Guest Post by Lola Drake
This week I am pleased to host the fabulous Lola Drake, a fellow writing group member. In addition to hosting her #fridayflash this week, I’m also excited to announce the release of her first novella, Pursuit of a Kiss (Evernight Publishing)–a page-turning suspense with a sexy blend of romance (but more about that later).
First, Lola’s debut #fridayflash….
Spotted sunlight trickled through the dusty attic windows, dancing along the floor as though playing a game. Sophie wiped her hands on her jeans, then used her already filthy t-shirt to wipe droplets of sweat from her face. A scrap of paper stuck out from a book in the last box. Curious, she pulled it out, to find one of her I’m-depressed-enough-to-actually-attempt-to-write-poetry-even-though-i-know-it-will-suck poems:
Haunting as the last song before sleep
You repeat in my mind
Unrecognized last kiss
Voices across telephone wires
The page has ended
It’s ready to turn
Even though I am not
With a wry smile, she placed it back in the book before taping the box closed. Perhaps that poem had some magic to it after all, though, because a voice broke the silence behind her.
“You’re really leaving?”
Brian leaned against the doorframe, affecting a pose of nonchalance as Sophie got to her feet to face him.
“Is there any point in me staying?”
He stalked forward, his body moving like a panther as it skulked after its prey. Determined, relentless, needing her in spite of how hard he strove not to. Sophie had understood that resistance within him for a long time. Still, she closed her eyes as his hand lifted to wipe some dust from her cheek. He lingered there, letting his thumb drop lower to stroke her lips.
“I can’t do this. I’m with someone.” Brian choked out, his hands still upon her.
Sophie opened her eyes to meet his tortured gaze. She couldn’t help it, the longing she saw there always made her knees weak. “So walk away.”
With a groan, he lowered his hand to her throat, gripping it to press her backwards against the wall. Before she could react, he scooped her up, slamming her against the timeworn wood. Her legs came up to wrap around his waist as his mouth fastened itself to hers.
“You have no idea how much I want you.” He whispered as he came up for air.
Before he could kiss her again, she lifted a hand to stop him. “Not enough.”
She pushed back gently, lowering her legs to the floor. Brian gripped her hips to keep her in place, his knuckles turning white as he fought himself over whether to release her.
“I care about you, you know that.”
“Yes, but you picked her. You said it yourself, you’re with someone. You can’t have it both ways.”
“One last time?”
Sophie sighed, wanting so badly to give in. He fired her up like no one else ever had, and she feared like no one else ever would. If she didn’t walk away on her own terms, with her dignity intact, then what would she have? She would never regret him, she couldn’t, but this time she had to stay strong for both their sake’s. He needed to learn this lesson once and for all.
“I love you, Brian. I always have. So I hope she makes you very happy.”
He froze, as she’d expected. They didn’t use the word love. Lust, caring, passion, friendship, but never love. Knowing she couldn’t stay in the attic a moment longer without losing her resolve, she hurried downstairs and out the front door, leaving him alone in her house. She’d been broken before, but this time she would leave whole. And she could be a bit smug knowing how much Brian would miss her.
* * *
Ousted from Olympus until he can restore true love to
the world, Eros stumbles upon a match made in
heaven – if they can survive hell first.
Juliet doesn’t have much in common with her
namesake. Her career-centric life sorely lacks
romance. Then one night everything changes when
she witnesses a gang shooting, and she ends up a
FBI Agent Jake Parker has known Juliet for years, but
only as the baby sister of his best friend. He still
imagines her as the awkward teenager she used to
be. When Jake must protect Juliet from the gang
determined to eliminate the only witness who can
testify against them, he discovers that he’s not the
only one who’s changed in the last ten years.
As sparks fly and the danger mounts, Juliet and Jake
must decide what they’re willing to risk in the pursuit
of what’s possibly true love’s kiss.
* * *