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Sample Sunday: The Temporary Betrothal

I had the most fun writing the “improper proposal” scenes between Sophie and Lord Bradbury for my second novel, “The Temporary Betrothal.” Sophie is caught between her need to maintain her position as seamstress in his lordship’s household, but her own natural spirit and her own ingrained moralty make his proposal absolutely repulsive to her. How is she to react, especially since she loves Charlie Cantrill?

I had to rein her spirit and spunk in and concentrate instead on the cold and sick feeling of dread that engulfs her when Lord Bradbury offers to make her his mistress. And, with Sophie’s uncanny knack of frankly eyeing each situation she faces, it seemed only natural that she would hesitate and weigh the pros and cons of being a mistress.

He half led, half carried her back out to the carriage, under the frank appraisal of the coachman and footmen. Sophie burned with shame from her head to her feet.

Inside the carriage, Lord Bradbury tucked her up beside him, stroking her curls and murmuring words in a soft undertone. But she couldn’t hear him. She couldn’t see anything. All she saw was Charlie Cantrill, his ashen face and stooped shoulders when she bade him goodbye.


Sample Sunday: Meet My Newest Heroine

My newest heroine is Lucy Williams, Sophie Handley’s dearest friend. You can read all about Lucy’s happily-ever-after in Healing the Soldier’s Heart, which is slated for release in August 2013.

In the meantime, I wanted to give Lucy a proper introduction to Society. Lucy grew up in an orphanage and is governess to Lord Bradbury’s two daughters.

Here’s how I describe her character in Healing the Soldier’s Heart:

She’d spent her life trying to get along with others, playing the part of helper in the background of other, more important people’s lives.

Six Sentence Sunday: The Temporary Betrothal

I am so excited because the release date for The Temporary Betrothal is now a mere fortnight away! In this scene, Sophie and Aunt Katherine are meeting Charlie Cantrill’s family–especially his brother Robert–for the first time:

“Robert Cantrill, do stop monkeying about and come down to greet your guests as a gentleman should.” Aunt Katherine turned to Sophie. “The hold you have over men is quite remarkable,” she whispered. “I like basking in your glow.” Sophie’s cheeks heated. Here she was, calling up to Charlie’s brother like a hoyden, when she was supposed to be making a good impression.