Friday, June 13, 2014

J is for Journey- Excerpt from Loving Lena

It is Friday the 13th so I was going to do J is for Jinx, but I am not feeling particularly jinxed this week. Quite the opposite in fact, I just released a new book, Loving Lena, so I thought I would tie in a J post to an excerpt for you.

So today J is for Journey. Lena has been on a journey literally speaking as she moved from England to America with Wesley.

She is also enduring a figurative journey as lots of changes are taking place in her life right now. Most importantly she is anxious to marry Wesley and for her divorce to be finalized from her first husband. This journey is taking a bit of an emotional toll on her and she is lashing out at Wesley.

In this point in the story she is voicing her frustrations about the amount of time her divorce is taking. Wesley is also concerned about Lena's health and the amount of sleep she has been getting.

"I do not wish to discuss this anymore. If you say it will be dealt with soon, then I trust you." She moved to pick up her dress, hoping to put an end to the conversation.

"It will be. Soon. You have my promise." He reached out and touched her shoulder, but she shrugged out of his grasp.

She squealed in protest when he took her by the waist and spun her around.

"I am still not pleased with your attitude," he lectured. "If you are feeling lonely maybe Emmaline can come by more often. I will try to help you how I can, but you need to stop this at once." He gave her shoulders a shake as he finished his sentence.

"How will watching your baby sister help me to feel less like a prisoner in my own home?" she shot back.

"Lena," he said her name softly and brushed a hand across her bare shoulder. 
"Why are you trying to start an argument?"

"I am not starting it, it just is!" she shouted, and realized it felt good to shout. She had all these emotions welling up inside her and she had been beating them down for so long she was ready to explode.

"Do not shout," he reprimanded. Releasing her shoulders he crossed the room, removing his jacket from the armoire. "Let us have a nice dinner and then I will be putting you to bed at a reasonable time tonight. We can talk more about it later."

"You will do no such thing!"

He turned to look at her, his mouth set in a grim line. "You will stop shouting, and we will talk about it later."

She stomped her foot, "I am not a child and you are not giving me a bedtime."

"Stop acting like a child before I treat you like one," he warned.

Lena Trimble should be experiencing the happiest time in her life. She is in love with the most wonderful man she has ever met, they have a beautiful baby together, and they are starting a new life in a new country. But Lena feels like she is living a lie. Their child was conceived out of wedlock and she is still embroiled in a divorce from a horrible man who never loved her but was only after her money.
Wesley Lawford feels like the luckiest man alive. He finally has Lena all to himself and he is trying to build a new life with her and their child. But as Lena's divorce drags on, her fears of what others think have her retreating from the world, and worse, closing herself off to him. Afraid of losing Lena as she continues secluding herself, Wesley knows he must be firm with his future wife and Lena soon finds herself over Wesley's knee for a hard bare-bottom spanking. Will a firm hand and loving domestic discipline bring back the woman he loves? Will simply loving Lena be enough to keep them together?

Loving Lena is the second in the Ravenswood Manor series. The book is a Victorian romance set during the beginning of America's Bicycle Craze, in 1890's Philadelphia. Although each book can be read alone, characters from the first book in the series, Emmaline's Groom, are referenced in Loving Lena.
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  1. Great excerpt. congrats on the release. Looking forward to sitting down with it and a glass of wine over the weekend!

  2. Good choice for a post, makes me want to do a little more shopping, lol.