Friday, October 01, 2010

IN THE ARMS OF THE ENEMY (VINTAGE ROSE)

Today is the big day -- release date for my Vintage Rose edition World War II romance IN THE ARMS OF THE ENEMY!

Here's the teaser and an excerpt:

Isabella Ricci has pledged her life for the cause – to free Italy from Nazi oppression. Her mission for the Resistance, to seduce a German officer into revealing military secrets, could be deadly. Can she complete her assignment before losing her heart…or her life?

Massimo Baricelli, commander in the Resistance, and Isabella’s ambitious lover, charges her to uncover intelligence that the Allies need to vanquish the Nazis. But can he hold onto his woman while sending her into the arms of another man?
G√ľnter Schumann is handsome, chivalrous, romantic…and a captain in the Army of the Third Reich. When he meets Isabella, he falls for her instantly, never imagining that she is a spy and he her unwitting target. What will he do when forced to choose between love and duty?
How much must be sacrificed for the cause of freedom? Will love survive the cruelest betrayal?

Excerpt:
Before she could make sense of what was happening, the men were there inside the room. She wanted to scream, to flee, but she knew the slightest movement could be her undoing. She shook and her eyes filled with tears. But she discovered that if she concentrated on each breath, her lips tightly sealed, no sounds would escape. Crouched beneath the desk, she pressed her hands and feet against the floor to keep them from knocking against anything.
The two men spoke casually to each other, almost lightheartedly, in contrast to the deadly terror she felt. Though she struggled to comprehend what they were saying, she couldn’t decipher all the words. She thought about reaching for the dictionary that lay by her side, but that was too risky. The Germans had turned on the lights and were walking from desk to desk, apparently looking for something. Oh, God, what if they are looking for the supply log? She considered putting it back in the drawer, but instantly realized how foolish that would be. They’ll find me anyway, if they approach this desk, and I can’t make a move without giving myself away.
Every second was agony, as if death might come at any moment. But she admitted to herself that a swift demise would be easy compared to her fate if discovered. She would face humiliation, torture, and then finally, mercifully, death. The thought made her throat constrict painfully, as if a noose were being tightened around it. Was this what Marco felt when he died? Fear evolved into despondency. Just breathe...slowly, deeply...focus only on that—don’t think about anything else. Concentrate only on breathing.

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6 comments:

Lisbeth Eng said...

I must thank my wonderful editor, Nan Swanson, and my talented cover artist/web designer Rae Monet for their contributions in making IN THE ARMS OF THE ENEMY a success!
Lisbeth

Lise said...

Congratulations on this momentous occasion, Lis. "Enemy" is both beautiful and a striking story, quite obviously. Good luck with your sales and kudos to you, your creative team, and The Wild Rose Press on a beautiful new title!

STORIDIVA said...

I am so happy and proud of you Lisbeth. this is the book of your heart. I remember well when you first started talking about it. I remember when we sat in a small Mexican restaurant after a chapter meeting and going over some the things in it.
Your dream has come true and I know its just the beginning of many more wonderful, moving love stories to come.

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on your books release Lise! The excerpt sounds great and I really love the cover! Cheers and here's to good sales!
Carolyn

Makavetis said...

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Leanna Renee Hieber said...

CONGRATULATIONS Lisbeth! What a beautiful cover, beautiful excerpt. I can't wait to read this book! What a culmination of wonderful things. Cheers and blessings!