How can you sleep? #WipItUp #inspirational #romance #sweet #InHyacinth

Hey,  WiPItUp Wednesday.

Over the next few weeks, I'm probably going to give you snippets from several upcoming stories, all 'in the works'. This week, I'm giving you a snippet from the next In Hyacinth book.

I hope you're enjoying In Hyacinth. The original six books contracted are complete, but some Hyacinth stories keep bopping around. This snippet is from book 7 - Courted by Time. If you read Courted by a Knight, you are familiar with DeLynn, one of Deeka's best friends. This is her story and it is almost twice as long as any other In Hyacinth book. This excerpt is from the very beginning of the story.

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“Lynnie,” Blaine hissed.

Lifting up one eyelid, DeLynn slowly focused in on her brother who was peeking through her door. “What?” she mumbled. As it was still dark out, she knew it had to be the middle of the night. What was Blaine doing?

Tip-toeing into her room, which later on she would think was ludicrous as he was almost six feet tall, he sat down next to her on her bed. “How can you sleep?” he whispered.

Blinking her eyes and pushing herself up onto her forearms, she stared at his blurry form. “Because it’s nighttime?”

“But there’s a man in the house.”

Snickering, she let herself flump back onto her pillow. “It’s just Barrett, Mom’s new husband. Of course he’s gonna be in the house. It isn’t like he would stay at his old home which is now Deeka and Curtis’s home.”

Flumping onto the bed next to her, he shook his head. “It’s weird. I mean, I like Mr. Williams. He’s a nice guy. And Charity has totally changed since he came into our lives. But still.” She had to agree with him. Their youngest sibling had been a terror until Deeka’s father became involved with their mother and married her.

Reaching around, DeLynn found his hand and squeezed. “I miss Dad, too, but it’s been eight years, Blaine. Mom deserved to find happiness. So did Barrett.”

“I don’t regret them getting married,” he said in a rush as if afraid she would think so. “It’s just…I don’t feel comfortable going into Mom’s room now.”

Giggling, DeLynn pushed her face into her pillow to muffle the sound.

Courted by Time

Book Seven of In Hyacinth

Release date: Unknown 

With her courting year over and no men on the horizon, DeLynn Straynar decides to do something different with her life and signs up to attend college in Longdale an hour away. Her first day there, she runs into Zachary Styles, the school’s single chaplain and feels attracted, but quickly tries to convince herself she feels nothing for him. Until they meet again and again. With school taking up so much of her attention, she tries to focus just on it, but ignoring the gorgeous brown-eyed man is difficult and she’s not sure she wants to.

Zachary is twenty-five and working toward his doctorate in divinity. While aware of Hyacinth, he never imagined he would physically discipline anyone, until falling for DeLynn. She thinks getting courted will be the hardest part, but their courting year turns out to be fraught with trouble. From her best friend running away from home, to trying to figure out who she is in an environment so unlike the one she grew up in, the entire year is filled with stress. She keeps hoping that in time, everything will work itself out.

Unfortunately, time can only fix so much and as her anxiety goes through the roof and she finds herself in a manic mode she cannot stop, it doesn’t take long before she realizes that while sometimes she needs to figure things out on her own, there are also times she needs to hand the reins over to someone else.

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.
Courted by Fall, Book Two is available.
Courted by Trouble, Book Three is available.
Courted by Understanding, Book Four is available.
Courted by Experience, Book Five is available
Courted by a Knight, Book Six is available

Print Editions:
Volume 1 (includes books 1 & 2) is available.

Courted by Discipline, Book One is available.
Courted by Fall, Book Two is available
Courted by Trouble, Book Three is available

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