Sunday, October 15, 2017

What is the Starlight Walk?

Below you will find descriptions of my Starlight Walk books, a few people have asked me about the Starlight Walk. What is it? And where is it? So here goes!
Well, the Starlight Walk is in Madison City, Wisconsin. It is the hub of all things musical and entertainment for that region.
Many well known stars live there. As you get to know the books you will find these venues:

The T.V studios for Thorne's show. The Lundquist Hour
Madison's Central Square Plaza Hotel.
The Starlight Fountain with it's modern art cascade of stars, moons and suns.
Central Towers, a pair of blue glass towers where many of the elite live.
Doyle's Place, a nightclub owned by Leyla Leona, (aka Doyle's mother).
La Marionette Hotel. 
Bandolero's Hotel.
The Starlight, Nuncio Tarino's nightclub.
Truly Tarino, Randolfo Tarino's restaurant, though currently called Truly Tarino, it has undergone a name change since he married Josie Truly from Tarino's Italian Garden.

I picture The Starlight Walk itself as a combination of The Champs Elysees and the Walk of Fame, the Starlight Walk is lined with sun and half moon shaped stones bearing the names of many famous stars. The trees are lit with fairy lights year round, and the Starlight Fountain it at it's heart, reminding me of Place de la Concorde on the Champs Elysees, Paris.
There is a Christmas Parade every year with numerous floats which usually ends with a concert in the center of the walk by the Starlight Fountain.
The venues give the perfect settings for many opportunities for love and romance. And make each book uniquely different. Hard to believe it's fiction. Right?

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Starlight Walk


The Starlight Walk is a collection of four musical themed lighthearted romances set on  Madison City's famed Starlight Walk. Each of the books in the Starlight Walk Series are available individually or as a set.  Each book in the series is a complete love story with no cliffhangers and can be read alone or as part of the set with some of the characters from each book appearing as background characters in the following book.

It Will Always Be You (The Starlight Walk Series #1)
Really and Truly (The Starlight Walk Series #2)
A Starlight Walk Christmas (The Starlight Walk Series #3)
The Starlight (The Starlight Walk Series #4)
or The Starlight Walk (4 Books in 1)


 
The Starlight

Book Description

When Nuncio Tarino decides to move to Madison City to open first a classic car show room and then a night club on the Starlight Walk, he gets just a little more than he bargains for. On the club’s opening night, alerted to unusual sounds in the back alley, he discovers Horatio, a large orange feline being pursued by animal rescuer Dulcinea Devenforth. Nuncio hadn’t planned on adopting a cat, he’d never had one before, but there is something about Dulcie that has the notorious playboy doing just that, and something else he’d never anticipated doing before. Falling in love.
Join Nuncio and Dulcie, two people from very different worlds and backgrounds in The Starlight.

A Starlight Walk Christmas



A Starlight Walk Christmas (The Starlight Walk Series #3) 
At eighteen years old, alone, pregnant and with no secure future, aspiring singer Leandra Kelly gave up her baby for adoption. Doing what she thought was best for him, she handed him into the arms of her older infertile best friend who longed for a child.
Twenty-one years later, on his birthday, Doyle arrives at the Starlight Walk in search of the woman who gave him up, now a thirty-nine year old world famous rock star.
When Lea receives an alert from his adoptive mother where to find Doyle, she approaches the young man at the Starlight Walk fountain, they strike up a friendship and spend the day together, enjoying the Christmas Parade and festivities, but she is not sure if he knows who she is, or if he believes that they are two strangers who met in the spirit of the season. And there are surprises in store for both of them.
This is a short and sweet tale of love, second chances, and new beginnings.

Really and Truly (The Starlight Walk Series #2)
A lighthearted contemporary romance
When pianist Josephine Truly was invited by her old friend and songstress Regan Jordan to visit Madison City, to appear on her husband's afternoon talk show The Lundquist Hour, Josie knew she couldn't resist. The only problem is that Josie has always been more of a shy retiring sort; playing the piano in the background for other people rather than being center stage. She had played for Regan back in their hometown before Regan became famous. Attempting to fill time and quell her nerves, Josie goes out to dinner alone the night before her scheduled TV appearance, unfortunately, Josie realizes too late that she has forgotten her wallet, and can't even call Regan—the only person she knows in town—as she's just gone into labor with her first child. Josie is forced to explain herself to tall, handsome restaurant owner Randolfo Tarino.
When Thorne, Regan's husband, delighted at becoming a new father, decides to put his show into reruns for a week, Josie's performance is rescheduled and she has a week to fill in beautiful Madison City, and a very interesting and fun-loving Italian restaurant owner to get to know.






It Will Always Be You (The Starlight Walk Series #1)
(A short and playful contemporary romance)
When Regan Jordan and her best friend Elsie acquired tickets to their all-time favorite TV talk show 'The Lundquist Hour' on their summer vacation to Madison City, they had no idea it would a life changing event.
When special guest, Broadway legend and music superstar Loretta Lindstrom unexpectedly leaves the live show early, host Thorndike Lundquist must find a way to fill in the remainder of the hour. With his well-known easygoing charm he turns to the audience, filling the remaining time by taking heartfelt pleas for those looking for a lost love, or seeking their birth parents, and some aspiring talent.
Regan, at Elsie's urging, gets up to sing. She has been compared by friends and family to Loretta for years. Though she has never taken any of it seriously; she's a receptionist, singing is something she does for fun. But Regan's tribute to Loretta is amazing, and Vance, Thorne's producer, knows the viewing audience will want to see more of her.

