Book Tour~ Excerpt and Giveaway ~ The Earl's Mistress by Liz Carlyle


From August 18th to September 5th, author Liz Carlyle will be blog hopping to celebrate her new release, The Earl's Mistress.  There is a Tour Wide Giveaway for a full set of Liz’s St. James society books ~A BRIDE BY MOONLIGHT, THE BRIDE WORE SCARLET, and THE BRIDE WORE PEARLS. So follow the entire tour and leave a comment for your chance to win at each of the tour stops:  Link to Follow the Tour


The Earl’s Mistress
MacLachlan Family and Friends # 10
By: Liz Carlyle
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance
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Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose sensual skills are the stuff of legend. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap to his face, then stalks out with references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is left burning . . .

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty-but the latter is no use to a servant. With orphaned sisters to feed, eviction nearing, and Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . .

But when fate unknowingly sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice-draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.

 “Well.  Let us hope our Miss Aldridge is not as bland, demure, and well-churched as the last one, for we’re fresh out of curates for them to marry.  Send her in.”

Jervis bowed himself from the room.

An instant later, Hepplewood’s breath caught. 

Isabella Aldridge was anything but bland. 

She was instead a dark, fragile beauty; perhaps the most beautiful creature he’d ever beheld, with a face pale as porcelain and thick, inky tresses that the most severe of arrangements could not disguise.  She was tall, too, he realized, as she swept her gray skirts through the door, yet far too thin for his liking.

He exhaled slowly, and with no small measure of relief.

She stopped some distance from the desk and dropped into a curtsey that was at once graceful and subservient, her hems puddling like quicksilver upon his blood-red carpet. 

“Your lordship,” she murmured, flicking a glance up at him as she rose.

“Good morning.” Hepplewood’s words were cool and clipped as he tossed aside her paperwork.  “Miss Aldridge, I believe?”

She gave a nod that held something less than agreement.  “Actually, it is Mrs., my lord,” she said, in a quiet, throaty voice.    “Mrs. Aldridge.  I am a widow.”

“Without children, I trust?” he said a little harshly.

Her gaze faltered, and dropped again to the carpet.  “I was never so blessed,” she replied.  “It was the briefest of marriages.  In my youth.”

Mrs. Aldridge did not look, however, as if her youth was much past her. 

Hepplewood stared her boldly up and down, willing himself to be unaffected as he motioned her to take the chair before him.  Despite her dull attire and quiet demeanor, Mrs. Aldridge could not be much past five-and-twenty by his assessment—and Hepplewood was known to be a keen judge of female flesh. 

He suppressed a bitter smile.  Hers had doubtless been a short and tragic union, then.  What a coincidence. 

But Mrs. Aldridge’s marriage had likely been made of more honorable stuff than his had been.  She had wed a soldier, perhaps?  Or an older gentleman? 

But the latter sort of alliance was made only for money—and if Mrs. Aldridge had possessed two shillings to rub together, she would not be here. 

She must surely know who and what he was.    

A lifelong anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of sixteen 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. You can contact her via her website at www.lizcarlyle.com.

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Janice Hougland said... Best Blogger Tips

I still can't Decide what's going to happen between the Earl and Isabella. I can make a guess, but I'm guessing I just have to wait until I read the entire book. :-) I think it will be very interesting. jdh2690@gmail.com

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