I loved watching all those wonderfully witty romantic comedies from the 1950’s and 1960’s starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Shirley MacLaine, and even Elvis! Taking us back to that time now, when romance went hand-in-hand with gender inequality and misunderstandings, is my fellow LARA chapter mate, Allison Morse, and her newest release, The Sweetheart Deal. Below is a bit about it and an excerpt… (oh, and here’s a little inside scoop…the e-book is only $2.99 until September 2nd, so grab your copy today!)
Ellen Hamilton is an unconventional woman living in the conventional 1950s. When her family’s company is threatened with takeover by John Adair, the man who broke her heart and was run out of town years ago, the game is on. Has Ellen met her match? Or, will this time be different and will Ellen win everything—including the handsome and mysterious John.
Something inside her gave way and she flung her arms around his neck and gave him a hot, lingering kiss. He grabbed hold of her and pulled her onto his lap. The kiss grew deeper, her mind lost in the sensation of him, his taste, his feel and the tightness in her own body begged for more.
The appalling doorbell sounded and she leapt to her feet. “Oh, it’s Harold.”
She paced. What an idiot! What possessed her? She looked at John and groaned inside. It was a compulsion, that what he was, or maybe hypnotism. Whatever it was, thank goodness for clichés, because she’d just been saved by the bell.
John stood, and as if he were a magnet she stopped pacing and halted right in front of him. He caressed her arms. “Ignore him.”
She threw off his hands. “No, no, no. No! He’s good, you’re bad. I’m ignoring you. Ignoring this.”
“Hey, I didn’t make that kiss happen. You did, and it was great.” His baritone voice was both soothing and sexy.
“Fine, I made it happened, and now I’m making it not happen.”
“I have a date.” She realized that she was reminding herself of that fact as much as him.
He stepped in closer. “Sure. Go ahead.”
“You’re smirking.” Still, she didn’t move. “You are such an egotist.” She wanted to move. She planned to move. She didn’t move. “I’m going out with Harold.”
The doorbell rang again.
John grinned. “So I see.”
Allison has had many careers. She is currently working earning a living as an attorney. However, one of her favorite jobs was working for the now closed Dutton’s, a wonderful, musty new, used and rare bookstore in North Hollywood with deep roots in Southern California’s literary community. Books and story-telling have always ruled her imagination. In addition to The Sweetheart Deal, she is working on a mystery set in Hollywood entitled Depth of Focus. She lives with her husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.