Trust is Coming!

Trust by Becca LeeAfter ignoring Trust for far too long with good old life getting in the way, it was time to pull in the reins and own this amazing book. Finally, Trust will be heading to my amazing editor Hot Tree Editing next week. I’m just working through the final stages at the moment, and am so bloody pleased with the result.

While Trust has a pretty fabulous level of wit and humour in the main character Jessie, the book is nothing like my Perfect series.

Trust touches on affiliations with the Russian mafia, and follows Jessie, a young woman whose life turns upside down after she make discoveries certain to make weaker people cower and crumble. But not Jessie. She soon discovers, she’s not willing to cower in the face of a situation that could keep her down. Yup, she’s pretty bad-arse in her own unique way.

I have a sneak peek, never shared before, extended excerpt* for you to enjoy. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

*unedited and subject to change

Chapter One Opening

It didn’t matter that he had shouted words in anger, in rage. They were out there, floating in the breeze of the cool air kicked out by the air conditioning unit. I was mad. Livid even, but there was also a part of my heart that shattered at the words.

I don’t want you.

He actually spoke them, shouted them, spat them.

My heart constricted to a point when I thought it may actually stop, break and give up. Who in the hell knew that was what this felt like? I sure in the hell didn’t. Not before this moment. I wanted to scream, to shout, to punch, and bite.

I don’t want you.

I couldn’t do any of that. I was rendered speechless. Ironic really considering my specialism in speech therapy.

My mind scrambled for a coherent thought, or at least a reaction. Nothing. Oh, there was plenty whizzing through my mind, but nothing concrete that I could grasp. And all the while, he just stood there. Looking. Watching. Waiting.

I knew the moment the words had been thrown from his mouth, that he regretted them. I saw it through his paled expression, the repeated movement of his Adam’s apple bobbing up and down, and the clear look of horror.

But it was too late. They were still out there.

“I—”

I shook my head, effectively cutting off his words. “No.” The sound of my voice surprised me. Not only had I managed to form an honest-to-God word, but the word was flat, even. I’d expected a shake in my voice, maybe teamed with a tear. I could do this. I had to. “Out, now. I can’t even look at you.” And I couldn’t. My erratic thoughts and feelings were finally regrouping, restructuring. It was possible that the rage I felt bubbling low in my belly, could actually build to the point where I may lash out. Hitting and biting sounded good at that moment.

“But—”

“I swear to God, Chris. Get the hell away from me. Now.” A hint of the bubbling rage entered my once flat words.

“Okay. I’m…shit…I’m sorry, Jessie. I just need to explain.”

I sneered, a real life sneer, one I was sure transformed my face into something animalistic. I fought the urge to step toward him and lash out. Instead, I inhaled my anger and turned my back to him. Moments later, the front door clicked closed.

He’d gone.

Sneaky Trust Teaser

I’m hard writing and juggling that task with real life at the moment, but I am determined to not let the noisy voices in my head get the best of me. I thought I’d share with you a sneaky excerpt from Trust. This is unedited and subject to change. 🙂

Trust FC Low res

Once inside our room, I kicked off my shoes and face-planted on the bed. The mattress dipped beside me, causing me to bounce and then shift into Luca’s space. I welcomed the heat of his hand on my head as he stroked the hair out of my eyes as I angled my face to look at him.

“You good?

I shrugged no committedly.

Hand still stroking my hair, he scooted down so he lay beside me and were face to face. My anxiety and frustration about Chris and the vineyard was quickly pushed away when his warm breath brushed against my skin. I closed my eyes at the sensation and opened them abruptly when Luca moved even closer to me. His thigh brushing my leg, his lips barely an inch away from my own.

“Is it the vineyard?”

I nodded, my eyes flicking from his lips to his eyes.

“Freaked you out, huh?”

This time a small smile tugged at my lips. He knew me so damn well.

“You know, it’ll all be okay. You don’t have to be involved with the vineyard at all. You could even sell it.” He ran a knuckle against my skin when I didn’t answer immediately. “You’re in control here.”

His palm opened and held my cheek as he lazily stroked his thumb across my cheekbone. I sighed into his hand, relishing the caress. “I know. It just took me by surprise, you know.” He nodded as I continued. “I don’t know what to do. Don’t get me wrong, the wine was kick-arse.” I laughed and focused on the smile playing on his lips. “Just when everything is beginning to make sense, something seems to trip me up a little. It doesn’t even have to be anything significant.” I pulled away from him and lay back with a frustrated sigh, our legs touching. Awareness settled through me, peaking my confusion and throwing my irritation for a loop.

“What can I do? What do you need?”

I pulled my bottom lip between my teeth and thought of a multitude of possibilities of how Luca could help me. Most involved his lips on mine, on my skin. Not the most practical solutions while I was mixed up, but it was one hell of a temptation.

 

Cheeky Teaser: Trust

I’m so excited about my WIP, TRUST.

To be abandoned is one thing. To have your heart ripped out while you are left broken on the cold, tiled floor is another.

