The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a week away! To help share our excitement, we’ve been shining the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.
The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One. Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.
Spotlight on Young Adult: “Courtship and Curses,” by Marissa Doyle (Square Fish)
Mr. Underwood was still trying to regain his feet. “You…you bitch!” he spat, staring up at Sophie.
Sophie ignored him. “Are you all right?” she said to Parthenope, touching her arm.
“No!” Parthenope squeaked. “This was my favorite busk! It was carved ivory with my initials–” She stopped and looked at Mr. Underwood. “What did you just say?”
He’d finally managed to stand up and stood glaring at them. “You heard me!”
“Nobody speaks to my friend that way, Mr. Underwood, and I suggest you stop or I shall make you.” Parthenope put up her fists and set her feet. “I am told I have a quite punishing left jab for a female.”
“Parthenope! You can’t mean you know how to box!” Sophie wasn’t sure whether to be scandalized or amused.
“Of course I do.” Parthenope continued to watch him with narrowed eyes.
Mr. Underwood ‘s left eye was twitching oddly. “You crippled freak! Think you can outsmart me, you miserable–”
Parthenope sighed, shifted her stance slightly, and punched him.
He tottered back a pace, swearing again and feeling his nose. A shocking splatter of blood crimsoned his snowy neckcloth.
“Dear me, I’m so sorry,” Parthenope said pleasantly. “Did I say it was my left jab that was so noteworthy? I meant to say my right. Silly of me.”
Good luck to Marissa and all our Golden Leaf finalists!
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