Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NEW RELEASE! 6th September. A BARON IN HER BED ~ THE SPIES OF MAYFAIR SERIES, BOOK ONE



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Maggi

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BLURB:  London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia's plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn. Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. When Guy is set upon by footpads in London, a stranger, Lord Strathairn, rescues and befriends him. But while traveling to his country estate, Guy is again attacked. He escapes only to knock himself out on a tree branch. Aspiring poet Horatia Cavendish has taken to riding her father's stallion, "The General", around the countryside of Digswell dressed as a groom. She has become bored of her country life and longs to escape to London to pursue her desire to become part of the London literary set. When she discovers Guy lying unconscious on the road, the two are forced to take shelter for the night in a hunting lodge. After Guy discovers her ruse, a friendship develops between them. Guy suspects his relative, Eustace Fennimore is behind the attacks on his life. He has been ensconced in Rosecroft Hall during the family's exile and will become the heir should Guy die. Horatia refuses to believe her godfather, Eustace, is responsible. But when Guy proposes a faux betrothal to give him more time to discover the truth, she agrees. Secure in the knowledge that his daughter will finally wed, Horatia's father allows her to visit her blue-stocking aunt in London. But Horatia's time spent in London proves to be anything but a literary feast, for a dangerous foe plots Guy's demise. She is determined to keep alive her handsome fiance, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.

EXCERPT 1:


She patted The General’s nose and fed him an apple. By the time the last of it had disappeared, she heard the clip of a horse’s hooves on the gravel drive. She peeped out of the barn door and saw the baron, tall in the saddle, riding towards the house.
Horatia stepped out and beckoned him. He caught sight of her and rode towards the stables then dismounted and led the horse inside.
“Sorry, my lord,” Horatia said, adopting Simon’s gruff voice. “We have no footman here. No under-groom neither. I’ll stable your horse.”
“Simon, good fellow,” he said warmly. “I came to thank you again. I am indebted to you.”
“No need for that, my lord,” she said. “Everything’s right and tight here as it happens.” She turned her back to lead his horse into one of the stalls. Seizing a brush, she bent and swept it over the horse’s flanks.
He came to rest an arm on the stall door. “I am relieved. If you had lost your job, I was going to ask you to work for me.”
She straightened to brush the horse’s back, confident of the poor light. “Mighty good of you, my lord. But not at all necessary.”
Eh bien, merci encore.” He turned towards the door.
Relieved it had gone so well, Horatia stepped out from behind the horse. She looked up to see if he had gone and found him watching her with his arms folded.
The elation left her, and she took a deep, shaky breath.
“Did you really think you could go on fooling me?” A note of outrage lay beneath the humorous tone in his voice. “How many people around here have red hair like yours?”
“My hair’s not red,” she said, incensed. “It’s chestnut.”
“I wondered how far you would carry this ruse, Miss Cavendish.”
She backed into an empty stall as he strode towards her.
He followed her inside. Reaching over, he whipped off her hat, and her hair came loose and tumbled around her face.  “So, what do you have to say in your defense?”
“Nothing, my lord.” Horatia lifted her chin, her heart pounding loud in her ears. She chewed her lip. She would have to brazen this out.
Annoyed blue eyes stared into hers. “I do not like to be toyed with. I thought there was something wrong with me.”
“Pardon?”
“Watching you bend over in those breeches. Zut! From the first I felt a strong attraction to you. And then, when I saw you dressed as a woman, I understood.”
“You knew it was me at the dance?” She scowled. “And you deliberately teased me?”
“Don’t you think you deserved it?” He seized her shoulders and gave them a shake. “You tricked me. Why?”
She swallowed. “No trickery, my lord. I was dressed this way when I found you, if you recall. I needed to keep up the pretense.”
He shrugged. “But why do you dress like that?”
She couldn’t explain her restlessness to him and tossed her head. “I prefer to ride astride.”
He raised a brow. “You like a strong beast moving beneath you?”
She bristled at the insult. “I like to ride alone.” He made it sound as if she gained some sort of indecent enjoyment from the exercise. Her face heated. To ride astride was unfeminine, she knew, but that fact had never bothered her before.
“But to do so places you in peril.”
Horatia drew herself up. “I can handle myself as well as a man.”
“You believe that, do you?” His gaze flicked over her. What was he thinking? She quivered under his scrutiny.

