Author Shana Galen is here with us today sharing an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Love and Let Spy. Each day, a different blog will pick up the excerpt where the previous blog left off. Since we’re the 6th stop on the exclusive excerpt tour, you’ll probably want to start at the beginning. (The tour schedule is posted below.) Plus, there’s a giveaway!
Excerpt 1: July 21 – From the TBR Pile
Excerpt 2: July 22 – SOS Aloha
Excerpt 3: July 23 – Bookhounds
Excerpt 4: July 24 – Urban Girl Reader
Excerpt 5: July 25 – Long and Short Reviews
Excerpt 6: July 28 – The Book Vixen – You’re here!
Excerpt 7: July 29 – Cocktails and Books
Excerpt 8: July 30 – Manga Maniac Café
Excerpt 9: July 31 – The Reading Café
Excerpt 10: August 1 – Broken Teepee
“You were certainly correct on that account, Lord Melbourne,” Butterfly agreed.
“Excuse me,” Baron said, frowning, “but I do think a man should be able to rely on his wife championing him, even if no one else does so.”
“Oh, poor Winn,” Butterfly said, patting his arm. “I was mistaken. You are the best. Now, please take me home.”
Bonde felt a sharp jab of surprise. “Oh, but won’t you be attending the ball?” Was everyone but her allowed to escape?
“I’m far too fatigued,” Butterfly said. “Not to mention, we promised our girls we would be home to tuck them into bed.”
She had forgotten they had children. “Oh, I see.” As she watched, the spies became less and less Baron and Butterfly, and more and more Lord and Lady Keating.
“Come then.” Her uncle took her arm. “I dare not keep Lady Melbourne waiting any longer.” He escorted her around the side of the house and into the garden, where several couples were strolling. Spring was in full bloom, and the flowers looked lovely in the moonlight. Not that Bonde had taken any time to look at the flowers, but she imagined if she ever did have time, they would look lovely. Her uncle led her up the steps of the house to the open doors of the ballroom. The cool night air wafted inside, rustling the curtains and relieving a bit of the stifling heat caused by the crush of people.
It took Bonde several moments to adjust to the sounds and the lights and the mass of bodies, but before the first gentleman bowed and said, “Good evening, Miss Bonde,” she had become Miss Jane Bonde again and had left Bonde, the spy, outside.
She smiled, her lips curving prettily, and tossed her blond curls back over her shoulder. “Mister Asprey. How good to see you again.”
He looked as if he would detain her, but she could not speak to him longer or he might ask her to dance, and her toes would not tolerate another mashing.
“My aunt awaits,” she said as she glided away. As a consolation, she tossed him a charming smile. He almost stumbled.
Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde . . .
A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn't know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love . . . until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.
He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife. . .
Talk, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.
There are 2 giveaways! For the first giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a copy of Lord and Lady Spy, the first book in the Lord and Lady Spy series by Shana Galen. The Book Vixen will select, notify the winner of this prize, and notify giveaway sponsor for prize distribution. This giveaway ends 9:01 pm (Pacific Time) on 8/1/2014.
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