Join us in welcoming Sophia Shaw, author of Shades and Shadows to the site as she answers our interview questions and introduces us to her novel.
What do you do for fun? – Play golf and watch movies with my daughters
What are your favorite types of movies to watch? – Action/adventure
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? – Key West
What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet? – Calla lilies
What is your dream car and why? – A late model Mercedes 500SL Convertible
What is your favorite body part on a man or woman? The lower stomach when it’s lean and cut
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week? Scandal and Game of Thrones
Short answer choices: Leather or lace? Leather; Long or short hair? Either; Fruity drink or strong liquor? Fruity drink; Heels or flats? Heels; Jeans or skirt? Jeans; Coffee or tea? Coffee; Glamorous girl or girl next door? Glamorous girl; Picky eater or adventurous? Adventurous; Glamorous makeup or au naturale? Glamorous makeup; Sexy bed-head or sophisticated coif? Sexy bed-head
How do you relax at the end of a long day? Reading or watching television
What country would you most like to visit? Egypt
A passionate future…
Since leaving her abusive husband, stunning twenty-nine-year-old Jade Winters has focused on her career as the owner and instructor at a small dance school in downtown Chicago. She’s also vowed to avoid men–until handsome ad exec Noel Merson walks into her studio, and her life. From a lunch date to a summer spent falling in love, Jade and Noel enjoy a passionate connection beyond their greatest expectations, even as they each struggle to overcome past wounds. But for Jade, the summer is also filled with strange events, unsettling dreams, and most disturbing of all, the sensation of being watched.
… A perilous past
When Jade’s husband. Peter, reappears, and then Noel is attacked by an unknown assailant in a jealous rage, the mystery seems solved — and Jade’s new relationship seems over. But after speaking to Peter, Jade is convinced that he is not responsible. Now all she has to do is find out who is. The answer may save her love — and her life.
As she was about to turn off the lights in the office, she paused, thinking she had heard footsteps in the studio waiting room. She stood still and listened.
“Hello?” she heard a man’s voice call out.
Suddenly, Noel Merson filled the doorframe of her office. She revised her earlier assessment; he was closer to 6’2”.
“Hi,” Jade responded, slightly breathless from the surprise of his sudden appearance. “Did you forget something?”
“No, but I did come back for something,” Noel stated mischievously.
Jade took a step back, very much aware that the rest of the studio was empty.
“Well, whatever it is, you’re lucky you caught me. I was just about to leave.”
With that statement, Jade turned off the lights and closed the office door behind her. Her right shoulder brushed his chest before he stepped out of her way.
“Well, aren’t you curious?” Noel asked with the devilish grin still on his lips.
“About what?” she asked, trying to be nonchalant but unable to deny the pull of his charm. Their bodies were still very close, and they were alone in the building.
“About what I came back for.”
“Oh … yeah. What is it?”
“My rain check.”
“Your rain check,” Jade repeated, slightly confused. “You came back to watch a ballet class?”
“Well, actually, I was hoping to trade that invitation in for something a little bit more enjoyable. Like, say … lunch?”
Jade could not tell if he was being serious.
“Lunch,” she repeated as she glanced at her watch. It was past 2:30.
“Okay, a late lunch. That’s if you haven’t already eaten.” He seemed serious.
“No … no, I haven’t.” She was still trying to understand the conversation.
He suddenly smiled, “Well, then let’s go!”
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: an eBook of Shades and Shadows
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer the question – How many books has Sophia Shaw published?
Deadline: Sunday May 24 @ 11:59 PM 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 open to U.S. and international entrants .
About the Author
Sophia Shaw released her debut novel, Shades and Shadows, in January 2005. It is a book that Sophia started as a hobby over ten years ago. As an avid reader, she was inspired by many of the great romantic writers, and was convinced she could write a story that was engrossing and enjoyable. Shades and Shadows is that story, and has received wide-spread positive reviews. The Romantic Times chose Shades and Shadows as a Top Pick for January 2005, and rated it with 4.5 stars (out of five).
Connect with Sophia online: