Today I am one of the two stops on the blog tour for Just the Two of Us by Michelle Scott! I will be sharing an excerpt from the novel.
Starla wasn’t trying to steal her older sister’s boyfriend. In fact, she was fighting him off when Janice caught the two of them alone in the dark. Unfortunately, love-struck Janice didn’t see it that way and tried to end her life. Although she didn’t succeed, her suicide attempt left her brain damaged, and it became Starla’s responsibility to care for her. Four years later, the sisters’ peaceful lives are interrupted when Nick, a handsome, young attorney, moves in upstairs. Seeing that Janice is attracted to him, Starla keeps herself out of the picture. After all, she hurt her sister before, and she’s not about to do it again. Yet as much as Starla tries to ignore her feelings for Nick, she can’t bury them entirely. Especially not when he seems to be choosing her over her sister.
Nick took another bite of his sandwich, considering. “I hadn’t put much thought into decorating. I was too worried about the business.”
“Decorating is part of the business, too,” I said. “It’s all about ambiance and making your clients feel at home. You can project the image of a successful attorney by having an office space that looks the part.”
“I never thought of it that way before,” Nick admitted.
As we left the restaurant, I continued to blather on about colors and fabrics while Nick politely agreed with everything I said. When we got back to my apartment, he parked in the lot and turned off his ignition. “It’s your energy,” he said suddenly. “It surrounds you. You have this amazing way of bringing people into your world.” Nick took me chin in his hand and lifted so that my eyes met his. “You sparkle.”
He kissed me. It was strong and tender all at once. I could have stopped him, but no amount of resisting would have done me any good. Forget my sister. Forget every other man I’d ever been with. This was who I wanted. Urgently, I pressed myself against him, and opened my lips to receive his kiss more fully.
Someone pounded on the car window. I jerked away from Nick only to see Janice’s face peering in at us. Her eyes brimmed with shock and hatred. I scrambled to open the door. “Janice!” I said. She hurried away, but I went after her. “Wait!”
She whirled to face me. Her fingers were curled, her polished nails like talons. “Traitor! You did it again!”
“You can’t bear to see me happy!”
“I was wrong! Janice!”
“This time, you’re going to pay for what you did,” she snarled. She climbed into my mother’s car. A moment later, my mother sped off, but not before Janice cast a final glare in my direction.
About the Author:
Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State University. Her stories have appeared in such places as “Tales of the Unanticipated”, “All Possible Worlds” and “Realms”. Straight to Hell, the first book in her Lilith Straight urban fantasy series, is published by Carina UK, an imprint of Harlequin Romance. Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children.
Maybe it’s because of my Halloween birthday, but I’ve always been attracted to scary stories. On the other hand, I love romances as well. Once I discovered that these two genres existed side-by-side in urban fantasy novels, I was in heaven! Urban fantasy is like chocolate and peanut butter: a perfect, to-die-for combination that I can never get enough of.
I’ve been writing since childhood, but earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s in English literature. When I’m not writing, I’m a straight-laced English teacher at a two-year college in Detroit. I’ve been married to Mr. Right for over twenty-five years. I also have three teenaged children: a boy and two girls, all of whom have threatened to never speak to me again if I turn them into characters and put them into my books.