August 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.
Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.
Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.
Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?
Chapter One, Part Seven
Memories flitted through her mind of the daring rescue Tristan and Captain Kensington and one of Elizabeth’s reformed servants had orchestrated when Richard had been held captive during the peer trial last year. She’d prayed for Tristan when she’d heard he had been shot freeing his brother. To her regret, she’d been too far away at the time to offer assistance for his care.
Tristan shrugged as a sardonic smile played on his mouth. “Taking a bullet for my brother doesn’t mean I like him.”
She almost laughed. “I see.”
He cleared his throat. “I think all you need is to meet a new crop of eligible bachelors. Surely you’ll find one who can steal your heart.”
Leticia had no desire for anyone to steal her heart. She’d rather willingly give her heart to someone who loved her. She shook her head. “I’m going to dedicate my life to helping the poor. Elizabeth and I are planning to open a charity school for girls. Won’t that be wonderful?”
He narrowed his gaze at her. “Is that what you want?”
“Of course. There are a lot of fine minds out there that don’t have the advantages of education. Reading and mathematics is crucial to any skilled profession. An education will help them better themselves.”
“I mean, is educating other people’s children what you want? Do you aspire to be an old maid?”
She flinched. No, of course she did not, but what choice did she have? She would never love another as she’d loved Richard. She couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t love him. That didn’t matter anymore. “I want to make a difference…”
“Getting married and having children won’t make a difference?”
She huffed in exasperation. “I told you, I have no prospects. I’m not likely to find one, nor do I want to try. They would all be compared to the ideal and fall short. And I will never, ever, open up my heart to that kind of pain again.”
by Donna Hatch
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.
Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?
Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
August 13th: Launch
Teatime and Books
It’s All About the Romance
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Nicole’s Book Musings
I Am A Reader
underneath the covers
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Hearts & Scribbles
Singing Librarian Books
Getting Your Read On
Reading Is My SuperPower
August 25th: Grand Finale
1 winner will receive an ebook of Courting the Countess