An American in Presents

By Lynn Raye Harris, author of A Façade to Shatter 

Hello, dear readers!  Today I want to tell you about my new book, A Façade to Shatter, which is Book 6 in the Sicily’s Corretti Dynasty series.

I can’t believe it, but this book marks the third time I’ve contributed to a continuity.  And I just participated in a fourth!  I must enjoy them, right? ;)

Truthfully, while I do enjoy working with the other authors, I have to admit that this facade-to-shatterparticular book was very hard for me.  Why?  I’m still not certain, but for one thing it features an American hero—my very first for Presents.  I grew up thinking that Presents heroes were supposed to be Italian, Greek, Spanish, British, sheikhs, etc., so to write one who is the same nationality as I am was a little challenging.

But I have to say that I love how Zach Scott turned out.  He truly is a hero, though he doesn’t believe it.  Zach was an Air Force fighter pilot, you see, and he went to war.  Then he got shot down and his life changed drastically.  He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and it’s turned his life upside down.

As the son of a United States Senator, and heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, Zach is supposed to lead a charmed life.  But he can’t quite forget what happened in the war—and he can’t seem to regain his equilibrium.

Until he meets Lia Corretti.  He’s drawn to her for reasons he can’t understand, and when they share a two-night stand in beautiful Sicily, he doesn’t expect he’ll ever see her again.

But Lia can’t fade quietly into a memory.  She’s carrying a rather permanent souvenir of her two nights with Zach and she thinks he deserves to know about the baby.

Zach is very unprepared to be a father, but he realizes he has to do what’s right and protect Lia from her Sicilian family’s censure.  It’s only supposed to be temporary, to give Lia shelter and his child a name, but soon Zach finds himself dreaming of a life he knows he can never have.

This story is passionate and heart wrenching as these two realize there’s far more between them than a surprise pregnancy.  And I promise you lots of my trademark sizzling sexual tension! ;)

So tell me, what is your favorite nationality for a Presents hero?  I have to say I’m partial to a sheikh, but in truth I love them all.  And now I love American Presents heroes too!

About A Façade to Shatter:

Dismissed & discarded: Can he deny the forgotten Corretti?

Zach Scott wakes from nightmares to the echo of gunfire. So when he stirs from a trance and finds himself not in his fighter jet but at a party, pressed up against the soft, womanly figure of Lia Corretti, he quickly rages against her sweet pity.

For years the forgotten Corretti has hidden her pain behind a façade. So Lia recognizes the shadows in Zach’s eyes. But there’s nothing familiar about the hot heat of Zach as he traps her to him. Can she lower her guard long enough to let him see all of her?

Note: This blog was originally posted on the Harlequin Blog.

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Comment ( 1 )
  1. Melanie Milburne
    October 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    You should keep doing continuities as you are BRILLIANT at them!