RELEASE DAY BLITZ~~ASHLEY YORK~~EYES OF THE SEER

Happy release Day, Ashley York!!
In the land of the ancient Celts…
Superstitions ignited by fear explode into mass hysteria and one vengeful woman feeds the flame.
Genre: Historical Romance
Series:

Book 2 of 2 in The Derbfine series (2 Book Series)

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  • Publication date: July 31, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072MFRH8G

Blurb

In ancient Éire, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.


He wishes to prove himself…

Marcán of Clonascra bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.

She is desperate to escape…

Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.

Buy links
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Meet the author 

Award-winning 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.

Whether it’s in the mysterious ring forts of Éire, the Scottish Highlands, or the battle fields of Hastings, her characters fight hard and play hard. Good or evil, primary or secondary, they all evoke strong emotional responses.

Passionate about history and research, York may tweak some historical facts (like the location of the Baron’s Rebellion) but the flavor of the time is undeniable. With heroes and heroines you’ll want to read about again and again, her stories are fresh and unpredictable but still finish with a satisfying HEA.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show

My thoughts
Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York is yet another mesmerizing  hit by this author. THE DERBFINE series, #2, but can be read as a stand alone.  # 1, CURSE OF THE HEALER. I was enthralled by the cast of characters,  the plot and the writing style of Ms. York. She never disapoints, and knows how to weave fiction with history, seamlessly and effortlessly. The cast of characters are believable and seem sincere to me. It felt as if I was there with the cast, watching their daily lives, their struggles and their truimphs. The conflict was enough to hold my interest and kept me guessing right up to the end.  Danger, suspense,  mystery, romance, and passion make this story  a magnificent Medeival Romance. In other words I absolutely loved “Eyes of the Seer”.
Ashley York is a talented author whose stories will keep the reader suspended and glued to the pages of a great book. Way to go, Ms. York! ! You don’t wish to miss this fantastic series.
EYES OF THE SEER will have you turning pages, I shed a few tears for the heroine. Her mother was a such witch, not literally, but you get my draft, mean mother to everyone not just her beautiful daughter.  I can’t wait to see what Ashley York has in store for her readers next in this amazing series. Pick up your copy today!
Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR
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In the land of the ancient Celts…
Superstitions ignited by fear explode into mass hysteria and one vengeful woman feeds the flame.
Release day blitz, Ashley York!!
Genre: Historical Romance
Series:

Book 2 of 2 in The Derbfine series (2 Book Series)

  •  
  • Publication date: July 31, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072MFRH8G

Blurb

In ancient Éire, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.

He wishes to prove himself…

Marcán of Clonascra bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.

She is desperate to escape…

Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.

Buy links

Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/eyes-of-the-seer/id1245425855?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Meet Ashley York:
 

Two things you should know about me right up front. I’m a hard-core romantic! And I

I believe true love does exist and once found, can transform your life from a solitary journey into a passionate adventure. Easier said than done sometimes but writing about the infinite number of possibilities, working out the exact when and where, and developing the character’s personal journey to get there, thrills me to no end.

I love history with larger than life heroes, chivalrous knights, lords and ladies, castles, manors, battles and conquests. These are the foundations for passionate, historical romance novels. That’s what I write.  There is nothing like the intense emotions sparked between a driven, hard-working medieval warrior and a feisty damsel in  a quandary, often not of her own making.

It only makes sense that I use my MA in History and all those research techniques to create romantic characters from the past. Although I’m writing fiction, I like to incorporate authentic places, events, and people, embellishing the past. I use real history but with an artistic flare.  I love research, especially from primary documents, and could get lost in them! You’ll discover a world of fiction wrapped around historical people and events in my stories. Some events you may recognize, some you may recognize but a little different than you remember, and some are just from my imagination.

I’m fascinated by the High Middle Ages in Scotland, England, and Ireland. There are so many world-changing events taking place here from their participation in the Crusades to the Battle of Hastings that permanently connected the islands to the continent. Before the Declaration of Arbroath, before William Wallace,  before the Doomsday Book, the area was ripe for great events and they never failed to deliver. It is on this combustible backdrop that I create characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy cooking. It’s relaxing and I always like to find something new and easy. On Fridays I occasionally share simple recipes with Foody Friday. Sometimes entrees. Sometimes desserts. Sometimes snacks. Always delicious.

