Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/22/2023 ~ Time Enough to Love ~ “What is Amiss?”

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

I’m starting a new set of snippets this week, from the very first book I ever wrote. Time Enough to Love is the book of my heart and this month I put it up on Kindle Unlimited for the very first time. So to celebrate, I thought I’d take snippets from it for January before going on to one of my currebt WIPs. Some of you may remember these characters, but I hope everyone will enjoy their story.

 

BLURB:

When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend.

From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.

As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?

I’m skipping ahead to Chapter 7, where the first banns for Alyse’s marriage to Geoffrey have been read.  Enjoy!

EXCERPT:

“Good morrow, Lady Alyse.” Geoffrey stopped short. “What is amiss, my lady? You look very unkindly for such a lovely morning.”

“What is amiss?” Alyse bristled, even more outraged that he did not immediately understand her fears. “You even need to ask what is amiss? Were you asleep when you stood before the altar that you did not see all the courtiers’ eyes on us? On me!” Her stomach clenched at the thought.

And a little more for good measure…

“You mean when the banns were read?”

Alyse gave him a withering look and stalked silently from the chapel.

“You did not wish to have the banns for our marriage read? Have you still no regard or trust for me then, Lady Alyse?” There was an undertone of pique in his voice.

They had reached the corridor outside the chapel, carried forward by the momentum of Alyse’s indignation. She turned to him, her mouth open, a stinging retort on her lips. Would he ever think only of himself? “’Tis not about—”

The sight of his face froze the words on her tongue.

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

Time Enough to Love, Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered are now all available on KU. Click each title to grab your copies!

Time Enough to Love Novels and Novellas 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/15/2023 ~ Time Enough to Love ~ “God Have Mercy on Me”

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

I’m starting a new set of snippets this week, from the very first book I ever wrote. Time Enough to Love is the book of my heart and this month I put it up on Kindle Unlimited for the very first time. So to celebrate, I thought I’d take snippets from it for January before going on to one of my currebt WIPs. Some of you may remember these characters, but I hope everyone will enjoy their story.

 

BLURB:

When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend.

From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.

As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?

I’m starting at the beginning of Chapter 2, as Lady Alyse de Courcey is being introduced to the man she must marry. The king has just announced he will name the man now. Enjoy!

EXCERPT:

The king straightened, glanced at her then at the man by her side.

“What say you then, Sir Geoffrey? Does the lady not speak fair? I vow she will make you a proper wife and a dutiful one as well.”

Alyse turned, until that moment unaware that Geoffrey Longford stood beside her. Chills coursed down her body as the king’s words echoed in her mind. The sensation of falling backward assailed her, as though she rushed away from the tall man at her side even as his figure loomed larger and larger in her sight.

Not Lord Braeton.

Her numbed brain repeated the phrase, trying to comprehend that instead he would be her husband–Geoffrey Longford.

God have mercy on me, for by the look of him, this man will not.

And a little more for good measure…

Fearful, she cringed as her gaze climbed higher, over his chest, over his chin, finally resting on the dark blue eyes turned toward her.

Geoffrey returned her appraisal, his gaze sweeping her figure as a smile crept over his face. “Your Majesty.” He spoke to the king but his attention remained fixed on Alyse. “When my father told me of the betrothal contract before I left his home, I resolved to play the dutiful son. Now, however, I find I do not wish to act that role after all.” His eyes held hers as he paused.

Dear God, does he mean to renounce me here before the entire court?

 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

Time Enough to Love, Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered are now all available on KU. Click each title to grab your copies!

Time Enough to Love Novels and Novellas 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/08/2023 ~ Time Enough to Love ~ Present Yourself

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

I’m starting a new set of snippets this week, from the very first book I ever wrote. Time Enough to Love is the book of my heart and this month I put it up on Kindle Unlimited for the very first time. So to celebrate, I thought I’d take snippets from it for January before going on to one of my currebt WIPs. Some of you may remember these characters, but I hope everyone will enjoy their story.

