Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Laura's Light

[Greetings! I'm sharing a bit from Donna Gallagher's newest book in her League of Love series, Laura's Light. If you like rugby - heck, if you like sweaty, athletic guys - you'll like Donna's stories! ~ Lisabet]


Forty-two- year- old single mother Laura Harris devoted more than half her life to raising her son. She remembered the concept of having sex but it had been aeons since she’s actually been a participant - especially with a real flesh-and-blood partner. But it’s time to reclaim her life. Her son is a man now. And the rising star of the Jets rugby league team. Their future is brighter than ever and, for the first time, financially secure. But Laura is starting to think agreeing to have dinner with Trevor Hughes could be biting off more than she can chew. Not that she can’t see herself taking a nice big chunk from the absolutely gorgeous thirty-four-year-old sports commentator’s rump, he’s one prime piece of masculinity! She just isn’t sure how or when the whole sex thing will become an issue. She can’t even get past the what-to-wear step. Let alone the when-to-take-it-off stage…

Trevor Hughes usually avoids the woman with substance - he has enough of his own demons to deal without trying to care for anyone else. But there’s something about the upbeat, sexy, one-woman-dynamo Laura Harris. The woman is pure sunshine and happiness. And that’s surprising when you look at what life has handed her. Nothing seemed to dampen Laura’s spirits and she quickly becomes someone Trevor needs in his life…Until misunderstandings come between them. Can Trevor put things right?


I didn’t mean to fall asleep. I’m sorry… I should have left hours ago. This isn’t what is supposed to happen these days, I suspect.” Laura caught sight of the light shining from the corner of the closed drapes.

The sun is up! I have no idea what time it is. What on earth is Mitchell going to think?” Laura started to struggle in an attempt to free herself from Trevor’s hold, tried to remove herself from his arms, his bed. Then, realising she was naked, she froze. How the hell was she going to make a gracious exit when she would have to hunt, completely naked in front of him, for her clothing? Any chance of her maturing body’s flaws remaining hidden in the room’s darkness was now fading as the sun rose. Not to mention the walk of shame she was facing, going home in the probably now rumpled clothing that she’d left home in last night. Laura groaned.

Oh, this is so embarrassing. I’m not really up on the etiquette this sort of thing involves. You know, the morning after the night before. What the hell was I thinking?” Laura buried her face into the pillow, thinking that hiding from the world might magically make all her uncertainty and embarrassment go away.

She heard Trevor chuckling next to her, and anger was the first emotion to take hold.

This might seem funny to you, but I’m not some young bunny that hops from bed to bed. This is my first one-night stand and I’m a mother, for goodness’ sake. What will I tell my son? ‘Yes, Mitchell, it’s okay for me to stay out all night without letting you know, but heaven help you if you do the same to me—I’m the only one allowed to worry in this family.’ Not to mention the fact I’ve never stayed away from home before. No, I’m sure Mitchell is feeling just fine that his accusations proved correct, that we did end up in bed together. My God, what must he think of me?” And if the embarrassment of admitting her lack of a sex life hadn’t been enough to completely humiliate her, then bursting into tears left her in no doubt.


Sydney-born Donna Gallagher decided at an early age that life needed be tackled head on.
Leaving home at 15 she supported herself through her teen years. 
In her twenties she married a professional sportsman, her love of sport -- especially rugby league -- probably overriding her good sense.

The seven-year marriage was an adventure. There were the emotional ups and downs of having a husband with a public profile in a sometimes glamorous but always high-pressure field. There were always interesting characters to meet and observe and even the opportunity to live for a time in the UK.

Eventually Donna returned home a single woman, but she never lost her passion for watching sport, as well as the people in and around it.

Now happily re-married and with three sons Donna loves coffee mornings with her female friends, sorting through problems from the personal to the international. But she's on even footing with the keenest man when it comes to watching and talking rugby league.

Donna considers herself something of a black sheep in a family of high achievers. Her brother has a doctorate in mathematics and her sister is a well-known sports journalist.

An avid reader, especially of romance, Donna finally found she couldn't stop the characters residing in her imagination from spilling onto paper. Naturally rugby league is the backdrop to her League of Love Series, published through UK publisher Total-E-Bound, spicy tales of hunky heroes and spunky heroines overcoming adversity to eventually find true love.


By the way, Donna's running a blog blitz today and giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Want to check out the other blogs (she's got a bunch of different excerpts!)? Just go here:


Andra Lyn said...

lol! Love the intro! I sure do love sweaty athletic guys!
andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Lena said...

Great premise, Trevor sounds like the perfect guy for Laura :)


Maria D. said...

Lol...great excerpt - wonder what Laura really will say to Mitchell when they run into each other.

Thanks for the giveaway

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Rita Wray said...

This is going to be one hot read. lol


Lyra L7 said...

Oh misunderstanding, sound interesting, any hints as to what misunderstandings?

lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


bn100 said...

Nice excerpt


BookLady said...

Congratulations on the release of your new book! Enjoyed theexcerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Donna,

Sorry I'm chiming in so late - I was gone all day - but I really want to welcome you to Beyond Romance. Good luck with the book!

Anonymous said...

I'm not well-versed in rugby, but this sounds intriguing!


Anonymous said...

I love cougar stories and this one certainly a hot one. This is a definite buy for me.

Penumbra said...

I like the idea of the woman being older, so this sounds interesting.


Normandie Alleman said...

Sounds like such a great book, Donna! I'm cringing with her at the thought of having to discuss all this with her son. As we say at our house - Awkward!. Best of luck with everything!

Normandie A

Anne said...

Donna and her series are new to me. Are the heroines more mature than the guys in the entire series?


Tameka said...

Laura was already trying put an end to her romance before it even begun. What is she so affraid of.

Mary Preston said...

I'm nodding along to the introduction. Ticks all the boxes.


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