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September always begins my New Year. Ever since I began first grade, the return to school has signaled a new beginning for me. I loved getting back to school, seeing old friends, meeting new teachers, and generally just enjoying the challenge of learning new things.
People make new beginnings all the time. They leave their old position for a job that takes them across the country to try their hand at a new career. They give themselves a total make-over, trying a different hairstyle, clothing and make-up. And they try a new relationship, leaving the old one that didn’t work so well, for the promise of something that might lead to more than they had before.
We’ve all had new beginnings. They are scary and exciting and nerve-wracking and wonderful. That’s why we try them. Because every so often we need to re-invent ourselves with something that challenges us.
I did that most prominently three years ago when I decided to become a romance author. I didn’t quit my day job, but it no longer takes the precedence it did before. I’m focused on writing 24/7, even when I’m supposed to be doing other things. After so many years, sometimes you simply have to try something new.
One person trying to take this message to heart is my Almost Perfect heroine, Pam Kimball. She’s been through a messy divorce two years previously, and is now ready to try to move on in the world of relationships. So ready she jumps at the chance provided by the gift of a 1Night Stand. Pam longs to make a fresh start, put a new hot guy into her bed, and erase the memory of her ex-husband.
The ultimate new beginning. Or so she thinks. Because the word “new” is relative in her case.
Blurb for Almost Perfect:
Pamela Kimball’s birthday present, a 1Night Stand adventure, promises to jump-start her life, put a new man in her bed, and help her forget her past. Unfortunately, movie-buff Pam’s Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy takes an alarming wrong turn when she’s abandoned on a not quite deserted island—with ex-husband Roger Ware.
Forced by hunger to accept Roger’s offer of dinner, Pam realizes the geek she married has transformed into one of the most charming, sexiest men she’s ever met. His newfound confidence—and hot body—re-kindle old fires. A simple kiss leads Roger to challenge her to discover how much his lovemaking skills have improved, leaving Pam torn between self-preservation and burning desire.
With time running out before they’re rescued, Pam must decide if her heart can survive the consequences of becoming Roger’s “almost” perfect 1Night Stand.
Excerpt for Almost Perfect:
She inched into the lapping surf, searching for movement. Reflection off the water made this task harder than expected. Wasn’t the Caribbean supposed to be teeming with fish? Now that’s something she’d had a lot of instruction in. Almost every marooned-on-an-island movie had a scene where the heroine learned to catch fish. Six Days, Father Goose, Blue Lagoon. All you needed was your hands and patience. She could do this.
Pam waded out further then stopped just before the water hit her now dry shorts. “Not gonna to have a damp crotch all night.” The words reminded her of exactly what she had hoped for tonight. “But not from wet shorts!” She headed back to shore to remove and drape them next to her shirt. The bandeau was a different story. Still damp, even after several hours, and uncomfortable. Might dry better if not next to her skin anyway. “Screw it! Live dangerously.”
Standing as good as naked on the deserted beach, Pam smiled as the warm breeze caressed her bare body. The sense of being slightly naughty added to her delight in the sensual feel of the air as it dried her breasts. Her nipples peaked as the wind cooled them. She strutted down to the water’s edge to sink her toes in the sand, the salty tang in the air adding to the perfect moment.
“If you’re skinny dipping, you forgot to remove one very important piece of clothing.”
Pam whirled around. Roger stood on the beach behind her, a green bottle of Perrier in one hand. His gaze played up and down her naked torso and his salacious grin widened. “Mind if I join you?”
Have you made a new beginning in your life? How did it turn out? I’d love to hear from you! And one random commenter will receive an e-copy of Almost Perfect.