Sometimes life’s most simple melodies become songs of love. Pippa Sanders’ life is filled with songs of leaving, longing and loneliness. Since the death of her husband, her children have been her world. She’ll do anything to protect them, including encasing her heart in ice until they’re college age. She’s made a practice of shying away from any relationship that could break her heart when it ends. And it’s worked so far.
Clay Mathers has made a temporary move to Granite Pointe, Massachusetts to help with his mother’s Christmas tree farm while she recovers from a stroke. Although his long-range plans don’t include staying in the small town, a little female companionship during his short residency would be welcome. While on duty as sentry against protestors at a military funeral, he finds Pippa visiting her husband’s grave, and begins a campaign to make her into a friend–with benefits.
What starts as a simple affair evolves to something more, something that changes the soundtracks of both their lives…the beating of two hearts in harmony.
CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language, hot sex and a spicy hero.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Hearts In Harmony is book #2 in the Five Senses Novels. While writing book #1, Cooking Up Love, my hero’s sister, Pippa Sanders starting asking for her turn in the spotlight. Once her kids joined the effort, I just knew she had to come next.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wish I could say I planned and plotted each character, but I didn’t. They simply revealed themselves to me and continued to feed their life stories to me as I worked. Some days, I almost felt like I should invite them for coffee.
“You just had to, didn’t you? Seriously, do you have any filters?”
Thank God he smirked at her attempt to lighten the situation. Or maybe he knew he’d put a picture in her mind that made her eyes cross.
The strength of her reaction shook her. The continuous zinging made it nearly impossible to speak. “I’m sorry, I got carried away.” She looked away from the heat in his eyes—afraid he’d see an answering desire in hers. If she kissed him again she wouldn’t stop. She pushed at his chest and this time he released her, letting her step back.
“You should go. I’m sorry.”
God, the tables had turned and now she couldn’t stop apologizing.
Clay put his finger under her chin, nudging her face up. She struggled breathe when she caught sight of his steely determination. Leaning forward until his lips brushed hers, he whispered, “This will happen. You go right ahead and bet the kids’ college funds on that. You want me, as much as I need you. I’ll give you time to accept the idea of us. But I want you remember something, spitfire. I’m an Army Ranger, a master strategist. The campaign begins now.”
About the Author:
Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.
Her gamble paid off when she was a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Golden Pen contest for Romantic Suspense and she received contracts for her first and second book.
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