29 May 2016

Sunday Snips & Stuff—A snip from A Heart in Conflict (Challenge the Heart Book 2)


Sure, opposites attract, but set a flamboyant female up against a man intent on an uncomplicated life and watch sparks fly. 

“This is a fun romp through the fashion world in Australia. How Georgie wins her man and finds her dream job, and how Steve conquers Georgie’s heart, is a fast-paced, beguiling story that kept me turning pages until way after midnight.”—Review by Jennifer Macaire

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“Georgie’s voluptuous charms and vivid style captures more than the executive’s attention. And Steve’s unbridled passion for Georgie leads to a partnership that goes beyond plan or design! This down under charmer by Tricia McGill is sure to please!”—Lynda LaPorte

Opposites attract, it is a well-known fact. At times this leads to insurmountable conflict, when at other times, sit back and watch the fireworks.

Steve Tanakis considers himself cool and calmly confident. Head of a fashion business, he needs to be in control of his life and his business decisions. He decides it is time to find a suitable mother for his son. Through with the pain that comes along with passion, he now considers what he wants is an unemotional wife, one who will fit well into his way of life.
Georgie McNamara, assistant designer in his fashion house, is flamboyant, vivacious, and gregarious, the antitheses to his idea of the perfect choice. The tiny whirlwind turns Steve's organized lifestyle upside down, somehow worming her way into his, and his son’s life, foiling all his plans to find that uncomplicated wife. Along the way Steve comes to realize there is a lot more to this bundle of feminine trouble than he first thought. Is she more trouble than he can handle?

And here’s a snip:

This part of the day was the most difficult to relax in. Once Jimmy and Lucy were in bed each evening they’d sat reading, in what an outsider would see as companionable silence. Well, Steve had been reading, but Georgie was so aware of his long legs carelessly crossed, his fingers turning the pages, that she was lucky if she read two sentences.

“Is Jimmy settled?” She strived to act as if her pulse rate hadn’t doubled.


“Well, he’s in bed, but how long he listens to that atrocious din, is another matter.”

“He’s normal. You should be grateful for that.” She smiled up at him, but he averted his gaze.

“I am. I hope he stays that way. I dread the day when I may find out he’s indulging in one of the more repugnant teenage pastimes.”

“I doubt that day will come. You’ve got a fine son, Mr. Tanakis, you should be very proud of the way you’ve raised him.”

“I guess I am. As you should be proud of Lucy and the way you’ve coped with her problem. Tell me, what do the doctors say about her condition?” He sat at her side instead of in his usual position opposite.

Georgie watched, fascinated, as he finger combed his hair, yearning to copy his movements. Was his rich thatch as soft as it looked?

“We have to see the specialist again in three months. Until then it’s just a matter of staying in the wheelchair, Mr. Tanakis.” Georgie frowned. “They estimated it could take up to a year to heal the inflamed nerves.”  

“Look, don’t you think that under the circumstances you can drop the formality,” he surprised her by suggesting. “You make me feel like your elderly uncle. Call me Steve.”

“Oh I couldn’t.” Georgie dropped her book to the floor.

“Of course you can. It’s simple, just try it.” Steve faced her, wishing he hadn’t when he saw how her eyes were sparkling.

After a brief hesitation she said, “Steve.”

His name on her lips held a kind of magic that startled him as he imagined her murmuring it as a plea while embroiled in the throes of passion. Steve blinked. Good God, she was his employee, if a very delectable one. He should remember that.

Admittedly there were times when she wreaked havoc. Including the mess they’d made bathing that stupid dog.

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22 May 2016

Sunday Snips & Stuff-from Tricia McGill

My Sunday Snips & Stuff  this week is taken from Kate’s Dilemma Book 3 in my Challenge the Heart series. I am currently working on this one and haven’t a cover to show you yet.

