Katharine Ashe's HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER releases on July 30th so she is here today sharing an excerpt from it. It's always fun to have her on the blog so let's give her a warm welcome.
WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG KATHARINE!!!
How To Be a Proper Lady as one of the Ten Best Romances of the Year. Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance”. She is a two-time nominee and 2011 winner of the Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Historical Romantic Adventure, and her novella A Lady’s Wish launched HarperCollins Publishers’ Avon Impulse imprint in 2011. Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, the San Francisco & Sacramento Book Review, Durham County Libraries, and the Library of Virginia.
Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She adores hearing from readers.
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“You needn’t say a thing,” she said with heavy resignation. “I already know.”
“Invite me in, woman,” he only said.
“I really shouldn’t.”
“Ye will, nivertheless.”
Her throat was thick as she drew the door open. She’d never imagined defeat would come so early and in quite this manner. “Say what you have come to say.” She wanted to shout, “No!” She had feared this moment, when he would tell her that the game had been amusing but now he was putting a halt to it.
“I came to tell ye why I was late to the ball.”
She blinked. “You did?”
“Mr. Abel Brown paid a call on me this eve.”
Lord Eads took a step toward her. “Seems he wishes to court Abigail.” He halted so that mere inches separated them. “Begged for her hand.”
“Aye, I gave it.” Affection played across his face. He truly cared for his sisters’ happiness.
“Do you consider a bookseller a suitable match for your sister?”
“He’s a guid man wi’ a steady income and a fine shop.”
“You must be thrilled,” she babbled because his eyes had taken on a gleam of pure intentionality and now that the moment she’d been dreaming of for eighteen months was finally happening she had no idea what to do. “I must congratulate you on this happy news, my lord.”
“’Tis I that should congratulate ye.” He slipped his hand into her hair.
“Oh!” she sighed. His touch didn’t feel like she had dreamed it. It felt infinitely better, strong and warm and confident, and as he bent his head she got dizzy. Her eyelids fluttered down. “I have never kissed a man who was wearing a skirt before,” she whispered.
“’Tis no a skirt.”
“Be that as it may . . .”
“But ye have kissed a man?” he said over her lips.
He was laughing at her again. Or rather, with her. She liked it. It made her heart feel light and deliciously free. “Muddy boots and a coat that smelled of shotgun smoke.”
“Definitely a bounder. He cornered me in the gunroom after he returned from shooting with my brothers. I thought I would give it a try, to see what all the fuss was about, you know,” she said airily.
“What did ye discover?” He was drawing this out, to torture her or because he didn’t wish to do it. But he had come in the middle of the night to pay his debt on the wager. Perhaps he was as eager as she.
“Discover?” she breathed.
“Aboot the fuss?”
“That it was overrated.”
His thumb stroked the tender ridge of her cheek. “Then he wasna doing it right.”
“Are you going to prove that now?”
Excerpt from How To Marry A Highlander ©2013 by Katharine Ashe. All rights reserved.
An intrepid lady takes on an impossible task to win an irresistible lord.
With seven troublesome half-sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads, has one problem: he’s broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local curate, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball.
How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she’s the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. But when Duncan gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can’t meet — one month — Teresa sets terms too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .
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