ON SPOTLIGHT~~ ANNA HARRINGTON~~IF THE DUKE DEMANDS….with #Review


 

 

The Carlisles are back…and England will never be the same! Known as the “Scourge of Mayfair,” the infamous brothers enjoy nothing more than having a good time and striking fear into the hearts of marriage-minded mamas. But when the three brothers cross paths with three very special women, they’ve finally met their matches–in more ways than one.  

 
 
 A LESSON IN SEDUCTION

Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can’t wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she’s swept into rock hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she’s horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent—Robert’s formidable older brother.

 

Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: he’ll help her win his brother’s heart if she’ll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself. 

Available, today, February 28, 2017….

 

 

  • Series: Capturing the Carlisles (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455597252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455597253
  • Length: 368 pages

 

 

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About the author….

I fell in love with historical romances and all things Regency—and especially all those dashing Regency heroes—while living in England, where I spent most of my time studying the Romantic poets, reading Jane Austen, and getting lost all over the English countryside. I love the period’s rich history and find that all those rules of etiquette and propriety can be worked to the heroine’s advantage…if she’s daring enough to seize her dreams.

I am an avid traveler and have enjoyed visiting schools and volunteering with children’s organizations in Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, and Mexico, and I have amassed thousands of photos I unleash on unsuspecting friends who dare to ask about my travels.

I love to be outdoors! I’ve been hiking in Alaska, the Andes, and the Alps, and I love whitewater rafting (when I don’t fall in!). I earned my pilot’s license at Chicago Midway (To all the controllers in Chicago Center—I greatly apologize for every problem I caused for you and Southwest Airlines), and it is my dream to one-day fly in a hot-air balloon over Africa.

I adore all things chocolate, ice cream of any flavor, and Kona coffee by the gallon. A Doctor Who fanatic (everyone says my house is bigger on the inside), I am a terrible cook who hopes to one day use my oven for something other than shoe storage. When I’m not writing, I like to spend my time trying not to kill the innocent rose bushes in my garden.

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MY THOUGHTS:

“The Carlisles are back…and England will never be the same! Known as the “Scourge of Mayfair,” the infamous brothers enjoy nothing more than having a good time and striking fear into the hearts of marriage-minded mamas. But when the three brothers cross paths with three very special women, they’ve finally met their matches–in more ways than one.”
“If The Duke Demands” is an exciting premise to a brand new series by Anna Harrington, “Capturing the Carlisles”.  What a delightful, fun, romp through Regency England!
This is the story of Miranda Hodgkins and Sebastian, the Duke of Trent. Miranda, sneaks into what she believes his Robert Carlisle’s bedchamber, with seduction on her mind, instead after the mask comes off, she finds Robert’s formidable older brother, Sebastian. Oops, yes, Miranda, wrong brother! Miranda is horrified to find in her haste to capture Robert, she finds Sebastian instead. What’s a girl to do? Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian offers her a way out of scandal, if she will find him a suitable and perfect wife, he will help her win his brother’s heart. We all know is to be a terrible mistake!
The closer Sebastian gets to Miranda, the more he wishes to keep her for his own. Can these two perfect people, find their HEA in each other’s arms?
Well written, with likeable, funny and engaging characters. The plot is absolutely a delight to read, with twists and turns, witty dialog, and a perfect match. Miranda has such a lovable personality, she brings so much to this story. She has a zest for life, is witty, smart, loyal and dreaming for the prospect for  love. Sebastian, on the other hand is a bit stodgy, he wishes to be proper, honorable, honest, loyal and has a wounded soul. Together, they prove opposites do attract.
I found myself laughing out loud at moments, teary at others, especially, when Sebastian reveals his concerns and his past. He is trying to be the man he believes his father wanted him to be, before his father’s death, he has a lot of guilt.
Fun, romp through Regency England with side trip through, life’s ups and downs, the struggles of life, and the demands of being a Duke and the challenges of falling in love.
Historical Romance fans are sure to adore, “If The Duke Demands”. It has everything a romance reader finds exciting and not oppressive or mind boggling. Simple put, a romance you will wish to re-read over and over again.
An absolute delight to read! I read in one setting, once I got started reading, I was glued to the pages of Sebastian and Miranda’s story. Great job, Anna Harrington!  I can’t wait to read the Carlisles’ next grand adventure! A definite must read!!
** There is a preview of her next book, “When the Scoundrel Sins”, included at the back of “If The Duke Demands”, which shows that the next book will be about, Quinton Carlisle, youngest brother to the Duke of Trent and Annabelle Greene’s story**
I received a complimentary copy.
Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR
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TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT~~BRONWEN EVANS~~COOPERS CREEK…

Love Me and Heal Me

Bronwen Evans, is launching a new Coopers Creek contemporary romance series 13th February 2017. Here’s the first 3 chapters of each book so you can TRY BEFORE YOU BUY.

