Amanda Martin has the worst taste in men. After being cheated on not once, but twice, she’s lost all faith in men…and in herself. Determined to regain her confidence, Amanda decides to have a one-night stand. No relationship, no promises, no threat of being hurt again…just sex. What she doesn’t anticipate is meeting a handsome-as-sin stranger who will give her pleasure unlike any she’s ever known.
Joe Sterling has spent his life avoiding relationships, his former job as a military sniper not allowing for such commitments. Now he’s come home to Texas, to let go of the past and to prove he is more than the killer he’s been trained to be. When Amanda’s life is threatened, Joe’s killer instinct is tested while Amanda struggles to protect her heart. Will they succumb to their overwhelming desire for each other, or lose it all by letting the past dictate their future?
I hope you’ll all give a warm welcome to author Parker Kincade, who’s here to tell us about the main characters from her book, One Night Stand. If you like sexy alpha males, then you’re sure to enjoy Joe, and Amanda is just the tough woman to handle him.
Amanda Grace Martin
Nickname: Only Joe calls her Mandy
Book: One Night Stand
Occupation: Computer Goddess
DOB: January 28, 1985
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Blonde
Siblings: Caleb, Brandon and Alec Martin
Significant Other: Joe Sterling
Marital Status: Single
Scars/Identifying Marks: None
What do you drive? Silver Land Rover (A gift from Joe)
Favorite Music: Adult Alternative
Favorite Pastime: Horseback riding
Quote: “There is nothing worse than older brothers. I know. I have three.”
Amanda is the youngest of four siblings, and the only girl. Needless to say, with three older brothers, she never had a chance. She grew up protected and loved by her family. Her brothers taught her how to fish, hunt and horseback ride. She had the perfect life.
When she was ten, her oldest brother, Caleb, enlisted in the US Marine Corps. Amanda was devastated and blamed Caleb for breaking up their happy home.
Thus began the pattern of her life.
At fifteen, Amanda’s parents were killed in a plane crash, leaving the Martin siblings on their own. Amanda turned away from her brothers, unable to handle her grief, unable to cope with the resentment of always being left behind.
Her romantic relationships didn’t fare much better. After being cheated on twice, Amanda’s self-confidence was shot, as was her faith in the male gender.
With a firm grip on her heart, Amanda decides to take matters into her own hands. No more relationships. Just sex.
She never knew what hit her.
Joseph Michael Sterling
Book: One Night Stand
Occupation: Former Military Sniper/Owner of The Wild Pony
DOB: November 15, 1977
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Black
Siblings: Jacob Sterling
Significant Other: Amanda Martin
Marital Status: Single
Scars/Identifying Marks: Classified
What do you drive? Customized Harley Nightster, Dodge Ram Truck
Favorite Music: Classic Rock
Favorite Pastime: Hanging out with family
Quote: “Live Right . . . Shoot Straight”
Joe has always been something of a loner. A living, breathing example of growing up too fast.
After the death of his mother when he was ten, Joe’s dad emotionally checked out, leaving Joe with the primary responsibility of raising his newborn brother.
Grieving and mad at the world, Joe was desperate for release. Something, anything, to take his mind off the pain. That something came in the form of firearms. Beginning with an old handgun, stolen from his father’s bureau, Joe taught himself how to shoot.
Recruited by the military at the age of seventeen, Joe dedicated his life to his country. Going where he was told, doing what needed to be done. Utterly focused. Deadly accurate. A ghost.
Now he’s home. Hoping to find new meaning to his life. Needing to know if he is more than the killer he’s been trained to be.
Life in the military never prepared him for this.
An Excerpt From: One Night Stand
Publication Date: August 20, 2012
Liquid Silver Publishing
Joe couldn’t believe his ears. Did Amanda just ask him if he wanted to leave with her? Before he could recover his shock, she was hightailing it out the door. From the moment he’d walked into the bar tonight, he’d been captivated. First by the way she defended herself, next by the vulnerability he felt as he’d held her hand, and then by the way she looked at him as if he were a treat she’d like to eat.
Now he was just plain curious. He’d had women come on to him before. What surprised him was his desire to follow through with this one.
“Hold up, sweetheart.” He snatched her money off the bar. “Jake’s gonna cover your tab tonight, aren’t ya, Jake?” Joe looked at his brother expectantly.
Jake shrugged. “Sure, no problem.”
“Give me one minute.” Joe walked behind the bar and grabbed a full bottle of whiskey. “Don’t leave,” he added as he caught her looking between him and the door.
Jake wagged his eyebrows. “Someone’s finally gonna get laid,” he taunted.
Joe smacked him on the back of the head as he walked by. “Just for that, dickhead, you can pay for this bottle too.” He tried to sound irritated, but he just couldn’t keep the smile from his voice.
It had been a long time since a woman had caught his interest and it felt nice. He’d spent his life avoiding commitments. His former job with the military wasn’t really conducive to the white picket fence kind of lifestyle. He’d been alone most of his life, refusing to get attached to anyone or anything. But this woman…
Damn, she looked good. She dug her hands deep into the pockets of her low-riding jeans as she tapped the sexiest pair of cowgirl boots he’d ever seen against the concrete floor. Her blonde curls tumbled downward, teasing the lower part of her back where her T-shirt had ridden up. Imagining the feel of all that temptingly tanned skin under his tongue made his mouth water. He swore he could already taste her. He grunted as his cock swelled at the thought of licking every inch of her.
He was suddenly very glad he’d stopped in tonight.
Joe held the bottle up as he approached her. “Whiskey okay?”
Her vibrant green eyes latched on to his. “Sure.”
Smiling, he just barely resisted the urge to lean in and kiss her. Instead he trailed his fingers across the exposed skin on her back, resting his palm in the sexy little bend above her belt. The feel of her warm skin had his already engorged erection pressing painfully against his zipper. “Ready?”
“Sure,” she said again.
“Things are gonna go very well for us tonight, Mandy, if you stay so agreeable,” he teased with a wink. He chuckled at her sharp intake of breath as he guided her out the door.
The cool air hit them as they walked outside. Amanda was quiet beside him as he led her across the gravel to the only car left in the parking lot that didn’t belong to Jake. Joe had ridden in on his Harley and there was no way he was putting her on the back of his bike without the proper gear.
He glanced at her apologetically. “While I’d love to take you for a ride on my bike, tonight isn’t that night. Only one helmet,” he said at her puzzled frown. “I can follow you or…” He waited to see if she’d jump in, hoped she’d jump in. Anything to get her talking. “Mandy?”
She shook her head slightly. “No, no. It’s chilly out. Why don’t you ride with me?”
“You okay to drive?” He looked at her with mock sternness and gently raised her abused knuckles to his lips. That earned him a sweet smile.
“I’m sure I can manage.”
Joe sighed and let her hand drop. Maybe she was having second thoughts. He wasn’t sure what had caused her to close off all of a sudden, but one thing was for sure—he was going to play this out. He suddenly wanted to break down her walls and see what was there. He wanted to hear her laugh. He wanted her to cry out his name in pleasure.
He wanted her naked.
Oh yeah, he was going to play this out. “Lead the way, Mandy. I’m all yours.”
Parker Kincade is an award-winning author of erotic romance. She has been writing since she was a little girl. Her love affair with romance novels began as a teen and she dreamed of writing her own. She is thrilled to be living her dream.
Parker lives in the South with her husband, children and beloved boxer sidekick. She loves reading, playing golf, spending time with her family and friends, ice cream from the ice cream truck, taking her dog to the park and watching old musicals.
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