Welcome reader friends, I have a special treat for you today! Pepper Basham is sharing an excerpt from her new novella “Facade”. This exciting story is currently part of the Timeless Love Collection.
This collection of 7 stories through the ages is available for pre-order for only .99c from March 21st to June 19th when the ebook releases. All proceeds go to the Live Strong Foundation
To learn more about the collection, be sure to see my cover reveal post (click here)
About the Author
As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing.
She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family.
You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website,Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter
A sweet internal tremor accompanied each time he said her name. She frowned at its unwelcome violation to her cool-headedness, but her heart welcomed the sensation. She’d missed him. There was something incredibly attractive about a man who engaged in such excellent arguments. Yes, she missed this, their tête-a-têtes. She almost smiled. There were too few men up to the task of a good verbal sparring.
“The Government Code and Cypher School sought you to join their elite team of code breakers at Bletchley, but you refused.”
“Regretfully declined would be a better way to word it. Besides, I am not well-suited to the mathematical component of that task. Languages? Linguistics? Observation? Yes. But numbers, no.”
“And you also refused a request from the Special Operations Executive.”
“I have no interest in using my womanly wiles to ascertain how prepared male spies are for the temptations of the field. As I’m certain you know, with your extended knowledge of me.” She waved a hand toward herself. “I’ve already been branded a spinster by my mother, which is in part due to my charming personality.” She swallowed a laugh at his glare of utter doubt. “The other part I blame wholly on the weak constitution of most men to appreciate a confident woman and their evident inability to engage in fidelity. When the cat’s away…you understand.”
“You have a very low opinion of most men.”
“The way of the world would prove me right, don’t you think? Let us not forget, my darling fiancé lasted only one month before his heart was swayed by another.”
Christopher’s expression took a turn she couldn’t decipher, but it somehow beckoned her nearer. “And he broke you heart?”
She laughed. “Goodness, no. The only man in my life who broke my heart was you.”
A shot of air escaped his open mouth. “Me?”
Her gaze lifted to his, a river of uncertainty stealing the fire of her accusations. Could he truly be surprised by her declaration? “How…how could you just leave? After all our years together? Nothing but a card at Christmas and birthdays? Wasn’t our friendship worth more than that? Clearly I underestimated the mutual attachment.”
He stared at her, tension fading from his face by slow degrees. Something akin to regret dawned in those cerulean eyes. “I…I shouldn’t have left that way. It was irresponsible and unkind.”
“Indeed.” She took a step back from him. “A little late for clarity, isn’t it, Christopher. Three years late.”
“You really had no idea.” He groaned and ran a hand through his hair. “You wouldn’t understand.”
“Yet you think me clever enough to engage in espionage?”
“It’s different, Livy. Worlds different. But I was wrong. I reacted blindly from my anger and disappoint–”
“Your disappointment?” She closed in, the sting of pain pushing past her logic. “We’d been friends…” She shrugged, recalling their consistent arguments and intense discussions over books they’d read and philosophies they didn’t share. “Or at least friendly antagonists who’d developed a relationship over habitual time and conversations. You were a…a fixture.”
An unfriendly laugh accompanied a shake of his head. “A fixture? Yes, that would be a very clear definition. How engaging you make friendship sound, my dear Livy.”
“So, you would call it friendship then, would you?” She shot him a glare. “Well, your employment of friendship leaves as much to be desired as my definition.”
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Timeless Love Collection: Romantic Stories that Span the Ages
Note: This is a limited time collection, only available for two weeks after the release date(6/19 – 7/3/18). After that all the novella’s will release in paperback from their respective publishers.
DID YOU MISS THE EXCERPTS THAT WERE SHARED EARLIER? NOT TO WORRY, YOU CAN FIND THEM CLICKING ON THE TITLES BELOW!
Give Me Thine Heart by Andrea Boeshaar
Spotlight & Excerpt: This Freedom Journey by Misty Beller
Spotlight & Excerpt: The Heart of Home by Stephenia H. McGee
Spotlight & Exerpt: Teach Me to Love by Kari Trumbo
Spotlight & Excerpt: Bookishly Ever After by Sarah Monzon