Blurb:
What happens when two people who are both of the same mind—this being to steer well clear of emotional entanglements—happen to be struck down by instant attraction.
Kate last met Liam when she was bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding. A gangly uncertain fourteen year old, going through the painful problems associated with growing up, she took an instant dislike to Liam, who made fun of her. When her recently widowed sister talks her into reluctantly accompanying her to her brother-in-law’s home, which just happens to have been built by architect Liam, Kate falls in love with the house and, unfortunately for her, finds that she soon has corresponding feelings for its owner.
Liam cannot believe that the tall, insecure teenager he met at his brother’s wedding years ago has blossomed into this beautiful, talented woman. His inbuilt antennae that had served him well, stood every chance of being annihilated if he didn’t watch out. This book was previously published as Look Into Your Heart
And here’s a small snip:

Kate wasn’t sure how Liam viewed their brief meeting, but was sure he'd forgotten it.

As if conjured by her thoughts he entered the room, silently, with the grace of a panther. Kate hadn’t been quite sure what to expect, but Liam was just as good-looking as she remembered. In fact, apart from a few grey hairs at his temples, he’d hardly changed.

Always angular, he seemed taller than ever. Used to being as tall as her dates, it was a pleasant surprise to be confronted by a man she could look up to. Their eyes clashed across the space separating them and his expression proved him as arrogant as ever. Kate tried to come to terms with a peculiar tingling sensation that had begun in the region of her navel and was now sending messages to every nerve ending in her body.

At Viola's wedding they took an instant dislike to one another. At fourteen, Kate, in the painful throes of growing up, felt like a great galumphing fool in her bridesmaid’s dress of aqua and white. Liam made fun of her, and she'd fled to the bathroom in tears.

Kate hated the idea of being a bridesmaid. Self-conscious of her towering height, she'd felt a fool next to her dainty sister. Her hair had been her one saving grace, its rich auburn splendour setting off the aqua in the gown. Liam had been full of mocking contempt and her already touchy adolescent ego was thoroughly shattered by his remarks. Kate vowed she would despise him forever.

“What a great book! I loved the Aussie humor, and of course read the entire book in my head with an accent which made Liam even hotter (as I love accents). Giving into the desire of the man she knows she belongs with will take Katie on the wildest ride of her life.... A tantalizing page turner that will make your heart skip a beat every time Katie and Liam are together." Jenn Nixon 

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When Fate Decides (Challenge the Heart Book 1) is dedicated to all the women out there who dream of having a man like Jack in their lives—and to those who are blessed by having one.

“When Jack Delaney re-enters widow Tessa’s life, her world is turned upside down by this handsome, successful, much younger man.”

“This is an unforgettable love story that I didn’t want to end and when it did, I wanted to start reading it again. Tessa is a wonderful heroine who has to regain her self-esteem and learn to love again. Jack is a man sure of what he wants and doesn’t mind using everything in his power to get it.” Hattie Boyd Word Museum

“As a romance hero, Jack is one of the best! …expect to spend a few sleepless nights reading this page–turner and enjoying the scorching love scenes between Tessa and Jack!”  Jennifer Macaire for A Romance Review

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A Heart in Conflict (Challenge the Heart Book 2)

Opposites attract, it is a well-known fact. At times this leads to insurmountable conflict, when at other times, sit back and watch the fireworks.

“Georgie’s voluptuous charms and vivid style captures more than the executive’s attention. And Steve’s unbridled passion for Georgie leads to a partnership that goes beyond plan or design! This down under charmer by Tricia McGill is sure to please!”—Lynda LaPorte

“Tricia McGill has created a story with a charming spirited heroine, a virile masterful hero, delightful supporting characters, and a thoroughly satisfying finish. Her familiarity with the fashion industry is evident.” Fran Keighley,

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15 May 2016

Sunday Snips & Stuff from Tricia McGill

Here's another snippet from my latest BWL release, A Heart In Conflict (Challenge the Heart Book 2)

Opposites attract, it is a well-known fact. At times this leads to insurmountable conflict, when at other times, sit back and watch the fireworks.
Steve Tanakis considers himself cool and calmly confident. Head of a fashion business, he needs to be in control of his life and his business decisions. He decides it is time to find a suitable mother for his son. Through with the pain that comes along with passion, he now considers what he wants is an unemotional wife, one who will fit well into his way of life.
Georgie McNamara, assistant designer in his fashion house, is flamboyant, vivacious, and gregarious, the antitheses to his idea of the perfect choice. The tiny whirlwind turns Steve's organized lifestyle upside down, somehow worming her way into his, and his son’s life, foiling all his plans to find that uncomplicated wife. Along the way Steve comes to realize there is a lot more to this bundle of feminine trouble than he first thought. Is she more trouble than he can handle?
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How come a woman of twenty-two hasn’t got her own transport in this day and age? I pay you well, don’t I?”

