In the three years after a horrible crime claimed her family, Elise Halliwell has been alone, shut off from the world in a self-imposed emotional exile. She goes through the motions, finishes high school and moves across country to start college and begin the next step in her pre-destined life.

But her exile is dramatically cut short by the entrance of a dark haired, blue-eyed, smirking man who shakes her to the core, achieving what everyone else before him has failed to do, he makes her feel again.

As much as he wishes it were different, fate has not brought Braxton James into Elise’s life, or has it. Brax has to keep her safe from people in her life who have ulterior motives and may want to hurt her.

Elise has no idea the threat she faces, and Brax wants to make sure it stays that way. But as Brax struggles with getting close to her, he begins to live a lie. Unable to resist the pull that is Elise’s bright green eyes, infectious giggle, and loving heart, he finds it impossible to stay away, so the double life of being Elise’s boyfriend and keeping her safe begins.

Full of twists and turns, danger and revelations that no-one could predict, you won’t be the only one lost in distraction.


*Shay’s walking in looking utterly delicious. He’s wearing a grey short sleeved top that could almost be painted on, and a pair of dirty denim jeans with strategically placed rips in all the right places. His hair has that “just got out of bed after being up all night” look and his eyes are dancing with amusement as he notices me checking him out.*

Welcome Shay. Thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule to sit down and talk with me this evening. I know I’m not the only woman who wants to get to know you a little better.

*chuckles* Thanks for having me, where are all these lovely ladies that want to know about me?

They are the ones reading this interview. Anything you would like to say to your admirers? Hey ladies, I’m starting a line for the photo booth, who’s up first *Cracks up laughing* Sorry, couldn’t resist that one, I’m a bit of a smart ass sometimes, Brax has me up about it all the time.

Well don’t be surprised if there is a huge line of women waiting for their turn!

So let’s gets started!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. About your family. Any brothers or sisters?

Hey gorgeous. Well I have a twin sister Sophie who lives in New Orleans with her husband and my mother lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

How did you meet Brax? We met during basic training in the army. We were both 17 and looking to escape our lives and maybe, make something of ourselves. The army seemed like the best place to do that.
Do you have any hobbies or activities you like to do in your spare time? Why do you ask sweet thing? You got some suggestions for me?

*Blushes* Shay you are such a flirt!

Hey, I can’t help it when a gorgeous woman like yourself is flirting with me.

Well I am finding you a bit irresistible. I better start behaving myself then *smirks*

You can’t hide that nice, lean and toned body. So how do you stay in shape? Do you play sports? Is there a favorite? Well now, you don’t beat around the bush do you Nikki *smirks* I work out at the gym, do a lot of free weights to keep my strength up. Doing long stretches of surveillance can wreak havoc on your muscle mass if you let it. I used to play lacrosse in high school, but that is about it. There are certainly lots of other ways to get your heart rate up Nikki, don’t you think?

Oh I have a few ideas *winks*

I bet you do darlin’

What would be your dream job? Running my own agency with Brax, maybe Elle can be our business manager.

If you could go anywhere in the world with anybody, dead or alive, where and with who? I can’t really talk about it because the dragon lady (BJ Harvey) says I’m going to get my own story about my past, but there is a girl that touched my soul that is no longer with us, so if I could, I’d go wherever I could to be with her again.

Awww! That is so sweet! *swoons*

How about music? Favorite musician or band? I’m easy when it comes to music, Ha! I bet you were getting your hopes up there weren’t you Nikki! Damn darlin’ you’re a bit naughty aren’t ya, I like that in a woman. But I hear you’re recently engaged so I might have to keep my distance.

Yes I am recently engaged. Word travels fast I see. 🙂 I may have had a wee talking to by your man, seems he thinks you might have a soft spot for me *winks*

He knows me all to well! Well he might have mentioned that you called my name out in your sleep that one time…

*blushes* I really hope I didn’t! That would be awkward. Ha ha, not what would really be awkward would be if you called out my name during… actually, I’ll stop there.

Ok I’ve been curious about something since your birthday party. The photo booth. Where did you get the idea for it? What made you decide to have one? I’ve been to a few parties that had them and they’re such a great laugh. I thought it would be a great idea to have at my birthday party. I mean, alcohol, music, drunken photos! What could be better. Well actually, seeing the look on Brax’s face when him and Elle came out of the booth, THAT would be the only thing better in my book.

It’s not something you see very often but I thought it was a fun idea and I have to admit, I’m a little jealous. Now I want one! And I would have loved to have seen both of their faces! It would have been priceless!I think you just wanna take your fiancé in the booth Nikki, c’mon, admit it, I won’t tell anyone *laughs*

Ok you may or may not be right about that *winks*

Maybe I could sweet talk you into taking a pic with me. Strictly as friends. *smiles sweetly* Friends with benefits? Ha ha! That got you didn’t it!

*I may have just fainted*

Shay I have to admit. I’m a sucker for tattoo’s. How many do you have? Are there any special meaning behind them? I have a dragon chasing a heart around my bicep *lifts shirt sleeve to show Nikki* which has very special meaning behind it but I can’t talk about it because the dragon lady would have my balls. But I will tell you that the heart represents that special girl in my past that I would give anything to see again.

You are just a sweetheart!

So you’ve made quite the impression on more than a few women. So we want to know, what do you look for in a woman? First thing you notice? Favorite asset on a woman?*shakes head and grins at Nikki* You’re a little firecracker aren’t you, I can tell. I like that in a woman. I like a bit of spunk and sass, I like a woman who can give as good as they get. The first thing I notice is a woman’s silhouette, the curves, the shape of the hips, the nape of their neck. As for favourite assets, eyes and attitude will win me over every time.

Hmmm you’re lucky I’m already happily engaged or I may have snatched you up. *chuckles*

Darlin, I may have let you snatch me too.

Tease! 😉

Ok some Rapid Fire questions:

Boxers or briefs? Commando
Blonde, brunette, or redhead? All three at once?
Vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? I’m not a vanilla kind of guy
One night stand or relationship? Ouch! Lets just say I was in a relationship, now I’m strictly no strings.
Car, Truck, or SUV? For a one night stand? *laughs* Nah, I’m all for a truck.
Favorite car? Brax’s Mustang
Favorite color? Red

Having always loved reading, and having been befriended and inspired by some awesome self published authors and book lovers alike, I decided to start writing my first novel, Lost in Distraction in December 2012. It was a conscious decision that started with a song, then the prologue and then catapulted from there. I love music too, like REALLY love music, if there isn’t music playing, something is wrong. Out and Proud Vampire Diaries fan as well. 

I’m also a wife, mother, full-time university student and I do contract work for myself from home.

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