The Sicilian’s Proposition

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Journalist Joanne Smith encounters Sicilian millionaire Dante Alphonso while conducting an interview for Life Today magazine. Dante has been well known to the media for years, where constant scorn has been thrown upon the playboy lifestyle of his younger years. He detests that reputation as he would much prefer to be known for his charity work for The Children’s Hope and Dream Foundation, an organization he established to help terminally ill children achieve their wishes. Dante has already had his fingers burned by bloodhound journalists, but takes a chance on Joanne, inviting her to his home country to visit his vineyard and meet the Alphonso Family. Things begin to sizzle between them under the Sicilian sun as Joanne embraces their lifestyle. A thorn in the side for Joanne is Dante’s ex, Carla, a strong alpha female whose family owns a rival vineyard in the area. Carla betrayed Dante before, so trusting any woman is difficult for him. However, Joanne has a secret she has kept from Dante…

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The Sicilian’s Proposition

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Sparks ignite under a hot Sicilian Sun

Journalist Joanne Smith encounters Sicilian millionaire Dante Alphonso while conducting an interview for Life Today magazine. Dante has been well known to the media for years, where constant scorn has been thrown upon the playboy lifestyle of his younger years. He detests that reputation as he would much prefer to be known for his charity work for The Children’s Hope and Dream Foundation, an organization he established to help terminally ill children achieve their wishes.

Dante has already had his fingers burned by bloodhound journalists, but takes a chance on Joanne, inviting her to his home country to visit his vineyard and meet the Alphonso Family. Things begin to sizzle between them under the Sicilian sun as Joanne embraces their lifestyle.

A thorn in the side for Joanne is Dante’s ex, Carla, a strong alpha female whose family owns a rival vineyard in the area. Carla betrayed Dante before, so trusting any woman is difficult for him.

However, Joanne has a secret she has kept from Dante, which is stopping her from growing close to him. The secret is revealed after he invites her on board his luxury yacht on the way to the island of Lipari.

Will their love for one another be strong enough to withstand the stormy seas that lie ahead? Or will it get washed up on the shore?

Available here!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sicilians-Proposition-Sexy-Bosses-Book-ebook/dp/B00WCZVJ3S

The Sicilian’s Proposition [Sexy Bosses book 3]

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Sparks ignite under a hot Sicilian Sun

Journalist Joanne Smith encounters Sicilian millionaire Dante Alphonso while conducting an interview for Life Today magazine. Dante has been well known to the media for years, where constant scorn has been thrown upon the playboy lifestyle of his younger years. He detests that reputation as he would much prefer to be known for his charity work for The Children’s Hope and Dream Foundation, an organization he established to help terminally ill children achieve their wishes.

Dante has already had his fingers burned by bloodhound journalists, but takes a chance on Joanne, inviting her to his home country to visit his vineyard and meet the Alphonso Family. Things begin to sizzle between them under the Sicilian sun as Joanne embraces their lifestyle.

A thorn in the side for Joanne is Dante’s ex, Carla, a strong alpha female whose family owns a rival vineyard in the area. Carla betrayed Dante before, so trusting any woman is difficult for him.

However, Joanne has a secret she has kept from Dante, which is stopping her from growing close to him. The secret is revealed after he invites her on board his luxury yacht on the way to the island of Lipari.

Will their love for one another be strong enough to withstand the stormy seas that lie ahead? Or will it get washed up on the shore?

Purchase here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sicilians-Proposition-Sexy-Bosses-Book-ebook/dp/B00WCZVJ3S

Book covers: Do they sell books?

I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately and the answer is, I don’t really know. For myself as a reader, I admit it’s quite often the cover that attracts me initially. For example, about a year ago, I saw a beautiful cover of a historical romance book being advertised on Twitter. I’d never heard of the author, Mary Wood, before. The cover in question was of a young woman wrapped in a shawl stood near a sea port, with ships in the distance. The cover yelled out to me, “This is your kind of book! It looks like a young woman maybe in Victorian times, who has to struggle but dreams large!”

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I didn’t immediately purchase the book, but around six months later, I was shopping at my local Tesco store when I spotted another book by the same author on the shelf. This time the book was a WW1 historical romance. The previous cover had given me confidence that this book was one I’d definitely want to read. This cover was of a young nurse, in the distance was an army tent and a soldier. A very evocative image indeed.

I bought the book and loved it! In fact, I had trouble putting it down. The cover had helped significantly in making me purchase the book and had drawn me into the story.

We are after all, visual creatures. Have you noticed that sometimes you remember details of a particular photograph or your memories appear to you like a magic lantern show running through your mind?

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My new cover for this book!

Over the years, I’ve experimented with my book covers. When I was first published ten years ago, I didn’t have a lot of say in my covers as the publishers assigned me a cover artist, though to be fair, often if I suggested something, they’d do their best to replicate it. I’d been fairly lucky, that was until I encountered one publisher a couple of years ago, who gave me a terrible cover for one of my romance novels. That’s not entirely true, there were aspects l loved about it, like the hero and heroine’s faces, but the hero had man boobs! It totally put me off advertising that book as Dashing Dante looked as though he needed a Playtex twenty-four-hour brasserie! He had bigger boobs than my heroine!

