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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!
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
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?