Shark Boss – Book blurb:
When Tara takes up a job at the local aquarium, her colleagues warn her about their harsh boss, Mr. Carter Jones. She soon discovers how impatient he can be, but she also can’t deny her fascination and attraction to him. Carter can’t stop watching Tara as she works but holds back from her because of his secrets. If she knew what he was, she would never want him. Could the reason for Carter’s moods be related to something more troubling than what’s on the surface? Tara soon discovers Carter’s secret, and it only bonds them closer. But the curse starts to take over Carter’s life, and he won’t give his heart to a beautiful woman when he can only cause her pain.
Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.
A granola bar gulped down while half-running, half-walking gave her instant heartburn. The ache in her throat intensified when the first person she encountered as she stepped into the tank area was Carter. He wore a black suit again with a red tie, perfectly pressed and contrasting against his mahogany brown hair tinged with a few gray streaks by the ears. He scowled at her and looked at his watch. Her breath disappeared. Why did he have to be so handsome? No way would she be duped by an attractive older guy again, like before, and get thoroughly burned.
“Two minutes late.”
“I’m sorry. I’ll make up for it by working a bit extra.”
A sheen of perspiration beaded his upper lip, and she could swear his hair looked a bit wet that morning. Had he also rushed out the shower? So why couldn’t he understand her being a few minutes late?
“You’re not to work overtime. Ever.” He narrowed his eyes at her. “You understand that?”
“Oh. Why ever not?” Grrh? Why do I always speak my mind without thinking?
“Because I lock up at five o’ clock on the dot every evening. Without fail.”
“Sure. Whatever.” She rolled her eyes at him and huffed.
He moved his face right up to her, a sneer mixed with a smile making his sexy mouth turn narrow. His hand brushed hers, whether on purpose she couldn’t be sure. “Are you back-chatting me, Tara?”
A desperate need to kiss him forced any words she might speak in her defense to flee.
“Behave yourself, kid. You’re at least ten years younger than me.” He laughed and then pulled back in a hurry.
“I’m sure I’m not. I look a lot younger than I really am.” Did she say that?
“Oh really? The tropical fish need feeding. You should know the drill by now.”
She could swear Carter tried to look angry but he didn’t succeed. He marched off with such purpose making her wonder why a man like him didn’t own the whole of South Africa, not just a small aquarium in Umhlanga Rocks.
Carter stood on the balcony of his home, a gentle breeze blowing his long bangs against his forehead. He watched her, the shock taking a while to wear off. How come he hadn’t noticed her swimming so close to his home before? That curly mop on her head formed a silhouette against the moonlight and the small sliver of sunlight rising up above the sea.
She’d danced down to the ocean like a fawn in the field—gentle, sweet, free. And then she’d stood there, a lone figure stirring a hunger in him so ferocious, it took his breath away. He wanted her. Like no other woman he’d ever known.
In fact, he’d never been much into women. Been too consumed by his own demons. But now he understood the world’s frantic obsession with romance and love. Love songs abounded, romance movies, friends in relationships and getting married, family members making subtle hints it was time for him to settle down—it all made sense to him now.
A tingle ran up his spine, and cold showers prickled the top of his head. He held his temples in his hands, groaning and swaying with the breeze, surprised he didn’t fall down the two stories to the paving stones below.
The tingling in his back became an ache. His breath became labored.
“No, not now. I’m not ready.”
Usually they came in the dead of night. Never at breaking dawn.
But things had accelerated lately. He should have been prepared.
Somehow, the fun he’d had teaching Tara how to feed the sharks yesterday afternoon had distracted him, made him forget to stay alert. Guarded. He’d momentarily stopped dreading, had ignored the swirling in his gut, the tension eating away at his every step.
Interview with Tara the main character in Shark Boss
- What is your favorite food?
A good breakfast with eggs, bacons, mushrooms, toast, the works. I don’t get it often as I spend most mornings body-boarding and then grab and go to get to work on time. If I have a good breakfast, it’s a real treat.
- What is your favorite past time, or hobby?
Body-boarding, although it’s more my life than just a hobby.
- What is your favorite book?
I love the Chalet Girls series by Lorraine Wilson. I’m a beach babe, but it’s such fun learning about women who live in the snow and ski. Skiing is similar to body-boarding in a strange way, if you know what I mean. Plus, the books are so romantic and fun to read.
- Who would you consider is your least favorite person, and why?
It should be my new boss, Carter Jones, as he keeps on shouting at me for nothing, but it isn’t. He’s too handsome and mysterious to hate.
- What is your biggest pet-peeve?
Perfectionism – harping on the smaller issues. And cruelty to animals.
- What is your dream vacation?
Mauritius or anywhere where the waves are good.
- Did you struggle to tell your author anything?
Yes, I struggled to mention my affair with my high school teacher. I felt really ashamed for falling for that jerk.
- What is your favorite part of your story?
When Carter tells me the truth.
- What inspired the title of your story?
My writer kept on thinking of shark bait. But Carter is a boss and he was a shark in the business world, plus, well, I can’t tell you anymore as it will give away the story.
- Do you think that there is a specific message to your story, that you’d like your readers to learn?
That love wins in the end. That meeting and loving the right person can set you free of some of your “curses.” That simply loving a person is one of the greatest gifts you can give to the world. That love surpasses duty.
Main character casting:
Tara has blonde curly hair, is well-tanned and has a muscular build (although still petite) as she likes body-boarding every morning. She has freckles and green eyes.
Carter is tall, dark and handsome with an imposing appearance. He normally wears black and white suits and is usually cleanly shaven and impeccable looking. He has haunted, dark eyes.
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