Title: Winning His Wife
Genre: Historical Romance
Flame Rating: Warm
Released: eBook: 2/27/2013,
Publisher: Twenty or Less Press
Word count: 40K
Fighting for independence goes beyond an infant nation, but love might just conquer all.
Captain Caleb Haslet has come home to Portsmouth, Rhode Island after two years at sea chasing pirates and keeping British ships from the fledgling American nation. He wants nothing more than to settle into domestic life and finally claim the new bride duty had forced him to leave behind.
Though she now has her own life doing charity work, providing prisoners with basic creature comforts, Abigail Haslet is both excited and anxious that Caleb thinks to take up where they left off. But, how can she give her heart to a man who'll leave again when duty calls?
Caleb no longer wants a marriage of convenience. When plying Abigail with kisses and spending time with her fails, he decides to take advantage of his wife’s stint behind bars to make her see the truth—he's in love with her.
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He explored her mouth with little kisses designed to tease. The pressure of her hands at his neck, the slide of her fingers through the hair at his nape, urged him closer. Caleb kissed each corner of her mouth. He nibbled along the soft curve of her bottom lip then traced the petal softness with his tongue before giving the same treatment to the top one. Abigail uttered tiny, almost inaudible sounds of enjoyment that further boiled his blood and stoked his desire. He deepened the kiss. When she invited him in, he wasted no time.
The heated silk of her tongue tangling with his nearly broke him. For every stroke and exploration he embarked upon, she followed suit and soon it was she who was bossing him, she who commanded the tone of the embrace. Her faint lavender scent wafted into his nose. He loved how she smelled, and the subtle fragrance that was uniquely Abigail fed his hunger. Breaking their connection, he kissed a path down the column of her neck and then licked the skin at her collarbones. He nipped the hollow of her throat, and the steady beat of her racing pulse beat beneath his tongue.
She was real, vital and warm, and she was his. My wife. His in name only. He pushed that thought out of his mind. Instead, he thought of her waiting for him to claim her body. Her agreement last night in the kitchen had stood as a testament that she wasn’t immune to that thought.
He quested further, moving south, blazing a path down the slope of one lovely, quivering breast. The fabric of her shift provided a contrast in texture on his tongue before he closed his mouth over a tightened nipple. Abigail arched against him, which offered her body for further consumption. Caleb ran his tongue back and forth over the pebbled bud, wishing he could feel the velvety tip instead of the fabric.
The second she whimpered he pulled away, pausing to stare at her and gain control of his runaway lust. He wouldn’t force her into relations. I want her to want me. I need to hear her say it.
“Caleb, please.” She stirred beneath him. Her fingers dug into his shoulders. A blush stained her cheeks.
“Yes.” He slid a hand down her body to cup a breast. The remembrance of how she felt in his arms the night of his homecoming occupied his brain. A groan ripped from his throat from the insistent thrust of her nipple against his palm. “I love how your body feels, as if the Creator asked me exactly what I wanted in a mate.” He kneaded the shift-covered mound, weighed it, died a thousand deaths that clothes kept him from seeing all of her. Hot need filled him.
He shifted his hips tighter into hers and ground his hardened shaft against her lower belly. Intense sensations shuddered through him. His fingers tingled to find her warm honey again. For months he’d dreamed of this moment, laid in his lonely bunk thinking of what it would feel like to finally join with his wife. “Say you want me, Abigail. I won’t take you without your consent even if we are married.”
In your opinion, what makes a great hero?
I think a great hero is made from the ability to have a great sense of hero, the ability to make a woman feel safe and protected as well as the willingness to fight off the demons of the world even if he’s afraid.
Do you prefer strong women for heroines, or the ‘damsel in distress’ type?
Definitely strong women. In this day and age, the ‘damsel in distress’ type is just annoying. Women can have anything they want if they work toward the goal. However, there are times when I think it’s important and perfectly okay to not be strong and let the guy “rescue” them. It’s mentally rewarding and helps with the balance of power in a relationship.
What book are you currently reading?
LOL Well, it’s not really a matter of “what book”. It’s really a matter of “which books”. Rarely do I read one book at a time. I have one going on my Kindle (Wendy and the Lost Boys by Barbara Silkstone which is a funny mystery) and then there’s the book in the car (Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase which is a funny paranormal) and don’t forget about the book on the nightstand (Scandal by Carolyn Jewel which is a historical romance) Judging by those books, you can really see my wide and varied tastes in reading
What item, or items, is absolutely necessary to your writing mojo?
Well, my personal work ethic is to write every day because it’s my job. I don’t wait for inspiration or a good mood, etc. I just write. I show up for work. The end. However, while writing, I like to have bottled water on hand, the Food Network on in the background and some sort of candy: gummi bears, Cadbury mini eggs, etc.
Do you have any rituals for writing or special locations that you prefer to inhabit when you’re writing?
Nope. I write on my laptop so I can write wherever the mood strikes. Most of the time it’s either in the living room or the bedroom. Sometimes on my patio. I guess I’m really a boring person LOL
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type(s) do you lean towards?
Sometimes. Default music is always sounds from Walt Disney World on Live365. It helps me over the hump of missing that vacation spot. Sometimes I’ll listen to Josh Groban, but there are times when I just need quiet to write intense scenes.
What are you currently working on, or what’s on the horizon?
Right now, I’m trying to finish up a humorous Regency novel, which will release in September. After that I’m slated to write a funny contemporary book. There’s always something going on in my writing life so this is subject to change.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I cook or bake. I love anything Disney so that’s a big hobby of mine. I also love animals, so in good weather months, my husband and I can be found at our local zoo, or I walk around the outdoor mall.
Coffee of tea? Tea
Wine or beer? wine
Beach or mountains? Even split 50/50
Summer or Fall? Fall
Pedicure or massage? Neither. I don’t like strange people touching me.
Paper or plastic? Paper
Cats or dogs? Cats
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Dates: 4/1 thru 4/15/2013
About the Author:
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.
When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory, and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd “what if”.
Sandra loves to hear from her readers. You can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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