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No Place For a Lady
by Connie Crow

Lady Janette Dupree wants to go home; she wants to help her brother re-establish their family in Paris after Napoleon's defeat. But a bullet through their town house window, made it clear she's not safe yet. Wounded, she must accede to her brother's wishes and return to England; a noble exile—again.

American diplomat, Andrew Delong must secure vital trade treaties with England if the shaky new America is to survive as a nation. His patriotic heart beats strong; but he is completely distracted when he meets the charming French noblewoman taking up residence with his aunt and uncle, the Duke of Guilworth. They must find a way to balance personal happiness against duty to allow them to find the happiness they both deserve.

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Connie Crow
Connie Crow has always been a writer. Her first essay was published when she was in grade school -- an essay protesting the demolition of a historic building, from the building’s point of view. She has been a pioneer in the e-book arena, signing her first e-contract in 1995. She has had four novels published in both e-book and print format with a fifth due out in October of 2008.

She continues to work to introduce authors as well as readers to the “Brave New World” of e-publishing. Connie was one of the charter members of EPIC (the Electronically Published Internet Connection), a group of e-published authors who have organized to promote and encourage the new publishing medium on the Internet.

Connie lives in Bellevue, NE, with a three-year old Brittany and an indulgent husband of 44 years. He brings her cocoa, gives her a kiss on the cheek and goes away quietly, to let her spin her stories.


Reviews

"No Place For A Lady is a unique historical romance. Very few novels deal with the fate of exiled French aristocrats. Drew and Janette are a natural pairing in the insular English society. Both are outsiders. Both are from countries not well loved by the English. I can understand the attraction. My only disappointment was with the ending. This is clearly the first book in a series and it was challenging to be happy for Drew and Janette with the rest of the plot so unresolved." Reviewed by Kimber of Fallen Angel Reviews, 3 ANGELS


Excerpt

Janette struggled to maintain an attentive posture. Cousin Beatrice was correct. The weeks since her "coming out dance" at the Pavilion had been filled with visitors. Several Viscounts and even the occasional Marquis had come calling, vying for her affections. Meadow View's rose garden paths were becoming quite worn from all the strolling she'd done with the various hopefuls, but not one had captured her heart.

She really should be more cooperative. Lord Worthingham was doing his best to hold her attention and "do the pretty", as her Grace had described the behavior of saying things that were supposed to flatter and impress her. What a shame it wasn't working. She'd evidently missed something important, from the expectant look on his face. "Forgive me, Lord Worthingham, I must have been wool gathering. You were saying?"

"I was saying, my dear, that the roses nearly match the lovely gown you're wearing today. The Guilworth rose garden is a perfect setting for you."

She smiled and tried to flutter her fan as her cousin had suggested. Lud, what a trial. This was just nonsense. If he were impressed by this behavior, she'd not be able to stand him. "Thank you, Lord Worthingham. Don't you think..."

The sentence remained unfinished when a sharp crack echoed over her shoulder and the head disappeared from the cherub adorning the fountain next to her. Janette's scream echoed throughout the garden and she dropped like a stone to the ground. Lord Worthingham dove over the bench and into the clump of rosebushes behind, seeking protection from the sudden attack.

Drew's voice echoed from inside the house. "Toddy! Stop him."

In an instant, strong arms scooped her up. Drew's whisper buzzed in her ear. "Are you all right?"

She nodded, unable to answer. His arms tightened around her. "Don't be afraid, I have you."

She slid her arms around his neck and he whisked her inside, leaving Worthingham sitting amid the bushes. She could feel his heart pounding in time with hers. Keeping her head tight to his chest, she wished she could stay right there forever. Her voice came as a whisper, "Someone is really shooting at me, aren't they?"

"It does seem so. But don't worry. I won't let it happen again."

She raised her head to meet his concerned gaze. "Thank you for rescuing me. I can't imagine who would want to hurt me. Did Toddy catch the blackguard?"

"We'll have to see. I'm keeping you right here, until he returns."

Janette suppressed a smile. It felt so right to be in his arms--to be within the circle of his protection. She'd never felt like this before, never in her whole life. No one had ever made her feel so safe, so secure, even though she'd evidently been shot at--again. She realized his breathing had slowed and he was just standing there, holding her, his cheek against her hair.

Waiting...

This was a bit unseemly, even under the circumstances. He seemed in no hurry at all to release his grasp. She trembled with pleasure at the press of his strong fingertips against her ribs. Reluctantly, she broke the stillness of the moment. "I believe I am all right, Drew. You may put me down now."

He raised his head to look deep into her eyes. "Are you sure?"