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Cameron Westcott has spent eight years recovering from heartbreak by keeping romantic entanglements casual and simple. He’s never minded being called a manwhore, but after two years immersing himself in his new winery, he might be ready for the next chapter. Especially when he meets a sexy wine distributor—only she says she isn’t interested.
Following a bitter divorce, Brooke Ellis relocated to Ribbon Ridge to rebuild her life. Things will never be the same for her, and she’s coming to terms with that reality when she meets charming, persistent Cam. She can’t imagine a happy ever after given his reputation, but he makes her feel so good.
As the sparks between them intensify, they’re both hesitant to commit for very different reasons. Or are they really just sabotaging their own futures? If they can trust each other—and themselves—they may realize that what they share is too good to let slip away.
“So, tell me how you came to be a player.”
He barked out a laugh. “You nearly made me trip. Not going to beat around the bush with that one, huh?” He looked over at her, smiling.
“Nope. I’m taking a page from your playbook and shooting straight. You don’t deny your reputation?”
“Nope,” he echoed. “I will say that I’ve mellowed a bit recently. I’m too busy with the winery.”
“So if not for the winery, you’d be up to your usual shenanigans.”
“Shenanigans… Yes, I suppose so.” He lifted a shoulder. “Maybe not. I don’t know. What do you mean by ‘shenanigans’?”
She kept her gaze forward. “I hear you had a different girl in every city when you were on the road.”
They turned the corner, and she stopped as they reached the door to her building.
He stopped too and turned toward her. “Not every city. And anyway, I don’t travel anymore.”
“Right. You’re busy. Does that mean you don’t date?”
He moved closer. “Are you asking me out?”
The scent of his cologne stole over her. The green of his eyes at this range was so deep, so captivating, she could easily sway toward him and… She straightened her shoulders. “No.”
“Well, that’s a damn shame.” His words carried a dark, seductive tone of regret. “Guess I’ll have to ask you out—since I wasn’t clear about it before.”
“No. Thank you,” she rushed to add. “I had a nice time tonight, but I’d prefer to keep our relationship strictly professional.”
“Too bad,” he said softly. “I was sort of hoping I could kiss you.”
Standing here with him in the early twilight, feeling the intoxicating burn of his stare, she was sort of hoping that too. But she hadn’t done that in so long… And she wasn’t ready. Okay, her body was totally ready, but her mind was still trying to figure out what the hell to do with Cameron Westcott.
“Cam. Everyone calls me Cam.” He inched closer so that she could feel his proximity, and heat raced through her. “At least everyone who likes me.”
“Oh good, you like me.”
She couldn’t help smiling. He was good at that—making her smile. No one had been good at that in a very long time. Not even herself. Especially not herself. “I do. And… Well, ask me again sometime.”
Had she just said that out loud?
“If I can kiss you?” He leaned forward, putting his lips against her ear. “Count on it.”
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.
1.Did you use any of your own experience as inspiration?
I do! Several characters in Ribbon Ridge are drawn from my experience, particularly Sara Archer in ONLY IN MY DREAMS and Evan Archer in THE IDEA OF YOU. In the latest book, SO GOOD, the opening scene is a real event—the salmon bake at the International Pinot Noir Festival. I’ve been twice, most recently this summer. It’s a tremendously fun event and I’m delighted to share it with readers.
2.On average, how long does the writing process take?
Ideally, it takes me about two to three months to fully draft and edit a book, although I’m noodling and plotting long before the actual writing starts happening.
3.When did you realize you wanted a career in writing?
I’ve wanted to write a romance since high school, but didn’t get serious about it until my mid-thirties. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make a career out of it given the competitive market, but indie publishing has offered a great path for writers who work hard and have an entrepreneurial spirit.
4.If you weren't an author, what other career paths would you have taken?
In high school and college, I also wanted to be an actor. My aunt was a famous actor in Denmark (she was the first American admitted to the Royal Danish Theatre Company), so I felt very inspired by her. I didn’t end up doing that, but my cousins followed in her footsteps, so that’s cool! Before I started writing, I was a project manager in the financial industry and in high-tech. I loved that job and would probably be doing that if I wasn’t writing.
5.Out of the characters that you created, who is your favorite?
I don’t have a single favorite. There’s always something I love about each character. In Ribbon Ridge, I have a deep love for Evan and for Sara, probably because of the personal connection I have with their disabilities. I also feel close to Tori Archer, who had a very tough emotional arc in WHEN LOVE HAPPENS. I really identified with her struggle to find peace in the wake of a tragedy she felt she could have and should have stopped.
6.What advice would you give to someone looking to be a writer?
Write as much as you can in as many ways as you can. I did a lot of technical writing and marketing writing and writing manuals and so on long before I started writing fiction. Mastering the flow of sentence structure and just being able to communicate via the written word is really important and something fiction writers might take for granted when they’re just starting out. As with anything, practice really does make perfect (okay, not perfect, but better!). I’d also encourage them to join a professional organization, such as Romance Writers of America. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t sought out other writers and learned from those who had been there, done that.
7.What kind of research (if any) was required for any of your books?
Since Ribbon Ridge is located here in Oregon and is a fictional town, it’s been relatively easy to research setting and create the world. The first six Ribbon Ridge books dealt with the renovation of a monastery into a hotel so I had to do some research with construction and legal matters. I’m fortunate to be married to an attorney who specializes in construction among other things!
8.How long after you finish a book do you start another one?
I usually have a few weeks where I’m outlining the new book while one book is in the editing stage, so there’s actually some overlap between projects. Sometimes I’m able to dive right into the next book and other times, I have to take a little breather. Right now, I switch genres with each book (historical, contemporary, historical, contemporary, etc.), which is refreshing but also requires me to reset my brain a little!