Carina Guest Author: Ann Bruce

Today I'm continuing my month-long welcome of fellow Carina Press authors as we celebrate the release of our books. Today I'm featuring Ann Bruce and her steamy contemporary romance PARKER'S PRICE, available now from Carina Press wherever e-books are sold.

She was sexy, smart...and not for sale. But that won't stop him.

When Parker Quinn is forced to accept an outrageously high bid at a charity auction, she has no choice but to go out with the last man on earth she wants to spend time with. Dean Maxwell may be one of Manhattan's most eligible bachelors, but he's also the man who had an affair with her sister and abandoned her when she became pregnant with his child.

Dean doesn't know why Parker hates him so much, but he's determined to show Parker the type of man he really is. Whisking her away to a private island in the Bahamas for a sensual, sun-drenched week together, Dean leaves Parker's preconceptions shattered and her desires inflamed.

But even as their passion reaches irresistible heights, Parker has a decision to make. Can she allow herself to fall for the seductive magnate, or will family secrets and a dangerous ex tear them apart?

At my high school, we used to raise money by holding slave auctions. Students, girls and guys, would volunteer themselves as slaves for a day and be sold to the highest bidder. A lot of the girls volunteered to be slaves knowing their boyfriends would be obligated to buy them. Me, I preferred to do the buying because there was too many people in high school who would've loved to humiliate me as payback for my smart mouth.

One year, at the end of an auction, someone ran up onto the makeshift stage and made a bid for me. I glared at him but he didn't take back the bid. I remember thinking that he probably wanted me to do his homework or some such nonsense because while he was--and still is--very, very cute, he wasn't gifted academically. When I said, "No way in hell," but in much nicer terms because teachers were present, he upped the bid. And I, rather ungraciously, gave in.

Turns out, he only wanted to see me take my hair down--and walk two steps behind him all day.

Many years later, I took that high school incident, wildly embellished it because that's what writers do, and turned it into PARKER'S PRICE, a contemporary romance that has "all the alpha-male goodness of a category romance combined with all the hands-on, sizzling attraction heat of an erotic romance" (Night Owl Reviews).

To celebrate my first contemporary romance, I'll give away an e-copy of PARKER'S PRICE to one commenter here.

If that's not enough, I'm also giving away three $50 Amazon gift certificates on my blog, The Not-so-deep Thoughts. Please stop by to enter!


Erotic Horizon said...

I'm like a little bird following your trail...

Congrats again and thanks for another chance to win a copy of Parker's Price..


Cathy M said...

Interesting post, Ann, I never had the pleasure of an auction at my school. I would much rather be the one doing the bidding as well.

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Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Ann.

Anonymous said...

@EH: There's a fine line between following and stalking... Just joking.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me, Carrie!

Anonymous said...

EH, please e-mail ann @ annbruce.net (no spaces) with your format preference.