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Book: Devil in My Arms
Release Date: November 26, 2013
New Year’s Resolutions
The heroine of Devil in My Arms is spending Christmas as a houseguest of the Earl of Throckton. She’s had a rough time of it, what with escaping a bad marriage and being forced into hiding. Her hostess, Lady Anne, has insisted she start a diary to help her cope with her circumstances. Let’s take a little peek at her New Year’s Resolution.
I don’t normally keep a diary, but Lady Anne is a proponent of the healing properties of the written word. Since I am her houseguest this holiday season, it seemed only right to attempt to follow her advice. So far, it seems more like a chore than a catharsis. Hmm. Well, onward.
This is the most pleasant Christmas season I have spent since I was a child. I remember my sister Harriet and I used to wake early and rush to the kitchen to help mother and cook with the pudding on Christmas day. I wonder if we will have pudding here? I hope so. I like pudding. Well, that was quite introspective and revealing. Yes, I am laughing at myself, diary.
Wiley is sitting at the chessboard waiting for me. He says that I must write down my New Year’s resolution or it doesn’t count. I’ll only keep changing it if I don’t write it down. Clearly, Wiley does not know me as well as he thinks. And if he moves his queen, as it looks like he is planning to do, I will have checkmate again. When, oh, dear diary, is he going to learn to play a decent game of chess? He claims he can beat everyone but Sir Hilary and me. I would like to play chess with Sir Hilary, but I’m afraid a woman like myself is too far beneath his notice. He is larger than life—an adventurer and investigator and, according to Wiley, a rake. He has most likely beaten kings and conquerors and concubines. Are there any more conquerors? I shall have to investigate that.
I feel as if a resolution for the New Year is a bit superfluous. After all, this past year I finally managed to escape my brutish husband, found sanctuary with my sister and her intimate circle, and am even now spending the holidays at an Earl’s! How much more could my life change or improve?
Be that as it may, I resolve, here in the secrecy of your pages, dear diary, to be the woman I always wanted to be. I will be fearless and independent, and I will act and dress and converse as I see fit. I will never again let a man control me. I have fought long and hard to maintain my identity, and I will no longer conceal it. Let the world be damned. I shall wear pink and keep my hair short, like the lad from the stables. I will speak my mind, quote poetry, and dance. (Though I am a rather poor dancer.) I will be clever and witty and laugh more. And I will face my trials and tribulations with fortitude and grace, as I have always tried to do.
And that is enough introspection for the day. This diary keeping is exhausting. I must go beat Wiley at chess. Again. Farewell, dear diary. And do not despair if you don’t see me again for quite some time. I’m afraid I find more solace in the poetry of others than in my own written words.
Devil in My Arms is available now.
About the Book:
Even though she is starving and destitute, Eleanor Enderby’s quiet beauty strikes Sir Hilary St. John speechless. He expects the woman he’s searching for to be skittish and plain. Instead he finds the picture of bravery—and willfulness—in his quarry. She gives away little, but Hil can see something is terribly amiss. And though he cannot say exactly why, he is determined not to let her come to more harm than whatever it is she has already survived.
Six months later, Eleanor believes she has finally found safety from the tyrant she risked her life to escape. Thought to be dead by society, Eleanor is ready to be reborn as someone new—someone whose life will never again be tied to the fate of one man. But her smoldering savior seems unwilling to leave her unprotected for an instant. Despite the threats he thinks he sees coming, the real dangers Eleanor faces in Hil’s arms are unmistakable: temptation, seduction, and maybe even love.
Samantha actually has three winter titles; check them out…
Gift of Desire- (Available Now)
two erotic Christmas short stories from best-selling authors Samantha Kane and Kate Pearce.
Defeated By Love (Brothers in Arms)- Dec. 11th
Special Note: From Dec. 9-20, the first book in the Brothers in Arms series, The Courage to Love, will be free at all vendors, and the second book, Love Under Siege, will be on sale for $2.99. The first fifty people to buy Defeated by Love from the Ellora’s Cave website will receive an ebook copy of Love Betrayed, the related novella, for free.
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