I’m back from my yearly trek to my friend’s cabin in the woods of New York State. Extremely productive trip: I completed first round edits for Only A Mistress Will Do, wrote an outline for the second Widow book, To Take a Widow to Wife, and wrote three chapters of it. Plus lots of conversation, great food, and outdoor living. I really did not want to come home!
This is the final post from Heart of Desire. Next week I’ll go on to August’s “Book of the Month,” Heart of Delight. It’s Book 3 in my Regency series Handful of Hearts, and another sweet Regency.
The time is the beginning of the Season in London, May 5, 1820. Miss Katherine Locke is waltzing with Lord Haversham at Lady Hamilton’s ball. Lord Haversham has demonstrated the scandalous nature of the waltz and is now escorting her off the ballroom floor. Lord Haversham escorted her to her brother, Lord Ainsley and Kate and Haversham have continued to trade barbs.
This week I’m continuing to the end of the card game between friends Lord Haversham and Lord Ainsley, Kate’s brother. Ainsley has just informed Marcus that he owes him three thousand pounds from tonight’s game and others earlier in the week. Hope you enjoy!
“I beg your pardon, Ainsley. I meant to get the money from Uncle Parminter, but I couldn’t run him to ground. I’ll bring it around directly tomorrow morning.” God help him if his uncle refused.
“There is a way you can take care of this matter with your uncle none the wiser.” Ainsley picked up the leather pouch and dropped it on top of the last trick Marcus had taken. “Marry my sister, and the debt is paid in full.”
Follow your heart to find your desire
Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her 3rd season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find herself falling for the handsome lord against her will.
Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost 3,000 pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him 10, 000 more for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Kate until he can woo her and charm her into marrying him.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Heart of Desire should release in late August! (I promise!)
The prequel, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe, is available at Amazon currently on sale for $.99.