Saturday, June 26, 2010
Wild Card Weekend - Julia Justiss
Why do our heroes and heroines usually fight against their attraction, try to explain it away as liking or lust or proximity? Why do they so resist uttering those three simple words, “I love you”? Maybe it’s because committing yourself heart and soul to another person, placing your finances, your future and your happiness in their hands, is a scary and risky endeavor.
Gambling features in the next two books of our ongoing REGENCY SILK & SCANDAL miniseries that kicked off this month with Louise Allen’s THE LORD AND THE WAYWARD LADY. In my story, Book 3, THE SMUGGLER AND THE SOCIETY BRIDE, out in August, heroine Lady Honoria Carlow flees London after a scandal. Angry with her family for not believing she had no part in the fiasco that ruined her, she turns her back on her family’s country estate and instead strikes out for the remotest tip of Cornwall to see her mother’s aunt, a rebellious black sheep who broke with the family after a scandal of her own. In her eagerness to put London and everything “Carlow” behind her, Honoria gambles that this relation she hasn’t seen in years will take her in, despite the shame now clinging to her.
Instead of judgment and censure, Aunt Foxe gives her acceptance and support…even when Honoria finds herself almost immediately attracted to Gabe Hawksworth, captain of a smuggling vessel and dashing local hero. Honoria knows her elevated, proper family would be horrified by her friendship with a low-born free-trader. But when it comes to her happiness, can she follow her heart and gamble everything on this most unusual love?
Pressed on by an opportunity too good to pass up, a sudden hunch, or a handsome face, have you ever gambled on love? How did it turn out? Would you do it again? Two LUCKY responders will win a copy of Christine Merrill’s upcoming PAYING THE VIRGIN’S PRICE.