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Monday, 15 February 2016
Another throw of the dice...
It's time for the #SonOfAPitch contest- making Writing more Exciting!
Good luck to everyone else who's entering.
Title: Handsome is as Handsome Does
Ageand Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Word Count: 75,000
This Happy Ever After story is set in Bath and
Gloucester in 1817, a time when England was crippled by war and poor harvests.
Loose behaviour is not uncommon, but just how far will the love-struck heroine
go to win her man, and has she chosen the right one?
"Handsome is as Handsome Does" follows the adventures (and misadventures) of young
governess Emma d'Ibert, who is keen to restore the fortunes of her once-noble
To do this she must work hard, keep her identity
secret and try and avoid the pitfalls of living under the same roof as
beguiling rogue, Charles Keane. But she has inadvertently made an enemy of Keane's friend, Viscount Tidworth, who has the power to expose her and bring her new life
crashing down around her ears.
Tidworth's marriage plans are crushed when a delay
on the road, for which he blames Emma, allows another gentleman to step in and
claim his sweetheart. He is furious when Emma, as part of one of Charles'
schemes, attends his charity ball pretending to be a wealthy countess. Should
he unmask her, or save her from disgrace at the hands of the amorous Charles?
struggled to understand what had just happened.
she was travelling in had been lumbering towards the crossroads when suddenly Carrier
Marshman hauled on the reins, slewing the vehicle sideways and almost toppling
her from her seat. The panicked neigh of a horse followed by an ominous thump made everything clear. Alarmed at the sight of
a hefty cart bearing down on the crossroads through the obscuring rain, a
thoroughbred had shied and thrown its rider, then bolted off towards Bath.
Emma scrambled down, hampered by her rain-sodden skirts. As Marshman jumped to
the ground to calm his edgy team, she squelched towards the fallen horseman.
supine, staring up into the leaden sky with a glazed expression, his
beautifully cut riding coat spattered with mud, arms flung out on either side
of him as if welcoming the rain into his embrace. He emitted the occasional
groan, but seemed unable to elevate himself from his unfortunate position.
sir, are you alright? Let me help you up."
eyes flickered towards her face but failed to focus.
doubt you have the strength, Madam."
cut-glass accent informed her that the fellow was a member of the Quality, to
which she had belonged until the "Year without a Summer" had ruined
her family. She answered stoutly, "I am stronger than I look and I know a
little of anatomy and physick; my brother is in medical training."