 

BLURB:

When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend.

From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.

As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?

I’m starting at the beginning of Chapter 2, as Lady Alyse de Courcey is being introduced to the man she must marry. Enjoy!

EXCERPT:

“Lady Alyse de Courcy,” King Edward called out again, bringing Alyse’s head up like a startled deer, “present yourself before the court.”

Alyse shot off her seat.

“I beg pardon, sire.” She hurried from behind the table, too aware of all the eyes now on her. As she moved to stand before the king, the low drone of many voices rose around the room.

“Impudent girl.”

“I’d not want to be in her place.”

“Do you think the king will…”

Each snatch of conversation made her heart beat faster. What will he do to me?

And a little more for good measure…

She stopped several feet from the dais and the room hushed as though everyone held their breath.

“What do you require of me, Majesty?” Her mouth so dry she could taste sand, Alyse fought to speak in a normal tone. With a sigh of relief, she dropped into a deep curtsy, hiding her face in the folds of her skirt. If only she could remain bowed thus before His Majesty for the remainder of the evening.

King Edward laughed. “Obedience, Lady Alyse, as I require of all my subjects. As your father requires of his daughter.”

Her heart thumped wildly in her breast. That could mean but one thing.

“Rise, my lady.”

She did so on unsteady feet. “I am ready, as always, Your Majesty, to obey my father as I would you.” Holy Mary, let it be Lord Braeton.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

Time Enough to Love, Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered are now all available on KU. Click each title to grab your copies!

Time Enough to Love Novels and Novellas 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/01/2023 ~ The Christmas Pact ~ An Inconvenient Notion

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I am welcoming 2023 with open arms.

The fall and winter months of 2022 did their best to destroy me, with multiple pet deaths and, just before Christmas, a dire health scare that had me all but parylized with fear. But everything turned out fine, thank God, and I am able to get my head back in the game and write once more.

This is my final snippet from The Christmas Pact. I’ll start on a new work next week to begin 2023 with a bang!

 

BLURB:

When Charlie and Henrietta were children they swore a pact that if Henrietta reached her twenty-first birthday and wasn’t married, Charlie would step in and keep her from being an old maid. They even sealed it with a kiss under the mistletoe.

Now, eleven years later, Charlie comes to London to see if Henrietta is betrothed or not and, more importantly, if she remembers their pact. What he finds is a beautiful, grown-up Henrietta,  who remembers him warmly but who is also on the brink of accepting the suit of another man.

Can Charlie help her remember their promise–and that kiss–before it’s too late?

I’ve moved several chapters ahead so you can get a better look at Charlie and Henrietta’s characters. They are at dinner with Henrietta’s parents, her sister, and brother-in-law.

EXCERPT:

Mama shook her finger toward Charlie’s chest, putting him in real danger of being speared if he didn’t comply. “She must have five or ten suitors vying for her hand this very minute,” Mama paused to beam at Henrietta, and she braced herself for what would surely come, “but she has finally decided Lord Foxstone, out of all of them, has stolen her heart.”

“Mama!” One could not scold one’s mother, but Henrietta sorely wished she could. “I have decided no such thing.”

“You certainly seem happy every time he calls here.”

So much for the social niceties. “If I do, it is because you raised me to be polite and gracious. A lady must make gentlemen who call on her feel welcome. That does not mean I have decided to marry them all.”

And a little more for good measure…

“That would be inconvenient, don’t you think?” Charlie shot her a conspiratorial look. “Marrying more than one man — besides being illegal — would be fraught with other dilemmas. Which husband would you live with? Which title would you take? Which one would help you raise the children?”

Stunned looks on the rest of the family’s faces prodded Henrietta to jump in before he got them into even more trouble. “Charlie, you are simply the worst tease. Don’t you remember how he used to tease me all the time?”

