ARMORED HEARTS~ GUEST POST WITH MELISSA TURNER LEE & PAULINE CREEDEN….

 Welcome to MBA&M today!!

Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden

[Part Steampunk,part Paranormal and part Historical]

Armored Hearts

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”What is steampunk?” for those who read more mainstream. So much of steampunk is all about the mechanizations and political atmosphere. The goal we had for this book is to introduce the ultra cool world to the romance and fantasy crowd in a way that is much more palatable than we’ve ever seen it done.

While writing, we had a lot of brainstorming sessions, and then Melissa wrote the first draft. Then we brainstormed some more, and then Pauline took it and added a bit. Then we discussed what needed fixing, and Melissa did the third draft. We went back and forth on this project. We also made a board on Pinterest so we had the same faces, places and such in mind as we wrote.  But Melissa did the most work, as it was her idea. Pauline has a Contemporary Romantic/Suspense novel she’ll be taking the reins on that we’ve done some brainstorming sessions with and will be working on it later this year as well as AH2.

Opening up to new ideas and there were places we needed to go back and add action or a death. The challenge of collaboration is that there is compromise. Often one of us would have an idea the other would shoot down, but the end result was better than either of us would have had happen on our own and with only our own ideas involved. The end result is stronger, and not too frilly nor too dark.

The best part was the research. We both took to watching all of Downton Abbey while were editing for the fun of immersing ourselves in the culture of the time period. Overall, it’s been a great experience, and we hope for big things to come from our team.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Author Website / Blog: http://paulinecreeden.com

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Author Biography: This is an exciting collaboration between a Steampunk writer and a Paranormal Romance author. Together we are blending the two cultures as seamlessly as possible so that fans of both genres will love what we’ve come up with. Melissa Turner Lee, is the bestselling- author of The Difference Between Night and Day, The Earth Painter, and The Man Painter. Pauline Creeden is a multi-published author of short stories, and her first solo novel, Sanctuary, is available.

Author Website / Blog: http://paulinecreeden.com

Author Facebook Page :http://facebook.com/melissaturnerlee

Author Twitter Profile : https://twitter.com/MelissaTLee1975

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Armored Hearts kindle cropBook Blurb: When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairytales.

Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park, left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.

Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

Link(s) to Your Book : http://www.amazon.com/Armored-Hearts-Fantasy-Steampunk-ebook/dp/B00CL12T8M,

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/armored-hearts,

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/armored-hearts-pauline-creeden/1115218475?ean=2940016407487

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Book Excerpt : Twelve-year-old Tristan Gareth Smyth gripped the armrests of his wheelchair and said, “This will do. I can make it the rest of the way on my own from here.”

His eyes trained up the landmark tree and he had that feeling again. The vapor of a memory, maybe a dream. He always had that feeling when he looked up at the broad branches of this particular oak. Then he remembered who he was talking to and his face hardened.

The maid, Sarah, with her strong Scottish burr, patted him on the shoulder. Gareth refused to look at her. He stared down at his knee pants instead. “Are ye sure ye will be alright? I do na mind walking with ye the rest of the way to Mr. Strong’s house.”

Gareth clenched his hands into fists. “I’ll be fine.”

“Too bad he didn’t like coming out to the manor. Remember how green Mr. Strong got when he choked on my spice cake that day and ran off.” She laughed but tried to cover it with a cough. “I thought that would be the end of ’im but he worked it out with yer grandfather to instruct ye in town. Funny, my spice didn’t bother the rest of ye.”

She bent down in front of Gareth, attempting to make eye contact. “There are lots of children in this section of town. Ye might try making friends with ’em.”

Gareth turned away and clenched his jaw. Children never wanted to make friends with him. The chair made them uncomfortable. And what did he care anyway? He attempted to give her as stern a look as his grandfather would. “I know the way from here, and I won’t be late. You can go on to market, now.”

The breeze picked up and blew wisps of red hair into the woman’s round face. She smiled. Was she making fun of him? “Oh, it’s such a pretty day. This fresh air will do ye good, for certain.”

Gareth scowled.

She patted her hands on her knees and stood straight again. “Well then, I’ll leave ye to it. I’ve got to run off to the baker’s. Be sure to get to Mr. Strong’s in a timely manner. Though I think yer old governess was doing a fine job. Not sure why ye need Mr. Strong. But I guess it’s none of my concern.”

She was a servant, in uniform, and he was a future lord. Following his instruction was her duty. She and her husband, Thompton had been employed by his grandfather only six months. They might find themselves out of work and heading back to Scotland, if she kept voicing that sort of opinion.

No, Gareth could never really get them fired. But he’d make her think he would. He shook his head in the same disapproving manner he’d seen his grandfather use.

The sunlight played in the golden highlights of the woman’s ruby hair. Although her green eyes twinkled, she continued to voice her cutting opinion. She placed one hand on his shoulder. “It’s not being stuck in this chair that keeps ye lonely. It’s yer surly attitude.”

Gareth couldn’t help but let his face scrunch a little. He crossed his arms and turned his face from her.

