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Product details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Kinglake Publishing (10 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907690085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907690082
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,459,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shauna was born and grew up in Bristol, England. She has lived in a number of countries and is now settled in Auckland, New Zealand with her family. Shauna works as a technical writer and instructional designer.

Shauna's novels range from contemporary drama to romantic suspense with the occasional touch of murder and mayhem.

Her latest release, Still Death, is a murder mystery and she is currently writing a romantic drama.

Shauna has a website and blog where she writes about inspiration, writing and publishing and life in general. She is on Twitter and Pinterest, but is one of the few people on the planet who hasn't succumbed to Facebook, suspecting that if she did writing time would fade to minus minutes.

Website: www.shaunabickley.com
Twitter: @ShaunaBickley
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/shaunabickley/

Her novels include:
Still Death - murder/mystery
Lies of the Dead - mystery/thriller
Lives Interrupted - contemporary drama
Driftwood - romantic suspense novella

Product Description

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Juliet pushed open the door of the café, and the sultry atmosphere and heavy aroma of coffee beans eddied around her in stark contrast to the clear crisp day outside. She felt out of place in her business suit, but she had arranged for Marty to pick her up here, and she wanted a coffee.
'Just a flat white please,' she said to the girl presiding over the gleaming metal monster hissing quietly to itself.
'Jules?' said a voice from behind her.
She froze. Though she hadn't seen him since that day over twenty years ago, she recognized his voice immediately. If rich dark chocolate had a voice it would sound like him, and that voice had run through her nightmares for years. She took a deep breath and turned to face him.
He had half risen from his seat. 'It is you,' he said at last. He pulled a chair out and nodded towards it.
The intensity of his gaze disconcerted her, and although she would have preferred to turn and walk out of the café she found herself sitting down. She placed her trembling hands on her lap out of sight, and looked over at Luke.
She swallowed hard. 'What are you doing here?' He shrugged as if not wanting to answer. His shoulders were broader and the figure slightly fuller, than the skinny youth she had known. The olive complexion that always looked tanned was the same, as were the dark blue eyes only now lightly creased with lines. 'Do you still live in Christchurch?' she asked.
'No, occasional visits that's all.'
The waitress placed the coffee on the table and Juliet nodded her thanks. She picked up the cup and took a sip of the hot liquid.
'I've searched for you over the years,' said Luke.
'I hid myself well.'
Luke frowned. 'The last time I saw you, it wasn't the best. Wasn't what I wanted to happen.'
'It wasn't the best,' she repeated. 'That would get my vote as understatement of the year.'
His jaw tightened. 'Where are you living now?'
She was silent for a moment, and then as if the answer were being dragged out of her muttered. 'Auckland.'
'Same,' he replied. 'I've tried tracing you.'
'I didn't want to be found.' She sighed, and then straightened as a car pulled up outside the café and a man in a suit got out from the drivers seat. 'I have to go now.' She picked up her bag and walked to the door without a backward glance. It opened and closed before Luke could reply.
Marty smiled as Juliet came out of the café, but instead of getting into the passenger side she walked around the car towards him.
She whispered in his ear. 'I'll explain later, but kiss me.'
Before he could reply her lips were on his. As they pulled apart a moment later she touched his cheek and smiled. 'Take the shocked expression off your face, and I promise I'll never do that again.' Then she moved around to the passenger side and got in the car.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda on 2 Mar 2014
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This was another free read and I enjoyed it. It kept me guessing for quite a while, as you aren't sure who's telling the truth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Williamson on 1 Mar 2014
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Absolutely fantastic book very well written one of the best thriller love story I have read I a long time five well deserved stars for this author .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Richardson on 23 Feb 2014
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Not you're average frothy chick-lit read. Generally well written but have to be honest didn't really 'like' the characters. But a good read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 1 Feb 2014
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Thought it was a very good read but felt the ending was rushed and could have been extended..maybe even another twist or two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By honeybee on 30 Jan 2014
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Awful writing, ridiculous story! A waste of energy reading it! How has it been allowed to be published?
Only gave a star because I couldn't have submitted comments without adding one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandran on 31 Oct 2010
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This is a great book so easy to get hooked into. Would love to read more of the authors work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gilllian Walker on 13 Feb 2014
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A different take on a situation but the author twisted the tale very well.I would recommend this to my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AURORA on 7 Feb 2014
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I don't usually read this type of book but it was great and I recommend it. I found it hard to put down once I started it.
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