Guest Blogger

by Sadira Stone

I would like to introduce my guest author, Sadira Stone, and her novella, Gelato Surprise.  She grew up in the San Francisco area, then spent most of her adult life in Germany, first in the U.S. Army, and later as a high school teacher on U.S. military bases. In 2014, she took early retirement and settled with her husband in Western Washington State. Sadira writes steamy romance set in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. What does she do to relax? She likes reading romance books, of course! 

What is she working on now?  Sadira said, "I’m working on book one of a romance series set in a neighborhood tavern in Tacoma, Washington. The first book is a Christmastime enemies-to- lovers romance between a bartender fleeing his snooty, interfering family and a freelance web designer stuck in Tacoma for the holidays to care for her estranged dad. This will be my first indie-published project." 

She came to the beach to find herself—and found him.

Forty-two-year-old divorcée Danielle Peters ends up alone on her family's annual beach vacation. Maybe time to herself is exactly what she needs. That and gelato from her favorite ice cream shop. But when the owner's intoxicating young nephew offers more than sweet treats, she's tempted to indulge in a hot summer fling before returning home.

Thirty-one-year-old Matteo Verducci craved a fresh start to mend his broken heart, and he's found almost perfection in Ocean View, where he scoops gelato by day and crafts furniture by night. But when a sexy older woman stops to sample his wares—Mamma mia! He only has two weeks to convince her their passion is more than a delicious surprise.

 Like a scene from a Fellini movie, everything around her slowed and blurred as his gaze slid down her body before returning to her eyes. His glossy eyebrows flicked up, a flirtatious salute. “Welcome to Paradiso, signora. Tell me, how can I serve you today?” With his ice cream scoop, he waved toward the Italian ices. “Something tart to soothe the heat? Limone or mandarino? Or perhaps something richer.” He leaned onto the glass case and rested his perfect cleft chin on his fist. “Cioccolato fondente? Zabaglione? Tiramisu?” Rolling off his tongue, the words sounded far more like seductive foreplay than dessert options.
She swallowed hard, took a step back, and tugged her collar away from her suddenly sweaty chest. “Uh—so many choices. I can’t decide.”
His teasing smile widened, slow and sure. “Then place yourself in my hands. Just tell me how many scoops and let me surprise you.”
She was helpless to resist. “Okay. You choose. Two scoops, please.” She cleared her throat and found a bit of courage. “I place myself in your expert hands.”

       Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance from her new home in Washington State, U.S.A. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays darts (pretty well), plays guitar (badly), and gobbles all the books. Visit Sadira at 


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  1. Welcome, Sarida! Loved the excerpt. Best of luck with sales and promotion.

  2. Great excerpt. Happy 4th of July!

  3. Hope you enjoy the holiday. I liked your blurb and excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Loved this story! Congratulations, Sadira.

  5. I love stories about older women finding love. Best wishes!