Slipping Through the Crowd, excerpt from Arrival by DD Symms

It’s fun to be part of the Sexy Saturday blog hop. Thanks to Lynn Crain and all the authors who take part. Below is my excerpt from Work in Progress novel Arrival. It’s a follow-up to Boarding, available through Amazon, Breathless Press, and All Romance. We see Jessie Carter after she’s achieved a certain status in the design and fashion world, dancing at an awards dinner.

Enjoy. And click here for the blog hop.

The vintage wine might as well have been flat Seven Up. The four-piece string quartet could have been playing a funeral dirge and for all Jessie Carter cared she’d rather be stuck shivering in a crumbling European castle instead of a gala in New York celebrating her arrangement with retailer Toni B.

“Hey, Jessie. You’re missing something.” A chair scraped on the wooden floor and Callan DeLongpre squeezed himself along the wall and took a seat next to her.

“Oh, what’s that?”

“Your smile.”

Jessie raised an eyebrow. Her upturned lips looked like the grimace of someone who couldn’t digest the buttery Maine lobster or the cheesecake.

Callan touched her shoulder. His fingers were warm and light as a feather. “Let’s dance.”

“Oh.” She had played it safe sitting against the wall. Her bouquet of roses had already been presented and she was looking for a discrete exit, a quick ride to the hotel, and an early morning flight to Los Angeles.

Callan didn’t wait for her consent. Her chair tilted forward as he moved behind her and she couldn’t resist his grip on her hand. “No.” His momentum pulled her from her chair and almost cleared her lethargy. She wobbled on her heels and the hem of her dress seemed to tighten around her.

“Too late.” His tone had a happy lilt. Jessie found it annoying during those times of public scrutiny or deadlines that were impossible to meet. His positive nature was also endearing and by the time he had one arm supporting her back and the other leading her through the tune, the dour mood that engulfed her like a fog lifted. His touch was like magic. “You move quite nicely.”

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Happily Forever in the High Desert on My Sexy Saturday

rs-1I’m back to My Sexy Saturday with this imagining of a Happily Ever After from my story Riding Shotgun.

Enjoy reading below and click here to rejoin the My Sexy Saturday blog hop:

It wasn’t the lengthening shadows that turned Brianna bittersweet. The galloping horse carrying her daughter made her realize that time was passing. Maya was already eight and begging to compete in the local rodeo.

“Hey, you just going to stand there or are you going to give the cook a hand?” Andrew balanced a platter of chicken for the grill and a pitcher of iced tea.

“Hey, don’t break your back.” Brianna rushed to help.

“Twisting it is more likely.” He used a knee to save the chicken before it scattered on the dusty ground. Heat radiated from the grill.

What a simple routine and it was just the way Brianna liked it. Friday nights for the family to regroup after going their separate ways during the week. “Let me get Maya to come in and wash up.”

“I don’t think you need to.” Andrew winked. A car pulled up to the riding ring and a friend of Maya’s and the friend’s parents got out and walked to the ring.

“What are the Monroe’s doing here?” Brianna wondered but when Andrew walked behind her, and placed his arms around her waist, and pulled her close and nuzzled her ear the answer was clear enough. Maya had her friends to see so she and her husband could regroup. Brianna was pleased. “Thanks, babe.”

 

This is my imagined follow-up to Riding Shotgun, when Brianna’s car breaks down in California’s High Desert on her way to Tahoe for some R&R to escape the turmoil of her personal life. She meets Andrew, a handsome mechanic who has his own secrets.

Riding Shotgun is available through Breathless Press  Amazon and All Romance ebooks.

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Visit Dawn’s Reading Nook – I’m featured author for July

screenshot dawn's reading nookI’m thrilled to be the featured author of the month on Dawn Roberto’s Reading Nook.

Click here to read my blurbs and an abbreviated bio.

I will say, you can get some good pricing on my books as well if you visit her site and click through to the books on Breathless Press or Amazon.

 

Dawn does so many things to connect authors and readers:

Senior Reviewer/Publisher liaison for Love Romances & More Reviews

Owner/Moderator of LR Cafe Yahoo Group & LR Cafe Facebook Group

Check out my personal blog, Dawn’s Reading Nook and it’s also a facebook group

Find me on Facebook and Twitter

I’m also going to interview her for later this month. She’s one of the first in-the-know folks I came across when I began writing fiction.

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Welcome to Kelly Ryan and her new release Taking Pleasure Where You Can

Sheri Kelly Ryan CoverToday, Let’s welcome Sheri Velarde who also writes under the pen name Kelly Ryan with her new release Taking Pleasure Where You Can. Sheri is a friend to many online and has been highly supportive of others in their work. Glad you stopped by, Sheri.

 

Thank you, thank you Dee Dee for letting my stop by your blog and ramble a little. I will try to keep on track, but you know me, I wander from time to time! Today I thought I would write a little about writers and self-doubt and the importance for us all to remember that we are not our art; our writing and creativity is but part of us.

