SPOTLIGHT: The Plan by Qwen Salsbury


 An Adult Contemporary Romance


Qwen Salsbury

Published by Omnific Publishing

Released February 2014

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Day of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.

Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.


This book was great. It was written in a writing style I really enjoyed. It was a way for the author to set a scene without a ton of unneeded words. I was able to visualize what was going on before each scene and sometimes got a laugh.

Day: Different.

Shit: Same.

I can totally relate to that!

The prologue had me intrigued and confused once I got to chapter one. Don’t worry. It makes sense as you read.

Emma has a fascination with Alaric and going by this I know I would be the same way:

“Alaric is the single most attractive man I have ever seen. Bar none. He’s the guy you wish Jennifer Aniston would be with just to get back at Brad.”

This is an actual quote from a conversation I had with my book bestie when I first started reading The Plan:

Me: I stayed up SO LATE reading The Plan!

Me: I am totally digging it.

Her: It’s good right?!

The morning this is in reference to, my husband asked me why I had trouble sleeping. I told him I didn’t have trouble sleeping. I just fought it and was prepared to suffer the day with three small children on little sleep. Worth it.

I really enjoyed this book. I was absorbed. It is a refreshing break from the norm and I would recommend this to everyone.

About the Author

Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there.  Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal.  Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup.  The boys prefer a PS3.

After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate.  She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.

A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year. Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.

For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).

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