Thank you for stopping in to visit a bit of London with me. I’ve been reading historical romances as long as I can remember so I wrote what I love…English frigates, pirates, swashbucklers and handsome dukes! Have you wished you could attend some of the balls in those lavish castles, wore one of the beautiful gowns and rode in the elegant carriages? I hope as you read No Turning Back that you feel as though you’re right there with my characters.
I’m currently on a blog tour to get the word out about my book so more readers can enjoy visiting London in 1778. My blog has the list of links where you can follow along at each stop and enter each contest. You can win more than once so do stop by! If you leave a comment below, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card of your choice and on Saturday, the 21st, I’ll pick a winner!
During the blog tour over the next five weeks, you can enter the Grand Prize Contest, drawing to be Oct 14th, for a chance at one of FOUR $25 gift cards! (check the tour schedule on the left while you’re over there)
My website has more information on the book, buy links and the book trailer. There’s also a link to read Chapter One before you buy the book. Please enjoy the excerpt below! Thank you for stopping by! Please use the share buttons to let others know about the book and the contests!
Excerpt:Â North Yorkshire, England, 1775
Michael â€˜Nathanielâ€™ Clairmont, the Fourth Duke of North Yorkshire, crumpled the missive heâ€™d received from his fiancÃ©eâ€™s parents as he raked his fingers through his shoulder length hair. Fear tightened his chest as he stepped to the door and called to his squire. â€œPrepare Caesar, now!â€
Stepping back into the room, he addressed his longtime friend, Anthony Faulkner. â€œIâ€™m going to see Lady Stockholmâ€™s parents. Clarissa is missing. Are you with me?â€
Faulkner jammed his tricorn hat atop his head. â€œBloody right I am!â€
Moments later, after meeting with the Stockholmâ€™s, Michael urged his bay Barb to greater speed along side Anthonyâ€™s. An unnatural scattering of branches and leaves strewn about the road ahead caught his attention. He reined Caesar and dismounted for a closer look. Footprints of horses and men marred the dirt and led deeper into the woods where the underbrush lay trampled and broken.
After tethering Caesar to a branch, he motioned for Faulkner to follow him along the path. A piece of green silk shimmered atop a briar bush, and Michael grabbed up the soft material. It was the color heâ€™d last seen on Clarissa. The fragrance of jasmine assailed his senses. His eyes widened in recognition of the scent…the same one Clarissa wore!
He gripped the material in his fist. Bile rose in his throat as fear knotted his gut. Though afraid of what heâ€™d find ahead, he pushed forward; low-hanging branches slapped at his face and caught at his shoulder-length hair. He pushed the foliage out of his way and tromped the underbrush in his desperate search.
When he reached out to block another branch, a silk stocking skimmed his face and he grabbed the stocking for inspection. Michael looked at Faulknerâ€™s worried face, swore under his breath and moved on but a foreboding feeling ate at his senses, almost like being watched.
He couldnâ€™t miss a gown strewn atop the bushes. The shock that tore throughout his system stopped Michael dead in his tracks, his muscles recoiling in reaction. Meticulously arranged over the waist-high bushes, as if in preparation for wear, lay a dark green silk gown, a vicious tear low in the neckline. His gaze moved slowly over the material. Tightness gripped his chest, feeling as though someone had reached in and squeezed his heart, the pain so intense it burned. He touched Faulknerâ€™s arm, and gritted his teeth. â€œItâ€™s the gown Clarissa wore at the ball last night,â€ he said in a gut-wrenching rasp. His gaze searched the area until the very thing he wanted to avoid seeing lay before him. His body froze.
A bare, delicate ankle peeked from beneath the underbrush.
Lunging forward like a wild beast, ravaging the area, throwing branches and uprooting ferns, he uncovered her body…clad only in her white satin chemise, splattered with her own blood.
His tortured scream echoed throughout the surrounding forest as he fell to his knees beside her battered body. Praying she might hear, he whispered her name. Touching her bruised cheek–he found it still warm. A flicker of hope ignited within his heart as he pressed his fingertips against the slim column of her throat. Moments later, finding no trace of a pulse, that slight flicker of hope extinguished itself. His mind was a whirlwind of thoughts at who could be her killer.
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Deanna is a romance author of historical and time travel novels living in the Pacific Northwest with her own hero and their two Siamese cats…Sinbad and Zoie. She is working on her third romance novel which will be a contemporary with a ghost in an abandoned lighthouse on the east coast.
She always has a story and characters in her head wanting to make their way onto paper so she can tell THEIR story. Visit her links in the Author’s Coffee Corner to find out more about what she’s doing.