"Well, here she is. You've never met my sister-in-law's daughter, Kayla." Her aunt, Diane gestured for her to come into her sitting room. "Kayla, this is Countess Ganley, Duchess Trotmore and of course you know your godmother, Lady Agnes."
Kayla gave a curtsey to the three women sitting on the long, silk-covered couch opposite her aunt's chair. Silently she hoped that Stephanie had managed to secure all the buttons on the back of her dress. Her aunt was stuck a stickler for things being perfect.
She had never been invited into this room as a guest. Located between the dining room and the library, it was small and cozy for her aunt's frequent soirees. Between the carved wood tables and chairs to the red and pink silk upholstery and curtains, it was all quite sumptuous.
"I've known Kayla since she was a baby," Lady Agnes said. "You've become a beautiful young woman, my dear. As lovely as your mother, Lady Julia. You've grown into a beautiful young woman."
Kayla had met Lady Agnes quite a few times, most memorably on her 10th birthday. She'd come to their house in the woods and had given Kayla a bright red rose for a birthday gift. She nodded to the older woman in acknowledgement. "Thank you, Lady Agnes."
"I agree," the Duchess chimed in. "The King has had a hard time finding a bride for his son. Kayla would be a very admirable choice."
The Countess wrinkled her nose as she set her china coffee cup down on the table in front of her. "You know why he's had a hard time. Everyone knows why."
"Why what?" Kayla asked, ignoring the sharp look her aunt gave her.
"My dear, the King Reynard is a wolf shapeshifter." the Duchess replied. "All of the eligible princesses have refused. Reynard is a lively fellow, but who wants to send their daughter to marry a young man who…well, who changes into things?"
"And do you wonder. The prince has a bit of a reputation. He goes away for weeks at a time and no one knows where. He missed my sister's reception last month. She sent invitations six months ago! Irresponsible is what he is." The Countess shook her head.
"His majesty is a good king, Countess. He wants his son to be as happy as he's been with his wife." Lady Agnes sipped from her cup as she appraised Kayla. "The prince is restless, that's all. He's a good person, which is more than I can say for most aristocrats."
"That's why I wanted you to meet her," Diane said. "She's a hard worker besides."
"Oh, my dear. She'd be marrying a prince. There is no work required." Lady Agnes sniffed.
Diane looked down and stirred her coffee. The other ladies gave each other glances, like they were sharing a private joke.
"You forget, Lady Agnes, the work will be on the wedding night," the duchess said. "At least it was during mine."
The women covered their mouths to keep their laughter as muffled as possible. Kayla was trying hard to keep her embarrassment from showing.
Title: Once Upon A Princess Duet
Author: Deborah A. Bailey
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Once Upon A Princess Duet
In these two sexy paranormal romance “fairy tales,” two princesses find that love with a shifter hero is not without complications – but there is always a happily-ever-after. Includes two complete short novellas.
“Heart of Stone”
In the ruins of a country destroyed by a curse. Princess Leesa goes looking for a way to help her people. Desperate to find an item of value to trade for supplies, she trespasses into an abandoned palace.
There, she finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a lonely Gargoyle who offers to provide her with everything she needs, for a price.
If she’s willing to pay it, she may find the love she’s been looking for. Or she may lose it, forever.
“Beauty & the Faun”
Kayla, a poor young woman runs away when her rich uncle and aunt arrange her marriage to a shifter prince from another land. Her uncle needs gold to settle his debts and the king is offering a great reward if he can obtain a willing bride for his son.
But Kayla’s plans to hide in the Great Forest hit a snag when two mischievous fauns find her and deliver her to a very sexy faun shifter who is ready to teach Kayla a thing or two about life and love.
Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance stories include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.
She’s the author of the “Hathor Legacy” Science Fiction Romance series and several shapeshifter Paranormal Romance novels. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.”
In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books including,“Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”
The Once Upon a Princess Duet
The Once Upon a Princess Duet
Other BooksellersOnce Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone (individual novella – also available in KU)
Once Upon A Princess Duet: Beauty and the Faun (individual novella – also available in KU)