Tuesday, September 27, 2016

M Is For Miriam’s Surrender

Jennifer provides an excerpt...

Miriam’s Surrender is book two in my Women of Valor series. It was one of my favorite books to write, because I was able to redeem the villain from book one and turn him into the hero of book two. Here’s the blurb:

Josh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.

Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.

With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.

And here’s a brief excerpt:

Josh sat in the cab and looked out the window. Lights and people and cars and buildings rushed by in a blur. His eyes glazed over and in their place Miriam appeared. Miriam touching his arm and reassuring him, Miriam smiling, Miriam’s hair shining, Miriam looking at him as he bent to kiss her.
Whatever made him do it? When they’d stood outside her apartment in the cold night air, her cheeks had turned pink from the cold. He smiled. She controlled so many of her outward reactions to things, but she couldn’t control that one.
From his height and angle, he’d watched the light from the street lamps shine on her hair, making it appear to glow. Their breath, a white fog, had intermingled as they stood facing each other.
Her lips were soft and plump. He’d spent the evening watching them mold words, stretch into a smile, surround her food as she chewed. He couldn’t help himself; he’d wanted to kiss her. It was the briefest wish. He’d made the slightest move toward her. But in the one too-brief second, he’d glimpsed much more. Her pupils had dilated, she’d raised her face to his and she’d parted her lips. He’d discovered Miriam’s desire.
And now he knew she wanted him, it would take all of his control not to give in to his own need.


  1. I love that you took the 'bad guy' from one story and turned him into the hero of another.

  2. Good excerpt! I'm not sure I could take any of my 'villains' and make them into heroes.

    1. Thank you. And I think it depends on the type of villain you have.

  3. He must not have been so evil. Just a ... man.

  4. Great excerpt. That's an interesting idea turning the villain into the hero. Deep down he must have had good qualities.

    1. Thanks, Carol. Deep down, he did. And therefore I was able to bring them to light, which was challenging and rewarding.