Billionaire Unmasked ~ J.S. Scott

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 Jason Sutherland is a billionaire investor who has it all: good looks,
billions of dollars, and every expensive toy a man could ever want. What
he doesn’t have is the one thing he wants the most: Hope Sinclair.
Unfortunately Hope, the little sister of his best friend, was off
limits. But when he finds out that she’s getting married, he decides
that he’s staking his claim before it’s too late, and it will take more
than a little deception and risk to accomplish his goal. Hope could end
up hating his guts, but after spending one forbidden night with her that
he can’t forget, he knows he has to try to make her his forever.
Hope Sinclair was born into money, but being rich has never made her
happy. The one thing she wants is a man to care about her and not her
bank account. The closest thing she’s ever found to real happiness was
the magical, passionate night she’d spent in the arms of Jason
Sutherland…until that night turned into heartbreak. So when he
unexpectedly comes back into her life in the strangest of ways, Hope is
determined to resist her attraction to him.Thrown together by Jason’s deception and with their passion still
burning hot, can the two of them survive after the billionaire is
unmasked?

18+ only. Not suitable for children and teens under 18.

 

 

 

 

If you want to try the prequel first you can check out Jason and Hope in this short read

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 Other Books In The Series 
Mine For Tonight


Currently Free 
Down
on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a
massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will
surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a
miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and
overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is
impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s
never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to
her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger
to her emotional sanity?
Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would
rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows
with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara
Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never
experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches
over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her,
not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very
well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that
in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.”Mine
For Tonight” is book one of “The Billionaire’s Obsession” . Books in
this trilogy do not stand alone and need to be read in order. They
include:

The Billionaire’s Obsession (Complete Collection)

 

This complete collection of The Billionaire’s Obsession includes:
Mine For Tonight
Mine For Now
Mine Forever
Mine Completely
Down
on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a
massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will
surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a
miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and
overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is
impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s
never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to
her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger
to her emotional sanity?
Reclusive
billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating
computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly
what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches
Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For
over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit
his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a
situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to
help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be
salvaging his own soul.
18 + (This book contains graphic language, very steamy love scenes and lots of emotion.)
Heart Of The Billionaire (Book Two)
Author
Note: This novel is the complete story of Sam and Maddie, but reading
The Billionaire’s Obsession – The Complete Collection (Simon and Kara’s
story) first is highly recommended to enhance your reading pleasure.

 

Sam and Maddie are here!
Billionaire
Sam Hudson has pretty much lived his life with no apologies because he
tries never to do anything that he’s sorry about…except for what he had
done in the past to Dr. Madeline Reynolds. Many years and regrets later,
Sam meets up with Maddie again by chance; his brother Simon is marrying
Maddie’s best friend and the two of them are forced to be civil. But
Sam wants to be more than polite, and he wants another chance to make
things right, so he offers Maddie a bold proposition, an offer he knows
she’ll have a very hard time declining even though she hates him.
Dr.
Madeline Reynolds adores her best friend Kara and her fiancé Simon, but
being forced into the company of Sam Hudson, because they are both in
Simon and Kara’s wedding, is pure torture. She’s hated Sam for years,
but when he offers her a bargain, something near and dear to her heart,
she’s torn between her dislike for the man and the offer of something
she’s always desperately wanted. Once, Sam Hudson nearly destroyed her,
but Maddie discovers that sometimes things aren’t always what they
appear to be. Is Sam really a devious heartbreaker, or is there
something more to him beneath the surface?
Can two people with so many years of hurt between them learn to trust each other again?
Please
note: This is an erotic romance and not appropriate for YA readers.
The book contains graphic sex, language and situations not appropriate
for YA readers.
The Billionaire Salvation (Book Three)
Amazon –  B&N
Billionaire
Max Hamilton thought he was finally starting to find contentment, more
than two years after losing his wife Mia in a tragic drowning accident.
He’d
been reunited with a sister he hadn’t realized existed. Finally he had
family again, a reprieve from the pain and loneliness that had haunted
him since his devastating loss. Yeah…he was as happy as a man could be,
considering he had lost the other half of his soul and most of his heart
when fate had torn his wife away from him.
Or
so he believed…until the day he rescued a mysterious woman in the park,
a female who somehow had managed to reignite a part of him that he
thought was long dead…
Suddenly,
Max’s protective, dominant, possessive male instincts flare to life,
leaving him at a loss as to how lightning could possibly strike twice in
one lifetime. Is he truly being given another chance at real happiness,
or would it be dangled in front of him, only to be taken away once
again?
Find
out by reading The Billionaire’s Salvation, Book 3 in The New York
Times Bestselling series, The Billionaire’s Obsession. This is a
complete contemporary erotic romance novel with no cliffhangers!
 The Billionaire’s Game (Book Four)
The Billionaire’s Game – The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Kade

