Friday, January 17, 2014

The Blacksmith's Son Blog Tour

The Blacksmith’s Son
Rebecca Thomas
Entangled Flirt
ISBN: 9781622663798
Book Description:
Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his naval commission ends to find a groom being beaten in the village stables. He refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad's mistreatment and intervenes, taking the lad to his room. Only to discover the boy...is a woman.
After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl committing murder, she fears for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a blacksmith’s male apprentice. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Captain Drake lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may draw the killer back on her trail.

Excerpt:
“I’m without clothing, in a room with a stranger. I hardly think I should appreciate my circumstances. Give me back my clothes.” Ally pulled the coverlet higher as though a piece of fabric could put distance between them.
“Your boy’s clothes you mean, or do you have a dress stashed somewhere?” The tiniest hint of sarcasm laced Quentin’s voice.
 She flinched. If he’d meant to harm her, certainly he would have done so by now. “My trousers and shirt should do nicely. Thank you.”
He leaned back, assessing every corner of her face. “They are currently being laundered by the maid. I considered having her bring a dress for you to wear, but then I thought perhaps you didn’t want your little ruse out in the open.”
His affable smile did little to dampen her distress, although it was probably safe to believe he didn’t know her real identity. She didn’t dare trust him, but something in his eyes settled her unease. Slightly. “Am I correct in assuming you’re the only person who knows you brought a woman to your room?”
His eyes widened a fraction.
“Does anyone else know I’m here?” Is this what her life had become? She was more frightened of someone finding out her identity than of being completely naked, alone in a room with a stranger.
“The innkeeper assumes I brought a boy to my room, if that’s what you mean, but I have a few questions of my own.” He leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees, and pinned her with a stare. “Name?”
She pulled the blanket more tightly around her shoulders and pressed her lips together.
“Why are you dressed like a boy? You sound as though you’ve had some education. If you’re a lady—”
 “I’m not going to answer any of your questions.”
“I warn you.” Firelight reflected within the dark depths of his eyes. There was a coldness in them. An emptiness. “I haven’t slept for days and my patience is wearing thin. How did a woman of some education come to be in this situation?”
She scooted straighter in the bed in an attempt to show she didn’t fear him. “I’m sorry if I’ve been a burden to you, er, Mr. Drake and I thank you for not leaving me in that stall, but if you’ll get my clothes, I’ll just be on my way.”
“I wouldn’t cast out an injured dog, let alone a young woman without protection.” 
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About Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her bush pilot husband and two teenaged sons where she appreciates all the unique things the last frontier has to offer. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches.
A reluctant reader as a child, she didn’t become interested in books until her teen years when she discovered historical romance. Now she loves all sub-genres of romance and can’t decide which one is her favorite.
Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska and was employed in the airline industry for several years before working in her current position as a program manager in a higher education.
Awards: Rebecca’s work has won first place in the Ignite the Flame, Emerald City Opener, Gateway to the Best, and Merritt writing contests.