Marketing For Romance Writers does this cool thing every Wednesday where you can post 6-8 lines of your book, sign up on the linky list, and go around visiting other authors who are participating too. So let's hit it!
This week, the excerpt is from The Wrong Brother's Bride. August has just returned home to more startling news than his brother's death:
She gripped the sideboard, her knuckles as white as her face. “I’m pregnant.”
Loyal waited for August’s famous temper to reach boiling point. Making her announcement to him was worse than telling her father. Warmth crept up her face as August stared.
His Adam’s apple bobbed as he digested her words. “Jeremiah’s?”
She grimaced. “There was never anyone else.”
After a tragic accident leaves Loyal Redfearn alone and pregnant, she writes to her deceased fiance's ne'er-do-well brother, August O'Dell. Her hope is he’ll help save her beloved home. What she doesn't expect from him is a proposal so soon on the heels of his brother's death. Although they grew up together, she’s never thought of August as the man she would marry, even as a means to save face with her family and friends.
Although returning to the township where August spent his troubled youth means facing the past, he sees an opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of the woman he's loved since boyhood. They agree the marriage is in name-only, but August works to earn Loyal's trust and waits for the day she'll see his hard work as proof that she didn't marry the wrong brother after all.
When evidence from a crime committed years ago points to August as the culprit, he and Loyal must face the reality that their newly forged family may be torn apart.
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