 Jessie is no stranger to loss, but when trust is broken and leaves a gaping hole of uncertainty, she no longer knows where deception ends and the truth begins. Caught up in a web of lies, Jessie needs to find out who she can trust, and fast.
 When she is faced with an uncertain future and discovers she may not be who she thinks she is, never before has trust been more important.
 ‘Trust’ is a romantic suspense standalone novel.
Cover reveal coming May 12th 2015.
Victorious teaser

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: A Perfect Love

Designed by: LM Creations
A Perfect Love (Perfect #2)
“When the odds are
stacked against you,
you don’t run and
hide.
You step up and give
life the middle finger.”
Jo is confident her life is
about to spiral out of control and change irrevocably. What she doesn’t expect
is just how far her world will tilt. Floundering and confused, she discovers
life and love isn’t always knee deep in hearts and flowers. Sometimes, life’s middle finger is pointed firmly in
the air.
Liam never expected perfect, but from the moment he said “I do”, he knew he had it. What he doesn’t expect, is life throwing crapballs the size of Ayres Rock at him! Sometimes, life’s aim is a little too accurate.
When Mother Nature steps in and
throws their world into disarray, Liam and Jo need to decide just how far
they’re willing to go to find their perfect love. 

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Exciting News

So I’m really excited to be sharing some news. amazing authors, TL Smith, SK Logsdon, Chantal FernandoJaci J, Amie Nichols, Ada Frost, Tara Brown and myself are releasing a fabulous collection of reads containing our independent women. Crazy excited to be releasing A Perfect Moment in such an amazing collection with authors who make me squeal – yep, they are that bloody amazing!
We have a cover reveal coming up at the beginning of July, with the release at the end of July.

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Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Thanks for stopping by to this author blog hop. It’s a chance where you’re learn a little bit about me and my writing process.

Kristine Raymond invited me to participate. This was started by Maya Rock.

The lovely Katija O tagged me to be interviewed. I’ve only just really been introduced to Katijo, and she seems pretty amazing. Here’s a little bit about her:

Biography

Writing was my passion for almost thirty years, life and its obstacles got in my way.

After losing someone who was very close to me, I needed to find something to help ease my pain – one day I sat at my computer and began the journey.

The rest is now history

Be sure to stop by her Facebook page and discover more about her. Now here’s a little bit more about me. 🙂

What am I working on?

My current WIP is A Perfect Love, book two in my Perfect Series. This installment will follow the fabulous, take-no-shit Jo, whom readers of A Perfect Moment got to know as Ella’s feisty sidekick bff, and of course her dreamy husband Liam. We’ll follow their story as they navigate their way through the challenges, mishap and dramas of married life and all that entails.

Be sure to expect a whole heap of laughter, a good dose of drama and a bucket load of tears. I’m anticipating A Perfect Love to be ready for release in August/September 2014.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think my style in this series especially has clear sense of romance and humour, without delving into erotica. I love erotica, but sometimes all I want is genuine sweetness in my life. Also, I deliberately wanted my characters to be ‘real’ even, ‘normal’ every day people. They’re not rock stars, movie stars or assassins; they’re regular people like you and me. Hopefully, this has brought a little bit of freshness to contemporary romance.

Why do I write what I do?

For the love of it. Plain and simple. I have several stories to tell. I will always have a full time job, and have to clean my damn car (okay, so I totally get my husband to do that for me), so it’s definitely not for the wealth or indeed status. I love my privacy. It’s the buzz of discovering a reader connected with one of my characters; the adrenaline when I read the lines “I loved it”. It’s totally gets me going and yep, I do a pretty impressive jig. I have a good and happy life, but sometimes, life gets hard and shitty. I find my escape in books. Knowing that I can also provide that escapism to someone else is a pretty magical feeling.

How does my writing process work?

My PA, Josie, I know is shaking her head. I don’t really plan. I don’t really make notes. I simply write. My life is busy, so I grab an hour of pounding my words out into my laptop whenever I get the chance, which has been shamefully rare since the release of A Perfect Moment. Self-promotion, even with Josie and my amazing street team, is almost a full time job in itself. This shit is hard. So, yes, it’s true. I juggle ideas in my head, usually have a meltdown so have a chat with Josie at 4am in the morning and she puts me on the right path. Having someone who you trust with your ideas helps me so much too. My process is then laughingly not really a process at all. It’s more like a chaotic juggling act. A pretty awesome one though.

A Perfect Moment Update

This MayA Perfect Moment has been in the capable hands of my editor for a couple of weeks now. I’m itching at the bit to get my hands back on it, but I know Lauren McKellar will do an amazing job and I just have to be patient.

The good news is, A perfect Moment is now that much closer to release.

I’m tentatively aiming for May 3rd – I just hope I can pull it off in time. Fingers crossed. As soon as I know anything more, I be sure to clamber on top off my house and shout it from the rooftop.

In the meantime, I’m so amazingly grateful to the readers and bloggers who have so kindly agreed to review an eARC of A Perfect Moment and to those amazing bloggers who have signed up for my blog tour, organised by the amazing team over at Sexyways of Reading in the first week in May.

There still time to sign up if you can host my debut novel. I’d be so truly grateful. 🙂

—–>>>Tour Dates- May 3rd – May 7th <<<<—–
http://tinyurl.com/PerfectMomentBlogTour

Cheeky Teaser

Ella’s bff, Jo, is one of my favourite characters. She’s who I would love to be. She sassy, takes no shit and will easily tell you how it’s going to be. The second book in my Perfect Series is called A Perfect Love. Sounds gushy, right! Well, with a character like Jo, not quite sure gushy would describe her ‘perfect’ love.

Meet Jo