by Susan V. Vaughn
Date of Publication: March 24th 2017
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tagline: Fate has a way of pushing you in ways you never thought possible
Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend's older brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy. He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has avoided for so long.
His heart pounded as he made up the distance between them. He’d fought the urge to hold her in his arms all week. He no longer could.
“Hey! What are you doing?” Her question was lost as he pulled her against him, and covered her lips with his own. She sank desperately into his embrace for a moment, before pushing him back. “Russ, stop.”
“Why?” He grabbed one of her hands, and kissed the soft skin of her palm. She smiled, her face flushing red, her eyes flashing hazel.
“Because we are supposed to be friends, and we’re at work.” She glanced nervously around the deserted hallway.
“Nah, work’s over,” he said lightly, refusing to address the friendship statement. “It’s time for us.” He secured her hand in his, and led them toward the parking lot with single focus. “I’m taking you to dinner.”
“Wait! I have to grab my things from the music room.”
“No time for that.” He quickened his pace through the parking lot, determined to take her to dinner, not caring who witnessed his desperation. He’d waited all week for this opportunity.
“I guess you’re not giving me a choice then?” She sounded amused, not annoyed, a good sign.
“Now you get it.” He winked back at her. “I am your boss, after all.”
She sighed loudly in exasperation, and then began to giggle. It made him grin like a man who had never been happier in his life.
Guest Post from Susan V. Vaughn
That time in your life where everything is simple
My priorities in college were attending class and living my life to the fullest. It was a moment in time where anything seemed possible. And that's what college is. Your first touch of freedom, without the weight of total responsibility.
I loved that time in my life. I can distinctly remember going out with my friends on the weekends, dancing for hours, before collapsing in bed, and sleeping till noon. Now, as a mother of three, I can't remember the last time I slept past eight!
It was also right around this period in my life that I remember meeting my husband. The scene was a huge house party. He was the boy wearing the red baseball cap. I was the girl singing Britney Spears at the top of her lungs. When our eyes caught, it was sparks, fireworks, and everything in-between. For that one wondrous moment, love-at-first-sight existed to us both.
That is how the main characters of my novel, Beyond Fate, meet. Julia finds herself at a party thrown by her best friend's older brother, Russell. He is the carefree fratboy looking for a good time. She is the cautious beauty carrying a secret. When they meet, the world stops completely. Unfortunately, their time of magnetism is short lived because life gets in the way. They go on their separate paths for eight long years before fate brings them together again. Now they have another shot at love. That is if they can get their act together.
It's funny how much things can change in eight years. Especially after college when you are forced to grow up completely. Your world becomes more complicated with work, kids, partners, mortgages. Your perspective on life changes. For the lovers in my novel, eight years brings a lot of change. But they never forgot the first time they met when life was simple, and their feelings were pure.
That's the magic of that time in your life. You are not a child anymore, but you don't have all the responsibilities of a grown-up. You're free to lead with your heart. And my advice is to pay attention because sometimes your heart just might lead you to your future.
Romance Author, Susan V. Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.