Author: Christy Gissendaner
Series: Out of Bounds, Book One
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Number of pages: 83
Word Count: 39,820
Julie Hendricks is a thirty-year-old workaholic who goes to her friend’s bar to meet him for a drink. It’s her first night out in years, and she envisions a normal evening. Instead, she meets Sin, a sexy karaoke DJ who’s not what he seems, and her idea of normal goes completely out the window.
Sin is actually Taliesin, the Welsh god of music and wisdom. For fun, he helps his old college football buddy at the local bar, Out of Bounds. His buddy’s prim friend captures his attention, and he soon reveals more of himself than he usually does.
Julie's attraction to Sin is immediate, even though she doubts she could ever please a god. When her friend’s business is threatened, Julie must help hunt down the enemy while resisting falling in love with the dangerously intriguing Sin.
This was going to be fun.The crowd must’ve realized what he was about to do because it suddenly grew quiet, and all eyes turned toward him. Sin removed his earphones and reached for the microphones. “I’ve had a request.”A cacophony of whistles and shouts filled the air.“About time!” one of the sorority girls shouted and was echoed by the giggles of her friends.Sin held up his hand for silence. “I’m going to need a volunteer.”At least fifty female hands shot into the air. Sin ignored them all for the one hand that didn’t go up. As he had expected, Julie shrank against the back of the couch when his eyes met hers.Jumping off the dais, he weaved his way through the crowd toward the back of the room. “Come here, Julie.”Julie’s eyes widened, and she frantically shook her head.Sin laughed into the microphone. “Don’t panic, Jules. I’m not going to make you sing. Now get on up here.”She continued to shake her head. “No, Sin.”Sin decided the audience was going to have to help him. He swept his arm out to gesture toward Julie and spoke into the microphone. “Everyone welcome Jules. She’s a good friend of Hal’s, and this is her first visit.”If looks could kill and he was mortal, Sin would be a goner from the look Julie gave him. He reached out and plucked her from her seat before she could stop him. He wrapped an arm around her waist and propelled her forward. “Don’t worry. All you have to do is stand there.”Julie elbowed him in the ribs and spoke through clenched teeth. “I don’t like being the center of attention, Sin.”He twirled her in a small circle so that she faced the crowd. “Lucky for you,” he paused to throw his arm out in a dramatic fashion to gesture toward Hal. “I do.”The music started, and he could tell the moment Julie recognized the song. Her eyes grew wide with disbelief, and her face paled.“You are going to pay for this,” she hissed in warning.“Relax, Jules. It’ll be fun.”Sin plopped the top hat Hal handed him on Julie’s head, and the crowd went wild. The noise was deafening. For a moment, he thought she was going to bolt. Instead Julie crossed her arms over her chest and glared at him. “No funny business.”Sin winked at her and turned back toward the audience as he sang “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” For each item of clothing he mentioned, he teasingly acted as if he was removing it from Jules.In previous acts, his helper would sometimes become overzealous and actually strip. Thankfully Jules didn’t show a similar inclination. She merely alternated between glaring at the ceiling and at him.Sin circled her and reached for the buttons of her jacket. Julie tensed as he undid the top two buttons. His fingers brushed the lacy edge of her camisole and desire shot through him. He wanted to have her.But first he had to get through the next couple of hours. “Don’t look so frightened, Jules. I’m not going any farther.”“You’d better not unless you want two black eyes,” she warned out of the side of her mouth.The crowd hooted and yelled for more. Sin nuzzled the side of her neck, enjoying the feel of her skin against his lips. “The crowd is wild for you, Jules.”“It is not me they want to see, Sin.”“Maybe not the female half, but the men in the room can’t take their eyes off of you.”It was true. Sin sensed the envious looks he was being given. He did not feel threatened by their interest. Julie would be his even though she didn’t know it yet.Sin undid the third button of her jacket, and then a fourth when she didn’t argue. The lapels of her jacket parted and exposed her thin camisole. Even the women hooted with delight as he ran his hands down the sides of her waist.No one was more surprised than he was when Jules turned and yanked the mic from his hands.She turned toward the crowd and lifted the microphone to her mouth. “Ya’ll want to see more?”The crowd went crazy. She turned back to him with a wicked smile. Reaching up with one hand, she removed the hat.She plopped the hat on his head at a crooked angle and lifted an eyebrow in challenge. “Turnabout is fair play.”
Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand.
Christy lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons. She’s always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!