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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Oliver's Party'


IT’S SHEER MAGIC!
IT’S SHEER SUSPENSE!
IT’S SHEER ROMANCE!
IT’S CHARADE OF HEARTS!
STARRING THE ONE AND ONLY OLIVER!
IN A JEWEL OF THE NIGHT MYSTERY!
Welcome to Oliver’s party! I am thrilled to announce the release of Charade of Hearts, the book you’ve all been waiting for. In my latest romantic suspense by The Wild Rose Press, our very own Oliver fights off the villain to save his lady love from harm’s way. In honor of this handsome knight in shining armor, I’m throwing him a party in a century old sugar plantation in gorgeous Hawaii. Why Hawaii you ask? Because the tropical paradise is the setting for Charade of Hearts, and as one of the books in the Jewel of the Night series, it packs a lot of heat! And now it’s time to party and dance the night away! We invite you to spend an enchanted evening in the grand ballroom for a night to remember. Come on in!

With an explosion of light, velvety skies open into a kaleidoscope of blue diamond fireworks that glitter like shooting stars. In the distance, the jagged peaks of Diamond Head shroud the plantation like an iron fortress. A green sea turtle meanders along the shimmering black sands as frothy white waves gently lap ashore.

(Picture by Christian Riesse Lasse
Balmy palm trees sway lazily in the hibiscus-scented evening as guests donned in formal black tie careen their way up the undulating white marble steps leading to the estate. A myna bird whistles and love doves coo, their lyrical singing softly floating across the warm sultry night. The lush landscape encompassing the spacious manor house invoke a feeling of tropical relaxation.The bluesy sound of jazz teases, the taunting twine of sax beckoning.



Oliver, looking movie-star handsome in his black tuxedo, stands poised at the oval archway, a dreamy expression in his star-spangled eyes. A red-jacketed piano player breaks into a jazzy deliverance of A Star is Born, the soft pang of the Baby Grand floating suggestively across the ballroom. Open terrace doors bring in the sweet scent of hibiscus and magnolias. 

A beautifully decorated Douglas Fir stands tall and eloquent, its blue diamond twinkle lights reflecting on the gleaming cherry wood floors.

The grand ballroom invites guests in with its royal setting. Whimsical figures portraying kings and queens that reigned during the Hawaiian Monarchy look so real the walls seemed to vibrate with their presence. Marble floors gleam under the brilliancy of a Baccarat chandelier, and a spiraling staircase leads to upper balconies. Guests sit on plush sofas enjoying cocktails while being entertained by classical music.

The ladies pour in, dressed to the nines in gowns that shimmer and shine. Beaming at the guest of honor, they blow him kisses. As each lady crosses the threshold, Oliver bestows a blue diamond lei around her neck, brushing his sensual lips to hers! Then in true Oliver style, he winks and gazes into her eyes.

“Welcome to Hawaii and welcome to my party! Come on now; give us a kiss, love! And as a token of my appreciation for coming to my party, I insist that you keep this blue diamond lei as a Christmas present.”

Sharon, looking dazzling in a crimson gown of beaded gemstones, saunters
over to her butler on a whisper of silk.

“Oliver, darling,” she gushes. “I have a surprise for you.”

“A surprise?” hope gleams in his star-spangled eyes. “You’ve invited Lori Graham?”

“Lori Graham!” Sharon glares at her too sexy for his own good butler. “Why on earth would you be looking for my editor?”

“Because, love,” he pats her on the cheek. “She signed my contract for Charade of Hearts and I’m the star!”
“And I’m the author that got you the contract!” Sharon grabs a flute of champagne from a passing waiter and downs it in one gulp. “I wrote your lines, after all.”

Oliver smiles a beguiling smile. “Of course you did, love, but I still want to steal a kiss from Lori when I bestow the blue diamond lei around her neck, thank her for granting me a contract for my book.”

“Your book!” Sharon flags down the waiter for another flute of champagne. Toying with her blue diamond lei, she motions to the band. “Getting back to my surprise, Oliver. I wrote this song just for you. Enjoy!”

As the band breaks into song, the massive sky dome opens. The guests all gasp in wonder and awe as a series of blue diamond fireworks explode like boomerangs above their heads. Heart-shaped balloons float upward and the music begins.
Picture yourself in a plantation in Hawaii
Beneath blue diamond spangled skies
Somebody calls him he answers quite slowly
The guy with kaleidoscope eyes

Shimmering comets of fiery blue diamonds
Explode over his head
Look for the guy with the stars in his eyes
And he’s gone

Ollie in the sky with blue diamonds
Ollie in the sky with blue diamonds
Ollie in the sky with blue diamonds


Follow him to a table full of books

Where suspense readers read Charade of Hearts

Everyone smiles as he pulls out his fountain pen
To sign their stocking stuffer!

Ollie in the sky with blue diamonds
Ollie in the sky with blue diamonds
Ollie in the sky with blue diamonds

With a tear of joy in his eye, Oliver plants a big wet one on Sharon’s crimson painted lips. Then, regaining his cool bravado, he engages her with his most beguiling smile and pumps his biceps.

“Say now, love. You’re a gem, a blue diamond of a gem, and I promise to save you a dance, but, naturally, Lori gets the first dance.”

“Naturally, Ollie.”


Catching Hywela Lyn’s eye, Oliver blows her a kiss as she chats with Mary Ricksen while admiring the table of books adjacent to the Christmas tree. They both look stunning in beaded silk gowns that pick up the glow of the blue twinkle lights. More guests saunter on over to join them, Blue Hawaiian cocktails in hand

 “Oh, Oliver,” Sharon whispers, giving an approving nod toward the entourage of admirers. “This is so perfect.”

“And only two weeks until Christmas,” Oliver beamed. “Do you think guests will buy my book as a stocking stuffer?”


“Well now, dear heart,” Sharon rolls her eyes. “I guess that all depends on your charm.”

Oliver blushes. “Just out of curiosity, love, what part of my book do you think the ladies will like the most?”

Sharon smiles, giving her butler a knowing look. “That’s easy, dear heart. The thing the ladies will find most endearing about Charade of Hearts is that their Darling Oliver wears his heart on his sleeve when he falls head over heels with his Lady Love and puts his own life on the line to protect her from his evil twin brother and the other scoundrels in the jewel ring. What woman couldn’t relate to that? Sigh…”

Oliver pumps his biceps. “So you think the ladies will join my fan club? Buy my book perhaps? I’ll make it worth their while with the contest I’m running. Grin.”

Sharon shakes her head. “Speaking of which, I can’t believe you actually started your own fan club. Have you no shame?”

Oliver pumps his biceps and motions to the band.

“Not me, sweet cheeks. I’m downright shameless.”

The band breaks into a snappy version of Shameless by Garth Brooks. Oliver takes a sweeping bow and grabs the microphone and smiles.

“Ladies, ladies,” he pumps his biceps. “Now for the announcements. First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for coming to my party.” I love each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. And if you join my fan club, I’ll give you your very own ‘I Love Oliver’ button! And here’s the best part. Wanna win a box of the delicious chocolates that I gave the lovely Dominique in Charade of Hearts? And just because I love you so much, I’m also adding an Oliver coffee mug and an Oliver t-shirt! See them pictured here. 


Mug front

mug back




How do you enter you ask? Simply answer the three questions I’ve dreamed up for you. 

Good luck, ladies! 
Details are on the boss’s website under OLIVER CONTEST. 

And don’t be shy about heaping up your plates. Try a Mai Tai or a Blue Hawaiian. Eat, drink and be merry!  
 
Silver candelabras grace either side of the appetizer table, and crimson roses in Waterford vases line the mirrored wall. The scent of lemon-crusted medallions of beef, spicy shrimp and Jonah crab claws waft through the air.

The cake, a sinfully decadent chocolate fudge marble in the shape of a heart graces the dessert table.



White-jacketed waiters serve stuffed mushrooms, spicy olives and exotic black caviar while bartenders hustle behind the bar to mix cocktails. Spying Lori Graham at the entrance in a black sequence gown and blue diamond earrings, Oliver makes a bee line.

Oliver bestows a blue diamond lei around Lori’s neck and kisses her. Then he whispers in her ear.

“I can’t wait to dance with you.”

With the gentle strum of a violin, the Viennese Waltz begins and Oliver and Lori glide across the ballroom floor. On a romantic lilt, Oliver ends the dance by placing his left thigh under Lori’s right thigh. To applause and whistles, he lifts her high into the air before bringing her back down to earth with the greatest of ease.

Thunderous applause explodes across the ballroom. Oliver smiles and pumps his biceps. Sharon takes the microphone.

“Oliver will now read an excerpt from his book Charade of Hearts. This party is just getting started. Mingle, dance with Oliver and be merry! Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays!”


While scuba diving off the coast of Diamond Head with her diving partner on a quest to find a family heirloom, underwater photographer Dominique St. John witnesses his brutal murder and photographs it, ensnaring her in a deadly jewel ring. And when the investigating officer turns out to be her partner’s identical twin, a man she knew nothing about, her life becomes a Charade of Hearts.

Welcome to the world of greed, intrigue, deception and murder. And at its core is a blue diamond worth millions.


As honest as his twin was corrupt, Honolulu Homicide Detective Oliver Carvalho must convince Dominique that her diving partner and best friend was a crook. In a race against time, Oliver must rescue Dominique from a ruthless killer. But his biggest challenge proves to be mending a broken heart torn by betrayal that can only be redeemed by love.

EXCERPT

The fog in her head slowly cleared. She was on assignment in Hawaii, photographing the shipwreck that had taken her mother’s life. And while she’d been shooting pictures, Roberto had been scouring the ocean floor for her mother’s blue diamond. Her stomach tightened and cramped. It was all coming back. By some miracle, Roberto had managed to find the necklace. And just as they were about to surface, a diver came out of nowhere and stabbed him. Her eyelids flew open in shocked horror. Her heartbeat tripled, causing the soft beeping to crescendo to an ear-splitting shriek.

“Easy, Ms. St. John,” a nurse was at her side checking her vitals while a younger nurse adjusted the monitor.

“Roberto!” Dominique screamed, her voice a nasally squeak. Frustrated and annoyed, she yanked the tubing out of her nose and tried again. “My diving partner? Is he here? Roberto Carvalho?”

The woman’s expression softened. “I’m sorry, Ms. St. John. I really don’t know anything about your partner. You were the only patient brought in by emergency helicopter. You’re at the Queens clinic. You have the bends from ascending too quickly.”


She needed to find out about Roberto. Who would know? The owner of the charter boat. He would know. Dominique recalled him hoisting her onto the charter, removing her wet suit and then what? She remembered hearing a helicopter a split second before passing out. And she vaguely recalled telling him Roberto had been stabbed by a diver. Dear God. Killer sharks had been thrashing toward Roberto, jaws chomping. The words came out in a strangled moan. “The owner of the charter? Is he here?”

The nurse shook her head. “He stayed for a while to make sure you were all right. But he had to leave. But there is someone anxious to speak to you when you feel up to it.”

And that’s when Dominique spotted him, big as life, framing the doorway to the small room. He was fine; he’d survived the shark attack. His name caught in her throat. “Roberto! You’re alive! How…”

He strutted toward her, his narrow hips swaggering as he closed in on her, stirring her blood with a primal lust she had never felt. And those dark, broody eyes, so alive with passion, like fiery comets. She reached for him with her free hand. “Dear Lord, you’re safe! Thank God.”

He loomed above her, his lips pinched into a thin line. “I’m sorry, Ms. St. John, but I am not Roberto. He flashed a badge. “I am Detective Oliver Carvalho, Honolulu PD, Homicide. Roberto Carvalho was my identical twin brother.”

CHARADE OF HEARTS                           
OLIVER’S STORY!
PART OF THE JEWEL OF THE NIGHT SERIES
AVAILABLE NOW!

74 comments:

Hywela Lyn said...

Congratulations on the long awaited release of 'Charade Of Hearts' Oliver and Sharon, have a wonderful release day and enjoy your party!

Hugs x

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Lyn, my dear friend! Welcome to sunny Hawaii and Oliver's release party! We both applaud you for the beautiful job you did with the decorations. Oliver has a bottle of mead with your name on it and has you penciled in on his dance card. Wink wink!

Hywela Lyn said...

Oooh, thank you Sharom a toast to you and Oliver!

Oliver,I can hardly wait! :)

lastnerve said...

HAHAHAHA, you guys are crazy! Diggin the dresses lady! Oh Oliver, you're such a hunk! lol Sharon, a huge congratulations on your release! I'll be in and out today, lots to do. I'm still laughing at the post!

Val

Mona Risk said...

Congratulations Sharon. I love your excerpt. Great pictires but I wonder how you, ladies, manage to stay so slim and have such gorgeous figures while stuffing on cake and staring at Oliver. LOL

Wendy Davy said...

Sharon,

It's good to hear from you. Thanks for the invite to Oliver's party. It's so much fun!
Congratulations on your release!

Wendy
www.wendydavy.com

Skhye said...

YOU GUYS CRACK ME UP! Love those "photos" of you in those Barbie gowns! CHARADE OF HEARTS sounds awesome, Sharon. And wonderful excerpt. Send me a diamond lei!

And wishing y'all a Merry Christmas! ~Skhye

Sharon Donovan said...

Oliver is requesting the next dance, Lyn!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Val! Everyone looks good in a cyber Barbie gown, doncha know! Have a Mai Tai!

Sharon Donovan said...

Mona! So glad you made it to Oliver's party. He has a kiss and a blue diamond lei just for you! How do we all stay so thin with all this delicious food? Oh the wonders of cyber space. Grin

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Wendy, thanks for coming to Oliver's party! Mix and mingle, and you simply must stack your plate with loads of scrumptious food and by all means, a to die for Blue Hawaiian!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Congratulations on the release of Charade of Heart, Sharon. Oliver is an inspired choice of hero. He was so helpful when I was roasted at the author roast and toast. I think I'll stick around for one dance if I can pry that man loose from the editor.

P.L. Parker said...

What a wonderful party and you ladies all look so festive. Hee hee. I love it and the book sounds terrific.

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Skhye! So you want a blue diamond lei, do you? Stick around, the party's just getting started!

Sharon Donovan said...

LOL Elaine, but you'll have to take it up with Lori Graham. LOL In the meantime, here's a Mai Tai!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Patsy! Watch out, here comes Oliver with a gleam in his star spangled eyes!

Miss Mae said...

Congrats on your release day, Sharon and Oliver! :)

I must agree with the comment about how you gals stay so slim -- Wow! Share the secret! :)

And oh, there's Oliver...*Miss Mae slyly pulls him to a corner behind a tall potted palm and whispers in his ear, "Don't you tell anyone that the lipstick smudge you're wearing is mine!"

Sharon Donovan said...

Oliver takes a sweeping bow. Ladies, ladies, thank y'all for coming to my release party here in tropical Hawaii! Now as the song goes, Let's Give them Something to Talk About! Elaine, Oliver scoops her into his muscular arms and they cut the rug in true Oliver style.

Ann Yost said...

Sharon! Congratulations on the release of the blue diamond thriller in the islands...it sounds sensational and I can't wait to read it. I am so glad you're back in the pink (or should I say "blue"?) I love what you've done with the ladies in the blog. Maybe I should try that instead of dieting!
Merry Christmas!

Maeve said...

Congratulations Oliver and Sharon!!! And might I say, you make a striking pair. Best wishes to you!

Kathleen said...

Congratulations, Sharon. Charade of Hearts sounds wonderful -- both suspenseful and romantic just like Oliver. Great having you back!

Sharon Donovan said...

