Interracial Contemporary Romance
Heat Level 3 Flames
Release Day August 12, 2022
Her biggest dream’s offered on a platter, but the clincher is, she has to marry a perfect stranger.
When her employer offers the no-nonsense Shannon Nadjiwon the position of chauffeuring Séamus Daugherty, she jumps at the chance. To work for one of Toronto’s most powerful families means she can make her biggest dream of owning a fleet of limos come true, something her female relations tooling away at her Ojibway community want badly for her, and she won’t let them down.
His reckless need for speed cost Séamus Daugherty his license. If he doesn’t marry, as demanded by his overbearing father, he will not only lose his lucrative job with the family business —the only positive aspect in Séamus’ gilded cage life—but everything Daugherty.
The unpretentious and gorgeous Shannon will make the perfect bride, and Séamus is ready to strike a deal with her. One that will ensure he keeps everything he holds dear if she puts a wedding ring on her finger. However, they face three big obstacles: His family, her family, and a marriage neither truly wants, leaving both wondering if the sizzling sexual chemistry and cozy rapport they share is enough to grasp a happily ever after.
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Instead of making the walk to the side door that led to the garage, Séamus used the main entry and stepped outside to sunshine and a blue sky that wasn’t the least bit compatible with the thunderstorm sitting over his head. Not a hint of a breeze was present.
Parked in the circular, cobblestone driveway was the Audi, a car only used for out-of-town business acquaintances for its rear seat comfort package.
The stunning woman standing by the passenger door swept away the gray cloud looming over Séamus’ head. Well, well, well, this was very unlike Father. Shouldn’t a stern codger of old-school manners be present instead?
His new driver’s sleek body possessed the same smooth lines of the metallic-blue town car. Dressed in black from head to toe with a chauffeur’s hat and matching leather gloves, she exuded a perfect posture stiffer than the surfboard Séamus caught waves on in Maui.
He slyly snuck a long look at the swell of her breasts pressing on the fabric of the jacket. Full lips painted the shade of poppy never moved into a smile but remained straight and plush. Red undertones lit her bronzed skin, and hair the color of the midnight-blue sky was plaited in a thick braid.
It was too bad sunglasses tinted with the shade of a moonless night hid her eyes.
She opened the back door and used her gloved hand to motion. “Good morning, Mr. Daugherty. I’m your driver,” she said in a tone smoother than a glass of single malt whisky.
“Yes, I more than assumed so.” Clutching his briefcase, and one hand in his pants pocket, Séamus swaggered to the car.
“Yes, your driver.” Her luscious voice, capable of melting all over his skin, was as formal as her attire.
“Do you have a name?” He extended his hand. “Séamus Daugherty.”
Her black eyebrows, shaped in a perfect arc, rose slightly above her black specs. She was probably surprised he’d asked her name. Most likely when she chauffeured clients, they didn’t inquire about her personal life. Since they were going to spend six months together, for sure they would get to know each other.
“Shannon Nadjiwon at your service, Mr. Daugherty.” She again extended her gloved hand to the car.
He grasped her long fingers hidden beneath the leather material and clutched them in a firm but gentle grip. “Nadjiwon. That’s a pretty surname.”
“It’s Ojibway, sir.” She tilted her oval-shaped face slightly, as if bowing to him.
“Sir?” He almost clucked his tongue, although the appendage in his mouth desired to be somewhere else. Such as, what did her tongue feel like? Oh, it was a wicked thought since he’d only just met her, but damn, she was a fine specimen of the female persuasion.
“Let’s cut with the formality. You can call me Séamus, and I will refer to you as Shannon. How’s that?”
“Whatever you wish.” She gestured at his briefcase. “May I?”
“I don’t allow the house servants to wait on me like a king, and I don’t expect my driver to cater to my every need. I’ll put my briefcase in the car. Okay?” He reached inside the black leather interior. Already, the business console was down, so he set the briefcase on top.
“There.” He sank into the comfortable seat. “I’m all set.”
She shut the door.
