The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is just over a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.
The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or Romance Writers of America (RWA) authors who live in Northeastern U.S. or Canada. Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.
“Christmas Laurel,” by Christine Bush (self-published)
Laurel thought she’d melt right into a puddle on the floor. When his lips claimed hers, her legs had almost forgotten how to work. Her body leaned into him, not with suggestion, but with desperation because she almost collapsed. Her heart, which was pounding before, felt as if it was going to fly right out of her chest. Could he feel it? Did he know how she reacted to him?
Slowly, she pulled her mouth away, looking up at him, amazed at her feelings.
“Whoa,” she said, breathlessly. “That was a bit of a surprise.”
“I have to admit I’ve been thinking about that since the first moment I laid eyes on you. Constantly. But first, there was the bear to contend with. And then there was the child who was soaked and lost in the storm. That’s a lot of drama. So I figured, this time, I better grab the moment before the next fantastic thing happens. Because I just couldn’t wait any longer.”
He said the words casually, but she could feel a slight tremor in the arms that were still wrapped around her. “Tell me it’s ok?”
She giggled, feeling like a schoolgirl, looking up into his eyes. They were green. And he was smiling.
“I guess I like surprises. Yes, it was very ok,” she said.
“Breaks the ice, so to speak. Worrying about that first kiss can be a real killer, you know?” His voice sounded serious.
“So now it’s done. Pressure off. And now on to the second kiss.”
His mouth descended again, but this time she was ready.
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Good luck to Christine and all our Golden Leaf finalists!
It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit http://www.njromancewriters.org/ for more information and to register. Registration is open until October 4th.