Welcome to #MidWeekTease again.
Boy I love this, it gives all of us a chance for a sneaky peek at other people's WIP or book, and also a way of letting our lovely readers see what's going on.
Last Monday The Scottish Lord's Secret Bride was published. Regency 'are we aren't we', set in Scotland, not far from where I live.
Of course it was a fizz evening...
(Thank you Dh)
Anyway, as ever I digress. On to #MidWeekTease which is taken from this latest release...
Secrets never stay buried for long…
Reluctant heiress Lady Morven Weston is tired of her mother interfering in her love affairs. At twenty-six there’s only so many more society balls she can attend before resigning herself to life as an unmarried maid.
But when Lord Fraser Napier, the man Morven ran wild with one long, hot summer, returns to Scotland, his shocking revelations change everything. Fraser never annulled their whirlwind marriage all those years ago!
Preparing to take up his ancestral seat, Fraser’s not letting go of his secret bride that easily – he needs an heir. It’s only a matter of time before Morven surrenders to Fraser’s seductive touch and finds herself in his bed…
And your #MidWeekTease...
It was one of those days you rarely get in Scotland. Soft warm sunshine, clear blue skies and no midges.
The estate was in festive mode, the games well underway and the ale and whisky going down well. Children milled around, dressed in their Sunday best, and getting in everyone’s way. Prizes were handed out for tossing the caber, putting the shot, tidiest croft and prettiest goat. Emotions were high and happy and more than one couple slipped away to see Tam Curtin the Romany, who for a few shillings would conduct a hand fasting, or a wedding over the brush. As Fraser told Morven both were considered legally binding and a lot simpler than having the bans read.
Morven wandered hand in hand with Fraser, laughing at the children, admiring the goats and enjoying the day.
Until the tall swarthy man with a body like a tree trunk, long, dark hair and even darker, flashing eyes stood in front of them and raised one eyebrow. ‘Master, will ye no come and let Tam give you a blessing?’ His deep voice with its soft dialect was melodious and welcoming. ‘It’s part of today.’
Fraser turned to Morven and smiled. ‘Are you ready to seal our friendship? Tell Tam how important it is?’
‘Of course?’ What reason was there to hesitate? ‘Where?’
The man pointed. ‘Over yonder by the rowan tree.’
Morven glanced at Fraser as they followed the giant. ‘Why there?’
‘The tree is said to have magical properties,’ Fraser said with a certainty she hadn’t heard in his voice before. ‘To seal a friendship under its boughs is supposed to bring better fortune.’
She liked the idea of that. ‘We need all the good fortune we can get.’ This magical interlude was coming to a close. All too soon she would be back in Rutland to gather her clothes and then London for the coming season, both hundreds of miles distant from the castle set high on a pass in the Trossachs and the people who lived and worked there.
And one special occupant. The man who filled her dreams and held her happiness in his hands.
The man who stood beside her.
‘Barbados is so far away,’ she said sadly and choked back her tears. ‘Why must you go?’
‘For the clan’s sake. I have no option for it’s my duty to all my people both here and there. However, that’s not today.’ Fraser kissed her tenderly. ‘Let’s go and stand in front of Tam, and say what we really feel for each other. I’m yours for ever.’
Her eyes misted over. ‘And I yours.’ In the glade, under the trees, all the sounds and sights of the games faded into the background. It could have been only her, Fraser and Tam, or there could have been thousands around. It was not important. All that mattered was telling the man by her side what he meant to her.
‘I, Morven, do…’
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