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By Heather Hiestand
The Redcakes, Book 7
Publisher: Lyrical Press (Kensington Books)
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
About the book:
Greggory Redcake's plate is full. Widowed young and left with two small children, the manager of the Kensington location of the illustrious tea shop is besieged on all sides between the bakery and family matters. If only his remarkably efficient shop assistant, Betsy Popham, could manage his home life, too! But Greggory can't linger on thoughts of Betsy's fetching smile when a dead body is discovered in the bakery…
Betsy has no time for romance, not even with the delectable Mr. Redcake, whose kisses are all too unforgettable. Haunted by a specter from her family's past, Betsy is terrified that the man blackmailing her has turned to deadly violence. Yet the only way to save her position--and possibly her life--is to accept Greggory's help as their delicious attraction sweetens into the tantalizing promise of true love…
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT“What are you doing here?” the girl hissed, stepping forward, pressing against Betsy. The two of them could not have entered the doorway at the same time, narrow as it was.Victor leaned out, with a smirk for his sister. His head seemed separate from his body, hovering in the air. His clothes blended into the wall. “I hung around Redcake’s long enough to know today is payday. I want that money for our rent. Mother was paying her doctor instead of the rent, and the landlord is going to toss us out if I don’t catch up. You think I don’t do anything for you, Vi, but I do. You just don’t notice.”“You call stealing doing something for me?” his sister demanded.Victor stepped out of the doorway. “Give me the money, Betsy, and I’ll take my sister and get out of your way.” His hand came away from his body. A knife flashed in the waning sunlight.Betsy only half-listened to his confident words, more concerned with the knife. It was only a little sticker, something that might be used to cut up meat, but it looked sharp.“Why are you stealing from the Pophams?” Violet demanded, as if the knife didn’t bother her. Did Victor often make threats while waving knives?Victor sneered, his pug nose bunching up under his eyes. “You think Ralph is going to give us any more, now that his ladylove is dead? We’ve talked about the possibility often enough, you and I.”“That’s why we need to work,” Violet said. “We’re grown now. You don’t need to steal. Find a job, Victor, just like I did.”“You’re never keeping that job,” Victor said in a voice that made it clear what a silly idea he thought it. “We have grander plans, us two.”“We do not.” Violet stamped her foot. “Get out of here. Leave us alone.”Victor’s mouth screwed up and his eyes narrowed. Betsy tried to push Violet back, but the girl wouldn’t move. With the low stone wall surrounding the small confines of her front garden, she had nowhere else to go but in front of the bow window. And what might happen if her father saw her and came out of the door? Victor might knife her father.Betsy looked around, frantic, as Victor stepped forward, waving his knife. Violet grabbed her arm, and the sudden gesture made Betsy take a step forward instead of trying to get closer to the window. Victor leaned forward just as Betsy jerked into his path. His knife slid along her neck.
Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.
For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.