Regan who is sweet but also very strong and independent becomes an overnight sensation. With the help of Thorne and her long time idol and new friend Loretta Lindstrom, she embarks upon a journey to stardom. Regan finds herself falling for the handsome talk show host, but though he is kind, Thorne is also domineering and it is inevitable that sparks will fly.

The four books are available as individual titles or as a set in The Starlight Walk (4 in 1), see below. You can find them all on my Amazon page.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The pets in The Starlight Walk








How could anyone resist this furry face? There is something so cute about a pug, which is why I chose to include him in my book, he features in the first story in the The Starlight Walk collection, It Will Always Be You. He is Loretta Lindstrom's dog Rugly, who she takes everywhere with her, and he even wears a bow tie to the wedding at the end of the first book.



This is Horatio who features prominently in the last book in The Starlight Walk collection. The Starlight. Animal rescuer Dulcinea Devenforth captures him behind Nuncio Tarino's club, and before he knows what's happened, Nuncio has adopted him.


Before long, the two are the best of friends.



You can find The Starlight Walk at Amazon in the US here: The Starlight Walk 
and in the UK here: The Starlight Walk 
and all of my books on any Amazon site worldwide by typing L.C. Zingera.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gems




Gems (It’s not about diamonds)

From an incredibly stressful beginning to an amazingly happy and unusual ending. I hope you will follow Jace and Samantha’s love story as they navigate through each other’s worlds and try to meet in the middle.


When a six foot four dark haired, blue-eyed cowboy leaps over the wall into billionaire Samantha Amethyst Silverstone’s garden one evening, she is fascinated. Both by his determination to bypass her security and his looks. He must need something pretty badly to be here.
She watches his progress toward her house through her security cameras with her butler and close confidante Oliver.
Jace is a man on a mission—he needs funds to send his ailing niece Gem to an exclusive Swiss clinic for treatment and he’s not leaving without making his request for assistance to Samantha in person. And if that means breeching the walls of her mansion, so be it.
However, soon lonely Samantha has a request of her own. Marriage. And definitely not a marriage of convenience. Her request leaves Jace reeling. Marriage to a delicate woman who wears silks and lace, doesn’t own a pair of jeans, and rides sidesaddle? He’s a down to earth no-nonsense cowboy who spends his days working his ranch and tending his horses, he lives in jeans and cowboy boots …could they possibly make it work?
But there are some unusual surprises along the way. As Samantha gets to know little Gem, she realizes that the girl bears an uncanny resemblance to herself as a child, and when in Europe she discovers another mysterious lookalike in a fashion magazine, a woman so like her that even Jace is fooled into thinking it is her. As the situation progresses a strange connection between the three lookalikes reveals itself that will have Samantha turning to Jace for emotional support and it goes far beyond the fact all three girls have gems as their middle names.
A little girl, a cowboy, a billionairess and an unusual link with an enigmatic butler make up this playful yet touching story.
A joyful ending guaranteed.
 
You can find Gems here:
Gems Amazon US

Gems Amazon UK


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Excerpts

Sometimes it is hard to judge a book by its brief summary or vibrant cover. Many of us shop on our kindles or other devices and it's not always easy to tell if the book is to our tastes or not. I admit I am a very picky reader, even though I am a writer. I absolutely must have a happy ending, and I like troubled moments to be brief, the Amazon's Look Inside feature gives us all a chance to read a number of pages, but it isn't available on every device. Sometimes the beginning of a book doesn't always tell us what to expect later on.
I have decided to begin posting excerpts from my books here on my blog to give a hint of what lies later on between the pages, beginning with my book Gems (It's not about diamonds).


Gems is a book that is slightly hard to categorize. It contains a wide variety of characters, an enigmatic butler, a lonely billionairess, a determined cowboy, and a sweet little girl in need of treatment, plus moments of humor and an element of mystery that ties all these characters together in the end.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter Two:



