Blog Tour: Cinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Bought (Spotlight & Giveaway)

CINDERELLA'S INFERNO

Cinderella'sInferno coverCinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Boughan
Release date: May 28th, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Pages: 324
Genres: Young adult, fantasy

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It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.

Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.

To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.

Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.

But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?


Book Excerpt:

My father was right.

We needed to run.

“What is it?” is all I managed to breathe.

“This is the circle of gluttony and greed,” my father said, taking my hand and pulling me away from my sisters. This time, I did not resist. “What else could dwell here but the true green-eyed monster itself?”

Jealousy. We faced the incarnate form of jealousy made manifest by my stepsisters. They envied my ability to walk upon the earth, and they envied the power they thought could be gained by aligning themselves with mortal royalty. Victoria had, after all, tried to marry William.

“Let’s go,” I whispered. “I cannot fight this. I don’t know how.” The monster roared again, and I turned to flee—but in that moment, Hund launched himself toward the beast. “Hund! No!” I nearly pulled out of my father’s grasp. “Come back!”

“He’ll be fine,” my father said. “Watch.”

And I did, for as my canine companion leapt, he began to grow. And grow, and grow, new heads bursting from the sides of his neck, jaws widening until three mouths filled with sword-sharp teeth snarled before the heinous Jealousy. Hund’s fangs dripped yellow venom, and the claws on his enormous paws were at least as long as my brother was tall.

This was not Hund at all, this spirit I thought I had called to do my bidding. No, Charon had spoken the truth when he’d said I had tamed a guardian, though I had not fully understood. This monstrous ally, this hound who trotted by my side and risked his own body for my protection, I knew by his three heads. This was none other than Cerberus, the hound of Hades, guardian of the underworld.

And he had chosen to protect me.


About the Author:

FaithF.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).

Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things.

F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.

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June 18th – Zach’s YA Reviews – Review
June 19th – Bluestocking Bookworm – Review
June 19th – A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt
June 20th – books are love – Review
June 20th- Here’s to Happy Endings – Excerpt
June 21st – Blushing Bibliophile – Review
June 21st – Two Chicks on Books – Interview
June 22nd – Bookroomreviews – Guest Post
June 22nd – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

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Blog Tour: Burning Bright by Chris Cannon (Excerpt & Giveaway)

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Release date: June 4th, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genres: Young adult, fantasy

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Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…


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“I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”

“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”

“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”

And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”

He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”

She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”

He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.

She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting…which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.


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About the Author:

Chris CannonChris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series, the Boyfriend Chronicles, and the Dating Dilemma series. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.

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Blog Tour: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (Guest Post)

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Release date: May 8th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young adult, romance, contemporary

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Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.


Author’s Guest Post

As I’m gearing up for the release of Love & Luck on May 8th, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the past two years and everything it has taken to get to release day. Would you mind taking a trip down memory lane with me?

image004Back in 2015 when I finished my first novel, Love & Gelato, I knew immediately who I wanted to write about next: Lina’s best friend, Addie. I also knew it would be a road trip story, but I had no idea what a (literal) trip this book would be. Originally the book was set in Hannibal, Missouri (one of my favorite places, btw). Then one day I was on the phone with my editor and she casually asked if I’d ever considered setting this book in Europe. The second she said it I got the tingly feeling I get whenever I happen upon something important to my novel. The very next second I knew where that European location would be: Ireland. It was perfect.

This realization brought on a whole lot of problems. For one, I had a newborn. For another, I had a deadline. There were so many reasons not go to Ireland that I decided to ignore them all. Right after I hung up with my editor I called up one of my BFFs and our conversation went like this: “Are you busy next weekend? Do you want to go on a road trip across Ireland with me?” To her credit, she paused only a second before saying yes. (Everyone needs a friend like Fife.)image001

The trip itself was full of all sorts of things I couldn’t anticipate—almost missing our layover in NYC, the absolute terror of driving overgrown, winding roads on the wrong side of the street, a cat sized rat that ran at me in a parking garage in Dublin, the fact that I packed absolutely nothing weather appropriate…oh, and the fact that we only had 72 hours to drive across the entire country.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Love & Luck was written in a whirlwind and is meant to be experienced as one—as a fun, emotional, winding adventure that plucks you out of wherever you are and sets you down on an overgrown Irish road, the countryside exploding in green outside your window. I hope you enjoy the ride.

