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Fire & Ice Book 1
by Charlene Namdhari
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Twenty-four-year-old virgin Samantha Harman longs to escape her boring life and overbearing father in South Africa. She gains temporary freedom when she visits a friend’s ranch in Arizona. Her father's price for letting her go? Return to an arranged marriage. But an unexpected attraction to a sexy cowboy is hard to fight and soon she's in bed with the devil.
Cody Bentley, a hardworking no-nonsense rancher, has been hurt before. To him, women are wanton troublemakers out for gold. Then his sister’s feisty friend comes for a visit and ensnares him in a white-hot passion that threatens to melt the icy wall around his heart.
Will Samantha dare to defy her father’s demands and convince Cody to take a chance on love?
Deborah cruised up to the house and parked outside the entrance. The ranch
buzzed with activity. Despite the dust, noise, and utter confusion, Samantha
stared enthralled as the ranch hands herded the cattle into the corrals, in perfect
harmony. Muscles rippled with weariness while their tails swished in tune with
the slight breeze. The horses were beautiful. After her fifth birthday, her father allowed her to attend the local riding school. While it wasn’t vast open fields like this ranch, the confines of the city equestrian hadn’t stumped her passion to jump on a horse the first chance she got. Crazy as it sounded, the idea of mounting one of these large horses and
riding off into the horizon grew steadily. “There you are, girls.” Freda stepped out onto the porch and distracted Samantha’s wild fantasies. “Reece injured his arm.” “What?” Deborah shot out of the pickup, her brow puckered in concern. “Calm down, dear girl.” Freda touched Deborah’s hand lightly. “He’s his dandy self, cut his arm on a rock.” “Where is he…?” Deborah asked and disappeared into the house. It amused Samantha that, although her friend had three brothers, being twins, made for a stronger bond between her and Reece. “Is he okay?” Samantha jumped out and skirted the pickup.
“Come, dear, let’s go inside and see for yourself.” Freda extended an arm to Samantha as they entered the house. Samantha didn’t want to disturb Reece while he was busy with the doctor. She headed upstairs for a quick shower after Freda announced supper needed
another thirty minutes or so. Donning a pair of black denims, a baby blue shirt, and black boots, she pulled her hair into a loose ponytail. Given the heat, she decided against makeup and descended to dinner, humming softly. Back home, dinner was a formal affair where her father demanded etiquette, visitors or not. Vibrant chatter emanated from the living room which ceased when she entered. Reece, Jace, and another male looked up.
Deborah leaped to her feet and looped an arm in hers. “Reece, Jace, you remember Samantha, my college roommate?” Reece jumped up and shifted his hurt arm with an indifferent grin. “Howdy, darlin’ sure is nice to see you again.” “Hi yourself, long time.” Samantha kissed his cheek lightly. Jace rose, nodded shyly, and followed with a bashful smile. When Deborah guided her to the third male, an impulsive sensation of nerves
crept up Samantha’s spine. “And this charming guy is Chance, our ranch supervisor.”
“Howdy, Samantha. Sure is a pleasure to meet you,” Chance drawled accompanied by an attractive smile. He extended a hand, which Samantha accepted, warming to his touch.
“Hello, Chance. Nice meeting you too.” Her gaze roamed his handsome, lean physique and vibrant hazel eyes with interest. Thank goodness you didn’t call him Cody. Her gaze swept the room as she searched for the missing-in-action brother. Part of her patiently waited to put a face to the brute. Soon, she forgot about Cody as Reece claimed her undivided attention. Several minutes into the discussion, Samantha stood with her back to the living room entrance. Deborah’s soft greeting caught her ear. “Hey, Cody.” Slowly, Samantha turned and schooled her features into a polite mask, but shock momentarily widened her eyes … Impossible! The floor suddenly morphed into jelly, she forced every effort to stay upright. Silently she prayed for it to open up and swallow her whole, while
trapped by the disconcertingly blue stare of the rider she almost ran over. Samantha shut her eyes tight, willed away the sight, but when she opened them again, he was still there. For one totally indescribable minute, she experienced the vulnerability of a small animal about to be devoured by a marauding jungle beast. Deborah nudged her forward. “Cody, I’d like you to meet Sam—” Confusion momentarily clouded his eyes and then, “You.” She watched the rigid muscles in his jaw work overtime as he stiffened. “What the hell are you doing here, boy…” Cody broke off almost immediately. “Wait a darn minute … you’re no boy, you’re…dammit you’re a woman.” Annoyance clearly masked his severe features.
