An Excerpt From: MORE THAN WORDS
Copyright © KARLA DOYLE, 2012
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
Her fingers hovered over the keyboard. To chat, or not to chat. Might as well…she was here to be friendly and flirtatious, right? She rolled her eyes at the screen, typed her message in the chat pane and hit the send key with gusto.
You’re kicking my ass.
A reply popped up immediately, one that made Calli choke on her root beer.
Want me to kiss it better?
His comment shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The site was for playing games of the social kind, not just the wordy kind. Truth was, she’d been hoping for something more exciting than triple-word scores and bingos. Now the dark rose, Travis, was inviting her to play a different kind of game. Her secret extroverted side jumped in.
Maybe. Depends on what type of kisser you are.
His reply came immediately. One who pays attention to the woman I’m kissing.
The number of guys Calli had kissed in her thirty-one years could be counted on her hands. None of those men could make that sort of boast. All the kissing she’d experienced belonged in one of three not-so-exciting categories—slobbery, dry as the Sahara, and look-out-here-comes-my-giant-tongue. Her dates had kissed a set of lips, not Calli the woman.
She sighed and hit send. Then you have a very lucky girlfriend.
Not currently. What I have are lonely lips. Help me out, pucker up.
Cute. Well, his humor was, anyway. Travis probably had a great personality and mutt-ugly looks, a diamond inside a lump of coal. Otherwise, why would he be hanging out online on a Saturday night? Playing Scrabble, no less. Since they were in cyberspace, though, all that mattered was the diamond part.
She typed in her message. Nice girls don’t kiss on the first game board.
That wasn’t exactly a no. Maybe you’re not so nice?
In reality, she was nothing but a nice girl. But this wasn’t reality. You’re right. Lay one on me…
What she expected to see was some silly emoticon with big lips that would make her cringe. She braced for it, ready to end their chat at the first sign of a circular, yellow face.
Not so fast. Before I kiss you, I need to know a couple of things.
Not what she was expecting, but it wasn’t a smiley, thank god. Don’t worry, I’m clean. No viruses here. Your hard drive is safe.
Reader Praise for MORE THAN WORDS...
Author Eleri Stone said: "I read this in one sitting. Calli and Travis are nice people - people you'd want to know - smart, funny and flawed. They have wonderful chemistry from the beginning through their online game chat before they ever meet in person. I appreciated that when Calli's problem is revealed, Travis has a moment of "Can I deal with this?" and they have to work for their HEA. Great story. Fun, sexy and sweet."
Donna said: "Wow!!! I truly enjoyed this book it made me laugh and cry very real. Just a beautiful story!! Ohh and so hot, he was so hot!!!"
Janice said: "Karla Doyle has hit another home run...wait, that was her other book...which was knock it out of the park. This one...oh, mama! Seriously, Ms. Doyle has another winner with More than Words, and you won't be able to put it down."
Jan said: "I'm never disappointed with a Karla Doyle book. This one was a page-turner, with a hero so sweet and sexy you want to reach into the page and drag in out into the real world. This one is definitely one you'll find yourself reading more than once, and enjoying it as much the second time around."
Ruth said: "I absolutely loved this book. We find two really cool and interesting characters, Calli and Travis. ... I really liked how these characters meet, because it wasn't very typical, and it was really cute and I loved their whole interactions through their Scrabble games on the internet."
Sylinda said: "I will never think that Scrabble is a boring game again."