Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Are you going into a new relationship?

Happy New Year to you and to those you love and care about.

Every year, many people make new year resolutions: end affairs that are heading nowhere, begin new relationships, start gym routine, eat healthy, change life style...the list is endless.

Have you decided to start a new relationship in 2014?

If your answer is yes, that's a good start. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you succeed in making this year's resolution permanent.

Leave all the baggage from the past behind.

Be open to new ideas and activities. Be spontaneous and willing to put the other person first.

If you're smitten, say so. There's no point dithering. My husband asked me to marry him the first day he visited. And I said, 'yes'.

Be the change you desire to see in your partner. If you want affection, show affection!

Get to know him or her. I'm not a fan of long distance relationship. If you are, make
time to be together and find out what you have in common. Spend time listening and talking.

Flirt, flirt and flirt solely with your partner. Bat your eyelashes, stare at him or her, flick your hair, kiss his or her lips, hook your arms through his, nudge his or her knees, let your feet wander near his under the table...

Enjoy and explore together. Hopefully, you'll decide if you're willing to spend the rest of your life in his arms.

On a final note, spending your lifetime with another person is serious business, so be ready to make the commitment.

I wish you fullness of joy in your new relationship.


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Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas to You & a Blessed New Year

Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels & Blog sends huge sized hampers and large stockings

overflowing with prized gifts including Peace, Joy, great health, divine favour, love and fulfilled dreams to YOU this Christmas and in the New Year 2014.

Thank you ALL for making the past year wonderful by reading our posts, leaving comments, browsing and not saying anything, for buying Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels and for being such amazing followers on this blog, on Twitter,
Facebook, Google and on Pininterest.


Enjoy an amazing Christmas with your friends, neighbours, families and the lonely people too. Don't forget to also send good tidings to your enemies.


I'll be away with my family, diving into heated swimming pool, steamming hot Jacuzzi, sizzling hot sauna, relaxing and eating roast dinner by God's Grace.

Above all, my family will be giving thanks to God in Church with our friends for his excellent gifts after Christmas.


Peace and best wishes,











Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Creator/Author Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels & Blog


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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

How Can A Man #Love His #Wife & Keep A #Mistress?

Welcome to Advice Bench!


In the eyes of family, friends and the law, every married man promises his wife
unending love and loyalty at the altar.

For those who have live-in partners, the same commitment is expected until they part ways.

Then, how is it possible for the same 'committed' man to keep a mistress for reasons such as having regular sex, reliving stress, gaining a comforter, confidant or plainly stoking an old flame alive?

One question I need answered is how a man can insist he loves his wife while harbouring a mistress?

Does he whisper the same sweet nothings to his wife and to his mistress or does he
despise his wife so much, he doesn't need to profess his undying love to her?

There are many celebrities and public officers who have been exposed for their double lives with varying consequences, yet the practice continues. Tiger Woods and Ashley Cole readily come to mind.

Remember, the wives, children, family members and mistresses aren't going to be left unscathed when the indiscretion becomes public knowledge.

What will it take for a man to keep his fly shut in the face of brazen temptation?

If a man feels hard pressed to take a mistress, he must grow the spine to do the right thing.

What's the right thing? You tell me.



You remain unforgettable,
  
Love 
Stella 


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Sunday, 15 December 2013

#NewRelease - Best Fake Day




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Best Fake
Day

by

Tracey Rogers

Contemporary
Romance

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Available from Beachwalk Press

Blurb

Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams
of finding her own happily-ever-after. When her former teenage crush arrives at
her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her
dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn't want to actually marry
her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.

Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his
latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him
is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn't a little girl anymore. She's
definitely all woman, and there's an attraction between them that's hard to
ignore.

Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is
that she hates to lie. However, she can't deny her feelings for him either. So
when Jack makes her an offer she can't refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help
him out.

Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake
starts to feel so real?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong
language




Excerpt

"Let me work off the money," Izzy said.
She felt Jack's gaze rake over her body, watched the clench
of his jaw. "And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?" he
almost growled. "Is that what all of this is about?" he
asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. "Dress to
impress so you can pay me in kind?"

