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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday Spotlight with Sharon Donovan

Hello! I have exciting news. Charade of Hearts has been contracted with Wild Rose Press Crimson as part of the Jewel of the Night series to be launched in November. And none other than Oliver is the romantic hero. Here’s a sneak preview.

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.


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 Honolulu clinic. You have the bends from ascending too quickly.”

She needed to find out about Roberto. Who would know? Then it hit her. 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.”


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Sharon Donovan

Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith


Sharon Donovan said...

I hope you enjoy Oliver's debut to be launched in November. He is very excited and is even as we speak, pumping his biceps for his starring role.

Hywela Lyn said...

Oh this sounds fantastic, Sharon. Many Congratulations on your new contract, I can't wait to read 'Charade of Hearts' and to learn more about my hero, Oliver.(Oh be still my beating heart, *sigh*.)
Blowing a kiss!

Maeve Greyson said...

Oliver's debut sounds wondrous! Best of luck to you both. :)

Linda Swift said...

oooooooh, what a captivating excerpt, Sharon. I am going to love having Oliver as a hero (as if he wasn't already) and a man of the law besides. I can't wait to read this one. Oliver's fan, Linda

P.L. Parker said...

Good Morning Ladies - Looking forward to Oliver's debut!

Liana Laverentz said...

Woo hoo! Oliver finally gets his own book! Way to go, Sharon. Sounds like a winner!

Liana Laverentz

Debra St. John said...

Congratulations, Sharon, on your contract, and big congrats to Oliver, too, on his starring role!

Kisses all around!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Lyn,
Thank you so much. Oliver is beyond thrilled to be the romantic hero. And he loves playing the role of detective. Big hugs and kisses from Oliver!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hello, Maeve! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.
Hugs and kisses from Oliver!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Linda! You are too kind! But Oliver loves the attention and so do I. We are both excited about his debut.
Hugs and kisses from Oliver!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Patsy, thanks so much! Oliver is beaming and pumping his biceps.
Hugs and kisses from Oliver

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Liana, YES! Oliver finally got the book he's been bugging me to star in. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs and kisses from Oliver!

Sharon Donovan said...

Debra, Hi! Thanks so much. Oliver thanks you, too!
Hugs and kisses from Oliver

Laurean Brooks said...

Wow! Sharon this wonderful. But then, with Oliver, how could you go wrong? Intriguing story. Keep me posted on the release.

Beautfully descriptive and the words seem to just flow from your fingers. If only I had half your talent. "sigh"

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Laurie!
Aw, thanks so much! How sweet. I'll be sure and keep you posted. Glad you enjoyed the sneak preview.
Hugs and kisses from Oliver!

Mary Ricksen said...

Oliver you'd better tell Sharon's story well. Behave for her too!
I can't wait to read Charade of Hearts, and find out if Oliver falls in love.

Sharon Donovan said...

LOL Mary. He's winking at you with a wicked grin. Thanks for your support!
Hugs and kisses from Oliver

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