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Excerpt from THE COST OF REBELLION by G.S. Carr

Hope Cummings had no interest in the ordinary life of a proper English lady, no matter how much her mother wished she would.


Hope Cummings had no interest in the ordinary life of a proper English lady, no matter how much her mother wished she would.

Milling about London attending balls and visiting with high born ladies who though more highly of themselves than they ought, held no appeal. She'd rather be sailing the majestic ocean with her father and brother or embarking on adventures. Anything other than preparing for the inevitable fate of being a wife and mother. The answer to that wish comes sooner than she expects, in a form she never saw coming.

Shaeen Almasi came to London with one thing in mind. Revenge. Only nothing goes according to plan. Wounded and trying to make his way back to his ship, he receives aid from a stunning young woman. Her reward for helping him? Becoming his prisoner. Only as time goes on she makes him want things he knows they can never have. Like forever. Being Crown Prince of Zawhar means sacrificing everything for country and duty. Even his heart.

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This book was so much fun to write, and I hope very fun to read. This is one of the most outspoken female leads I’ve written. The quips and dialogue between the hero and heroine is full of spunk to keep the readers laughing.

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by G.S. Carr

London, England - 1881

“Move! Move! Hit him in the bollocks! What in blazes is that?! Bloody hell! Come on, get up!” Hope Antoinette Cummings stood at the front of the crowd, squeezing the boxing ring rope in a white knuckled grip, as she shouted at the boxers pulverizing each other in the ring.

Her selected champion of the evening, The Mountain Gypsy, laid sprawled out, flat on his back, his skin a tapestry of angry lumps, cuts, and bruises of varying shades of purple, red, and blue. She’d bet two pounds that he would come out the victor, and there he lay, gurgling and choking on his own blood. His opponent, “The Bear” Johnson, strolled around the ring, like an overstuffed peacock, arms in the air as some in the crowd cheered and others hurled insults and heckled.

“Your champion is defeated; may we go now?”

Hope pried her eyes away from the ring to look at her little brother Xander. The slight whine in his voice incited both her ire and her need to protect and smother him with affection. Looking him over, she noticed his coloring had taken on a pale green hue, which was a stark contrast to his usual light sand skin tone.

Watching a fisticuffs match, or anything of a violent nature really, wasn’t Xander’s preferred way to spend his hours. The only reason they were in this seedy establishment, watching an illegal match, was because she wanted to toughen him up. He was so much like their mother. Spending a day with a book and a pot of tea was the equivalent of paradise to them. But today marked the beginning of his thirteenth year. The beginning of his journey into manhood. He needed to be stronger. More like her and Father.

“There is another match after this one. Wouldn’t you like to stay and watch it?” Hope encouraged her brother with a determined smile.

“Absolutely not!” Xander grimaced. “I didn’t want to watch the first one.” His tone softens before adding, “I know what you are doing. You worry about me not being able to take over Father’s shipping company. That I won’t have the ability to handle difficult situations in the realms of commerce and life. But there are other ways to be strong. I may never beat a man with my bare hands, but I have the utmost confidence I will beat him with my mind.”

Hope stood there, mouth slightly agape, taking in her little brother. Apparently, he had become his own man when she wasn’t looking. She smiled down at him, proud of the quiet confidence emanating from his wise gaze.

As she fixed her mouth to consent to their departure, the miraculous happened. In the ring, The Mountain staggered to his feet, planted them firmly shoulder width apart, wiped the blood from his eyes, and smiled as he lifted his fists ready to continue the fight. Hope erupted into cheers with the rest of the crowd, ready for the violent display of agility and strength to continue. “Yes! The Mountain Gypsy rises again! He’s a bricky man, he is. I knew my bet was well placed,” she cheered at the top of her lungs.

She clapped enthusiastically as The Mountain and The Bear circled each other, searching for the other’s weak spots to land their crushing blows. Fast for a man who had just been laid out, knocking on death’s door, The Mountain shuffled his feet, dodged right to miss The Bear’s jab, and came up landing a clean punch under The Bear’s chin. Everything moved in slow motion as The Bear was lifted off his feet and tossed backwards, blood spewing from his face like a fountain, before landing like a rag doll on the hard dirt floor. But as much as Hope wished he would, The Bear didn’t stay down. A bit slower than The Mountain, he staggered to his feet.

“Stay down, you lousy gibface!” Hope jeered through cupped hands at the fighter.

End of Excerpt

Copyright © by G.S. Carr

Learn more by visiting the author's website. THE COST OF REBELLION was released January 2018.

Meet the Author

G.S. Carr is the writer of the novel The Cost of Hope, which was the 2nd place winner in the 2018 Romance Writers of America HHRW Chapter's Romance Through the Ages contest. She has always enjoyed indulging in her imagination. At a very young age she had a thirst for reading and the many possibilities it helped come alive in her mind's eye. Ms. Carr can normally be found locked away with a good book in her home in Charlotte, NC or traveling the globe to places like India, Bali, Tokyo, or London.

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The Cost of Rebellion by G.S. Carr

Genre: Victorian Historical Romance

Type: Novel

Heat Level: 3

Language Level: 2

Violence Level: 3

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