Tuesday Tales - STUTTER

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I continue with my story about Connor and his dad Jack, who's ill with cancer. Connor lives in London and is visiting his father who lives in a small town along the Victorian coast.

Today's prompt is STUTTER.

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“No crush?”

She smiled. “Nah. Perhaps a little. Okay, yes, so sue me.”

“I’m a lawyer, sunshine. Don’t say what you don’t mean.”

Emily stared at him and then whispered, “See, it’s coming back to you. You always called me sunshine. Unless,” she paused. “Unless, you call every woman sunshine. Then I might get upset.”

Connor watched her. He hadn’t felt this good in a very long time. The conversation with Emily was so easy, and it seemed he couldn’t say a wrong word. A smile tugged at his lips.

“So. A lawyer?”


“That might change the whole idea of having a crush on you.

Without thinking he placed his arm around her shoulder and placed a kiss on her forehead. They sat like that for a while neither speaking. It was quiet except for the waves crushing onto the beach and the seagulls flapping lazily overhead.

 “Do you think you could come to Nicholas’ school concert tomorrow? He’d love to meet you.”

“He doesn’t know me.”

Emily leaned back to look at him. “Haven’t we just established that we’re a tight knit community here? Of course, he knows you. Jack’s talking about you all the time.” She laughed. “You should’ve seen the boy when Jack gave him your old surf board.”

“I’m surprised it still is in one piece.”

“Please come. You still haven’t seen Niall, yet.”

“He’s the one who hasn’t contacted me, yet. Should I get worried?”

“No. Not at all. He’s—“ She replied almost with a stutter. “I suppose a bit more wary. It took him a long time to deal with the fact that you stumbled over his shoes when you fell. He’s a bit worried about what to expect.”

"I heard the story about the fall and the stitches"

"What do you mean you heard?"

He shrugged.

Emily came closer. "What happened Connor? I mean it sounds like someone erased all your memory from your childhood."


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Snippet Sunday - Little Beginnings 25/01/2015


Jeri lives in Hobart where she owns a gallery. Since her divorce, many years ago, she's finally ready to "be" with a man again. But finding the right one seems to be harder than she thought.

Ely did his best not to grin, but failed miserably. “Viagra?”

His grin faded when her expression changed.

The moment’s silence was broken when Jeri’s phone buzzed. She took it from her jeans pocket and as she did, she said, “Anyway, nice meeting you after all, Ely. If you could send me the invoice, that’d be much appreciated.”

Before he was able to reply, she’d answered the phone and walked off into the office. He stared after her and for a second or two he wished he could turn back time for twenty-four hours and go to the blind date. Even if it were only for her to have one good date. Simply for the sake of her not losing her faith in finding someone one day.

But turning back time only happened in movies. The same with magic wands. A smile tugged at his lips, but he was quickly hauled back from his thoughts when he heard Jeri cursing and screaming in the distance.

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May I introduce: Lindsay Downs"La Contessa and The Marquis"

La Contessa and The Marquis
by Lindsay Downs
Thank you very much for having me visit you and your blog to introduce my newest regency cozy mystery series, Rogues and Rakehells Mystery. The first book in the series, La Contessa and The Marquis is now available and as I’m not sure where you, the readers of this post, live in the world I’ve included all the Amazon buy link for your convenience. 

When Bianca Maria Ledford Goretti, La Contessa de Massa, flees back to her homeland and the safety of her godmother, The Duchess of Gorham, little does she realize who’s arms she lands in.
Lord Rainer Cross, Marquis of Hathaway, is a well-known and dangerous rakehell within the ton. Little does he suspect his godmother has set him up to halt his skirt chasing days.
Over time the reason for Bianca’s return comes to light which has Rainer deeply concerned. Not sure who he can trust Rainer turns to has several of his more interesting staff. He has them use their talents to ferret out the truth.
Everything get more complicated when they learn a friend might not be who he claims to be. Not sure who to trust, except Rainer and the duchess, Bianca learns several startling facts which could protect her from harm.
Once everything is revealed the duchess steps in with a surprise, something neither could have ever seen coming.

