Release day: Pursuing Lord Pascal
Today is the official release of Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell (book 4, The Dashing Widows) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Famous for her agricultural innovations, Amy, Lady Mowbray has never had a romantical thought in her life. Well, apart from her short-lived crush on London’s handsomest man, Lord Pascal, when she was a brainless 14-year-old. She even chose her late husband because he owned the best herd of beef cattle in England!
But fate steps in and waltzes this practical widow out of her rustic retreat into the glamour of the London season. When Pascal pursues her, all her adolescent fantasies come true. And those fantasies turn disturbingly adult when grown-up desire enters the equation. Amy plunges headlong into a reckless affair that promises pleasure beyond her wildest dreams – until she discovers that this glittering world hides damaging secrets and painful revelations set to break a country girl’s tender heart.
All that glitters…
Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needs to marry money to rescue his estate, devastated after a violent storm. He’s never much liked his reputation as London’s handsomest man, but it certainly comes in handy when the time arrives to seek a rich bride. Unfortunately, the current crop of debutantes bores him silly, and he finds himself praying for a sensible woman with a generous dowry.
When he meets Dashing Widow Amy Mowbray, it seems all his prayers have been answered. But his mercenary quest becomes dangerously complicated when he finds himself in thrall to the lovely widow. Soon he’s much more interested in passion than in pounds, shillings and pence. What happens if Amy discovers the sordid truth behind his whirlwind courtship? And if she does, will she see beyond his original, selfish motives to the ardent love that lies unspoken in his sinful heart?
Anna dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
Sometimes fate hands you a story through pure serendipity. That’s what happened with Pursuing Lord Pascal, the fourth Dashing Widow novella, which is out today. When I originally started this series, there were going to be three stories, but to my absolute delight, readers have really taken to my widows so there will be at least three more. PLP is the first in the ‘second’ trilogy, if you know what I mean. And I didn’t have to look far for a hero and heroine. In the very first book, The Seduction of Lord Stone, the rascally Silas, Lord Stone, is trying to discourage his lady love Caroline Beaumont from setting her cap at a range of eligible gentlemen, including the handsomest man in London, Lord Pascal. Silas makes a passing reference to the fact that his agriculturally minded sister Amy had a raging crush on Pascal when she was a teenager, but she’s since grown out of it. Then in the next two novellas, Pascal appeared as a not-very-serious alternative romantic interest. So when it came time to write a new story, he seemed an obvious hero. And who better to win her Prince Charming than Silas’s practical sister whose story has a touch of the Cinderella?