Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Learning a Secret...with Sherry Thomas and Giveaway

Learning a Secret on Christmas Eve - Sherry Thomas

USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today—one of the first to be reviewed by the New York Times Book Review. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

English is Sherry's second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

Sherry also writes young adult fantasy. The Immortal Heights, volume three of the Elemental Trilogy, releases fall 2015.

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For the Historical Xmas event in 2012, I wrote a little scene set on a wintry terrace, a man and a woman having a chat on Christmas Eve. At the time I thought the scene was going to be an one-off. But sometimes a story proves deeper and more interesting than even its creator imagined. So in 2013 I added to the scene and this year I expand it yet again.
Please read Part 1 and Part 2 first.


Georgina still had her own room at her mother’s house: Lady Wintersea kept the room exactly as it had been, on the day Georgina departed to marry Elliot. And Georgina had left a few of Elliot’s love letters behind, so that every time she visited, she would have the pleasure of coming across them again.

Among the letters was one from the Christmas when both she and Elliot had been invited to Lord Wrenworth’s famously extravagant winter party.

My dear Miss Dutton,

I know I volunteered to write and tell you what you have missed by leaving Huntington early to go to your mother’s for her birthday. Alas, I overestimated my ability to pay attention to my surroundings when they no longer include you. I try to notice what is going on, but in my mind’s eye I keep seeing you as you waved goodbye, smiling, the blue ribbon on your hat fluttering in the wind.

Or as you were last night, playing with the plumes of your fan, delighting in their airy softness.

No doubt you have heard plenty from gentlemen on the loveliness of your eyes and the attractiveness of your gait. Rest assured that I agree with them completely—you are exquisite to behold. But what makes my heart stutter is not your beauty, but the joy you radiate.

The pleasures you take in the simple things in life—a well-buttered muffin at breakfast, the sight of the winter’s first fall of snow, the gusto with which Lord Vere sings, even though he had yet to meet a song he couldn’t butcher—I cannot help but be lighter and happier when you are nearby.

Bt I digress. I promised you news, did I not? There was a tremendous snowball fight in the afternoon—and our side was so thoroughly defeated we felt like Napoleon in Russia. Tea turned into quite the spirited game of charades. And dinner, well, dinner has not taken place yet, but I cannot wait any longer to put pen to paper.

I imagine Lady Wintersea’s joy at seeing you. I imagine the delight you feel in your own home. Perhaps I am being na├»ve, but when I think of you, my heart floats on how beautiful the world must seem to you.

Your faithful servant
Elliot Coventry

How had it worked? Did Beresford come up with a suitable draft and then have Elliot copy the words in his own handwriting? Or did Beresford dictate, to the sound of Elliot’s pen scratching across the paper? And did Elliot have any input, beyond asking his friend to make sure that she understood he loved her?

Georgina had understood it very well—had felt it in her marrows—because of these words: they were love given shape and set down to last. And she had wished for more of such letters from Elliot, the way she wished more photographs had been taken of him in life, because they served as a more tangible record than her memories.

But Elliot had not written this letter, or any of the other love letter she’d received from him. Then what was she looking at?

What was this a record of?

Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved, the only person to ever betray her.

Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him. When she unexpectedly reappears in his life, he refuses to get close to her. But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heart.

Their reunion, however, plunges them into a web of espionage, treachery, and deadly foes. With everything at stake, Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out. If they are ever to find safety and happiness, they must first forgive and learn to trust each other again…

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  1. Oh Sherry, what a fabulous story! I can't wait to see how these two finally get together. Are we going to have to wait for another entire year? *whine* LOL! Thank you for sharing this wonderful holiday treat. Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season.

  2. Loveeee it. Thanks Sherry. Your books are all delightful reads. Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. What a beautiful letter...pure poetic romance!

  4. I enjoyed the letter. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Holidays,

  5. Sounds so exciting! Can't wait to read!

  6. love a good reunion/espionage story

  7. This story sounds really good. Thanks for taking part in this giveaway.

  8. I love the story, and the cover is beautiful. I would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  9. ooooh... I went back and read the previous parts and I really enjoy this story! I want more :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. We not only get an original story, but a mention of characters from your past works: Lords Vere and Wrenworth. Thanks and have a nice Christmas.

  11. This story sounds like a must read. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  12. I am so amazed by how you used a Chinese/English dictionary to read the story and now you write your own romances.
    Curious excerpt about her attachment to the letters when they aren't even from the man who supposedly wrote them.
    The blurb on your giveaway book sounds great so I'm glad for an opportunity to win a copy.

  13. Sherry Thomas is an auto-buy author for me!

  14. Love these little snippets. Now, would you please write a little short story or novella out of them, pretty please? I need to know how it all ends and I really don't want to wait another year to learn more about Beresford and Georgina =D

  15. I sure wouldn't mind getting a letter like that.

    Marcy Shuler

  16. My goodness, Sherry! What I did not expect from this excerpt was a mystery? A cliff-hanger at the end. Whoa. I guess that means you will keep adding on every Christmas until: The End. One can only hope. :-) Thanks so much for your participation in this annual holiday author hop.

  17. Thank you so much for expanding this story. It's even more beautiful now then it was the last time I read it!

  18. Thank you for sharing! I hate reading these excerpts because I never want to stop!!

  19. this sory sounds very exciting! I love romantic suspense!

  20. interesting to keep rewriting the scene

  21. Wonderful story, I loved it. I've really enjoyed all the stories I've read of yours Sherry, and I look forward to reading many more.

  22. I loved this segment of their story, but really hate that we have to wait another year for more.

    Merry Christmas!

  23. Wonderful letter!
    Thank you Sherry :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :)

  24. Wonderful! Sounds Great!
    Happy Holidays

  25. Merry Christmas 8D
    I LOVE the scene from Georgina and Elliot, is there a possibility it will eventually become a full length story?
    My Beautiful Enemy looks like an awesome read.

    Mindy :)

  26. Thank you for the latest installment in Georgina's story, the mystery deepens, and I look forward to next year's chapter.

  27. I enjoyed all three parts of this ongoing story. Beresford must have cared deeply for both Elliot and Georgina. His friendship with Elliot prevented him from competing for Georgina, but his love for her couldn't be kept from the letters he wrote her in Elliot's name. Hopefully you will continue this story line so we can see what their future holds.