Excerpt: The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Victoria James

Entangled Publishing and Victoria James wanted to share an excerpt from Victoria’s holiday romance The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby.  Enjoy!

Excerpt: The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Victoria James

Jackson poked the logs in the fire a little too harshly and muffled his cough as a cloud of smoke engulfed his face. He tried to appear calm and natural even though he felt like he’d been backed against a wall by letting this woman and the baby into his home. How had he gotten into this mess? He could tell Hannah was trying to figure him out, and the look in her eyes was unsettling, like she was pleased when he told her about Charlie being a stray. He glanced over at her as she pulled off her red hat and a mass of caramel colored hair came tumbling out. He didn’t want to notice how shiny and soft it looked. He turned his attention to the fireplace again, but watched from the corner of his eye as Hannah straightened out her clothing.

Hannah was definitely beautiful—not in a made up, high-maintenance sort of way. She had high cheekbones and full, rosy lips. And even though he didn’t want to notice, her eyes were like dark emeralds, large and almond shaped, with impossibly thick black eyelashes. Even more perplexing than their indisputable beauty was the emotion and the warmth they held in them. They weren’t vacant, they weren’t flirty, and they weren’t the eyes of someone who had been friends with his sister. They were clear and sharp, not hollow like someone who was stoned all the time. No, she was too pulled together to have been friends with Louise. So then who the hell was she?

He willed himself not to look lower than her chin. Dammit. Too late. She was curvy and slender in all the right places. He felt himself fighting back a surge of complete and total unwanted desire that gripped him out of nowhere. What was going on with him? Must be a natural reaction to a woman who wasn’t thinner than a twig. The last woman he’d slept with had been so skinny he wondered if she had ever eaten a carb in her entire life. But this Hannah woman was off-limits. He didn’t date women with children or people associated with his family. And even though there wasn’t a wedding band on her hand, she was probably with some guy. Not that it mattered. Not in the least, because he wanted nothing to do with her. Anyone connected to his family was the enemy.

“Look, I really am sorry for barging in like this.” She folded her hands in front of her and bit gently on her lower lip. Why were her lips to appealing? Focus buddy, focus. He shrugged, dragging his eyes away from her mouth. “Don’t worry about it.”

“I really wasn’t planning on getting here so late—”

“How did you know I was going to be here? No one knows about this place except my business partner and PA.” He saw the exact moment that her embarrassment turned to discomfort.

She waved a hand dismissively, but her voice sounded forced. “Oh, you can find anything online these days.”

He crossed his arms in front of him. She wasn’t looking so confident now. “No, you can’t. You can’t find anything about this cabin online.”

She averted her eyes. “It wasn’t her fault. I was probably a tad dramatic.” Maybe it was the sudden change in tone or the softening of her expression that made him get defensive.

Jackson narrowed his eyes. “Whose fault?”

“I think her name was Ann,” she said, biting her lip and looking away. Jackson tried to hide his shock. In all the years Ann had worked for him, she’d never released any personal details about him.

“What did you tell her?” He was genuinely interested in knowing how the hell this woman had managed to get the address of his cabin.

“I may have said it was a matter of life or death.”

He rolled his eyes. He was surprised Ann fell for that. “You seem to use that line as a catch-all, don’t you?”

“Well, I really did need to find you. And she was quite concerned when I mentioned the death part,” she said, lifting her chin. Something about the way she stood, the way she wouldn’t stop looking at him made him uneasy.

But no matter what, he knew she was here to tell him something he didn’t want to know. Not that it should matter. Nothing she could tell him would make him change his mind about his family. He turned his back to her, focusing on the fire that didn’t need his attention at all. He heard her shuffling around and then the quiet padding of her feet across the wood floor.

“I’m sorry to bombard you with this.”

He ignored her attempt to open up the conversation. He turned to look at her, eyeing her snow-soaked pants. “Do you want to take off your jeans?”

Her green eyes grew comically large. “Pardon me?”

He almost laughed out loud at her expression. “I mean, you’re soaked. I can get you a blanket or something and you can put your jeans in the dryer.”

“Uh, no, I’ll stand here for a few minutes. I’m sure they’ll dry quickly by the fire.” Her face was still red as she moved closer to the fire.

Why should he care if she wanted to stay in wet jeans all night? “Why don’t I show you and uh—” He motioned to the baby with his chin. “—the baby your room?”


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Visit Victoria James: www.victoriajames.ca

Twitter: @vicjames101

Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-James/412431258807271

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About The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby:

Jackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.

