Title: Tell Me a Secret
Author: Ann Everett
Genre: New Adult Romance (18+, steamy scenes)
Jace Sloan has it all. He’s smoking hot, a college football star with a storybook family, and he’s never met a woman he couldn’t charm. He’s also never met one who makes him want to be a better man…until he meets Maggie. Now, this self-proclaimed geek with wild red hair and the greenest eyes he’s ever seen has him thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts. Like settling down and being a one-woman man.
Maggie Fielding is anything but Jace’s type. For starters, her IQ is bigger than her chest size. But Jace is panty melting hot, and she’s having a hard time remembering that he’s bad news. If only she could stop telling him her secrets, because her answers to his questions just might have both of them falling in love for the first time.
The next morning, he woke early and looked at his bed partner, her face, now relaxed in deep sleep. Sliding out of bed, he eased to the bookshelves and ran his finger over the contents.
“What are you doing?”
He replaced the item and turned to face her. Still sleepy-eyed, her hair was a tangled mess. She raked fingers through it, then adjusted her shirt. He liked the way she looked in the early light streaming through the window. “Did you collect all this?”
She sat up. “Yeah, weird right?”
He smirked. “Not at all. Every girl I know collects rocks and birds’ nests.”
“You think the collection is weird? Check this out.” She joined him, opened a drawer and produced a notebook. Inside, the shape of each rock was traced onto a page with the location, date and a summary.
He thumbed through the pages, stopped at random and tried to match a rock to the drawing. “This is like a puzzle.”
She pointed to the page number, then chose a stone and turned it over in her palm.
“You see the number written here on the back? It corresponds with the page number in the book.”
He flipped through it. “Go to page thirty-four.”
She fanned the pages and stopped.
He laid a pebble within the outline and read.
We’ve had a particularly dry spring which has allowed me to explore the creek bed behind Rose’s house. Today, I found this rock in the shape of a heart. Since it’s July fourth. It signifies the heart of our country.
He bent with laughter.
She jerked the notebook from his hands and swatted him. “Stop! I was ten-years-old.”
He tried to straighten. “I’m sorry, but this is funny. Really now, don’t you think it’s funny? You were cataloging rocks and writing deep, insightful shit about them.”
“Oh, I wouldn’t find anything funny in your room from your childhood?”
He struggled to get control of himself. “No.”
“Oh, excuse me, I forgot. Your room is probably filled with tons of trophies from every sport you ever played. Mr. Superstar, Mr. Super Handsome, Mr. Super Jock.”
“You think I’m super handsome?”
She swatted him again, jerked the drawer open, and put the book inside. “Oh, hush.”
He stopped laughing and got serious. “I’ve been thinking about your dad. What if he
doesn’t know about you? What if your mom never told him? That would explain why there was no contact.”
“Believe me. My mom was not the kind of woman to keep that news a secret. She would have used it to her advantage. No, whoever he is—he knows. He probably paid her off. That’s what she would have wanted.”
“Even if he gave her money, he’d still be curious. Any man would. Right?” Jace took her hand in his and she didn’t pull away. He liked the way it felt. Soft and warm. “You should try to find him. And I’ll help you.”
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Award winning and Amazon Best-Selling author, Ann Everett embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking at conferences and to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.
Her short stories have appeared in The Green Silk Journal, Snag Today, and Story Teller Magazine.
A member of Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization and a top reviewer on thenextbigwriter.com, she lives on a small lake in Northeast Texas where she writes, bakes, and fights her addiction to Diet Dr. Peppers.
She’s been featured on:
Proud of East Texas with Joan Hallmark, KLTV-TV, Tyler, Texas
East Texas Live and Mid-day, KETK-TV, Tyler, Texas
KTSS-TV, Hope, Arkansas
The Authors Show with Don McCauley, Internet radio show
The Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman, Chandler, Texas
The Daily Tribune, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, Texas
InMagazine, East Texas
Ten things you won’t know about Ann by reading her bio:
She’s been married to the same man since dirt.
She loves shopping at thrift stores.
She doesn’t remember her first kiss.
She hates talking on the telephone.
A really sharp pencil makes her happy.
She secretly wants to get a tattoo.
A charter member of National Honor Society in high school remains one of her proudest moments.
She’s thankful wrinkles aren’t painful.
She sucks at math.
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