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Friday, February 15, 2013

Sneak Peek at Lorraine Nelson's Riverboat Queen


What trouble does Aurora from Riverboat Queen get into?

“What the hell?”

The man’s words woke Aurora with a start and she screamed.

His hand covered her mouth. “Stop that or you’ll have my man rushing in here.”

She quieted, recognizing the voice as that of the Captain from overhearing his conversation earlier. He rose and she heard the rustle of fabric followed by the flick of a candle match. When he turned back to the bed, she cowered in the middle, fearing what he might do. In the flickering light, she saw the fire of determination in his eyes.

“My stowaway, I presume.”

She let out a ragged breath. “Yes, but I have money to pay my passage if you’ll allow me to stay.”

“Well, I can’t just throw you overboard. Those men accused you of murder. I should turn you in.”
She straightened and stood before him, held herself regally proud—spine stiff, shoulders back, hands on hips. “I didn’t kill anyone. I flatly refused to be his mistress and hit him upside the head with a cast-iron skillet. The drunken fool fell down the staircase and broke his neck.”

“Then why did you run?” he asked.

“I was an indentured servant in the household up until one year past. I stayed on to care for the family’s matriarch, but she died and they wouldn’t release me. When he fell, I saw my chance to leave and I took it. Could you please put some clothes on?”


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Lorraine Nelson is a multi-published author who lives in rural New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada. Always a bookworm, she’s read many novels of romance and mystery over the years, finally deciding to put her pen to work at writing one.

“To write romance and romantic suspense is my dream come true, although my mom says I was born with an avid imagination and pencil in hand, crafting stories from an early age. Now my children have grown and have lives of their own, I have time to indulge my passion for writing.”

Lorraine lives alone with an independent yet affectionate tomcat, enjoys spending time with her three sons and five grandchildren, with a sixth due in December. When not at the computer, you can find her spending time with family, gardening, baking and, of course, reading.

Lorraine’s books are listed on her website. You’ll find blurbs, exce

2 comments:

  1. This was a fun book to write. I could just imagine myself in that type of predicament if I'd lived during those times. :)

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  2. Really cool excerpt...sounds like it will be a fun read:)

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