Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/16/18 Heart of a Scoundrel–An Auspicious Introduction

 

I am continuing on with Heart of a Scoundrel. It is Book 4 in my Regency novella series Handful of Hearts, where we once again meet Richard, Lord Somersby (a not very nice gentleman from the first book of the series Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe).

Richard, Lord Somersby has just been told he’s to marry Lady Edith,  a young bluestocking he’s never met before in a marriage arranged by his father to gain valuable property. The rakish Richard is not enthusiastic about the arrangement–until his father offers to make the deal a bit sweeter by way of a wager that Richard can hardly resist to earn him a racing stable. His father wagers Richard he cannot break three young ladies’ hearts before his betrothal contracts are signed in about three weeks.

This week I’m skipping ahead to find Richard in a bit of a pickle. He’s managed to break two young ladies’ hearts, but the third has just been whisked away for a funeral. Now Lady Hamilton appears with a young woman to introduce to them.

(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)

“How do you do?” Bowing deeply, Richard couldn’t help but smile at the look of awe on the young lady’s face. “I hope you are enjoying yourself this evening, Miss Sharpe?”

“Oh, yes, my lord.” Miss Sharpe’s bright blue eyes quite sparkled in the candlelight.

So much the better.

“Miss Sharpe is new to Town, so I trust you gentlemen will take care she has a partner for the next set?” Her ladyship looked pointedly at Eric.

Subtly shifting forward, shutting out the girl’s clear view of Eric, Richard gazed warmly into her eyes and said, “It would be my greatest honor, Miss Sharpe, if you would dance the next set with me.”

God, and Lady Hamilton, had just given him the means to win his wager.

BLURB:  

Recent heiress, Miss Amanda Sharp, is out in Society for the first time and enjoying the social whirl, especially when she dances her first dance with the handsome Lord Somersby. She’s aware of his bad reputation with ladies, but she’s confident she can lead him down the aisle to the altar without raising a scandal. Headstrong, and determined to reform Lord Somersby, Amanda finds herself in danger of losing more than a hand of cards to the scandalous lord.

Richard, Lord Somersby, has another wager to win. He must woo and jilt three young ladies in a month’s time in order to win his racing stable before donning the leg shackle of marriage with a duke’s daughter. His third victim is Miss Amanda Sharpe, a refreshingly determined young woman who makes her interest in him well known. It should be child’s play for the villainous Richard to woo her, make her think he’s in love with her, then spurn her. A plan that might work if he can keep his mind on winning rather than on the lady’s entrancing form and fiery spirit.

Heart of a Scoundrel will release on Amazon in late September.

 

Books in The Handful of Hearts series:

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/09/18 Heart of a Scoundrel–“So who else can I dupe so quickly?”

 

I am back again continuing on with Heart of a Scoundrel. It is Book 4 in my Regency novella series Handful of Hearts, where we once again meet Richard, Lord Somersby (a not very nice gentleman from the first book of the series Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe).

Richard, Lord Somersby has just been told he’s to marry Lady Edith,  a young bluestocking he’s never met before in a marriage arranged by his father to gain valuable property. The rakish Richard is not enthusiastic about the arrangement–until his father offers to make the deal a bit sweeter by way of a wager that Richard can hardly resist to earn him a racing stable. His father wagers Richard he cannot break three young ladies’ hearts before his betrothal contracts are signed in about three weeks.

This week I’m skipping ahead to find Richard in a bit of a pickle. He’s managed to break two young ladies’ hearts, but the third has just been whisked away for a funeral. So Richard must find another woman to dupe or lose his wager and asks his friend Eric for advice. Richard speaks first.

(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)

“So who else can I dupe so quickly?”

“Lady Anne Flyte, perhaps, though she’s a bit stricken in years.”

“God, no, she’d plant me a facer if I did more than speak to her; bit of a run-in three years ago. She’s since taken me in dislike.” The girl should’ve been flattered he’d wanted to steal a kiss from her, not become incensed.

“Miss Grantly?”

Suppressing a shudder, Richard turned away from his friend saying, “Please, Eric, must you suggest every woman so long in the tooth she has fangs? I didn’t think Miss Grantly was even here this year; does one really have a fourth Season?”

“She was at Almack’s last week, so I assume it is possible.” Nodding to an acquaintance, Eric turned back toward the dance floor then stood still and whispered, “I say, Richard, I think your dilemma may be over.”

