Author: Qwen Salsbury
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: February 11th, 2014
Day of Employment: 359
Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.
Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.
He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.
Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.
It is a goal. Emma has a plan.
Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there. Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal. Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup. The boys prefer a PS3.
After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate. She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.
A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year. Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.
For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).
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5 refreshing stars!
I won’t rant again about pulled and published fanfiction, I’ve stated many times how remarkable it is and how mistreated.
The Plan is another brilliant example.
You know that story where the plot is kind of already playing in your head before it happens and you go like “I knew it would happen”, and you can almost see it coming.
Yeah, this is not one of those stories!
Prepare to be amazed.
Qwen Salsbury has managed to do the unthinkable. Write a story as it happens – real time and real flow of the plot through the narratives’ POV with dates and hours – without letting the story get old or unable to hold the readers attention.
Usually I don’t read comedies. Or witty and sarcastic stories because I find them hard to follow and hard to connect to the characters when the plot is full of forced lines and witty jokes just to make them seem smarter and ‘new’.
This wasn’t the case. And actually it was so easy to read, almost like I was there – an invisible audience – watching it unfold. Brilliant!
Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar.
But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.
It is a goal. Emma has a plan.
Emma has a plan alright. She wants the boss and she has a plan. Nothing new there, of course but Emma’s plan for the boss isn’t what made me like her, no. She was. Unlike other heroines, Emma is not the pushover giggling girl and she is smart and funny in a way that didn’t come off as forced. Plus, she knows when to shut up and do as she is told. Actions speak louder than words and it seems to work just fine with her ass of a boss.
He is a jerk but he is just a good jerk.
Alaric Canon has no clue that she even exists. She literally passes by him and he doesn’t even acknowledge the movement. If that isn’t refreshing and intriguing, I don’t know what is!
And Emma has a plan.
Salsbury raises the bar high that is for sure. And on her debut novel no less, hands down amazing and refreshing!