Samantha Amethyst Silverstone watched in fascination as a tall lean cowboy climbed the wall into her home; the security camera clearly showed a large dark horse on the other side of the wall, probably an Arabian. What did he think he was doing? It was odd, he didn’t look menacing, but then not many people who committed crimes did. Looks were apparently no way to judge since most people looked like they were posing for mug shots on their ID cards. She grinned glancing at the wall bearing the panel of photographs identifying her security staff, in looks alone, it would appear she was being guarded by a crew of humorless dour faced inmates. She highly doubted they’d appreciate the sentiment.
Oliver, her butler, had called her into the security room the instant the silent alarm had gone off as the man approached the perimeter. They’d told the security team to hold off for a while, they could handle it themselves.
“Shall we release the dogs, Sam?” he asked, arching a dark eyebrow.
“Hmm,” she thought for a moment, “Yes, Oliver, I think we will. I want to see his reaction.”
“Very well.”
Samantha watched the screen, with a push of a button she zoomed in on the face of her uninvited guest. The sudden ferocious sounds of barking dogs and animals running through the undergrowth didn’t seem to faze him particularly. He looked around cautiously, and then grinned, he obviously knew very well there were no dogs, and she’d thought the sound effects were quite convincing! They had always worked in the past to deter any intruders, sending them scurrying away in a hurry and negating the need for her security to staff to intervene and the local cops to be called.
Pushing a small yellow button on the panel, she turned on the sprinklers; the cowboy stood stock still as a sudden cascade of icy water gushed over him. Taking off his hat, he slapped it against his knee, wiped the water from his eyes with the sleeve of his denim jacket, and then calmly replacing the hat, glared toward the house and purposefully resumed his approach.
The doorbell rang loudly.
“And now, Sam?” Oliver asked, curious as to their next move.
“I think he deserves an audience, as he’s made it this far,” she smiled. “At least he had the courtesy to ring the bell. But don’t make it too easy on him. I want to see what he’s made of.” And to get some idea of how determined he was about whatever he needed, she thought. It must be something important, for him to be so resolved.
Samantha Silverstone had more requests for donations and help each day than she could count. She couldn’t help them all or she would be bankrupt, and some turned out to be quite false. Every request was checked out, and nothing got by her investigative team. She grinned, some team, herself and Oliver! Oliver had come to work for her when she had first come to the United States; he’d showed up at her door, briefcase in hand asking for a job. Lips twitching, she remembered well how his brows had risen perceptibly, when after reviewing his very varied and accomplished resume and checking his references, she’d offered him the job as her butler! But it was more, much more than that. He was her personal bodyguard, her security specialist, her pilot and her friend. He was old enough and protective enough to be her father, and acted almost like he was, without ever quite crossing the line of employer/employee. He was a real treasure and her right arm.
Gems  Amazon US
Gems  Amazon UK

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Very Big Thank You!

A very big thank you to everyone who has downloaded my books. I hope you will check out my latest novella pictured below, if you are a dog lover I am sure you will like Harvey, not only is he a loveable goofball like all Mastiffs, he has a key role in solving the murders and is a very good judge of character, as most dogs are! Even though this is a murder mystery, it is at heart a true romance, there are no gory details, and quite a bit of humor.


I hope you will check out my photograph pages of Arizona and San Francisco, click on the links at the top of the page!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Murder at La Marionette Hotel (A Romantic Comedy Murder Mystery)








Murder at La Marionette Hotel

A contemporary romantic comedy murder mystery

 When Lorne St. Patrick was young, like all kids, he dreamed of being a superstar. But he had something the other kids didn’t. An incredible voice, a talent for writing songs and fingertips that could coax exquisite notes from an acoustic guitar.
It wasn’t an easy road, but with hard work and patience, he had made it. But someone was trying to sabotage his success in the worst way possible. By murdering his fans.
Tennyson Astin was a lawyer, she’d become a lawyer, she admitted to her friend Detective Sergeant Aaran Mulaney, because when she was young she’d had no direction and had allowed her parents to coax her into it. What she really wanted to do, was write mystery novels. So with her background in law, and her new friendship with the local police force who allowed her to ride-along on their quiet nights, so she could gain an understanding of police procedure, she was well on her way to finishing her first novel.

Then came Lorne. The auburn haired singer with hazel eyes and the voice of an angel. Could he really be a murderer? The bodies were piling up. But with his almost angelic good looks and playful sense of humor, it hardly seemed possible.
Tenn and Aaran have been assigned to watch the rising star’s every move. But when another murder occurs while he is under their surveillance, that he couldn’t possibly have committed, Tenn agrees to pose as his fiancée during his stay in Madison City’s La Marionette hotel in the hope that they can smoke out the real killer. But will they be able to do that before one of them becomes the latest victim? And will performing in Madison City’s forties style dinner theater production of Murder at La Marionette lure out the killer or will someone else become the next victim?
An Irish singer, an American lawyer/wannabe mystery writer, a large and loveable English Mastiff named Harvey, three detectives and one very clever villain with an ax to grind make up this story.




Harvey may be huge, but he's an adorable and loveable big lug,
and an important part of the story!





Brief Summaries


Here is a very brief description of some of my books, if you scroll down you will see other posts I have made about these books with more detailed descriptions. Sometimes it's just nice to have a very brief summary!

A Contemporary Countess. A young American lottery winner decides to follow her childhood dream of living in an English mansion by proposing to an impoverished but handsome English Earl.

The Menace (A Romantic Comedy) A determinedly cheerful and dyslexic young woman volunteering at a local hospital accidentally meets the larger than life star of a series of popular movies. Known as the character The Menace, he is bowled over by her.

Heiress. A young man in need of work takes a job as chauffeur to what he expects to be a pampered heiress, instead he discovers a truly unique and loveable young woman with a gentle giant of a dog and a ghost story.

The Rainesville Ranchers. Mirry, the youngest sister of the Courtright family has been hiding a secret, she is not, as her brothers believe, still in love with her childhood crush, (their playboy neighbor who is returning home after a long absence), she is in love with someone much closer to home. And Trace, her neighbor, has a secret of his own, he’s still nursing a broken heart from a long lost love. Plus, Mirry’s four older brothers who are each uniquely different, also fall victim to love in their own home town of Rainesville, Texas.