 

With
his professional football career over due to a tragic accident,
billionaire Kade Harrison takes on the task of solving a mystery for his
brother-in-law and friend, Max Hamilton. Without his former career to
fill every minute of the day, Kade’s looking for something to challenge
him–now that he’s lost the career that had meant everything to him.
But what starts out as a simple favor soon becomes a whole lot more than
he bargained for when the woman he’s seeking slips away from him every
time he gets close to finding her. When Kade does finally corner her,
things start to get even more complicated. Asha Paritala is nothing
like he expected, and the female he had tracked down as a favor for Max
soon becomes a woman he wants for his very own, a woman who makes
protective and highly predatory instincts he didn’t know he had flare to
life inside him. Kade soon discovers that he wants Asha’s total
surrender to the desire and passion that vibrates intensely between the
two of them, but he also wants her trust, the one thing Asha’s history
makes it difficult for her to give. Can Kade convince her that some
things are worth risking it all?
Caught
between two worlds, Asha Paritala is homeless, broke and damaged from a
life of abuse and neglect. Born of an American mother and an Indian
immigrant father, Asha was raised as an Indian woman by a foster family
after the death of her natural parents when she was little more than a
baby. She’s spent her entire life under the control of others until
finally breaking free two years earlier, and she’s determined to keep
her freedom, even if it means she has to struggle to survive. But when
she meets Kade Harrison, her resolve is tested. After Kade helps her
through a bad situation, she finds herself beginning to trust Kade as
she’s never trusted a man before. Kade is everything she always
thought a man should be, but can she lose herself in him completely when
she knows she’s damaged and confused. And is it really possible that
she could be a lost sibling to two people like Max Hamilton and Maddie
Hudson? Asha is tempted by the possibility of family, and the
irresistible lure of a man like Kade Harrison. Can a woman caught
between two cultures, so flawed and so backward, really reach out and
take what she wants, or will the instinct to run from the pain of her
past destroy the hope of happiness for her future?
Find out if two broken souls can heal each other in The Billionaire’s Game, book 4 of The Billionaire’s Obsession series!!
This is a complete novel with no cliffhangers. 18+ due to sexual situations and graphic language.
After
four years of working for “the billionaire boss from hell” Ally
Caldwell thinks she finally has her life on the right track. Her fiancé
is out of dental school, ready to go to work at a thriving practice, and
it would finally be her turn to go back and finish her college degree.
Unfortunately, her carefully planned future crumbles when she finds out
that her fiancé, the man she’d nearly killed herself to help get through
school, has been cheating on her. With her wedding looming in the near
future, Ally’s blindsided, realizing she’d never even knew the man she’d
been planning to marry. Suddenly, her carefully organized life is
turned upside down, and not one single thing is turning out the way it
was supposed to happen. Even her boss, Travis the Tyrant, is beginning
to act differently, throwing Ally into an even more confused and chaotic
state of mind. Travis, the one man who she’d always counted on to be a
jerk, was now the guy who actually steps up to try and help her
straighten her life out again. Unfortunately, she doesn’t much care for
his highhanded arrogance or his methods of “helping.” Ally wants to hate
Travis. It makes her life so much simpler to fight with him than to
admit to the combustible chemistry growing between the two of them. But
as she begins to see more and more of the real Travis beneath his dark
façade, she can’t seem to resist the dangerous lure of their unlikely
attraction.Billionaire Travis Harrison does
everything he possibly can to repair the Harrison name after a scandal
nearly destroyed his family years ago. He makes sure he keeps himself
and his actions in check, his emotions buried under a thick layer of
ice. Only his secretary and assistant, Alison Caldwell, makes him come
close to losing his carefully constructed image. The obstinate female
keeps shoving him closer and closer to the edge of sanity every single
day. But when he finds out about her fiancé’s betrayal, his protective
instincts roar to life inside him, making him want to ensure she’s never
hurt again. The only problem is…Ally doesn’t want his help, and the
infuriating woman does everything she can to push him away, even as the
two of them are swept into an undeniable passion that neither of them
can possibly ignore. Before long, Travis finds himself in ruthless
pursuit of something much more important and elusive than just a
business deal.Can these two very different, very stubborn
people actually be meant to be together? Find out if Travis and Ally can
let down their defenses and surrender to a love so powerful it will
rock them to the depths of their souls in Billionaire Undone, Book Five
of The Billionaire’s Obsession series.