A baby on the doorsteps is the least of Hannah Woods problems–she has to find the baby’s uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy–and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around, and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…

About Victoria James:

Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto, Canada. Victoria is a mother to two young children, and one very disorderly feline. Victoria attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and graduated with a degree in English Literature, where she met and then later married, her own hero. After Queen’s, Victoria earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized last February, 2012, when Entangled Publishing bought her manuscript. Victoria is living her dream-staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters.

Interview with Sarah Gilman, Author of Wings of Redemption and Giveaway!

Sarah Gilman dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her latest release, Wings of Redemption.  After the interview, enter for your chance to win a digital copy of her new book!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Sarah Gilman] A paranormal romance author with a thing for wings.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Wings of Redemption?

[Sarah Gilman] Wings of Redemption is a story about two enemies redeeming themselves and finding a Happily Ever After with each other. The novella is set in a contemporary world with a paranormal twist: demons and fallen angels live in secluded colonies, hunted by poachers. A fallen archangel hero falls for the human daughter of a man who hires poachers and collects archangel feathers.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Sarah Gilman] These characters grew organically from the existing series that revolves around fallen archangels and poachers. As a reader, I’m a mega fan of enemies-to-lovers romances and have wanted to write this sort of plotline from the get-go.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Saffron?

[Sarah Gilman] Brave. Loyal. Adaptable.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Kestrel had a theme song, what would it be?

[Sarah Gilman] Ooo, tough choice. He deserves some bad-*ss tunes, but I choose “Your Winter” by Sister Hazel. (I am a certifiable “Hazelnut.”) That entire song speaks particularly to Kestrel’s mindset after the story’s black moment.

The chorus:

“I won’t be your winter

I won’t be anyone’s excuse to cry

We can be forgiven

I will be here.”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Saffron won’t leave the house without.

[Sarah Gilman] Her tactical flashlight. It’s the perfect self-defense tool; every woman should have one with her. They’re so bright, they’ll knock an attacker to their knees.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Kestrel’s pockets?

[Sarah Gilman] Weapons – he’s trained in hand-fighting and has a highly skilled, deadly bodyguard.

Sweets – he doesn’t even like sugar in his coffee. His only exception is maple syrup.

Money – the colonies don’t use human money except to interact with some human businesses.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Saffron’s greatest regret?

[Sarah Gilman] Letting her sister go into the woods alone with poachers.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Sarah Gilman] Romance novels, music, and anime/manga—my husband introduced me to the later. Some of the most epic stories and characters I’ve ever encountered have been in anime or manga. Music sets my mood and provides me with character ideas. Whenever I’m stuck while writing, a little reading always gets me back in my rhythm.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Sarah Gilman] Music or silence—anything in between, such as my neighbor’s car alarm, is anathema.

Tea or coffee

My laptop—I cannot type at a regular computer and keyboard to save my life.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Sarah Gilman] I just finished Must Love Santa by Nina Bruhns. I don’t read much outside of the paranormal genre, but when I do, it’s romantic suspense. This novella was cute and fun and a great holiday read.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Sarah Gilman] Myst, by Miller, Miller, and Wingrove. I read it in junior high. Found a hardcover copy in college. I still take it out and read it now and then. What do you see, Atrus?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Sarah Gilman] I like to cook. Lately, my mission has been to bake the perfect loaf of bread.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Sarah Gilman] Twitter: @Gilman_Sarah https://twitter.com/Gilman_Sarah

Blog: www.sarahgilmanbooks.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4971675.Sarah_Gilman

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

You can enter for a chance to win a digital copy of Wings of Redemption, courtesy of Entangled Publishing!  Just fill out the widget below to enter.  Earn extra entries for following.

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About Sarah:

Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.

Wings of Redemption Blurb:

Enemies by birth, lovers by choice…

Humans and archangels don’t mix on the best occasions. When Saffron Morin goes to the gates of the demon colony, Eden, in search of her sister, she meets an archangel who is curious one minute and hostile the next, and she ends up the colony’s “guest” against her will.

Kestrel’s archangel psychic talent tells him the human woman’s life is in danger. Despite her family’s association with poachers who hunt archangels for their valuable feathers, he vows to save her life. Enemies by birth, lovers by choice, they give in to growing attraction as days pass.

Even if he succeeds in saving her life, he must hurt her to protect others of his kind, and he may not be able to live with himself after a betrayal he has no choice but to commit. In order to find redemption, the Collector’s daughter and an archangel must first find each other.

To learn more about the book or to order from B&N or Kobo, please visit the links below.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16126047-wings-of-redemption

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wings-of-redemption-sarah-gilman/1113881946?ean=2940015797053&isbn=2940015797053

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Wings-of-Redemption/book-mRSORiWECUOD_Q1Mc7UbeA/page1.html?s=jPAMpr9Gr0i5vN413Yf0Gg&r=2