Happy Thursday, folks. I've just about recovered from my release day excitement, lol, and I thought I'd bring you something slightly different today. Manda is a good friend of mine and she's here to tell us about her new release A Cruise to Love. Check it out and over to you, Manda :-)
This is the second in The Milestones novella quartet written by myself and JD Corbett, published by Books To Go Now. The series centres around two friends who are celebrating milestone birthdays and their families. The first two books feature Liz and Anne who embark on a cruise to celebrate their 50th birthdays.
Writing romance with the older heroine opens up so many possibilities and is such great fun. They’ve overcome major obstacles in their lives and are able to simply kick back and relax. That is until falling in love comes on the scene and of course the rollercoaster of emotions begin all over again. With Anne it was particularly challenging showing her human side because of her vocation as a vicar. Cosimo, however was a delight and I hope the readers enjoy my writing.
BLURB FOR A CRUISE TO LOVE
Falling in love has no age limit. Celebrating her fiftieth birthday on board a luxurious liner cruising the Caribbean Islands with her family and best friend in tow, widowed English vicar Anne Fairchild is on the holiday of a lifetime. Being pampered and spending the next ten days relaxing in the sun, little does she know by stepping on board just how much her life is about to change.
For Captain Cosimo Deyna this will be his final voyage as Captain of The Caribbean Serenade. Retirement awaits him as does an uncertain future on land. For over thirty years he’d served on numerous leisure vessels spending no more than a few weeks at a time on land or in the country of his birth. The arrival of his father and monarch of his country on board forces Cosimo to face his past and to make a decision about his future.
On a moonlit night Anne and Cosimo encounter each other and feel an instant connection. Can their relationship work even as they struggle to hold back from each other who they really are?
. Following the corridor, she came out onto the deck she was on, and couldn’t take her eyes off the scene unfolding before her.
Someone was in the pool swimming as if the hounds of hell were chasing them. Powerful, protracted strokes sliced through the water, turning smoothly one end after another. Length after length, they ploughed. She could just about hear grunts of breath above the slapping of the water. Noticing a towel on the side, she decided to give whomever it was their privacy and was about to turn away when they came to a stop directly in front of where she was standing, and using their arms to propel themselves out of the water, rose from the pool in a whoosh of water, completely naked as if Poseidon himself.
Clapping a hand over her mouth to stifle a gasp, an immediate heat rushed through her body, causing her cheeks to flush compelled by the naked man standing on the tiles. The moonlight bathed his body and her eyes took in every single gloriously muscular inch of him, from his hair slicked back his face with an expression of torment clearly showing. Her gaze lowered down to his heavily furred wide chest glistening with droplets of water and further to where his masculinity was clearly defined. “Oh my!” Anne whispered, desperately torn between wanting to leave yet stay and drink her fill.
“Is someone there?” she heard a deep voice ask. “If there’s someone there, show yourself.” He reached for the towel, wrapping it around his lean waist and slipping his feet into thongs. Noticing he was heading toward the curved staircase, she turned to escape, swearing unvicarlike as her shawl slipped off her arms and onto the deck. She bent down to pick it up and as she rose, her eyes met those of the god-like man, wincing at the amount of pain they’d exposed.
“I’m so sorry.” Anne began reaching for the lacy fabric. Grasping it in a claw-like grip, she whirled around and all but ran back to her suite.
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Amanda is originally from Bexleyheath, Kent in England. Born in 1971 she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband Matt, three children and two rather mad moggies.
A proud member of the Romance Novelist's Association, she is an author with Books To Go Now Publishing and Hot Ink Press. Amanda writes romance novels featuring the hero and heroine in their forties and fifties and more often with a quirky twist added to the tale.
A fountain of useless knowledge about the Royal Families of Europe and history in General, Amanda's bookshelves are packed to the brim with romances, historical biographies and Amish/inspirational fiction.
As a self confessed fan of Doris Day, Amanda can often be found in the quietness of an afternoon on the sofa watching one of her many dvds with a pot of tea and digestive biscuits.
Amanda also has more than a slight fondness for The Big Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls, The Waltons and The Marvel Universe, as well as a huge fan of Dr Who!