Saturday, September 29, 2018

WeWriWa - 29 September 2018 - Without A Clue


29 September 2018

As Christiane France, I write LGBT, MTS, PA, and RO. My alter ego, Chris Grover, writes MTS. This is a weekly blog hop where the participants post 8-10 sentences from a published work or a work in progress. The blog posts go live between 12:00 noon Saturday and 9:00a.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to discover new authors and expand networks. So be sure to visit www.wewriwa.com and check out all the WeekendWritingWarriors blogs.

For this week’s edition of WeekendWritingWarriors  www.wewriwa.com I have what will probably be the final snippet from Without A Clue. A romantic mystery/ suspense set in the City of Light and Love--Paris, France. This snippet continues on from last week as Paula and Philippe continue to discuss the situation concerning the sale of the diary. Enjoy!



Without A Clue
By Chris Grover
https://www.amazon.ca/Without-Clue-Chris-Grover-ebook/dp/B076635N3Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1515269134&sr=1-1&keywords=Without+A+Clue+by+Chris+Grover
Also available at Apple iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

https://www.books2read.com/u/boYak1

List Price: $3.99
          “This may surprise you, bearing in mind my grandfather's involvement, but I know nothing about the diary. Grandfather wouldn't even tell me who wrote it.”
          De Valois smiled and nodded. “That does not surprise me. When the diary's existence first became public knowledge some fifty years ago, there was considerable discussion as to its origins. The original set of so-called experts that was hired agreed the diary had been written in the early part of the eighteenth century, but dismissed it as the unimportant scribbling of a child from a wealthy family. The then owner was not satisfied with their findings and arranged for a more extensive examination by people he was told were better qualified. After several months of deliberation, this second set of experts finally reached a unanimous and startling conclusion—a conclusion that has resulted in the diary's present enormous value.”
          “They figured out who wrote it?”
         

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Blurb:

Nine months ago, within hours of purchasing a valuable antiquarian diary for their grandfather, Paula Sinclair's brother, Eric, was killed by a car bomb and the diary disappeared.

Private investigator, Luc Dupré, along with the police, insist the diary was destroyed in the explosion. Paula isn't convinced. No trace of either the diary or Eric's briefcase was found in the rubble, and she takes it to mean the diary was stolen. The diary wasn't insured and with the bank still owed half a million dollars, Paula cannot sit idly by and watch her beloved grandfather forced into bankruptcy.


Following a mysterious phone call and a series of cryptic postcards, Paula returns to Paris to hear a rumor that the diary is being offered for sale by secret auction. She also finds out that the diary once belonged to Luc's family. When her relationship with Luc takes a sudden change from business to personal, she's positive he's using her and his job to get it back.
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Don’t forget this is a blog hop. You can check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:   www.wewriwa.com

 ^ ^ ^


Cool mysteries and hot romance -
https://www.amazon.com/author/christianefrance
https://www.facebook.com/chris.grover.71
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
http://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christiane-france https://www.books2read.com/ap/8ZwPYx/

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

MidWeekTease - 26 September 2018 - And The Cat Came Back


26 September 2018:

Thanks as always to Angelica Dawson for hosting the MidWeekTease - http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/ It’s a great way to learn about other authors and their work.
This week I have another excerpt from And The Cat Came Back, a contemporary gay romance. The story stars Foofuss, a very manipulative, matchmaking cat who’ll stop at nothing to fix what he’s decided needs fixing. This week’s excerpt continues on from last week’s as Seth and his business partner, Ben, continue their conversation about the ghost, Grant and the cat. Enjoy!



And The Cat Came Back
By Christiane France
https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Came-Back-Christiane-France-ebook/dp/B06WWFPK5W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Blurb:

Home renovator Seth Lawley is ready to settle down if the right man comes along, but he’s cautious. He believes he who hesitates saves himself a whole lot of heartbreak.

Grant Kenyon, on the other hand, is ready to take a chance. He figures anyone who hesitates when it comes to grabbing what he wants from life risks losing out.

Foofuss, Grant’s bossy, matchmaking Persian cat, has decided his master needs company and Seth is it...that’s if he can figure out the perfect plan to bring the two of them together. 
Excerpt:

He (Ben) grinned and poked me in the ribs. “I didn’t even know Maria’s name the first time I kissed her. But I knew right away she was the one.”

