Timing is everything, right? It certainly was at the beginning of my relationship with my husband of 21 years. After spending months internalizing a painful break-up, I began attending a local dance. My family said I needed a social life, but I didn’t believe them. They were right. I found fun again. And I met my husband there. Except that, for the longest time, I was a flirty snob. I would actually dance with him and be checking out the rest of the room. Ouch! 

A long time later (I’m ashamed to admit it was two years) he saw me at a local restaurant and asked me to save him a dance the next week. I’m not sure what set off the spark that lit inside me that night, but it hit with a vengeance and has never let up since. We’ve been together 26 years now and I’m so grateful he waited for me.

Which is my way of proving that, in life as well as in romance stories, you need more than just a spark. You need it timed for maximum effect. In my newly released book, Pirate’s Promise, which is the sequel to Stolen Treasures, Hawk and Julia both have a lot of reasons to fight their attraction to each other. And finally, on a sultry night in a tropical village, the flame ignites and there is no turning back for either of them. They try, but the fire is unquenchable.

 Here’s a little bit about Hawk and Julia’s story:

 Three promises.     Two Lives on the edge.     One undeniable love.

Everything attorney Julia Branholt has worked for is about to tank thanks to one stubborn, bull-headed pirate named Hakon “Hawk” Thoralssen. It’s nlr-pp3ot enough that she’s forced to take him on as yet another pro bono case, but someone bails the man out in her name. This ethical nightmare could mean disbarment…and the end to a promise she made her father. So Julia goes rogue and follows Hawk.

When sabotage threatens to destroy the home of his late wife, Hawk rushes to save the village.  He didn’t bargain on a hot-tempered attorney following him. Especially not one who fills him with a heat he’s chosen to deny. 

 The only way to save Tierra Bonita means working together. Can this village of kind-hearted, affectionate people draw Hawk and Julia out of their self-imposed isolation and open their hearts to new promises?

 And a quick excerpt from the point in their relationship where they give in to the spark.

  He reached for her, then stopped. God help him. He didn’t want Julia to go. He wanted… Damn it. He wanted more than he had a right to ask. This woman had fought with him, and for him, ever since they’d met. Now she fought for his village. Maria’s village.

He wasn’t ready to let go of the past. Hell, he probably never would be. He couldn’t give Julia what she wanted, what she needed.

He moved closer. Neither could he resist her.

Hawk touched her hair and shivers threaded his veins with heat. He felt the warmth flood his face and spread through his body until it lodged like a red-hot stake in his groin.

It seemed natural to caress her cheek.

Julia’s arms were a barrier between them. Her head came up and his heart cracked at the unshed tears. Instinct took over as Hawk shut the door on yesterday and vowed, for now, to live in the moment. He leaned down and kissed lips that had invaded his dreams for days.

She pushed against him and held his gaze for one long, hard minute. Then, the barrier gave way. Her arms snaked their way around his head and pulled him down to renew the kiss.

She parted her lips and it was his undoing. Hawk responded with all the lust and emotion pent up within him since first setting eyes on her. He devoured her and she welcomed him with her response.

lr-st3 What about you? Do you have a story to tell about that first spark? Or a book recommendation that really times that spark well? I’d love to hear about it.  

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