I am an author, a writer and that is certainly one of the ways that I identify myself. I write, therefore I am a writer. But what about those times when I don’t write, when I struggle and self-doubt creeps in and tells me that I am not what I think I am, that I am a fraud, that if I’m not writing I am not anything. Or that if I haven’t published anything in a while that someone might come and take away my author title. Both of these ideas a silly of course, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t thought them from time to time.

You see this year I have not been hitting my writing and publishing goals like I had planned, life got in the way and I fell behind. Happens to us all from time to time. I’m not going to lie, between health issues, a death in the family, never ending bills and my lack of writing, well I got to a pretty dark spot. But that is when I came to this little bit of wisdom, I am not my writing alone. I am not my illness. I am not a lot of things. I am Sheri, ok sometimes Kelly too, and I am a lot of awesome things! I am a survivor, a sister, a daughter, an assistant manager at my day job, a fiancé, a doggie mom, and yes a writer and author even when the writing is not going so well.

A little change in perspective is all it takes sometimes to get us out of a funk. Have my problems vanished? Nope. Do I write everyday like I want to? Not always but I sure do try! But I feel better about myself and my life and writing are back on track. I have a new release, Taking Pleasure Where You Can, my first historical piece which makes it pretty exciting! I signed a contract for a novel. I am submitting again. Things are going better and I will keep plugging away to make sure that they continue to do so.

Blurbs from Taking Pleasure Where You Can:

John never thought that he would be the same after Pearl Harbor, then he set eyes on Imee and everything changed.

Ever since Pearl Harbor John had become a shell of a man, not able to move on from the trauma. One night out with the guys and one woman were about to change everything.

Click here to see her book online.

 

Excerpt:

Joe seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed keen to be near him. It made it much easier for the quiet by nature and still healing John to slowly make some friends. Once the drinks started flowing, he even began to loosen up a bit. He missed hanging out with guys, telling stories, joking around, and laughing. His Captain had been right; this was what he needed and what his friends who had passed on would want. He was beginning to feel alive again, and it felt good. Then he caught sight of her.

Author Bio:

Kelly Ryan, aka Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her fiancé and two dogs, and grew up with a fascination for all things that “go bump in the night”, so it is no wonder that she turned to writing paranormal romance among other genres of romance. She is an avid exerciser and gets some of her best ideas while on runs. She also has a bit of a wild side, which only leads to inspiration for her writing.

Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living.

She is constantly putting out new material, so it is best to keep up with her on her website.

Kelly/Sheri is a multi-published author; you can keep up to date with all things Kelly Ryan/Sheri Velarde at: www.sherivelarde.weebly.com.

 

 

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My romantic and spicy novel Arrival is underway again

I started writing Arrival a year ago. It’s my follow-up to my erotic novel Boarding and takes place about five years later.

I wrote a 23-chapter outline, wrote and re-wrote the first chapter and numerous chapters later. I worked and rewrote and reworked and wrote. And last fall the story simply died on me for a number of reasons that included non-fiction pursuits, too.

There was no flow and rhythm until a few days ago when a new opening struck me and I wrote 500 words and then I finished the first chapter with Points of View from three characters.

I’m excited again about Arrival and I look forward to this piece on a fashion designer and her views on true success.

Stay tuned and I’ll soon be giving away the first two chapters.

In the meantime, you can click here and enjoy some of my backlist stories from the publisher Breathless Press.

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My male-male romance short In His Sights has been accepted by Breathless Press for its Flirt line. Yea! BP’s got terrific editors and I’ve always appreciated those who have combed through my work. It’ll run between 7,000 to 8,000 words when it’s done and it deals with  a young enlisted man who becomes an expert in detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) yet his best friend and lover at the same base is killed on duty when a roadside bomb is detonated.

This story gave me the chance to dig deep into the emotions of a character and pair him with another man breaks through the shell he has created.

My stories are available through the Breathless Press site. Check it toward the end of each week for great sales.

What are you reading? Currently, I’m reading Jennifer Probst’s Executive Seduction. An enjoyable story and I like how she uses details to create an erotic tension between the characters. It’s a good study in what really makes a romance tilt toward the erotic. There’s definitely the classic tension between the woman and man—the two differing people who don’t belong on the same planet and yet they’re pulled together.

It’s nice to be back on the site here and updating you with my fiction.

 

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Male-male romance short story is submitted

I originally submitted a male-male romance In His Sights for an anthology project that got shelved. However, I just submitted the story to Breathless Press for its revived Flirt line. It’s a military story about a man harboring bitterness and needing the help of another to express his anger about a friend killed in the line of duty.

We’ll see how it goes. I made some revisions and sent it off. I look forward to sharing here in the near future.

Click here for my current reads on Amazon and my listing of titles on Breathless Press.

I was just on the Luscious Literaries blog today where author Lynn Chantale wrote a post about what she’s learned about being married.

Click here to read the post and my comment. And join in the conversation.

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