Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Excerpt - Convince Me (Holton Series #1)

Anna is afraid of love, but Steven changes everything.

Anna West just wants to start over in a new town far away from her past. The only child of a mixed race couple, Anna learned about the ugly side of human behavior at an early age.  After watching her abusive father mistreat her mother, Anna knows that love is not for her.

Steven Carson has always known what he wanted, and from the moment he saw her, he wanted Anna.  Steven is ready for love.  He is ready to settle down, start a family, and he knows Anna is the one for him.  Now all he has to do is convince her.

Come visit Holton, Texas to see if Steven can convince Anna to take a chance on love. Convince Me is the first book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.

“Anna,” Steven asked softly, needing to know, “why are you so afraid of me?”

The shock on her face was unmistakable, and Steven wondered briefly if he had read her wrong. He didn’t think so. Looking at her now, she was stiff and closed off. She did not answer his question and refused to look at him. He knew he wasn’t wrong so he repeated the question pushing her for an answer.

“I’m not afraid of you,” she said quickly but without conviction.

Steven slowly shook his head. “I find that hard to believe when you get so nervous and defensive every time we are alone.”

“I don’t care what you believe,” she said sharply, finally looking him in the eye. He saw the flash of anger and resolve on her face. “I’m not afraid of you. That would be ridiculous. After all, I hardly know you.”

“You know that’s not true. We may not have known each other long, but something happened between us the minute that we met. There was a spark between us, and it’s still there.” She was shaking her head, but Steven wasn’t ready to let it go. “You know it’s true, Anna, why do you insist on denying it?”

He saw the anger flash again in her eyes and was afraid he had pushed her too hard, but he needn’t have worried. Anna was stronger than she looked. She turned on him immediately.

“I’m not denying anything,” she said distinctly. “There is nothing between us. Just because you have an ego larger than the whole state of Texas, that doesn’t mean I’m attracted to you. I don’t know where you got that crazy idea.”

Steven grinned at her anger, enjoying the fact that she could stand up for herself. In spite of his protective nature, Steven had never been attracted to women who could not take care of themselves. Andrew’s late wife had been like that. Carolyn had been totally dependent on Andrew, and Steven had never understood the attraction.

Anna was circling the room. When she turned and saw the grin on his face, her anger grew. “This isn’t funny! I don’t know what to do with you. You won’t take no for an answer.”

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