Monday, May 20, 2013

An Unexpected Meeting...of Lips


Have you ever encountered a moment where, in space of a heartbeat, fear grabbed you, then a kiss stopped you in your tracks?
 
That happened to Branna Lind in Bayou Born with the man assigned by the college vice president to mentor her. A kiss was the last thing she expected from James.

An excerpt from Bayou Born...

“Oh, Lord! If Momma could see me now.” She laughed, not caring who might hear her over the din of voices and piped-in muzak.

With James in the lead, their hands linked, she followed him toward their seats. Someone behind her bumped her hard. She gasped. Fell forward into James, almost sending him forward. She struggled to right herself with the rowdy crowd pushing all around her. Tremors of fear raced through her mind as she started to slip toward the floor. Panicked, she clawed at James’ back.

James turned on a dime. Grabbed her, protected her from falling. He sheltered her from the crushing crowd, and held her steady as she caught her breath. The crowd parted around them as though they were a large boulder in the middle of a fast moving river. Shaken, she clung to him, then blinked when he leaned in and kissed her.

His mouth was warm.

Heat and quivers raced all the way to her toes.

Wrapping his arm around her, he said, “Don’t worry. I’ll protect you.” Then he wrapped her in an embrace, rested his hand on her hip, and guided her back to their spot at the bar.

Shocked by the kiss, a touch so light and quick that it appeared and disappeared so fast she could have dreamt it. She touched a finger to her lips. They were still warm where his lips had been.

“Who’s going to protect me from you?” she whispered.

I invite you to share the journey of Branna and James in Bayou Born, book one of the Fleur de Lis series. It’s available through:
 
Please visit me at my website - www.linda-joyce.com

 
Happy Reading!
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Linda Joyce

12 comments:

Juli D. Revezzo said...

Actually, I can't say I've ever gotten a kiss exactly like that, though god knows,I've tripped over my own two feet enough! Poor Branna. Sounds like an interesting read, Linda. Good luck with it!

Jerrie Alexander said...

Linda, I loved the excerpt! Gotta add this one to my TBR pile.

Linda Joyce said...

Juli,

Thanks for leaving a note.

Smiles,

Linda Joyce

Linda Joyce said...

Juli,

Thanks for leaving a note.

Smiles,

LJ

Linda Joyce said...

Jerrie,

I hope you will enjoy Bayou Born. The second book in the series is Bayou Bound. I'm waiting to hear on the pub date for that book.

Smiles,

LJ

Barbara said...

Hi Linda,

Great post. I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing :)

Barb Bettis

AJ Nuest said...

Thanks for visiting with me today, Linda! I love this excerpt as well. Sounds like a stellar read!!

Linda Joyce said...

AJ,

Thank you so much for your hospitality.

Smiles,

Linda Joyce

James West said...

I found your blog through the WLC Blog Follows program, and I am glad I did :) I loved the excerpt.
It is really nice to meet you!
James A. West

Jan Moran said...

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