A Fruitful Intimacy by Donna Gallagher
Audience: Erotic - Genre: Contemporary Romance - Formats: E-book - Publisher: Totally Bound - Cover by: Posh Gosh – Totally Bound Publishing - Editor: Sarah Smeaton – Totally Bound Publishing - Pages: Novella – (under 20k words so about 60pages) - ISBN : 9781784303532 - Date Published: 9th January 2015
The fire and passion of their love has slowly ebbed away through years of neglect. Can a second honeymoon re-ignite that spark? There was no physical contact in their marriage for so long that when Ben first hatches his plan to take Beth away for the weekend it really is all about the sex and providing an environment where there are no distractions, and no excuse for her to refuse his advances again. But while Ben is making all the arrangements it suddenly becomes clear to him that there’s something more important at stake. His marriage, to the woman of his dreams, is actually in trouble. Beth believed that motherhood would come easy, that building a perfect world around her three sons and husband would be achievable. But reality has proven her wrong. The more she tried the bigger her failures shattered her confidence. Where she planned to shower her family with home baked cookies, smiles and unconditional love—she struggles just getting the evening meal on the table. By the end of the day she’s so exhausted that she can’t even fulfil her marital obligations. Once upon a time making love to Ben was just as necessary as breathing, before her body was ravaged by the demands of pregnancy and childbirth. They’ve grown so far apart that Beth’s convinced Ben’s having an affair. Can a second honeymoon really help Beth and Ben bridge that growing divide between them and bring back the fire and passion that has slowly, through years of neglect, ebbed away? And will this give the couple a much needed chance to work together for a happier future? Or is it too late? Publisher's Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Beth was so angry and upset. And she was right, lately he’d had no idea of what was going on in her head. Over the last few weeks, Beth’s mood had only gotten worse. She hardly even spoke to him at all now. He hated seeing her sitting in the chair like that, looking so sad—her body so rigid, full of tension, as if one more word from him could splinter her into pieces. The idea of spending any time with him, alone, was more than likely the last thing she’d want to do. All of which didn’t bode well for his grand plan. His stupid brother, opening his big loose mouth like that. Ben could’ve killed him. He’d wanted tonight to go smoothly, considering he was going to tell Beth about the break he had planned out for them. He believed if he told her with Luke and Lucy right there in person to ease any anxiety about their ability to look after the kids, she would happily go along with the holiday. Nobody could have anticipated Luke throwing a spanner in the works from the get go. Well, that wasn’t true. His brother had a brilliant gift for the unexpected. He wanted to drag her from the chair into his embrace, tuck the errant blonde strand that hung from her constantly tied back hair, behind her ear and kiss her. God, he wanted to feel Beth’s lips on his own. For the life of him, Ben couldn’t remember the last time he had explored her mouth with his tongue or heard her soft whimper in response to his touch. How could they have let this happen to them? Let their relationship get so broken that he was too scared to even try to touch his own wife for fear of yet another rejection. Had Beth fallen out of love with him? Had he failed to see it? Was this trip even worth it? Had the divide between them become too great to bridge? Ben didn’t have those answers, didn’t really want to deal with the possible outcome. He wanted his wife back. Now was not the right time to repair the damage, not with his house echoing the sounds of laughter of his boys as they rumbled with his brother and Lucy’s voice egging them on. But later, he would convince Beth to give them another try. First, he had to follow through with the more trivial aspects of his life, cooking the meat and feeding his family. Ignoring his need to touch Beth, Ben turned away from her and grabbed the tray of meat from the bench. “I need to get this cooked. The barbeque plate is getting too hot.” He walked from the kitchen, did not look back to see if Beth remained at the table, if she was looking his way or not. The quicker he got this done, the quicker he could reveal his idea to her. Ben just prayed that it wasn’t too little, too late.
