happen,” His own breath coming in pants, he wanted nothing more in life right now than to have his mouth meshed with hers.

     “You don’t understand. It’s not that I don’t want to kiss you. It’s just, well, I really need to get back to my run.”

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Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Six Sentence Sunday on Monday

I intended to post this yesterday, but got completely wrapped up in playing a video game with my son.  Which in all honesty, was well worth it as I don’t get to spend as much time with my kiddos as I would like just goofing off.  So, instead of posting my Six Sentence Sunday on Sunday, I am posting it on Monday.

A Lifetime to Find Love is my first release in a series.  Currently there are two books out and one in the making.  Sacred Surrender is the second book.  In A Lifetime to Find Love, we are introduced to Tessa and Cade.  Cade is the best friend to Tessa’s brother Rowan.  The three of them have known each other since they were just kids.  Tessa is a freelance photographer and Cade a private practice doctor.  When a night out as friends turns into something neither Tessa or Cade intended, their relationship takes a turn neither of them expects.  Can they have a romantic relationship and keep their friendship intact?

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Sample:

She couldn’t think. Tessa couldn’t form one coherent thought or sentence. She could only feel and everything felt right as she laid there with her head against Cade’s chest listening to the sound of his heartbeat. His breathing was erratic, her breathing not much more stable. She felt amazing. The world outside her bedroom didn’t exist, only she and Cade. Here, in her bedroom, lying in his arms was where she belonged, where they belonged and she reveled in it.

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A Lifetime to Find Love and Sacred Surrender are available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Allromanceebooks.com

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Happy New Year ~ Six Sentence Sunday

Before I post my Six Sentence Sunday, I would like to say a very Happy New Year to everyone.  2011 was a very exciting year for me in many ways, but especially in the literary sense.  Two of my books were published, along with a story in an anthology.  I am excited for what 2012 will reveal.  I have several things in the works, including a few short stories to be posted here, so keep your eyes open.  I also have set a goal to read AT LEAST 100 books and review them here.

Now for today’s Six Sentence Sunday.  This has been taken from a story I am working on called Leesea’s Books and Babbles.  This is a paranormal about Annalisa and Braeden.

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Annalisa wrapped her arms tightly around herself.  Suddenly the air around her became so cold, sucking all the heat from her body as her extremities began to numb. Sound ceased to reach her ears, and with the exception of an overwhelming sense of fear, she felt nothing…until she heard that familiar voice.

“Drake, Drake, Drake. Will you never learn your lesson?” Braeden’s voice filled the alley.

Annalisa felt her knees begin to buckle.  Before her legs could give out on her, she pressed her shoulder to the alley wall. She refused to go down again.

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Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

 

Sample Sunday ~ Leesea’s Books and Babbles

This month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  I’m working on a Paranormal Romance called Leesea’s Books and Babbles (the name may change).  Annalisa is a young woman who finds herself drawn to an old worn down bookstore.  The books aren’t your typical every day books.  And the previous owner, Braeden, isn’t your typical every day male.  Annalisa’s quickly realizes her comfort in the bookstore is more than just the security from the outside world.  Braeden’s sudden presence in her life turns her world completely upside down.  Can Annalisa accept Braeden for what he is?  Can she accept what he’s offering her, or will she be fated to a life alone?

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At twenty-four and out of college less than year, Annalisa invested all her savings in the small worn down bookstore.  Owning her own business wasn’t something she’d planned on, but when she first walked past the store all those months ago, past the big glass pane window something called out to her spirit.  A week later, as the old shop owner hung the FOR SALE sign against the dirty glass her mind hesitated not even for a moment.  Annalisa found herself slipping inside the shop, pulling the sign from its resting place, and without reluctance made an offer to the old man.  Well, it was more of an agreement to what he was asking than an offer.

            “Whatever you’re asking for this place, I’ll pay it,” Annalisa said, placing the for sale sign on the old counter.

            “You’re a bit young to be buying a rundown place like this, aren’t you missy?” He asked.  “Not sure you want to take on the task of caring for the books that reside on these here shelves.”

            His words caused Annalisa to pause for a split second then her words flowed as if someone were speaking in her place.  The tone of her voice carried an authority Annalisa always wished for but could never muster up the courage to use. 

            “Let me say it again old man,” she said pressing her palms to the counter causing a puff of dust to rise.  “Whatever you’re asking for this place, I’ll pay it.”

            The old man’s eyes glazed over as if his mind wandered off into another time and place then the asking price he blurted out made Annalisa pull her hands from the counter and stumble back against the book filled table behind her.  The asking price of twenty-two thousand, five hundred, and forty-two cents was the exact amount she had in her savings account.  An account she hadn’t touched since she started her first job at the age of sixteen.  And an obscenely low amount even for this decrepit small store

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Also check out:

A Lifetime to Find Love available at http://www.amazon.com/Lifetime-Find-Love-ebook/dp/B004V9G000/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lifetime-to-find-love-ava-riley/1100982419?ean=2940012296559&itm=2&usri=ava%252briley

Sacred Surrender available at http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Surrender-ebook/dp/B0058KB2TK/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sacred-surrender-ava-riley/1104045720

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Sample Sunday ~ Sacred Surrender

Sacred Surrender is the second book I had published and Rowan and Madison are very dear to my heart.  I guess because I always want people to find love, even when they’ve had the hearts ripped from their chest before.  Rowan vows to never love again, but when Madison moves in next door, literally just a stone’s throw away, he can’t remove her from his mind.  While Rowan tries everything he can to spend time with her, Madison struggles with the idea that someone as sexy and successful as Rowan could ever want a small town girl like herself.

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“You’re beautiful, especially when your skin turns red like this,” Rowan gently reached up and brushed his knuckles against her right cheek.

Bowing her head slightly, Madison didn’t know how to respond to that.  Other than her father, no man had ever used that descriptive for her; cute, great personality, funny, but never beautiful.  Madison felt heat flare where Rowan touched her; then that same heat descended to places she didn’t know could actually burn.  He leaned into her, lifting her chin with his finger and terror encompassed her just as quickly as her embarrassment had. She had practically no experience kissing and she certainly didn’t want him to know that.  If she thought she was embarrassed now, having this man find out that she didn’t know how to use the lips God gave her would send her spiraling.  Not only that, but they’d just met and she didn’t even know anything about him.  She pulled away slightly.

“I can’t kiss you Rowan,” heat flooding her entire body by his closeness.

“Why not?” He wanted to kiss her; he’d not wanted anything so much in his whole life.

“I don’t know anything about you.  Hell, I don’t even know your last name,” she whispered.

“Worth,” he exhaled as he breathed seductively against her ear.  “My name is Rowan Alexander Worth.  I’m a doctor in the emergency room at Long Beach Community Hospital.  I have a sister, Tessa, who is marrying my best friend in a few months.  I like surfing, camping, and long runs on the beach.  Is there more that you need to know before I kiss you?”

“No,” she stuttered just before he placed his lips against hers.

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Sacred Surrender is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com , and Allromanceebooks.com

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley