Another snippet from PROJECT: RUNAWAY BRIDE to whet your romance-loving appetites until Juliet’s & Reid’s story hits the stands in January.
It’s a good one, so you’ll probably hate me for teasing you this way, but that’s just how Mistress Heidi rolls.
“I’m sure you and your fiancé will work it out. Especially now that he’s about to become a proud papa.”
“Oh, I’m pretty sure Paul and I won’t be working out anything.
Reid’s brows knit at that, but he kept his lips tightly shut. The sooner he distanced himself, the better.
“If running away from the wedding wasn’t enough to put an end to things, finding out about this baby sure as heck will be.”
He gave a snort of derision. He hadn’t meant to, it just sort of came out. “And why is that? I’d think good ole Paul would be even more eager to hustle you down the aisle now that you’re pregnant with his kid. Wouldn’t an illegitimate heir tarnish his sterling reputation?”
Juliet inhaled deeply, her chest rising as her lungs filled.
“That’s just it,” she said on a whisper of air. “It’s not his baby, it’s yours.”
(Book 2 – “Project: Passion” miniseries)
Harlequin Desire #2280
Runaway Bride’s Big Baby Secret
Handbag designer Juliet Zaccaro should be walking down the aisle, so why is she running out of the church instead? Because she’s just found out she’s pregnant, and not by her cruel, distant fiancé! Now it’s up to private investigator Reid McCormack to bring her home. But once he finds her, he’ll make sure she doesn’t go back to her fiancé—especially since the baby she’s carrying might just be Reid’s. Even as Juliet denies their explosive chemistry, can Reid convince her that there’s more between them than a baby bump?
It happens every time, in every book I write.
At some point—eventually, inevitably—I hit a love scene. Sometimes more than one, depending on the story.
And while they’re great—wonderful, even—& I know how much you look forward to them, they’re usually one of the most difficult parts of a story to write.
Maybe because I have to be so careful of my word choices. Or because I want to be sure it reads smoothly & naturally.
Maybe, too, because love scenes tend to be critical to the plot of a romance novel…they are, most times, a turning point for the characters.
Which is why I’m always very conscious of how & what I’m writing.
Add to that the fact that I always think a love scene is only going to be a handful of pages…then it just keeps going & going & going… Like the Energizer Bunny! They end up being a full chapter, sometimes two.
My characters talk & tease & get to know each other even better. And the sex just goes on & on & on!
So this Manuscript Monday, while I’m in the thick of yet another stellar love scene—because while it may be dragging on my end, once I finish & polish it up, I’m confident you guys will think it’s stupendous —I’m reminded of the popular & very, very true quote:
Not being a news watcher, I just heard about Paul Walker’s death. What a shame. And a total shocker.
Even if he wasn’t one of Mistress Heidi‘s main squeezes, he was definitely part of the Dungeon Hotties crew. Those eyes! I, for one, will miss seeing him on the big screen.
On top of that, we also lost Nelson Mandela…
At the risk of sounding all gloom-&-doom, they do say celebrity deaths come in threes. I’m worried about who might be next.