Yes it is that time of the week again. time for you to whip out and share your 500 word or less excerpt, (PG-13 please). Post your buy links and beautiful covers. Or, post your Work in Progress! I’ve been writing and revising but I’ll give the opening of my WIP.
Hope had yet to be beaten out of eighteen-year-old Lady Victoria Aldridge. She still believed true love could be found on the dance floors and within the overheated ballrooms of the ton. She dared to dream of her own happily ever after, like the ending of the fairy-tales she read to her sisters when they were younger.
With nervous anticipation, she tugged at the skirts of her pale pink muslin ballgown, as Viscount Fairley escorted her to the floor for their dance. All through the bowing and curtsying, the intricate steps and the sway of the music, Victoria led herself to believe perhaps this man might be the one who could save her. Like the stories of old, she wanted to believe true love conquered all.
At each and every dance throughout the Season, when her partner placed his hand upon her arm she recoiled, shrinking away from him. Tonight she made a special effort, willing herself to accept his hands and the closeness of his body. To relax and enjoy the dance.
Her brave attempt remained a futile dream.
No matter how brief the contact, when the viscount touched her during the dance moves, even through her satin gloves and his, it took all her strength not to flinch, or pull away. She wanted to shriek with frustration.
How was she to meet a man and fall in love, if she couldn’t bear to have him touch her?