“I like to walk.” She upped her chin. “I only live five minutes away from Sophinia’s and Melbourne has a perfectly adequate public transport system if I wish to go further.”

“What if it’s raining?” He was clearly amazed.

“I love walking in the rain. You should try it. You’d be surprised how refreshing it is.” She grinned.

“I’m sure. So, how about it? I’d be eternally grateful. Jimmy likes you, and he wouldn’t be quite so disgusted with me. I’m sure he’d love your sister, especially if she plays the guitar. You could get a cab to your aunt’s house if you don’t want to drive. It strikes me you aren’t looking forward to spending time with these relatives. You could dodge your uncle’s depressing monologues, and save my face. Did you have anything planned for the rest of the break?”

“Not anything too important,” she said slowly. Georgie rather liked the idea of him being eternally grateful to her. “Lucy and I were going on a few day trips. I was going to make myself a few outfits. I have some brilliant ideas.”

“As unique as the dress you’re wearing?” His eyes wandered up and down her length. But his question didn’t sound exactly complementary.

“What’s wrong with this?” Lifting a handful of chiffon she glanced at it.

“Absolutely nothing. Your taste is incredible.”

Georgie caught his secret little smile as he said that and then her eyes were drawn to his well-shaped and strong hands. Awareness tingled up her spine as her vivid imagination conjured up sexual actions that could be performed by those hands. Abruptly she made for the door, just catching the look of surprise that flashed over his face. “I have to be getting home. Have you seen my handbag? I left it down here somewhere.”

“It’s in the hall cupboard.” He waved a hand in that direction. “Don’t worry, I’ll take you home. Sit down, Georgie, I have a proposition to put to you.” He was back in Boss mode, his tone imperious.

Georgie gulped. “About what?” She’d been propositioned quite a few times and didn’t go much on them.

“Don’t look at me like that. I’m talking about a business proposition.”

“Oh.”

Mischief glinted in his eyes as he motioned for her to sit again. Georgie perched straight-backed on the chair, knees primly together.

“If you consider doing this favour for me I might consider inserting one or two of those excellent designs you showed me last week in our next collection,” he said.

“That’s blackmail!”

“It could be looked on that way. But I should confess I’ve been seriously contemplating using some of your ideas later.”

Steve wasn’t stringing her a line. Her designs were good. They would have to be moderated, for they were too extreme for his buyers. Her last batch of sketches had interested him so much he’d thought about letting her produce a new range for a younger market than the one he now catered for. It would get her out of Greta’s hair and put and end to their blatant clash of opinions.

“Your designing talent is out of this world,” Steve assured her with a straight face. That was true. He might not find her style to his liking, but that didn’t alter the fact she was highly talented. He eyed her frothy turquoise creation.

Steve gazed thoughtfully at her. The morning sunlight caught the highlights in her hair, making it shimmer like streaked silk. Would it feel as soft as it looked? He fisted his hands. He felt hot under the collar, and fascinated by her. What would she say now if he were to ask if it bothered her that, for such a tiny person, she was certainly over-endowed?

In fact, she had the figure of a goddess, all the curves in the right places. He ran a finger up the side of his nose as he regarded her. No woman of his acquaintance blushed as much as she did. He doubted if Marika had ever blushed in her life.

“You’re kidding!” Her lovely eyes were wide, and he had to shake himself to remember the subject at hand.

“I never kid about my business, Georgie. I’m dead serious. You strike me as sensible.” That was a half-truth. At times she was like a bomb about to explode, always on the move, gesturing with her expressive hands.

“This is a fun romp through the fashion world in Australia. Steve Tanakis is a dark, brooding hero with a fragile heart and a penchant for neutral colours. Georgie is a free spirit who surrounds herself with bright hues and lots of laughter. Their love story is touching, funny, and very moving. How Georgie wins her man and finds her dream job, and how Steve conquers Georgie’s heart, is a fast-paced, beguiling story that kept me turning pages until way after midnight.”—Review by Jennifer Macaire
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