Jewell by Tina DeSalvo – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_JewellOnce invited into New Orleans’ historic mansions to evaluate prized antiques, Dr. Jewell Duet held a coveted professorship at a top university. With her deep knowledge of Louisiana history and antiquities, she was the go-to person for anyone requiring professional appraisals. But, one hasty decision cost her both her reputation and possibly her freedom. Now, as she waits to discover if her future includes prison, Jewell knows that taking the job at Sugar Mill is necessary if she is to support her beloved grandmother who has advanced dementia.

Charming, sexy lawyer Beau Bienvenu’s attraction to the intriguing historian vies with his distrust of her motives. Beau has one simple goal when it comes to the family that rescued him and made him part of their clan…protect them at all costs. He doesn’t trust Jewell, nor her reason for taking the lowly job at Sugar Mill Plantation. What is she really up to? Is it possible Jewell and her quirky grandmother are there to try to profit from a Bienvenu family mystery? If so, both women are out of luck.

Jewell and Beau are at odds about almost everything. The only things they agree on are that family is everything…and that their mutual attraction is inconvenient.

Hope, Love and Second Chances Continue in the heart of Cajun Country

Enjoy an exclusive excerpt:

“So, we’re going to our next job, now, right?”

“Our final interview for it.” Jewell prayed it went well. They needed this job, and it was especially great that the new client was so receptive to Mimi’s coming along.

One look at Mimi reassured her that she was doing the right thing. Her skin wasn’t as supple as it once was, her plump body not as firm and her blue-green eyes weren’t as clear, but Mimi looked like the same prideful woman who had raised her. Just more faded. Jewell made sure Mimi maintained her weekly appointment to style her white hair at the neighborhood salon she’d gone to for the last forty years. Jewell ironed all of the dresses Mimi wore in just the way her grand-mère liked. She shined Mimi’s tan orthopedic shoes just as she preferred, too. It was why she looked as fresh and styled today as she did yesterday and all the days before. If only Jewell could do something to Mimi’s brain so it would function as it had before.

You have arrived. Destination on your right.

“Now how does that lady know where we’re going or where we’ve been?” Mimi asked, as she always did when the GPS announced their arrival. Jewell didn’t mind hearing the same questions and stories from Mimi over and over again. Jewell appreciated that Mimi wanted to share her thoughts instead of remaining quiet for fear or embarrassment that she was doing something wrong. She had seen in her eyes and in her expressions how difficult not remembering was for Mimi.

“The lady in the GPS is just smarter than us, I guess,” Jewell answered as she turned into the Sugar Mill Plantation drive. “We’re here.”

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_JewellTina DeSalvo enjoys using her imagination, humor, empathy and personal experiences to turn characters and situations into books that she hopes will entertain readers. Her first book, Elli, brought her in close contact with so many readers with whom she has loved sharing stories, laughs, tears and hugs. Tina has always been inspired by the people she meets and by hearing their personal journeys, not to mention the people she just observes along the way…so, watch out. You could be a character in her next book!

Tina is married to her handsome Cajun hero, and they live in Louisiana. They have two sons, a wonderful daughter (in-law) and four delightful grandchildren.

If you’d like to know more about Tina DeSalvo, including info on her newest work, latest contests, where she’s speaking or having a book signing, where she gets her ideas, or to see her photos from when she meets her cherished readers…please visit her website.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book and I love the setting!

  3. This sounds like a great book with a lot of ups and downs.

  4. Sounds like a great read. I love the cover.

  5. Bailey Dexter says:

    Great Excerpt! Can’t wait to read!

  6. Great post, thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  7. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  8. I wish you luck with the series!

  9. Loved the excerpt! This book sounds like such an interesting read! Can’t wait to read this book!

  10. amy bowens says:

    Such a cute cover

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