Friday, 19 November 2021

HIS MISTRESS - Arabella Sheen - NEW RELEASE

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I'm delighted to reveal my latest Evernight Publishing erotic romance - HIS MISTRESS is now available for you to read.




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HIS MISTRESS - Arabella Sheen

BLURB
     Anna is horny, and when her best friend suggests they paint the town red, Anna goes along with the idea. With Ben, her seven-year-old son away at a sleepover, it could be her only chance to get laid.
     Anna isn’t after a serious relationship or a romantic involvement with a guy. All she wants is a one-night stand and plenty of sex, and Dan Holland, a handsome stranger she meets at a bar, might be the solution to her problem.
     Can Dan fulfill Anna's physical needs or will he invade her emotional safe space and become entangled in her life?

EXCERPT
The barman brought their drinks over. “There you go, Dan,” he said. “And I take it you’ll want a Friday night special?”
Dan winked. “You know me too well, Kev.”
While Anna and Dan talked, and without her being aware of it happening, Dan had rested his hand on her leg and was subtly rolling his fingers back and forth. He was playing with the hem of her skirt, and while caressing and teasing her with his touch, he gave a gentle rasp of a fingernail against her skin, and had her heart rate soaring.
With the lights in the club dimmed, she wasn’t too concerned about who might look in their direction. Dan’s muscular width concealed her from potential onlookers. But she was worried the blond on the barstool next to him might look over his shoulder and watch as his finger’s caressed her thighs.
“What’s a Friday night special?” she asked.
“A Friday night special is a fast-food takeaway,” Dan explained. “If I don’t get a chance to eat and the guys have already gone, the kitchen usually prepares something for me. Then it’s an early night … and bed.”
Dare I say itWould he think me too forwardGo for it
“Sounds like a good idea to me,” she said. “What would you say if I suggested I join you?”
So far, he hadn’t kissed her. He hadn’t touched her lips. All he’d done was caress her thighs and she wanted more … now.
“It looks like you’re going to make me miss my supper. Come on. Let’s go,” he said.
He reached into his pocket and flipped open his wallet. Extracting his card, he paid the bill, and as they gathered their things together and prepared to leave, Kev returned from the kitchen with a white carrier bag. The bag rustled as it was placed on the bar.
“Your supper,” Kev said. “And enjoy what’s left of the evening.”
Without any hesitation, Dan smiled and winked. “Oh, I’m sure we shall.”
Placing a hand to the small of her back, he steered her toward the door of the club and she wondered what the remainder of the night would bring. Surely it couldn’t be wrong to indulge her desires for just one night.


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Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Welcome to Romance Author - Peri Elizabeth Scott

I’m delighted to welcome Peri Elizabeth Scott to my blog.



Hello Peri – When I discover the long list of genres you write in, astonished isn't the word. More like flabbergasted! Erotic, paranormal, fantasy, post apoc, sci-fi, historical, contemporary, Y.A., BDSM, menage, May/December, older heroine, and R.H. romance. WOW!   But before we discover more about your latest release - CinderElla-ish - here are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

Arabella: Authors can release books, making them available to readers in various ways … via an agent, or working directly with a traditional publisher, or they can even go the self-publishing route. Which method of publishing do you prefer, and why?

Peri: I’ve done both, and at this point, I prefer traditional publishing. My pubs treat me well.  I self-publish books that I either want control over insofar as the cover and some content go. So far, they are in the minority.



Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release CinderElla-ish?

Peri: A girl’s night out! We were talking about soul mates and if lust camouflages true love. CinderElla-ish is my answer.

Arabella: If the person of your dreams (husband/wife/partner/or superstar) were to take you out for the night, where would they take you, and what would you do?

Peri: A nice dinner, followed by a couples’ massage and a night in a high-end hotel.




Arabella: Who or what chases away your blues?

Peri: Odie, Jorja and Nod. My rescue cats.


  


Arabella: Currently, what is your most favourite T.V. programme, and why?

Peri: I don’t watch T.V. as a rule, but I like the Kids’ Baking Championship.


Arabella: When writing a book or chapter, which do you concentrate on first: plot, character, or setting?

Peri: I have to say a character within an incident.


Arabella: How do you research your novels and characters?

Peri: My muse supplies the idea, and I run with it like all pantsers. I then turn to the ’net for the unknown or call a friend. I have raised some eyebrows with the latter!


Arabella: A slice of Chocolate Cake, a piece of Fruit, or Burger and Fries?

Peri: Chocolate cake!!


Arabella: What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their writing journey?

Peri: There are a couple of Golden rules: NO HEAD HOPPING! Research that. It’s one thing that can get your book rejected. 

Secondly, use spellcheck or an editing program to review your work—there are free ones—and learn as you go along, so your book doesn’t need nearly as much polishing.

Find a few someones you trust to read your work and give feedback, and swallow your pride. If they are honest, it’s gonna sting at times. (Prepares you for those judgey reviews later.)

Above all, get those words down.


Thank you for being a super guest on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Peri. I’m left wondering how you find the time to write with such a busy life caring for your rescue and feral cats. Wishing you all the best for your latest release - CinderElla-ish

Arabella

www.arabellasheen.co.uk


About Peri Elizabeth Scott














Peri Elizabeth Scott, aka Allyson Young, lives in cottage country, Manitoba, Canada, where she and her husband pretend to work well together in their seasonal business.

She has always enjoyed the written word, and after reading an erotic romance, quite by mistake, decided to try her hand at penning one. That was followed by a mix of spicy (Ally) and sweeter (Peribeth) romances in various genres, as well as a post-apocalyptic adventure without a lick of romance by Peribeth.

A bestselling Amazon author, a hybrid, and a coauthor, as of September 2021, after ten years of writing, she has published over 70 books, including eight series and several standalones, with others in the works.

 

Social Media

www.perielizabethscott.com

https://www.facebook.com/sweetnspicyauthor/

 

 

Blurb:  CinderElla-ish

 


 

It’s Vegas, but what are the odds that a one-night stand is your soulmate?

When Ella wakes up alone the morning after an amazing—and intimate—night with Rhys, her heart refuses to accept that he used her.

When Rhys returns to their room to find Ella gone, and all he has left of her is a slipper, his heart can’t believe their time together didn’t mean as much to her.

Indeed, they were the victims of a simple misunderstanding.

They both grapple with the loss and turn to work to cope, hiding behind pride. Rhys then decides to seek Ella out but can’t trace her, not that he’s giving up. Ella gathers the courage to contact Rhys—and tell him they made a baby together.

Initially awkward, their reunion quickly supports what their hearts already know: they’re soulmates and meant to be together.

 

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com//dp/B09HSSKBMS

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/cinderella-ish-2

https://www.bookstrand.com/book/cinderella-ish 


Friday, 5 November 2021

A Merchant's Daughter - Arabella Sheen - EXCERPT 4

  



A Merchant’s Daughter

Arabella Sheen


A merchant’s daughter and a destitute nobleman. Can a marriage of convenience solve their problems?
Miss Emma Brentry is happy with life, but she feels the time has come to marry. Her father, a wealthy glass merchant, has expectations of grandchildren, and Emma doesn’t wish to disappoint him. Reluctantly, and somewhat halfheartedly, she begins the search for a husband.
Mr. Aaron Trent, a gentleman of noble birth, returns to England fresh from the Napoleonic war with a scar and limp to prove it. During his absence, his estate, Windhurst Hall, has been pledged by his cousin at the gaming tables. He is now in search of the necessary funds with which to buy back his home.
Traveling to Bath, Emma finds herself stranded on the road and is compelled to stay the night at The Stag and Hounds posting inn. She encounters Aaron, an attentive, handsome stranger, who offers her some much-needed assistance. Instant attraction is felt by both, and as dusk falls, Emma makes Aaron an offer he finds difficult to refuse.
With his pride standing in the way, can Aaron stay true to his principles, or will he, with reckless, passionate abandonment, succumb to Emma’s powers of persuasion?

Content Warning: contains explicit, sensual love scenes 


CHAPTER  2   -   EXCERPT  4 continued...

When Mr. Aaron Trent left Bath that morning to call upon his cousin at Merton Manor, he had not expected to lodge overnight at The Stag and Hounds. During previous visits, he’d often used the inn as a watering hole, but had only once before, when a snowdrift had made it impossible for him to reach his cousin’s house, sought bed and board beneath Griffin’s roof.
That morning, Aaron had traveled to Newton Saint Loe, a small village near Corston, with the intention of calling upon his cousin, Lord Phillip Merton. However, upon reaching Merton Manor, Aaron had been greeted at the door by Carter, the butler, and informed his cousin wasn’t receiving visitors that day. Carter had been instructed to say his lordship was indisposed until further notice.
Ignoring this message, Aaron entered the manor, and shrugging off his caped greatcoat, he passed it to the butler, along with his beaver hat and kidskin gloves.
“There is no need to worry.” Aaron touched Carter reassuringly on the shoulder. “I shall see you are not dismissed for allowing me entry. But if you should be, you may call upon me at Windhurst Hall, and I shall find you a position. That is, if I still have a roof over my own head.”
Then, unceremoniously, and with angered haste, Aaron made his way up the grand staircase until he reached his lordship’s bedchamber.
Without a knock, he entered.
The room wreaked of stale smoke, alcohol, and the stench of…sex.
Beneath the curtained canopy of the four-poster bed and shrouded in rumpled, disheveled bedsheets were Lord Phillip Merton and an unknown woman. They were naked and lying entangled in one another’s arms.
Fleetingly, Aaron wondered how long his cousin and the young woman had been asleep. It was nearing mid-afternoon and they were still dead to the world. But with ruthless disregard for their slumberous condition, Aaron walked to the window, pulled back the heavy, velvet drapes, and flung the windows open wide, allowing the chilled air outside to invade the stiflingly hot, reeking room.
The woman was the first to stir. “Oh…lordy, lordy, lordy. I ain’t supposed to be found here. If Mrs. Hawkins should find me…”
She reached for the sheets, trying to cover herself and shield her body from Aaron’s scathing stare. From her accent and words, Aaron surmised that the wench was a house servant of sorts.
“I suggest you leave,” Aaron told her.
Scurrying to collect her scattered clothes, she hurriedly dressed and fled the bedchamber, slamming the door fiercely behind her before Lord Merton had an opportunity to stir.
“Phillip, wake up. Get out of bed, man.” When there was no response from his unconscious cousin, Aaron picked up a pitcher of water from the washstand and poured its contents uncaringly onto the dozing Phillip.
His lordship was instantly awake. Spluttering and shouting, he cursed until he eventually recognized Aaron as his abuser.
“Damnation, Aaron. I thought you were Carter. What in the world are you doing in my bedchamber? And why the sudden awakening?” Phillip put his hand to his brow, shielding his eyes from the bright sunlight as he turned the air blue with profanities. “I feel as if an axe is buried in my head. How much did I drink last night?”
Aaron shrugged his shoulders and returned the now empty pitcher to the washstand. “How the hell should I know? I was not here.”
Standing with his arms akimbo, Aaron assessed his cousin’s condition.
“Well, you ought to have been here,” said Phillip. “That scullery maid was more than accommodating, and I’m sure she could have found a suitable friend to satisfy your needs.”
Aaron gave a snort of disgust. “Your offer, although I’m sure kindly meant, would have been refused. I like my women willing, not coerced. Servants generally feel under an obligation to their masters, whereas courtesans, although more expensive, are less of a problem in the long run. Take my advice and stay away from the servants.”
Phillip scratched his head. “What are you doing at Merton Manor, and at this ungodly hour? As far as I knew, you were supposed to be somewhere on the south coast, recovering from war wounds. I was told it would take at least a year for you to fully recover. There were also rumors you would not make it at all―that you would die.”
“Is that why you spent most of my fortune and entailed my estate?”
Before enlisting and leaving England to fight Bonaparte in France, with the likelihood of not returning from the war, Aaron had signed a document stating that in the event of his death, his cousin was to be the sole beneficiary of the estate. During his absence, Phillip was also to act as trustee and executor of any business involving Windhurst Hall. Only the plan had backfired.
Returning to England, Aaron discovered the trust he had placed in his cousin had been abused. Having gained access to Aaron’s fortune, Phillip had squandered most of the holdings and had entailed Aaron’s home, Windhurst Hall, leaving Aaron with only a pittance upon which to live.
   
