No, really. Maybe it's not actually wicked. Definitely naughty, though.
Yipperdoo, the fourth and final book in the Russian Love series is available for pre-order. Check out these pre-order links:
Rescued from domestic abuse, Bratva princess Inessa recuperates from the latest beating in the home of Giovanni Maglione, the mafia captain of Cleveland. Learning that her husband double-crossed the Chinese triad, and they want their pound of flesh--and they're happy to take it out of Inessa--her parents ask Giovanni to marry their newly widowed daughter. The Chinese triad will be looking for a Russian mobster's wife, not the wife of an Italian mobster. Inessa agrees to this marriage of convenience which, of course, isn't so convenient. The ruse fails, which forces Giovanni into a violent and bloody mob war, because he protects what's his... and Inessa is most definitely his.
And here's a teaser excerpted from the book:
They walked in thoughtful silence for a little while longer until Inessa mentioned this issue that had been weighing upon her conscience: “I really am grateful for your letting me impose upon your hospitality for so long, but I really am doing well enough to go back home.”
“You can’t,” Giovanni said, his voice stern and cool.
“What do you mean I can’t?”
“Your husband was involved in things he should not have been,” Giovanni hedged.
“The Chinese Triad.”
Giovanni gave her part of the story: “He was not particularly successful in his dealings with them and they seek recompense.”
“What does that have to do with me? I wasn’t involved in his business. Ruslan forbade me anything like that.” Ruslan had forbidden her almost everything.
“The Triad doesn’t care. They see you as collateral.”
“O, Bozhe,” Inessa murmured with renewed horror, which made her babble. “I’ll sell the house, all my jewelry to pay them back. I’ll get a job and send them payments, everything I earn.”
Giovanni took her gloved hand in his and gave it a little squeeze. “It’s about more than money, Inessa. Ruslan double-crossed them and more. They lost face. Now they’re determined to restore their honor and get revenge.”
“They’ve launched a vendetta.”
“Sì, and it will not be complete until they’ve annihilated you, Ruslan’s family, your family, and recovered their funds.”
“And that’s why Mama and Papa won’t discuss my moving back home. They hope the Triad won’t think to look for me here.”
He nodded, though he suspected the Triad would not be so easily fooled. “And that’s why they have also asked me to marry you. The Triad won’t be seeking a Mrs. Maglione.”
Inessa gaped in horrified surprise. “They can’t expect you to do that!”
“Maksim and Olivia do not expect any such thing, but they did ask… and I find I am not entirely averse to the idea.”
Now on to the next book. The problem is I've got too many from which to choose and not enough time to devote to all of them. My immediate choices are a sequel to The Dragon Wore a Kilt, a sequel to Pure Iron, and a sequel to Daughter of the Twin Moons. I've also got over two dozen other manuscript started. Some, of course, are further along than others. Thus far, nothing's really caught fire, so I've got to tinker with one and then another and then yet another until something sparks in the old brain and launches the creative rocket.
I haven't abandoned my other books. This week, Daughter of the Twin Moons and The Falcon of Imenotash are featured in the following three blogs: Russian Lullaby and Ulfbehrt's Legacy are forthcoming, but I'm not sure when. And I have entered The Falcon of Imenotash in the 2017 contest held by Authors Talk About It.
Further good news: I finally have a review for By Water Reborn. Yes, it's a 5-star review, which makes my heart go pitter-patter with joy. I ask that anyone who reads my work to please leave a review. It's become trite, but reviews really do make a huge difference for authors. If you liked (or loved) the book, then let me and other Amazon shoppers know. If you didn't like the book, then tell us why. I do take constructive criticism into consideration when writing.
Meanwhile, I'm working on five other books I've been hired to ghostwrite. Since these are works for other people, I can't divulge details other than to iterate that I'm busy, very busy.
Also, I decided to retire from 4-H. With the graduation and looming departure of my youngest child for basic training, I no longer have an invested interest in the llama and alpaca program. Therefore, I sold the herd. Now we're down to our old rescue llama, Booboo, and two boarders, plus the 32-year-old Morgan and the 18-year-old pony. I'm also looking to rehome the pony with a good family that will put her to work and give her the attention she deserves. With the herd reduction and a good-sized second cutting of hay, we won't need to buy hay this fall. I still need to get bedding for stalls, though.
The countdown to Imaginarium has begun. I'll be there. Will you?