Friday, 20 July 2012
Author Spotlight - Excerpt from "The Seekers"
Enjoy this excerpt:
Rachel shrieked as she landed in front of the captain.
Lawrence locked his arms around her in a vise grip, immobilizing her flailing upper body. He kneed the horse forward, past the city lights, and galloped up the road toward Belle Fleur.
She must be out of her mind with fear. He should say something to calm her, but his tongue was three sizes too big for his mouth, and his brain ten sizes too small.
He did the only thing he could think of. He hummed his favorite hymn and urged the horse up the hill like a madman. With each lunge of the hooves, Rachel's body relaxed against him a little more.
Sudden inspiration struck him and with it the ability to speak. "I won't hurt you, Miss Hawksley. I'm merely seeing you home to Belle Fleur." He forced the words to come out slowly and mimicked Emilie's drawl.
Her body tensed again. "How do you know who I am?"
He turned the horse up the drive and prayed no one would be watching when they got to the house. "I know your cousin."
He ran out of inspiration and words just as he ran out of lane. Lawrence pulled the horse to a stop slightly back from the house, slid down using the horse as a shield from prying eyes, and ignored the ripping noise that accompanied the move. He held up his hands and Rachel Hawksley turned and dismounted neatly on the opposite side.
Should I say something?
Before he could decide, she ducked under the horse's head and stood before him.
"I bid you goodnight, Miss Hawksley." He sounded as much a Virginia gentleman as Frederick Davis.
Her palm slapped his cheek with enough sting to make him blink, and then she turned and ran to the house.
He vaulted onto the horse, wheeled, and rode down the lane under the deep shadows of the trees.
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