Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Review: Michael's Journey by Sherrie Henry

Title Michael's Journey
Author Sherrie Henry
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Michaelia's wish was long ago fulfilled. Michael did his job and should be moving on, but he can't. He breaks all the rules to be with her, but what will happen when he is found out? "Michael's Journey" is the second in "The Guardian's Series" and is a direct sequel to "Twenty-Four Hours."


This is the sequel to Twenty-Four Hours written by Ms. Henry. I loved the character Michael in the first short story and this time around I still loved him. All he cared about was Michaelia's happiness. Such a sweet and touching man he is. 

Sometimes I wanted to knock Michaelia around a few times, and tell her to WAKE UP WOMAN!

Luckily the woman woke up and didn't play crazy for too long. Cause I wasn't havin that!

As always I find Sherrie's writing an ease to read and a delight.

I enjoyed this story, as it kept me smiling. It is a quick read, one that would be good for let's say a lunch break in the middle of a hectic day, when you just need to smile.

If you want to check out my review of Twenty-Four Hours click Here.

Overall - 4 Stars for Michael's Journey!

Also by Sherrie ... A Wolf's Bane

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gliterary Girl Media Presents: Giveaway: The Three Graces by Michele Wolfe

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Copy of TheThreeGraces.v1About THE THREE GRACES
College juniors Jessie, Isabel and Sara are linked in an unlikely friendship by visits to hidden places only they can see. Together on a trip to Hearst Castle in California an earth-shaking encounter with a stunning statue in the gardens binds them to the spirits of the Three Graces; Brilliance, Joy and Bloom.
Under the weight of school and family problems, Sara Jessie and Isabel grow to be fast friends as they struggle with who they are and what will become of them. Until the fateful trip where they are gifted three magical pendants. Through these gifts the girls must find a way to unlock a centuries old curse and free the graces from their stone grave.
Will Brilliance, Joy and Bloom find freedom through the girls or will they forever be entombed in the statue of The Three Graces?
The Three Graces is a deep and beautiful story of discovery, of admitting to truths that have been buried, and of letting go of a past that hinders the present.[su_divider top="no"]
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Michele Wolfe, a resident of sunny Southern California, has done extensive research on the statue of The Graces, the sculptor, and Hearst Castle. She is also an art appreciator and belongs to the Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society as well as a Santa Barbara writing group. During the day she is an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor with 25 years experience teaching and exploring the written word. Along with The Three Graces, Michele has also written a short fiction piece about an immigrant family in LA.[su_divider top="no"]

In appreciation of her fans, Michele and 4Word Press will be giving away a $10.00 Amazon gift card to one grand prize winner, a signed hardback copy of THE THREE GRACES for the runner up and three lucky winners will receive an ecopy of THE THREE GRACES. Please check out each blog and enter the giveaway every day for more chances to win. All entries must be received by June 17th by midnight.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Therian Secrets Series by Johanna Rae

What if life as you know it, was a lie? Redcliffe hides a secret, not all its residents are human.
To police this community, thriving beneath the public eye, a parallel justice system exists. Not only that, but it’s globally recognized. International Shifter Information and Control, or ISIC as it is more commonly known, helps protect the rights of both the civilians (their own kind) and the innocents (humans). It’s their job to keep the truth from the human population and ensure a peaceful cohabitation. That isn’t always easy with two types of shifters, Lycans and Therians, who don’t always get along.
Danny Archer, Captain of Redcliffe’s Urewera Unit, is charged with that responsibility. He and his team of Special Forces agents work around the clock to deal with all the problems and chaos which continue to unfold despite their best efforts. You see, ISIC has only been in NZ for eight years and many shifters and rogues still believe it to be a place to escape the law or hide from their own clans. This is further complicated when some of these agents fall in love. The ISIC agent’s life is hard enough without adding romance to the equation. Welcome to Redcliffe, a world the wildlife channels DIDN’T prepare you for.

The Mercenary

When twenty-three-year-old Jodie Fletcher realizes shape-shifters are real—and that they’re trying to kill her—she finds herself thrust into a life of danger and unimaginable intrigue. With both parents away, and her newly-single alcoholic brother Luke camped in the spare bedroom, Jodie feels like she’s drowning in a world she doesn’t understand. The only thing she can count on is the leopard who has taken it upon himself to protect her. She cannot ignore the raw emotion he awakens in her and longs for more. The leopard becomes not only her savior, but her escape.

