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March 27th, 2014
Mistress of Merrivale in Photos and Words

My Mistress of Merrivale tour continues today.

I’m visiting Christina McKnight where I have a guest blog, Rookie Romance with a spotlight and I Heart Romance with a spotlight and a review. Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate!
I also have an interview with a give away at Risky Regencies

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A maze features in Mistress of Merrivale. It has tall hedges and the puzzle confuses people who attempt to traverse the maze. Here’s a short excerpt about the maze.

“Come, I’ll show you the rest of the garden before we retire to the terrace.” He led her down a gravel path, past several climbing rose bushes, resplendent with white flowers. Bees buzzed industriously, flitting from bloom to bloom. Some of the tension lifted from Jocelyn. It was only natural people were surprised at their marriage. But eight months? Oh, dear. What a pickle.

“The stables are down this path. It’s a three-minute walk.” He gestured in the direction her new neighbors had departed and strolled farther into the gardens. “We grow fruit and vegetables in the walled garden near the kitchen.” Her husband pointed to the right. “See the hedging over there?”

“Yes.”

“That’s a maze my father designed when I was a child. My older brother and I used to enjoy scaring our friends whenever our parents held house parties. We’d don ghostly costumes and jump out at visitors.”

“You didn’t!”

Humor crinkled the corners of his eyes. “I assure you we did. Dartmoor abounds with tales of ghosts and witches, and we shamelessly used the legends to strike trepidation into our guests.”

“Didn’t your parents censure you? Your father?”

“Who do you think gave us the idea?” Pure wickedness curled across her husband’s mouth as he unleashed one of his potent smiles. Her knees weakened under the impact, and she would have staggered if he hadn’t held her arm. “Watch the path. It’s a little uneven in places.”

Heat crept into her cheeks. “Who tends the gardens?” she asked hurriedly, seeking distraction from the surge of awareness streaking through her veins. “My mother will enjoy them.”

“I employ a head gardener and two under-gardeners to keep them in order.” He directed her along another concealed path. The gravel crunched under their feet as they walked beneath an archway formed by trees.

Jocelyn cocked her head at a new sound. “Is that water I hear?”

“Yes, there’s a stream that runs through the bottom of the garden. It flows into a river not far from here.” His good humor faded, his mouth taking on a tight set.

Something else he didn’t wish to discuss. Melburn hadn’t mentioned his cousin was a moody man. “Do you fish?”

“On occasion,” he said.

“Can we walk through the maze?”

“Mrs. Green is most likely waiting on us. We can explore the maze another time. It’s a tricky one and most people get helplessly lost.”

“But not you?”

“No.”

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4 comments to “Mistress of Merrivale in Photos and Words”

  1. Loved the excerpt. So fits with that picture.


  2. Thanks, Mary. Have you explored a maze before?


  3. Very cool excerpt:)

    Okay, this is off topic, but the other night I had a dream that we met, Shelley, and that we are going to write a book together. So strange:) Just had to share that…


  4. Maybe it’s a sign :)
    At least your dream was way better than the dream I had the week about a dog attack. I was trying to fend them off with an empty laundry basket. I woke up suddenly to hear the puppy barking. I’d slept in and she wanted her breakfast!!