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The Exiled Jeweler
by Susie Warren
Emilia Berceto’s beauty captures the attention of a well-known Italian billionaire, Alex Armanti, when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.
Four years later, Emilia continues to live a secluded life designing custom jewelry for the wealthy. Her family needs her to return home to California when their jewelry empire is near bankruptcy. When she returns, she must face the man who caused her downfall and is threatening to reveal her secret if she is to save her family’s jewelry empire.
Attempting to sound neutral, she said, “Ciao, this is Emilia Berceto.”
“Emilia, dear. This is Tosh Ellerby. I have to tell you that we are concerned about the news today. We gave you the commission because we thought you were a part of a well-established company.”
Emilia turned away from the necklace she was working on and held her breath, waiting for her client to continue.
“Now it seems as if you won’t be in business in a week’s time.”
She held her emotion in. “Berceto has been in business for almost seventy-five years. One disparaging article will not ruin our reputation.”
She could hear the censure in her client’s tone. “I’ve spoken to a few people, Emilia, and it seems that the article has verified sources.”
Emilia felt an icy chill glaze over her and she closed her eyes. “It’s true that Berceto is facing a few challenges but I’m sure within the year we will be back in profit.”
“I’m not convinced that Berceto will be in business in six months. It’s too big of a risk for us. What if your company folds? Where will that leave us for the royal gala?”
She understood their panic. They had committed to a million dollar commission and now the press was reporting that Berceto was on the brink of closing.
“Berceto will rise from the embers. It’s true that there has been a dip in sales and some of our employees have left recently but the article exaggerated the magnitude of the problem.” Emilia hesitated for a moment before continuing, “I’m heading to California later today to help get the company back on a solid footing.”
The room, where moments before there had been lighthearted chitchat and teasing among the employees, had become quiet.
“I know you are immensely talented designer but running a business takes a different type of expertise. I can’t imagine that you will be able to snap your fingers and have the issues disappear.”
Keeping her voice neutral, Emilia said “There are plans in place that I’m not able to disclose but please rest assured that Berceto will be in business for years to come.”
“I’m glad to hear that you feel the company will survive this. I can give you, three, maybe four weeks to sort this out or I’ll be forced to give the commission to another jeweler.”
Emilia thought about how much Tosh was risking by giving her more time. “I appreciate your willingness to work with me on this. I won’t disappoint you.”
“You are an extraordinary designer but my worry is that it won’t be enough.”
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Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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The Rosa Legacy Series
The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.
Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.
Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.
The Exiled Jeweler
Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.
The Convenient Wedding
Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life. The Convenient Wedding will be available in February 2015.
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