Excerpt: A Bride By Moonlight by Liz Carlyle

 

 

Please enjoy this excerpt  from A BRIDE BY MOONLIGHT by Liz Carlyle:

Napier cocked one hip on his windowsill and crossed his arms, studying her. “Elizabeth,” he said quietly, “why are you not leaving?”

Her satin cords, or whatever they were, having been tossed aside, Elizabeth threw up both hands and looked at him incredulously. “Because we’ve work to do?” she snapped. “Because the sooner we’ve done whatever it is you’ve dragged me off to do, the sooner we’ll be away from here?”

Away from here.

Away from her.

God, he prayed for both—but for far different reasons, he was beginning to think.

Suddenly her eyes widened. She cut a glance at the door, then hastened to it, the green velvet of her carriage dress slithering enticingly over her hips. Then, to his extreme discomfort, she bent over a little and set an ear to a flat spot in the carved wood, providing a delectable view.

It seemed an eternity before she straightened and shook her head. “My imagination,” she muttered. “I’m sorry, what were you saying?”

Napier sighed, and altered his strategy. “Make your point, but be quick about it,” he said. “In what way might you be of help?”

Again, the ingenuous expression. “Why, it’s hard to know,” she said, “when I’ve been told nothing of what brought you home to Burlingame. After all, I am just the hired help—no, the blackmailed help. Nonetheless, I will have time alone with all your maddening female relations—and ladies do gossip. Moreover, they will take no notice whatever of another lady asking a great many questions. Indeed, given our so-called betrothal, they will wonder if I do not.”

“There is some truth to that,” he admitted.

“And then, of course, there’s Fanny.”

“Who, pray, is Fanny?”

“My maid,” she said impatiently. “Servants’ hall tittle-tattle is the purest form of gossip.”

“True, my man Jolley is invaluable in that regard.”

“Furthermore, Fanny and I are apt to be in parts of the house you will not,” she said. “While you’re closeted with your grandfather in some stuffy estate office, the ladies will likely take tea in the drawing room, or sew in the parlor, or read in the library. Are you looking, perhaps, for a weapon? Or purloined goods? Or what?”

He considered it for a moment, and wondered why he should not take her up on it. Elizabeth was a clever piece of work, and the fact that she made his cock throb every time she drew near was merely a testament to his stupidity.

“All right,” he said, setting one hand high on the bedpost. “I need every bit of gossip either you or Fanny come across, so long as you take no risk to get it. And I need paper.”

“Paper?”

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Interview with Liz Carlyle, Author of A Bride By Moonlight and Giveaway!

 

Please welcome New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle to the virtual offices today!  I’m very excited to have Liz drop by, and I hope you enjoy our chat.  After the interview, enter for your chance to win a copy of A Bride By Moonlight.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Liz Carlyle] I always say I’m just a novelist stuck in the 19th century. Beyond that, I’m very dull.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Bride by Moonlight?

[Liz Carlyle] I’ve described the book as being a story of redemption, and particularly for my heroine Lisette, that is true. It is also about finding the love of your life. Finding that person who totally gets you, and loves you because—and in spite—of it. We are none of us perfect, and Lisette and Napier definitely fit that description.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Liz Carlyle] Both characters had been in my head for a while, particularly Napier, who was an antagonist in several of my earlier works. I never know how to explain how concepts come to me—they just do. I know that’s vague, and I apologize. I suppose books always begin, for me, with the question, “What if?” And then I’m off and running.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lisette?

[Liz Carlyle] Determined. Fearless. Audacious.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Napier had a theme song, what would it be?

[Liz Carlyle] Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon. He’s a perfectionist. In everything.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Lisette is never without.

[Liz Carlyle] Her mother’s gold locket. She had to fight hard for it, so she never takes it off.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Napier’s pockets?

[Liz Carlyle] A snuffbox. An overdue bill. An unused ticket to the opera.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Lisette’s greatest regret?

[Liz Carlyle] I can’t quite tell you her greatest regret since it forms a part of the novel. I can say, however, that she very much regrets not knowing her mother well. The fact that her mother died while she was young has left Lisette with a tremendous void in her life.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Liz Carlyle] Travel to historically significant places, although I travel much less than I once did. And sometimes music.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Liz Carlyle] Total quiet. Eight hours of sleep. A case of 365 club soda.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Liz Carlyle] The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly. It was awesome.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Liz Carlyle] Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt. My BFF and I stole it from her mother’s TBR pile. We were eleven years old, and back in those days Victoria Holt was considered a trifle scandalous.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Liz Carlyle] I spend a lot of time with my extended family, and with my four cats.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Liz Carlyle] Via my website, www.lizcarlyle.com or on Facebook.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Liz Carlyle] Thank you. It was a pleasure.

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About the book:

Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the dangerous men of the mysterious St. James Society. Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless—and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . . On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger—of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . .

Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard’s most relentless police commissioner. He’s vowed to bring Lisette to justice—but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?

About the author

A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.