Van Night. Giovanni DellaSera, known to the world as sultry singer Van Night, is tired of the circus his life has become and decides to take a break by going on the run from reporters and fans dressed in disguise, along with his longtime friend and manager Salvatore Rossetti. But things don’t go quite as smoothly as planned.

Gems (It’s not about Diamonds). A cowboy in search of funds to help with his young niece’s hospital treatment finds an unexpected love of his own and a little mystery along the way in this gentle tale with a truly unique and happy ending.

A Christmas Date. The blind date from hell become a Christmas to remember when two reluctant and mismatched people are set up by their well-meaning friends.

The Billionaire’s Angel. Billionaire Dimitrius Andropolous needed help finding a girl, not just any girl. A loveable one. Little Angel Fey is just the one to help, making him appear more approachable and less imposing by turning him into a super klutz.

Romancing the Billionaire’s Daughter. A handsome executive suddenly discovers why he’s been taken under his boss’s wing—he wants him to marry his daughter, a quirky funny animal loving girl unlike anyone he’s ever met.

The Billionaire and the Barista. Billionaires don’t always have all the fun, as people seem to think. It’s hard to meet genuine people when all they see is dollar signs. But a chance encounter with a young barista changes that for Daniel.

Lady Jane and the Cowboy. Honey is a woman on a mission—to set up her favorite cousin with a bride. With the help of an agency she sends for an English housekeeper/potential fiancée. But Red really can’t see how a flimsy English Lady can fit into life on the ranch.

Taming Theodore.  After a difficult break up as a young man, Theo has channeled his energy into his creativity, he is now a famous but very jaded sculptor. Until he begins to realize that love was right under his nose all along. (A very sensual and explicit story)

A Mystical Fanstasy Duet of Love Stories. (Two short stories).

1.Fascinella. A lawyer out for a relaxing ride on his new acquisition—a brand new custom built motorbike—runs headlong into a pixie in a pink stretch limousine, and finds the situation so surreal he is unsure if he is hallucinating or dead.

2.Sensations. A telekinetic psychic whose powers are growing each day seeks help from his best friend and neighbor who just happens to be in love with him.

 It Will Always Be You (The Starlight Walk Series #1) Regan Jordan and her best friend go on vacation to Madison City to see their all-time favorite talk show The Lundquist Hour, when the guest star exits early, Regan is given a chance to sing and meet the handsome host.

Really and Truly (The Starlight Walk Series #2) Josie Truly is really and truly scared when dining alone the night before a scheduled T.V performance in Madison City, she realizes she has forgotten her wallet and has to explain herself to the restaurant’s handsome but intimidating looking owner.

A Starlight Walk Christmas (The Starlight Walk Series #3) A world famous rock star reunites with the son she gave up for adoption 21yrs ago, making for a memorable Christmas on the Starlight Walk.
The Starlight (The Starlight Walk Series #4) When notorious playboy Nuncio Tarino decides to open first a classic car showroom and then a nightclub on the Starlight Walk, he gets a little more than he bargains for, in the shape of Dulcinea Devenforth, a young woman intent on rescuing a large ginger tomcat in the alley behind his club.


The links to all of my books are on the right side of the page or you can click here to my Amazon author page.
My Amazon Page USA

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time to freshen up the site!

Over the next week you'll see lots of changes happening here on my blog. Old posts disappearing, a more concise way to see which books are which without all the clutter, and maybe even a new look.
But don't forget, in the meantime, just click on the list of links to the right to visit my Amazon.com page, or simply type in L.C. Zingera on any other country's Amazon site to see my books.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The year is flying by!

Well, it's been an incredible year, and as we head toward the year's end, I would like to wish you all a great holiday season! Thank you to everyone who read my books and left reviews. I have just updated the synopsis for my book Gems, I felt the previous one didn't quite do the book justice. It's not always easy to mesh a serious subject with humor, but hopefully the new description works to ensure that readers know it is not a depressing topic, and the book does have it's share of humorous moments and what could bring two caring people closer together than a sick little girl? Of course, this book has many twists and turns and a very happy ending for all.
Have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New year!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

How much is too much, information that is!

I always worry a little when I post a new synopsis if I am giving away too much information about the story or not quite enough to give a full impression of the true nature of the story. Finding a balance between spoilers and being too brief isn't easy. For example, in the synopsis for my book Gems (It's not about diamonds), although it is a story about a couple who come together over helping a sick little girl, it does have a very happy ending, contains lots of playful moments and has an interesting twist toward the end.
Frankly, my favorite character is Oliver the butler, what do you think?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What is romance?

What is romance? I think it varies from person to person, but personally, romance and humor go hand in hand. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and life in general sometimes. Of course, it does help if you don't laugh at inappropriate moments, oops yes, I do have a tendency to do that! But laughing when times get tough can strengthen a relationship. I've been married for twenty-seven years and the goofiest times are my favorite memories.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Billionaire Books

My billionaire books are playful billionaire themed books,
but they are not related.








