When the FBI brings Laura Roberts - a quiet, reserved bookkeeper - in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job - only to be attacked by thugs.
Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together - and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.
Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth - before someone dies?
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Laura, using Chase’s computer to pay her household bills, reflects on her time with him. She had always perceived him as a self-absorbed playboy. She’s surprised to see another, more revealing side to his personality.
Laura hopped on the bar stool and waited while the laptop hummed. She had heard the stories, mostly from Rachel, of Chase Donovan’s revolving door of women, his gambling nights in Atlantic City, his “good-time-Charlie” persona. She already knew he didn’t really have a job, unless one called taking customers and suppliers to dinner a job. Many times he sat at his desk feigning a business task while merely scanning the internet. This was a man in his thirties who basically made a career of not having a career at all.
Who would have guessed he had wanted to be an attorney to help others? Who would have guessed he even was an attorney? Or that his eyes would get misty when he talked about a repulsive individual beating a defenseless horse? A few weeks ago, Laura would have imagined Chase’s only link to homeless people had been a monetary donation for a tax deduction. Like his late mother before him, he bought these unfortunate souls coffee.
The computer found its connection. She tapped the keys bringing up her bank account, and started rearranging the funds. First on her mental list was paying her telephone bill. She tapped a few more keys, stared at the screen, and frowned. The telephone company line was down. Please stay online, the words flashed from the blue screen. We’ll be with you shortly.
Chase made her feel all warm and fuzzy. She shook off the pleasant sensation. She had to put aside this foolishness. He was a human being who helped her through an ordeal. She shouldn’t romanticize their situation.
About the author:
Angela Adams writes and reviews contemporary romances. Her work has appeared in Romance at Heart, Oysters and Chocolate, and Long and Short Reviews. In December 2011, Whimsical Publications published an anthology, Winter Wonders. Ms. Adams’ short story “Burgers and Hot Chocolate,” was among the collection.
Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America and the online chapters, From the Heart Romance Writers and Elements of RWA.
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I had the idea for a hero who appeared self-centered and egotistical on the outside, but his character was actually a sensitive and compassionate soul. Then, I needed a heroine and a situation that would bring those traits out of him. So, I came up with the storyline of Laura and her kidnapping.
A reader, who emailed me, said one of the sentiments she took away from the book was that all Chase and Laura really wanted was a family. And, she added, they had finally found that with each other.
2. What's your favorite book-turned movie?
If you’re talking about a romance novel, I would have to say “The Notebook.” Nicholas Sparks, in my opinion, is the only man knows how to write a romance novel. He’s the best. The movie brought as many tears to my eyes as reading the book.
For non-romance, I would have to say “Jaws.” Both the book and the movie gave me Goosebumps. Even today, thirty years later, if I hear the beginnings of the theme some, I look behind me for a shark.
3. What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a big baseball fan. Or I should say big “Philadelphia Phillies” fan. Now, that the season is over, and the Phillies didn’t make it to the post season, I don’t pay as much attention as I do if the Phillies are contenders for a World Series. But, from April to the end of September, you can find me at a game, listening to a game, or listening to someone on the radio talking about a game.
I watch some television, but my viewing habits have changed. I’m now down to watching one soap opera, and one crime drama.
I read a lot. Even when I’m watching television, the book is open on my lap and I read a few pages during the commercials.
4. Who's your inspiration?
My grandmother. She encouraged me. I used to write stories
in a copybook, and she was always asking to read them. She
also critiqued them. She bought me my first typewriter, a manual
typewriter. She passed away several years ago. I do sometimes get
melancholy that she wasn’t here to see “Magic Moment” published.
5. What are you reading now?
I love Christmas books. Although my birthday is in August, my sister went to my Amazon “wish list,” and picked out all the Christmas books I had on there.
Right now, I’m reading “Rescuing Christmas,” an anthology by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, and Kathie DeNosky. The premise of each story is our hero and heroine finding love with the help of their furry, four-legged friends from a rescue shelter. Any romance with children and pets as a secondary storyline brings a smile to my face.
**Angela will award a $25 BN or Starbucks GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour