Excerpt from Trials of Artemis

Realized I’ve never posted an excerpt of Trials of Artemis before! This is a scene where a lot of the basis of their conflict is illuminated for the first time. And hints that they might have the fortitude to resolve said conflict.

Stopping in front of the bench Gideon took both of her hands in his own. Not the easiest thing since she seemed disinclined to surrender them or to turn to look at him. Frustrated by her obstinance Gideon did something he hadn’t expected to and dropped to one knee in front of her. “Miss Walters, would you give me the pleasure of being my wife?”

She began tugging to get him to release her hands. “No.”

At her flat denial Gideon did release her hands and rose back to his feet. “No?”

Miss Walters brushed some dead leaves off the bench before seating herself and carefully arranging her skirts. “No, I don’t think we need to marry at all. I understand that a public engagement may be necessary, but after a suitable period I can beg off.”

Gideon remained standing since her voluminous skirts left little room for a companion on the bench. “That is not acceptable. Honor dictates we marry, otherwise your reputation, and most likely that of your family, will be ruined.”

She raised her chin to address him directly. “No.”

“No?”

She seemed absorbed in smoothing her skirts again. “Simply that. No.”

Gideon held his breath for a moment. It wouldn’t do to lose his temper. Just because neither of them wanted this match didn’t mean that either of them was to blame. Miss Walters turned her head away from him to look at the arbor, her chin tilted at a defiant angle.

“What do you expect me to do? Propriety demands –”

She whipped her gaze back to him, her green eyes like chips of emerald. “To hell with propriety! I wasn’t planning to marry at all, much less…” she waved her hand at him, from his Hessian boots to his barely tamed hair, “you. Life as a spinster due to my ‘reputation’ would be a far happier life than one where I am married to you.”

He stepped closer, crowding her with his height and bulk. “As though I would be getting the superior end of the bargain?”

She huffed. “Undoubtedly! At least you won’t have to worry about me planning assignations at social events.”

“Bloody hell, woman! Not just stubborn, but a harpy as well?” Gideon threw his arms out in exasperation. “This marriage is getting better by leaps and bounds.”

“Stating facts makes me a harpy?”

“Facts? You do not know me madam. If you were a man and questioned my honor thus-”

She poked a finger toward him. “You don’t know me and-”

“Zounds, woman!” he exploded out. “Will I ever be able to finish a sentence in your presence?”

Miss Walters opened her mouth to reply and then shut it closed again. She went back to staring at the arbor as though the vine-wrapped structure were the ultimate source of their problems.

Gideon straightened his cuffs. “If we are to get on you cannot constantly contradict me.”

This time she looked at him as though he had sprouted another head but her lips remained firmly sealed.

“It wouldn’t do to have a countess who cannot conduct herself appropriately,” he added.

That seemed to unglue her lips. “No one is asking you to!”

“This is not a negotiation! We are getting married and you need to resign yourself to that!”

This caused her to surge from the bench. She placed her fists on her hips and narrowed her eyes again. “Even if I do agree to marry you I will not become a simpering mouse and you will need to resign yourself to that!”

You can purchase Trials of Artemis on Amazon, Kindle or paperback.

Scandalous Summer Nights

Each story in this collection of series-opening novellas is like a kiss, sexy and satisfying in itself while awakening a longing for more. My two favorites were “A Highlander’s Heart” by Jennifer Haymore and “Lord Lucifer’s Disciple” by Sue London.

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A Highlander’s Heart (The Highland Knights, Book 1) By Jennifer Haymore

Once madly in love, Claire and Rob Campbell are now estranged, torn apart by war and loss. When desire rekindles between them, they both hope desperately that they can mend their broken marriage … But some wounds go deeper than the concussion Rob suffered on the Waterloo battlefield. And some wounds can never be healed.

