Hello, and a very Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a good one with your loved ones. I had a fun but not overly crazy time with my family, which meant I was mercifully hangover-free the day after. Result!
My first post of the year is going to be a shameless Monday Pimp!
The Timeless Desire Collection contains novellas from several Noble Romance Authors, and includes my story, Love Through Time. It’s available in paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon US and The Book Depository.
To long for a love lost, a love that never was, or a love one could only hope to gain . . . that desire never fades. From some of the newest and some of your all-time favorite Noble Romance authors, the Timeless Desire Collection is a selection of novellas guaranteed to warm your heart or fire up your libido. (Some might do both!)
The book is classed as sensual romance as some of the novellas within are hotter than others, but mine’s an erotic romance. Here’s a snippet from it for you:
Emily received some strange looks and frowns from the people she passed as she walked across the graveled drive toward the front entrance of Westbury Hall. She could appreciate their confusion. It was closing time for the stately home, and the last of the visitors were being politely ushered out of the building, yet she was heading inside. She’d been invited. She had a job to do.
An elderly lady stood in the porch, smiling and nodding as she held the door open for those departing the hall. Most of them seemed in no hurry to leave, stopping to make comments to the woman at the door, thanking her for a lovely visit and so on. Emily waited patiently to the side, allowing the patrons to leave before attempting to enter. When the staff member—most likely a volunteer, Emily thought—caught sight of her, she gave her a polite nod of acknowledgment.
Finally, the last of Westbury Hall’s visitors moved out, leaving Emily free to enter. Climbing the single, stone step to the threshold, she took the hand already offered her.
Shaking Emily’s hand with a surprising firmness, the woman said, “You must be Miss Stone.” Her smart appearance and the intelligence in her eyes indicated that despite her age, she was far from past it. “I’m Mrs. Thompson, house supervisor.”
“I am,” Emily replied, dropping her hand back to her side, “but please, call me Emily. It’s lovely to meet you. So, house supervisor? Do you live on site?”
Indicating Emily should step inside the entrance hall, Mrs. Thompson proceeded to close and lock the porch and front doors of the house, securing them in.
“I do,” the older woman said, turning back to face Emily, “I have rooms in a separate building just off the back of this one. So you needn’t worry about me disturbing you.”
“Oh no,” Emily said, worried she’d inadvertently rubbed Mrs. Thompson the wrong way. “I didn’t mean that. I was just curious. You’re more than welcome to see me at work, Mrs. Thompson; although, I’m afraid you won’t see anything terribly exciting.”
Mrs. Thompson smiled now, the warmth reaching her eyes. Emily sighed silently with relief. She’d yet to see the extent of the work she had to do, but she’d been told it was no easy task, so she could be here for some time. The last thing she needed was to upset any of the staff.
“Oh, you’d be surprised, my dear. This is a fascinating old place. Of course, all these old houses have history, but Westbury Hall’s is particularly rich.”
Emily smiled. The woman’s enthusiasm was infectious. “Well then,” she replied, “I can’t wait to learn more about it. I hope you’ll feed me full of historical tidbits while I’m here?”
Mrs. Thompson gave an enigmatic smile. Then, startling Emily somewhat, she turned smartly on her heel and walked deeper into the house. “Come, my dear, I won’t hold you up any longer. I’ll show you to the library, where you’ll soon start uncovering Westbury’s illustrious history for yourself.”
I’ve read a couple of the other novellas within this collection and loved them, so as well as being biased about my own story (obviously) I can vouch for the fact that there is some superb reading nestling within the covers of this book! If you happen to buy it, I’d love to know what you think! 🙂