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About the author:
Kellie is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America, a regular contributing blogger for the Ass Cheek Angels as well as her own Sweet and Sassy blog, a motivational speaker who recently gave a workshop at the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and most recently a writer for Evolved World in the Lifestyles section.
What inspired you to write your book?
As a former gymnastics competitor and coach, I wanted to write a series of romances around the sport I spent much of my life around. The idea for this book came to me in a dream and I felt compelled to write a story about a coach who falls in love with his gymnast and vice versa. I chose to explore the themes of crossing over into a different type of relationship once you’ve been cast in one role for so long and what that would be like for two people to do so.
Here is a short sample from the book:
“Oh.” Her expression softened, and she licked her lips.
The simple act threatened to do him in. The thought of her tongue sliding along his, of what her kisses would be like on other parts of his body, fuelled his hunger for her.
Her eyes closed, and she sighed. “I waited for you, Taras.”
Curious, he brushed back some of her curls from her face. “What do you mean?”
A wistful smile ghosted across her lips. “I’ve always completely trusted you. In the gym, you never let me down. Having this crush on you for so long and now being here with you, I’m a jumble of emotions. Maybe I shouldn’t have waited.”
“Waited for what, Anna?”
Heaving another sigh, she wrapped her arms around his waist, and rested her head on his shoulder. Her fingertips massaged his back through the cotton of his shirt. Her touch sparked his desire even higher, and he remained silent, letting her formulate her thoughts.
After a few moments, she spoke in a soft whisper. “I’ve never been with anyone. I wanted to wait until it felt right. Now I don’t know what to think. If I hadn’t been brave tonight, we might never be together, and I’d still be waiting for a fantasy.”
He bent his head and nuzzled her neck. “You are brave. I’ve seen it many times at competition. You continually took my breath away.” For the first time in his life, he did feel like a coward. She was right.
Once Anna had turned eighteen, he could’ve expressed his love for her, but he hadn’t, because truthfully, it was terrifying to take a romantic step forward with her. If it didn’t work out, he’d end up hurting her anyway, and that wasn’t acceptable.
Brushing the hair off her shoulder, he kissed the soft spot on her neck under her ear. “You dared to changed things between us, and for that, I’m grateful.”
Lifting her head off his shoulder, she stared deep into his eyes. “You don’t get it, do you?”
He studied her face. “Get what?”
“I didn’t only wait to tell you how I felt. I’ve waited to have sex.” She swallowed hard, but held his gaze. “Taras, I’m still a virgin. I wanted you to be my first.”