With luck (but mostly love),
Jenna


About the Author

www.echosphotos.comJenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO and the upcoming LOVE & LUCK.

When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two young children.

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May 15th:

Blog Tour: Spies, Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

31450640Spies, Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts
Release date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young adult, romance, contemporary
Format: eBook

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Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.

There’s a crazy guy running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting –– in a good way. But I can’t even think about him that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.

Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.

I discovered Lisa Brown Roberts’ book last year and totally loved them! Spies, Lies and Allies was such a fun read full of Star Wars references, funny jokes, friendship, mystery and an oh so adorable romance. I honestly couldn’t stop reading it once I picked it up. It’s very rare when I read a book in a day, but this one I just devoured within a few hours. I should have been grading essays, but this was just so much more enjoyable!

The story focuses on Laurel who lands a summer job at her dad’s company in order to spend more time with him. She’s assigned to help a group of interns competing for a scholarship, however, nothing is what she expected. What I really enjoyed about this story was it’s many layers. It’s not just about the romance because it explores friendships, trust, betrayal, prejudice and family relationships. All of these aspects were well written and blended together perfectly. The book easily transitioned between serious to silly to swoon worthy without feeling forced or like it was trying too hard. Everything just flowed and the pacing was spot on. As I wrote above, I didn’t want to stop reading. It was exciting and full of so much fun!

What made the book for me were the characters. I completely loved Laurel right from the start. She’s determined, curious and very much a fangirl. Her constant Star Wars references had me smiling from ear to ear because it reminded me of a friend. Her relationship with Carlos had the perfect amount of cheesy one-liners, sass and romantic tension. I loved reading about their interactions and conversations. It’s something the author does well in all of her books.

If you are looking for a fun contemporary read this summer than this book is definitely for you. Also, don’t forget to check out the author’s other books as well!

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About the Author

lbr-color-headshot-200x300-1Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies. Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people.

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Blog Tour: True Storm by L.E. Sterling

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Release date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young adult, science fiction
Format: eBook

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Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself under pressure to choose her future: does it lie with her handsome new friend, Alastair; her guardian, the enigmatic True Born leader Nolan Storm; or the man who makes her heart trip, her savage True Born bodyguard Jared Price?

But while Lucy ponders her path, fate has other plans. Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But is the DNA of her will stronger than the forces opposing her? Can she turn the tide against the oncoming storm??

As they say in Dominion, can rogue genes ever have a happy ending?

What a way to end a trilogy! The True Born series has been one of my favourites since the first book was released in 2016. It’s so unique and unlike anything else that I’ve read before. I’m sad to see it end…but boy did it go out on a high! I really enjoyed it from start to finish and it absolutely did not let me down.

The story takes place in an apocalyptic world where most of the earth’s population has been killed off by a plague. Those left have fractured into three groups: the Lasters, the Splicers and the True Born. The Lasters are the poorest of the poor and have no hope, they will eventually die of the plague. They are often homeless and starving, ignored by the Upper Circle of society. The Upper Circle are the richest members of the world who can afford protection details and expensive mansions. To survive, they cut and weave new DNA into their bodies. True Borns are immune to the plague because they have evolved and feature many of the abilities and characteristics of other creatures.

I always complain that it’s difficult to write a review for later books in a series and it’s not different here. I don’t want to give too much away or spoil something. When I started the book I was a little put off by the pacing of the first few chapters. They felt too slow and unlike the rest of the series. However, once I was a few chapters deep things really got going and I hated putting it down. There were so many questions and mysteries to solve. I just had to know what would happen! All of the major plot lines are eventually sorted out by the end, but some of them felt rushed. I wish the author would have spent a little more time on them because it’s such a disservice to the entire series which was perfectly paced out. I felt like the way things had been organized and slowly revealed really put the reader in Lucy’s place. She was just as much in the dark as we were and that really drew me into the whole story. So, the ending could have been extended, but it still was entertaining all the same.

From beginning to end I have to say my favourite character was Lucy Fox. Throughout the entire series she’s had to battle for everything. Nothing comes easy for her and I completely admire her development. She starts the series as a person who is used to hanging out in the background, letting others make decisions for her. However, once her family is torn apart, she really steps up and watching her grow was very rewarding. And for someone who usually doesn’t like insta-love romances, I have to make an exception here. Lucy’s relationship with Jared was frustrating but highly fun to read. Their banter back and forth drove me crazy but in a good way. There was never a dull moment when they had scenes together!

