An excerpt from Clue of Affection

Today, I have a very special treat for you! As you know, I have been busy writing the next book in my Searching Hearts series. I have fallen in love with the hero myself, and I wanted to share with you an excerpt from the book. I hope you love this sneak peek and look forward to the book's release next week!

While this story can certainly be read as a standalone, if you'd like to catch up on the Harrington family, the first book, Quest of Honor, is available on Amazon for 99 cents or in Kindle Unlimited.

Without further ado...


Then, entirely unexpectedly, the Earl turned around, wrapped both arms around her waist and pressed her back against the side of the gazebo, his eyes catching the moonlight as he looked down at her. Violet stared up at him, her hands flat against his chest, seeing his face for the first time. Briefly, she noted eyes the color of cocoa, and a strong jaw with a hint of stubble under an aquiline nose. However, she did not have much longer to contemplate his face any further for, without warning, he lowered his head and kissed her soundly.

Violet did not know what to do or how to respond, remaining entirely frozen despite the Earl's warm lips on hers. He was urging her to respond in his own way, his hands pressing against her back gently. Violet could not understand what he was doing, struggling to think clearly as his kiss intensified.

Then, slowly she began to feel a most unexpected sensation. It was a gradual, unfurling warmth that started in the pit of her stomach and began to spread itself all through her, right to the very tips of her fingers. She discovered that her hands had made their way around his neck, and she threaded them into his hair as he angled his head to deepen the kiss. Whatever it was he was intending by this, Violet was already quite lost in all that it was bringing to her.

She did not know how long he kissed her for, her eyes remaining closed when he finally lifted his head.

"You are quite lovely," he murmured, capturing her chin in his hand. "Although I should apologize for my lack of propriety."

With love,


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