Title: The Baker
Series: Workplace Encounters
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Length: 40000 words
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Blurb: Ian Wallace works as a baker for his tyrannical father in their family owned Scottish Bakehouse in Casper, Wyoming. He wants to represent the bakery in the upcoming Tartan Day competition, but his father refuses to reveal the secret ingredients that make them so successful—unless Ian gets married and has a son, proving he is fit to continue the family line.
Just before New Year’s Eve, Cameron Lewis, a former Marine turned police detective, comes into the bakery for donuts for his department and some black buns for himself. Cameron is hooked, and as his visits become more frequent, they stir Ian’s father’s suspicions. But threats can’t stop Ian from donning his kilt and entering the competition anyway—to show his father what he can do on his own. Though he might not have the secret ingredients, Ian and Cameron might still discover a recipe for happiness.
Ian tried his soup. It contained more vegetables in one place than he’d seen in a while, and little pasta shells combined with a light covering of Parmesan complemented the goodness perfectly.
“Is it as good as it looks?” Cameron looked up from demolishing his salad and smiled when Ian nodded. “Great.”
Minutes of silence followed as they each enjoyed their dishes. Ian must have been hungrier than he’d realized, because the soup sated a sudden empty feeling inside him that he hadn’t even registered before. His stomach slowly warmed as he enjoyed the savory flavors. When he looked up again, Cameron was sitting back in his chair, watching Ian eat. Ian blushed a little, the sudden heat on his cheeks a little embarrassing.
“I’ve just discovered a new hobby.” Cameron smiled.
“You have?” Ian wiped his mouth with the spotless white napkin and leaned back in his chair.
“Yep. I love watching you eat. Your face is very expressive.” Cameron flinched. “That probably sounds a little creepy, huh?”
“A little.” Ian was pleased and a little flattered that the detective was paying such close attention though. He leaned forward, reducing his voice to a whisper. “Just don’t let anyone else know about you being a closet stalker. They might take it the wrong way.”
Cameron laughed. It was a good sound, and Ian couldn’t help but smile in return.
I’m a night owl and start writing when everyone else in my time zone is asleep. I’ve loved reading all my life and spent most of my childhood with my nose buried in a book. Although I always wanted to be a writer, financial independence came first. Twenty-some years and a successful business career later I took some online writing classes and never looked back.
Living and working in seven countries has taught me that there’s more than one way to get things done. It has instilled tremendous respect for the many different cultures, beliefs, attitudes and preferences that exist on our planet.
I like exploring those differences in my stories, most of which happen to be romances. My characters have a tendency to want to do their own thing, so I often have to rein them back in. The one thing we all agree on is the desire for a happy ending.
I currently live in the United Kingdom, sharing my house with a vast collection of books. I like reading, traveling, spending time with my nieces and listening to classical music. I have a passion for science and learning new languages.
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