 

 
About The Author

 


J.S.
Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy
romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature.
Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary
erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost
always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she
just can’t seem to write them any other way!
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Coming Soon! Whirlwind Romance ~ M.S. Spencer

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Whirlwind Romance by M. S. Spencer

 

What do pirates, princes, Puritans, and propaganda have in common? Lacey Delahaye, forager and jelly maker, finds out in this romantic suspense set in the western Caribbean.

Secret Cravings Publishing, 9/2/2014

89,000 words; M/F; 3 flames; Adventure/Romance

In the aftermath of a hurricane, Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken far from civilization to a tiny, remarkable island in the western Caribbean. With the help of her son Crispin, a small, but proud young boy named Inigo, and a cadre of extraordinary characters, Lacey and Armand must confront pirates, power-mad ideologues, and palace intrigue if they are to restore the once idyllic tropical paradise to its former serenity and find lasting happiness.

Buy Link: This book will be available for pre-order from the publisher and Amazon starting August 29.

Excerpt (PG): Slipping briskly into an intimacy

The full moon shone through the window, illuminating Lacey’s nodding head. Armand touched her cheek. “Time for bed.”

Stung, she shot back, “I’m taking care of you, remember?”

He held up a hand. “Sorry! I’d forgotten.” After a moment, he asked, his tone diffident, “Can you help me up?”

Lacey put an arm around his back and together they limped to Crispin’s room. She took his pants and shirt off and folded them neatly. As she turned to leave, he touched her arm. “Stay a minute?”

How could she admit she had to get out of there quickly or she wouldn’t be able to go at all? His handsome face—the strong chin covered with stubble, the pearly teeth contrasting with his tan skin, not to mention the long, graceful fingers he held out to her—all conspired to lure her closer. Her heart led the way, propelling her to his side. She sat down. “What is it?”

“Lacey…um.”

Her body tensed as desire fought to get out and she fought just as hard to keep it in. I have to go. I have to…go. “What?”

His words came out in a rush. “Lacey, the other day—the first night—when you rescued me. When we…we…”

Don’t say it. Don’t say it. Christ.

“I…uh…want you to know I don’t do that on a regular basis.”

His air of  shy ambivalence gave her courage. “I see. You don’t have sex on a regular basis?”

“No, no, it’s not that.” He stopped, flustered. “Or, I mean…er…I don’t sleep with women indiscriminately.”

Should she let him off the hook? Nah. “But you do sleep with a lot of women?”

“No! Lacey, you’re being difficult on purpose. I meant, that I didn’t mean to…you know. It just happened. Forgive me?”

“I—”

Armand interrupted her. “Not that it wasn’t enjoyable.” He seemed distracted, running a finger down her arm. “Wonderful. Fantastic. Too short.” He peered at her. “Lacey, you must know how beautiful you are. You have the most perfect cheekbones I’ve ever seen.”

“Cheekbones?” What the hell is he talking about?

