This week, instead of moving immediately to my Halloween short story, Hearts at All Hallow’s Eve, Book 5 of Handful of Hearts, I’m giving you a peek at a new novella that’s just released in a Christmas boxed set, Yuletide Happily Ever Afters: A Merry Little Set of Regency Romances.
Married by Christmas
After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her.
This scene if from the beginning of the novella, where Will is about to make a wager.
(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)
Eyebrows raised, Marianne took his arm and let him lead her to her father’s London townhouse; the warmth of his arm penetrated the sleeves of her pelisse and gown. Will had always been such a wonderful friend, irritating and comforting by turns. At his boast, she giggled, “I’ve been scouring the ton for two years for the perfect man, and you think you can find one to suit me in four weeks?” The giggle turned to laughter. “I’d like to see you try.”
“Done, then,” his countenance had darkened, perhaps a tinge of red in his cheeks, “I will see you married by Christmas or…or I’ll—”
“Eat an entire mincemeat pie?”
Will stopped, one foot suspended above the top step, “I hate mincemeat pie!”
“I know,” Marianne giggled again and propelled them toward the door, “it will serve as a great incentive for you to find me a husband.”
“Rather,” he swallowed and turned pale, “I don’t know that I could eat an entire minced pie without casting up my accounts.”
After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who’s become more than just a friend.
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Heart of a Scoundrel
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.