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SHADOWWOLF~~KATHYRN LE VEQUE

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

ShadowWolfe: Sons of de Wolfe (de Wolfe Pack Book 4) by USA Today and Amazon All-Star best-selling author Kathryn Le Veque.

 

“Le Veque writes… winning epics….” — Publisher’s Weekly

Publication date: July 27th, 2017

 

Genre: Medieval Romance


ABOUT SHADOWWOLFE:

1272 A.D. – Recovering from a great tragedy that had befallen his family, Scott de Wolfe, eldest son of William de Wolfe and Jordan Scott, has become a career knight with no feeling, no compassion. As a premier knight for Henry III, Scott has been tasked with the management of the massive fortress of Castle Canaan after the death of the castle’s commander. Although it seems like a simple enough task, little does Scott know that the moment he enters this fortress is the moment his life will change… forever.

 

Lady Avrielle du Rennic is reeling over the death of her husband and she blames de Wolfe for it. Fed by grief, she lashes out at the big knight who has come to take her husband’s place and, eventually, take the fortress. Scott has no patience for the woman in mourning but he stops short of punishing her because she is the mother to three small children. When Scott happens to save one of her children from certain doom, a path of healing and understanding begin for them both but when the king intervenes to take Avrielle and her children away, Scott must fight for what has become precious to him. He cannot stand to lose another family.

 

A deep and passionate love is born from the ashes of grief in this stunning Medieval Romance, part of the de Wolfe Pack series.

 

SHADOWWOLFE EXCERPT & LINKS:

Scott was standing over her, looking down at her head, the infant against her breast, and feeling his heart swell in ways he could hardly comprehend. He came around to the front of her, taking a knee and bringing himself to her eye level. The expression on his face was nothing short of raw as he gazed into her eyes.

 

“Swear it to me,” he breathed.

 

She nodded fervently. “I swear it.”

 

It was all Scott needed to hear. Those three words cemented something into his heart and soul that he would never again lose, cementing faith that he thought he’d lost. Faith that there would be happiness again in his life and faith that there was hope for the future. He thought he’d lost those feelings long ago, but Avrielle had somehow managed to bring them back. The realization nearly overwhelmed him.

 

As the babe nursed at her breast, Scott brought his hands up, cupping Avrielle’s sweet face. All he did was stare at her for a moment, feeling her soft flesh beneath his hands, hardly believing this moment was upon him. It didn’t seem real. Yet, Avrielle was very real in his hands, her skin warm and delicate in his palms, and those lips he’d admired from afar were calling to him.

 

This time, he answered the call.

 

His mouth slanted over hers, warm and gentle, as her scent filled his nostrils, intoxicating him. It was a defining moment for him because it spoke of untold promises, unspoken words, and a future he thought he’d lost. He could taste her sweetness upon his lips and he feasted on her, listening to her soft gasps of pleasure as he suckled her lips.

 

His kisses grew bolder, more demanding, but he knew this wasn’t the place for such things. This was only the beginning of what was to come and his mouth left hers, kissing her cheeks, her nose, her eyes, before moving down her neck. Gentle kisses rained over that beautiful neck and onto the swell of her beautiful breasts, feeling the soft and gentle skin against his lips.

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ABOUT KATHRYN:

KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.

 

Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

 

CONNECT WITH KATHRYN:

Website: http://kathrynbouseleveque.com/

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Have you checked out the RITA finalist yet? Romance Novella Spotlight

Romance Novella Spotlight

 Readers can watch the RITA awards show LIVE from 7 to 9 p.m. ET on July 27 by going to www.rwa.org.This is great news, those of us unable to attend will still be able to be part of the fun!! So mark your calendars!!!

 

Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan

Self-published

Lindsey Faber, editor

 

Blurb

Crash has never let the circumstances of his birth, or his lack of a last name, bother him. His associations may be unsavory, but money, friends, and infamy open far more interesting doors than respect ever could. His sole regret? Once lovely, sweet Daisy Whitlaw learned the truth about how he made his fortune, she cut him off.

