The Book Gazette is happy to host an excerpt today from fantasy romance “The Duchess Quest”. Enjoy!
As Cailin waited, his ears perked up at what sounded like a woman screaming for help. He listened carefully and heard it again, this time paired with the sounds of a man’s voice. Cailin spurred his horse in the direction of the screams. They grew louder as he rode and seemed to emanate from the fog at the mouth of the woods. He hoped it wasn’t a trap. Nae matter what it was, a woman needed his help. As he rode through the strange fog, it cleared before him and he saw a young woman, dressed in tight fitting men’s breeches. She was fighting off a man, who was much larger than she was and seemed determined to drag her away with him. The woman put up a good fight, and succeeded in knocking her attacker down. She held something in her hand, which sprayed a fine mist into the man’s face. Whatever it was must be very painful, because the man rolled on the ground, shrieking in agony. She turned in Cailin’s direction, and looked ready to run when the man scrambled to his feet and lunged towards her. Cailin had seen enough and took action; spurring his horse into a gallop.
The woman seemed startled by his appearance, but had the presence of mind to run to one side as Cailin rode by. With one arm, Cailin hit her attacker and sent him flying over the side of the bridge. He wheeled his horse back towards the woman, who stared at him in amazement. As he reached her, she turned and began to run away. Cailin leaned over the side of his horse, wrapped one strong arm around her waist, and hoisted her into the saddle, so that she ended up in his lap.
“Dinnae fash, lass. Yer safe now.”
About The Book
Author: Jennae Vale
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Ashley Moore’s life in San Francisco has hit a few snags, not the least of which involves sightings of a mystery man around every corner. Is she losing her mind or does he really exist? Her search for this grey-eyed stranger leads her to Scotland. There she meets a witch with a secret, a vindictive English knight who is bent on revenge, and she crosses a fog shrouded bridge into the arms of a 16th century Highlander.
Cailin MacBayne is no stranger to beautiful women, but has always managed to stay one step ahead of commitment. That all comes to an end when he meets Ashley. He doesn’t care where this beautiful, yet unusual lass came from, he’s just happy to have found her. Ashley cannot resist the handsome Scot and finds herself falling hopelessly in love. In the process, a secret is revealed, a battle is waged and Ashley must ultimately decide whether to return to her own time or give up her 21st century life to stay with the love she has found in the past.
Jennae was born and raised a New England girl, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where her imagination was always bigger than she was. Her large, extended Irish and Italian families were a great source of support, inspiration and humor. Laughter, love and food were never hard to find in her home. Jennae grew up surrounded by nostalgic, historical landmarks, which fed her love of history and creative writing.
She has worn many hats over the years. From owning her own typing service and horse training/boarding facility, to operating an embroidery/t-shirt business, her entrepreneurial spirit was strong and thriving. Determined to do something she truly loved, her vivid imagination took over again and she decided to follow her literary dream of writing stories that tapped into her love of magnificent people and places.
Jennae now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, where they’ve raised two beautiful and talented children. Along the way they’ve gathered a menagerie of pets, including one dog, three cats and 4 chickens to make the family complete.
You can contact Jennae at her website: www.jennaevaleauthor.com
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