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Monday, June 20, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Toes - #British #English #Love


Welcome! This week, I'm continuing with Maggie & John's story. The word prompt is "toes". Scroll down for the link back to Tuesday Tales. Thank you for coming.

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When Maggie tucked a small, stuffed hedgehog under Penn’s arm, the little boy stopped sniffling. He turned the tiny beast over and over.
“What is he?”
“ A hedgehog.”
“Hedgehog,” Penn repeated. “Can I have him?”
“Yes. He’s a present. Take him on your trip. Be good to him.”
The tyke nodded. Maggie leaned down and wiped his tears away with her thumb. She kissed his cheek. He hugged her neck, dropping the new toy, then promptly let go to pick up the creature. With the gift, Maggie’d diverted him from the pain of leaving. Anne Roberts shot her a grateful smile as she headed for the door, Penn in hand.
The Roberts’ were jetting off for ten days to the Virgin Islands. Maggie breathed a sigh of relief. After having cooked for huge crowds for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve parties, she was exhausted.  

 She and John, the butler and chauffeur, had the luxurious apartment to themselves. Anne told them to charge their groceries to the Roberts account and have fun. Maggie noticed a twinkle in John’s eye when he got the news. She had twisted a tissue in her hand. Ten days alone in the house with handsome John scared the crap out of her.

After the family left, Maggie faced him. “Are you going home for the holiday?”
“No. Thought I’d rather enjoy New Year’s in New York instead of London. You?”
Maggie shook her head. “No money. Besides, doubt they miss me.”
“I can’t believe that!”
She fidgeted for a moment before heading to the kitchen.
“Tea time,” she muttered.
“Let me help,” John said, tagging along.
She stopped dead. “Look. Don’t be thinkin’ I’m gonna be your cook and slave, waitin’ on ya hand and foot while the Mister and Missus are away. You go your way and I’ll go mine.”
“Of course. I’d never ask you to do that.”
“Good.” She made her way to the stove.
“But you’ve got to eat. And I’ve got to eat.”
Swinging around with hands on hips, she glared at him. “John Eldridge! After what I just said…”
“But I’ll help. I can cook, too. Not like you, but I make a mean scrambled egg or French toast.” His hazel eyes danced.
Maggie cooled down. Cooking for one bored her. Besides, she hated to eat alone.
“I’m a great dishwasher, too. I promise to clean up, if you cook. You’re a way better cook than I.”
“That I am.”
The kettle whistled. She turned off the flame and took down one of the Roberts’ elegant porcelain teapots.
“Which do you fancy?” She asked over her shoulder.
“Whatever you wish, milady.”
“Early Grey, then, and I’m not your lady.”


Maggie measured the loose tea into the pot, then poured the hot water. When she turned around, her eyes widened and her mouth fell open.
The tiny nook where she and John ate was set with the best plates, cups, and silver. In the middle was a small platter filled with scones, petit Madeleines and cookies. John pulled out a chair and stood waiting.
“Where in the blazes did this come from?” She placed the teapot on a hotplate.
“I bought it.”
“On their account?”
“Nope. With me own cash.”
“Why?”
His tone softened. “For you.”
She eased onto the chair and he pushed it close to the table before he joined her. She took his cup and poured. John held the plate while she took one of each of the delectable treats.
She fixed her tea the way she liked it with some sugar and milk.
“Spending ten days alone here with you, Maggie, is a dream come true.”
She looked up, her brown eyes meeting his. John took her hand and placed it to his lips, sending a tingle all the way to her toes.   

Monday, June 13, 2016

TUESDAY TALES - CANDY


The word prompt, "candy", has taken me back to a story I deserted last September. It's Maggie's Story. She's the housekeeper for a very wealthy couple who have a young son, a boy who was the same age her child would have been had her parents not forced her to have an abortion. 

They'd shipped her off from England to the United States, where a cousin helped her get this job. The scene takes place on Christmas Eve. John is the butler and chauffeur, also from England. 

Thank you for coming. Scroll down for the link back to Tuesday Tales and the fine stories awaiting you there. 

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Friday night, Maggie went up to her room. The party was still going strong, but the crew the Roberts had hired were serving and staying to do clean up. John hung around to supervise. Maggie stood at the window and parted the curtain. 
She watched a group of carolers climb down from a hay wagon and sing for the party. She heard the soft melodies of carols and the applause. Mrs. Roberts passed around a basket of candy and each singer took some.
Maggie missed her yule traditions. She wondered what they were doing at home, which of her six siblings had returned for the occasion. She wondered what they were eating and drinking. She could hear, in her head, the songs they always sang and hummed the tunes softly.
She wrote a short message on the Christmas card, added the money order, addressed the envelope to her father and sealed it. One more month and she would be paid up. She sighed. That might be the last communication with her parents. I guess you don’t keep a daughter who brings disgrace to your home.
The knock on her door meant John had retired. Maggie had retrieved her present for him. When he entered, she turned to face him. Her heart hurt, loneliness surrounded her like the fur coat the missus gave her. But it chilled her instead of warming.

