Catherine – Excerpt & Giveaway

Hello Dear Readers,

Welcome to second day of Sue Barr’s blog tour for Catherine, her latest release.

After reading Caroline , a very different and refreshing incursion into Pride and Prejudice that was released last year,  I was very happy to discover that Ms. Barr’s adventures through the lives of the secondary characters of Pride and Prejudice would continue, this time with Kitty receiving all the attention! I haven’t read this book yet, but we do not find many stories dedicated to Kitty, so I’m very curious to see how Sue Barr will develop her character, and this excerpt, with so many new characters, definitely picked my interest. I hope you enjoy it, and I’m waiting to see what you will tell me about this Bennet sister! Is she a favourite of yours? I think that she is often the forgotten one, with no specific characteristic making her stand out, so I really want to know what you think 🙂

 

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The drawing room was quiet, save for the shuffling of papers and every now and then a soft, yet impatient sigh.

“Darling, as much as I love my own company, I am feeling a trifle neglected.”

Lord George Kerr turned his attention from the documents spread out before him toward the beautiful woman seated across the room. He appreciated the way the crimson brocade couch acted as a perfect foil for her exotic features and raven hair.

“Evangeline, you know our agreement. I attend your exquisite establishment and you whisk me away to your sumptuous parlor, whereupon I gather information for King and Country.” He grinned at her sultry pout. “Now be a pet and make some noise. Otherwise your servants will gossip I am not here for a lover’s tryst and that would be disastrous for our partnership.”

“If you only knew how envious my maids are. Miss Bledsoe told me they remain convinced you are Casanova reincarnated. Imagine their surprise if they knew we only drink tea and talk.” She arose from the couch and glided behind his chair, combing long fingers through his hair. “Could I not entice you, just this once?”

He stilled her hand and brought her palm to his lips. Pressing a kiss against the soft skin, he turned slightly to face her. “While I admire your tenacity, I cannot give what you ask. The only woman I will share a bed with will be my future wife.”

“I did not say we had to be in a bed.”

“Evangeline,” George warned in a low voice.

“Very well, for you I shall behave.” She turned aside with an elegant shrug of her slim shoulders and moved toward the picture hung over the fireplace. For a brief moment she stared at the portrait of her husband. “I miss that man more than words can say.” She tensed and looked toward the door. “Someone is coming.”

She moved swiftly to the couch. Without questioning her instinct, which had proven itself time and again, George laid his coat on top of the papers and joined her, positioning his body so that his head rested in her lap. He placed his left foot on the cushioned seat, knee slightly bent and stretched the right leg to the floor. She glanced down at him, her delicate features tight with concern.

“Prepare yourself, Lord George. In order to facilitate our ruse as lovers, I must expose more than you would like.”

“I believe I shall somehow survive,” he replied in a dry tone.

She slipped the filmy gown down one arm and it puddled gracefully against his cheek. The door to salon burst open and her lady’s companion, Miss Bledsoe, the only one who knew of their true connection, trembled within the door frame. Behind her stood two men with hardened faces and what George presumed were loaded pistols. A quick glance past the two men revealed Evangeline’s aged butler crumpled on the floor in the front vestibule.

“What is the meaning of this?” Evangeline demanded. She tugged the gown back onto her shoulder while George remained where he lay, a deceptive picture of languor and satisfied coitus.

“I’m sorry, Lady Anstruther…” Miss Bledsoe began.

“Quiet, slut.” The larger man growled and backhanded her.

With a cry, Miss Bledsoe stumbled against the smaller man, who grabbed her wrist in a vice-like grip. When he saw her face, his eyes lit up.

“Look who we have here,” he crowed, a vicious grin twisting his mouth.

Miss Bledsoe ducked her head and tried to pull away, only to cry out again when the man tightened his grip. If Evangeline noticed Smithson laying on the vestibule floor, she gave no indication.

“Not this time. You made him very angry by running away and he’ll pay a nice tidy sum for your return.”

Although piqued by the smaller man’s comment, George focused on the fact his voice and manners were too cultured. A hint of familiarity tugged at the recesses of his mind. Evangeline pushed his head off her lap and arose in an apparent state of agitation. George, still semi-reclined, slid the hand hidden from sight down toward his boot.

“Please do not harm my companion,” she begged and stumbled, steadying herself by gripping the back of the divan. “Why are you here?”

She intended to retrieve the weapon strapped to the back of divan. George was familiar with this ruse because she’d done it to him in France. Distracted by her nervous display, neither man observed George unsheathe his knife and palm the deadly weapon.

“If they so much as twitch, kill them.” The smaller man called over his shoulder, tugging Miss Bledsoe behind him. “Shoot the prancing dandy first.”

“With pleasure, Reggie,” the larger man growled and bared his yellow teeth in a sickening grin.

Reggie continued on toward the table and it was only through years of conditioning that George didn’t betray concern he would discover the smuggled documents. If these men escaped with the knowledge of his and Evangeline’s clandestine operation, then many courageous people died for nothing. It was time for him to act.

He arose from the couch like a sleepy giant.

“You hafta wait your turn,” he slurred out, weaving on his feet as though drunk. “I pay a lot of money for her exclusive favors. You can have her when I’m done.”

“You dare to pass me off to these… these ruffians?” Evangeline raged and stomped her foot, the pistol hidden against her side.

Her tantrum had the desired effect. The larger man momentarily shifted his attention from George to Evangeline. Without hesitation, George whipped the blade toward him. Surprised, the thug stared at his chest. At first there was nothing to see except the hilt of the dagger, then like the incoming tide, a dark red stain began to spread across his dingy shirt. In a matter of seconds, he sank to his knees, dropped the gun and crumpled to the ground.

At the sound of his accomplice hitting the floor, Reggie turned and pulled Miss Bledsoe tight against his side, but before he could even point his weapon, Evangeline had raised her arm. With deadly aim she made sure he never breathed again. When Reggie fell to the floor, Miss Bledsoe ran to her friend’s side.

George assessed the bullet hole dead square in Reggie’s forehead, marveling at Evangeline’s accuracy. As good as he was with any weapon of any kind, even he wouldn’t attempt a shot like that with someone standing so close.

“Remind me to never challenge you to a duel, Countess.”

Evangeline lowered her arm and cut him a sideways glance. “You are most fortunate I adore you, Lord George. Otherwise that may have been you on the floor after offering to share my favors.”

“It was a means to an end.” He took hold of her free hand and brought it to his lips, murmuring against her skin. “I am forever grateful you did not shoot me in France.”

“Bah, Cavendish was right, you are a terrible flirt.” She tugged her hand from his light grasp and hurried to the vestibule. By the time she reached his side, Smithson had begun to groan and move about. “Miss Bledsoe. Please have a footman fetch my physician.” Once she and George had settled Smithson in another room, she turned to him. “Come, let us find out who those two Cretans were.”

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Some secrets are not meant to be shared.
Catherine Bennet, known as Kitty to close friends and family, knows this better than anyone. She also knows that she will never marry and it never bothered her before she met Lord George Kerr at Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding. He’s determined to breach the walls of defense she’d carefully constructed around her heart, and she’s just as determined to stay the course.

Some secrets cannot be shared
Lord George Kerr knows this better than anyone. For five years, as a spy for His Majesty the King, he played the part of a Rake, concealing his espionage activities beneath a blanket of brothels, drink and loose women. Even though he’s forced to resume his regular life within London’s finest society, he still must keep some things hidden.
One thing he does not hide is his attraction to Miss Catherine Bennet of Longbourn. Enraptured by her beauty and warmth of character, he plunges headlong into winning her heart, only to find it carefully guarded and she’s unwilling to give him even a small pinch of hope.

Some things are beyond your control
When circumstances bring Kitty’s secret into the open, she fears the tenuous bonds of friendship she’s forged with Lord George will be lost forever along with whatever love he proclaims to have for her. With the very lives of England’s vast network of spies working undercover in Bonaparte’s France hanging in the balance, she’s forced to face her worst nightmare.

Her secret is laid bare, can he love her enough to overcome what he learns?

