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Hi everyone! The book I’m currently working on has the tentative title Saving Serena, and it’s the story of a corporate celebrity and the woman hired to protect her from a stalker.

As a rising star in the design business, Serena is used to having her own way…but Ash, the ex-military bodyguard assigned to her, refuses to let her go on walking blithely into unsafe situations. They clash constantly. Serena can’t stand that Ash’s strong beauty drive her nuts, and Ash refuses to believe that she’s starting to have feelings for a client. Things with Serena’s stalker are getting worse and worse, though. That’s where this part comes in.

“This can’t be happening,” Serena said roughly. “We were all… I was so sure we were all overreacting. All these precautions were ‘just to be safe.’ And he was some loser with nothing better to do than send hate-mail to a celebrity. But seeing all this, it just becomes clear. He’s—” She kept walking in circles, holding her arms closer and closer to her chest like she could draw inside herself. “He’s crazy. He might do…anything.”

I intercepted her path and she stopped short, looking up at me. Panic was tugging at the edges of her expression, trying to take over. I put my hands on her shoulders and gripped them gently.

“I promise,” I said, looking into her eyes and speaking with slow, firm certainty. “I promise I won’t let anything happen to you.” I was silent for a moment as I held her gaze, and I hoped with my entire being that she believed me. It was a truth I felt deep in my bones, so deep that it was intrinsic, irrefutable, like saying that water is wet or that the sun is hot.

And then, like a broken marionette, she melted into me.

 

Look for Saving Serena in February! It’s been really exciting to write, and I think it’s my most romantic yet ❤

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