This isn’t actually a WIP. Yesterday I revealed the new cover for my novella Through the Library Door. Since it is re-edited and re-released, I’m putting it on my online store. For the next few days, it will be discounted in price there.
In this snippet, Nicholas has come home to Waring Manor and found a bit of a kerfuffle. His lowlife of a cousin had kidnapped a girl and he has to unravel the mystery, as well as help her.
“What is your name?”
“Josh says you are from Madam Loden’s. Are you?”
She stared at him oddly before turning her head and catching sight of his cousin. The moment she did, her eyes turned dark with anger “He,” she spat, “wouldn’t listen to me! He— They—” Her voice rose and she began to emit a shrill sound that made him wince.
“Calm, girl,” he said firmly and she stopped. “Where were you when they found you?”
“Over there,” she said nodding toward the bookshelves.
“And how did you get there?”
She opened her mouth and then slowly closed it. “I don’t know,” she finally whispered.
Josh snorted. “She’s just a whore, Nicholas.”
“I am not!” she snapped, turning to glare at him.
Nicholas, while angry, was rather amused by the little slip of a girl. She definitely had fire within her. “Well, I will have Josh take you back to…”
“No,” she moaned. “No. He’ll just hurt me again.”
Frowning, he turned to his cousin. “What did you do to her?”
“Fondled her a bit. Smacked her with your crop. That’s all. Didn’t have the chance to plug that pussy.”
Infuriated that Josh would use such a vulgar term around the young lady, Nicholas was about to admonish him for it when Landria turned into a wild animal. She ripped her hands out of his grasp and began to claw at anything she could get her hands on, which included his face. “Stop!” he hollered as her fingernails gouged into his cheek. As he tried to grab her arms again, she slipped out of his grasp and leapt to her feet, lunging toward the bookcase.
“Grab her!” Josh hollered, headed across the room.
Nicholas had two choices. He could take hold of the girl or he could grab his cousin who, if he got his hands on the girl, would not be nice about it. he chose the latter. To anyone who asked, he would never be able to adequately describe what happened next. It was all too strange. One moment he had his hand on Josh’s coat to restrain him, the next Josh had Landria’s legs in his arms and was yanking backward. As he jerked her back forcefully, she grasped for the books on the shelf. “Please!” she cried. “Please, get me out of here! Please, get me back to my aunt and uncle’s house. Please!” Her hands slipped and as she dropped, Nicholas lunged forward to catch her. She grasped his cravat as she fell.
It ripped and just before she hit the floor, she and the silk vanished.
“Deep within the library there are secrets untold, hidden within the pages of the books it protects. Some say it is old magic, some say it is a curse, but they all say that once a generation, the door will open and the one who enters will live out the story in one of its novels.”
18 yr old Landria expects to spend a dull summer at her aunt and uncle’s house. That is until she stumbles upon a dusty, unused library and finds her way into the pages of an erotic novel. Attacked within moments of entering the story, she is rescued by the hero, Lord Nicholas Waring, who intrigues her more than she wishes. Once she finds herself back home she cannot forget him. When he follows her into her world and they fall in love, will they be forced apart by the words already written or can they rewrite their story?
Check out the other wonderful WIPs this week -who knows, maybe there will be some whips as well 😉