K. Francis Ryan

Not All There Is to See (Current Project)

 

 

Excerpt of Chapter One - Not All There is to See

 

     Will Banister had an excellent view of the sea of people swirling around him. Over six feet tall he stood above the whirlpools of humanity. With a small sad smile, he could feel the isolation as it washed by him. So many people and still so many entangled in the grip of loneliness. Will was one of them. Friends and business associates he had, but no one with whom he could connect with and share his life.

      He thought his private thoughts as he walked toward a bench in the financial district’s Battery Park. He could see the grassy area from his office in the Grace & Company building. The nearly constant inclement weather made eating lunch in the park something to be longed for and savored.

     It had taken him twenty years, but Will had worked his way from the mailroom to the boardroom. Now, Grace was an international management firm that profited handsomely under his leadership. He had come far, but never so far he could forget his modest beginnings.

     Will lived in the same apartment building in the same neighborhood since he was first promoted to department manager. He owned that building now and many of the buildings on his street. He neither needed or wanted the trappings of wealth. Home is what matters.

     Will walked down the wide sidewalk separating large patches of manicured lawn. With a broad smile, he acknowledged a woman ten years his junior sitting on the park bench twenty yards ahead. He was thinking of the last few weeks of lunches they had shared on the bench, and the thoughts were warm and welcome.

      A striking woman with long blond hair and eyes the color of aged cognac stepped into his path. She was nearly as tall as Will with slender arms and shapely legs. Elegant was the only word most people applied to her. Repugnant was the word that sprung to Will's mind now.

     "Hello William," she said with a silky-smooth voice with a brittle edge. "Remember me?"

 

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Journey of the Heart - A Romantic Suspense Novel

 

     Journey of the Heart is currently in manuscript form only and has been submitted to a number of regional and national contests for unpublished works.

     Philippa Grant has a problem - her last resort is her only option. Having been forced into a corner, she must ask a stranger for help to save her home and her life from a murderous ex-husband.

     Ian Ross has attained a level of success others envy, however, success comes at a price. He has a promise to keep.

     The daughter of his mentor is coming with a request. Whatever it is, whatever she asks, Ian must say yes.

     Philippa and Ian’s relationship starts as all business but turns romantic when their attraction can no longer be ignored and won’t be denied.

     A single spark has ignited a raging fire of passion filled days and steamy nights. In saving themselves from the demons that possess and link their pasts they discover peace and healing is found in forgiveness on their Journey of the Heart.

the Assistant - A Romantic Suspense Novel

 

     The Assistant is currently awaiting publication.

     Elizabeth Forbes is the definition of high powered. She is also the definition of impossible to work for. She goes through executive assistants like other people go through dryer sheets.

     Thomas Prescott is intelligent, talented, always composed and impossible to dislike. He has been assigned to Elizabeth as an executive assistant.  There are only two differences between Thomas and the long succession of assistants Elizabeth has run off. He can’t be fired and he is able to remain unruffled in the face of her tantrums and demands.

     Opposites attract and soon they can’t deny their immediate, emotional and risky attraction or ignore the steamy chemistry that develops between them.

     Playing business hardball is a dangerous game. When tech entrepreneur Edward Scripts and his up-and-coming firm is rejected by Elizabeth for a stock offering, he takes his brutal revenge.

     Elizabeth and Thomas must unite to expose the naked greed and corruption of a madman and his Russian backers intent on derailing the democratic process.

Everything will pivot on The Assistant.

The Hostile Takeover - A Contemporary Romance

 

     The Hostile Takeover is currently in outline form.

     Samantha Ford is a superstar corporate attorney for the international Harrison’s Department Store chain. She has attracted the attention of Jeffery Harrison, the Harrison family’s playboy second son.

     Jeffery is convinced Samantha is his soulmate. It is a wholehearted belief the often-married Jeffery has convinced himself of many times before.

     This romantic relationship is different and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Harrison’s is depending on Samantha to frustrate the greedy intentions of Edward O’Leary who has his sights set on the highly profitable Harrison’s Department Stores.

     When Samantha and Jeffery’s relationship goes sour, it is up to Trevor Harrison to bail out his younger brother. It is the role the solid, serious and occasionally stodgy Trevor has always played. However, Trevor vows this time will be different. He swears this is the last time.

Thrown together to frustrate O’Leary’s plans, Samantha and Trevor find they are positively incompatible as business associates. Still, neither can resist the steamy temptation that simmers just below the surface.

They must manage their passions, however, while they come together to get out of the crosshairs and fight off The Hostile Takeover.