"Oh God, no," she spluttered. "This
is me showing you I'm not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won't be
pushed around!"

The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. "You
were never weak. Naïve…" He trailed off. "So how exactly were
you planning to pay me back?"

"Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I
could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean."

"And you have experience in any of those roles?"
"No. But I could learn."
"But what about the house repairs?"
She shrugged. "I could do that during the daytime and
work here at night. Then when I'm earning again from my day job I'll pay you
back."

"And what exactly is your day job?"
"I'm a photographer. I could even do that here. Take
photographs of the patrons and sell them for you."

"You work freelance?”
"I have my own business." She hesitated before
elaborating. "As a wedding photographer," she said quickly, hoping he
wouldn't snag the teasing opportunity.

Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed
until a grin. "A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing
dress-up with your mother's veil and having teddy bears as your guests would
have an influence on you one day."

"You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding
where the groom doesn't have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me
up real bad," she said with sarcasm.

"You're not working here, Izzy. And this conversation
is over."

"No, it's not. I'm giving you a solution to paying off
what I owe. I'll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you
get from her. So when do I start?"

"You are not working here."
"Why?"
"Do you really want to have some guy groping you as
you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my
staff, but sometimes it happens."

"I can look after myself. I have been groped before,
you know. I can deal with it."

He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers
surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her
under dark lashes. "So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t
mind?"

She shook her head.
"And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?" he
asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh,
making her shudder.

She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course
she would mind. But this was Jack.

He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs.
"And if a guy tried to kiss you?"

"I have been kissed before, remember?" she said,
inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded.

"I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I
were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you
as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man."

"Then do it," she demanded.

Author bio

A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my
childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where
conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn't searching for those worlds,
I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I
stole sneak peeks into my nana's books. I'm still in that world and refuse to
leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three
wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe
that words make the world go around.

You can find me


Or email me at: traceyrogersaut@gmail.com

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Enjoy #AuthorInterview of Luke Murphy

Flirty & Feisty Romance Blog is delighted to host Canadian Crime Novelist, Luke Murphy, the International Best Selling author of Dead Man's Hand.

Read Luke's inspiring story in his tell all interview below.

Tell us a bit about your family/background and your location:

I'm Luke Murphy, I live in Shawville, Quebec with my wife, three daughters and pug.

I played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. Since then, I’ve held a number of jobs, from sports columnist to radio journalist, before earning my Bachelor of Education degree (Magna Cum Laude).

My debut novel, Dead Man's Hand, was released by Imajin Books on October 20, 2012.

How did you meet your wife? Is there anything noteworthy about your meeting? What draws you to her? 

Here's the funny, but true, story:

In the summer of 2000 I returned home from my first year of professional hockey. I didn’t come home with the idea of getting a girlfriend for the next three-four months, it just kind of happened.

I played ball every summer. I live in a small town, where everyone knows each other, so after the game the guys all stay to share a beer and BS over who is the best player.

That summer, I first noticed the younger sister of one of the guys I played ball against. She was at one of the “after-hours” gathering and we got to talking. Next thing I knew, we agreed to meet on the weekend at the bar. The following week, we decided to go on our first date together.

We agreed to dinner and a movie. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. She was a few years younger, I wasn’t looking for anything serious (as I was heading back to hockey in a few months) and she knew that as well.

I picked her up and we headed to the closest city with a theatre, which was about 45 minutes away. The drive was fine, she was shy, but there were no “awkward” or “uncomfortable” silences. We went to dinner first at East Side Mario’s, where again we talked and laughed. I remember she had a great laugh, and laughed at everything I said (bonus because I’m not that funny). Next came the movie. We watched A Perfect Storm. Pretty good movie. Evening = so far so good.

