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I normally write science fiction with a dab of romance, but my new novel "Undercover" breaks that trend. It's set in the present, on Earth, and the main characters face challenges that might not be common, but could happen. Well, they could happen in my imagination, anyway…
I pretty much wrote this book on a dare. Someone said my books were okay, but needed a bit more steam, so I wanted to do something with a couple murders and sex scenes. I was really proud of myself too, until my editor cut most of it out. She's right, if people are used to getting one kind of book from an author, they might become both surprised and disappointed if the style changes too much.
Anyway, now I have a big pile of deleted scenes. I've wanted to do something with them, but not been able to figure out what. I realize I can't compete with authors writing erotica, but being a guest here still seems like an excellent opportunity to share one of them. In this deleted scene, the main characters Jenny and Alexei are on the run from justice. They're hiding out in a hotel room, able to relax for the first time for days.
Inside the bathroom, Jenny and Alex listened to their children. She bit her lip not to laugh. "Imagine when she becomes a teenager. I can see you sneaking around in the bushes with a shotgun, trying to hunt down any boyfriend of hers."
Anyone could see Lindsay was growing up to be a beauty, and with that strong will, she'd be a handful. Jenny stopped thinking about the children as his hands wandered up under her shirt.
"I think this is mine. I need it back."
His hands on her skin were intoxicating, sending shivers of delight through her body. She still answered cheekily, "If you want it, you'll have to try ‘n take it."
He did. There wasn't anywhere to run, and fighting him for it was useless, but she still tried. It ended up with him grinning, holding both her hands over her head with one hand and pulling the shirt up with the other. She never understood how he did it, but in the next moment, her hands were secured with the shirt, tied to the shower, and he cupped both his hands over her breasts, smiling.
She mumbled, "How did you do that," but forgot about it the moment he kissed her neck while running his hands down her body to squeeze her butt instead of her breasts.
She leaned her head back, closed her eyes and moaned, and he teased her with his tongue against the sensitive skin under her ear, at the same time as one of his hands found its way in between her legs, exploring the warm and moist place down there, carefully at first, but soon bolder.
Feeling his caress and his finger teasingly disappear up inside her was nice, but not as nice as other parts would be. As hard as she tried, she couldn't get her hands free, and her mouth was much too busy moaning with pleasure to want to talk. He knew anyway, of course, he was just teasing her, and he soon lifted her up, pinning her between the wall and his hard body.
She wrapped her legs around his waist, and he groaned when he entered her. It was easy for him to hold her up, she knew she wasn't heavy to him.
Alex's makeshift knot finally slipped open, and she got her arms free to hold on to him. How could he always make her feel so wonderfully hot and happy? Then, all thoughts disappeared as her body took over, rending uncontrollable waves of pleasure, at the same time as he exploded inside of her.
Genre: Romantic suspense
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Word Count: 77000
Cover Artist: Gwen Phifer
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/YePFbRgPP9o
When Jenny Moore meets Alexei Roshenko, it's love at first sight. The tall, dark and handsome stranger appears to be the answer to every romantic fantasy any woman ever had. There is however more to him than meets the eye, and a dark and violent past is catching up with him. When Jenny decides to follow him back to Russia, she gets entangled in a web of deceit and secrets beyond her wildest imagination.
When the wheels finally touched American soil, Jenny was both relieved and nervous. She was so happy to be home she could cry, at the same time as she fretted over his papers. They looked good but could hardly be real. Alex didn't seem worried at all; he was the epitome of calm as they stood in the long line to the passport checkpoint.
Her own passport had been unused before this trip, and she opened it to look at the stamps. Alex bent over to kiss her on the cheek. He knew her well enough already to know what was on her mind. "Don't worry, I do this all the time."
The comment distracted her, and she thought he probably did it on purpose. She wanted to ask a million or so questions, but didn't even lift an eyebrow. "I can't wait to be home."
Once they reached the counter, the woman sitting there hardly even looked at the photos. She threw one glance at their documents, gave them back, and yelled, "Next!"
They waited for the luggage for an eternity, and Jenny was nervous all the way through customs. She relaxed a little once they were well into the large airport, surrounded by Americans hurrying in all directions. The protection of being in the country was more imagined than real, but she was still happier. They walked slowly hand in hand with the suitcases rolling behind them like obedient dogs, and just seeing the crowds made her heart lighter.
She wondered if her lover would miss seeing and hearing his own language, and if he would miss his own people. He was stranded in a foreign country and culture with nothing but her, with an axe hovering over his head, and all this after knowing her for just a couple of months. Thinking about it made her feel incredibly guilty, and telling herself she couldn't have done anything about it didn't help at all.
Eventually, Alex stopped and pulled their bags up next to a wall. "Are you up for the drive home, or do you want to stay in a hotel tonight?"
She kept going because he did, but now when he said it, she was very tired. "I don't know. It would be good to be home, but it seems so far away. What do you think?"
"Oh, I want to go somewhere and take all your clothes off, but what I want is not important. Your wish is my command, my sweet."
It made her laugh. "So, a hotel it is."
When they walked towards the exit, past one of the cafés, she saw a familiar face turn towards them. A smile played on the man's lips. She had seen him not all that long ago, on the other side of the world, in Alex's apartment. He met her eyes, and she said, "Ignore him."
They walked right past the old man. "They've been with us all the way. One would think people would have something better to do."
She hadn't seen anyone else, but if he said they had been there, they were there.
Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.
As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.
Flashback, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing June 2013
Operation Earth, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing August 2013
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn't eat: Mammals
Favorite TV Show: Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal: Border Collie
Quotes: "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you"
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Publisher's website: http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com