The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Monday, April 21, 2014

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My three books set in Alexandria, Virginia—Artful Dodging, Lapses of Memory, and the Mason's Mark are each set at a different time of year. Artful Dodging occurs during the winter months and the Mason's Mark at the height of the humidity-laden summer. Only Lapses of Memory gets to enjoy the sweetest season in Washington—the spring. Here and there I managed to slip in a bit of description of a white marble city bathed in pink and purple azaleas, yellow forsythia, and cherry blossoms. Old Town Alexandria is a Colonial city with cobblestone streets and row on row of narrow brick townhouses. In spring the tiny gardens overflow with wisteria, daffodils and tulips. It is the perfect place for an stroll after an Easter sunrise service.
Here are two short excerpts from Lapses of Memory that give a hint of the glories of an Alexandria spring: 

She lapsed into quiet meditation as the brick townhouses of Old Town Alexandria zipped by them. The earliest Piedmont azaleas were in bloom, their delicate lavender spikes blending with the cheery yellow forsythia bushes, while gold-kissed daffodils peeked through their stockade of leaves. The cobblestone streets swarmed with delivery vans and construction trucks off-loading materials. With a shriek of tires the car suddenly skidded. The chauffeur spoke over his shoulder. “Sorry ladies. Pothole. There’s still a bit of ice on the roads. Don’t know if we’re out of the woods yet weather-wise.”
            “In April? I do hope you’re wrong, Pickens.”

             Sydney gazed beyond her daughter at the tulip magnolia in the front garden. In full bloom, its large cup-shaped pink and white blossoms opened in a lavish paean to spring. “It’s another beautiful day. Let’s take a picnic down to Belle Haven Park, shall we?”
Olivia rose and stared out at the Potomac River. Sunbeams danced in her rich, brown hair, reminding Sydney of Elian. Beyond her, a pair of kayaks raced each other in the calm water. The soft Washington air smelled of wisteria and narcissus.

Lapses of Memory
Secret Cravings Publishing (May 10, 2013)
eBook (70,000 words); Print (243 pp.)
Romance, Action/Adventure, M/F, 3 flames

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Donna Newman said...

Hope you had a wonderful Easter.


joye said...

Thanks for the hop. I like these hops since I get introduced to a lot of authors I have yet to read. Your books sound really good.

Melissa Keir said...

It's interesting the way the two characters are woven together in Lapses of Memory.

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bn100 said...

Nice setting
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Glenn Woods said...

Thanks for being part of the blog hop!!
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Samantha Holt said...

Thanks for taking part in the hop!

Julie Counts said...

Thanks for taking part in the hop.

Kristin Linehan said...

Thanks for participating in the hop!

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Viki Lyn said...

Beautiful picture of Washington DC in the springtime. Great connecting with you through the hop!

Brandi said...

Beautiful pics! =) Thank you for sharing the excerpts & Thank you for this giveaway! =)

I hope you have a great week!

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BookLady said...

Happy Spring! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.

Skeeter Lee said...

I haven't been to Alexandria, Virginia. The pics are lovely.

Thanks for sharing the excerpts and hosting the giveaway. I love finding new authors to read. Fingers crossed to win.

Happy Spring!

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