Twice the Temptation
by Francis Ray
St. Martin's Press (Griffin)
June 21, 2011
Available in: Trade Size
In this first ever short story collection, New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray takes us on five steamy, sexy adventures. From a timid, dowdy duckling who turns into a confident, sexy swan which sends her into the arms of a handsome artist to a bridesmaid’s explosive encounter with the best man to an unproven actress who is being wooed to the stage by a handsome Broadway director. From a journalist’s very steamy night with an old flame to a woman who pretends that she is dating a wealthy businessman but never imagines he would show up to collect on that claim. Experience just how much Francis Ray can turn up the heat!
The Awakening (originally published in February 1999 as part of ROSIE’S CURL AND WEAVE anthology)
A timid, dowdy duckling turns into a confident, sexy swan—and into the arms of a handsome artist—with the help of Rosie’s Curl and Weave...
A Matter of Trust (originally published in July 2000 as part of DELLA’S HOUSE OF STYLE anthology)
Single mother Hope Lassiter, once a critically acclaimed actress, is now a cosmetologist at Della’s House of Style. When a handsome director tries to woo her back to the stage, Hope has to wonder if his intentions are more than professional...
Sweet Temptation (originally published in December 2000 as part of WELCOME TO LEO’S anthology)
A Texas Ranger and a candy shop owner have a blind date—with a delicious unexpected outcome.
Southern Comfort (originally published in June 2001 as part of GOING TO THE CHAPEL anthology)
A bridesmaid for the eighth time and not the bride, political fundraiser Adrienne Summers is fed up. Worse, she finds a major problem at this wedding—the Best Man. They’re fighting about her clothes (too sexy), her behavior (too flirty), and his macho views (wives shouldn’t work). It sounds like they just might be falling in love!
The Blind Date (originally published in October 2004 as part of LET’S GET IT ON anthology)
Ayanna Hardcastle pretends that she is dating wealthy businessman Tanner Rafferty in order to get her matchmaking friend off her back. But she never imagined that Tanner Rafferty would show up to collect on that claim!
New York Times and USA Today best selling author Francis Ray has written fifty-four titles.
As a literary fiction series writer within multiple genres,
world wide readers enjoyed her consistent bestseller’s
lists which included Historical, Romance, Diversity,
Christian and Contemporary novels. As well as the recipient
of numerous Awards throughout her literary career:
Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, The Atlantic Choice,Written Magazine Book of the Year, Borders 2008 Bestselling Multicultural Romance Award, Romantic Times 2008 Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner, 2013 African American Literary Awards Show-Best in Romance, The Francis Ray Romance Slam Jam Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in her honor from Romance Slam Jam, Building Relationships Around Books 2013 Woman Literature, the Francis Ray Lifetime Literary Award was named in her memory from BRAB, Romantic Times 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award for Multicultural Romance and NPR Books named HEART OF THE FALCON, the number 2 book for Contemporary romance list of 100 Swoon-Worthy Romance 2015.
Mrs. Ray, also established The Turning Point Legal Fund to assist women and children of domestic violence to help restructure their lives. The fund is administered by The Family Place, a woman’s shelter in Dallas, Texas.