Author: Inger Iverson
Series: Love & War #3
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Former Marine, Trent Reed, is in desperate need of a Hail Mary.
With each failed attempt to convince his woman to pack up and move to Kentucky, his past finds some new way to rear its ugly head. But when his pregnant ex plows into his life, all hell breaks loose—unearthing parts of his past he wished would stay buried.
Two weeks of vacation with her man? Hell yeah, that is exactly what Teal Lofton’s libido needs. And after surviving seven months apart, their reunion doesn’t disappoint. What she didn’t account for was an unfortunate encounter with people from Trent’s past. A racist, a druggie, and a double-barreled shotgun, culminate into a vacation that will alter the course of her life forever.
Title: Indelible: Beneath His Ink
Series: Love & War #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Mae I Design
Author: Inger Iversen
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Poe raised his hands. “Okay, enough of the Jake shit. He’s a bastard and you two need to steer clear of the cokehead. Violet will help y’all out as best as she can. She’s good like that.” She bashfully dipped her head at the compliment. Poe stood, pointing to the firework display. “And now, for some circa 2011 non-legal fireworks.”
Teal’s gaze flew to Violet. “Huh?”
“In Kentucky, only certain fireworks are legal. Poe here has bought ones that aren’t.” Trent leisurely made his way over to Teal and helped her up from the table.
“In Vermont, all you need is a permit and you can have all the fun you want.” She threaded her fingers through Trent’s as he led her further into the darker part of the yard.
Poe had set everything up at a safe distance, and Trent had lined up some lawn chairs for the show. Teal made to sit down in one of the three; instead, Trent pulled her back up and sat. Patting his lap, he motioned for her to sit.
Teal complied and wrapped an arm around his neck as she adjusted herself comfortably on him. The stubble of his jaw rasped over her neck as he tenderly kissed her, his warm tongue making its way up her neck until Teal felt the sharp pain of his teeth on her earlobe. She gasped when his hand slipped under her shirt, his calloused hands slipping beneath the cup of her bra to tweak a nipple. Shrouded in darkness, Trent caressed Teal’s breast and tasted her skin, as Violet and Poe made adjustments to the fireworks.
Trent’s ridged cock hardened beneath her, and Teal squirmed atop his lap, listening, as his breaths grew harsher. “You’re gonna make me come in my pants. Is that what you want?” he said, as he tweaked a nipple so hard, Teal squeaked.
His hands and mouth made a hasty retreat as the couple made their way back to them.
Teal glanced around just as the first explosion rocked into the night and set the darkness around them ablaze. Trent stole her attention from the fireworks as he gently took her chin between his thumb and finger to gently turn it to meet his eyes. His loving gaze took in her face, eyes roving over every inch of it. His thumb moved softly back and forth across her cheek causing warmth to spread with his touch. She watched, mesmerized as lights sporadically lit up his beautiful rough-hewn face revealing the awe and longing in his eyes.
Most women searched years for such dedication and love, and no man had ever looked at her that way—until Trent. She’d once told him that he was not what he seemed, and she’d been right. However, she was wrong on her assumption of the man in front of her. For how resilient and steadfast this man seemed, his heart was full of love, and Teal was lucky to have even a fraction of it.
Trent leaned in again. “I need to be in you.” He thrust against her, punctuating each word.
Teal giggled. “I know, but you need to stop.” Trying to push his hands away, Teal fought in vain. “Trent.” She took on a semi-serious voice. “They’ll see. Cut it out.”
He stopped and peeked over her shoulder. “Baby, look.” He nodded and she glanced over her shoulder to see that she and Trent weren’t the only two taking advantage of the darkness. While she couldn’t see much, the firework display intermittently lit up the passionate view of Violet and Poe stealing kisses. Teal turned and righted herself in Trent’s lap. “You are such a bad influence.” She moved provocatively in his lap, his gruff grunting a good indication she was rubbing him in all the right places.
Frequently Asked Questions
Readers have questions and I have answers! After letting readers know Teal and Trent’s second book will be released at the end of the year, readers started emailing me with questions about Teal and Trent. The questions are really similar to a Q&A I did with Crystal Moody and readers that I decided to share with you some of the questions from the email as well as the group. I’ll also answer questions for the first book, Incarcerated.
Q: What inspired you to write Incarcerated?
A: I wanted to write about a relationship that would have to handle real issues many people face, but don’t talk about. Like my brother and I and along with my guy of eight years is white and we have weathered a few storms. My brother is the color of peanut butter with kids who have blonde hair! I wanted to tell Katie’s story and I wanted to see how readers would respond to her actions as she saw Logan for the troubled man that he was. I also wanted to explore forgiveness and how hard or easy it can be to offer it.
Q: Would you befriend a convict in a pen pal program as Katie did?
A: As an adult, probably not. I’ve watched too many Criminal Minds episodes to do that. And I highly doubt SSA Derek Morgan is going to come save me if I end up writing a crazy inmate who plans to visit me after his release. However, when I was younger, I did write to a friend of a friend who was in jail for armed robbery. And in jail, inmates often get tired and restless. They need to reach out to someone. In some cases, they do it to maintain their sanity. I’ve never experienced the loneliness Katie experiences in the book, but I’m still not too keen on writing a possible murderer or rapist.
