Happy birthday Amber!
Thanks for hosting me today for your birthday bash! Funny it’s actually Elliot’s birthday too, from my most recent 1Night Stand book TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Here’s a sneak peak of the start of the day Tim has planned.
Leave a comment and you can win a copy of my first 1Night Stand book, BEAR IT ALL
The squeals of two little girls woke Elliot mere seconds before the collision of curls, nightgowns and a stuffed My Little Pony hit their bed.
“Happy birthday, Elliot!”
Elliot just managed to protect himself from being wracked in the nuts as the girls jumped on the bed right between him and their father. In broken unison they began to sing the Birthday song. Elliot watched them in sleepy, surprised wonder.
It had been years since he’d been woken up to birthday wishes and it brought tears to his eyes. With Mom and Grandpa both gone, he’d been living a very lonely life until a mysterious job had brought Tim into his world. Now he was living with his boyfriend Tim—his fiancé Tim, and every other weekend his adorable daughters, Savannah and Karley. Life had grown a bit more crowded than before, but Elliot loved every second of it.
He glanced at Tim, propped up on one elbow and smiling at his daughters as they sang off key. Their eyes met and the smile Tim gave him warmed his heart.
How did I get so lucky?
When the song ended, Karley, the littlest, dropped to her knees, hair askew from sleep and My Little Pony clutched in her hand. She never went anywhere without the pink pony. Her face was alight with glee. “After brefest, we’re gonna go to the a-kary-um to look at the fishes!”
Elliot grinned at her mispronunciation. Her speech impediment always became more pronounced when she was excited. “We are?” He glanced at Tim, who nodded. To Karley he asked, “Do you think they have mermaids at the aquarium?”
She scrunched up her face in thought but Savannah answered. “There are no such things as mermaids,” she said in the superior way of a wise seven years old.
Tim laughed and pulled his youngest into a bear hug. “I think I caught a mermaid!”
Her squeal of delight was music to Elliot’s ears. Is this really my life?
“We made you pancakes,” Savannah said, then whispered, “Gamma Ree helped.”
Elliot and Tim shared a look of relief that their kitchen wouldn’t look like someone had just slaughtered the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Rita was Tim’s best friend and secretary for his private security company. The sixty plus woman also lived with them since real estate was so expensive in Miami.
Contently snuggled in her daddy’s arms, Karley continued to give Elliot the rundown of his “birfday surprise.” “After the a-kary-um, we’re gonna go home with Gamma Ree and daddy’s gonna take you on a womantic dinner on a boat!”
“You weren’t supposed to tell him that part,” Tim leaned in with a conspiring whisper then tickled the little girl till she was kicking and squealing again.
“A boat?” Elliot questioned.
“Sunset cruise,” Tim explained. “I thought it sounded womantic.”
Elliot leaned over and pecked his cheek. “I think it sounds perfect.”
Disgraced former FBI agent Tim Burkhart desperately wants to reclaim his life and find happiness. Relocating his fledgling private security company to Miami—where his ex-wife moved their two daughters—hopefully is a start. When he’s hired to provide protection for an antiques dealer on his way to Scotland to sell a priceless ancient dirk, Tim believes the break he’s been waiting for has finally arrived. Maybe now he can make enough money to hire a lawyer and get shared parenting of his little girls.
Elliot James runs the antique shop he inherited after his grandfather’s death. Lonely and swimming in debt, he longs for a way to turn his life around but keeps making one mistake after another. Then he finds the ancient dirk tucked away among junk as he’s cleaning out his grandfather’s home. Placing it up for sale, he is thrilled when an out of country buyer purchases the priceless antique. The buyer wants the dirk immediately and sends Tim to ensure Elliot safely delivers it on time.
The moment Tim and Elliot meet, however, everything falls apart. Between break-ins, shoot-outs, stalkers, totaled cars, and the cops, it seems Tim and Elliot will never get to Scotland by the deadline. Despite all the obstacles, an unexpected attraction pulls them together, offering each man a glimmer of hope. But if they don’t deliver the dirk on time, they won’t get paid and neither of them will be able to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Will they complete this job and find a happily ever after, or is all of this really too good to be true?
Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. She has served multiple board positions at her local RWA chapter and is the current President-elect 2017 for Rainbow Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.