Sweet Saturday Sample–7/28/12 Only Scandal Will Do

Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Sample!  All excerpts here are rated PG-13 or milder.

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I’m under a deadline for edits–Tuesday at the latest and 10 chapters to go!  Yikes!  So I may not get to return the visit to your blog until Tues. or Wed.  But I’ll be there!

Today I’m giving you a little more of Chapter 1 from my just released book, Only Scandal Will Do, where you get to meet Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury.  Hope you enjoy!

Portrait by Anton Raphael Mengs

Duncan Ferrers, the Marquess of Dalbury, reared his frame back in the worn leather office chair with a sullen sigh at the mound of papers piled on either side of the usually tidy desk. When one removed to Italy for almost a year leaving a steward to look after things, chaos reigned.

Chaos ate up time better spent in pleasant pursuits, such as drinking at White’s, or gaming at Worthing’s, or exploring the delights of Amorina, his special sweet meat at Madame Vestry’s House of Pleasure. Amorina, Madame Vestry herself, had been his mistress for two years prior to his departure. Duncan wondered idly who had replaced him during his absence, and sighed once more.

He opened the desk drawer and withdrew a piece of heavy cream-colored

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paper, folded and sealed with a blob of blood red wax imprinted with the entwined initials AV. Duncan raised the letter to his nose, closing his eyes briefly at the familiar smell of orange blossoms. He read again his name in the familiar, bold, cursive hand. It had arrived two days ago, but remained unopened. Why had she written?

Amorina was no longer for him.

Duncan threw the missive into the drawer, slammed it shut, then groaned anew. It would take a month to sort through the bills alone. He plucked another receipt from the pile that never seemed to shrink, then stopped. Damn. Aunt Phoebe’s masquerade ball this evening required an appearance. A nuisance, but a necessity. For the family.

Oh, to hell with business. He flung the bill down and came to his feet. If it had waited a year, it could wait one more day.

I hope you enjoyed this  sample and stop by SSS tomorrow for six sentences more from Only Scandal Will Do.  And today be sure to click here to visit more Sweet Samples.

As part of my release week celebration, today I’m giving away copies of books from my back list to two lucky commenters who answer this question and leave your email address:  What initials are in the wax on the envelope Duncan throws back into the drawer?

Only Scandal Will Do is available at AmazonOnly Scandal Will Do @ iTunesARe, and Lyrical Press where it’s on sale for $3.00!

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14 Responses to Sweet Saturday Sample–7/28/12 Only Scandal Will Do

  1. bn100 says:

    Very nice excerpt. Answer is AV.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. Meg Mims says:

    Oooh, great details! AV, and I always loved using sealing wax on my letters when I was a teen. ;-D Shades of Jane Austen…

  3. *sigh* A marques’s work is never done. I wonder what’s in that letter he threw into the desk drawer. A “Dear John” letter? A threat? I’ll keep reading to find out!

  4. Carrie-Anne says:

    Nice introduction to the character!

    The initials were AV. CarrieAnne79 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. donnablhmistress says:

    The initials on the envelope were AV

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. The initials were AV.
    Thanks for the snippet!!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  7. Even though I’ve read this book already, I still love reading your excerpts. I already feel the urge to reread it, Jenna! And it’s only been a week. :)

  8. kimmyl says:

    with the entwined initials AV. I loved the excerpt and book cover.

    readingdiva@ymail.com

  9. flchen1 says:

    Hmm… AV’s initials are on the envelope… Great excerpt, Jenna!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  10. Never put off until tomorrow what should be done today <– a prim but boring response. It's a lot more fun, in this case, for him to put it off. Well, fun for we readers. :) Good post, Jenna.

  11. Cera duBois says:

    Great little sample!!!

  12. Lindsay says:

    Bet the letter is from Amorina

  13. Louise says:

    What initials are in the wax on the envelope Duncan throws back into the drawer?
    AV

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