I'd like all of you to meet a friend of mine, Amber Leigh Williams. Amber is a member of Romance Writers of America and Secretary of the Gulf Coast Romance Writers. She's a stay-at-home writer, and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her three labs and her husband, Jacob. Her debut novel, Fox & Hound, will be released this Thursday!
She has written thirteen other romance manuscripts, one of which is contracted with The Wild Rose Press. And you wouldn't believe her age if I told you. She's proof youth isn't wasted on us all.
Best of all, Amber's a Southern girl and she's here to spend the day with us!!! In addition to the sexy excerpt she's sharing, we'll be giving away a prize to one lucky winner. All you have to do is post a comment listing two things you love about Amber's home state of Alabama. At the end of the day, we'll draw the name of one lucky person who will receive a copy of Jenny Gardiner's American Title III winning novel, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver.
Yaaayyyy, wooo hoooo, go Amber!!!! The floor is yours, Mrs. Williams.
I'm so happy to be visiting everyone here at Hot Soutnern Lovin'. A very special thank you to Wendi Darlin for this exciting opportunity. I'm thrilled to share this exclusive excerpt from my debut novel, Fox & Hound. I hope y'all enjoy Todd (a southern boy) and Celestia as much as I do!
Now, let's get started...
Fox & Hound
In the world's most romantic city, fates collide in the most unexpected way and two of the world's most elusive jewel thieves are forever changed by a Louvre heist gone wrong.
After three years in prison, Todd goes after the woman who ruined his life, seeking revenge and the diamond she stole from him. He learns that Celestia doesn't have the diamond either. She was used by her partner, master thief Tito Bandero.
Todd and Celestia form an unlikely partnership to take back what is theirs and redeem themselves. Bandero is planning to steal three of the world's most coveted diamonds, but the ones he wronged—Fox and Hound—plot to take them first.
What Todd and Celestia don't count on? The power of attraction. When the quest grows dangerous, which will they choose: payback or each other?
“What’s that?” she asked, eyes warily on him as he moved toward the Jacuzzi.
“This is what I used to play in my car to make the girls put out in the backseat,” he explained.
“Hm.” She bristled when he shrugged off his jacket. “How many girls were willing to put out for you, Todd?”
He shrugged thoughtfully. “A dozen or so by graduation.”
She gave a short laugh. Her eyes widened when he pulled off his shirt. “What are you doing?”
He unsnapped his jeans. “I didn’t bring a bathing suit. I guess I’ll have to take a dip in my skippies.”
“Skippies?” she asked, trying to ignore the lump in her throat as he stepped into the water. “I didn’t invite you in.”
He slipped in to the waist and sighed as the hot water soaked into his chilled bones. “I’m crashing this party boat.”
“Are you trying to make me put out?” she asked as he moved across the Jacuzzi to her.
“You bet,” he said before his lips grazed hers.
She turned her head away, alarm bells triggering in her head. “I’m not in the mood for this.”
“Of course you are.” His teeth playfully nipped the point of her cheek. “Why else would you be waiting for me?”
“I wasn’t waiting for you,” she protested. “I lost track of time.” His hands slid over her hips. “Todd.”
He put a wet finger to her lips. “Don’t talk. Just feel the music, all right?”
She glared at him as he kissed the tip of her nose. “This is what you call music?”
“Just listen,” he coaxed, moving his lips to her ear before he trailed them down her neck.
She sighed, trying to think of something smart to say. But the sweet guitar notes drifted through her mind, chasing away thoughts and moving her heart. It was good music. It suited Todd’s obvious seductive mood. She tried to ignore the trills of sensations under his lips as his teeth grazed over her shoulder, but they suited the music, too.
When he looked at her again, she said, “I’m not some easily-seduced high school bimbo.”
He considered that. “The high school bimbo doesn’t fit you, I guess. But the easily-seduced part…”
She shoved at him playfully. He chuckled and caught her around her waist, bringing her against him and covering her lips with his.
Her determination not to be weak was swallowed with the heat of his mouth in mere, reckless seconds. She forgot everything she’d resolved the night before. His lips moved over hers and she responded, kissing him back with all the vehemence he demanded, with all the heat he took from her.
She surprised him every time. Whether she responded with surrender or fire, she always astonished him. He’d never liked surprises. Now he reconsidered his view, settling back onto the sunken bench behind him to let her take him over.
She was stunning. The flames that radiated between them grew, refusing to cool, heightening further and further. He ran his hands over her slick skin, into her wet tresses, eagerly receiving what she gave him without check. His heart did somersaults. She turned the tide so the heat pounded him again and again.
She was losing it. She was losing all her restraint. She was crossing the line she’d refused to let him cross. She was building the impossible bridge between them over the rubble. She couldn’t help it. His taste—she needed it. She needed the caress of his hands over her skin as well as the stroke of the fire kindling under his fingertips. She needed him with a biting desperation. She needed all there was of him. A rough groan scratched his throat when she pressed to him. Her arousal grew when she felt his.
The music was going into its final wave. He vaguely heard it over the rush in his ears. He opened his eyes. Her eyes were closed. The line of concentration dimpled between them but not from tension. It was from the passion she was showing him with the ever-building kiss. He fisted his hands in her hair and held on for dear life itself.
Title: Fox & Hound
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
ISBN: 1-60435-039-3 (978-1-60435-039-5)
Genre: Mainstream Romantic Adventure
Length: Novel (81,511 words)
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