Sweet Delights Series #1by Tracey RogersAudience: Adult - Genre: Contemporary Romance - Formats: E-book - Publisher: Beachwalk Press - Cover by: Fantasia Frog Designs - Editor: Kelly Anderson - Pages: 150 (50K words) - ASIN: B00QYB19M2 - Date Published: Dec 15th 2014
Can you find what you need hidden within the dark?
Hiding out in his sister's bakery to recover from a recent injury isn't an ideal solution for newly unemployed meteorologist Damian Trent. Especially since he doesn't like cake. But hiding anywhere is preferable to facing the media frenzy revolving around his life. He has no intention of being seen by anyone. That is, until he hears a honey-toned voice over the phone.
Public relations agent Sophie Rose has a boss who makes her working week a hellish one. He drives her to her need for sugar, so the recently opened Sweet Delights Bakery is perfect for her much needed Friday treat. But one day when she calls to place an order, she gets an unexpected surprise.
Sophie's keen to dump her V-plates, though only the right man will do. Damian, with his sexy, yet familiar sounding voice, seems the ideal person for her to gain some much needed experience with. But why do they need to date in the dark?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex.
Damian rested his arm across his forehead and sighed, trying to blot out the ringing sound and failing. Sleep wasn’t happening. He ached from his walk after pushing it to a run. With each step he’d remembered Sophie’s voice. He had very little else to occupy his mind, so she was an easy focus. Every stride had gathered pace, and before he knew it a walk had become a jog; a jog becoming a run.
And her voice was still inside his head.
Stretching out on the creaky sofa bed, he winced at the movement. Irritated, he tugged the sheet down from his bare chest to lean over and grab the phone. He placed it to his ear and muttered something unintelligible.
“Hi, sorry—did I wake you?”
“Sophie?” Or was he asleep and dreaming?
“Oh, crap. I did, didn’t I? I’m so sorry. I couldn’t sleep, so I thought… Anyway, my apologies. Pretend I never happened, and goodnight,” she said speeding over her words.
“Sophie, wait!” he called out, wanting to stop her before she hung up, needing to listen to her voice for a little while longer. “I couldn’t sleep either,” he reassured her as he heard her soft breaths. He shuffled higher against his pillow and propped one hand behind his head. Why couldn’t she sleep? Because of him? And how had she gotten his number?
“Really?” Her relieved sigh made him smile. If he wasn’t careful smiling could become a habit of his. “When you left your number in the box, I thought…”
Left his number? He had no idea what his number was.
“What did you think?”
“I thought you might want me to call?” she asked hesitantly, as if she was worried about his response. She wouldn’t be worried if she could see the stirring going on beneath the sheet. Or maybe she would be? Though she seemed confident, he still detected a shyness behind her words.
“And did you want to call?”
His jaw clenched at her immediate response, a muscle flickering in his cheek. Interesting. Her honesty was evoking things inside that he was starting to like. A lot.
“I like hearing your voice.”
Christ, what was she doing to him?
“What do you look like?” he asked, without thinking about the repercussions of his question.
“Does that matter?” she said quietly, the warmth in her tone dropping a degree or two.
“No, no it doesn’t.” He frowned, the admission taking him by surprise. “Tell me what you’re wearing instead.”
“Because if you don’t tell me you’re wearing something hideous, I won’t be sleeping for the rest of the night either.”
She laughed then, the sound not helping his libido whatsoever. “Damian.”
“I’m not wearing anything hideous.” He groaned then, obviously out loud because Sophie was laughing again. “I’m not wearing anything.”
Oh, hell. A sudden spike of desire sliced through his veins, making him regret his impulsive words. “Then I’m now very grateful I don’t know what you look like.”
“You could. Know what I look like I mean.”
“You want to tell me now?”
“No. I want to show you. On a…date?”
Damian lifted a hand to his face, massaging his fingers above his brow, then lower to scrub over his jaw. His breath felt restricted by his tightening lungs. As much as he wanted to see her, to touch her, to have someone touch him in a way that wasn’t clinical or trying to fix him—he couldn’t do it. How could he see her, without her seeing him?
Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory.
A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book ?
