Posted by Nightingale | 10:21 AM | 7 comments »

For a moment time stood still.

She sensed something gathering other than the wind, but she was an expert at ignoring her feelings, particularly the shivery ones Grandma called premonitions.

Disillusionment shaded the afternoon darker gray. She turned away from her reflection in a storefront window and sighed. It was just another day, like every other day she’d wasted on hope and dreams. At the corner of Sunset and Vine, Monica Joye gave up on the City of Angels. She opened her hand and gazed at an AT&T calling card. It really sucked when a famous actress couldn't pay her cell phone bill.

E.T. phone home. Everyone back home thought Ellen Tracy—the name on the card and on her birth certificate—looked like Marilyn Monroe. Somehow Hollywood had failed to catch the resemblance. Tomorrow, Ellen would be on an east-bound plane. Goodbye tears glided down her cheeks.

"Not going to cry," she gritted out, pouted her lips and tossed her hair.

Today, her last in L.A., she'd be Monica Joye.

"Why are you crying?" His voice was as compelling as a half-remembered song, comforting as Sunday dinner. It was music and sunlight.

Smiling, Ellen whirled to see who'd dared to break the Stranger's Code of Silence that Hollywood obeyed. Her eyes widened, jaw dropping. Massive wings arched behind the most beautiful man she'd ever seen. Rich russet hair spilled over broad shoulders and naked chest. The silky garment wrapping slim hips invited the gaze to muscled calves and even his feet, bare to a wintry chill, were beautiful. Snow-white feathers trailed the dirty sidewalk.

This story is available at Coffee Time Romance as a free read:

Visit me at for a free read--Vampire Hunt, which stars Morgan D'Arcy, a British lord, a concert pianist and... a vampire.


  1. Mary Marvella // March 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM  

    I loved the excerpt and will grab the freebie. HOWEVER, I am waiting for THE COVER.

  2. Beth Trissel // March 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM  

    This is a wonderful excerpt. Very catchy.

  3. Josie // March 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM  

    Thanks for offering the free read today. Excellent excerpt.

  4. Nightingale // March 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM  

    Thanks Ladies. I thought I'd give Coffee Time a little press! ha ha I'm at work and had to use what I had available. Tomorrow, I'm going to post my new cover for Night Before Doomsday.

  5. Mary Ricksen // March 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM  

    Love it Linda!

  6. Mary Marvella // March 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM  

    I can't wait!

  7. Scarlet Pumpernickel // March 25, 2012 at 2:09 AM  

    I stopped for a moment to check this out and then didn't get back to writing until I'd read the entire story. Very gripping read. I learn so much about angels and vampires from reading your work. Great job, thanks for sharing.