Beneath the Surface Release Day Part 2

Today Beneath the Surface is available in print! I asked all the Barnes and Nobles and one Borders to carry it here in San Antonio, but haven’t received confirmation. The Hastings in New Braunfels ordered it, and I have to wait for the manager of The Twig to return next week to get her to order it. It is available online. Here’s a scene to whet your appetite.

The surf had done its trick. Mallory finally felt calm enough to go inside, go to sleep, not dream of Adrian, of everything that had happened since she’d decided to come to Belize, of all the doubts that plagued her mind. She’d been so careful constructing that wall around her emotions when it came to Adrian. But after the conversation in the truck, the incident in the tub and the talk in her hotel room, she felt that mortar crumbling.

Before, she’d talked herself into believing she was here for the ship. Now…God. She knew exactly why she had returned.

She was a glutton for punishment.

She turned to walk out of the surf and saw Adrian sitting on the beach, legs folded in front of him, arms looped over his knees as he watched her, that grin curving his mouth, his teeth glinting in the moonlight.

Defensiveness kicked in, battling the punch of pleasure, of excitement at seeing him—and losing. She had to keep her head. She had to. What would she risk if she lost it? “What are you doing down here?”

“Couldn’t sleep.”

He pushed to his feet in a fluid movement, moved toward her as she stepped out of the waves onto the packed sand. Even while her brain told her to stop, to slow, to turn away, her legs carried her forward, the wet hem of her T-shirt—his T-shirt—catching on her bare legs as if trying to remind her why she shouldn’t be doing this. She didn’t pay attention, focused only on Adrian’s eyes.

He lifted his hands, curved them on either side of her face, his fingers rough against her skin. That maddening grin taunted her even as he lowered his head and she rose on her toes.

Just that, just his kiss, the taste of him, the feel of him, easy but still carrying the punch of lust, was enough to chase doubts from her head. No future. No consequences. Only she and the man she’d loved since she was twenty.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kelly Boyce
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 14:42:36

    Love the new look! And congrats on the release!!


  2. mjfredrick
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 15:56:56

    Thanks, Kelly! It’s a lot less, um, widget-y, LOL!


  3. mary beth
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 21:37:50



  4. mjfredrick
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 21:40:05

    Thanks, Mary Beth! Feels kinda weird since I know the books aren’t in town yet.


  5. MaryC
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 06:37:40

    I checked for it on the B&N website, Mary but I didn’t see it. Should it be there (or is it there and I missed it?)


  6. mjfredrick
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 06:50:55

    I’m not sure why B&N makes it so hard to find. I had to use several methods. Here’s the link:



  7. Natalie J. Damschroder
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 19:41:59


    I keep thinking I need to put it on my wish list, but I already have it and read it! LOL

    I like the new look a lot, too. Hate the WordPress requirement to confirm subscription to comments, and they seem to ignore that subscription half the time, but it’s still way better than not being able to subscribe to comments at all! 🙂


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