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5 Fact Thursday - When Survival, Much Less Love, is in Question. #5FT #Contemporary #Romance #police

Jazz House takes place in the fictional town of Slate Quarry which is based on my years of living in the Slate Belt of Northeastern PA. Many people may recognize places along the Delaware and in the Poconos where my Impact Series is set.

Michael Machau is a police officer who is also an advocate for animals. I think his scene with the homeless man and his dog Mutt is one of my favorites. More shelters should be open to people with their precious pets. I spent quite a bit of time with a local police lieutenant talking about how a beat cop may spend his evenings.

Jordan/Madeline is a composite of two of my favorite singers one old, Sarah Vaughn, the second, Jennifer Hudson. In fact, the only time I was in a movie theater where someone got a standing ovation, was when JH sang, You're Gonna Love Me in the musical Dreamgirls. The entire theater was on their feet.

The wedding song referred to near the end is How Long Will I Love You by Song by Ellie Goulding. It’s such a gorgeous song.

There is an original song in Jazz House that I wrote for Jordon to sing to Michael. Okay, I’m not a songwriter but I did it anyway. I have a fantasy work in progress that also has an original song.


Jordan Vasilakis is on the run, living under an assumed name. After a disastrous marriage to a notorious Greek business tycoon, she flees to the States and starts rebuilding her life. But her ruthless husband is determined to destroy her…once he finds her.

Michael Machau is drawn to the new singer at Jazz House restaurant, but the guarded woman is harboring dangerous secrets. The dedicated police officer may have to risk more than just his heart to forge a connection with the woman he knows as Madeline Cielo, especially when he discovers she’s living a lie.

Worlds collide. Lies entangle. Survival, much less love, is in question. They must quickly distinguish friends from enemies or risk losing everything—including a future together.

Short Excerpt

Jordan scrambled to the other side of the limo.

“You sing good tonight.” He scrolled through his phone.

“Yes, Kyrios.”

Outside the window, massive cruise ships docked in the port. Happy older people made their way up the gangplanks toting bags filled with souvenirs, while the younger ones debarked dressed for the nightlife. Sparkly sequins flashed like diamonds as one young woman twirled on the pier.

God, how had she come to this life? She willed her hovering tears not to fall. Kyrios wouldn’t approve.

When she was offered a place in the touring group ten years ago, she thought it was the beginning of great things. Standing in the cabaret with the lights shining down was her dream come true. When she was the woman in the sparkly dress.

Until he showed up.

Each night, Kyrios Vasilakis, Greek business tycoon, sat at the front table watching her. Yes, he was older but so very handsome. Dark hair with silver at the temples, he cut a dashing figure in his black suits.

Jordan began to sing to him. It was the beginning of the end. After a whirlwind romance, she found herself a prisoner in marriage to a brute.

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D. V. Stone is an award-winning, multi-genre, traditionally and independently published author. She writes books people want to read. Whether romance or fantasy, her stories are about the importance of friends and family. About overcoming obstacles while doing it with humor.

Around the Fire is a popular weekly blog where she introduces both established and new authors, giving an insider’s look into their lives and books and tidbits about her own life.

After retiring, she is now a full-time author and incorporates her life experiences into her books.

A former Emergency Medical Technician, she volunteered in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She worked as a professional EMT in a women’s state prison. She was the proprietor of a coffee shop and a small restaurant/ice cream stand in the years that followed. The years following were as a manager in an animal emergency hospital, while her last position was in a human medical office.

When not behind the wheel of 2Hoots—a 41-foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel camper, she rambles around town in Northern New Jersey in a white Camaro. She also loves travel and history.

D.V. is wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. A woman of faith, she believes and trusts in God.

“My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading.”

Hali, her rescue dog, always reminds her to let readers know, “Woof, woof.” Which is loosely translated as support your local animal rescue.

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Other Books by D. V. Stone

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Rock House Grill by The Wild Rose Press

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