Thursday, October 21, 2010

PUMPINNAPPER - Regency Halloween Comedy and CONTEST

Halloween is coming!

Let me tell you a tale of a love triangle: man, woman and goose. Join the fun as Henry the man and Henry the goose spar over heroine Emily's affections while they try to capture the foul (or is it fowl?) pumpkin thieves.

Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh my!

Last night someone tried to steal the widowed Mrs. Emily Metcalfe's pumpkins. She's certain the culprit is her old childhood nemesis and the secret love of her youth, Henry, nicknamed Hank, whom she hasn't seen in ten years.

Henry, Baron Grey, who's never forgotten the girl he loved but couldn't pursue so long ago, decides to catch Emily's would-be thief. Even after she reveals his childhood nickname--the one he would rather forget. And even after her jealous pet goose bites him in an embarrassing place.

Oh, the things a man does for love.

"Emily, even with Henry, formidable as he is--" Hank glared at the goose. The goose glared back "--you need protection. I will send over some footmen to guard the place."

"No. Turnip Cottage belongs to Charlotte's husband. What will the townspeople think, with Lord Grey's servants about my house?"

Her refusal increased his fury. The sight of her hand on that damned goose's head didn't improve his mood, either. He balled his fists as his patience thinned and something else thickened. "I'll find you a guard dog. You must have some protection out here all alone."

"But I have Henry." She patted the goose's head and the bird snuggled into her hand. Again.

Heat flooded Hank, part desire for Emily's touch, and part desire to murder that damned goose, who was where he wanted to be. His insides groaned. "Very well, then, you leave me no choice. I will help you catch the culprits."


He changed his voice to the voice that either melted a woman or earned him a slap in the face. "Who knows, mayhap we would enjoy ourselves as I lie in wait with you." I would love to lie with you.

Her eyes widened. Had she understood the innuendo?

"I cannot stay alone with you, and you know it," she said, her voice severe.

"You are a widow in your own home and no one will see. I will make sure of it."

"No." She marched back into her cottage and slammed the door. Henry smirked and waddled away.

Hank grinned. He would be back, whether she liked it or not.

CONTEST: Chance to win a PDF copy of PUMPKINNAPPER! Just leave your name and email in my address book on my website, I'm starting a newsletter and will use these names for the mailing list. Contest ends October 25.

Thank you all,
Linda Banche
Welcome to My World of Historical Hilarity!


Lindsay Townsend said...

This is a super novel, Linda! Perfect fall/halloween reading.

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, Lindsay.

Savanna Kougar said...

Linda, I just love that excerpt!

BTW, I just read an article about the current Full Moon in Aries. In it there was a reference to ducks as symbols that was beautiful.

Here's that section:

"The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 30* Aries is: A duck pond and its brood. Another watery symbol for the fiery sign of Aries! The 1st degree full Moon last month imaged a woman arising out of the ocean with a seal. Now at the end of the sign, we see a duck pond with little ducklings swimming peacefully. Some new potentials of spiritual understanding (ducklings) are being nurtured in that small pond. That's the best way when it comes to something new and tender don't expose it to the wider world yet until it's grown more substantial. Ducks can travel in three realms: the earth, the waters and the air, so they are symbols of integration of body, mind and spirit. And in China they represent married happiness! So, little ducklings, keep paddling around your pond and grow strong!"

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, Savanna. And I love that excerpt. I always knew there was something special about ducklings!