A Night With Consequences
by Sharon Kendrick, author of Carrying the Greek’s Heir (Harlequin Presents)
Every action has a consequence. Water a plant and watch it grow. Neglect it, and it will wither and die. A little like the human heart—only that needs love, not water.
Someone who grows up without love is deprived, no matter how many material possessions they have. They feel a nagging emptiness and pain inside—a sense of being different from other people—and that was the starting point for my story about Alek Sarantos and Ellie Brooks.
Alek is the son of a billionaire and he grew up on a beautiful Greek island—a real paradise of a place. But there are serpents in paradise, and no serpents are more poisonous than the ones which slithered around Alek’s childhood home.
As a consequence, the handsome boy built barriers around his heart to protect himself from emotional pain. He hid his dark secrets from the world. Brick by brick, he guarded himself—until one day he met a waitress called Ellie Brooks.
Was it chance or circumstance which made him confide in the kind of woman who would never normally cross his radar? Did something about her softness reach out to the hard and unforgiving core inside him? Whatever it was, he told her one of his secrets….and Ellie broke his confidence. She removed one of the bricks so that the whole edifice surrounding Alek came tumbling down.
When a man has his prejudices about women reinforced, it makes him angry—and anger can take all kinds of forms. Alek didn’t know what he’d planned when he went round to confront the woman who had betrayed his trust. He certainly hadn’t planned to kiss her. And, no matter what the old song says—a kiss is not just a kiss. It has consequences…
You can find out what happened next in Alek and Ellie’s story, Carrying the Greek’s Heir.
A few years ago, another author asked me to step in to take a writing course in Scotland for her. I was busy at the time with life and a deadline but I said yes. The course was a success and it became another—and then another. It moved from glorious Aberdeenshire to the soaring green hills of romantic Tuscany, where I shall be heading next month.
This is a photo taken last year in one of the exquisite gardens which stud the beautiful city of Lucca.
This city has given me such pleasure and inspiration and you’ll find it featured in Alek and Ellie’s story. Discovering Lucca and the surrounding Italian countryside has been a direct consequence of stepping in to take my friend’s place.
Has something good/bad/funny happened to you as a consequence of an action?
About Carrying the Greek’s Heir:
Pregnant with the billionaire’s baby!
From the moment hardworking Ellie Brooks met mogul Alek Sarantos her life has gone off the rails. First she was fired. Now she’s pregnant with the ruthless Greek’s baby!
It was only supposed to be one wild, passionate night. Yet when Ellie shows up demanding Alek legitimize their unborn child, he shocks himself…and agrees to her outrageous request!
Catapulted into a world she wasn’t meant for, with a husband she shouldn’t desire, Ellie’s resolve wavers. Until a tiny kick from within reminds her why she made a deal with this handsome devil: her baby, his heir…
When one night…leads to pregnancy!