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Jessamine Goodfellow has spent six Seasons avoiding the parson’s trap, and spinsterhood is finally within her grasp. A brilliant scholar, she longs for adventure and new experiences, things her family frowns upon. Presented with the opportunity to use her puzzle-solving talent on a secret mission for the Foreign Office, Jess eagerly accepts. Even when it means posing as the wife of a scorchingly attractive Scotsman who she must also covertly investigate as a possible double agent.
Lord Dougal MacNair, the new Viscount Fallin, has always completed his assignments for the Foreign Office alone. Now he’s saddled with an overly enthusiastic amateur partner. She possesses a remarkable intellect, but something about her isn’t quite right, and after two failed missions, Dougal is certain someone is working against him. Battling their secret suspicions, Dougal and Jess dive deep into their cover as a married couple, which arouses temptations they find irresistible. Danger is all around them, but it’s their hearts that may be the most imperiled.
“Have you ever given up on a cryptogram?”
“And I imagine some of them weren’t easy.”
She exhaled. “No, they were not.”
“I assumed as much. I know you, Jess, and you’re tenacious.”
“We haven’t even known each other a fortnight,” she scoffed. “Not officially anyway.”
“What does that mean, ‘officially’?”
She took a generous drink of brandy. “We have met before. Four years ago. I remember it distinctly.”
“Four years ago?” Damn, now he felt terrible. “How can you be sure?”
She gave him a haughty look of certainty that quite frankly pricked his desire. “Because I am. You asked me to dance at the Edgemont Ball.”
He’d danced with her. Four years ago. And never again. Worse, he didn’t remember it. He was an absolute cad. “I should have remembered you. I can’t imagine why I didn’t.” he said softly.
Sentiment, which he preferred to indulge in small, manageable doses, threatened to send him to her chair, to take her hand and beg her forgiveness. A husband would do that. A lover. He was neither and since they were alone, there was no reason to continue the pretense. Only, he was fairly certain he was no longer pretending.
Do you have any tattoos? Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?
Yes. When I was 19, I got my sorority letters on the inside of my lower ankle. 30 years later I was on a writing trip with one of my besties, J Kenner, and I changed that sorority tattoo into books (the letters are still there on one of the spines. Unfortunately, the tattoo artist was a bit tentative and some of the ink flaked off within about 30 days! So I had it redone (did I mention this is a very painful place for a tattoo?) on my anniversary while my husband got his old fraternity tattoo (which had become illegible) changed into a cool tree with a firedancer (Dave Matthews Band symbol) trunk and lyrics from his favorite DMB song, The Dreaming Tree. For my 50th birthday, I wanted to get some shamrocks to cover up some mole removal scars on my back, but the world shut down that week so we postponed for several months. I didn’t completely love the finished product (the guy who had redone my books, which I love, did it and I realize now that I just would have preferred a different type of artist) so I found a new artist who augmented it and added lyrics from my favorite Dave Matthews Band song. Finally, I have a third, very small one on my inner bicep. I got this with my daughter last summer – we have matching heart-shaped bunnies because I call her my Bunny and she calls me her Rabbit. At her suggestion, mine is green because that’s my favorite color with a purple eye because that’s her favorite color. Hers is the opposite. It is by far my favorite tattoo.
Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
Somewhat. I have to go out more (take kid to school, appointments, etc.), which I did not miss, to be honest. Still wearing a mask! (I’m writing this at Starbucks, lol.)
How long have you been writing?
All my life really, but I didn’t start writing for publication until about 2005.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Find a group of other aspiring writers with whom you can swap pages to critique and take the journey with together. I am still very close with one of the very first aspiring writers I met (Erica Ridley!) and there’s nothing like having confidantes who get it. I also recommend reading books about the craft of writing and editing.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
The hero, Dougal has just inherited the title of viscount after the sudden death of his beloved brother. He hasn’t ever prepared to be the earl and to make matters worse, his father has a heart condition and may only live another year or two. Dougal has to replan his future and must accept he will no longer be a spy for the Foreign Office. Poor Dougal!
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Click here to Join her Reader Club.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, artist daughter, and imaginative son who will almost certainly out-write her one day (that may be tomorrow).
They’re a crazy cat family with two Bengal cats, a small, fame-seeking cat named after a fruit, an older rescue Maine Coon with attitude to spare, and a collection of neighbor cats who hang out on the deck and occasionally venture inside. You can find Darcy at a winery, in her comfy writing chair, or binge-watching TV with the family.
Her happy places are Disneyland, Labor Day weekend at the Gorge, Denmark, and anywhere in the UK—so long as her family is there too.
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