“Here you go. Merry Christmas, John.” She handed him the rectangular box.
He opened it carefully, his eyes glittery, darted from her face to the gift.
“Holy Mary Mother of God, Maggie! What’d you go and do this for?” He fingered the expensive, Countess Mara silk tie.
“Don’t you like it?” Pain stabbed her heart.
“It’s beautiful. I love it. But it’s too expensive.”
“Wanted you to have one like the Mister wears.”
John’s pale cheeks flushed slightly. “Very thoughtful.  Very nice, Maggie. It’s beautiful. I’ll save it for special occasions.”
She put her hand on his arm. “I want you to wear it all the time, John.”
He nodded. “All right. Thank you.” He kissed her, then bid her goodnight

Maggie gazed up at the cold winter moon and sighed. She slid under the covers and spread her new cashmere sweater from John out on top. She fell asleep with her fingers stroking the soft material.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TUESDAY TALES - Word Prompt: Pencil #nfl #sportsromance #football


Welcome! I'm sorry for leaving last week's Tuesday Tales as a cliffhanger. This is the second half to that post. It should answer your questions. It's a continue of Griff Montgomery's story in OVERTIME, book 8 in the First & Ten series to be published soon.
Scroll down for the link back to Tuesday Tales. Thank you for coming.
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He rushed into the room to find the bed empty. Panic rose inside him. He ran around, checking every room –even the ones Kathy and her family would occupy. No sign of Lauren. The only thing he had was the bloody towel. Tears of frustration and fear clouded his eyes.
He picked up his cell and dialed his wife, but no answer. He heard a ringing and followed the sound to find Lauren’s phone on the floor of the bathroom. There were smudges of blood on the door knob, the sink and the toilet, too. His heart beat so fast it reverberated in his ears.

He didn’t know what to do, but calling the police seemed the best option when his cell rang. The number was unfamiliar. He answered.
“Mr. Montgomery?”
“Yes? Who’s this?”
“This is Mary Anne McDonnell. I’m a nurse at County Hospital.”
“Oh my God. Is Lauren there? What’s happened to my wife?” Perspiration broke out on his forehead and under his arms. He picked up a pencil by the phone and broke it in two. 
“Yes, that’s why I’m calling. She’s here. She’s had a miscarriage, but she’s all right.”
“A miscarriage?”
“I take it she didn’t tell you yet that she was pregnant?”
“No, ma’am. She hadn’t.”
"Goodness. Well, she wasn’t very far along, which is a good thing. I guess that’s why.”
“We have two children. No time alone to talk.”
The nurse chuckled. “Been there, done that.”
“Is she all right?”
“Yes. She’s fine. We’re going to keep her here for a little while. She’ll call you when she’s ready to come home.”
“Can I talk to her?”
“She’s asleep right now, but I’ll have her call you as soon as she gets up. Didn’t want you to worry none. These things happen.”
“Yes, they do. Thank you. I appreciate your calling. I was just about to call the police.”
“Goodness! My timing was just right then.”
“Sure was. Would you tell her something for me?”
“Sure.”
“Tell her,” he coughed and felt himself redden, “tell her I love her.”

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Monday, May 30, 2016

TUESDAY TALES - picture prompt - beach scene - #football #nfl #romance


Welcome! This week we have a picture prompt and a 300-word limit. My snippets from my WIP, "Overtime" will continue for another few weeks. It's the last book in the First & Ten series and will be published soon. 
This week we have Griff's story. His wife, Lauren, has sprung a surprise vacation on him. They headed to the beach in Florida. Seems there was a bigger surprise in their future than either had anticipated.

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He’d made plenty of mistakes in his life, but marrying Lauren wasn’t one of them. He blew  up an inflatable beach ball and bounced it to the kids. After a lively game of catch, they ran to the ocean, where Griff took their hands and waded into the surf, ankle-deep. They shrieked with joy and ran up on the warm sand, then back into the water over and over.
He layed out a blanket. The kids sat long enough to eat the food Lauren had packed. They pelted the quarterback with questions, which he answered as best he could. Where did the ocean go? Where did pelicans come from? He didn’t know the answers. Their curiosity charmed him.
As their beach time edged toward two hours, Chip and Gracie slowed down. His daughter crawled into her stroller and Chip lay down on the blanket. Griff knew it was time to head home. He brushed the sand off them as best he could then layed them in their beds and covered each with a light blanket.
Lauren’s face had appeared drawn when they got in the car at the airport. Concern knitted his brows as he wondered if she was coming down with the flu. He had hoped not as this vacation was her idea and he wanted her to enjoy it, too.

