The Power of Tess
Angelina J. Windsor
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Date of Publication: January 20, 2015
Word Count: 54,000
Cover Artist: Allyse Leodra
Tess is a sheltered Kentucky girl attending college in Los Angeles. In desperate need of fast cash for her grandmother’s medical bills, she answers an online “modeling” ad showing people having the kind of fun she’s never experienced. She’s all for it until she discovers what the position is really for. She’s never even had sex, for heaven’s sake, and now they want her to do what?!
Jonathon, filling in for his sister to run Rosemère Agency, an exclusive escort service, offers her a job with a twist. All her clients will be hands off until the end, when she’ll lose her virginity to the highest bidder. Jonathon promises the payout will be spectacular. Torn between lust for her off-limits boss and her need for money, Tess must use her power as a woman to find a way to save both her self-respect and her grandmother.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
An Excerpt From: THE POWER OF TESS
Copyright © ANGELINA J. WINDSOR, 2016
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
“But unfortunately I cannot be the one to assist you with that. My role here at the agency strictly precludes my physical involvement with any of our young women,” he says looking me in the eye. Do I detect a note of reluctance in divulging that information?
Was it just ten days ago I had sent off my resume and photo for an ad I encountered online? I had been surfing for summer acting jobs when it popped up. It promised travel and fabulous financial rewards. The kind of money to live out the rest of my days as a woman of leisure if I were so inclined. But it was the image of people having fun on a yacht that had stirred me to action. I couldn’t remember the last time I had fun. Harlan County, where I’m from, has two types of people: those looking to live off the proceeds of the coal mines and those looking to leave. Neither of them knows a whole lot about how to have fun.
In all honesty, today is my second time up to bat with the agency. Last week I think my exact words were, “Not over my dead body.” Now I was here trying to find his terms acceptable. One phone call from home had clinched the deal.
About the Author:
If, to quote Robert Louis Stevenson, to forget oneself is to be happy, than Angelina J. Windsor is most happy when she is immersed in the lives of my characters. Writing is all about giving your heart and soul to your storytelling. Obsessed with ideas and writing since she was one of those, the dreaded teenage poet, she spends time every day bringing worlds to life. For that journey she is humbled and grateful.
She writes in multiple genres (multi-published) across the writing
spectrum, from hard science fiction to sweet romance, though she is quite drawn to racy characters that have plenty of attitude to spare. She can only hope her books touch your life albeit briefly in our busy world, and give you moments of absolute freedom as you fly with her to other worlds. Thanks for reading! And may all your stories have a happy-ever-after.
Where are you from?
I’m a prairie girl. I live right in the center of Canada, near a very small town and I love the peace and quiet. Deer come right up to our deck. Nature is an awesome muse.
Tell us your latest news?
Ellora’s cave released, The Power of Tess this week, and it’s an exciting event for me. All the author proceeds are going to benefit women’s shelters.
When and why did you begin writing?
Been writing all my life, ever since I was one of those, the dreaded teenage poet.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve had milestones that have reinforced that I am a writer, like being accepted multiple times by different publishers for publication, but I guess since I first started writing stories and poems and devouring books in my teens I’ve felt like a writer. I used to be teased by my family that there could not be any books left in the library that I had not read.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I live in a fantasy world in my mind most of the time. Writing it down was only natural. But my muse for my very first book was the movie, The Green Mile, because I wanted to live through my heroine as a healer.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write and think about writing 24/7. Slowly, I have gotten better at it. So my writing style is always evolving. I read, read, read and that helps me improve.
How did you come up with the title?
Titles also evolve for me. They often change as the story changes, or the world outside changes.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, all my stories have messages at their heart. My beliefs color my stories with different themes at different times. The Power of Tess is at its heart a true love story. I believe in the power of love and change and my own muse is my wonderful husband who has taught me all about true love. He is my White Knight!
How much of the book is realistic?
All of it is possible, though the journey is all the characters’ own.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Always a little of both. My characters and their stories get layered by time and my own ability to change and absorb our world.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Gone with the Wind deeply influenced me. I love southern belles because of it!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
They all are in some way. Every book has changed me. Every moment I have lived has changed me. And every time I write I bring more to serve the story.
What book are you reading now?
I always have a few on the go. Each week I read at least one a day. I enjoy my fellow writer’s work at Ellora’s Cave and read a number of their books each week as well. To mention the one I’m on wouldn’t be fair to all the other authors! I also love reading about how to write better.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, quite a few that I call the Sisterhood. Again, I don’t want to leave anyone out, but they all have releases from Ellora’s Cave this month and into February.
What are your current projects?
I always have a few on the go. I love to write so much that it has almost become an obsession. The one this morning is the sequel to a new one coming out soon. Hello Forever’s sequel will be Avenging Forever (working title).
What would you like my readers to know?
That I love to hear from them! Knowing, if in just some small way, that I can touch their heart with my stories, that is more than reward enough. The author proceeds from The Power of Tess are going to help women’s shelters, a cause very near and dear to my heart.
Thank you for having me visit with you today! I enjoyed your questions. They made me think and are very insightful. J
5 e-book copies of The Power of Tess.