Please welcome author Wendy Burke to the Cafe as part of our Hooked on a Series celebration.
It’s been quite a ride. And, with my latest release For Me, I have come to the end of a little personal ‘era.’ You see, For Me is the last of six books (three from me and three from my writing BFF, Deanna Wadsworth) written with overlapping characters.
It all started with a quick comment, ‘I really like him,’ referring to the male lead in DW’s Bear It All, and then a ‘what if Grace is his sister?’ referring to the woman in my The One He Chose, a story I was working on at the time. When I finished, Deanna ‘wanted’ my concierge for her next book, Accidentally Beautiful, who just happened to be best high-school buddies with ‘Ian’ in my Haste Ye Back. His date, Bryn, a neighbor of Jason in DW’s The Best Ever. Which brings me to Abby in For Me- Jason’s sister.
I’m a bit sad it’s at an end, but who knows what else is in store for Deanna and me when it comes to writing. Neither of us ever fails to find story inspiration in some boring day or lengthy ride to work.
And, even though I’m pushing For Me, it’s fitting I mention Deanna’s books as well – because from the get-go, if not for Bear It All, I’d not have three more books under my belt!
Here’s a look at the covers and—although each stands on its own—the order in which to read them for ‘the full effect.’
And, a little taste of For Me:
Welcome, Dr. Lewis.
I hope you are finding the Castillo Retreat relaxing and delightful. 1Night Stand takes into consideration both parties requests and appetites when designing their encounter.
Your date will arrive shortly. Please get comfortable by undressing and wearing the robe provided and relax on the massage table in the spa room. He expressed on his application that he has great hands. If you are accepting, he would like to begin the evening with a massage.
Despite knowing you’re a physician, your date is slightly self-conscious about his appearance, so by having you wear the blindfold provided, he’ll feel more comfortable. You may have some concern having one sense taken from you. I suggest you and your partner decide on a safe word. Should either of you feel uneasy at any time, with any action, use the agreed-upon word to stop the encounter.
Have a wonderful evening.
“What the hell? He’s self-conscious? I’m the one bare-ass naked under nothing but a robe.”
Staring at the envelope, she waited for the words to change even slightly. They didn’t. Dammit. With a grunt of irritation, she tossed the paperwork on the table and headed for the spa room.
He’s self-conscious. “Hmmm.” Disfigured from some accident, deformed at birth, marred by a bad case of adolescent acne? “Quit being so ridiculous, Abigail!”
She began to undress and caught a glimpse in the full-length mirror and sighed. She shouldn’t be disgusted—she had a beautiful, round figure, or so her mother told her all through high school, with well-defined arms and shoulders from her love of kayaking and canoeing. Hours in the medical center’s private pool helped as well. Regardless, an evil, self-destructive thought crossed her mind; He’ll wonder who delivered the cow then demand his money back.
Covering with the cozy bathrobe provided for her doused the notion. She lay down on her back on the towel-wrapped table and as directed, slipped the small blindfold over her eyes.
The world went dark. Not a frightening dark, but a deep, restful absence of light, a peaceful black.
Under the blindfold, she closed her eyes to the world. So quiet. She dozed, she had no idea how long, until the closing of the door brought her around.
“Hello, Dr. Lewis. Or may I call you Abigail?”
“Abby is fine.” She turned her head, following the deep, satiny voice of a man. Quiet steps moved behind her head. He stopped. Fingering the knot of her robe, she tightened it, covering herself, hoping to ward off the odd sensation of him studying her shape.
The lonely spot between her legs pulsed when a heavy hand lit on her shoulder.
His breath fell warm and solicitous on her ear. “What would you like rubbed first?”
In the meantime – comment below by 9/17/13 and one lucky commenter will win the first two books in the series by Deanna Wadsworth and me, Bear It All and The One He Chose.
When not playing with the people in her head, Wendy has a full time job behind the scenes in television, a part time job in radio and an even ‘partner’ time job trying to keep her house clean. She lives with her cute chef husband and three fuzzy felines in the Great Lakes region of the Mid-West.