The Romance Troupe’s Sizzling Summer Blog Hop!
Please join over 40 authors and bloggers as we celebrate summer
with some fabulous romantic tales.
Each blog will feature a SIZZLING excerpt from one of the author’s
own books or from one of their favorite reads.
On August 27th, my full length novel, My Mr. Manny will be released!
Come back for the Cover Reveal July 7th.
Mia Balducci misses her childhood days and yearns for the big, Italian family that she left behind in small town Massachusetts. At the tender age of sixteen, Mia moves with her bachelor father to Los Angeles, but no matter how many years pass, it never becomes home to her. The years spent living with her father aren’t easy, especially since she can’t stop thinking about what she once had. Her enrollment in the University of Southern California promises to bring exciting changes to her life, but Mia winds up with big problems instead. When she runs into an old friend from her old hometown of Winthrop, she gets swept up in nostalgia, and she soon loses herself in a quickly-progressing romance. When the fantasy falls apart, she is left to raise her precious little girl, Lucia, on her own. The demands of Mia’s work schedule and Lucia’s needs increase, and their lives become increasingly hectic. It is soon clear to Mia that she needs help. Luckily, her life-saving cousin saves the day and brings the mother and daughter a male nanny – their new “manny.”
After losing his high-pressure job on Wall Street, Dominic Roberts wants to follow his dreams to have a family. He’s already one fiancée down, and there are no likely prospects for another. In order to find the family he so desperately wants, he finds himself getting into the manny business. Since he is fully qualified to provide child care and is eager to leave New York City behind, his sister-in-law is able to land him a job in California working for his first client – the beautiful and intriguing Mia Balducci.
Will Lucia like the new man in her mother’s life? Will Mia? And will this new trio discover the happily ever after they all so desperately seek?
For now I’m going to share an excerpt from My Mr. Manny:
Lucia was at the park with my dad, who would bring her back here in a while. I wanted to meet with Dominic before Lucia did so the experience didn’t scare her or confuse her. She still wasn’t sure what a nanny — manny —was.
About fifteen minutes later, there was a knock on my door. When I opened the door, I gasped, blinking about a million times. My mouth opened and closed several times, and I couldn’t form a word.
The first thing I saw were his eyes, which were a green that transcended the most beautiful green things in the world: peacock feathers, limes, and lush leaves. They were small, slanted, and topped with thick dark eyebrows, which added a hint of mystery. His hair was dark black and slicked back. The bone structure of his face was strong, masculine, and angled. I couldn’t stop looking at him.
He cleared his throat and put out his hand. “I’m Dominic.” I grabbed his hand in a firm shake, and I felt like I could see my future in that instant. Pictures of Dominic and me together in our old age flashed before my eyes. I felt comforted, as if I were wrapped in a warm coat of love. It was an amazing feeling.
After much too long of a handshake, I pulled my hand back and said, “I am so sorry, Dominic. Please excuse my manners.” I waved him in with my right hand, while holding the door open with my left. “Come in. I’m Mia by the way. Let’s have a seat in the living room to talk.”
I led the way to the sofa, straight ahead, and we both sat at an end of it. I felt the need to explain my behavior at the door, and the verbal vomit began. I turned bright red and said, “Please excuse my behavior at the door, it’s just …” I looked up at him through my lashes, not trying to be cute, just truthfully embarrassed that I was going to be so honest. “It’s just that… you’re beautiful.”
I stood up in a flash as he paled before my eyes. His olive skin lightened to a pasty color. “Oh, God, I’m sorry. You want to leave don’t you? I don’t act like this, usually. I swear I’m not crazy,” I rambled. I turned away from him in embarrassment. God, this was one time when my big mouth was not productive.
He stood up and walked toward me. He grabbed my shoulders, turning me to face him, and said, “No, I’m not leaving. I was just taken off guard, embarrassed.” He grabbed my hand and guided me back to the sofa.
The whole situation had turned ridiculous. Leave it to me and my awkward behavior to ruin an interview with this … this … Adonis. I squeezed my eyes shut and filled my lungs with air. I tried a couple of cleansing breaths to start over, but I needed more air. “Excuse me, I’ll be right back.”
I walked like a bat out of hell to the bathroom, grabbed a washcloth from the drawer, and drenched it in cold water. I placed it on the back of my neck, cooling me off in an instant.
I needed to compose myself and not act like a teenager with raging hormones. With a big sigh, I smoothed down my blue tank top and pulled the hem over the waistband of my jean shorts. I made my way back out to the living room, still quite nervous but ready to see if he was a good fit for Lucia’s and my life.
If you like how Mia and Dominic first meet then you’ll want to put it on your “To Read” list on Goodreads and stay tuned for the upcoming release August 6th!
Want to see more books by Jennifer Garcia aka Forbes Arnone, check out her Amazon page.
Besides the Blog Hop giveaway, I’m giving away 2 ebooks.
Dawna Newman is the winner of this giveaway!