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Courted by Fall comes out in 2 days on the 20th. I went back and forth on whether to give you a snippet from a pivotal scene where Jerod rescues her or when he spells out his love in a very real way. I guess I'll keep the second for another post. For now, Camille struck out, rebelled, by walking down Fargyle Drive, the one area in Hyacinth that all the girls are commanded not to go near. When she realized why - half way down the street - Jerod found her.
When she spotted his car, a flood of relief hit her and she trotted forward. He opened the passenger door and she jumped in. A few seconds later, he turned the car around and she breathed a huge sigh of relief as they came to the end of the street. The men from before must have gone back into their buildings as they were no longer in sight. “My truck’s over there,” she commented, pointing toward it.
“Uh-huh,” he said, putting his car in park and turning to look at her. The firm expression on his face reminded her of her father and she sunk back into her seat. “Who knows you’re here?”
“I see.” Putting the car back into drive, he turned right rather than left and sped toward town.
“But I need my truck!” If she didn’t get it back to the house, she would be in trouble. Her brother knew she took off, but not where she had gone. If they had to go pick up the truck, the truth would be out.
“I’m sure your father will come pick it up later,” he responded coolly.
“Take me back!” she said, wanting to sound firm and yet knowing she sounded more like a whiny eight year old.
He pulled his car in front of her house and got out. Surprised, she hopped out of the passenger seat, running to catch up as he walked up to the front door. “What are you doing?” she hissed.
His deep gray eyes turned on her and in a surprisingly kind voice, he said, “Making sure you never do that again. Camille, that street is off-limits to most of the girls in this town and I know you’re one of them. I can go down there as I help their youth and so they put up with me. But many of the men down there don’t hold to the same beliefs and values you do. To them, a pretty girl is someone to play with. If you belonged to me, I would paddle you right now until you couldn’t sit down for putting yourself in such danger. But as you don’t, I’m returning you to someone who can.”
As her mouth dropped open in surprise, he pounded on the door. Her father opened it a few minutes later and looked from her to Jerod. “Alex,” Jerod said with a nod. “I just found Camille on Fargyle Drive. I thought you should know.”
Her father’s face fell slightly before it was covered by a calm look and he nodded. “I appreciate you bringing her home, Jerod. Camille, go to my study now.” Stumbling past the two of them, Cami ran back to his study, a bevy of emotions running through her, not the least of which was a combination of anger at Jerod’s high-handedness and relief that he had done what she would not have had the guts to do: tell her father. One less secret, one less lie she had to cover up.
Courted By Fall
Coming Nov 20, 2014
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Camille Covington thought she had it all: the perfect life, the perfect future, and the perfect suitor; until it went downhill just days before her 18th birthday. Now struggling to pick up the pieces, she did everything she could to not let anyone know just how depressed she’d become. She did such a good job that she fooled even herself.
Newcomer to Hyacinth, Jerod Kinsley, offered friendship but used to the more traditional way of Hyacinth life, Camille didn’t know what to do with it. Set on a path of destruction, she quickly found out just how supportive her family and Jerod could be. As he and her family encouraged her on a life she never even imagined existed before, Cami began to find her inner strength. When her and Jerod’s relationship solidified through the Hyacinth Courting system, she found out just how freeing discipline from the man she loved could be.
About the series In Hyacinth:
Hyacinth, Washington is all about traditional values. In Hyacinth; its residents live their lives by discipline; there is a strong male head of house; and words like trust, honor, and kindness aren't just buzzwords. Each story in the series is of a young woman (18-20) and her struggle to figure out who she is in this little town while at the same time going through Hyacinth's old-fashioned courting system. On their way to meet, get to know, and finally marry their princes, these heroines grow in ways they and their town never expected.
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