Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !
It’s autumn and October, my favorite season and month. Counting down to Halloween all month! And in honor of everything spooky, I’m sharing snippets all month from my Halloween short story, Hearts at All Hallows’ Eve, part of my Handful of Hearts series.
When Miss Cecilia Powell attends her very first masquerade on All Hallows’ Eve, she’s thrilled when a mysterious reveler pays court to her. As their encounter continues, Cecilia is charmed, then smitten with this masked stranger, even though she senses something odd about him. Is he truly the man of her dreams, or will Cecilia find her dream a true nightmare?
Cecilia smiled to herself. As she’d suspected, Lord and Lady Haversham were the god and goddess of love, having a merry war of words once more. They’d disliked each other for years then, suddenly, after Lady Hamilton’s ball in May, they’d apparently been seized with a tendre for one another and married within the month.
Though she wished them happy, it disappointed her that she was not married by now as well. Likely she’d never get a husband if she couldn’t even manage to find a man to partner her in a dance. She’d never had this much trouble during the Season’s entertainments. Perhaps Mama, or better yet, Lady Hamilton, might introduce her to someone new tonight. All Hallows’ Eve would be much more fun with a partner.
Gliding past other couples in search of her hostess, Cecilia moved furtively from candlelit sconce to candlelit sconce, avoiding the darker recesses of the ballroom. Not that there would be danger here in the ballroom, still, all the strange costumes and masks unsettled her, so she preferred to take a route that kept her in the light.
And a little more for good measure…
A giggling golden-haired shepherdess, towing a dark-haired shepherd, cut in front of
Cecilia. The couple’s eyes were locked on one another rather than on where they were going. Stopping short, Cecilia scowled at such rudeness, but shrugged it off. The pair was obviously smitten, and who was she to frown on love?
“Je t’adore, mon amour,” the woman crooned, suddenly serious.
The shepherd pulled her to him. The candlelight flamed in his eyes. “And I adore you, my little shepherdess. Shall we go outside and count sheep?”
Giggling anew, the shepherdess grasped his hand once more. “I can think of better things to do, mon coeur.”
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.
Hearts at All Hallows’ Eve is now available on Amazon and Smashwords for .99. But you’d better hurry to claim your copy. This Regency ghost story only appears during the month of October. Come the witching hour October 31 it will disappear for another year!
UPDATE on my House of Pleasure series! At long last, the series is now available on Amazon and on KU for free! This includes all five House of Pleasure novels plus the boxset! Grab your copy(s) today!
The Handful of Hearts series