In planning this post, I realized I don’t have a single New Year’s Eve scene in any of my books. Most of my books are set in the 800s when holidays were being converted from pagan to Christian, and New Year’s Eve wasn’t really New Year’s Eve, if that makes any sense. So I went back to the St. Remi Festival, where a husband who has treated his unwanted wife very badly realizes, at the town’s celebration, she’s worked her way into his heart.
He had never heard Lily sing, not consciously. He had never seen Lily dance. Had she ever really laughed in his presence?
They danced for over an hour, carried in the sea of sweaty bodies and injured toes. Theo bought ale and roasted nuts, and they sat on his cloak in the grass watching the chaos, then he pulled Lily back into the fray. When the musicians finally tired and the torches started to sputter out, he had to search in the darkness for his cloak while Lily giggled behind him. He finally found it, probably ruined by grass stains and people tramping on it. He flung it around his shoulders anyway. He took her hand in both of his.
“May I walk you home?” he asked earnestly, like a boy with his first love.
Her smile faded. She stared up at him, her face pale and her eyes wide in the light of the harvest moon.
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What is Vain about? A tailor’s abandoned daughter fashions a vain nobleman’s tunic, finding passion between the neckline and hem as misfortune forces her into his precarious aristocratic world. Vain is book three in the Evolution Series, but stands alone as a story. In fact, I wasted two hours skimming back through Theo and Lily’s story, and decided it is my favorite.
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