Friday, 21 December 2012

Cover Love & Excerpt!

I've had my latest cover for a while but I was buried in revisions's the US cover for my next Harlequin Modern Presents, The Sinful Art of Revenge. I LOOOOOVE IT!

It shows my heroine's Japanese heritage perfectly, right down to her favourite cherry blossom tree and red dress! Here's the picture that inspired me to write, Reiko, my heroine. Isn't she gorgeous?!

And here's an (unrevised) excerpt from The Sinful Art of Revenge for your delectation!

His eyes narrowed. “You knew I was looking for you?”

Reiko forced a smile despite the fresh wave of anxiety that coursed through her. “Of course. It’s been fun watching your security experts’ antics. They even came close a few times, Honduras especially—”

“You think this is a game?”

Her heart clenched. “I have no idea what this is. The sooner you enlighten me, the sooner you can get out of my life.”

He seemed lost for several seconds, his gaze lightening, then darkening as it scoured her face. Finally his lips firmed, as if wanting to stem what he was about to say.

“I need you.”

Reiko stared blankly; tried very hard not to swallow, sure he’d see her unease in that simple act. But it was hard not to. “You…need…me.”

In all the feverish scenarios she’d enacted, this hadn’t come even close. After all, what could Damion Fortier possibly want with her, after using and discarding her like a piece of garbage?

His grip altered, and the slide of his palm against hers sent another pulse of heat up her arm. Reiko glanced down at their entwined hands and felt a knot tighten in her belly. This hadn’t been such a bright idea after all. Rather than throw him off guard, she felt at the disadvantage.

“Let me rephrase that. I need your expertise.”

That was more like it. “Careful, Baron, your sneer isn’t exactly endearing. It’s taken you weeks to find me. The least you can do is be…civil. Otherwise next time I may not be so easy to find.”


  1. Love the cover and the excerpt, Maya. Looking forward to this one!

  2. Sorry for commenting late on this, but the cover looks great and the excerpt is snazzy. "I need you." Awesome!!! Can't wait to read the rest when it comes out :)