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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

I heard it and saw something in his look. What did he think he'd discovered? Daryl Devore's Two Truths and a Lie on Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor #hotread #billionaire #romance

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Wednesday morning is yoga - I'll check your blogs when I get home :-)

Today, I am showcasing a snippet from Two Truths and a Lie.

Scene set - Byn is a cat burglar. She spotted Mark when she was doing a heist at a party. They - accidently - meet in Monte Carlo where she has just done another heist. Her skill is her disguises


"I have eaten here a few times. I love good food." Mark folded his napkin and placed it next to his hand. "Also, I sent a message saying I was having supper here this evening with a wonderful lady and wanted something extra special." He shrugged. "Just trying to impress."

A black vision shot through my mind. Something I had witnessed in the lobby of Mark's hotel that he didn't know. "Am I the wonderful lady you mentioned or was it the woman I saw you pay off in the lobby when I arrived?"

Mark swallowed his mouthful of vegetables, wiped his mouth and returned his napkin to the table. And with a simple word he made the night one to remember. "You. You are the wonderful lady. Yes, I had a companion arranged for this evening. A highly-paid escort."

"A beautiful escort." For some reason, the food stopped tasting as wonderful as it had.

"Yes." He nodded. "In her profession, highly-paid and beautiful go hand in hand. Yes, I paid her. I had hired her for the evening, I no longer desired her services. Now she can spend the evening at home watching TV and doing her nails."

"And you chose to have dinner with me? Over her."

"I find you beautiful and intriguing. I am aware that this is not the real you. A sort of disguise, if you will. I am sure that when I am finally allowed the privilege of your true self that I will be humbled."

Oh. My. God. I couldn't speak. I knew my heart was still beating, I could feel it. And I was still breathing, but speech was stalled. My mind whirled with what he'd said. He knew I was in disguise. It did not repel him. Or anger him. It intrigued him. He wanted to meet me. The person under the false contacts, extra padding and coloured wigs. Could I possibly ever let him know me?

If I let him into my private world, I'd have to tell him my secret. An honourable man such as him would find that repulsive. I'd lose him.

A sound pulled me from my thoughts.

"Welcome back." Mark smiled. "I do apologize for startling you so with my thoughts."

"No one. No one, ever, has said anything like that to me."

"Then those people were fools. I saw the quality in you the moment you walked across the…room." His words stumbled.

I heard it and saw something in his look. What did he think he'd discovered?


 

Blurb and Buy Links

Blurb

The legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marian with a twenty-first-century twist. If you love hot, billionaire romances, then this is a must read.

From the author of the Two Hearts One Love Trilogy, multi-published, hot romance author Daryl Devoré's latest book revolves around deceit, betrayal, passion and the theft of a multi-million-dollar, rare, red diamond.

As if multiple planes crashes, a car accident, and a concussion isn’t enough, carefree Byn and straight-laced billionaire, Mark clash over Byn's need for independence and Mark's struggle with guilt pushing him in the opposite direction of love. When an art forger, an art thief and a ninety-five-year-old woman get involved the chance for true love for Byn and Mark fades.

All is lost until a children's game is their only hope.

 

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

You will enjoy this voyage into the passions, intrigues, and lives of everyday people of nineteenth-century England. Canadian Author Joe Giampaolo's Hampshire Stories #CanadianAuthor #Regency #Victorian


 

 Description of Hampshire Stories:

‘Hampshire Stories’ is a collection of short narratives set in nineteenth-century England. This collection was written with particular attention to historical accuracy and is recommended for teen and adult readers who enjoy love stories or dramas of the Regency and Victorian periods. In late 2019 and early 2020, ‘Hampshire Stories’ attracted the attention of thousands of readers from more than 30 countries on Wattpad. ‘Hampshire Stories’ was particularly well received by this international audience because of the author’s unique voice, evocative of an era genteel on the surface, but seething with gender, class, and colonial tensions beneath.

For the whimsical and witty 'Emma has a Lover,' 'The Summer Vacation,' and 'Frederick,' the author used a traditional direct speech form and a third-person narrator. 'A Forbidden Love,' is a drama written in memoir form. 'My Letters from Hubert,' 'Mathilda,' and 'The Magistrate,' also dramas, are written instead in epistolary form. 'The Holy Relic' is an embedded narrative (a tale within a tale) filled with magic and mystery in the gothic literary genre that was so popular with young female readers in the Regency period.

You will enjoy this voyage into the passions, intrigues, and lives of everyday people of nineteenth-century England.

Excerpt

 

HAMPSHIRE STORIES  

A Collection of Short Stories Set in 19th-Century England

Hampshire Stories - © 2019

Emma has a Lover – Excerpt from Chapter 1

 

SANDLEHEATH, HAMPSHIRE, OCTOBER 1824

It was a chilly October morning at Elmvale Manor on the outskirts of Sandleheath. Emma and Margaret Richardson were entertaining their cousin Sophie Wright in the small parlour. They were busy knitting and embroidering articles for the annual charity bazaar, which was to take place at their parish in two weeks hence. Reverend Hubert Jennings, Sophie's fiancé, was organizing the event to raise funds for the orphanage. The fireplace was lit as the temperature in the town of Sandleheath had dropped in the last few days. Through the windows, the trees appeared to Emma as blotches of red and yellow paint.

