Welcome to Thirsty Thursday! Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome our guest bartender, Caroline Walken, today!
Thirsty Thursday With Caroline Walken
Let me pour you a chilled glass of wine and we will discuss those things that created who we have become. Was it your upbringing, some event in your childhood or do you believe your habits are hard coded, similar to eye color.
I wondered about these things all my life, then I met JON BANKS the most loyal man alive. Then I hung out with MAGGIE LEWIS, that sharp tongue woman that kept me in stitches and the boys on their toes. However it was getting to know one other member of the town of Hawks Ridge that touched my heart. He is such a gentle soul.
Have another glass, you really should meet them then you tell me what led them to this place.
Check out Nowhere On The Map by Caroline Walken
Nowhere on the map, is it where Jon Banks is heading leaving Cincinnati, a place he considers home.
He has no other option when he receives the call that his Aunt has taken ill. Taking a leave, he travels to a town that is a left turn from nowhere. When the town’s sweetheart befriends him, a cop’s curiosity turns into a more. Before long where he began, becomes a dot on the landscape behind him.
Everyone in Hawks Ridge loves Maggie Lewis. However, her lighthearted nature belies a deep-rooted fear. Although resilient, the method she uses to safeguard her heart has become her prison. When the new guy joins the force, this creates an opportunity to assist in organizing the cold case files. In fact, his arrival in Hawks Ridge has opens more than one door for her.
Another member of the small town struggles as his demon demands justice. Pieces of an unsolved murder come together out of nowhere. As the vortex from the war within the man grows in intensity, it draws the others in.
It was true and she knew it was only a matter of time until he too learned although she’d rather been the one to tell him. Jon continued to tease her by finding sections of the book to read aloud – then looking at her in simulated shock. She felt the need to defend her position.
“I started doing this in college….”
Jon interrupted her; “Honey, we all started doing this in college!”
“Laugh all you want but you could learn a thing or two from that book!” She accented her words with a playful slap on his bicep.
The playful teasing was a welcomed change to the sexual innuendos he had endured with Lana. Jon dropped the arm, which held the book in midair and deliberately walked near her his eyes boring into hers. Feeling free to tease and flirt with her, eagerly he progressed.
“Now wait a minute, last night I was ‘nothing to be jealous over’ as you put it. Are you now implying I’m a dud in the sack? Maggie; Matt is right, you are mean!”
“No I am merely stating men could learn something from us. You see, men, are visually seduced – magazines, strip bars, porn videos. While conversely women are intellectually seduced—we use our imagination as well as the other senses.”
Maggie folded her arms, satisfied she had successfully won the social debate. Jon walked closer the friendly fight seemed to have turned into a dangerous challenge. Her mind cautioned her, but she ignored the flashing warning lights. He reached for her; he then lowered his face to her hair and inhaled deeply; she felt the pull in her very soul.
Huskily he inquired, “Magpie, had I not seduced your senses sufficiently last night? Perhaps you stopped me too soon.”
It was as though her body had finally awakened from a dreamless slumber. She had never felt like this with a man before. No wonder Lana had claimed him as her own sex toy; she didn’t agree with the woman’s morals but couldn’t deny that she knew her stuff. She was not as practiced as her city counterpart was and never was comfortable being bold. Nevertheless, she felt sexy and powerful in spite of the fact that the same emotion overwhelmed her. Closing her eyes, she focused on the sensation of his lips, his voice in her hair, and the feel of his muscular arms around her. Her stomach erupted in butterflies; she felt a slow burn begin in her core as her body eagerly responded. With a supreme effort, Maggie stepped back, her eyes smoldered with desire as she directed him to the nearby stool.
“Let me teach you what a girl knows about senses and seduction!
I live on a small farm in Ohio with my husband, horses and dogs. My husband challenged me to write a short story after I had gone off on a rant about not being able to find a likeable female protagonist. What began as a hobby quickly developed into a full-fledged passion. Like many of you, I balance writing with working and other responsibilities and from time to time, the spinning plates fly! Nevertheless, storytelling is its own reward and I plan to continue this for as long as I can. I write primarily romance but it is not the common boy meets girl happily ever after story. With an addiction to action movies, I cannot help but follow that track. My female characters possess strong hearts, iron wills and a talent for getting into trouble. My husband claims they seem very familiar to him.
Look for other novels from CAROLINE WALKEN as my imagination continues to run wild!
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