A Merchant’s Daughter
Copyright © 2019, Arabella Sheen
ISBN: 9781949300468
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Electronic Publication: August 2019
Editor: Pamela Tyner
Cover: Fantasia Frog Designs

eBooks are not transferable. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations in articles and reviews.

This book is a work of fiction and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, or places, events or locales is purely coincidental. The characters are productions of the author’s imagination and used fictitiously. 

About Arabella Sheen



Arabella Sheen is a British author of contemporary romance and likes nothing more than the challenge of starting a new novel with fresh ideas and inspiring characters.
One of the many things Arabella loves to do is to read. And when she’s not researching or writing about romance, she is either on her allotment sowing and planting with the seasons or she is curled on the sofa with a book, while pandering to the demands of her attention-seeking cat.
Having lived and worked in the Netherlands as a theatre nurse for nearly twenty years, she now lives in the south-west of England with her family.
Arabella hopes her readers have as much pleasure from her romance stories as she has in writing them.

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Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Welcome to Romance Author - Jade Marshall

I’m delighted to welcome Jade Marshall to my blog.


Jade Marshall - Author

Hello Jade – I’m so pleased we managed to connect and arrange a date for your blog spot. And I’m also keen to unearth some of your personal secrets and learn about the things that make your readers ask for more of your stories. But before we discover more about your latest release, Not His Mate, here are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.


Arabella: How did you manage to get your first novel published and what did you learn from the experience?

Jade: My first novel wasn’t just simply a novel. It was a vindication of a dream. It took me five years to write The Wolf (Book 1 of the GBMC) and throughout those years only three people knew what I was doing. I had myself convinced that it was an unachievable dream and that I would never be published.

Through the writing, I did a TON of research, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to self-publish. I know myself and I wouldn’t be able to do all of this on my own. By that time I had two publishing houses that I wanted to submit to and Evernight Publishing was my first choice.

About a month after submitting The Wolf to Evernight Publishing I finally gathered the nerve to tell my husband. He was supportive as always but being the realist that he is reminded me that not everyone gets signed. 

When I received my feedback from Evernight Publishing I wasn’t contracted but I was asked to revise and resubmit. That took me another year, but I finally did it and haven’t looked back since.

 

Arabella: The T.V. is on and you’re in control of the remote. Which would it be?

1)     A quiz programme

2)     An afternoon of sport

3)     A family soap

4)     A romantic film you always wanted to see but missed when it was shown at the cinema?

Jade: None of the above. Mostly I like to watch procedural dramas or something more horror/thriller related. It helps that the husband and I have the same taste in shows so there aren’t many fights about the remote.

 


Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Not his Mate ?

Jade: I have an entire series built in my mind. I have always loved paranormal romance and wanted to be part of that world building. I love the alpha heroes, the fated mates, and the family that comes with being part of the pack.

Arabella: Roses, Lilies, or another flower of choice?

Jade: I love Arum Lilys. In Afrikaans (my first language) they are called Vark Ore which directly translates into Pigs Ears. My husband has planted the white variety in a pot beside our front door for me after I kept killing the red ones.


Red and White Lilies

Arabella: Which authors or what books have influenced your writing?

