Discover summer love with this new sweet romance novella from author Lauren Clark!
Amber Perry lives for her job as a junior advertising executive. When she’s given a chance to pitch a fantastic new product line, Amber’s convinced she can win the account. But the last person she expects to see in the Big Splash agency boardroom is the first guy to break her heart.
Five years ago, Kurt Stevens left St. Simons Island after a devastating break up. Now, he’s back to show everyone he’s made it. But the soon-to-be CEO of All Star Energy gets more than he bargained for when the impulsive, feisty, and beautiful Amber makes him an offer he can’t refuse.
When the pair is forced to team up on the energy drink launch, will this opposites-attract romance spark deeper feelings or burst into flames?
Find out in the new summer romance from author Lauren Clark!
Targeted Age Group:: 18-99
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love St. Simons Island in Georgia – the beauty of the ocean and the shoreline, the warm, welcoming community, and the abundance of places to explore! I thought the Golden Isles would be the perfect, romantic escape for a series of new novellas. Each novella is sweet romance and happily-ever-after. Each book is also a stand-alone, but many of the characters will reappear in future books, so you'll feel like you're revisiting friends!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I've worked in several advertising and public relations positions early in my career and it's always a chaotic and fun, with unexpected challenges and surprises at every turn. It thought it would be great fun to turn the experience into a series of novellas, all set at a fictional advertising agency on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
“Amber!” A loud knock sounded through the wooden door, shaking the frame slightly. It was Becca, her best friend and coworker. “Are you all right?”
But Amber couldn’t speak. She couldn’t move. Pulse racing, hands clinging to either side of the sink, Amber closed her eyes, exhaled slowly, and counted back from ten. She could do this. She’d worked through worse. And come out the other side better for it.
It was the biggest moment of Amber’s life.
But she was definitely not all right.
Five minutes earlier, chest tight, head swimming with anxiety, Amber had locked herself in the advertising agency’s restroom. Big Splash, the top advertising agency in Georgia—outside the Atlanta city limits, where she, Amber Perry, worked.
Big Splash, located on St. Simons Island, had grown into a force of its own in the advertising world, landing large regional accounts and setting its sights on the national market. The agency’s CEO, Jordan Harper, charged each of the firm’s associates with landing three new contracts before the year’s end.
In the past month, Amber inked two new deals; small, respectable local businesses who’d thrived on island for decades.
Amber ran the back of her hand over her forehead. She gazed at herself in the mirror. A pair of serious blue-gray eyes stared back. Amber tilted her head and wrinkled her nose, considering her creamy complexion and pink cheeks. With a dusting of makeup and an understated indigo wrap dress, Amber looked professional and respectable. Like she belonged at the agency.
She could do this.
She was doing it.
Closing in on the three-account goal and impressing her boss, Jordan. To solidify her place at the ad agency table.
The team from All Star, Inc. would arrive in less than five minutes. The deal, done right, might change Amber’s career. After working eighty-hour weeks for the last year, it would be a gift of epic proportions.
All Star, Inc., a giant in the soft drink industry, was an advertising agency’s dream. The company boasted an impressive portfolio of soft drinks and sparkling water products. Since its launch, All Star had seen unprecedented growth. A fantastic, grassroots social media following. Amber herself followed the Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Now, All Star was rolling out a new line, All Star Energy. It would go head to head with the giants in the industry, Rock Star, Red Bull, and Monster, but Amber knew there was room for one more.
And there was an air of mystery around the account. At the helm of the new division was a soon-to-be-named CEO. A smart phenom with friends in prominent places.
It was crazy that All Star approached the agency in St. Simons. Stranger still was that the company’s representative asked specifically for Amber. Amber, the junior account executive.
Neither made sense.
Amber smoothed her hair for the hundredth time and frowned. She loved Georgia, the coast, and the beach. Everything except for the humidity, which made her hair a springy mess. Amber sighed and pulled it back, forcing it into a loose bun with a ponytail holder she kept around her wrist.
The banging resumed.
“Amber Perry, don’t make me call the fire station,” Becca’s voice, usually sweet and concerned, now carried a slight edge. “Your brother will be on that first truck.”
Despite herself, Amber smiled. Becca rarely used her full name or threats like calling Quinn, her brother.
“Seriously. Five minutes, Amber,” Becca added. She lowered her voice to a whisper. “It’s now or never. Is this how you want to play it?”
The words, aimed true, pierced Amber’s chest. The swarm of hornets in her stomach turned to butterflies. Still bouncing and flapping, but at least the butterflies weren’t lethal.
She closed her eyes and wished, for the hundredth time that day Jordan Evans, the agency’s president was here. Jordan, who always handled everything effortlessly. But Jordan was eight months pregnant with twins, visiting the obstetrician’s office for her weekly checkup. The babies, most likely, would make an early appearance.
Which meant Jordan being here wasn’t ever an option.
Amber swallowed back her anxiety and straightened her shoulders. Her eyelashes fluttered open.
“Get it together,” Amber whispered to her reflection. She had Becca, Molly, and the interns in her corner. They’d all placed faith in her to lead the charge and win this account.
With a deft movement, Amber switched on the tap, turning the temperature to icy cold. She bent over, caught the water in both hands, and splashed it on her face, makeup and all.
As the droplets hit her skin, Amber sucked in a quick breath. Cheeks and chin dripping, she reached a hand, grasped a towel, and dabbed at her face. Amber swept back a stray curl as she stood up and straightened. She glanced at her reflection.
Now, a spark glinted in her eyes. Her cheeks flushed a deeper pink, as if she’d just sprinted a mile. Her lipstick was long gone, but that hardly mattered.
It was time.
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