Welcome to Author Spotlights on Mondays! This week my guest is fellow IRWA chapter sister Linda Morris. Her new release, The Mason Dixon Line, is a new adult romance and features an unconventional hero. Read on for a peek! Oh, and her fabulous cover was created by the talented Bethany Michaels of Dragonfly Press Design!
Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a PDF copy of The Mason Dixon Line!
Carolyn Hart has excelled at one thing her whole life: looking good. She has the beauty and style to turn heads. But making her own way in the world turns out to be a lot tougher than getting elected homecoming queen. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, her credit card balance is becoming self-aware, and her love life is DOA. And now her boss at Horizons, a school for kids with special needs, has given her an unwelcome assignment: to work with a cartoonist to create a kids' book as a fundraiser for the school.
Former troubled kid Mason Dixon would do anything for the aunt who took him in after his parents gave up on him. But when he offers to illustrate a kids' book as a fundraiser for her pet cause, he winds up taking on way more than he bargained for. The gorgeous teacher's aide he's assigned to work with challenges him at every turn and makes him wonder if there's any line he won't cross for her.
Mason should never have agreed to this. He and the educational system had never gotten along.
The girl -- what was her name? Carol? Caroline -- shifted her cup to her left hand and stuck her right out. He took it, more out of habit than anything else. It was soft, and still warm from where the heat of her cup had penetrated her skin.
He let go, not wanting to get too comfortable touching her.
"I'm actually a teacher's aide, not a teacher."
Whatever. Teacher, aide, same difference to him. She was the enemy, even if she had soft, warm hands and the kind of perfect bone structure you expected to see on a comic-book illustration. The kind of bone structure his pencil would love to sketch, even though it would be a challenge to capture the combination of sensuality and attitude she carried.
Mason loved a challenge.
They took their seats in silence.
As he always did when he spotted an interesting face, he pulled a sketch pad and a drawing pencil out of his bag and went to work.
She watched in silence for a few moments until the first lines on the page began to take shape.
"You're drawing me?" She sounded surprised.
"Yeah. You mind?"
"No, I guess not. I'm Carolyn Hart, by the way."
Carolyn Hart. He let the name roll around in his brain for a minute and wondered how it might sound on his tongue. The name sounded like a spunky heroine from one of those old comic strips with a single woman as the lead character, back when that was a novelty. Mary Worth. Juliet Jones. Lu Ann Powers in Apartment 3-G.
The Mason Dixon Line is available for the Kindle at http://amzn.to/1kn73Ml. (More platforms to come later.)
Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, along with a joke or two thrown in. Her book Melting the Millionaire's Heart was an Amazon Top 100 Series Romance bestseller. Its sequel, The Mason Dixon Line, was published in Feb. 2014. Her vacation fling romance, Nice Work if You Can Get It, will be published by Swoon Romance in Aug. 2014. A Sedona-set spa story, Just a Touch, is coming from Samhain in Dec. 2014.
When she's not writing, working as a freelance editor, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's Ashes in the Wind was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels, and she's never looked back.
Linda loves to hear from readers. Chat with her on Twitter (@LMorrisWriter) or like her author page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ lindamorrisbooks) for updates and releases. You can read excerpts and news at her website (www.lindamorrisbooks.com).
The Mason Dixon Line is in my ever-expanding to-be-read pile! Be sure to leave a comment by midnight (EST) on Wednesday, March 5, for a chance to win a PDF copy!
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