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Twice In A Lifetime
Hi! I’m Jodie Griffin, and I write contemporary romance and kinky erotic romance. I’m here to talk about my sixth published book, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, a contemporary female/female story with mature characters—and my first story for Riptide! I’d like to thank all the blog hosts for letting me stop by, and I hope you take the chance to visit all of their sites. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.
When widow Talia Wasserman applies for a job with the local police department, she’s shocked to discover she’ll be working for Lieutenant Eve Poe, an officer she’d met—and been attracted to—during a long-ago citizen’s police academy workshop. Fifteen years later, the spark is still there, and no one’s currently in Talia’s life or in her bed. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem. Eve is her boss, so she’s completely off-limits.
Eve feels a sizzling connection with Talia from the very first, but Talia works for her, and that’s just a bad idea. Besides, Eve needs to focus on the person sending disturbing emails to her office, and not on the woman who quickly makes herself invaluable to the department. It’s too bad her heart doesn’t agree with her.
Then Eve is badly injured in the line of duty, and Talia’s worst fears are realized. She may lose her chance at happiness with the woman she’s come to love, and she can’t survive that kind of loss twice in a lifetime.
The first scene, from Eve's POV:
Standing in line at the metal detector on the public entrance to the station is not my favorite way to start a Monday.
Great, just great.
As the grumbling behind me starts, I step slightly out of line to see what the hold-up is. The minute I do, I grin.
From the bags of belongings on the table—which makes it look like someone’s moving in—I’m pretty sure that’s my new assistant, and she’s just brought the line to a screeching halt.
“No. But I have a navel piercing with a metal charm on it.”
Time to intervene. “I can verify for you, Ramirez, if you’d like to get all these people moving along.”
The woman in front of me is about my height, maybe a little bit taller. My age, curves in all the right places. White, with bright spots of color on her cheeks.
“Good morning, Talia. Would you step over here, please?” I lead her out of line to a corner where we can have a tiny bit of privacy. “Standard procedure.”
Her color deepens and spreads to her chest. She looks horrified, and I’m fighting not to laugh. She’s been through all the background checks, so I know this nothing, but rules are rules.
She lifts her shirt and tugs down the waist of her pants, looking like she’d rather be doing anything else. “I meant to take it out before I came to work, but I forgot.”
Christ, she’s really got a belly button piercing and it’s sexy as hell. It’s hard for me to get my shit together, but I do, nodding at her. “Good enough. Usually piercings don’t set off the detectors. Not sure why this one did.”
“My lucky day?”
I grin, then lead her back toward the metal detector and her things. “Talia Wasserman, this is Officer First Class Juan Ramirez. Juan, Talia’s the new civilian community liaison working in my office. She’ll get her credentials today.”
At that, I bring Talia back to our office, unlocking the door with a grimace. “I’m usually here earlier than this, but I had a personal issue to deal with. And I left my access pass at home, which is why I had to come in the public entrance. Anyway, make yourself at home. Supply cabinet is in the next office. I need about fifteen minutes to get my system up and running, and then we can get your laptop from IT and pick up your building ID. Once you have that, you can park out back with the rest of the employees and avoid the whole metal-detector thing.”
I surreptitiously watch her as I’m booting my laptop. She glances at her phone and smiles, and shit, I’m in trouble. I’ve spent far too much time thinking about a woman who’s going to be working for me in a way that could get me sent to HR if I’m not careful. When was the last time I had this instant attraction to someone?
I watch her put her phone down. Never. Not like this.
She smiles at me again, and my belly flutters.
Oh, I am so screwed.
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I hope you enjoyed this different view of the beginning of TWICE IN A LIFETIME. I’d like to thank My Fiction Nook for letting me stop by, and I hope you take the chance to visit all of the other blog sites that are part of this tour. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.
About the author:
Jodie Griffin didn’t always want to be a writer. She spent hours reading, but school papers were written one painful word at a time. Then a story idea came, demanding to be put on paper. After years of practice, she took the leap, submitted her first manuscript, and hasn’t looked back.
Jodie is also an avid photographer, a chocoholic, and a lover of bad puns. When she’s not writing, she’s likely out stalking the moon for that perfect shot.
Jodie’s own happily ever after includes one incredibly supportive husband and one future heroine.
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To celebrate the release of Twice In a Lifetime, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 27, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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