Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cathy Maxwell's Nightingale Book Tour (+Giveaway)

Blurb: Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?

Excerpt: He’d removed his jacket and wore a vest embroidered in black, red, and gold over a snowy white shirt. Even seated his breeches were so well tailored they seemed molded to his thighs, and his tall, black boots were a tribute to their maker. The knot in his neck cloth was still crisp, as if he had the wherewithal to change to a newly starched one several times a day.

She’d dressed in her best, a cream muslin gown with cap sleeves and edged in white lace. She would have worn it to the opera back in the days when she’d done such things. However, the gown was woefully out of style, and the blue silk Norwich shawl covering her shoulders now seemed out of place and somewhat silly—especially under the intensity of his regard.

Nervous, Jemma hoped he didn’t notice how worn her kid slippers were. And she was glad she’d listened to her mother’s advice on how to style her hair for this interview. It was so long that she usually braided it and wrapped it into a loose chignon at the nape of her neck. Tonight, however, she’d taken extra care and wore it high on her head in loose curls as if preparing to be presented at Court. Now, she wondered if it hadn’t been foolish to waste precious minutes on her appearance. The rumor was Dane preferred blondes—

His deep voice broke the silence between them. “What are you doing here?”

Available for purchase at: Amazon 

Author Bio: CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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  1. From this excerpt, I can tell that Dane was really enjoying that moment when Jemma was brought low before him, dressed in old worn garments. That means he is still hurting from her rejection of him when she married for money years before. Otherwise, he wouldn't be so sneeringly condescending toward her. And I feel sympathy for Jemma, who, apparently, is still being made to feel responsible for her family and do unthinkable things to help them financially. Sigh. Society's strictures "back in the day" weren't pleasant for most women. Thanks much for the post.

  2. Gorgeous cover!! Great excerpt! :)

  3. Ooo she's coming to my town next month to do a reading at our Lady Jane's Salon. I might try to give this a read before she comes. So pretty!