 

Daisy’s father is dead, her mother is in ill health, and her available funds have dwindled to a memory. When the local parish announces a Christmas charity bequest to help young people start a trade, it’s her last chance. So what if the grants are intended for men? If she’s good enough, she might bluff her way into a future.

 

When Crash offers to show her how to swagger with confidence, she knows he is up to no good. But with her life in the balance, she’s desperate enough to risk the one thing she hasn’t yet lost: her heart.

 

About Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating…. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time–writing romance.

If you want to know when Courtney’s next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.courtneymilan.com, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her next release.

 

Where to Buy:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Her-Every-Wish-Worth-Saga-ebook/dp/B01DK1UUL4

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-every-wish-courtney-milan/1123599365?ean=2940157719760

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Courtney_Milan_Her_Every_Wish?id=vG3VCwAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/her-every-wish/id1047227594

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/her-every-wish

 

Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22817504-her-every-wish

 

THE HUSBAND MANEUVER by Karen Witemeyer

in With This Ring

Baker Publishing, Bethany House

Charlene Patterson, editor

 

Blurb

1890s Texas

Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father’s rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over–until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or lose him forever. Fans of A Worthy Pursuit will enjoy seeing these characters again!

 

About Karen Witemeyer

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.

 

Where to Buy:

Bethany House: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-husband-maneuver/376860

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Husband-Maneuver-This-Ring-Collection-ebook/dp/B019JZRBZS

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-husband-maneuver-karen-witemeyer/1123171816?ean=9781441229120

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Karen_Witemeyer_The_Husband_Maneuver_With_This_Rin?id=g7o8CwAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-husband-maneuver-with-this-ring-collection/id1069448286

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780764217722

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-husband-maneuver-with-this-ring-collection

 

Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28591482-the-husband-maneuver

 

LET IT SNOW by Jeanette Grey

Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours

Megha Parekh and Lexi Smail, editors

 

Blurb

‘Tis the night before Christmas Eve and Holly wishes she hadn’t volunteered to work the night shift. The weather is frightful and getting worse by the minute, and the same old annoying carols are blasting from the bookstore’s speakers. But Holly’s holiday spirit returns when the store’s sexy new assistant manager arrives to keep her company. He has muscled arms, baby blue eyes, and a sweet pair of lips she wouldn’t mind meeting under the mistletoe.

Sam is glad the snow is keeping away customers-it gives him a chance to get close to his favorite employee. Holly has always been a mystery to Sam, like a beautiful present he’d love to unwrap. When they’re trapped by a full-blown blizzard, Holly breaks into the Christmas cookie display. Sam busts out a bottle of vodka from the boss’s office. Soon the two are trading heated kisses-as well as secrets neither has ever felt safe enough to tell before. What started out as one naughty night together turns into something so much more.

 

About Jeanette Grey

Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing.

Her sexy romances run the gamut from secret billionaires to broke college kids, and from athletes to high-tech futuristic military heroes. What ties them together are Jeanette’s love of love, her snarky sense of humor, and her passion for infusing her stories with the perfect balance of emotion and heat.

She blogs regularly at http://www.badgirlzwrite.com and irregularly at http://www.jeanettegrey.com/blog

Stay up to date with all her newest releases by subscribing to her newsletter: http://www.jeanettegrey.com/stay-up-to-date/

 

Where to Buy:

Forever Romance: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jeanette-grey/let-it-snow/9781455567966/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Let-Snow-Jeanette-Grey-ebook/dp/B01FRAS8ZG

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/let-it-snow-jeanette-grey/1123748224?ean=9781455567966

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jeanette_Grey_Let_It_Snow?id=ni8aDAAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/let-it-snow/id1109978204

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/let-it-snow-23

 

Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31787822-let-it-snow

LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole

in Daughters of a Nation

Self-published

Nina S. Gooden, editor

 

Blurb

A rebellious cabaret owner and her stubborn chef pursue, life, liberty, and happiness in 1917 Harlem…and find love where they least expect it.

After spending half her life pretending to be something she’s not, performance is second nature for cabaret owner Bertha Hines. With the election drawing near and women’s voting rights on the ballot, Bertha decides to use her persuasive skills to push the men of New York City in the right direction.

