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Designing Heart
Tricia McGill
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Stefan Soultanakis, head of a successful fashion house is reserved and controlled. Georgie McNamara, his recently promoted assistant designer, is flamboyant vivacious and fun loving.

Stefan decides to find an unemotional wife; one who will fit into his organized lifestyle.

But Stefan’s life is turned upside down by Georgie, a whirlwind with a zest for life that he finds refreshing. He begins to lose interest in his plan to find an uncomplicated wife.

BOOK EXCERPTS
Georgie wiggled her toes and stretched. Sunlight streamed through the window, and she squinted towards it.

"Looks like it’s a beautiful morning, Lucy," she observed sleepily, throwing back the covers. As she put her feet to the floor, she jolted awake. Why was she wearing her bra and panties? And this definitely wasn’t the one-roomer she shared with Lucy.

Georgie yawned, rubbing a hand over her eyes. Strange, but she couldn’t remember getting into bed. The last thing she recalled was sitting in Stefan’s study. She groaned loudly.

Someone had brought her up here, and someone had taken off her clothes. Slapping a hand over her mouth, she looked about. Doors took up one wall, and Georgie went to open them. Her dress and vest hung neatly inside, looking lonely.

Mrs. Fisher was the only woman who could have done it, and she was probably reclining with her leg in a plaster case. Jimmy had been asleep and wouldn’t have attempted it anyway. That left one alternative, one that didn’t bear thinking about.

Heat engulfed her and surged like a warm tide over her flesh. Her scalp bristled.

He wouldn’t have. Couldn’t have.

Must have.

After whipping the clothes off their hangers, she opened a door opposite the wardrobe and found a small en-suite. The cabinet above the sink contained a toothbrush still in its packet, a tube of toothpaste, a bottle of expensive perfume, matching talcum powder, and a brush and comb. Stefan Soultanakis sure looked after his guests.

After showering, she wrinkled her nose at her undies. Unfortunately his hospitality didn’t stretch to an underwear change. Grimacing, she pulled them on, then opened the bottle of perfume, which she knew cost a fortune. The simple action of dabbing it between her breasts and on both wrists stirred her senses.

Thank goodness he’d hung up her clothes, she mused as she slipped into them. At the thought of him removing them from her unconscious body, she again went crimson all over. How was she ever going to face him?

She used the brush to tame her curly mane. Presumably her bag was still downstairs. Her make-up never consisted of much more than a touch of lipstick and eye shadow, but some cover for her rosy cheeks wouldn’t go amiss.

Bracing her shoulders she marched downstairs and headed for the dining room. Her boots still lay beneath the hall table. With a sigh, she pulled them on.

She heard Jimmy before she saw him or his father.

"How could you, Dad?" He sounded truculent. "You’ve always sworn nothing would come before us spending the two weeks over Christmas together at the cottage."

"I know, but there’s always an exception to the rule." There was no mistaking the appeal in Stefan’s voice. "This deal in Singapore’s worth a fortune to me, and if I don’t finalize it, I stand to lose a hell of a lot of money. You’re old enough to understand that sometimes business comes first."

"How can I go away on my own? I want you to come with me."

"Of course you can’t go on your own. You’ll have to spend Christmas with your grandparents." The edge of finality in Stefan’s tone brooked no arguments.

"You’ve got to be joking! I’ll stay here rather than there. They wouldn’t know how to enjoy Christmas."

"Don’t be so ungracious. They love having you. You can’t stay here. Grace won’t be fit enough to look after herself for weeks. She’s going to stay with her son. There’s only one solution: you stay with Sofia and Dimitri."

Georgie felt like a sneak for eavesdropping, but hated the idea of intruding on a private conversation. But she couldn’t stay outside indefinitely, so, plastering on a smile, she rounded the door and chirped, "Good morning."

Stefan hesitated with a forkful of melon halfway to his mouth. Did a glint of mischief flit across his dark eyes before he masked it to say coolly, "Good morning, I trust you slept well."

"I did," she agreed, avoiding his eyes but smiling and waving to Jimmy as he greeted her.

