I’m thrilled to be visiting the Roses of Prose today.
When I read your blog, I feel roots. I experience the pull, the comfort, the inevitable obligations, and the warmth of family and home. It’s that rare thing we all want but some of us spend a lifetime seeking. A sense of belonging.
The characters in my stories are uprooted, for the most part, whether through choice or just life happening. In my City of Dreams series, they’ve come to New York to chase a career. But though they’re searching for a once in a lifetime love, underneath it all they’re looking for HOME.
My heroine Lacey in A Model Engagement is a Navy brat, and an only child. She takes a dream job in NYC with the idea she will fund her design business but then falls prey to a blackmailer.
Lacey Lee Reed was at the type of event, which for years had been, if not her life’s blood, then at least her meal ticket. Anyone who knew her, or thought they did, would say she was in her element—smack dab in the middle of a society party with every A-lister in New York in attendance.
But she couldn’t breathe.
The combination of exotic perfumes and expensive colognes in the warm room hit her harder than the kick of a mule. She swayed on her five-inch heels.
Focus, Lacey. You will not have a panic attack in the middle of your best friend’s wedding.
She pasted on a smile as she scanned the sparkling sea of Prada, Gucci, and Dior visible over his head, scoping out her escape.
She inhaled again, slower this time then eased out a steady, candle extinguishing breath. Ridiculous to feel trapped. Another focused breath. She wasn’t alone. Not by a long shot.
She was in the middle of the most enormous ballroom the Pierre Hotel possessed at one of the splashiest New York City weddings in decades. The VIP crowd was nothing new, nothing she couldn’t handle.
It was individual people that creeped her out.
The old Lacey would have told this SOB staring straight into her cleavage where to go. Politely and with every bit of the charm her mama taught her. But that was the old Lacey.
A Model Engagement
September 20, 2017 release
Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer.
With her savings gone she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin.
Though dazzled by Lacey, Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. He hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job and he has a bandage for a family crisis.
When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down— no matter what the consequences.
Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is?
The Wild Rose Press
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Charlotte O'Shay was born into a big family and married into another big family. The drama! The noise! The inspiration! Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters. She lives on the far westside only 3 subway stops from where she grew up. When Charlotte isn't reading or writing steamy contemporaries featuring heroines in crisis and swoony heroes with issues, she's on the hunt for that perfect pair of sunglasses. She LOVES to hear from readers.
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Web: charlotteoshayauthor.com Twitter (@charlotte_oshay) Instagram (charlotte_oshay_author) Facebook (Authorcharlotteoshay) The City of Dreams series are standalone books linked by the wedding in The Marriage Ultimatum. Book 1, The Marriage Ultimatum ~ Sabrina & Vlad Book 2, A Model Engagement ~ Lacey & Connor Book 3, An Illicit Affair ~ Honey & Jake RWA & RWA-NYC