Hello! It’s that romantic suspense author with the weird name. Yes, that’s me, Destiny Booze. I love Coffee Time Romance and More! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take over the blog today!
It’s back–to-school time. That means a strain on the wallet–school supplies, fees, pictures, anything needed for sports, etc. I always dread the homework drama. Then you have the constant illnesses, calls from the school… I promise I’m not trying to depress anyone. We’ll survive this!
In the spirit of the mother sisterhood, I want to offer a Kindle copy of my new romantic suspense, Another Five Minutes. It’s a little free adult entertainment to celebrate the kick off of the school year. To win, leave a comment below telling me what you were like in school. The winner will be announced tomorrow night at 9:00 PM Eastern time.
I’ll start. In a word, I was unmemorable. I was that quiet girl that sat in the back of the class writing in a notebook or reading. Sometimes I was sleeping. When I think about it, maybe I haven’t changed so much. Lol. What were you like?
Loving him is easy.
Fearing him is necessary.
Trusting him could be a deadly mistake.
Born deaf and living with an anxiety disorder, Brooke Hartley manages life in five-minute intervals. It’s all she can do to get out of bed each morning. She’s hidden inside her sister’s apartment for over a year.
Everything changes when Brooke’s sister goes missing. Her fragile world crashes. She is desperate to find her, and she’ll need help.
Haunted by a past he needs to forget, Scott Derrico keeps to himself until his gallery manager, Autumn Hartley, suddenly disappears. He is forced out of his isolation to help a woman that needs him with a terrifying intensity.
Scott tries to deny his attraction to Brooke. He doesn’t want to get emotionally involved but he craves her like nothing else. And, for her, he is a dark and sexy diversion to overcome her fear.
With a genuinely flawed and relatable heroine and a mysterious and protective hero, you won’t want this love story to end. You’ll beg…for another five minutes…
Scott stopped so he could stare at Autumn’s sister. He’d forgotten—again—that she was coming. Maybe if he’d remembered, he would have been more prepared.
Brooke was absolutely beautiful.
Her eyes met his, and he couldn’t look away. Those large, gorgeous eyes held him in place better than steel bars could have. He could stare at those eyes for the rest of the day, or week, or longer.
He suddenly remembered his manners. He’d told Autumn he would make this easier for her. He forced a polite smile, completely aware his behavior was not going unnoticed.
With a pointed stare, Autumn stepped toward him. “What’s wrong? And don’t answer where she can see you. She reads lips.”
He turned sideways, away from Brooke, opened his mouth to respond, and shrugged instead.
“Did you change your mind about her working here?”
“No, of course not.”
“Okay. So why are you looking at her like that?”
Again, he shrugged. What was he supposed to say? Sorry, but I don’t want to have the hots for your sister. You should have told me she was so beautiful.
“Oh,” she said, her eyebrows lifting.
Oh? What the heck did she mean by that?
“You realize I have a picture of my sister on my desk, right? It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that she’s pretty.”
He hadn’t noticed the picture. Obviously. And, she was way more than pretty.
Her look of surprise suddenly changed. “Scott, don’t you dare make a move on my sister. I mean it. That’s the last thing she needs right now.”
“That won’t happen.”
“Good. Now, please turn back around and say hello. I want her to feel welcome.”
Right. He turned back, shoved his hair away from his face, and instantly went right on staring. “Hey. Welcome to the team.”
Was that his voice? It was much softer than normal. He had to snap out of this.
She gave such a small smile that he wondered if he imagined it.
Had she understood what he’d said? Maybe he hadn’t spoken slowly enough?
He looked back to Autumn to make sure she wasn’t still glaring at him. She was. Oh hell. He walked away to his studio. This day was not going to get any easier.
Praise for the book:
“This story caught me and would not let go! The instant attraction between Brooke and Scott was great but not the only pull in this story. I had to know what happened, who did it, and could not stop turning pages. I loved how Brooke’s deafness did not stop any of the story, love, danger, etc… Scott’s instant protectiveness made him a wonderful counterpart. From Brooke’s past tragedies to the current situation, I enjoyed the entire package. I highly recommend this story…” ~ Christine Woinich
“…Destiny writes romantic suspense novels, and her concepts for stories are enhanced by the out of the ordinary characters she carves…Having created a deaf heroine whose life is lived in 5 minute intervals makes for a fascinating device for a romance…This is a stunningly original novel, well written and tense enough to satisfy the most finicky suspense story lovers. Highly recommended.” ~ Grady Harp
“…The author vividly evokes Brooke’s feelings of anxiety with descriptions such as this one: ‘She drowned in the fear. That was what it felt like. There was no air, no escape, no help, no hope.’ Her inability to speak is handled skillfully…the quick pace will keep you turning the pages…” ~ Lynda Dickson