Jun 19, 2018

Blitz & GIVEAWAY Of Rising Tide By Susan Roebuck


by Susan Roebuck

Contemporary Suspense

Published by Mundania Press on March 19th, 2015

Time, and most of Portugal, has almost forgotten Luminosa, a small fishing community on the Alentejo coast. A cluster of white and blue cottages huddle under the cliffs overshadowed by the great manor of Herdade Albatroz, whose family has ruled the village since the days of Napoleon. 

Far off the tourist route, nobody visits Luminosa by chance.

When a ruthless American racketeer turns up, the peaceful village’s way of life could be ruined forever. But will other visitors—Piper Pines, seeking

news of her long dead Portuguese mother, and Leo Shine, bereft of a father and brother accused of terrible crimes—help or hinder his objective to drag Luminosa into the twenty-first century?

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This morning, Leo clambered down the wooden staircase and

opened the door that was the inside entrance to the café. The only

things he desired right now were freshly baked bread and a coffee.

The café was empty except for a plump woman holding a straw

basket, her ankles so swollen they rose over her shoes and spilled

down the side like beer foaming over a glass. She turned as Leo came in, saying, “Good morning,” and her weathered face creased into a brown-tooth filled smile. “Welcome. I do hope you have a very

pleasant stay.”

His mind tumbled in confusion. Where did these people learn their

English? It wasn’t like everyone in the country spoke fluently. The

cab driver last night had stumbled and tottered over his words several times before he’d managed to convey to Leo he’d have to drop him at the top of the hill that led down to the village because he didn’t think his cab would get down the narrow street.

Unaffected by Leo’s lack of response, the woman continued, “Would

you like a coffee the likes of which you’ve never had before? Just the

way Serafim knows how to make it, thick, strong and short—a bit

like Serafim himself, but not so hairy.” The woman gargled what

could’ve been a chuckle. “One and a half cups and you’ll be


“Sounds good to me,” Leo said as she threw a final laugh in Serafim’s direction before she placed what looked like jars of honey on the counter and then clattered through the chain curtain hanging at the door.

Leo turned to his primo behind the counter. Primo. God dammit,

families were people you had feelings for and the only people he

cared about had been wiped out by a rogue wave. In any case, Leo

didn’t think Serafim and he resembled each other in any way.

“Bica I presume?” Serafim asked, offering the tiny steaming cup of

coffee with an elaborate bow. In the fug of ground coffee-beans, tobacco, stale beer and wine, Leo held the tiny cup of thick brown liquid to his nose, inhaling deeply before adding three packets of sugar. The coffee began to work its magic, bringing a warm glow to his insides on a par with a gulp of brandy.

“We aim to please,” Serafim said, obviously reading Leo’s expression

correctly. The guy had attitude and Leo had to admit he liked it. Serafim wasn’t morose, nor a meathead, and probably neither were the guys in the bar last night because after Leo had turned in, he heard a coarse- voiced chorus from down- stairs which had lulled him off to sleep. “You speak good English,” Leo said.

“Practice, that’s all,” Serafim said, handing over a warm roll with

butter and jelly that, he told him was, “all homemade. If you want any ask Rosa, she’s my sister and the one who just left.”

So he’d just met another primo, had he? Rosa? Shame, he’d kinda liked her.

Author Bio:

Sue Roebuck was born and educated in the UK but she now lives in Portugal with her Portuguese husband. She has taught at various colleges and institutions in Portugal and her interest in dyslexia started with a discussion over lunch with a colleague and friend. Nowadays Sue’s mostly occupied by e-learning courses which, when no cameras are used, are also known as “teaching in your pajamas”. But, given a choice, writing would be her full-time occupation. Working from home presents no problem for her since her office window overlooks the glittering point where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The huge container ships, tankers and cruise liners which are constantly on their way in or out of Lisbon harbor are a great source of inspiration (or distraction). She has traveled widely through The States and believes that “being born American is like winning the lottery of life”. If she could live anywhere, she’d live in the Catskills in Upstate New York.

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