The Last Merry Go Round Book Tour & Giveaway

The Last Merry Go Round by C.L. Charlesworth Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

When fear underlines the answer, Y E S becomes a trap with ominous consequences. There are three letters when put together that can change your life—they can either bring happiness or sadness. The letters spell the word Y – E – S. When spoken lovingly, Y E S means everything. When fear underlies the answer, Y E S becomes a trap with ominous consequences. For Diane Fletcher, a commitment to Y E S has left her dangling on a tightrope between sanity and insanity. Despite children she loves, and an opulent lifestyle, saying yes to twenty-eight years of marriage with Richard has brought very little happiness. Too many secrets permeate Diane and Richard’s relationship. Guilt, alcohol, and sedatives are Diane’s safety net when she falls. Regular visits to a psychiatrist have done little more than put Diane back on the tightrope. Richard has other coping mechanisms. He is devoted, and at the same time, severe, ambitious, callous, and vindictive. How different Diane and Richard have grown together. Raw emotions, unthinkable actions, and an explosive secret threaten any pretense for their marriage. The Last Merry Go Round peels back the skin of a volatile marriage with dark secrets, revealing what happens to the family when the secrets explode. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * B&N

Who am I? I have the gift of imagination and that has been a beacon all my life. I’m fortunate to be able to take a blank piece of paper and create a page turning story that evokes a wide array of human drama. I’m inspired by the simplest–to the most complex challenge a person can face, and with that, derive empathy for my characters. I would best describe myself as a “back porch storyteller”– writing that grabs you from the first sentence. I have written two books (so far): The Last Merry Go Round and The Ears That Have Eyes. Each book takes a human challenge and hurls the characters against the wall. Whether or not they survive— depends on them. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Amazon * Goodreads

The Beginning –
The Normal Life

FIRST THOUGHT TODAY: the coffee is cold. And I can say with full honesty, sitting across the table from
Richard, in our twenty-eight years of marriage, the word yes has brought me little happiness. I know and
believe from all I’ve come to accept; the longer I stare at the kitchen’s cracked plastered wall in need of
repair; this image symbolizes our love and marriage. The light in a once romantic and naive sixteen-year-
old falls dimmer and dimmer. Oblivion paints a foregone conclusion. If only Richard cared to listen. But
this isn’t the morning. He’s too happy. His shaven face energizes and re-energizes the more he talks. The
patient wife doesn’t interrupt. A dutiful smile passes from her face to his. Richard is who I am, and what I
am is lost between the beginning and the end of his sentences.

“All my time invested courting Jared Longview will finally pay off.” My husband holds out his empty
coffee cup—minus the word, please, a foreign word.
The obedient wife pushes away from the table. She moves unenthusiastically to the coffee maker.
Silence is necessary while pouring his drink. She listens, trying to remember it all because a test will
come. It always does.
“Father can no longer deny my abilities.” The husband’s grin changes into broad laughter. “Damn. My
portfolio will be quite substantial from this deal.”
The refreshed coffee in front of him goes unnoticed. The wife wishes for that, thank you. She’s a fool.
Richard’s consumption lay with Richard and money—lots of it. The Wall Street Journal, a preoccupation
must, with breakfast, now has his attention. Fist pounds on the table means the stocks are up. Grunts and
curses are losses.
The cussing appears minimal. “There’s nothing crucial today. I get to keep the cars,” he chuckles in
the wife’s direction, “and you, my dear Diane . . . get to do what you do to look good for me.”


My appropriate cue: a cute upward turn of my mouth, plus several affectionate strokes to his arms. Yes.
I’m a well-trained wife. A pinched smile and hot second-glances settle into my husband as he turns the
paper’s next page. Apple slices and black coffee satisfy the wife’s mustn’t-gain-weight-husband-rule. The
wall clock says seven. Coffee cups clang on to saucers. Newspaper rustles. She sits expressionless. Hands
fold into a neat lap rest. She sits watching time watch her. She hopes for love between them. Now, she
imagines a lightning bolt crashing through the ceiling and killing him as it did to the priest in The Omen.