“I know.” I rolled my eyes. “We all heard the clunk that echoed around the world the moment your eyes met.”

“Jealous?” he asked, his dark eyes dancing with mischief.

“No.” For some reason, Ben’s question made me feel a little defensive. “Why should I be jealous? I’ll find someone one of these days.”

“Maybe that day is closer than you think.”

“Meaning?” I held my breath, waiting for the other shoe to fall.

“The cat came back.”

“He did? When?”

“Just a few minutes before you got here.” He gave me a push toward the house. “Poor little guy was crying his heart out like he was hungry. I gave him some of that kibble you bought. If he’s finished eating, maybe you should take him home and see if his papa is willing to play ghost-busters with you tonight.”

Ben was a dog person, not a cat person. “What’s with you and this sudden pro-cat thing, huh? You trying your hand at matchmaking?”

Ben shrugged and gave me his best butter-wouldn’t-melt look. “Me? Wouldn’t dream of it. Who you hook up with is your business. But…” He averted his face by moving over to the next flowerbed and ripping out the dead foliage. “I wouldn’t put anything past that cat, so I’d watch your back if I were you. He’s up to something wicked, I just know.”

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Don’t forget this is a blog hop. You can check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link: http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/

^ ^ ^

Cool mysteries and hot romance -
https://www.amazon.com/author/christianefrance
https://www.facebook.com/chris.grover.71
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
https://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christiane-france
https://www.books2read.com/ap/8ZwPYx/




Saturday, September 22, 2018

WeWriWa - 22 September 2018 - Without A Clue


22 September 2018

As Christiane France, I write LGBT, MTS, PA, and RO. My alter ego, Chris Grover, writes MTS. This is a weekly blog hop where the participants post 8-10 sentences from a published work or a work in progress. The blog posts go live between 12:00 noon Saturday and 9:00a.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to discover new authors and expand networks. So be sure to visit www.wewriwa.com and check out all the WeekendWritingWarriors blogs.

For this week’s edition of WeekendWritingWarriors  www.wewriwa.com I have another snippet from Without A Clue. A romantic mystery/suspense set in the City of Light and Love--Paris, France. This snippet continues on from last week as Paula and Philippe continue to discuss the situation concerning the sale of the diary. Enjoy!




Without A Clue
By Chris Grover
https://www.amazon.ca/Without-Clue-Chris-Grover-ebook/dp/B076635N3Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1515269134&sr=1-1&keywords=Without+A+Clue+by+Chris+Grover
Also available at Apple iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

https://www.books2read.com/u/boYak1

List Price: $3.99
          De Valois' smile was a trifle condescending. “What I suspect is that the current owner is taking advantage of the situation by indulging in childish games. Probably because he or she is an amateur with no real knowledge of how a transaction such as this is conducted. Whatever advice they were given, and they must have received some to get this far, was either inadequate or is being been ignored.”
          “Then how can we be sure it will happen on one of those dates?”
          “We can't. But if it doesn't, the seller could find his position reversed. And no matter how inexperienced he is, I am sure he is aware of that. Several collectors of eighteenth century memorabilia and their representatives have been arriving in Paris over the last few days. Presumably the diary has brought them here because I know of no other reason for such a gathering.         

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Blurb:

Nine months ago, within hours of purchasing a valuable antiquarian diary for their grandfather, Paula Sinclair's brother, Eric, was killed by a car bomb and the diary disappeared.

Private investigator, Luc Dupré, along with the police, insist the diary was destroyed in the explosion. Paula isn't convinced. No trace of either the diary or Eric's briefcase was found in the rubble, and she takes it to mean the diary was stolen. The diary wasn't insured and with the bank still owed half a million dollars, Paula cannot sit idly by and watch her beloved grandfather forced into bankruptcy.

Following a mysterious phone call and a series of cryptic postcards, Paula returns to Paris to hear a rumor that the diary is being offered for sale by secret auction. She also finds out that the diary once belonged to Luc's family. When her relationship with Luc takes a sudden change from business to personal, she's positive he's using her and his job to get it back.
^ ^ ^

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. You can check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:   www.wewriwa.com

 ^ ^ ^

Cool mysteries and hot romance -
https://www.amazon.com/author/christianefrance
https://www.facebook.com/chris.grover.71
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
http://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christiane-france https://www.books2read.com/ap/8ZwPYx/

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

MidWeekTease - 19 September 2018 - And The Cat Came Back


19 September 2018:

Thanks as always to Angelica Dawson for hosting the MidWeekTease - http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/ It’s a great way to learn about other authors and their work.