Her accent was thick and melodic, familiar in a way. His mother had been Scottish though he hardly remembered her. Still, Gareth kept his pout in place. The truth was, he didn’t know how to relate to others. Even people who could feel at ease talking to perfect strangers stammered or spoke quickly to him and walked away. The wheelchair did more than keep him from playing.

She straightened the collar of his waistcoat. “Look, there’s a little girl coming now. She looks to be about Tabitha’s age. Maybe a wee bit older.”

He did glance then, but just under his lashes, not to give the impression that he cared. Easier to act like he didn’t care than to show he truly did. He refused to give anyone more reason to feel sorry for him. No one pities an angry person.

He missed Tabitha…Tabitha Fitzgerald, Lord Gerald Smyth’s bastard daughter. But ward was her polite title. At five years old, she was the only person he allowed to get close. Maybe it was the way she climbed up in his lap, never caring about the wheelchair. She didn’t see it when she looked at him, she only saw Gareth.

He never spoke to Tabitha about who her parents really were, but she knew. For some reason, servants believed children to be both deaf and dumb, and gossiped openly around them. That’s how Gareth knew the truth about his own mother. He was told she died, but he’d overheard the maids say she had run back home to Scotland and how they didn’t blame her. It’s also how he’d learned the truth of his own father’s death—shot by his mistress’s jealous husband.

“I’m heading off. I’ll be sure to get ye a sweet roll for later.”

Gareth only grunted in response.

When the maid turned away, Gareth allowed himself to watch the little girl play. Her hair was a darker blonde than Tabitha’s and had streaks of amber. She looked to be a bit taller, too, as she ran around in a green day dress and stockings. She pushed a hoop along until she reached the tree. Once there she looked both ways. Her eyes met Gareth’s and, for a moment, he was tempted to turn away to keep her from doing it first. Instead, she smiled broadly and beckoned him closer.

Gareth wheeled his chair to the tree trunk, his curiosity getting the better of him. The girl dropped the hoop on the ground and took hold of the lowest branch. She whispered in an accent he didn’t recognize, “Keep watch for me, and call out if you see anyone coming.”

His chin tucked in and his eyes grew wide. She took it as assent, and nodded, starting her climb. She was spirited like Tabitha. The thought of being able to climb a tree at all pricked at Gareth’s heart. He would never get to climb a tree.

Again he took on the expression of being bored. No one needed to know he was jealous of the girl. Gareth made a habit of never owning his true feelings. It was his protective covering. With his lids half closed, he tried not to watch the girl or keep an eye out for anyone else’s approach. Without his permission, his gaze returned to the girl’s powder white limbs as she climbed higher than most children did.

Soon she was too high up.

Gareth adjusted himself in his seat, his eyes darting around. Instead of keeping lookout, he hoped for some adult to show up and tell the girl to come down.

The girl called down in a harsh whisper. “Look! Watch this.”

She scooted out on a limb, making her way to a bird’s nest. The limb wobbled as she got closer to the end.

He was about to call out a warning to her when it was too late. The branch snapped. The little girl was falling with barely a squeal. All Gareth could think was that he needed to do something. It was then he noticed he was rushing towards her. He wasn’t sure how he was moving his wheelchair and catching her but he did. Her giant brown eyes grew as he held her. Then she looked about and her eyes became wider. He swallowed hard and stared at the ground several feet away.

In a rush, he placed the girl on the grass and flew back to his chair. His heart still pounded in his ears as he sat. He tried to mask his confusion as he masked all other uncomfortable emotions, but it wasn’t working. The girl stared at him, but said nothing as a dark-haired woman rushed toward her.

“Sweeting, are you ok?” The woman swept the girl up into her arms. “I got here as fast as I could. I can’t believe you did that. I thought I told you not to climb that tree.”

She put the girl back down and looked her over, grabbing her head and looking for a sign of injury. “Aren’t you hurt at all? I saw you falling from the window upstairs.”

The girl shook her head too quickly, like she was still in shock.

“Come on back to the house,” the pinch-faced woman snapped, ushering the little girl away.

The girl yanked her hand free of the woman’s grasp and rushed back to Gareth. She placed an object in his hand and kissed his cheek.

“You were amazing,” she whispered and turned back to the woman who called out her name.

Gareth’s cheeks burned. What did the woman say the girl’s name was? He didn’t hear with the blood rushing to his ear drums. Jessie? Jenny?

The woman scolded the girl as she returned to her. “What did you do? Where are your manners? You don’t talk to cripples. Best to act like you don’t see them at all.”

The words struck Gareth like a bucket of cold water. But he let it slide off him as he thought about the fact that he had flown. He watched after the girl as her dark eyes stared back. His mind was muddled at what had happened. The muscles in his face hardened and he glared at the woman’s back as they retreated.

Shaking his head, he remembered he was supposed to be heading to Mr. Strong’s house. He pushed on the wheels of his chair down the road again. He’d forgotten he was holding something, and nearly dropped it. The small, pale blue-green stone had a few dark wrinkles, but almost looked like a robin’s egg. He put it to his nose. Flowers. It smelled just like the girl.

