Lady Bethany would rather die a spinster than submit to marriageâand thus reveal the horrible secret she has harbored for more than a year
Lord Locke is far too immersed in his service to the Crown for romance, but Lady Bethany is in dire circumstances.
Indebted to Bethanyâs late father and his close friend, the earl offers a perfect solution for both of them: a marriage in name only.
Perfect, if only they werenât so irresistibly drawn to each otherâand if Bethany hadnât found herself falling in love with a man even more mysterious than his reputation. Perfect, until she unwittingly learns heâs protecting her from a threat to her life.
To Mark, Bethany is just another assignment, a woman heâs convinced is hiding something. His offer of marriage was meant only to make it easier to safeguard her.
But when the simple threat turns to attempted murder and treason, Mark realizes that Bethany has stolen his heart and he can do nothing less than throw himself into a race against time to save her, whatever the price.
Susan was born and raised a California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. Sheâs now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.
Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she just doesnât get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance. Saving Lord Whittonâs Daughter is her first Regency Romance.
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1) Of course, my very favorite pastime is reading. (Writing is both my job and my lifeblood, so one cannot replace the other!) I love almost every genre, everything from womenâs lit and romance (of all kinds) to fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and dystopian. I love so many writers and specific works itâs hard to pick just a few. Iâm just as excited about Harry Potter and The Hunger Games as I am by Jodi Picoult, Dean Koontz, Anne McCAffrey, and Robin Hobb. Iâve savored every word of The Lord of the Rings (3 times), and devoured Sarah Edenâs work. I admire Brandon Sanderson and David Gemmell, and loved the Divergent books and the Twilight series. My favorite Regency Romance is The Scarlet Pimpernel and Iâve read all of Georgette Heyerâs and Barbara Cartlandâs Regencies as well as a number of the Scottish Highland time-travel series. Mostly, I love authors who can create a world for me that allows me to step away from my own and enjoy an adventure.
2) One of my favorite leisure-time activities is going to the moviesâand enjoying a bucket of popcorn. Iâd go every week if I could.
3) I love to knit and crochet and have won awards doing so. Iâve made everything from clothes, childrenâs sweaters, baby blankets, beanies and booties to jackets, afghans, and shawls.
4) I love to travel. Iâve been from Florida to San Diego and Arizona, from Portland to New York, from Texas and New Mexico to Colorado, from Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois to Hawaii. I love living near the beach and the redwood forest, but my favorite vacation spot was Hawaii and Iâd love to go there again. However, if I could have the dream vacation of a lifetime I would love to follow my familyâs roots to Ireland, England, and Scotland.
5) I love sushi. Iâve eaten it at all types of restaurants all over the country and even in Hawaii. Iâve even learned how to make it myself and think I do a pretty darn good job of it. In fact, I love to cook so much I have at least one or two recipes in almost every well-known cuisine in the world and have created so many of my own recipes, Iâve sworn someday I might publish my cookbook. Maybe I will.
6) My list of favorite actors is way too long. I count myself lucky to have lived long enough to be able to jokingly claim a relationship with some of the greats. I cried when Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and recently Sally Field died. There are so many wonderful new actors and actresses coming into their own that I look forward to decades of brilliant performances. Iâve loved Sandra Bullock since her career began; I think Jennifer Lawrence has a great career to look forward to; Scarlett Johanssen is fascinating; and I always have and always will adore Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Juila Roberts, Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon. I will never forgot the place carved in my heart by the stars of Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint or the amazing Lord of the Rings crew.
7) I still love the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, especially âThe Sound of Silenceâ and âScarborough Fairâ, and âAngelâ by Sarah Mclachlan. I love Celtic Woman, Kelly Clarkson, Lisa Kelly, The Piano Guys, Mercy River, David Archuleta, and Celine Dion to name a few.
8) I love animals. I once considered becoming a large animal vet. My first true love was with horses and I wanted a career that would keep me around them every day. I feel so fortunate that I not only eventually had the opportunity to own horses, I rode, trained, showed, and bred them. My husband says my relationship with horses is uncanny and calls me a horse whisperer. I donât think Iâm that great, but I would not deny that they seem to like me, too.
9) My husband and I have 8 children (7 living) and 22 grandchildren with #23 on the way! Weâre very proud of our familyâs accomplishments and we love them all.
10) My father is still alive at a robust 89 years old. He says he plans to live to 102. That means heâll outlive me, âcause Iâm not sure I want to live that long. Unless I can keep on writing!
âOh no! My skirt. Itâs caught between the stirrup leather and the saddle and itâs tearing.â
âIâll hold you up,â Locke said, raising her enough to tug it free.
She weighed almost nothing, but he was more than overwhelmed by the sweet lemony smell of her. When he at last lowered her to the ground, he found himself unable to let go, at least until she turned to face him.
Emerald eyes opened wide, Lady Bethanyâs cheeks flushed prettily. Was that wonderment on her features? He didnât see the slightest hint of fear in her. He felt her gaze admire him, drifting from his brows to his nose and arriving at last at his mouth. Her hands, so small and delicate against the firm muscles of his chest, gave no hint of the resistance sheâd shown last night.
She stood perfectly still, obviously aware that his breath had faltered. Did she realize what she did to him? Had she any idea how much he wanted to kiss her? And then he saw it, the glimmer of desire in her eyes that battered at his resolve. He raised a hand to brush a stray hair from her cheek and her eyelids fluttered shut, a tremble sweeping over her. His resistance melted and he traced her jaw to her chin and lifted it, leaning towards the soft pillow of her lips, wanting more than anything to taste their sweetness.
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