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Excerpt: If I Loved You by Mary J Williams

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Book Synopsis:

If You Only Wanted One Night Would You Take A Chance On a Man Who Wanted Forever?
Rose O’Brian wants to spice up her love life and Jack Winston seems like the answer. Sexy, funny and a killer smile, Jack is every woman’s fantasy. All she wants is one night of passion, nothing more. But Jack has a secret that stops him from taking her up on her offer, stops him from having the one thing he wants more than his next breath–beautiful Rose O’Brian. Rose has her own secrets. Emotionally scared, she’s never believed in happily ever afters. But for the first time she’s met a man who makes her want to open her heart, to dream of love. When Rose’s past rears its ugly head can she finally let go and overcome the hurt? Can Jack convince her to take a chance and embrace a future with him? Can he show her that love is there if she will only reach out and take it?


IT WAS SOMETHING out of a fairy tale.

Thousands of flickering lights dazzled her senses, almost as much as the tall, wickedly handsome man who so expertly danced her onto the shadowed balcony.  The music that filtered from the nearby ballroom only added to the already magical atmosphere.

Women dreamed their whole lives of a moment like this—a prelude to a happily ever after ending.  Ever so briefly, she let herself drift into that fantasy as if she was one of those women.  For a moment, she let herself pretend that her childhood had been filled with the kind of whimsy that allowed those fantasies to be carried over into adulthood.

But no, she wasn’t a romantic, hopeless or otherwise.  She didn’t want a prince to sweep her into his arms and carry her away on his faithful steed.  She was more than capable of rescuing herself.  And she preferred it that way.

The stars were in the sky, not in her eyes.

“I’m glad you asked me to dance,” her partner whispered, pulling her closer.

Suddenly, she was nervous.  The champagne she downed earlier had completely worn off.  No more floating on a cloud of false courage.  If she was going to do this, she was going to have to do it on her own.

“Jack,” she said.  Damn, it was hard to sound seductive when your voice squeaked.  “Jack.” That was better, lower and slightly husky.  She’d read somewhere that guys liked husky voices.



“Nothing, I just thought we were saying each other’s names.”  He put his lips next to her ear.  “I like the way you say mine.”

“Jack.”  Good Lord, she had to stop repeating his name.  “I need a favor, Jack.  A big one.”  Or should she say, she hoped he had a big one.  Rose groaned to herself.  At least she hadn’t said that out loud.

“I’ll help if I can.”

“You’re the only one who can help.”  She took another deep breath.  “I need you to take me home and screw my brains out.”

Links to places you can buy the book:

If I Loved You (Harper Falls Book 1) – Kindle edition by Mary J. Williams. Contemporary Romance Kindle eBooks @



Mary J. Williams was born and raised in Washington State. She attended Eastern Washington University and graduated with a degree in photography. It has always been her dream to write, but it took a while for the dream to come true. With the publication of “If I Loved You” featuring the love story of Rose O’Brian and Jack Winston, she hopes to expand on that dream and write many more. She will be revisiting Harper Falls and Rose’s best friends Dani and Tyler in future books, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “If You Only Knew”. Both books will be out later this year. Love stories were always her favorite when she was growing up, and now she’s writing her own.
When not writing Mary loves to read, garden (raspberry bushes are just starting to green up) and exercise, though the last part is not a favorite activity. She loves to bake (which makes the exercising really necessary), and cookies are her favorite.
Just before she downloaded “If I Loved You” for publication her hands were shaking so badly it was hard to hit the button. But for better or worse the book is out there. All comments and reviews are welcome, even the bad ones (let’s hope there aren’t too many of those).
Happy reading everyone.

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