Sunday, August 20, 2006

Excerpt (unedited) From Loving True Coming Soon from Ocean's Mist Press

“I should have known she would be right on time.” Hayward tossed the potholder on the tabletop. His footsteps ate up the short distance between the kitchen and the front door. He couldn’t believe how excited he was about this date. He ran his sweaty palms down the front of his pants. True didn’t have a clue what a big step this was for him. Blowing out a quick breath, he opened the door. “Hi, I’m glad you could make it.”
“Thank you,” True replied.
His hand tightened around the doorknob True looked like a vision with the moonlight shining behind her. He prayed he would be able to keep his hands to himself all night. Her pink shirt hugged her every curve and didn’t leave anything to his imagination.
“Wow something smells delicious,” True uttered.
He also smelled the spicy scent of the lasagna in the oven drifted toward them from the kitchen. But that wasn’t the scent that held his attention at the moment. “Yes, you do.” Hayward groaned taking a light whiff of True’s perfume.
“Hayward, is there a reason I can’t come in?” True asked staring up at him.
He quickly took a step back. “No, there isn’t. Please come in.” He opened the oak door wider. Flashing him a smile, True brushed past his body and walked into the house. “What did you bring for dessert?” He closed the door behind them and followed her into the living room.
“I made a yellow cake with chocolate icing.”
“How did you know cake was my favorite dessert?” He asked taking the cake from her hands. “Why don’t you follow me to the kitchen?” He turned, then headed in the direction of the kitchen
“You have a breathtaking home.” True mumbled behind him. “I hate to admit that I’m a little jealous.”
He had looked at her house first before deciding to buy this one. His house design differed from hers with its vaulted ceilings. Four wide-open windows on the far wall overlooked beautifully landscapes backyard. Plus his breakfast nook was separate from the kitchen area with it’s own window.
Hayward placed the warm cake in the middle of the marble island and took one last whiff of the mouth-watering sweetness. “Thanks again for bringing dessert.” He stared at True in the kitchen doorway and his pulse quickened at the sight of her. “True, you don’t have to hover in the doorway. I won’t bite you if you come in here.”
He watched True ease away from the door and come toward him. Once again she proved she wasn’t intimidated by him. “Thank you again for inviting me to dinner. A home cooked meal bets a TV dinner any day of the week.” She commented standing mere inches in front of him.
Hayward hid his smile. “You’re welcome.” His gaze traveled over her face, then moved over her body slowly. Why did she have to look so perfect all the time? “I didn’t think you would actually show up,” he confessed. The sweet intoxicating scent of her body overwhelmed his mind and body. It was hard for him to keep a rational thought.
“How much longer until the food is done?”
“If I tell you something, you can’t laugh.”
Tilting her head to the side True stared at him and he could tell her curiosity was aroused. “Okay, I promise I won’t laugh.”
“I was so excited about our date that I turned on the oven timer, but I forgot about the oven. He glanced at her face for any kind of expression. A very tiny smile touched her lips. “Hey, you promised not to laugh.” He waved his finger toward the slight smile on her lips. “Don’t you dare laugh at me anyone could have made the same mistake.”
“I’m not laughing,” True whispered pressing two fingers to her mouth.
Hayward couldn’t take his eyes off her because the smile lit up her entire face. “Do you know how much I want to kiss you?” The second the words left his mouth, the light went out of her face. Shit, why did I have to say that to her? His brows drew into a frown when she eased away from him. He needed to save the situation fast or this date was over.


Anonymous said...

Hey Marie,

LOL...I run into you on a lot of other blogs also. I like the way this book looks. Good place to end it...wanting more. i bought Taken By Storm and I LOVED it. It was unexpectedly complex. It got me from the start and kept me in until the end. Two thumps up!! Will be expecting more good stuff from you


Writerdiva said...


First thank you so much for buying Taken by Storm and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Storm was a total alpha male.

I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the excerpt. I'll let everyone know when the book will be released.


Anonymous said...

Hi Marie. Do you have any ideal when "Loving True" will be released because I swear that I'm going a little nuts waiting for your book to come out especially after reading Taken By Storm and yes I totally agree with your assessment of Storm because he is definitely a true alpha male. There were moments when I wanted to slap some of the alpha out of him though,lol.


Writerdiva said...


I'm waiting for Loving True to get edited, so I'm not sure of the release date.

But I'm working on a Halloween story right now and I just signed a contract for a Christmas story.

When I get the release dates I'll post them on my blog or yahoo group.


P.S. Thanks for the interest in my books. I really apperciate it.

If you ever want to email me my email address is.

L.T. Rashard said...

You are quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! A lot of soul and dept to your stories.

Writerdiva said...


Thank you so much. I try to write characters that have depth and soul to them.

I'm a huge fan of your also.


Tanchel said...

OH MY GOSH, I Can't Wait.
I just purchased 'Taken By Storm' and now I know I am going to LOVE it. But please keep us informed of the release date for Loving True.
Again, I Can't Wait.

Writerdiva said...


I hope you enjoy Taken by Storm. Storm can be a handful but I love him.

I haven't heard any news on Loving True when I find out about the release date. I'll post it here.

If you haven't please join my yahoo group. I'll probably post the release date there fist. Plus I have another excerpt from Loving True there too.

Marie Rochelle

Rachel Cade said...

congrats marie:) you know I loved this book

Writerdiva said...

Thanks Rachel,

I can't wait for it to be released.