Labor of Love Blog Hop: Adderley’s Bride


Welcome to the Labor of Love Blog Hop! A big thanks to our hostess Jami Gray for getting us all together. Be sure to visit every stop on the hop and increase your chances of winning a Kindle loaded with stories from the authors on this hop, some great romance reads for the weekend – and did I mention the gift cards? Yes, there will be gift cards: A $35 Amazon or B&N gift card and a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card.

My labor of love is Adderley’s Bride. I had so much fun writing this ghost love story. I think it’s been cooking in me for a while. Part fairy tale, part mystery, Adderley’s Bride is the story I’ve wanted to read since I was a teenager waiting for Mr. Right. Enjoy the excerpt below and remember to leave a comment with your email address to enter our giveaway. I’m giving away a Kindle copy of Adderley’s Bride. Feed the rafflecopter and tell me, would you want your fantasy to come true? Why or why not?

Happy Labor Day!

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Adderley’s Bride

by Danita Minnis


By dinner time, the fire going in her room cast shadows on the opposite wallpaper’s whimsical foliage design. She brought up a tray with leftover stew and sat in the window seat, eating by the light of a single Tiffany lamp on the side table.

Outside her corner bedroom window, it was full dark at six p.m. Lamp posts trailed down the hill along the edge of the lawn. There was a black band of darkness beyond that and she remembered there was a stand of trees in that area before another rolling hill led to the next property.

It was so quiet here. Different from the city further south that never slept. It was never silent or this dark there with all its sights and sounds. She felt like someone had turned the volume down so that she could think, and plan.

From outside, she heard a horse neigh. She looked up at the window to see a dark horse and rider bound across the lawn.

Blinking away tears for a better look, she watched as the large black horse jumped gracefully and so high.

She squinted, trying to get a better look. The horse’s hooves didn’t appear to touch the ground. The rider sat expertly through the cavorting as if letting the horse have its head.

She couldn’t see the horse and rider clearly because they were too far away. With the darkness, they appeared in silhouette. Horse and rider arched once more and then as quickly as they had appeared, disappeared into the stand of trees beyond.

The Danvers must have a horse, but why ride across her lawn? She’d check in the morning to see if the horse’s hooves had damaged the landscaping. Maybe she would pay the Danvers a visit.

In the reflection of the glass, she caught a movement behind her. A tall man stared at her from the soft forest glow in the room. Against the backdrop of the green leaves in the wallpaper, there was an impression of short, dark hair and sharp angular features before his light eyes bore into hers. They glowed with such intensity that she could not look away. It was an effort to fight the pull, but she managed to jerk her eyes away from the window.

She jumped up and the tray and bowl of stew clanged to the floor. “How did you get in here?”

The spot on the throw rug in front of the bed where she’d just seen the man was empty.


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39 thoughts on “Labor of Love Blog Hop: Adderley’s Bride”

  1. My fantasy has already come true! I am married to my soul mate and have 3 wonderful children. Thank you
    Happy Labor Day Weekend Danita!

  2. I’d want the positive fantasies to come true. The ones where I’m drop kicking ignorant people, can stay dead (unless I don’t go to jail for it – which would definitely be part of the fantasy).

  3. Living next to a cemetery my whole life, ghosts are an everyday thing. I fell in love with the civil war soldier buried just up the road.

  4. My favorite labor of love is not one i consider a ‘labor’ at all. although others think it is. My husband has cancer and has went through surgery, and is currently going through radiation. I consider everything I do for him not a labor, but a giving of love. Even when he is hirting I look in his eyes and know I wouldnt ever think of it as a labor.

  5. I wouldnt mind having my fantasy to come true, but being realostic it isnt likely. I like to dream though and imagine a different outcome, so yes, my fantas coming true would be nice.

  6. I don’t think I’d want my fantasy to come true, because then I’d decide I wanted something else. The grass is always greener…
    Happy Labor Day!

  7. Happy Labor Day, Danita and thank you for taking part in the hop. Dangerous question you’re posing there. I’m going to go with nope, because fantasies are fantasies for a reason, and I’m not so sure I could handle it being real.

  8. If a fantasy were to come true, it may prove to be not as positive an experience as I would have hoped for, or it may make me unhappy with my current life, so I would say no, thanks!

  9. Thank you all for participating in the Labor of Love blog hop! It was so much fun sharing the weekend full of fantasies with you. 🙂
    We’ll soon be getting into my favorite time of year – the holidays, so be sure to stop by for a scary Halloween hop and another chance to win!

    The winner of my personal giveaway is Linda!
    Congratulations, Linda, and I hope you enjoy Sophie and Gray’s love story. 🙂

    I’ll announce the grand prize winner here when he or she is revealed. Everyone have a wonderful week!

  10. We now have our Rafflecopter Winners!
    Our Grand Prize Kindle, accompanied by our labors of love goes to…Donna Raye!
    Our $35 Amazon or B&N Gift card Runner-up queen is…Ellen Beck.
    And our $25 Amazon or B&N Gift card princess is…Gayle Diamond!
    Huge congrats to all three lucky ladies!

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