After the movie, we got in the car and headed home. It was dark by this time, so I couldn’t see my date in the passenger seat beside me. I began talking about the night and maybe getting together again. She didn’t say much, so I just thought that maybe she was just back to being shy and quiet. I changed the subject and began talking about something else but again she didn’t respond. I thought that maybe I had insulted her somehow, so I didn’t say anything else, and we drove in silence the rest of the way home.

I wasn’t sure what would happen when we got to her house. I was pretty sure that we would never see each other again, since she refused to talk and there was this awkward tension between us.

I finally pulled into her driveway thirty minutes later, we still hadn’t said two words to each other, and I parked in front of her house. I didn’t say anything, hoping she would break the silence. When she didn’t, I listened carefully and I could hear that her breathing was louder and more steady than when we had first left. So when I turned on the interior light, I saw her head was cocked back onto the seat headrest, eyes closed and mouth wide open.

She had fallen asleep!!! That’s the first time a girl had ever fallen asleep on one of my dates. I guess that’s how boring I was, LOL!

So what did I do? I dated her for another six years and married her. We’ve now been happily married for eight years and she hasn’t fallen asleep on me since…well, okay, maybe she has.

But with three small girls, there isn’t much sleep for either of us. LOL!

What do you love best about your wife? 

Where do I start?

She’s my rock, loyal and supportive. She’s hardworking, dedicated to our family and a great mom. I love hearing her laugh and seeing her smile, and she brightens my day when things are tough. I couldn’t picture myself with anyone else.

How and why did you decide to get published?

It can almost be said with certainty that I didn’t follow the path of the average
writer. As a child, I never dreamed of writing a best-seller, never aspired to write the next classic novel, I wanted to be an NHL superstar…period.

From a family of avid readers, even as a child, I always had a passion for books. Whether it was reading novels on road trips or writing assignments in school, literature was always part of my life.

In the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury while playing pro hockey in Oklahoma City, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and a new hobby emerged.

One day, with an idea in mind, I sat down in front of a computer and began writing. I wrote a little every day, around my intense rehabilitation schedule and before I knew it, I had completed my first manuscript.

I didn’t write with the intention of being published. I wrote for the love of writing, as a hobby. Ever the perfectionist, I didn’t see my novel at the level to compete with best-selling authors across the country. I continued to hobby write through the years, honing my craft, making time between work and family obligations.

Then I made a decision – I enjoyed writing so much, I decided I wanted to take my interest one step further – write a story with the intention of being published. I realized that I wanted to be like my favorite authors - entertain readers and allow them, like when I read, to escape reality and for a moment be in another place and time.

I’ve never been one to take things lightly or jump in half way. I took a full year off from writing to study the craft. I constantly read, from novels in my favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. I continually researched on the internet, reading up on the industry and process. I attended writing conferences and made friends (published and unpublished authors), bombarding them with questions and learning what it took to become successful.

Feeling that I was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, with an idea in mind and an outline on paper, I started to write DEAD MAN'S HAND. It took me two years (working around full time jobs) to complete the first draft of my novel.
I then worked with editors and joined a critique group, doing anything I could to learn, to improve my writing and my novel to the point where I could create the best possible novel.

I sent out hundreds of query letters to agents. After six months of rejections, I pulled my manuscript back and worked on it again. Then in my next round of proposals, I was offered representation by Ms. Jennifer Lyons of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

After months of work with Jennifer, and more rejections from publishers, my dream was finally realized in April, 2012, when I signed a publishing contract with Imajin Books.

What genre do you write? And why?

My first chapter books were the Hardy Boys titles, so they are the reason I love mysteries.

As an adult, some of my favorite authors are Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly and Greg Iles, so naturally I write what I love to read – mystery/suspense novels.

DEAD MAN'S HAND has been compared to James Patterson books, which to me is an honour. Maybe in style (short chapters, a quick read), as I have read many of his books.

What other genre interest you? 

I don’t know if you count thrillers as in the same class as mysteries, I’m assuming you do. I haven’t read a lot outside of my crime-fiction and thriller genres, so this is a tough question.

