I’m pleased to announce the TWO WINNERS for this Amazon GIFT CERTIFICATE giveaway !
If you remember author Carol Gambill offered:
2 x $6.99 Amazon Gift Vouchers as prizes.
Winning names are revealed at the bottom of this post! Meanwhile, check out the great excerpt from Carol Gambill’s book ‘Once Wild’ below!
From “Once Wild”
Author of the ‘Breaking Out Series’
Maria sat down in the grass and Shaun followed sitting beside her. Maria tucked her knees into her chest and then wrapped both arms around them. As he focused on her, he took a deep breath that filled his lungs with fresh air. He inhaled again almost tasting a faint smell of sweet wildflowers and herbs that came from the surrounding woodlands. Shaun leaned back on his arms.
“Dinner was great,” he said in a tone that mirrored the serenity of the green meadow. Shaun wanted to make love to her right here, but looked away from the temptation.
Maria studied his relaxed posture and his triceps that rippled with the natural pose. “Yeah it was good huh?” she answered. “Shaun if I would have paid more attention …to… you know…”
“What…?” Shaun asked leaning back up, snapping a piece of grass from the flourishing lawn. He slipped the end into his mouth and looked at her curiously.
“With you…when you were growing up…”
He turned to look at her. “What are you getting at?”
“I wish I would have been there for you…”
“Maria, I appreciate that…and that would have been great, but you never would have seen me.”
“What is that supposed to mean?” she answered, her tone somewhat defensive.
“I didn’t mean anything by it…it’s just that we were born on different sides of the track. You had a better life than me.”
“You mean money don’t you?”
“No, that isn’t what I’m saying. I wouldn’t have cared if I was wealthy. It’s just that maybe if I would have had a father that gave a damn about me or friends that were there for me, things might have been different. Although, I have to say that I did mess up with the one person who cared and who I considered a brother, but unfortunately I can never tell him how much I loved him.”
“I could have been a friend too, Shaun,” she added gazing at his profile that was focused out on the perimeter of the woods.
Shaun slowly turned his face towards her. “Maria, I was too angry then. I would have never been a good enough friend for someone like you. If you think you could have saved me…” Shaun stated looking away from her and then finished. “…well, I was too far gone.” Shaun sensed that she realized what he said was true. Eight years ago all he felt was a constant rage that had consumed him for too many years. It was only after Matt’s death that everything within him exploded in one final bang.
Shaun took out the grass and wiped it against his pants. His eyes turned towards her and once again, he observed her innocence. She froze as he leaned twisting towards her and his lips found hers. His lips brushed loosely over her mouth as he placed one hand behind her head. His fingertips lightly stroked her hair, feeling the silkiness of it. Her hand reached out touching his hand that supported his weight. Blindly her hand trailed up along his arm where it stopped touching the rigid, strong muscle of his triceps. Maria lightly dragged her teeth over his lips.
Shaun pulled back opening his eyes. “Maria, thanks for the welcome home,” Shaun acknowledged once more.
“Who said we are finished with that…” she mentioned pulling his neck back towards her. He smiled before her tongue invaded the wetness of his mouth.
“Mmmm,” A deep, raspy vibration sounded through his throat.