I am super excited to announce my february release
In Too Deep
Debuted at #14 on the
Christian Booksellers of America
You can CLICK HERE for evidence.
(It’s like I’m testifying in court or something)
To Celebrate I’m giving away a signed copy of In Too Deep to one lucky commenter.
And here is a scene from In Too Deep that I thought was pretty funny.
You need to remember that Ethan is a complete innocent. He’s married but he’s never been around woman. He’s stayed to ‘manly’ places. Logging camps and seagoing ships and the Rocky Mountains.
He married Audra today-a complete marriage of convenience. Now they’re together, their first night and Audra keeps talking and Ethan has no idea what she’s talking about, he only knows she let him kiss her good-night and he’d like to do it again.
IN TOO DEEP
Sweat broke out on his forehead as he heard her take one slow step at a time toward the bed.
He was glad he’d dozed off because that might be the only sleep he got tonight. He didn’t think it was going to be possible with her next to him.
It was a strange business having a woman in the same bed as him. Wildly strange. A good kind of strange.
Quiet as a ghost, she lay down beside him. The bed gave, the covers shifted on his body as she adjusted them.
Ethan was glad he was lying down—because he was suddenly a little dizzy.
“Ethan?” Audra whispered.
“Yeah.” He was lucky to get that much to come out of his suddenly dry throat.
“I—I feel like this needs to be said.” He heard her shift, felt her shift, too.
“Okay.” Another word. Ethan was amazed he managed it as he rolled onto his right side and looked at his very own sworn-an-oath-before-God-and-man wife.
“What passes between a man and wife. . .” She fell silent. There was a window behind Ethan and the night was bright. Her white hair glowed and her skin was as pale and fine as her hair. The starlight cast all the shadows in deep blue. She was stunningly beautiful.
Ethan knew it for a fact because he was fully stunned.
“Go on.” He swallowed hard to make his throat work and he might’ve gotten up to get a drink of water if he’d been able to make himself leave the bed.
“Well, I know about a wife’s. . .duty. I expect to—to—to honor you as a wife must. In that way.”
Ethan wasn’t sure if she was talking about making meals or what. “That’s good then. I’m glad to have you for that.”
“I’m not surprised.” She sounded disgruntled. Maybe she hated cooking. He wondered if she hated good-night kissing.
Ethan rose up on one elbow so he could look down. His body blocked the moonlight but he could still see her, enough. Then, driven by an urge he couldn’t control, he bent slowly down and kissed her. She lay still for seconds while Ethan marveled at the touch of her lips on his. He marveled at a few more things that came to mind. Some of them shocked him.
Then she sighed and her lips softened and suddenly she was kissing him back. He’d never kissed a woman besides her so he didn’t know there was more than a touching of the lips.
There was a whole lot more.
He ended the kiss and was surprised to find just how close he’d gotten to her.
“Ummm. . .” Audra’s eyes flickered open. He could see them shining in the darkness because he no longer cast a shadow on her, not with her tucked beneath him.
“We can’t. . .that is. . .the. . .the. . .the baby is too young.”
“Too young for what?”
“A woman can’t—well, she can’t.”
Ethan didn’t know exactly what she was talking about. He only knew that he wanted to kiss her a lot more than he wanted to talk.
“I suppose—I mean I know because of—well, after Maggie it was—probably too soon. Yes, much too soon.” Audra’s delicate hands caressed the back of his neck as she talked. “And now there’s Lily.”
It was so distracting Ethan had his hands full listening to her. He kissed her again hoping she’d stop talking.
For a long time.
Then she turned her head aside. “But she…that is…we shouldn’t, Ethan.”
Lily shouldn’t do something? Babies didn’t do much but sleep and cry and eat. He wondered which of those Audra wanted to put a stop to.
I’d say leave a comment about your own wedding night except…that could just get way out of hand. So ANY comment 🙂 gets your name in the drawing for In Too Deep.
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