Even though the publisher agreed with me that his pecs were overly large, nothing was done about it. I was told the ‘man boobs’ had been trimmed by the cover artist but they looked exactly the same to me! Anyhow, that particular publisher did little to promote my book, so I asked to be released from my contract and have sold far more copies since by myself using a much better cover!

pregnancyshock-copyOf course, book covers are often of their time. The old Mills & Boon covers were usually illustrations of the hero and heroine on the front cover, often doing something innocuous like picnicking on the beach or standing in a passionate clinch beneath a leafy tree. These days, though, M&B employ photographs of models on their covers, and some are very saucy to go with the comparative lines. Those ones often don’t show the face of either model and are very suggestive of what the book contains.

For myself, if I’m in a book shop, it’s the cover that draws me in initially, then the title and back cover blurb and then I read the first page, if the first page doesn’t grab me, then I don’t buy it.slow hands

What do you do when you purchase a book? Is it the cover you’re drawn to initially? Or something else?

Links:

Books by Mary Wood:

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Mills and Boon Books:

https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/

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Journalist, Joanne Smith, encounters Sicilian millionaire, Dante Alphonso, while conducting an interview for ‘Life Today’ magazine. Dante has been well known to the media for years, where constant scorn has been thrown upon the playboy lifestyle of his younger years. He detests that reputation as he would much prefer to be known for his charity work rather than his previous hedonistic lifestyle. He plans on proving to Joanne that he’s not the man the media make him out to be. Will she believe him? And what’s the secret Joanne has kept to herself all these years? Sparks are sure to fly under a hot Sicilian sun…

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Extract: The Sicilian’s Proposition

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Giovanni returned to Joanne’s side, and she gasped as she watched Carla enter the church dressed in black, removing her sunglasses and genuflecting before she took her seat. She looked the part of the glamorous mistress, although she hadn’t given much thought for her lover’s wife and children.

“What’s happening about Ponti’s funeral?” she asked Giovanni. “Before his accident, Dante said he would be helping your sister take care of it.”

“Nothing to worry about there, Joanne. Ponti’s brother has turned up from Verona.”

“Did the police discover who shot him?”

“It was Carlo Brunelli, a local businessman involved in a crime protection racket here that Ponti had tried to muscle in on. The polizia have arrested him and his associates. There will be a big trial, I have no doubt. Hopefully Brunelli will go to jail for a long time, and a lot of people on the island will be glad to be rid of Ponti too.”

Joanne let out a breath, a shot of guilt running through her veins because she had suspected Dante of killing the man. It had only been a brief moment, but how could she have doubted him? Yet, hadn’t he doubted her too?

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Extract: The Sicilian’s Proposition

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On the journey back, he was quiet. Too quiet. She took him a coffee and left him alone at the helm. Then she went below deck and tried to ring Polly but couldn’t get a signal on her phone. Blast. There were questions that needed answering. She looked around the boat for any clues she could find to discover what kind of man Dante Alphonso was. But apart from the fine wines he had in his drinks cabinet and a few family photographs, there were none. Could this be the same Dante Alphonso who had held her in his arms while she cried as she related the tale of her father’s tragic demise? What did she know about him other than what she read in magazines and newspapers and what he chose to tell her himself? Yet there had been no suggestion that he was a bad person. Being a playboy didn’t make a man a murderer.

“Joanne.” She heard his muffled voice call from above. She drained the last of her coffee and appeared on deck beside him. “Are you all right, amore mio?” She loved it when he called her “my love” in Italian, but now what did it mean? It was almost as though he were someone else. An evil twin maybe? Then he shot her a warm sincere smile that melted her heart, and beyond all shadow of a doubt, this man was not a murderer. He wasn’t capable of it. Capable of anger, yes. Capable of fighting another man if need be, but capable of taking a life, never. Not unless it was to save another’s life.

“Yes, I’m okay,” she said as images of their lovemaking last night came to mind.

“Come here,” he beckoned. She went to him without hesitation, content to be safe in his arms. He kissed her forehead. “I know you are frightened, Joanne. Please do not be. Ponti is a bad man. There are other things I didn’t tell you.”

“Oh?” Her eyes widened with interest.

“He was involved in organized crime. I warned my sister about this years ago, but by then she had fallen for him. He was made a capo, a captain in the Mafia. He’s done a lot of bad things, Joanne. I think his plan with regard to Carla was to get control of her family vineyard. There have been many people gunning for him over the years. He made a lot of enemies, not just myself. He was thought to be responsible for the death of a local politician and his wife many years ago, but there was never any proof. I believe he had the inside knowledge to set it up. He was a very powerful man. The couple was on their way to the airport for a trip to Italy when a sniper shot them from long range. He had enemies both in the Cosa Nostra and in the good people of this island. I think he was already a marked man. How Carla could have got caught up with him, especially after all the things I told her….” He shook his head, his mouth set in a grim line.

She let out a breath of relief. It was awful beyond belief, but it explained a lot. How could she ever tell Dante that for a short while, for less than an hour, she thought him capable of murdering a man? It was something she needed to keep to herself. Would he ever forgive her if he found out?

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