All last week, I worked on updating the look and layout of my first two books, Mercy and Cait and the Devil. I didn’t touch a word of the text, just updated the author blurb, excerpts, front matter, and other stuff I didn’t have a clue about when I first published these books at Lulu.com many moons ago.
For Cait and the Devil, this also included a new cover, which was long overdue.
I found this photo while trolling for stock art for another book, and it just screamed Duncan to me. The movement, the blond hair. The man chest. Ahh. Anyway, in honor of this book’s new cover, it’s the Seventeen Sentence Selection for this week. Here goes:
“When Desmond arrives to report my wife missing, relieve him of his duty for the day without prejudice.”
“Yes, sir,” Ian said, barely disguising his puzzlement.
Duncan mounted his horse and wheeled towards the orchard, knowing exactly which tree she’d crawled into. He’d promised her punishment the next time she evaded her guard. So be it. When he reached the tree he dismounted. He approached the leafy apple tree and looked up through the branches to find Caitlyn balancing on a bough near the top.
“Come down,” he said sharply. “If that branch breaks and you fall—”
“It won’t matter, will it? You don’t want me anyway. If you’re lucky I’ll break my neck.”
“Caitlyn, come down right now.”
“No,” she yelled.
He stared up at her in surprise. Her chin jutted out and she pouted down at him. His little mouse was not so mousy after all.
Aww. Yep. She gets a spanking by the end of the scene. I doubt that’s much of a spoiler, lol. Cait and Duncan have a really neat dynamic, and it’s always sweet to watch people fall in love when they really, really don’t want to fall in love.
One of the things I like about featuring a book each Sunday is the opportunity to reminisce about it. Cait and the Devil is admittedly a hard-to-catagorize book. A “mistorical”? Realistic fantasy? Humor? BDSM? Domestic Discipline? While I was writing it I was thinking, What is this? Even *I* don’t know.
The only thing I really know is that it came to me like a dream, and it’s probably the only book of mine that I read without regrets. I’m an eternal fangirl for the glowering earl, the innocent maiden in peril, the high drama, the castle and the waves crashing against the shore. *swoon*