Feeling pooped, he popped a beer and sat in the shade outside on the deck. Lauren often took naps, but never quite this long. On a hunch, Griff climbed the stairs to the master bedroom. Before he arrived, the sight of a bloody towel on the floor stopped him cold. He picked it up. The blood hadn’t completely dried yet, but it wasn’t fresh. Something had happened to Lauren and not in the last hour. 

Thank you for coming. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TOP 20 #NFL PLAYERS FOR 2015 - WHICH ONES ARE YOUR FAVORITES? #Football #nflteams



I love football! 
These are my men -- the major players on the Connecticut Kings, the team in my bestselling football romance series, FIRST & TEN. 


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I love real football, too. Here is the list of the top 25 players in the NFL for 2015. Which ones are your favorites? I love them all!



RANK
PLAYER
POSITION
2015 TEAM
1
J. J. WATT
DEFFENSIVE END
HOUSTON TEXANS
2
AARON RODGERS
QUARTERBACK
GREEN BAY PACKERS
3
TOM BRADY
QUARTERBACK
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
4
DeMARCO MURRAY
RUNNING BACK
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
5
PEYTON MANNING
QUARTERBACK
DENVER BRONCOS
6
CALVIN JOHNSON
WIDE RECEIVER
DETROIT LIONS
7
ANDREW LUCK
QUARTERBACK
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
8
ANTONIO BROWN
WIDE RECEIVER
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
9
MARSHAWN LYNCH
RUNNING BACK
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
10
ROB GRONKOWSKI
TIGHT END
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
11
RICHARD SHERMAN
CORNERBACK
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
12
JAMAAL CHARLES
RUNNING BACK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
13
JULIO JONES
WIDE RECEIVER
ATLANTA FALCONS
14
LUKE KUECHLY
LINEBACKER
CAROLINA PANTHERS
15
DEZ BRYANT
WIDE RECEIVER
DALLAS COWBOYS
16
LE'VEON BELL
RUNNING BACK
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
17
DARRELLE REVIS
CORNERBACK
NEW YORK JETS
18
JORDY NELSON
WIDE RECEIVER
GREEN BAY PACKERS
19
PATRICK PETERSON
CORNERBACK
ARIZONA CARDINALS
20
DEMARYIUS THOMAS
WIDE RECEIVER
DENVER BRONCOS
21
EARL THOMAS
SAFETY
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
22
RUSSELL WILSON
QUARTERBACK
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
23
JOE HADEN
CORNERBACK
CLEVELAND BROWNS
24
NDAMUKONG SUH
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
MIAMI DOLPHINS
25
JOE THOMAS
OFFENSIVE TACKLE
CLEVELAND BROWNS

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Meet Griff Montgomery, Quarterback, who started it all for the First & Ten series -- from the locker room to the bedroom.


Two people, two tragedies, two deep, devastating secrets….  Griff Montgomery is the headline-making, heart-breaking star quarterback of the Kings – a  6’4”, 33 year old womanizer. Lauren Farraday is a beautiful young interior designer, bitterly scarred by divorce, whose life is falling apart. Though they violently oppose one another in court over her beloved pug (she thinks he’s arrogant and  conceited, and he thinks she’s a bitch on wheels), something happens....

These are the bare bones of this sizzling romance, riddled with passion -- the first in a brand new series that’ll tantalize football fans and have readers glued to every page and on the edge of their seats!

Griff looks like a super hero with his tousled, mahogany hair, dazzling smile, dark, sexy eyes, and a body  that does something indescribable to a tight pair of jeans. Though Lauren’s sworn off men forever, one look sends shivers down her spine, making her feel lonelier than ever before. Her lustrous, long hair, sparkling green eyes, and nonstop curves make his fingers tingle at the thought of touching her.  How do they deal with their cataclysmic attraction? Will they be able to drop their protective facades – his to camouflage his grief over his sister and her family, for whom he was a surrogate father, moving 3000 miles away…. And hers’ to shield her from the incalculable loss of her husband and hoped for child?


For Griff, the thought of falling in love is as foreign as toe shoes and a tutu. For Lauren, it’s like putting on cleats and a helmet and running 50 yards…. Can they, will they, risk it? 


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