Welcome to the SFR Brigade’s 3rd Midsummer Blog Hop. The theme is “Starry Nights”–which works out perfectly for me, because my heroine, Tompa Lee, and hero, Ming Mengliev, first made love under the stars.
Jane Austen famously omitted marriage proposal scenes, but I offer my lovers no such privacy. To celebrate the blog hop, I’m sharing a wedding proposal from my upcoming release, The Triumph of Tompa Lee, available in ebook and trade paperback July, 2014
I’m also offering a prize — a digital copy of my award-winning science fiction short story, Devil, Devil — to anyone who can tell me how many times Ming (the hero) says the words ‘marry’ or ‘marriage’. Simple, eh?
In your comment, please make sure you leave your email address to claim your prize. Use the format name at email dot com if you prefer. Unless you tell me otherwise, I’ll send the little devil in Kindle format.
The blog hop also offers huge prizes. Details on that at the end of the post. Good luck, and enjoy!
“Now may not be the best time to bring it up,” Ming said, “but if we get out of this alive, Tompa, will you, uh…”
She waited, then asked, “What?”
“It’s … well … kind of hard for me to say.” Ming was brave. When he volunteered to fight a deadly, seven-foot-tall Klick on her behalf, he hadn’t stammered like this.
“Will I…” She swallowed. A premonition of the impossible sent a shiver down her spine. “Will I what?”
“Come on, Ming, spit it out.”
“Are you really going to make me say it?”
“Say what?” Then, without a pause: “You bet your flickin’ oboe I will.”
“A woman can’t begin to understand how hard this is for a thirty-three-year-old bachelor to say. Tompa Lee, will you … uh, will you—”
“Marriage is forever,” she interrupted. “Forever, no matter what.” Realizing what hopelessly outdated attitudes she was espousing, she added, “For me, at least.”
He said nothing, just looked at her with blazing eyes.
“Damn you, Ming, you’d better say something soon, or else I’ll…”
“Threats? All I get are threats?”
A rosy glow radiated from Tompa’s heart to the rest of her body, until the air in her lungs purred and even her fingernails blushed. Oh, God, oh God. This was really happening. To her.
“Then yes! Yes, Sergei Yusefovich Mengliev, self-styled Ming the Merciless, the galaxy’s best secret agent and this planet’s best—and only—oboist. How do you say ‘yes’ in Russian?”
He looked up at her, grinning. “Da.”
“Oh yeah, I knew that. Da, da, da, I’ll marry you!”.
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Now, About those Prizes
- 1st $100 Amazon or B&N gift card plus 42 ebooks
- 2nd $50 Amazon or B&N gift card plus 33 ebooks (including three of mine: Midas Rush, The Trial of Tompa Lee, and The Tribulations of Tompa Lee)
- 3rd 3 separate winners each receive $25 Amazon or B&N gift card plus 12 ebooks.
Worth winning, eh? The giveaway is open from the 21st-25th June 2014 Pacific Standard Time. Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. (Please note that the prizes are as stated–no cash alternatives.)
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