Jade: Most of my reading habits were influenced by cousin Heliza and my mother. Heliza used to read horror and suspense including Dean Koontz and my mother was more on the romance side with authors like Danielle Steel and Catherine Cookson. I think that may be why my romance is on the darker side. I have a love for Tiffany Reisz, Stephen King, Sam Crescent, Wilbur Smith, and many others that I have discovered for myself over the years

Arabella: Some authors write at first light, others need a mug of coffee or a glass of wine before putting pen to paper. When writing, are there any “essentials” you need to help the words flow?

Jade: I can’t force myself to write. I have tried it and everything I put down is sucky. So I tend to write when inspiration hits. I am mostly a night writer. My husband will sit playing Xbox while I write on the couch. I do need coffee quite often and I am a smoker so those are also always nearby.

Arabella: You’re halfway through the work-in-progress and you’re stuck! If you had to contact an “author/publisher/editor friend” for guidance, who would it be?

Jade: I have the best Beta reader ever. Her name is Jessica. If I’m ever stuck or not feeling where the story is headed, I will just walk over to her house, have a cup of coffee, and talk it out. She is my biggest supporter besides my family and gets all riled up about things like bad reviews or people not understanding my work. She motivates me and gives me hell when I slack off too much.

Jessica is always the first to know if I am working on something new. She is my soundboard, my support system, and a great friend. It helps that the husbands like each other. Lol.


Arabella: If you could choose, which would it be?

1)     A walk in the woods

2)     A walk along a beachfront to dip your toes in the sea

3)     A day shopping for clothes

Jade: The beach by far although I don’t like the ocean. I am terrified of the waves so I don’t go into the water, but I am more than happy to sit and read while having a cocktail.



Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you’d like to share with “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?

Jade: There is so much I have learnt in the last year!

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Your work isn’t for everyone and not all reviews are going to be good. Breath, read it again, and use any criticism that was constructive. Forget the rest.

Editing, Cover design, Promoting, and everything that goes with launching a book is important. Don’t skimp on those things.

Social media is more important than you think. You are your own greatest advocate and promoter, and no one will do as much effort to see your work do well as you will.

 

Thank you so much for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Jade. You’ve been an amazing guest, and I have to say that love the sound of your supportive Beta reader, Jessica, and the fact she lives so close to you.

Wishing you all the best for your latest release Not His Mate

Arabella

www.arabellasheen.co.uk

 

ABOUT  JADE MARSHALL

 

Jade Marshall - Author

 

I am a South African author from the Northern Cape. Finally found someone to take a chance and me and now I am published (yaaaay). Since I was a little girl, I have loved reading and telling stories. I never dreamed that anyone else would like my stories. Luckily, I have a great support system. People who support me and pushed me to chase my dreams.

I am the mother of a 15-year-old blonde girl, who still thinks her mom is cool even though she is now a teenager. A loving, hard-ass, biker husband who constantly puts up with my insanity and supports everything I do. Our other children include an American red-nosed Pitbull (Lesnar), a German Rottweiler (Tyson) and a fox terrier (Patches).

I try to keep them all alive and happy and mostly succeed. Although my cooking skills do need a lot of work

 

My Genres

This is a little trickier than I thought it would be because I find that I write what I am feeling in that moment but here is the shortlist!

·        MC Romance

·        Dark Romance

·        Paranormal Romance

 

Social Media Link

https://linktr.ee/jmarshall.author

All my social media links are available through Link Tree including newsletter signup, website, Facebook, Instagram, and more!

 

Not His Mate         (Book 2)        Katu Wolves Series 



Book Blurb

When a wolf shifter finds their fated mate their entire world changes. There is nothing on earth you wouldn’t do to keep your mate by your side, happy and safe. But what happens when your fated mate is already mated to someone else?

Calum Beckett, Beta to the Katu wolf pack, has finally found his fated mate in Talon Quinn. The only problem is that she already has a mate. Trying to stay away from Talon is pulling him apart and driving his wolf to the brink of insanity. But what choice does he have?

Talon has moved to the Katu Pack with her mate Parker, but Parker isn’t her true mate, but someone she was forced to mate by her previous Alpha. When she finds her fated mate her life is thrown even further into chaos. Difficult choices lie ahead, and no matter which path she chooses, pain is inevitable.

