Hey, it’s another fantastic WIPItUp bloghop! Who’s ready for some whips…oh, I meant wips. Really, really I did.
I’ve been focused on my M/M fiction lately as that’s where my muse has been focused. But that doesn’t mean my m/f isn’t still writing. Because it is. And this week, I’m giving you a look into my next Markham Library tale.
Weird things happen in the Markham Library as past heroines have found. In this snippet, Carina gets her first taste of the oddities that can occur.
As much as she had worried about working in a private library, Carina recognized her fears were groundless. Yes, she saw a lot of Jennifer, but mostly the woman left her on her own to organize the library. The eight hours a day she was allowed to work went by too quickly. And she couldn’t even say she got a lot done. Ninety-nine percent of the books weren’t even in English so there would have been no way for her to read them anyway and those that were had issues with age damage. It was actually disheartening to realize she wouldn’t get to read them. It was one of the things she had been looking forward to the most.
But still, working on a beautiful island amongst old tomes had to be a dream come true for her. She could imagine being here for many years to come. The only bad thing so far had been the way Peter’s son treated her. Basically he ignored that she existed, but if they did come face to face, his scowl was enough to make her run off. The only conclusion she could come to was that he had wanted the job and had been denied. Otherwise, there was no reason for him to hate her so much.
Thankfully, she only ever saw him at dinner where he basically walked in, grabbed a plate of food and walked back out. The fact it didn’t seem to bother his parents was boggling, but she refused to think too much about it. After all, why waste time on such a negative person when there were just so many wonderful things to do?
Walking along the beach wasn’t her thing, but the maze outside the castle was fascinating. She had been a maze addict since she was a kid and as she went through the first couple times, she left bits and pieces so she could find her way back again. By her fourth trip, she’d begun to recognize some of the statues that dotted the inside of the hedges and after that, explored, assured she could find her way back again. Whereas Jinny had warned her about getting lost inside it, she didn’t seem to have a problem with it.
A week after she started, Carina was delighted to find an old English novel titled The Trifect Way. It was in pretty good shape and while the latter half of the book was damaged, the first half was not. Unable to stop herself, after adding it to the database, she opened it and began to read. It didn’t take long before she figured this might not be the book for her. It felt sci-fi-ish which wasn’t her thing. On top of that, the pair of twin heroes being discarded by their mother when they turned eight was too much and she closed the book, quickly shelving it. She hated angst and drama and was not about to read about it. “Where was the erotic factor?” Maybe it came in later once the boys grew up.
Sitting back down at the table, she reached for another book when a strange sound hit her ears. Pausing, she cocked her head, trying to hear it. Surprising her, it was loud. And from the other side of the library.
A nice tenor voice spoke. “And while we’re dreaming, I want a large home, fifteen servants, and three wives.”
“Three? I don’t want three,” a much deeper voice objected. “One women might be able to be controlled, but three? ’Twould be a nightmare.”
“Okay, three silent wives,” the tenor replied.
Intrigued? *grins* All right, that’s all I’ve got for you today. If you haven’t read the other books in the Markham Library series, here they are.
“Deep within the library there are secrets untold, hidden within the pages of the books it protects. Some say it is old magic, some say it is a curse, but they all say that once a generation, the door will open and the one who enters will live out the story in one of its novels.”
18 yr old Landria expects to spend a dull summer at her aunt and uncle’s house. That is until she stumbles upon a dusty, unused library and finds her way into the pages of an erotic novel. Attacked within moments of entering the story, she is rescued by the hero, Lord Nicholas Waring, who intrigues her more than she wishes. Once she finds herself back home she cannot forget him. When he follows her into her world and they fall in love, will they be forced apart by the words already written or can they rewrite their story?
The new Eclipse of Her Heart comes in 2 editions.
1: In all retailers except A Thia Thing, this edition includes the re-edited manuscript with the new cover.
2: At A Thia Thing, besides the new edition, you also get a chapter not found in any other version. It's a look at Joshuan's POV from before he meets Seri.
Thrilled to be spending her summer interning at the world’s largest erotic library, Serendipity Jones feels it cannot get any better than sun, sand, and the beautiful castle the library is housed in. Within days of her arrival, strange things begin to occur that only she knows of. Erotic sounds come from within the library when nobody else is around, the books won’t open, and a strange man seems to be plaguing her steps.
At first annoyed by the imposing taciturn man, she finds herself attracted and quickly falls in love with Joshuan even though he is meant for another. On a quest to find the woman foretold in a prophecy from his world, he is at first annoyed at Seri who keeps getting in his way before coming to enjoy her company and falling in love with her. But their short love affair must come to an end. For the woman foretold will be found as the sun goes silent and the solar eclipse comes quickly.
Now off to read more WIPs.