Lucas: So, Rachelle, you hip with me? I mean, I wanna know. Why do you always write A**hole males?
Rachelle: I wrote you, didn't I? You tellin' me you're a jerk?
Lucas: Ah... no, but my predecessors, let's see here, King David. Whoa! Cruel and insensitive. I'm just reading the reviews. Arrogant, callous and unloving.
Rachelle: That's hardly fair. The man was living in what, 1000 B. C.
Lucas: Right, and he gets multiple wives. Princesses, serving maids, you name it. I'll have to agree with the reviewers. How the heck do you make a polygamist a romantic hero? [scratches head]
Rachelle: Pretty simple. Michal loves him and that brings out the sweet side of him. Might have taken her entire lifetime, but winning over a difficult man like that? Many women couldn't rise to the challenge.
Lucas: Couldn't or wouldn't? Is that what she wanted, a challenge?
Rachelle: Perhaps, but she also knew David when he was a young serving boy, playing music to calm her father, so I suspect she saw the goodness in his heart. And of course, his love for God no doubt played a role in her admiring him.
Lucas: Didn't hurt that he was a hero who killed Goliath. But seriously, your next dude, Crazy Man?
Rachelle: Name's Dave Jewell and he's a CEO of a successful startup.
Lucas: Hmmm.... not sure I like him at all!
Rachelle: Dave's a special case. He suffered great trauma. It takes a special woman to break through and care about him.
Lucas: You mean a criminal?
Rachelle: Did you read the draft or not? Jen's not a criminal, geez. She just has a shady past to hide.
Lucas: Mmm... mmm... mmm... sure she does. Okay, not gonna give away the plot, but I heard some of your beta readers hated him.
Rachelle: Sure, a CEO has to make quick decisions and be in control.
Lucas [spits his coffee]: That man is about the most out of control character. What was he thinking?
Rachelle: Hey, you don't know him like I do. Any more questions?
Lucas: Well, let's see, there's your husband.
Rachelle: Excuse me? Why're you bringing him in?
Lucas: Just sayin'.
Rachelle: He's got a stressful job, okay? Not like you, high on endorphins all day long. So he gets a bit difficult.
Lucas: A bit? Wow, talk about denial. Tell me, why do you like difficult men, er I mean alpha males?
Rachelle: Nothing personal here, but you're too nice. And you know what that means? You'll be nice to other women too.
Lucas: Oh ho! I think we're getting somewhere. Some women like difficult men because they're insecure. They figure they're the only one who can put up with him, so no one else will try. Is that it?
Rachelle [squirms]: Being difficult isn't enough. He has to be powerful, unobtainable, strong, and decisive. You know, an alpha male.
Lucas: Code for jerk.
Rachelle: So, Lucas. Tell me why you think you're not an alpha.
Lucas: Cuz I'm a sweetheart and when I love a woman, I treat her like a princess. And you're wrong about me being nice to everyone. There's nice and there's NICE. But I ain't no doormat. You heard me tell Maryanne she couldn't ignore me and then act like I'm at her beck and call.
Rachelle: That's true. You have your principles.
Lucas: Exactly. And I think those unobtainable men are really insecure. They're playing the male equivalent of hard to get. Doesn't make me respect them.
Rachelle: I prefer to think of them as tortured souls.
Lucas: Hey, whatever floats your boat. Anyway, I'm strong and supportive, decisive and loving. I don't think these concepts are antithetical.
Rachelle: You're a smart man, Lucas. That's why I trust you with Maryanne Torres.
Lucas: Thank you, she's mighty special to me, too. You aren't going to show them my handsome face?
Rachelle: Here's how Maryanne describes you while watching you sleep:
Lucas’ face exhibited a day’s growth of beard. Interesting how his beard was reddish brown, but his hair curled dark brown. Eyebrows and eyelashes were thick and lush, also dark brown. His nose flared at just the right angle, and his lips combined a rakish upper curl with a luscious lower lip. The top part of his chest lay exposed, tempting her to touch.Lucas: Why didn't she touch?
Rachelle: You'll have to ask her. Story's not finished yet, so no more sneaking peeks into her mind.
Lucas: Just be kind to her, will you?
Rachelle: Sure. I'll try. That's why I created you, Mr. Knight.
Title: Hidden Under Her Heart - coming 2013
Protags: Maryanne Torres & Lucas Knight
Logline: Raped and pregnant, a young nurse seeks justice while holding onto a shameful secret.
Blurb: Maryanne Torres has sworn off sex. Intent on finding a marrying man, she joins a church youth group.
A party at her pastor's house turns into a drinking binge, and Maryanne is raped.
Lucas Knight's only concern was winning the Ironman Triathalon until the morning he finds Maryanne bloody and unconscious in the church parking lot. He becomes the prime suspect, even though Maryanne cannot identify her attacker.
Maryanne wants justice but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby she plans to abort.
A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name and keep Maryanne's secret from drowning her and her baby.