Friday, 9 December 2011
Author Spotlight - Excerpt from "Nina's Niche"
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Jake hopped out of his Jeep and waded through the snow to the passenger side. When he lifted Nina, she immediately put her arms around his neck. The touch of her soft hands against his skin sent his thermometer raging.
Inside, he placed her on the rug in front of the fire and kneeled beside her. "Where do you hurt?"
"My head. Front and back. Got any aspirin?"
"I don't think you'd better take any drugs yet."
Nina giggled. "Aspirin's not a real drug."
And what would she know about drugs? "I'll get you something to drink after I call your folks." The lights went out.
"Damn." At least he kept emergency supplies -- flashlights, batteries, candles always on hand.
"It's good to see you haven't changed. I'm glad you're still a nice girl."
"No way." She ran her hand over his stubble.
He hadn't shaved this morning figuring he wouldn't see anyone. He hoped his bristles didn't hurt her soft little hand. "What do you mean?"
She put her fingers on his lips and he automatically kissed them.
"I'm through being nice." She pressed his fingers against her lips and smiled.
"What the hell do you mean?" He jumped up. He didn't know how to treat this woman if she wasn't his old friend, Nice Nina. Having a friend like her had been the one good thing in his life -- until she didn't go to the prom with him.
He picked up the phone. "Dead. Damn it to hell. And my cell doesn't work here. What am I going to do?"
"Sit beside me." She patted the rug."
Jake dropped next to her. He couldn't go out in the storm and leave Nina alone. He didn't think he could make it to Julian anyway until the roads were cleared.
"Why didn't you stay down in San Diego?"
"Wanted to have an adventure and I am." She turned on her side. "Lie down next to me."
Jake hesitated for one moment, but there was only so much temptation a guy could take when she was offering him what he'd dreamed of. He stretched out facing her and the fire. The flames made a halo around her head, reminding him she was still a nice girl even if she didn't think so. Nothing much would happen. This would only go as far as a few kisses, and they'd done that before.
Nina put her hand behind his neck and pulled his face down to hers.
In an instant he was lost in the taste and feel of Nina.
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