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I’ve been an avid readers ever since I was old enough to hold a red leather bound first edition copy of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake in my lap.
So it only seemed natural at some point in my life I take up pen and paper to start writing. Over time my skills slightly improved which I attribute to my English teachers. 
My breakthrough came about in the mid 1970’s when I read a historical romance written by Sergeanne Golon, Angelique. This French husband and wife team opened my eyes to the real world of fiction. Stories about romance, beautiful damsels, handsome heroes and plots which kept me hooked. Of course, being a man, I had to keep my reading hidden from others as that wasn’t appropriate reading for men.
With this new found appreciation of the written word I took up other books and devoured them as a starving person would a plate of food. I them attempted to write again. I still wasn’t satisfied so I put it aside for years as other events entered my life.
Finally, in the early years of the new millennium I tried again to write and once again met with limited success. At least now I was able to get past the first page or two. Then, in 2006 a life changing event brought me back to my love, I took a job as a security officer. This allowed me plenty of time to read different genres. 
My favourite was regency. As I poured through everyone I could get my hands on I knew this could be something I wanted to attempt.
Since 2012 when my debut regency romantic suspense released I was hooked and have, except for a few contemporaries, focused on this genre.
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Rainer Cross, Marquis of Hathaway, settled his shoulder against a pillar where he’d ensconced himself so he could overlook the ballroom. A warning glare to several want to be rakes was all that was needed to send them scurrying back to their mommas. 
With a renewed resolve, to search down one particular individual, his piercing blue eyes studied the throng of ladies. Some too old but searching for a lover, even if for a brief tryst. Others on the hunt for a husband of which he had no interest, at least with them, as he already had his sights set on one person in particular.
Granted, he’d not seen her, except from a distance, but if the reports were to be believed she was, without a doubt the most beautiful lady, the truest diamond, to ever grace the ton.
Then, as if Venus rising from the ocean, she appeared at the top of the grand ballroom vestibule. He could feel the air rush from his lungs, something he’d never experienced before, as he fixed his gaze on her.
Seeing her in the flesh, as it were, he knew all the whispers circulating about had been true. Without a doubt she was the most beautifully, enchanting and mysterious woman he ever set his eyes upon.
He was pleased to see she was conversing animatedly with an elderly, heavily bejewelled woman. From where he was standing and the angle of the matron, Rainer wasn’t able to see her face.
“As long as she’s not my godmother, then I most assuredly will gain an introduction to the Contessa,” he mumbled to himself.
Due to the loud voices, so everyone could be heard over the musicians, he didn’t hear their presentation. His only concern was the woman accompanying the contessa as he already knew her name- Bianca Maria Ledford Goretti, La Contessa de Massa. Levering himself off the pillar he
started toward them, still unable to see who her chaperone was when a friend, another fellow rake, stopped him.
“Rain, I do hope you’re not going after that delicate morsel, as I’ve it on excellent authority she’s eaten up and spit out several lords,” Tony, or more precisely Anthony Fuller, Earl of Wyatt, his friend from their days at Eton then university, informed him.
“My dear friend if she does, then I’ll die a happy man for la Contessa is a gem whom I wish to possess.”
“Ah, and that’s the rub. After she dismisses you she’ll then tread over your heart leaving nothing but a shell of a man. Trust me on this for I’m sure you’ve heard the rumour her first husband died mysteriously.”
“Tony, the only lady I fear is my godmother. If you’ll excuse me I’m going to attempt an introduction,” Rainer told him. With a pat on Tony’s shoulder he stepped around his friend and started for the divan where both ladies had settled.
As he made his way forward he wasn’t surprised to see both women had already collected a small group of young ladies around them. What he found amusing were several swains on the outskirts, all trying to be noticed by either lady.
Upon seeing a frontal assault was out of the question Rainer selected to attack from the rear. Stepping into an adjourning, but linked, alcove he easily approached them and came to a halt within feet of his object.
“Damn. I thought she wasn’t in town,” he mumbled on spying his nemesis, best known as his godmother, The Duchess of Gorham.

