When spurned suitor Alex Neville vows to the lovely Susanna, “They’ll keep on dying. I can wait forever,” she knows he is pronouncing a death sentence on every lover she’ll ever have. It is no wonder that when the dashing and powerful new lord shows admiration for the luscious girl, she sees him as the answer to her prayers: a man not easily killed.
Will Evers, new lord of Daniel’s Fork, detests the village ‘witch’ as he calls Setiyah, the healer. She has declared him the ‘wrong man for the job,’ quickly becoming the thorn in his side. At the town pub, he romances the lovely Susanna, thereby becoming the target of her murderous suitor. Drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse, Evers soon realizes the magnitude of the cunning evil he faces. Determined to catch the vicious killer, the handsome lord is forced to seek the ‘dratted witch’s’ help, as he sets a trap to catch a cunning killer, using himself as bait!
Set in a future where our technology has disappeared, and humanity lives once again by the light of torch and hearth, this dystopian mystery is a real genre bender. Written in light, flowing prose, it blends humor, eroticism, mystery, romance, and science fiction into one highly entertaining story.
Targeted Age Group:: 21+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am inspired by my dreams and fantasies, and also by works of other authors I love.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I grew up watching the Spanish novellas, and grew to hate the weak, suffering female characters who spent most of their time sobbing and praying to the Virgin Mary. My heroines (Gabby, Setiyah, Becca) are strong women who inspire passion and love through their indomitable spirits. Gabby, fine as porcelain and spoiled silly, will rip out a man’s throat with her teeth in a fight for her life. Setiyah deals out punishment and worries about it later. My male characters are also strong and different. My characters are people I would want in my life, if they were real. You can say I gave flesh to characters from my dreams.
It was the insistent knocking at the front door that forced Lord Evers to open his eyes. He turned over intending to wheedle his bed partner into getting up, but he found himself alone in bed. Not bothering to cover up, he dragged himself up to answer the insistent pounding that no one else seemed to hear.
“Yes?” He opened the door sleepily, eyes closed, head leaning on the door, and apparently, he went back to sleep on the spot.
A short, softly rounded, pudgy old woman stood demurely at the door, small hands holding two pitchers. She appreciatively surveyed the mountain of lovely man in danger of falling over before her. Behind her, two other ladies stood waiting, both holding platters of food and loaves of bread in their arms. The women looked at each other uncertainly.
“Becca, shouldn’t you wake him up before he tips over?” asked one of the ladies.
“Should, could, would, are all the same thing,” answered Becca sagely. “It’s just a matter of timing, and right now, we should take the time to admire the view. The rare morsels of kindness that fortune sends our way are few and should be fully savored.” Becca moved a little to the side to allow her friends a better view. Behind her, Mary gave a great sigh.
“Oh, my, is it at rest, you think?” Flora murmured.
“Are you enjoying the view, ladies?” he asked, eyes still closed.”
“Yes, my lord,” promptly answered Becca. “It’s definitely a beautiful sight and a blessing to me in my golden years. I can’t say for my friends here, but I’ll gladly help you find your bed. It would be a shame if you were to topple over and hurt that beautiful body.” Behind, her friends chuckled.
Cocking one eye open to look down on the saucy, little old lady, Lord Evers responded. “Aren’t you a little old to be so saucy? Under a strong bronco like me, your bones would crack like eggshells. And then?”
“Call me Humpty Dumpty, my lord.” The women behind hooted with laughter.
Fully awake now, a smile on his lips at the antics of the feisty old woman, Lord Evers sniffed. “Is that bacon I smell?”
“Yes. We have eggs, bacon, potatoes, fresh-baked bread, and lots of hot coffee. The longer we stand here, the colder breakfast gets.”
Suddenly, Will Evers was fully awake and all manners. “My good ladies, welcome, welcome. Please, come in and make yourselves at home. Give me a few minutes to dress and to wake up my companions.”
“Lead the way, my lord,” answered Becca, her eyes twinkling with mirth.
Laughter in his eyes, Will Evers shamelessly turned around and led the way, and the Oooh’s and Aaah’s from the ladies gave proof that the view from the rear was as fine as the view from the front.
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