“I’m an amateur photographer. Those cheekbones could belong to a supermodel. Perfectly sculpted. And your nose—” he tapped the tip, “a little pixie nose—it even turns up slightly. Your long, fine hair is the russet-gold of burnished copper pots I once saw piled high in a shop on Martinique. Your eyes…” He closed his. “Your eyes are the blue-green of a freshly mowed cricket field, of the emeralds that grow deep in the mountains, of the lagoon near my home on a blustery day.” He touched her hand. “Then there’s your body—as I remember it—a soft, comfortable, pillowy—”

“Hey!” Lacey shook her head to break the spell. “I think you’ve said enough. Get some sleep.”

She tried to rise, but he slipped his arms around her and drew her close. She wanted to struggle. She tried to struggle. It was no use. The long kiss filled her with a warmth that matched a fire on a cold night, a cup of cocoa, or a hot bath. As he pulled away, the warmth turned to blazing passion. The power of it frightened her. I’ve got to go. She ran out of the room before he could stop her.

****

M.S.Spencer Author 200x300About the Author

Although she has lived or traveled in every continent except Antarctica and Australia (bucket list), M. S. Spencer has spent the last thirty years mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent. She has two fabulous grown children, and currently divides her time between the Gulf coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.

Ms. Spencer has published nine romance novels. You can find Losers Keepers, Triptych, Artful Dodging: The Torpedo Factory Murders, Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine (a Sarasota Romance, Lapses of Memory, and the Mason’s Mark —at Secret Cravings and other fine e-book stores.

 

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Bittersweet Catastrophe ~ Maureen Mayer

 

 Bittersweet Catastrophe (Second Chances #2.5)

Author: Maureen Mayer
Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age
Release Date: August 18, 2014
 
For•ev•er
(fɔːˈrɛvə; fə-): without end; everlasting; eternally
It
might have taken twenty-two years to find Liberty, but now that
Shayne has her, he’s not willing to let her go without a
fight.

Shayne
and Liberty finally found their forever, leaving Shayne’s past
indiscretions behind and moving forward to start a life together. But
what if forever wasn’t truly in the stars for them?

What
should be one of the happiest times in their lives as newlyweds
quickly turns into a race against time. Liberty must choose between
accepting her fate and protecting her family, and taking a risk that
could ultimately end in more heartache.

Liberty’s
decision will test the strength of their trust, but is it enough to
keep Shayne from breaking down altogether and losing the woman he
loves

 

 

Maureen
Mayer was born, raised and currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her
loving and supportive family and boyfriend of 9+ years. She’s
always had a love for the outdoors, and when the city isn’t buried
under snow, she can be found hiking, fishing, camping or lying on the
beach. She’s a sucker for off-color humor, but holds a sweet spot
for sick and twisted horror films. When she’s not writing, you can
find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy
romance novel and falling in love with the latest book boyfriend.

 
 

Four years and still learning ~ Natasza Waters

 

Four years and still learning

 

Somewhere in 2010 a woman who had escaped a life of prostitution and abuse in Poland found her way to Canada and eventually my patio. She was a friend of friend, and we spoke about opportunities life has to offer. Eventually, we talked about the opportunities we didn’t lunge for, and I told her I used to write. This woman, who had been through so much, looked me square in the eyes and asked me, “Why not.”

I didn’t have a good answer, and the next stage in my life began when I started to write “Too Grand For Words”. nw-toogrand3

In the past four years my learning curve looks like a right angle, from flat line to there’s-no-end-in-sight. Lots of work—yes. The journey has been full of huge valleys of doubt and a few standing-on-the-top-of-a-mountain moments to keep me going. After winning the “Reward of Novel Excellence” award this July for “Code Name: Ghost” the first book in my military romance seriesCodeNameGhost_MED I had a moment to reflect on what it really meant. After I picked my jaw off the ground I had to accept that readers liked what I wrote. There are other “big” moments in a writer’s career. Holding their first book in their hands is one all writers will tell you is a “bing” moment. A newspaper reporter asked me if I had anything to tell new authors. My response came easily. “When creativity crosses paths with determination, a book is born.”

Indie and self-published authors are all swimming upstream like a school of salmon. Everyone is trying to jump out of the water to be seen. Since joining the Indie world I have met the most amazing people. Those who are higher up the ladder reached out a hand to help me. I in turn, do the same. That’s the essence and beauty of Indie.

