Scene Spotlight: ISABELLA’S AIRMAN (Out of Time #2) by Sofia Grey #Romance

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Isabellas_Airman-Sofia_Grey-500x800ISABELLA’S AIRMAN (Out of Time #2)

Time travel student Isabella Gillman is about to embark on her most challenging assignment–leaping back to 1941 to observe World War II. The rules are simple: don’t get emotionally involved, and don’t interfere.

She breaks the first rule when she falls in love with rear-gunner Davy Porteous. The second is on its way out as well, when she realizes history says he won’t survive the war. Torn between the fundamental laws of her society, and the man she loves, Isabella faces a harsh reality: does she risk both their lives for a future that may not happen?

She can’t predict the results if she corrupts the timelines, but without her actions, Davy is out of time.

 

Publisher:  Hartwood Publishing

Published 4 June 2015

Genre:  Dark time-travel romantic suspense

Word Count: 47k

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The Scene:

My quiet words hung between us. Inside, I cringed. There was no reason ever to tell the natives why we were there or to hint at future tech. Nothing would corrupt the timelines quicker than a peek at the future, and I felt cold at the secret I almost revealed.

Davy replaced his cup in its saucer, and then reached across the table and touched the back of my hand. My gaze leaped to meet his. “Maybe when I go on leave next time, you might come with me? I could take you to Hadrian’s Wall and to sample my mum’s baking.”

Shame flooded me at the deception I was creating. I couldn’t look at him. I tucked both hands in my lap and stared down at the table. The tea left a bitter taste in my mouth, or maybe that was guilt? This was so unfair.

I didn’t even realize I was trembling until Davy spoke in a low, pained voice. “I’m sorry, Isabella. I didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable.”

Looking up, I saw the hurt in his eyes and the way his jaw tightened. “I’m sorry,” I blurted. “I can’t do that.”

His mouth twisted, but he didn’t look away. “I’ve only known you a couple of days, and I know it’s too soon to be making plans, so don’t say no. Not yet.” He hesitated. I wondered if he could hear how loud my heart was pounding. “Let’s just take it as it comes. One day at a time.” His lips curved in a ghost of a smile. “Can we do that?”

I longed to say yes. This was supposed to be a fact-finding exercise and a step toward an excellent grade for the field trip. Over a pot of tea in a bustling café, it had grown into something I didn’t recognize.

“Isabella?” His voice was soft, coaxing me to speak. I remembered when he said my name that first night. The gentle lilt, the way it rolled off his tongue like an endearment. I swallowed. I was in way over my head already.

Still he watched me. Tension vibrated in the air. I couldn’t say yes, but it would kill me to say no. The paper I’d written was meaningless. Their chances of survival—this man’s chance—was dependent on more than proximity to home. He wanted someone to come back to.

There was a lump in my throat the size of a rock. “One day at a time.”

His smile was real this time. “That’s all right, then.” He slid the plate of forgotten carrot cake toward me. “We start with cake.”

 

The author explains what’s happening in the scene.

This scene is set in a busy tea shop close to the airfield where Davy is based. They’ve taken a walk there, to spend some time together – a normal pursuit for Davy, but something quite alien for Isabella.

She comes from a supposedly enlightened society, one that doesn’t believe in emotions any more. In reality, it means that when she falls in love with Davy, she has no defences against it at all. She falls hard. She knows from the research work she’s done, that Davy doesn’t survive the war, and this knowledge is crippling her.

Davy, meanwhile, is a typical young man from this period in time. He knows he might only have days or weeks to live, and is determined to enjoy every last moment he has. Meeting Isabella has given him something stronger to focus on – a possible future for them both.

 

The author sets her story to music.

I have an entire playlist for this book, and you can find it on Spotify. For this scene though, Come Away With Me by Norah Jones, sums up the emotions beautifully. Check out the video on YouTube: 

Find my playlist on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/12165779057/playlist/5HEuuKNhMlcpfUywOL8e1e

 

The author explains what she really loved about the scene.

