Ashley March Giveaway!
Update: Winners have been randomly chosen. Robin D will receive Ashley’s book and LSUReader will be getting an IMPROPER GENTLEMEN from me. Thanks everyone who left a comment! Hope to see you here for another Monday spotlight.
You’re in for a treat today. My friend Ashley March is in the house and she’s sharing the goods on her newest release, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS in a totally innovative way. Of course, I’d expect nothing less from her. She’s a brilliant writer.
Be sure to leave a comment at the end of the post. It’ll enter you into two drawings–one for Ashley’s book and one for mine. Good luck!
A Romance in Quotes: The Beginning
Hi, everyone, and thanks so much to Mia for having me on the blog today! It’s my second time back and I have to tell you, I’m just as excited as the first time I visited. ;-)
I’m here today to talk about my new book, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS, which released last week on September 6th. ROMANCING THE COUNTESS is a love story about an earl and his best friend’s wife who are drawn together after their spouses—who were having an affair—die in a carriage accident.
I thought to try to something a little different and fun today by telling you the beginning of the story—in quotes. Below you’ll find a snippet from the first few chapters of ROMANCING THE COUNTESS, a little something to whet your appetite. If you’re following the book tour, more from the following chapters will come soon. Ready? Here we go. ;-)
He was gone. And Leah, who had vowed never to cry for him again, sank to her knees, her hands clutched in the housekeeper’s skirt, and wept.
Here, Leah thought, was an example of true mourning. Although only his profile was visible from the doorway, grief was etched clearly on the stark planes of his face. His brow was pulled low, his lips tugged tightly inward, and the pale cast of his skin contrasted severely with the dark brown of his hair. Did he grieve for both of them? she wondered. If so, he was a far better Christian than she.
He should never have told her to remove the veil. Her eyes were too bright—dear God, sparkling even—her cheeks flushed, her lips crease in an upward curve which appeared inclined toward permanence. Sebastian would have preferred tears. Torrents of them, in fact.
Smiling. Twirling. Black organza. All in one day. Oh, but it was only a small exercise in independence. From now on, she wanted so much more.
“My poor Mrs. George,” he murmured, lifting his hand to brush the backs of his fingers across her cheek. She knew he meant it as a mockery of her earlier gesture, but the slide of his leather glove across her skin felt too much like a caress, and she could no more halt the blush that rose to enflame her face than she could retreat from his touch.
It could have been a beautiful day. The late-morning sun shone brightly overhead. A fleet of pristine white clouds drifted lazily across the sky. An early autumnal wind swayed the leaves on their branches, quietly stirred the water, and sifted gently through Sebastian’s hair.
It would have been a beautiful day, if not for the black figure marring his view of the landscape: the formerly inconsequential Leah George who’d quickly managed to make herself into a pestilence.
Reaching forward, he grasped the hem of her veil in his fingertips and raised his arms. Slowly, without any reason for such hesitation. Over the slender arch of her bodice, past the pale ivory column of her throat. Her mouth—he paused when it was revealed, pretending to lose hold of the hem. He stared at the bountiful curve of her lips, so full and lush that the small indent at the top of her upper lip was almost nonexistent.
He would never tell her that Angela’s mouth had not once entranced him like this.
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into ROMANCING THE COUNTESS and the developing relationship between Sebastian Madinger, Earl of Wriothesly and Mrs. Leah George! Did you like any of the quotes? Which was your favorite one?
One random commenter will be chosen to win a copy of my newest book, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS (open internationally)! Also, find out how to win the ROMANCING THE COUNTESS Book Tour Grand Prize of 50+ romance novels by visiting www.ashleymarch.com!