Victoria’s Story – Book One of the Roundwell Farm Trilogy
Well, it has taken a while, but ‘Melting Ice the re-write’ is finally finished! It is available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle and it’s on free promotion from tomorrow, Friday 21 December until Christmas Eve. Here’s the link to get it:
The original 80’s Classic, first published by Mills and Boon, has been given a radical make-over. Over the last few months, Victoria and Matt have dug deep into their characters and re-told their story with more intensity. (And thankfully updated their 1980’s wardrobes – see my last post!) The result is Melting Ice, Victoria’s story – Book One of the Roundwell Farm Trilogy. It is a longer, more satisfying read, (70,000 words), with more plot twists and turns and a couple of new characters. Book Two, continuing the story of the lives and loves of the three sisters of Roundwell Farm, will be out as an e-book in 2013.
Here’s an excerpt:
She peered anxiously out of the window. The sky was completely black. If there was a moon, it was hidden behind the rain clouds. The rhythmic crashing of the waves below sounded much more dramatic in the dark.
‘Victoria.’ Matt’s voice made her jump. She spun round. The rush of relief at seeing him, relatively safe and well, was overwhelming. But his open waxed jacket was dripping water onto the floor, his hair was plastered to his forehead. The white, tense look to his face, and the still-livid scar from his chin down the side of his neck, made her heart miss several beats.
‘Matt!’ She ran to him. Putting her arms round him, she found him soaked to the skin. Even his thick grey sweater beneath the jacket was wet. When he didn’t move, she tugged the jacket off, and pulled him towards the bathroom, ‘For God’s sake, Matt! What were you thinking, going out in this storm?’
‘What are you doing here, Victoria?’
‘I’ve come to look after you, since you clearly can’t be trusted to look after yourself! Get these wet things off, as fast as you can!’
‘When I want a mother-substitute, I’ll let you know.’
She clenched her teeth in frustration, and pulled at the hem of his jumper. ‘Just do as you’re bloody well told and get out of your wet clothes, and I’ll run you a bath.’
Wordlessly, he shrugged the sodden jumper over his head, and dropped it on the floor, followed by an equally wet T-shirt. When her fingers moved to unbuckle the belt on his jeans, his eyes held hers for a long moment before he pushed her hand away, walked into the bathroom and finished undressing. She followed, turned on the taps, averting her eyes to the hard-muscled naked body next to her. He was shivering violently, she realised with a fresh stab of anger. The idiot, the total idiot. She found a bottle of Radox muscle-soak in the cabinet and glugged it generously into the hot water.
‘In!’ she hissed, taking his arm to steady him, watched with relief as he submerged himself beneath the bubbles. ‘Were you deliberately trying to get hypothermia?’
He closed his eyes, and didn’t answer. She sat on a cushioned wicker chair beside the bath and let the silence spin out, watching the colour gradually come back into his face, replacing the frightening pallor. Eventually she said, ‘If I go and deal with your wet clothes, and fetch you a glass of whisky, will you promise not to fall asleep and drown?’
His lips twitched slightly. ‘Yes.’
So it’s all ready, complete with a Christmassy ending, gift wrapped in a gorgeous new cover*, poised to slide into your Amazon Kindle Christmas stocking for a cosy escapist read by the fire on Christmas Eve.
Go on, treat yourself, you deserve it!
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*New Melting Ice cover by Gareth Courage