The Last Romance?… 0.99 Cent Pre-Order

Hi my loves, I really hope you’re all keeping well in this pandemic.

So last week I was rooting around my old USBs and found this little baby! I honestly forgot about it, and thought that the last story in the romance genre I wrote was Sacrifices . Turns out, I wrote this later in around 2019 and reconnected with it on the old USB. It’s a super short, heart-warming, but well rounded story. It’s out now on pre-order and will be released on the 30th of October 2021. Check it out.

**99 Cent Pre-order, release date the 30th of October 2021.**

Love Lost and Found is a heart-warming short story of an unexpected ‘friends to lovers’ journey, for two souls in need of a touch from cupid’s arrow.

 For thirty-six-year-old Lydia Andrews, a high-flying marketing manager from London, she finds herself stuck in a hard place. With a demanding but high-paid job, a marriage on the rocks, and an unexpected change to her family life to juggle.  One ‘bad day at work’ with an encounter with Daniel St. Michael her company’s international marketing manager while working together virtually on a project, based in Negril, Jamaica turns into a love affair they both never forget.

Daniel St. Michael has his own heartache to deal with following the death of his mother, and the stress of trips between Miami and Jamaica following her passing. He has been looking for love but gave up. As an older and established man, he is yet to make the right love connection. He has it all security, a beautiful home, and a welcoming heart for the right woman, on a warm, vibrant, and sunny island.

 As co-workers the pair try to keep it ‘professional’ but experience tension. They soon become fast friends. But, can Daniel convince his British beauty Lydia, to make a trip from the grey, cold, weather in London to the sunny Caribbean island, and that her heart, future, and life are safe in his hands following the drama she has been going through? Not just for a holiday…. but for good. Especially when her soon to be ex-husband is lurking in the shadows.

Get wrapped up in two worlds on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean, experience a heart-warming journey of how love was lost and found in this short story.

Amazon Link; https://bit.ly/LoveLostandFoundShortRomance

‘Sacrifices’ Just 99 Cents 15th -19th of October

Yep! 99 cents for this week only on Amazon, you can grab a copy of Sacrifices. Please leave a review!

Sacrifices is a riveting romantic story with historical and suspenseful elements set in the 1960s jazz scene and the present day.

Jane O’Sullivan, a sultry twenty-seven-year-old singer, starts a torrid, forbidden affair during the 1960s jazz scene in London. Working hard, she makes a name for herself. She’s a woman with dreams, hopes, and a burning desire to leave Europe behind and travel to New Orleans with her lover, Louis.

Louis Simpson, a charming twenty-nine-year-old musician from Jackson, Mississippi, is on tour with his band in London. Back home, the height of the civil rights movement plays out in the USA. Driven by ambition, a forbidden love, and a desire to turn his life around, he pushes forward, living his dream.

Once their paths cross, a twist of fate crushes Jane’s world, forcing her to make a life-changing decision that impacts both her and Louis. This historical love story spans across the Atlantic and roams through Europe with love, loss, and broken promises.

Twenty-five years later, when Jane and Louis’ paths cross on a Greek Island, will the helping hand of fate bring them together, or rip them apart, once more?

Grab your copy here on Amazon before the 19th of October: https://bit.ly/SacrificesHistoricalRomanticSuspense

New Release: The Barrister and the Letter of Marque @ToddMJohnson @Bethany_house @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

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As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he’s a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king’s regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter–the sole proof his actions were legal–has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady’s distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he’d imagined.

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque combines the intrigue of John Grisham, the vibrant world of Charles Dickens, and a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. . . . This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic.”–JOCELYN GREEN, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson’s latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction.”–RACHEL MCMILLAN, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

“A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see.”–ROSEANNA M. WHITE, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction

Author Bio
Todd M. Johnson has practised as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter. Visit his website at www.authortoddjohnson.com

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Book Review: Child in a Time of Tribulation- 3 stars!

A free download I received thanks to Bookbub.

