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The month of November is a special time for me:
my second novel, sequel to
and second in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 November on Amazon
CLARA BESS EXCERPT
Rose sank into the silk comforter on the large bed in Turner’s suite. He propped himself against the doorpost, feet crossed, and pulled on his cigar, a lascivious gleam in his eye. He watched her for some minutes, her eyes begging him to join her. Turner enjoyed the game.
He stepped from the room, leaving Rose quite bewildered. She didn’t know whether to remove her red satin dress or to put her shoes and coat back on and go to Desmond’s as she had told her family she was doing.
Rose was still in a state of indecision when Turner appeared, his overcoat gone and his own shirt unbuttoned. He carried a silver tray bearing a decanter of sherry and two glasses.
Rose sipped at her drink, Turner still watching her.
“Why did you come?”
Rose started. “Do you not want me here?’
“Oh, Rosie, I’ve wanted you here for a long time.”
“You’re married. Why did you come here with me.”
Rose looked at her stockinged feet.
“Or are you not married?”
“Oh, yes, I’m quite married.” Rose threw back the remainder of her sherry, set the glass on the bedside table. She reached for the buttons on her dress.
Turner shook his head; Rose gave a quizzical look.
“I’ll do that.” He took his time with the last of his own sherry, kissed Rose with the taste still on his tongue. The touch of a man, this man, hitched her breath.
His lips traveled down her neck, her shoulders; Rose’s body responded in desperate need and anticipation. She reached for him, drawing him to her.
“Slowly, my Rosie. Slowly.”
Rose thought she might explode.
His hands reached the buttons, undid the first one. He kissed her there.
She reached again for his shirt, his trousers. He moved her hands away.
“In time, I promise.”
He unbuttoned the second button, kissed her there, caressed her. Then the third and fourth. He pulled her to her feet, slid the satin to the floor, and lifted her silky slip over her head.
For all the lovers Rose had known, none had made love to her like Turner Brown did that night. He made love to her before he stripped himself and sated his own need.
Rose was loathe to leave him when the sun shone through the damask drapes. But she could not risk getting caught. She would meet Desmond for lunch, with him none the wiser of her tryst with Turner.
She didn’t know how to say good-bye.
“Will I see you again?”
“You most certainly will, Rosie.”
“You know I don’t live in Baltimore now?”
“But you’re here now, aren’t you?”
“For now, yes.”
“Then we’ll have ‘for now’ won’t we?”
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
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