Ciao, amici! I’m happy to introduce a new-to-this-blog author today, and I hope you’ll help me give her a warm welcome. Let’s show our support for Melody Archer as she talks to us about her new novel, The Billionaire’s Marriage Bargain.
Excerpt from Chapter 1:
Adam sighed pushing back the emotional emptiness as he concentrated on qualities he wanted for his wife in name only.
“All right, let’s do this thing.”
Adam looked over Jack’s shoulder, staring at the notepad and stopped pacing. His heart staggered somewhat under the sudden weight of what he was about to do.
“I read in one of those self-help books recently that if you make a list of things you most desire, you have a greater chance of getting it. Think of making this list in that way.” Jack rested the pen under his chin, watching him.
“They might say that, but I don’t believe in all that abstract mumbo jumbo.” Adam paused, adjusting his collar before he went on. “But I am willing to do whatever it takes. Okay then, let’s get this over with.” He took another sip of water, swallowed and began. “As I’ve been thinking this through, there’s really just five guidelines I’d like my wife-to-be to agree to.”
“A wife who I can trust.
A wife who won’t fall in love with me.
A wife who I don’t desire.
A wife who does not want a family.
A wife who will have to agree that this marriage will be in name only for a time limit of one year.”
Adam played with his wristwatch as Jack finished writing the list, still finding it hard to believe that he was actually doing this.
“So, I’ve got a question.” Jack thumped the pen against the notepad. “If you don’t want this to be a long-term marriage, how are you going to get this woman to agree to be your wife and stay married to you for the required one year?”
“I’m confident there is one woman out there who will be willing to agree to this marriage as a business arrangement. The million dollars she’ll get at the end of the year should influence her decision.” Adam didn’t doubt that there would be at least one woman willing to marry him for that amount of money.
“Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Likely you’ll find a woman who is willing to commit if she is desperate for the money.” Jack rubbed his chin and looked at Adam thoughtfully. “Seems like there’s not a lot of benefits to this relationship. It’s almost like you’re marrying a roommate.”
“Good, because that’s exactly how I want it to be.”
To read the full first chapter, click here.
Billionaire Adam Stevenson, must marry in 30 days to receive his great-grandfather’s inheritance.
The walls around Adam’s heart, won’t let him fall in love. Massive fears of another person he loves dying has kept love strictly out of bounds.
With his heart firmly caged in and with no intention of being tied down longer than a year, Adam proposes a marriage in name only to the girl-next-door, Elle Jennings.
Elle is desperate to save her dad’s ranch from foreclosure. She has 3 weeks to do it.
All alone in the world, except for a stepmother and stepsister who dislike her, Elle wants to hold onto the one thing that brings her a sense of belonging… her father’s ranch.
When Adam asks her to be his fake wife, she agrees… with certain conditions. They agree to strict guidelines:
1) keep this a business arrangement
2) do not fall in love.
It’s only for one year. What could possibly go wrong with a marriage bargain?
Melody Archer writes clean heart-pounding romance, with scarred heroes and feisty heroines.
She loves to create enchantment by stringing words together, but she also drinks way too much chai tea and kills far too many house plants.
When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she’s usually doing her best to coax her hubby and four children to watch yet another classic romance movie.
Melody is blessed to have the support of her family and wonderful friends on this roller coaster writing journey as well as the nonstop cluster of characters who live in her imagination.
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