Book excerpt for “Scoundrel for Hire” by Adrienne deWolfe

Today I’m featuring an excerpt for Scoundrel for Hire (Book 1, Velvet Lies Series) by Adrienne deWolfe. It’s a Western historical romance (with paranormal elements).

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awarding during her tour:

  • a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two (2) randomly drawn commenters
  • a Professional Story Critique of Chapter 1 of your novel (a $125 value)
    to a randomly drawn commenter
  • an e-book copy of Texas Outlaw (Book 1, WILD TEXAS NIGHTS) to three (3) randomly drawn commenters
  • an e-book copy of His Wicked Dream (Book 2, VELVET LIES) to two (2) randomly
    drawn commenters
  • character worksheets to write Heroes,
    Villains, and Sidekicks for your novel to two (2) randomly drawn commenters



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Blurb:
Raphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played
by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop
her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver
and win her fortune.
But beneath Silver’s cool veneer, Rafe encounters a sweet
vulnerability and an aching secret that threatens to send his whole world up in
smoke.
Now the wily scoundrel must choose: walk away or wager the one
thing he can’t afford to lose—his heart.
Excerpt:
Rafe and Silver (The Audition)
Rafe halted less than an arm’s length away. Silver could actually
feel his heat, smell his mountain-fresh cologne. A tendril of uneasiness coiled
in her belly.
“Perhaps you would prefer an audition,” he drawled.
“An a-auditiion?”
His hand reached out to catch a strand of her hair. When he tucked
it behind her ear, she felt the whisper of his knuckles against her cheek.
“How might a lover satisfy you, Miss Nichols?” he
murmured, his thumb skimming her jawline until it dipped lower, pressing
against the hammering vein in her throat. “With words of poetry? A bouquet
of roses?” His lips inched nearer. “A kiss?”
That was it. The instinct for self-preservation took over.
“I must ask you not to do that,” she said, snatching his
fingers from her cheek.
“But your guarantee. I couldn’t have you go on thinking me
unequal to the role in which you’ve cast me.”
“That you thoroughly enjoy seduction, I have no doubt,”
she retorted, wishing the butterflies in her stomach would alight. “Save
your bag of tricks for Celestia.”
He chuckled, a rich rumble of sound that vibrated into her
fingertips and danced along every nerve. “As you wish. But if you should
ever change your mind…” He raised the back of her hand, and the moist
touch of his lips sent goose bumps scuttling to her toes. “…I am, of
course, at your command.”
She rather doubted that, but when he released her, she was too
relieved to debate him. She ran her damp palms down her skirts in an effort to
rally her composure.
“Since we are agreed, Mr. Jones, you’ll find your first
payment and your instructions waiting for you at Aspen’s Windsor Hotel. I’ll
send for you there.”
“So thrive my soul.”
She suspected he was quoting Romeo again. Apparently the rogue had
a one-track mind. For the future, when they’d have to rendezvous secretly to
discuss their conspiracy, she made a mental note never again to meet him on a
balcony—or worse, in the moonlight.
“And now, if it’s not too much to ask, I’d like for you to
leave my hotel room.”
“Ah, me. The lady grows weary of my company.” The corner
of his mouth quirked. “Very well.” Sweeping low, he performed a flawless
bow. “Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast…” He
straightened, his hand pressed forlornly to his heart. “Ah, would I were
sleep, and peace so sweet to rest.”
She blushed in spite of her strong counsel against it.
With a naughty wink, he reached for the tree limb, swung from her
balcony, and plunged into the huddled shadows of the night.
Silver gulped a ragged breath.
She listened for his landing, her ears straining above the thunder
of her pulse. When she heard nothing, not even his retreating footsteps, she
crept closer to the railing and peered over the edge. A glint of gold caught
her eye. That evidence of his slipping halo had been her first glimpse of
Raphael Jones; now it was her last. The devil with the angel’s name had vanished
so completely into the darkness, that she wondered if he hadn’t hung a dark
curtain below to make his exit more dramatic.
She gazed down at her tingling fingertips, still warm and slightly
tremulous from his touch. A dreamy smile curved her lips.
Celestia Cooper didn’t stand a chance against that man.
Then a more disturbing notion struck.
Did any woman?

Author bio
and links:

Adrienne
deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards,
including the Best Historical Romance of the Year.  She consistently delights readers with sexy,
action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series
and her Velvet Lies series.  In addition,
she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to
Getting Your Romance Novel Published.
Fascinated
by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and
the paranormal at http://MagicMayhemBlog.com to help her research her upcoming
YA Epic Fantasy series. She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips
and advice about the business of writing at
http://WritingNovelsThatSell.com.  She
enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and
book coaching services.
Other
Books in the Velvet Lies series:

  • Book
    1:
    Scoundrel for Hire
  • Book
    2: His Wicked Dream
  • Book
    3: Seduced by an Angel
  • Book
    4: Devil in Texas (Available 2014)
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