23 October 2018

*Excerpt & Giveaway!* A SPARKLE OF SILVER by Liz Johnson

Georgia Coast Romance #1
   Genre: Contemporary / Romance 
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: October 16, 2018
Number of Pages: 368

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Millie Sullivan plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia, where her great-grandmother was a real guest ninety years ago. When Millie learns of a lost diary that may contain the location of a hidden treasure on the estate and reveal the identity of her great-grandfather, she sets out to find the truth of her heritage—and the fortune she desperately needs. But it won’t be easy.

When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. Still, her story seems too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up.
Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight.

“A mystery, a treasure hunt, and a split-time romance—all set within a beautiful chateau. What more could we want?”
Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and A Portrait of Emily Price

“A charming romance about real people triumphing over real problems. Add in a dash of mystery, a treasure hunt, and old family secrets, and you have a story that will warm every corner of your heart.”—Victoria Bylin, award-winning author of Together with You

“Lovers of history will enjoy this treasure-seeking adventure through a historic estate, and readers will appreciate a story that turns up riches of the lasting kind.”
Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Honeysuckle Dreams



“Miss Sullivan?”
Millie jumped, a shiver racing down her spine. She knew that voice, and it never brought good news. But she was paid up. She was. Her last check hadn’t bounced, and Golden Isles had cashed it immediately.
Turning toward the woman at the open door, Millie bestowed the smile she’d been saving for her grandma on Virginia Baker.
The woman’s sleek bob wobbled in greeting, but she didn’t bother returning the grin. “May I have a word?”
A word, sure. It was imagining the second, third, fourth, and fifth that sent her stomach into a nosedive. Still, Millie turned her back on Grandma Joy and walked toward the door.
Virginia held out her hand in a silent invitation for Millie to step into the hallway. Millie tried to take a steadying breath. The rumble in her stomach was far too much like that time she’d been called into the principal’s office for falling asleep in class during high school. She hung her head the same way she had all those years ago as she stepped past Virginia from the warm tones of Grandma Joy’s room into the garish lights of the hallway.
“Miss Sullivan, there’s just no easy way to say this.”
Suddenly it was hard to breathe. She pressed a hand to her throat and tried to gasp a thread of air, but it didn’t help. Neither did Virginia’s unforgiving monologue.
“She’s getting worse.” When Millie opened her mouth to offer an argument, Virginia shook her head. “I’m not telling you anything that you don’t already know.”
Millie risked a glance toward Grandma Joy, who had closed her eyes and let her mouth drop open. The even creaking of her chair had ceased, and she looked at peace. No longer disturbed by the arrival of a woman she couldn’t recognize.
With a sigh Millie nodded. She knew. And no matter how much she wanted to deny it, there had been no evidence to indicate otherwise.
Grandma Joy wasn’t going to get better. Her memories weren’t going to come back—at least not for longer than a few minutes. But they were in there, and every so often one surfaced, only to nosedive back into oblivion before Millie could use it to pull her grandma closer.
“Your grandmother needs better care. More personalized. She needs someone to look after her one-on-one. All day. And night.”
“I know, but—”
Virginia held up her hand. “I know money is a concern.”
That was the understatement of the century. Money wasn’t just a concern. It was the only one. It was all that was holding Millie back from giving Grandma Joy the finest room in the best memory-care facility.
But she couldn’t make money where there was none. As far as she knew, it was still illegal to print her own. Besides, she’d need a printer for that, and she highly doubted the library would let her use theirs. Not that she would do such a thing even if she could, of course.
“There is government help available.”
“I know. I’ve applied for all of it. But they’ve turned her down. Her diagnosis isn’t severe enough or something.”
Virginia rubbed her chin, a frown tugging at the corners of her lips. “Then you have to appeal. Get a lawyer and take it to court.”
Millie held back a snort, but only just. That required money too—a lot of it. And time, which was hard to come by when she was working two jobs just to make ends meet. And even then she’d been late with her own rent again last month.
Maybe Virginia read her face, because she moved on to another option with a hopeful lilt in her tone. “Well then, what about her Social Security?”
“What about it? It doesn’t even cover half of your fine establishment’s fee every month.” As if on cue, the fluorescent light above them flickered, and Virginia’s shoulders drooped.
“I’m sorry,” Millie said, forcing her sarcasm to stay in check. It wasn’t Virginia’s fault. None of it. And she couldn’t afford to alienate the home’s administrator. “I’ve tried everything I can think of, but we’re out of options. Golden Isles is our only choice.”
Chewing on her lower lip, Virginia shook her head. “We have a list of people who belong here waiting to get in. I’ll give you ninety days. And then you’re going to need to find her other arrangements.”

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Red Door InnWhere Two Hearts Meet, and On Love’s Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. A marketing manager for a Christian film company, she makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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