Good Morning Reader Friends!
I hope you have had a good week of productivity or vacation bliss! I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the weekend. I know I am. My husband and I are celebrating our 13th anniversary this evening by going out to a movie and dinner and the rest of the weekend will be spent doing a few chores around the house, relaxing and perhaps a walk down by the lake – I’m lucky, I live in a beautiful town on Lake Ontario and the beach is a short drive from my house. Always nice to take the time to celebrate and appreciate the good things in life.
So, I promised everyone an excerpt from my romance novel Signs of Love and Deliverance. In this excerpt, I feature the beautiful and vivacious Madeline Cathcart. She is not only beautiful, but she is smart, classy, and favored among her peers. She is fiercely loyal to her brothers, sister and her friends, and she will do whatever needs to be done to help them. She does have her insecurities and her quirks, but I promise, you will love this character. In this excerpt, Madeline meets the intimidating and scary Lord Brumley while at the theatre with her family and friends:
Madeline sighed again, trying to ignore the odd sensation of being observed. She did not know how she was going to ever live through the second half of the exceedingly wearisome play. Madeline turned to where Stephen had been standing moments ago to ask him if he would trade chairs with her, but neither he nor Nicholas were in sight. As she scanned the room for her brothers, her eyes met an older man’s and he leered wickedly at her. A tremor of trepidation ran through her body, making her feel faint. The man was evil. She could feel it deep in her soul. Shocked and too terrified to move or call out, she watched the nondescript man with a sneer for a smile walk towards her. When he stopped in front of her, he took her limp hand and kissed her palm. “My dear, Lady Madeline. It is a pleasure to finally make your acquaintance. I am Aaron Farrington, Marquess of Brumley. I know your brother well.”
Stunned, Madeline stammered a greeting. “L . . . Lord B . . . Brumley.”
“I have heard of your and your friend’s trouble,” he began, indicating Joselyn, who was standing between Marshall and Henry, preoccupied with Lady Stanton who was regaling Joselyn with her endless ailments. “Should you not be safe and sound at home, out of danger’s way?” Farrington questioned with a smirk and gave her hand a squeeze before dropping it.
Recovered from her initial shock and feeling safe in such a crowded room, Madeline ignored his question and bravely accused him. “You have been sending some cruel notes to Lady Joselyn, Lord Brumley, and I do believe it is in poor taste.”
“I have sent no notes, Lady Madeline,” Farrington denied. “If I have something to say, threat or otherwise, I say it in person. By the by, where is Lord Kenrik? I would have thought your brother would be overseeing such a family outing.”
“My family is none of your concern, Lord Brumley,” Madeline told him haughtily.
“Ah, but it is, my dear. Anything the Cathcarts do is of interest to me.” He raised his hand and brushed a stray hair off Madeline’s brow, trailing a finger down the side of her face. When she didn’t flinch at his touch, he smirked, “You should take more care, my dear. Talking with strangers could be the death of you.”
Madeline watched in paralyzed silence as Farrington walked away. She quickly leaned against the nearby wall before she fell. Her knees felt weak and she could not seem to be able to breathe. She was sure that horrid man had threatened her life and she was not quite sure how to respond.
I hope you like this excerpt! Lord Brumley is pretty scary. I know I wouldn’t want to be cornered by him as Madeline was. He gives me the shivers. If you are interested in reading more, Signs is now live on Amazon for downloading onto your kindle or other reader device. If you are looking for the paper version, it should be out next month sometime. I’ll let you know when it is.
In the meantime, come on back to my website blog and whet your appetite with excerpts I will be posting on Fridays. On Mondays, I’ll feature one of the characters to tantalize you. Stop on by on Wednesdays to find out a bit more of what I’m about, what I’m up to, what I’m working on, or to check out what I like to read as I feature a book or series I have read or am reading. All good stuff, I promise.
Have a fabulous weekend and keep on reading!