Friday, August 14, 2009

The Ball's in Her Court Giveaway!

This month as part of the End of Summer Giveaway, I'm offering an autographed copy of my book, The Ball's in Her Court, which won't be released until October. I dont have a cover yet, either, but it should be coming before too long, and I promise to post it as soon as I have the final version. I'll be picking a winner for my book on August 28th, so make sure to leave me a comment to enter the contest.

Denise DeWalt thought she had it all together and put the past behind her. Then an incident in her apartment parking lot brings the memories of her abusive childhood back to the forefront. When her past continues to haunt her, she decides the time has come to look for her birth parents. She just hopes the family who saved her from a life in the foster care system will understand.

Rich Jensen felt drawn to Denise the moment they first met--when he was introduced to her as her new boss. Though he knows he should keep things professional, every instinct has him finding ways to get to know her better. As he watches her struggle with her search and her past, he wonders if there's any hope for a future, but he's willing to give her time. The ball's in her court.

And to tease you with a little taste, a scene from the first chapter:

The afternoon was almost over when Denise caught her first look at the promising interviewee. Southwick ushered him into the room like an old friend. The younger man exuded authority and self confidence from the tip of his well-polished shoes to the mass of brown hair on his head. The body in between was broad shouldered and powerful looking as well. It wasn’t until he turned his gaze around the room that Denise saw his confidence went all the way to the core.

His dark eyes saw right through her, jolting her, stealing her breath, and there was something familiar about him. Denise wondered if the lightening bolt of recognition wasn’t where the aura of power came from. Or was it the other way around? His eyes widened for a moment before he blinked and returned his gaze to Southwick.

Denise could feel her pulse beating a wild tattoo in her veins. She calmed her expression and fought to make her insides comply as well. Maybe he attended the University of Utah or had a sibling who did. Or maybe he reminded her of someone she once knew. She clung to those explanations, though none of them accounted for the something more than recognition bouncing around inside her.

When Southwick reached her and Richard Jensen extended his hand, she took it in her own. A strange tingle began at her palm and extended up her arm. She met his brown eyes—eyes that would have seemed too big on any other face. Somehow the strong chin and cheekbones seemed perfectly suited to them. “It’s a pleasure to finally meet you, Denise.” The words flowed like Southern honey from his lips—strange for a guy from Chicago.

“Finally?” Denise smoothly withdrew her hand from his grasp, desperate to break a connection that had her antenna standing on end. She wondered why her hands weren’t shaking when her insides were doing a tango.

“I’m Lily’s cousin. You are the one who told me about this company,” he murmured.

“And we’re sure glad you did. I know Jensen here will do well, though he’ll have quite a job to fill my shoes!” Southwick said, pounding Richard on the back and grinning.

“Oh.” Denise felt stupid the moment the sound left her mouth. No wonder he had seemed vaguely familiar, Lily had shown her his picture after Denise had sent him a list of companies he might want to check into. “Well, welcome to our little family.” Hoping to inject a note of levity, she jerked her thumb toward Jake. “Don’t take the joker here too seriously. And don’t let him anywhere near your soda if you don’t want it tampered with.” She forced a smile and hoped it looked sincere.

Richard glanced over at Jake and smiled, turning his slightly nicer-than-average face into something only a step below breathtaking.

Or maybe she was a bit short of breath after all. His gaze returned to her. “I’ll keep that in mind.”

You can read the whole first chapter on my Website here. But first, leave a comment so I can enter you to win a copy!


Ericrazy said...

GAH!!! I'm so excited for your book! I've been waiting for it ever since you told me about it at the Snow College Major Rush! And I'm sure you're more than excited to finally have it out on the market :P

much love

-me :]

Cassie H Osborne said...

I can't wait to read your book. I will be getting it when it comes out!

Cassie H Osborne

Mommy said...

I can't wait to read it.

Janet Crandall

Nichole Giles said...

Yahoo! Can't wait for the release so I can get my copy.


Jolynn said...

I liked reading about your book, it sounds exciting & interesting.
I would like to win a copy.

Cheri Chesley said...

I'd love to win a copy. Please enter me in the contest. That teaser is great!

Clair said...

Oooo! Sounds interesting! I hope I win!

Shauna said...

Please enter me!

Cathy said...

Please enter me, I'd love to read it!

Melissa said...

Wow!! I could feel the electricity between Denise and Richard Jensen when they came into the same room as eachother! I want a chance to read your book!

Randy and Lisa said...

You have caught my interest. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Hopefully, I will win.
Thanks for writing.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I'm excited your book is coming out. I can't wait to read it.

Heather Justesen said...

Thanks you guys, I'll be sure to add you all to the contest!

Kami said...

Sounds like a great book to read on one of those upcoming cold winter nights! Count me in!

Impkatt said...

OH!! I would love to know how this is going to end! If I beg for it, will that garner me points? *please* *please*

Noble M Standing said...

It sounds really good! I want to win a copy!


Anonymous said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your contest.

Wendy Jones

Marcia Mickelson said...

I'm excited for your book to come out. Can't wait to see the cover when you get it. Congratulations.

Chantele said...

I can't wait to read your book! Please enter me!:)


Danyelle Ferguson said...

Oh yeah! Me! Me! Me! Me!!!! :)

Rachelle said...

This is so exciting! Enter me! Can't wait to see the cover art.