Welcome to Book Clips, the mini podcast where authors and narrators give you a taste of a book with a short snippet.
In this episode we hear Brenda Murphy reading from her story Shifting Flames that appears in the book, Soul Burn, which is co-written with Megan Hart.
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A mistress, a werewolf, a screenwriter and a shapeshifter walk into your heart in these two sexy paranormal stories of love and redemption.
Shifting Flames (by Brenda Murphy)
Shunned screenwriter Eve Perez has something to prove. Shut out of the industry after a scandal, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to climb back to the top, even if it means working with notoriously difficult author Celeste Quon.
Reclusive best-selling author Celeste Quon is adored by a generation of fans, but would they love her if they knew her truth? Under pressure from her fans, Celeste agrees to bring her best-selling novel to the screen but on her terms.
After a freak spring snowstorm strands Eve at Celeste’s home she discovers Celeste’s incredible secret. Amid their fiery attraction should she let their relationship burn out, or surrender to the flames of their desire?
The Fire Inside (by Megan Hart)
For Clara, crafting pain into pleasure is her job. For Selena, it’s her salvation. When submissive Selena hires Clara as her Domina, it seems like the best of business arrangements. But when their emotions infiltrate what was meant to be only professional, both women are rocked by the possibilities that their relationship might be changing into something… more.
Selena has given her submission to Clara for months, but faced with the idea of giving her heart, she runs. Loving Clara means revealing her secret, the one that sent her seeking pain in the first place, and it’s a risk Selena can’t take.
Clara, confused and terrified by the glimpse she had of Selena’s true self, can’t keep herself from wanting more. And, as Selena’s Miss, she’s not afraid to demand she be given the chance to take it. Snowed in at Clara’s mountain cabin, the women must face the truth about themselves and about each other.
Can true love grow from a business relationship, and can it conquer even the darkest of fears?
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Transcript for Today’s Show
Please note this transcript has not been edited and is automatically generated meaning certain words will be incorrect.
you are listening to book clips a mini podcast in which authors and erasers do readings from novels check out the show notes for the synopsis and by links for this book hello this is Brenda Murphy and today I’ll be reading from my duology with Megan Hart soul burn this is from the first story in the book shifting flames a chill breeze listed the edge of Eve’s cocktail napkin and she slapped her hand over it to keep it from blowing off the table she took a sip of her bourbon and ginger ale before she checked the time on her phone sorry Eve a warm hand and her shoulder in an air kiss and the vague vicinity of her cheek announced her managers arrival it’s fine you’ve placed her phone facedown on the table the waiter arrived in Michelle perused the wine menu before she ordered she waited until he’d left before she raised her gaze to Eve’s well well what I told you on the phone it was a yes to whatever you had for me what’s the problem a dog of a book I can make chicken salad out of chicken feathers if that’s your concern Eve took another sip of her bourbon the smoky sweet taste of the alcohol smoothing off the rough edge of her anxiety I’m not concerned about your ability to write a decent screenplay what then IVA leaned back in her chair I’m going to be honest Michelle pressed close to the table and place both hands flat I’ve been around too long to know that phrase means anything what is it I’m not sure if it’s right for you after Eve spoke over Michelle I know I screwed up I can’t go back in time to change anything are you really dropping me as a client Michelle looked up at the ceiling before she brought her gaze back to Eve’s face how can you ask that I’ve stuck by you and if I was going to drop you I would have done it Michelle tapped the table drawing use attention look she lit did you dirty and stole your work I can’t change the past but I have a job for you though your name wouldn’t be the only one in the screenplay Eve took a sip of her bourbon come on spill the waiter arrived and placed Michele’s wine on the table ready to order another drink Eva looked at her glass another of these and an order of fries please with the trio dips Michelle waited until the server had left them to speak she glanced at the other tables and then leaned closer to Eve you ever read Celeste Kwan Stonegate yes along with millions of other people was on The Times bestseller list for what four years back when you actually had to go into a bookstore to buy a book you’ve curled the edge of her napkin and then smoothed it out want a shot at adapting it even hailed sharply who wouldn’t she met Michelle’s gaze for real yes why now was optioned years ago her contract has her with final and full approval of the screenplay oh no wonder Michelle covered his hand with her own and squeeze gently right but good for us because I’m desperate because I am do I get paid no matter what for my time or is it just tied to the script approval I’m not doing this on spec you get paid when it’s finished approved or not michelle trace the flower design on the table top with her nail what are you not telling me Eve rest her hand on top of Michelle’s stealing her motion you’ll have to go to Denver to work with her what the waiter placed Eve’s drink in front of her before he centered the platter of french fries between them along with two small plates anything else ladies yes please another glass of wine Michelle lifted her half-full glass and drained it she waited until the waiter was out of eavesdropping range she picked up a fry and dipped it into the small cup of sriracha mayonnaise she doesn’t travel or leave her home hasn’t been off the place in years and wants to work closely with the screenwriter according to her people he failed to stifle her grimace ugh she has people and what the hell she writes the scariest stories ever and she’s agoraphobic why can’t we Skype or something Michels expression softened we all have our demons and she insists on meeting the screenwriter in person what’s in time for him he fidgeted with her Fork and when do I leave Michelle popped another fry into her mouth chewed slowly when can you leave the option runs out in eight weeks Eve raised both brows what the hell I’m supposed to drop everything to run off to Denver and work with someone notorious for being difficult and come out with a screenplay she’ll sign off on in eight weeks for one of the most beloved books of all time no pressure Michelle you can say no Michelle tapped her phone screen with a turquoise painted nail tell me the payout Michelle turned her phone screen toward Eve you get half on completion of the screenplay approved by Miss Kwan or not the full amount if she signs off on it Eve took the phone from Michelle’s hand and stared at the screen besides Denver what’s the catch her compound backs up to St spark it’s too far from Denver to commute she expects you to live on the estate the waiter deposited Michelle’s glass of wine on the table and nipped away Thank You Michelle called it his retreating back before she took a large tip of her wine you know Barbara Davis yeah she’s good people I worked with her on the night as the hunter project Eve picked up a fry and bit into it why Michelle grimaced she left within 24 hours of meeting Quan Quan Zhen through six screenwriters in the last two years the longest stayed three days maybe they didn’t have the right motivation to stay you’ve passed Michelle’s phone back to her when do I leave Michelle leaned back in her chair and lifted her glass of wine and salute I knew you were the perfect person for the job Eve failed to stifle her eye roll and raised her own glass this has been Brenda Murphy reading from soul burn a duology with Megan Hart and out now from nine star press you have been listening to book clips check out the show notes for the synopsis