Hot Sultry Days and Front Porches

Posted by Mary Marvella | 2:45 AM | 24 comments »

Do you like hot sultry days and front porches?

 Grab a rocking chair on my porch and visit with Margo and Jay, two folks with too much in common and problems they can't ignore anymore.

Margo loves her daughters and her family. She once loved Jay, but Jay wanted adventure and danger more than he wanted a life with her and a family.

Jay was her first love and she can't forget the way he could push her buttons and make her want him. At first she thinks his pending visit home for their daughter's 21 birthday is her biggest problem. She soon learns he presents a bigger danger. He could break their youngest daughter's heart, since he doesn't believe she is his.

Jay wishes Margo would tell her youngest daughter the truth, so he won't need to pretend he is her father. He has forgiven Margo but finds it difficult to pretend. If she would tell the truth they could start over and he and the kid could have a special relationship based on truth.

Excerpt 1

Morning slapped me in the face. I opened one gritty eye. Huge mistake. Pounding racket sent jabs of pain through my skull. Light poured in through my bedroom windows. I tried to turn from the light, but even slight movement hurt. My stomach roiled. How the hell could I get to the bathroom and still keep my head on my shoulders?
“Go the hell away,” Carol croaked.
Carol? I turned to see my best friend in the whole world. As the word lesbian eased through my mind, I reached out to grab it and make sense. Even thinking made my head hurt. My face ached when a frown tried to slide over it. Aw, crap!
“My bed, dumb-ass,” I muttered. “At least I thought I said that because even that hurt. If I lived through this I’d never drink too much again.
“Not you, the creep trying to break down your door.” She raised her head an inch, but fell back on her pillow. “You gotta turn down the volume on your freaking doorbell.”
“Ah, the ringing in my ears.” My voice sounded way too scratchy. I desperately needed water, I needed to pee, but my stomach threatened to empty if I left my soft bed.
“Oh, God,” I gasped as I fumbled around. Still wearing my sweats, I launched my body off the bed and toward the bathroom.
Thoughts of frozen strawberry daiquiris and the word lesbian flipped through my mind again, then all I could think about was the wish that I could lie down on the bathroom floor and die there.

Excerpt 2

I headed to my in-laws’ to get Dee on Friday evening. Why had she asked her dad to pick her up from school today and take to her grandparent’s house?
Jay’s parents were always glad to see Dee and treated me like a daughter, so I didn’t usually mind going to their house. Maybe Jay would be out with his old high school pals and I’d manage to miss him again.
Lady Luck sometimes deserted me and tonight she laughed at me. Jay met my car in the driveway before I could get out. Calling ahead hadn’t helped, after-all. I sat with my door open and Jay squatting to put us at eye level. This afternoon he looked so much like the boy I knew in high school and college. His white tee shirt stretched across broad shoulders. His arms stretched so he could grip the window frame and his grin made the corners of my own mouth twitch to answer his smile with one of my own. Instead, my teacher demeanor, read prim and proper, made me feel aloof and confident.
“Hey, Mags, need something?”
He could make a simple greeting sound like an invitation to have sex. Or did I just hear that because I hadn’t had sex in at least three years. Yeah, that was it, I was just horny.
“Just my daughter.”
His flinch said I made a bulls-eye, ten points for me.
“So, if you’ll move away, I’ll say hello to your folks and take Dee home.”
He said nothing as he straightened, but he didn’t move away. His hands still griped the top of the car above me. Again, he presented me with a great view of his jeans zipper placket and a bulge that looked like he was horny, too.
Of course, he always seemed determined to get into my panties so he could say I was easy and available. My throat went dry at the memories of us hot and sweaty and wrapped around each other.
I unbuckled my seatbelt and pushed my seat back so I could get out. Moving past him wasn’t going to be easy, but I couldn’t let the jerk think he could trap me like a frightened kitten.
The body contact as I twisted up and flush with him sent shocks through me and through him, too, judging by his expression and the way he caught his breath. So close I could count his eyelashes and the gold flecks in his eyes, I sucked in a needed breath. Yep, my breasts pressed into his chest and his shock changed to desire. Good.
“Excuse me,” I forced the words past my parched lips. Then I licked them before I ducked under his arm and called out to anyone who could hear me.

