It’s that time again—book launch! It’s always exhilarating and terrifying to put your words out into the world. This next title, Into the Fire, is the first of a new series: The Elements.
Fire, Light and Water are three of Earth’s key elements. They are beautiful and powerful forces of nature, each with their own unique properties. Just like love, when they come together, there is no stopping them.
Follow the journey of self-made millionaire Rob Ashford and the elusive Veronica Clayton as they dive headfirst into the flames. Like its name, this Romance is packed with heat and plenty of heart.
In Veronica’s words: “I have been hiding my whole life. Doing what’s expected has become who I am. Until I met Rob Ashford. With just one look into his stormy blue eyes, I knew I was lost. I’ve come to realize he gets what he wants. And what he wants right now is me. As much as I want to succumb to what he’s offering, I’m not sure if I’ll lose myselfꟷor find who I was meant to be.”
In celebration of my upcoming release I’ll be sharing a preview of some chapters—only available here. Read on for a sneak peek.
I have never feared the dark, but each hour that passes without any light eats away at my soul. It’s as though the blackness is slowly draining my will to survive, and I’m a fighter. At least I used to be. I don’t know how long he has kept me here in captivity, but considering the little food or drink he’s given me, I can’t imagine it has been more than a few days. Although the constant darkness in this windowless room has skewed my sense of time. I take a deep breath to quell the rising panic and a dank, musty smell fills my nostrils―it’s a stench I will never get used to. Once again I attempt to break free from the chains binding my wrists. With all my strength I yank the cold metal, but it’s little use. I’m no match for the hard and unyielding force that is meant to keep me here. My skin is rubbed raw and I know I’ve reopened the wound when a warm trickle of blood trails down my fingers. The metallic smell mixes with the moldy air and I fight back a wave of nausea.
I heave my body back and forth, attempting to find some sort of leverage. Again, it’s no use. Exhausted from the attempts, I cry out in despair, my wail piercing the otherwise silence. I’m no longer worried he will hear me. He hasn’t been here in a while. I don’t know if I should be concerned or grateful. I wonder what he’s waiting for. If he thinks Rob is going to swoop in like some white knight and save me, he is wrong. Rob Ashford is no white knight.
Though he did save me, in a way. He saved me from a life that was suffocating. I didn’t realize it at the time, but looking back I needed that release. He helped me fulfill my deepest desires. And even though he didn’t turn out to be the man I thought, I still love him. I will always love him. When he betrayed me, I regretted ever letting him into my life. But in hindsight I realize he breathed life into me. He made me feel again. He made me feel things no man ever has. He is fire and passion and heaven and sin all rolled into one perfect package. I never had a fighting chance.
Thoughts of him occupy the empty space and keep me from falling apart completely. I remember his touch, the storm that brewed in his deep blue eyes when he looked at me, the way he commanded my body, my name on his lips. I remember every moment we spent together, and I play these cherished memories on repeat. I have nothing but time to think. I have come to realize he never made me any promises. While I gave him a part of me, I can’t expect him to have given me anything in return.
Light footsteps echo from above, growing louder as my captor closes the distance. I do not know how much time I have left. I’m not sure what fate has planned for me. If today is the day I take my last breath, I will die knowing I gave Rob a piece of me. That in a way, I can live on. Even though he is not here with me now, if I close my eyes I can sense his presence. The mere thought of him comforts me―he is the only man who ever made me feel safe. I smile knowing he will always have a part of me with him, even if he does not realize it. Then I close my eyes and succumb to the darkness once more, hoping to finally reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
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