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Monday, April 18, 2011

cop appeal: guest post + giveaway by Ava Meyers


I adore stories about second chances and reunions between soul mates who, for whatever reason, didn’t quite get it right the first time.  Luke was first introduced in my erotic novella, Copping To It.  He’s a secondary character who the reader learns is a cop, a caring guy (in addition to being incredibly sexy) and, despite being a bit of an enigma to the reader, pretty grounded in who he is and what he wants in life.  When I decided to write his story, Cop Appeal, I paired him with a woman who isn’t quite as confident about herself.

In Cop Appeal, I wanted to write about a heroine who wants so badly to be “normal” and “respectable,” but really just needs a safe person with whom she can express her wilder self.  Sarah married someone she thought she “should” want and it turns out he’s the person she has to fear most.  On the other hand, Luke, the man who can goad her into making outrageous promises, is the rock that remains steadfast towards her no matter how turbulent the waters get.  He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t lose it or hold grudges, but through the sheer force of his personality sticks things through until what’s meant to happen in fact occurs.

Sarah is more gun shy.  When someone’s been burned, it’s hard to find the courage to risk being hurt yet again.  But life is all about risks and, let’s face it, who hasn’t been burned?  When Sarah can have everything she’s ever dreamed of, she’s not about to make the same mistake twice. 





Cop Appeal

 
Excerpt from Cop Appeal:

Luke had let Sarah push him away once before.  He hadn’t fought for her.  Hadn’t told her just how very important to him she’d become.  Maybe it had been male pride.  Or maybe he’d just believed she’d come around.  But he’d been miserable ever since and he wasn’t about to let that happen again.
Entering her apartment, he silently closed the door.  With her flushed cheeks, glittering eyes, and disheveled hair, she looked mad.  And turned on. 
Which described how he felt to a tee. 
But she also looked the slightest bit scared. 
Of him?  Of his changed exterior—his hair, cropped short and the tips bleached but now growing out, his pierced ear and his dragon tattoo on the side of his neck, all accoutrements of his undercover life? 
Or of what he made her feel? 
He sure as hell hoped it was the latter because if she really feared him—if she really thought he could harm her—then there was no hope for them.
He folded his arms across his chest and leaned back against the door, doing his best to look harmless.  “I’ll admit, I’m glad you divorced the prick.”  He hadn’t known Richard well, but he’d gone to school with him.  Money aside, the guy had always acted as if he was entitled to more than the average human.  “But I’m not gloating.  I am, however, looking forward to what comes next.” 
She sighed and looked down at her unpolished nails, feigning boredom.  “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He smiled at her sassiness.  No, she wasn’t afraid he’d hurt her. 
The look in her eyes told him she knew exactly what he’d meant.  She remembered her hasty promise…a promise he would be collecting on.  Now.
Shaking his head and making a chastising noise, he straightened and advanced on her.  She took several steps back until she came up against a wall.  Bracing a hand on either side of her head, he leaned down until they were nose to nose.  Her scent and warmth invaded his pores, and he welcomed her in like a crack addict getting a fix. 
Too long. 
He’d been without her for too long. 
“Like I said, you know exactly why I’m here, Sarah.  I’m here to collect on what you promised me.”
“Promised?”
He reached out one finger and trailed it down her cheek.  Her skin felt as soft and velvety as the rose petals she’d once sprinkled across the bed before they made love.  At the gentle contact, she closed her eyes and trembled.  His dick swelled and lengthened  until the pleasure-pain was a sweet kind of torture.  “You don’t remember assuring me that Richard was exactly who you needed?  That your marriage was forever and if you ever divorced, you’d do me a different way, every day, my way, ‘Monday through Sunday.’  Let me do all the ‘nasty things’ I’d fantasized about but you’d never acquiesced to?”
Her eyes flashed open, and she batted his hand away, making him laugh. 
“I was joking.  Being sarcastic!  I was pissed, Luke, and you know it.”
He stepped back.  “A promise is a promise.  I told you Richard had sold you a bill of goods and the relationship wouldn’t last.  You convinced yourself otherwise and were willing to back up that delusion with sex..sex any way that I want.”
She narrowed her eyes, but looked more turned out than angry.
It gave him the encouragement to proceed.
“Maybe you regret it now, but I’m taking you at your word.  So you might as well get used to the idea, baby.  Because I’ve got a whole year due to me, not to mention four years without you to make up for, and I’m not skimping on one single second of any of it.”


 
  
Ava Meyers
Ava Meyers is a former criminal prosecutor who enjoys exploring the light and dark sides of humanity. her erotic romance novels are steamy but also infused with that most essential element of life — love.  you can find more about Ava Meyers at www.avameyers.com 

Ava also writes paranormal romantic suspense and contemporary romantic suspense under the name Virna DePaul. please visit her website at www.virnadepaul.com her debut mass-market paranormal romantic suspense series, Chosen By Blood (Book 1 in the Para-Ops Novels, Berkley, May 3, 2011) is available for pre-order now!



i would like to say thank you to Ava Meyers for guest posting today and to you as well for stopping by. 

Ava Meyers/Virna De Paul is giving away 2 ebook copies of Cop Appeal. you don't have to be a follower to enter but if you decide to, a HUGE thanks and virtual hug! 

to enter
  • you must be 18 years old and up
  • please leave a comment and a valid email address. 
contest ends Friday April 22, 2011 11:59pm EST. winners will be drawn through random.org and announced on Saturday April 23, 2011. 

good luck to everyone and happy reading! 



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