~Daphne Masque's Books~
Daphne Masque has been making up stories since she was old enough to talk. She finally decided to make it a career, her fifth and final career, after performing, directing, teaching, a short stint as a real estate agent and now she's in corporate America . . . But not for much longer!!!!
Nudity Happens Romance at the Empire Theatre Book 3
April 15, 2019
Second Chance ~ Contemporary ~ Romantic Comedy ~ Small Town ~ Backstage Romance
It was a dream come true. After all these years of hoping and believing, Faith Burke finally had a career working at a professional theatre company. Well, okay, maybe career is overstating it.
Truth is, The Empire Players, weren’t exactly professional. They would be, soon, well, probably in the next couple of years.
Plus, Managing Director was a pretty big title for her, a constant beacon in a creative storm. That might be embroidering the truth a little; this was the last show of the season and all the hard work had been done.
Still, she had to manage the director and inspire his artistic courage to lead a band of thespians into an award-winning season. Okay, maybe not courage exactly, more like pig-headed stubborn.
Which defined John Cutler to the bone. He was the director of “Hair, The Musical,” and had a daredevil smile that melted her heart. He was also the man who left her twenty-eight years ago when she needed him most. Now, he was back and had aged like fine wine, looking better than she could have ever imagined.
Never mind him. She had a job to do – to make sure the show opened without a hitch. Easy Peasy. That is until John Cutler played the artistic integrity card and insisted on nudity in the production. Seriously?
Next thing she knew the show was spiraling rapidly into madness, the vandals struck, the zany criminals plotted her demise, and the picketing by the Honorable League threatened to cancel the show.
The only one who could help Faith was John, the man she couldn’t trust.
Worst Valentine's Day Ever Worst Day Ever Book 2
January 21, 2019
Contemporary ~ LGBTQ+ ~ Interracial/Multicultural ~ Paranormal ~ Humor
Eleven lovelorn singletons. Eleven tales of Cupid, catastrophe, and maybe more…
These characters have had it with love—or, if not with that, with Valentine’s Day. But no matter how they fight it, Cupid refuses to relent. From struggling singles to secret crushes to enemies turned much, much more, these lightning strikes of love will add a spark of hope to your holiday.
Worst Valentine’s Day Ever flips the script on lonely hearts who seem destined for Valentine's disaster. If you like laugh-out-loud rom-coms, terrible dates gone right, and gorgeous happily-ever-afters, then you’ll love this adorable collection. It ain't all hearts and roses; but these tales of triumph will find your faith in Valentine's Day—and your faith in love—restored.
The Worst Day Ever Series
The Worst Day Ever Series collects tales of hilarity, hope and survival for characters facing classically-stressful situations. From not-so-happy holidays to doomed-to-be-a-disaster predicaments, they find the love they need to get them through. This series is proud to feature characters from diverse backgrounds, #ownvoices authors, and a range of romantic themes: contemporary to paranormal, cis/hetero to LGBTQ+, sweet to steamy, body-positive, neurodiverse, interracial/multicultural, and more.
LovRRs Authors: Eva Moore, Kilby Blades, Deb Lee, Marie Booth, Daphne Masque, R.L. Merrill
Haunting Indiscretions Romance at the Empire Theatre Book 2
May 28, 2017
Contemporary Small-Town~Cozy Mystery
Will the job Sammi takes to stabilize her life cost her the only family she’s ever known? Sammi wants the promotion to technical director in the worst way. As a single mom, she needs to provide a stable life for herself and four-year-old Harry, her holster-wearing, curly haired, rag-a-muffin son. She’s worked in touring theatre for years, knows it as well as she knows her own mind. Directing “And Then There Were None” seems like a perfect opportunity to fulfill her career goals. Easy peasy. That is, until she encounters a cold case from a murder twenty-eight years ago, along with a community riddled by ghost stories, a crumbling turn-of-the-century theatre, precious little funding, and a near-death experience. But what drives her really crazy are all the unexplained memories in a town she’s never even visited. Instead of grabbing for the brass ring, she’s barely holding on for dear life. The pièce de résistance is Marcus, the FBI agent turned reporter with a daredevil smile and laid-back swagger. Handsome as a swashbuckler, charming as a pirate, and smarter about investigating cold cases than anyone in town, she’s forced to work with him. But is he really out to help her or gather material for the next great American novel. He makes no apologies for wanting to build a career as a reputable author, but would he really use Sammi’s calamity as a stepping stone for his own career? To solve the mystery, she compromises her ethics and makes a deal with the honey devil. Marcus will lead the cold-case investigation, and in return, she promises he can write about The Empire Theatre ghosts. Only she doesn’t know that the story he wants to write is her own secret past. How can something that happened so long ago, in a place she’s never been to, hold the answer to her future?
Show Fever Romance at the Empire Theatre Book 1
Contemporary Small-Town~The Arts (drama)~Romantic Comedy
Clarissa was dragging her life behind her like a cracked porcelain doll. Five years after the divorce she still believed that all men were liars, cheats, and thieves. She protected her heart by living like a cloistered nun. Alexander came to town to fulfill a secret obligation: to produce the play “The Philadelphia Story”. It was crucial to get it over and done as soon as possible. No complications or interference. Clarissa’s co-worker died unexpectedly shaking her to the core. If she continued living in this way her only legacy would be unfulfilled dreams. With fierce determination she committed to follow her lost dream of becoming a great actress. Alexander wasn’t about to get sidetracked by insignificant town squabbles or a fascinating femme fatale. He had a real life waiting for him in New York and a social calendar that was splitting a the seams.
They met. No, they collided in mid-air.
Clarissa was captivating, talented, and provincial.
Alexander was devastatingly handsome and aloof.
Why couldn’t she ignore him and his mysterious past?
Why did the scent of her perfume haunt him?
She wrestled against being inescapably attracted to him.
He fought with all his heart to put her our of his mind.
Would this be a battle worth losing?