Amelia York seems to have it all: a great career, good friends, and she’s married to her high school sweetheart. Starting a promising new job is just another step in the life she has all figured out. The intense connection she develops with a handsome co-worker, however, threatens to derail all her well thought-out plans.
Declan Kavanaugh’s whole world revolves around his daughter. Overworked and under-appreciated both by his wife at home and his colleagues at his family’s firm, the stress is starting to get to him. Making friends with the pretty new accountant comes as a surprise, but he finds time spent with Amelia is like the breath of fresh air he so desperately needs.
Neither of them wants any complications in their lives—and the last thing they want is to fall in love.
But as they discover, sometimes no matter how much you fight it, life has other ideas.
Targeted Age Group:: Women 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is always a tough question for me. I guess it was a combination of some bits and pieces from real-life stories I knew, and an idea I’d had to just blend them together and wrap it all up in fiction. My goal was always to keep this story as realistic as possible, and to not follow the cookie-cutter formulas that most romance novels seem to use. I wanted to create a touching story that would move my readers, but would also feel unique and real.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My male lead’s physical looks and personality are a combination of someone I used to know in real life years ago, and a television actor I happen to find handsome. Of course, I made much of Declan’s personality, including his motivations and choices, my own creation and unique.
My female lead is pretty much entirely created from my imagination rather than based on any real life people. She has hints of a few actresses mixed in there, but she’s my original character.
Through the long writing process, I’ve come to love them both dearly, as if they were real life friends of mine.
Some people will tell you that, looking back, they can pinpoint the precise moment when their entire world changed, when their lives were suddenly and abruptly shifted down a different path. I’d heard stories like this before of course, lots of times, but I hadn’t really understood just what having a moment like that meant. Most of these same people will also tell you that you don’t know it when it happens, you only realize the incredible impact that moment had when you look back later.
I knew the instant it happened to me.
It was just after eleven on my first day of work at Baker, Wright and Kavanaugh. My new boss, Diana Sharpe, was finishing up giving me an office tour and, though it was still morning, I’d already reached information overload. Fatigue had settled over my mind.
I glanced up over her shoulder and saw a man walking down the hallway toward us. He was about medium height, with broad shoulders and unkempt dark brown hair. He wore a black button-up dress shirt with the top couple of buttons undone, and black dress pants that clung to his slim hips like they were custom tailored.
He saw me and held my gaze with the most intense pale blue eyes, and something happened deep inside me, something that almost physically hurt as I looked at him. I forgot everything Diana had just told me. I forgot who I was. I forgot how to breathe. And I know it sounds ridiculous, but I swear we both froze for what felt like an eternity, although it was probably only a second or two.
Then Ryan Kavanaugh, to whom I’d just been introduced, popped his head out of his office and said something to the dark-haired guy. He startled, breaking our strange connection and disappearing inside.
You know the phrase ‘my heart dropped’? I’d never experienced that feeling before. But at that moment? When he vanished from my sight? I swear it felt like my heart actually fell a few inches.
Closing my eyes for a second, I took a much-needed breath, desperately hoping neither Diana nor anyone else had noticed my strange reaction. What the heck was that about? I wasn’t a schoolgirl anymore. So a good-looking guy caught my eye? So what?
Well for starters, good-looking didn’t even begin to cover it. He’d caused me to react in a way I didn’t think was even possible in real life. I’d turned into some embarrassing romance novel cliché for a moment there. And, second, I firmly didn’t believe in the silly myth of love at first sight that popular culture and some of my more naïve friends spouted. I was married. And this was my new workplace. So it didn’t matter. Couldn’t matter.
Except deep down in the pit of my stomach, I knew it did.
About the Author:
I live in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with my family. An avid traveler and scuba enthusiast, I can often be found under the warm waters of the Caribbean.
I am currently working on my second novel, tentatively entitled Against All Advice. A sequel (or two) to Promises and Other Broken Things is also in the works.
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