AUTHOR: Vikki Vaught
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 280 pages
PUBLISHED: Enticing Pleasures Romance, 2015
GENRE: Historical Romance
ABOUT: When her son’s life is threatened, Anissa, Marchioness of Overton, seeks refuge by sailing to America. Before the ship reaches the high seas, sparks fly between her and Captain Alex Hawks. Although the young widow may be lonely, and afraid, she cannot risk the diversion a romantic entanglement could bring, no matter how much she wants to lose herself in the captain’s embrace.
The Captain vows to protect the young Lord Overton, but can offer no assurance that the marchioness will leave his ship with her virtue intact. Alex is drawn to Anissa’s beauty and courage, as a hummingbird is to the nectar of a flower. How long can he fight a losing battle before he surrenders and makes her his own?
Will Alex be able to keep this remarkable woman and her child safe? Will his passion for Anissa be enough or will their differences keep them apart?
EXCERPT: At four o’clock in the morning, someone pounded on his door, waking him from a deep sleep. He jumped out of bed, grabbed his breeches, and pulled them on. By the swaying of the ship under his feet, he realized they must have traveled into a storm. He dashed to his door and threw it open. His boatswain stood in the doorway with worry written across his face.
Saluting, Elmer said, “Captain, we’ve run int’ a powerful storm, and I fear our foresail may be in danger o’ comin’ apart. I’ve got th’ men workin’ on it. I knew ya’d want t’ take a look at th’ damage.”
“I’ll come up as soon as I’m dressed. Inform Lawson I’m on my way.” After Elmer left, he threw on a shirt and grabbed his oilskin jacket, then ran out of his cabin, then up the companionway, bursting through the hatch and out on the deck. The turbulent seas tossed the ship around as if it were a small fishing boat. Waves crashed over the sides, drenching the deck. Fighting against the wind and rain, Alex struggled up to the bridge and took over for Lawson, then sent him to help his boatswain.
With the helm in his hands, Alex tried to steer them away from the storm. The fierce wind and rain bombarded the side of the ship. His muscles taut, he kept his footing as the rollicking deck moved beneath his boots. The jacket he had donned proved little protection against the fierce wind and rain. His drenched shirt clung to his body while the spray from the raging ocean mingled with the rain. Lightning flashed across the sky, illuminating the bridge as thunder boomed in the distance.
The ship veered to the left and he pulled sharply, righting the ship. He continued to battle the storm for hours, and finally, at the break of dawn, the storm died down, and the rain slowed to a steady drizzle. His arms trembled from the strain he had put on them while battling the storm. Once he had steered the ship out of danger, Lawson relieved him, and he went to assess the damage.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story invaded her mind and would not leave.
Over the last few years, she has written more than a half dozen historical romances and is presently working on her next. Her new release, Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey, is the first book in her Honorable Rogue series.
Vikki loves a "Happily Ever After", and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her books, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels.
While all her books are love stories, she has also written short contemporary sweet romances as Vikki McCombie and erotic romances using the pen name of V.L. Edwards.
For the last decade, Vikki has lived in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, who is the most tolerant man in the world to put up with her when she is in a writing frenzy. When she is not writing or working her day job, you’ll find her curled up in a comfortable chair reading her Kindle, lost in a good book with a cup of tea at her side.
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