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The Call House by C.P. Stiles - Book Blast and Giveaway
The Call House
by C.P. Stiles
GENRE: Historical Fiction
A war on
vice In Washington, DC—a city constantly awash in scandals? Hard to believe,
but it really happened.Only not
exactly the way it’s told here.
Mattie Simon knows is that she wants adventure and her hometown doesn’t have
any. She wants independence, maybe some romance.
Andrew Stevens wants is to do his job as a newly-elected congressman.
Washington has a way of changing people—even when they get what they want.
and funny, The Call House takes you back to a time of relative innocence, when
people flocked to the nation’s capital to do good works and instead got caught
up in sex, money, and politics. What else would you expect?
BETTY Prince gently tugged on the frayed cord from
the Venetian blinds. If she pulled too hard, the blinds would slip off their
brackets and crash to the floor, startling the Congressman awake. She only
wanted to let in the sunlight, to let Congressman Stevens know his long night
of working in his office was over. It was the third time this week she’d found
him asleep on that cracked leather couch. He was working too hard.
Andrew Stevens kept his eyes shut against the sun.
He could feel the stiffness in his neck from sleeping without a pillow. His
legs felt tight from trying to fit his six-foot-two-inch frame onto a couch
four inches too short. He could tell he needed a shower. But he wasn’t ready to
face the day and he wasn’t ready for another one of Betty’s lectures. She meant
well, but the last thing he needed in Washington was another woman watching
Too many of his colleagues’ wives had already
overwhelmed him with kindness. His small refrigerator held more casseroles,
more congealing dishes of Welsh rarebit, than he could eat in a month. Plus,
all the dinner invitations. Always to meet some eligible niece in town
visiting. Some dear female friend.
The wives embarrassed him by saying they were sure
he’d be one of the brightest stars in Congress. They insisted he needed a good
woman behind him to help him get ahead. His own mother, back home in Michigan,
wrote him weekly to say the same thing.
AUTHOR Bio and
P. Stiles is a fiction writer living in Washington, DC. This is her first novel
been writing all my life.
I first heard the story about the best-known, high-priced call house on the
East Coast located right in the middle of a nice residential neighborhood - I
was intrigued. I'm still not sure why. Even after spending a few years
researching and many more years writing. Maybe it's the idea of having
something sort of shady going on right down the street and none of the
neighbors had the faintest idea. (Warning: No sex or even steamy scenes)