BLURB:  

Recent heiress, Miss Amanda Sharp, is out in Society for the first time and enjoying the social whirl, especially when she dances her first dance with the handsome Lord Somersby. She’s aware of his bad reputation with ladies, but she’s confident she can lead him down the aisle to the altar without raising a scandal. Headstrong, and determined to reform Lord Somersby, Amanda finds herself in danger of losing more than a hand of cards to the scandalous lord.

Richard, Lord Somersby, has another wager to win. He must woo and jilt three young ladies in a month’s time in order to win his racing stable before donning the leg shackle of marriage with a duke’s daughter. His third victim is Miss Amanda Sharpe, a refreshingly determined young woman who makes her interest in him well known. It should be child’s play for the villainous Richard to woo her, make her think he’s in love with her, then spurn her. A plan that might work if he can keep his mind on winning rather than on the lady’s entrancing form and fiery spirit.

Heart of a Scoundrel will be available for pre-order on Amazon in early September.

 

Books in The Handful of Hearts series:

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

 

 

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Fall Book Fair

This week I’m participating in Viviana Mackade’s Fall Book Fair. Each day for the next 4 days, she’s featuring a different sub-genre of Romance books.  Yesterday, September 3, was Contemporary and today, September 4, is Romantic Suspense. If you want to check out those books please click here.

The next three days will find Historical (where my book is) on September 5, Paranormal/ Fantasy on September 6, and Young Adult/New Adult on September 7.

Please come by and enjoy a fall fling with our books!

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Cover Reveal: Heart of a Scoundrel

The cover of my fourth book in the Handful of Hearts series  is officially released! Say hello to Richard and Amanda in Heart of a Scoundrel!

 

Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s by the fabulous cover designer/editor Danielle Fine. I love all her covers! Now, here’s the blurb:

Recent heiress, Miss Amanda Sharp, is out in Society for the first time and enjoying the social whirl, especially when she dances her first dance with the handsome Lord Somersby. She’s aware of his bad reputation with ladies, but she’s confident she can lead him down the aisle to the altar without raising a scandal. Headstrong, and determined to reform Lord Somersby, Amanda finds herself in danger of losing more than a hand of cards to the scandalous lord.

Richard, Lord Somersby, has another wager to win. He must woo and jilt three young ladies in a month’s time in order to win his racing stable before donning the leg shackle of marriage with a duke’s daughter. His third victim is Miss Amanda Sharpe, a refreshingly determined young woman who makes her interest in him well known. It should be child’s play for the villainous Richard to woo her, make her think he’s in love with her, then spurn her. A plan that might work if he can keep his mind on winning rather than on the lady’s entrancing form and fiery spirit.

Heart of a Scoundrel will be available shortly on Amazon and other e-book retailers.

Have a fantastic Labor Day!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 09/02/18 Heart of a Scoundrel

 

I am back again on Weekend Writing Warriors! Last week I was off at a book signing in Portsmouth, VA, but I’m off this week for Labor Day, so I’m here and ready to share a brand new snippet from a brand new work.

Heart of a Scoundrel is Book 4 in my Regency novella series Handful of Hearts, where we once again meet Richard, Lord Somersby (a not very nice gentleman from the first book of the series Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe). In this first snippet, I’m introducing Richard and giving the set up for the story.

(You all also get a preview of the cover reveal that’s scheduled for tomorrow on my blog. 🙂 It’s designed by Danielle Fine, who’s my editor and has designed the covers of all my indie works. What do you think?)

Richard, Lord Somersby has just been told he’s to marry Lady Edith,  a young bluestocking he’s never met before in a marriage arranged by his father to gain valuable property. The rakish Richard is not enthusiastic about the arrangement–until his father offers to make the deal a bit sweeter by way of a wager that Richard can hardly resist.

(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)

“A wager for…?”

“Your racing stable, of course,” the marquess said and poured himself another two fingers of brandy, “you haven’t gone off that, have you?”

“Not in the least.” Excitement poured through him; a true horse enthusiast, Richard already had a bevy of fine cattle, but a racing stable! It had been that reward that had prompted him to pursue Jenny Crowley this past Christmas, to disastrous ends. Still, the promise of more horses could tempt him to almost anything.

“Good,” Father said and finished off his drink, “I think you’ll find my wager is full enough of adventures even for you.” His smile widened into a grin. “I wager you cannot break three girls’ hearts before the ink is dry on Lord Drummond’s settlement papers.”

“The devil you say!”