It would take thirty thousand words to describe what I’ve learned along the way and who knows how many words to guess at what’s coming next, but if you’re an Indie author and see that it’s getting tougher to sell your books as the industry changes, I have three words for you. “Keep the faith.” If you’re thinking about penning a novel, I have four words. “Write the damn book.”

If you want a hand or advice my website is always open www.nataszawaters@gmail.com

My Facebook is waiting https://www.facebook.com/natasza.waters

If you’d just like to email me Nataszawaters@gmail.com here’s the ads.

If you’ve written a novel and want it reviewed SSLY is a fine place to start as is www.indtale.com
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Good luck in your writing journey and if you’re a reader, thank you for sharing your reviews on Goodreads and the e-retailers you purchase our books from. An author spins a tale because they love to write, but it’s the reader who relaxes in their favorite chair and opens our novel to page one, submersing themselves in our worlds, that makes it all worth it.

Love, hope and faith

PS I’ll be in St. Louis at the Penned Con conference Sept 11-13th. Come visit me.

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From Me to You Friday- Tamara- A New Idea

One of the questions I often get asked is “How do you come up with ideas for your stories?”

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My usual answer is… “I don’t really know, they hit me from anywhere, an ad or article in a magazine, a TV show, a line in a movie, something a friend says, a billboard, my imagination. The sources are endless.”
But, I am currently writing a new book (super secret) haha, no it’s not! I’m shouting it from the rooftops. I’ve always wanted to write a paranormal romance and I finally had the muse whisper a story into my ear.
So, I wanted to tell you the story of how this book/series came to be, because it’s kind of funny. I was at a release party event for a friend and a fellow author posted a contest. Her question was, “If you were going to write a shifter romance, what kind of shifter would your hero be? And how would he meet his heroine?”
Hmm, I had didn’t have to think long about what kind of shifter I’d write about. It had to be a bear. I love Bear shifters! So big and burly and hairy! Yum. But I had to devise the scene of how they’d meet. Here’s what I came up with:
Bern had come into the store for his daily honey fix. He admitted it, he was addicted to the stuff. He had just bought two dozen biscuits at the bakery and he was going to drown them in honey, along with a nice piece of salmon for dinner.
When he stepped through the door he stopped in his tracks. His nostrils flared and his heart began to race. What was that fabulous scent? Like honey and vanilla, but something else too. Something that was making his cock stand up in his pants and do a happy dance.
Mate. Oh my God and goddess, his mate was in this store. He couldn’t think. Instinct took over and his legs carried him to the source of the tantalizing scent that had his libido raging and his bear roaring.
He was beside her before his brain had caught up with his body. He had to touch her. She was his. His hand covered hers as she reached for a jar of honey on the shelf. “Mine,” he growled. When she looked up at him with crystal blue eyes he thought he’d fallen into them and drowned.
Flawless porcelain skin covered a face that could have been painted by Botticelli. Pale blonde lashes framed her started eyes and her cheeks were flushed an enticing pink. She bit her bottom lip and he wanted to kiss away the sting of her torment to the luscious flesh.

“There’s more than one jar.” she said, and her voice was husky and sweet.
He released her hand and skimmed his along the velvet softness of her cheek. She shivered.
“I am Bern, and you are mine,” he said.
She took a step back and a low growl escaped his throat. His bear didn’t like their mate backing away from them.
“I beg your pardon?”
“You are mine. You are my mate.”

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Now, I’m exaggerating of course, I didn’t write that whole scene for the comment, but the fact that they met in store over a jar of honey, and so Hers to Bear was born. It had since turned into the Animal in Me series and I have 4-5, maybe six books rolling around in my imagination screaming for attention.
I have about 35,000 words of this MS finished and hope to submit it in September. Rumors have been flying about that “Paranormal Romance” is no longer popular, but I’ve never been one to follow the trends, and I love it. What do you think? Do like shifter stories? Did you like the sneak peak at Jenna and Bern?