This week I have another excerpt from And The Cat Came Back, a contemporary gay romance. This story stars Foofuss, a very manipulative, matchmaking cat who’ll stop at nothing to fix what he’s decided needs fixing. In this week’s excerpt Seth and his business partner, Ben, talk about the ghost and the problems it’s likely to cause no matter if it’s real or fake. Enjoy!


And The Cat Came Back
By Christiane France
https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Came-Back-Christiane-France-ebook/dp/B06WWFPK5W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Blurb:

Home renovator Seth Lawley is ready to settle down if the right man comes along, but he’s cautious. He believes he who hesitates saves himself a whole lot of heartbreak.

Grant Kenyon, on the other hand, is ready to take a chance. He figures anyone who hesitates when it comes to grabbing what he wants from life risks losing out.

Foofuss, Grant’s bossy, matchmaking Persian cat, has decided his master needs company and Seth is it...that’s if he can figure out the perfect plan to bring the two of them together.
Excerpt:

“It’s not them this asshole needs to convince, though, is it?” Ben sighed again. “If they up the pressure with this ghost thing and word gets out, we’ll have every nutcase for miles around crawling all over the place, breaking windows and doing God only knows what. By the time they’re finished, we’ll be lucky if we can give the place away.” He pulled out the last few dead plants from the flowerbed, his jerky movements evidence of his annoyance as he shoved them into a black plastic garbage bag and got to his feet. “Except I won’t allow it to happen. You have my personal guarantee on that. I don’t give in to intimidation, regardless of who’s dishing it out. We have to shut the bastard down, and do it fast. Agreed?”
I hadn’t thought about the ghost attracting sightseers, but I knew it would if word about it spread. “Absolutely. And the sooner the better.”
Ben walked across the few feet to where he’d parked his truck in the driveway and threw the bag of debris in back. “Does anyone have any idea how it’s being done?”
“Not until Grant and I got to talking last night. He mentioned seeing an SUV with tinted windows that only comes after dark and parks at different spots along the street.”
“Oh, really. That’s interesting.” Ben grinned. “You think this idiot is into the same old mirror and flashlight shit you and I used to pull as kids?”
“You have a better idea?”
“No.” Ben reached down, picked up a twig that had missed the garbage bag and threw it into his truck. “For one thing, it works like a charm. Folks may say they don’t believe in ghosts, but if it’s done right, it doesn’t just scare the hell out of them, it makes ’em stop and think, what if?”
“You figure that’s what happened with the girl in the store?”
“Who knows?” Ben shrugged. “Could be, I guess. But whoever’s doing it seems pretty determined, and we have to convince them otherwise. We have to catch ’em red-handed and kick their butts.”
I smiled. “Right. But first, we take a picture of the SUV’s license plate and whoever’s inside, if possible. Then we kick their butts.”
“Deal.” Ben chuckled, gave me a high five, then immediately sobered. “But I guess it means we have to sit in a dark house all night, freezing our asses off. No heat, no TV, no warm bed.”
“And no Maria?”
He laughed and kicked the corner of the flowerbed with the toe of his boot. “That’s the worst part.”
I threw my arm around his shoulders and gave him a hug. “It’s okay. You stay home with Maria, and I’ll take care of business.”
“You sure?”
“Quite sure.”
“Just because their methods seem amateur, it doesn’t mean they are,” Ben warned. “People with money on their mind can be dangerous.”
“So I’ll be extra careful. Okay?”
“Make sure you are.” He hesitated for a moment, then smiled. “You gonna get that Grant guy to help?”
“I hadn’t thought about it.”
“Maybe you should. You really like him, right?”

^ ^ ^

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. You can check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link: http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/

^ ^ ^

Cool mysteries and hot romance -
https://www.amazon.com/author/christianefrance
https://www.facebook.com/chris.grover.71
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
https://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christiane-france
https://www.books2read.com/ap/8ZwPYx/




Saturday, September 15, 2018

WeWriWa - 15 September 2018 - Without A Clue


15 September 2018

As Christiane France, I write LGBT, MTS, PA, and RO. My alter ego, Chris Grover, writes MTS. This is a weekly blog hop where the participants post 8-10 sentences from a published work or a work in progress. The blog posts go live between 12:00 noon Saturday and 9:00a.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to discover new authors and expand networks. So be sure to visit www.wewriwa.com and check out all the WeekendWritingWarriors blogs.

