Have any men expressed… interest? #WIPItUp #romance #traditional #inspirational

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Another snippet from Courted by Fall, Book Two of In Hyacinth. Takes off from where last week's left us. Cami is having a bit of a hard time.


As it was, Cami was thinking she didn’t want to be sucked into staying in Hyacinth. Surely there was a huge world out there she could explore. Xander went away to college and law school and now he and Kathy were probably gone for good. “Mom?” she asked quietly, but Charlotte hadn’t heard her as Majorie Farthing waltzed into the kitchen waving her relatively new wedding ring with the microscopic diamond around.

“That was a lovely send off,” she said with a simpering smile. A newlywed of three months, she had the talent of lording her married state over every unmarried girl in town. Cami was her current target. “So nice to see Alexander married. You must be over-the-moon with happiness. Of course,” she rushed on, not leaving Camille’s mother any room to respond, “now’s Cami’s turn. Have any men expressed… interest?” The pause was slight, but it was there. Damian’s misdeeds came to light right before her wedding and she kind of blamed Cami for it for some reason as though she was behind a plot to destroy Marjorie’s tiny occasion.

Charlotte, a very strong, intelligent woman, did not miss the unspoken meaning and stood up tall, her eyes narrowed. Instantly Marjorie took a step back. Her intent had obviously been to needle Cami; she hadn’t expected to insult Mrs. Alexander Covington, Sr.

“I would think,” Charlotte said in her soft southern lilt, “that you would have nothing bad to say, Marjorie. I’m married to the head of the town council. I know what happened four months ago.”

Marjorie’s eyes practically bugged out of her skull as she turned green. “I didn’t mean anything by—”

“Actually, you did. And I would suggest that you never insult my daughter again, Mrs. Farthing. She has done nothing wrong. As opposed to some people.” There was something about the emphasis her mother put on the last two words that made Cami wonder what the girl had done. She knew better than to ask. Charlotte did not believe in gossip and would never spread any around. And yet, in her position she always seemed to come into the best tidbits. Sometimes Camille wished she could know just a few of them.

Without another word, Marjorie spun around and made a hasty retreat.

“Why don’t you go on up to your room,” Charlotte suggested. “It’s been an overwhelming day. You look like you could use some alone time.”

“Thanks.” Without another word, Camille made her way upstairs to her bedroom and closed the door. After taking off her dress, she slid into bed and closed her eyes. Maybe she could sleep the rest of the day away. The only problem was she couldn’t sleep. She tossed and turned and each time, she was sure she could hear the crinkle of the envelope currently hidden between her mattress and box springs. Her ticket out of this tiny town.


If she had the guts to tell her parents and go. Because that was the one caveat her brother had placed on his willingness to help her pay for college. That she had to tell her parents she was going. At which point, Xan would finance a condo for her near her school and pay for any incidentals and the rest of her tuition. The problem was that while half of her tuition would be paid from financial aid, she had forged her father’s signature on the federal form. Cami had the feeling that would come back to bite her at some point. Not a liar by nature, lately it had seemed to come quite normal for her. Ever since the Damian incident.

The truth was it was easier to lie than to admit she was angry and upset and just wanted to scream. In the past, her elder brother was the first one to notice when she was sliding out of her normal happy-go-lucky attitude. But he had been busy with the last few months of courting Kathy, finding their house in Nashville, and getting everything ready for the two of them. And the less he noticed, the more she found herself concealing. Until she felt buried under a pile of fabrications. If just one was found out, the rest would come down with the force of an avalanche. If she could tell her parents about college without having to talk about financial aid…


Courted By Fall
Coming Nov 20, 2014

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.

Courted by Discipline, Book One is available.

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