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Apparently I need to post a 'hot encounter' between two characters in one of my books.
Mmm... right, OK, let's go with a scene from And The Earth Moved - hope you enjoy!
Have a lovely day,
And The Earth Moved -
We’re on a ledge not far from our designated surveillance spot. There’s a narrow section to traverse before we reach the slightly enclosed area where we’ll be spending the next few hours, crouched together in the darkness.
Charlie goes first and then waits for me to cross the narrow ledge. Seeing my hesitation he holds out a hand. I’m not good with heights but I haven’t told Charlie that for fear he’ll try to use it as an excuse to stop me coming here with him tonight. I gratefully take his hand and, holding my breath, gingerly take a step towards the ledge.
“Be decisive,” Charlie instructs. “You’ve got to be confident about where you’re putting your feet.”
Determined not to embarrass myself I try to conjure up positive, decisive thoughts as instructed, step onto the ledge and silently pray I’ll reach the other side of it safely.
The next thing I know I feel my foot start to slip, panic rising inside me. I’m going to fall a hundred foot into a quarry. I stop breathing, arms flailing in the air. This is it. The way my life ends.
“I've got you.”
I feel strong arms grab me, pulling me to safety. Daring to open my eyes I see I've now got my back up against the edge of the quarry wall and Charlie is standing in front of me, blocking me from the edge and certain death. Relief courses through every inch of me and I meet his gaze. He’s so close.
I’m not sure which of us makes the first move. Maybe we both move at exactly the same time, but I experience a rush of excitement and pleasure as his lips brush softly, teasingly against the corner of my mouth. At that moment a low rumbling noise starts in the distance and grows ever nearer. The earth, quite literally, starts to shake beneath our feet.
The earth is moving as we kiss.
For a second I wonder if it’s one of those magical moments like in books and films – they really do exist! Then, as Charlie ends the kiss and grabs my hand, pulling me away from the ledge and across, back into safer territory, I realise it’s all real.
It wasn’t the kiss which made the earth move. It was something else entirely.
What on earth just happened? An illegal quarry blast? Another earth tremor? An explosion? A warning of danger from the ancient standing stones up above us? It sounded similar to the noise we heard that night at the guest wing but somehow quieter.
“Did the earth just move for you too?” I attempt to quip, catching my breath and glancing at Charlie.
He nods. “It did. It was a proper earth tremor but very low on the Richter Scale I’d say. The ground seems to be getting quite unstable around here. Anyway, we can safely say it wasn't from you kissing me,” he pauses, then adds cheekily, “though that was pretty good.”
“Hang on, excuse me, did you just say from me kissing you? I’m fairly certain it was you who kissed me.” In truth I’m not certain at all but I can’t let him think I've accosted him.
“Actually I think it was you who kissed me first,” he insists.
“Do you always have to be right?” I challenge.
His face breaks into a smile which reaches all the way to his eyes and he nods. “Usually, yeah.”
In a split second he steps forward, slips a hand around my waist and slowly eases me back against the wall of rock behind us. His kiss is rich, deep, yet surprisingly gentle. I feel myself starting to respond in spite of where we are. Maybe it’s because I’m in shock after my near fall. That’s my excuse anyway. The kiss seems to go on forever and, at the same time, it seems to end all too soon.
When he eventually releases me, he whispers in my ear, “Now I’ve kissed you.”
I lift a hand to my lips. “Yes. You have.”
He steps away but still holds my hand. “Right, let’s get down to business.”
“What?” I gasp, startled. “Up here? In the quarry? You kiss me and then you think we’re going to…”
“I meant business as in finding this exact spot where we can see the quarry to get this surveillance stuff under way.”
I flush with embarrassment. “Oh, right, yes, of course. I knew that. Not that I would have, well, you know, with you, up here. I mean I hardly know you and…”
“No, of course not,” he replies, with a smile which tells me he suspects otherwise.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
One minute you're at work making up horoscopes for the local paper, the next you're teaming up with a sexy secret agent called Charlie and trying to help solve a case for the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency...
Amber’s making up the horoscopes for the local paper and wishing for some excitement in her life when she gets a phone call offering her just that. It could change her life forever and plunge her into a world where she’s quickly (and scarily) out of her depth.
The call? Heartthrob actor Ennis McKarthy, her old uni boyfriend, begs her for a favour. His brother Joel has been found is dead - in very suspicious circumstances.
Desperate to keep the story out of the newspapers and solve the mystery of his brother’s death as fast as possible, Ennis has called in the specialists in the shape of the CCIA. The Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency has just the man for the job – their top agent Charlie Huxton.
But Ennis, stalked by journalists and paparazzi, doesn’t trust a stranger to handle the case on his own and keep quiet about what he might discover so he pleads with Amber, wanting her to shadow Charlie throughout the investigation.
Much to Amber’s surprise Charlie eventually agrees, leaving her wondering why. What’s he up to?
Charlie and Amber delve into Joel’s death and soon have their hands full with questioning potential suspects and the victim’s irate ex-girlfriend.
Then they discover they’re battling something far more dangerous than they could ever have expected…and it’s not just their growing attraction for each other.
Maybe Amber’s life is about to get too exciting...
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