Chef Amir Chowdhury jumped ship in New York to get a taste of the American Dream, only to discover he’s an unwanted ingredient. When ornery Amir reluctantly takes a job at The Cashmere, he thinks he’s hit the bottom of the barrel; however, working at the club reignites his dream of being a force for change. His boss, Bertha, ignites something else in him.

Bertha and Amir clash from the start, but her knowledge of politics and his knowledge of dance force them into a detente that fans the flames of latent desire. But Bertha has the vice squad on her tail, and news from home may end Amir’s dream before it comes to fruition. With their pasts and futures stacked against them, can Amir and Bertha hold on to their growing love?

 

About Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of sci-fi, historical, and contemporary romance. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her husband, tending to their herd of animals, and finding ways to get around her Twitter-blocking app.

She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Lit.

 

Where to Buy:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Let-Us-Dream-Alyssa-Cole-ebook/dp/B06XN5YV23

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/let-us-dream-alyssa-cole/1125867813?ean=2940154356784

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/let-us-dream/id1210058663

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781941885345

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/let-us-dream

 

Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34440337-let-us-dream

 

For a full list of RITA finalists, readers can go to: https://www.rwa.org/page/2017-finalists
The RITA Award Ceremony will be held July 27, 7 p.m. at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort during the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Readers can follow RWA on the following social media platforms for winner announcements:
Readers can watch live 7 to 9 p.m. ET on July 27 by going to www.rwa.org.
What is the RITA Award?
The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.
The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.
For more about the RITA Award, click here: https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=528
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LAIRD OF TWILGHT~~ELIZA KNIGHT~ON TOUR

 

 

A future foretold… Only one man can fulfill her destiny… 


Lady Lilias Cameron has spent the last thirteen years skeptical of a prophecy regarding her future—until the very man described by the seer is introduced as her escort to a doomed marriage. Brooding and handsome, she cannot help the sparks of awareness he triggers. Nor can she ignore the deep desire to be true to herself. 


Dirk MacDougall, Lord of the Isles, is to deliver a worthy bride to his Norse enemy, in an alliance that will hopefully bring peace to his country. The only problem is, he finds himself quite enamored by the spirited and charming lady. When one kiss leads to another, desire to claim her as his own takes hold. 


If the alliance is broken, a mighty battle will be waged across Scotland begging the question: is forbidden love worth the price of war?

 

