There are still little red marks all over MORE THAN A NIGHT, so it’s going to be a few more days until I work my way through everything, but I’m very pleased with how it’s turning out!  The barn scene is especially hot…:)

I’m taking today to work on SAFE FROM THE STORM, for a couple of reasons – a) It helps to put something down and go back to it later with a fresh perspective, and b) Nora and Tony are incredibly challenging and need all the attention I can give them!

I believe I mentioned when I started SFS that Nora was going to be tricky, and she is – she’s a victim of a situation, and the personality she demanded was quiet and ladylike and sort of naturally submissive, which is not what I normally write at all.  Grace in SFF is somewhat submissive in the bedroom, but nowhere else.  But I like the idea that under Nora’s meek porcelain doll exterior is a core of steel and a willingness to do whatever it takes.  As a result, I’m bouncing between letting Tony save her in a hot, alpha, Sheriff-y sort of way, and giving her enough oomph to save herself.  So, he thinks she’s fragile, and so does she, but they’re both wrong – she’s actually a survivor, and not passive in the slightest.  The goal is to find the balance there, and the contrast between Steffen and Tony – Steffen is dominant, aggressive, and a bully, and Tony needs to represent the flip side of that – a little dominant, determined, and actually very wounded underneath it all.  It’s a lot of fun to write, but there are days when I want to tear my hair out!  Anyway, a few weeks on that, and then SAFE FROM THE WILD hopefully for January – more on that to come.

Have a great weekend, my dear readers!

Safe From the Storm

Sheriff Tony Arnetto has been going through the motions since his wife Nora disappeared in a sailing accident five years ago, leaving behind a mysterious inheritance, a shadowy ex-husband, and a pile of questions that make Tony wonder if he even knew the beautiful redhead at all.  When she shows up in Bright’s  Ferry, alive and desperate for his help, Tony finds his world turned upside down.  Torn between love and anger, he struggles to deal with her sudden reappearance in his life, even as the town braces for the storm of the century.

Nora Allen’s past is catching up to her.  Unable to outrun her vicious and manipulative first husband any longer, she’s been forced back to Bright’s Ferry to get Tony to sign over her fortune and hopefully convince the evil Steffen Decelles to leave her in peace at last.  To start over.  However, Nora doesn’t count on Steffen’s desire for revenge or Tony’s stubborn resentment despite the electricity that still sparks whenever Nora comes close to her sexy sheriff.  With the water rising and passion spinning them out of control, Nora and Tony face off against a madman and each other, forced to accept their past if they have any chance of a future.