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Academy of the Lost Labyrinth Book Tour & Giveaway

The Talismans of Time Academy of the Lost Labyrinth Book 1 by Stephen H. Provost Genre: YA Academy Fantasy

A girl and a boy must work together to save the world. But that’s not as easy as it seems: They live thousands of miles and a hundred years apart. Two orphans lost in a magical maze must find their way home, or all is lost. The labyrinth they’ve wandered into, in different years and from different directions, is filled with wonders and mortal dangers. Talking dragons and flying reindeer. An evil sorcerer who can bend time to his will. A tree-man who guards the Black Forest. The captain of an airborne pirate ship with a secret weapon he stole from heaven. Even death itself. But they have one hope to find their way home and save the world: seven magical artifacts called the Talismans of Time. And they have a secret ally: the headmistress of an Academy for magically gifted students who knows how to travel through time – and who has visited the labyrinth before. Can she help bring these two lost orphans together and repair a fateful flaw in history? The world is depending on them. If they can’t accomplish their mission, the Academy will never even exist in the first place. And the Academy is everything. Will they succeed? Time will tell. And it’s running out. Fans of Academy novels, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and The Labyrinth will love this fanciful and thrilling adventure through the Lost Labyrinth. Pick it up today!Add to GoodreadsAmazon * B&N

Pathfinder of Destiny Academy of the Lost Labyrinth Book 2

ACADEMY of the LOST LABYRINTH, Book 2The thrilling sequel to The TALISMANS of TIME _____________________________________ “I am not the Pathfinder of Destiny—whatever that means,” Cassidy said. “It means,” said Gamela, “that the fate of the world depends on you.” Cassidy hadn’t asked for this. She was a loner. An asthmatic, claustrophobic C-student from Detroit with one real friend and no real talent. Or so she thought. But the kindly and mysterious Mrs. Giles knows better. She knows Cassidy has a special gift, and that she needed a special school to develop it. Now, Cassidy finds herself at the Academy of the Lost Labyrinth, surrounded by other students who can travel through time, walk through dreams, change shapes and manipulate memories. But she feels more alone than ever, because something is going terribly wrong at the Academy, and only she can fix it. The problem is, she has no idea how. Fans of Academy novels, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and The Labyrinth will love Book 2 of this fanciful and thrilling adventure through the Lost Labyrinth. Pick it up today!Add to GoodreadsAmazon * B&N

Stephen H. Provost writes fantasy adventures and historical nonfiction. A journalist with more than 30 years of experience and a former educator, he has worked as an editor, reporter, and columnist at four daily newspapers in California. His works of fiction include “The Talismans of Time” and “Pathfinder of Destiny,” the first two entries in the “Academy of the Lost Labyrinth” series; the fantasy novels “Memortality” and its sequel, “Paralucidity”; the young adult science fiction adventure “Identity Break”; the fantasy novella “The Only Dragon”; and the “Twilight Zone”-inspired collection of short stories and dark poetry titled “Nightmare’s Eve.” The author’s nonfiction works include “Fresno Growing Up” and “Martinsville Memories” (history and nostalgia); “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street” and “Highway 101: The History of El Camino Real (Americana and travel); “A Whole Different League” (sports history); “The Legend of Molly Bolin” (sports biography); “Media Meltdown” (political commentary); “Please Stop Saying That! (humor, commentary); and “Undefeated” (history and inspiration). His extensive survey of ancient history, fable and mythology is contained in his Phoenix series of books. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

The Dragon Queen blinked once, then again, more slowly, but said nothing.
And in that moment, Dreqnir launched himself at her in a rage. As Elizabeth
watched in amazement, the Dragon Queen shifted form and collapsed back in on
herself, becoming much smaller and much… different. Her wings faded and
vanished, her scales disappeared, and her color darkened from orange-gold to
black. That was the color of a robe she now wore—except that “she” was now a he:
a tall and slender man with a long, gray beard that flowed down almost to his waist.
In the same instant that Dreqnir flew at him, he raised a crooked wooden staff
out in front of him, and the massive dragon seemed to slow down. Dreqnir looked
almost suspended in midair as the black-cloaked figure stepped aside and out of his
path. Then he pivoted, thrust his staff high into the air, and…

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Here Comes Earth Book Tour & Giveaway