Spring, 1282
Highlands, Scotland
THEY galloped through the eerie moonlit night. Warriors cloaked by darkness. Blending in with the forest, only the occasional glint of the moon off their weapons made their presence seem out of place.
’Twas chilly for spring, and yet, they rode hard enough the horses were lathered with sweat and foaming at the mouth. But the Montgomery clan wasn’t going to be pushed out of yet another meeting of the clans, not when their future depended on it. This meeting would put their clan on the map, make them an asset to their king and country. As it was, years before King Alexander III had lost one son and his wife. He’d not remarried and the fate of the country now relied on one son who didn’t feel the need to marry. The prince toyed with his life as though he had a death wish, fighting, drinking, and carrying on without a care in the world. The king’s only other chance at a succession was his daughter who’d married but had not yet shown any signs of a bairn filling her womb. If something were to happen to the king, the country would erupt into chaos. Every precaution needed to be taken.
Young Jamie sat tall and proud upon his horse. Even prouder was he, that his da, the fearsome Montgomery laird, had allowed him to accompany the group of a half dozen seasoned warriors—the men who sat on his own clan council—to the meeting. The fact that his father had involved him in matters of state truly made his chest puff five times its size.
After being fostered out the last seven years, Jamie had just returned to his father’s home. At age fourteen, he was ready to take on the duties of eldest son, for one day he would be laird. This was the perfect opportunity to show his da all he’d learned. To prove he was worthy.
Laird Montgomery held up his hand and all the riders stopped short. Puffs of steam blew out in miniature clouds from the horses’ noses. Jamie’s heart slammed against his chest and he looked from side to side to make sure no one could hear it. He was a man after all, and men shouldn’t be scared of the dark. No matter how frightening the sounds were.
Carried on the wind were the deep tones of men shouting and the shrill of a woman’s screams. Prickles rose on Jamie’s arms and legs. They must have happened upon a robbery or an ambush. When he’d set out to attend his father, he’d not counted on a fight. Nay, Jamie merely thought to stand beside his father and demand a place within the Bruce’s High Council.
Swallowing hard, he glanced at his father, trying to assess his thoughts, but as usual, the man sat stoic, not a hint of emotion on his face.
The laird glanced at his second in command and jutted his chin in silent communication. The second returned the nod. Jamie’s father made a circling motion with his fingers, and several of the men fanned out.
Jamie observed the exchange, his throat near to bursting with questions. What was happening?
Finally, his father motioned Jamie forward. Keeping his emotions at bay, Jamie urged his mount closer. His father bent toward him, indicating for Jamie to do the same, then spoke in a hushed tone.
“We’re nearly to Sutherland lands. Just on the outskirts, son. ’Tis an attack, I’m certain. We mean to help.”
Jamie swallowed past the lump in his throat and nodded. The meeting was to take place at Dunrobin Castle. Why that particular castle was chosen, Jamie had not been privy to. Though he speculated ’twas because of how far north it was. Well away from Stirling where the king resided.
“Are ye up to it?” his father asked.
Tightening his grip on the reins, Jamie nodded. Fear cascaded along his spine, but he’d never show any weakness in front of his father, especially now that he’d been invited on this very important journey.
“Good. ’Twill give ye a chance to show me what ye’ve learned.”
Again, Jamie nodded, though he disagreed. Saving people wasn’t a chance to show off what he’d learned. He could never look at protecting another as an opportunity to prove his skill, only as a chance to make a difference. But he kept that to himself. His da would never understand. If making a difference proved something to his father, then so be it.
An owl screeched from somewhere in the distance as it caught onto its prey, almost in unison with the blood curdling scream of a woman.
His father made a few more hand motions and the rest of their party followed him as they crept forward at a quickened pace on their mounts, avoiding making any noise.
The road ended on a clearing, and some thirty horse-lengths away a band of outlaws circled a trio—a lady, one warrior, and a lad close to his own age.
The outlaws caught sight of their approach, shouting and pointing. His father’s men couldn’t seem to move quickly enough and Jamie watched in horror as the man, woman and child were hacked down. All three of them on the ground, the outlaws turned on the Montgomery warriors and rushed forward as though they’d not a care in the world.
Jamie shook. He’d never been so scared in his life. His throat had long since closed up and yet his stomach was threatening to purge everything he’d consumed that day. Even though he felt like vomiting, a sense of urgency, and power flooded his veins. Battle-rush, he’d heard it called by the seasoned warriors. And it was surging through his body, making him tingle all over.
The laird and his men raised their swords in the air, roaring out their battle cries. Jamie raised his sword to do the same, but a flash of gold behind a large lichen-covered boulder caught his attention. He eased his knees on his mount’s middle.
What was that?
Another flash of gold — was that blonde hair? He’d never seen hair like that before.
Jamie turned to his father, intent to point it out, but his sire was several horse-lengths ahead and ready to engage the outlaws, leaving it up to Jamie to investigate.
After all, if there was another threat lying in wait, was it not up to someone in the group to seek them out? The rest of the warriors were intent on the outlaws which left Jamie to discover the identity of the thief.
He veered his horse to the right, galloping toward the boulder. A wee lass darted out, lifting her skirts and running full force in the opposite direction. Jamie loosened his knees on his horse and slowed. That was not what he’d expected. At all. Jamie anticipated a warrior, not a tiny little girl whose legs were no match for his mount. As he neared, despite his slowed pace, he feared he’d trample the little imp.
He leapt from his horse and chased after her on foot. The lass kept turning around, seeing him chasing her. The look of horror on her face nearly broke his heart. Och, he was no one to fear. But how would she know that? She probably thought he was after her like the outlaws had been after the man, woman and lad.
“’Tis all right!” he called. “I will nay harm ye!”
But she kept on running, and then was suddenly flying through the air, landing flat on her face.
Jamie ran toward her, dropping to his knees as he reached her side and she pushed herself up.
Her back shook with cries he was sure she tried hard to keep silent. He gathered her up onto his knees and she pressed her face to his leine shirt, wiping away tears, dirt and snot as she sobbed.
“Momma,” she said. “Da!”
“Hush, now,” Jamie crooned, unsure of what else he could say. She must have just watched her parents and brother get cut to the ground. Och, what an awful sight for any child to witness. Jamie shivered, at a loss for words.
“Blaney!” she wailed, gripping onto his shirt and yanking. “They hurt!”
Jamie dried her tears with the cuff of his sleeve. “Your family?” he asked.
She nodded, her lower lip trembling, green-blue eyes wide with fear and glistening with tears. His chest swelled with emotion for the little imp and he gripped her tighter.
“Do ye know who the men were?”