 

 

You can find Catherine at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 

 

 

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This blog tour is just starting, so you still have plenty of opportunities to learn more about Catherine on the following blogs 🙂

 

May 28 / My Jane Austen Book Club/ Launch Post & Giveaway

May 29 / From Pemberley to Milton/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

May 30 / Just Jane 1813/ Guest Post & Giveaway

May 31 / More Agreeably Engaged/ Author Spotlight & Giveaway

June 1 /  So Little Time… / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

June 2 / Liz’s Reading Life / Book Review & Giveaway

June 4 / Diary of an Eccentric /Book Review & Giveaway

June 5 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway

June 6 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Guest Post & Giveaway

June 7 / Margie’s Must Reads/Book Review Post & Giveaway

June 8 /  Obsessed with Mr. Darcy / Book Review & Giveaway

June 9 / My Love for Jane Austen / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

June 10 /  Babblings of a Bookworm / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

June 11 /  Austenesque Reviews/ Guest Post & Giveaway

 


 

Sue Barr is offering the opportunity for three winners to receive a copy of Catherine. Two winners will receive eBooks and one winner will receive an autographed paperback book of “Catherine.”

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented.

All giveaways are open to international winners. To enter the giveaway please click on the following link.

Good Luck everyone!

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23 responses to “Catherine – Excerpt & Giveaway

  1. Loren

    Hello Rita, thank you for this post! Can you tell me if this book is linked to the one dedicated to Caroline or it is a standalone?

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  2. J. W. Garrett

    Wow!! That was a fabulous excerpt. OMG! My heart is pounding. I love this Lord George and Lady Evangeline. They make such a great team. What a woman… what a guy. Whew!! I already have Caroline on my wish list and I have added Catherine. I can’t wait to read them. Many of us don’t have social media… I don’t Tweet, Face, or twitter so I appreciate the addition of comments in the give-a-way section. Thanks to Rita for hosting and thanks to Sue Barr, our author for the generous give-a-way. Blessing on the launch of this book.

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  3. I wonder what Kerr finds so interesting about Catherine

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  4. Pam H

    What an excerpt! I am very intrigued! How does Kitty fit into this spy network? I can’t wait to read more excerpts!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  5. I just finished reading this yesterday. So good! Lord George…swoon!

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  6. caroleincanada

    I was so excited to know that your second book was on Kitty Bennet! Lord George certainly sounds like a handful and I can’t wait to see these two together! I so enjoyed ‘Caroline’ story’s and how you ‘dealt’ with her! Thank you for a chance at winning…especially the signed paperback!

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  7. Patricia Finnegan

    The cover is gorgeous!

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  8. Enjoyed the excerpt. Lord George Kerr seems like quite an interesting character and I look forward to reading more.

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  9. Mary

    Morning Rita,

    Wow!! What an exciting excerpt,one that certainly piqued my interest!!
    This is definitely a little outside the box in terms of what we’ve read in JAFF.
    Sounds like a fresh,adventurous,mysterious and thrilling read!
    Thanks for hosting!!

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  10. Kitty is the type of girl that would not get much attention, from me or anyone I think. So to have her become Catherine and get her story sounds really wonderfull! I would love to read it 😀

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  11. Mary Preston

    Kitty is growing up. I love that.

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  12. evamedmonds

    Great excerpt. I always enjoy books of nobility being spies.

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  13. Fascinating excerpt, Sue. A Countess running an “establishment”? It’s all very tantalising! Lord George definitely sound like a hero worthy of the title. It’s going to be interesting to see how Kitty becomes Catherine and also fits into this intrgue. I loved Caroline, by the way!

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  14. Sounds intriguing! Thanks for the excerpt and another book to add to the TBR pile!

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  15. A very suspenseful and thrilling excerpt, Sue. Lord George is a very intriguing character that I would be delighted to know more. And I’m piqued by Kitty’s secret and the reason she tries to hide it.

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  17. Agnes

    What a lovely excerpt! A hero like this is just the right one. I’d love to see him with Kitty too! I hope to read it sooon. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. sheilalmajczan

    I have not read this book. The excerpt is intriguing. Sounds like Catherine/Kitty has much more on her plate than Elizabeth ever did. Good luck with this publication. Adding this to my TBR pile.

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  19. This looks exciting! I really like her dress in the picture.

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