Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sneak Peek: Cross the Ocean by Holly Bush

[Today I've got a quick snippet from Holly Bush's new historical romance Cross the Ocean. This is one of her stops on her promotional tour for the book. For details about her giveaway, see the end of the post. Enjoy! ~ Lisabet]


1871. . . Worlds collide when American Suffragette, Gertrude Finch, and titled Brit Blake Sanders meet in an explosive encounter that may forever bind them together. Gertrude Finch escorts a young relative to London and encounters the stuffy Duke of Wexford at his worst. Cross the Ocean is the story of an undesired, yet undeniable attraction that takes Blake and Gertrude across an ocean and into each other’s arms.


Blake found his guests in the music room listening to Melinda play the pianoforte. “Miss Finch, may I beg a moment of your time?” he asked as he touched her elbow.

The two of them retreated out of hearing distance from the rest.

“Yes?” Miss Finch clipped off and folded her hands at her waist.

“I find I do owe you an apology,” Blake began.

“And every other woman in the room as well,” she replied.

“I am not concerned with every other female in the room.” Blake stood tall. “I have many faults, but hurting a guest’s feelings cannot be one of them.”

“I agree with you there,” Miss Finch said and clapped politely.

“Agree with what?” he asked.

“You have many faults. The least of which are poor manners.”

“Yes, well, in any case, I apologize for what I said.” Blake looked away ashamed. “I was wrong. You are really quite attractive.”

Gertrude Finch put her hands on her hips, and her voice rose with each word. “I could care less what you think of me.”

“Now, now, no need to call attention our way,” Blake said and glanced at the assembly listening to Melinda. “No need to be defensive, either. I am aware of the tender sensibilities women associate with how attractive they are. My own mother made us all kiss and coo over Aunt Constance, and she had whiskers longer than . . .”

“Listen to me, Sanders. I meant what I said. I couldn’t care less whether you think I’m attractive or not. You dismiss ideas and brains for the lack of a pretty face. I think you’re a pompous idiot. What do you think of them apples, Your Highness?” she said.

Blake held his hands behind his back, and a muscle twitched below his eye. “Miss Finch, the title ‘Your Highness’ is reserved for the royal family. You Americans bandy about titles as if a one of you could trace a history further back than the last mule you shoed.”

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About the Author

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out.  Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.


Holly is giving away a $50 bookstore gift certificate as grand prize during her tour. To enter, use the Rafflecopter link below. You can enter multiple times, one for each stop. Find the full list of tour stops at:

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Mary Preston said...

It is a great snippet thank you.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Holly Bush said...

Good morning Mary! And thanks for having me Lisabet! I hope your followers enjoy the excerpt.

Colleen C. said...

Enjoyed the snippet... new author for me... thanks for sharing! Happy Blog Tour!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the excerpt; it really gave a quick hint about both Gertrude and Blake.

Holly Bush said...

Hi everyone! Glad you enjoyed it!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Holly,

Sorry to pop in so late! I'm delighted to have you at Beyond Romance, and I loved the excerpt. Great cover, too!

Anonymous said...

Looks very intriguing!

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helene said...

I have to admit I haven't read anything by this author but the excerpt would has me thinking twice I'M DEFINIGHTLY LOOKING FORWARD TO READING HER BOOKS :)

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