Silence told Henrietta that Charlie’s quirky sense of humor was lost on the rest of her family. Best move on to another topic before things get worse. “Did you remember Christmas is my birthday, Charlie?”

“How could I forget that, Hen?” His incredulous look made a ripple of heat flow down her back. “You’re the only person I know whose birthday is on December 25th. That’s pretty special, don’t you think? Not everyone’s born on Christmas.”

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

The Christmas Pact is available on for .99 on  Amazon and KU in the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London anthology.

Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London as well as all of my Christmas novellas are available on Amazon for just .99! Enjoy! Grab them all from my Amazon page.

 

My Christmas Novels and Novellas 

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023!!!!

 

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

And as 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, my bunny Earl Grey wishes you peace and prosperity in the coming year as well!

 

 

Enjoy your New Year’s Day!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 12/18/22 ~ The Christmas Pact ~ “Are You Married?”

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Happy December!!!

Looking forward to a merry month, I’m starting snippets from my brand new Christmas novella, The Christmas Pact, which was published last week in the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London anthology.

 

BLURB:

When Charlie and Henrietta were children they swore a pact that if Henrietta reached her twenty-first birthday and wasn’t married, Charlie would step in and keep her from being an old maid. They even sealed it with a kiss under the mistletoe.

Now, eleven years later, Charlie comes to London to see if Henrietta is betrothed or not and, more importantly, if she remembers their pact. What he finds is a beautiful, grown-up Henrietta,  who remembers him warmly but who is also on the brink of accepting the suit of another man.

Can Charlie help her remember their promise–and that kiss–before it’s too late?

EXCERPT:

“Mr. Charles Newkirk, yes.” He frowned, peering down at her, then slowly his eyes widened. “Henrietta?”

“My gracious.” Henrietta staggered backward and he caught her arm again. “Charlie!” Without thought, she threw her arms around his neck and hugged him tight.

He returned the hug then gently set her back on the ground. “How wonderful to see you again, Lady Henrietta,” his gaze slid to the two boys gawking at them, “or are you married now, my lady?”

And a little more for good measure…

Henrietta followed his gaze and shook her head, laughing. “These are my younger brothers. George, Henry, say hello to a very dear friend of mine, Mr. Charles Newkirk.”

“Hello.” The pair spoke in unison, as they were wont to do.

“Good morning, Master George, Master Henry.” Charlie stared at them, frowning.  “They weren’t—”

“No, they were born after we left Haverhill.” Henrietta took his arm, almost afraid he would disappear if she didn’t keep him beside her.

“After your father inherited the title.”

Nodding, Henrietta steered them to the bench the boys had used to ambush her. “Why don’t you boys build a snowman while I speak to Mr. Newkirk for a moment?”

“All right, Henrietta.” George dutifully knelt and started gathering snow into another ball. It occurred to Henrietta that he might take the opportunity to fire the snowball at her again, but he seemed more than happy to roll the ball around on the snowy ground, gathering snow as he went. Henry had run underneath a tree and was tugging at a branch half hidden under fallen leaves. With both of her brothers occupied, Henrietta turned her attention back to Charlie, amazement filling her once more.

 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

The Christmas Pact is available on for .99 on  Amazon and KU in the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London anthology.

Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London as well as all of my Christmas novellas are available on Amazon for just .99! Enjoy! Grab them all from my Amazon page.

 

My Christmas Novels and Novellas 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 12/11/22 ~ The Christmas Pact ~ “Are You All Right?”

 

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Happy December!!!

Looking forward to a merry month, I’m starting snippets from my brand new Christmas novella, The Christmas Pact, which was published last week in the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London anthology.

 

BLURB:

When Charlie and Henrietta were children they swore a pact that if Henrietta reached her twenty-first birthday and wasn’t married, Charlie would step in and keep her from being an old maid. They even sealed it with a kiss under the mistletoe.

