We’ve reached the half-way point! To celebrate, please welcome THAYER KING to talk about Friends, an interracial romance.
SHR: What makes this particular series your favorite?
TK: Friends will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first published book. It has drama, surprises, a handsome hero, and oh yeah, hot sex. I like stories full of memorable moments and I feel like Friends has that.
SHR: Who published it? When?
TK: It was published by Sugar and Spice Press in 2011.
SHR: Tell us a little about what you went through to get it published.
TK: Friends was actually turned down by the first publisher I approached. I think it was a matter of finding a publisher for which the book was a right fit. Before submitting, I’d been searching for publishers, looking at the types of books they published and their submission guidelines. I had a list of publishers I’d purchased books from myself. I feel fortunate that it was accepted the second time around.
SHR: On writing in general: What’s the hardest part for you? Why?
TK: Plotting is most difficult for me. I’m constantly reading, watching television and movies. Original plots or even creating a twist on an old idea is hard.
SHR: Unrelated: What’s your favorite color?
TK: My favorite color to look at is blue. I like all shades. However, black is my favorite color to wear.
When Kayla Lawrence wakes up in her best friend’s arms after a night of hot sex, she wants to pretend that it never happened. He’s not just her best friend. He’s also her partner. But as much as she loves Joshua Tanner, he’s not the type to commit. She’s not sure where their relationship is going after their night together.
Joshua has wanted Kayla since the moment they met. He’s loved her almost as long. Waking up in her bed was his dream come true. Now he just has to convince Kayla that he’s relationship material.
The hard male chest beneath Kayla Lawrence’s face was tanned, but still not as dark as her cinnamon-colored skin. Long, toned legs, partially covered by her champagne pink satin sheets, stretched out before her. A strong arm around her waist held her securely in place.
Please, please, please, she prayed, let it have all been a dream. She squeezed her eyes really tight and held her breath. She tucked her hair, newly cut only a week ago into a shoulder-length bob, behind her ear and opened her eyes. Nothing had changed.
She’d slept with Joshua Tanner—her best friend and her partner in J & K Design!
Kayla slid carefully out of his arms. What the devil had she been thinking? She berated herself. But, obviously, she hadn’t been thinking at all. She held the sheet to her chest, trying to figure out what to do, and smoothed her hair out of her eyes. This was her bedroom. She couldn’t leave, though the temptation was great.
Kayla’s heart sped up as she watched Josh sleep. He looked the same—a lean, handsome Adonis. The light from her bedroom window touched his hair, making it a paler gold than usual. His long lashes, almost white-blonde at the tips, rested upon his cheeks. But the man who had fucked her last night was not the same smiling, carefree, boyishly charming Josh that she had known since college. This Josh was hard and sexy, and dangerous.
He’d served her some exotic drink with rum in celebration of a business success.
She’d only had a few sips so she couldn’t blame her behavior on the liquor. Maybe she’d been horny. But to have slept with Josh! Flashes of the prior evening’s events came to her with vibrant detail. Joshua sliding between her thighs to taste her cream, but he’d done more than taste. He’d devoured her. He’d made her so hot and crazed with lust, she couldn’t think of anything other than having him. And then he’d fucked her in a way that almost made her pass out. Despite the fact that she was sore, her pussy throbbed just thinking about it.
His long, gold lashes fluttered. He opened his eyes, pinning her with his golden gaze. Kayla was always telling him he should have been a model. He smiled and stretched. “Morning, beautiful,” he said in that husky voice of his. There was no trace of embarrassment or awkwardness on his face. It was probably nothing for him to wake up in a woman’s bed after a wild night of sex.
Kayla bit her lip, hoping her own discomfort was not obvious. “Hi.”
“What time is it?”
She glanced at her bedside alarm clock. “It’s almost nine.” She fought down panic.
“I’m supposed to go shopping with my cousin Dawn in about thirty minutes.”
He took the hint. “Then I’ll get out of your hair. I’m meeting my brother to play basketball at ten.” He sat up and threw his long legs over the side of the bed.
Kayla gasped. “What happened to your back?”
He peered over his shoulder at the red, angry stripes scoring his back, and grinned.
“You did, baby,” he answered.
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