Challenges by C.A. Szarek & Collision Control Excerpt

Collision Control (Crossing Forces #4)

  • By C.A. Szarek
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: October 3rd 2014 by Totally Bound
  • Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
  • A one night stand can’t possibly mean forever…
    Detective Jared Manning met his match at a bar. After a night of passion, she sneaks out of his bed without so much as a note. Problem is, now he can’t find her.
    Kindergarten teacher Melody Nash doesn’t do one night stands. Embarrassment gets the best of her and she lies about her name.
    When they collide at her school, Mel resists his pull. She won’t risk her heart on the obvious playboy, even though she can’t stop thinking about the night in his arms.
    Stress engulfs both Jared’s personal and professional life. His brother is at the centre of the joint case he and his partner are working in cooperation with FBI. He puts his job on the line when he fails to share his blood relation—a complication he doesn’t need, considering the FBI agent on the case is convinced his brother killed her fiancé.
    Balance is the name of the game. Can Jared save his brother and convince Mel they’re meant to be together?

    Reader advisory: This book contains references to past sexual abuse and rape that happened when the character was a child.
    ~ blurb source {can be Goodreads, book tour/PR campaign organizer, author, etc – I often use Goodreads for the blurb}


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    Guest Post: Challenges

    by C.A. Szarek

    Sometimes being a writer is challenging. I still work (two jobs, actually) other than writing, so I often feel like my writing time is “stolen.”
    Pretty ironic when writing is what I want to be doing most.
    I really do love (really, I do) both my jobs, which is part of the reason I can’t seem to let the part-time one (I have on the w/ends, but I work overnight) go. It’s not about the $, even though money is nice, of course. It’s because I feel like I need to be there. I guess I could say that for both my weekday job and w/end.
    Then again, I can say that about writing, too.
    So, I have two careers. Maybe three.
    During the week, I work as the Juvenile Case Manager for two city courts, and the aforementioned weekend job is at a shelter for teenagers.
    So, at both I’m surrounded by troubled teens.
    I love it, and have been doing both for 9 years.
    It’s my passion. Errr, one of them.
    I have always written. Always.
    Always wanted to be published, too, so I knew it would not be a “hobby” one of these days. That time came for me in 2011, and I have never looked back.
    I have had nine books out from Feb 2013 to now, and I won’t ever stop.
    So, the name of the game is balance.
    I work 60 hours a week, so I had no choice but to learn how to make it all work. Or I wouldn’t get any writing done at all. And that doesn’t work for all these people floating around in my head. Characters can be demanding little buggers.
    Routine works best for me.
    I work 8-5, then come home and eat dinner. Then I hit the words hard from about 6-8. Sometime I write 500 words and sometimes (like last night) over 2000. I don’t put pressure on myself to produce quantity. I concentrate on finishing a scene/chapter or even starting a new one.
    I also write at lunch. Sometimes I edit and sometimes I’m on fire. I wrote 1167 words yesterday, which was a bit of a record. (YAY!)
    On the w/ends, I work overnight so as long as my kids are kosher (and many times they’re not…or I get Juvenile Detention or Police, or CPS calling or knocking) I can write a lot.
    I think if someone wants something bad enough, they’ll be driven to get it. This is how make it work.
    Oh, family, too. I’m married and I have to make time for my husband, or he gets grouchy. LOL.
    Balance a part of who I am. Also a Libra that fits my sign (but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post. LOL) So, being feeling balanced is a requirement for who I am.
    It’s so familiar that it worked its way into my Jared Manning’s life. Jared is the hero of Collision Control (Crossing Forces Book Four) from Totally Bound Publishing, my newest book. It just came out last Friday (YAY!)
    Jared has to balance his work as a detective and the woman he’s chasing. He’s a playboy, but he’s found the one. Problem is, she doesn’t want him. LOL. It’s fun. Promise.
    To complicate matters, his brother is the criminal he’s working with the FBI to apprehend.
    Jared definitely has to find balance.
    Sometimes it’s difficult, real life as much as it is in a good story.
    So, how do you do it? Do you need balance? How do you find it?


    “Excuse me?” His voice cracked.
    She looked away. “Never mind.”
    Jared studied her. She was nervous. No…uncomfortable. Why? “Renee.”
    When she met his eyes, his heart skipped.
    “I want to have a nice evening. A drink. A dance. With you.”
    She cleared her throat and Jared wanted to kiss it.
    “With. Me.” It wasn’t a question.
    He nodded. “With you. Is that a problem?”
    Renee’s pale blue gaze raked his face. “No. I guess not. My friends are always telling me I need to loosen up.”
    “Are they now?” He flashed his best charming grin. “Just so happens I’m pretty good at helping that along.”
    “I don’t doubt that.” She looked him up and down and something in her eyes made him want to squirm. “Okay, rules.”
    “Rules? How can you relax if there’re rules?” He reclined in the chair, fighting a smile.
    “No small talk.”
    “Really. None of that Where do you work? Do you like your job? What’s your family like? What do you do for fun? Blah blah blah.”
    Jared laughed. “So, no politeness?” He had some ideas if she didn’t need him to be polite.
    “I didn’t say don’t be polite. Just…let’s keep this in the here and now.” She looked away again, something flashing in her eyes, but it was gone by the time she turned back to him. A slight smile curved her luscious mouth.
    Jared didn’t buy it. He grabbed her hand. “You okay?”
    “Nope. Not going there. That breaks the rules.”
    “Already? Well then, I’m sorry, ma’am.” He grinned until she smiled back and Jared inclined his head. “I think the jukebox needs a coin or two and I need a dance.”
    “But no one’s dancing.” She gestured to the small area of McAuley’s that passed for a dance floor.
    “Not a problem for me. Let’s help you loosen up.” He stood, extending his hand.
    “Why the heck not?” Renee chugged the beer and slammed the empty on the table. When she looked up at him, she flashed a lopsided grin that made his insides wobble.
    Jared arched an eyebrow and chuckled.
    It’s gonna be one hell of a night.
    Renee’s one drink melted into three…four…or five?
    Shit, he’d lost count, but had only had one more shot of Scotch himself. He had to drive home, not to mention be at work earlier than normal
    They danced until it was almost eleven and the place was pretty cleaned out, given it was a week night.
    The youngest McAuley, Brian, kept throwing Jared knowing looks from the bar. The guy was paying more attention to them than the counter he was supposedly cleaning.
    Yeah, I know, I’m thinking what you are, dude.
    Jared wanted Renee. Wanted to take her back to his place, throw her down on his bed and give her the time of her life.
    She’d have no problem relaxing.
    He pulled her closer and swayed to some random country song about long lost love. It could’ve been any one of the greats crooning as they danced, but it didn’t register. He couldn’t keep his mind off the gorgeous woman in his arms.
    Soft, curvy. Perfect.

    About the Author & Links:

    C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is married and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
    She works with kids when she’s not writing.
    She’s always wanted to be a writer and is overjoyed to share her stories with the world.

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