Thursday, August 24, 2017

#Excerpt 1.9 England 1817 COURTING THE COUNTRY MISS by @DonnaHatch w/ @PrismBookTours #Giveaway

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Courting the Country Miss
(Courting #2)
by Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
August 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.

Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?

Chapter One, Part Nine 
England, 1817 

“Why is it when I agree with you, you assume I’m mocking you?” 
“Because you do it so seldom.” 
“Mock you or agree with you?” A grin played around the corners of his eyes. 
“Agree with me!” Exasperated, she almost stomped her foot. 
His teeth flashed in the darkness. “I vow to agree with you whenever you are right. Pray, continue. Any other virtues you require?” 
Her ire faded. She thought for a moment, the silvery tinkling of a fountain breaking the garden’s stillness. “He must be both kind and gentle. No selfish bully who thinks wives should be ignored or kept under his thumb.” 
He shivered. “I’d never introduce you to such a boorish brute. So your paragon is faithful, a man of integrity, has a respectable fortune, and is kind-hearted. Is that all?” 
“A sense of humor and some wit. He cannot be dull or stone-faced all of the time.” 
“Of course not. A lively young lady like you must have someone with whom to converse and remind her not to take herself too seriously.” 
She chuckled softly. “Do I take myself too seriously?” 
“Perhaps on occasion. So, the wager is, if I fail to find you this paragon in possession of all these fine virtues before Christmas, I will give you a hundred guineas.” 
“It won’t happen. First of all, you don’t know anyone who matches that criteria. However, if you’re itching to give me a hundred guineas, I’ll take it in the form of a donation to our school for the poor.” 
He grinned. “Done. Now, what remains to be seen is; what will you give me if you lose?” 
She thought a moment. “If I saved all my pin money for a decade, I could never come up with a hundred guineas.” 
He waved it away. “Not your money. No, it must be something more personal. Hmm….” He stroked his chin, exaggerating his pensiveness. Then he snapped his fingers. “I have it. If you marry a man I find for you before Christmas, you must name your first son Tristan.” 
She laughed at his vanity. “Very well.” 
She’d never lose this silly wager. After all, who could measure up to Richard? And if she did meet this paragon, he’d never marry her, the daughter of a country gentleman with a paltry dowry. 
Nor would she risk her heart to such a risky venture as love.

Other Books in the Series

Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]
Courting the Countess
(Courting #1)
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

About the Author

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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