Mysterious and unpredictable, leopard shifter Danny Archer hides behind his dimpled smile and pretty boy façade. What’s more, he has a second job the human population doesn’t know about—the one that leads him to Jodie and Luke. Archer feels an instant connection with Jodie, and must find a way to balance his volatile lifestyle to include her.

Luke Fletcher became an alcoholic long before his wife left him. Now he faces the brutal reality that the past has caught up with him. He made a series of bad choices while under the influence, which have placed his sister and his two young daughters in danger. Luke must try to find the man he used to be in order to survive the chaos he’s inflicted. He knows he won’t be able to live with himself if anything happens to his family.


The Fury

Luke Fletcher had finally moved past his alcoholism and marriage breakup when the past caught up with him. Abducted by a clan of Lycans, he woke chained to a cell wall. How long will it take before someone finds him? Will he survive the ordeal and more importantly, retain his sanity?

Jodie Fletcher is under house arrest and not even in her own home. Her boyfriend Danny Archer has become more than protective since Luke disappeared. Working for International Shifter Information and Control, or ISIC, Archer is head of the Urewera Unit in Redcliffe.

Trained and employed to maintain the shifter justice system in a world where humans are oblivious, is no easy task. Now his connection with the local shifters has crossed paths with Luke’s past, Archer is caught between keeping Jodie safe and finding her brother.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is conflict within the Unit. A group of men closer than family are suddenly at odds, distanced from their duty as ISIC agents. Rufus discovers he may have missed the chance to be with the woman he loves. Eddie reveals his animal side to girlfriend Ainsley for the first time; can she accept his second form?

The turmoil surrounding Jodie leaves her nowhere to hide. The clan of were-boars who took Luke, grow bolder by the day. This escalation of tension has to end, but who will emerge victorious?


The Butcher

Polar bear Therian, Rufus Ramanui, is one of Redcliffe’s most dangerous ISIC agents. He swore an oath to protect the innocent and serve the greater good. Now, he wants to retrain as a Phoniás – an assassin – believing it necessary to help his comrades in the ongoing conflict with the Lycans.

The only problem with that plan, is pretty bartender, Summer Matthews. She and Rufus have definite chemistry, but she’s currently dating someone else. Will it be too late to win her heart by the time he returns home?

Siblings, Jodie and Luke Fletcher, also intend to train as agents. With Rufus and the two Fletchers out of the country, Danny Archer, Captain of Redcliffe’s Urewera Unit, will have his hands full. Already Rufus’ boss, and Jodie’s boyfriend, Danny has a lot invested in their success. When things start to get complicated, both at the academy, and back in Redcliffe, will Danny be able to spread himself thin enough to avoid disaster?


Johanna Rae is a former fashion designer and married mother of three. She has always had a passion for writing, even at a very young age. When she was five years old, her teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. The answer was: A writer and an artist. It is safe to say that she hasn't deviated far from that mindset. Johanna lives near Hamilton, New Zealand. She shares her rural property and gorgeous outlook, with her family, cats, cows, chickens and several crazy goats.

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Everything you thought you knew about the world is a thinly veiled façade. Shapeshifters exist and live amongst the humans, a double life filled with danger and intrigue.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Interview with Houston's KRPC's Local Weatherman Anthony Yanez: New Book Release

An Interview with Anthony Yanez

First off - I want to thank you for virtually stopping by Memories In A Box's blog to let me interview you today. After watching you talk about the weather for years this is a real treat for me. My "interview series" on Memories In A Box is mostly left for those individuals who I admire and follow. So I am extremely grateful that you are taking this moment to hang out with me.

His book can be purchased on Amazon once it is released here: AMAZON

Or you can pre order it on his website here: PRE ORDER NOW

Join Jake and Alice on an adventure through time and weather. From the belly of a T-Rex to falling snowflakes, the two water drops learn about friendship and the water cycle as they evaporate and precipitate their way through this wild ride! Imaginative illustrations are accompanied by water drop insets with fun facts about the water cycle all of which is presented in language accessible to elementary students.
Now onto the fun!

I have to admit this was the first children's book that I have read about weather, probably since
elementary school but I really enjoyed it! I learned all about the water cycle. My first question to you is this ... What made you come up with the idea to explain children how water cycles are important?

The idea came about a little after I moved to Houston more than 11 years ago.  I got invitations to speak to elementary students about the weather and I needed something to keep their attention.  For kids 2nd to 5th grade I created a PowerPoint about severe weather safety.  Pre-schoolers, kindergartners and 1st graders have a different attention span and need more of a story.  So I made up a story about two drops of water and the water cycle.  I had a boy and a girl come to the front of the class and play out the parts. What you'll read in the pages of A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle is what I had the students act out.

I have to say the idea of drinking the same water that a T-Rex drank makes me laugh, I would never have thought of it like that. But it made me wonder, how has the quality of water diminished since the T-Rex's and their partners in crime roamed the earth?

This really is beyond my area of expertise.  But water cannot be created or destroyed, it can be polluted but it is always around. 

What made you start writing children's books? Was there a specific moment that was your 'Ah-hah' moment or is it something that you have just known you wanted to do?

The ah-ha moment was that I wanted something to share with younger kids at schools.  The hard part is actually getting published and that journey took seven years. 

I have to admit, science wasn't my favorite subject in school. It wasn't my least favorite either. But I don't remember it being as easy to understand as your children's book was. Did the plot and explanations of each step in the water cycle come easy for you, or did you have to do a lot of work in deciding the best way to explain it on a level anyone could understand?

It came really easy.  My job is to know the weather and this is the foundation of what makes our weather.  I'm always telling stories to my own kids and friends so that came pretty easy too. 

Will Jake and Alice have other adventures?

Yes, in fact the second book is already complete.  This time the adventure will take place in the clouds. After getting caught in a thunderstorm, Jake and Alice get lost and can't find their way back home. With the help of some friendly and not-so-friendly clouds, the adventure begins. Have you ever looked to the sky and wondered, "What kind of cloud is that and how does it form?"   The next book answers that question. 

I loved the illustrations. Did you have any input in those or was that all your illustrator, Mike Guillory's vision?

I met with Mike and shared my illustrations and layout of the book. He said it really helped him put his images together.  I have an example of my drawings at and you can see what a true artist Mike is and how awful I am at drawing. 

Have you considered writing books like this for older children? I found your ease of explanations easy to follow and thought it would have been nice in school if I had had books like this to help me learn science.

I haven't, maybe after this series has run its course. But for now I'll stick to children's weather books.    

From Weatherman to Author ... what do you find most fun about both categories?

They are both great.  Broadcast is an exciting job and I'm finding how rewarding it is to be a published author. 

I have always wondered, what is the hardest part about forecasting the weather, aside from the fear you might be wrong?

The hardest part is knowing where to point, that is the thing that takes the most practice.  There isn't a fear of being wrong.  You collect the data available, work as hard as you can using your experience to make a good forecast and what happens, happens.  We are predicting the future and at times we will be wrong. 

Have you ever had to broadcast the weather from a location that made you fear for the outcome? Like in a hurricane or tornado for example.

No, I did broadcast from Tropical Storm Grace in 2003 but it wasn't scary. 

Do you have any advice for future authors, or weathermen?

Work hard and never give up on your dreams. 

Thank you again for letting me interview you. This was a thrill for me and I wish you so much luck with your book and your adventures when you leave Houston.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Review: The Mortal One by Shannon Bell

Title: The Mortal One
Author: Shannon Bell
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Hot vampires are everywhere and Dylan is finding it hard to control herself - especially since she is the only Mortal One. Her life was normal up until a few days ago. Then she met Nico on the streets of Florence and her world will never be the same again. Nico is sexy, Italian, and immortal - three features that she has never found more alluring in a man. She must now learn how to balance an exhilarating love affair and vampire politics at their worst. There's also a Parisian vampire that wants to claim her and she has to receive a mark in order to keep her safe from the troubles that exist.


This is a story about a woman, Dylan, who is obsessed with Vampires. Eat Sleep Breath Vampires. And when she finally finds them ... she freaks the F out!

I am not really sure how to start this review. The book wasn't bad, but it just didn't grab me. The characters moved along and sometimes I questioned the motives that they had. And sometimes the actions, or internal thoughts, didn't make sense to me from Dylan.