LOVE ME (Coopers Creek book #1) Kindle File 

LOVE ME (Coopers Creek book #1) ePub File

HEAL ME (Coopers Creek book #2) Kindle File

HEAL ME (Coopers Creek book #2) ePub File

I’d love to know what you think?

The first book in USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans’s flirty new contemporary romance series…

Stacey Stanford’s trip to New York, and her plan to bring her orphaned goddaughter home to Coopers Creek, backfires. To her horror she’s hired as Hayley’s nanny and moving in with her ex-lover, Hayley’s uncle, the handsome cowboy come banker, Tyler Jeffries. He still makes her heart pound-even though four years ago he walked away from their relationship without a backward glance.

Tyler hates that he has no choice but to let Stacey move in, but this is about Hayley and what she needs. He can’t believe the woman he blames for his sister’s death still fiercely fires his blood. Out of his comfort zone, coping with PTA meetings and white picket fences, he lets his heart’s defences down, only to have Stacey betray him again…

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LYING IN SHADOWS~SOFIA GREY~~ with #Excerpt and #Giveaway

 

Lying in Shadows is the first in the Event Horizon series of contemp romantic suspense stories. Some of the characters may already be familiar to readers, from the Talisman series, and the standalones Perfect Stranger and Pole Position.

 

 

It’s as much romance as it is suspense, set in a high-tech global company, where good people sometimes do bad things. Just like real life.

 

P.S. – Event Horizon are a rock band. This could be a whole new genre – hot rocker romantic suspense?

 

 

Title: Lying in Shadows

 

Series: Event Horizon, #1

 

Genre: Romantic suspense

 

Heat level: Light

 

Author: Sofia Grey

 

Release date: 24 February 2017

 

Publisher: Acelette Press

 

Pricing: $0.99 for pre-order period, rising to $3.99 on release

 

Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

 

 

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**(open until 4-March)**

 Tagline: Good people sometimes do bad things

 

 

Blurb

 

Marianne needs to find who’s leaking secrets from her company, before they lose another major contract. What she doesn’t need is an affair with her married boss. Even worse, to fall in love with him.

 

She discovers the security leak is more than a case of commercial espionage: someone is lying in the shadows, playing games with them. Now more than her heart and career are at stake—her life is on the line.

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Author links:

 

www.SofiaGrey.com

 

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Author bio:

 

 Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.

 

Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

 

Check out my image collections on Pinterest and my music playlists on Spotify.

 

 

 

Short Excerpt

 

Marcus was just so damned nice. Marianne had almost forgotten what good company he was and how easily they slipped back into being friends. She sensed there was something he wasn’t telling her. He’d lost weight in the past year, and had new worry lines on his forehead and shadows under his eyes. She almost asked if the rumours about him and Louisa were true, but managed to stop herself in time.

Was this the right moment to ask if his wife was on the verge of leaving him? Was there ever a good time?

“Thank you for walking me back.” It was all of two blocks, but she enjoyed having him at her side.

“Sleep well.” He made no move to leave.

Silence hung between them. Marianne should turn on her heel and walk into the apartment building, but she didn’t. What was it about Marcus that drew her so much? He was a complication she couldn’t afford.

“You too.” The quick hug she gave him was impulsive. Air-kissing cheeks was as close as they’d been up to now. The squeeze he gave her made her pulse quicken, but she moved. Stepped free. “Goodnight, Marcus.” She didn’t look back at him. She couldn’t.

 

 

 

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COVER REVEAL~~ASHLEY YORK~~CURSE OF THE HEALER

Amazon Best Selling Author of historical romance, Ashley York!!!

Presents the cover of …..CURSE OF THE HEALER. 

I present to you, dear readers, the fabulous cover…

Isn’t this a gorgeous cover!!

***Pre-order links coming soon!***

**Pre-order now available **

:

Here is the pre-order

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XC1J99P

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About the author. ….

