When I was first asked to join Teatime Romance, I was so excited to be included with such a great bunch of writers. Though we all have different styles and write in different genres of romance, we mesh famously, if I do say so myself. And what a boon that is, me hearties! (Raises teacup and sips tea.)
Through the many months we’ve been writing blogs here, we’ve celebrated many firsts. There’s no better place to talk writing, careers, how-to’s, share our joys and loves than in the tearoom, right? The demimonde in Almacks knew how to do it. The Grantham’s know how to do it in Downton Abbey. And we here at Teatime do it with crumpets or scones at our fingertips.
One of my happiest memories is being able to celebrate the release of my first historical, Duke by Day, Rogue by Night, in the tearoom. This week, I have another wonderful opportunity to share the debut release of one of my books, my first contemporary romance, Lost Treasure, Captive Princess!
The book is dedicated to the devoted teachers at DLI, the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. My rogue was selected to attend Italian language school before PCS-ing to Italy and I had the great opportunity to attend as well, graduating with honors, to my rogue’s surprise.
As a young military wife of 21, who also had to function as a commander’s wife, I had the great fortune of living in Vicenza, Italy, for three years. Vicenze was a wonderful place for newlyweds to live and have children. My rogue and I frequented the Sunday market, our favorite restaurants, El Dragone and Trattoria al Ponte in Torre di Quartesolo. We were able to go on several trips to Bressanone, a wonderful village near the German border with Bavarian and Tudor influences. I’ll never forget Thanksgiving in Roma (Rome) and the Colliseum with Language School friends, Firenza (Florence), the museums and basilicas, Sardegna (Sardinia) and the island of La Maddelena, where we visited another Language School friend who was a Navy Jag officer. Wonderful memories all!
It is those memories that fed the story of Prince Gian-Paolo Montovanni and Carolina Beugre’s romance in Lost Treasure. Passion, adventure, royal intrigue, who could ask for more?
Here’s an excerpt:
“I get great satisfaction by looking at you, Cara,” he said. The smile in his eyes contained a sensuous flame. “You’re a very attractive woman. I enjoy seeing something of mine on you.”
Though Carolina barely knew him, she was drawn to his smile, to the rich timbre of his voice. The tender curve to his lips gave him a boyishly affectionate charm. His eyes were extremely compelling and his lips were achingly close. She was shocked at her own eagerness to feel his lips upon hers. She wanted to taste him, knead the muscles flexing in his arms. Did he want to kiss her too?
Carolina didn’t have long to wait to find out. Gian-Paolo’s mouth swooped down to capture hers. She pressed her lips against his, suppressing a shiver as nerve-endings awakened in her body all the way down to her toes. She couldn’t disguise the need that raced through her. She wanted his kiss — needed more. Threading her fingers through his hair, she encouraged him to deepen his thrusting tongue.
The engines roared and the boat slowed. Water hissed, sloshing, foaming in the small boat’s wake. A dull thud alerted her to the insanity of the moment. Ting! Ting! Ting! A bell sounded, interrupting the unconscionable bliss she found within Gian-Paolo’s embrace. What was happening between them was wrong. She knew that better then she knew her own name. But the sense of abandonment that astonished her as he pulled away and stared at her with longing, gave her a tiny glimpse into his soul.
“Where are we?” Resigned that their interlude was over, she looked up and stared at an imposing mast high above her head.
“Where we should be.” His indifference after what they’d just shared made her shudder with humiliation. “It’s customary for those who’ve christened a ship to enjoy its maiden voyage.”
“Voyage?” She gave him her best hostile glare. “I don’t have time for this, Gian-Paolo!”
“Ah, but you do, Cara.”
Ah! Who wouldn’t want to be jetted out to a yacht? Would you like to be swept off your feet and taken for a cruise?
As a boon today, one lucky commenter will win a E-copy of Lost Treasure, Captive Princess. Good luck!