1. Thank you to for joining me today. For the readers, would you introduce yourself and tell us what your profession is?
I’m Rikki Salerno. Well, really, I’m Marguerite Sims. I run my grandfather’s charitable foundation, which includes traveling with an exhibition of Silas Sims photographs. Our first stop is Granite Pointe. But my passion is photography. I want to be as famous as Silas. I’m making progress on that goal.
2. Tell us about the first time you saw your lover.
I was at Sims Spit, trying to capture a similar photo to the one my grandfather had taken over forty years ago. Sam Kerrigan is a high school teacher who brought his photography club to take pictures at the same spot. One of his students knocked me into the marsh. Sam rescued me. By my breasts. It’s a long story, but let’s just say he has some warm hands.
3. What is a total turn-on? How about turn-off?
I love Sam’s dimples. They make me a little stupid. Turn-offs? I hate bullies. I had to deal with some recently and I hated it as much as when I was bullied as a teen. It sucks. But what’s worse it when a grown-up aids and abets the teenage bullies. Sam and I both dealt with that.
4. What do you do in your free time? How do you blow off steam?
I love to run. I found a great running trail along the harbor in Granite Pointe that has become my go-to route.
5. We all have our dirty little secrets. What’s one of yours?
That’s an appropriate question. See, Sam didn’t know for a long time that I’m Marguerite Sims. I didn’t try hard enough to tell him my real name. It didn’t help that Sam really didn’t like Marguerite and didn’t hold back from expressing his opinion. That secret nearly destroyed our relationship.
6. Favorite drink?
7. Best pickup line you’ve used or heard?
Some men are ruled by their penis, some are smarter than that. Want to know which guy I am?
8. Tell us about Gemma, something juicy.
Gemma’s an open book. Except she does like to hide that she listens to Christmas music all year long.
Exposed To Passion (Five Senses Series Book #3)
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Kensington Books/Lyrical Press, Inc
Date of Publication: October 20, 2014
Number of pages: 329
Word Count: approx. 85,000
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco
Available in Digital and Print Formats
They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?
Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things better, but Rikki’s inability to confess her true identity casts a shadow over their budding affair.
When Sam refuses an overly aggressive parent’s marriage proposal, she’s determined to ruin him. Not only does she doctor photos to make it look like Sam’s behaved inappropriately in front of students, she hacks the foundation website to reveal Rikki’s true identity. Faster than the blink of a shutter, Rikki’s focus changes from pursuing her full-color future to the black and white necessity of clearing Sam’s name.
“Holy cow! Consider me seduced.” She didn’t recognize her own voice. Desire rasped through it, whispery and thick at the same time. Allowing her finger to slip from the steamy confines of his mouth, he pressed a kiss to her palm, then released his hold. She curled her hand into a fist around the kiss he’d left, hoping to hold onto the heat and lingering sensation.
“Oh, Jesus. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have kissed you like that. It was too fast, wasn’t it? I mean, we only just met…but I thought, I mean, you seemed to want…and you didn’t say no. Christ, I’m so sorry.” Sam’s tone rattled with a misplaced apology. “I have no excuse. I’m a horndog.”
He eased her away from his chest and helped her to sit up, then pushed himself upright and scooted a respectful distance from her.
The apology in his tone and the loss of his body heat hit her like a cold slap. His words stung. He regretted kissing her. The tingly pulses zipping from her fingertip to her heart did nothing to tamp down the hurt. She hadn’t wanted him to stop. Normally the queen of snarky retorts, words failed her now.
About the Author:
Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a vocation as a romance author.
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Romance writer. Paranormal and contemporary. Mother of two and wife of perfect husband. Love the environment, travel and reading.
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