The book was okay - It was an easy read and I didn't find anything wrong with the overall plot. Just questioned the motives. But, they aren't my characters and only Ms Bell knows 'why' her characters do what they do.

In the end it worked out. I think if you love anything and everything vampire then you will find enjoyment in the story.

I give this a 3 star rating

Saturday, November 22, 2014

As I Look Around ....

As I look around my room tonight I see so many changes. Things that I never thought would be
inside of my writing room. Items that never  seemed possible. A future that always seemed so far out of reach.

As I look around my room tonight I see a new beginning about to take place. I can feel the hope, the possibilities, the future. I can feel the change.

Embarking on parenthood is a very different journey for each person. It means something special to each individual that takes these steps. And everyone prepares for it differently. Some go out and buy all the books they can and read up on what to expect. Others grab paint and a brush and start decorating the perfect nursery. Some instantly run out to the store and sign up for registries.

But what do you do if this journey isn't taking the natural course. If you have to go outside of the box and wait for a child to be given to you by someone else? How do you prepare for that?

For us, it has been a challenge. First, there is a decade of items inside our rooms, rooms that we never thought would get to hear the sounds of children playing, sleeping, crying, whatever it may be. It is finding which items to toss out, which to give away and which to keep and hold onto. It started out for us going through our lives and shifting things around.

Then, what do we purchase? Adoption isn't as hard in some ways than natural children. For instance, our insurance bill is way less, the physical pain is non-existent and then the 'consummation date' is quite literally up in the air.

Me being a reader, I went out and looked for so many things on line about what to do when you're expecting an adoption. I was very saddened to see there wasn't a lot of literature to help me prepare my home and my heart for this. Maybe I was looking in the wrong places but there wasn't much for the 'under 3 and in CPS care' type situations.

That made it hard.

So now I look around my former library/writing room. There is a crib with a yellow sheet on it and  some stuffed animals. A changing table that has a couple sippy cups and baby bath stuff on it. A dresser with cute drawers and a couple books on it.

And all we are missing is a child.

I never thought we would be this close. To almost feel the love of a child in our home. To know that in 2 weeks or 2 months or 6 months we could get a phone call and meet our future baby.

It is kind of silly but in my head I fantasize about my first Facebook status after this child becomes legally our son or daughter. About finally being able to join all of my friends in stating, "welcome to the world baby brown, you're finally home."

The hardest part used to be knowing I can't have children. Now the hardest part is knowing I have no idea WHEN this is going to happen.

Boy or girl, it doesn't matter to me.  All I am praying and waiting for is the day I can hold this future child who has been growing in my heart for over 8 years.

Elizabeth would have been 7 in October of this year had she lived. It's hard, thinking about her. And what she would have been like. Her brown hair and brown eyes like me. Or green eyes and blonde hair like my husband. Or maybe a mix of brown hair and green eyes. Would her nose have been like mine and my grandma's? Would she love super hero's like her dad? Would she scream at the top of her lungs when she didnt get her way like I'm told I did as a toddler.

Would she  have been happy and smart?

No child will ever replace what we've lost. But soon a child will fill that void. And ever since we started the program that's all my mind thinks about. Nothing else matters. Just the knowledge and hope that someday soon. I'll get my child.

I have no idea how parents do it. The constant thoughts about their children. How can anything else get done? Daily I am thinking of things I need to fix in our house or add to my list of items to purchase for said future child. It never stops. I imagine once this being gets here it will be a 100 times worse.

But I can't wait.

So tonight it really is a true randomness blog. Rambling on and on about stuff that may or may not make sense to the person reading it. But that's okay. 2014 has been an odd year but I am ready for 2015. It will be good to experience a new part of life. A new journey. And a new challenge.

I know you're out there my future child .. I just hope you don't take too too long to come home.

November 22nd - National Adoption Day

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fire & Ice Book Tours Presents: Snow Wars Book 1 by N.S. Grimm

~~In a world covered by snow, where deadly predators are everywhere, resources scarce, and love even more elusive, two young women hold the key to the mysterious death and destruction surrounding their cave dwelling people. One side wants to keep these women alive and the other side wants to see them dead, but how can these young women tell the difference between the two sides? And what is the dark secret in their past that holds the key to the threats of today?
The sole survivor of a bloody genocide attempt, Iana runs for her life, but is there anywhere safe to run? Daniel swore to his dying brother that he would protect the small woman and her sister, but how can he help a girl who continually puts her life in danger? As Daniel binds Iana closer to himself, and his own dark secret life, Iana finds herself drawn to him in more than one way.