I’m the kind of guy who likes familiarity and rarely strays from what I know. My wife and I really enjoy the Nicholas Sparks movies, does that count?

What is the story behind your book?

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be the perfect fall-guy.

Read more in the blurb below.

What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

I never thought much about writing when I was growing up.

But I was always an avid reader, which I owe to my mother. She was a librarian, and although I lost her when I was young, I will always remember a stack of Danielle Steele books on her bedside table, and a lot of books lying around the house at my disposal.

Plot: I get my ideas from stories I hear about, whether through reading (newspapers, magazines, etc.), what I hear (radio) or what I see (TV, movies, internet, etc.).

The plot is completely fictional. I wouldn't say that one thing or person influences my writing, but a variety of my life experiences all have led to my passion in the written word.

There is not a single moment in time when this idea came to be, but circumstances over the years that led to this story: my hockey injuries, frequent visits to Las Vegas, my love of football, crime books and movies.

Dead Man’s Hand became real from mixing these events, taking advantage of experts in their field, and adding my wild imagination. The internet also provides a wealth of information, available at our fingertips with a click of the mouse.

Setting: I usually set my stories in cities I've visited and fell in love with. Las Vegas was the perfect backdrop for this story, glitz and glamour as well as an untapped underground.

Characters: I have never been involved in a homicide investigation, LOL! Although I am not a 6’5”, 220 pound African-American, I’ve used much of my athletic background when creating my protagonist Calvin Watters.

Watters past as an athlete, and his emotional rollercoaster brought on by injuries were drawn from my experiences. His mother died of cancer when he was young, as mine was. There are certainly elements of myself in Calvin, but overall, this is a work of fiction. I did not base the characters or plot on any real people or events. Any familiarities are strictly coincidence.

I’ve always been a self-motivated person, and my harshest critic. Whether it was in school, hockey or writing, I’ve been the one to put the most pressure on myself to succeed, to be the best in everything I try.

How do you decide your book cover?

My publisher designs the cover, but they ask for my input, what I envision the cover to look like.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

Yes, I think that if you’re an unknown author, the cover is the hook, the first thing that draws a reader to the book.

Why should a reader buy your book?

Dead Man’s Hand has tension and excitement as a result of the action taking place in a single week.

The African-American protagonist is not stereotypical. While his race is significant, he does not moralize about the issue or his situation.

The “find out who framed you to save yourself” plot has a twist in that Watters researches the crime online, primarily using analysis of character rather than physical evidence.

Point of view is easy to follow but engagingly complex, with scenes from the perspectives of Watters, the detective, the cheating wife, and a hired assassin.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

Dead Man’s Hand takes readers inside the head of Calvin Watters, a sadistically violent African-American Las Vegas debt-collector, who was once a rising football star, now a murder suspect on the run.

How have you found the writing process?

These days I don't have one. Right now, I have a full time job (teaching), a part-time tutoring job, and three small children. I`m too busy playing ring-around-the-rosie and duck-duck-goose to write. But when I do write, I find that I am most productive in the morning, and I always have to have a mug of steaming coffee in front of me.

Before I even sit down at a computer, I have hand-written notes of ideas for my book. This could be anything from plot, scenes, setting, characters, etc.

Once I sit down, I just write. No editing, no looking back, I just let it flow. Unless I'm certain, no title until after I'm done. As I write, I keep notes by hand on the timeline.

When my first draft is complete, I go through it twice, once for the creative editing process and the next for flow, repetition, etc. Then I have my former English professor read it over and she gives me her thoughts. I edit it myself again. Then I send it to my agent for her thoughts, then I edit it again myself. Only once my agent and I feel ready do we send it to publishers.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

For me, the most difficult thing about writing has nothing to do with actual writing (ideas, flow, writer's block, etc.), but it's finding the time.

Between teaching and tutoring, with three small children and a wife at home, finding the time to sit down at a computer and have serious, quality writing time is almost impossible.

But I love my girls and spending quality time for them is a great feeling. I wouldn’t give up my games of ring-around-the-rosie and duck-duck-goose for anything in the world. It just puts writing my next novel behind a bit.

