Jul 14, 2013

Sunday Smooch with Sue Mackay.....

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from  The Gift Of A Child by Sue MacKay........, but first ...

the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is -- Laney4

Congratulations Laney4, can you please contact Michelle Douglas on ....... michelle(at)michelle-douglas (dot) com to receive your copy of The Cattleman's Ready-Made Family ....

Also, the winner of Leisl Leighton's Killing Me Softly was Tina! Please contact Leisl at ....leisl (at) leightonromanisfamily (dot) com ...... 

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from The Gift Of A Child by Sue MacKay........

The Gift Of A Child.....

Jodi Hawke will do anything to save her desperately ill toddler. Including facing the only man she's ever loved, the only man she had to walk away from — her son's father, Dr Mitchell Maitland.

Mitchell never thought he would see the one woman to haunt his dreams ever again. But the return of his beautiful Jodi comes with another bombshell — he's a dad, and his little son is sick. He's the boy's only hope. Finally, Mitchell has his chance to prove to Jodi that he can be the man she needs and the father Jamie deserves…

Scene set-up: [Last night the one woman Mitch never thought he’d see again after she dumped him has turned up, looking very different to the classy Jodi he used to know three years ago. What’s more the Jodi lookalike dropped a bomb - he’s a dad, and his son is gravely ill.]

Kiss Scene  

At the park Mitch pulls up beside Jodi’s vehicle and climbs out.

‘Mitch?’ Jodi tilted her head back, blinking as the autumn sunlight caught her eyes.

‘I need to find you.’ He tapped her sternum with a finger. ‘Somewhere in there is the Jodi I once knew.’
And then he took her shoulders and pulled her close. His lips covered hers as she gasped. Hot air spilled into his mouth. But he didn’t pull away. Instead, he eased into her, hauling her up close against his chest, his stomach, his thighs. And tasted her, recognized her. This was his Jodi. Not that worried woman holding him to ransom. This warm, responsive woman not pushing him away but sliding her hands around his neck – this was the real Jodi.

He breathed her in. She still used lavender-scented shampoo. His hands splayed over her waist. His tongue danced across hers. Finally everything was beginning to make sense. This was the real deal.

Which meant so were the problems she’d brought to town.

The Gift of a Child is the first in a duet about the infamous Maitland brothers.
How to Resist a Heartbreaker by Louisa George is the follow on story

Do you like reading duets, and why? Let me know and you’ll go in the draw for a copy of The Gift of a Child.

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from The Girl Least Likely To Marry ....... by Amy Andrews will be posted!


  1. Duets are awesome. Kind-of like a gift that keeps on giving. Like the cover says - great value. Double the emotion has to be good. Two of you with your own storytelling styles and experiences has to be even better! (especially you two...) Welcome home Sue, sounds like you had the MOST amazing time away. You need to show us some photos - we're right here! :-) Looking forward to reading about some of your travels in books to come...

  2. Yes, Clare, I do have a few ideas for exotic locations. Just have to convince my editor as she believes NZ settings cover that.

  3. Hi Sue - what a great smooch! And I love duets...really looking forward to reading yours and Louisa's. :)

  4. Helen, working with Louisa on this project was fun. Our infamous twins were great to work with and give a whole heap of trouble to.

  5. Lovely excerpt, Sue!

    Yep, count me in camp duets. I love them. I think it's because the world of the characters is expanded a little. Also, I love to see snippets of the happy ever after for the characters of book 1 -- it's always so satisfying. :-)

  6. Ditto, I love duets, where you get to meet more of the couple in the first book. Very satisfying. Sounds like fun working on the project, too!!

  7. Michelle, I agree that getting catch up snippets on characters is fun. A bit more of the feel good factor.

  8. Hi Jo. Working with Louisa is always greatand especially on these two stories. Even if we did pull a bit of hair out in the beginning!

  9. Sue, what a terrific read. I love the idea of him wanting to find the woman inside, that he once knew. Hm - the first in a duet, eh? Something to look forward too! If the first in the series is good I always want to read the second.

  10. Yes, Annie, it's a big hook, isn't it? You've just got to read the next story.

  11. Fab smooch, Sue! Jodi and Mitchell's story sounds like a beautiful read - and perhaps one to keep a box of tissues handy for!

    How great to see two LoveCat stories in one book!

  12. Yep, tissues would be good, Sharon. And yes, great working with a fellow Lovecat.

  13. Sounds like a fabulous set up, Sue. I love duets - it's like catching up with friends in the second book. :)

  14. Loved the smooch thank you.

    I also love duets. What's not to love about them? (A lot of love here today.)

  15. That's a great way to put it Rachel. Catching up with friends, I like that.

  16. Thanks, Mary. Looks like there'll be more duets in the future.

  17. yes, more books to read