Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)


Series: Bridal Favors #3



  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140228375X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402283758


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Jade Lee’s hot Bridal Favors series is set in a daring, high-energy Regency world where deep longings, secret scandals, and the competition for social stature are all set against the glittering weddings of the season.


Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle finally has the funds he always pretended to have and what he wants now is a woman. That woman is Lady Irene Knopp, who spends her days helping debutantes plan their weddings. A recent widow, Irene longs for love again, but she’s afraid to risk her heart, especially to the notorious Grant Benton.


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Welcome, Jade to MBA&M!!

MBA&M:  Why write about London society?

JADE: What’s not to love? As I kid I was enchanted by the balls and the ingénue entrancing the wealthy, sexy lord.  As I grew older, I love the struggles of women to have identities despite the restrictive society. What does it mean to be a lady when there’s no money,  no man, or no support? And the heroes for me changed from that wealthy man who has everything to a good man who is fighting for something. In What the Bride Wore, Grant is struggling to find his new identity. He was an idiot. Now he’s spent 5 years recouping the family fortune—and in an unusual way—and is about to do the rest. After all, being an aristocrat isn’t just about the money. It’s about society and stewardship and a whole host of other things. So how does he find his balance especially when he starts falling for the wrong woman who has secrets of her own.

MBA&M: Tell us your inspiration for a Bridal Salon story?

JADE: I wanted to write about two brothers (the Crowle Brothers) and the Crowle Stupidity. Five years before, elder brother Grant did something really, really stupid and then disappears. Younger brother Will is left behind to become steward of their land for someone else. In Winning a Bride , Will has to balance all sorts of responsibilities to the people, to his family name, and to the one woman who interests him. She’s the new landowner’s daughter, by the way, and her father despises him. And where the hell is his brother? That answer came in the novel What the Bride Wore which I described above.

Oh wait – were you interested in the bridal salon? Well, the series came because I wanted to know about the women who worked in Regency London. But honestly, these two books are about the Crowle Brothers and the women who inspire them to become better than ever.

MBA&M:  Can you give us a few tidbits on this series, how many books, and such?

JADE: The Bridal Favors series has four novella — novel pairs surrounding the women who run a bridal salon.

Engaged in WickednessWedded in Scandal – Dress Designer with a desperate secret

Engaged in Passion – Wedded in Sin (Up for a RITA award!) – Shoemaker struggling to survive when women didn’t make shoes

Winning a Bride – What the Bride Wore – Purchaser who finally finds stability only to have one man threaten to destroy it all

Really Cool Title Goes here – What the Groom Wants (Jan/Feb 2014) – Seamstress who becomes so much more all to win the man who has always loved her.

MBA&M:  If any of your books where to be made into a series, which one would it be? 

JADE: You mean tv series or something like that? This series is so rich with possibilities. I’m a HUGE Downton Abbey fan and was inspired by that series to really look at some of the lower order women as well as the aristocrats.


Thank you Jade, for stopping by today! What a thrill…I have so enjoyed this series, I can hardly wait to read the rest of the story….


A Bit About the author:

A USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. And as a Taurus, she lives to pit a headstrong woman against a tortured hero just to watch them butt heads on the way to true love. Flesh wounds are rare, but the healing and laughter are real.Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to set these couples in the best girl-heaven of all: a Bridal Salon! This way she gets to live out all her wedding fantasies, one by one. (Let’s be honest, what girl has only one idea for her dream wedding?) For more on the Bridal Favors series, visit Jade on the web at her website, Facebook or Twitter.
And don’t forget Jade’s other name, KATHY LYONS. That’s Jade’s lighter, contemporary side. She writes for Harlequin Blaze merging hawt sex and funny relationships into really great reads. Visit her website.

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ReunitedInDangerFinalHighResABOUT THE BOOK:

Baltimore social worker Keely Allen spent months recuperating from heartache after Logan North left her without a word ten years ago. She vows to keep the aftermath of their lovemaking a secret. Now he’s back in town, fighting crime as a decorated policeman, and she needs his help. Her father is attacked, and children are disappearing from the city without a trace. The more she discovers, the more she can’t help wonder if there’s a connection between the two events.Forced together by circumstance, the reunited lovers’ old passion erupts anew. Logan needs Keely to know he cares. Probably too much. If he’s to have a chance at being with her, Logan needs to find a way to fight off the ghosts of his past. But as a madman commits unspeakable crimes, Logan finds himself torn between letting go of the life he thinks he deserves…and being with the woman he can’t resist.




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Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel, a romantic suspense, was a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and was nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award. She’s since released three more books.
Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty-five years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.


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Penumbras blog tourWELCOME BRADEN!!