Have you experienced character conflict in your writing?

The four most common character conflicts in stories are: man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. society and man vs. himself.

The single most common character conflict in suspense/mystery novels is man vs. man. This is usually seen through serial killers, murder investigations, assassination plots, etc. One character is battling against another character in the story.

There's plenty of this in DEAD MAN'S HAND, but I also wanted to add another element to entertain readers.

The central theme of DMH is the plot built around framing Calvin Watters for murder. Calvin spends the story evading the cops, as well as a hitman, while trying to solve the crime and prove his innocence. (Man vs. Man, right?)

But I truly believe that the major character conflict in my story is Calvin vs. himself.

Calvin Watters was on his way to NFL stardom when a sudden, selfish decision destroyed any dream he ever had. He remembered when the rich had welcomed him into their group as a promising, clean-cut athlete bound for glory. Now he was just an outsider looking in. Just another thug.

Pain bolted through his right knee, but the emotional pain from a shattered ego hurt even worse. He was the only one to blame for USC’s humiliating loss and his own humiliating personal downfall.

The press, always ready to tear down a hero, had shown no restraint in attacking him for his egotistic, selfish decision and obvious desire to break his own school record. One minute he was touted as the next Walter Payton, the next he was a door mat for local media.

Looking at him now, no one would believe that back then he was a thousand-yard rusher in the NCAA and welcomed with open arms in every established club in Southern California. Hell, he had been bigger than the mayor.

That the resulting injury had ended his college football career and most importantly, any chances of a pro career didn’t matter to anyone. By making the wrong, selfish, prideful decision, he’d made himself a target for the press and all USC fans.

The devastating, career-ending knee injury wasn’t the quarterback’s fault for missing the audible, or the fullback’s fault for missing the key block. It was his and it had taken him some time to understand and accept responsibility for it.

After he spent three years building a reputation as the toughest collector in Vegas, no one even knew he’d been one of the greatest college running backs ever. To them, he was just “The Collector.”

Now Calvin has to rebuild his life and his future, eliminating the thoughts of his downfall, picking himself up, dusting off, and trying to live a respectable life he can be proud of.

But has his time as a leg-breaker made him corrupt beyond redemption?

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

You can find me @ Murphy's Blog

I talk about everything and everything, but mostly writing and books. I talk about my books, promote them, but I also use my blog to promote other authors.

What books are on your shelf at home?/Name your favourite author?

My library is filled with mysteries and thrillers, mostly crime. I often try to read a variety of authors.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

Many in sports, but my sports column for “The Pontiac Equity” has won awards in the province of Quebec.

What are you good at as an individual?

I’ve always been a very athletic person growing up, and was above average in any sport I tried my hand at.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

These days playing with my 3 daughters (ages 5, 3, and 6 months) takes up most of my free time.

What are your other interests?

Hockey, golf, working out, reading, spending time with family.

Your favourite pet?

My 11 year old pug, Costner. We’ve had him since he was a baby and he’s our first born. I bought him for my wife in 2003.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

If I had to choose, probably Chinese.

What’s your music choice?

I’ve gone through crazes and fads throughout my life, but I always turn towards 80’s rock.

Name your favourite city in the world.

Las Vegas.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

If I had one wish, I’d wish for more wishes…

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

As a teacher and parent, I’d like the youth of today to be more respectful of others.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Folding the laundry, or at least my wife tells me that.

You’re squeamish to what?

Snakes

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

I once walked into a woman’s washroom. The sign on the wall had been covered by a plant and I didn’t know it was for women.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I currently teach elementary school.

What is your last word?

I guess I’m supposed to say something sophisticated here but I’m not that smart. So here: There is nothing more important in this world than family and friends.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:









DEAD MAN'S HAND Blurb

What happens when the deck is stacked against you…

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be the perfect fall-guy.

…and the cards don't fall your way? 

When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in Vegas in the last twelve years.

What if you're dealt a Dead Man's Hand? 