This scene represents a turning point for Isabella. She can no longer ignore the growing feelings she has for Davy. He also acknowledges that Isabella is important to him.

It took me many hours of searching through image libraries to find pictures that represented Isabella and Davy. Isabella, in particular, has an innocent quality that was hard to pin down.

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Author bio:

Sofia GreyRomance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings. 

Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

Trailer link:   https://youtu.be/81eQC1WmBks

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Author links:  www.SofiaGrey.com

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Scene Spotlight: Another Door Opens by Sandy Wolters

Another Door Opens Book CoverPublisher: Sandy Wolters

Date Published: November 16, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance with a ghostly paranormal twist

Word Count: 45,614

Can a man who has never lacked for women in his life meet the challenge when the woman he truly desires wants nothing to do with him?

Clayton Silk has reveled in the attention he receives as a rock star. His only close friend is Lilly, another international rock star, but she has chosen to step back from the spotlight and enjoy her relationship with his brother Bruce, which has started Clay thinking about his life.

When he decides to take a break from touring and spend some time with Bruce and Lilly, he meets a woman who drives him to distraction, a woman who resists all his usual charms, and makes him wonder what it will take to break down her resistance before he loses his mind. As he discovers, it may just cost him her life.

 ANOTHER DOOR OPENS is book 2 in the Rock Star Series. Each book is stand alone.

Scene Spotlight: 30 Seconds by Chrys Fey #RomanticSuspense

30Seconds_w8707_750When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he’s made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He’s determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob’s death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart’s life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she’s dodging bullets, she’s falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

 

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date Published: September 10, 2014

Genre: Romantic-Suspense

Word Count: 28,422 (Novella)

 

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The Scene:

      Dani pressed her back against the wall and peeked around the corner. “I’m looking for a doctor, ma’am,” the man in the middle said to the nurse. She recognized his voice instantly. It was the voice of one of the men who broke into her apartment—Red.

      “Well, you’ve come to the right place. Is there a specific doctor you’re looking for?”

      “Yes, ma’am, I’m looking for Dr. Hart.”

      “No problem.” She picked up her phone. “I’ll see if I can find Dr. Hart for you.”

Scene Spotlight: LOVE CATERS ALL by Nicci Carrera

LoveCatersAll_w8998_300When hard-driving CEO Rick Nordan arrives in Lobster Cove under strict orders from the family doctor to take a break, he discovers the rental house comes with a family attached, including one sexy dynamo of a caterer. She’s nothing like his ex-fiancée who wouldn’t sign a pre-nup, but maybe that means she’s the real deal and not a gold digger.

Maya Cruz wants life for her widowed mother to get easier by renting out her house during the summer. But teaching Mama business means explaining Rick isn’t a “guest,” he’s a “customer.” And the first thing Mama does is invite Rick to join their family activities. Having Rick around wouldn’t be so bad if Maya didn’t find him so attractive. The last time she fell for a vacationing millionaire, she had her heart broken.

She swore off his type, and he’s not looking, but this might be a recipe for love.

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Date Published: December 8, 2014

Genre: Contemporary romance, romantic comedy, hot

Word Count:  48,000

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The Scene:

     “You know, Rick, I don’t think this is going to work.”

     He hesitated, his big hand wrapped around the pink door. “Even if I promise not to let a battle axe sit between us in the future?”

     She giggled. “Don’t say that. I owe a lot to Eugenia. The poor woman is going through a really hard time.”

     “I know.” The dome light added a glint to his eye.

     “You don’t look too sympathetic.”

     “The reception was a bit like a tooth extraction without Novocain.”

     She giggled again. “I’m sorry.”

     “No problem. I didn’t need that twenty grand.”

     “That’s the trouble, Rick. We come from completely different worlds.”

     “I know.”

     He accepted her argument? Shoot. Her heart dropped to her belly. But…no…it was for the best. So why did she feel like she had voluntarily walked out of a lush garden so she could walk solo across the Sahara?