“Hang on, Nathanial. I’m coming to get you,” Iana said.
The Raven Dog above her seemed reinvigorated at this new movement from its trapped prey. The mad dog danced on the edge above her with snapping jaws and bloody teeth. Every move the creature made sent rock and dirt cascading over Iana’s head. Her grip was already precarious and weak on the rocky cliff she was scaling. Any amount of falling debris was dangerous and could dislodge her handholds, causing her to fall.
“Iana, what are you doing? Don’t do it; stay where you are.”
“Still trying to tell me what to do Nathanial?” Iana tossed back to him, trying to keep both their spirits up. “Haven’t you learned yet?”
“Don’t risk this, Iana. I’m not worth it.”
“Yes you are!” she countered and continued to creep slowly over toward him. Her hands were shaking so hard she was scared they would shake off the rocky ledge. Maybe she should have taken off her gloves, but then she would just have the cold to deal with.
“Iana, go back. It’s too dangerous. There is snow all over that cliff; you will slip and fall.”
Iana looked over to the bush where the wind was blowing against him. He was very pale in the dusty pink light of the setting sun. He was too white Iana thought.
“Keep talking to me, Nathanial, okay?” she yelled at him.
A frigid gust of wind blew up, tossing Iana’s hair wildly. The snow swirled about, blinding her temporarily. Iana clung closer to the rough cliff wall with her eyes squeezed tight, waiting till it died down. Her lips were quivering now, but she didn’t know if it was from the cold or fear. What had made her think she could climb across to him like this?
“Hey, Easterner,” Nathanial called to her, “never seen a mouse so bad at climbing before; maybe you should have stayed behind?” he teased.
Iana opened her eyes and shot him a look that could kill. Rising to the challenge, she said, “Don’t worry, mice are very good at improvising when it comes to survival.”
Iana was frozen with fear. She could feel the tears of anger and despair start to well up in her eyes and she fought hard to push them away. She hadn’t been climbing long when Nathanial decided to continue his harassment.
“You really aren’t very good at that you know,” he said.
Iana screamed back in mock frustration, “Training for rock climbing isn’t till the next lunar!”
Nathanial kept the banter up in a lighthearted voice, but when Iana looked his way she could see his eyes were closed against the cold and he was shaking as he tried to hang on.
“I’m just saying…that you might want to work on that when we get back if you want to be a Rambler,” he continued teasing her in a trembling voice.
“I’m beginning to rethink that occupational choice at the moment,” Iana confessed, only half joking.
Nathanial laughed into the wind this time. “Aha! I knew you didn’t really want to make this run today,” he joked.
“Haven’t you bled to death yet?” Iana countered, and Nathanial laughed out loud again.
It was good to hear him laugh. Nathanial was quiet for a long moment. When he spoke next, it was in a low and serious voice. “You know I didn’t mean all that mean stuff I said to you back there at the start ribbon.”
“I know,” Iana said, forgiving him.
She paused a moment and leaned her head against the rock wall to catch her breath. It was then that Iana noticed the absence of the Raven dog from overhead. She held her breath and waited for it to return. Shadows passed over and Iana sniffed hard against her runny nose. The longer she waited, the more her nerves set on edge. Suddenly a head appeared over the edge—a human head. It was Daniel reaching his hand down to her.

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NS Grimm is a new and upcoming American writer with self-published works in multiple genres. Works always focus on strong female characters with a passion for life and love. Her international experience finds its way into all her books in one way or another. Raised in Texas, GRIMM is the last child of three. Hobbies include: kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, gardening, house flipping, sewing, singing, ballet, scuba and visiting museums of any type.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Review: Evening Sun a Widow's Journey by Aline Soules

Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Through her poems in Evening Sun, Aline Soules reflects on her journey through widowhood, chronicling her emotions--despair, anger, longing, love, reconciliation.


I love poetry, reading it and writing it. So when I was asked to review this book I didn't really give it much thought, a simple yes sprung to mind.

