Please welcome guest author Donna Gallagher to the Cafe!
A ways back I was chatting to some of my Aussie author friends discussing possible book plots, we all decided to write a short story with a theme that revolved around food. My choice was easy – mangoes.
My mother loved summer and everything it had to offer. She loved the beach, the stinking hot weather an Australian summer dishes up and most of all she loved summer fruit, especially the mango. She used to joke that the best way to eat a mango was naked in the bath so you could enjoy all the sticky, juicy goodness in peace – without worrying about the mess.
The memory got my creative juices (unintentional pun alert) flowing. This resulted in a rather delicious, erotic scene or two using the mouth-watering fruit for my story, A Fruitful Intimacy. Not long after I submitted the manuscript to my editor, Sarah, hubby and I went to Langkawi, Malaysia for a short break. When I found the bowl of mangoes left in the bathroom of our suite I couldn’t help but smile and post cryptic social media messages to Sarah, of course. Unfortunately hubby and I were not able to recreate any of the scenes from my book because we left the balcony door open and monkeys stole all our food.
Well that’s what I tell everyone anyway!
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A Fruitful Intimacy
The fire and passion of their love has slowly ebbed away through years of neglect. Can a second honeymoon re-ignite that spark?
There has been no physical contact in their marriage for so long that when Ben first hatches his plan to take Beth away for the weekend, it really is all about the sex and providing an environment where there are no distractions and no excuse for her to refuse his advances again. But while Ben is making all the arrangements, it suddenly becomes clear to him that there’s something more important at stake. His marriage, to the woman of his dreams, is actually in trouble.
Beth believed that motherhood would come easily, that building a perfect world around her three sons and husband would be achievable. But reality has proven her wrong. The more she tried, the more her failures shattered her confidence. Where she planned to shower her family with home baked cookies, smiles and unconditional love, she struggles just getting the evening meal on the table. By the end of the day she’s so exhausted that she can’t even fulfil her marital obligations. Once upon a time making love to Ben was just as necessary as breathing, before her body was ravaged by the demands of pregnancy and childbirth. They’ve grown so far apart that Beth’s convinced Ben’s having an affair.
Can a second honeymoon really help Beth and Ben bridge that growing divide between them and bring back the fire and passion that has slowly, through years of neglect, ebbed away? And will this give the couple a much needed chance to work together for a happier future? Or is it too late?
Buy Link at Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/book/a-fruitful-intimacy
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Sydney-born Donna Gallagher decided at an early age that life needed be tackled head on. Leaving home at fifteen, she supported herself through her teen years. In her twenties she married a professional sportsman, her love of sport—especially rugby league—probably overriding her good sense.
The seven-year marriage was an adventure. There were the emotional ups and downs of having a husband with a public profile in a sometimes glamorous but always high-pressure field. There were always interesting characters to meet and observe, and even the opportunity to live for a time in the UK.
Eventually Donna returned home a single woman, but she never lost her passion for watching sport, as well as the people in and around it.
Now happily re-married and with three sons, Donna loves coffee mornings with her female friends, sorting through problems from the personal to the international. But she’s on even footing with the keenest man when it comes to watching and talking rugby league.
Donna considers herself something of a black sheep in a family of high achievers. Her brother has a doctorate in mathematics and her sister is a well-known Australian sports journalist.
An avid reader, especially of romance, Donna finally found she couldn’t stop the characters residing in her imagination from spilling onto paper. Naturally, rugby league is the backdrop to her spicy tales of hunky heroes and spunky heroines overcoming adversity to eventually find true love.
A multiple ARRA awards finalist in 2013 & 2014 for her League of Love series, Donna is spreading her genre wings in 2015 with the launch of her new romantic suspense Haven Security Series and the re-release of her contemporary erotic novella A Fruitful Intimacy.