FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ AUTHOR LAURA M. BAIRD

We Asked and Laura Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I’d choose the main character, Sable, who at age twenty-five has so many possibilities ahead of her. She’s a beautiful, intelligent young woman who can become whoever she desires to be.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

Finding direction – both with professional as well as personal life. Sable’s dedicated her young life to school and college, with little in the way of a personal life. When she feels bogged down and loses her drive, she feels adrift. A few nights of mindless release then adds another twist: does she follow her desire for passion, never thinking it could lead to more, or can she add this unexpected element into her plans for a lifelong love?

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I ‘dabbled’ with writing off and on since grade school, never really thinking it’d lead to what it’s become today. Only in the last 4-5 years did I decide, this is what I want to do; what I need to do! But the true catalyst was attending my first writer’s conference in October of 2016, and meeting so many wonderful creatives who were encouraging. I went home and polished many stories I stored up over the years, and began submitting. When my first acceptance came through, then another, then another, I was elated, and knew I couldn’t stop. Didn’t want to stop! My writing has its ebbs and flows, I imagine like many authors, but I’ll continue for as long as I can.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

Coffee, tea, or other? Tea lately, but a lot of Diet Dr. Pepper too!
Music preference? 80s Rock
Favorite movie? Impossible to pick just one! Ever After, Fifth Element, Return to Me…
Dog, cat, or other? Dog!
Favorite author? Again, just one?! Impossible! Ranking high is Donna Grant

About the Book

For the past seven years, straight-laced Sable Stephenson has been dedicated to her studies, leaving little time for pleasure. Even with graduation in sight, her drive begins to falter, so she accepts a friend’s suggestion for a carefree Spring Break to clear the cobwebs. A little dancing, a few drinks…she’d be back on track in no time.

But falling for sexy club owner Tomas Mancini isn’t part of the deal. He’s fourteen years her senior and a Dom, yet he arouses fantasies she’s never even dreamed of. One night of passion turns to more, and Sable must decide if she can handle the kink in her plans for the future or if it will lead her down the perfect path.

Read an Excerpt

As Sable watched others, she felt herself being swept up in the sensual atmosphere, moving her body seductively. At one point, she closed her eyes and raised her arms, allowing the music to become her partner. The rhythm flowed through her body, moving her at its will. Her skin heated, tingled, and she felt her nipples pebble in excitement as a sheen of sweat began to form.

Song after song played, and Sable lost track of time, just enjoying the here and now. Glancing around, she admired the various dress and masks of the patrons.

How could something as simple as covering your face enable you to become another person and act completely out of character? She smiled to herself and closed her eyes once again, letting the music guide her.

Suddenly warmth engulfed her backside as a body moved close to hers. While she should have been startled, she felt aroused and excited as she instantly recognized Tomas’s cologne. It was as unique and memorable as the man himself. It was intoxicating.

As images from her dream came to mind, she wondered if they had been a premonition of what was to come.

His fingers ghosted along her raised arms and continued down her sides until his hands landed gently yet commandingly on her hips. As his chest pressed into her back, his mouth perched next to her right ear and whispered seductively to her.

“Il mio angelo, sei bellissima.”

Sable knew enough to recognize angel and beautiful. She nearly whimpered at his words, thinking how sexy he sounded, how they made her feel sexy. Her body moved against his as her hands found their way to the back of his head. She realized he wore no mask as she threaded her fingers in his hair, holding him in place while he gave attention to her neck. Nibbles with his lips and scrapes with his teeth set her aflame. She leaned against his shoulder as she let out a moan.

“Three days, bella. Tre giorni, Io sono pazzo di desiderio. I am crazy with desire for you.”

“Tomas.” His name escaped on a sigh as she melted farther into him.

“Three days I have held back when I have wanted you from the start. You tempt me, bewitch me; sei magnifico.”

“I-I don’t know you…”

“You will, cara mia, you will.”

Sable’s mind went blank, pushing aside rational thought to only feel. She might not know Tomas, but somehow she knew he’d never hurt her. He’d only give her pleasure. Perhaps Devyn was right, and she needed this, if only for right now.

All Sable could think about was letting go of her careful control and allowing someone else to take the reins. She may not know what tomorrow would bring, or even next week, but tonight wasn’t about then. It was about this moment.

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About the Author

Wife, mother, former U. S. Army sergeant, dental hygienist, and now published author. I love crafting what I also enjoy reading: a range of romance from heart-warming to toe-curling. Stories with humor and emotion, real-life characters and contemporary issues.

I’ve had the pleasure of my hubby’s company for nearly twenty-nine years and have raised two wonderful sons. We’ve been across this country from Florida and Georgia, to Idaho and Washington state. When not writing or reading, we’re enjoying being empty-nesters and refusing to grow up; whether we’re belting out 80s Rock on a road trip or feeling the rush of adrenaline during a drag race as the cars fly by! I enjoy engaging with my readers, so seek me out on my various social media platforms!

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Laura this Friday. Please come back again next week for more posts and another Friday guest.

Nancy

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