Join RNIC in welcoming author Angela Kay Austin to the site! Today, Angela is introducing us to her novel, Rumer and doing a giveaway. But first, let’s get to know her.
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
When we think of romance, we often think of things like trips, dinners, scented baths. But, one of the most romantic gestures a man has ever done for me was to repair my telephone. I lived in a cute little apartment in Maryland, worked two jobs, and didn’t have the money to have a telephone jack repaired. So, I had one phone with a super long phone cord. He hated it, and one day I came home to find him repairing the outlet. I didn’t have to ask.
What do you do for fun?
I love theatre, and I enjoy watching live shows. I also enjoy going to dinner with my friends and family. Traveling. Reading.
What are your pet peeves?
With people, they include: dishonesty and disloyalty. In my books, I write of family and loyalty, often. I believe cornerstones of life include a sense of purpose and belonging. And, for me, that requires: honesty, loyalty, and family.
What type of music do you listen to?
I love all types of music. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is what it makes me feel. Music is a great way to learn of other cultures and people. To understand what matters. We are such a global society. Music. Food. Movies. These are all ways for us to know more of the world around us.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
Science Fiction because if it’s done well, it challenges your mind while it entertains. I also love Rom Com.
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
Everything from non-fiction to biographies to Women’s Fiction and Romance.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?
Describe your dream date.
I love massages. A great massage on a beach in Italy with great music and food.
What is your favorite body part on a man or woman?
I love love love when a man works out and has a great upper body: chest, arms, back. Nothing sexier than to see a man with broad shoulders and great arms in a t-shirt! Or, shirt and tie.
Rumer Wilson married the love of her life ten years ago, has two beautiful children, and what she believes is a wonderful life to prove it. But, does anybody ever control love? Her world spirals into an unfamiliar place of uncertainty for everything she holds dear, when her husband falls in love with a woman hiding secrets.
Sebastian Ortiz has loved many women. Rumer is a means to an end. He doesn’t want to hurt her, but he needs her – for revenge on the man who hurt his sister – the sister he’s protected from harm his whole life.
Neither Rumer nor Sebastian could imagine what comes next…
Baths were given. She read Maddie her favorite bedtime story, and turned on Tyler’s musical dancing lights. She showered, and then put on her pajamas.
Then she stopped. She stood in front of the mirror hanging on the back of her closet door, and she stared at herself. Next to Gabriela, she looked like a man. It had been six months since Tyler was born. She hadn’t lost the baby weight, yet, and it showed in her round hips and belly. She hadn’t done anything to her hair. She cut it and wore it in a pony-tail most of the time. She never wore make-up, and she couldn’t remember the last time she’d been to a spa for anything. Who had the time? She was a full-time mom—cook, maid, chauffeur, butler, teacher, and nurse.
Tugging at her stained blue flannel pajamas with little yellow ducks, she wondered if any man would think they were sexy. They were a gift Luke and Maddie had bought her for Mother’s Day, and they were comfy. Hurriedly, she tore them off, and searched through her dresser for something silky and more grown up. The only thing she could find was a black full slip she would normally wear to church under one of her dresses.
Rumer assessed herself again, and thought much better. The black slip had thicker bra-like straps, but the silky fabric flowed softly over her breasts and hips. It had a little split on the right side, and a little strip of lace encircled the hem. She sprayed a little cucumber melon body spray on her skin; turned the radio on to one of her favorite jazz stations, and lit some vanilla scented candles. Then she focused on the bed. Snatching at the covers, she searched through the linen closet for the black satin sheets that she knew were there somewhere.
They’d never used them.
She waited in bed propped up by black satin covered pillows, and waited for her husband to come home.
At 11:30 P.M., she heard the chime of the alarm system. Luke walked down the hall to Maddie’s room, then to Tyler’s, and finally he came to their room. She couldn’t hear his footsteps, but she knew his routine. The same thing every night.
Rumer sprang from bed, and bounced into her husband’s arms. She wrapped her arms around his neck, and attempted to kiss him.
He kissed her on the cheek before pushing her away. “I’m tired. I had a long day at work and then I had to drop by the church, too. I really want to go to sleep.”
She retreated at his rejection. Pulling at the bottom of her slip, she tried to stretch it to cover the rest of her body, but it wouldn’t budge. The lace at the bottom ripped. She grabbed her fluffy robe from the walk-in closet, and stood there in the closet doorway, watching as Luke undressed to his boxers, prayed, and then climbed into bed and covered himself with the covers.
He buried his face in the pillows, and conceded an unintelligible, “Good night.”
“Good night.” Rumer left the room, and padded barefoot down the carpeted hallway to the laundry room. Instantly, the overpowering smell of detergent and fabric softener flooded her senses. The chill of the tiled laundry room floor cooled her feet. She reached into the wooden cabinet behind the laundry detergent, and removed the letters Gabriela had given her. Leaning against the dryer with the pages crushed to her heart, she sobbed.
Rumer cried until she had no more tears to shed.
She checked on her son, and then walked into her daughter’s room where she curled up next to her on her tiny twin bed and prayed, “Give me the strength.”
She closed her eyes, and drifted off to sleep. Maybe it was all a dream.
Here’s info on the giveaway!
Prizes: A copy of Scarlet’s Tears. The winner must be able to receive a gift from Amazon.us
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Leave a comment to include the names of the heroines in all nine of her books. (FYI: The names can be found on her website.)
Deadline: February 21, 2014 at 11:59PM EST
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes opened to U.S. and international entrants.
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About the author
Angela Kay Austin has always expressed herself through words. An infatuation with music and theater led to years playing music and extra roles in TV shows before giving way to a degree and career in radio and TV production. After completing a second degree in marketing, Angela found herself combining her love for communications and marketing and worked in advertising and promotions for many years. But, writing called again, which led to her first published work, which hit the best seller list for her publisher and All Romance Ebooks.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”