Hi, everyone. Today’s sample is from my multi-award winning historical paranormal, Bayou Fire. At the end, you’ll find a link to obtain a free eBook edition. The promotion ends today, so don’t wait!
The first time Evangeline DuPre laid eyes on Alcide Devereaux, she was eight years old. Her parents always insisted that she come down from the nursery with her governess, Monette Dumonde, to say her goodnights to guests at their balls. So, with her red hair curled in ringlets and wearing a pink dress covered in fashionable slashes and puffs, she would do her duty.
Alcide was eighteen years old and at the cotillion out of a duty of his own. As the third son, he was destined for the Church … unless he could get away, which he planned to do that very night. Still, all three Devereaux boys were expected to show up at the marriage mart balls.
Unbeknownst to their mother Jeannette, Alcide’s older brothers, Antoine and Alexandre, also visited the Blue Ribbon quadroon balls. Antoine was already negotiating a plaçage for a pretty young woman, Natalie. Their father Edouard, of course, had his own placée, Heloise … who had so far been barren.
Alcide found the whole thing a little distasteful, but recognized the necessity. He was more than a little amused at how the eight-year-old daughter of the house was already being trotted out to show her hostess manners.
“Good night, monsieur,” the little girl said, looking up at him. Alcide was well over six feet tall, literally head and shoulders above most of the men present.
“What is your name, petite,” he asked.
“I am called Evangeline, And you?”
“I am called Alcide. Good night, Mademoiselle Evangeline.” He bowed, his dark eyes twinkling as he tried not to laugh at the whole display.
After Monette escorted Evangeline back to the nursery and supervised her prayers, she was taken aback when the little girl announced that, when she was grown, she wanted to marry Alcide Devereaux.
Monette thought for a moment about how to respond.
“He’s a grown-up man already, and you are a little girl yet. Many things can happen between now and the time you debut. I don’t think we need to worry tonight about who you will marry.”
She tucked the girl in and took the lamp to her own room. Evangeline was definitely too young to hear about how Alcide would soon enough be a priest. And what a wicked waste that was, too; a boy that handsome had no business going for the Church.
Back cover copy:
Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of BAYOU FIRE?
Award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart presents her first full-length historical paranormal tale, set against the backdrops of modern-day and 1830s New Orleans.
Bayou Fire has received the InD’Tale Magazine Crowned Heart, the AuthorsDB Silver Medal for Cover Design, and the Chill With a Book Readers’ Award.
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