A Marriage of Inconvenience Excerpt & Prize Giveaway
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When the duchess decides to wed her to a wastrel and a fop, Ravyn Grahm takes matters into her own hands and declares her engagement to another man. Instead of fessing up and telling her great aunt what she has done, she goes through with the pretense. Aric Lakeland is the bastard son of an earl and has a dangerous reputation. But Ravyn is willing to do most anything to keep the duchess from discovering the lie.
A DEVIL-MAY-CARE SMUGGLER
He'd bought land in America, looking to put down roots and end his life of adventure, but Aric Lakeland got more than he bargained for when he encountered a beautiful heiress who made a promise she didn't want to keep. But the promise could not be undone and standing between them were more obstacles than either ever dreamed. Aric had made plans to spend the rest of his life in America and that was at odds with Ravyn's plan of living in England and running her father's estate. Now, he'll have to choose between his dreams and the woman he loves more than life.
Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling.
Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.
The storm shrieked victoriously as memory, nightmare and wind united, telling Ravyn she was alone and the storm surrounded her and the wind would enter her soul and never leave.
The whimpers she refused to unleash shook her body until undeniable shudders swept through her. She managed to stop her own cries but she could not stop the dark rush of memories drowning her, a vision recalled of the young girl raped in front of her and she could do nothing to stop the horrific crime. Then later the screams of her mother in childbirth as she died giving birth to the unwanted babe. She had spent a lifetime hiding from the demons that haunted her soul and robbed her of light.
Ravyn was completely awake now. She was remembering the young woman’s cries and the rapist’s words. The two people writhing on the floor in a little used hall of the castle. She remembered the cries of pain and the sobs of terror.
Suddenly she knew she could not control her cries of anguish. The terrible memory to potent a thought to push to the back of her mind. Outside she would be free of the twisted visions. Outside in the middle of the storm where she could cry out and her screams would be swallowed whole.
As if he knew what she was about when the blanket slipped from her shoulders, Aric’s arm snaked out and hauled her back against his solid chest. The movement and the contact came abruptly and shocked Ravyn. It penetrated through her mind, making her remember when the young girl walked around the corner and the rapist’s thick arm hooked around her middle, dragging the girl backward and onto the cold stones of the castle floor.
And she remembered how the girl fought and tore at the man’s face but to no avail. She remembered so many things she had always struggled to forget.
As if Aric sensed Ravyn’s wild terror the instant before she exploded, he put his free hand over her mouth, shutting off her scream as he bore her down beneath him on the bed. "It’s alright, Ravyn. I won’t hurt you," he whispered. After a flurry of struggle, he overwhelmed her attempts to be free of him.
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