“Bad people,” she mumbled.

Eliza Knight is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of sizzling historical romance and time-travel erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens riveting historical fiction. She runs the award-winning blog, History Undressed. When not reading, writing and researching, she likes to cuddle up in front of a warm fire with her own knight in shining armor. Connect with her at http://www.elizaknight.com or http://www.historyundressed.com. You can sign up for her newsletter at  http://eepurl.com/CSFFD. Follow her on social media at:

 

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My thoughts:

While, #2, it can be read as a stand alone. A quick read with an enjoyable cast of characters and an I interesting and intriguing plot.
Well written, steady paced, the storyline flowed seemingly and was well executed. I enjoyed the H/H, they were a great couple.
Another hit for Eliza Knight.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

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BLOG TOUR~THE DUKE OF DEFIANCE~DARCY BURKE with #Giveaway, #Excerpt, #Teaser and #Review

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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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Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society’s codes constricting and others’ expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies—and to falling in love.
Widow Joanna Shaw isn’t interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured. She’d much rather dote on her young niece and nephew since they will likely be the only children in her life…until she meets a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother. But her father, the so-called Duke of Defiance, is as peculiar as he is handsome, and Jo won’t take another risk with her heart. Their rules, however, are made to be broken, even when the consequences could destroy them both.
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Feeling as constricted as he had in the ballroom, he shrugged out of his coat and draped it over his arm.

 

“Are you disrobing again?” she asked.

 

“You can hear that?”

 

“I’m afraid so. But since I can’t see you, it really doesn’t signify.”

 

He chuckled, pleased with her logic. “As it happens, I’d already untied my cravat before I arrived here.”

 

“I can’t even manage to feign shock.” Now her voice held a lilt of humor, as if she were smiling.

 

He laughed again, and a cool, early spring breeze wafted over him. How he missed the warmth of Barbados.

 

“Will you tell me about it?” she asked.

 

Had he said that out loud—about Barbados? Apparently so. “I could stand here all night and not manage to tell you everything.”

 

“Then just tell me something.”

 

He closed his eyes and summoned his home. “The colors there are like nothing you’ve ever seen—the blue-green water, the white-gold sand, colors that not even the rainbow can do justice to.”

 

“It sounds beautiful.” Her voice was soft, almost reverent. “How did you decide to go there?”

 

He opened his eyes but still couldn’t see her. “That was where the ship was headed. I didn’t care where I was going, so long as it wasn’t here.”

 

“You must have been terribly miserable.” She sounded as if she’d moved a bit closer.

 

“I wasn’t needed here.” Or wanted, really. His entire family had encouraged him to buy a commission or perhaps take a vicarage. He’d considered both ideas, but after his brothers had spread that vicious rumor, he’d simply walked on the first ship leaving England. And he’d never looked back.

 

“And now?” Her question whispered over him, lulling him with its sweet curiosity.

 

“Now, I’m the earl. I’m needed.”

 

“And your brothers are gone.”

 

He exhaled, as if realizing for the first time that they really were gone. That he could perhaps be here and be happy. Or at least not miserable. Still, it wasn’t home. Not yet. “I miss the blazing sun.”

 

“Especially right now, I’d wager.”

 

He heard a tremor in her voice. “Wait, are you chilled? Where are you?” He reached out with his free hand and touched her.

