Monday, November 12, 2012

The Promise by Lauren Hunter: Guest Post & Excerpt




The Promise is a regency paranormal romance.
If you are unfamiliar with regencies, they take place between 1811 and 1820 in England. Regencies are based on humour, wit and misunderstanding. A comedy of manners at times, but they can also get very serious, and very romantic. I decided to throw a paranormal twist into my storylines. I love writing paranormal and I have decided to focus my regencies all with some kind of paranormal story to them. So far I have ghosts, visitations, and reincarnation, but I have come up with a couple of ideas just a day ago that I am really interested in possibly pursuing. I am trying to be funny and unusual, and totally unexpected with these ideas to keep them interesting and fresh. So I hope that people will like them when they get a chance to read them. 

The Promise is about reincarnation. Anthony Thornhill, heir to the Duke of Albourne, sees his childhood sweetheart, the Lady Marianne, killed before his very eyes, beneath the wheels of a London carriage. Unable to do anything to stop it all he can do is hold her while she dies in his arms. Heartbroken, he tries to lose himself in an endless string of ladies, but he still is unable to forget her.
Bumping into the Lady Elizabeth Chatsworth, he finds her strangely familiar. But it is only later, when he spends more time with her that he starts to question who she really is. Her mannerisms, a birthmark on her neck, all tell him she must be Marianne. But surely he must be imagining it, for there is no possible way there can be any other explanation for it…or can there.
Unable to prevent his first love, the Lady Marianne, from being struck down by a carriage in a London street, Anthony Thornhill, heir to the Duke of Albourne, watches her die in his arms.
Believing her lost to him forever, he tries to forget her through an endless line of ladies, his rakish ways leaving him empty and wanting. That is until he literally bumps into the Lady Elizabeth, his curiosity aroused. Drawn to her, because she reminds him of a loss he will never regain, he comes to realize she just may be the Lady Marianne, fulfilling a promise of a dance that never was. His only problem…she does not remember him.
Can he bring her memories forth, allowing her to see him as she did then? To know him once more and reclaim the love for him she once had? Or will she be lost to him forever?

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Anthony Thornhill, the Duke of Albourne, was quite enjoying the close company. He had to admit, she was not like the many other girls he had known, all fluttering eyelashes and coy smiles behind lace fans. No, she was quite extraordinary, and the fact that she was not already melting under his most capable charm, as every other sweet young thing to have graced his presence had done, was evidence enough of that. She intrigued him, this young woman before him, and engendered a sense of challenge within him. And he was never more alive than when aroused by a challenge as sweet as Lady Elizabeth.
He grinned, observing her downward glance, and then looked in the direction of the refreshment tables. “It would seem that I must attend to this,” he admitted with a note of reluctance, having come to appreciate their intimate circumstance. “If you would wait for me here, I won’t be but a—”
Lady Elizabeth gasped as someone fell against her, pushing her into Anthony. He reached out quickly, catching her in his arms. The impact knocked him back although he braced against it.
“Forgive me,” Lady Elizabeth uttered. Her palms pressed firmly into the now taut muscles of Anthony’s chest. She tried to right herself, but the man who’d knocked her over was still pushing against her as he attempted to stand.
The fragrance of lilacs rose before Anthony, the firmness of Lady Elizabeth’s body now deliciously warm as she was pressed helplessly against him. He tightened his arms around her. Her silken curls caressed his face and as the pink of her cheeks deepened noticeably, he smiled.
He liked the way she felt in his arms. In fact, he’d been thinking about it ever since she’d stumbled into those same arms earlier in High Street. Only then, the moment had been lost before he’d had the opportunity to really enjoy it.
Now, he was definitely enjoying the moment, and the fact that he was unable to move—unable to do anything in which he could remedy the situation—was no cause for alarm as far as he was concerned. Although she was trying desperately to pull away, moving her body ever so slightly against him in the process, it only served to heighten his pleasure.
“Lady Elizabeth—”
The man righted himself and Lady Elizabeth was at last able to free herself. 
“You must believe me the clumsiest fool, sir,” she said to Anthony, her hands still firmly pressed upon the embroidered grey silk of his waistcoat.
“I could never believe that of you, Lady Elizabeth.” An errant curl had come loose, its raven tress descending upon the milky white of her neck, and he watched as she tried unsuccessfully to tuck it back into place.
He realized he had been staring. “Lady Elizabeth?” He hesitated, hoping his words would bring those green eyes to look upon him, her gaze having been directed everywhere but. “Lady Elizabeth, I—

Lauren Hunter is a writer of paranormal romance and Regency paranormal romance novels, with plans to write in a, The Coffee Shop, and her paranormal Regency, The Promise, are now available through Musa Publishing, with the second and third installment of a paranormal regency trilogy variety of other genres, including time travel, angel, ghost, and contemporary romance. Her paranormal romance soon to be released.  
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Beckey said...

Hi, Happy Monday...
Thanks for sharing the info on the book that seems like it'll be an interesting read..


Anonymous said...

Historical Paranormal Romance is my newest crave - I love it! Thanks for the giveaway.
Bonnie Hilligoss/

Lynda Dunwell said...

Like the para twist in one of my favourite genres.

Cheryl S. said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! This book sounds amazing and I can't wait to read!!!

Theresa Haywood Donbroski Johnson said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've not read this book yet, sounds good though!

adele said...

Really enjoyed the excerpt, half way in love with him already. x