For this week’s edition of WeekendWritingWarriors  www.wewriwa.com I have another snippet from Without A Clue. A romantic mystery/suspense set in the City of Light and Love--Paris, France. This snippet continues on from last week as Paula and Philippe continue to discuss the situation concerning the sale of the diary. Philipp said he’d need to see the diary to be sure it was the same one he gave Paula’s brother.  Enjoy!


  
Without A Clue
By Chris Grover
https://www.amazon.ca/Without-Clue-Chris-Grover-ebook/dp/B076635N3Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1515269134&sr=1-1&keywords=Without+A+Clue+by+Chris+Grover
Also available at Apple iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

https://www.books2read.com/u/boYak1

List Price: $3.99
          “Do you know when and where this auction is to take place?”
          “At first, I was told it would be some time in October. Now, I hear it's scheduled for either the ninth or tenth of this month. Apparently the exact date and the location will not be revealed until the very last minute.”
          “That's only a few days away. I wonder why they won’t say where?”
          “I have no idea. It's not only unusual it's very unprofessional. As is the uncertainty about the date.”
          “You think they're having trouble in finding a suitable place to hold it?”
         
^ ^ ^

Blurb:

Nine months ago, within hours of purchasing a valuable antiquarian diary for their grandfather, Paula Sinclair's brother, Eric, was killed by a car bomb and the diary disappeared.

Private investigator, Luc Dupré, along with the police, insist the diary was destroyed in the explosion. Paula isn't convinced. No trace of either the diary or Eric's briefcase was found in the rubble, and she takes it to mean the diary was stolen. The diary wasn't insured and with the bank still owed half a million dollars, Paula cannot sit idly by and watch her beloved grandfather forced into bankruptcy.

Following a mysterious phone call and a series of cryptic postcards, Paula returns to Paris to hear a rumor that the diary is being offered for sale by secret auction. She also finds out that the diary once belonged to Luc's family. When her relationship with Luc takes a sudden change from business to personal, she's positive he's using her and his job to get it back.
^ ^ ^

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. You can check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:   www.wewriwa.com
 ^ ^ ^

Cool mysteries and hot romance -
https://www.amazon.com/author/christianefrance
https://www.facebook.com/chris.grover.71
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
http://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christiane-france https://www.books2read.com/ap/8ZwPYx/

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

MidWeekTease - 12 September 2018 - And The Cat Came Back


12 September 2018:


First, my apologies for being so late in posting today. No real excuse, other than I got caught up in some other things and forgot.

Thanks as always to Angelica Dawson for hosting the MidWeekTease - http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/ It’s a great way to learn about other authors and their work.

This week I have another excerpt from And The Cat Came Back, a contemporary gay romance. This story stars Foofuss, a very manipulative, matchmaking cat who’ll stop at nothing to fix what he’s decided needs fixing. This week’s excerpt continues on from the one I posted last week. Enjoy!


And The Cat Came Back
By Christiane France
https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Came-Back-Christiane-France-ebook/dp/B06WWFPK5W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Blurb:
Home renovator Seth Lawley is ready to settle down if the right man comes along, but he’s cautious. He believes he who hesitates saves himself a whole lot of heartbreak.

Grant Kenyon, on the other hand, is ready to take a chance. He figures anyone who hesitates when it comes to grabbing what he wants from life risks losing out.

Foofuss, Grant’s bossy, matchmaking Persian cat, has decided his master needs company and Seth is it...that’s if he can figure out the perfect plan to bring the two of them together.