How much pain are you willing to cause? How will either mate react to choices that Talon make? Can anyone have their happily ever after?
 

RELEASE DATE: 29 October 2021

BUY LINKS:

Evernight Publishing

Jade Marshall's Website 

Amazon US

Amazon UK 

 

Thursday, 28 October 2021

A Merchant's Daughter - Arabella Sheen - EXCERPT 3

  


A Merchant’s Daughter

Arabella Sheen


A merchant’s daughter and a destitute nobleman. Can a marriage of convenience solve their problems?
Miss Emma Brentry is happy with life, but she feels the time has come to marry. Her father, a wealthy glass merchant, has expectations of grandchildren, and Emma doesn’t wish to disappoint him. Reluctantly, and somewhat halfheartedly, she begins the search for a husband.
Mr. Aaron Trent, a gentleman of noble birth, returns to England fresh from the Napoleonic war with a scar and limp to prove it. During his absence, his estate, Windhurst Hall, has been pledged by his cousin at the gaming tables. He is now in search of the necessary funds with which to buy back his home.
Traveling to Bath, Emma finds herself stranded on the road and is compelled to stay the night at The Stag and Hounds posting inn. She encounters Aaron, an attentive, handsome stranger, who offers her some much-needed assistance. Instant attraction is felt by both, and as dusk falls, Emma makes Aaron an offer he finds difficult to refuse.
With his pride standing in the way, can Aaron stay true to his principles, or will he, with reckless, passionate abandonment, succumb to Emma’s powers of persuasion?

Content Warning: contains explicit, sensual love scenes 


CHAPTER  1    EXCERPT  3  continued...

