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Monday, February 28, 2011

Mystery Anthology Kickoff!

Alright! Tomorrow, the mystery anthology by Victory Tales Press will be hitting the markets. The authors of the novellas contained in the book are celebrating by throwing a blog party. So here's the deal. Tomorrow, March 1st, go to Miss Mae's Blog , sign in, read some excerpts from the stories, and leave a comment. At 8pm, Miss Mae will draw four names from all those who commented throughout the day, to receive an absolutely FREE copy of the book.

Also throughout the month, here on my blog I'll be posting blurbs and excerpts from the anthology. We'll start with wonderful Miss Mae. Do check back each week and be sure to leave a comment. Who knows, I may have a prize to give away at the end of the month.

Miss Mae's Bio:
Miss Mae is the author of several award-winning and best-selling mysteries, including Said the Spider to the Fly, See No Evil, My Pretty Lady, and When the Bough Breaks. She also writes humor and non-fiction articles. Besides her monthly contributions to the ezine American Chronicle, some of her publications can be found in The Front Porch Magazine, Good Old Days, and Writers Weekly. And she's the moderator of The Sweetest Romance Authors Yahoo Group, a group of romance authors who makes sure their romance stories stick straight to a G-rating. You can learn more about Miss Mae at her website: http://www.missmaesite.com/

Miss Penelope's Letters blurb:
The letters arrive unsigned. The writer demands that Penelope meet him in one of London’s most ill-reputed and darkest streets. When she dares to keep the assignations, she encounters a man in a black mask who leaves her breathless from his stolen kiss. Yet he claims the reason for their surreptitious tryst is an honorable one. Should she believe him? Can he be trusted?

Excerpt:

White teeth gleamed in the moonlight as a devilish grin was tossed across his shoulder. "Have faith." He released a sharp whistle, the high note threatening to pierce Penelope's eardrum. Hoof beats clattered on a nearby street. An instant later, a midnight stallion trotted up before them, and with one fluid movement, the man leaped into the saddle. Before Penelope could utter a word, he leaned down, grasped her about the waist, and lifted her bodily off the ground. She barely had time to clench the horse's mane before the animal dashed off at breakneck speed.

With no idea of their intended destination, Penelope tried in vain to make sense of her surroundings. But the darkness of the night, and the zigzagged flight through a labyrinth of streets and alleys served only to confuse her already bewildered mind. She knew nothing to do except to pray she stayed atop the powerfully galloping beast.

The man's arms tightened around her as he pulled on the reins. Obediently, the horse slowed its wild ride, coming to stop before a pair of iron gates that Penelope's dulled senses vaguely recognized.

She slid to the ground and teetered off balance. Leaning from the saddle, the man clutched her elbow to help steady her. Blue eyes crinkled as they watched her from behind their covering mask.

"All safe now, Miss Penelope." His husky voice murmured the words almost like a caress.

"Who are you?" She grasped the edge of the cape that swung across his shoulder. "Why did you send for me? What—?"

Before she could ask any more questions, he cut in with, "I must go. Until next time, my sweet."

"No!" A spurt of anger drowned her fear and confusion. "There won't be a next time!"

His mouth covered hers in a hard, thorough kiss. "You'll come." Heels kicking the stallion, the man's broad shouldered form rode off into the night.

Beginning Tuesday, March 1st you can purchase the anthology in ebook here or print here!  You can also get it at Amazon.com.

1 comments:

Miss Mae said...

Thanks for posting my excerpt, Anne. :) I am thrilled to be included in a book with such talented authors!

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