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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Sampler - The Widow's Gallery by Marilyn Baron




The Widows’ Gallery
A Lobster Cove Series Novel
By Marilyn Baron
February 11 was release day for The Widows’ Gallery, part of the Lobster Cove Series from The Wild Rose Press.
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
Blurb:

Childless heiress Abigail Adams Longley and three other widows on a Mediterranean cruise bond over a Renaissance masterpiece in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint venture to open an art gallery at the Longley mansion in Lobster Cove, Maine.
Since the death of her husband, Abigail has been lonely and drifting in a house that’s too big and a town that’s too small. When she literally runs into sexy widower and whale-watching excursion captain Tack Garrity on the dock, she’s entranced by his adorable five-year-old daughter. 

But will Tack, who has harbored a secret crush on Abigail for almost two decades, be able to capture her heart? A secret pact her husband made with Tack could either tear them apart or bring them closer together and change their lives forever.


Excerpt:
Abigail Adams Longley looked around at the three women flanking her in Hall 10/14 of the Uffizi Gallery. They were all staring at The Birth of Venus like wide-eyed art students. Admittedly, the painting was as compelling as when the Medici family originally commissioned the tempera on canvas in the fifteenth century. But for Abigail, seeing the painting again wasn’t cathartic. It was beautiful, but that wasn’t the feeling she was going for. Peace. Why couldn’t she get some goddamned peace in this life?

Abigail glanced at the square-cut, four-carat diamond on her finger, gazed at the sparkle of the ring she hadn’t removed since the day Louis had proposed. And now, a whole year after his death, she still hadn’t taken it off. Conventional wisdom dictated that you weren’t supposed to make any major life decisions until a year after a spouse’s death. Well, it had been a year already, and she hadn’t wanted to make even one decision—major or minor—about where to live, where to go, or what to do. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness had devised another dead-on axiom. She had all the money in the world—in fact Louis had left her a big chunk of the globe. He’d left her set for life, monetarily. But she would have traded every cent for the chance to be with him again. Louis was gone, and the sooner she faced the fact that she was alone on this planet, the better off she’d be.
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Barnes & Noble and other outlets: Available after Feb. 11, 2015

Bio
Marilyn Baron is a corporate public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award and winner or finalist in writing awards in single title, suspense romance, novel with strong romantic elements and paranormal romance.
Marilyn writes in a variety of genres, including: Humorous women’s fiction (The Widows’ Gallery, Stones, and Significant Others; a psychic suspense series (Sixth Sense, Homecoming Homicides and the soon to be released Killer Cruise);  and historical romantic thrillers (Under the Moon Gate and the prequel, Destiny: A Bermuda Love Story) for The Wild  Rose Press; and humorous paranormal short stories for TWB Press (A Choir of Angels, Follow an Angel, The Stand-In Bridegroom, Dead Mix and The Files Death Forgot).
Marilyn is a member of the Roswell Reads Steering Committee and belongs to two book clubs. A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband and they have two daughters. She graduated from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism [Public Relations sequence] and a minor in Creative Writing. 

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, going to movies, eating Italian food and traveling. She often sets her stories in places she’s visited, including Bermuda, Australia and Italy, where she spent six months studying in Florence during her senior year in college.
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Blog  Marilyn blogs with Savvy Authors on the 22nd of every month at  http://savvyauthors.com/blog/

10 comments:

  1. Love the excerpt, and the concept for the series sounds fascinating! I'm eager to find out about the secret pact between the first husband and the love interest. Beautiful cover, too!

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  2. Marilyn is traveling & having problems replying to comments. Here's what she says to Patricia: Thanks you very much Patricia. I love the cover too because it's reminiscent of my favorite painting The Birth of Venus which is a theme throughout the book. It was fun setting the book in the fictional town of Lobster Cove.

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  3. Oooo, I wonder what the secret pact was? Definitely on my TBR pile! I too, love the cover. Congrats on the release!

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    1. From Marilyn:

      To Darcy:
      Thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy the book. In addition to the surprise ending there are four romances so everyone gets their happy ending.

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  4. As I am a great fan of Marilyn's writing, I will definitely be reading this, her latest. Good luck!

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    1. Message from Marilyn:

      Susan, Thanks for being a fan. I hope you enjoy the book and thanks for commenting.
      Marilyn

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  5. I love Marilyn's women's fiction. Stones was great so I know I'll read this one. I really LOVE the cover!

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    1. Message from Marilyn:
      From Marilyn:

      Diane,
      Thank you for saying that. I'm glad you liked Stones and I hope you like The Widows Gallery. They're both humorous. I'm glad you like the cover.
      Marilyn

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  6. Ohhh very intriguing! And what a lovely cover, Marilyn. Congrats on the new release & best luck with sales :)

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