Emergence Here Comes Earth Book 1 by William Lee Gordon Genre: Science Fiction

Where did mankind really come from? Why are we here? We can’t understand the past until we embrace the future. These critical mysteries take center stage as Earth emerges into a Galactic Society that is far more perilous than anyone could have imagined. Our history is far more complicated than we could have known. Can a few brilliant minds find a way out for Earth? One saving grace is that there are those that believe ancient clues foretell that Earth has a destiny, and if we can survive our present difficulties we might just find out what that destiny is… Dr. Mark Spencer was a young and up and coming history and anthropology professor who was all too familiar with what happens to less advanced civilizations when suddenly exposed to others of considerably higher technology. There’s only one survivor and the culture witnessing magic isn’t it. When modern day Earth suddenly finds itself on the losing end of that proposition a team of the world’s best scientists is put together to find a solution. Of course the advanced society being friendly, Earth’s citizens uniting, and the world’s politicians working together for the common good would help tremendously, but… what if none of that were true? Goodreads * Amazon Destiny Here Comes Earth Book 2

The Galaxy is Filled with Humans… They Know More about Our Past than We Do… Some will Fight for Us; Some will try to Destroy Us… Earthers are Special; But do we Really Want our Destiny? Mark and Julie are brilliant scientists and Major Reagan has kept them and others alive to this point, but the most dangerous confrontations will not be with the Noridians, it will be with the Lower Houses of The Accord. Destiny is a thought-provoking journey that will cause you to inspect your basic values. From what it really means to be human to wondering if there’s room in the universe for God. It’s also a fun read. Goodreads * Amazon

Diaspora Here Comes Earth Book 3

The Long-Awaited Conclusion to the HERE COMES EARTH Series… Earth’s Diaspora is well underway and the colonies are flourishing. There are Dynasties of The Accord, however, that resent Earth’s expansion. Charli Morgan and Lucca Spelini each lead their respective teams from colony to colony, preventing interference and keeping the peace. Standing up to the Dynasties is one thing, but what happens when Lower Houses of The Accord start butting in? Dr. Mark Spencer hasn’t been heard from in years until he suddenly shows up one day. The news he brings… isn’t good. Goodreads * Amazon

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Operation: Broken Star


Classification: Ultra Secret Black Diamond
Authorization Status: Approved
Operational Priority: Level 1
(Excerpt from the report of the lead investigation team for the US Government):
What precipitated the Crazies was the most significant, shocking, bizarre, and tragic event in
human history…
By 2014, the U.S. government had finally authorized the privatization of boosting cargoes into
low earth orbit (LEO). Over the next decade as costs came down and commercial demands
for low gravity, perfect vacuum manufacturing environments rose, several multi-national
corporations cooperated in replacing the International Space Station with the world’s first truly
permanent space station, Laze Fair One. Home to almost 300 people, the huge construction
was mankind’s greatest achievement and source of pride – until it disappeared.
It didn’t break up. It didn’t crash or burn-up in reentry. It just… disappeared. Telemetry
monitoring stations sounded ‘lost signal’ alarms designed to warn bored technicians to pay
better attention and re-align their dishes… all to no avail. The station was simply gone.
It was almost two full days later that weak communications signals started coming in to radio
receivers all over the planet. On open circuits with the whole world listening, station personnel
reported an incredible story that was only believed because of the accompanying video,
telemetry, and the 54 minute 12 second delay in two-way communications; the station was
now in orbit around Neptune.
The station was designed to be as self-sufficient as possible, but at 30 AU from the sun and
with solar panels designed to operate at only one AU (note: one AU = the distance from the
Earth to the Sun), battery charge that was critical for heating, carbon dioxide scrubbers, and

other life-
support dwindled quickly. Top priority was given to reporting how an alien spacecraft had

appeared next to the station, somehow ‘bubbled’ it and then proceeded to tow it (at incredible
speed, invisibly, and with no change in inertia), and then abandon it at Neptune.
There was no possibility of rescue.
Once all the data, subjective observations, and informed speculation had been transmitted
from the station, the remaining few hours were spent with 279 people each taking time to tell
the rest of us goodbye. It is this investigator’s recommendation that when the world gets

around to erecting a memorial, this should be a looped video memoriam.
Additional Data:
(Highly Classified – Unknown to the public)
Major David Johansen, second in command of the station, managed to transmit a short burst
of encrypted data using a cipher that was only known to a close friend back on Earth. In this
burst, Commander Imbibe and Major Johansen forwarded a video communication that was
received by the station immediately before the alien ship left them at Neptune. This
transmission was received over the Commander’s supposedly secure emergency channel.
Fortunately, no other station personnel were aware of the message or its contents. It was only
23 seconds long, but what was interesting was that the background contained voices of what
was unmistakably a heated disagreement. Everything in that background was unintelligible
and definitely of an unknown language. The foreground was dominated by the head and
shoulders of an apparent female human being that mouthed one word before signing off. It
was Commander Imbibe’s opinion (which has subsequently been verified to 87% accuracy by
linguistic experts) that the one word mouthed by the alien was, “sorry.”
Subsequent Events:
(Highly Classified – Unknown to the public)
The leadership of six different countries (see addendum III) have been contacted by
representatives of the same race that abducted our space station. Citing another faction of
their race as the culprits of the abduction, this faction offers peace and friendship.
Mission Stipulation:
Despite appearances, this race is deemed alien with unknown intentions.
Mission Mandate:
A multi-national team is to be assembled under the mission name: Broken Star. It is the
mandate of this team to travel to the home worlds of the aliens and evaluate:

  • The scope and sincerity of the offer.
  • How advanced (in technology years) this civilization is.
  • Identify and prioritize desirable technologies.
  • The cost and limits (if any) on technology transfers.
  • Identify what we have (if anything) that they want?

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Raven and Hummingbird Book Tour & Giveaway

Siobhan’s Secret Raven and Hummingbird Book 1 by Nikki Broadwell Genre: Fantasy

Kat’s life is a disaster. Her mother is dead, and her stepfather has kicked her out of the one home she’s always counted on, leaving her nothing but the Celtic knot locket Siobhan gave her on her eighteenth birthday. Unable to focus enough to hold down a job she ends up at the women’s shelter where she sees the truth of what life can dish out. And on top of all that she is positive that her mother did not die from natural causes. But without a dime to her name she has no way to prove it. In the shelter she meets Cerridwen, an older woman who seems kind enough. But when this same woman appears in Kat’s dream as the goddess of the underworld and keeper of the magical cauldron of inspiration, Kat is more than a little disturbed. Just a dream she tells herself the next morning, dismissing her uneasiness. In the meantime a strange man seems to be stalking her, his torn jeans and filthy Grateful Dead T-shirt indicating that he’s a drug addict who she wants nothing to do with. And why are there enormous dark birds everywhere she looks? She’s never seen a raven in the city. As life shifts around her Kat discovers a world she didn’t know existed, her grasp on reality disappearing as she struggles to understand what is happening. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo

Dagda’s Daughter Raven and Hummingbird Book 2

The Celtic all father god, Dagda, has positioned himself on Earth to maximize his power. But his emotional fate is not so simple; he has broken all the rules regarding humans and gods. In the meantime, his daughter, Katel is poised on the brink of her half-goddess power, which is considerable. Dagda’s attempts to keep her under his control are wearing thin. Due to Dagda’s illegal actions, the light snatchers have surfaced, their intention to leach the color from all worlds. What the future holds is now as uncertain as the wind. **Only .99 cents!**Add To GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo

Kat’s Conundrum Raven and Hummingbird Book 3

Kat’s life is out of control. Earth is in the clutches of some unseen force, with something even worse around the corner. In the meantime, Bran, the god she loves, has taken off for Otherworld and has yet to return. A drink from the cauldron of wisdom and inspiration should have given her something to work with, but whatever she learned has either left her brain or wasn’t there in the first place. As chaos ensues around her, Kat careens from one place to another, her ability to effect change lost in a sea of doubt. Her destiny lies in the balance, but circumstances keep getting in the way. But it’s when her memories are stolen, that the threads that held her together unravel. The Fae world is ready and willing to claim her, but are they trustworthy? Her life is about to change in ways she can’t imagine, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll lose all touch with who she is. **Only .99 cents!**Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo

I was raised by fairies in a sylvan glade under a massive oak tree. My early life was spent wandering fields and woods searching for acorns and berries and staring at the cloud shadows racing across the landscape while listening to the whispers on the wind. The woods have always called to me, their silken tones luring me onto narrow paths leading to the hidden magical places. Magic and the mystical are alive and well in all my books. Celtic and Norse fantasy, time travel, murder mixed up with ghosts, humor and steamy romance, and a shapeshifting coyote, all inhabit my novels. If confused about where to begin–start with Moonstone, book 1 of Wolfmoon. My books are not what you would call literature, and yet they are not mere entertainment either. They are unique–humorous at times, sad at times, and page-turners that take the reader into a world separate from this one. I do not write to market, I write from my heart. I couldn’t stop writing if I tried–it is the heart and soul of me now. I am still astounded by how my characters lead me on, taking me down meandering paths where I hadn’t planned to go. The muse sits on my shoulder most days, and when she’s absent I flounder and realize I need a break. I love all things magic, including the Tarot, the runes, divination of all kinds, ghosts, clairvoyance, astral travel–you name it. Magic is all around us if only we open our eyes to it. I lived in the Pacific Northwest for sixteen years before moving to the desert southwest with my husband, a cat and a dog. The move was hard because I left family behind, but Arizona is a wonderful place to be and the weather, at least in the winter, is delightful! In my spare time I do yoga, hike, garden, and enjoy the bird and animal life that abound in the desert. Check my blog for tales of close encounters with rattlesnakes, coyotes and javelina! And if you want more writing related info, go to To learn more and to take advantage of promos, free books, etc…please visit my website posted below. And please take advantage of one of my low-priced books! They are there for YOU. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

