I’m delighted to announce the “re-release” of my debut historical, Song for Sophia, Book 1 in the Rougemont Series. Wilhelm and Sophia feel like old friends, so it’s great to have their story back up.
To celebrate, I’d like to share one of my favorite excerpts. I especially enjoy the midpoint of a love story, where the characters feel for each other, but the time isn’t right to say so. I’d love to hear what your favorite part of a story is – leave a comment below if you’d like. Before I show you the cover for the next historical in the series, first here’s Wil and Sophia getting ready to put up with an evening hosting the neighbors, who don’t like them:
|“So, who am I this evening?” Sophia crumpled the paper in her fist as he approached.“Aunt Louisa’s cousin from France, whom I appear smitten with. It is time to reveal you to the neighbors. According to my aunt, the parish is rife with rumors.”“So you want me to pretend to be respectable and speak with a French accent?”“If it’s not too much to ask, do that in addition to appearing smitten with me in return.” He closed the back of her dress and kissed the nape of her neck.
Sophia caught her breath, struck with how natural the gesture felt. If she didn’t take care, she would believe the false sense of intimacy between them. She reminded herself Lord Devon was improperly direct and she was desperate for protection, not elements of a genuine romance.
She attached the ruby earbobs but put the matching necklace away in favor of appearing more modest. Her organza gown in a deep shade of burgundy wine was dramatic enough. She tucked the crumpled letter inside the box with the necklace to finish reading later.
Lord Devon studied her from head to toe and hummed in approval. “Perfect.”
It was the closest he had ever come to complimenting her appearance. Even if she resembled a hedgehog, was it not his duty as her escort to say something gallant? With nothing forthcoming, she took his arm and walked toward the first-floor drawing room.
He paused at the door and muttered, “This is Aunt Louisa’s idea of vital community leadership. I call it death by half-wits. Anything to keep the Old Dragon content. She has promised to support you this evening.”
“A truce? Very well.” Ah, so Lord Devon had agreed to socialize with the neighbors if Aunt Louisa painted on a smile for Sophia? This should be entertaining.
To win a man’s heart, a woman must have the mind of a diplomat, a general, and Cleopatra, all in one.
Desperation has led Anne-Sophia Duncombe to a life of exile. Still, she is always just one mistake away from capture and a marriage she would rather die than endure. As a last resort to remain hidden from her former life, Sophia attempts a radical scheme; a life of humility and disguise.
Rumor has it Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is insane. A tormented war hero haunted by scandal, he is only tolerated because of his brilliant mind and swarthy good looks. His unmentionable “condition” which keeps him confined to his country home is also the source of his talent for composing music.
When a new housemaid is hired at Rougemont, Lord Devon is perplexed to find himself fascinated by her. He knows the exquisite beauty is keeping secrets but her siren’s voice draws him ever closer, and he can’t resist the intoxicating scent of danger surrounding her.
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And now… can I get a drumroll please…
Presenting the new cover for The King of Threadneedle Street!
He owns three shipping companies, a diamond mine, and his own castle.
He knows Portuguese, Hindu, Mandarin and Morse code.
His assets net thirteen million.
Lord Preston wants the one thing money can’t buy…
Announcing The King of Threadneedle Street, Book 2 in the Rougemont Series, coming December 1, 2013 from esKape Press