I have a new obsession, it seems. Perhaps ‘diversion’ is a more fitting term. I know it often feels that way while I am focusing on this particular activity when I know I ought to be writing instead.
What is it, you ask? It’s making videos. The time I spend creating videos is really when work feels like play. I’d produce several a day if I thought I could get away with it. My latest endeavor is featured below.
If you follow me on Facebook, you know I have a new release that’s coming very soon. It’s titled Impertinent Strangers, and it is already available for pre-order on iBooks, Nook, and Kobo. Why not Amazon? It’s complicated. Suffice it to say, Impertinent Strangers will be available in Kindle eBook edition on the day it goes live at the other eBook vendors. The official release date is July 15th, but I suspect it will be released sooner than that.
What’s more, the paperback edition (270 pages) will be available even sooner.
Here’s a sneak peek. Enjoy!
Chapter 2 Excerpt
After an energetic early morning horseback ride with his cousin, Darcy walked into his apartment with a little less spring in his step than when he had left. That morning’s excursion had been particularly strenuous. The hot bath that awaited his return was precisely what was called for to soothe his aching muscles, as well as quiet his busy mind of the troubling thoughts that simply would not go away; thoughts of the beguiling country miss who had robbed him of his equanimity for the past twelve hours or so.
Listening to his valet uncharacteristically ramble on also turned out to be a welcome distraction. When the bath waters began to cool, Darcy climbed out of the tub, dried himself off, put on his rich velvet robe, and drifted over to the window to admire the view.
What he saw proved worthy of his admiration. There she was walking up the path to the manor house—Miss Elizabeth Bennet. His body’s telling response in seeing her further bolstered a nagging suspicion that if he were not careful, he would be in grave danger from that young woman.
So much for my hastily spoken words that Miss Elizabeth Bennet is not handsome enough to tempt me. He had cited her impertinence as further proof of this, but he had to admit to finding that particular flaw in her character to be rather intriguing.
With what brashness did she respond to his aunt’s barrage of questions, suggestions, and innuendos the evening before, and in such a manner that even Lady Catherine herself could not take complete umbrage. In truth, this Elizabeth Bennet was unlike any other young woman of his acquaintance.
I recall her saying that she is not yet one and twenty, Darcy silently pondered as he remained frozen in place, unable to tear his eyes away from Elizabeth as she neared the house. What is more, she is the second eldest of five daughters—all of them single. He remembered Miss Bennet’s telling reaction to Lady Catherine’s frank assessment of the Bennet daughters’ dismal marital prospects. However harshly expressed, the dire prognosis was unfortunately very true. Darcy did not envy that family’s plight one bit.
Of course, he had his own future marital situation with which to contend. At eight and twenty, he had been most fastidious in regulating himself around members of the opposite sex. One never knew if the hordes of young women who showered him with deference and officious attention with such ardent alacrity did so out of sincerity or if their motives were merely mercenary.
He laughed a little. “One thing is certain; I shall garner no such civility from Miss Bennet.”
What’s a sneak peek at a new release without a giveaway? I invite you to comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Impertinent Strangers. One winner will be chosen. A US mailing address is required to receive the paperback. Otherwise, an eBook edition will be awarded to the winner. The giveaway contest ends on Tuesday, July 5th.