Samantha recovered her poise, tilted her chin at a proud angle, and refused to break his gaze. “So, I guess you’ve met?” Deborah’s soft words broke the silence. “Met? This woman almost ran me over yesterday,” Cody muttered dryly, without taking his eyes off Samantha. The tension in the room could be cut with a knife. Everyone else ceased to
exist. “An honest mistake, Mr. Bentley,” Samantha sputtered and matched his hostile glare. She took an instant dislike to the man. Her fine body hairs rose up in protective self-defense. “That, Lady, was no mistake…just careless drivin’.” His rudeness infuriated her right down to her toes. “Well, I don’t expect you to understand. You’re not much of a gentleman. Tell me, Mr. Bentley, do you always treat your guests with such emphatic rudeness?” she retorted in one breathless statement. He pinned her with a gaze so intense, her knees shook. “Dammit, Cody, Samantha’s a guest.” Reece forestalled any reply by stepping between them. Swiveling, Cody stomped out of the room, his boots clicked tersely against the tiles. “Sorry ’bout that, darlin’.” Reece winked. Samantha offered a light smile at his attempt at lightheartedness. Her body simmered with raw anger. Of all the nerve. She never met anyone as horrible as Cody. A brute of a man if she ever met one. Deborah’s earlier explanation suddenly made sense. “Hey, girl, I’m sorry.” Deborah stepped forward and interrupted her mental distress. Samantha uttered a dry laugh. “That went off well, wouldn’t you say?” “The thing is, ’bout a month back, a ranch hand, while he exercised one of the mares, rode her out to the same crossing. A driver ignored the sign and ran the horse and rider over. The ranch hand broke an arm in the collision. The horse, however, broke one leg and injured another. Cody made the tough
decision to have her put down. He loved that horse, and I guess the incident still bothers him a little.” Deborah gave her arm a gentle squeeze. “Geez, thanks, now I feel much better.” “Supper is ready,” Freda broke their chatter.
Born and raised in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa and now living in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, Charlene's days are an energetic mixture of a full time job, a wife and Mom to two beautiful teenagers. She holds a Law Degree and is an avid events manager.
Believing writing is the wings to holistic escapism, she makes the time in her busy schedule giving life to her dreams of bringing together passion filled heroes and heroines in a happily ever after.
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What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
The first time I was allowed to borrow books from the adult section of the library, I fell in love with the Perry Mason series by Erle Stanley Gardner and made sure I read every single one of his cases.
My all-time favourite book was IT by Stephen King. It scared the hell out of me and to think I had to use my imagination to create the scenes. Stephen King is an awesome author and I love all his books.
Coma by Robin Cook another favourite and I’ve enjoyed all his books as well. Considering the books I read when I was younger it’s weird I ended up writing romance. When I was old enough for romance books, Penny Jordan was my absolute favourite; I read all her books followed closely by Nora Roberts.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Mine obviously. I’m joking. There are so many talented authors out there and such a diverse genre of books, it would be hard to suggest just one title given each person’s taste differs from the next.
How long have you been writing?
About fourteen years but only as a hobby and for my own enjoyment.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Depends on whether I’ve plotted the story through from start to end.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to see it as a career. While it’s no easy task, it is definitely achievable.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
Since my book was announced, I’ve built relationships with a lot of published authors and they tell me it’s a tough market. I’m eternally grateful to The Wild Rose Press for giving me this publishing opportunity and to Judi Mobley, as my editor she also played the role of mentor and guide for which I couldn’t be grateful enough.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I enjoy crime, horror and romance. Recently I ventured into the paranormal genre by reading Resurgence by Sharonlee Holder and was pleasantly surprised. It was an amazing read which made me read book two, Renegade.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Noise. Music actually or while I’m watching a movie. I have no idea why but it seems to get the creative juices flowing.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Several going at a time but then tend to focus on one for a length of time when the ideas flow.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Pen or type writer or computer?
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I still can’t believe I’m an author. It’s an exciting moment when you’re given the release date of your book more so the signing of your contract. Whether it is the right decision or not will come later when readers have had a chance to read my book. But, I’m glad I did it.
A day in the life of the author?
Advice they would give new authors?
Describe your writing style.
What makes a good story?
An interesting plot with intense characters and a good flow.
What are they currently reading?
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I plan an outline first to gauge my characters and how they would interact. Then just write, chapters come later when I’m satisfied they fit the flow.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not believing in themselves. Rather try and fail than fail to try. It’s no easy feat writing a book but when you’re done, the pleasure of seeing your name on a book is unbelievable.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Submit that book for publishing.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Making sure you speak like they’re supposed to.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It all depends on the idea. The quickest I wrote a complete story was one month and it’s sitting at 60k before proper editing.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I wouldn’t call it writer’s block but a moment in an author’s life when their brain works overtime to process all the ideas running wild into some semblance of order until they decide which one is perfect to put pen to paper.
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