Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Blog Tour: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret; Excerpt + Giveaway





Finding Miss McFarland (Wallflower Weddings #3)
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: 5 August 2014

Fans of historical romance authors Lorraine Heath and Sophie Jordan will adore Vivienne Lorret's latest Wallflower Wedding novel.

Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.

Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.


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Excerpt

Delaney had never run from any challenge in her life. Yet for the first time, she was doing exactly that. She’d spent the entire journey home from Springwood House fabricating a terrible but wholly necessary lie. 
“In short, Emma needs me, and I will not abandon her,” Delaney concluded. She managed to continue eye contact throughout the entire untrue tale. After scrutinizing her for no fewer than four entire minutes without a word, her father offered a nod. Apparently, he was in no mood to argue. Delaney did not pry. Instead, she turned to go to her room to pack a few things. She was grateful that convincing him had been so simple. One must not look a gift horse—
“Before you go,” he said, his commanding tone raising the downy hairs on her nape. She stilled and then slowly turned back. 
“Yes, Father?” Gil McFarland’s thick wiry brows straightened into a flat line over his icy blue gaze. “Miss Pursglove is not my only source of information regarding your behavior. I trust you understand what is expected of you.” Under normal circumstances, such a statement would raise her ire. She loathed being treated like a wayward youth instead of a fully grown woman of marriageable age. Marriageable . . . Griffin Croft had proposed marriage. She still couldn’t believe it. More than that, she couldn’t believe how much she’d wanted to accept. Yet when she’d refused him, he’d surprised her even more by offering her everything she wanted—a marriage in name only, the key to her freedom, a life without the fear of falling in love and having her heart torn to pieces. The only problem was, she’d already fallen in love with him. Now her heart lay in a tangle like last Season’s ribbons. She could barely meet her father’s gaze. 
“In regard to your expectations, I am without a doubt of my worth.” And with that, she quit the room while trying to hide the anguish she felt. A short while later, Delaney stood in her chamber, packing only the essentials into a satchel. Miss Pursglove entered her room without knocking, announcing her presence with an austere sniff. 
“Friend or not, if you leave before dawn as you’ve planned, irreparable damage to your reputation will result.” 
Delaney was in no mood for this. “I’m certain, with your extensive training, you’ve learned that eavesdropping is impolite.” 
 “You are on the verge of breaching a line that can never be uncrossed,” the wretched woman hissed. “Your behavior is unacceptable.” 
“Never fear, I’m sure Father will merely add to my dowry, making me irresistible,” she spat back, hands on hips. Her temper was climbing quickly, as if in defense of her own broken heart. The rage felt much better than complete and utter despair. Miss Pursglove sneered, her dark eyes narrowing as she stepped further into the room. 
“You are rich, to be sure, but there is a certain degree of character even the most basic husband requires.” 
“You forget yourself, Miss Pursglove,” Delaney warned. “You are an employee, not a part of this family.” 
“Do not think for a moment that it has been easy for me to withstand the association. My only accomplishment here has been instructing your sister. You defy me and the rules of society, again and again. In the end, I cannot stand by quietly and let you sully my name as well.” Raising her voice, she pressed a fist to the center of her own bosom. “If your father will say nothing, then it falls upon me. You will not leave this house!”

About the Author

I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.

Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.

My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.

I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at vivienne@vivlorret.net

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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