Friday, February 27, 2015

First Fight Friday: When We Dance by Alanna Lucas

Goats solve their differences head-on. They don’t give the silent treatment or yell, they butt heads, and then it’s over.

Cowboy Marvin has learned humans resolve issues differently especially those romantically involved. His curiosity sparked, he has invited authors to stop by on Fridays and share the first fight out of their latest book.


Alanna Lucas 

           is here for ...

First Fight Friday 

with a scene from 

When We Dance

Miss Artemisia Germayne finds herself in the uncomfortable predicament of abandonment on her wedding day, embarrassed and humiliated.

Nigel Rochefort has always taken his good fortune for granted, so when the woman for whom he has a secret tendre is about to marry his friend, the only logical thing to do is break up the wedding. 

But that scandal is only the start.


“My dear, I do not believe Mr. Chartwick intends to make an appearance today.”

All words were lost to the sea of emotions that boiled within and hot tears threatened to spill. Her hopes were shattered. What was she to do? How would she endure the gossip?

“I will make an announcement.” Her father placed his hand in the small of her back, guiding her toward the exterior double doors. Placing a soft kiss on her forehead, her father whispered, “Go on home with your mother.”

Artemisia watched her father enter the chapel filled with guests. His head held high in the face of yet another scandal. All heads turned his way in anticipation of an explanation. When her father passed the second to last pew, a confident blond head turned round, his eyes met her eyes. The self-righteousness in his stare inflamed her agony. Nigel shrugged one elegantly clad shoulder and gave her a lopsided scornful sneer of a smile that said I told you so.

In that moment, all of her excellent manners deserted her.

Instead of leaving the chapel, instead of finding comfort in the bosom of her family, instead of remaining calm, Artemisia sealed her fate as a hot-tempered spinster. Walking with determination, she entered the chapel and approached Nigel. He did not stand, nor speak a word, just continued to smirk at her.

The muscles in her hand tightened into a fist with an ache that screamed for release. She stared down at his perfect square jaw, focusing on her target. Ignoring common sense, she swung her arm with all her might.

When her fist hit his firm jaw, she stifled a cry of pain. Pursing her lips, she sucked in a deep breath, blinked away the tears and stormed out of the chapel, grabbing her bouquet of pink roses from her shocked mother. Instead of leaving to the sound of cheerful bells tolling, gasps and laughter were her wedding march.

Copyright © Alanna Lucas


When We Dance by Alanna Lucas

Miss Artemisia Germayne is used to gossip. She is far from the ton’s version of an ideal beauty. Worse still, she cannot dance. 

But when she finds herself in the uncomfortable predicament of abandonment on her wedding day, embarrassed and humiliated she retreats to the country.

Nigel Rochefort, second son of the Earl of Monfort, has always taken his good fortune for granted, so when the woman for whom he has a secret tendre is about to marry his friend, the only 
logical thing to do is break up the wedding. 

But that scandal is only the start. 

The bride’s sister has also disappeared, and Nigel must first clear his name to assure Artemisia’s affections. As he gives chase, many truths are yet to be learned. This is no simple country dance or game of seduction but an unstoppable waltz of desire—and true love.

When We Dance 
is available on 
Amazon ~ Nook ~ Boroughs    

Alanna's bio:

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California. From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel destination Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

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Thanks for sharing Alanna!

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