Enjoy this snippet from my 1.99 Christmas romance, "The Faberge Secret."
ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:
"I'm Matthew Goodwin, by the way. Did Elise tell you I'm a retired state trooper?"
"Yes, sir. My cousin, Alexi, is a detective with the St. Petersburg police. I am familiar
with law enforcement. He's been helping me to find the egg I lost."
"I believe it is my rival, Gustav Kelch. He also owns a shipping company. Ever since we
were children, he has desired to possess that which is mine."
"I'm familiar with that motive. I've worked several cases where the motivation was
jealousy for what another person had. What is a Faberge egg, anyway?"
"A jewel-encased egg. Carl Faberge created several for the Russian Imperial family from
1885 to 1917. Some of these eggs have been passed down through the family to me."
Matthew Goodwin crossed his arms. "All right, say I believe you. Why does Elise feel
she has to go to St. Petersburg with you?"
"The documentation to prove I own the egg is there."
"Elise has always been a nice girl. She's got a good head on her shoulders. I'm very proud
of her, but she's never invited a man to spend Christmas with us. So what kind of man are you? Are you two having an affair?"
"I will not deny that I am attracted to your daughter. As for the type of man I am, I am honest. My business is successful. When we get to St. Petersburg, Alexi and I should be able to stop the men pursing her."
Matthew stared at Dimitri without breaking his gaze. Was he contemplating Dimitri's words? Carefully making a decision? "All right, I'll take you at your word and do what you ask."
"Thank you, sir."
"If you don't mind, I'm going to make some phone calls. You can find Elise in the living room."
Dimitri nodded and left the kitchen. It wouldn't surprise him if her father conducted a background check on him.