It's First BOOK Friday! For the next few months, we're going to highlight the first book from each of the Nine Naughties. Sometimes people find us further down our backlist, sometimes readers think they're picking up our first book when really it's number 3 or so, sometimes our first book was so long ago even we've forgotten! (just kidding... it's true that you never forget your first!). So we thought it would be fun to revisit the books that started it all for each of us!
This month we're featuring the first book from Sydney Somers, Say You're Mine
A note from Sydney:
The idea for my first Samhain book (my first published one isn't currently available) Say You're Mine came to me in late 2005 when the idea of a family-run private investigations firm popped into my head. Of course, writing strictly paranormal romance at the time, that family also had to be magically-inclined so making them witches/warlocks seemed like a perfect fit. And so my Spellbound series was born. :)
After a friend's recommendation, I submitted a proposal to Samhain a couple months before their doors even opened, and a few weeks later the book was done and the contract signed. In July 2006, I introduced the Calder family to readers and have had a great time revisiting that world and getting to know all the Calder siblings and cousins better.
There are two things Violet Calder knows. Magic and that cops and witches don’t mix. Fantasizing about sexy detective Reece Prescott doesn’t help matters, especially when her own clumsiness lands her in the middle of his undercover assignment.
Forced to pretend the gorgeous Violet is his girlfriend is one more nail in his coffin as far as Reece is concerned. From day one the Calder family has been a pain in his backside, and that doesn’t look like it’s about to change. But keeping his mind on bringing down a drug dealer gets increasingly difficult with Violet so close.
Knowing she has to tread carefully to protect her family, Violet begins to fear that not even magic will save her from falling for the one man she shouldn’t.
“Evening, Ms. Calder.”
Violet tensed at the deep, unmistakable voice directly behind her. She slowly turned around, all too conscious of the thinning air in the room. “Good evening, Detective.”
Short, dark brown hair, a five o’clock shadow that suited him entirely too much, and bottomless brown eyes that sucked you right in when they weren’t slicing a person in two, all combined to make a package
Leslie liked to refer to as “sex on a stick”. There was only one problem with him.
He was a serious pain in the ass.
“Your brother around?”
Violet crossed her arms. It helped to fill up the space between them. Detective Reece Prescott had a habit of standing much too close. She figured it was an intimidation tactic. Having grown up with two overbearing older brothers, not to mention her three cousins, few men intimidated her. Unfortunately, Reece seemed to be in the minority. “Which one?”
“Why do you need to speak with him? Or are you just planning on harassing him?”
Reece broke his usual stoic mask with a frown. “He hit me first.”
Biting the inside of her cheek, Violet shrugged. Why he always got his boxers in a bunch whenever she mentioned that, she’d never know. “Well, as much as I hate to disappoint you, Detective, he’s already gone for the night.”
He surveyed the lobby as though he didn’t believe her, and finally nodded. “Let him know I was looking for him.”
He continued to stare at her.
“Was there something else?”
Instead of turning away, he took a step closer. His gaze tunneled into hers, warm and slow. “You don’t like me much, do you Ms. Calder?”
“I don’t dislike you, Detective.”
For a moment she could have sworn his eyes paused on her mouth.
“It’s Reece.” Without another word, he strode away.
But that didn’t stop her heart from continuing to thump against her ribs. She stared after him, wondering if she would’ve had enough guts to ask him out for a beer if he wasn’t a cop and she wasn’t a witch.
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