Emma was sitting in a large chair by the fire. Her tall and slender figure garbed in a white muslin dress. Her lustrous dark hair, braided and coiled, framed her delicate sweet face. Her green eyes sparkled with the reflection of the fire. Margaret suddenly interrupted the silence and asked with excitement in her voice,

"Ladies, who are we going to invite to our soirée next Thursday evening?"

Sophie replied without lifting her head from her work,

"The only gentleman that I care to invite is my wonderful Hubert."

Emma, with a slightly vexed expression, responded,

"Dear sister, do not call it a soirée; it is only a small gathering of a few close friends," then with a sly, but warm smile, she added, "I am going to invite our dear friend Earl Johnston, who has an acquaintance visiting from London. I believe he is a fine gentleman named Harry Hill. He is a young officer in the 11th Light Dragoon Cavalry billeted in London. It would be very proper to invite him as well. Perhaps this nice gentleman might arouse your interest, Margaret?"

Margaret declared with a smile,

"I have given up the hope of finding my knight in shining armour, my dear sister; men are too fickle for my taste! Also, I do covet my freedom, and I do not want to spend the rest of my life cooking and cleaning for a man!"

"Dear Margaret, you are such a queer duck! You have never cooked and cleaned in your life, and I am sure that you will continue to have, even if married, servants who will do that for you," Emma asserted in an amused tone.

Sophie stated with a severe frown and a sanctimonious tone,

"As a young girl, I craved the dignity of the sacred institution of marriage."

Suddenly, with an impudent smile and a careless tone, Sophie added,

"Apropos of Mr. Johnston, dear Emma, has he professed his love to you yet? I am sure that there is some tender understanding between you, my dear cousin, and Mr. Johnston."

Margaret interjected,

"If you ask me, I think Mr. Johnston loves our dear Emma to distraction."

Emma bent her head over her work to cover her deep blush. In a pugnacious tone and with a definite want of ease, she responded to her cousin's question, ignoring her sister completely,

"Mr. Johnston is a very proper young man who travels all over England and many times a year to London. While in London, he often goes to the Opera House, the British Museum, and many balls given by the Beau Monde of our capital city. If Mr. Johnston desires to take a wife, I am sure that he is acquainted with many young maidens who strike his fancy more than I. Furthermore, my dear, you assign to me an understanding of the affairs of the heart of Mr. Johnston that I do not have the pleasure to enjoy."

"There is no treatment for the malady of a devoted heart," Sophie insisted with a little air of tender mischievousness.

Emma stood up and put her work on her chair. As her lips quivered with a little frown, she said,

"In any event, I am not sure that my father would bless a marriage to a wonderful, young man like Mr. Johnston who is, nevertheless, a son only of a well-to-do merchant. In any case, my dear cousin, I am a fool to indulge your silly questioning."

She quickly regained her equanimity and invited her sister and cousin to join her in the breakfast room where tea was being served.

With much giggling and the rustle of fluttering gowns, the young ladies entered the large breakfast room and took their places at the mahogany table. Agnes, the parlour maid, had just set out Mrs. Richardson's exquisite china patterned with pink and blue flowers. The elegant table displayed a variety of their favourite teas - Bohea, Oolong, Pekoe, and Imperial - and a selection of scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream, jams, cookies, and cakes. They lingered over morning tea for over an hour, with exchanges of laughter and little secrets.

 



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 Author’s Biography

Joe Giampaolo is 57 years old. His publishing history includes over one hundred newspaper articles on business and politics and a dozen marketing studies. ‘Hampshire Stories’ is his first work of fiction. In university, Joe Giampaolo studied philosophy, marketing, and more recently creative writing. He particularly enjoys reading 19th-century English literature. Joe Giampaolo lives in Toronto, Canada with his family and three dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 26 September 2020

Love is a decision, a commitment, and a promise…but for how long? Love's Promise by cheryle Holloway #contemporary #romance


Love's Promise
The Struggle Book 2
by Cheryl Holloway
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Love is a decision, a commitment, and a promise…but for how long?

It’s been a while, since Bob proposed to Ava, the woman of his dreams, and purchased the special ring that she wanted. Ava’s biological clock is ticking, but Bob keeps postponing their wedding. Ava wants to fulfill her dream of being a June bride...now. She wants to wait for Bob, but he can’t seem to make it to the altar. Their struggle continues.

Life, love and pain—Can their relationship withstand another ride on this bumpy road called love?

In Love’s Promise, the struggling literary roller-coaster ride continues, and Ava is disappointed that her life isn’t where she expected it to be at her age—in a loving marriage with Bob. This gem of a book will keep you captivated with the many twists and turns, right up to the unanticipated ending.