Against his superiors and better judgment, Dayton is willing to give Calvin one last chance. To redeem himself, Calvin must prove his innocence by finding the real killer, while avoiding the LVMPD, as well as protect the woman he loves from a professional assassin hired to silence them.

Author Bio:

Luke Murphy lives in Shawville, Quebec with his wife, three daughters and pug.

He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. Since then, he’s held a number of jobs, from sports columnist to radio journalist, before earning his Bachelor of Education degree (Magna Cum Laude).

Murphy's debut novel, Dead Man's Hand, was released by Imajin Books on October 20, 2012.

Review Blurbs:

"You may want to give it the whole night, just to see how it turns out."
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter

"Dead Man's Hand is a pleasure, a debut novel that doesn't read like one,
but still presents original characters and a fresh new voice."
—Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Flower

"Part police procedural, part crime fiction, Dead Man's Hand is a fast, gritty ride."
—Anne Frasier, USA Today bestselling author of Hush


Thank you so much Luke for taking time out to answer these questions.



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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Character #Interview by Kelly Abell -International Best Selling Author

In celebration of Kelly Abell's New Release, Flirty & Feisty Romance Blog has the pleasure of hosting the International Best Selling Author of Mabe's Burden. 

Kelly is also an Amazon Best Selling Author of Fantasy, Romance and Paranormal Novels and a superb Cover Artist.

Please sit back and read all about the heroine, Mabe featured in her new release, Mabe's Burden.

Author: Kelly Abell

New Release: Mabe's Burden (Saving Shenanigans)

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Anthologies & Literature Collection/Drama & Plays

Character: Mabel O'Banyon

What is your full name? Describe your looks (include colour of hair & eyes) and personality? 

My name is Mabel O’Banyon, but please call me Mabe.  I mean, who names their kid Mabel these days?  Apparently it’s an Irish tradition in my family.  Sheesh!

Where do you live and where does your family originate from? How old are you today? Do you have siblings do you have?

I’m the third daughter of an Irish immigrant.  My da moved to the states before we were born.

He met my mother and moved to Monticello, FL to open Shenanigans our family pub.  I have two sisters, Meg and Mara.

What do you do for a living? What do you do for leisure?

I wish I had time for leisure.  Right now I’m busy tending bar at our pub.  My da just passed away and left me $200,000 in debt to a mobster.  Gee thanks Da. As if your drunkenness and gambling wasn’t enough while you were alive.

What is your best friend's name and how would your friends describe you?

My best friends are my sisters, Meg and Mara.  With the way we grew up, outside friendships weren’t really an option, but we made do.

Have you ever cheated on your lover? Who did you cheat with? How did you get tempted? Why do you think you couldn't resist?

Just got involved with Aaron Shaw a commercial real estate developer who wants to buy my pub.  I’m not sure I trust him 100% yet, so we’ll see...

Are you in a relationship or do you have a crush on someone? Describe him/her to our readers? 

Aaron is so sexy and I just can’t believe the power he has over me.  He’s tall, muscular, whiskey colored eyes and rather long dark hair.  When he wears jeans with a sport coat? I’m done.  Katie bar the door!

How did you meet him/her? Is there anything noteworthy about your meeting? What draws you to him/her?

I hated him at first.  I thought he was just after my bar.  He kept offering me more money than it is worth and I’m still not so sure I trust him, but he’s super sexy and there’s this weird electricity that sparks between us.  And did I say he was a really good lover?

Why is he/she the one you want to spend the rest of your life with? Do you want have children? 

OH....not ready to go there yet. Time will tell on the marriage thing.

What do you dislike most in he/her? Can you live with the flaws? 

He’s pushy and argumentative.  I’m running one step ahead of the mob to save my bar and he just wants to swoop in like some knight in shining armour.  But what he doesn’t get is the bar is mine.  I’ve slaved over it and earned the success it has.  It won’t be something I’m willing to give up.

Here are other A -Z answers from Mabe O'Banyon. Get to know her even more.