Now, eleven years later, Charlie comes to London to see if Henrietta is betrothed or not and, more importantly, if she remembers their pact. What he finds is a beautiful, grown-up Henrietta,  who remembers him warmly but who is also on the brink of accepting the suit of another man.

Can Charlie help her remember their promise–and that kiss–before it’s too late?

EXCERPT:

“Oh drat!” was all Henrietta could get out before the boys landed their snowballs with much better accuracy. George’s hit her squarely in the chest, showering snow all over her new blue pelisse. Henry, however, had much more deadly aim, striking her right between the eyes.

Henrietta staggered backward, blinded by the icy particles. Her feet slipped out from under her and she sat down hard on the cold ground, her head spinning.

“Hen… Henrietta!” The boys’ shrieks grew closer until their hands were on her, patting her cheeks. “Are you all right, Henrietta?”

“Good grief, are you all right?”

That voice didn’t belong to the boys at all.

And a little more for good measure…

Shaking her head to clear it, Henrietta wiped the snow from her face and peered up at the speaker, a gentleman in a tall beaver hat with snow sticking to the brim. The man she’d pummeled with her snowball, no doubt. Oh, but there’d be the devil to pay for her morning of fun. “Yes, I believe I’m all in one piece, thank you.”

“Thank goodness. Here,” he grasped her hand, “allow me to help you up.”

Not that she had any choice in the matter.

The gentleman put his other arm around her shoulder and lifted her as though she were a mere feather, setting her on her feet before she could even blink.

“Thank you, sir.” She wobbled and his grip increased, steadying her until she was able to stand without swaying. “You are most kind, considering I should be the one apologizing to you. I am dreadfully sorry to have hit you… um,” at last she managed to look the gentleman in the face, “or rather your hat.”

“Think nothing of it, ma’am.” The wide smile on his face reminded her of someone. His voice, too, although it was deeper than she remembered…

“Charlie?” She searched his face, looking for the boy she’d grown up with. Surely it couldn’t be…

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

The Christmas Pact is available on for .99 on  Amazon and KU in the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London anthology.

Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London as well as all of my Christmas novellas are available on Amazon for just .99! Enjoy! Grab them all from my Amazon page.

 

My Christmas Novels and Novellas 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 12/04/22 ~ The Christmas Pact ~ “No Fair!”

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Happy December!!!

Looking forward to a merry month, I’m starting snippets from my brand new Christmas novella, The Christmas Pact, which was published last week in the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London anthology.

 

BLURB:

When Charlie and Henrietta were children they swore a pact that if Henrietta reached her twenty-first birthday and wasn’t married, Charlie would step in and keep her from being an old maid. They even sealed it with a kiss under the mistletoe.

Now, eleven years later, Charlie comes to London to see if Henrietta is betrothed or not and, more importantly, if she remembers their pact. What he finds is a beautiful, grown-up Henrietta,  who remembers him warmly but who is also on the brink of accepting the suit of another man.

Can Charlie help her remember their promise–and that kiss–before it’s too late?

EXCERPT:

The frigid air stung Lady Henrietta Price’s cheeks, but she hardly cared as she stooped, gathered a handful of snow, and quickly shaped it into a ball. Laughing, she dodged similar missiles lobbed by the pair of young boys opposite her, firing them from behind a bench in the small park across from their London townhouse in Berkley Square. “Come on, George, you can do better than that.”

The taunt accomplished just what Henrietta had hoped, for it drew George out from behind the bench long enough for her to toss her snowball directly at his unprotected face.

Splat!

Snow exploded all over him, obscuring his expression, which Henrietta suspected was abject surprise. “Caught you out, Georgie.”

Stalwart, George scrubbed the icy mess from his face and stuck his tongue out at Henrietta. “No fair!”

“How is scoring a spectacular hit on someone during a snowball fight ‘no fair,’ Georgie?”

And a little more for good measure…

Not waiting for a reply, Henrietta dropped down again, hurriedly scooping snow together before George or, more likely Henry, could retaliate.

“Come on, George. We have to get her while she’s busy making her weapons.”

She peeked up at the pair, who were advancing on her at an alarming rate. Henrietta packed the snow as best she could, drew back her arm and flung the rather large snowball with terrific speed. Unfortunately, in her haste, her aim was badly off.

The snowball sailed past the boys, over the wrought iron fence that surrounded the park, and hit the tall black hat of a gentleman passing by.

 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

The Christmas Pact is available on for .99 on  Amazon and KU in the Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London anthology.

Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London as well as all of my Christmas novellas are available on Amazon for just .99! Enjoy! Grab them all from my Amazon page.

 

My Christmas Novels and Novellas 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 11/27/22 ~ Heart of Hope ~ Securing the Supper Dance

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Happy November!!!

Sadly, it has not been a happy month for my family. Our pets have had a rough time this month, losing our bunny, Daphne, and medical issues with two of our cats and my older daughter’s dog. Now, this past Friday, our beloved cat, Marmalade, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We adopted her 18 years ago, so she was about 19 years old. She’d been in bad health for about a year and a half, and managed to injure herself Friday morning, sustaining a bad laceration just above her tail. When the vet tried to stitch it, her skin was so frail it wouldn’t hold sutures. They also discovered a bleeding problem that could not be controlled, so in the end we had to let her go. She was my daughter’s cat, and unfortunately she now lives in Chicago. But she was able to see her via FaceTime and say goodbye. Rest in Peace, Marmalade. I’ll bet you’re in the Great Outback enjoying chasing voles once more.

Today is the final day for snippets from my novella, Heart of Hope, part of my Handful of Hearts series, that released about a year ago. It is Bertie Symmonds and Lady Letitia Stowe’s story, so now onward to the snippets!

 

BLURB:

Wallflower Lady Letitia Stowe is determined to dance with no one at Lady Hamilton’s ball unless she knows the gentleman. When just such a man appears in the form of Albert Symmons, Letitia is suddenly eager to dance with him…until she discovers their set is the scandalous waltz. Letitia begs off and instead they talk together, each confessing a weakness. Inspired to help one another, they make a pact: she will instruct him in dancing, and he will do likewise for her in horseback riding. Their frequent meetings grow into true affection and respect; however, Letitia discovers her brother has another match in mind for her.

Can Letitia and Bertie come up with a way to change her brother’s mind or will they need to take more drastic measures to secure a “happily ever after”?

I’m skipping to the end of the chapter as Bertie gives it another try to secure a dance from  Lady Letitia. Enjoy!

EXCERPT:

“Lady Letitia, I am certain you’re fit to drop right now,” he cut his gaze at her partner, who seemed annoyed at the intrusion, “but might I ask you for the supper dance? I believe there will be sufficient time for you to recover, should you need to.”

“I say, Symmons, that sounds awfully like a disparagement of my abilities as a partner.” Kettering’s peevish voice grated on Bertie’s ears. On Lady Letitia’s as well, he hoped.

Despite his wish to shove his fist in Kettering’s face, Bertie had no desire to cause a scene. “N’tall, my lord. The lady hasn’t danced much this evening. Naturally, her first dance would be an exertion for her.”

And a little more for good measure…

The lady’s eyes, which had been dull and lifeless, brightened a trifle. “You are perfectly correct, thank you, Mr. Symmons.” Pausing, Lady Letitia peered at him, seeming to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of accepting him. Her aunt would surely wish her to dance with more than one partner tonight. That, at least, was in his favor. “I would be delighted to give you the supper dance.”

Bertie grinned from ear to ear, although why her acceptance was suddenly so important, he couldn’t say. Perhaps because he believed if Kettering had asked for it, she would have said no. Perhaps because he experienced a sudden need to protect Lady Letitia from louts like Kettering, who thought only of themselves and nothing of their partner. “Thank you, my lady. I will look forward to it.”

“Excuse us, Symmons.” Kettering had taken the lady’s arm again. “I really must return my partner to Lady Romley.”

If only there were some means to spirit her away from his lordship and escort her back to her aunt himself.

Lady Letitia sent a pleading look to Bertie and that was all it took. “As I am to be her next partner, Kettering, allow me to accompany the lady. That way you can secure your next partner as well.” He held his arm out to Lady Letitia, who disengaged from his lordship quick as a wink and linked her arm with his.

Kettering sent Bertie a chilling glare then bowed to Lady Letitia. “It was such a pleasure to have you as my partner, my lady. I hope you will allow me the opportunity to partner you again. Soon.” With an abrupt turn, he strode toward the card room.

“Thank you, Mr. Symmons.” Lady Letitia smiled up at him.

“My pleasure entirely, my lady.” Bertie smiled, utterly satisfied with Kettering’s huff. “Now let me take you back to your aunt. Don’t want her sending your brother after you.” Lord Kettering was one thing. The Earl of Haversham, however, was beyond Bertie. “I’d like to survive long enough to dance with you.”

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

Next week I’ll go into Christmas mode with snippets from my newest Christmas novella, The Christmas Pact, available this coming Monday in the 2022 Christmas anthology, Nine Ladies Dancing.

Heart of Hope is available on AmazonSmashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo.

 

The Handful of Hearts series

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 11/20/22 ~ Heart of Hope ~ ” I Will Dance This Set With You”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

Happy November!!!

This month I’m going to my novella, Heart of Hope, also part of my Handful of Hearts series, that released about a year ago. It is Bertie Symmonds and Lady Letitia Stowe’s story, so now onward to the snippets!

 

 

BLURB:

Wallflower Lady Letitia Stowe is determined to dance with no one at Lady Hamilton’s ball unless she knows the gentleman. When just such a man appears in the form of Albert Symmons, Letitia is suddenly eager to dance with him…until she discovers their set is the scandalous waltz. Letitia begs off and instead they talk together, each confessing a weakness. Inspired to help one another, they make a pact: she will instruct him in dancing, and he will do likewise for her in horseback riding. Their frequent meetings grow into true affection and respect; however, Letitia discovers her brother has another match in mind for her.

Can Letitia and Bertie come up with a way to change her brother’s mind or will they need to take more drastic measures to secure a “happily ever after”?

I’m continuing on directly from last week’s snippet as Bertie asks Lady Letitia to dance. Enjoy!

EXCERPT:

“Then we must remedy that immediately, Lady Letitia.”

Letitia jerked her head up, frowning at the unfamiliar voice that had barged in on their private conversation.

A young gentleman with an eager face had crept up on her unawares while she and Mr. Symmons talked.

Letitia wrinkled her brow. She should remember him if they’d been introduced. The man was dressed in flawless black evening dress, complete with white waistcoat and an elaborately tied cravat with a flashy gold and diamond pin affixed in the center of it. But she’d been introduced to many of the gentlemen in attendance this evening and at some point had stopped paying attention. Had this been one of them?

And a little more for good measure…

Aunt Alexandra seemed to have the same question. “Have we been introduced, young man?”

“Yes, Lady Romley” He bowed elegantly. “Lord Kettering, ma’am. Son of the Earl of Pytchley. We were introduced briefly by Lady Hamilton, at which point I determined I must ask Lady Letitia to partner me in a set this evening.”

Drat! Caught like a mouse in a trap. Letitia looked from Mr. Symmons, with whom she wanted to stand up, to Lord Kettering, with whom she now must dance, to Aunt Alexandra, who was shooting daggers at her from coal black eyes. Letitia sighed. If she had her wish, she’d be in bed alongside her sisters right now.

“Yes, Lord Kettering, I will dance this set with you.” Resigned, but trying not to show it, Letitia sent one sorrowful look to Mr. Symmons before Lord Kettering placed her hand in the crook of his arm and led her onto the dance floor.

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