Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !
I’m back this week with another excerpt from my just finished WIP Heart of Hope, the sixth book in my Handful of Hearts novella series. It’s the story of Lady Letitia Stowe and Mr. Albert (Bertie) Symmons, who meet, although not for the first time, at Lady Hamilton’s ball (where all couples meet in this series).
In this excerpt, Letitia is trying to be a wallflower because she doesn’t want to dance with anyone she doesn’t know. But she spies Mr. Symmons, who she does know, and hopes he’s headed toward her. He is and the conversation this week is now leading toward an invitation to dance. Hope you enjoy.
(PS–This is the unedited version, so any flubs are my own and will be dealt with by my editor I’m sure. But if you wish to point out anything, please do! Also, there’s no cover yet, but I’ve put up a picture of the couple who will be on the cover.)
BLURB: There’s still no blurb yet, but I’m working on it!
Letitia laughed. He had a good sense of humor. Why was Aunt Alexandra so disparaging of him? “Well, that is good to hear, Mr. Symmons.” She couldn’t suggest they dance, so how to suggest it to him to ask her? “You seem to be in fine fettle tonight. Have you been enjoying the dancing?”
“Tolerably well, my lady. I’ve stood up with an old friend, Miss Locke, and with Miss Powell, but I haven’t had much luck otherwise gaining partners. They all seem to have filled their dance cards immediately upon arrival at the party.”
And a little more for good measure…
“As any young lady is wont to do, Mr. Symmons.” Her aunt sniffed at him. “If she has a grain of sense. She must fill her dance card before the dance, else she may have to stand around conversing about mundane topics with gentlemen who will be satisfied with second best.”
“Is your dance card filled, Lady Letitia?” A hopeful lift to his eyebrows made Letitia glad she could answer him in the negative.
“Why no, Mr. Symmons, my card is not filled. Not at all.” She fanned the pages of the little book tied to her wrist before him, every one of them blank.
“Then we must remedy that immediately, Lady Letitia.”
Letitia jerked her head up, frowning at the unfamiliar voice that had barged in on their private conversation.
Heart of Hope should release on October 1 and I’ll have it up on pre-order as soon as I get a cover for it.
Meanwhile, I’ve just put my contemporary Christmas novella, The Present, on pre-order on Amazon, part of a Christmas series called Christmas on the Side. You can go check it out here.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Handful of Hearts series
Everything was going so well until that final line! I’m curious to learn who interrupted.
Can’t wait to see who intruded on the moment.
What a lowering admission to have to make, that her dance card is empty! I’m not sure I get why sdhe wanted to be a wallflower but….I enjoyed the snippet and of course I can’t wait to find out who the new voice is!
From wallflower to being the center of attention. Can’t wait to see how she handles this turn of events.
Who jumped into the conversation? Enjoyed the excerpt!
Oooo, whose voice was that? I am so intrigued!
uh oh. Who is that??? And how dare the voice interrupt her little book fanning.
Oooh! That was a surprise! Who is this intrusive gentleman?
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And that is the $64 thousand dollar question, Nancy. 🙂