A Meme by Should Be Reading
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
For today’s Teaser Tuesday, I’m doing something a little different, and featuring a brand new author I–almost literally–just met. 🙂 She’s a nice gal, and her debut novel looks interesting. I hope you find it so too.
“I removed the portraits for my daughter. They were her great-grandparents.”
“Your grandparents then?”
“Not precisely.” Jane wondered if he was always so nosey. She tried again without success to pull it from his grasp. He was being rude and she was getting a little irritated. She decided to wrap things up and try her luck at Hancock’s.
“Are you interested in the piece or not, sir?”
He ignored her question. “It would be more valuable were the portraits included. Enamel miniatures are highly valued by collectors. Would you consider selling those as well?”
“I would not,” Jane said firmly.
“May I?” the clerk asked as he tried to raise the necklace over her head.
Jane stepped back and the locket fell from his hands. “I’d rather not.”
“To provide you with an accurate offer I must first weigh the gold and measure the stones,” he pressed. “Please remove it.”
The atmosphere in the shop suddenly took on a strange tension. Jane could see the wheels turning in his head. From the corner of her eye she observed the guard slowly moving closer. The clerk reached out his hand, palm down, in a calming gesture.
“Please forgive me; that was rude. It is a lovely piece and I’m confident my manager will be eager to acquire it. Allow me to summon him. He is experienced enough to determine your locket’s value with a visual assessment alone.” The clerk glanced at the guard and a silent message passed between them. “Please wait here, Miss Gray.”
The clerk walked through a wide hall behind the glass center counter and stopped in front of a well-dressed man she assumed to be the manager. He had been watching her closely from the moment she entered. The men whispered back and forth, furtively glancing at her several times. They seemed agitated. Jane’s anxiety level soared.
She darted a wary glance at the guard. The friendly wink had been replaced with a steely stare. He seemed ready to pounce on her.
The manager went into a side room, reappearing seconds later with a sheet of paper. He showed it to the clerk who nodded gravely. Both men began to walk toward her with studied nonchalance as if trying not to alarm her.
Every instinct told her to make a break for it. She backed away. The guard took another step toward her just as the manager shouted, “Hans, seize that woman!”
At that moment two elderly ladies entered, stepping in front of Hans. He lurched sideways to avoid a collision. Jane feinted left and ducked past the women, then ran out the open door into traffic. She wove between the crush of pedestrians, produce carts, and horse-drawn carriages, then darted down an alley, heavy footsteps pounding close behind her. Too terrified to look back, she ran for her life, tacking between empty crates and garbage to emerge on the other side of the block. Her bonnet came untied and spiraled into the wind.
Shouts of, “Stop! Thief!” followed her block after block. Her heart hammered painfully and her lungs burned as she gasped for air. Not until she was completely certain she was no longer being followed, did she slow to a walk. On the way back to Sugarmann’s she struggled to calm herself, considering and discarding several possible explanations for what had happened.
When pastry chef Jane Gray tries to sell a locket to an upscale Victorian boutique, she becomes the unlikely subject of a massive police hunt and fodder for London’s salacious tabloid press; secrets unravel, lies are exposed, and Jane finds the last thing she expected… love.Jane works tirelessly to provide a good life for her adopted daughter Pip, but her peaceful, predictable existence is shattered when the Duke of Rutledge demands custody of his niece. Charming and handsome, the duke’s younger brother Finn spends his leisure time between the sheets of London’s most beautiful, wanton women. The seasoned rake is perplexed by his growing attraction to demure, virtuous Jane… definitely not his usual type.If she were any other woman, he would simply make her his mistress. Instead, he is forced to consider more honorable means of achieving his desires. While eagerly plotting her submission, he fabricates excuses to spend time with her. It soon becomes evident there’s more to Jane than meets the eye, and Finn longs to possess the passionate, sensual woman hidden beneath her modest facade.When a scandal rag threatens to print false stories about the duke and his “love child,” Finn offers marriage under the guise of protection, but his true motives are less altruistic. Jane’s marriage draws the attention of a madman from her past. When his beloved wife is threatened, Finn enters London’s dangerous underworld in a heart-stopping race to save the woman and child who have become his whole world.