“A Brighter Palette” is Live!
Annie Slocum is a bisexual woman struggling to make a living as a freelance writer. Stuck in a rut, she feels bored with her career, her relationships—her life. A chance meeting with Siobhán at a gallery adds a bright spark to her dull life.
Siobhán Murray is a lesbian Irish painter living in Boston. She loves her career, loves her life, but she’s missing the one piece that will make her life complete—a partner. She falls hard for Annie and is delighted to realize Annie inspires her work. But a string of failed relationships has left her wary of bisexual women and wondering if she can trust that Annie won’t leave her.
When Siobhán’s past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to decide if the new relationship is something that will burn bright and end quickly or if it’s meant to last.
“God, that accent of yours.”
To her surprise, Siobhán flushed. “Impenetrable, isn’t it?”
“No, sexy,” Annie said. She leaned in to kiss Siobhán’s shoulder. “Very, very sexy.”
“You must have enjoyed yourself in Ireland then,” Siobhán murmured.
“I did.” Annie smiled, remembering the redheaded woman she’d shared a bed with for most of the semester.
Siobhán’s grin was salacious. “That sounds like a story I’d like to hear.”
“Really?” Annie asked with a laugh. “You want to hear about Brigid, the pretty redhead I dated? Or about the time her roommate almost caught us? I had my head between her legs when the poor girl walked in the room.”
“How naughty. I love that. You’re so cool and collected on the outside, Annie, but once we started talking, I could see the passionate side eager to get out.”
“I used to have a very passionate side,” Annie admitted. “Actually, what I told you about the redhead wasn’t the whole story. There’s a lot more to it.”
“I’m intrigued.” Siobhán propped her chin up on her hand.
“Well, Nora—her roommate—was definitely shocked. But she was less horrified than Brigid and I expected.” Annie felt her cheeks heat a little. “One night a week or so later, the three of us had a few drinks, and well, Nora confessed she was curious.”
Siobhán raised an eyebrow. “Curious about women?”
“Go on then.”
Annie laughed. “Well, one thing led to another, and it wasn’t long before I was in bed with two women. And Brigid and I showed Nora just how good it could be.”
“Mmm, you little minx. And what did she think in the morning?”
“Oh, we’d thoroughly converted her to our ways,” Annie said with a laugh. “I don’t think she had another date with a guy for the rest of the semester.”
“And did she find her way into another threesome with you and Brigid?”
“A few times,” Annie admitted. “In fact, after my going-away party, I staggered back to their room and had one hell of a going-away after-party.” She grinned at Siobhán. “And then I felt like I was going to die on the flight home to Boston.”
“Worth it though?”
“Totally.” Annie sighed. “But after I got back to the U.S., I threw myself into school and work, and everything else fell by the wayside. I felt like I had to grow up and be serious. Focus on my career, find the right partner, make the smart choices. Until tonight, it had been a very long time since my passionate side had come out.”
“Why were you keeping her locked away?”
Annie rolled onto her back and stared at the ceiling. “Fear, I suppose. After my last relationship went south, I just couldn’t work up the courage to try again.” She sighed. “So, my love life was boring, my job was boring, and I felt boring. Boring leads to more boring. I was just waiting for something to come along and wake me up.”
Siobhán sat up and straddled Annie, her dark hair falling like a curtain around them. “Well, here I am.”
She leaned down and kissed Annie, her mouth tasting of wine and chocolate now.
Here you are, Annie thought, and she wasn’t sure if it was nerves or excitement that coursed through her when she realized she had no idea if this was one night or the promise of something more.
Series and Number: Colors #1
Publisher: Two Peninsulas Press (Indie/Self-Published)
Word Count /or Page Number: 56,025
Formats/Price: eBook – $3.99/ Print – Coming Soon
First for Romance: Coming Soon
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