A few years ago when the sensual, male voices in Australian-born Donna Gallagher’s head became too loud to ignore there were only two options available – check herself into a mental hospital or put pen to paper and write. A voracious reader and avid sports fan it was no surprise that her first seven books were based around her beloved sport of rugby league. A former WAG Donna had plenty of personal experience to fall back on as she created her fictional team of hunky Aussie sports heroes and the women that won their hearts. A double finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards 2013 for Favourite Erotic Romance with her books Emily’s Cowboy and Sarah’s Soldier, Donna was also thrilled to be named a finalist for ARRA’s Favourite Australian Romance Author and Favourite Continuing Romance Series. While sports romances will always hold a special place in her heart Donna has now expanded her genres to include romantic suspense with her soon to be released Haven Security series and a sexy, short, contemporary erotic story A Fruitful Intimacy set on a tropical island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Her years as a WAG may not have lived up to the happy-ever-after she creates in her books but a second shot at love has proven a winner. Donna is now happily married to her very own hero. She lives a ten minute drive from Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House with her three grown sons, two turtles and a very spoilt mini dachshund called Toni.
Angels with Attitude - Author Interview
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?
Communicate. Discuss my fears and doubts from the beginning. Which is easy to say, but probably harder to do when you’re suffering self-doubts.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
My mother. I also wanted to write a book that deals with life after that ‘happily-ever-after’ moment. When the reality of life, and the responsibility of having a family, hits home.
Why did you become a writer?
I never had any aspirations to become a writer. I left school and home at an early age. There was a time where I would get stressed just trying to write a simple absentee from school letter for my children. I’ve had no formal writing, or creative writing training. I was and still am an avid reader. One morning I woke to find there was a sexy male voice in my head telling me his story. I had to write it down just to get some peace. At first I thought I might be having a mental breakdown but since chatting to other authors I have found this is not unusual – Thank goodness!
Do you have a favorite author or authors?
Yes, definitely. I have a few authors that I pre-order without even reading what their new release is about. #1 on my list is N.j. Walters. I’ve loved everything she’s ever written. A new favourite is H.K. Carlton, her last series was amazing. Since becoming ‘a writer’ I’ve discovered so many new to me authors.
Do you like to write your books in a continuing series?
I’m a series junkie. I think I suffer separation anxiety. I love to get glimpses of past characters and how they are getting on in subsequent books. A Fruitful Intimacy is my first stand-alone but I do have an idea for a spin off book. My first books, the League of Love series, are about Australian football players and my next release is the first book in a series about ex-soldiers that start a security firm – Haven Security.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
Shamus O’Rourke from N.j. Walters, The Seduction of Shamus O’Rourke. I fell in love with him because of the way he stood his ground against family and friends. He bothered to take the time to get to know his heroine and not judge her on past mistakes.
What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?
I pretty much just read romance genre books now. In the past I’ve read horror and spy type books but I feel I get all I need from the various genres of romance available.
As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?
As a reader I sent many emails to authors expressing my thanks for the beautiful stories they had written. I’m glad to say most replied to me. It did make a difference in my purchase of books for the authors who didn’t reply. I still bought books by them if I liked the sound of the story but maybe not straight away. When my favorite author N.j. Walters accepted my friend request on Facebook (I agonized over whether I should send her a request in the first place) I think the neighbors could hear my squeals of excitement. I love hearing from readers and encourage you to contact me. I don’t expect everyone to love what I write but it’s such a wonderful feeling to think someone has spent their hard earned cash buying my book and enjoyed them.
Do you cry when writing sad scenes?
Of course, my characters are like my children. When they are in pain I am in pain – My family are used to it now.
Did you have a Cover Designer?
Yes, the very talented Posh Gosh from Totally Bound Publishing.
Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush?
I have a couple of crushes, Shamus the character I mentioned before and Optimus Prime from the Transformers movies – I get tingles listening to that voice.
If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?
N.j. – I have a slush fund put away, so that if I ever hear she is attending a convention I have the money to go. I live in Australia and she is in Canada so it would mean hours of travel but I don’t care, I’m there
Do just re-read your favorite books?
I have re-read some books.
If I’m feeling a bit down I know the ones that will cheer me up. I have so many books on my TBR list, that I REALLY want to read, I have little time to revisit my favorites.
Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?
No! There is never enough time for reading. In fact I think my publisher would prefer me to spend less time reading and more time writing! I do love writing but I love reading as well. Such a dilemma!
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit today. I hope I’ve made some new friends and possibly enticed a few into reading one of my books. I love to hear from readers, send me an email or contact me through social media. There’s nothing better than chatting about books.
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