Today I am so pleased to welcome J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry to Joyfully Jay. The authors have come to share an exclusive excerpt from their release, A Husband for Hartwell. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving J.A. and Lisa a big welcome!
“Joseph?” his father’s voice rumbled as he crept down the passageway toward the stairs. “Is that you, my boy?”
Warry backtracked to the doorway of his father’s library. It was a modest room, and nothing as grand at all as the library at Graythorpe, the family estate in Norfolk. His father, small and round, sat behind his desk and peered at Warry over the top of his spectacles.
“It is you!” he said and rose to his feet. “Where on earth have you been?”
“I was staying with Hartwell,” Warry said, glad of his father’s predilection for keeping the curtains closed, even on sunny days, and working by lamplight. He hoped the comfortable dimness of the room would hide his bruises.
His father rounded the desk and approached him, staring up at him. He only came up to Warry’s shoulder. Becca always said how glad she was that she and Warry had inherited their looks from their mother’s side because their mother was tall and willowy, whereas their father bore an uncanny resemblance to the frogs that Becca liked to shove down fellows’ shirts. It was a terrible thing to say but wholly true, although Warry couldn’t help but think that if they’d both been a little shorter and a lot rounder, then perhaps neither of them would have caught Balfour’s eye. Being frog shaped seemed a small price to pay for that privilege.
Earl Warrington peered up at him. “Are you wearing white paint?”
“I don’t understand fashion,” he said, and hmphed. “Lot of nonsense if you ask me. I expect it’s the done thing, is it? Did Morgan put you up to it? That boy has more frills than Beau Brummell’s cravat collection.” He pushed his spectacles further up his nose. “And look what happened to him!”
“To Morgan?” Warry asked, thinking worriedly of his younger cousin. Morgan was a ludicrously beautiful young man, whose greatest ambition in life was to haunt the tailors’ shops in Jermyn Street and spend his entire fortune on hats. Warry was very fond of him despite all his silliness. “What’s happened to Morgan?”
“No, to Brummell.” Earl Warrington snorted. “Though Morgan did visit earlier and talked my ear off about buttons.” He gave Warry a dark look. “Buttons. I had to foist him on your sisters in order to get any peace at all.”
“Oh,” said Warry faintly.
The Lords of Bucknall, Book 1
He must marry, or risk his fortune.
The whole of London Society has long assumed Lord William Hartwell will marry his childhood best friend, Lady Rebecca Warrington. After two Seasons, Hartwell remains quite content with bachelorhood–his parents do not. When Hartwell learns they intend to cut his purse strings unless he makes a match this Season, he resigns himself to a marriage of convenience with Becca, and yet he can’t help but be drawn to her younger brother, Warry.
He must marry, or risk his sister’s ruin.
The Viscount “Warry” Warrington is used to being viewed as the tagalong little brother. Now a grown man about to enter his second Season, Warry is desperate to be seen. When Lord Balfour, a handsome older peer, takes Warry under his wing, Warry thinks his dream is finally coming true. Until Balfour reveals his true intent–to make public a letter that will destroy Becca’s reputation, unless Warry agrees to marry him.
Time is running out for both of them.
When an injury forces Warry to recover at Hartwell House, the two succumb to a secret flirtation. But Warry’s sudden announcement of his engagement to Balfour drives Hartwell near mad with jealousy–and right into Becca’s arms. With the clock ticking for Warry to save his sister, will Hartwell discover the truth of Warry’s feelings before it’s too late?
A Husband for Hartwell is the first book in the Lords of Bucknall Club series, where the Regency meets m/m romance.
About JA Rock:
J.A. Rock is the author of over twenty LGBTQ romance, suspense, and horror novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A.’s books have received Lambda Literary, INDIEFAB, and EPIC Award nominations, and The Subs Club received the 2016 National Leather Association-International Novel Award. 24/7 was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
Lisa has been published since 2012, and was a LAMBDA finalist for her quirky, awkward coming-of-age romance Adulting 101, and a Rainbow Awards finalist for 2019’s Anhaga.
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She also has a Facebook group where you’ll be kept in the loop with updates on releases, have a chance to win prizes, and probably see lots of lots of pictures of her dog and cats. You can find it here: Lisa Henry’s Hangout.
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