Gareth was so caught up in staring at how tiny the stone was in his palm, he’d forgotten all about Mr. Strong until the man called, “Master Tristan, what are you doing out here? You were to report to my house a quarter of an hour ago.”

“I prefer Gareth.” He narrowed his eyes at the pale, feeble man.

Mr. Strong ran a hand through his thin blond hair and smiled, his lips forming a thin line. “Yes, of course.”

Mr. Strong placed himself behind Gareth’s chair and pushed down the lane. “I have an excellent plan for your studies today. I see you’ve brought no supplies from your home, but no matter, I have plenty of paper and pens to practice your lettering…”

Gareth rolled his eyes, knowing Mr. Strong couldn’t see. The man’s cheerful babble continued as he pushed them towards the house past the inn. The stone rolled between Gareth’s fingers, and he remembered the feeling of the girl’s lips on his cheek.

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SPOTLIGHT AND REVIEW~ JENNIFER HAYMORE, THE ROGUE’S PROPOSAL….

THE ROGUE’S PROPOSAL

The Rogue’s Proposal
THE HOUSE OF TRENT, BOOK 2
Grand Central Publishing ♦ November 19, 2013
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BOUND BY DESIRE

Lukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task-and his heart-in peril.

Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas’s rakish reputation-and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honor would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever .

 

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A bit about the author….

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education from UCLA. Before she became a full-time writer she held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to playing bit roles in soap
operas.
You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.
CONNECT & SOCIALIZE:JenniferHaymore.com

Twitter @jenniferhaymore

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MY THOUGHTS:

THE ROGUE’S PROPOSAL by Jennifer Haymore is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. “House of Trent” book 2, but can be read as a stand alone. See, ” The Duchess Hunt”. Each time you read a Jennifer Haymore story you will be swept away with her engaging characters and her intriguing storylines. In this story the second son of the House of Trent, Lukas Hawkins is on a mission to find his missing mother and her supposed kidnapper, Roger Morton. But what he finds is a mysterious angel,Emma Curtis,oh and what a surprise he finds, for she not only has the face of an angel, a body for sin but a few secrets of her own. Their passion particularly flies off the pages, as their attraction grows. Together, Emma and Lukas find not only passion,fulfill their private fantasies, but love. But can their love survive secrets, and peril? You must read this “The Rogue’s Proposal” for they are bound by desire and set free by love. Filled with secrets, past regrets, passion, danger, intrigue,and love. While, the House of Trent has many, many secrets, the siblings of the House of Trent have secrets of their own. A must read story. I can hardly wait to read the next installment of the “House of Trent” for each sibling has their own issues. Once again, Ms. Haymore has written a series that is sure to capture your heart and will linger in your soul long after you read the last page. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: Mild

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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LOST IN A ROYAL KISS~ VANESSA KELLY….RELEASE DAY!! with Giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS, VANESSA!!

RELEASE DAY OF:

The Renegade Royals, 0.5
Kensington Books
November 26, 2013
ISBN: 9781420131307

ALL IT TAKES IS ONE KISS…

In this thrilling introduction to her Renegade Royals series, Vanessa Kelly transports readers to the court of King George III—where a London street urchin unwittingly plays Cupid, ushering in a new era—and ultimately a new kind of royal…

With her widowed mother working long hours as governess to the royal children, Linnet St. Clare must look after her siblings and run the household. Now she must add to her worries the fate of Dominic, a poor orphan who has inspired the wrath of the king himself. Clearly Linnet has no time to consider her own desires—much less notice the attentions of a certain handsome, powerful magistrate…

Sir Anthony Tait is at a loss for how to capture Linnet’s interest. If only she would be still long enough for courting. Outright seduction seems the only answer. But will his kisses be enough to persuade her—or might Anthony have something to learn from young Dominic about matters of the heart? And in saving the boy’s future, might Anthony and Linnet at last create their own?…

Add to your Goodreads shelf: Lost in a Royal Kiss.

 

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A bit about the author:

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her third book, My Favorite Countess, was nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance.

Vanessa’s next series, The Renegade Royals, is due to hit the shelves in December with an introductory novella, Lost in a Royal Kiss. Book One in the series, Secrets For Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, will release in January, 2014.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she’s lucky enough to spend some of the winter near lovely Amelia Island, Florida. When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency historical novel, she’s writing USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

You can find Vanessa at www.vanessakellyauthor.com or at www.vksykes.com. She’s also a member of Rock*It Reads, a group of bestselling traditional authors like Pamela Clare, Elisabeth Naughton, and Erin Kellison, who are also self-publishing. You can find the Rock*It Reads authors at www.rockitreads.com.

Don’t forget to visit her website for more exciting news: http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/

And join Vanessa on facebook, Twitter, or her blog for daily updates and news about her books!

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~COMING SOON~

My Thoughts coming soon on this title on our sister site, MyBookAddictionReviews so be sure to check back later.

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Please send Vanessa your congratulations on her latest release, LOST IN A ROYAL KISS!!

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