Amazon Best Selling Author Ashley York writes historical romance full of passion and intrigue set in 11th and 12th century Ireland, Scotland, and England where life was wild and survival was never guaranteed.

The complexity of her characters evoke strong emotional responses from the readers, whether good or evil. The four books of the Norman Conquest series tell the tale of the fictional last Godwin bent on overthrowing King William I, finding support across northern England and as far west as Ireland. Far from the typical romance formulas, her stories are fresh and unpredictable but still finish with a satisfying HEA.

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ON TOUR~ LIVE ECHOES: THE SIM WAR: BOOK FIVE~ HENRY V. O’NEIL

Dog Eared Publicity Presents LIVE ECHOES by Henry V. O’Neil, on tour February 20 – March 3, 2017

Inside the Book:

 

Title: Live Echoes
Author: Henry V. O’Neil
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Ecopy
There’s new hope for resolution of the decades-long war against the Sims: the discovery of Omega, a mysterious planet far from the fighting. Reena Mortas, the embattled leader of the human alliance, is betting everything that Omega could unlock the mystery of what’s creating the Sims.

Meanwhile, her husband and predecessor, the missing-and-believed-dead Olech Mortas, has made contact with the aliens who gave mankind the faster-than-light mode of travel known as the Step. Existing in a different realm, Olech is re-living the most important decisions of his life—while trying to explain human contradiction to a being that looks just like him, known only as Mirror.

Olech’s children, Jander and Ayliss, are still embroiled in the war. Jander has rejoined the Orphan Brigade on the mineral-rich planet Celestia, where he comes to believe what many of the Orphans feel: they’re supporting the wrong side. Ayliss, fighting in the all-female Banshees, is soon thrown into the losing war against the Sims, not knowing that every Banshee in the Human Defense Force is slated for an all-out assault on Omega that could win the war—or get them all killed.

Live Echoes is the gripping end to the Sim War series, and finally answers its central question: Where did the Sims come from, and why are they bent on humanity’s destruction?

PURCHASE HERE: AMAZON

Meet the Author

Henry V. O’Neil is the name under which award-winning mystery novelist Vincent H. O’Neil publishes his science fiction work. A graduate of West Point, he served in the US Army Infantry with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, and in the 1st Battalion (Airborne) of the 508th Infantry in Panama. He has worked as a risk manager, a marketing copywriter, and an apprentice librarian

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BLOG TOUR~DARCY BURKE~SO RIGHT with #Giveaway

Meet Darcy:

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.
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About the Book:

Kelsey McDade realizes that her love life is one and done. Her last—and only—relationship left her broken and afraid and more than ready to be alone for the long haul. But sexy-charming vineyard manager Luke Westcott pushes all of her buttons in the right way and makes her wonder if she ought to try again.
In nearly twenty-eight years, Luke’s most successful romance has been with the outdoors. Currently single, he’s happy to pour all of his energy into his new winery until Kelsey provokes feelings he didn’t know he was capable of. He can envision their future together—if she’ll let down her guard.
When the ghost of Kelsey’s past causes her to slam on the brakes, Luke is ready to fight for her, even if it means sacrificing himself in the process. Convinced she’s only made wrong choices in the past, Kelsey must decide if Luke—and their love—is worth the greatest risk of all.
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Welcome author Chris Beakey……a giveaway

Would you break the law for someone you love?

MEET THE AUTHOR THE WHO’S WHO OF THE AMERICAN THRILLER COMMUNITY CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT

How do you write a character who’s forced to make a legally and morally dangerous choice in a desperate effort to rescue his daughter? And what happens when readers find themselves rooting for him – seeing him as a good man shouldn’t be prosecuted for doing a very bad thing?

CB: That’s the question at the heart of Fatal Option, which compels readers to question how their own values hold up when bad decisions feel like the only decisions. Crafted by the Lambda Literary Award finalist behind the hit 2007 thriller Double Abduction, Fatal Option [Post Hill Press/Simon & Schuster, February 21, 2017] is heralded by bestseller

Peter Swanson (The Kind Worth Killing) as “a wintery tale of violence and redemption, artfully balanced by the portrayal of a family in crisis.” It has also earned praise from Washington Post staff writer Neely Tucker, author of Only the Hunted Run, Norb Vonnegut, author of Top Producer and The Trust, and other thriller writers at the top oftheir game.

