Release day: A Scandalous Wager
Today is the official release of A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
As the Black Raven, she’s cold, distant, and alone, untouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers. Until he enters her house – and her life – and suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attraction…
Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Raven, bringer of bad luck and death, she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubs. She’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wager.
Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy, needs money, but it takes more than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager. He finds himself drunk, at her house, and – more surprisingly – inside, and agreeing to a business proposal at the end of a fire poker. She will let him win the wager, and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her. But business agreements don’t mean trust, and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver, her body’s reaction to him, or her heart.
Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?
Cassandra dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
I love reading and writing stories set in Regency period. I love the clothes, the manners and the confines and strictures of the time, which lend so much to story telling. Did I mention how much I love the clothes? My first regency was Pride and Prejudice in my early teens, which led me to borrowing Johanna Lindsey and Georgette Heyer books off my mother’s bookshelf. Now she borrows from mine! This started a long time love affair with the Georgian and Regency period. My debut novel A Scandalous Wager is set in London in 1816 (the year without a Summer) and has themes of abandonment, family, empowerment, forgiveness and duty. This story has a tender heart and strong characters. Both the hero (Oliver) and the heroine (Lisbeth) are not happy with their current circumstances and know they have to change them. They soon realise how much they need each other to make those changes happen. There is plenty of witty banter and fun secondary characters, a mystery to be solved and a villain to stop. I had so much fun writing this book and I hope that readers will enjoy reading all about how Lisbeth and Oliver finally find a home for their wayward hearts.