1.-“I’m going over there,” Brant told her once they arrived at the hardwood forest near
the homeless camp on the edge of the city.
Kat gazed at where he pointed. “But that’s the homeless camp.”
“Yeah, I know. I like talking to them.”
“I’ll take Pooka with me, then.”
Brant nodded. “She knows what to do.”
“Really? How do you know that?”

“Because she’s not really a dog, she’s more like a protection spirit.”
Kat laughed. “You are too much.”
He shrugged and headed off, his hands deep in the pockets of his low-slung shorts.
“Okay, it’s you and me,” Kat whispered, taking a trail she knew. It led into what she liked
to think of as the magical part of the forest, the place where she could swear she heard
fairies and tiny creatures whispering. The sun always shone there, despite what the
weather was up to everywhere else. She couldn’t remember how she’d discovered this
place. Someone had brought her here, and led her down these shadowy trails to locate
special herbs, but for some reason the person was nameless and faceless, a blank in
her memory.
Pooka loped ahead, floppy ears alert as she stopped to sniff this or that. She had to be
part sheepdog with her long black and white fur and intelligent brown eyes.
Kat hurried down the trail that Pooka chose, not surprised when she came to a cleared
area with chamomile growing. She bent to add it to the basket slung over her arm. It
was so nice to be on her own for a change where she could think and process all that
had happened this past month. But instead of processing she was overtaken by a
She was with Brant, but he was older—closer to her own age. He was handsome and
attentive, his arm around her waist as they walked together under the trees. She knew
they were heading toward a pond where they would strip off their clothes and go skinny-
dipping. And after that they would make love in the tall grass. Pooka’s bark snapped her
out of it.
She shivered, her heart pounding. The idea of making love with the kid she was raising
was disgusting and immoral. It was barely ten seconds later that a man was standing in
front of her, the same one who’d bothered her several times in the past. But she hadn’t
seen him in a while, and never here. He was wide-shouldered and barrel chested with
coal black hair and piercing eyes the color of the sky just before the stars appeared.
Pooka snapped at his legs, her mouth curled back in an angry snarl. When the man
kicked at her, Kat shouted, “Leave her alone!”
He moved closer, his hands making intricate patterns as his eyes pinned her like a bug.
From her past experiences she knew that if she didn’t run right now, she’d be rooted to
the spot until he was finished with her. She moved backward away from him, stumbling
in her haste. And when Pooka distracted him, taking his gaze from hers, she turned and
ran. Behind her Pooka’s growls grew even more ferocious, the man shouting at her in a
language Kat couldn’t understand. She heard the thunk of his boot connecting with
Pooka, the whimper that came afterward.

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The Novels of Rhynan Book Tour & Giveaway

Mercy The Novels of Rhynan Book 3 by Rachel Rossano Genre: Medieval Historical Romance

The royal wedding approaches and the country is alive with anticipation. Among the craftsmen traveling to the capital is Constance Rendare and her family. An artist, a widow of an unhappy marriage, and the mother of a young son, she dreams of escaping the cruel servitude of her father’s household. Wilard Naron serves the Earl of Dentin. He returns to the capital, his childhood home, to collect his earnings and finally free himself from his father’s reputation. Kidnappings, bandits, and a plot against the king complicate the journey. The conflicts throw Constance and Wilard together as their circumstances grow steadily worse. The more the pair uncovers, the direr the future looks for the country and for them. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2Read