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"Let Me Love You" is set in Melbourne / Australia


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Oliver Dempsey, pitcher for a Melbourne baseball club, loves the women, and they love him… 
But he keeps them at an arm’s length, and when he meets Tamara, he’s unprepared for the attraction he feels for her. Told by his coach that she’s off limits, only draws him in more. 
Tamara Amis moved to Melbourne to find some distance between her past and herself… 
With the help of her uncle, the coach of a Melbourne baseball club, she quickly finds a job, and a place to live. Yet, one meeting with the handsome pitcher stirs unexpected emotions that threaten to overwhelm her.
It’s Oliver’s injury that brings them together, but as they find out about each other’s pasts, how can they be ready to share a future?

Today's hook:  

He kissed her again, this time as lightly as the touch of a feather, and she shivered with the sensations that poured through her. A surge of physical sensation flooded her as he caressed her body with his hands, tracing the plane of her stomach, before his fingers traced the bottom curve of her breasts.

"That’s just the beginning of how much I missed you,” he whispered to her, as he left a trail of kisses down her throat to her shoulders.

Arching into him, she said, “It’s nice to be missed."

He stopped, and she looked down only to find him cocking a brow at her. A grin spread across his face, and a hint of mischief showed in his eyes. That was when she noticed just how much she’d missed him.

5 Stars:
This is the first book I read by author. I really enjoyed this book. I will have to read book 1 in this series. You can read this as a standalone
4 Stars:
This is an enjoyable romance exploring the way two people cope with loss and tragedy in different ways, with likeable secondary characters adding variety and humour.

Tuesday Tales - RUTHLESS #Romance #WIP #Amwriting

Welcome to Tuesday ... Welcome to Tuesday Tales ...
I continue with my story about Connor and his dad Jack, who's ill with cancer. Connor lives in London and is visiting his father who lives in a small town along the Victorian coast.

Today's prompt is RUTHLESS.

Enjoy - and feel free to leave a comment. And don't forget to click the link below to go back to the main Tuesday Tale site for more stories by very talented authors.

She placed her hand on his arm, turning him to face her. “You got hurt, but there isn’t enough time to be angry for too long. Jack loves you and everyone around here will tell you that. They’re not just words. They’re his life. It’s what kept him going all these years.”

“Why aren’t you working in one of Jack’s hotels?”

Emily laughed and damn if that laugh didn’t stir something within him. She was beautiful. Not like Harriet was after she’d an hour in the bathroom getting ready for an evening out. Emily was beautiful outside and as it seemed inside, her wide smile showing her dimples.

“Nah, I’m not good with numbers. You need to be ruthless in that business. I like to help people.”

“Ethan said you have a heart of gold.”

She laughed again. “Ask him again next time he thinks he’s still seventeen and able to try out his son’s skateboard.”

That made him laugh. But at the same time envious. Everything seemed so easy in this place. People cared. Knew each other.

“What happened to Skye?”

“I take it Ethan was a bit hesitant on that part of the story?”

“We ran out of time. It was two o’clock this morning when he left.”

Emily shrugged. “She got pregnant with Nicholas when she was eighteen. Ethan wanted to get married, do the right thing and all, but once Nick was born she left. Word is she wasn’t able to cope with a small baby and wanted more in life.”

“Sounds familiar.”

She looked at him. “Your mum?”

He nodded. “Only thing is, she took me with her.”

“Was it hard to leave everything behind?”

He thought back to their early days in London. Living with his grandparents, trying to fit into one new school after the other, being the new one everywhere, being the one with the different accent. He didn’t like thinking of those days.

“If you can’t remember what you had, you can’t miss it, right?”


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