The Playing For Keeps Book Contest Tour

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As an accomplished architect, single dad of teenage twin girls, and co-owner of The Playground, Raleigh’s hottest jazz and blues club, it’s an understatement to say Malcolm Cobb has his hands full. Add to that an ex-wife who knows how to bring the drama, it’s no surprise he has little time or inclination for a personal life. But when he spots stunning, voluptuous Cilla Jameson, he’s suddenly considering rearranging his schedule and setting aside his concerns. . .

Independent and successful, Cilla would love to be in love. But when it comes to men, she has a lengthy list of requirements. And “no children” is at the top. Yet she can’t help being intrigued by Malcolm. He’s handsome, fascinating, respectful–and up for a challenge. But is Cilla? After all, the man has baggage–and it is fully packed. Can she handle the ex who’s determined to keep him single? Or the twins who are not quite the angels Malcolm thinks? She’ll have to decide, if she wants to play for keeps.

Malcom watched as the girls hurried to the corner, their grandmother standing at the end of the driveway to see them get on the bus. Both had thrown him one last look and he wished he could have told them no, that they didn’t have to visit with their mother if they didn’t want to. But that wasn’t an option for either of them. His divorce ruling dictating that their mother’s visitation rights.  One weekend per month, one month each summer and, and every other Monday the girls had to spend time with their other parent whether any of them liked it or not. And none of them liked it.
Malcom blew a deep sigh. He knew he would eventually have to take it back to the court and allow the girls to express their own wishes but he wasn’t ready for the turmoil that would ensue. Dealing with his ex-wife had always come with much drama. So much that he purposely avoided pursuing a serious relationship since they’d split. He been burned, badly, and hadn’t been willing to put his heart on the line since.
He suddenly thought about the beautiful woman who’d taken his business card. Cillia Jameson had him intrigued and although she’d captured his attention he didn’t know if he could see it going but so far. As he reflected on their morning exchange he couldn’t help but wonder exactly how far that might be.
Minutes later, with a deep sigh, Malcom headed back to his office. There were a dozen calls he needed to make before heading back to the nightclub and he hoped against all odds to get a least thirty-minute nap before that had to happen.

“Did you know Donna got engage?” Bianca whispered loudly as she into the cushion into the cushioned seat in
front of Cillia’s desk. With a flip of head she tossed her waist-length, jet-black hair over her shoulder.
“I didn’t know she was dating anyone.”
“She got engaged this weekend!.”
“I guess that’s exciting and I’m happy for her but why does that have you acting so weird?’
“Her fiancé’s down the hall. She wanted everyone to meet him.”
I’m still not understanding.” Cilla said as she reclined back in the seat,
“We know her fiancé already,” Bianca continued.
Cillia eyed her with a raised brow, still questioning where the story was going.
Bianca tossed up her hands. “It’s Wes. She’s engaged to Wesley Brooks.”
Cilla’s eyes widened at the name of their old friend and Bianca’s ex-lover.
Neither had spoken to Wes since he’d been caught red-handed, his infidelity caught on camera and
posted on the internet for all to see.

Author’s Biography

For Deborah Fletcher Mello, writing is as necessary as breathing and she firmly believes that if she could not write she would cease to exist.

Her first novel, TAKE ME TO HEART, earned her a 2004 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Best New Author. In 2005 she received Book of the Year and Favorite Heroine nominations for her novel THE RIGHT SIDE OF LOVE. In 2008, Deborah won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Series Romance for her ninth novel, TAME A WILD STALLION.  Deborah knows that there are no limits to her writing career.

A true renaissance woman, Deborah’s many career paths have included working as a retail buyer and size model for a national women’s clothing chain, a finance manager for a well-known beverage organization, a sales manager for an infamous candy company, a telecommunications administrator and corporate trainer for a hotel-owning company, an art gallery director for a world-renowned artist, and an administrative consultant for multiple organizations throughout the United States. Deborah is also a licensed real estate broker and general building contractor.
Born and raised in Fairfield Country, Connecticut, Deborah maintains base camp in North Carolina but considers home to be wherever the moment moves her.

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