Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.
American Beauty, Book 1
After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.
She’s one week from graduation when her visa is unexpectedly denied. Given thirty days to leave the country, she must face the one thing she cannot survive again—saying goodbye and leaving her home. Yet within minutes of her world shattering, she meets a man with the power to piece it back together.
After finishing his tour of duty in Iraq, Aiden Hale traded battlefields for boardrooms, becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in the nation. But all his wealth can’t buy him reprieve from the horrific memories of war. The only thing that gives him peace is a painting of Elisa.
Drawn together by their invisible wounds, they begin a passionate affair as they race against the clock to defy their pasts—and fight for their future.
Earlier versions of this book were posted on the author’s blog under the titles of The Master’s Muse and 30 Nights of Snow, using the pen name Ani Surnois, and has since been extensively edited.
Title: Thirty Nights
Author: Ani Keating
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17th
The light of his bedroom is muted. No sound but the night and my loud breathing. He
is close, very close. I smell sandalwood. Cinnamon. Aiden. I see nothing but him. And he
has turned part beast, part man. The molten blue of his eyes stirs, melts, whirlpools, freezes and revives all over again, in some inner battle.
He caresses my cheek with the backs of his fingers, along my jawline, until he reaches
my lips. He traces my lower lip with his thumb and the edge of his nail scrapes my skin
lightly, back and forth, back and forth. My eyes close, my head lolls to the side.
Then, both his hands frame my face.
“Open your eyes,” he whispers. I do, but my eyelids are heavy.
“Elisa, have you done this before?” His voice is low, almost part of the night. I can only
shake my head.
“La virgen,” he mouths. “Are you sure you want this?”
This, yes. What’s coming later, no. I nod. Apparently the powers of speech have deserted
me. His lips hover over mine. I feel his hot breath on my mouth.
“I should stop you, but I won’t. Because every day, every hour—awake or asleep —since
I saw your first painting, you have haunted me.” His voice is on a tight leash, and the fire in his eyes rages brighter. One of his hands leaves my face and splays at the small of my back. He presses me against his body. Hardened, coiled. For me. He brings his mouth to my ear.
“I think it’s time I haunt you back.”
Ani Keating is an attorney, daughter, sister, and wife, living in the City of Roses, Oregon. When she is not in court or at the office helping clients sort through legal issues (and complaining about the photocopy machine), Ani explores her childhood passion for writing. Her first novel, Thirty Nights, is a sexy and heart-tugging story about love’s power to save and guide us even at our darkest moments.
Thirty Nights was originally posted online on fanfiction and on Ani’s popular blog. Over the course of eight short months, the story received more than half-million hits, 63,000 visitors, over 1,000 followers, and over 3,000 reviews and messages. It will be released for everyone on November 17, 2015. Its sequel, Ninety Days, is currently in the drafting stage.
When she is not writing, Ani spends endless hours at Powell’s Bookstore, exploring classics and latest releases. She also likes to stroll through the Portland Rose Garden, drool over shoes on any store window, and dance to everything from Beyoncé to Johnny Cash.