It's great to be here at My Sexy Saturday again! I'm especially glad to be here today because it gives me a chance to show off the beautiful new cover for FLAWLESS, my previously published World War Two romantic suspense novella. Here it is!
Many thanks to my publishers at The Wild Rose Press for creating this wonderful new cover. The girl on the cover is exactly how I imagined my heroine Madeleine would look. FLAWLESS is available from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon and other e-book retailers. You can find another excerpt, reviews, and a complete list of buy links at my website at www.janarichards.com Here's the blurb for FLAWLESS:
France, 1942. The world is at war. The Nazis have stolen the infamous blue diamond, Le Coeur Bleu, intending to barter it for weapons that will destroy the Allies. Jewel thief Hunter Smith is given a choice; help the French Resistance steal back the diamond and avenge the death of his best friend, or stay locked up in an English prison. He chooses revenge.
Resistance fighter Madeleine Bertrand’s husband died when he was betrayed by Hunter Smith. How can she now pretend to be married to the arrogant American? How can she betray Jean Philippe’s memory by her passionate response to Hunter’s kisses? Neither is prepared for the maelstrom of attraction that erupts between them. To survive they must uncover the mysteries of the past and conquer the dangers of the present. But first Madeleine must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband and the Resistance or with the greatest love of her life.
In this seven paragraph snippet, Hunter has just been dropped into France. Madeleine is his contact in the French Resistance. His cover is to be a gardener at the Chateau where the Nazis have made their headquarters. He has no idea why she takes an instant dislike to him:
“What exactly do you know about being a gardener?” She picked up her pace, and Hunter had to lengthen his stride to keep up with her.
“What’s to know? I stick a shovel into the ground and spread manure. It’s just a cover. I’m here for Le Coeur Bleu, not the roses.”
Madeleine threw up her hands. “Ah, yes, Le Coeur Bleu. That’s all you’re really interested in, isn’t it?”
“Of course I’m interested in it. Getting it away from the Germans is the whole reason I’m here.”
“You mean stealing it.”
What was her problem? “Yes, I mean stealing it. You don’t think the Nazis are going to hand it over if I say ‘pretty please,’ do you?”
Madeleine stopped suddenly and spun to face him. The sky had lightened just enough for him to see the fury in her eyes. “You’re nothing but a common thief. I know all about you, Monsieur Smith. I know you were imprisoned for jewel theft in London. I know the only reason you got out was because Monsieur Campbell needed you to steal this jewel. You think it is better to steal Le Coeur Bleu than to rot in jail. Do you think this is a lark, a game we play here, Monsieur Smith? I can assure you, you will soon regret coming to France.”
I hope you enjoyed my snippet. I invite you to come back here tomorrow. To celebrate my new cover, I'm holding a contest and giving away two digital copies of FLAWLESS. See you then!