Friday, 7 August 2015

Excerpt: Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek + Giveaway

Today I'm bringing another promising (and exciting) historical romance novel that just got published to your attention: take a look at Lady Emily's Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek, which is the second book in her exciting Victorian Adventures series

Read on to see an excerpt of Lady Emily's Exotic Journey, and if you haven't discovered this series yet, then you are in luck: 5 lucky readers will win a paperback copy of Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventures, the first book in the series! :-)

To celebrate her new release, Lillian shared a fact about the Victorian era she discovered during her research:

Before electricity or even gas lighting, the average bedroom in a country house required fourteen candles, plus mirrors to reflect the light. The staff of Kileen, a woefully understaffed house in Ireland, had twelve servants, two of whom were light boys who spent their entire time tending to lamps and candles.

Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek

Book #2 in the Victorian Adventures series

From sensible, sheltered girl

Safe in the embrace of her loving family, Lady Emily Tremaine longs to feel more intensely alive. Surely the magic and mystery of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh will bring about the transformation she seeks.

To the woman his heart desires

Scarred by his past and estranged from his noble grandfather, French adventurer Lucien Chambertin desires neither a home nor the chains of emotional attachment. He seeks only to explore the far reaches of the world. But he did not know the world contained the likes of Lady Emily—whose curiosity and sense of wonder match his own.


Emily had left the tent, and Lucien began to turn to her to share his thoughts on the scene when he saw a puff of smoke and a glint of metal by one of the boulders on the cliff. At that moment a bullet ploughed into the deck beside him, and he heard the shot.

He flew across the feet separating them to knock Emily to the ground, covering her with his body. “Keep down,” he ordered when she tried to raise her head. More bullets fell about them, most splashing into the river. He had his pistol in his hand, but he could not see a target on the cliff. The Turkish troopers on the next raft were firing away but not to any useful purpose that he could see.

Meanwhile, the oarsmen on their raft, who had first dropped their oars in a panic, were now working madly to keep them from being dashed against the rocks as the current swept them around a curve. The skipper joined them, shouting encouragement, until a bend in the river had them out of sight of their attackers. As the wild rocking of their craft ceased and they resumed their placid drift, Lucien became aware of his more immediate surroundings.

To be precise, he became aware of Emily lying beneath him. A warm, soft Emily lying beneath him, a situation his own body found most agreeable. Her breasts were pressed against his chest, and he was positioned between her thighs. She was so soft, such a perfect match for him. She did not appear to be distressed by their position, for she was making no effort to extricate herself. Did she understand what their position was? Could she tell just how agreeable his body found this position? Because his body was reacting most strongly to this juxtaposition.

She was looking up at him with an expression of dazed surprise. He wondered if he was looking at her with the same expression. Her hands were sitting on his shoulders, not pushing him away but not drawing him down. Just touching him. Her lips were parted ever so slightly. In surprise? In invitation? He was close enough to feel the damp warmth of her breath. He was overcome with longing and began to lower his mouth to hers.

Lillian Marek was born and raised in New York City. At one time or another she has had most of the interesting but underpaid jobs available to English majors. After a few too many years in journalism, she decided she prefers fiction, where the good guys win and the bad guys get what they deserve.

Connect with Lillian at her website - Facebook - Goodreads


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