Wedding the Widow will release on July 31, 2018!
Welcome to the first of my snippets from my next upcoming release, book 2 of The Widow’s Club series, Wedding the Widow, which will release in print and e-book on July 31. This has been a very busy summer!
In this week’s snippet I’m beginning at the beginning. Lord Brack (Jemmy to his family and friends) and Mrs. Elizabeth Easton, are attending the Harvest Festival while at a house party in Wrotham Village, Kent. The festival is about to finish with a somewhat potent ritual called the Crowning of the Corn Maiden.
(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)
Lord Brack led them to the edge of the circle that had formed around the hulking Michael Thorne, the Harvest Lord, and four young women—local girls vying for the honor of being crowned Wrotham’s Corn Maiden.
“They do look pretty,” Elizabeth said, motioning to the figures obviously decked out in their finest, most colorful garb, their hair unbound, flowing around their shoulders and spilling over their breasts.
“Yes, they are a bevy of country beauties, aren’t they? Mr. Thorne’s going to have a difficult time choosing his Corn Maiden,” Lord Brack said, his eyes sparkling as he sipped more ale. “The three not chosen will be quite disappointed, I fear; Michael Thorne’s a very handsome lad.”
“Does he choose a girl to marry him?”
“Oh, no, nothing quite so permanent; he claims a kiss only, said to keep the fields fertile through the winter and into the spring.”
“That must be some kiss.”
Lord Brack took another pull at his ale, the torchlight throwing his features into sharp relief, and he said, “According to Lord Wrotham, it used to be quite a bit more than just a kiss.” He gazed into her face, the gleam in his eyes transforming suddenly into hunger.
“Will she say yes a second time?”
After enduring years of war, Jemmy, Lord Brack, plans to defer matrimony in favor of carefree pleasure. But who could resist a lifetime with Elizabeth Easton, a woman as marvelously sensual as she is sweet? Yet despite their mutual desire, she refuses to consider his proposal. With scandal looming, and their families bitterly opposed to the match, Jemmy must find a way to convince Elizabeth to risk her wary heart on him—and turn one infamous night into forever . . .
Books in The Widow’s Club series:
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.