Can you want someone who has done something unforgivable?  Is there an expiration date on sexual attraction?

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  1. Autumn Jordon // August 6, 2012 at 8:03 AM  

    Oh, Margo does have a problem, or is it his problem. It sounds like they both do. Great excerpts. I'm really interested in the out come.

    No, I don't think there is an expiration date on attraction. My heart still jump starts when I see, or even hear Keifer's voice. But I do think attraction can end when true colors are shown.

  2. Judy // August 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM  

    Mary, I liked your book because it looks like a fun read. Speaking of front porches...That's how I was hooked into reading. I spent many hot summer days on my family's front porch, gliding back and forth on the glider couch, reading. Great feeling...

  3. Barbara Monajem // August 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM  

    I don't like sultry days, and there are too many mosquitoes on my porch, but I loved your excerpts, Mary. The sexual tension between Jay and Margo was awesomely done. :)

  4. Mona Risk // August 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM  

    Mary, Great excerpts. I have your book on my Kindle but I have to make time to read it. Soon.

  5. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM  

    I am with you, Autumn, it should end. I do wish I had a tiny bit of the lingering attraction to a live person from my past that I had to resist.
    Pierce Brosnan, Adrian Paul, well, just sayin'!

  6. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM  

    Judy, we were both gliding and reading, and I was swinging, too. My grandma in Augusta had a glider and a swing! Actually, my grandma in Mississippi had a swing, too.

  7. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM  

    Thanks, Barbara! Those two wrote the scenes for me. He knows how to push her buttons! Actually, don't tell, but he isn't a player and he doesn't behave that way with other women.

  8. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM  

    Thanks, Mona. I hope you love it!

  9. Jackie Rod // August 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM  

    I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive excerpts, Mary.
    It sounds like Margo and Jay are locked in limbo.

  10. Beth Trissel // August 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM  

    I agree with all the other lovely comments about this excellent sounding story. Such a refreshingly appealing cover too.

  11. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM  

    You are so right, Jackie. No other man has made her feel the way Jay does, even after 20 years.

  12. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM  

    Thanks, Beth! My baby girl did the cover. Some folks said the story would never fly. What a challenge! I had to do it!

  13. Mary Ricksen // August 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM  

    You got my interest? Gotta find out what happens! Don't you love it when you get that feeling!

  14. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM  

    Yep! Exactly what I wanted!

  15. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM  

    MM, I just love this cover. This is one of my very favorite stories of yours. I'll bet you could rehabilitate Jay, if he showed up on your doorstep hankering after that Mustang of yours!

  16. Mary Marvella // August 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM  

    Maybe. I'd give him a chance, as long as I protected my heart! He'd make a saint sin!

  17. Tamara LeBlanc // August 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM  

    Hmm, an expiration date on sexual attraction? That's a good question. I'm not sure. I'll have to think about that one.
    Other than that, thank you for sharing an excerpt, and giving everyone such a great blurb. I can learn alot from you, momma hen...I write terrible blurbs ;)

  18. Mary Marvella // August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM  

    Baby Chick, you don't write anything that's terrible! Glad you stopped by.
    Miss you and my chicks!

  19. Patrice // August 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM  

    Great cover and excepts! Good luck with this MM, it sounds interesting.

  20. Mary Marvella // August 8, 2012 at 1:09 AM  

    Thanks, Patrice!

  21. Maxine Davis // August 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM  

    Mary, A great-sounding book. I WILL have to get a copy. And if this heat gives just a little, I'll get comfy on the deck and read it.

  22. Mary Marvella // August 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM  

    Thanks, Maxine. Decks are great when it's not HOT! AC is good when it's HOT!

  23. Josie // August 8, 2012 at 8:52 PM  

    All "liked" for you, MM. Thanks for a great excerpt.

  24. Mary Marvella // August 8, 2012 at 9:24 PM  

    Thanks, Joanne!
    Glad you liked the excerpt!