Timeless is just a few days away!
I’m so excited about the release of my very first original historical romance, An Earl For Ellen, as part of this boxed set! I’d like to share the prologue with you here.
“I’m sorry, Miss Bentley.” The steward twisted his hat between his hands, an expression of genuine distress on his face. “The living’s been awarded, though, and the new vicar will be arriving soon to take up residence. You’ve two weeks to vacate the Vicarage.”
Ellen Bentley clung to the door frame, hoping it would keep her upright as her knees threatened to give way. “My father was laid to rest just this morning, Mr Ellis, and as a female I was not even permitted to stand at his graveside to offer a proper farewell. I’d hoped to seek an audience with the Earl this week.” A distant cousin, the Earl of Havers did not acknowledge their relationship, but she’d planned to ask him only for a letter of recommendation for employment, perhaps assistance to find a post somewhere as a governess or companion. It was evident, however, that the Earl had no intention of allowing her to impose upon their familial connection even that much. Mr Ellis was clearly acting on his employer’s orders.
I am being thrown from the only home I have ever known, was all she could think.
“I’m right sorry, Miss Bentley.” The steward twisted his hat again. In her state of shock, Ellen noticed minute details; the furrow of concern between the man’s beetling brows, the mist hanging in the air from his quick breathing, the way his twisting hands were damaging the hat’s felt brim.
“I understand, Mr Ellis,” she said quietly at last, and watched as he gave her a shallow bow before turning on his heel and retreating down the garden path.
The church bell tolled, clear in the frosty December air, and the tears Ellen had been holding back since her father’s death of influenza three days earlier, not even two weeks after her mother was laid to rest in the cold ground, finally flowed.
She sank to her knees there in the doorway and bawled like a child.
What in the name of God was she going to do now?
As you can see, the book begins with our heroine in an untenable situation. How does she get from here to an Earl of her own? Well, you’ll have to read An Earl For Ellen to find out! Only 99¢ for the preorder period, Timeless is available in all the major ebook stores. You can click here or on the book cover above for a universal link to your favourite book buying store!
OR… you can WIN a copy! I’m giving away five free copies to lucky winners. All you have to do to be entered is comment on this post and include the title of my individual book in your comment, to be entered for a chance to win! I’ll choose the lucky winners, contact you to get your email, and send you a copy on release day!
On a more Austen-themed note, I spotted something interesting on Facebook and asked if I could share with you. We all know how hard it is to keep all the wonderful Austen variations straight, don’t we? Bella Breen came up with a solution – she’s indexing all the published JAFF variations she can by theme. She created a website for it and even has a contact form where you can submit more titles! Check out www.prideandprejudicevariation.com and see if your favourites are already on there!