Golden Leaf Spotlight on Historical: Caroline Linden

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up 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 award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Historical: “Love and Other Scandals,” by Caroline Linden (Avon Books)


“So,” she said to quiet the instinctive tumult inside her body just at the memory of his kiss, “does that mean you plan to kiss me again?”

“No,” he said before she even finished the question.

“Good,” she said with all the cool poise she could muster. “I didn’t much care for it.”

For a moment he didn’t move. A muscle twitched in his jaw. Joan held her ground, sure she’d piqued him where it hurt. If he’d only kissed her to make her stop talking, and couldn’t even be gentlemanly enough to let her think he enjoyed it, she had no qualms in disdaining his skill.

“That sounds remarkably like a challenge,” he said, his voice low and silky. “Challenges, Miss Bennet, are mother’s milk to me. Take care how you issue them.”

“Still a boy with something to prove?” She gave him a patronizing look. “I suppose you’d do it again quickly enough if someone laid you a wager on it.”

Now his smile grew dangerous. “I’ll take that wager. A shilling says I can kiss you and you’ll enjoy it.”

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Caroline and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information. But hurry, registration closes October 4th!

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