Friday, January 2, 2009

Author Spotlight: Devon Gray

Today's author in the spotlight is Devon Gray and her release, Playing for Keeps, available through The Wild Rose Press.

Devon Gray wore many hats before finding the perfect fit as a writer. Ignoring all the creative chatter in her head landed her in several unfortunate jobs, including a gig as a birth control educator for college freshman (don't ask). After getting married and having children, the voices in her head became more and more insistent their stories be told until she finally sat down at her computer. It was at this point she discovered what she was meant to be when she grew up… an author. Any day she can write is a good day.

Devon lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children. She spends as much time as possible at their vacation home in Seaside, Florida. The quaint beach town fuels her creativity and provides constant inspiration for her stories. Devon enjoys reading, exercising, spending time with her family and immersing herself in all things writing.

You can visit Devon at http://www.authordevongray.com/


Pasts are best left behind, hidden deep in your memory—that is where I buried mine. The feel of his hands and mouth on my body, the height of sensuality I reached beneath his touch. I'd fought so hard to forget—how could just the sight of him bring it all back, forcing me to become lost in him?


Years before I had watched him, craved him—a guitarist in a band riding the wave to stardom—my brother's best friend. On the verge of womanhood, I never dared to reveal how I yearned. Until a cold New Year's Eve when I offered myself as the woman I'd become, bringing to fruition the deepest of wants. As that night turned, so did my life. Devastatingly so.

I never dreamed I'd become another of his one night stands.

Can pasts be exorcised if they come back to haunt you? And when a notorious playboy who broke your heart offers you his…how do you know if he's playing for keeps?


“What is it, Emma?”

I forced my gaze to his, fear coursing through every cell in my body. “It’s…” Oh, God. Just say it. Or do it, for crying out loud. I shook my head and stood on my toes, placing my hands on his shoulders. I brushed my lips against his in a tentative caress, moving them across his mouth with a feathering touch. His body stiffened beneath my hands, his lips unmoving. Panic gripped me at the blunder I had obviously made. Assuming this man who could have any woman he wanted would view me as anything other than his friend’s kid sister was laughable. Embarrassment took up with panic and the two of them nearly brought me to my knees. I forced myself to look at him.

“I’m sorry, Christian. I don’t know what I was thinking,” I managed to squeak out through my trembling lips.

He gazed down at me in silence, his eyes taking on the look of the gulf as a storm churned its waters. I swallowed down a lump of nerves as he brushed a curl from my cheek, tucking it behind my ear. His hand slid to my nape, drawing me toward him.

“Emma,” he whispered, just before his lips touched mine, much in the manner as I had kissed him, but he didn’t hesitate.



Beth Trissel said...

Hey Devon! This looks sensational. I didn't realize your new release was out. Glad I popped in. I'll pop off now to buy it. :)