Title: Sweet Kiss
Author: Judy Ann Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Can one sweet kiss revive an old love?
Hard-working Kate Clark opens a thriving coffee shop that quickly becomes the local hang-out for students and the community. Her one wish is to eventually buy out her sister’s share of the old Florida home they inherited. However, Violet is need desperate of cash and has other plans.
Tappe Vanderberg, Kate’s childhood friend and high school sweetheart, has sold his lucrative internet security business to return to Little Heron Shores and fulfill his dreams of owning a marina. Now the handsome Dutch-born businessman is making waves with single women all over town—including loony, post mistress Eva May Poole who’s in search of husband number three.
But it’s Kate Clark who’s wreaking havoc with Tappe’s heart, not Eva May. Can he find a way to shake the dingbat post mistress and convince Kate to give him a second chance and the sweet kiss he remembers from an earlier time? A romantic Valentine’s Day story with quirky characters and lively humor.
Tappe picked up the grimy jar of candy hearts. “No way! I can’t believe Fay saved your candy hearts.” He twisted off the lid and shook one into his hand.
“Neither can I. Don’t you dare put that into your mouth. Those candies are over a decade old!”
“So? Sugar doesn’t spoil.”
“Okay, go ahead. Eat it. Poison yourself. Why should I care?” she said drily. “Just don’t call me in the middle of the night.”
With a shake of her head, she turned back to the stove, took out a cold plate from the freezer, and plopped a teaspoon of the liquid from the bubbling pot on it, then ran a finger through the mixture to see if the jam stayed parted and stable, refusing to run together. She removed the pot from the stove, set it on the table, and started filling the pint and half-pint jars.
“You don’t mean that.” He dropped the candy back into the jar, and came up behind her. He started nuzzling her on the side of her neck.
“Do you realize I’m working with hot liquids?” She tried to be stern as she squirmed away still holding the hot pot. She could never quite pull off reprimanding Tappe, especially when he was on a roll.
And he was on a roll. “Not as hot as you are. Want to make out?”
Kate looked at him askance. “Now? Here? Are you sane?”
“Yes, I’m fairly lucid. But if your answer is a no to making out, then can I lick the pot instead?”
“If you promise to quit licking my neck.”
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What’s your favorite part about being a romance author?
I have always been a “happily ever after” kind of person. I like my books to have heartwarming endings. My favorite part of writing romance is its flexibility. The romance genre allows an author free rein to write books blending romance with other genres such as mystery, paranormal, fantasy, comedy, etc. It allows the writer to create a more real and intriguing story.
Here’s my tip to add romance to your love life:
Make time to do something with your spouse or partner. My husband and I cook together on holidays, dividing up the menu so each makes the dishes which are best suited to our culinary fortes. We also golf together--and don’t keep score, but play for fun and exercise.
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Award-winning author Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. Throughout her career, she has written for both industry and education.
She writes both contemporary and historical fiction and is best known for “writing romance with a touch of mystery.” She has written eleven novels and novellas to date.
Many of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines, and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. Nineteen of them are now collected in Up on the Roof & Other Stories.
When Judy Ann isn’t behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few. She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc., and Romance Writers of America. She divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
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