Thursday, September 22, 2016

Victoria Lord

Featuring ... The Rich Girl 

A Contemporary Romance. Read the excerpt and if you would like to read more ... well, you know what to do next, haha! This one looks interesting because I love reading romances with settings in cities like New York. I wonder if there's a scene in Central Park?


The Rich Girl 
Victoria Lord

Publisher: Victoria Lord (November 2, 2015)

Publication Date: November 2, 2015

Contemporary Romance

Language: English




Emily Stevenson is the only child of overprotective and wealthy parents. They are members of the “New York elite,” and Emily enjoys a privileged but sheltered girlhood and grows up with a somewhat fearful and cautious personality. Her life begins to change when she goes off to Harvard and meets someone with a very different background than her own. Circumstances conspire to bring her back to New York where a great tragedy impacts her life. Emily is almost broken. But with the help of her “Uncle Tony,” a family friend, she manages to put together the beginnings of a new life. Her friend Jim, an actor, also contributes to Emily’s recognition that her life can be fulfilling if she chooses to make it so. 

A chance encounter on the streets of the city proves to be the catalyst for real change and growth for Emily. She finds a new life in a new career. Emily meets the challenges of this new life with intelligence, confidence, and a new belief in her own abilities. Yet, her personal life continues to be unsettled. She makes some misguided choices in her relationships with men. Will Emily overcome those bad choices and find a life with both personal and professional success?
Join Emily on her journey of self-actualization and discover if the “poor little rich girl” does indeed manage to build a life in which she can grow into a strong and independent woman determining her own destiny. 

This is a book intended for mature readers only. There are a few scenes (about 10% of the book) portraying sexual aspects of Emily’s life. If this type of material offends you, do not buy this book.
Word count approximately 57,000 words


Tony’s Coffee Bar

Emily diligently typed away on her laptop in “Tony’s Coffee Bar” while sipping her cappuccino. Tony wasn’t here today; he was probably overseeing one of his other four restaurants. Emily was too busy for chit-chat, anyway. She had a million emails to answer, most of which pertained to Assisi House. And she was trying to get a start on next year’s budget so she could take it to her accountant later in the week. She was seated at her favorite table next to the large plate glass window; it was easy to get distracted by the foot traffic passing by. You never knew what might happen in the big city of New York to either entertain or appall you.

But her concentration was broken by seeing Jim walk in the front door. “Well, there goes the next hour,” Emily thought to herself. Still, she loved seeing Jimmy. He had been her best friend for almost three years and they tended to communicate one way or another almost every day. After ordering his coffee, he came to join her and gave her a light kiss on her cheek.

“Hi Emmy, what’s up with my favorite do-gooder today?” said Jim with his boyish “Aren’t you happy I’m here?” smile.

“Just the usual. Staff stuff, money stuff, animal stuff, and the ever popular ‘what to wear to the gala’ stuff. I hate those kind of events and thanks again for agreeing to be my escort. The only saving grace is that this year they’re honoring Tony and you know I wouldn’t miss that for anything.”

“I do know. And I’m looking forward to it if only for the opportunity to see you wearing something other than jeans and a tee. Have the organizers locked in anyone yet to give the award speech?”

“Well, yes, it’s going to be the Cardinal.” A shadow passed over Emily’s face and Jim looked concerned also.

“I’m so sorry, Emmy, but what’s past is past. Don’t be upset. I’ll be there with you and watch out for you. Can I tell you some good news of mine that might cheer you up?”

“Of course, sweetie. And don’t worry about me. Time marches on, as the old saying goes. So what’s the news?”

“Well, today David Lancaster called me from London and he’s agreed to sign on for a year at the New Theater as co-star and director. Think of it, the most talented British stage actor of his generation will be part of my troupe. It’s quite a coup for us and the investors were thrilled when I told them. At last, all my plans to unshackle myself from L.A. are falling into place.”

“Jimmy, that’s wonderful!” said Emily and she leaned over and gave him a big hug. She was honestly happy for him and for a moment pushed her own issues aside. “I have a feeling big changes are going to be coming for both of us this year. And I’m resolved to make the most of them. Let’s drink to our futures.”

And they clinked their coffee cups together and smiled at each other.

Arthur Bio

"Fortune's Wheel" is Victoria Lord's first novel. It draws on her love of British history, especially the sixteenth century. She recently published her second novel, "The Rich Girl," which is set in contemporary New York City and features another strong and independent woman as protagonist.


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