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From the blurb, this short story comes across as an actual ‘crime or mystery’ story, not just a backstory, instead it’s a backstory on why a Detective does not want to return to a city to work on a case. This is where this short story fell short for me, it felt incomplete with just backstory, there’s no mystery to solve that readers see or experience. I felt misled by the blurb. However, the historical backstory was interesting as I happen to love historical fiction especially stories I’ve read in this part of the world, set during the Nigerian war.
Overall, this was an okay read, based on what it was. But I would have loved a more rounded story or to at least understand fully what the Detective’s assignment was. I would read more for the author as I love the idea of following a Detective actually solving a crime in Africa, but for this story three stars from me.

**BOOK ALERT** 99 Cents Download ‘ The Red Room’

Happy Sunday!

A short romance story I penned years back, The Red Room is also 99 cents to download on Amazon. Please leave a review if you dive into this one. Check out Amazon here: https://bit.ly/TheRedRoomRomance

Love and work does not mix, or does it?

Rita Lane lives a double life in her day job she’s a receptionist at the prestigious Park Hotel, in London. By night her adventures begin. As a woman in her thirties she is content with her single status.

Richard Clarkson a New York based guest at the Park Hotel has firmly closed the door to romance, after a rocky marriage. As soon as Rita checks Richard into the hotel as a guest the sparks and electricity between the two begin. After hours, the day before Valentine’s Day, their paths cross in an unexpected way.

Rita and Richard’s desire for each other is on maximum. Will they cross the line to become more than just friends? Does love and work mix?

The Red Room is a steamy stand-alone short story, set in London with diverse characters that will leave you wanting more. Each story in the Romance in The City series can be read in any order, as stand-alone stories.

**BOOK ALERT** 99 Cents Download ‘ Havana Heat’

Happy Sunday!

This little romantic suspense novella Havana Heat I penned years back is just 99 cents to download on Amazon. Please leave a review if you dive into this one. Check out Amazon here http://bit.ly/HavanaHeatRomanticSuspense

Overcoming the past is not easy, when the future seems just as scary…

Havana Heat is book one of the Romance Set in Paradise series of steamy, suspenseful, romantic stand-alone novella length stories, set in exotic locations around the world. Each story can be read in any order, as a stand-alone. Readers are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romance and heat build between Spanish Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones.

Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming Detective at Casa De Amour Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home. Originally with different agendas, once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins. After all hell breaks out at Casa De Amour Hotel, conflict builds over Sebastian’s past, both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away. Forever asking themselves what could have been with their chances of love. Sebastian and Melinda both grow as individuals from their encounter in Havana, following a few bumps along the way they find the real meaning of love. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this romance series set in paradise.

*BOOK ALERT** 99 cents download! ‘The Note’

Happy Sunday!

Just 99 cents still on Amazon, book one of the Unsolved Mysteries series, The Note. Please leave a review, if you dive into this one. Check it out here on Amazon: https://bit.ly/TheNoteUnsolvedMystery

Everyone has a motive for murder when there’s money on the table. But whose story is more plausible?

In seventy-two hours, Detectives Idris Dunne and Josh McDonald close in on an unsolved murder case with the help of mysterious notes.

One of London’s wealthy entrepreneurs was diagnosed with cancer, and became estranged from his wife of thirty years Manisha. Unknown to her, his mistress Chelsea Jackson was slowly sinking her claws into her husband. But that’s not all his mistress was up to. Unexpectedly Tony’s mutilated body is found dumped in a park. Everyone has a motive especially when money is on the table, and his wife Manisha, and their adult children were cut out of his will and replaced by his mistress Chelsea.

Was this an act of kindness from Tony, toward his carer and mistress? Or was there foul play and pressure to change his will by Chelsea? What about his murderer? The case was left unsolved, with lack of evidence.

Mystery notes are sent by an anonymous tip off, Detective Dunne and McDonald re-investigate and piece together the mystery surrounding the entrepreneur’s death, and what led him to change his Last Will in Testament. The question is, from all suspects whose story is more plausible?