Monday, June 20, 2011

Intimate Illusions by Shawna Hill

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Naomi is back!

What a woman will do in the name of love!

After a bitter, destructive, and explosive parting with her former ex-lover, Kevin Styles, Naomi Saunders has no choice but to move on with her life. Kevin, equally happy and finally free of Naomi, is ready to move on as well. But before he does, he passes Naomi's taped confession to his confidant, Attorney Winston Lane, with instructions to hold it just in case she shows up to wreck havoc in his life again.

Naomi, torn with feelings of revenge and twisted love, decides to stay on the outskirts of Chicago...close to Kevin and the woman that came between them. In order for her to stay, she must take on a new persona and lifestyle that will enable her to sustain her lavish lifestyle she'd grown accustomed to living. Not wanting to go back to the struggling life she once endured before her short lived acting career, she makes a lifestyle changing move that hones her acting skills to perfection, proving she is the ultimate diva...or is she?


Dragging her sore and badly broken up body from the driver’s seat, Naomi Saunders walked the dimly lit highway and headed back toward the city lights. She limped in pain, but had maintained her stride down the road. Every time a car approached, she tried to walk strong and appear as if nothing was wrong. The last thing she wanted was for someone to stop and offer help…especially the police.

Her body, ravaged with pain, delivered a strong stride. Like the true actress she was, she moved as if there was no pain at all. Praying that she could make it to the gas station she was slowly approaching, she promised herself to be more careful and mindful of her own safety, before running off like that again. She had unfinished business, of course, but it would be handled differently this time.

The gas station looked deserted. She noticed that one of the pumps seemed to be lit, and working. She watched as a car sped off after fueling, and headed towards the front door.

“Excuse me, ma’am?” She questioned. Can you please call a taxi for me?” she asked.

The small person looked up at her. Naomi had a hard time deciding if it was a man, or a woman, until he looked up and displayed a light blond goatee.

“I’m sorry, sir. Can you help me please? I lost my cell phone and my car is in need of a tow very badly.”

“What happened to you?” he asked.

“I was in an accident, but I’m okay. I just need a tow. If you could call a cab as well, I’d be grateful for your help.”

“Are you sure you don’t want me to call the police? You probably should make a report or something… what about the other driver? Is there anyone at the accident site?”

“No, and I hit a tree. It was my fault. I don’t need the police. I just need a tow… and a taxi, please,” she responded.

As she waited for the cab and tow truck to arrive, she played this evenings happenings over and over again in her mind. Her heart hurt. It pained her to know that she’d lost the battle for Kevin Styles heart, yet again. Sudden, sharp pains crowded her chest as she tried to take in slow, steady, deep breaths to calm herself.

The question was… now that she not only tried to take another mans’ life, attempted to burn down Kevin’s house, then do bodily damage to him, what was her next move? Her conclusion was to lay low for a while and try to rebuild her life. Knowing that Kevin had taped her confession, he had the upper hand and surely thought that she was either dead or on her way to jail. For right now, she thought it was best for him to continue to think that. Yes, she had unfinished business, but first things first. 

About Shawna Hill

As an avid reader, Shawna Hill always loved the idea of writing a novel. Her first ventures were in short story format where she found her knack and was published first in confessional magazines. Later she moved on to create and publish an online romance magazine that eventually went into print. Her first novel, In Between Lies, is a result of numerous engaging conversations with her girlfriends.

Always one to want to explore ideas, explanations, and scenarios, Shawna decided to pen the stories that questioned situations. What is commitment… and when in a relationship does it take place? What is the price of being friends with benefits? Is it worth being that “friend” and taking the risk to maybe being the “one” later? How about the women that think they are in committed relationships only to find out he’s not committed at all? Once you find out he is not with just you, what lengths do you go through to try to be the only one? Or do you even want to? Do you run or stay and claim what you want?

Shawna Hill was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Marketing and Communications @ Franklin University. For several years, she’s been an avid reader and at the urging of friends and family, decided to pen her own stories. She is currently at work on her next novel that will yet again question situations and ideas. 

Interview with Shawna Hill

N.L. Earnshaw: What will readers like about this book? 

Shawna Hill: They will like the drama and suspense that it brings. One of my main characters seem to have captured an audience of her own and people seemed to really love her attitude, confidence, and strong sex appeal that she brings to the story.

N.L. Earnshaw: What inspired you to write this particular story? 

Shawna Hill: After sitting around and talking to my girlfriends (and male friends) about the state or the lack of wholesome, committed relationships today, this was a result.

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