Monday, April 04, 2016

Win a $25 GC - Trifling Favors by Heather Hiestand


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Heather will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The sweetest treat is a kiss…

Greggory Redcake's plate is full. Widowed young and left with two small children, the manager of the Kensington location of the illustrious tea shop is besieged on all sides between the bakery and family matters. If only his remarkably efficient shop assistant, Betsy Popham, could manage his home life, too! But Greggory can't linger on thoughts of Betsy's fetching smile when a dead body is discovered in the bakery…

Betsy has no time for romance, not even with the delectable Mr. Redcake, whose kisses are all too unforgettable. Haunted by a specter from her family's past, Betsy is terrified that the man blackmailing her has turned to deadly violence. Yet the only way to save her position--and possibly her life--is to accept Greggory's help as their delicious attraction sweetens into the tantalizing promise of true love…

Enjoy an exclusive excerpt:

“I am intimately acquainted with that blackguard,” she said.

“Lovers?” Greggory asked. Surely this sensual creature was not a virgin, despite her father.

“No.” She shook her head vehemently.

He had to admit to himself that he had sometimes fantasized about her coming to him at the end of the day and having her way with him in his office. His brother always insisted you could tell if a woman was still a virgin by the way she walked. Apparently, he had misjudged her sensuality. That bottom-centric walk of hers hadn’t meant she’d felt the pleasure of a man’s intimate touch.

He put a hand to his forehead. Really, his disordered thoughts were taking him places they really should not. “Why did you call him a blackguard? Do you know that he is a murderer?”

“No, but he is a blackmailer.”

“Who has he blackmailed?”

“Me.”

“What would he have on you?”

“He knew I was closer than I should be to Ewan Hales. He threatened to tell my father about my bad behavior. We were not engaged, though I hoped we would be. Later, I didn’t want Ewan knowing about my mother. I didn’t want anyone at Redcake’s to know.”

Greggory tried hard to follow her. Ewan Hales, now Lord Fitzwalter, had been the secretary at the flagship Redcake’s for years, until he’d discovered he was the heir to an earldom. “When was this?”

“Four years ago.”

“What didn’t you want Lord Fitzwalter to know about your mother?”

Betsy’s lips trembled again. He stroked her hair and caressed her shoulders until her face relaxed.

“She killed two men,” she whispered. “Simon found out somehow. He made me leave Ewan and pretend to be his. He left me alone for a long time, but today he came here, as you know, and talked about us getting married. I’m afraid he killed that man to scare me.”

About the Author:
Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is heather@heatherhiestand.com.

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10 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Karen H said...

This book just gets better and better with each excerpt I read.

Becky Richardson said...

What an awesome giveaway and your book sounds like a great read.

MomJane said...

Another great excerpt. This story keeps getting better and better.

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

Rita said...

Great excerpt, thank you.

Heather Hiestand said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Glenda said...

Really love this excerpt! Thanks!

LauraJJ said...

Oh this book sounds so good! I love the mystery with romance! I cannot wait to find out what happens between these two!

Nikolina said...

Happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!