Where would your dream vacation be?

Ireland.

If you could change one thing about you, what would that be?

My red hair.

Do you have pets? What’s your pet’s names?

Nope.

Do you prefer showers or baths?

Baths.

Do you prefer the city or the country and why? 

Country. Have you ever visited Monticello, FL? Nuff said.

Have you ever broken a bone? Where did it happen?

OMG it is so funny you asked this.  When I first met Aaron I hated him.  I went jogging one morning and as I ran by the bed and breakfast he was staying in he came barreling around the corner and we ran smack into each other.  When I fell backward I broke my arm.

What is the most embarrassing moment of your life? 

Uh, the incident above. LOL!

One meal you can't do without? 

Lunch.

If you could only have one drink, what will it be? 

Whiskey - Irish, remember? LOL!

If you were in a rage, what or who can talk you out of your anger?

Jake O’Leary, the cook at our pub.

One TV show you must watch? 

Don’t watch much TV. No time.

If you had to listen to one song? 

Wrecking Ball by Mylie Cyrus.

One unforgettable movie you've watched? Movie star that strikes you as exceptional? 

Dwayne Johnson  The Rock.  Too sexy for words!

One car you must drive in your lifetime? 

Lamborghini.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour? 

Moose Tracks.

Do you have any phobias?

heights.

What makes you grumpy?

My hair.

What's the most exciting moment of your life? 

When my sister came home with a niece I didn’t know I had!

What book would you recommend for others to read? 

To Kill A Mockingbird.

Do you have allergies?

Nope.

What is your best physical feature?

My eyes.

Have you ever had your heart broken? 

Yes, but I don’t want to talk about it.

What do you want most in life? 

To save my family’s pub from the mobsters my da owed money to.

When was the last time you cried? 

Yesterday.

Preferred fragrance or perfume?

Can’t stand the stuff.

Do you have a wish? What for? 

World Peace. Nah I’m kidding.  I mean I do want World Peace, but right now I’d settle for $200,000 to pay off the mobsters. Know anyone?


AUTHOR BIO

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to write.  From the time I was learned enough to string sentences together I liked writing stories.  In high school I was the literary editor of our school magazine Sketches and had a series of short stories that I'd written even then.  I'm published with two wonderful publishers, World Castle and Solstice Publishing, and on my own as an Indie.

I live in Florida with my two adult children and my husband of 30+ years.  I have a wonderful dog named Snickers that can even open her own Christmas presents! (don't believe me?  Look below) When I'm not working full time in the insurance industry, I write.  I believe any writer should write because they love the craft. The rest will come in time.  I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I've enjoyed writing them

BLURB

Hot tempered, Mabe O'Banyon will do whatever it takes to keep the family's Irish pub, Shenanigans, out of the mob's dirty hands. She quickly learns, though, their attorney and the bank will offer no help. So, she calls in the reinforcements--Mara and Meg. She hasn't seen her two sisters for years, but her desperate message brings them running.

Commercial real estate developer, Aaron Shaw has a secret. He arrives in Monticello, FL, expecting to purchase a quaint Irish pub and move on to his next conquest. But the transaction doesn't take place as planned--in fact, it doesn't take place at all. The hardheaded owner--a stunning redhead with curves that don't quit--isn't selling.

With time running out and the mob on their heels, Aaron wants nothing more than to save the woman he's fallen for from impending danger. Mabe is torn between a man she loves but can't trust and the need to hold on to her family's pub. Their choices lead them down a path neither could have guessed.

EXCERPT

When Mabe meets Aaron Shaw for the first time. The door to the pub swung open for a tall, ebony haired man wearing an expensive tan suit. Mabe straightened. Riveted, she stared at his strikingly angular face. His chin, grooved by a slight dimple, struck her as sexy.

His gaze roamed the bar, settling on her. Warmth radiated through her entire body. Never had she felt such an intense attraction to a man. Who the hell is he? She didn’t recall ever seeing him in the pub.

