Excerpt 1: Skin on Skin
Beth made the mistake of meeting Sterling’s smile as he took a step two inches closer to her. He was silently laughing and she wanted to deck him. Tara snapped a few shots. “Ok, this isn’t smoldering at all. Can you guys, like, touch?”
Another step and Sterling placed his hand behind her back, his fingers making her shiver. He placed his other hand on her hip and moved closer still as Tara instructed him. Their foreheads were nearly touching as Beth tried to avoid his deep gaze.
Gosh, this cretin doesn’t just have a six pack or an eight pack, it’s like he has enough muscle indents to make an actual twelve pack! As if that wasn’t all, his shoulders and arms were long and strong.
“Beth? Hello, Earth to Beth.”
She snapped her head up, embarrassed she’d totally zoned out.
“Will you do it?”
“Do what?” Beth asked. Wasn’t she surely doing enough?
“Take your shirt off,” Tara insisted.
“No way!” Beth snapped, taking a big step back out of Sterling’s arms.
“Come on, you’ll have a bra on which is practically like a bathing suit and that way I can get a picture of bare shoulders touching bare shoulders. Your face won’t be in it, promise.” “What’s the matter, perfect Bethany,” Sterling whispered. “Are you afraid?”
Anger pulsed through her. The nerve of this guy. No, she wasn’t so much of a good girl that she was afraid; in fact she happened to be wearing one of her deep blue Victoria Secret bras that had the greatest push up effect. She just didn't think Sterling deserved to see her in it. But after his insulting challenge about her being too perfect and nervous, she made a thoughtlessly quick choice and peeled her shirt off, shocking Tara and Sterling both.
“My face ends up in this and you’re dead,” she told Tara as Sterling just openly stared, his gaze traveling from her cleavage to her face. Really, as if he hasn’t seen a full chest before. Beth secretly prayed she looked sexy. Oh, please God.
The way Sterling walked up to her was definitely different this time, it was like he was hesitant to touch her for a moment. And then there it was again, his warm, rough touch running down her spine. They looked at each other, two people who always got under each other’s flesh and refused to back down.
About ONE NIGHT IN HEATED SNAPSHOTS:
On the eve of Beth's college graduation, she is given the opportunity of a lifetime; an overnight, all expenses paid photography trip that will take her from New Jersey to the hot sands of Miami Beach. This adventure could land her the top magazine job she's been dreaming about … that is if the most adorably handsome but most annoying guy on the planet doesn't get in the way.
Sterling Johnson, Beth's neighbor, is the hot, college swim champion whose music and loud partying keeps his entire dorm up half the night. Where he goes, crazy swim fans follow. He could get any girl he wants … except for the perfect and career focused Beth.
When Beth leaves for the photography competition, she's shocked to see Sterling on the plane. As the heat of Miami threatens to scorch the feelings these two have been hiding for each other, will Beth’s dreams of winning be realized, or will Sterling’s revengeful plans ruin everything?
Published: Dec. 16, 2013
Words: 30,380 (approximate)
Genre: New Adult
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Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. When she is not hard at work writing or dreaming up new indie films she spends her time working out, reading the bible, and going on breath taking adventures with her sister.
The seed for becoming an author started budding for Ashley in the third grade, when she wrote her first hundred page book during her class's quite time, her teacher couldn't believe it and voiced over her that surly she'd become an author someday. Those words never left Ashley and she has been writing ever since.
Ashley loves to create young adult, science fiction, fantasy novels, and is currently working on her first steamy romance... with more to come.
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