Emma felt flustered and out of her depth. Approached by a stranger, she had no idea how she ought to react. Should she be affronted, or should she simply ignore him? If he was prepared to assist, she decided that perhaps she ought to be civil in case she was compelled to accept his offer of help.
“My name is Emma Brentry, and I’m from Bath, sir.”
Emma stood and dropped a curtsy. She wasn’t used to introducing herself to strangers. Then again, neither was she used to frequenting posting inns.
“Miss Brentry.” The gentleman bowed. “Mr. Aaron Trent at your service. I was about to suggest I collect your belongings. My curricle is outside, and as I have yet to stable my grays, it will be no hardship to drive a mile or two and retrieve your luggage. Is that idea acceptable to you?”
The man before her was olive-skinned and unfashionably bronzed, as if he’d spent much of his time outdoors in the sun. He had a strong jawline and a straight nose that hinted of noble birth. For some unknown reason, Emma felt the immediate pull of his undeniable magnetism and was instantly attracted.
“The idea of you collecting my luggage is more than acceptable, sir. But might I be so bold to suggest I accompany you? You see, my father’s coachman, Gresham, is suspicious of most people we encounter, and he might not relinquish my belongings to you. I would also like to assure him that I am all right. He’s such a worrier, and as you and I are not known to one another…”
“I’m pleased to hear you have a coachman. To be honest, I was beginning to doubt your story. I could not envisage you driving a barouche or tackling the problems of a broken wheel alone. Certainly, you may ride with me. As for my credentials, here is my calling card.” Aaron’s hand delved into his pocket and emerged with a delicately engraved silver card case. He flipped the lid open and handed her a card. “Griffin will also vouch for me. Will you not, Griffin?”
“Course I will, Major Trent, sir. I’ve known you nigh on ten years or more. You’ve often stayed in Newton Saint Loe with your uncle, Lord Merton―God rest his soul. Merton Manor is just down the road. His lordship was always well-respected hereabouts. It’s a shame he passed away. And now that your cousin has―”
“Thank you, Griffin. I’m certain Miss Brentry has no need of my life history. If you could see your good wife prepares a room for her, and also somewhere for the coachman to sleep, we shall be indebted.”
“Yes, sir. I’ll ask Mrs. Griffin to see to it right away.”
Aaron placed his hand beneath Emma’s elbow, and he steered her carefully toward the door. As they stepped away from the inn and emerged into the bright sunlight and fresh air, she was made aware of exactly how dark and musky it had been inside. Taking a deep, cleansing breath, she turned to face Aaron.
Glancing briefly at his calling card, she read his details before placing it in her reticule for safekeeping. He seemed an honest enough person, and her instincts told her she could trust him.
“Well, Mr. Trent…what now, sir?” she asked.
Emma tilted her head to look up at Aaron. She estimated he was all of six-foot-two inches, and in the afternoon light, she could see that what she had thought to be dark brown curls were in fact jet-black locks. And then she noticed the rough, jagged line of a scar across his left cheek. It looked raw, fresh, and ugly.
As his eyes looked searchingly into hers, seeking her reaction to his injury, she only just managed not to turn her gaze away with unthinking revulsion. When inside the inn, she had not seen the scar, but perhaps that was because Aaron had intentionally kept his face averted in order to conceal the unsightly wound.
Emma looked across the cobbled yard and noticed an ivory-colored phaeton with two matching grays. It was standing near the water trough.
She hadn’t noticed the carriage earlier and surmised that the stagecoach, while waiting to depart, had blocked her view. It was a fine piece of equipment, and if she was of a sporting nature, which she wasn’t, she would be full of admiration for the elegance of the carriage and the thoroughbreds attached.
“Your carriage awaits, my lady. Shall we?”
As they walked toward the phaeton, Emma detected a slight limp in Aaron’s gait. At first, she’d thought the ivory cane he held was purely a fashionable accessory, as most dandies and coxcombs carried such a thing with them, but she’d been wrong. Aaron wasn’t using the cane for effect; he used it for support and as a walking aid.
Thinking it best not to comment on his disability, Emma remained silent. She didn’t want to offend. If she offered assistance, he might feel affronted.
Reaching the carriage, and without further ado, Aaron took her hand, and then, placing an arm around her waist, he assisted her onto the high seat of the phaeton. It felt strange having a man touch her. But there was no one to see. No one to chaperone, and no one to condemn their actions either. To Emma, it felt excitingly illicit. Being so free with a man and behaving in such a way was not her normal behavior.
Aaron walked around to the other side of the vehicle and joined her. They were perched on high, and to Emma, who had never previously ridden in such an excellent carriage, the ground seemed ominously far below.
She was unusually nervous. She was about to set off with a stranger and was aware that anything could happen.
The phaeton was light and well-sprung, and she’d been told by Harold, her sister’s husband, that to own such a carriage was extremely fashionable.
Emma leaned forward and smiled. “In case I forget, I must say how grateful I am for your thoughtfulness, and I do appreciate your kind offer. I have no idea how I am to repay you for your kindness, but I shall―”
Cutting her speech of thanks short, Aaron lifted the reins and asked, “Left or right?”
“Um…turn right, please. It is not far, and we should be there in―”
Her words were lost as, with a flick of the whip, the horses sprang forward and they were off at a spanking pace. 
  
A Merchant’s Daughter
Copyright © 2019, Arabella Sheen
ISBN: 9781949300468
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Electronic Publication: August 2019
Editor: Pamela Tyner
Cover: Fantasia Frog Designs

eBooks are not transferable. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations in articles and reviews.

This book is a work of fiction and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, or places, events or locales is purely coincidental. The characters are productions of the author’s imagination and used fictitiously. 

About Arabella Sheen



Arabella Sheen is a British author of contemporary romance and likes nothing more than the challenge of starting a new novel with fresh ideas and inspiring characters.
One of the many things Arabella loves to do is to read. And when she’s not researching or writing about romance, she is either on her allotment sowing and planting with the seasons or she is curled on the sofa with a book, while pandering to the demands of her attention-seeking cat.
Having lived and worked in the Netherlands as a theatre nurse for nearly twenty years, she now lives in the south-west of England with her family.
Arabella hopes her readers have as much pleasure from her romance stories as she has in writing them.

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