The Making of a Man:A Short Story Anthology The Novels of Rhynan Book 2.5

The Earl of Dentin returns. Eight stories ranging from short story to novelette in length give us greater understanding into why Dentin is the complex and enigmatic man he is. It also includes new adventures that happen between Honor and the next Rhynan novel. Passing the Mantle – An ill-fated hunting trip Forging Friendships – Recruiting able-bodied men ineligible for knighthood The Sword of Korma Monroe – A sword made for trouble Turning Point – A duke and an earl plot treason The Bittersweet Pear – A marital misunderstanding Isbeth’s Redemption – Dentin doesn’t make a good first impression A Squire’s Love – Reginald’s quest Restoration – A trip to Braulyn produces unexpected company Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2ReadBook Trailer

Honor The Novels of Rhynan Book 2

The Earl of Dentin excels in his position as Securer of the Realm. But the king’s order to pluck an orphaned child from a loving home unsettles Dentin. When a dark-eyed woman challenges his honor regarding the mission, Dentin finds himself unable to justify his actions or get her out of his mind. Something about her lack of fear intrigues him. Lady Elsa Reeve attempts to avoid the marriage of convenience her brother and mother demand of her. She understands the need to pay off her brother’s massive debt. She only wants her family to consider her wishes in the process. As Elsa becomes further entangled in a snare of her brother’s creating, only one man defends her. But can she trust Dentin, her unlikely champion, and his motives? With a murderer on the loose, Elsa’s fate in jeopardy, and a traitor plotting against the king, Dentin finds his priorities shifting in an unexpected direction. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2ReadBook Trailer

Duty The Novels of Rhynan Book 1

Duty to King Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king and the recent civil war. When his benefactor demands Tomas marry the cousin of a noble, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman. Duty to Others Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation under the new Lord Wisten, her cousin. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a dire winter if they do not find a solution soon. When she learns her cousin sold her into marriage to save his life, she isn’t surprised. However, she is taken aback by Lord Irvaine’s unpolished ways. Was this man a noble or a foot soldier? Duty to Each Other Bound by the words of their vows, they face a rough future. They must forge a marriage while battling betrayal, accusations of treason, and villains from the past. Survival depends on their precarious trust in each other. Failure could mean death. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Google * Kobo * Books2ReadBook Trailer KEWxxs0

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“But Simon,” Lady Elsa’s protest carried into the corridor as I opened the back door, “she has a right
to know.”
“But that was the whole point of doing it this way.” Dentin’s reply carried beyond the room. They
were both doing nothing to keep their conversation a secret, so I took it as a sign to enter without
announcing myself. As I expected, they pulled me right into the midst of their debate.
“Wilard, Dentin wishes to take over responsibility for Owen’s education, and I say he needs to ask
Constance first.” Lady Elsa turned in her seat to acknowledge my arrival. “What do you say?” Her dark
hair hung about her shoulders in wild disarray, no sign of a wimple anywhere near. Her clear skin glowed
with the obvious beauty of a woman healthily pregnant. She was loved and cared for, secure and
appreciated, and it showed.
The sight made me wish to see Constance similarly bareheaded and glowing. The realization hit me
in the gut like a fist. I wanted Constance to be happy and content, and that was more important than
almost everything.
“What mother wouldn’t want her son to have all the opportunities I can provide?” Dentin asked the
question in a friendly tone, but his appraising glance between Elsa and me made it clear he had noted my
reaction to his wife.
“If you are discussing Constance and Owen, I recommend consulting her. She doesn’t respond well
when backed into a corner.” I met the earl’s assessing frown. “As you well know, my lord.”
Dentin leaned back from the table and propped his clasped hands on his head, elbows akimbo. “So
you are siding with my wife against me.” Although his body language spoke of a man relaxed, a
dangerous edge to his tone sent a warning.
Unsure if he truly meant the threat, I chose to ignore it. “I am expressing my opinion. Whether or not
Lady Dentin holds the same opinion, I know not.”
Dentin’s dark eyes narrowed, and he grew tenser without appearing to move. Elsa didn’t make the
situation any better by eyeing her husband with a challenging tilt to her chin and a hint of smugness
thrown into the mix.
Dentin surged to his feet. I jumped at the sudden movement, but Elsa didn’t even flinch.
“We will be in my book room,” he informed her in a overbearing tone. Then, he crossed to her side
and leaned down to plant a long and lingering kiss on her mouth. Elsa responded in kind, at which point I
studied the floor like a blushing lad barely grown.
“Coming?” Dentin asked. He stood in the open threshold leading into the front part of the house,
exuding the pleased appearance of a man confident in his wife’s affections.

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