Love's Ride
The Struggle Book 1 


Love makes the ride worthwhile…or does it?

Bob is ready to take the next step in his relationship, and he wants to marry Ava, the woman of his dreams. He’s been secretly saving up money for the “special” ring that she wants. To quicken the process, he gets a part-time job as a Ryde driver, but…Bob stumbles upon Ava’s secret. The struggle begins.

Can their relationship withstand secrets and cheating?

Love’s Ride is a literary roller-coaster ride that will make you happy, scared, excited, angry, hopeful, and more—not necessarily in that order.





CHERYL HOLLOWAY is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government.

She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Press. Cheryl is an avid reader and dedicated writer. She won her first writing contest at 15 years old with a State Crime Prevention Essay in Indiana. She began writing feature articles and later became a sportswriter and Editor. This author and book lover also enjoys traveling to any place with a beach. She was born in Chicago and raised in Indiana. She currently lives in southern Maryland and northern California with her family, where she is hard at work on three other book projects that are works in progress.

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Friday, 25 September 2020

Mars. It's fascinating to view photos of the red planet. #FridaysinSpace #Mars


Today's VIS image shows a small part of Daedalia Planum. The lava flows originate from Arsia Mons, one of the large volcanoes in the Tharsis region. The different surface textures are created by differences in the lava viscosity and cooling rates. The lobate margins of each flow can be traced back to the start of each flow — or to the point where they are covered by younger flows. Flows in Daedalia Planum can be as long as 180 km. Orbit Number: 81888 Latitude: -22.8438 Longitude: 240.412 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-05-30 23:16 https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA24086

 

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Thursday, 24 September 2020

My Books. My Blog. My Post. Darien's Desire is spotlighted this week. Daryl Devore's hot rockstar romance #hot #romance #rockstar #contemporary

 


You loved What Happens in Bangkok and want to know what happens next….

It's complicated is not only her relationship status, but the definition of Erika Bailey's life. She loves managing her drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand, but her rock star boyfriend resides in North Carolina. And to top it off, her father threatens she must stay away from Darien or lose the Pink Flamingo. Does she protect her club or her love?

Darien Scott, Grammy award winning international superstar, wants nothing more than to wake up in the arms of Erika, the woman he loves, but contractual obligations force him to exotic video shoots and an isolated movie set with one of Hollywood's sexiest stars.

With the feeding frenzy of social media trending every aspect of Darien's life—real or not—it's hard for Erika to know the truth. Will she be able to see through the lies and trust Darien? Or will evidence from damaging Internet rumors condemn their relationship? 

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Excerpt – HOT

Erika slid her hands over her head, down her breasts to her belly button.

Darien didn't respond. His gaze followed her hands, then lingered on her breasts.

"Hey." She tapped his chest. "My eyes are up here."

She bounced as his belly shook from his laughter.

He reached up to caress her breasts. She lightly slapped his hands away. "No touchy."

"How you gonna stop me?"

He does have a point. She touched the tip of her tongue to her top lip. "Light bulb." Reaching over, Erika pulled the belt off her robe.

Darien held out his hands.

"No questions asked?"

He placed his left wrist on top of his right.

Excitement skittered through Erika as she loosely bound his wrists. He raised his arms and tucked them under his head. "I'm all yours."

Erika flinched at the boom of thunder. "Sounds like it's getting close."

She loosened the towel that circled Darien's hips and flung the sides open. Her prize waited, erect and at full attention. She stretched out, resting her body along the length of his, his firm chest and belly against her soft curves.

Propped up on her elbows, she placed her mouth on his. He responded. Using the tip of her tongue, she brushed it against his lips. He opened his mouth. She slid her tongue inside and intertwined with his. His body tensed. Her pulse quickened.

Rain pattered on the thatched roof of the pavilion. She pulled back with a gasp, lowered her head and worked tiny kisses down his throat, his chest and along his stomach. As she backed up, the tip of his swollen cock bumped her bottom. She wiggled it. A groan erupted from his throat.

She lifted her hips and pressed her groin against his shaft. Flexing and tilting her hips, she positioned herself so her clit slid along his hot flesh. He bucked and moaned. A sweet internal tingle turned to an intense burn. Her body tensed as her focus centered on her need.

As quick as she could, she shifted and settled herself over his erection and eased down. He arched his hips. His chest rose and fell in rapid shallow breaths. She massaged her breasts as she rocked her hips.

"Pretend these are your hands. Feel what they're feeling." She teased and pulled at her nipples, making them swollen and pink. "Imagine your lips sucking on these. When I think about you doing that to me, it makes me so hot." She kept her rocking motion steady. "Like this?"

"Oh gawd, babe. Yes. You're so incredible."

She slid one hand down her belly to her clit and the other around, reaching for his balls. With gentle movements, she rubbed.

The rain increased. The wind howled through the trees.

He raised and dropped his hips, moans matching his movements. She dragged her fingers around his balls. His hips jerked as he deepened his thrust.

The sensation grew and spread through her.

 



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