Hope you're all doing okay wherever in the world you are. We're under the influence of a rather strong tropical cyclone this weekend; went on cyclone warning Class 3 since yesterday (no one allowed to go out, definitive curfew at night, have to pull down antennas & satellite dishes, etc). 3 is one step short of 4, which would be Red, aka total destruction.
So I hope that
a) I get to post today, and
b) I get to still have power & Internet later today to visit your blogs.
Anyhow, this also got me thinking... Guess you peeps who regularly visit know I recently contracted a short story in the 1NightStand line at Decadent Publishing. The title is Once Upon A Stormy Night, and the one-night-stand encounter that Madame Eve sets up for the hero, Lars Rutherford, and the heroine, Simmi Moyer, takes place on the same day a cyclone warning goes up on the island.
What better way to highlight this Sunday than with an excerpt - and the very first glimpse I'm offering of this story! - via SSS?
Please note I don't yet have the cover for this one, and the snippet to follow also hasn't been through edits yet, so please bear with me.
As she stepped out of the thatched-roof reception area of the Mauritian branch of Castillo Resorts and Hotels, located on the rugged southern coast of the island, a gust of wind propelled her toward the golf cart that would take her to the villa. The one Madame Eve had told her to go to, in the email she sent with the details, stood at the far end of the property, and overlooked the craggy, stony cliffs of the south coast across the eighteenth hole of the golf green. Secluded and private—exactly what one expected for a one-night tryst.
Around her, the wind picked up, and a few leaves hit her arm—had she been nuts to come? There was a cyclone warning class one over the island; mild in the big scheme of things, but which did imply a storm in the area, and the possibility the weather would get worse. But who did she contact to cancel the date? ...'
And yes, that pic above is of the south coast of Mauritius - all dark rocks and strong waves in a savage display of Nature's beauty.
Don't forget to check out the other SSS regular cast here; and big huge thanks to everyone who comes over & comments! You're all priceless!
From Mauritius with love,