The Hump Day Hook is weekly blog hop where authors run a paragraph or two from a WIP or their latest release. This week we’re all hosting giveaways, so be sure to the click the Hump Day Hook link for some great snippets and the chance to win a prize!
Here’s the hook: My snippet comes from Cheers, a short story introducing Darcey St. Claire and Vincent Guidry from the newly released, Deja Vu. This scene takes place a few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve on the interior balcony of the Chat Noir, a club in New Orleans.
“You know, I’m pretty good at reading people…” He leaned closer.
The spicy aroma of his cologne filled the small space between them and she leaned closer for another whiff of the tantalizing scent. Maybe a little more than a kiss…
“…and I think I frighten you…but I’m a really good guy.” He patted her knee.
“What?” She almost choked on the champagne. Only he could ruin a moment when she was actually beginning to think she was going to make his New Year’s Eve!
“It’s okay. I know I can be intimidating sometimes, sweetheart.” He skimmed his fingers up her thigh to just beneath the hem. “Let me show you how nice I can be.”
Darcey banged her glass down on the table and twisted around to face him, ready to tell him that no man intimidated her. “Listen Vince…”
The gentle push of his lips silenced her.
Here’s the prize: The Rose Gold Collection to date!
An Electronic Copy of Cheers! (available internationally!)
As a successful Sales and Catering Manager for the posh Hayden Court Hotel located in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, Darcey St. Claire is absolutely thrilled to be working on New Year’s Eve. The commission and bonus she’ll receive from the two day Guidry Construction event will not only fund her spring trip to New York City, but buy a cute pair of shoes for the plane ride!
Her enthusiasm quickly turns to barely disguised irritation when Vincent Guidry arrives hours early for his scheduled check-in, demanding access to his suite. After he slashes the budget for the event, not even the crystal blue eyes of the former quarterback can quell the anger surging in her chest.
That is until he walks into the Chat Noir where she is trying to regroup after her irksome day.
In the private enclave known as the Cristal Room, Vincent willingly lights up Darcey’s New Year’s Eve and may have lost his heart in the process to the young woman who isn’t looking for anything serious.
A signed print copy of Deja Vu (available only in the US, electronic copy will be substituted in case of an international winner.)
Darcey St. Claire is never surprised when a man is attracted to her. In fact, her style revolves around that assumption. From her short skirts to her thigh-high boots to her flirty laugh, Darcey flits along the edge of provocation to sell the overpriced services of the Hayden Court Hotel and afford her the spot as top Sales Manager. So the lustful looks Vincent Guidry cast in her direction didn’t faze her. It was the feeling of déjà vu creeping up her spine that made her run at breakneck speed away from the handsome former quarterback. And she wouldn’t have ever sought him out again. Not for herself. But there was someone else to consider…
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