This should have been posted on October 1, however as I was rather indisposed, I’m sharing my new cover for my upcoming release, Heart of Hope, the next book in my Handful of Hearts novella series.
Isn’t it gorgeous? 🙂
Heart of Hope will release on October 31 on Amazon and is currently up for pre-order for .99. Here’s the link so you can grab it at that fabulous price.
Shy wallflower Lady Letitia Stowe is determined to dance with no one at Lady Hamilton’s ball unless she knows the gentleman. When just such a man appears in the form of Albert “Bertie” Symmons, Letitia is suddenly eager to dance with him until she discovers their set turns is the scandalous waltz. Letitia begs off and instead they talk together, each confessing a weakness. Inspired to help one another, they make a pact: she will instruct him in dancing and he will do likewise for her in horseback riding. Their frequent meetings grow into true affection and respect until Bertie is so bedazzled by Letitia he asks her to marry him and she joyously says yes.
Unfortunately, Letitia’s brother has another match in mind for her with the wealthy, titled Lord Kettering. To change her brother’s mind, Letitia and Bertie stage a series of faux rescues where Bertie is the hero. Regrettably, none of them work and Letitia fears they may have to resort to a tried and true method of assuring their marriage: have Bertie compromise her. However, when Bertie proves unwilling to go down that path to matrimony, Letitia may have to take matters into her own capable hands.
Her aunt applied her quizzing glass to the gentleman, then sniffed and dropped it. “That is Bertie Symmons. Mr. Albert Symmons, rather. And a more annoying young man I have never met.”
“Really?” Letitia looked at the gentleman again, her interest piqued. “I believe I am acquainted with him, aunt. We met at Lady Rosamond Cowper’s garden party a little over a year ago. He was smelling a rose and got stung by a bee.”
Mr. Symmons had taken the sting in stride, although his nose had swollen rather horrendously. They had talked about being stung as children as they applied ice to the welt. He’d certainly had an amiable disposition as he recovered. Letitia had not seen the man since that day, though of course she’d been in the schoolroom and only allowed to attend the party because Lady Rosamond was a cousin somewhere on their father’s side and Marcus hadn’t wanted to attend alone.
Perhaps dancing with Mr. Symmons wouldn’t be bad at all. They had talked without any awkwardness at the garden party. If he remembered her, they could reminisce about the bee sting during the times when they weren’t actively dancing. Then she could keep her promise to her aunt with little distress to herself. She gazed eagerly at Mr. Symmons, who did indeed seem to be heading directly for her. Her cheeks flushed and the room suddenly got terribly hot. As the gentleman in question stopped in front of her, Letitia forced herself to continue breathing.
“I say, it’s Lady Romley, isn’t it? And Lady Letitia?” Mr. Symmons smiled broadly and bowed to them, his tall frame jerking oddly with the effort.
“It is indeed, Mr. Symmons.” Aunt Alexandra pursed her lips. “You claim an acquaintance with my niece?”
Mr. Symmons peered at Letitia, then nodded vigorously. “At least I think it’s you. We spoke about bee stings rather at length after one popped me on the nose at a garden party. You kept chipping the ice from a block and putting it in a handkerchief so I could stop the swelling.” He grinned at Letitia. “It worked too.” He felt his nose. “Never better despite the wretched bee.”
“It is indeed me, Mr. Symmons.” Letitia returned his smile wholeheartedly. “I’m so glad you had no further ill effects from the sting.” She had to keep him talking about the garden party or bees or something until he got the idea to ask her to dance. If only he would, she’d be happy to hold up her end of her promise to Aunt Alexandra.
“Thank you, Lady Letitia. No, no ill effects at all, at least not for me. Can’t say for the bee, you know.”
Look for more cover reveals soon. I have books coming out in October, November, and December!
Handful of Hearts Series