LOVE’S PRELUDE TOUR! 99Cents…Multi-Genre Set of Historical Romances…

Love’s Prelude: A multi-genre set of historical romances that begin a series.

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In this stunning set, an amazing cast of BESTSELLING and AWARD WINNING AUTHORS bring a prelude to an epic love story, the beginning of one of their series. These love stories begin on the Highlands, in Regency England, on the Great Plains of America, and beyond but each will start a love story that begs to be finished.

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Seed of Love by Tammy Andresen

Regina Lafayette had done as she was told her entire life. Does she dare to take a chance and find out if she can have more than she ever imagined?
A Flawed Jewel by Dawn Brower

Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather. Will love intervene, altering both their courses?
Chef’s Mail Order Bride by Cindy Caldwell

Read the book that started it all, first in the Wild West Frontier Brides series set in Tombstone, Arizona in the 1880s.
Love’s Imposters: The Setup by Maggie Dallen

In the high stakes world of espionage, falling for one’s partner might just be the biggest danger of all in this fast-paced Regency romance.
Loving Lieutenant Douglas by Barbara Devlin

Take a trip back in time, to 1785, when Horatio Nelson was a new captain. It is the Age of Sail, England is on the brink of war with France, and Royal Navy First Lieutenant Mark Douglas is not looking for a wife.
Howard Haskell Takes a Bride by Merry Farmer

A historical western never before published
Gold Rush Brides by Cassie Hayes

The GOLD RUSH BRIDES is a series of stand-alone clean historical western romances that will warm your heart.
Little Red by Caroline Lee

She’s gone over the river and through the woods, but who will protect her from the Big Bad Wolf?
Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel

A determined heroine, a Scottish duke, and a scandal.

Lady Amelia’s willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?
Beauty and the Highlander by Hildie McQueen

Discover this wonderful, compelling Scottish medieval romance that will transport you to the beautiful Highlands into a spellbinding page turning love story.
Emma, Mail-order Brides Club by Ashley Merrick

A Sweet and Clean Western Historical Romance about Mail-Order Brides set in Montana.
Conquered by Kirsten Osbourne

Christiana and her two sisters, women of power in medieval Europe, are left alone to defend their family’s home when Duke William of Normandy invades England in 1066.
The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

Enjoy the laugh-out-loud first book in USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s new Dukes of War regency romance series!
Love’s Prisoner by Laura Stapleton

A never before published historical western.

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Dawn Brower

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Cindy Caldwell

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Maggie Dallen

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Barbara Devlin

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Merry Farmer

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Cassie Hayes

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Caroline Lee

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Amanda Mariel

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Hildie McQueen

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Ashley Merrick

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Kirsten Osbourne

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Erica Ridley

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Laura Stapleton

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Spotlight and review: FOREVER MINE by Charlene Raddon

Today’s we are thrilled to spotlight…

{American historical romance}

CHARLENE RADDON

FOREVER MINE

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THEIR LOVE WAS FATED…

A mail-order bride from Cincinnati, Ariah Scott had traveled all the way to Oregon to marry one man…only to lose her heart to another. What would become of her now? Ever since her father died at the hands of a vengeful relative, Ariah’s life had been shadowed by dark secrets. And now her forbidden desire for Bartholomew Noon filled her with uncertainty—and a secret longing that could never be fulfilled.

AND FORBIDDEN…

From the moment Bartholomew Noon saw Ariah standing alone in the Portland Station, the keeper of the Cape Meares Light was lost. Hopelessly in love with this angelic beauty who was fated to live beside him at the isolated lighthouse as another man’s wife, Bartholomew never dreamed that destiny would someday bring them together. Would Ariah truly be the woman he could cherish…forever?

  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (November 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NBK88W

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About the author…

Image of Charlene RaddonHello and welcome to my author page. Let me tell you a little about myself, as that seems to be the main purpose of this profile. Believe it or not, I began my fiction career in the third grade when I told my class that a little sister I never had died of a black widow bite. I also wrote books through my teen years, always about a girl whose mother mistreated her by making her wash dishes, sweep the floor… you get the idea. Never finished any of those stories. Many years later, a particularly vivid dream drove me to drag out a portable typewriter and go to work on my first novel. In 1990 my second completed book, Tender Touch, brought me a first place win in a writing contest and the following year became a Golden Heart Finalist. I have five romance novels set in the American West, published by Kensington, one, The Scent of Roses, under the pseudonym Rachel Summers. My books have placed or won other contests and one, Forever Mine, received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award nomination. I’ve always loved the Old West and I believe my novels reflect that emotion through their depth and vividness. These days I am seeing my books re-edited and published as e-books, as well as working on a new story. I hope you try my books and love them.
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MY THOUGHTS:

FOREVER MINE by Charlene Raddon is a wonderful Americana Historical Romance set on the Oregon Coast at an lighthouse during the 1891.  “First published in 1995 by Kensington Books in paperback, and more recently released as an eBook by Tirgearr Publishing”.

A tender, sweet love story with very unlikely main characters, Ariah Scott and Bartholomew Noon.  Ariah is a mail order bride, but, for Bartholomew’s nephew. Can destiny, dark secrets and desire bring them together or tear them apart?

An emotional and very complex tale, which pulls the reader into the story. It does start out a bit slow, but picks up quickly. I enjoyed this unique take on romance, family and love. Also, loved the setting of a lighthouse on the coast. Yes, I enjoy lighthouses, and loved this setting and its surrounds.

The sensual scenes where real, emotional and natural, very tastefully done. Well written, with a few unforeseen twists and turns. A unique storyline, with unique characters and situations. I enjoyed how the author brought it all together to reach a satisfying ending.  An enjoyable and compelling read!

*Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author*

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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~REVIEW AND FEATURE~ THE MANGO BRIDE BY MARIVI SOLIVEN…

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THE MANGO BRIDE

BY

MARIVI SOLIVEN

The Mango Bride

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Oh, WOW! How exciting, Marivi has just stopped by for a quick visit with us and our readers……
Welcome Marivi!

Truth Well Told

People often ask if the events or  characters in my novel are drawn from real life. The short answer is, yes.  I’m constantly watching people, eavesdropping on conversations in cafés or on the street, listening to NPR for anything that might be useful one day in a story.  You might say that writing has made me hyper-aware — why make things up, when you can borrow them from real life, from actual people?

That Dingdong Hello buzzer in the novel’s prologue? I discovered my mother using it  in Manila several years ago, around the time I began  working on The Mango Bride. Before that, she used a buzzer embedded in the floor underneath the head of the table in the formal dining  room.  At dinner parties, my mother would tap on the floor button to  ring a bell in the kitchen. The kitchen’s door was closed, so none of the guests heard the chimes,  but like magic, a maid would emerge from the kitchen to see what needed to be served or cleared away.  When we were kids, we played with that buzzer till it finally broke down.

Yaya Esther, who appears in the prologue as nanny to Señora Concha’s grandchildren is also based on a real person.  Esther cared for me and my three siblings, enforcing afternoon siesta and keeping order in the house until my mother’s diplomat sister lured her away to care for my young cousins in Switzerland.  It’s been decades since she last worked for my family, but Esther still remembers all our birthdays and flew home to attend every one of our weddings.

Naming characters after my friends is a practice I began long before my first book was published:  While working as a copywriter in a large ad agency I  sometimes composed little narrative poems and named the protagonists after my friends, giving them the stories as cheap and cheerful presents.  In like manner,The Mango Bride is populated by friends and relatives  who make cameo appearances as  broadcast journalists, doctors, socialites, diplomats and World War II veterans. 

On very rare occasions,  I can insert real people acting as they do in real life.  This happened with Thoth and Lila Angelique, the singing/violin-playing duo that comprise Tribal Baroque.  I’d been wandering around Balboa Park, looking for a free bench on which to write when the most ethereally beautiful melodies drew me to a hallway at the Casa Del Prado.  I ended up sitting on stone steps trying to capture Tribal Baroque’s amazing performance in words. 

Years later, I bumped into them again and explained that I’d written them into a scene in my novel.  I  subsequently invited them the San Diego book  launch party: they not only showed up in full costume, but  actually performed a song!

The city of Manila plays a large part in The Mango Bride, for it encompasses what my immigrant characters think of as “home.” Because of this, I took extra pains to describe it as vividly as possible, to help non-Filipino readers understand what my characters were giving up when they moved to America.

I grew up in Manila, studied and taught at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, so creating the setting for the chapters that take place there entailed little more than pulling up memories of the classrooms, acacia trees and  the Christmas Lantern Parade. The Hotel Intercontinental was less familiar, but friends in Manila  helped by emailing photos and detailed descriptions of the hotel. Likewise, even though I’d lived eight years in Oakland, I still needed to refresh my memory by looking at  certain locations in the Bay Area via Googlemaps.

Last of all, there is one anecdote that I hung on to for nearly a decade.  It came in the form of an email forwarded to me by a friend in Manila and it was the hilarious account of a circus elephant’s escape from the Araneta Coliseum.  The elephant somehow broke away from his trainer, stepped through the loading dock  and wandered down a major city thoroughfare.  I laughed so hard over that story that I saved the email message, knowing it would come in useful one day. It now forms a major part of the chapter 20, “Elephant in the Room.”

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About the Author

Like her main character, Marivi Soliven moved from the Philippines to California, where she now lives and works as an interpreter. Several of her short stories and essays from her 16 books have appeared in anthologies and she taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, the Ayala Museum and the University of California at San Diego. This is her first novel.

Visit her online at: Marivisoliven.blogspot.com,www.facebook.com/marivisolivenblanco, and twitter.com/marivisoliven
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The Mango BrideThe Mango Bride

Marivi Soliven – Author

Paperback $15.00
ISBN 9780451239846 | 368 pages | 30 Apr 2013 | NAL | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 – AND UP
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Two women, two cultures, and the fight to find a new life in America, despite the secrets of the past…
Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life.  Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom.
Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas—an impoverished Filipina waitress—forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail-order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.

As Amparo works to build the immigrant’s dream, she becomes entangled in the chaos of Beverly’s immigrant nightmare. Their unexpected collision forces them both to make terrible choices and confront a life-changing secret, but through it all they hold fast to family, in all its enduring and surprising transformations.

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Genre: Women’s Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE MANGO BRIDE by Marivi Soliven is an interesting debut novel in Women’s Fiction. Two women two cultures and their struggles to fit into American life. Told between the two main characters,Amparo Guerrero,a banished Filipino  and Beverly Obejas,a mail-order bride. With a murdered child,secrets,culture difference,betrayal,an unwanted pregnancy,a mail order bride,exile,immigration and a bit of romance, you can’t go wrong with “The Mango Bride”. A very complex story ranging from the Philippines to California, all is not what it seems in “The Mango Bride”. An enduring story,the storytelling was very in depth,the characters fascinating as well as engaging. Ms. Soliven is a great storyteller in the making. An author to watch for in the future. If you enjoy learning more on culture difference, immigration and all that entails you will enjoy “The Mango Bride”. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 3

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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