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Hugs to you all! See you next time!
Tamara

Manhattan Dinner Club ~ Jean C. Joachim

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THE MANHATTAN DINNER CLUB SERIES

 

The idea for the Manhattan Dinner Club series came to me when I thought about what I’d do if I were single. I’d corral three friends and we’d meet for dinner every Monday night. From there the idea took off. The friends became four women who owned pugs. They meet at “pug hill”, a real place, in Central Park in Manhattan. The women become fast friends. Each book chronicles the life of one woman. Meet Rory, Bess, Brooke and Miranda. Join their journey to find love and happiness. All four books have been published.

 

Here’s a small taste of each book:

DINNER CLUB

RESCUE MY HEART

Rory took pity on him. “Guess you’ll have to suffer through some of my food.” Rory reached her good arm high above her head to keep it from cramping. She spied Hack staring at her chest, like he did at every opportunity. She chuckled to herself.

SEDUCIING HIS HEART

“I’d say the balance between the flavors is perfect. I wouldn’t want even a tad more coffee or a tad less.” He grinned. “Is that what I’m supposed to say?”

“You’re supposed to tell the truth.” Not butter me up to get me into bed.

His eyes widened, and he frowned. “That is the truth!”

SHINE YOUR LOVE ON ME

He took a chance and scooted over her, trapping her legs between his, pinning her wrists to the bed with his hands. Being confined and helpless was new for Brooke. At first, she panicked then staring into his eyes, seeing his warm expression, she relaxed. His gaze lingered on her mouth.

“You’re beautiful,” he whispered, lowering his lips to hers.

TO LOVE OR NOT TO LOVE

She took a deep breath and stopped. The only sound was the call of a chickadee to his mate.

“I’m hungry,” she said, avoiding his gaze to hide her own lust. For more than food, but that will have to wait.

Buy links for all the books can be found here:

 http://jeanjoachimbooks.com/the-manhattan-dinner-club/

Fortune for Fools (A Merchant Street Mystery) ~ Cindy A. Christiansen

Fortune for Fools is the third book in A Merchant Street Mystery series. The fictional street came about after visiting a wonderful little antique store in Murray, Utah. The owners made my family feel so welcome and special. We were greeted and fell in love with one of the owners’ Italian Greyhound dog, Luigi. What a sweetheart. After we left the store, Rusty and Marci were still rushing after us to give us items. Yes, that’s what I said: They were giving us items for our movie-star-themed Christmas tree!

In the series, I tried to recreate that downhome feeling with lovely shops that have to compete with a new shopping center in Salt Lake City. Each book is a romantic suspense rather than an actual murder mystery with a gumshoe detective and clues, however every book has some sort of mystery going on.

Another situation that inspired the relationship between Lavinia Vega and Zeke Abberely was a M*A*S*H episode called Edwina. The nurses refuse to date until their lonely colleague Edwina gets a date, so the men draw straws. Hawkeye draws the short straw, and Edwina about kills him on their date. Lavinia’s and Zeke’s own misadventures happen through the whole series.

This was my first experience at writing a series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you will enjoy reading it too!

 

German shorthaired pointer posing in the fieldFortune for Fools

 

 Story-line:  Risk-taker Zeke Abberley knows how to be bold when it comes to his antique shop on Merchant Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. He successfully bid on a collection of 1800s antiques in Nauvoo, Illinois that may contain a valuable Hayez painting. However, love is another matter. Afraid that all women are users, he’s always injuring his dates, particularly Lavinia Vega, who works at her father’s art gallery.

Studious Lavinia Vega is tired of proving to Zeke that she has no ulterior motives. When Zeke brings her a damaged painting to restore and authenticate, she is eager to help but not get involved. When she uncovers a hidden map behind the painting that leads to valuable buried coins, the game plan changes. Or so Zeke thinks.

Will the mysteries Zeke, Lavinia and her Poodle, Vivete, uncover teach them that fortunes are for fools and love is everlasting?

 

 

Excerpt:  Zeke Abberley stared at the damaged 1859 painting with a scowl on his face. Why me? He had bid on the Illinois estate sale as a whole specifically because of this piece and now it had arrived damaged, with a crunched frame and punctured canvas. He had been assured the painting was in perfect condition. He bit his lip, continuing to stare at the entrancing image of the unrecognizable couple from the Middle Ages embraced in a kiss with shadowy forms lurking in the background. Although one of Francesco Hayez’s best known works, this was not the most famous rendition of the pose or lighting—but still the mastery of Hayez. From Zeke’s research, it seemed this particular rendition had never been seen on the market.

