It’s finally almost here–the release of the first book of my Bennet trilogy. If you will recall, I ran a naming contest last autumn and eventually settled on the title Courage Always Rises: The Bennet Saga. That first book is now almost here, ready for release on the 19th of this month. I’ve already given two excerpts of the novel. This will make a third, and one which is a little more in tune with other excerpts I’ve released in the past. The previous two for this book have dealt with major themes of the novel and were a little confrontational. Now you get just a hint of fluff! With it, here is the official cover release for The Heir’s disgrace.
For the next two dances, Bennet continued to watch the woman who had caught his eye. There was something familiar about her, though Bennet could not quite put his finger on it. He thought to approach her to request a dance, but when one set ended, she was immediately approached by her next partner, leaving Bennet frustrated by the side of the floor. He spent some moments talking to others of his acquaintance, but his mind was too full to pay much attention to what they were saying.
In the end, it was the sight of his sister which prompted Bennet to abandon all pretense at contentment. Claire had invited everyone who had attended that evening—surely she would know who the blonde beauty was that Bennet could not push from his mind.
“Henry,” said Claire when he approached. “I hope you are enjoying the ball?”
“Stop fishing for compliments,” was Bennet’s affectionate reply. He leaned over and kissed her cheek. “Your ball is a smashing success, as you well know. I do not think you could have done any better.”
“Thank you,” said she, beaming at him with pleasure.
“I am curious, however,” said Bennet.
He turned and gestured to where the young lady was even now passing them along the dance floor. Her eyes caught his as he passed, and she smiled, a special sort of expression he could almost imagine was for him alone.
“Who is that young woman, Claire?”
“The beauty wearing the green dress?” asked Claire. It seemed to Bennet that she was unaccountably amused at something.
“Yes. I have the impression I have seen her before, but I cannot make out who she is.”
Claire regarded him evenly. “Do I sense interest in this young woman? You have never looked twice at any of them, though I was interested to see you dancing with Miss Benson.”
“Stop stalling, little Claire,” admonished Bennet. “Miss Benson is, as I am certain you already know, betrothed to another.”
“I did know,” replied Claire. “She would not even be present but for my husband’s passing acquaintance with Miss Benson’s betrothed. I do not think she would be good for you, regardless. There is something a little too mercenary about her for my tastes. I doubt she would make you happy.”
“I agree,” replied Bennet. “Now, that woman?”
“I am surprised you have not already guessed, Henry, for you are already acquainted with her. The girl from whom you have hardly removed your gaze these past moments is Margaret Gardiner.
I’m really excited for this one, as it’s part prequel and part adaptation. I’m hoping it will appeal to a wide audience of regency fans. The book will be available for preorder no later than the 15th. I hope to see you then!