This week’s snippet is from a work I signed a contract for this week. The novel, Knotted Legacy, is set on the Isle of Skye, and although the castle pictured above is not located on Skye, it was the inspiration for Rowan House. I’ve always keep travel journals, I use them whenever I want to add details that lend verisimilitude to my manuscripts. I had a wonderful time rereading my journals and letting myself get lost in those memories as I created this story. I hope you enjoy this week’s snippet. It’s a peek at a lunch date that becomes so much more than a meal.
From Knotted Legacy:
Lucia picked up her menu and studied it. Martha took advantage of her distraction and studied her. Her loose curls were pulled back displaying her long neck, the low neckline of her dress showed off the swell of her breasts. Her brown skin glowed in the firelight reflecting off the white stone making her blue-green eyes even more stark in her face.
“It all looks so good. Can we do the tasting menu?” Lucia placed her menu on the table.
“Sounds perfect. It’s what I usually order. They have a wine flight they serve with it. It’s nice to let someone else make the decisions.”
Lucia tilted her head and fixed Martha with her gaze. “It is. As long as you trust the other to make the right choices.” Her voice was the same she had used with Robin, soft yet unyielding, quietly insistent, the voice of a woman so secure in her power she knew her words would be obeyed without question no matter the volume of her voice.
Martha’s body responded to her tone. She took a sip of her water before she answered. “Indeed. It only works if that’s the case.”
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Brenda Murphy writes short stories and novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Her nonfiction and short fiction have been published in various collections. Her most recent novel, One was published by NineStar Press. When she is not swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, she wrangles two dogs, twins, and an unrepentant parrot. She writes about life, books, and writing on her blog, https://www.brendalmurphy.com/blog.html
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