She Could Not Wait… Lady Elinor’s Escape #MFRWHooks #free @Smashwords

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This #MFRWHooks excerpt from Lady Elinor’s Escape takes place right after her Aunt Sarah has accused her of spying, which I shared in my post on May 23rd of this year. I had skipped ahead to show Lady E. meeting her hero, Stephen Chaplin, but some commenters thought her behavior was rather fast, so I decided to share precisely why she decided to throw caution to the winds and escape to London.

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Fighting to keep her voice level, Elinor said, “That is merely a letter to mother’s former maid. She prefers I write in French as it is easier for her. Shall I read it aloud to you?” she asked, thankful Aunt Sarah had never learned the language.

Her aunt barked a humorless laugh. “As if you would read it true. No, you’d make up some innocuous nonsense about fashion.”

Elinor said nothing, for it was true. She could hardly read what she’d written about her aunt to her face. “As you suggested, nonsense about fashion is all. I do rely on Mimi to keep me up to date, in the event I am ever allowed a London season.”

“Oh, so that’s what this is about,” Lady Sarah said, her face red and blotchy with anger. “Hoping to get to London where you can meet with your Frenchy contacts? Well, not if I have something to say about it, missy.” She pulled a tiny pistol from her pocket and waved it under Elinor’s nose. “And if any of your friends show up here, I’ll take care of them myself, see if I don’t.”

When she put the pistol back in her pocket, Elinor let out the breath she’d been holding. “Please, Aunt Sarah. It is clear that we do not rub along well together. Let me go to my papa in Portugal.”

Her aunt’s eyes gleamed with malice. “So eager to ingratiate yourself into diplomatic circles, are you, girl? What better spot for a French agent?” She started pacing the room, gesticulating wildly. “No, you’ll get no help from me. I know your papa has been sending you secret information. Hard to believe my own brother a traitor.”

Elinor jumped up, her heart pounding. “Oh, no, Aunt. Papa is as loyal as any good Englishman. And, as I have not heard from him in months, how could you know what he tells me in his letters? Unless you have intercepted them, that is.”

When her aunt avoided her gaze, Elinor knew it was true. “You have kept his letters from me. How dare you?”

Without warning, Aunt Sarah raised her arm and swung, her fist connecting with Elinor’s left eye.

With a cry, Elinor stumbled backwards, her face throbbing. She tasted blood and knew she’d bitten her tongue.

“That will teach you to talk back to me,” her aunt said, satisfaction writ on her face. With the letter still clutched in her hand, she left the room.

Elinor rushed to the door and, with shaking hands, turned the key in the lock. Dear lord, her aunt was surely mad. Her stomach churned with fear. She could not wait for Mimi’s permission. She had to leave for London right away.

by Linda McLaughlin
Sweet Regency Romance

Lady Elinors Escape coverLady Elinor Ashworth always longed for adventure, but when she runs away from her abusive aunt, she finds more than she bargained for. Elinor fears her aunt who is irrational and dangerous, threatening Elinor and anyone she associates with. When she encounters an inquisitive gentleman, she accepts his help, but fearing for his safety, hides her identity by pretending to be a seamstress. She resists his every attempt to draw her out, all the while fighting her attraction to him.

There are too many women in barrister Stephen Chaplin’s life, but he has never been able to turn his back on a damsel in distress. The younger son of a baronet is a ‘rescuer’ of troubled females, an unusual vocation fueled guilt over his failure to save the woman he loved from her brutal husband. He cannot help falling in love with his secretive seamstress, but to his dismay, the truth of her background reveals Stephen as the ineligible party.

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An Unexpected Temptation #MFRWHooks #MFRWAuthor

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It’s been a couple of months since I did the last MFRW Book Hooks post, but I’m picking up where I left off with Tova’s Dragon, second in my Kingdoms and Legends series. In this excerpt, my hero, Kane, finds an unexpected temptation.

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“What brings you here, daughter of earth?”

Kane stared down at the woman who had sought shelter in his cave. He’d sensed her fear of the storm and used his powers to guide her here, but what was he supposed to do with her now? No one knew he’d returned to Velosia, or did they? Despite the possible danger, he welcomed the company after weeks of solitude in his cave.

He knelt and ran his hands over her limbs to be sure she had no broken bones. Good. He felt her pulse and found it strong. But her skin was cold, her breathing shallow, and her magic weak. That she was an earth mage, he had no doubt. He’d heard her pleas to the goddess, sensed her connection to the earth. But by the gods of fire and sky, he’d seen her deflect a lightning bolt aimed right at her. He’d never heard of an earth mage capable of such a feat.

“Who are you, my lady guest?” he murmured.

He picked her up and carried her to his chamber. She needed warmth and time to heal. She was a nice armful, round in all the places a woman should be round, with a fair face and a mass of rich brown hair. His body stirred to life. If she were amenable, he knew just how to make her feel better and replenish her powers—an act of healing that would also be a pleasure.

He lowered her to his bed of furs on the floor of the cave and removed her sturdy leather boots. Though she dressed like a boy, nothing could disguise her womanly curves. He removed her tunic and stripped off her wet shirt and breeches. Her skin was like flawless ivory. He swallowed hard and piled furs on top of her. She was a temptation he hadn’t counted on.

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by Lyndi Lamont
Kingdoms & Legends Part 2
Steamy Paranormal Romance Novella

An earth mage sets out to save the kingdom, but must team up with a sexy outlawed dragon shifter. Together, they have the power to defeat the evil wizard, but only if they survive the coming battle. And if they do, can an earth mage find happiness with a dragonshifter?

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