Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary Romance Long: Nancy Herkness

Congratulations to Nancy, who is a double-finalist in the Contemporary Romance Long category! Check out excerpts from both her Golden Leaf nominated books.

“The CEO Buys In” by Nancy Herkness (Montlake Romance)

The nurse returned with the ice pack, and Chloe laid it against Trainor’s neck as she had that first one. She was rewarded with a slight upward curve of her boss’s lips. He lay still, as though savoring the coolness. As she held the pack in position, she became aware of the fact that her hand was inside his open shirt, so her forearm grazed the burning skin of his chest whenever he inhaled, and his breath tickled her as he exhaled.

Even worse, her kneeling position put her right at face level with the sick man. She could see the way the texture of his skin changed from his jaw where he shaved, to the smooth skin at his temple. She could trace the wave of his hair back over the curve of his ear. She could count the tiny lines radiating from the corner of his eye. It was like being in bed with him.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

“The All-Star Antes Up” by Nancy Herkness (Montlake Romance)


When the elevator doors opened, she had to swallow her gasp. The waves of Luke’s hair caught the lighting of the elevator in a way that made them glow gold. Dressed in worn jeans, a maroon T-shirt, and a black leather jacket, he looked more like a model than a football player. His cool blue eyes warmed slightly when he caught sight of her, and that slow smile brought out his single dimple.

Speech deserted Miranda as every nerve ending in her body yearned for the man in front of her.

“Mornin’,” he said, pulling a Yankees baseball cap out of his pocket and fitting it over the gleaming hair.

“Is that—” Her voice was a croak, so she stopped to clear her throat. “Is that your disguise?”

His dimple deepened. “I have Ray-Bans, too.”

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Nancy and all our Golden Leaf finalists! Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit for more information and to register. Registration is open until October 4th.


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