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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Day 6

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Contest. Each day will be something different. Could be an ebook, a print book or a gift card.

Winners from all the contests will be announced on December 26th. Please be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. 











Blurb:
Allie only wanted two weeks of peace and quiet at her friend’s beach house to get her life in perspective. She wasn’t looking for sex, drugs and a kidnapping. But that’s what she gets when she encounters not one but two tasty men.

Tony, her gorgeous next-door neighbor, has a body any woman would want to explore, and Allie crave him licking, teasing and ravishing her body with those strong hands and kissable lips. Little does she know Tony’s on the trail of a drug dealer.

Then there’s Paul, who also wants a piece of Allie…if he can possibly tear her away from Tony.


An Excerpt From: SEX ON THE BEACH
Copyright © AMBER SKYZE, 2011
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
Chapter One

The wind blew wisps of Allie’s long blonde hair back toward the road she’d just traveled. She sped along the California coastline in her yellow convertible Spyder, enjoying the sunrise in the distance. The sun sparkled across the ocean, glimmering orange as it rose. The rays would threaten to scorch her skin later in the day. The weatherman had said the temperatures would reach well into the nineties again.
She pressed her flip-flopped foot harder on the gas pedal. Allie allowed the car to accelerate because she knew no one in their right mind would be on the road at this ungodly hour. Not everyone woke before the crack of dawn. While most were still sleeping soundly in their beds, the air conditioner cooling their skin, Allie was up grocery shopping.
It wasn’t unusual for her to be up and going at four in the morning. She loved those first few hours of the day when life was quiet. She could sip her coffee leisurely. The hustle and bustle came later when she left the house to fight the highway traffic on her way to her job as a marketing executive for a pharmaceutical company.
At least that was her life before she’d lost her job. She punched the steering wheel.
“Fuck,” she cursed to the open wind. While she missed the craziness of her old life she had to admit the last six months were the most stress-free she’d felt in years, right up until she returned to work.
The long hours and stress related to her job contributed in the onslaught of health issues she hadn’t known existed. After three consecutive months with a bout of what she thought was the flu Allie finally sought the advice of her doctor. He put her through numerous rounds of testing and came to the conclusion she suffered from acid reflux and Crohns disease. Both were brought on by stress, food choices and not taking care of her body.
Allie spent five agonizing days in the hospital while her doctor tried to get her disease under control. It was the worst experience in her life. There were times when she thought she’d die and sometimes she silently prayed she would. It was devastating and debilitating, but she swore she wouldn’t let it control her again.
Once Dr. Robinson managed to get the disease under control she looked pointedly at Allie.
“Look, your job is slowly killing you. Your body can’t handle the stress or long hours you’re demanding of it. You need to make some lifestyle changes or I’m just going to see you back here in a few months,” she’d said.
The reality of the doctor’s words was like a knife being twisted in her chest. She didn’t know how to not be on the go 24/7. That was the way she’d lived her life since turning sixteen.
Allie pressed even harder on the gas pedal.
She couldn’t get to the beach house fast enough. The idea of spending two weeks of quiet, soaking up the sun and sand appealed to her on so many levels. When her friend Pam told her she could use her beach house, Allie had immediately jumped on the offer.
The next few weeks would give her time to readjust to being unemployed and hopefully clear her mind. Eventually she’d have to decide what direction she wanted to take with her life. She had enough money saved to get her through six months of unemployment, but Allie didn’t want to totally deplete her savings. It was there as a safety net, nothing more.
Quitting had never been a word Allie thought she’d use, but her boss left her no other choice. She’d had a career as a marketing executive for almost five years before she’d up and resigned.
“Asshole!” She gripped the steering wheel, fighting back the tears stinging her eyes. She refused to cry. She wouldn’t give that shithead the satisfaction of beating her down. She wiped away the drop with the back of her hand.
“Screw you, Marty.”


17 comments:

  1. My favorite drink (the title) as well as my next read. I purchased it yesterday.
    Mayasjsanders@gmail.com

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  2. Love the cover. Cant wait to read the book.
    lauratroxel@yahoo.com

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  3. I love the title and the cover. Allie's a great character, the excerpt is strong and believable, it really pulls me in. I need to know what happens next to Allie. Great excerpt. celticromancequeen@gmail.com

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  4. Great cover. Thanks for the contest

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  5. From Pauline:
    The blurbs are hot hot hot and I can't wait to read the book. I LOVE secluded cabin stories. And...happy holidays. :)
    Pauline

    www.paulineallan.com
    "Where Forbidden Fantasies Come To Play"

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  6. I'm adding this one to my Tbb list. Thanks for the great excerpt.
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  7. Sounds great. Looking froward to break so I can read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  8. Sounds good. It is amazing how stress can affect the body so much.
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  9. Sounds extremely appealing!

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  10. Sounds like a great read!!!
    Ashley A
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  11. Ohhhhh what a way to de-stress, two tasty men, Mmmmm Allie is soooo lucky! ;)
    "Sex on the Beach" sounds like a Great Read that I will be adding to my list.
    Take Care, Merry XxxxMas & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

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  12. Yay for Allie, Amber! Thanks for the fun snippet today!

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  13. Oh..a good teasing amount to get our interest..thank you!!

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  14. Looks like a good book.
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  15. Sounds like a lesson a lot of us have had to learn, thanks for the excerpt!

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  16. I love the cover.
    Thank you for the wonderful contest.
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