Inside the Book:
Title: Deception in Emeralds
Author: Laura Landon
Publisher: Kindle Press
Genre: Historical Thriller
BARNABY LINSCOTT, under orders from the Crown, must apprehend or kill one of England’s most elusive villains. The means to accomplish his mission are anything but clear, but his mind is resolved. The man has already murdered three government agents, and Barnaby vows he will not be the fourth, though he has little to lose. That is, until he meets the partner assigned to carry out his deadly mission.
LADY MILLICENT CHANDLER has lost everything. Her beautiful Cliffside Manor has been burned, her parents, her brother Thomas, and her sister Polly all murdered. When her trusted servants bring her their suspicions that her handsome neighbor is directly involved, she knows exactly what she’ll do. She will accept his proposal of marriage. And take her revenge.
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Barnaby led Millicent toward a grove of trees. When they were deep enough in the copse that they couldn’t be seen, he pulled her into his arms and brought her close to him.
“I will move heaven and earth to see that doesn’t happen.”
His words were laced with husky emotion that wrapped his simple statement in unquestionable promise. He tightened his arms around her and lowered his head.
Their lips touched, and he kissed her with the desperation he’d felt since they’d begun their walk.
She matched his kisses and wrapped her arms around his neck to hold him close to her.
Barnaby skimmed her lips with his tongue, and she opened to allow him entry. The emotions that surged through him were almost his undoing. He wanted her. Her warning not to care for her affected him like the breeze that washed over them. No words could stop the feelings that had already taken root. Her prediction might be true. It was possible that one of them wouldn’t survive this mission, but that person wouldn’t be her. He couldn’t let her leave her brother and sister. They needed her as much as she needed them.
He deepened his kiss, and she met his entreaty without hesitation.
He wouldn’t allow anything to happen to her. He couldn’t. He couldn’t live the remainder of his life without her. That thought was unbearable.
He kissed her once more, then lifted his mouth from hers. But he didn’t release her. He couldn’t bring himself to be separated from her.
“Oh, Barnaby,” she gasped. “How did this happen? Why did you allow it?”
He smiled and ran his hands over her shoulders and her back. She pressed her cheek to his chest, and he knew she could hear his racing heart thunder in her ear.
“You said you needed to leave. Where are you going?”
“To your home. To Cliffside Manor.”
She pulled away from him and lifted her gaze. The look in her eyes was filled with confusion. “Why?”
“Since the night I was attacked, Radburn’s men have been watching me. They’re watching the area above the cliffs. I’ll never be able to enter through the door over your sister’s grave. Which means I have to find another way. From the caves at the bottom of the cliffs.”
She thought for a moment, then nodded. “That makes sense. When are you going?”
“Tomorrow. I can’t afford to wait. We’re running out of time.”
“I don’t know, Barnaby. It’s dangerous. The rocks, the tide, they—”
He pulled her to him and stopped her with a kiss.
When at last he could force himself to let her go, he smiled.
“I know, love, I’ll be careful.”
She turned and looped her arm through his. He knew she wasn’t satisfied with his answer. But her trust meant the world to him.
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Meet the Author:
Laura Landon enjoyed ten years as a high school teacher and nine years making sundaes and malts in her very own ice cream shop, but once she penned her first novel, she closed up shop to spend every free minute writing. Now she enjoys creating her very own heroes and heroines, and making sure they find their happily ever after.
A vital member of her rural community, Laura directed the town’s Quasquicentennial, organized funding for an exercise center for the town, and serves on the hospital board.
Laura lives in the Midwest, surrounded by her family and friends. She has written nearly two dozen Victorian historicals, thirteen of which have been published by Prairie Muse Publishing and are selling worldwide in English, one in Japanese, and several in German. Two are Scottish historicals.
In October 2012, Laura experienced an amazing day when Amazon’s Montlake Romance published not one but three of her newest novels. Two of these have been optioned for publication in Russia and Turkey. Several are also available in German. By 2015 Montlake had published six of Laura’s Victorian historicals.
Always beautifully set and with a mysterious twist or bit of suspense, Laura’s books average over a million and a half pages a month read by her loyal readers.
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