Other Author Wednesday – Jill Urbach

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Other Author Wednesday – Jill Urbach

Today is the debut of “Other Author Wednesday” where each week I will feature an author that I either have read, am reading currently or plan to read. And what a better way to debut Other Author Wednesday than to wet your reading appetite with debut author, Jill Urbach and her romantic comedy entitled, Two-Room Flat (Astraea Press, July 22, 2013).

Sometimes the person we want to hate is the very one we need to love.

A SYNOPSIS OF “TWO-ROOM FLAT” by Jill Urbach

TwoRoomFlat-JillUrbach-500x750Spicy fiction made novelist Claire Gissler a star, but she can’t pen a sentence to save her life since her husband’s accidental death two years ago. Now, deeply in debt, her only hope of reviving her crumbling career is to flee small town America for big city London. Trouble is, she can’t afford the move. That is, not until handsome Adam Lambright — her husband’s best friend and the man she blames for his death — offers to let her stay in his flat… with him.

Adam Lambright used to know how to smile, how to have fun, how to love, but that was before watching his best friend die and his wife wither away from cancer. Now, ticked off at God, he’s vowed never to love again. That doesn’t mean he can’t help out his best friend’s widow. Heck, her life’s more of a mess than his own.

Seeing no other possible option, Claire moves to London. In that exciting city, she faces the challenges of rebuilding her career — and the attentions of her sexy English publicist. But, it’s her growing feelings for Adam that present the biggest challenge: learn to forgive or face heartbreak once again.

Author Bio

JillUrbach-HEADSHOTFormer television actress Jill Urbach is an award-winning author whose first full-length novel, Two-Room Flat, was published in July 2013. She teaches a combined 3rd/4th grade class at a Christian elementary school, and moonlights as a jazz singer. Jill lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. You can follow Jill on Twitter, her Facebook author page, or check out her website, http://www.jillurbach.com.

I’m Currently Reading Jill Urbach’s “Two-Room Flat”

I’m enjoying this story already. Starting out with an unwanted encounter with an irritating match-maker, Claire Gissler’s day begins abruptly at a coffee shop. The tension is palpable. The author’s knack for conflict and mood-setting sets the reader off with chortles and a sense of embarrassment for each character and before you know it, you’re fully enveloped in the story.

Although I’m not quite through this story, so far Two-Room Flat is a fun tale dappled with moments of sensitivity not usually found in first authors and will make a lovely companion for readers any season of the year. ~Susan Wingate, author of award-winning “Drowning” and the “Bobby’s Diner” Series

Susan Wingate’s Literary Awards Received

For DROWNING

  • 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama
  • 2011 International Best Books Award, Finalist for Women’s Fiction

For BOBBY’S DINER

  • 2010 International Best Books Award, Finalist for Women’s Fiction
  • 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Women’s Fiction

Susan also received a 2009 Textnovel Editor’s Choice Award & Finalist for an unpublished novella she wrote.

Susan has won various other literary awards for her short stories and poetry.

For Susan’s Kindle Books on Amazon, go to: http://amzn.to/1cdGZBR
For Susan’s Nook Books on Barnes&Noble, go to: http://bit.ly/1cdH9Jr

Guest Post–Award-winning Romance Author, Shannon Donnelly

TODAY’S GUEST AUTHOR is Shannon Donnelly, romance author of PATHS OF DESIRE, the newest Regency Historical from award-winning author and RWA RITA-nominee, Shannon Donnelly.

Learn more about Shannon at http://shannondonnelly.com/2012/01/20/paths-of-desire-a-regency-historical-romance/

PATHS OF DESIRE is available for only .99 in February and March at these major online distributors:

On Amazon Kindle

On BN Nook

At Smashwords

With too many secrets in her past, and too little future as an actress, Theodosia Newell wants one thing more than all else—security. She’s seen her mother abandoned, her younger brother die, and she’s vowed never to be poor. But then her path crosses that of a man who tempts her to abandon caution and all thought for the future for a passionate affair. Can she find the courage to break from her deepest fears? And will her love prove enough to save them both?

Born with a soul for adventure, David Llewellyn cannot resist a challenge—and his enthusiasm for life is as magnetic as his personality. But two women share his life, and only one can be his. Will his stubborn refusal to make a choice between them lead him to lose everything? Or will he find, in the journey to the lost city he dreams of discovering, a path to a deeper love than he thought possible?

For ten years, the affair between David and Thea goes from passion to love. Lives are changed.  Secrets come out. Marriages end. And new ones begin. Through it all, the desire of two strong-willed people lead them to clash, and to eventually find their own path–to each other and to facing the need and love they share.  From London to Italy to Syria, the Paths of Desire lead them on a journey they must make together.

EXCERPT from PATHS OF DESIRE by Shannon Donnelly

            Leaning forward, he cupped her face and kissed her, hard and deep. She held still under his touch, but her lips parted, her tongue met his. Her hand stole up to clutch at his coat collar. He moved his hand from her face to her breast. Kissed her until he had no breath. He pulled away while he still could and leaned his forehead against hers, breath mingling in matching ragged gasps.

“I don’t know what you do to me—I’ve not looked at any woman in months. Not had one for longer. I’d convinced myself I’d had no need for this.”

“I’m not doing anything!”

“You are—just by existing. I’d forgotten the joy of bringing a woman pleasure. I’d forgotten too much.”

She turned away and pulled her cloak tight. “I’m not looking for pleasure—I’m looking for a husband.” He gave a laugh, and she turned to him. “You wouldn’t laugh at a lady who said as much—and you wouldn’t handle a lady as you have me!”

“No—thank merciful heaven for that. But I want more than to touch you.”

“Go away—and stay away! You…you’re a distraction! An arrogant, conceited distraction. And—”

He caught her wrist. “Don’t lie to me. Don’t lie to yourself. This doesn’t end here between us.”