Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Christina Dodd's Storm of Visions

Today I received a newsletter from Christina Dodd announcing that her novel Storm of Visions was on the shelves.

Order STORM OF VISIONS and book two, STORM OF SHADOWS, from Amazon.com, and you'll receive a five percent discount!

Christina included a free excerpt of Storm of Visions in her newsletter which I am passing on to my readers.

Caleb leaned, shirtless, against the kitchen counter and watched as Jacqueline cleaned the cut she'd put into his ribs with her scissors. It was jagged, it hurt like hell — and he felt a solid sense of pride in her accomplishment. He'd taught her to fight like that, and no man alive had ever done a better job of spitting him.

Of course, no man alive distracted him like a half-naked Jacqueline. After sex on the bathroom floor and sex on the lumpy mattress, she had showered — no sex in the shower, she had locked the bathroom door and wedged the towel cabinet behind it — and donned faded plaid pajama bottoms and a clean, baggy, short sleeved t-shirt. He supposed that was her na├»ve way of saying Hands off. Instead she looked sweet and clean, and smelled of soap and Jacqueline.

"You need stitches," she said for the dozenth time.

And for the dozenth time, he replied, "The scissors are new and clean, my tetanus shot is up to date, and I can get antibiotics in New York City. Just put a butterfly bandage on it. Then start packing."

She dabbed the paper towels into the basin of warm water, then wiped the area around the wound. She didn't look up, didn't respond.

His gaze shifted to fingerless leather gloves she wore. They were well-made, almost the color of her skin, and supple enough to move as she moved. "You didn't used to wear gloves all the time. Why wear them at all?"

"You heard me today at the winery. It's a combination of style and protection."

"Protection?" He mocked her openly. "From the corkscrew, you mean."

This Jacqueline was wiser than the teenager he'd known, less likely to rise to the bait, more inclined to take her time in answering him — or not answer him at all. "How did you find me?" she asked.

He laughed sharply, and winced at the pain. "We never lost you." He had tracked her for the two years of her exile.

She picked up the scissors.

Although perhaps he could have been more tactful about saying so. He tensed, prepared to fend off another attack.

She glanced up and saw him watching warily. "Don't worry. I'm not going to stab you again."



2009 Press Release (from Christina Dodd's Website Press Room)

From Reader To New York Times Bestseller
www.christinadodd.com

Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. As she was growing up, she read everything, but discovered, because she likes humor, that she liked romance best. In romance, the relationship between one man and one woman holds center stage, and that’s always good for a laugh.

A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear.

So while Dodd was working as a draftsman, she would read during the lunch hour, go back to work to design a sawmill, and plot the conclusion of the story in her mind. The book never ended like that, and she liked her endings better. When her first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Quite a bit, it seemed. It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published.

In the eighteen years since, her novels have been translated into twenty languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards as well as Borders Books Awards for outstanding sales, and been called the year’s best by Library Journal. Dodd is a regular on the New York Times Bestseller List and has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that "showcases Dodd’s easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling."

Dodd’s new releases for 2009 include DANGER IN A RED DRESS (3/09, four weeks on the New York Times), as well as STORM OF VISIONS (8/09) and STORM OF
SHADOWS (9/09), the first two books in her new paranormal series, the Chosen
Ones. Also in 2009, in July, her classic historical, MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH will
be re-released, and in October, TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS and TONGUE IN CHIC will be re-released as DANGEROUS LADIES.

Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools.

Visit http://www.christinadodd.com/ for more details.

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