The latest volume in my Christian Regency epic serial novel just released, so I thought I’d post a few of my favorite passages from Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 6: Martyr.
Keriah began making her way forward, but the men only grudgingly allowed her to pass. They were perhaps disgruntled that she was given a reprieve whilst they were forced to continue to wait for further orders.
After a man tried to trip her, she repaid him with the edge of her boot heel stomped hard on his toes. He yelped and hopped away from her.
“I beg your pardon, it is so dark,” she said. “I am certain I would avoid you if I could see properly.”
After that, the men parted before her like the Red Sea parted for the Israelites. For them, it had been the power of God. For Keriah, it was the power of a very sharp edge to her boot heel and a thorough knowledge of the most sensitive bones in a man’s foot.
QUIZ: In this scene, was Keriah in an alley or at the backdoor of the club?
EXTRA CREDIT: Who gave Keriah her steel-toe boots?
Actual steel-toed boots were invented in Germany in 1930, but in medieval times, they used steel to protect their boots so I don’t think it was such a novel concept in 1930.
Start the series with Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer!
Part one in an epic-length serial novel
She met him again by shooting him.
After four seasons and unmarried because she is taller than most of her dance partners, Miss Phoebe Sauber receives the shocking news that she is being callously banished from her father’s estate because he is remarrying. Feeling betrayed by her father and by God, and wanting to escape her family’s presence, she attends an archery tournament with her friends.
But her perfect aim fails her, and her arrow hits a piece of paper held by Mr. Michael Coulton-Jones, whom she hasn’t seen much in society in several years. But strangely, her arrow tears a section of the paper with a partial symbol that looks eerily familiar to her.
He met her again while searching for a killer.
Michael had quit his work as a spy for the Foreign Office when his brother was poisoned. His search for the murderer leads him to Apothecary Jack, a criminal underworld leader with a penchant for poisons, who is gathering a powerful army through an alchemical potion that can give men supernatural strength.
But his path unexpectedly crosses again with Miss Sauber, who saves him from a trap laid by Jack. She and her Aunt Laura, Lady Wynwood, have found a vital connection to Apothecary Jack and the mysterious group he works for.
Now Michael, who had vowed to never again allow civilians to come to harm, must work with a nobleman keeping dangerous secrets, a human lie detector, a chemist, a fellow former spy, and the one woman he’s never allowed himself to get close to.
And it is only this ragtag group that stands against a traitorous organization that could enable Napoleon to conquer the world.
PLEASE NOTE: Like the novels published in Jane Austen’s time, this is a novel in multiple parts. Each volume has a completed story arc, but this is NOT a stand-alone novel and ends on a cliffhanger.Kindle