Excerpt:
“About what?” I pretended ignorance as to the real meaning of his words. Instead, I leaned forward and turned the key to start the engine. “If you mean telling you to mind your own business about the ghost, it’s for your own good. See ya.”
I put the truck in drive, stepped on the gas, and left before he had the chance to think up an answer. Jumping into bed with someone was the easy part. Getting out unscathed was a whole other story, especially for someone like me who sees something he wants and thinks with his cock instead of his head. In any event, I had a feeling Grant wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’ve never had a potential fuck-buddy in reserve before, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. It was even better than having a couple of extra candy bars tucked away at the back of the fridge.
I knew if I left things simmering too long, Grant would begin to think I wasn’t interested and “go off the boil,” as my grandma used to say. I didn’t want that to happen. On the other hand, patience was supposed to be good for everything, and waiting was often fertile ground for inspiration. It might even expand his imagination beyond the shower and massage scenario. I was no fantasy expert, but even I could have dreamed up something a little more romantic than that.
The highway going back into the city was almost traffic-free, so I stepped on the gas and in less than fifteen minutes, I was maneuvering the truck into my regular parking place. After I got out and went through my usual double-check to make sure the doors were locked and the alarm was on, I was still feeling pretty jazzed after the visit with Grant. My emotions were seesawing back and forth like crazy. I wanted to go back and say okay, what the hell, let’s get it on, but I was scared if I moved too fast I’d end up with nothing more than a one-night stand. I needed something to distract me for an hour or two, something that would clear my mind and make me think of anything other than the pair of us— I slammed the door shut before the thought could go any further.
I considered going back to Billy’s for a while. But it felt cold enough for snow—the weather news predicted an early winter, it was late, and I wasn’t in the mood. Tomorrow, Ben and I would be starting work on Sweet Briar, and it would be all systems go to get the job done. I had to put everything else on hold until it was. What I needed was a cold shower, a beer, and then a good night’s sleep. And if Grant happened to invade my dreams, I couldn’t see myself complaining.


^ ^ ^
Don’t forget this is a blog hop. You can check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link: http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/

^ ^ ^

Cool mysteries and hot romance -
https://www.amazon.com/author/christianefrance
https://www.facebook.com/chris.grover.71
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
https://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christiane-france
https://www.books2read.com/ap/8ZwPYx/




Saturday, September 8, 2018

WeWriWa - 8 September 2018 - Without A Clue


8 September 2018

As Christiane France, I write LGBT, MTS, PA, and RO. My alter ego, Chris Grover, writes MTS. This is a weekly blog hop where the participants post 8-10 sentences from a published work or a work in progress. The blog posts go live between 12:00 noon Saturday and 9:00a.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to discover new authors and expand networks. So be sure to visit www.wewriwa.com and check out all the WeekendWritingWarriors blogs.

For this week’s edition of WeekendWritingWarriors  www.wewriwa.com I have another snippet from Without A Clue. A romantic mystery/suspense set in the City of Light and Love--Paris, France. This snippet continues on from last week as Paula and Philippe continue to discuss the situation concerning the sale of the diary. Philippe said he’d need to see the diary to be sure it was the same one he gave Paula’s brother.  Enjoy!



Without A Clue
By Chris Grover
https://www.amazon.ca/Without-Clue-Chris-Grover-ebook/dp/B076635N3Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1515269134&sr=1-1&keywords=Without+A+Clue+by+Chris+Grover
Also available at Apple iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

https://www.books2read.com/u/boYak1

List Price: $3.99
          “Can you ask to see it?”
          De Valois sighed. “No. Not until the actual auction.”
          “How does a private auction work?”
          “Those who make bids are informed of a time and place where they can examine the item being sold. Once the examination process is complete, the reserve price is announced and the sale proceeds like any other auction. In this way, the merely curious are excluded.”
          “Is the bid accompanied by a check?”
          “That is the normal procedure.”
         
^ ^ ^

Blurb:

Nine months ago, within hours of purchasing a valuable antiquarian diary for their grandfather, Paula Sinclair's brother, Eric, was killed by a car bomb and the diary disappeared.

Private investigator, Luc Dupré, along with the police, insist the diary was destroyed in the explosion. Paula isn't convinced. No trace of either the diary or Eric's briefcase was found in the rubble, and she takes it to mean the diary was stolen. The diary wasn't insured and with the bank still owed half a million dollars, Paula cannot sit idly by and watch her beloved grandfather forced into bankruptcy.


Following a mysterious phone call and a series of cryptic postcards, Paula returns to Paris to hear a rumor that the diary is being offered for sale by secret auction. She also finds out that the diary once belonged to Luc's family. When her relationship with Luc takes a sudden change from business to personal, she's positive he's using her and his job to get it back.
^ ^ ^

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. You can check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:   www.wewriwa.com

 ^ ^ ^
Cool mysteries and hot romance -
https://www.amazon.com/author/christianefrance
https://www.facebook.com/chris.grover.71
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
http://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christiane-france https://www.books2read.com/ap/8ZwPYx/