Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Susan Page Davis Returns



EXCERPT
            Anne gulped. How could this man be her uncle? Impossible. She sucked in a deep breath. Though he repelled her, she must use her manners and greet him warmly. He was now her closest living relative. Or was he? Could there possibly be two men named David Stone in the territory? Perhaps this was all a mistake.
             Her stomach plummeted at the thought, but she pasted on a smile.“Hello. I’m searching for Mr. David Stone. Would you happen to know where he lives?”
           He laughed, a big, noisy guffaw. “Why, sweetheart, you’re lookin’ at him.” He moved down onto the next step, and Anne backed away, into the solid bulk of Dan Adams.
          “Daniel,” she gasped.
           Dan touched her back only for an instant, and she took comfort from that reassuring pat. He stepped around her, between her and the stranger.
          “Howdy. Are you Mr. Stone?”
         “Yes, I am,” the other man said. He held out a meaty hand. “I’m this little gal’s uncle. And who might you be, mister?”
         “My name is Daniel Adams.”
          The man’s eyes narrowed to slits as they shook hands, as though he was trying to categorize his guest, but Dan didn’t offer more information.
          Anne recovered at least a portion of her poise and moved up next to Dan. “I’m sorry, but you’re not at all what I expected.” She eyed the man. He was several inches taller than she was, but not nearly as tall as Daniel. She gazed at his fleshy face, his flinty eyes, and his slicked-back, badly barbered hair.
        She longed to bring out the miniature portrait in her handbag, but an inner restraint told her not to. This man could not be the same one who posed for the portrait twenty years ago. Or could he?
       “You wrote that you wanted to see me and give me some news,” the man said. “Come on in.”
         Anne looked at Dan. He arched his eyebrows, seeking her opinion.
       “Well, I. . .”
       “Come on.” The man started up the steps again, beckoning with his beefy arm. “Millie’s got supper ready.”


Susan Page Davis is giving away a copy of Lady Anne's Quest. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

You can find out more on Susan's website and her facebook page.

15 comments:

Marianne said...

i don't do excerpts, but i would love to win this novel. Thankyou for the opportunity to win.

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Nancee said...

This looks like a good historical fiction book. I'd love to win a copy. Thank you for the offer.
Nancee
quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

Joy Hannabass said...

I usually don't read excerpts or 1st chapters. I'd rather wait until the book comes out....I just don't like wondering whats gonna happen!
Thanks for the chance to win this one.
Blessings....Joy
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Joy Hannabass said...

I usually don't read excerpts or 1st chapters. I'd rather wait until the book comes out....I just don't like wondering whats gonna happen!
Thanks for the chance to win this one.
Blessings....Joy
ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read Lady Anne's Quest. I hope she finds her uncle!
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Pam K. said...

This sounds like a great book that I'd enjoy reading. I have the first book, The Lady's Maid. My daughter read it (and liked it) and told me not to read it till we have Lady Anne's Quest so I can read the story continuously. It would be fun to win a copy so I could do that.
Thanks.

pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Teela said...

Thanks for the giveaway and I would like to win this book. Teelayoung@hotmail.com

Jennifer said...

The excerpt dragged me and now I need to find out what happened because the book sounds very interesting. Thanks Diana and Susan for this great opportunity!
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

lgm52 said...

Enjoyed the excerpt...now to read th entire book!
lgm52(at)hotmail(dot)com

ann said...

I love to read historical fictions and am so curious to find out what happens with the uncle and to find out more about him
amhengst at verizon dot net

Emma said...

This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Has my interest very quickly. Ready to see where this story goes. I want to enter for a chance to win this contest. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Hmm ... is he really her uncle? Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!

jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel ;)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Susan Page Davis said...

Wow! Thanks for all your insights. I am amazed at how many don't like to read an excerpt. It's funny how we are differently attracted to books. Some like the cover, some will read anything by a certain author, and some hear about the story line and want to read it. Or maybe a friend says, "I read this and I LOVED it," and we want to read it too! But we all love reading. Thanks, Diana, for doing this.

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