I had a blog rejected as being too pitchy yesterday and had to get another one together in a hurry. But, because I loved the blog post, I decided to use it here. And because I love you all so much, I’m giving away two copies of Desiring Lady Caro. Just answer the question I ask and tell me you’d like to have the book.
Desiring Lady Caro, book #4 in my The Marriage Game series, has two love stories. While Caro and Huntley get most of the attention, they are the main characters after all, I wanted to give a shout-out to Horatia and John. More properly, Lady Horatia Laughton, widow of Mr. George Laughton, and Captain John Whitton, a former privateer, who is hiding the fact that he is now an earl.
Horatia is fleeing from the same evil Venetian who is chasing Caro and Huntley, but she took a different route, hoping to throw the blackguard off.
John is actually on his way to find Horatia. Although he’s never met her, he feels as if he knows her because of the letters he received from her dead husband, who also told John, she would be perfect for him. Now that the war is over, John is determined to find Horatia.
In many ways, they provide the comic relief for the much more serious romance between Caro and Huntley, and if you’ve read my books, you know I like humor. They are both older, Horatia in the late thirties and John in his early forties, and have learned how to deal with their emotional baggage, for the most part. I’ll give you a taste of what they are like.
This is part of the scene from when they meet.
The man didn’t answer but remained where he was, embracing her. He clutched her so tightly she had to strain her neck to continue looking at him. “Thank you for catching me.”
Small lines creased the corners of his eyes as they smiled down at her. His tone was deep, and soft. “My pleasure. I count myself fortunate that I was here to stop you from falling. A dock can be a dangerous place.” He glanced around and frowned disapprovingly. “Especially when the lines aren’t properly stowed.”
His strong arms caused sparks to shoot through her all the way to her core, and her body responded to a need she’d thought long dead. Oh my! That kind of reaction would not do at all. Although the air was chilly, Horatia wished she had a fan. She really must get away from this man and the desire he was stirring. “I take it you sail?”
“You could say that.” He flashed a crooked smile.
Horatia tried to keep her eyes from widening, and smiling back. His face was browned from the sun. His jaw was square. He had an aquiline nose that appeared to have been broken at some point. Yet what held her interest were his well-molded lips and straight white teeth. Then a dimple popped out, looking so incongruous in his strong face. From his voice, one could tell he was definitely gently bred and English.
Good Lord. She was acting like a peagoose.
How do you like secondary love stories?
Now back to the blog tour. Here are my stops for today.
USA Today HEA – I’m talking about chocolate disks with Cara Elliott
Romance Recipes – Also has a recipe
Romance and Beyond - talking about deleted scenes
Adventures in Authorland where I’m being interviewed.
The first three blogs are live now, the other one will be up later today. Thank you so much for sticking with me!