That is, if it is an original Hayez. Zeke tapped his index finger on his lips. It still needed to be authenticated by an expert. The family selling the contents of their attic had no desire or time to search for appraisals and had posted the estate sale as a whole. Imagine finding a Hayez.

Although it appeared there were other prized antiques in the collection, Zeke hadn’t understood why he had wanted to purchase an out-of-state collection, especially with their antique shop overflowing as it is and sales down due to the economy. Something had possessed him, though, and this painting had something to do with it.

Aunt Adele walked into the room and set a box of pastries on the conference room table. “You’re looking down in the mouth. What’s happened?”

“Can you believe it? Can you just believe it?” he said, shaking his fist at the painting.

Life was definitely not going smoothly for Zeke. He and his younger brother, Zach, had that confrontation with Pop which had ended up with Pop walking out on them and the business. Then Zach and Holly had married and left on a very long honeymoon. And he couldn’t forget Aunt Adele suddenly marrying Kipp Waterbury at their annual street BearBQ where they barbequed a bear. Aunt Adele hadn’t been around to help with the business, either. His disastrous relationship with Lavinia Vega, the break-ins on the street, and now the damaged painting did not bode well for Zeke either. He sighed. Yeah, most of them were happy events for those involved, but he had taken the blunt of everyone’s absence and had been working double duty for weeks on end. Sure everyone was back and the long winter blues were over, but all the lovebirds kept wandering off.

Trying to manage Abberley Antiques, Zach’s thrift shop, and Kipp’s clock shop had run him ragged. No wonder he was a basket case and his and Lavinia’s relationship had ended. It would have never worked out anyway, not with the way her father felt about his family and not with how reclusive Lavinia kept herself. After all their secret dates, she still hadn’t opened up to him. She was a closed book, albeit a beautiful, gorgeous closed book.

The memory of her attractive, vanilla blonde bob, soft, full lips, delicate curves, and hint of lilac perfume sent his senses tottering and his libido hopping. However, no one, and he meant no one, would ever penetrate that armored fortress guarding her frozen heart. Futile. Utterly futile.

“Did you hear me?” Aunt Adele asked.

“Oh, sorry. What did you say?” He laid the painting down on the table and pinched his chin.

“Do you think the shipping company damaged it?”

“Most likely. I viewed the painting on Skype and didn’t see the damage. Of course, it could have been masked. Just my luck.”

“It’s The Kiss by Francesco Hayez, isn’t it?” Aunt Adele said, moving to the small fridge for a quart of milk to go with the pastries.

“Yes, well, no. This is one of the five renditions Hayez did with different lighting, but not the most known. I don’t think this one has surfaced before. That is, if it really is a Hayez.”

“So I guess you know what you have to do.”

“What’s that?” He wrapped the painting back in brown paper and bubble wrap.

“Take it to Lavinia.”

He fumbled the painting as he tried to slide it into the box. It landed on the floor, and he accidentally kicked the painting across the carpet as he reached to pick it up. “Are you joking?”

“I can’t even mention her name without you turning into a spaz.” She smiled and shook her head. “Holly’s right. You have that—what did she call it?—pistanthrophobia.”

 

Photo - Cindy 1965

 

Bio: Cindy writes sweet romance with humor, suspense…and dogs! She’s the mother of two awesome boys who just happen to be autistic. Dogs have helped her through multiple health issues so she honors them in her books and donates both time and money to help them. She lives with her wonderful family and delightful dogs in West Jordan, UT.
Here’s what her books give you:

* A clean read with no bedroom scenes or offensive language.
* A tantalizing, fast-paced plot.
* A story without a lot of boring description.
* Down-to-earth heroes and heroines with everyday jobs.
* A rollercoaster ride of emotions you face right along with the characters.
* A special dog to steal your heart.
* A few added facts, a good message, and that important happily-ever-after ending.

 

 

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Note:  Fortune for Fools will be out in paperback in October.

 

 

Thank you for having me on your blog, Beverly and Tamara.  It’s been fun.

 

 

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