Her confident stride while rounding the Audi was the same posture she’d presented from earlier—shoulders back, chin lifted, arms moving stiffly at her sides like a true marching soldier. Not a wiggle came from her slim hips or va-va-voom slender thighs.
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About The Author
An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more wonderful memories with the people she loves most.
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I don't know where you're from by here in Northern New Jersey the Hazy, Hot, and Humid is in full force. We don't have central air but are blessed with two window units. One on each side of the house makes it comfortable. Though not cool, it pulls the humidity out. So, we're going to have pretend fire here. I'm so glad you joined us. My guest today is the fabulous Marilyn Baron!
Hi, Marilyn. While I perform my hostess duties, tell us, did you ever win something?
Yes, when I was 14, I won a contest called “My Burning Yearning,” about what famous person I’d like to meet. And it was Jackie Gleason. They picked me, my parents and my best friend up in a limo and took us to watch The Jackie Gleason Show on Miami Beach and I got to meet Jackie Gleason. While he was standing next to my mother in the photograph his cigarette was burning my mother’s dress, but she didn’t care, she was so excited to meet the performer.
To the moon, Alice! What was your first job?
My first job was in high school selling popcorn and candy at the concession at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida. On my breaks I watched movies and practically memorized them. One I’ll never forget is “How Sweet It is,” with Jackie Gleason. That was the year The Graduate was first released. My most unusual job was as Information Specialist at the Florida Department of Offender Rehabilitation, basically public relations for the Florida prison system. I also wrote a book based on that experience called The Alibi.
Inspiration comes from life. What’s the most amazing natural occurrence you’ve witnessed?
We used to own a condo on the beach at Palm Coast, Florida, and I got to see the wild baby sea turtles leave their nest during sea turtle nesting season and race into the ocean.
I love sea turtles. How do you select the names of your characters?
I have to have the names of my characters and the title of the book before I can start to write. I will just be going along, living life and suddenly I’ll hear a name and say, “That’s going to be one of my characters.” I’ve selected names listening to someone in line to buy a wedding present at Bloomingdales and names of children visiting the Atlanta Aquarium. Sometimes I’ll look up popular boy or girl names in Germany or Italy or whatever country I’m setting my book. I tend to use (or overuse) M names. My favorite name is Alexandra. I named my dog Cinnamon Alexandra, but I also named one of my characters Alexandra.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I do. I really appreciate reviews. If I get a bad one, I (try to) ignore it.
The Case of the Missing Botticelli
A Massimo Domingo Mystery – Book 1
In this cozy mystery, American art history major Hadley Evans joins an art detective agency in Florence, Italy, working for Massimo Domingo, once a major player, now the ‘Inspector Clouseau’ of the art world. Determined to save the flailing agency and prove her worth, Hadley and her sexy Carabinieri boyfriend, Luca Ferrari, take on a mysterious client behind her boss’s back. Hot on the trail of a missing masterpiece, they discover a hidden cache of stolen Nazi art in a Venetian villa and encounter an enemy with a link to an evil past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
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Transported to Italy
The Case of the Missing Botticelli by Marilyn Baron is an escape to Florence, Italy. When I pick up a Marilyn Baron book, I know I will be transported to a beautiful place and this book delivers! The story was surrounded with lavish Italian flavor which swept me away and kept me turning pages.
Our heroine Hadley is a feisty, adventurous art-historian intern. Seriously, she needs a raise because she does the work while her employer lives off his reputation (probably built on a multitude of interns). He is an odious character that I loved to hate. Kudos to Baron for creating such a relatable work environment which makes the reader wish for Hadley to succeed. While I must warn the reader of a possible cheating trigger with good characters and bad, as well as negative and positive consequences, I understood Hadley's choices.
Is Luca the love interest swoon-worthy? He is the Italian police officer who sweeps Hadley off her feet and becomes her sidekick. They reminded me a little of John Steed and Emma Peel in the old Avengers cozy mysteries. Luca is accommodating and supportive of Hadley's schemes to a fault. (Those who read the blow-up will know exactly what I'm referring to--but no spoilers here!) He bucks the old cliché of the emotionally distant detective by allowing Hadley's expertise to take the lead on the case.
