Karen’s Killer Book Bench: ‘Tis Her Season, A Royal Regard Prequel Novella (Sailing Home Series Book 2) by Mariana Gabrielle


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A Royal Regard Prequel Novella
(Sailing Home Series Book 2)



Charlotte Amberly would rather eat a lump of coal for Christmas dinner than marry the Marquess of Firthley, so when her parents cancel her London Season in favor of a rush to the altar, the feisty debutante takes husband-hunting into her own hands.

Alexander Marloughe, reluctant heir to a marquessate, would rather not spend his holiday dashing through the snow after a flibbertigibbet just out of the schoolroom, but no woman before Charlotte has ever led him such a merry chase.

This book previously appeared in the Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem box set with the Bluestocking Belles.

A Royal Regard Prequel Novella
(Sailing Home Series Book 2)



Snow piled up outside the door, falling heavier and heavier as the day wore on. Charlotte had never seen so much snow in December; it was almost as if the Almighty Himself were taking her part in the ongoing quarrel with her parents. She hoped the marquess’s carriage would be delayed again, perhaps lose a wheel, or be stuck in a ditch or a snowdrift. Perhaps, if she were lucky, the old man would freeze to death and leave her alone. She corrected herself for such spiteful thoughts, but couldn’t quite hold in a sigh. Her life would be much happier if no Marquess of Firthley existed.

She had been looking forward to her come-out as long as she could remember. While other girls giggled and planned for a wedding, she had planned for ballrooms and beaux, and her curtsey to the queen. The queen had been her entire reason for learning to curtsey, after her nurse told stories about girls being presented and going on to marry handsome gentlemen with titles and plenty of money. The perfection of her Town manners was entirely due to her plans for her Season.

She had known since age six what color dresses she wanted—sea-foam green to match her eyes; which jewels she would wear from her mother’s collection—the emeralds to accent her dress; the types of decorations she would insist upon—an ocean of flowers, all white; and the ladies and gentlemen she would invite—everyone who was anyone. She had collected recipes for years for the food that would be served at her ball. She should have been traveling to London in a matter of days to finally have her Season.

No matter how many other girls might be presented, Charlotte would be the prettiest of them. A diamond of the first water. An Incomparable. She would make the most impressive and important match in history, barring only the Royal family. She might even land a prince, if one happened to be seeking a bride.

Instead, by the time she would have boarded her father’s carriage for Town, she would be shackled to an ancient marquess who wanted her dowry, and whose good opinion her father wished to cultivate. She had never considered she might ever be so unlucky.

Meet Author Mariana Gabrielle… MarianaGabrielle

Mariana Gabrielle is a pen name for Mari Christie, who is not romantic–at all. Therefore, her starry-eyed alter ego lives vicariously through characters who believe in their own happy-ever-afters. And believe they must, as Mariana loves her heroes and heroines, but truly dotes on her villains, and almost all of her characters’ hearts have been bruised, broken, and scarred long before they reach the pages of her books.

She is a professional writer, editor, and designer with almost twenty-five years’ experience, and a member of the Bluestocking Belles, the Writing Wenches, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She is the author of multiple Regency romance novels, including The Sailing Home Series and La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess, and will soon release a mainstream historical, Blind Tribute.


Links to Mariana’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TgKb13

Website: www.MarianaGabrielle.com

Amazon Author page:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/mchristieauthor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marichristie/



Burst_02**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Mariana is giving away an e-copy of one of her books (winner’s choice from her list at  www.Marianagabrielle.com/books.html) to one reader who comments on this Author Peek or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Thank you, Mariana, for sharing your story with us.

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: ‘Tis Her Season, A Royal Regard Prequel Novella (Sailing Home Series Book 2) by Mariana Gabrielle”

  1. Oh, my! It seems that Charlotte is in a dilemma. I can’t wait to see what happens.

    Thank you for the excerpt and the chance to win a book.

  2. Good morning, Mariana, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Love this excerpt and cannot wait to find out what happens to Charlotte. I get the feeling she’s in for an escapade that will change her forever. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to share your new book with us!

  3. I so hope Charlotte gets her wish. I believe everyone should get the chance to marry for love. She deserves better. I want to know how this ends! Thank you Mariana for sharing the excerpt it sounds wonderful! Also thank you for the chance to win.

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