Thanks so much for having me back. I hope you enjoy this excerpt from my new novel, Three Weeks to Wed. Lady Grace Carpenter and Mattheus, Earl of Worthington find themselves in the same in during a hail storm. Grace remembers him as being the one gentleman she thought she could marry, but Matt doesn’t remember her at all. Now unable to wed, she resolves to have one night of passion. The next morning when he awakes she’s gone. This scene is between Matt and his step-mother, Patience.
She glanced up, set aside her embroidery, and smiled. “Worthington, I’m so glad you’re home. The girls have missed you horribly.”
He gave her a peck on the cheek. “How have you been?”
“I’m well. We are all excited about Louisa’s come out. Do you need anything?”
He’d known she would ask. “Yes, I’ve fallen in love. The only problem is I can’t find her.”
Patience went off into a peal of light laughter. “Mattheus Worthington, what will you say next? Isn’t this rather sudden? Did you meet her in Town?”
“It may be, but it’s true, and I wouldn’t be the first man to fall in love at first sight. I met her at an inn during a storm, and she left before I could discover her name. I need your help finding her.” He described in careful detail his love’s most important features.
She pressed her lips together as if she would argue, then her countenance softened and she nodded. “Very well, but my dear, why do you not draw her for me?”
“That’s a good idea.” Why hadn’t he thought of it? Ever since he’d discovered she had left him, his brain had stopped working. Matt took her leave going immediately to his studio.
Using a pencil, he sketched his lady’s face and hair, careful to use the style she had when it was up, and colored it in. Once he was satisfied, he took it to Patience. “What do you think? Do you recognize her?”
Patience squinted over the drawing and tapped her cheek. “I’ve seen her. I just don’t know when. It must have been a few years ago, because her cheeks were rounder. Like that of a younger lady, still”—she held the paper up to the light—“I am sure it’s her.”
He was so close. He tried not to dance a jig. His breath caught. “Who? Who is she?”
Her brows drew together. “That’s the problem, I don’t remember her name.
In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington—lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…
Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.
Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…
“Oh, the tangled webs we weave…especially when our hearts are involved. Three Weeks to Wed is a delightfully heartwarming escape into the sparkling world of the Regency. Ella Quinn weaves magic.” —Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author
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Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series will start in April 2016.
She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and granddaughter, one cat and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America.
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