Blog Tour: Promo + Excerpt – Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell

Posted by Ing on 18 August, 2014 // ★★ 2 Comments ★★

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Title: Nightingale
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
(Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY)

Synopsis
Fate has brought them together -again. 

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune. 

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . . 

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?” 

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?

♦ Excerpt – Nightingale ♦

Chapter 1

London

Sir Dane Pendleton sat at his writing desk surrounded by darkness save for the light of a single candle. His pen scratched the surface of the paper as he made out his last will and testament.

This was grim business. He did not plan on dying on the morrow—in fact, he anticipated winning the duel—but Dane was a thorough man. His vast and complicated affairs were in order; however, he had last-minute instructions in case the unthinkable should happen.

Coming to the end of the sheet, he paused. He was done. He set aside the pen and poured himself a heavy draft of the smoky whiskey he favored. The decanter was already a quarter lower than when he’d started.

All was deadly quiet.

Save for a lone footman who watched the door down- stairs, the servants were in bed. At this late hour, the footman was probably asleep, too.

No sound penetrated the study. The rich furnishings and deep carpets, all fruits of his labors, absorbed any noise. Above the mantel, a marble-and-gold clock ticked off the minutes.

Dane let his gaze drift around the room, knowing without seeing where every stick of furniture was located, every vase, every piece of sterling, every book, and the exact cost of each. He’d spent a decade achieving his success and had thought himself if not happy, at least content—until, with a crashing force, he’d been reminded of his past this evening.

Cris Carson, Lord Whiting was a bloody fool.

♥ About Cathy ♥

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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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