Monday, April 23, 2012

Banquet Hall with Bernadette Walsh

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by Bernadette Walsh
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I am sitting in the banquet hall of a medieval castle with Lord William Conroy. It is a hot summer day and the room is stifling.

“You could really use some central air in here, sweetheart,” the Lord said.

“Lord Conroy, I know not what of you speak.”

“Honey, you sure talk funny. You’re not from Long Island, are you?”

“I am Lady Bernadette, your betrothed.”

“My what? Lady, I think you got me confused with someone else. I’m Billy Conroy from Gold Coast Construction. Some one left me a message, and let me tell you, it was a bitch to get my truck through that moat. God, it’s hot. I’m dying here. And what am I wearing?”

He strips off his tunic and he is soon naked from the waist up. I avert my eyes, as a Lady should, but he is certainly a sight to behold.

“Sir, please put your clothes on. You embarrass me.”

“Aw, come on, lady. It’s nothing you ain’t seen before. Am I right? Now where is my measuring tape? I’ll get you a quote. The economy being what it is, I can get this whole, um, castle, right? Yeah, castle. I’ll get the whole job installed for you by next week and since you claim to be my, what-ya-macaliit? Yeah, my betrothed, I’ll give you my friends-and-family discount.”

“You are very kind, sir. Would you like some ale?”

“Yeah, sure. A cold Bud would be great.”

I pour the clearly confused man a goblet of ale, while still averting my eyes from his bare torso. He lifts my chin and forces my eyes to meet his. His blond hair glistens in the low light of the banquet room. “Thank you, I appreciate it. Listen, you seem like a nice lady and all, but I’m kinda seeing someone right now. So, I, uh, can’t be your betrothed.”

I can’t help but smile into those big blue eyes. “That is all right, kind sir. I am sure my father, the Earl of Sussex, will find someone else for me. Your beloved is a lucky lady.”

“Ellen. That’s her name and believe me, Lady Bernadette, if you saw her you’d know that I’m the lucky one.”


Guest post created by Bernadette Walsh, author of The House on Prospect
© 2012. All rights reserved.

Author Bio
I have always been a bookworm and had always meant to write a novel “someday.” You know, when I won the lottery and could live in beach house and look out onto the water and feel inspired. Four years ago I decided to stop waiting for my winning lottery ticket and sat down and started writing in between work and family obligations. I piled the words on top of each other until they formed sentences, paragraphs, chapters and eventually a book. The House on Prospect is my second novel. My first, a contemporary romance, Gold Coast Wives, was published in November 2011. The first book of my paranormal trilogy, Devil’s Mountain -- Book One of the Devlin Legacy, is due to be published in June 2012. While I’ve hopped around genres, all of my books to date have a common theme: strong women handling what life throws at them the best way they can.

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The House on Prospect
by Bernadette Walsh

Published: January 11, 2012
Publisher: Echelon Press
Genre: Women's Fiction
Rating: 4

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Ellen Murphy spent her childhood in an idyllic house by the sea. A house surrounded by flower filled gardens and a white picket fence. A house she fled at eighteen. A house full of secrets.

When Ellen’s mother Rose, an ex-nun, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ellen reluctantly returns home to care for her and uncovers a clue to the one secret that has haunted Ellen all her life: the identity of her father. But that is just one of the many secrets hidden behind the beautiful facade of the house on Prospect Road. Ellen discovers the high price both her mother and her Irish grandmother paid for the house on Prospect and she realizes that her meek mother is more of stranger to her than her absent father.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): mr mystery
Engaging story of three generations of women. As the story revealed the different layers of relationships and character personalities I was left with the question of whether or not some secrets are best not told (in regards to life outside of the book).


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