Friday, August 8, 2014

Secrets of a Heart by Samantha Garman Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

Secrets of a Heart
by Samantha Garman



London, 1815. At the age of nineteen, Blaine Whitmore loses everything dear to him in a brutal assault on his family line. Left with nothing, he finds himself aboard a merchant ship sailing far from home. Years pass as a boy becomes a man, and yet no amount of time or distance will help Blaine forget all that he has lost. After ten years sailing the high seas, he is finally ready to restore the Whitmore name.

Felicity Canton is as lovely as she is penniless, and has been left to care for her three sisters while attempting to maintain a crumbling estate. With no hope for escape from her predicament, she is resigned to a peasant’s fate. She never anticipates attracting the attention of her wealthy and mysterious new neighbor, nor does she expect him to be her savior.

As Blaine searches for truth and doles out vengeance, he becomes increasingly captivated and distracted by Felicity’s beauty and inner strength. Does he dare confide in her the secrets of his heart? Will his future be as bleak as his past, or will he finally have a chance at happiness?



She took a healthy swallow of brandy, unaware of Gray’s steadfast gaze on her. “The sale of the manor will only cover the remaining debts. There will be nothing left to buy even a small cottage so that I can care for my sisters. I can provide them nothing.”

“Your father’s debts are not your fault, Felicity. The choices he made were his, and his alone.”

“Still, it is my burden to carry. Who will provide for Abby, Grace and Phoebe if I do not?” She set her glass down on the desk and took a deep breath. “We have no relatives, but I think I have found a way out of our predicament.” Gray raised his eyebrows, but said nothing. “Would you like to know what my plan is?”

He nodded. “Please, enlighten me.”

She took a deep breath and then stated, “I want to come work for you.”

“You want to what?” he asked in confusion.

“It is a perfectly reasonable request.”

“Reasonable? You are a gently-bred young lady, ill suited to menial labor.”

She sighed, crestfallen. “A paid position in a wealthy home is the best I can hope for. I can run a household. I will gladly be your housekeeper.” Gray was momentarily shocked into silence. “I have no hope for marriage. Winterbourne was my only opportunity. I have no dowry, and I come with three sisters equally destitute.”

 “You could marry me,” Gray suggested slowly as if he was just coming to the conclusion himself.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Samantha Garman currently lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. She loves Scotch, a great conversation with anyone willing to speak their mind and flannel pajamas. While yearning for a backyard and a dog, she's decided to stay busy working on her next book, Dandelion Dreams.

1. Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who? Katharine Hepburn. I have a deep obsession with her and Spencer Tracy.

2. Is your life anything like it was two years ago? A lot happens in just one year. Two years ago, I had one book out and suffering from a bit of writer’s block. Now, I can’t stop characters from talking to me. (that’s not a complaint!)
3. Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Yes. Her name was Emily. She was very quiet.
4. Do you have any phobias? Pigeons. Especially the ones in New York. They are fearless.
5. Ever broken any bones? A big toe.

Websites: @samgarman

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  1. I always like to read about the authors. It somehow makes me feel more connected to the story! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  2. Thanks for having me!

    Enter to win a signed paperback copy of Secrets of a Heart!

  3. I liked the short quiz answers.

  4. I liked the interview the most.

  5. lovely eccerpt,can wait to read it.Thanks for hosting.

  6. The excerpt is just fantastic, makes me want to read it write now!! Thank you so much for sharing it, and the giveaway

  7. Love finding new to me authors! Makes my TBR list grow, though...

  8. Loved the excerpt and the ship cover. Excited for Dandelion Drreams!

  9. I loved the excerpt

  10. I liked the BLURB!