Thank you for stopping by on New York Times Bestselling author Cheryl Holt's LOVE'S PROMISE SCAVENGER HUNT BLOG TOUR I am so excited to share the next excerpt on the tour in Ms Holt's deliciously provocative LOVE'S Promise: Trent Trilogy #1. Our next stop, SAUCY & SINFUL REVIEWS on May 23. To read more excerpts from LOVE'S PROMISE you will find the complete blog tour at the end of this post. Please click on the link and it will bring you directly to the tour host and excerpt for that day. Enjoy, =)
LOVE’S PROMISEBack Cover Text
New York Times bestselling author, CHERYL HOLT, will sweep readers away with the first novel in her new and breathtaking ‘Lord Trent’ trilogy…With the death of his older brother, Michael Wainwright, Viscount Henley, has become heir to his father, Duke of Clarendon. The Wainwright men are renowned cads, and as his brother’s will is read, it’s discovered that he sired an illegitimate son and has left the eight-year-old boy his entire fortune. Michael decides to bring the boy to
so he can be showered with all the wealth and status guaranteed by his inheritance. But first, he has to gain custody from the boy’s aunt, who is determined to keep her nephew away from Michael’s dissolute family. LondonFrances “Fanny” Carrington has always lived in a small village in the country. As a newborn, she was left in a basket on the church steps and raised by the vicar and his wife. But they’ve died, and Fanny is in dire straits, struggling to raise her nephew, to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. When she begins to receive correspondence from Michael, asking for custody, she can’t help but be suspicious. For years, the Wainwrights have refused to claim her nephew or provide financial assistance to him. She’s alarmed by their sudden interest. What can it mean?As Michael finally meets Fanny, their attraction is swift, blatant, and dangerous. He can’t fight the need to have her at any cost, and gradually, he lures her into his decadent life of affluence and privilege. But she’s never possessed the callous nature required to thrive in the cut-throat world of the aristocracy, so she can never understand the peril she faces from those who would do anything to keep them apart…“…a master writer…”Fallen Angel reviews“Best storyteller of the year…”Romantic Times MagazineBUY LINKS
Fanny twisted and turned, trying to ease the fabric free, but the more she struggled, the more entangled she became. She wanted to yank at the material and rip it away, but if she wrecked her dress, she hadn’t the means to purchase another.
Thunder rumbled off in the distance, and a few raindrops fell, bouncing off the rim of her bonnet and dampening her shawl. She was a pathetic sight, stuck in the ditch, on the deserted lane, and she began to weep, the tears dripping down her cheeks.
She was exhausted and lonely and famished, and she loitered, fuming and jerking at the branches, when finally, she heard the clomp of a horse’s hooves. An expensive animal rounded the bend in the road, and a single gentleman, whom she didn’t recognize, was riding it.
He was incredibly handsome, very tall and fit, with broad shoulders, a thin waist, and long, long legs. His hair was black, and his eyes a mesmerizing sapphire that lured her in and made it difficult to glance away. Thomas was the only other person she’d ever seen with eyes so blue, and she couldn’t quit staring.
With his brown coat and tan breeches, his knee-high boots and wind-swept appearance, he looked dashing and carefree, as if he’d been out hunting or perhaps racing with a companion.
From the cut of his clothes and his confident demeanor, he was obviously wealthy, and while she should have instantly beckoned to him for assistance, she hesitated. There was something about him, a power or energy that unnerved her. She wasn’t afraid of him and didn’t think he’d hurt her, but he frightened her all the same.
He saw her, and she must have seemed sufficiently wretched that he tugged on the reins.
“Hello there,” he said, gazing down at her from his elevated perch.
“Are you real? Or are you a fairy?”
“Well, we are in the forest, and you’re hiding in the grass.” He paused and evaluated her. “With that fetching bonnet tipped back on your head, I’m guessing you’re real. I don’t think fairies wear hats.”
“I’m very real.”
“Are you all right?” he inquired.
“No, actually, I’m not.” Embarrassed by her dilemma, she blushed bright red. “I fear I’ve had a spot of trouble.”
“And what is that?”
“My skirt is caught on the thorns, and I can’t get it loose.”
“A catastrophe of the worst kind.”
“I might rip it if I pull too hard.”
“It would be a pity to ruin such a pretty dress.”
He was either too far away to discern the garment’s ragged condition or he was too gallant to be critical of her attire. Or he was blind.
“Could you…help me?”
“I thought you’d never ask.”
Nimbly, he jumped down from his horse, like a bandit or a cavalryman born to the saddle, and he strode over. With her being so short, he towered over her, and when she caught herself gaping up at him, she blushed even more furiously.
She shifted away, furtively swiping at her cheeks, hoping he wouldn’t observe that she’d been crying, but of course, he noticed immediately.
“What’s this?” he said very gently. “Tears?”
Cheryl Holt is a New York Times and
bestselling author of thirty-one novels. USA
She's also a lawyer and mom, and at age 40, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She'd hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn't sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance, where she was stunned to discover that she has an incredible knack for writing some of the world's greatest love stories.
Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She is particularly proud to have been named "Best Storyteller of the Year," by the trade magazine, Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.
Her hot, sexy, dramatic stories of passion and illicit love have captivated fans around the world, and she's celebrated as the Queen of Erotic Romance, which is currently the fastest selling subgenre of women's fiction. Due to the ferociousness of some of her characters, she's also known as the International Queen of Villains.
She received degrees in music, languages, and education, from
, and her
juris doctorate was obtained at the South Dakota State University . Her
colorful and chaotic employment history includes such variety as public school
teacher, cook, bartender, lobbyist, and political activist. She also did brief
stints in metro-Denver as a deputy district attorney and administrative law
judge. University of Wyoming
Cheryl lives and writes in
. Hollywood, California
- Cheryl Holt is giving away ten (10) print copies of the first release in her historical romance Trent Trilogy, LOVE’S PROMISE.
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SCAVENGER HUNT BLOG TOUR HOST SCHEDULE
5/13: Rambling from this Chic: excerpt 1/giveaway
5/14: Harlie's Book Reviews: review and excerpt 2/giveaway
5/15: Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance: review and excerpt 3/giveaway
5/16: Confession of a Romaholics: review and excerpt 4/giveaway
5/17 Romancing the Book Reviews: review and excerpt 5/giveaway
5/20: Susana's Parlour: review and excerpt 6/giveaway
5/21: bookworm2bookworm: review and excerpt 7/giveaway
5/22: Rockn' the Muses: excerpt 8/giveaway
5/23: Saucy & Sinful Reviews: excerpt 9/giveaway
5/24: Romantic Crush Junkies Reviews eZine Blog: review and excerpt 10/giveaway