Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cross the Ocean by Holly Bush -- Spotlight and Giveaway


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1871 . . . Worlds collide when American Suffragette, Gertrude Finch, and titled Brit Blake Sanders meet in an explosive encounter that may forever bind them together. Gertrude Finch escorts a young relative to London and encounters the stuffy Duke of Wexford at his worst. Cross the Ocean is the story of an undesired, yet undeniable attraction that takes Blake and Gertrude across an ocean and into each other’s arms.

Enjoy this excerpt:

London 1871

“Pardon me?”

The starch in Mrs. Wickham’s black dress seemed to wilt as she quivered. The soft folds of her jowls shook. “The Duchess is not coming down, Your Grace,” she repeated.

The Duke of Wexford stood stock-still. The guests were to descend on his ancestral home in a matter of moments. The candles lit, the buffet laid, the flowers had bloomed on cue. The last remaining detail was the receiving line.

“Mrs. Wickham. There is a small matter of greeting two hundred and fifty guests arriving momentarily. The Duchess needs to attend them,” Blake Sanders, the Eighth Duke of Wexford, said sternly to his housekeeper.

When the woman had announced his wife would not be joining him, Sanders was certain he had not heard correctly. The Duchess knew her duties, as did he. He turned abruptly to the staircase and stopped as a shiver trailed down his arms. He turned back. The rotund woman had not moved other than the flitting of small hairs peeking out of her mobcap. After twenty-five years of service to his family, he supposed she stood rooted for good reason.

The Duke spoke quietly. “Is there a problem conveying this message, Mrs. Wickham?”

The woman swallowed. “Yes, Your Grace. There is.”

“What is it, Mrs. Wickham?” he asked.

It was then he noticed a folded piece of paper in the woman’s hand. As with most lifetime retainers, he had seen worry, seen anger and joy in her face. But never fear. And it was fear indeed that hung in the air, widened her eyes and had the missive shaking in pudgy fingers.


About the Author:
Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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10 comments:

  1. Morning Ladies! Thanks for having me back at It's Raining Books.

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  2. Thanks for this excerpt. This book sounds like it would translate well to a made-for-tv film or even a series. If that were ever to happen, who do you see playing the main characters?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  3. Love the excerpt, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Thanks for sharing Cross the Ocean and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

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  5. Hi all! Karen - this may sound bizarre because they're from two different time periods but I've always seen Blake as a Pierce Brosnan guy and Maureen O'Hara as Gert. I know - I'm taking you back a few years! :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I'd love the Amazon GC :)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  7. Interesting casting. I'd buy a ticket.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. Interesting casting. I'd buy a ticket.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  9. Amazon would be great.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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