by C.C. Koen
What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?
Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?
Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.
Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.
One will break his heart.
The other—heal it.
Will he love or leave them?
“Cece, Cece, where are you?”
They both turned toward the door.
An adult version of the pint-sized girl appeared in the doorway. This variation, though, had hair on the cherry side of auburn with twists of milk chocolate streaming through the strands. A messy ponytail slung high on top of her head, and thick, curly waves fell over her shoulder, instead of bright, reddish-orange pigtails like Cece’s.
“Cece, come here.” The woman’s stern tone communicated there better not be any arguments. Cece marched across the room. “My daughter shouldn’t have run off. I’m sorry if she disturbed you.”
A company logo and name written in gold script in a circular pattern above her left breast caught his attention: Westlake Security Services. His best friend, Matt, owned the firm adjacent to his office. She’d have to pass his suite to get there, yet he’d never seen her before. He inspected her uniform, a gray polo shirt and black slacks. An outfit he’d seen many times before, but it never looked that good on anyone else. The fabric, tucked in at her waist, had a cut that hugged her handful-sized breasts, and slim pants accentuated her curvy hips.
He lifted his gaze and found the woman ushering Cece out the door. “Wait.”
Cece turned, beaming a huge smile at him. “I would a told ya bye.” And just as fast, her little face morphed from happy to perturbed, aimed at her mother, and with her arms crossed, Cece shook her head.
Without missing a beat, and as smooth as his mother would have, the woman redirected Cece. “Say good night to Mr.…”
“Stone, Rick Stone.”
She set a hand on Cece’s shoulder, nudging her and casting a do-what-your-mother-says stare. “I have to get back to work. Say goodbye to Mr. Stone.”
“What’s your name?” He couldn’t let her get away that fast.
“Margareta Cassidy Tyson,” Cece shouted with emphasis, a pause between each distinction. “My mama works here.” She pointed toward the hall. “She plays on a phone and ʼputer. It got lotsa buttons.” She shook her head, pigtails flinging back and forth over one shoulder then the other, followed by an overdrawn sigh. “She don’t let me push ʼem. Don’t ya think I should get to push ʼem? He let me push his.” Cece looked up at her mother and shot her arm toward him, her shrugging shoulders communicating, “See, everybody can do it. No big deal.”
Rick chuckled and then stopped when Maggie spun around, hands set on her hips. He rubbed his palm along the back of his neck and shifted from one foot to the other as an uncomfortable silence engulfed the room. “Let me explain.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
C.C. Koen Author Bio
C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.
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My interview with C.C. Koen:
What do you write?
What genre do you favor?
I read a lot of suspense novels as well as romance. I’d really like to write a suspense/thriller novel along the lines of Harlan Coben. I am fascinated by his stories and those of other suspense authors like Roxanne St. Claire. I enjoy the pace and the challenge of trying to figure out who done it.
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
I became a writer by accident. My first novel, Intensity came to me as a fantasy while I was driving to work one day. Driving can be boring and my mind often wanders. I have to admit the original story was very different from the finished tale. I wrote an article about the experience at Savvy Authors titled, Take Your Time, but Hurry Up! A Newbie Author Selfie.
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
I truly believe it is a personal preference. Both traditional and self-publishing have pros and cons. I self-publish because I have a very demanding day job as a teacher, and I am too impatient to wait a year to get a response from a publisher.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
Romance, suspense, and mysteries.
Do your characters talk to you?
Yes! It is very strange when it happens. It is still very new and an odd occurrence. I have to carry a notepad every place I go. When an idea strikes, my memory is too bad to try to remember the thought later, so I try to jot down any brainstorms regardless of when or where they happens.
How do you approach starting a new book?
Instinct. I let the story come to me and try not to force it. Therefore, there are many days that I don’t write.
What is your writing process?
I’m an obsessive planner and can’t resist jotting ideas down. However, I do it mostly because I don’t want to forget an idea. I like to keep an open mind and explore where the story will go and how it will develop while typing the manuscript. I’m a true believer in instinct. The characters often take on a life of their own and it is amazing to experience the plot through their eyes. Writing is not always about where the author planned to take it. There is quite a bit of gut feeling involved. At least it is that way for me.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
Writers Helping Writers: http://writershelpingwriters.net/
The Creative Penn: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/
C.S. Lakin’s Live, Write, Thrive: http://www.livewritethrive.com/
Janice Hardy’s Fiction University: http://blog.janicehardy.com/
Savvy Authors’ Learning Center: http://savvyauthors.com/blog/
K.M. Weiland’s Helping Writers Become Authors: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/
Any of the following authors have exceptional writing books:
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
James Scott Bell
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I read to relax.
What was your best date ever?
Hmm…still waiting for that.
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
Wow, that is a tough question. I love horses and would enjoy riding with a cowboy (the real riding not the elicit kind, although, that has its benefits too. 🙂 ) Also, military men are very hot. Ever since the movie An Officer and a Gentlemen I’ve had a soft spot for a man in a uniform.
Chocolate or chips?
Chocolate even though I am allergic to it. If I eat it in moderation, no more than once a year, then I’m usually okay. Otherwise, I get migraines, break out in hives, and develop many other issues.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
To fly. There is something so freeing about being in the air. I love skydiving and it gets me about as close to that ability as possible.
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Picnic. I’m a very no-nonsense woman. I like the simple things in life.
Beer or wine?
I don’t care for alcohol, but if I had to choose, I would select wine.
I have a lot of favorites and can’t choose just one. Here are a few authors and stories I have an enjoyed over the years.
- Nora Roberts: Chesapeake Bay Series
- Roxanne St. Claire: The Bullet Catchers Series
- Harlan Coben: any of his stand alone suspense novels.
- Rachel Robinson: Crazy Good
- Jasinda & Jack Wilder: Captured
- Kristen Ashley: Motorcycle Man and the others books in that series.
Smooth or hairy?
Depends on WHAT it is 🙂 I like scruff on a man’s face, but as for a man’s chest, I’d prefer just a sprinkling if any at all.
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