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Romantic Times Reviews Fan Mail! by aubreyleatherwood
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Fan Mail from Cobblestone Press

When is a three-star review a five-star review? When it’s the recent review for Fan Mail in the September 2011 edition of Romantic Times Magazine (almost wrote Fan Maul, that’s another book, lol).

Keitha Hart at RT starts off the review by saying “This is an emotionally intense novella with believable characters and very hot love scenes. The characters are so finely created that readers will believe…” Seriously, I couldn’t ask for more. The one criticism in the review that I’ve also gotten with other pieces is that it could be longer. I really need to figure out how to crank out full length novels faster and stop it with the novellas. Granted… I *am* supposed to leave them wanting more, right? 😉 Still, the most important thing about this story is the relationship between Alicia and Tommy, and that, my friends, came across loud and clear.

Motivated to finish something new,

Aubrey

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Coming Soon from Cobblestone Press: Fan Mail by aubreyleatherwood
January 16, 2011, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Coming Soon, fiction, romance | Tags: , ,

So I got some news that put me over the freakin’ moon this week. First, I realize that this news is a bit late and it defies all reason that I didn’t know this sooner, but Model Lover  was the March 2010 bestseller for Cobblestone Press. Yay! Awesome. Yay!

Second spell of deliciously delightful news is that my good pals at  Cobblestone are also going to publish my follow up to Model Lover, Fan Mail. Yes, yes, yes. Alicia Langerud and Tommy Touhy who were just kids in the first story are all grown up and about to embark on a suspenseful, dark, and sensual journey in this thriller.

Here’s a peek at it:

In this follow up to Model Lover, supermodel Alicia Langerud and Detective Tommy Touhy have unfinished business. Their breakup six months ago was ugly, nasty, and fodder for gossips and speculators worldwide. Everyone wants to know what the Bad Boy did to break America’s sweetheart’s heart. Only they know the truth behind what happened that night… and one reporter who holds their livelihoods in his hands. Even worse. Alicia has started receiving disturbing messages from a stalker, a stalker hell-bent on curing her of her “heart disease.” Frightened for her life, Alicia must rely on the man who once drove her away to save her life.

Unedited Excerpt:

Her thoughts were a jumble, her body numb. She could only reach behind her and push the door closed. No one could see inside. No one could see this.

A bang at her door made Alicia jump. Though she had no memory of retrieving it or making a call on it, her cell phone clattered out of her lap onto the floor. She blinked. How long had she been sitting there? Another bang and a familiar voice called, “Alicia! Alicia, are you hurt? Alicia, if you dont answer, I’m going to break the door down!”

She wanted to tell him that it was open, but she couldn’t. Her mouth wouldn’t work, her throat wouldn’t work, her tongue seemed stuck to the roof of her mouth. But she heard the door knob jiggle and she turned to see him step inside. His key was in the knob. Apparently, they both had forgotten he still had one.

“What the h–” He went silent and dread choked the air between them.

He dropped to his knees beside her and turned her face around so that they were eye to eye. “Are you okay?”

She blinked.

He patted her cheek lightly, “Alicia, baby, are you okay?” He checked her over by gently running his hands over her skin.

She was sure she nodded.

“Did you see him?”

She murmured something unintelligible.

“The man who did this, did you see him?”

She shook her head and a shudder rippled through her body.

“Did you check through the rest of the house? Did you see if he, he–”

Her eyes watered and tears dotted her cheeks and she felt absurd. She had cried more in the past twenty-four hours than she had when shed gone through puberty. “No.”

Tommy nodded then rose. He pulled a handgun from the holster under his leather jacket then slowly, carefully made his way deeper into the apartment. Alicia watched him disappear into her kitchen. He came out again, then rounded a corner and disappeared again into her hallway. In ten minutes, he came back and dropped to her side, his eyes studying the walls. He ran a hand over his face and looked truly shaken. She hadn’t seen him drained of color and sickened this way since his mother died. Finally, he told her, “I believe he was long gone before you got home. From the looks of it, you haven’t been here yourself for a couple of days. You were in Borneo, right?”

Because the possibility that the perpetrator had still been in her apartment when she arrived had not occurred to her, the knowledge that he was gone only inspired a second bout of alarm. Her eyes widened and she began to shake.

“He’s gone, baby,” Tommy soothed her and pulled her into his embrace. “He’s gone and I’m here and you know I’ll never let anyone hurt you. You know I’ll always keep you safe.”

Alicia clutched him close, desperately. And he held her just as hard, his lips pressing to her brow and into her hair. In his arms, she did feel safe, and she did believe that he could always keep her safe.

If he wanted to.

The problem was Tommy didn’t want to.

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I cannot wait for you to read this story that is as much psychological as it is sexual! Check back for a release date!

Aubrey

http://www.aubreyleatherwood.com

You can read Model Lover here.



Just Got My New Cover for Model Lover by aubreyleatherwood
February 9, 2010, 12:03 pm
Filed under: fiction, new release, romance | Tags: , , , ,
Model Cover by Aubrey Leatherwood
A picture may be worth a thousands words, but a touch… a kiss…

Hello Pals!

I just wanted to share my new cover for Model Lover with you. Ain’t it pwetty . This cover is great for this contemporary, interracial Tryst into the fashion world!
More info to come!
–Aubrey