In Fatal Option, it’s the coldest night of the year and Beakey’s protagonist – a suburban dad named Stephen Porter – has just capped off a night of lonely binge drinking by himself when he gets a desperate call from his teenage daughter, begging him to come rescue her in the blizzard. Stephen knows it’s dangerously irresponsible to get behind the wheel…but, unwilling to abandon his own child to the cold, heads out onto the winding, icy roads of Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains to bring his daughter home. Relentlessly suspenseful and intensely thought-provoking, Beakey’s captivating narrative has readers rooting for Stephen – whose condemnable actions aren’t at all easy to condemn – and questioning their own ethical boundaries, were they to find themselves in a similarly desperate situation.

“In real life, I would never drink and drive, and am glad society has evolved to consider drunk driving a morally terrible thing,” says Beakey. “But after hitting a patch of black ice on an empty road a few years ago, I couldn’t help but imagine, in an instant, something worse than my own death. That’s where this began, as a story about a man who does a very bad thing for very good reasons. It took many, many more drives down that dark and winding road to get the story right. Now that the journey’s over, I welcome conversation with readers who want to share their feelings, observations, and perhaps even a moral slap on the hand if the notion strikes them.”

Clever, engaging, and one to watch in the American thriller landscape, Chris Beakey has availability for interviews to promote the February 2017 release of Fatal Option. Among the topics he can discuss include:

▪ How stories about good people doing bad things in desperate situations opens up an important dialogue about morality and snap judgments

▪ Is it a bad thing when the people we love have secrets? How can grappling with this in fiction inform one’s own moral journey?

▪ What extreme lengths would you go to — what crimes would you commit — to save your children?

▪ How does a writer get into the mind of a character who surprises even his creator?

▪ What he’s learned from working alongside law enforcement professionals about criminal behavior and justice

▪ His experiences as a long-time mentor to at-risk youth, and the perspective and realism it’s brought to Fatal Option’s teenaged characters

Chris Beakey tells stories of good people caught in bad places. He writes fiction

from his homes in Washington, D.C. and Lewes, Delaware, as well as nonfiction as a ghostwriter for an organization that promotes bipartisan policies that strengthen the nation through smart investments in youth. His first, novel, Double Abduction, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Connect with Chris Beakey on Facebook, Goodreads and at www.chrisbeakey.com.

Fatal Option [Post Hill Press] will be released February 21, 2017, and is currently available for pre-order via Indiebound, Amazon and wherever fine books are sold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway!

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SPOTLIGHT with #REVIEW~ A LADY WITHOUT A LORD~ BLISS BENNET

A Lady without a Lord

(Book 3 in The Penningtons series)

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A viscount convinced he’s a failure
For years, Theodosius Pennington has tried to forget his myriad shortcomings by indulging in wine, women, and witty bonhomie. But now that he’s inherited the title of Viscount Saybrook, it’s time to stop ignoring his responsibilities. Finding the perfect husband for his headstrong younger sister seems a good first step. Until, that is, his sister’s dowry goes missing . . .
A lady determined to succeed
Harriot Atherton has a secret: it is she, not her steward father, who maintains the Saybrook account books. But Harry’s precarious balancing act begins to totter when the irresponsible new viscount unexpectedly returns to Lincolnshire, the painfully awkward boy of her childhood now a charming yet vulnerable man. Unfortunately, Theo is also claiming financial malfeasance. Can her father’s wandering wits be responsible for the lost funds? Or is she?

As unlikely attraction flairs between dutiful Harry and playful Theo, each learns there is far more to the other than devoted daughter and happy-go-lucky lord. But if Harry succeeds at protecting her father, discovering the missing money, and keeping all her secrets, will she be in danger of failing at something equally important—finding love?

Available 2/14/17

Praise for A Lady without a Lord:

“Theo and Harry are likeable, attractive and fully-rounded characters whose flaws and insecurities make them seem that much more real.  Theo is completely adorable; a loveable rogue who has spent so long believing himself to be the idiot his father kept insisting he was that he fails to see that his intelligence is of a completely different, yet equally valid kind, and that he is gifted in other ways.” —All About Romance

 

About the author….

Bliss Bennet writes smart, edgy novels for readers who love history as much as they love romance. Despite being born and bred in New England, Bliss finds herself fascinated by the history of that country across the pond, particular the politically volatile period known as the English Regency. Though she’s visited England several times, Bliss continues to make her home in New England, along with her husband, daughter, and two monstrously fluffy black cats.

Her historical romance series, The Penningtons, includes A REBEL WITHOUT A ROGUE, A MAN WITH A MISTRESS, and A LADY WITHOUT A LORD.

