About Behind the Altar by PC Zick
A tattoo artist on a Harley. A do-gooder beauty. A forbidden passion. Love at first kiss.
Leah Bryant lives a quiet life helping others while preparing to marry the minister of her church. When her future mother-in-law, Geraldine, threatens her causes, she’s left confused by the hypocrisy and befuddled by a stranger who roars into town on a Harley.
Dean Davis, a famous tattoo artist from Miami, never wanted to return to his hometown. But when his father dies, he knows he must return and face his mother, Geraldine, and his ugly past filled with child abuse and neglect. When Leah discovers the stranger is the brother of her fiancé—who she’d been told was dead—she’s drawn to him and furious about the deception. Both are bowled over by an intense attraction to one another. The magnetic pull draws them into a passionate kiss within minutes of meeting. Leah, a homeless girl rescued by Geraldine, struggles to understand the cruelty of the older woman. Dean finally confronts the woman who threatens to destroy them all.
Leah’s controlled life and Dean’s emotional barriers both shatter and force them to examine their lives. Leah must choose between her safe engagement to Dean’s estranged brother, Jacob, and a dangerously passionate affair with Dean. And Dean must confront the demon from his childhood, his mother. Dean’s fear of loving and Leah’s need for security pull them together, rather than apart.
But none of it will matter if they can’t stop Geraldine, an unhinged woman on a destructive course to abolish everyone who opposes her thirst for power. When Dean and Leah, along with Jacob, threaten her, she goes on a rampage to destroy them all. The three of them must find a way to stop her first.
Behind the Altar is the first novel in the steamy Behind the Love small town Florida romance series that features sizzling attractions, dramatic confrontations, and intertwined and complicated lives. The romance set in small town Florida, show how friends stand up for one another and form families of their own choosing.
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P.C. Zick describes herself as a storyteller no matter what she writes. And she writes in a variety of genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, and creative nonfiction. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and novels.
The three novels in her Florida Fiction Series contain stories of Florida and its people and environment, which she credits as giving her a rich base for her storytelling. She says, "Florida's quirky and abundant wildlife—both human and animal—supply my fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable."
P.C. writes both sweet and steamy romances. The sweet contemporary romances in her Smoky Mountain Romances, are set in southwest North Carolina. Another sweet romance series, Rivals in Love, contains seven stories about finding and keeping love alive. The novels follow the Crandall family of Chicago as the siblings find love despite their focus on successful careers.
Her steamy romances go from Florida to Long Island. The Behind the Love series, set in a small fictional town in Florida, feature a community of people who form bonds as they learn to overcome the challenges of their youth. Her Montauk Romances are set in and around Long Island and feature simple, yet sophisticated beach houses designed with romance in mind. The two books in this set are filled with steamy scenes as love grows and thrives.
Zick offers a variety of nonfiction books, which include a book on vegetable gardening, a compilation of her essays and short stories from her decades-long career as a writer, and a primer for writers on taking an idea and turning it into a published book. She has also published and annotated the journal of her great-grandfather based on his experiences as a Union soldier during the Civil War.
Her novels contain elements of romance with strong female characters, handsome heroes, and descriptive settings. And all of her works express her philosophy of living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.