Excerpt: 2

“This is a dance with which I’m familiar,” the baron said, drawing her close in his arms. “We danced it in Paris long before it came to England.”
She supposed he considered England far behind Paris in most things fashionable. Finding herself pressed up against his hard chest produced the memory of how it looked unclothed. Her breath caught, and she wriggled within his arm. “We do not dance this close in England, my lord.”
He let her go in surprise then took up the pose again, leaving space between them. “Merci. I did not know. You have saved me from making a faux pas.”
She suspected he knew quite well, for the devilry in his eyes betrayed him. “You might learn by observing others, my lord,” she admonished him.
At least now she could breathe. But this was unlike the night they had spent together, when her disguise had protected her. Did he find her attractive?
She had no idea if his charm was merely part of his personality. It shouldn’t matter, for he would choose a bride from the aristocracy, but somehow it did.
His hand at her waist, guiding her, made her recall their time in the hut and his indecent revelations of lovemaking. Her breath quickened at the thought of such an act perpetrated by him on some woman, and even possibly her. His proximity and the strength and pure maleness of him overwhelmed her.
Breathing in the familiar woody Bergamot scent, intermingled with starched linen and soap, she closed her eyes, but that made her dizzy. After examining his masterfully tied cravat adorned with a sapphire pin the color of his eyes, she raised her eyes to his. “I have not seen a cravat tied in that way before. What is it called?”
He smiled down at her. “I believe it is called Trone d’Armour.” The style hailed from France most likely. He was different from the English in other ways too. The French had a disconcerting way of looking at someone. Was he the real Baron Fortescue or an impostor?
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18 comments:

marybelle said...

A BARON IN HER BED is my kind of book. I loved the excerpt thank you.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks for the comment, Marybelle. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

Pam P said...

Love the excerpt, my kind of story. Happy Release Day, my birthday, too. Too bad it's not out in US yet.

Lisa said...

Hi Maggi,
Wow your book sound good love the Baron and lady type of books. Happy release Day wish to see it soon here in usa. Will there more in this maybe as a series???
Hugs!
Lisa
goosebooth@yahoo.com

Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks for dropping by, Lisa.
The next book in the series is Taming A Gentleman Spy - coming out 4th September 2013.

Maggi Andersen said...

Happy birthday, Pam. I'll announce when the book's released in the US.

Rose said...

This sounds like the kind of book I love. I hope that I'm the lucky one. Thanks. B

Regan said...

Glad to see there's another romance author whose series features spies (my trilogy is called the Agents of the Crown). We should have a society!

Regan
http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com

Suzi said...

Maggi,
I'll say it again...and again!
I love your cover and the oh-so-sexy Baron...sigh.
And love the excerpts too,
Suzi Love

Maggi Andersen said...

Hi Regan and Rose thanks for your comments.

Maggi Andersen said...

Hi Suzi, thanks for visiting and your comments.

Suzan Tisdale said...

I look forward to reading this one! ;o)

Suzan Tisdale

Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks for dropping by, Suzan.

Linda said...

It sounds yummy! Love books where the heroine dresses up/disguises as a male. She sounds like a strong, intelligent character - my fav type of heroine!

thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

Maggi Andersen said...

Horatia certainly has a mind of her own! Good luck with the contest, Linda.

Jeanne M said...

Hi Maggi!

I just received an email from Books-n-Kisses that featured a description of A Baron In Her Bed and yeah! a link to your website!

Guy and Horatio's story sounds like it will be so much fun to read!

Congratulations on the release! Just wanted to let you know I'm going to Amazon to find out even more about your books!

Diane D - Florida said...

Hi Maggie,

Many thanks for posting these great excerpts of your new book, "A Baron in Her bed". The chemistry between Horatia and Guy fairly sizzles off the pages. I love a book that contains intrigue, mystery, passion and romance.

This is definitely a book that I would love to own and read.

Thank you for this opportunity.

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Diane. Good luck!