For a change of pace, this week I’m giving you the opening to my second regency WIP so please excuse any errors or mistakes. This one is tentatively called Maid To Be a Lady. This story features several characters from my contracted Christmas story, A Christmas Surprise.
So sit back and enjoy this opening-
Debbi carefully set the folded day gown in a pale blue sprigged muslin into the brown trunk. On top she gently placed the chemise and stockings that went with the morning dress. She’d done the same with each of the outfits, pairing the correct undergarments with the outfit.
Next she retrieved the pale pink satin gown from her dressing table chair, held it up in front of herself while gazing at the vision in the mirror. Lost in the daydream of dancing with a handsome gentleman she never heard the door to her room set in the top floor open, until it was almost too late.
“Ah good, I see you’re just about finished with the packing. Is there anything I can do to help,” Mrs. Linna, the duke and duchess’s housekeeper asked as she stepped into the tiny room.
“No but thank you for the offer. I’ve only got a few more things to put in, then I’ll be ready,” Debbi responded, a touch of nervousness in her words which she noticed and dipped her head in embarrassment.
“I understand you’ve settled on a surname?” the housekeeper said, almost in a passing tone.
“Yes. It was actually her grace who came up with Overstreet.”
“In that case Miss. Overstreet I present you with this missive to give to the housekeeper of the Earl of Whitchurch,” Mrs. Linna passed a folder piece of foolscap to the harried Debbi. “Mrs. Unster is an old friend. In short, if you have any difficulties with either the other guests or staff I’m directing you to tell her and she will resolve the problem.”
“You’re to kind.”
“It’s the least I can do for one of my charges. Now,” Mrs. Linna stepped forward and took the dress from Debbi, “You need to get into your traveling dress then go see her grace. Those aren’t my orders but hers.”
Former Army Sergeant Sandi Charleston, diagnosed with PTSD and homeless barely survives day to day. By a miracle of fate she meets Taz, a uniquely special collie, who helps turn her life around.
Only through him does she find the courage to go head to head with her worst enemy-terrorist bent on mass destruction.
Bound by a special love to help and protect each other, side by side these two unlikely partners willingly march forward into battle. A fight to the death neither is sure can be won but fighting as one they will try to.
Kidnapped and forced to reveal what she knows Sandi realizes there is only one individual who can save her from certain death. It’s not the government but her new best buddy.
Together they defeat the enemy proving once again that battle buddies come in all shapes and breeds.
Rescued, Sandi finally realizes that there is a new and better life for her as long as Taz is part of it.
Don’t forget to stop back on Tuesday for a scene based on a word prompt. This week it’s knife.
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YOu are such a versatile writer and embrace the tone of your characters and time perfectly.
Thank you Sherry
Such a vivid sample! I can quite see the whole scene before me. And there’s enough of a mystery here to make me want to read more. 🙂 Nice job!
It is interesting to step out of my comfort zone and try a different genre.
You’ve definitely made me curious. Why did she have to come up with a surname? What does Mrs. Linna mean by “one of my charges?” I’m looking forward to more of this story.
You’ll just have to wait until the book is released next year or next week if I give more of this chapter
Yes I am curious also, In this short sample you mention sufficient details to made me want to know more
And it only gets more interesting deeper into the chapter
Nice. I’m curious too. I don’t think she’s a servant, if she’s got a trunk and undergarments to go with each dress. On the other hand, if she’s not a servant, her room wouldn’t be at the top floor. Puzzling…
Patricia, that’s why you’ll have to read A Christmas Surprise when it releases. Then you’ll understand this opening.
I’m intrigued with the contradictions, too. Interesting!
I love the setup and the descriptions of the clothes, and am also wondering why she’s using an invented surname.
I’m very curious…I am wondering about why the mystery; it sounds so intriguing. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
Nice sample! I’m curious to know more