JUDGE, 2ND ANNUAL WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED EBOOK AWARDS - 2014:
"In Spring Fever and Black Chocolate by Rose D. Franklyn we are presented with a story that takes a frank and appetizing look at lust and sex, and keeps the actions hot while still based on believable characters and situations. The title seems to this reader to be evocative and frisky, perfectly in line with the tone of the book. The overall design of the book is professional with a cover image for the book that is enticing and right in line with the tone and overall gestures of the book. The interior layout is professional and readable. The writing style here is very compelling and readable. Page 17 offers a solid early example of this. We know Elise and live inside her head and that allows the writer to have a line like Delete. Delete. Delete. and have it read as perfectly in tone and character. We are carried along quickly with plot developments because of the sharp impressions and personalities that have been developed. Another aspect of this are the chapters themselves which are developed in a way that is clear and exciting, with little hooks and compelling moments embedded throughout and designed to keep you reading."
From the Author
Writing contemporary romance novels came about more by accident than by design. In 2012, when I retired from managing the New Edinburgh Players, a fundraising community theatre here in Ottawa, which I had founded in 1980, it was suggested to me to write my memoirs.
After running the theatre for 33 seasons and with 51 productions under my direction, I had plenty of material to write titillating stories that occurred onstage and backstage. However, I felt uncomfortable writing my memoirs. I knew too much. I needed a disguise. Enter the romance genre. So, with a pinch of truth and a kilo of imagination -- I've plenty of the latter -- I embarked on the Sex and the Seasons series under the pseudonym Rose D. Franklyn.
The "seasons" in the series name refer to the play seasons at the York Street Playhouse, while the "sex" part ... well, readers will have to find that out for themselves in the books.
I would like readers to know that my novels are not erotica. They are erotic novels with a purpose set in solid, contemporary romantic plots. Into these plots, I inject realistic drama and suspense, a touch of humour and a lot of steam and sizzle -- all in good taste and without violence. The story line is more important to me than the sexually explicit scenes.
The Heart Asks No Questions - Sylvia's Story, book 1 in the novella series is perfect for busy people who wish to relax between chores. The story is based on true facts, which inspired me to write this powerful love story.