 

Stepping forward—it didn’t take much to reach her—he settled his coat on her shoulders. “Better?” he asked.

 

“Yes, thank you.”

 

He didn’t take his hands away. “Why did you come out here?”

 

“I—”

 

He heard the hesitation in her voice and felt a shiver in her body. He didn’t think that was from the night air. “You can tell me. If you want.”

 

“I felt…overwhelmed. As if I couldn’t breathe. I just needed to get out.”

 

God, he’d felt like that his entire life. “I was never able to sit still when I was younger. Or wear clothing. I often felt like I wanted to crawl out of my very skin. I used to scratch myself raw.”

 

“That sounds horrid. How did you stop?”

 

“I don’t know. Leaving here helped.”

 

“And now that you’re back? Things aren’t as bad as they were?”

No, he supposed they weren’t. Just as he had a few moments ago, when she’d pointed out that his brothers were indeed gone, he felt a lightness. Because of her.

 

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My Thoughts:

 

The Duke of Defiance by Darcy Burke is another amazing Regency Romance. #5 in the fantastic “The Untouchables” series, but can be read as a stand along.

Fast paced with an enjoyable cast of characters that will definitely win your heart.  Widow Joanna Shaw and Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton, difficult ad defiant as a child, also known as the Duke of Defiance are the stars of this story and a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother .  “The Duke of Defiance” has so much to offer Regency Romance fans, from witty banter, past events that help shape the characters, romance, and some difficult decisions to overcoming  notorious reputations, to thriving in a difficult world, to finding a HEA. Fantastic! !  Can love win over past hurts?

Well written with twists and turns, and many facets to the main characters.  Another heart warming story by Darcy Burke!  Willows can find their Prince Charming, too and a HEA. Darcy Burke has written another great story with a positive outcome.  I found this story to be an welcome addition to Regency Romance. A must read by Darcy Burke!  This series keeps getting better and better.

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Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR

 

 

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☆COVER REVEAL☆DAMNED☆ALEXANDREA WEIS WITH LUCAS ASTOR

 

 

Title: Damned
Series: A Mangus Blackwell Novel: Book 1
Author: Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: October 3, 2017

 

 

 

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned. 

 


Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane. 

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone. 

Bound to a spirit with a sinister history, a woman with a dark power will battle to rule the realm of the dead…

Lexie awoke with a start from a sound sleep. Gaping into the blackness of the strange bedroom, she discovered the storm had abated and she detected the creaks and groans of the old house. Then a crack from the floorboards made her flinch.
It came from Will’s side of the bed. She reached out to shake him, but he didn’t move.
“Will?”
She received a muffled grunt.
Another crack in the floor, but this time it happened right next to her side of the bed. An odor lingered in the air. 
Is that coffee? 
A column of light glittering to her left made Lexie’s mouth go dry. The oddity soon took on the shape of a man.
His strong frame, long arms, and tapered hands came into view. Good-looking, despite the cruel curl of his lips, his chiseled features, and engaging eyes, made her insides tingle. But when the cut of his old-fashioned red vest, long black coat, and white ascot tie took shape, Lexie understood this wasn’t some hazy fantasy. She didn’t fantasize about men from another century.
Lexie clutched her bedsheet as a fearful scream rose in her throat. 
“Please, my dear, don’t bore me with your petty shrieks,” the figure said, his tone condescending. 
Like a lightbulb getting enough electricity to reach its wattage, his image brightened, bringing out his details. Lexie scrutinized the buttons on his coat, the fine craftsmanship of his high black boots, and grasped the identity of her visitor.
Then a loud pop rang out, and he was gone. It happened so fast, Lexie questioned if it had happened at all.
“Welcome to Altmover Manor, Ms. Arden.” She recognized the voice of the apparition. “I hope you enjoy your stay.”
This time, Lexie did not hold back her scream, and as she opened her mouth …
From New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis was raised in the motion picture industry and began writing stories at the age of eight. In college she studied nursing and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen once again and began her first novel, To My Senses. Since that time she has published many novels. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning books, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. Her work has been critically acclaimed and has been continually growing in popularity. 


Alexandrea Weis is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehaber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When she is not writing, she rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She is married; they live in New Orleans.

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