BLURB:  

Recent heiress, Miss Amanda Sharp, is out in Society for the first time and enjoying the social whirl, especially when she dances her first dance with the handsome Lord Somersby. She’s aware of his bad reputation with ladies, but she’s confident she can lead him down the aisle to the altar without raising a scandal. Headstrong, and determined to reform Lord Somersby, Amanda finds herself in danger of losing more than a hand of cards to the scandalous lord.

Richard, Lord Somersby, has another wager to win. He must woo and jilt three young ladies in a month’s time in order to win his racing stable before donning the leg shackle of marriage with a duke’s daughter. His third victim is Miss Amanda Sharpe, a refreshingly determined young woman who makes her interest in him well known. It should be child’s play for the villainous Richard to woo her, make her think he’s in love with her, then spurn her. A plan that might work if he can keep his mind on winning rather than on the lady’s entrancing form and fiery spirit.

Heart of a Scoundrel will be available for pre-order on Amazon in early September.

 

Books in The Handful of Hearts series:

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

 

 

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Cover Reveal: What a Widow Wants

The cover of my third book in The Widows’ Club series  has been released! Say hello to Fanny and Matthew in What a Widow Wants!

Isn’t it gorgeous? The artist, Jon Paul Ferrera, captured my hero and heroine perfectly. 🙂  Here’s the blurb:

The widowed Lady Stephen Tarkington, Fanny to her friends, has finished mourning her cad of a husband and is ready to enjoy her freedom. The kind of freedom neither a gently bred miss nor a close-watched wife is permitted: dressing up as Aphrodite for a masquerade, drawing gentlemen away from the party, and hinting at late-night assignations with her dance partners. All is going pleasurably according to plan—until the Roman warrior Fanny kisses during a masque turns out to be Matthew, Lord Lathbury, whose proposal she refused years ago . . .
 
Lathbury is charming, passionate, inventive, everything Fanny wants in a lover—but unfortunately, he’s on the hunt for a wife. He’s more than willing to use all his wicked skills to persuade her back to the altar, but he can’t wait forever. And now Fanny’s position is more precarious than she once thought. If the tongues of the ton set to wagging, it’s possible no offer in the world will save her from ruin. But does she want to be saved? . . .

What a Widow Wants is available for pre-sale on Amazon and other e-book retailers.

Have a fantastic Thursday!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 08/19/18 Wedding the Widow ~ Slow and Steady

So glad to be back on Weekend Writing Warriors! It’s been almost a month since I’ve been home on a Sunday, with internet access, to be able to post. Lots of adventures, but still, nice to be back.

In the mean time, Wedding the Widow has released and is currently on sale for .99, so I thought I’d do one last snippet from it before moving on to my next release, coming up in just a couple of weeks.

So, in this week’s snippet I’m jumping ahead a bit. Jemmy has walked Elizabeth to her room after their heated kiss at the harvest Festival. They continue their tryst and have indeed ended up in Elizabeth’s bed. This snippet is toward the end of their encounter. We are in Elizabeth’s POV.

(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)

“Slow and steady, love–let us enjoy this together.”

Yes, enjoy the pleasure as long as they could. She relaxed back on the mattress and he buried his face in her neck. His hot breath sounded ragged in her ear as he moaned with each lunge.

The slow, deliberate strokes kindled a beginning blaze, like a single flame licking deep within her. Heat sizzled down her arms and legs, radiating from her core where he stoked her fire to a white hot intensity she’d never experienced before. The spark must have leaped to him, for he abruptly abandoned his leisured pace, thrusting harder, with a frenzied power that left her breathless. Harder, deeper, faster he plunged into her as if trying to touch her very soul, until with a great cry he exploded within her, hot seed scorching her womb.

She clasped him deep within, shuddering around him, shattering into a thousand pieces as she cried out, “Dickon, Dickon! Oh, yes, yes, my love.”

Wedding the Widow is currently available for .99 on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, Google, and Apple 

BLURB:  

“Will she say yes a second time?” 

Widowed by the Battle of Waterloo, the ladies of Lyttlefield Park are reentering London society, where they’ll learn how to live—and love—again . . .Of all the widows of Lyttlefield Park, Elizabeth Easton seems least likely to remarry. Though many gentlemen would love to get to know the charming Mrs. Easton better, she is devoted to the memory of her late husband. Which is why she’s so shocked to be overtaken by passion during a harvest festival, succumbing to an unforgettable interlude with the handsome Lord Brack . . .

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.

 

 

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