Hollystone Hall is not only filled to capacity with guests attending a house party, but there are kittens running amuck and getting under foot everywhere you turn! Read an excerpt from my novella, A Kiss for Charity, within the Bluestocking Belles upcoming holiday box set, Holly and Hopeful Hearts.
Nicholas shrugged out of his jacket and threw it upon the chair by the fireplace. A soft muffled sound, followed by the movement of the garment, had him peering over the back of the chair. He picked up his coat and saw a small ginger tabby kitten curled up in a fur ball of fluff. Its tail twitched.
The poor little thing was the color of marmalade, with dark stripes from the tips of its ears to the end of its tail. Bright green eyes stared up at him.
“Mew,” the kitten repeated.
Nicholas had always been fonder of dogs than cats, but he picked up the animal all the same. “Where did you come from?” he asked.
Blanche would just love this little baby to coddle. The small beast began to purr ferociously, content when Nicholas began to scratch behind its ears.
Nicholas tugged at his cravat with his free hand until he heard a soft knock at his door. Unsure who was disturbing him, he went to the door to open it, and the feline took the opportunity to scamper out of his arms and out the door.
The fact that the kitten decided not to remain in his company was hardly something to be concerned about. The lady who stood at his open door, however, was.
He frowned. Apparently the silent signals he had been giving the woman were not clear enough, since she now took a chance of being found out by knocking at his door at this hour.
“Grace…” Her name came out of his mouth before he could take the word back.
“Nicholas…” His name, as it passed her lips, almost caused his heart to stop its beating.
He opened the door wider to let her decide if she would enter or not. Apparently he was a glutton for punishing himself because he had no idea what the hell he was doing allowing her entrance into his bedroom of all places.
A Kiss for Charity by Sherry Ewing
Young widow, Grace, Lady de Courtenay, is more concerned with improving her mind than finding another husband. But how was she to know that a close encounter with a rake at a masquerade ball would spark her interest and make her yearn for love again?
Lord Nicholas Lacey has been on his own for far too long after losing his wife in a tragic accident. After a rare trip to a masquerade, his attention is captivated by a lovely young woman. Considering the dubious company she keeps, perhaps she might be interested in becoming his mistress…
From the darkened paths of Vauxhall Gardens to a countryside estate called Hollystone Hall, Nicholas and Grace must set aside their differences in order to let love into their hearts. It will take more than a dose of holiday cheer to see these two on the road to finding their happily-ever-after and a kiss for charity may just be what they both need.
A Kiss for Charity is one of eight novellas within the Bluestocking Belles 2016 holiday box set, Holly and Hopeful Hearts, with 25% of the proceeds benefiting the Belles’ mutual charity the Malala Fund. Release date November 8, 2016.
Holly and Hopeful Hearts a Bluestocking Belles Collection
When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are they?
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