Why I Think Contemporary Adolescents Like Books with Magic—And Why I Think It’s Important…


I directed my first play with the middle school students twenty-six years ago. This fall, I’ll begin my thirteenth year of teaching full-time in middle schools. The age group fascinates me partly because trying to understand and reach them provides a constant challenge.

One of the most intriguing things about adolescents is the way they straddle childhood and adulthood. Poised as they are between these two worlds, middle school students occupy a unique developmental space.

At its best, this unique situation means that they still have a childish sense of wonder, but they also have the ability to express it in more sophisticated ways. Adolescence can be a magical—if brief—time when the joy and wonder of childhood overlap with increased not-yet-jaded maturity.

At its worst, however, this also means that they often confront problems that seem almost impossibly large, and to them, completely unique—unheard of in their lives to that point.

I’ve noticed that adolescents tend to experience their lives in colorful, heightened terms. Villains can lurk anywhere, and heroes can emerge from the most unlikely places. Events that might seem minor, even trivial, to an adult can have great significance to students of that age. Most young teens can relate to feeling that their lives are over because of some embarrassment. Or, feeling as if nothing could ever be bad again because a particular boy or girl smiles at them.

I think that all of these aspects of adolescent experience help explain why this age group embraces books and movies that feature magic. Books with magic tap into both their childlike wonder as well as their awareness of constant, lurking danger.

I suspect adolescents relate to stories of young heroes fighting monsters and evil wizards or witches because they often feel that each day is a battle for them. That may sound hyperbolic, but for many young people of this age, each day is a battle as they navigate their highly-complex, highly-fraught worlds. Social standing, of course, is one of the major quests. But each day they walk through swamps and thickets of changing bodies, changing friends, changing emotions, as well as the changing expectations of their parents and themselves. If we consider the increasing pressures of school, budding romantic relationships, as well as extra-curricular activities, we get a sense of their lives—the blend of tragedy and triumph mixed with the new and wonderful, with loyal friends and evil villains thrown in to the mix.

Books with magic in them often show young protagonists overcoming great difficulties—vanquishing foes and saving the world. With all today’s adolescents balance and confront, I’m not surprised that they are drawn to magical stories—and I believe the fact that they are gives us, as their parents and teachers, some clues about how to reach them and helps us understand how they see their lives. If we are to be the kind of guides they need—like Gandalf, Obi-Wan, or Dumbledore (to name three famous examples of the archetype)—then we need to be aware of how they see their situation. We cannot help them slay monsters until we know what monster inhabit their world. And we cannot help their full powers burst into bloom until we know exactly what holds them back from reaching those powers.

 Thank you Braden, for taking a few moments of your time to visit with us today!


Braden headshot 2012Author Bio:

Braden Bell grew up in Farmington, Utah and graduated from Davis High School. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theatre from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He and his wife, Meredith live  with their five children on a quiet, wooded lot outside of Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches theatre and music at a private school. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys singing, acting, reading, gardening, and long walks with the dog.

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Author Twitter: @bradenbellcom
Publisher Cedar Fort, Inc. (July 9, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 146211220X
ISBN-13 978-1462112203


Conner Dell didn’t meant to blow up the school bus.

Or the bathrooms.

In fact, he only wanted to go to sleep and possibly dream about Melanie Stephens.

But explosions had a funny way of happening when Conner and his friends were around.


Conner Dell wants to be good–he really does. But he is terrified that he might be turning into a Darkhand, especially when new powers start to surface. What’s worse, the Stalker is following Conner, but no one else seems to be able to see him. The Magi think he might be hallucinating, the guilt of what happened in the Shadowbox keeps weighing on him, and his relationship with Melanie Stephens is complicating things. Even for a Magi, Conner knows his life is anything but normal. 

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Conner Dell didn’t mean to blow up the school bus.

Or the bathrooms.

In fact, he only wanted to go to sleep and possibly dream about Melanie Stephens.

But explosions had a funny way of happening when Conner and his friends were around.

It all started on the annual seventh grade science trip to the Sea Lab at Dauphin Island, Alabama. Fifty-four thirteen-year-olds on a five-day field trip. What could go wrong?

Especially when three of them happened to be Magi.


For a fraction of a second, Conner thought he saw shadows slithering along the base of the cinderblock walls. Tensing, he blinked and looked again.

Nothing. He was alone in the darkness of his dorm room.

Well, except for his friend and fieldtrip roommate, Pilaf.

                Across the room, Pilaf disturbed the darkness by turning his flashlight on and digging through a giant floral print suitcase. Fishing a book out, Pilaf hunched over, tucked the flashlight under his chin, and read.

                “What are you reading?” Conner asked.