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MY THOUGHTS:

A LADY WITHOUT A LORD by Bliss Bennet is a delightful Regency Romance. Book  in the “Penningtons”, series, but can be read as a stand alone. However, readers may find they would enjoy learning more of the Penningtons, by reading Book 1, “A Lady Without a Rogue” and Book 2, ” A Man Without a Mistress”, however, not necessary to thoroughly enjoy ” A Lady Without a Lord”. Set against the backdrop of Lincolnshire, England.

Theophilius Pennington, a Viscount, with a learning disability, who thinks he’s undeserving and convinced he’s a failure. Harriot Atherton she is the one, not her steward father, who maintains the Saybrook account books. What a secret! Theo is dutiful, but irresponsible and Harry  is the dutiful daughter and very playful. When, Theo learns his sister’s dowry has disappeared, he travels to Lincolnshire to learn who is the culprit. Could it possibly be his childhood friend, Harry, or her father’s diminishing wits.

Steady paced, adventure filled, with engaging characters, and a well thought out storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed watching playful Harry and the vulnerable Theo  comes to terms with their growing attraction. There was so much more to this couple than the happy-go-lucky Viscount  and the devoted daughter. Will they find there HEA, and true love, or will  all be lost to Harry’s secret, finding the real culprit, and the missing money?

An enjoyable and satisfying read! Strongly recommended for fans of Regency Romance, were the hero has a learning disability and the power of love, healing and the strength of family. I was very intrigued and am looking forward to what’s next.  I had no complaints on this fantastic read! I enjoyed Theo and Harry’s story!

Ms. Bennet has written a well thought out, well balanced and extremely delightful tale of love, romance and growth. Powerful and compelling! Well done!

I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR

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SPOTLIGHT with #REVIEW~~THE GATEHOUSE~~BECCA ST. JOHN

A deaf aristocrat fights to protect all he loves from a killer he cannot hear

Moments before the wedding, Christopher Sterry finds the groom, his twin brother, murdered. One would expect Christopher to become the next Earl of Longford. No one would be surprised if he married his twin’s almost-bride, Helen Grove. She is, after all, his closest friend and confidante.

Except Christopher is deaf in an inflexible world that believes a deaf mute is no better than a barbaric half-wit, unfit to be an earl and quite capable of murdering his brother.

Helen waits at the altar while her groom lies murdered in the folly. But there is no time to mourn. Christopher is in danger and so, it appears, is she.  Born to marry the earl of Longford, whoever that may be, Helen ignores her own risks and crosses into the line of fire to protect the man who holds her heart.

Lady Eleanor solves crimes more thoroughly than any male magistrate. So when Christopher, her godson, is condemned without evidence, she sets out to prove both his innocence and his competence as earl. If she fails, Christopher will die… or be returned to an asylum worse than hell.

  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Winterbourne Farm Publishing, LLC. (January 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MT7BNH2
  • Length: 257 pages
  • Lady Eleanor Mysteries, Book 2

 

Buy link:

https://www.amazon.com/Gatehouse-Lady-Eleanor-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B01MT7BNH2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

About the author…..

An Accidental Writer ~

Writing was a tool, not a toy, until a stay in a haunted hotel and a bookcase full of dog-eared romances. Hooked, Becca read old romances, new romances, both sexy and sweet, until her own tales begged to be written.

Living in Florida, Becca divides her time between dreaming up stories, diving deep into history, kayaking, and swimming. Her husband gives her the space she needs by fishing in the mangroves and waterways, or watching football (the English sort) with his British buddies. Becca and her hubby break the routine with adventure travel; though, at heart, Becca is a homebody believing there is no greater playground than inside the mind.

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MY THOUGHTS

THE GATEHOUSE by Becca St. John is an extraordinary Regency Romance. Book 2 in her amazing  “Lady Eleanor Mysteries” series, can be read as a stand alone. See, “Summerton”, book 1.

What a unique story, a deaf hero, Christopher Sterry, the possible next Earl of Longford, after his brother and twin is murdered on what was supposed to be his wedding day and Helen Grove, his brother’s almost bride, his best friend and confidante. But will Christopher’s disability cause him more harm, or will his peers be able to accept him for what he really is, a capable, deaf mute in an incapable world, or will he lose all, and be condemned as a murderer, because of his disability.  Helen puts herself in the sights of a killer, and to save the man who holds her heart. Enter…..Christopher’s god mother, Lady Eleanor, who solves crime better than any man could do, and is determined to prove her god son’s innocence and his competence to be the next Earl of Longford.  Or will Christopher be sent back to an asylum?