Romancing the Billionaire's Daughter

(A playful romantic comedy)

When Quinn Zackary, rising star of the corporate world and protégé to billionaire Maxwell Rydell, is approached by his boss with a shocking request--to marry his precocious twenty-four year old daughter, and take over the company when Maxwell retires, Quinn is stunned.

But he is in for an even bigger surprise when he meets Katy, because instead of the spoiled and pampered princess he'd envisioned, he discovers an animal loving and playful young woman with a heart of gold, and an impish sense of humor. Not to mention an unfortunate tendency to create chaos wherever she goes.

Although intrigued, Quinn is not willing to sign his life away for a job, no matter how good. But he does agree to spend the weekend at the Rydell estate getting to know Katy and to see what might develop.






The Billionaire's Angel
A feel-good playful love story of approximately 21,000 words.
Dimitrius Andropolous has it all. He’s a self-made billionaire with homes both in Europe and the United States, he’s sleek, smooth and sophisticated. At least that’s the way it appears to the outside world.
Until little angel Fey comes into his life and turns him into a super klutz. There is method to her madness, however. Fey knows exactly what Dimitri wants in life, and he isn’t going to get it by appearing aloof, unapproachable and imposing.
Matchmaking is Fey’s business, and Dimitri is in for a big surprise. His life is about to do a one hundred and eighty degree turn for the better.







The Billionaire and the Barista
A short sensual romantic comedy of approximately 16,700 words. 

When Daniel Gerard first made his millions, he’d been intrigued by the fact he could easily get almost any woman he wanted. By the time he became a billionaire, he knew that he would never know for sure if a woman could separate the man from the billions in her mind.
When Bill, his personal limo driver had a family emergency, Daniel found himself driving his own limousine home from the airport. Exhausted he stopped for a break half way home at a small town coffee shop. There he met Lorianne, a cheerful young Barista, who is about to open a themed coffee shop of her own, Java Knights. Shrugging off his responsibilities and thrilled to be liked as simply Daniel the limo driver, he decides to stay in town to help her with the opening. Daniel has fun listening to her brother’s band rehearse for opening night, taking Lori for picnics and being treated simply as Danny.
When Daniel finds himself falling for Lori, Harry his personal accountant who is even more jaded than Daniel, is not only concerned but also convinced that once even sweet Lori figures out who he is, she would change, as all women did when they saw Daniel’s wealth. They propose an experiment. What would Lori do, if she had money, and thought Daniel didn’t? They decide to find out, and arrange for Lori to win a million dollar lottery jackpot secretly funded by Daniel. Will she remain the same sweet girl he’d fallen in love with? And will she still want to go through with the wedding?




Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Contemporary Countess




A former American foster child and a twenty-first century English Earl. What could they possibly have in common? They're about to find out!

A mischievous and sensual contemporary English Earl. A history loving American lottery winner, a potential marriage of convenience, loveable estate characters, the Earl's romantically inclined sister and her three playful old school friends, a Halloween ball, secret passages and ghosts stories, all make up the novel A Contemporary Countess.

Here is a longer preview:
When Darielle St.James became the sole winner of New York's biggest lottery jackpot in history, she knew her life was about to change. But even she had no idea how great that change would be.
After using her new found wealth to help her closest friends and her two foster brothers and sister, she set about assessing her own goals. Hounded by the curious press and fortune hunters, she moved into a small secure apartment building overlooking Central Park, and started work on her first novel. Now she had both the time and the means to write.
Online research for her novel, leads her to the estate of Adam Darfield, the Earl of Avanleigh, a struggling English aristocrat whose name is oddly similar to that of her Regency hero. Adam, she discovers has only recently inherited the title. He and his sister Susie run Avanleigh Estate, which is sadly in need of funds due to the enormous death taxes imposed at the loss of their father.

Dari's childhood dream of living in a beautiful stately home suddenly comes to the forefront, and she writes to Adam with an interesting proposal. She would like to come to Avanleigh for six weeks to write her novel in the historic setting for which she is willing to pay a large fee, giving them a chance to get to know each other, and if all goes well, to marry. Citing arranged marriages from the past, from Jennie Jerome to Consuelo Vanderbilt, Dari makes a good case.
Adam, stunned at the unusual request, is encouraged by his romantically inclined sister Susie to take Dari up on the offer. Six weeks will give him a chance to get to know the beautiful young American, and the fee she has offered will help with the taxes. While he is not committed to anything, marrying her would ensure the financial future of the estate for many generations to come. It was after all, what his own ancestors had done.
Dari arrives at Avanleigh to find both Adam and Susie are easy going and fun to be with. Things are going incredibly well. But as time goes on, both Dari and Adam, each begin to think the other is just a little too good to be true and are both afraid to hope that what is developing between them could be real.
When Susie's quirky and playful aristocratic friends from her childhood boarding school years arrive at the estate for their annual vacation, Dari discovers the truth. Adam has a reputation as an aristocratic playboy. From his youthful nickname the Voracious Viscount, to the current epithet the Randy Earl, his nicknames are numerous. Furious at her discovery, Dari confronts Adam, who reluctantly admits his past. But Adam has decided he adores the unpretentious Dari, and he convinces her to stay.
Dari is head over heels in love with Adam and loves the estate, with its historic connections to the infamous Henry the Eighth, ghost stories, hidden passageways and long time easy going staff. And Adam has awakened a sensual side in her that she did not know she possessed.