Overall, I recommend The Case of the Missing Botticelli by Marilyn Baron to anyone who wishes to escape to the art museums of Florence, Italy.
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Marilyn decided to become a writer when she read Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her first short story was The Gold Lace Dress. She wrote her first book, East West Island, in grade school. It featured all of the children in her third-grade class and her teacher read it to the students in installments during class every day. She wrote and directed her first play at age 13, starring her brother and sisters and some of the neighborhood kids. The show raised money for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.
Marilyn is a public relations consultant in Atlanta, a PAN member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and winner of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She is also a member of Atlanta Writers Club. Marilyn was past chair of the Roswell Reads steering committee and serves on the Atlanta Authors committee. She writes in a variety of genres from humorous women’s fiction, historical romantic thrillers, romantic suspense and paranormal/fantasy. She loves to travel and often sets books in places she’s visited.
She was born in Miami, Florida, and graduated from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Public Relations) and a Minor in English (Creative Writing). Go Gators! She lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband, and she spends a lot of time hovering over her two wonderful daughters.
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Today's blog almost didn't happen. But thankfully, Linda stepped in at the last minute to help me out. Please give her a warm welcome.
Linda, thanks again for jumping in. I love the picture of the horse. He's gorgeous! While I grab some refreshments will you tell our other guest who you are other than your bio?
Well now, I’m a mother (both my boys are men with children of their own. One lives in England, and I’m visiting him next month. In Yorkshire, the weather will have started to be crisp. I have a cat, used to show horses (Andalusians) and bred them professionally. My stallion Bonito was twice National Champion. I’ve seen a lot of this country driving a pickup towing a horse trailer. I love to dress up and throw formal dinner parties. My current pet is a devilish black and white (tuxedo) cat named KitKat. That’s me in a nutshell. Oh, speaking of nuts, I feed a squirrel and his/her friends. If I don’t get them out soon enough, Bitsy (a runt squirrel) comes to my French doors and taps on the glass. Does anyone know how to tell a male from a female squirrel?
What interests besides writing do you enjoy?
I like to read paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. The last book I read wasn’t any of these genres but straight romance published by my publisher. I was very good. I like to drive and am a member of a car club. Though I don’t ride anymore, I still love my horses. Music is a favorite. I enjoy the symphony, and other types, including country but I like the old style.
I love a road trip too. Who is your network or support system?
I just joined Georgia Romance Writers and am already becoming active with them. I usually trade work with the excellent Beth Trissel and also with my friend author Toni V. Sweeney (sci-fi, horror and romance.
Who or what books or authors are your inspiration?
I love Oscar Wilde, but I write nothing like him. Anne Rice started me on this path. I’m very devoted top the old gothic writers like Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and I have to mention Daphne du Maurier, and Katherine Kurtz, the first mystery, the second fantasy. I’m devoted to George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series and can’t wait until the prequel the end of this month.
I cut my teeth on Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. And who didn't fall a little in love with Lestat. Do you have any fun or outrageous talent?
Unfortunately, no. When I was showing, I could do a dressage test without the horse, practicing. You should have seen me canter!
What is your neighborhood like?
My neighborhood is an older neighborhood. My house was built in 1947, but has been redone. The neighborhood is like that. The older homes are being beautifully renovated. There are no stores or businesses to frequent in my neighborhood.
If they made a movie about your life, what would the title be, and who would play you?
The World was Her Oyster (subtitled) But She Used The Wrong Fork. (Thanks Oscar Wilde), Glenn Close, her first starring role in a comedy of errors.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
God Save the Queen. (kidding, I think) I’d like Pachelbel’s Canon. Nah. I like being the Queen better.
LOL I'd go with the queen too. If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?
A watermelon shake from the Cookout.
Worst household chore?
Yep, it always returns. If you could time travel, where would you go and when?
To meet Edward VIII Why? I’d like to meet firsthand a man who’d give up a throne for a woman.
Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
The unlimited international first-class tickets! I’d love to be able to see the world. Because the Andalusian horses originate in Spain, I’ve always wanted to visit. I’d love to go to Australia and New Zealand. It would be really super to visit my son first class.
Did you ever win something?
I did! I won $2,100 on the Queen of Hearts game, then later I won $110 in a drawing. The first one was a real surprise. I almost fainted.
What subjects should be taught in school but aren’t?
I disagree with dropping cursive writing from the curriculum. How are people going to sign their names? If they don’t know it, they can’t read it, and not everyone prints. I think it is, in a way, a lost art.
I agree. Though I do like the comedian who said, "We'll be able to pass secret notes in the nursing home." How do you select the names of your characters?
They suggest their names.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I read all my book reviews, even those I’d rather wish away. I’d like to say that I learn a lot from such reviews, but when I get a really bad review, I go into I’ll never write again mode, and usually there a few gallons of tears. I call my support team and tell them about this troll.
What was your hardest scene to write?
In Sinners’ Opera, Isabeau (the heroine) had to leave Morgan (the hero). I’d come to love these characters, and I had to write this emotionally draining and grief scene from both characters’ POVs. I cried with Isabeau, and my heart broke for Morgan. My husband at the time just didn’t understand why I was crying.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I subscribed to BookBrush, a program service that allows you to create your own book videos, covers, instant mockups, and advertising. It’s also fun. I subscribed in May, and I’ve made a trailer for every one of my Kindle Vella stories, ad memes, and I tried a book cover, but I haven’t learned that yet.
I so appreciate you graciously giving me your time today. Will you leave some information about where we can find out more about you and your books?
The Texas Cowboy
Return to Folly Book One
When Ash Colter was twelve, his mother divorced his cattle baron father and whisked him away to raise in her native England. Sixteen years later, when his father dies, he inherits Marathon Ranch. Running a 1,000-acre spread famous for the best Black Angus cattle in the great state of Texas is the biggest challenge he’s ever faced…until he meets a pert, pretty, and sassy ranch hand who seems to have her own agenda for his ranch. Unfortunately, she makes his spurs go jingle-jangle-jingle like no one else ever has!
Trish Owens is a real cowgirl, a loner, and, though she’d never admit it, a little lonely. When the “English Cowboy” appears on the scene, her entire way of life is threatened, not only her job, but her beloved Quarter horses. She’s sure he plans to import his thoroughbreds from England. Worse of all is the chemistry sizzling between them. He makes feelings she thought long dead awaken.
Can these two unwilling allies set aside their differences to put Marathon Ranch in the Winner’s Circle…and to fall in love?
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Linda Nightingale is an award-winning author, writing across the genres in romance from vampires to androids to angels. Among others, she won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award for Excellence (the Maggie) and the SARA Merritt award. Her vampire books have been called the Anne Rice of paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she bred, trained, and showed the magnificent Andalusian horse and owned a national champion stallion, Bonito. You can find Linda on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Her web site is: http://www.LindaNightingale.com
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One of my favorite pastimes is creating graphics and videos in Canva. I also enjoy helping others with their graphics. Today I made the one you see above.
Being an author isn't only writing books. Yes, that's part of it but, a writer is also an editor, marketer, social media maven, promoter. I probably spend more time doing these things than actual writing.
This past weekend I spent most of it editing. I have two projects that needed to be done. The first was accomplished and returned to my editor this morning. Sophia's Magic Beans is a novella which The Wild Rose Press will be releasing next spring. If you enjoyed Rainbow Sprinkles www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Sprinkles-One-Scoop-Book-ebook/dp/B088FCBLNG I think you'll really like this book. It take place in Lake Unami the same fictitious town.
The other project is Kisa, Shield-Mates of Dar. I hope to finish it this week and send the manuscript off to the editor. She'd been on my plate for a long time and I'm excited to be so close to finishing the second Shield-Mate book.
While Kisa is with the editor, I've been working on a collaborative series with several other authors. This series will span time, genres, and my first attempt at Historical Romance. I can't wait to tell you all about it.
So, I'm putting out the fire for today so I can get back on track. See you soon.
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