Oliver beams his most dazzling smile. Say now, Miss Mae. Do I look like the kind of PI that would kiss and tell! Come on, love. Let's glide across the ballroom floor and show 'em how to do the Fox Traut!

Mindy said...

Hi Sharon:)
Congrats on thee release of YOUR book, Charade Of Hearts, (Oliver's got too big an ego as it is ;)
Have a great release day Sharon and Oliver (I still think you are sooo HAWT, don't tell Sharon but it IS your book ;) )
P.S. I've got my copy of the book,
I LOVE the idea of a womwn salvage/diver 8D

Mindy :)
Birdsooong@aol.com

Sharon Donovan said...

Ann! Thank you. Yes, it's great to be back, all tangled up in blue diamonds, it would seem! And I'm equally thrilled for your Jewel to come out. Let's belly up to the bar and discuss it over a Mai Tai!

Linda Swift said...

Hello Oliver and Sharon,
What a great release day celebration. I just know Charade of Hearts will be a bestseller. How could it not be with our darling Oliver as the star? He was already a star in my book.(pun here?) What a charming guy. Oh, and will you save a dance for me, Oliver? I do a mean cha-cha, rhumba, or whatever your handsome heart desires. (I knew my ballroom dancing classes would pay off someday.)I wish you great success with this book. I'm off to buy my copy right now. I'll be back later to get it signed.

Lynne Roberts said...

Congratulations Oliver and Sharon!

Everything looks gorgeous and the book sounds delicious!

*raises champagne glass* Here's to much success!

Lynne

Jennifer Mathis said...

Congrats on the release . Ladies you all look fab . I want to join the fan club!!! but I have to wait til payday to buy the book *sigh*
meandi09@yahoo.com

Becca Dale said...

Congrats on your release and what a fun post.

Kimberly said...

Sharon, it is so good to have you back! Congratulations on the new book!!
Oliver, my darling, I'm so happy that you have finally convinced Sharon to write a story starring you. What do you say we sneak down to the beach for a while? *g*
What a wonderful party! Hawaii is so much nicer than the snowy Upper Peninsula of Michigan:)

Sharon Donovan said...

Maeve love, Oliver kisses her hand in true Oliver style as he expertly dips her. How lovely you look tonight

Linda Banche said...

Congrats, Sharon and Oliver. Wow, Oliver really looks good in a tux. And you look nice in a gown,too, Sharon!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Kathy! I am thrilled to be able to celebrate the release of my book, that's right, Oliver, my book! today with all my friends who are all so near and dear to my heart.

Sharon Donovan said...

It's my book, Oliver mumbles to himself as he wildly winks at Kathleen.

Debra St. John said...

Oliver Darling,

You look even more dashing than usual (kiss*kiss). I'm so excited to read Sharon's new book featuring you in your very own starring role.

Sharon and the rest of the ladies,

As usual, another divine party. (Sorry I'm so late arriving...I had to work all day. (sad face) But now that I'm here, I think I'll sample a little bit of everything...including Oliver (wink)

Sharon Donovan said...

Mindy! Thank you so much for buying Charade of Hearts! Oliver and I appreciate it so. Now as to who's book it is remains the question of the evening! But we hope you enjoy our contribution to the fascinating Jewel of the Night series, because what fun we had scuba diving off the coast of Diamond Head!

Cate Masters said...

Huge congrats to you Sharon! Your release sounds so intriguing! I love the title, and such a gorgeous setting - makes me yearn for warmth, lol. Ladies, you look absolutely stunning! And we always knew Oliver was a star. Looking forward to the kudos you receive as a true hero, Oliver.

Sharon Donovan said...

Mindy love, Oliver pumps his biceps. Do You Think I'm Sexy? Let's hit the dance floor because I do believe they're playing my song. Come on, sugar, let me know!

Mindy said...

Oh yeah Oliver, you and ANYTHING by Rod Stewart is sexy

Mindy :)

Sharon Donovan said...