It was easy to enjoy these poems. Now I don't mean enjoy in the sense that they were happy go lucky and made you smile. Because that they weren't. They were powerful, moving, and you could feel the emotion. And to me that is what a good poem is about. Something that makes you feel.

This woman's path becoming a widow was heart wrenching. You could feel it when she spoke about her first night after death. Or her son's car ride home.

I don't think this book is for everyone. But I do think it could be a good book for individuals who are coping with death ... if simply to see that others feel these emotions too and they are still normal, and moving in the right direction.

I felt honored to have been asked to review this book because turning each page made it obvious I was looking into the soul of the widow who wrote this collection.

I give this book 4 stars.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sensuous Promotions Presents: Unraveling the Earl by Lynne Barron

Welcome to Sensuous Promo’s UNRAVELING THE EARL Book Tour. Watch for the Giveaway Below!

Unraveling the Earl, Book 3 in the Idyllwild series:

The Earl of Hastings’s reputation as London’s greatest gift to the ladies has taken on a life of its own, one he is only too happy to live up to in one Mayfair bedchamber after another. Until he encounters a lady more interested in poking around his country estate than sampling his lauded charms.

Georgiana Buchanan is possessed of murky morals, skewed notions of right and wrong, a talent for dancing around the truth, and a penchant for crashing weddings, funerals and charity balls.

When Georgie catches Henry’s roving eye, she turns the tables on the arrogant scoundrel, introducing him to a world of sensual delights and unraveling his vaunted control before fleeing into the night.

Henry is determined to make the elusive Georgiana his mistress while the lady wants only to use his desire to further her own schemes. When they find themselves marooned at Idyllwild during a summer storm, they will both discover they’ve gotten more than they bargained for.


As the final notes of the waltz wound to a close and the dancers slowed almost to a sedate pace, Georgie whispered, “I’ve heard talk of a tower.”

“Don’t tempt me, love.”

“That sounds remarkably like a dare and you ought to know the Buchanan who can resist a dare, or a wager for that matter, has yet to be born.

“Is that so?” His eyes lit with amusement.

“Shall we place a friendly wager, my lord?” she asked, stepping close enough that her hip brushed his thigh.

“What did you have in mind?”

“I’ll wager my frilly drawers against your starched cravat I can get you hard without so much as touching you.”

Henry looked about and, apparently satisfied no one was near enough to hear their risqué banter, replied in a voice laced with husky laughter, “That seems an unfair wager as I’ve yet to see a you in a pair of drawers, frilly or otherwise. And I’m already as hard as I care to be with my family and friends looking on.”

Georgie glanced down at his crotch with unabashed interest and sure enough he was sporting a discernable bulge in his trousers. Peering up at him through her lashes she slowly licked her lips.

“Have mercy, love,” he begged.  “You’re going to be the death of me.”

“I don’t want to kill you. Only swive you silly.”

“I want the same,” he muttered as he led her from the dance floor. “You’ve no idea how I want you.”

“You want me flat on my back and yours to command.”

“Leave off, Georgie,” he ordered, his voice a gravelly whisper.

“Or perhaps on my hands and knees with my bum in the air.”

“I gave my word as a gentleman.”

“Mayhap you would rather soixante-neuf,” Georgie mused.

“Soixante-neuf?” he repeated, steering her toward the refreshment table just beyond the wallflowers lined up amid the wheat and barley.

“Sixty-nine,” she translated helpfully.

“I am conversant in French.”

“We’ve yet to attempt it together.”

“Attempt what?”

“Soixante-neuf. We can try it if you’d like, but I must say I’ve never found it terribly enjoyable. It’s deucedly hard for me to concentrate on my part while…well, you know.”

“No, I don’t know.”

“I get caught up in my own pleasure.”

“All right, I give over.”

“You’ll take me to the tower?” Georgie released his arm to clap her hands.

“No, what does it mean?” Henry replied around a huff of laughter.


“That is what we’re discussing, isn’t it? What is it? A card game? Billiards?”

Georgie blinked in surprise before letting lose a snort.

“Are you going to tell me?”

“Oh, good lord, of course you’ve never…I was your first, after all. But surely you’ve heard of…no?” Georgie took hold of Henry’s arm and dragged him past the ladies lined up along the wall and beyond the grains and weeds in tall urns to a shadowy corner, suspecting she was about to win his lordship’s starch-stiff cravat and the swiving of her life.


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