Tragedy set his course for revenge.
One woman stands in his way.
Out March 21st – New Adult Romantic Suspense, Bottom of the Sky by Shae Ross.
Title: Bottom of the Sky
Author: Shae Ross
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Format: Digital, Paperback
Tragedy set his course for revenge. One woman stands in his way.
The last thing I need is to be saddled with the on-the-run niece of the family I’m about to take down. Gianna Silva wants me to help her find her missing mother. But I’ve got bigger fish to fry—namely, her cousins Stefano and Santos Silva. I’m working on the inside, feeding information to the FBI, and I’m about to drop the net on their ring of counterfeiters. To keep Gianna out of my way, I’ve agreed to help her but under one condition: What I say goes. No questions. No pushback. I make the rules.
The problem is Gianna Silva doesn’t know the meaning of the word “rule” and she’s on to me. For two years, I’ve hidden my true identity behind a wall built from stone-cold revenge. I thought it was indestructible—especially against someone with the last name of Silva—the family I’ve vowed to destroy…
If I could find my missing mom by myself I would, but the only enemies she’s ever had are my dead father and his powerful family. Confronting the Silvas alone is too dangerous. I need an insider who knows how to play their game. John Rossi, with his cool, bad-boy confidence and access to the family is my best hope. I’ve bargained away the last dollar in my savings account in exchange for his help, but I’m beginning to think I made a deal with the devil.
I didn’t expect his rules to include sharing a cabin—and a bedroom with him—northwest of Nowheresville. I don’t trust him, or my attraction to him. But to find my mom, I’ll break every one of his damn rules, regardless of the consequences…
He stops and flips upright in the middle of the moonlit river. His hands hold my waist as our feet cycle. “Why are we stopping?” I ask.
“So you can kiss me.”
His hands catch my ribcage lifting me as he tows me in.
My palms flatten against his slick, hard chest. “I make the rules, right?”
He shakes his head, and a wicked smile sprouts from the perfectly shaped lips. “This is no man’s land…the river is ruled by nature.”
His grin widens, ripping something open in my heart, and I think maybe this isn’t such a bad thing. He obviously needs the distraction and so do I.
I meet his kiss. His head slants over mine, and I open for him, sucking him in. Our bodies bob from the force of his treading feet, keeping both of us afloat. His hand slides to my back, slinging me in flush to his body. My breath jams in my throat when I feel him, thick and hard against my stomach, teasing the nerves gathered low in my belly.
“John…” I break the kiss and gasp a short breath. “I need to conserve some energy if I’m going to make it to the other side.”
He chuckles softly, twirling our bodies until we’re in the current again, but when I stroke to swim beside him, he glides underneath me, looping one of my hands over his shoulder and the other under his chest. I surf his back as he swims, resting my cheek on the wet strands of his hair, feeling the muscles of his chest moving under my fingertips with each stroke. Weightless and languid, water floods my limbs, caressing my bones. I’m floating through the Sky as if I’m on my way to heaven..
After several moments, John’s body shifts and his arm contracts. He’s caught the ladder to his dock, supporting our weight with one hand. He dips a shoulder and swings me in front of him. I point my toe and find a slippery rung. The ladder sinks as he steps onto the rung below mine, brushing my back with wet skin, gripping the rails and cocooning me with warmth.
Everything about this moment makes me want to stop and take it in.
I sway into him feeling his cheek brush my temple. He curves around me, dropping a hand to my stomach. I arch as it travels up and his knuckles graze my cleavage, prickling the sensitive skin. A voice inside echoes this isn’t me as his fingers continue upward, sliding to the side of my neck, but this is me with John.
“If you don’t want this, Gianna…” his voice sounds almost tortured. “Climb up.”
My toes curl, standing firm on the rung, submerged like anchors. His mouth lowers to the side of my neck, and I tilt giving him full access.
“If you don’t climb up now, I’ll keep touching you…”
Shae Ross grew up in Ferndale, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University and continued her education at Detroit College of Law. Prior to 2014, she spent the majority of her career practicing corporate law and engaged in entrepreneurial ventures.
After having too many stressful days at the office, she decided to pursue her dream of writing and published her first romance novel in January of 2015. She loves strong heroines and sexy, alpha heroes who deliver stories filled with sass, smarts and sizzle.
It’s All About the Romance – Exclusive Interview with Shae Ross:
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
I think it depends on what your goals are as an author. For me, I believe my best route is to publish with a traditional publisher as well as self-publish some of my work. My new release, Bottom of the Sky is my first venture into self-publishing. It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve learned so much, but it’s also made me appreciate and value the traditional publishing process. I’m committed to doing both.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
I read all genres. If a book has a historical setting and/or a happy ending, I will read it. Any book that leaves me frustrated or irritated or sad generally gets tossed across my bedroom at the end, sometimes before the end.
How do you approach starting a new book?
Usually, I’ll see or hear something that sparks an idea. If the idea keeps coming back, I’ll mentally add another scenes until I have a framework. My imagination is fueled by injustice, social issues, characters who fight to win and who sacrifice for their loved ones. I do try to draft a few lines that guide me through the action in each chapter then I start to bang the keys.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
I don’t have one or two favorites. I do have articles from multiple sources that I have pinned on one of four Pintrest boards for reference: Writing Tips, Writing Quotes, Writing Resources, Words. https://www.pinterest.com/authorshaeross/
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I love to read and I’m almost always working on re-designing a room or two in our house. My latest craze is bullet journaling—if you haven’t heard of bullet journals, I describe them as a scrapbooking-meets goal-setting exercise. I also have a Pinterest board for Bullet Journalling if you’re interested. Also, Pinterest and Etsy!
Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?
My mom and dad for their kindness and wisdom. I never realized what an extraordinary gift it is to be raised in a stable, loving environment until I got older and realized, that’s not everyone’s reality.
Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?
I practiced corporate law before turning to writing full time. That profession totally uninspired me. Who wants to argue with people all day? And as I’m writing this I’m thinking to myself, I kind of still argue with people all day when I’m creating dialogue for my characters, but they have chiseled abs and icy blue eyes and I always get to have the last word, which is so much more satisfying!
What was your best date ever?
My husband and I honeymooned in Paris in 2001. Since that time, we’ve been back every year. We’ve had so many ‘best dates ever’ in Paris, but my absolute favorite times are our walks back to our hotel after dinner. Paris is a bustling, busy place during the day but in the evenings the middle of the city is so peaceful, and, other than the occasional stroller, the city is surprisingly deserted at night. We love to pass through the Louvre courtyards at night. Those walks are my favorite date moments ever.
Tell us something you are really proud of.
My husband, our marriage and the family we’ve created—Kirstin, Kailey and Jack.
Can you confide something you wish you were better at?
Math. And resisting potato chips.
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