Her nerves tingled. Resembling a panther, he wove his way through the crowd. Slightly ashamed of her attraction to a strange man at her father’s wake, she turned her back, resuming her position behind the bar. She spoke to several patrons, mentally noting their drink orders on her way.

“No one could pull a pint like your da,” an old grizzled man at the end of the mahogany counter stated. “Smooth like silk he was.”

Mabe smiled. “He was, Angus. We’ll miss him.” She handed a frothy mug to the man. “Here you go. Enjoy that.”

“I will,” Angus declared, raising his glass to her. “To many years.”

She picked up a glass of Coke, clinked it against Angus’s mug. “And to you.”

“I’ll have one of those if you don’t mind,” a deep voice spoke from behind her.

Turning, ready with a flirty response on her tongue, she came face to face with her handsome stranger. His eyes matched the deep rich mahogany of the bar. His smile, while slightly crooked, seemed genuine and swept the words right out of her brain.
“Uh…sure. Name your poison.”

“Guinness?”
Mabe nodded, pulled the beer, scraping the foam from the top. “I’ve never seen you here before. What’s your name, and how did you know my dad?”

His gaze caught hers, sympathy reflected in his eyes. She tried to look away, but she couldn’t. The man was a god.

“I’m sorry for your loss.”
“Thanks. He will be missed for sure.”

“I just realized…this is his wake, isn’t it? A private party?”
She nodded. “It is.”

The man smiled gently. “I’m sorry. I’m afraid I’m intruding. I should go.”

 She set the beer in front of him. “Nah, we’re all friends here. It is a private party, but stay if you’d like.” She gestured. “Those are my sisters Meg and Mara. We own the place now.”

“It’ll be hard to run it without your father, won’t it?”

Mabe sighed, leaning on her elbows. “It won’t be the same, for sure, but we’ll do okay. It’ll take some work….” She glanced lovingly around the pub with all its Irish paraphernalia adorning he walls. “Da, loved this place. I grew up here. It’s our place. We’ll make it work.”

She shivered, feeling his intense stare. Her skin burned under the laser scan of his eyes. Her pulse jumped. If the room were empty except for the two of them, he’d be in some serious trouble. He took a sip of the Guinness, still staring at her over the mug.

She licked her lips then broke the gaze. She swiped at the glossy mahogany top with a rag. “What brings you to town?”

“Business,” was his response.

“Ooh, cryptic, are we?” She flirted.

“Suits me for now.”

A man at the end of the counter signaled for her. She held up a finger then approached her guest. She served a few more beers, all the while being extremely aware of his gaze. His allure was more powerful than any she’d ever experienced. Monticello wasn’t full of dashing men in expensive suits, but it had its fair share of good lookers. Lord knew she’d flirted with some from time to time, even dated a few, but none of them stirred in her what this man did.

No longer needed, she returned to him, eyeing his empty mug. “Another?”
He nodded, offered her a smile.

Her knees weakened. She steadied herself by grasping the smooth wood. What the hell is wrong with me? She pulled his beer, but before she handed it to him she asked, “What did you say your name was?”
He chuckled. “I didn’t.”

She set the mug down in front of him. “Oh, come on. You’re not going to waltz into my pub during my daddy’s wake and not tell me who you are. It’s not polite.”
One dark eyebrow rose. “Not polite, huh?”

“Not at all,” she declared, leaning on the bar, offering him her most dazzling smile.
“Okay then…if you insist.

“I do.”
He held out his hand. Mabe reached out, taking his warm palm in hers. The air between them practically crackled with tension. “Aaron Shaw.”
Her previously heated blood froze.

In one swift moment, all the allure she’d experienced earlier evaporated. This is the shark trying to buy my pub. The nerve of this man, waltzing in here, flirting with me, when all the while he’s casing the joint for a future purchase. She grabbed his beer unceremoniously dumping it on his head. The dark brew dripped from his hair all over his tan suit.

“What the hell?” he shouted, jumping off the stool.
“Get out of my pub,” she yelled at him.

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