Anissa clasped her trembling hands together as she stammered, “I w-wanted to watch as we l-left the pier, since it will be my last sight of England for a very long time.”
Captain Hawks stared at her, black eyes gleaming. “Who’s that man? I thought you told me you weren’t running away. What are you running away from? Tell me, damn it!”
Anissa turned back to the railing to give herself time to collect her thoughts. She came up with a believable story, she hoped. Even though she hated lying, now was not the time for scruples. To save her son, she would lie, cheat, or even kill, if need be. She did not owe this arrogant captain anything. He was only a means to an end for her.
Pulling on her confidence as a marchioness, she turned to face him with an expression of disdain on her face. “Not that it is any of your concern, I’m not running away from anything. As I already explained, my uncle is dying, and I need to get to Boston. I desperately need to get away for a while. I lost my husband seven months ago. I am hoping a visit with my uncle and seeing my cousins will help to distract me from my grief. And I can help my family care for him in his time of need.”
“If you’re not running away, then why did that man look disgusted when he saw my ship leaving?” he sneered.
Her mind went blank. She needed to come up with something he might believe. “Oh, you mean the man on the pier?”
The captain interrupted. “Of course I mean that man. It’s obvious someone told him you left with me. He followed you to Plymouth, didn’t he?”
Anissa looked at him, her knees shaking to such a degree that he would have surely seen them, had her breeches not been covered by her long cloak. She prayed he would not decide to turn the ship around.
“He is an unwanted suitor. He has been hounding me ever since my husband died. He is one of the reasons I decided to go to America.” Then taking the offensive, she stated, “Besides, it is none of your business why I want to leave, now, is it?”
“It is my damned business if you’re running from something. I don’t need anything turning up later. You know he’ll find out where you’re going, don’t you? My ship is well known, and someone will tell him you’re bound for Baltimore. You don’t have any family in Boston, do you? You don’t know anyone in America. How in hell will you take care of yourself, and your son, for God’s sake?”
By this time, the ship had traveled farther out to sea, and Anissa could barely see the shore. She turned back to face the captain. “I do not want to discuss this further. All you need to know is there will be no repercussions for you.”
“Hell, I shouldn’t have agreed.” Captain Hawks grabbed her by the arms and gave her a slight shake. “I shouldn’t have let those big blue eyes of yours get to me. You’re going to be trouble, trouble I don’t need.”
Anissa pulled away from him. “Do not touch me! I am not your concern. As soon as we land in Baltimore, you will never see me again. Now, I’m quite tired. I shall retire to my cabin. I need to rest before my son wakes up.” Clutching her cloak tightly around her, she marched to the companionway leading down to her cabin and hurried out of sight.
When her son’s life is threatened, Anissa, Marchioness of Overton, seeks refuge by sailing to America. Before the ship reaches the high seas, sparks fly between her and Captain Alex Hawks. Although the young widow may be lonely, and afraid, she cannot risk the diversion a romantic entanglement could bring, no matter how much she wants to lose herself in the captain’s embrace.
The Captain vows to protect the young Lord Overton, but can offer no assurance that the marchioness will leave his ship with her virtue intact. Alex is drawn to Anissa’s beauty and courage, as a hummingbird is to the nectar of a flower. How long can he fight a losing battle before he surrenders and makes her his own?
Will Alex be able to keep this remarkable woman and her child safe? Will his passion for Anissa be enough or will their differences keep them apart?
MEET and GREET
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I definitely do! It’s a career that I am passionate about. There is nothing more exciting than finishing a scene that moves me to tears. I still recall the exhilarating feeling when I received the print copy of my first book in the mail. When I am enmeshed in a new project, I wake up each morning anxious to get back to my keyboard and can write from dawn to dark, even into the night if the words are flowing. Writing is a career that I will be working at until I am no longer in this world.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
There are days when the words just will not come. It happens to all writers at times. What I do when it happens is take a break and read a good book. Some of my best inspiration comes when I am reading!
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Yes. I’ve been quite fortunate that several authors have taken me under their wing and helped me with the craft of writing. Two people come to mind immediately. Carolynn Sue Carey helped me tremendously in the early part of my career. Sue writes historical romance set in the Regency period and her knowledge of the period helped me immensely. KaLyn Cooper is one of my critique partners. She writes romantic suspense and her insight for writing action scenes has been invaluable.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
Presently, I am doing research for the third book in my Honorable Rogue series. Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey is the first book in this series. The second story, Miss Kathleen’s Scandalous Baron is written, and I’m working with a critique partner to get it reading for publication in January 2016.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I certainly do! In fact, I have to be careful that my reading doesn’t interfere with my writing. I usually read one book on my Kindle and listen to another audio book at the same time. I read anywhere from 2 to 5 books a week, based on my writing schedule. Presently, I’m reading The Wetherby Brides series by Jerrica Knight-Catania. I just started book 4. I also recently finished Grey by E.L. James and absolutely loved it!
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This or That?
#1 – iPod or Mp3? iPod
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French Fries
#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks
#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality
#7 – Call or Text? Both
#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee
#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook
Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story invaded her mind and would not leave.
Over the last few years, she has written more than a half dozen historical romances and is presently working on her next. Her new release, Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey, published by Secret Cravings Publishing is the first book in her Honorable Rogue series.
Vikki loves a “Happily Ever After”, and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her books, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels.
While all her books are love stories, she has also written short contemporary sweet romances as Vikki McCombie and erotic romances using the pen name of V.L. Edwards.
For the last decade, Vikki has lived in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, who is the most tolerant man in the world to put up with her when she is in a writing frenzy. When she is not writing or working her day job, you’ll find her curled up in a comfortable chair reading her Kindle, lost in a good book with a cup of tea at her side.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5208041.Vikki_Vaught