This week I’m participating in a blog hop called My Sexy Saturday.
The way this weekly hop works is authors post 7 paragraphs or 7 sentences or 7 words from a WIP or a published work. This is the hop’s 49th week and it is celebrating sexy ladies. So what makes a heroine sexy? It’s beyond just looks, sexy is strength, sexy is a character who has grown over the course of a book or series of books. Sexy is kindness, compassion and being true to oneself.
I’m sharing 7 paragraphs from my new historical romance release A River Between Them.
The set up for the excerpt I’m sharing is that Samantha has stumbled upon some old love letters and is having an internal struggle over whether or not she should read them. Despite the invasion of privacy, she decides to read them and is drawn to the story that unfolds between two lovers from the 1920s, yet she doesn’t fully understand why their relationship resonates with her. It’s her passion for history and the desire to unearth answers that propels her throughout the book–and it eventually leads her to her destiny.
Samantha’s quest for answers is what makes her One Sexy Lady.
Here’s the blurb:
Two generations. Two love stories, intertwined… What if a piece of furniture could change your life?
Antique store owner Samantha Phillips embarks on a quest to find the answer to that question after she stumbles upon a beautiful, weathered wooden trunk. Samantha immediately falls in love with the antiquity when the old, battered wardrobe ends up in her possession. Lodged inside the lining of the footlocker is a stack of old love letters and a gold locket that holds a picture of a handsome young man.
Curiosity gets the better of Samantha and she reads the passionate correspondence one by one, and learns about the love between working class William Hayes and high-society Maggie Flannery. But when Samantha comes to the end of the letters, it is unclear whether William and Maggie end up together.
Driven by a force she can’t fully explain, Samantha contacts the former owner of the trunk, hoping for answers about the young couple. When she reaches out to Maggie’s great-nephew, Bryan Donovan, he is reluctant to share his aunt’s past with a stranger, at least at first. Together, Bryan and Samantha learn the love story of William and Maggie, while discovering their own feelings for each other.
Set in historic St. Charles, Missouri, the story of two star-crossed lovers from the 1920s unfolds through a series of letters and an old diary.
Here’s the excerpt:
Curling her feet beneath her, she read the letter. After she reached the end, she paused momentarily and reread it. When she was finished she carefully folded the old document, placed it in its envelope and moved on to the next letter. And so it went until she had finished her tea and her fourth letter. That was when things got really interesting.
As she removed the contents of the envelope of the fifth letter something dropped in her lap. She looked down to see a gold locket on a fine chain lying on her leg. She brought the piece of jewelry to her face to get a better look at its delicate details and the oval-shaped pendant’s filigree edging. Despite its age, the necklace didn’t appear too tarnished, so she assumed it wasn’t costume. She leaned into the light provided by the lamp on the end table next to her sofa and found the small lettering that confirmed the bauble was in fact made of eighteen-karat gold.
She found the seam of the locket and slid her fingers toward it, prepared to wedge a fingernail in the fold when suddenly she stopped short. As if reading the letters and taking joy in the juicy content wasn’t bad enough, now she was stooping so low as to look inside a locket. She had a pretty good idea what was inside, but still…she was curious and she couldn’t explain why, not to herself—and certainly not to anyone else—what exactly she was looking for or why she thought she needed to find it.
She just did.
Brushing aside any remnants of guilt, Samantha pried the locket open using her thumbnail. The old piece of gold sprang open and her eyes were greeted with a photo and lock of hair. She turned her gaze to the left side of the locket’s interior, to study the picture. The young man in the photograph was devastatingly handsome. Her gaze traveled over his prominent cheekbones, angular jaw and wide set eyes. He peered right into the camera with an honest intensity that Samantha had never seen before.
His gaze was powerful and direct, but his eyes held a soft, soulful quality that made the person on the receiving end feel drawn to him. Samantha literally couldn’t look away. He was beautiful in his frankness.
“You must be William. Now I understand why Maggie kept your letters. I would’ve too,” she said softly as she ran her finger along the gold rim outlining his portrait.
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