Fast paced and very impressive. I loved how Ms. St. John interweaves Christopher’s disability into the story, into the plot in a realistic way, without deeming the hero as incompetent. She also emphasised how Christopher reads lips and uses an interpreter . Well done! The reader can tell how much research and hard work went into developing Christopher’s character. I loved how Christopher’s god mother, Lady Eleanor, and Helen supported his innocence and how they supported him throughout the story.

Ms. St. John, took a story that had many complications and made it her own. Whew, she has written a masterfully and brilliant story. This story has so much to offer readers in this complicated, but well thought out story. A page turner for sure! Bravo, Becca St. John. You don’t want to miss “The Gatehouse”. An absolutely must read Regency Romance with a touch of Gothic intrigue.  A unique story with some very unique characters and a very different plot. Enjoyable and satisfying read.

I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR

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SPOTLIGHT ~~THE CROW MAIDEN~~KELLY HECKART~~w/Excerpt

 

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Blurb

The Crow Maiden
Book 3: The Arcadia Series

(The Crow Maiden is a standalone story in the Arcadia Series)

She betrayed her goddess for him…
He betrayed her.
Plotting her revenge is her only solace. Until now.

Nahla is the Crow Maiden, an Arcadian, and once a priestess of Artemis. Now she is a captive, a being who lives in the shadows until her vile master the sorcerer-king Aramon summons her. Another releases her from the Shadowlands, and while he might be the champion she has waited for, the gods must be playing a cruel joke. Her champion is crippled.

An Achaean lord who once ruled a great city, Balin is a broken man. He has lost everything—his kingdom and his family. Revenge consumes him. Although wary of the mysterious, cold-eyed female who appears and claims he summoned her, she may be his only hope to exact vengeance on the king who ruined him, the same man Nahla seeks to destroy.

They are bound by revenge, and soon, both learn they are bound by much more, but the secrets she hides might tear them apart and ruin their only opportunity for vengeance—and their chance to love again.

“Ms. Heckart draws the reader into the pages and enchants them with her words.”
Karen McGill, Coffee Time Romance

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Multi-published author Kelley Heckart lives in Arizona with her musician husband, dog and a number of backyard “pets.” Her stories reflect her passion for ancient and medieval time periods, storytelling and the supernatural. Inspired by the ancient Celts, her tales are filled with fierce warriors, bold women, otherworldly creatures, magic, and romance. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and practices target archery. She can be found online at http://www.kelleyheckart.com/

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Short Excerpt (PG): 

“Who is she to you?”
“She is a loyal servant, nothing more.”
She crossed her arms. “Her expression revealed she feels more deeply than a loyal servant should feel for her master.”
“And you are an expert on love?” He tilted his head and gave her a sidelong glance. “I think not.”
Nahla reacted with an open-mouthed frown.
He raised one wry eyebrow. “A sharp tongue is like a slap in the face, is it not?”
Her face grew hot. “Your harsh words do not affect me.”
He scratched his scraggly beard. “Hmm. If you say so.”
“Either way, her affection for you could be useful.”
He arched both eyebrows. “How so?”
“Aramon will summon me soon. I will need someone to care for you while I am gone. Someone to make certain you get the treatments you need for your leg.” She didn’t want him reverting back to his terrible habits.
He frowned. “I do not want her involved in this.”
“So, you do have affection for the maiden.” An unexpected sharp twinge rippled through her chest.
He glowered at her. “How do you know Aramon will summon you?”
She sighed. “He always does, mostly because he knows I hate it. I will not be with him long, though, because I will make my stay unpleasant for him, and he will send me away.” She glanced at him. “Back to you.”
“How fortunate for me.” He sat up with a grimace. “Making it unpleasant for him must be a simple task for you.”
She punched the sheepskin covering his healthy thigh. “I can be even more unpleasant if that is your wish, Achaean.”
He narrowed his eyes and grunted something she didn’t understand, but it sounded like “viper-tongued nag.” His pain made him sullen, but what if he truly despised waking up next to her and being around her?
Stop it, Nahla. You cannot have these thoughts about him. Her chest ached with surprising sorrow. There was something she hadn’t told him. She wasn’t certain she could.

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