Linda, thank you! We are so thrilled to have you join us here at this gorgeous sugar plantation party! It wouldn't be a party without you. Thank you so much for buying Charade of Hearts, darling Oliver's love story! Before the star of the show can steal you away, come let me fill up your plate and buy you a legendary Blue Hawaiian!

Sharon Donovan said...

Linda my one true love! Oliver kisses her as he leads her to the dance floor, gazing into her eyes the whole while. So you wanna do the Cha Cha, a woman after my own heart! Come on baby, let's dance to the light of the Blue Diamond moon!

Sharon Donovan said...

CHA CHA CHA!

Linda Banche said...

Oh, wow, Sharon, thanks. I haven't gotten this lucky in a long time! *g*

Sharon Donovan said...

Robin! Oliver,whispers in her ear. Come dance with me!

Sharon Donovan said...

Here here! Sharon and Oliver clank champagne flutes to Lynne's. Thank you!

Sharon Donovan said...

Jennifer Junnifer! Oliver swoons to the beat of the Beatles as they glide along the dance floor.

Lori, Sr. Editor for Wild Rose Press said...

Oh my...I can't tell if I am speechless from Oliver's dancing or from the tight dress I'm wearing. What a spectacular event and one that I am so glad I could be at.

Sharon Donovan said...

If I could have your attention, Sharon takes the microphone. First of all, a warm thank you to one and all for coming to Hawaii to help us celebrate the release of Charade of Hearts. No need to purchase the book in order to join the stud muffin's fan club. Just shoot me an email and I'll shoot you an I Love Oliver button!
sharonad@comcast.net
Party on

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Becca! Mix, mingle and dance with Oliver!

Sharon Donovan said...

Oliver struts his stuff, pumping his biceps at Mindy.

Mary Ricksen said...

You must forgive me friends. I just got home and on the net of magic.
Don't I look great. My magic chariot broke down on my way home from my festivities with my readers group.
I am so ill over it. My horses are sick and they just won't move.
Hay,wait a minute. I'm in Hawaii!
That's the problem I had to change into this beautiful dress.
Oliver you finally have had your day.
You are the man. We knew you had it in you. You've always been a gentleman and now you're a hero!
So, enjoy your day in the sun!
Sharon you know how to pick them and to write them.
I love you my soul sister, and I hope you sell a million copies of Charade! Oliver do give us a kiss!

Julie Robinson said...

Sharon!! Sauntering over to give you a hug. I'm so glad Oliver release party has gotten you out again. It's been really quiet without you!

Oliver, sweetheart, could I have a Blue Hawaiin, please, in honor of that sparkling blue diamond---I mean, ahem, the release of Sharon's book.

:-)
Big congratulations, my friend.

Sharon Donovan said...

Kimberly, hi! And a huge thank you for the warm welcome back. Let's go catch up at the bar over a Mai Tai. OOPS, too late. Oliver has that look in his eye!

Sharon Donovan said...

Off they stroll, hand in hand, Kimberly and Oliver for that moonlit stroll on the beach...

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Linda! You clean up real nice too...just look at the way Oliver is winking at you!

Laurean Brooks said...

"Oh dear, I'm late! Just got the invitation. I do hope the party isn't over. Sharon, you, Hywela and Lori look gorgeous in your designer gowns. "Now, be a sweetie and pass me a pina collada.

"Mmmmm. This is delicious! Ah, the night is still young. Where's Oliver? Ol-iv-er! Come here and dance with me. But please don't Don't step on the hem of my teal-blue sequined gown."

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks so much, Debra! Now it's time to relax in this beautiful manor on Waikiki Beach. Don't be shy, the food and drinks are to die for, same as Oliver. Speaking of the handsome devil, here he comes with a blue diamond lei with your name on it. Pucker up!

Sharon Donovan said...

Kiss kiss, Debra, my lovely. Come dance with me under the stars, you sexy thing you!

Sharon Donovan said...

The band breaks into the Hawaiian version of crazy Rod's HOT LEGS. Oliver grabs Mindy. Come on, sugar, let's see if you can wear me out!

