Thursday, August 11, 2016

NEW #Romance Release, SALE .99: DARE TO LOVE A SPY by Debra Elizabeth

It's Release Day!
DARE TO LOVE A SPY will be on SALE for .99 for a few days before price goes up to $2.99. This book is Hannah's story who was first introduced in LOVE BY SECRETS. Find out if Hannah's finds her own Happily Ever After!

Miss Hannah Richardson is enjoying a Season in London. She's not looking for a husband, at least not this Season. She wants to enjoy herself before settling down to married life. All that changes, however, when she sees the Duke of Wetherby. He's tall, dark and impossibly handsome and someone Hannah wants to get to know better.

Camden Darkin, the Duke of Wetherby, is not fond of attending soirees, dinners or balls, but his latest mission for the Crown demands he mingle with the ton. He has vowed not to marry because of his dangerous work and the constant bevy of beauties anxious mothers throw into his path is not tempting him in the least. That is, until he meets Hannah Richardson, a young woman unlike any other he's ever met. Can he learn to love or will his hardened heart rob him of the very thing he needs the most?

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“I’m told this is the loveliest rose garden in all of London.”
Mary tilted her head. “Then you’ve been told correctly.” Without looking in his direction, Mary followed Camden to the far corner of her gardens.
“What news do you have?” Camden asked. “You know I don’t like to meet during the day.”
Mary crept closer, until only a hair’s breadth separated them. “There are two new couples attending the Hunt dinner on Friday, Lord and Lady Knightly and Lord and Lady Sargent. I’ve heard that the Lord and Lady Knightly have recently returned from an extended trip abroad. From what I could gather, Lord Knightly enjoys country life, but his young, spirited wife wants to be in London for the Season. I’ve not heard anything about Lord and Lady Sargent.”
Camden stood still, absorbing the information, his large frame dwarfing Mary’s petite one. “We need to start somewhere in ferreting out the truth. It may have been a commoner who murdered Henry, but seeing as both couples were in London during the time of the murders, I’ll visit the Home Office and see what information can be gleaned about them. It may be coincidental, but it’s a start and perhaps a tidbit of information has been acquired already to guide the investigation.”
In an uncharacteristic show of emotion, Mary grasped his hand and held his gaze. “Camden, do be careful. This old heart would not survive if anything should befall you.”
Camden leaned down and kissed her cheek. “My dear Lady Tisbury, I would never want to cause you any undue suffering, so I give you my solemn promise that I will be careful. I shall see you on Friday,” he said, melting into the background and slipping out the hidden gate in the back of the gardens.
“I’ll hold you to that promise,” Mary whispered.
“Aunt Mary, where are you?” came a young woman’s voice on the wind.
Mary hurried along the path to a patch of white roses in the opposite corner of the gardens. “Hannah, dear, I’m in the white garden.”
Hannah came into view, and Mary took a moment to study her niece. She was becoming more poised and beautiful every day, although a bit of her wild streak still remained. Mary loved her even more for it, but she’d never tell Hannah’s parents that. John Richardson, Mary’s brother and Hannah’s father, was a stickler for decorum. To him, Hannah was a handful. To Mary, Hannah was perfect. Her dark hair was gathered into a bun at the nape of her neck, and her brown eyes sparkled with flecks of gold. Where had the time gone? It seemed only yesterday that she was a child running free, her hair flying out behind her and her laughter filling the air with her joy. But as with all things, the child had matured, and a lovely young woman now stood before her. “What brings you out in the gardens today, dear?”  
“I came looking for you to see if you needed help with the flowers.”
Mary handed Hannah the basket on her arm and the clipping shears. “That would be lovely. I want the white and pink roses for the centerpiece tonight.”
Hannah nodded and began clipping the roses the way her aunt had showed her countless times before. “Umm…I was thinking.”
Mary arched an eyebrow. She knew Hannah well, and especially knew when she was about to ask a favor. “Yes, Hannah?”
“Perhaps it would not be too impertinent to ask for new ribbons for Lady Hunt’s dinner?”
“I see. Is that all?”
Hannah nodded and continued to cut the roses that Mary pointed to.
“As a matter of fact, I’m headed out to see Mrs. Phillips later today. Would you care to come along and choose your new ribbons?”
Hannah put the basket and shears down and hugged the older woman. “Thank you, Aunt Mary. I do so want to look my best for the—
“I suspect you were going to say for the Duke of Wetherby.”
“Well, yes, but not just for him, of course. I want to look my best for all of my engagements. The last thing I want is to embarrass you or Uncle Albert.”
Mary clasped her hands together and gave her niece a hard stare. “Hannah, you mustn’t try to fool me. I know exactly what you were thinking, and I would caution you not to become too enamored of the Duke of Wetherby. He’s an extremely private man and would not appreciate undue attention on your part.”
Hannah nodded. “But Aunt Mary, he does owe me a dance, does he not?”
Mary tried hard not to smile. Her niece was as bold as she was beautiful, a combination that was hard for most men to resist. “Yes. I do believe he does. Now, why don’t you take the roses inside?”
Hannah picked up the basket and nearly skipped back to the house. Mary watched her carefree niece until she rounded the bend and disappeared from sight.
Camden doesn’t know what he’s done, she thought.


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Eighteen-year-old Emily Stanton is excited to attend this Season’s balls and begin her search for a husband. She is thrilled when the dashing and handsome Connor Preston begins to court her. After each ball, Emily finds a love note in her drawstring reticule, and she expects a marriage proposal from Connor any day.

When her father objects and forces Emily to accept the proposal from Lady Tisbury's shy nephew, Ethan Richardson instead, her heart is broken. How can she love her new husband when her heart belongs to the man who wrote her such beautiful love letters?

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Content with her life as a lady's maid, Isabel Knott learns the father she never knew has left her a fortune. The news comes with one restriction—she can never reveal his name. Isabel falls in love with Colby Tisbury, but with her nonexistent pedigree his father, Lord Tisbury, will never accept her as his daughter-in-law.

Colby Tisbury must marry, and soon. If he doesn’t find a bride before the end of the Season, his father will supply one. Then Colby meets sassy Isabel Knott, and everything changes—but can he go against his father’s wishes and marry a girl utterly lacking in family and connections? Isabel is forced to make an impossible choice - reveal her secret identity and bring shame to her true father or lose Colby forever.

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