On the eve of her wedding, Dari and her new friends are celebrating her bachelorette party in the historic 'Henry Room' at the estate Dower House where the infamous king himself once slept, when they discover something that changes everything.





Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Rainesville Ranchers. Who's your favorite character?

Have you read the Rainesville Ranchers? Who is your favorite character? Is it the stoic but gorgeous Royce, the ranch foreman, Trace the naughty but hurt neighbor, Eric the very responsible older brother, or Ben the playful youngest one? How about the two middle brothers, Jay the volatile one, or Cash the hold out, and last in the family to find love until he's blindsided by a young English singer?
How about the girls? Miranda sure knows how to deal with her bossy brothers. Or Darcey, who runs The Golden Saloon and is used to being independent and taking care of herself. Or Isabella, the Italian chef with more than enough personality to keep the brothers and the ranch hands in line. How about Arianna who is sure she isn't about to fall for a naughty playful cowboy, but does anyway. Or perhaps it's Laney the one with the unusual past, or maybe Viola, the young English singer who finds more than she bargained for on her tour of the US.
I'd love to know!




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Heiress





A tender and playful contemporary love story with ghostly elements (approximately 15,000 words)

When Los Angeles resident Ryan Hunter's fortunes took a turn for the worse, he applied for a live-in job as driver/personal assistant to heiress Verona Willis. He anticipated a slightly spoiled and pampered Hollywood type. But nothing is quite as he imagined. Far from it.
A beautiful and independent young woman with a slight disability, a giant loveable Newfoundland dog, a tough retired rugby player and his cheeky gentle wife who act as the household staff, a trip from Hollywood to the Oregon coast, and a house with its own special ghostly secrets make up this tender and sensually sweet novella.





Friday, April 4, 2014

What is your type?

The Rainesville Ranchers


What is your type?

Strong rugged and cowboy? If so, I have just the guy for you, in fact I have six of them in The Rainesville Ranchers. Six love affairs set on and around the Texas ranch and hometown of the Courtright family.
The cast of characters: Six guys, six girls. Six stories all in one novel.
The guys:
Royce Stevens. Ranch Foreman.Tall and rugged with jet black hair, big blue eyes and secretly in love.
Trace Evans. The Courtrights' neighbor with a bad boy reputation, but is there a reason? Guys get hurt too.
Eric Courtright. Tall, handsome, the oldest of the four Courtright brothers, very responsible, but will he put his siblings’ happiness first, or follow the love of his life?
Ben Courtright. Youngest of the Courtright siblings, cute, playful and adored by every woman who came into contact with him, but is that what he really wants? Or is he seeking that one special love?
Jay Courtright. Tall blond and quick tempered. One of the middle two siblings and part of the duo known as ‘double trouble’. Who can tame this guy, the most volatile of the Courtright siblings?
Cash Courtright. The last of the siblings in the ranch house alone, and enjoying it…at least for a while. The second of the well-known middle two, known as ‘double trouble’, and quickly discovering that his future may lead him in an entirely different direction than the rest of his family.
The girls:
Miranda Courtright. Short, cheeky, a little bit feisty, and able to keep all of her brothers in line, or at the very least confuse them.
Delaney Sommerville. Former resident of Rainesville, can she stay, or is she destined to continually live her life in limbo?
Darcey Louisa Mason. Owner of the local watering hole The Golden Saloon, secretly in love and stunned when she is given an opportunity to get to know the one member of the Courtright clan she’s admired from afar for years. But will it all slip through her fingers?
Arianna Beaufort. Interior designer, what could possibly induce her to stay on a Texas ranch? A fish out of water? Maybe, maybe not.
Isabella Pavellini. Southern Italian chef, from a family of Italian restaurant owners, what or who can keep her in Texas?
Viola Hardington. English singer of the touring group The Hardingtons, could she be tempted by anyone to stay in Rainesville or is it the other way around? Can she change a cowboy’s mind about his future and where he really belongs?
Find out how these six vastly different guys and girls work out their differences and find love together in The Rainesville Ranchers.





Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Christmas Date

 
 
 


A Christmas Date

A sensual and sweet contemporary Christmas love story of approximately 9,200 words
When tall aloof business executive Lucas Hart and small voluptuous florist Angelina Makepeace are thrown together on a surprise blind date by their crazy matchmaking friends, they are both equally horrified. They have absolutely nothing in common.
But when wintry weather and circumstances beyond their control repeatedly place them in each other’s path during the holiday season, they begin to realize that their friends might not be quite so crazy after all.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Menace (A Romantic Comedy)





 

The Menace

A Romantic Comedy Novella


     When Javier Rodin a.k.a. ‘The Menace’ is injured on the last day of filming his latest movie he is taken to St Mark’s hospital. Other than a small bump on the head and the fact that his crazed fans have shredded his clothes in an effort to get a piece of him as a souvenir, he is fine. Exhausted, he readily takes the doctor up on his offer to rest for a couple of hours in a recently vacated room. Known worldwide for the series of brutal action movies he stars in, women continually throw themselves at him expecting him to fulfill their ‘take me’ fantasies. And he’d willingly done so for a while. But that had quickly become old. What he wanted was something real, a little conversation with someone who recognized he was an actor not the character he portrayed, and some soft, slow, sweet lovemaking. But with a face as brutally scarred and recognizable as his, he knew he wasn’t likely to get it.

