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Friday FreebitsThis week’s Friday Freebit is again from the beginning of The Partisan’s Wife, book three of “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy.

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Having returned with Peter to the American encampment during a lull between the two armies on the heights at Stillwater, Anne readies for her hastily arranged wedding.

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I have to admit that I am totally impressed with the author’s research into the time period her books are written in, everything was just perfect. With more twists and turns, the author finishes off the trilogy with an unexpected ending. — My Cozy Corner Book Reviews

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Lavinia pursed her lips as if to consider a quick and simple solution. “There’s no time. Here….” She rifled through her trunk, and emerged waving a white linen cap with a ribbon embroidered with forget-me-nots around the edges. “The blue is not a perfect match, but it will do.” As she arranged the cap on Anne’s head, the clamor from without rose in pitch and fervor.

“They’re calling for the bride.” Martha’s smile brought a glow to her plain face. “And he’s brought horses!”

“Horses?” Lavinia spread Anne’s hair over her shoulders and back.

Anne hardly made sense of the two women’s exchange. Her heart raced in anticipation of a long awaited moment, as Martha threw open the door.

The knot of men standing in the clearing around the campfire all turned and the silence buzzed in her ears. Flanked by Lavinia and Martha, Anne stepped out of the tent. But she saw nothing, heard nothing. Nothing existed except Peter. Standing with the chaplain, he looked up at her, his neatly queued hair sparkling like spun gold in the glow of the setting sun, his eyes as clear and blue as the autumn sky. How handsome he was in his blue coat and buff breeches. How her heart strained at the sight of him—his eyes, his mouth, his hand extended toward her. His smile touched her heart with its warmth, with the awe and wonder that transformed his features, as if he beheld her for the first time. Could it be possible, she wondered, that his joy could eclipse hers?

For eight years—from the time she was sixteen—Anne dreamed of this moment. How odd that she’d be married to Peter in an army encampment with the open sky as their chapel, the sounds of guns and drums in the distance, and the sulfurous smell of black powder smoke drifting over the fields.

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This week’s six-paragraph Friday Freebit is from The Partisan’s Wife, the final book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy.

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Friday FreebitsFaced with an impossible choice, Anne Marlowe is torn between her love for her husband and the hope of her father’s forgiveness. As the American forces follow up on their tide-turning victories over the British at Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights, Peter is drawn inextricably deeper into the shady network of espionage that could cost them both their lives.

Is his commitment to the Rebel cause stronger than his hard-won love for Anne? Will her sacrifice tear them apart again…this time forever? Or will they find the peace and happiness they both seek in a new beginning?


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I absolutely loved this book! The attention to detail was incredible – it was obvious that the author spent a great deal of time on her research. From the actions and speech patterns of her characters to the way the settings were depicted, I could feel like I was living during the Revolutionary War, watching the story as it unfolded. — Reviews by Krystal

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Peter made a dismissive sound, like an animal growl. “And how do you expect to make your way back up to Fort Edward? You can’t honestly think one of us would be foolhardy enough to give you escort. We might as well just kill ourselves here and now and get it over.” He stomped to the window. There he placed a hand on either side of the frame, and leaned heavily, his back to the room. “I, for one, cannot risk it.”

“I’ll go alone if I must.”

“No one’s safe on the roads, miss.”

“Don’t try to reason with her, Zacky,” Peter said without turning. “She’s as pigheaded as the day is long.”

Perhaps she was pigheaded. Perhaps she was foolish as well to think she would make her way to New York and, once there, find her father. But those blissful days with Peter, following years of suffering and separation, had provided her with a glimpse into a future she would never have believed possible. Until now. For four years, she believed herself undeserving of happiness. Due to her own indiscretions, she had believed Peter dead, and then, against all logic and expectation, in a wild and foreign land about to explode into war, she found him again.

How cruel of Fate to issue such a directive. To force her to risk everything she had ever wanted and needed for the chance that somehow she would find forgiveness.

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Friday FreebitsThis week’s six-paragraph Friday Freebit is again from Courting the Devil, the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy.

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In …”Courting the Devil”, the author picks up where the first book leaves off. As in the first book, the characters are developed well and the action is non stop. —My Cozie Corner Reviews

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Fatigue overtook him. The long day had left him worn and aching. Yet he could not sleep. The feather bed was soft, the linen clean and freshly pressed. But he could not keep his mind from dwelling on that woman. Annie…. When he closed his eyes, his mind conjured images of her as she stirred a thick, bubbling kettle of grease and lye on the open fire in the yard, until her lithe arms rippled, and sweat poured over her face, shining on her skin in the last light of the setting sun. In the close and sultry night, if he fell for a moment from consciousness he saw those exquisite violet eyesso filled with resignationand heard her soft voice, carefully controlled against even the slightest hint of inner turmoil, her manner restrained.

