Friday, 20 March 2009

Pumpkinnapper Release Date - September 30!

I just received my release date for Pumpkinnapper.

The Wild Rose Press will release Pumpkinnapper, my Regency Halloween comedy on Wednesday, September 30.

Here's the blurb and excerpt. Heat rating is sensual.


Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh my.

Last night someone tried to steal the widowed Mrs. Emily Metcalfe's pumpkins. She's certain the culprit is her old childhood nemesis and the secret love of her youth, Henry, nicknamed Hank, whom she hasn't seen in ten years.

Henry, Baron Grey, who's never forgotten the girl he loved but couldn't pursue so long ago, decides to catch Emily's would-be thief. Even after she reveals his childhood nickname--the one he would rather forget. And even after her jealous pet goose bites him in an embarrassing place.

Oh, the things a man does for love.


"Emily, even with Henry, formidable as he is--" Hank glared at the goose. The goose glared back. "--you need protection. I will send over some footmen to guard the place."

"No.Turnip Cottage belongs to Charlotte's husband. What will the townspeople think, with Lord Grey's servants about my house?"

Her refusal increased his fury. The sight of her hand on that damned goose's head didn't improve his mood, either. He balled his fists as his patience thinned and something else thickened. "I'll find you a guard dog. You must have some protection out here all alone."

"But I have Henry." She patted the goose's head and the bird snuggled into her hand. Again.

Heat flooded Hank, part desire for Emily's touch, and part desire to murder that damned goose, who was where he wanted to be. His insides groaned. "Very well, then, you leave me no choice. I will help you catch the culprits."


He changed his voice to the voice that either melted a woman or earned him a slap in the face. "Who knows, mayhap we would enjoy ourselves as I lie in wait with you." I would love to lie with you.

Her eyes widened. Had she understood the innuendo?

"I cannot stay alone with you, and you know it," she said, her voice severe.

"You are a widow in your own home and no one will see. I will make sure of it."

"No." She marched back into her cottage and slammed the door. Henry smirked and waddled away.

Hank grinned. He would be back, whether she liked it or not.

Thank you all,


Linda Banche

Regency romance--most with humor, some with fantasy, and occasionally a paranormal

Lady of the Stars--A legend spanning time, and the man and woman caught in it--Regency time travel, available from TheWild Rose Press

Pumpkinnapper--Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled, and a jealous goose. Oh my--available September 30, 2009 from The Wild Rose Press


LK Hunsaker said...

Linda, sounds like a fun read! Congrats on the release date. :-)

Lindsay Townsend said...

Congratulations on the release date, Linda! Sounds a hoot! Another for the TBR pile!

Kaye Manro said...

Congrats on your release date, Linda! I'm so glad you now have that! Such a wonderfully funny tale.

Adelle Laudan said...

What fun! I had to chuckle at the title LOL Congrats!

Savanna Kougar said...

Linda, I LOVED your excerpt! A pet goose, too good.

Congrats on your release date.

Linda Banche said...

Thank you all.

Of course, I think my story is funny, too. **grins** I'm grateful they let me keep the title, although the word "pumpkinnapper" is integral to the story.

And I like birds, especially ducks and geese, and they tend to crop up in my stories.