Q: When Harper returned home with Marcus and saw the tattoo on Trent, she walked away. Why did she turn her back? As a woman who lives in the south, I’m used to seeing Confederate flags but that doesn’t make a man racist.
A: I didn’t get a chance to delve as deep into Harper as I wanted to. Harper lived all those years without Trent, but she did have her father. I could only imagine what her father said to her to convince her all those years to stay away from Trent. After she turned 18 there would be nothing he could have done to stop her. But in a part that was cut by my editor, I did have Harper tell Trent that she’d heard rumors and that her fear of her son meeting a racist was stronger than her will to stay and learn the truth. I really wish I hadn’t cut that scene! In the next book, you learn EXACTLY why Harper walked away from Trent when you meet Harper’s cousin Violet. Time has gone by and my muse has spoken to me and I think readers need to know what made Teal walk away. Also, as a woman raised in Virginia around the most loving and sociable red necks, to me, the Confederate flag is just a symbol of a lost war.
Q: Why did you write 15K words of Trent’s past, I just wanted to read about Trent.
A: When I started Inevitable, I didn’t have a Part one and two and so forth. However, 20K in, I didn’t like Trent. Even though I knew his back story, I had no emotional ties to him. So, I knew the readers needed more. You may think you didn’t, but tell me, didn’t you hurt for Trent as Harper’s father ripped his heart out and stomped on his pride? I did.
Q: Trent was accused of being a racist for using a racial slur. If anyone uses a racial slur, do you consider them racist? (Ex: Paula Dean)
A: This is a hard one. I really think it depends on the situation. There are some people who are brought up in places where this is the norm and they think nothing of it. Racism is taught, not born. I once had a friend who called a stranger a Sand Ni****. When I asked him about it, he told me his father taught him it was okay because they didn’t like America. In the book, Trent tells Teal that she had used racial slurs against him and Teal was in no way racist. I had Trent explain to her that her hurtful words were just as bad as the words he’d used in the past. He even gave her the definition: Racial slur: a derogatory or disrespectful nickname for a racial group, used without restraint.
Q: Teal and Trent were explosive from the beginning. What inspired you to write their story?
A: My mom asked me twice to write their story instead of a Katie and Logan continuation. And I really wanted to give Trent a story. I hated the way I’d left him in Incarcerated. I really did.
Q: Why does Teal have unprotected sex with Trent. She barely knew him? I would never do that.
A: Teal, like any other woman, is human and prone to make mistakes. I write real characters, not perfect ones. Also, the story is about Teal, her actions, and decisions. You can’t base her actions on hers, she is a fictional character who does as she pleases. Hell, she drove me crazy in Incarcerated.
Q: Since Logan has been to support groups and seems to be better, do you think his racist ways are over? How do you think he will endure the pressures of raising biracial kids?
A: No, I think Logan will spend much more time trying to overcome his past. His babies and wife will make it easier, but I do think there will be times he reverts to his old untrusting ways. I do believe that he will have Trent there to yank his butt back, too.
One of the few white kids in a rural Kentucky town, Logan Whyte always kept to his own kind out of self-preservation. He never considered himself racist, but that didn’t stop him from falling in with the wrong crowd—who celebrated hate as much as he fought it—or from ending up in prison for eight years on an armed robbery charge.
A successful, educated black woman, Katie Andreassen was tired of being accused of betraying her own race. Her lonely isolation, coupled with her grief over losing her mother, inspire her to create a new pen pal program at Capshaw State Penitentiary, where her father is a warden.
The program brings the unlikely pair together, but Logan and Katie soon find themselves forced to overcome past fears and prejudices. Their friendship doesn’t come easily… threatened by a crooked lawyer with a grudge and a best friend who betrays her promise to help.
When faced with a world that forces them apart, Logan and Katie must show everyone else what they have discovered: that love is, in fact, colorblind.
Ex-Marine Trent Reed has been shot, in a coma, and placed in war zones, but when his best friend calls in a favor, he is faced with one the most dangerous decision yet—to be the best man. Trent’s turbulent past with races other than his own taints his view on the interracial marriage, and he’s none happy to deal with the ill-tempered maid of honor. To accept the position means understanding that his friend is soon to be out of his life—for good.
Tough-girl Teal Lofton has struggled all her adult life, from her weight to the color of her skin holding her back in work and love. When she agrees to be the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding, those struggles are amplified by a hormonal bride and a jerk of a best man who she is strangely, yet wildly, attracted to.
As tensions and tempers rise, Trent disappears with the wedding rings and Teal braves a snowstorm to bring them back, determined to fix yet another problem. But a tragic accident brings together the unlikely pair, forcing them to face the prejudices of their pasts.
In doing so, Trent and Teal embark on an inevitable course of self-discovery and passion like they’ve never experienced before-until a secret from Trent’s past threatens to destroy it all.