When you first meet Damian, my hero in Dating in the Dark, he’s kind of surly. Okay, a lot surly, though he does have his reasons for this. He lets his issues take over his life and if he hadn’t have allowed the huge changes to take over he would have met Sophie much sooner. He should have been more honest.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
I try to be different with each of my books. With Dating in the Dark I wanted to try a different hero from my previous ones and include an unusual meet. My enjoyment of baking shows provided the basis for the setting and I had to add in my hero who has a reason for not wanting to be seen. The only way to get my couple together, without my hero’s secret being uncovered, was for them to date in the dark.
Why did you become a writer?
I’ve loved writing since I was a child. It got put on the backburner for a while when work and family had to take priority. Unfortunately I had to quit work due to illness when, among other problems, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. All of a sudden I was spending my days on the sofa and not liking the way my life had changed. I refused to let it rule my life so, after devouring a huge amount of books, I picked up a pen and rediscovered my love of writing. It was like hugging an old friend. Getting published was a wonderful bonus.
Do you have a favorite author or authors?
Lots of them! Kresley Cole, J. R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Lindsay J. Pryor, Aimee Duffy, Wendy S. Marcus, Natalie Anderson and Jill Shalvis, to name but a few.
Do you like to write your books in a continuing series?
Dating in the Dark is book one in the Sweet Delights Series and is my first attempt at writing a series, so I’m really excited about it.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
Not sure if he’d feel the same, but Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. I love a tortured hero and I just want to hug him!
What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?
I read mainly contemporary romance and paranormal, but I do read most genres.
As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?
Absolutely. It means so much to know a reader has read my work and then taken the time to let me know what they think. It’s feedback that can help you grow and develop as a writer and often inspirational too. I write because I want my reader to lose themselves for a while in the same way I do when I pick up a book. I also want the opportunity to tell my fans how much I appreciate them, so I love getting to know them. It’s important to be human and reachable rather than just another spambot. Authors couldn’t be authors without their fans!
Do you cry when writing sad scenes?
Oh, all the time. Even during happy ones. I wept buckets at the ending of Employee of the Month and it was a happy ending.
Do just re-read your favorite books?
I often re-read my favourites, usually when I’ve hit a sticky patch in my writing. It reminds me of why I do what I do and gets the inspiration flowing again.
Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?
No, I never do. I keep my reading fresh by switching from my favorite genres after each book. I think if you stick to the same genre or author for a while you can become desensitized, so I swap between contemporary and PNR. Also to discover new to me authors I visit the library and tackle their shelves alphabetically. It refreshes my reading tastes and uncovers some writing gems too.
What is the funniest book you ever read?
I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk. That said, I have been known to snort out loud in the small hours when reading Jill Shalvis.
Top Ten Favorite BooksHello and thank you for hosting me. As books are my favourite thing, today I’m going to share with you my top ten. I’m sure this will be harder than it sounds. In no particular order, here I go…
1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
2. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
3. Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor
4. Dating and Other Dangers by Natalie Anderson
5. Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis
6. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
7. Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole
8. Lover Awakened by J.R Ward
9. Harry Potter
10. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
That was hard with my eclectic tastes and some of my most read childhood favourites up there. What books would make it to your top ten?
Tour Schedule - Two Week Blog Tour for Dating in the Dark, Sweet Delights Series by Tracey Rodgers from Jan 19 to Feb 5, 2015.Jan 19A Book Junky's Obsession - PromoBooks, Authors, Blogs - Promo & Top TenSassy Southern Book Blog - ReviewJan 203 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - PromoSmile Somebody Loves You - Promo & Top TenCoffee Books & Art - Promo, & Top TenJan 21Kimber Leigh Writes - Promo & Top TenSweet Treat Reading Reviews - PromoJan 22Trips Down Imagination Road - ReviewThe Avid Reader - Promo, Author Interview & PlaylistJan 23Lindsey Gray ~ Author & Reviewer - ReviewThe Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Promo & Author InterviewJan 26Cover Reveals - PromoJan 27Rustys Reading - PromoBooks Boys and Badass Bloggettes - PromoJan 28Kelly P's Blog - PromoBooky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo & Top TenJan 29Cajun Book Lover - PromoIndy Book Fairy - PromoArchaeolibrarian - I dig good books! - Promo & PlaylistJan 30Deal Sharing Aunt - PromoEclipse Reviews - Promo, Character Interview & PlaylistFeb 2Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog - PromoFeb 3G & Co. Book Blog - PromoBound 2 Escape - PromoFeb 4Portals to New Worlds - Promo, Author Interview & PlaylistFeb 5Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo, Author Interview & PlaylistRoom With Books - PromoA Little Bit of R&R - Promo