Saturday, March 31, 2018

GREAT NEWS: Pure Innocence is only 99 c and book two is available on April 8th


Is 99 cents

4/1 to 4/4 2018 for the US
4/1/ to 4/5 for Britian

To celebrate the arrival
Of book 2

The extraordinary life of Amy Winston:
Love’s Betrayals
Book one begins when Amy is 5 days old. The reason I began it at such an age is because Amy's life had already taken a turn for the worse until Colonel John Winston, who was returning from the Napolian Wars, spotted a young girl holding a baby in her arms, standing on the edge of a dangerous cliff that could fall at any time. 

Determined to save the young girl and her baby, John risked his life to save them even as the cliff gave way. Amy, upon realizing she was falling even as she stood on ground, tossed her baby to John. Unfortunately, she lacked the strength to toss the baby far enough, so John leapt off the cliff and grabbed the bundle mid-air.

Fortunately, John had tied himself into a window-washer seat before the cliff gave way. Although as he continued to fall down the cliff with the baby in his arms, he began to worry that his men had failed to secure the rope. Had that been the case, this would have been a sad and very short story.

Fortunately, the rope had been secured and John and the baby were saved. Sadly the young mother was not so lucky. John soon learned that Amy's father, Mr. Goodheart, had tossed her and her baby out into the streets because she refused to name the father of her child. Instead, she kept insisting she had laid with no man. 

However, before the cliff had given way, the girl spoke of the angel in her dreams. She described his younger brother who had died eight months before. 

Then Gunther, one of the many soldiers he brought home with him, noticed the baby bore a cherry birthmark, a trait in the Winston line. 
Determined to save he baby John took her to a farm woman on his property who was still breast feeding her baby boy. However, when he asked her to feed the child, the woman refused, declaring the child to be Satan's.

John insisted the child was his brothers, and if she didn't feed it, he would send the entire family from his lands. Fortunately, Gunther showed them the cherry mark on the tiny baby's wrist, proving the child was a Winston.

And while the farm woman and her husband were now convinced, the remainder of the town persisted in believing Amy was the spawn of the devil. They blamed her for everything bad that happened in their lives.

They did try to kill her countless times, only the child was well-guarded by four deadly soldiers. So the town just waited for the guards to grow old and careless or for John Winston to die.

But waiting did NOT set well with the town!





BLURB
For some, Amy is an angel incarnate; for others, she is the child of Satan. In her early years, Amy learns the skills of a soldier and discovers she can heal with the touch of her hand. Upon the death of her beloved Uncle John, he stays as a protective ghost to assist the soldiers in their vigilant efforts to keep her safe. Never has a girl arrived at Madam Cousec’s School for Young Ladies with more charm, more friends, or greater protection. She’ll need them all to survive the head girl and set her future in motion.

SALES LINKs

Book 1
The Amazing Life of Amy Winston
Free for KU customers



Book 2
The Amazing Life of Amy Winston
Free for KU customers
Preorder now
Releases April 8th



Book 3
Lies & Deceit
Book 3
will be released: July 8th


A Peek at book 2:
Amy has finished her schooling and goes to London.
She expects her Guardian: Nicolas to allow her and best friend, Domnika to allow them to take charge of her winery six months early.

BLURB
When Amy and her friend Domnika arrive in London, she discovers her guardian, Nicolas, is under the thrall of his ‘perfect’ wife. Neither is happy she has come. The only person who seems pleased with her arrival is the handsome valet, Antonio, who turns out to be far more than a servant.
Needing to escape her guardian’s care, Amy and Domnika take refuge at a fellow schoolmate’s home. Antonio leaves Nicolas’ service and becomes one of her many protectors. Unlike the other protectors, he becomes the first of many admirers that vie for her hand.

All the while, Nicolas continues to prove over and over that he is not the fine fellow her uncle had thought.
***


Amy turned her attention back to her pompous guardian. “Nicolas, we are old friends, you and I. Stop pacing and say what has you so concerned.”

Nicolas stopped as commanded and sat down beside her, taking her hand in his. He smiled at her, but it was not particularly a happy smile. “Amy, you know I have been fond of you since you were but a small child.”

There was a time he would have said ‘love’. She did not miss the reduction to fondness. “Why are you unhappy? Is it that you do not want me here?”

“No,” he assured her. “I am very glad to see you looking all grown up. Only…”

“Only what?”

He frowned and suddenly changed the topic. “Your friend Domnika, does she have family or relatives in town?”

Amy thought she understood his line of thinking. “Domnika and I are inseparable. I’ll not send her off because she likes to make fun of the absurd.”

Nicolas frowned. “I would have described it as a penchant for rudeness, which I fear Sicily will find quite intolerable.”

Amy sighed. “I will try to keep her away from Sicily as much as possible then.”

“If she had family in London, I think it would be far better if she were to stay with them. You would go as well, of course, and I understand that, but still I think it would be better.”

“Domnika has no family or friends in London we can impose upon. However, if you find our company such an imposition, then I promise we will only stay a few weeks and then with a letter from you to the manager of the winery, we’ll go on to my estate in Italy.” Amy tried very hard to hide the pain Nicolas’ words had caused.

“Your estate?” he asked in confusion. “What are you talking about?”

“The winery in Italy. It is mine, is it not?”

Uncle John burst into angry curses and threats, all directed at Nicolas.

Lucky Nicolas could not hear him.

“There is a provision for you to have the property in Italy, if that is what you wish. However, I had not considered the matter decided. After all, you might wish to have another property instead, but we will address that when you have reached the age of maturity, which is twenty-one, if I recall.”

With inhuman force, a book flew across the room and struck Nicolas solidly in the chest.

Amy jumped up and stared at the book and then at Uncle John in shock.

“Do not admit you see me,” Uncle John warned. “He will no doubt have you put away in Bedlam, the damnable scoundrel!”

Amy blinked and returned her focus on Nicolas. “Father Duncan said you put it in my name a year ago, but you would remain guardian until I reached the age of eighteen. That is in six months. It had been my plan to remain here those six months, but given how little my company is wanted, I will gladly go on to my estate now, if you like.”

“Father Duncan was mistaken.”

“Didn’t he witness the signing?”


“He did witness my first attempt to turn the property over to you. Unfortunately, the solicitor I used was not an ethical man and the documents were lost rather than filed. I had new papers drawn, but the age of maturity was changed to twenty-one, I believe.”


Well, this isn't looking good for the girls!


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