     Millicent Riley, is a natural born optimist, despite the day to day challenges being dyslexic often provides. The daughter of newspaper magnate Vincent Riley and sponsor of the Riley wing at St. Mark’s hospital, Millie thoroughly enjoys her volunteer work there. She is cheerful and easy going, and the perfect candidate to chat with patients and put them at ease. Assured that coma patients can hear, she is sent to talk to the comatose patient in room thirteen, it turns out to be her lucky number, because that patient has already been transferred-and in his place is ‘The Menace’ who is simply trying to take a nap.

     Though he’s annoyed at the interruption at first, Javier soon realizes that Millie may be the very best thing that has ever happened to him. She’s sweet, she’s cute, she’s sensual and she is going to be his. And while Millie may think she is a plain Jane, Javier disagrees, he thinks she is adorable and can’t wait to get to know her better. Fortunately for him, Millie is convinced that the hulking brooding Javier is the sexiest man she’s ever met.

     But when Millie’s self-absorbed father tries to set her up with his young co-worker, will Javier allow him to derail their budding romance?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The story behind the story, The Menace

Today I'm going to talk about one of my favorite stories. The Menace. I will include the synopsis in case you haven't read it, then just scroll down.




The Menace


A Romantic Comedy Novella


When Javier Rodin a.k.a. ‘The Menace’ is injured on the last day of filming his latest movie he is taken to St Mark’s hospital. Other than a small bump on the head and the fact that his crazed fans have shredded his clothes in an effort to get a piece of him as a souvenir, he is fine. Exhausted, he readily takes the doctor up on his offer to rest for a couple of hours in a recently vacated room. Known worldwide for the series of brutal action movies he stars in, women continually throw themselves at him expecting him to fulfill their ‘take me’ fantasies. And he’d willingly done so for a while. But that had quickly become old. What he wanted was something real, a little conversation with someone who recognized he was an actor not the character he portrayed, and some soft, slow, sweet lovemaking. But with a face as brutally scarred and recognizable as his, he knew he wasn’t likely to get it.
Millicent Riley, is a natural born optimist, despite the day to day challenges being dyslexic often provides. The daughter of newspaper magnate Vincent Riley and sponsor of the Riley wing at St. Mark’s hospital, Millie thoroughly enjoys her volunteer work there. She is cheerful and easy going, and the perfect candidate to chat with patients and put them at ease. Assured that coma patients can hear, she is sent to talk to the comatose patient in room thirteen, it turns out to be her lucky number, because that patient has already been transferred-and in his place is ‘The Menace’ who is simply trying to take a nap.
Though he’s annoyed at the interruption at first, Javier soon realizes that Millie may be the very best thing that has ever happened to him. She’s sweet, she’s cute, she’s sensual and she is going to be his. And while Millie may think she is a plain Jane, Javier disagrees, he thinks she is adorable and can’t wait to get to know her better. Fortunately for him, Millie is convinced that the hulking brooding Javier is the sexiest man she’s ever met.
But when Millie’s self-absorbed father tries to set her up with his young co-worker, will Javier allow him to derail their budding romance?

The story behind the story


Every story has an element of truth. A small part of an author's life that finds its way into fiction. This one is personal to me because like Millie, I am dyslexic. How can a writer be dyslexic? It's pretty simple. These days there are many ways (with the right help) of overcoming or at least dealing with certain aspects of dyslexia, and each person with dyslexia will be affected differently. I have a mild form, one which makes it virtually impossible for me to differentiate between left and right, to remember which way to turn things or to accurately follow directions. I'm not word blind as Millie in my story is, but I can certainly understand some of the frustrations she deals with. Millie is a natural born optimist who finds ways around her disabilty. I love optimistic people.
And then Javier, aka The Menace, well, he has his own issues, how many times have we seen a movie and thought that the actor must have something in common with the character he portrays? This is something Javier has to overcome. The perception of his viewing audience. But fortunately for Millie, Javier is tough on the outside, all marshmallow on the inside. My kind of guy!


 




Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The story behind the story - A Contemporary Countess




Today for my story behind the story I'm going to talk about A Contemporary Countess, but first here's a remnider of the synopsis (if you've read it before just scroll down a little).


A Contemporary Countess
A contemporary playful and sensual novel of approximately 51,000 words
A former American foster child and a twenty-first century English Earl, what could they possibly have in common? They are about to find out.
 When Darielle St. James became the sole winner of New York’s biggest lottery jackpot in history, she knew her life was about to change. But even she had no idea how great the change would be.