AUTHOR BIO
I have this fascination for a handsome Scot in a kilt, and have no idea where it stems from--perhaps from my Scottish forebears? One of my brothers joined a Highland regiment although we were Londoners, and I know he wore a magnificent tartan kilt for regimental occasions. My Highland Love was one of my most enjoyable writing tasks, as I loved returning to the past and meeting up with Travis again. I fall in love with all of my heroes of course, but Travis holds a special place in my heart. Could one of my past lives have been spent with such a man? Maybe that’s why I couldn’t resist the urge to return to that period

BOOK REVIEWS
I have this fascination for a handsome Scot in a kilt, and have no idea where it stems from--perhaps from my Scottish forebears? One of my brothers joined a Highland regiment although we were Londoners, and I know he wore a magnificent tartan kilt for regimental occasions. My Highland Love was one of my most enjoyable writing tasks, as I loved returning to the past and meeting up with Travis again. I fall in love with all of my heroes of course, but Travis holds a special place in my heart. Could one of my past lives have been spent with such a man? Maybe that’s why I couldn’t resist the urge to return to that period

REVIEWS/QUOTES:

"Designing Heart flows smoothly, quickly and easily as Tricia McGill delivers passion, warmth and strong family values in this fresh romance that touches your heart. This book is an emotionally satisfying read. Designing Heart is Tricia McGill’s sixth published novel.” --Jan Springer, Love Through A Stranger’s Eyes Wings ePress; August 2002

"Designing Heart is a must read for all romance lovers. The antics of Georgie and the consequent effects her actions have on Stefan, found this reader riding the emotional roller coaster of heart-stopping romance and gut busting laughter. Truly a book you can’t put down.” --Susan R. Sweet, "A Deadly Agent” Wings ePress; September 2002

"In DESIGNING HEARTS, Tricia McGill has created a story with a charming spirited heroine, a virile masterful hero, delightful supporting characters, and a thoroughly satisfying finish. Her familiarity with the fashion industry is evident. This is the first Tricia McGill book I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. I highly recommend it if you want a good read.” Fran Keighley, Burnout, Bed Breakfast And Beware, Renegade, and Monster In The Moat, Wings ePress

"AMARYLLIS is a strong outer space romance starring two delightful star-crossed lovers (literal and figurative). The story line is loaded with earthly and solar action. Tricia McGill provides readers with a cogent romantic science fiction that is sure to gain her fans from both genres." -- Harriet Klausner

Designing Heart -- " Tricia McGill’s delightful tale has all the key ingredients of a true romance: the characters are real, the conflict is believable and she delivers the type of ending that all romance lovers hope for." Romantic Times-Dec 02 by Faith V. Smith ****½ stars

"Thoroughly entertaining, UNTIL ETERNITY will provide enjoyment for those readers interested in time travel romance and historical detail of the early centuries of British history."-- Astrid Kinn--Romance Reviews Today

"AUTUMN FIRE is an unforgettable love story that I didn’t want to end and when it did, I wanted to start reading it again. Tess Barrett is a wonderful heroine who has to regain her self-esteem and learn to love again. Jack Donovan is a man sure of what he wants and doesn’t mind using everything in his power to get it."-- Hattie Boyd for Word Museum

"LOOK INTO YOUR HEART is a wonderfully written love story. This romantic situation takes place in Australia and the flavor of the dialogue is most captivating. With each new sentence being spoken by the characters, I found myself caught in an enchanting whirlwind of hearing their charming voices. It was an endearing quality which I enjoyed so much. Tricia McGill has the precise recipe for romance and intrigue all within the pages of this expertly written novel." -- Patti Fleishman--In The Library Reviews

"A charming country setting, some cheeky kids, two amusing dogs, and a cast of other secondary characters help to build the romantic tension to a crescendo. A Lonely Heart tenderly builds up a romance between a man with a chip on his shoulder and the woman destined to win his heart. It’s a pure and gentle romance that will surely please the romance genre purists, along with just about any other romance fan out there.” -- 4 angels from Sarah W at Fallen Angel reviews. A Lonely Heart—Oct 06

"Irresistible Challen


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1590885848
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590885845
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 236
Paper Weight (lb): 10.2



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