Random Thoughts with Stefanie Sloane – Exclusive!
Peeps, I have a confession to make: I am not a patient person. Typically, this does not work to my advantage—nor anyone else’s, for that matter. But there’s a first time for everything!
See, I’m the type of reader who looks early and often for new books. A premise might interest me. Or a gorgeous cover. Maybe the author’s background or a glowing quote from one of my favorite writers. Whatever it is, it captures my attention and will not let loose, even if the book isn’t due out for months.
Months? Months! Argh! How can I be expected to wait when all I want are the words in my hot little hands?
Well, turns out I don’t have to. Now that I wield the power of the Random Thoughts column, I can legitimately
harass ask authors to share tasty excerpts and treats from their upcoming books.
Sneaky, right? But oh-so effective!
victim author is Heather Snow, who makes her debut this coming February with the historical, Sweet Enemy. It is the first in Snow’s Veiled Seduction series and features a newly minted Earl and a brilliant female chemist. According to legendary author Julie Garwood, Sweet Enemy is filled with “historical intrigue and heart-pounding passion.”
Beakers and ball gowns don’t mix, so when a lady chemist goes undercover as a husband-hunter to investigate the earl whose family she thinks may have murdered her father, romance isn’t part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…
Just before this scene, Geoffrey, Lord Stratford, has evaded two determined marriage-minded misses who’d stalked him through the darkened hallways of his country home at a house party arranged by his mother. Find out what happens when he literally catches our heroine, Liliana Claremont, in his library after he knocks her from a rolling ladder. Though Liliana was, in truth, scouring the library for evidence, Geoffrey understandably mistakes her intentions…
“If you think getting yourself ‘discovered’ alone with me will win you a husband, Miss Claremont, you are sadly mistaken.”
Liliana Claremont’s gasp of outrage sent her flying from his arms. The sight might have amused Geoffrey . . . if he weren’t so damned irritatingly aroused. Her shocked expression, the delicate hand spread across her chest in a “how dare you accuse me” gesture. Oh, she was good. No doubt about that. Geoffrey ruthlessly shoved aside the part of him that wondered, given their recent embrace, what else Miss Claremont would be good at.
He exhaled as the burning pain that speared through his lower back eased a bit. He shouldn’t have held her so long. Geoffrey willed his discomfort into the background and instead focused on the fiery woman standing before him.
Her eyes sparked, sending embers sizzling through his chest. The flame she’d roused when he’d met her earlier this evening flared back to life. He squelched it.
Geoffrey raised a brow, waiting to see what excuse she would give.
Miss Claremont took a deep breath and stiffly lowered her hand to her side. Her pouty lips opened, then snapped closed and firmed. Geoffrey thought he could actually see her mind working through the accusation he’d leveled at her.
He watched this transformation from accused innocent to affronted angel with fascination. God, she was exquisite—for a conniving little actress.