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Forbidden (Southern Comfort #2)
by Lisa Clark O'Neill
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Self-Published/Indi
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 95,000

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Special Agent Clay Copeland lives his job. As a behavioral specialist with the FBI’s Investigative Support Unit, his days are spent traveling the country assisting other law enforcement agencies with their most disturbing and difficult cases.  Clay excels at his work, maintaining an easygoing affability and sense of humor despite his frequently gruesome job. 

Until one case goes terribly wrong…

Shaken by the loss of a young child whose death he lays at his own feet, Clay seeks refuge in the sandy beaches and plentiful feminine distractions to be found along the South Carolina coast.  And no female has ever distracted him quite as much as local innkeeper Tate Hennessey.

A woman with her own ghosts, Tate is a single mother to five-year-old Max.  Against her better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the charming and handsome agent.  When an outing to a traveling carnival ends with another family’s tragedy, Tate and Clay are sucked into the resultant investigation into the abduction of a young teen.

And neither of them can be prepared for what their chance encounter eventually uncovers.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.


THE hazy half-light of dusk had begun to settle by the time Clay and Max finally made their way to the Ferris wheel.  Midway lights throughout the entire fairgrounds popped on in a symphony of rainbow hues.

“Look, Mommy.” Max pointed toward the kaleidoscope of bright bulbs outlining the ride.  Reds and greens winked against the pinks and indigos of the evening sky, creating a panorama of saturated color.

“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Tate scooped him into a hug, smiled over his head toward Clay. The first tentative breath of night sighed like relief through the trees.

“It certainly is.”  Blind to the lights, Clay looked at Tate, and thought he’d never seen anything more lovely.  The fact that she’d seen both innocence and trust perverted, was raising a child without a father, and still managed to look at the world and see its wonder made Clay feel that he’d taken his first real breath of that air.

He’d been suffocating, Clay thought. In work. In routine. In the sheer, unrelenting misery he saw all too often.  And here, here was goodness. 

He wanted to drink it in.

About the Author
One fine day in the not-too-distant past, Lisa Clark O’Neill left Wittenberg University with a BA in English, which she promptly neglected.  After working as an interior designer, decorative artist, and Montessori art teacher (there may have been a BA in art as well,) she finally settled into the role of mother to two very fine children.

However, two years of doing the stay-at-home-mom brain cell melt drove her to pull out a pen and one of her old college notebooks.

That turned into six manuscripts.

Lisa spent subsequent years avoiding housework by burying her nose in just about every romance novel she could get her hands on, after completely falling in love with the genre.  Her own work falls into the romantic suspense sub-genre, with strong comedic undertones.

Lisa currently lives in the Atlanta area with her family, her dog, her cat and her daughter’s pet rabbit.  When she isn’t attempting to keep the rabbit from eating the woodwork, she’s hard at work on her next novel.

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