Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cover for Pumpkinnapper

I've just received my cover for my upcoming Regency Halloween story, Pumpkinnapper. Another gorgeous cover from Nicola Martinez, who also did the cover for my Lady of the Stars, which The Wild Rose Press will release on January 7, 2009.

Pumpkinnapper blurb:

Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh my.

Last night someone tried to steal the widowed Mrs. Emily Metcalfe's pumpkins. She's certain the culprit is her old childhood nemesis and the secret love of her youth, Henry, nicknamed Hank, whom she hasn't seen in ten years.

Henry, Baron Grey, who's never forgotten the girl he loved but couldn’t pursue so long ago, decides to catch Emily's would-be thief. Even after she reveals his childhood nickname--the one he would rather forget. And even after her jealous pet goose bites him in an embarrassing place.

Oh, the things a man does for love.

And an excerpt:

"Emily, even with Henry, formidable as he is--" Hank glared at the goose. The goose glared back. "--you need protection. I will send over some footmen to guard the place."

"No. Turnip Cottage belongs to Charlotte's husband. What will the townspeople think, with Baron Grey's servants about my house?"

Her refusal increased his fury. The sight of her hand on that damned goose's head didn't improve his mood, either. He balled his fists as his patience thinned and something else thickened. "I'll find you a guard dog. You must have some protection out here all alone."

"But I have Henry." She patted the goose's head and the bird snuggled into her hand. Again.

Heat flooded Hank, part desire for Emily's touch, and part desire to murder that damned goose, who was where he wanted to be. His insides groaned. "Very well, then, you leave me no choice. I will help you catch the culprits."


He changed his voice to the voice that either melted a woman or earned him a slap in the face. "Who knows, mayhap we would enjoy ourselves as I lie in wait with you." I would love to lie with you.

Her eyes widened. Had she understood the innuendo?

"I cannot stay alone with you, and you know it," she said, her voice severe.

"You are a widow in your own home and no one will see. I will make sure of it."

"No." She marched back into her cottage and slammed the door. Henry smirked and waddled away.

Hank grinned. He would be back, whether she liked it or not.

Thank you all,
Linda Banche

Regency romance--most with humor, some with fantasy, and occasionally a paranormal

Lady of the Stars--Regency time travel, coming January 7, 2009 from The Wild Rose Press

Pumpkinnapper--coming /tbd/ from The Wild Rose Press


Sarita Leone said...

What a gorgeous cover! And I love the blurb and excerpt, although I'm sad I'll have to wait until next fall to see what happens next.

Congratulations on your January release! :)

Linda Banche said...

Hi, Sarita.

Thanks for your kind words.

Yes, it's a beautiful cover. My timing is not very good, that I sent in a Halloween story in September. But I had to finish it first.

Can't wait until January.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Viola Estrella said...

Lovely cover! And the goose is too cute.


Linda Banche said...

Thanks, Viola. Now I'll run over to the TWRP website and get your free read.

Hywela Lyn said...

What an amazing cover - and I loved the excerpt. It sounds like a great story.

Linda Banche said...

Hi Lyn,

Thanks, and I like the cover, too.

Mary Ricksen said...

You're absolutely right, the cover is great and the excerpt grabbing!

Ebony McKenna. said...

That is a gorgeous cover,
congratulations all round.

Linda Banche said...

Thank you, Mary and Ebony. I do like my goose, in the story and on the cover.