He recognized it all for a telltale sign of guilt, for he too lived under its dark cloud, though his eyes and voice would never betray him as hers did. Yet it festered inside him.

Because of his dedication to the cause, his father was dead.

“Proceed with vigilance.” The cryptic reminder of the note had been all but forgotten. “Uncle is aware of our devotion.” Damn, why has it come to this?

Leaning his elbows on the sill of the open window of his small upstairs room, his chin resting on his hands, Harris gazed over the treetops, at the sky overstretched with a gauzy net of clouds. Jagged lines of light flashed ceaselessly in the distance. Below the window, an eerie incandescence flickered across the enclosure where the pan of lye soap cooled in the night air. There was no sign of rain, no rumble of thunder. Only the occasional croaking of a lone bullfrog near the pond on the other side of the house broke the stillness of the night. Not so much as a breeze stirred.

By his pocket watch, the hour had gone past ten. By the hush that had stolen over the house, all were asleep.

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Friday FreebitsThis week’s six-paragraph Friday Freebit is from Courting the Devil, the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy.

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1777 — Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne Darvey, daughter of the Marquess of Esterleigh, finds herself an indentured servant on a farm near Fort Edward in New York, as the British army advances toward Albany.

Driven by guilt over the pain she has caused her father and grief over her lover’s death, she sets out to deliver a message. The consequences lead to the discovery that all is not as it seems, and sets in motion events that lead to love and danger.

Courting the Devil is a high caliber historical drama. I commend Ms. Fischer-Brown on her research and attention to detail. It moves well with interesting characters and story lines….Two thumbs up for Courting the Devil.” –Writer Wonderland

I hope you enjoy 🙂

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“I beg your pardon, madam,” he said softly. “I seem to have forgotten that these are troubled times that would force a gentlewoman to take up arms…but I assure you, there is no need….” He motioned with a wave of his hand at the weapon. “My intentions are honorable.”

She braced the rifle more firmly against her shoulder.As you so aptly observed, these are troubled times. One must be wary of thieves and vagrants.”

“Tell me, madam….” He opened his arms wide, a show of his helplessness. “Do I look like a thief?” Warily, he stepped toward her.

She took a step back, then held her ground. “That’s far enough!”

From his new vantage point, he could better make out her features. The sun, no longer directly at her back, caught her at a slightly more favorable angle, casting its harsh light over the side of her face, revealing her to be a young woman with a pleasing countenance framed by wisps of dark, unruly hair tumbling from the confines of an unbleached linen mobcap. But what caught him off guard was the fleeting glint of her eyes—violet in color, set like gems against the tint of summer in her skin.

Those eyes remained fixed on him along the line of the fowling piece.

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Friday FreebitsIt’s Friday once again! Where does the time go? This week’s six paragraph freebit is again from Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter, the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy. I hope you enjoy.

 

 

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“Recommended for all suspenseful historical romance fans.”-–  My Cozie Corner Reviews

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Her confusion and curiosity mounting, Anne turned to peer outside.

All but the palest remnants of daylight remained, casting the landscape into a world of shadows against a purple sky. Just beyond the little iron gate at the end of the lane, apart from the two horses tethered to the rail, a man stood.

A tall man with broad shoulders, his dark great coat billowing around him, hat in hands, he stood still as a sentry in the gusting wind and piercing cold.

Suddenly, the realization crept over her that he studied her with the same fascination with which she observed him. His unseen eyes scrutinized her, and a cold uneasiness prickled over her flesh. She shivered, as if she stood naked before him. But even as she gave in to the impulse to tear herself away, his unseen gaze held her, as if against her will.

The hand on her shoulder startled her. She turned abruptly to find Julia at her side, her face colorless and taut. Through the tears welling in her eyes, a look of determination mingled with a hint of joy, along with a hint of uncertainty. In a spontaneous motion, she embraced Anne and held her close, whispering quickly through the swell of emotion rising in her voice, “Annie, your father’s come. He’s come for you!”

Before Anne could say a word to vent her shock and confusion, her mother turned her by the shoulders to the open door. And she found herself looking up into the stranger’s sad, dark eyes.

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