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This week Pippa’s Fantasy, the fourth book in my League of Love series is released. This story is set a few years down the track and we get to meet up again with Laura’s son Rookie, the young superstar from Caitlin’s Hero and Mandy’s He-man. Rookie has now matured and taken on a leadership role at the Jets yet still hasn’t managed to find true love, or is it that maybe he has not been able to move past the memory of the girl he couldn’t have.
As for me, I’m still the Rookie, still trying to learn the business of being an author. For me a never ending endeavour I’m sure – just ask my editor. I have been fortunate enough to meet some wonderful authors along my path to discovery. Truly, generous folk that have answered my many queries, given me a shoulder to cry on or just lent an ear when I needed one. How wonderful that there are so many friendly and helpful people out there in the romance writers world. I’ve made new friends in the US, Canada, Germany, England and Scotland but I’ve also gained some strong friendships here in Australia, relationships that I hope are now based on more than just our writing lives.
I also attended my first Australian Romance Readers Convention (ARRC) in rainy Brisbane. I still can’t believe I autographed copies of my book and I do apologise for nearly molesting the first reader that approached me, but I was just so excited, I couldn’t help but give her a hug. Yes, we might have been strangers but I believe she will never forget me now! I still think of myself as a reader first, the authors would be those other women, the ones that write the books I love. It was such a shock to actually see ‘real people’ holding my book.
So, it’s not just the characters from my League of Love series that have grown and prospered through the friendships they forged on the footy fields of my imagination, I have also grown through the circle of friends I have gained from this wonderful experience. Who knew that being published would have such wonderful benefits? To all the amazing people that have entered my life recently, I would like to say a big thank you and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you all – you know who you are 😉
What’s a girl to do when her fantasy is within reach? Grab it with both hands, of course—then try to live with the consequences.
He was her childhood crush, her fantasy man. Pippa spent her teenage years surrounded by players from the Sydney Jets rugby league team, the fit and muscular bodies that made up the team her father used to coach an ever-present part of her formative years. But he is the only one of that group of high-profile men who has ever caught her interest. From the moment Pippa first set eyes on the handsome future star, he owned her heart. Mitchell ‘the Rookie’ Harris sauntered into her life and nothing has been the same since.
The problem for Pippa becomes twofold when she meets Rook again after years apart. Now there is the moral dilemma that, as she is signing on as physiotherapist for the Jets team in a few days, she is fully aware of the ‘no fraternisation’ rule. But then there’s the reality that her heartthrob of so many years and dreams has no clue who she is, doesn’t recognise her as the young girl whose heart he crushed years before when he refused her naïve advances. He wants her, and this could be her only chance to finally get Rook out of her system once and for all.
Excerpt from Pippa’s Fantasy.
Rook had reached his breaking point. Seeing Pippa dancing and having a good time was too much. He had tried to keep himself occupied and it had been a busy night, but his gaze seemed to be drawn back to her time and time again. When Gareth headed to the dance-floor with her in tow, her hand in his, after spending a good chunk of the night with his head bent towards hers in deep conversation, Rook nearly crushed the glass he was holding.
“Would you just go and dance with her, and stop mooning about like a love-sick puppy?” Rook was taken aback by the comment from his barman—he hadn’t realised he was acting so obvious.
“It’s not that easy, Mick.”
“Yeah, boss, it really is. Walk out on the dance floor and cut in. If the guy doesn’t go, get Jerome to kick his butt to the curb. That’s why you pay him the big bucks, boss-man—to clear out the unwanted.” Mick the barman laughed.
So Rook had done exactly that, convincing himself all the way out to the dance-floor that he was just looking out for Gareth. He was a shy country boy—who knew what the likes of Pippa could do to crush the guy’s heart? Gareth needed his captain to look out for him.
“Yeah, right, ’cause I’m the type of shmuck who does know,” Rook mumbled to himself, then tapped Gareth on the shoulder.
Gareth relinquished the floor to him without argument. Rook held his hands out to Pippa to take up where Gareth had just been standing.
“Sorry to spoil your fun, princess, but I just thought I should remind you that Brodie does not think much of staff dalliances, and Gareth is important to the team.” Rook had only spoken to her so he could explain that his actions were purely for the team—trying hard to convince himself as well.
Unfortunately, the moment Rook took Pippa into his arms and felt her softness against him, all sanity was lost to him. His body heated and his cock hardened in recognition of her, remembering the pleasure she had bought him. But he did not—could not—miss the look of shock that appeared in her eyes, and he was angered by it. In response, Rook pulled her closer to him, roughly dragging her body up against his. Hell, is dancing with me that horrible, after all the ways she let me touch her the other night? The bitter thought caught in his mind.
Rook didn’t care what she was saying—watching her lips and mouth move as she spoke just made him want to kiss her. He had to taste her. If he could just feel those lips against his, maybe he would regain some coherent thought. She was bewitching him, filling him with need. Nothing else in the world was of concern to him. Just the feel of this woman, her warmth, her smell, invaded his very soul. It was all too much. He could not control his cravings for her need. Rook knew he was gripping her too roughly, but he was fighting for control.
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When love is not enough to heal the scars, both physical and mental, of the one you thought you would spend your life with…what else is there?
It’s such a cliché—country boy moves to the big city to follow his dreams, leaving his girl and everything he loves behind—but that’s exactly what Gareth Andrews has done. Playing rugby league is Gareth’s dream, and he’s signed with one of the best teams in the competition, the Sydney Jets. Of course, that has meant a move to the big city and leaving Emily Mackenzie and everything he loves behind. Not that Gareth hasn’t begged her to join him in the city—he has, on bended knee—but Emily needs to stay in Gunnedah and help her father on the family farm until her brother’s stint in the armed forces is over. But Gareth knows it’s more than that. Emily is hiding away, embarrassed by the scars that mar her body in a constant reminder of the bushfire that nearly took her life.
Can love give Emily the courage to face strangers again when her father is badly injured and Gareth shows up at the hospital to support her? Or will she let her fear and shame get the better of her, and break her one true love’s heart for a second time?
And yes, I did get my 14 year old to edit my blog post 🙂 He didn’t need to read the excerpt or blurb, my editor Amy had already sorted that bit out!
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