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My sample comes from my August 17 release, Amalfi Affair – Navy SEALs of Valor 1.
But first, here’s the blurb:
On a cycling tour through the Swiss Alps, CIA agent, Olivia Simpson, meets handsome Navy SEAL, Darryl Jennings. Her lust shifts into overdrive for this man on leave from missions he won’t discuss. A one night stands leads to a blissful week traveling the Amalfi Coast. Because of their secretive careers, their love affair is destined to end. Olivia immerses herself into her Intelligence work with memories of Darryl never far from the surface. When she receives a surprise phone call from him nine months later, she dashes off to meet him in Italy. Too late, she realizes the call had been made by an imposter to lure her into a trap.
Despite Darryl’s decision to end his relationship with Olivia, he returns to his missions in Afghanistan unable to shake her from his heart. Regret for letting her go gnaws at him until he decides to search for her. After following numerous dead end leads, he gives up on ever finding the elusive woman who stole his heart nine months prior. When he’s called in for a mission to rescue a high-level intelligence officer who’s been kidnapped, he realizes the woman in question is his Olivia. Pressure mounts as he becomes embroiled in a mission where the fate of his country and his true love falls on his shoulders.
In this scene, the Switzerland bike tour has begun and Olivia is relishing the views of the Swiss countryside and the sensory experience of some fast cycling…
As she pedaled toward Gstaad, the tension melted from Olivia’s limbs. She’d never seen pine forests and meadows as lush and green as each hillside she cycled past. Heavy gray clouds suggested the foliage would be getting another good soak before day’s end. The Swiss countryside is so green you can almost taste it.
Olivia whizzed past meadows of colorful wildflowers, inhaling their sweet scent. The Alps, all limestone layers pushed up like an accordion by the earth’s compressive forces and later gouged out by flowing glaciers, hosted many flowers she’d grown up seeing in Ohio where the soil was similar. In meadows of thick grass, rich yellow dandelions and Queen Ann’s lace waved in the gentle breeze. The Swiss chalet style homes—constructed of pine or oak—had dozens of windows framed in green-painted shutters and underlined by flower boxes bursting with red or pink flowers.
She relished the freedom of flying down the hills, hearing the wind whistling in her ears and tickling her bare skin as she accelerated faster and faster. She rose from the seat and tipped the bicycle away from her body’s center of gravity to maintain balance on the steeper curves. I can fly she wanted to shout as her spirits soared.
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