Thank you to a reader who noticed that the teaser sent to your email box Monday had several run together words. If you visited the site, you know that those errors were not on the site. I am not sure how to correct this error in the email renditions of the blog but please know I am working on it.
Today we have a simple excerpt of a promising new book by Monique Domovitch. Drop by and read about a poor, abused child forced out into the world.
Announcing the Scorpio Rising Social Media Whirlwind Tour!
As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Scorpio Rising
eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.
What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including 2 Kindle Fires, Amazon gift cards up to $100 in amount, 5 autographed copies of the book, and 5 autographed copies of its recently released sequel, The Sting of The Scorpio
. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, December 23rd, so you don’t miss out.
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- Purchase your copy of Scorpio Rising for just 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
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...And I can win too!
Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for us too. The blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100 gift card as well. So when you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form, don’t forget to say that I referred you, so I can get a point in the poll.
Remember, it’s all about the books!
About Scorpio Rising
: Set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio Rising
takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1960s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes. Alex Ivanov is the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves. Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser. Monique Domovitch’s debut novel, Scorpio Rising
, is a compelling tale filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio Rising
promises to resonate with all who once had a dream. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
About The Sting of The Scorpio
: In Scorpio Rising
, Monique Domovitch presented a compelling tale filled with colorful characters and the manipulation of power, ambition, and greed. Now she gives us its spellbinding sequel, The Sting of the Scorpio
, where Alexander Ivanov returns to New York with his new bride, Brigitte. The real estate industry is ripe with opportunity. Blessed with irresistible charm, ambition, and the single-minded obsession to succeed, Alex plots and manipulates his way to almost mystical success. Everything he touches turns to gold, but it’s never enough. When a hostile takeover bid leaves him struggling to save his beloved company, he suspects those closest to him of plotting his downfall. Brigitte, the beautiful redhead who abandoned her country and her career to become his wife, feels alone. In return, Alex has betrayed her time and again, each indiscretion cutting deeper into her soul. Brigitte’s son, David yearns to be an artist, but Alex’s plans leave no room for such frivolous goals. He grooms a reluctant David to become the heir apparent until a devastating tragedy attracts the attention of another young man. The Sting of the Scorpio
is a rich tale of a man at the mercy of his own greed and a woman bound by her need for love. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
About the Author
: Monique Domovitch began writing at the age of fifty-five. Two years later, she has two self-published novels—her Scorpio Series—and a three-book deal with Penguin, for books she has written under the name of Carol Ann Martin. Never seen without her laptop, Monique and her husband travel the world and divide the rest of their time between their homes in British Columbia and California. Monique loves to hear from readers! Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.
Now please enjoy this beautiful excerpt from Scorpio Rising...
Half way around the world, Brigitte Dartois also liked drawing. Rather than buildings, her pictures were of her family—Papa, Maman,
and herself under a bright sun. Sometimes she drew trees and flowers. Her subjects were the same as any other child’s her age, but her pictures were different. They were strong and arresting.
, Colette,” her father called her mother. He held up a bright drawing of a garden. “Regarde
, don’t tell me our daughter is not talented.”
Colette Dartois looked, but to her, those colorful scribbles were no better than those of any other nine-year-old.
She shrugged. “You shouldn’t compliment her too much. It will go to her head. Brigitte, put that away and go do your homework.”
Often, Colette would look at her husband and her daughter with vague discomfort. He paid so much attention to Brigitte and so little to her. Every day when Louis Dartois burst through the door after work, it was Brigitte to whom he opened his arms after a perfunctory kiss to Colette. Gradually, Colette’s love for her husband and daughter festered into resentment and jealousy.
Then, when Brigitte was thirteen, her father died suddenly. Three months later, her mother married Lucien. “Consider yourself lucky. Not many men are willing to be a papa
to a grown girl like you. You better be nice to him.”
Brigitte was filled with anger, betrayed by her mother's indifference. One night, when Brigitte was alone in the house with her stepfather, she awakened to a pair of rough hands moving over her body. “This will be our little secret,” Lucien told her when she opened her eyes. “If you even think of telling anyone, I'll kill you,” he said. Then he raped her.
Her mother worked the evening shift as a barmaid at a club down the street, and for the next three years, it became a nightly ritual for Lucien to stop in for une petite caresse
, as he called it. Every night he gave her the same warning. “You tell anyone and you're dead.” Sometimes he went into gruesome details of what he would do to her if she ever told. Brigitte believed him. So, she kept her mouth shut.
Once, she was the top student in her class. Her grades began to slide until she was close to failing. She slept at her friends' flats whenever she could. At home, she was silent and withdrawn. Her mother barely noticed.
“What's the matter with you?” Colette asked. “Get your act together. You keep it up and you'll be kicked out of school.”
One night while Lucien was in her bed and forcing himself on Brigitte, the bedroom door flew open. Her mother stood in the entrance, an expression of horror on her face. Lucien jumped up and fumbled with his trousers. “It's the girl's fault,” he said, his voice coming in halting breaths. “How's a man supposed to resist? She's always coming on to me. As soon as you leave in the evening, she takes off her camisole
and lets me see her body. Colette, you've got to stop her, she's trying to break us up!”
“Get out!” Colette shouted, and her voice was like ice. The girl sobbed in relief. At last, her ordeal was over. She would never have to see her stepfather again. “You're no daughter of mine. Get out you putain
In shock, Brigitte realized her mother was speaking to her. She had lost! Lucien had won! She dressed as quickly as she could, threw a few of her things into a pillowcase, and slipped silently down the hall to the closet where her mother kept her purse. Sorry, but I'll need this more than you will.
She took all the cash she found. Then she left.
Two days later, a sales-help-wanted sign in a store window caught her eye.
I very much enjoyed reading both Scorpio Rising and The Sting of the Scorpio!ReplyDelete
Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!
Looks like a great book! Thank you for the chance to win as well-must mark this as a to-read!ReplyDelete
Hi! I'm apart of the tour too and I just read the excerpt and I literally gasped when her mother kicked her out, that's just terrible! This excerpt peaked my interest in this book now (: Thank you for posting!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for this post. Looks like a great book, and thanks for the chance to winReplyDelete
I was not quite so surprised at the woman kicking out Brigitte. It is not uncommon for woman who have felt shunned and who finally find someone who pays attention to them. They will work hard at not losing what they have.ReplyDelete