Sweet Saturday Sample: 9/08/12 Only Scandal Will Do

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

Yesterday I revealed my brand new book trailer for Only Scandal Will Do, so today I’m posting a new sample from Scandal for Sweet Saturday Sample .  The trailer was created by the fantastically talented Danielle Fine.  I absolutely love it!  Take a look, then continue on to my sample.


Before she sails back to Virginia, Katarina agrees to a night out on the town with her brother.  They end the night at a ball given by Lord and Lady Braeton.

Lady Braeton steered Kat toward several young swains with the purpose of making introductions. Kat was flattered at the attention, as she had been all night. First her brother had insisted they go to Lady Grangerly’s crush, then Lady Harcourt’s rout, and now the Braeton’s ball. Everywhere she was introduced, complimented, made to feel a welcome part of ton society. She accepted a glass of champagne from one of the young men she’d just met. If only March fifteenth had been a dream, life would be very sweet right now.

Jack was still talking to Lord Braeton, but another young man, taller than Jack and rather lean under his excellently cut green velvet coat, had joined the two men. Kat turned her head away and appraised him from the corner of her eye. Dark blond hair, or maybe golden brown. And a well-muscled leg. He must be part of this horsey set Jack had told her about. A fine figure of a man. Why was she now taking notice of men when she was bound for one three thousand miles away? She smiled at the notion.

Jack motioned her to return to him and handed her glass to a passing servant. As she neared the group, the young man in green glanced up and stopped, seemed arrested at the sight of her. His eyes widened. Had they already met? His face seemed familiar. Something about the chin, perhaps?

She was almost upon the group when the young man finished turning toward her. He stared at her with eyes so dark brown they were almost black. Three thin, purplish scars marred his left cheek.

The floor of the ballroom buckled beneath Katarina’s feet and Lord Braeton’s hand shot out to steady her. The music stopped and her tortured breathing sounded harsh in her ears. She supposed her face paled, for her hands grew numb with cold and she swallowed convulsively several times, trying with all her hard-earned discipline not to vomit before the assembly. She clasped her hands to stop them from shaking.

Jack looked inquisitively at her but said only, “Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam, I wish to make known to you the Marquess of Dalbury.”

“A chance meeting brings them together.”  But is it really chance?

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


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9 Responses to Sweet Saturday Sample: 9/08/12 Only Scandal Will Do

  1. Clearly a crucial scene! Well done. The trailer is lovely, too.


  2. Carrie-Anne says:

    Great sample! I love her reaction to recognizing him.


  3. That’s a powerful sample, Jenna. It’s so descriptive of her almost-fainting feelings. Really well done!


  4. Great reaction! I loved the excerpt.


  5. There are so many things in this scene to make me keep turning pages! Katarina’s feeling that she has met him before, his reaction to her, and those three scars on his cheek. Did she put them there?


  6. I loved her reaction. Full of emotion.


  7. jerridrennen says:

    Very, very nice, Jenna!


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