Some Truth in My Fiction…
You can find inspiration in the strangest of circumstances – well at least I did for my new release, An Opportunity Seized. The idea for a ‘first meeting’ was sparked from an actual event. This awkward real life situation arose while my family and I were holidaying in the UK back in 2013.
It was an extremely hot day for London, it’s just my luck to arrive at the same time as a heatwave hits. We were sitting in St James Park, enjoying an ice-cream under the shade of a tree when disaster struck. We all got quite a shock when it happened. It was unexpected, messy, really embarrassing and resulted in an uncomfortable walk up Buckingham Palace Road. We had to trek passed the Guard House and many tourists until we could find something to sort out the disaster.
Yes, I am beating around the bush – so to speak, but if I tell you in detail then it will spoil the beginning of my book. Suffice to say the exact same thing that happens to my heroine Toni, happened to my poor little boy. Well apart from the being rescued by a hunky hero of course, husband and I had to come to his aid in this instance.
Let me tell you it was a holiday memory I will never forget. Still kicking myself I didn’t take a photo but I don’t think son would have been all that impressed with me. Unfortunately for him when I said I wouldn’t ever speak of it again, I lied. How could I miss such a great opportunity for a very original meeting for my erotic, romantic suspense, story?
So, have I piqued your curiosity enough to check out my latest release, the first in my Haven Security series, An Opportunity Seized? If so, we probably should keep this between us or my family might disown me…
An Opportunity Seized
Two unforeseen moments in time— One brings them together—the other is a danger so real it could tear them apart.
Antoinette ‘Toni’ Grimaldi prefers to keep out of the spotlight, blend in with the crowd and experience life the same as the bulk of the population. Being a mining magnate’s daughter is a difficult persona for her to uphold. She just doesn’t fit in with high society standards, always managing to say something inappropriate or trip over her own feet at the worst possible moment, resulting in that look of disappointment and embarrassment her parents inevitably wear whenever she’s around.
Meeting a handsome stranger who comes to her rescue and asks her out on a date is so much more than Toni could have ever hoped for on her dream holiday—one she is surprised her parents have even permitted her to take alone. Her fairy-tale moment is short-lived, though, when Toni discovers the stranger has been hired by her family to follow her every move—under the guise of keeping her safe.
Jason finds he is drawn to Antoinette. She is nothing at all like the socialite he was expecting to shadow around London’s nightclubs. After an awkward first meeting, he convinces Toni that there is more to his interest in her than just as her bodyguard. To his surprise, his attraction for the soft-spoken, thoughtful woman grows, despite his usual reluctance to commit to any kind of relationship.
Then a disaster at one of the family-owned mines and a string of death threats force Toni to return home, and her need for a bodyguard becomes a life and death reality.