Hey guys! I have friend and fellow agency author Sharon Struth with me today, celebrating the release of her latest novel, Share the Moon. Scroll down to take a peek at her hunky cover. ;) She's dishing about her hero!
Hi Joanne! Thanks for hosting me today.
Hi Joanne! Thanks for hosting me today.
Duncan Jamieson is the president of Resorts Group International. Personal reasons take him to Northbridge, Connecticut, where he outbids local resident, Sophie Shaw, on some farmland that formerly operated as a vineyard. Of course, he doesn’t know who he outbid. Controversy surrounds the large-scale resort that he’s proposed, but the corporate giant has no trouble when it comes to business and puts on a tough exterior.
But he’s really not a bad guy.
Here’s a little peek into his life, a few moments that might soften your heart for him.
1. Duncan has never fully given his heart to a woman. Even his wife. He believed he loved her, but after her death, he realized he still kept part of himself in reserve. Not the way one should behave for true love.
2. There is one thing Duncan loves…Sailing. For many years, he raced his boat, “True Love,” competitively. Swept away by the breezes, put in the hands of nature, he had tools to control the outcome. Love with another person can’t be controlled.
3. When his brother, Trent, was down and out, facing addiction and fired from his father’s law firm, Duncan offered Trent a job and helped him on the road to recovery.
4. Duncan remembered Sophie from summers he’d visited Blue Moon Lake as a kid, but she doesn’t remember him. Around her now, despite being over forty years old, he still feels like the same nervous adolescent boy, who had watched her from a distance.
5. Duncan stopped smoking years ago, but when he’s stressed, instead of a cigarette, he always reaches for a hard butterscotch candy. These can be found in his candy dishes all over his office and in the pockets of all his jackets. Must be because of his Scottish heritage.
Duncan’s move to Northbridge, Connecticut turns out to be more than he bargained for. Here’s an excerpt where Sophie shows him how to appreciate a good wine, a moment when he realizes how much owning the vineyard had mattered to her before he came along and bumped her offer:
From Share the Moon~
“Now, gently swirl the wine.” A slight twist of Sophie’s wrist rotated the glass.
Duncan copied her moves, realizing she made the gesture fluid, easier than his attempts.
“This gives the molecules a little nudge to entertain us. I mean, who doesn’t like to be entertained.” She waved a playful brow. “Once you get them moving, stick your nose up close and take a whiff.”
Sophie brought her straight nose close to the rim. Her lids dropped, as if prepared to receive a scent from heaven. She inhaled. Passion-filled concentration dominated her expression, leaving him mesmerized, unable to stop watching even as he lifted his own glass. He copied her movements, contemplating the aroma in a way he’d never done before.
When he opened his eyes, she’d been watching. “Anything stand out?”
He took a second, shorter whiff. “Pepper, I think.”
Her mouth turned into a half-surprised, half-pleased smile. “Very good.”
A sensation fluttered in his gut, her approval an unexpected joy.
“I smelled some kind of berry too. Now take a decent taste. Let the liquid coat your entire mouth. It’ll feel different on your tongue versus the roof of your mouth or the inside of your cheeks. There are all kinds of hidden flavors. Some bold, others more subtle.”
She brought the glass to her lips then stopped, leaned across the counter, and placed her soft palm over the hand where he held the glass. A sweet floral scent drifted from her hair. She dropped her voice, now low and sexy. “A ready guy like you should take your time with this one.” She cocked a loaded brow. “Really work hard and you’ll detect the wine’s secrets.”
Heat crept up his neck again.
The microwave buzzer sounded but she kept her gaze on him as she tipped back her goblet. Her full lips brushed the rim with the delicate touch of a first kiss.
Share the Moon Blurb:
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/share-the-moon-sharon-struth/1119885774?ean=9781616505639&itm=1&usri=9781616505639
Kensington Books: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30514
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