Excerpt Tour w/Giveaway: Four White Roses by Judy Ann Davis
Four White Roses
by Judy Ann Davis
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Mystery
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When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.
Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.
Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?
The kiss was slow and thoughtful, sending spirals of ecstasy through Torrie’s body down to her toes. All the memories of her hellish life when she was pregnant, alone and struggling in New York dissolved beneath his tender mouth and his desire to explore their relationship and perhaps take it to a new level. She would have liked the kiss to go on forever, but she put her hand on his chest and forced herself to pull away. She reminded herself she could not risk her heart. He was not part of her life. He would leave in a few weeks, and she didn’t have the strength to fall in love and watch him return to his high-powered lifestyle in Texas. And there was her daughter to consider as well.
“This is a bad idea, Rich,” she said between a gasp to catch her breath.
“There are a lot of bad ideas in the world, but this isn’t one of them.” His ash-colored eyes smoldered with fire as he brushed a knuckle over the side of her cheek. “Let’s just enjoy the moment.” He bent his head and reclaimed her lips, tugging her toward him. Torrie’s heart rattled frantically inside her chest and she found herself passionately rising to meet his urgent kisses…until his cellphone rang.
“Noooo,” he muttered against her lips. “What fool…what idiot…what insane person…would be calling me now?”
Torrie pulled away and, like a jack in the box, popped up into a seated position and straightened her blouse.
Rich groaned, grappled for the phone in his hip pocket, peered at it, and clicked it on. He drew in a shallow, steady breath to collect himself. “Lulu, this better be an emergency or I’m throwing all those points you’re earned into the can and flushing it twice—” He clicked the icon to the speaker and tossed the phone on the quilt between them. “—along with this phone,” he muttered under his breath.
Lulu spoke, “Estella fell and is perfectly fine except for a skinned knee, but unless she talks to you, I might as well be in the bathroom with the door closed and earplugs on.” He heard the strain in the housekeeper’s voice. “Her persistence would make a diehard spy spill his guts to the enemy. You sure this child came from your loins?”
“What are loins?” a little voice asked in the background.
Rich ran a hand through his hair and heaved an exhausted sigh. “Put her on, Lulu.” Beside him, Torrie put a hand over her mouth to muffle her laugh.
He raised an eyebrow and silently mouthed the words, “You think this is funny?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.
Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. She is published in multi-genres, including romance, mystery, western, and comedy. Four White Roses is her fourth novel to date.
When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are
She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Other Judy Ann Davis titles
KEY TO LOVE
RED FOX WOMAN
UNDER STARRY SKIES
SWEET KISS [A Novella]