Excerpt from His Shadowed Heart by Hazel Statham

Traversing the long corridor to his bedchamber, he paused momentarily outside his wife’s door, but as no light shone from beneath, he continued on to his own apartment. Closing the door quietly behind him he paused in the centre of the room. All was in darkness except for the pool of light cast by the candles he held and for a moment, their flickering caught the handle to the connecting door. Yielding to an irresistible temptation, he pressed the handle, and finding no resistance there, entered the chamber.

As in his own room, all was in darkness, but turning to where he knew the bed to be he raised the candles higher so that their glow spread across the room, illuminating the sleeping figure there. Crossing to the bed, he knelt at her side and extinguishing all but one of the flames, placed the candelabra on a small table at the side of the bed.

The shadows of the remaining light played across Caroline’s sleeping countenance and he smoothed a lock of hair that had strayed across her forehead. He knew the desire that his lips should follow his finger’s course, but even in his state of inebriation, he knew this would be foolish. For several minutes, he watched his wife sleep, eventually placing his head upon the pillow beside her. His lips curved into a loving smile as his eyes drank in her sleep-softened countenance and he felt her breath caress his cheek. The longing to hold her became an almost physical thing and his arms ached with the suppressed desire. Eventually she stirred, muttering incoherently in her sleep, and he raised himself up. What foolishness is this, he thought. I am acting like a callow youth, and immediately he was on his feet. Snatching up the light, he went quickly out of the room, closing the door quietly behind him.


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Posted on November 6, 2008, in Book Excerpt, Romance. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thank you for highlighting my work. I really do appreciate it.

    I love to hear from my readers so if anyone has any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Regards to all,


  2. It’s always a pleasure, Hazel.

    Do you have a favourite character out of all your books?

  3. Hi Rose,

    I have a soft spot for all my heroes and each one is paramount when I am telling his story.

    Dominic, Earl of Vale, (‘Dominic’), is a sweetie and just strode onto the stage and told his own story. I just went along for the ride and it was delightful.

    Robert, Duke of Lear, (‘My Dearest Friend’),I felt his grief and wanted to console him. The resulting story brought joy back into his life.

    Richard, Earl of Waverly, fears his heart is irreparably damaged only to find it is merely bruised. Who could resist such a man? Not our heroine.

    I have other heroes whose stories are equally as emotive who are just waiting in the wings. Hopefully, they will be able to share their stories with everyone in the not too distant future.



  4. All your characters sound wonderful. 🙂 Do you prefer it when they stroll in fully formed or do you like a little mystery in your men? 😉

  5. This sounds like it will be a wonderful book. I’ve read bits and pieces to get a feel for it. Here’s hoping life settles down a bit so I can read the whole thing.

    Good luck with your tour Hazel!


  6. ‘Dominic’ was a joy to write and took very little effort. I knew instantly where his story was going and just went along for the ride. However, I love writing about the tortured heroes who have depth and substance. Frequently their story requires more forethought.


  7. Wonderful.

    Thank you for spending time here at The Plot. I wish you all the best with your book tour.

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