An Adult Contemporary Romance
By Qwen Salsbury
Published by Omnific Publishing
Released February 2014
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Day of Employment: 359
Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.
Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.
He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.
Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.
It is a goal. Emma has a plan.
Handsome didn’t even closely describe Alaric Canon, too bad he was a jerk. Alaric’s reputation around the office of being difficult to work with, often lead to side bets by employees about how quickly the new temp would hit the revolving door. Emma has long had a crush on Alaric, but that didn’t mean she wanted to be his PA. She gets a chance and decides to hit it head on, she is going to be the best PA he has ever had and he is going to notice her, or not.
He is gruff, ill tempered, and Emma is questioning why she has such a crush on the tyrant. When they leave for a business trip though things begin to change and the one thing Emma can proclaim is he is difficult to read. There is something between them, but without Alaric making proclamations that would put Shakespeare to shame, Emma is having a hard time figuring it out.
Fun, Sassy, and a humorous read. Reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones, the story read a bit like in journal form but with added humor and interactions with characters. Hope there is a sequel coming.
About the Author
Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there. Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal. Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup. The boys prefer a PS3.
After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate. She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.
A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year. Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.
For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).
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