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In this episode we hear a reading from the novel Double Six by Brenda Murphy. Listen here.
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 in 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.
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Transcript for Today’s Show
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you are listening to book clips a mini podcast in which authors and erasers do readings from novels check out the show notes for the synopsis and by links for this book hello this is Brenda Murphy and today I’ll be reading from my novel double 6 the limousine stopped squarely at the foot of the walk leading to Rowan house Elaine stood in the steps her hands planted on her hips dressed in a form-fitting pair of tan riding pants black boots and her favorite thick blue sweater to greet the new arrival a stiff wind blew across the porch Elaine shivered and shoved her hands and her pockets to warm them she winced when the thick race car in the back of her hand scraped in her pocket seemed Millie exited the car and opened the rear door a pair of shapely legs covered in black hose wearing burgundy Manolo pumps appeared Elaine blinked the woman wearing the shoes emerged in the car and pulled her navy blue wool coat tighter around her body her jet-black hair was cut in a shoulder length Bob and a large player of sunglasses shielded her eyes Billie offered her arm and the woman placed her black gloved hand in her forearm and allowed Millie to escort her to the steps Petra grendel Elaine MacLeod a mischievous grin settled over Millie’s face Elaine stepped down off the porch her gaze fixed on the new arrival Petra removed her sunglasses her eyes were Brown so dark they appeared black she met Elaine’s direct gaze with one of her own a smattering of freckles were scattered across a bridge of her nose and wide cheekbones her elegant mouth pulled into an insolent smile Petra tilted her head to the side and peeled her glove off slowly before she extended her hand mesmerized by her deliberate motions Elaine stared at her perfectly manicured blood-red nails Elaine thrust her hand out and clasp your hands so pleased you’re here really Petra lifted her chin and challenged and squeezed Elaine’s hand with a firm grip before releasing it Elaine’s face burned yes you seem surprised you were expecting someone taller maybe younger whiter Elain Priester lips no petra crossed her arms over her chest and rocked back on her heels if you make an offer and we come to an agreement would your clients be annoyed when I walk into their rooms instead of a white blond got us alien frowned at her we’re not that kind of an establishment we do not tell her at racist and we would never allow our clients or staff to engage in such appalling behavior why would you expect we would with my name Petra and crossed her arms I like to get it out of the way saves time her expression remain guarded Elaine studied Petra’s face beneath the carefully applied makeup and hard expression she noticed her soul deep weariness and simmering anger Millie will place your bags in your suite would you like tea or coffee something to eat coffee a gust of wind blew of Petrus code open and she shivered forgive me for keeping you in the cold it’s warmer inside Elaine held Petrus gaze unable to look away from her dark eyes she took a step back and opened the door she held it wide and step to the side to allow Petra to enter the house her pumps clicked loudly on the hardwood floor as she strode into the hallway she removed her other glove and handed the pair to Elaine after she shrugged out of her coat she tossed it to word her and Elaine caught the coat in spite of herself she straightened her shoulders and dropped the gloves and coat on the sideboard Millie will show you to your room I’ll send someone to attend you Petra tilted her head to the side and fixed her gaze on Elaine not you Elaine stepped closer to Petra pressing her height advantage even in four-inch heels Petra was a head shorter than her and Elaine used every inch of her six to frame to make her point perhaps it was unclear from our introduction but I am one of the mistresses of this house Petra’s lips pulled into a taunting smile not unclear at all a hint of gardenia perfume rose from Petra the challenge in her eyes stoked Elaine’s interest in made her mouth water Elaine stepped closer and drew in a breath indulging her need to assert her power whatever decision you have arrived at concerning me I will not tolerate disrespect understood Petra held her ground their bodies of breath apart her dark gaze locked into Elaine’s face just know it goes both ways Elaine stepped back wait here I’ll send someone to attend you she turned her back on Petra and the raging fire of want burning low in her belly in the early afternoon Petra said across from Elaine in the small dining room set aside for the mistresses of the house Elaine leaned back in her chair and studied her she wore a cable knit sweater set and a black pencil skirt with knee-high boots after their initial exchange of banal pleasantries their conversation had dried up a silence between them stretched out not one for idle chatter and dismissive of individuals compelled to fill every second with words Elin observed the way Petra reclined in her chair secured and her power comfortable with the silence between them as she continued to eat without distress Elaine folded her napkin before she placed it next to her plate I trust Tessa was acceptable this afternoon Petra raised her wine glass swirled the contents and took a sip of the deep red wine she placed the wineglass precisely on the tablecloth and pursed her lips before she answered adequate was there something you wanted she wasn’t able to provide Elaine set forward in her seat she was as I expected and as I said adequate I didn’t expect any different if there was a problem you need to tell me specifically what it is so I can address it Elaine glared at Petra our subs are selected for their skills pledged to the house and expected to meet our standards at all times don’t worry i undressed it what Elaine leaned forward you are not in charge here she wrapped her knuckles on the table you were job candidate and not to address anything with the subs unless it has cleared through me Petra glanced at the door leading from the dining room when is the official tour of the house Elain placed both hands flat on the table did you hear what I said oh I heard I chose not to respond Petra smiled to delay in a predatory smile and her eyes gleamed if I am auditioning for a place here wouldn’t you want to know I’m capable and willing to address anything less and perfect in a submissive behavior why else did you send me a submissive with an attitude that needed adjusting although from the expression in her face when she left my room I think she quite enjoyed the tune-up Petra’s raging self-confidence in direct defiance enraged and roused Elaine as soon as you finished your lunch she’ll show you the house Elaine nodded her fingers together under the table Petra dabbed her mouth the napkin I’m finished lead on Petra’s flat expression remained firmly in place as they toured Rowan houses play rooms their last stop was a dungeon Elaine opened the door turned on the lights and led the way into the cabin or space mmm a wolfish grin spread across Petra’s face how marvelous the stonework is fantastic it is a real dungeon the idea alone makes me wet Elaine blinked rapidly to clear the images flooding her mind Petra her feet wet and willing Petra’s eyes gleamed as she walked around the room her smile widened as she surveyed the polished rows of bondage equipment and various discipline devices this has been Brenda Murphy reading from my novel double six you have been listening to book clips check out the show notes for the synopsis and by links for this book if you are interested in showcasing your novel then check out the show notes for more information