New Release- Double Six by Brenda Murphy


Title: Double Six
Series: Rowan House, Book Five
Author: Brenda Murphy
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 18, 2019
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Female/Female, Female/Female Menage
Length: 63500
Genre: Contemporary, LGBT, Contemporary, romance, BDSM, interracial, ménage, switch, edge play, knife play, pain play, extortion, kidnapping, Oslo, Norway, Isle of Skye

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Synopsis

Elaine MacLeod, the most feared and revered Mistress of Rowan House, is frustrated. Overworked, still hurt and angry over the departure of her long-term lover, she refuses to admit Rowan House needs another Mistress to accommodate their guests. Unconvinced anyone will be able to meet her high standards, Elaine grudgingly agrees to audition the sole applicant, Petra Grendhal.

Robin Broadacre would do anything for the woman who rescued her from certain death at the hands of her previous employers. When she volunteers to assist Petra with her audition, Elaine is forced to reckon with her desire for Robin. Drawn to Petra’s fiery strength and icy demeanor as well Robin’s devotion, Elaine finds herself torn between her passion for both women. When Petra disappears on a trip to Oslo, Elaine and Robin’s search leads them to menaces from Robin’s past and a fight for their lives.

Excerpt

Double Six
Brenda Murphy © 2019
All Rights Reserved

Chapter One
“Are you sure this is what we need?” Elaine lowered the hairbrush and shifted her gaze to Martha’s face, reflected in the dressing table mirror.

Martha quirked her mouth. “We’ve been over this. Just give her a chance. You can’t keep up with our client requests.”

Elaine tossed the brush on the top of the dressing table. “Because you and Lucia don’t help.” She swept her titian hair back and up into a high ponytail.

Martha handed her an elastic. “We’re not having this argument again. Lucia and I are finished with that side of the business. We can’t keep putting people off or they’ll find other houses to visit.

Elaine knotted a hunter-green ribbon in her hair. “Oh please. Like they could find anyone like me. Or what we offer here.” She shoved away from the vanity and turned to face her sister. “Fine. We’ll see how she handles herself. But the timing sucks.”

Martha placed her hands on her sister’s shoulders. “We had to work with the dates she gave us. Lucia thinks she’d be a good fit. We’ve had our trip planned for a long time. We trust you to make a good decision.

Alone. Again. “I’m not worried about making a wrong decision. Who’ll sub for her? Benita and Fallon are on holiday. No one else likes heavy pain play.”

Martha grinned wickedly at Elaine. “Maybe you could give it a go?”

Elaine rolled her eyes at her sister. “The switch gene is not in me. Go on, go on your holiday. I’ll figure it out.” Somehow. Damn, I miss Roxy.

Lucia and Myfanwy stood next to the car, their breath visible as they chatted in the frosty gray morning. Millie loaded the last of their luggage into the trunk and closed the lid gently. Martha placed her hand on Elaine’s forearm. “You have our itinerary. We can return if it’s an emergency”—she straightened to her full height and squared her shoulders—“but we are not to be disturbed unless it is.”

Elaine rolled her eyes at her sister. “Yes, sister dear, goddess forbid I interrupt your honeymoon. Like you haven’t already had one. I won’t bother you.” She let the devil show in her eyes. “I expect you’ll be tied up.”

Martha settled her fedora on her head. “I’m not going to waste my time replying to that, and please for the love of all that’s good, try to get along with Petra. We don’t have any other candidates.”

“So we should settle?” Elaine placed her hand on her hip.

“No one is saying settle. What I am saying is do not make a snap judgment. Or piss her off so much she leaves.”

Elaine shrugged. “If she can’t stand the heat…”

“Martha, we need to leave now.” Lucia spoke over Elaine, her voice a soft command. “I’m sure Elaine and Petra will sort things.”

“See, even your Miss agrees.” Elaine smirked at Martha.

Martha smiled at Elaine, not giving her the argument she craved. “Try it some time. You might find you like it.”

“Ha. A cold day in hell. Go now or you’ll miss the ferry.”

Martha gave Elaine a quick hard hug before she hurried down the steps to the car.

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Meet the Author

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows, and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, she wrangles two kids, two dogs, and one unrepentant parrot. She writes about life, books, and writing on her blog Writing While Distracted.

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Rainbow Snippets

Been swamped with work interviewing new professors to hire, and nano, and trying to keep this foot up, and managing to finish up the final edits of one of my christmas novellas (I’ll start sharing that as soon as I get the final promo packs)

Still with These Haunted Hill (which I’m working on for nano, in part) and we’re in a potentially haunted house looking it over for a client. And hey I actually have exactly six sentences for a change! We’re in Brendan’s head and he’s been considering how pretty the house is. (Kristen is his ex-wife, amicable divorce and still friends but couldn’t hold it together after their son died)

Some days he wondered why he stayed in the house. Kristen hadn’t wanted it, too many memories. That was one of the reason he held on to it but maybe it was keeping him from moving on too. He wondered what Josh liked and that made his heart race more than the prospect of a ghost on the stairs. Fear, like ice slipped into his core. The idea that he would even think about sharing a house with someone – a someone he hadn’t so much as kissed or gone out with on a real date with – terrified him.