                 “Sorry. Did I wake you up?” Pilaf squeaked. “I couldn’t sleep. I guess I slept too much on the bus.”

                “No worries.” Conner burrowed into his sleeping bag. He didn’t like messing with sheets on these trips. The springs of the ancient bed creaked beneath him. “I’m not sleepy either.” Lexa? Can you hear me? Conner reached out in his thoughts, wondering if his twin sister was awake in her room on the girls’s floor. Head-talking was a cool benefit of being one of the Magi—a secret group of warriors who used the power of Light to battle evil.

No answer from Lexa. Her allergy medicine must have knocked her out.

Melanie? He tried Lexa’s best friend, Melanie Stephens—also one of the Magi-in-training. Conner listened for her response, trying to ignore the backflip in his chest that came when he thought of her. No answer. Melanie had taken something for motion sickness on the bus. She must be knocked out too.

                Conner jerked up as something skittered across the ceiling right above him. No doubt this time. He grabbed his own flashlight, raking the beam across the ceiling tiles as someone whispered his name.


                “What?” Conner pointed his flashlight at Pilaf, who looked up from his book, blinking behind his thick glasses. Pilaf’s blinks always reminded Conner of the way a light on a computer blinked when it processed data.

                “What?” Pilaf squinted back at him.

                “Why did you call me?” Conner asked.

                “I didn’t.” Pilaf looked down at his book.

                On edge now, Conner lay back down, scanning the room for more shadowy movement, his fingers ready to snap his flashlight back on at any second.

Co-n-n-e-r-r-r-r-r-r D-e-l-l-l-l-l.

                A whispered, hissing sort of growl sounded in his head as a flicker of movement caught his eye. He whipped his head around in time to see a shadowy tail vanish under Pilaf’s bed. Flipping his flashlight on, he investigated the space under the metal frame.

Nothing there.

                “What are you doing, Conner?” Pilaf managed to blink and stare at the same time.

Trying to protect you from slithery shadow monsters that could slurp your soul like a slushie, Conner thought. How could he keep the flashlight on without alarming Pilaf? Out loud, he said, “Uh, it’s a game. Flashlight tag. You’re it.” He shined the flashlight at Pilaf.

                “How do you play?”

                “Well . . . one person’s it and he shines a flashlight all over the room.”

                “That’s all?” Pilaf blinked until Conner wondered if he was broadcasting the telephone book in Morse code. “It seems kind of pointless.”

                “Uh, yeah.” Conner said. “You’re right. Lame. How about shadow puppets?” He slipped his hand in front of the flashlight, wiggling his fingers until the shadow resembled a horse.

                “Cool!” Pilaf shouted.

                A knock at the door interrupted them and a tired-looking science teacher poked his head in, glaring beneath tousled red hair. “What’s going on in here?”

                “Sorry, Mr. Keller,” Pilaf said. “We slept on the bus ride, so we’re not tired. Conner’s making shadows with his hands. Look, a horse!”

“Neeeiiiiggghhh.” Conner threw in sound effects as a special feature.

                Apparently unimpressed with great art, Mr. Keller frowned. “Get some sleep. We have a full day tomorrow.”

                “Yes, sir.” Conner swallowed his depression at the thought of a five-day science class. Five days of plankton, ocean salinity, salt marshes, and beach ecology. Five days of science, 24/7. At least they were close to the beach. That might be fun.

                “Do another one,” Pilaf whispered as the sound of Mr. Keller’s footsteps retreated down the hall.

                “Okay, but be quiet this time.” Conner opened his fingers, making a snake’s mouth, complete with a flickering tongue.

It seemed so real that Conner thought he heard a hiss. Unsettled, he dropped his hands, but the hissing noise continued, twisting into words.

Co-n-n-e-r-r-r-r-r-r D-e-l-l-l-l-l—

Trying to squash the sound, Conner raised his voice. “Here’s another one.” He cupped his hands on top of each other, stuck his thumb up, and opened his fingers slightly.

“Wow!” Pilaf yelled. “A wolf!” He giggled as Conner opened the mouth and growled. “Little pig, little pig let me come in.” Conner prayed that none of the other seventh-grade boys heard he’d been doing Three Little Pigs shadow plays. That would not be cool.

Co-n-n-e-r-r-r-r-r-r D-e-l-l-l-l-l—

The weird voice came louder. Conner dropped his hands away from the flashlight.

The wolf head stayed there.

Fighting panic, Conner switched the flashlight off, but the wolf head remained, darker than the darkest shadows on the wall.

It stretched and grew bigger, becoming life-sized within seconds. It turned and stared at Conner, a three-dimensional head sticking out of the wall like some kind of freaky hunting souvenir.

The wolf growled, then jumped off the wall, and sailed across the room toward Conner.



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