Nowhere Diner: Finding Love available

Announcing my newest release, Nowhere Diner: Finding Love. Available now at Amber Allure. Click here.

Here’s the blurb:

Leaving Minnesota, Timothy Gapin doesn’t have any plans except getting as far away from all the memories as he can before his money runs out. His secret lover has married, breaking his heart and making him chose a life in the open rather than a relationship built on lies.

Little does Tim know that four days later he would grab dinner at a diner and find a place to stop. Somehow this diner in the middle of nowhere becomes his home and the people who work there his family. In addition to the workers at the diner, Tim meets Bernie Capley, a long-haul trucker who isn’t all he seems to be.

Falling in love with Bernie is easy for Tim, but the past has a way of barging into the present, forcing decisions that affect their future…

And an excerpt:

She handed Bernie his change and he left a tip for Cookie. Grabbing my hand, he dragged me out of the diner over to where a large black and chrome semi sat. He led us to the other side where we’d be out of view from prying eyes. Staring down at me, he searched my face for something. He must have found what he was looking for because he cupped my chin in his hands and lifted my mouth to his.

As kisses go, this one was the softest I’d ever had. Aaron didn’t like to kiss. He’d always been in a hurry to get to the sex without any foreplay. I banished him from my mind and gave myself over to Bernie.

He slid his hands down my neck and sides to rest them on my hips. Three points of contact and I was ready to explode. A soft whimper emerged from my throat and I tried to press closer to him. His grip tightened and a low growl told me he didn’t want me to move.

I opened and he swept his tongue in to lick along my teeth and gums, learning every inch of my mouth. He sucked on my bottom lip and bit it. The sting made me jump and gasp.

Footsteps sounded on the pavement and Bernie drew slowly away, letting me go, reluctance in each inch. We stood, staring at each other, chests heaving and groins aching. He grinned at me.

“I’ll be coming back through here next Wednesday. Would you be interested in getting dinner with me? Maybe somewhere other than the diner.”

I touched trembling fingers to my swollen lips and nodded. “I don’t have a car though.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll take care of the transportation. Do you have a cell?”

“No. I left mine back home.”

He leveled a knowing look at me. “Didn’t want anyone to call you, huh?”

I looked over his shoulder and shrugged. “No one important. I’ll get a phone when I have a little more money and let my aunt know where I’m at.”

Frowning, he ran his fingers through my hair and nodded. “I’ll call the diner. I’m sure Cookie won’t mind it once in a while.”


Were we starting a real relationship with dating and everything that went along with it? Or was the whole date thing just Bernie’s way of making each hook-up feel special?

My doubts must have shown on my face because Bernie caressed my cheek and grinned.

“I don’t do casual sex anymore. Being a trucker makes it easy to find a warm body at the rest areas or truck stops; women and men. It would become real simple to see sex as nothing but a release.” Bernie held my gaze and I could see how serious he was. “I’m too old to fool around like that. Now I like to get to know a guy before we end up in bed.”

I didn’t know whether to be excited or nervous. On one hand, it sounded like Bernie assumed we’d be sleeping together at some point. On the other hand, should I be worried about the possibility that once Bernie got to know me, he’d figure out I wasn’t worth the time and effort.

“Don’t worry. My gut’s telling me you’ll be worth every minute.”

Bernie leaned down and brushed another kiss over my lips before stepping further away.

Have a great day, everyone. 🙂

11 Responses “Nowhere Diner: Finding Love available”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Another great story! Loved the characters at the diner. Read it over my lunch and cannot wait for the next story!

  2. Anonymous says:


    Loved it, bought it as soon as your newsletter came out. GREAT story.

    Hmm… Chad or Valerie… Chad or Valerie…?

    Chad please. 🙂

    Thank you!

  3. Sioux says:

    I also bought it late on Saturday and devoured it. Another great story and I also want to see more take place in this diner with these characters.

  4. Blaidd-Drwg says:

    It was a fabulous book, not quite what I imagined, but in a good way. You managed to surprise me aggain!

    Good job!

  5. Rhonda says:

    TA, this was an awesome book! I loved it! I'm with the others, when do we get Chad's story?

    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Elle says:

    Another fantabulous story TA! Loved it!!!

  7. Gina Marina says:

    I'm voting for Chad too but I'm wondering what happens next with Valerie.

  8. Yvonne says:

    Awesome! Can't wait till the next installment. It's Chad right…

    Another keeper TA.


  9. Anonymous says:

    I brought my copy on Saturday. I agreed with Valerie and Jambrea. TA it will be #1 next month for Amber Allure!

  10. Jambrea says:

    This story SO rocks. Another TA winner. I hope everyone picks it up. I can't wait for the print release!!!

  11. Valerie Oakley says:

    It was EXCELLENT!!!!

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