Thursday, June 8, 2017

Spotlight-Excerpt & Giveaway: THE PROFESSOR AND THE BIRD by Roberta Franklin

Love between two different worlds, two different generations
The Professor and the Bird
Roberta Franklin
Genre: Romance

Publisher: Olympia Publishers

Publication Date: September 29, 2016
Professor Nikos Angelopoulos is working with his Greek-Turkish team at a dig in Turkey when one day a young motorcyclist gets stranded: Sally from Ireland, fresh and charming and a bit flirty. Very soon the Professor finds out that, despite her temperament, she's still very innocent and gullible, and he seems to develop fatherly feelings towards her, protecting her from the clear intentions of the young men at the camp.
Then she just happens to dig up a fragment of clay with an old Assyrian inscription in Hittite on it, and Nikos finds out that this inscription is the oldest one found so far in an Indo-European language. While celebrating their great find, Sally and Nikos discover their feelings for each other despite their age difference - but at the same time, an American millionaire turns up who wants to buy the clay fragment for his collection; and, although Nikos tells him it is a national treasure and not for sale, he won't take no for an answer. He tries to convince Nikos to sell it to him, and when that plan fails he calls in his gunmen...
Amid their ever-growing passion for each other, Nikos and Sally now have got to face a dangerous and violent gang of artefact thieves together with their brave international team of archaeologists and workers. Who will win the showdown at Kanesh camp - and will this unusual relationship between a scientist of sixty and a young adventuress of not yet thirty stand the test of time?
"True lovers of romance will fall to their knees over this sweet romance that proves love is just a number and when you meet your soul mate you do what ever you have to to be a part of their life."

- Valerie Frentz, Amazon Reviewer
"Roberta Franklin put her heart and soul into this story and it showcases every single bit of what makes us human, the story that touches your soul and makes you believe in humanity and finding that one true love."

- Igor Eliseev, Goodreads Reviewer

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American millionaire Jefferson, who wants the clay fragment, scolds his stooges as they fail to steal the fragment:

"You dopes!! You idiots!!" Jefferson was yelling at his "staff" again in the big suite back at the hotel; "Not only did you mess up your job at the dig completely, but you let those two get away from the hotel, too!!" When Steve dared to open his mouth and murmur: "Well, we couldn't have been at two places at the same time, could we?" all he got was another box on the ears. "Shut up!! Now they'll have gone off to the police to tell them everything, and they've even got evidence!"  I told you that, Steve thought to himself, but preferred not to say anything more. "Now," the big shot continued in a most pompous and commanding way, "we gotta act fast; there's no more time to lose! You three are gonna go out to the dig again, and you're gonna get that thing this time; take these to make sure!" He handed each of them an automatic pistol; and this time it was Greg who made an inappropriate remark: "Ain't we got any Uzis?"

"What do you think we're gonna do, start a war? Try to intimidate them first; someone must have that key, and I don't think that someone would wanna die for it - but if it's necessary, shoot! So get going now, you'll get further orders over the phone," he told them, and Bill was already getting a bit nervous: "You sure they ain't already on to us? I mean, maybe we better beat it right away..."

"No, you coward, I want that piece of clay first!! And anyway, stop trembling, they won't be on to us before noon - cops..." he sneered derisively, and told them again: "Now get going - and no more mistakes! See you in Salonika," he added; all three of them stared at him in disbelief, and Greg stuttered: "In... Salonika??"

"Yeah, I've already had a Greek passport made; I'll take the next plane to Istanbul and then the Orient Express from there, and by the time they'll have my photo at the border stations, I'll already be on Greek territory - and by the time they'll have sent it to Interpol, I'll already be lying on the beach in Mexico."


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About Roberta Franklin

Roberta Franklin, who was born in Germany in 1973 and studied History and English Literature in Munich, has been living in Greece since 1998. She has worked in various fields - as a journalist, as Social Hostess on a cruise ship, as an insurance agent - and during the past years she has been working as a freelance translator and a teacher of foreign languages. But her true passion has always been writing, and her favourite genre has always been romantic fiction.

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