Snuggle Up with Lily and the Gambler #WesternRomance

I’m thrilled to be a part of N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Snuggle Up With These Books Readathon. My book, Lily and the Gambler, is featured on Monday, November 25. Find the post here: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/snuggle-up-readathon

Lily and the Gambler coverLily and the Gambler
by Linda McLaughlin
Sensual Western Romance

Respectability is in the eye of the beholder, or so Lily hopes. After her lover’s death she pretends to be his widow and travels to California to marry a mine owner. Then she meets King Callaway, a charming gambler.

King knows he’s found his Queen of Hearts. But can he convince her to take a chance on a foot-loose card sharp?

Only Lady Luck knows for sure…

Here’s an interview with Lily’s reluctant hero, gambler King Callaway.

LM: King, you say you’re not a marrying man. Why not?

Shrugs. I’m just not.

LM: Come on, you can do better than that. Why not?

 I like being free.

LM: Free of what?

Fear, worry, disappointment.

LM: Would you care to explain?

I saw how my mother worried every time my father took off for parts unknown, looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. How fearful she was that he wouldn’t return. How disappointed she was when he returned broke and discouraged. And how hurt she was when he left again.

LM: Ah, so your concern is that you would be like him, a disappointment to a wife.

Me? No, I’m not like him!

LM: Aren’t you?

Dagnabbit. <grumbles some more> All right, I’m a bit like him. I like my freedom, don’t want to be tied down, and what woman would want to deal with that?

LM: You might be surprised. Lily seems to be more adventurous than your mother.

Hm. You may be right. But I’d have to marry her to find out.

Or will he? Read Lily and the Gambler to find out!

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Lady Elinor Meets Her Hero #MFRWHooks #bookqw #Regency

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I’m sharing an excerpt from Lady Elinor’s Escape where Elinor meets her hero for today’s MFRW Book Hooks and for Book Quote Wednesday. This week’s word is tight.

Sweet Regency romance

“Excuse me, madam, but I could not help overhearing you say that you must leave for London immediately. Allow me to introduce myself. Stephen Chaplin, Esquire, at your service.”

Elinor turned to face the gentleman who had suddenly appeared. She stared at him through a haze of black, taking advantage of her veil to get a closer look at this tall, dark-haired, seemingly well bred gentleman. He was above average height, with finely chiseled features, and while he could not, strictly speaking, be deemed handsome, there was something in the intense scrutiny of his light brown eyes that drew her to him. By the cut of his bottle green Superfine coat, which emphasized his broad shoulders but was not so tight as to hamper movement, and his casually tied neckcloth, she surmised he was no society dandy.

“How do you do?” she said politely, extending one black-gloved hand.

“Fine, thank you.”

As he took her hand and bowed over it, Elinor savored the warmth of his touch for a moment. It had been a long time since someone had touched her out of kindness. Suddenly realizing she was clutching his hand, she withdrew hers. He studied her, his gaze seeming to penetrate the veil, and she could only stand like the veriest lump under his scrutiny.

“I beg your pardon, madam, but what did you say your name was?”

“Eli—” Elinor broke off and feigned a cough, panic bubbling up inside. Her name. Dear heavens, she needed a new name. If she told him who she was, he would never agree to take her to Mimi. She stared down at the gentleman’s yellow nankeen trousers and shiny brown boots. “Brown,” she stammered. “Ellie Brown.”

“Mrs. Brown, may I offer my assistance? I’m heading for London myself and would be pleased to convey you as far as Chippenham, where you may pick up another stage coach.”

Relief flooded through her at his offer, but could she trust him? No proper young lady rides in a closed carriage with a gentleman who is not related to her. The words of her governess rang in her ears. “I do not think—”

“Of course, you are cautious,” he interrupted smoothly. “Any genteel lady would hesitate to trust a strange gentleman.”

“But I am not a lady,” she blurted. If Aunt Sarah learned that a lady had been here, she would know where to look for her. “I am merely a seamstress.”

“Really,” he drawled, doubt evident in his tone.

“Yes, I have a position awaiting me in London.” She was surprised, and a bit uncomfortable, at how easily the lies flowed from her lips, but they were necessary.

LADY ELINOR’S ESCAPE
by Linda McLaughlin
Sweet Regency Romance

Lady 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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Linda