I also just love the cover! The purplish background really pops and the antler make sense once you’ve read the story. Actually, the covers for the entire series are quite unique and totally different from what I’ve seen on other YA books. They look fantastic together! I cannot recommend this series enough! It was wonderfully written, inventive and always entertaining. If you are a fan of science fiction than this is totally a series that you need to check out!


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Another laugh, this one not at all pleasant. “God, Lu, do you think I’m actually in control here? You,” he says, his lips coming so close to mine I can almost feel them on my flesh. He brushes them lightly, and the already swollen flesh lights up again. “You,” he says again, his voice dropping into a purr as with one hand, he strokes my hair, “you’re like a drug. I can’t get enough of you, can’t break away no matter how hard I try.”

I push at his chest and force him to let me down. “You make it sound terrible,” I grumble.

His voice and eyes are ragged, wild, as he tells me with conviction, “It is terrible.”

“Jared,” I warn.

Blond curls fall over his handsome face as he takes my cheeks lightly in his hands. I reach up and curl my own fingers over his, remembering what those hands can do. How could such brilliant, clever hands be capable of such violence? Like his hands, this man has the ability to make me feel as though I’m flying through the air one minute, bruised and sinking the next.

I try to look away, sick of the hurt, but he won’t let me. Staring intently into my eyes, he whispers my name like a prayer. “Don’t you get it? It’s ripping my guts out because I have never felt this way before. I need to be near you like I need oxygen. And I know full well I can’t have you.”


About the Author

7121486L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance, to which she remained faithful through an M.A. in creative writing and a PhD in English literature––where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of cult hit YA novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick) and the Urban Fantasy Pluto’s Gate. True Born, first in the True Born trilogy, won the Athena Award® from the RWA. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van––inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Blog Tour: With Love, Ella by Alexa Randolph

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Release date: December 12th, 2017
Genres: Adult fiction, contemporary

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Ella Chambers is basking in her success as a sought-after New York party planner when she gets her dream job: planning her own wedding to her long-time boyfriend Daniel Collins, a professional football player.

Sadly, amid planning her own nuptials, Ella gets some devastating news that turns her life inside out. Will she and her fiancé finally make it down the aisle, or will tragedy get in the way?


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Ella looked around at the surprise location.

“The beach? I didn’t bring a swimsuit.”

Daniel laughed. “Don’t worry babe, you won’t need one. We aren’t going swimming.”

They walked from the car to beach laughing and stealing kisses the whole time. Ella had stopped in her tracks suddenly with Daniel right behind her.

“Oh Daniel, this is beautiful. I can’t believe you did this for me.”

Ella look around to see a beautifully set table with a light pink tablecloth, and pink and white rose petals scattered on the table and on the sand by their table. There were little floating candles on the table. It looked magical. Ella had tears in her eyes. Daniel was always thinking about her and going out of his way for her. She couldn’t believe how lucky she was. She was blown away, but still, In the back of her mind, she was nervous about his reaction to her news.

“You are truly one of a kind, Daniel Collins. This means so much to me,” Ella said through the tears.

Daniel pulled her to him and kissed her before pulling out her seat and pushing her in. He took off the tops of the food containers at their seat and poured the wine.

“This food smells and looks amazing,” Ella said. “Well, it’s your favorite meal from the club.” “Who can resist Scott’s spaghetti and meatballs?” “No one with taste.”

They spent the rest of dinner catching up and enjoying each other’s company. Ella noticed that Daniel was starting to get fidgety and had a nervous energy. She held his hand and smiled at him. He kissed her hand and held them tight.

“Ella, you have always been my best friend and for the past six years, I have been lucky enough to call you the love of my life. We may fight at times, but I know that I could never be without you by my side. Words could never describe how much you mean to me. You are the reason I wake up in the morning and the reason I never want to go to sleep at night. When I think about my future the only thing that I know for sure is how much I need you in it. You are my everything.”

He grabbed a box out of his pocket and got down on one knee. He looked her right in the eyes and said, “Will you do the honor of making me the happiest guy in the world and be my wife?” Ella was shocked. She shouldn’t have been surprised, as this had been a long time coming. But still, she didn’t think it would happen now when her life had just fallen apart. Tears formed in Ella’s eyes.

“I…uh…I need a minute.” Ella said before slipping her heels off and taking off down the beach.

