Friday, July 6, 2012

Dear Garland & Gould

Dear GG-
I’ve survived a horrible ordeal seven years ago. After much soul-searching and therapy, I decided it’s time to take control of my life again. My first date was a disaster, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’ve met a man, GG. He’s a detective in the local Red River Police Department. We’ve kissed, and I’m very attracted to him…but since we’ve been seeing each other, horrible murders have taken place. And while my dashing detective is on the case, I feel like he’s keeping secrets from me. I want to trust him, but I’m just not sure. My heart says yes, but my mind is screaming for caution. What should I do?
Thanks for your help!
Unsure Abby
Dear Unsure:
You need to give it time, but also trust in your dashing detective to keep you safe, both your heart and body. If you feel he’s keeping secrets, he might be. But he might also have good reasons for it. Detectives are often burdened with all types of information and are not always at liberty to share—not that he doesn’t trust you, but he must abide by the integrity of the case. Give him time, and if the secret you sense involves you, I’m sure he’ll come clean. For now, go with your gut. Just make sure you’re ready when and if you take that final leap.
Good luck!

Dear GG:
I’ve met THE most incredible woman. I think she could be the ONE—if there is such a thing. Problem is, men keep dropping like flies around her, and I happen to be the detective assigned to the case. There’s another problem, too. I’m keeping a secret—not a small white lie but a huge, devastating secret. This girl has been hurt in the past, and I don’t want to add to her pain. GG, this could cost me her love. Tell me, how am I supposed to risk THAT? I don’t want to lose her.
Any suggestions?
Anxious Ethan
Dear Anxious:
It’s clear that you care for this woman deeply. The men dropping like flies around her is worrisome. Don’t want you ending up in the morgue next to the other poor souls. So please, stay alert! 
As far as the devastating secret, it would be best to tell her the truth as soon as possible. Do it now! If you continue to wait, you risk disaster…because secrets have a way of coming out one way or another, and the results aren’t often pretty. If you truly love her, be honest with her. She might be upset, so plead your case but then give her time to come to terms with what you’ve said. 
Best of luck!
Will Abby follow her heart and trust her dashing detective? What about Ethan, will he end up on the killer’s list or will he solve the case? But more importantly, will he take GG’s suggestion and come clean about the secret he’s hiding? For answers, grab a copy of Sins of the Mind by L.J. Garland & Debbie Gould.

Sins of the Mind
Seven years ago, Abby Montgomery survived a brutal attack. Now she is ready to put her pain in the past and move on with her life. The problem is, one by one the men in her life are being viciously murdered.
The detective assigned to the case, Ethan Parker, has demons of his own to hide. As the danger gets closer to Abby, so does Ethan. But can they get past his secrets before the killer gets to them? Sometimes the sins of the mind are more depraved than the sins of the heart.
Genre: Contemporary, erotic romance, suspense, thriller, romantic suspense
Word count – 87k
“Moment?” He raised his eyebrows, tried for a surprised expression. “We were having a moment? Where was I?”
A husky laugh escaped Abby’s lips. She gave him a playful shove, but he caught her hand, his fingers encircling her delicate wrist. With great care, he bowed his head and pressed his lips to the center of her palm. Her sharp intake of air told him she liked it.
“Is this the moment you were referring to?” He kissed her wrist. “Or this?” His mouth grazed along her skin, up the side of her neck to the tender point below her ear.
“Mmm.” She shivered.
He inhaled, reveled in her unique scent. A mixture of spicy vanilla and exotic flowers invaded his senses and sent the room slowly spinning. Primal lust roared through him, demanded he possess her in a rush of carnal passion.
But Ethan resisted.
Intent on enticing Abby into a wild, heated frenzy, he trailed the tip of his tongue along her throat. Her pulse hammered beneath his ardent attention, and he reveled in her response. His fingers slid over her supple skin. One hand sought the silky tresses adorning her head while the other coaxed her legs across his lap and then slipped around her waist.
He pulled back, stared into her lovely face. Eyelids fluttering, she sighed in his arms. When she looked at him, desire burned bright in her eyes. His heart stuttered at the sight, and hot need rushed to his groin.
“Abby.” Her name rolled from his tongue in a mix of desperation and lust. A voracious hunger to taste every inch of her body washed over him. The urge to kiss the small of her back, to run his tongue along her skin, delving and dipping into her secret, sensitive places, all but overwhelmed him. “Tell me to stop. If you’re not ready, honey, tell me to stop right now and by all that’s holy, I will. But you need to know how much I want you right now.”
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