Today we give you a special glimpse into Shimmers Of Pearl by Arianne Richmonde. Kathleen from Swept Away By Romance is a big fan of this author and her Pearl Trilogy and is very excited about Shimmers Of Pearl, which will be released on February 16th. If you are equally as excited or just want to have a look at the work of an author who is new to you, check out the exclusive excerpt of Shimmers Of Pearl down below. Kathleen’s reviews will be linked as well if you are interested in what she had to say about the first two books in the series.
About the Forty Shades Of Pearl Trilogy
Documentary producer, Pearl Robinson, is a beautiful and smart forty year-old divorcee but has not had a date for over two years. When she hears about Alexandre Chevalier, a young French, Internet success story, she assumes he is a nerd. But when she bumps into him face to face, she’s stunned by his charm, beauty and sophistication and startled by her strong feelings and desire for a man fifteen years her junior. His looks, wealth and worldwide triumph with his social media site, HookedUp, means he can get any woman he chooses, but there is something about Pearl he finds irresistible…
The couple begins a passionate affair and Pearl’s body is awakened in ways she never imagined possible. She is consumed by him and his magical touch. But secrets, jealous family members and other external forces are threatening to pull them apart.
Erotic, humorous, and profoundly tender, Forty Shades of Pearl is a story that will stir your heart, rouse your emotions and touch your soul.
About Arianne Richmonde
Arianne Richmonde is an American writer and artist who spent her formative years in both Britain and the US. She has also lived in Spain and France.
She has traveled to many corners of the globe and meeting people from all walks of life and different countries is a passion of hers. She speaks fluent Spanish and French. She divides her time between France and the USA.
She is thrilled by the opportunity to publish her novels in The Pearl Trilogy for an international audience of readers and hopes you will enjoy Forty Shades of Pearl and Shadows of Pearl as much as she enjoyed writing them.
She is currently working on the third and final novel in The Pearl Trilogy, Shimmers of Pearl.
Excerpt of Shimmers Of Pearl
Where to head now? Harrods, why not? Probably the most famous department store in the world. I’ll go there and buy a gift for Daisy’s mother to say thank you for my stay. Perhaps some home-made chocolates or some fancy bath salts.
I step through revolving doors, greeted by uniformed doormen and make my way through the vast labyrinth of the store to the Food Hall. There is no place like it; I could be stepping into a museum. My mother brought me to this emporium and I vowed I’d return one day. It’s a work of art. This was the original part of the shop, opened in the first half of the nineteenth century. Now Harrods is comprised of seven floors and spans an incredible four and a half acres. I have never seen such opulence and grandeur where food is sold. It is like a food court at a palace – something worthy of Louis IV or some bygone monarch’s banquet feast.
The black and white marble floors stretch before me like a long yawn and the imposing molding decorating the ceiling reminds you that this building is a majestic legend – a true London landmark. Hall after hall is grandly overflowing with beautifully presented gourmet food delights. My eyes and nose are already feasting. The sheer volume and selection of British and International goods is awe inspiring - artisan chocolates, lavish cuts of meat and seafood - even exotic things like sea urchin. Unusual cheeses, Dim Sum, Beluga caviar, truffle butter, pistachio and rose Turkish delights, gourmet terrines and drool-worthy patisserie - all presented in breathtakingly beautiful displays arranged behind gleaming glass counters. It is like being in the hall of mirrors in Versailles, only with food, reflected twenty-fold by mirrors set in arches, made glorious by mahogany and brass light fixtures – everything twinkling and glittering in gold.
Foolishly, I thought I could whip in and out of here, but I am mesmerized by the beauty of the place, the surreal Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory I-want-it-all attack. Where to begin? What to buy? You could spend a week in the Food Halls alone, not to mention the rest of Harrods. I get some exquisite French truffles for Daisy’s mum, Doris, and meander towards another tempting counter.
I’m staring at cupcakes now. I need some kind of American comfort food after the ‘encounter.’ What to choose? – Banana, Mocha, Strawberry, Rocky Road, Sticky Toffee…or the chocolate torte sprinkled with gold dust? Edible art if ever I saw it.
“Pearl, is zat you?” a voice exclaims behind my shoulders.
I nearly jump out of my skin. I see a familiar reflection in the mirror before me.
It is Sophie.
Copyright © 2013 Arianne Richmonde
Interested in Forty Shades of Pearl and Shadows Of Pearl? You can read Kathleen’s reviews here and here.
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