Oh my goodness, readers, we are only one week away from Fall Into Romance launching! It's so exciting and I'm thrilled today to have author Stacy Claflin visiting my blog today with her favorite scene from Lost in Romance. USA Today bestselling author Stacy Claflin entertains readers in a variety of genres, from paranormal to suspense to sweet contemporary romance. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, and as a child would often get into trouble trying to convince friends her wild tales were true. Now she puts her creativity to better use by writing page-turning books that leave readers begging for more.
The scene she shared is definitely an example of leaving you wanting more. While she didn't give any specific reasons for this scene to be her favorite, I think you'll see why it's so much fun. But first, a little about Lost in Romance:
Work is her life. He’s the boss’s son. Will she risk it all for love?
Alisyn has thrown herself into her job to avoid facing her past. It has been perfect so far. And as a bonus, working as a nanny lets her be part of a family that she adores. Her job is perfect until the day her boss’s grown son comes to town and takes her breath away.
The last place Shane Rockford wants to be is at his dad’s house with his new family. He just wants to survive the trip without losing his mind or his temper. After meeting his dad’s nanny, Shane finds a compelling reason to be in Romance, Oregon—Alisyn Bennett.
Dr. Rockford is furious that Alisyn and Shane are going on a date, and he will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Will Alisyn risk her job–her everything–to be with Shane, or will Shane’s father once again ruin his life?
Shane and Alisyn made their way to the polished wooden skate floor. The way it shone made it look dangerously smooth.
“I’m right here,” Shane reminded her.
Alisyn lost her balance and wobbled forward.
Shane put his hand on her shoulder and squeezed her hand. “Still here.”
“All this, and we haven’t even made it to the rink,” she muttered.
“Don’t be embarrassed. If I hadn’t been in hockey all those years, I’d probably be worse. Think of that—you’d have to hold me up!”
She groaned, thinking of what a mess that would be.
“Come on. Glide the skates onto the floor. You won’t fall. I promise.”
Alisyn held her breath and pushed her left foot forward. It was all she could do not to close her eyes. She remained upright, mostly because of Shane. Then she slid the other foot onto the rink. She gasped in surprise at how quickly the wheels took her.
“See? You’re doing great.”
Miles and Piper flew by them, laughing and poking each other.
Alisyn shook her head. How could a four- and a six-year-old make it look so easy?
“Don’t focus on them.” Shane’s voice was smooth like honey, calming her. “You’re doing great. I’m not the one keeping you up.”
She turned to him and realized he’d let go of her shoulder. Her right skate flew out from under her. The ground moved closer to her at a speed she couldn’t comprehend.
“Whoa!” Shane grabbed onto her arm, but she continued falling. In fact, he was heading for the floor, also. In one big tangled mess, they both landed with a hard thud. Pain ran through her hip, which took most of the impact. She opened her eyes and the first thing she saw was a bunch of cheesy, multi-colored plastic jack-o’-lantern decorations hanging from the ceiling.
She turned to him. “I thought you promised I wouldn’t fall.”
“You caught me off guard!” He threw his head back and laughed.
His laughter was contagious, and she joined him, too amused to be embarrassed.
“Let’s try that again.” He rose and pulled her up. “This time, don’t freak out. Okay?”
“Freak out?” She shoved him. “That was not me freaking out.”
He rubbed his elbow. “Tell that to my bruise.”
She snickered. “I’m sure it isn’t half as bad as the one I’m going to have.”
“Hopefully, those will be the only ones we get tonight.”
Alisyn grimaced. “I wouldn’t hold your breath. If you want to get out of here unscathed, you might want to run.”
He shook his head. “Not a chance. I’m not giving up on you.”
Alisyn’s breath caught. The intensity in his eyes made it seem like his words meant much more than just skating.
This scene just makes me giggle since one of my first dates involved skating (though mine was ice skating) and I was about as proficient as Alisyn. Be sure to preorder if you haven't already and consider joining us for our Facebook launch party (just click the image to go there). We would love to see you (and your furry friends) there!
Have a great weekend, readers!
Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius