Today I’m revealing the new cover of the first book in my Regency series, Handful of Hearts. I published it last Christmas, with a cover I designed myself. However, once the super-talented cover designer, Danielle Fine, created the most gorgeous covers for books 2 and 3, I had to have one just as beautiful for book 1. So here is the new, incredibly romantic and beautiful cover for A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe.
And to celebrate the new cover–and the recent release of Heart of Desire and Heart of Delight (Books 2 ad 3)–A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe will be FREE at Amazon from Friday, September 23 thru Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Here is the blurb for A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe, the prequel to the series.
Is one kiss ever enough?
Jenny Crowley has been duped! At her eighteenth birthday celebration her parents announce that instead of having the London Season she’s dreamed of for years, Jenny has been betrothed from birth to Alexander Isley, son of family friends and heir to a title. A distraught Jenny refuses point-blank to marry Alec, and when her aunt offers to whisk her away to a Christmas house party, complete with many eligible young bachelors, Jenny jumps at the chance to enjoy a variety of entertainments, be courted, and perhaps fall in love.
Alec Isley is between a rock and a hard place. He desires a marriage with Jenny no more than she does, but when his family’s dire financial status is revealed, he follows Jenny to the house party in hopes of convincing her to marry him after all. When he discovers who else is courting her there, Alec is frantic to keep her from making a dreadful mistake. Struggling with new-found feelings for his childhood friend, can Alec convince her of his love in time to save her from being ruined under the mistletoe?
And an excerpt:
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Somersby stepped into the center of the ballroom floor. “I propose a game of Blindman’s Bluff until the orchestra returns. As I deem myself a superior huntsman, I will take the first turn as ‘It.’” With easy dexterity, he wound the lacy white French scarf around his eyes and tied it at the back. “The rules are simple. First, you may not stray off the dance floor as it has been designated by Lady Marbury.”
A hum of excitement ran around the room, accompanied by squeals and an occasional shriek as ladies pressed back to the edges of the floor and were pushed forward by enthusiastic partners.
“The other one is that whomever I catch and identify, pays a forfeit, and becomes ‘It.’”
“What’s the forfeit, Somersby?” Stephen called from the end of the floor.
He grinned wickedly. “Each person chooses his own forfeit for his ‘victim.’”
The crowd burst into a low rumble of comment.
“Now I will turn myself in a circle three times.” He held his arms straight out and made a slow, dance-like circle in the middle of the empty floor. “When I stop, whoever is on the floor is fair game.”
Jenny skipped back, almost bumping into Lord Claremont. She giggled and made a dash across the floor to Celinda who stood behind several young men.
“This seems much more wicked than the game I played as a child,” she whispered to her friend.
“I daresay it will be for you, my dear.” Celinda leaned toward her. “I believe Somersby aims on catching only one person.”
Jenny’s head went up, her gaze drawn back to Somersby who stood like a beagle sniffing the air, turning his head from side to side.
“I think you’re going to be it.” Celinda laughed and scooted away as Lord Somersby made a rush toward them.
Jenny squealed and dodged around his outstretched arms, barely escaping the fingers that stretched toward her. She inched around the side of the ballroom, trying to slip behind some of the other players. They, however, kept constantly pushing her and the other girls into Somersby’s path. She held her breath, her back pressed against the onlookers at the side of the room as the young lord made his way toward her.
What would his forfeit be if he caught her? It couldn’t be but so scandalous. They were in front of dozens of people, and in the home of her aunt and uncle. Surely nothing…
Somersby stopped in front of her and the air whooshed out of her lungs. He stood still, and again the image of a hunting hound scenting the air arose in her mind.
“Now who might this be?” He stretched out his arms.
About to duck, Jenny took a step backward when a sudden push propelled her straight into Somersby’s waiting arms. She twisted her neck around and caught her cousin Eric sniggering. The dirty dish had pushed her.
Somersby bent his head down, sniffing her hair. “Ah, Miss Crowley. How lovely to see you again.” He released her and pulled the scarf from his eyes, a roguish grin spreading across his face.
“How…how did you know it was me?” Jenny gazed into the handsome face and her stomach clenched.
“The smell of jasmine will forever be linked to you in my mind, my dear,” he whispered in her ear.
Drat it. Her new perfume had betrayed her. Not that she truly minded being caught by him, but her body froze with dread at the thought of paying his forfeit. Oh, what would he ask of her?
“And for your forfeit, Miss Crowley, I claim…”
Another dance. Please, let him ask for another dance.
Jenny gasped as did most of the room around her. She’d be humiliated, ruined.
He grasped her hand and pulled her toward him.
HANDFUL OF HEARTS SERIES
A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe (Book 1) is available for FREE this weekend on Amazon.
Heart of Desire (Book 2) is available on Amazon.
Heart of Delight (Book 3) is available on Amazon.
And now for the announcement of the WINNERS of the GIVEAWAY celebrating the release of Heart of Delight:
WINNER OF THE $10.00 GIFT CARD
WINNERS OF A COPY OF HEART OF DELIGHT
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Thank all of you so much for helping me celebrate my newest release! Have a great weekend and I will be contacting you shortly to arrange for your gifts to be delivered.