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R.C. Matthews
The Secrets of Chateau Swansea
Genre: Gothic Romance
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
A grisly murder leaves a haunted estate without an heir, and a powerful medium scrambles to find answers from beyond the grave.
Determined to escape the nightmarish memories of her childhood, heiress and psychic Maribeth Sommerset pursues the adventurous life of a psychic investigator, beginning with a murder and the spirits who hover behind at the haunted Chateau Swansea
Meanwhile, devoted steward of thechateau Arthur Dunn plays a dangerous game of deception to shield his employer’sgood name, landing himself at the top of Maribeth’s suspect list.
Amid scandalous secrets and destructive lies, will Maribeth uncover the secrets of Chateau Swansea before the killer strikes again?
Don’t miss out on this thrilling Victorian gothic romance!
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Book Excerpt

The Meet Cute
Is that a dead body? Edith suddenly whispered. God in Heaven Maribeth pounded her fist on the roof
of the hired hack. Stop the coach! She grasped the handle to the door.
What are you doing? her friend shrieked, tugging on Maribeth s sleeve. We must leave at once. You heard the gentleman. The chateau is closed to visitors.
But not investigators. This might be the luckiest evening of her existence. She had less than a month to prove to her guardian that she could support herself in her chosen path in life. A bit of rain and a bad-tempered servant wouldn’t hold her back.
Wait here, Maribeth said, jumping from the moving coach. I’ll only be a moment.
She lifted her skirt and trudged through the knee-length grass toward the men gathered near the pond. Goodness, but her dress was a nuisance. Before she managed five steps, someone caught her arm from behind and yanked her to a halt.
Where do you think you’re headed? The surly man from the road glared at her, his steely blue eyes boring into hers. He was so close she could make out the silver whiskers interspersed in his black sideburns.
I beg your pardon, she said, yanking free of his hold. I m here to offer my services. Where might I find the master of the house?
That s enough, Webber, another man said from behind. I’ll handle this matter.
Maribeth whirled around, coming face to face with none other than Mr. Dunn. What business did he have here? Not that she cared one whit about him, except that he owed her a favor. Webber’s footsteps receded behind her, and the odious man resumed barking orders for the coaches to evacuate the premises.
I apologize if Webber alarmed you, Mr. Dunn said, folding his arms at the base of his lower back. The butler is distraught at present. What can I do for you, Miss?
Maribeth Sommerset, she said with a lift of her chin. And you are Mr. Dunn. You stole my hired hack earlier at the Inn at Oxwich. Don t even try to deny it. The bellman confirmed the truth. That wasn’t well done of you!
His eyebrows lifted, and a spark of amusement ignited in his lovely brown eyes. I beg to differ, madam. Hired hacks are, by definition, for hire. The driver accepted my generous offer to pay a premium fare.
Cheeky fellow. Men shouldn’t steal coaches from ladies. His mama would be appalled by his behavior.
Even so, she said, tugging on her gloves, I m sure the bellman informed you that the hack was ordered by me and my dear friend. You should be ashamed of yourself.
He coughed into his hand and glanced away, but not before she saw the undeniable curve of his lips. Running off with a lady s carriage wasn’t amusing. After months of planning this trip, she’d almost missed her opportunity to tour Chateau Swansea on his account.
Excuse me, he said, meeting her gaze once again. I do apologize for any inconvenience. I m the steward of Chateau Swansea and had urgent business to attend here.
Steward. Well, that changed everything. He was the right-hand man of the master of the estate. Bloody hell. Had she offended him with her quick temper? She dug inside her handbag and plucked out one of her trade cards.
Apology accepted, she said with a smile. There was no reason to quibble over a silly coach. She thrust the card into his hand. As I said, I m Miss Maribeth Sommerset. Private psychic investigator, at your service. She gestured to the group of men near the pond. I communicate with the dead. I m staying at the Inn at Oxwich through Saturday should you need my assistance. My rates are reasonable and negotiable.

Book Tour

Follow the book tour from October 1 – 14, 2018.
Visit each tour stop daily and discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and more!
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About R.C. Matthews

R.C. Matthews

R.C. Matthews is the author of contemporary and historical romances featuring bold, sassy heroines and magnetic alpha heroes. Warning! The chemistry between her characters is off the charts hot, so read at your own risk. She resides in the Midwest and is surrounded by men: her husband and three sons. During her free time, you’ll find her watching The Walking Dead, reading a fabulous book or hanging out with her family.
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Winner’s Prize:
Devil’s Core by R.C. Matthews (eBook) – The first book in a related series in which we first meet the heroine of The Secrets of Chateau Swansea when she is a little girl.
Contest runs from October 1 – 14, 2018.

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Writer's Block: A Creative Approach

Every once in a while I suffer from writer’s block. Crazy, huh? You can ask 100 authors what they do to fight writer’s block and I’m sure you would receive 100 different responses. Even I wouldn’t answer the question the same each time it’s asked. But my responses would be something like:

  • Take a break and watch a movie or television.
  • Plow through it – you might write crap – but you can’t edit an empty page.
  • Try something like ‘500 Writing Prompts’ to get the juices flowing again.
  • Or my personal favorite, write a ridiculous short story.

Yep. You read that right. When I get into a real funk, I conjure one of the most ridiculous stories I can at the moment and write, write, write. They’re usually only 1,500 to 15,000 words. But the premise is so silly that I don’t care about the end result and it gives me the freedom to just write carefree. Sometimes the end product is terrifying. Sometimes it’s mediocre. And every once in a while the story is downright entertaining. I even give myself the freedom to be utterly and politically incorrect, and perhaps even offensive. This is no-bars-hold writing, people. And it works. Don’t believe me – give it a try. My two favorite stories using this method are “Take Me” and “Resisting the Yeti”.

Take Me is a 5,000 word story about Ben Dover. While on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, he is jacking off at the edge of a waterfall and discovers several nuns hiding behind a copse of bushes while leering at him. He lures them out by diving down the waterfall into the pond below. Of course they rescue him, and he has a very unique way of saying thank you. This is an erotic short romance. I’m sure you can guess how Ben chooses to show his gratitude. Inappropriate? Oh, hell yes! Offensive? Check! Wrong in more ways that I can count. You bet! But I wrote that short story in record time and laughed the entire time. 

Resisting the Yeti is a 13,000 word short story about a married woman in Tibet. Diki is in a polyamory marriage with brothers Yeshi and Tashi. You’d think her love life was amazing. She thought it would be, too. Trouble is that both of her husbands have small penises. Three inches – and that’s fully erect. Poor girl. So imagine her surprise when she wanders into the Himalayan Mountains to find an herb that will make their dicks grow longer, only to discover a Yeti with a twelve inch cock. Curious? She was a little more than curious … and had to make some pretty big decisions about her life after that experience. Inappropriate? For sure. Offensive? Well, it is beastiality, so probably. Wrong? Oh, hell yes. Diki is married and having sex with a Yeti. But, again, I wrote that short story in record time and cried tears of laughter while writing it. I actually love that story. It is beyond ridiculous, but also so much fun.

So the next time you’re grappling with writer’s block, let go of every single inhibition and rule that you’ve ever learned and write the most ridiculous short story you can think of. You might be pleasantly surprised!