Sharon Donovan said...

Wow, look at Lori and Oliver shimmy down to the twist!

Sharon Donovan said...

Save a dance for me! Oliver winks madly at Cate. I'm coming to get you, woman beware!

Sharon Donovan said...

Come with me, Lori, my pet, Oliver swoons. I wanna cover you in blue diamonds from head to toe. Wink wink

Sharon Donovan said...

Laurie, my friend, never too late for a party in Hawaii! You look lovely in your teal blue sequins, so lovely in fact, here comes Oliver!

Sharon Donovan said...

Laurie, my pet, Oliver beams. For you I have a pina collada and a blue diamond lei, so pucker up!

Sharon Donovan said...

Mary, you made it! Thank you for your warm wishes. Sorry about your bummer of a day. Let's go slug back a couple of Blue Hawaiians and wash our blues away!

Sharon Donovan said...

Julie! Sharon rushes to greet her gal pal. I've missed our late night chats. Let's go grab Oliver and a pitcher of Blue Hawaiians and dish like old times!

Witchy Woman said...

I've been to Hawaii, when I was 15 and loved it. How long ago was that? A witch never tells her real age-you know. Congrats on your new release. Really, Oliver's in the story. I love that! As I've stated many-a-time, I can always count on Lyn, Mary and Sharon for side-splitting laughs. Love the pictures with the gowns.

Linda Swift said...

Oliver, I'm back! Sorry it took so long but I have your book (hear that Sharon, his book) on my new Kindle now and I can't wait to read it. You've had a lovely release day and I know you must be exhausted from all that admiration. Not to mention the flirtation. Oh, and I must say you do dance divinely. But then, you do everything divinely, don't you? I wish you the success you deserve with your book. Your faithful fan, Linda

Sharon Donovan said...

Welcome to the party, WW! It’s true about Oliver, believe it or not. He has finally talked me into letting him star as romantic hero in one of my books. One of the main reasons I chose Hawaii for the setting for Charade of Hearts is because I fell in love with the majestic paradise once upon a time. So come reminisce with me over a Mai Tai!

Sharon Donovan said...

Linda love, Oliver swoons in her ear as he steals another kiss as they dance cheek to cheek under the star spangled sky. You really bought MY book and are my biggest fan? Be still my heart…I think I’m in love…I’m all shook up

Sharon Donovan said...

Sharon sits at the bar with her editor Lori Graham, who has just kicked off her heels after doing the rumba with Oliver. They clank champagne flutes in a toast.
To the success of the Jewel of the Night series. Here here!
A mischievous twinkle comes into Sharon’s eye. So, tell me, Lori. The question of the evening remains. Was it me or Oliver that sealed the contract for Charade of Hearts?

Lori, Sr. Editor for Wild Rose Press said...

Well, Sharon, (as Lori rubs her tired feet - where is that Oliver to do my foot massage) I have to answer honestly. Oliver stole this show. After all I worked with you on other stories but this was my first with Oliver so it was a new experience. What great fun. Love the both of you!!

Sharon Donovan said...

Sharon smiles. Well, as the saying goes, GOOD ANSWER!
Oliver rushes over, all elated. Totally oblivious to Sharon’s icy glare, he falls on bended knee to massage Lori’s feet. Only when she moans with pleasure does he ever so slyly remove the fragrant Mistletoe from the inside of his lapel. Charming HIS editor with his most dazzling smile, he holds it over head. Come now, love, give us a kiss!

Julie Robinson said...

Too funny, Sharon!!

Sharon Donovan said...

Aw, thanks so much for your well wishes, Rebecca. Oh wow, a movie contract starring Mr. Stud Muffin himself! LOL You’re right about the fame going to his head –see it up there floating in the blue diamond skies! LOL No more being served lemonade for sure now!

In true Oliver style, he rushes to Rebecca’s side, an icy glass of lemonade poised on a silver tray above his head. With a sweeping bow, he serves it with a wink and a smile. Here we are then, Becca love, give us a kiss…while we discuss that movie contract!