This week’s Book Hook is from the first chapter of my steamy Victorian novellette, How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride, written under my Lyndi Lamont pseudonym. Book Hooks! is sponsored by Marketing For Romance Writers, a fabulous group of romance authors.
A marriage contract, nothing more…until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. Yet the rules are simple for an arrangement such as theirs. There should be no misunderstanding, no illusions of anything more.
Lydia Blatchford wants the kind of love and romance she reads in books. Fortunately, she didn’t specify which book. And her darkly handsome groom has just the right one: the Kama Sutra.
How was she going to make it through dinner seated next to him?
Lydia glanced across the room at Evan Arthur Channing, scion of a fabulously wealthy merchant family. Her fiancé, soon to be her husband.
They had met but once, when her brother brought Mr. Channing home to discuss the financial arrangements with her mother. One high-born bride with entrée into polite society in exchange for an unspecified amount of cash to shore up the family coffers. At least he was dressed respectably. In fact, the black evening suit fit him so perfectly, she was sure he’d been to see her brother’s tailor. And no doubt paid Harry’s bill as well since her brother was also resplendent in a new suit.
Can you imagine being in Lydia’s predicament, sold into an arranged marriage to save the family home? Fortunately, I could or there would have been no story! Let me know what you think in a comment below, and don’t forget to enter this month’s Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card & 2015 Mouse Pad Calendar. Use the linky list to hop to more MFRW Book Hooks!
I’m really excited to announce that there will be a second Romance Super Bundle, coming in July. The theme is Second Chances. Here’s a collage of the covers of all eleven books in the set, plus the front cover of the new bundle.
Second Chances, Romance Super Bundle II, coming July 2014 and featuring NY Times, USA Today, Amazon & B&N bestselling authors!
A lonesome cowboy, a heartbroken widower, a spurned bride-to-be, an unexpected pregnancy, intrigue, murder and more…485,000 words/nearly 2000 pages of heroes and heroines in need of second chances in eleven romantic stories.
Stories included in the set:
Second Chances—Dale Mayer
Go ahead. Take Charge of your life. Move forward…if you can…
Changing her future means letting go of her past. Karina heads to a weekend seminar to do try to do just that. But she soon realizes bigger issues are facing her…
And one of them is deadly…
The Perfect Blend—Donna Marie Rogers
Carrie is on the verge of bankruptcy when Matt walks in and offers her unwanted business advice. The rich playboy fled L.A. for the anonymity of small town life and quickly falls for the local coffee shop owner—who’s as infuriating as she is beautiful.
The Heart of the Matter—Stacey Joy Netzel
Heartbroken she can’t have kids, Allie keeps her distance when Rick moves home with an adorable 4 yr old son who’s as hard to resist as his father. Does she dare take a chance on an impossible dream, or will his desire for more kids devastate their future?
Meghan’s Wish—Amy Gamet
Meghan O’Connor returns to the family she ran away from as a teenager, afraid they won’t forgive her for leaving town with Liam Wheaton, the boy they tried so hard to keep her away from and the father of her baby. She never expected to find Liam living there, looking sexier than ever and mad as all hell.
Mo’s Heart (Miracle Interrupted, Book 5)—Edie Ramer
Mo Vincent did the right thing in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle, Wisconsin. He should be content…but his heart wants what he can’t have…
Hooking Mr. Right—Lois Winston
A failure at relationships, Thea is secretly a bestselling romance guru. Luke is pursued by women using her books to snare him. When they meet, he thinks he’s finally found an honest woman, but Thea’s got more secrets than the CIA. Can a butt-ugly cat named Cupid play matchmaker?
The Lost Finder—Pamela Fryer
The first halfway decent guy to come along in eons…and he’s from another planet.
Private Investigator Brooke Weaver hopes she can slip into her Oregon hometown, find her client’s missing teenage daughter, and be on her way again before anyone notices. Not likely.
Cape of Secrets—Georgina Lee
Marika Host lands a dream summer job helping renowned archeologist Sir William write his memoirs, exposing years of secrets. His son Derrick adds romance to her summer. But when Sir William is murdered, Marika realizes some secrets are best kept buried.
Failing to save his sister’s life, Jay Rawlings insists he be left alone to live the lonesome cowboy life. But when the woman he once loved returns to his ranch with a killer and the police in hot pursuit, Jay has to face the demons from his past.
In His Embrace—Wendy Ely
When life’s glow threatens to die, love guides the way.
Tori expected an ordinary Friday. It wasn’t. Ben’s hand rested on her hip a little longer during their goodbye. Then her tests came back abnormal. Scared and alone, she wishes for Ben’s hand to hold. Can he make it back to her in time?
How To Woo…A Reluctant Bride—Lyndi Lamont
A marriage of convenience, nothing more…until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. The rules are simple for such an arrangement. No expectations, no illusions of anything more. But the rules are about to change…
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