She began by using her new found wealth to help her closest friends, her two foster brothers and sister, and Mom Miriam the lovely woman who had been her foster mother. And then set about assessing her own goals. Hounded by the curious press and fortune hunters, she moved into a small secure apartment building overlooking Central Park, and started work on her first novel. Now she had both the time and the means to write.
Online research for her novel, leads her to the estate of Adam Darfield, the Earl of Avanleigh, a struggling English aristocrat whose name is oddly similar to that of her Regency hero. Adam, she discovers has only recently inherited the title. He and his sister Susie run Avanleigh Estate, which is sadly in need of funds due to the enormous death taxes imposed at the loss of their father.
Dari’s childhood dream of living in a beautiful stately home suddenly comes to the forefront, and she writes to Adam with an interesting proposal. She would like to come to Avanleigh for six weeks to write her novel in the historic setting for which she is willing to pay a large fee, giving them a chance to get to know each other, and if all goes well, to marry. Citing arranged marriages from the past, from Jennie Jerome to Consuelo Vanderbilt, Dari makes a good case.
Adam, stunned at the unusual request, is encouraged by his romantically inclined sister Susie to take Dari up on the offer. Six weeks will give him a chance to get to know the beautiful young American, and the fee she has offered will help with the taxes. While he is not committed to anything, marrying her would ensure the financial future of the estate for many generations to come. It was after all, what his own ancestors had done.
Dari arrives at Avanleigh to find both Adam and Susie are easy going and fun to be with. Things are going incredibly well. But as time goes on, both Dari and Adam, each begin to think the other is just a little too good to be true and are both afraid to hope that what is developing between them could be real.
When Susie’s quirky and playful aristocratic friends from her childhood boarding school years arrive at the estate for their annual vacation, Dari discovers the truth. Adam has a reputation as an aristocratic playboy. From his youthful nickname the Voracious Viscount, to the current epithet the Randy Earl, his nicknames are numerous. Furious at her discovery, Dari confronts Adam, who reluctantly admits his past. But Adam has decided he adores the unpretentious Dari, and he convinces her to stay.
Dari is head over heels in love with Adam and loves the estate, with its historic connections to the infamous Henry the Eighth, ghost stories, hidden passageways and long time easy going staff. And Adam has awakened a sensual side in her that she did not know she possessed.
On the eve of her wedding, Dari and her new friends are celebrating her bachelorette party in the historic ‘Henry Room’ at the estate Dower House where the infamous king himself once slept, when they discover something that changes everything.

The story behind the story
This may contain spoilers if you haven't yet read the book
A Contemporary Countess

We’ve all wondered at some time or other what we would do if we won the lottery. Whenever the lottery jackpots rise to epic proportions we find ourselves rushing out to buy a few tickets and having those chats with friends and family about how exactly we would make our dreams come true. A Contemporary Countess is Dari’s story of winning the lottery and following her dreams.
I visited many stately homes growing up in England, and as a child always wished I was a titled lady and spun many fantasies of living there, but I think as I grew older one of my favorite daydreams was to be allowed to simply spend a day there, alone. To walk the ancient halls and go behind the red velvet ropes that held back the tourists and experience, touch, and enjoy everything that once belonged to some favorite historic characters and truly feel the history as Dari is able to do at Avanleigh.
My favorite stately homes were Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, both have been used in several movies. You might recognize Chatsworth from a recent production of Pride and Prejudice staring Keira Knightley.

Dari has a particular fascination with Henry the Eighth, something I own to myself. And feels he was maligned by tabloid historians, amusing Adam with her adamnt defense of the most notorious king in British history. Recent studies have shown that it is very likely that Henry was a diabetic, hence the out of control weight and ulcerated leg that wouldn’t heal, in an era that didn’t understand the disease. Henry’s sister Margaret who married James the 1V of Scotland, was also a known diabetic.
Henry is usually portrayed as glutonous, when he may have simply been a victim of a disease that didn't properly process, but instead stored his food.
Henry is known through England for the magnificent castles, fortresses and ships that he built. No, he was no saint, but he was a man of many sides. Dari simply chooses to see mainly his good side. The athletic young King who fell in love easily, led his armies to war, wrote poetry, laughed a lot, played tennis and built fortresses that still exist today. I like to think of him that way too.

'More wives than mistresses' this was often said about Henry. How true is it? I don't think we will ever really know. His most well known mistress Bessie Blount gave him the son Henry Fitzroy, who is sadly reputed to have died in his late teens though there are several other stories circulating that he may have lived on. (Fitzroy was a term commonly used to define an illegitimate child of a king.)
Dari is a natural born optimist, always making the best of everything around her. I chose to make her foster family sweet in this story, mainly because I have worked with children for much of my adult life in private homes and for a while in a children's home. I've met many of the folks that care for children in the system and have seen a trend in romance novels in the last few years where a child is reputed to have been 'tossed from foster home to foster home', or had bad foster parents. In many cases the foster parents are true angels and deserve so much better than this odd reputation they seem to have acquired through fictional depiction in movies and books. They do it because they love children. Dari has her own little family, a wonderful foster mom, two foster brothers and a sister.
The Estate Characters. Well, from Tom, the head ranger, to Alma and Freda the two cleaners, the estate employees always see the estate as belonging to them as much as the owners. Throughout history generations of the same families often lived and worked on the same estate. Usually developing a friendly cammaraderie with the owners within certain boundaries. Those boundaries are much less clear today than they would have been in the past. Hence Tom became almost a second father to Adam after his own passed away.
Anything you'd like to add, feel free to post a comment.
I'll be adding some more thoughts myself later.