Today's Monday Moments features Monogamy Twist.
You don't need too much introduction today since I'm the author. A first novel to be published will probably always have a place in an author's heart. It may not be the best constructed book they've ever written, but if it's got to the stage of being a solid print book (e-book version too) I'm sure it will be memorable. I certainly feel that way. I will never forget the first excitement of the contract, doing the edits, getting the front cover design, being given a release date and then the waiting. Feeling that book in my hands was fantastic!
Monogamy Twist is my first history/ mystery. No, I'm not writing a series of books, it just seems that I'm inclined to writing novels with some form of historical/ ancestral based content. I guess my love of history has more than a little to do with that.
Monogamy Twist has some interesting scenes that my editor of the time asked more than once to have the sex 'ramped up' even more, before she was satisfied it fit the Champagne Line for the Wild Rose Press.
Luke Salieri thought he'd seen everything. But when he inherits a dilapidated English estate from a woman he's never heard of—and with quirky conditions besides—it’s a mystery he wants resolved immediately. There must be a woman out there who can meet his needs. But how far will he have to go to persuade her? Lucrative employment for a whole year? The job of researching the old house and its fantastic contents is enticing – but Rhia Ashton can’t see herself living with gorgeous Luke Salieri and not wanting his body as well. Can she live and sleep with him for a whole year and then walk away? Rhia has her own ideas about what will make it worth her while.
He ripped off his jacket and threw it across the room. Her ears rang like a clarion but she refused to acknowledge it as he ranted. “You’ve signed that bloody contract and Greywood needs you now! What you’ve started you have to finish!”
Bloody Hell! The way she was feeling she’d leave him high and dry…but Greywood?
She lifted her head. Luke’s natural olive skin tone was leached to a greyish white. Too bad! He deserved to feel as sick as she’d been feeling all day!
Her words were a whisper. “Who is Danielle?”
“Nobody important,” Luke answered into the dark, sinister cloud that enveloped them. His rage was under wraps for now, subdued by her example. At her unimpressed glare he added, “She’s a woman I was dating before I met you.”
Rhia exhaled, her chest heaving with the effort of replying, her eyes puffy from an earlier bout of crying. “Before you met me or…” her voice trembled on the last word “…while?”
“Last weekend in London?” Her eyes were the sharpest darts, very pained darts, but she didn’t care now if Luke noticed or not. “Did you meet up with her then?” Her chin wobbled on the last, so difficult had it been to get the words out, but there was no way she was going to be palmed off with lies or platitudes.
“Sod it! I’m not going to lie to you!”
Luke wrenched off his tie to the beat of some impressive Italian swearing. Plonking himself on the edge of the bed beside her he took a cautious breath before replying.
“Yes, I saw her in London last weekend.”
Rhia couldn’t stifle the sniff as she slid away from him.
Monogamy Twist is available in print and e-book from The Wild Rose Press, B&N, Amazon