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I’ve been busy failing at nano at the moment as this Nov is busier than usual. I can still catch up. Today will help since I messed up my foot (neuritis/bursitis) so I can’t walk much. I’ll just stay here chained to the computer.

Still more of These Haunted Hills. Brendan is following Josh and Hoshi (one of the team psychics) to the attic of a potentially haunted house.

One of the problems with these old houses was the weird height of the steps. He was sure he was going to fall down them. He’d probably save that for when he was running from the ghost. Brendan could picture the headlines now. Novelist dead of broken neck after falling down a haunted staircase. At the bend of the steps, Hoshi stopped her brow furrowing. He held his breath. Was she seeing something? All he could see was the last of the light coming through the beautiful stained glass window. He could see what Hunter meant about the beauty of old houses like this. Brendan was fond of them himself but Kristen had wanted modern.

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Day one of nano didn’t go well and I was gone again today but maybe tonight shall be better. It would help everything if I wasn’t triple booked everywhere I looked.

Continuing These Haunted Hills The whole team has assembled to hunt ghosts in the serial killer hotel.

“You look like you’re thinking hard,” Josh said.

“I’m realizing I’m the guy on the ghost hunting TV shows who screams and runs at every spider and owl call,” Brendan huffed. Someone laughed behind his back. So be it. At least he was honest with himself.

“I’m not going to disagree.” Josh smirked. “We’ll take the second floor and the attic. Cass, you guys take this floor and the basement.”

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I’m spending the weekend running from one ghost investigation to another. You won’t hear me complaining.

Speaking of ghost investigations, I’m continuing on with These Haunted Hills. I was just out there last night doing an investigation in the woods. This is into the next chapter where Brendan is with Josh’s team of ghost hunters for the first time (instead of just Josh and Cassia). They’re investigating a haunted house. Hunter is one of the team members.

He’d helped Hunter run cables for the equipment, soaking in the procedure and eliciting a promise from Hunter to write it up so Brendan would have something to pull from later. He no longer trusted his memory entirely. The depression ate at everything, his relationships, his creativity and his memory. It would help to have a backup. Brendan was glad this wasn’t a new job he was expected to do well in because he thought he’d fail. He should stick to being a storyteller. It was something he knew he excelled at.

DSCN5282 A night shot going into the woods that you often read about here in this story

DSCN5284 Inside the cave at night (It’s a recess cave so there’s plenty of night sky to be seen, go little orbs go, though this is all dust/water vapor not the supernatural)

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It was yet another hellish week but mid-terms are over and the three brand new 8 week online classes are over and I can breathe again (teaching 8 classes in a semester is a bit much, I’ve literally done my entire year’s worth of teaching in 8 weeks and they’re annoyed they’ll have to pay me overtime). I’m heading out to the woods for a walk to relax.

Finishing out the scene in Josh’s house in These Haunted Hills (which I’m slating to finish during nano, going rogue and trying to finish two outstanding novels rather than start a third unfinished one). As a reminder since it’s been a while since it was mentioned, Brendan was married once and his young son died of cancer a few years back. (which is relevant to this snippet)

Brendan found the new toothbrush easily enough but that was the only easy part. He stripped down and slid under the covers. Thoughts of Josh just a few doors down was doing something to his heart that he hadn’t planned on. He could picture Josh in that bed. He’d probably sleep in boxers and that was one step too far for him. It was the tipping point.

What was he thinking? Guilt crushed him into the mattress. He shouldn’t be thinking of this. Moving on meant letting go and how could he possibly let go? Brendan clamped a hand over his mouth, tears leaking from his eyes, running down his face, pooling in his ears. With the other hand, he cradled his glass pendant. He simply couldn’t do this.

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This week has been as nuts as the last one, midterms written and graded, new fridge and fixed porch (which caused a lot of me moving stuff around in that kitchen so they could work), my brother and his wife coming tomorrow, edits on my CHristmas novella. But at least I got to everyone’s snippets this time.

Still continuing with These Haunted Hills, I’ve skipped over the ghost evidence review (which Brendan found boring) it’s very late night and they’re all going upstairs to bed.

He followed Josh upstairs past one door that was closed where he assumed Cassia had gone to bed. Josh pointed to one room.

“The bathroom and here, this should be good. The sheets should be fresh enough but there are more up in the closet if you want to change them out.”

“I’m too tired to care. This was great fun though, very instructive. I appreciate you two doing this for me.”

“Our pleasure. Seriously. It’s fun for us too. And oh, if you don’t want to be smothered by giant cats, you’ll need to keep the door shut.”

“Considered me warned. Goodnight Josh.”

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