Daniel couldn’t even think straight. He had no idea what had happened. This wasn’t supposed to be happening. They were supposed to be on their way back to their house to make passionate “we are engaged” sex, but it didn’t look like that was going to happen.

Ella kept running down the beach until she couldn’t anymore. She knew she had to tell him what was wrong, but she hadn’t wanted to ruin the night, but it looked like either way it was ruined. She wanted to say yes, but she still had to come out with her news first. She decided to go back and hope he wouldn’t hate her. She walked back toward the table as slow as possible, trying to think of how to say it. She got back to the table and saw Daniel with his head in his hands.

“Um, Daniel? Can I talk to you for a minute?” Ella asked. Daniel looked up with tears in his eyes.

“Are we breaking up?”

“I hope not, but it depends on if you can handle what I have to say.”


About the Author:

Alexa_Alexa Randolph is a professional events planner, just like her main character, Ella Chambers, in her debut novel, With Love, Ella. “I loved getting to know the characters and seeing their relationships unfold,” Alexa says of her women’s fiction novel. “My heart hurt when theirs did, and I felt like I was a part of their world.” When she’s not planning and overseeing all the little details required to ensure an event is a success, Alexa focuses on her own passion: writing. You can find her typing away at the keyboard, crafting romantic short stories or dreaming up characters and plots. Or you may catch her writing sweet little notes on beautiful cards to her family and friends. Not surprisingly, Alexa also loves to read the types of stories she writes, and is especially fond of John Greene and romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. Alexa is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Communications.

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Blog Tour: Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

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SSSuitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey
Release date: April 17th, 2018
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Historical fiction, romance, young adult

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Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spiesand Duels & Deception.

Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .


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The young gentleman hooked her hand and with little fuss tucked it in place as if he took the arm of young ladies every day—which she supposed he did, being as he had been in London for the Season. Oh dear, and now he was walking. Imogene tried to match his pace, saw him look over with a friendly smile and then, suddenly, their gait was in harmony. The awkwardness of their promenade disappeared and Imogene sighed in relief—and then worried that he had heard it.

But if he had, Benjamin Steeple showed no sign, merely led them to the blanket by the moat. Jasper trotted happily in their wake. He assisted Emily as she gracefully reclined beside the basket. 

“Yes, I believe the old castle was built in the Elizabethan era.” Emily returned to the question at hand, glancing toward Imogene for a sign.

Imogene nodded and Emily smiled. “Yes, Elizabethan.” It was a brilliant smile, well executed: spontaneous, friendly and slightly sassy. 

Imogene thought Emily had pulled it off with great aplomb but when she looked to see how it was received, she noted that Mr. Benjamin was not looking in Emily’s direction. He was still studying the ruin. 

With a shake of his head, Mr. Benjamin turned to face them; silence reigned for eons—perhaps a moment or two—and then Emily and Benjamin Steeple began to speak at the same time.

Laughing at their folly, Emily indicated that Mr. Benjamin should go ahead.

“I apologize, again, for disturbing you. I will leave you to your…” he glanced at the basket. “To your al fresco meal.”

“Oh no, Mr. Steeple, don’t go. There is no need.” Emily sounded amused. “It is just a spot of tea… without the tea, to see us through until dinner. We have plenty to spare if you would care to join us.”

Mr. Benjamin’s brow folded for the merest second and then he nodded. “Thank you. So very kind, however, before I do, I might take a wander around this fine building.” He looked over his shoulder almost wistfully.

“Of course.” Imogene surprised Emily by answering before her. Imogene wanted to say more, though—warn him about the decay and less than steady walls. And it would seem that Emily had forgotten about the danger, for her friend silently gestured toward the castle with a bright smile.

Taking full advantage of the offer, Benjamin Steeple swiveled and quickly crossed the old cobbled courtyard to the crumbling great hall.

“Emily,” Imogene whispered, “warn him—about the hazards.”

With a jerk of realization, Emily called, “Stop, Mr. Steeple, please. The floor is weak in the center and the wall rickety. Best go round the other way. Yes, there is a path that goes around the back…” Emily snorted a laugh and dropped her voice. “Well, I guess he found it.” Benjamin Steeple had disappeared around the corner of the south tower with a casual wave, Jasper scurrying after him. “Methinks the gentleman likes your… ruins.”


About the Author:

CindyWhenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.

She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.

Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Suitors and Sabotage is her third novel.

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