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (What Happens in Scotland, Book 1) By Kate McKinley

Lucas Alexander, the ninth Duke of Arlington, is a man who gets what he wants. So when he sees the alluring Miss Pippa Welby from across a crowded ballroom, he vows to make her his. But the bold and spirited Pippa has sworn never to marry into the haute ton. Now Lucas must win her the only way…

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Come to our Scandalous party?

My new novella, Lord Lucifer’s Disciple, will premier in the Scandalous Summer Nights anthology coming out June 30th. This story kicks off a new series of novellas in the Haberdashers world, called Haberdashers Nights. As you might expect from the name, these novellas are sexy.

Sue and guests Rose Gordon & Maya Rodale will be there 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern

Sue and guests Rose Gordon & Maya Rodale will be there 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m proud to have this new series start in a set with such great authors as Grace Callaway, Sabrina Darby, Jennifer Haymore, Kate McKinley, Sandy Raven, and Vivienne Westlake. You can come to our Facebook party at Scandalous Summer Nights. There will be giveaways and other fun. Each of us will have author guests, and mine include Rose Gordon at 4:15P/7:15E and Maya Rodale at 4:30P/7:30E. Hope you can come have a Scandalous party with us!

Excerpt from Lord Lucifer’s Disciple:

“Every woman wants to be seduced. The challenge lies in helping her to realize that fact.” ~ Lord Lucifer

Elisa lingered along the wall of the ballroom, watching the dancers. Although it was a bit obvious, her Aphrodite costume was proving quite popular and she had refused a good number of invitations to take to the floor. But she found that here, watching the dancers, she could almost believe that they were intriguing people worth meeting. It was only upon conversation, she knew, that she would find them disappointing. Lacking.

“What could make such a beautiful woman look so sad?”

The heavily accented voice came from beside her and she turned to face the gentleman who had addressed her. His shoulder was against the wall, his form a lean study of elegance in evening wear, topped with a cape and black mask. His mouth tipped up in a vague smile, as though she amused him. His accent was unfamiliar to her.

“I’m sorry, sir, but we have not been introduced,” she said. Her reaction only served to make his smile larger.

“True, I can see how that might make you sad, but,” he bent his head closer to her as though confiding a secret, “perhaps we will be introduced before the night is through.”

At that, the gentleman pushed from the wall and walked away through the crowd. Elisa felt a small thrill in her heart. Here, at last, was something interesting. She couldn’t remember anyone from the invitation list that might fit this man’s description. She would need to press Violetta for an introduction.

Scandalous Summer Nights

Scandalous Summer Nights (front only) 800@300 dpi high resI am SO EXCITED to announce that my latest story, the beginning of the Haberdashers Nights series of spicy novellas, will premier in the Scandalous Summer Nights collection on June 30! This new Haberdashers-related story will be alongside new stories from some great historical romance authors you may already know. Grace Callaway, Sabrina Darby, Jennifer Haymore, Kate McKinley, Sandy Rave, & Vivienne Westlake. And you will be able to get ALL these stories for only 99-cents while supplies last. (In other words, get your copy soon, because I’m not sure how long we will keep them in this low-priced collection!)

So what story do I have in the collection? Lord Lucifer’s Disciple. You may remember awkward, shy John Howards from Fates for Apate. What sort of scandalous summer nights could John get up to? You might be surprised.

An heiress turns away every suitor until she meets a mysterious foreigner at a masque ball. His kiss ignites her in ways that nothing else has, but he refuses her pleas to elope. Has she lost her heart to a man who doesn’t exist?

John Howards has finally accepted an invitation to one of his cousin’s masque balls. Having always been shy he decides to attend in the guise of his friend from the Congress of Vienna. What he didn’t expect was that playing a role would free him to flirt with a beautiful woman. Or that she would return his regard. After an illicit night in the garden that he regrets, can he convince her to marry as himself?

Elisa Jarvis has made it to the age of one and twenty without falling prey to a fortune hunter. Now her guardian is pressuring her to marry before her next birthday – in less than a fortnight! She needs to find the love of her life, not be distracted by the latest dull gentleman who has decided to court her.