DEBUT AUTHOR~HART’S DESIRE~ CHLOE FLOWERS~ Spotlight & Review

HART’S DESIRE

CHLOE FLOWERS

WESTERN HISTORICAL ROMANCE

{Pirates & Petticoats, Book 1}

  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flowers & Fullerton; 1 edition (May 17, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EDDUAG8

 

 

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A strong willed, young woman and a cocky merchant captain pursued by a band of Caribbean pirates…what could possibly go wrong?
After another run-in with pirates, Landon Hart sails his ship, the Desire to the port of Charleston for repairs and to keep a mysterious meeting set up by his late mentor. No entanglements, just business. But, Landon isn’t prepared for the impact a sword-wielding, fiery-haired tempest has on his tightly guarded heart…nor the trouble she manages to attract.
Keelan Grey has a plan that will save her from an arranged marriage until a deathbed confession plunges her into a dark plot of deception and revenge.
She’s desperate for help, but can she trust Landon Hart with her secrets?
Hart’s Desire is set just prior to the War of 1812, when privateers sailed the seas looking for enemy merchant ships to plunder. Hart’s Desire is a story about a young woman from England, who’s suddenly thrust into plantation life as the daughter of the plantation owner. Hart’s Desire is rich with fascinating insights into the Low Country of Charleston, the food, the medicines and the lifestyles of the people of that time. Keelan is a very independent woman who is determined to avoid a marriage of convenience. Landon and his business partner dock their ships in the Charleston harbor for repairs. Weeks earlier the merchant fleet owner, Landon’s mentor, set up a mysterious appointment with George Grey of Twin Pines plantation-Keelan’s father. It is this meeting which forces Landon and Keelan’s paths to cross.

Keelan has been well-tutored by her father’s valet, and not only can she read, write and keep the accounts for the plantation, but she can also fence and defend herself with a dagger. Romance readers will love this spunky heroine and the scoundrel who can’t help but fall in love with her.
Hart’s Passion:
Hart’s Passion:
A Pirate King and a risky disguise…

Landon and Keelan’s adventure continues in Hart’s Passion.

Captain Landon Hart’s plan to elope with Keelan immediately goes awry when she’s kidnapped by pirates. As usual, the red-haired vixen ends up neck deep in trouble, and it’s not long before she has the pirate captain demanding her head. When they target Landon’s merchant fleet, the only way to keep her safe is to send her away, then lure the pirates into a final confrontation.

But Keelan Grey has a mind (and a plan) of her own…

Keelan is determined to discover her true identity, but after that run-in with pirates, she’s forced to put her postpone her plans. With a price on her head and an old enemy out for revenge, Keelan can no longer allow the man she loves to risk his life for her.

Landon is committed to protecting Keelan from the dangerous forces closing in, but has to make hard choices when pirates target his merchant fleet, and Keelan puts herself in danger.
One thing is certain; the pirates suspect she’s aboard his ship, and it’s not long before their schooner is spotted on the horizon.

Buy link:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Harts-Desire-Pirates-Petticoats-Book-ebook/dp/B01EDDUAG8?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0


About the Author

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After many years in the corporate environment managing marketing promotions for major consumer products companies, and teaching strategic marketing to MBA students, Chloe broke free from the cubicle to write full-time. She’s always been a Parrothead, loves to write while listening to Celtic music, and when life gets too serious, she reads Calvin and Hobbes comics. Chloe lives in Ohio with her tall, dark and handsome husband, three children and two rambunctious dogs, Indiana and Luke, who are named after her two favorite action heroes. Chloe’s love for pirates began with Peter Pan and continued with Pirates of the Caribbean and ghost stories about pirates from the Outer Banks. In her youth, she loved reading Kathleen Woodiwiss novels. Today, she loves reading books by Julia Quinn, Debbie Macomber, Bella Andre, Barbara Freethy, John Sanford, James Pattenson, George Lucas, Linda Howard, Miranda Liasson and Sheridan Jeane. Variety is bliss. Pirates & Petticoats will be a 5 book series: Hart’s Desire (May 2016) Hart’s Passion (May 2016) Hart’s Reward (June 2016) Pirate Heiress (August 2016) Pirate King (November 2016)
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MY THOUGHTS:

Hart’s Desire #1 of a new series, “Pirates & Petticoats” by debut author, Chloe Flowers is an interesting Western Historical Romance set in early 1800’s Charlestown, South Carolina, prior to the Revolutionary War. A great debut for Ms. Flowers!
A possibility of war with Great Britain is looming in the forefront of everyone’s mine, the characters are intriguing and intense.
Steady paced, well developed characters and an intriguing storyline makes for some engaging entertainment. With some swashbuckling action, secrets galore, deception, revenge, an assassin on the loose and death bed secrets revealed, readers will find a exciting read.
Ms. Flowers has written vivid descriptions and details, which I felt at times a bit too much, however, they brought the story more to life. The heroine, was a bit immature, carekess, and reckless, playing with the affections of two young men, which could find herself in true trouble. However, her mother has died in the past two years, she has lost a couple of family members under mysterious circumstances, her father’s health is feeling, she’s been uprooted, not only to a new place but a new country entirely, and there is an overbearing, hateful and jealous cousin. Has an assassin followed them to America? Definitely a difficult, stressful time in a nineteen year old’s life. The hero, is seeking an audience with the heroine’s father, a disgraced, and court marshaled commandore, whose health is failing, mysteriously.

The cast of characters in “Hart’s Desire” is impressive and engaging. A unique storyline filled with many mysteries and tragedies.

Exciting and adventurous storytelling with many twists and turns.
Be warned not all questions are answered, in fact, many are left unanswered. I would say, the reader is left with cliffhangers. A continuing saga, to be sure. Which I most definitely look forward to continuing.
However, even with this, it is a very enjoyable, enticing and satisfying read. Ms. Flowers is an author to follow. The reader will need to read the next installment for sure, to solve some of the mysteries of “Hart’s Desire”.
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

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ROSE GORDON~ THE OFFICER AND THE SOUTHENER…SPOTLIGHT…

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT….

Released 8/28/2013

ROSE GORDON

{Historical Romance}

~THE OFFICER AND THE SOUTHERNER~

Book 2 “The Officer” series

**The second in the three Historical Westerns set in Indian Territory (modern day Oklahoma) in the mid 1840s**

The Officer and the Southerner (Historical Western Romance)

The Officer and the Southerner

Second Lt. Jack Walker doesn’t always think ahead and when he decides to defy logic and send off for a mail-order bride, he might have left out only a few details about his life. When she arrives and realizes she’s been fooled (again), this woman who’s never really belonged, sees no other choice but to marry him anyway―however, she makes it perfectly clear: she’ll be his lawfully wed, but she will not share his bed. Now Jack has to find a way to show his always skeptical bride that he is indeed trustworthy and that she does belong somewhere in the world: right here, with him.

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A bit about the author……..

I’m an unusually unusual individual who writes for the love of the characters and the story they create.
I have an accounting diploma that hangs above my desk,  a box of model rockets in the closet, dozens of history and science textbooks on my bookshelf and even a few “FOR SALE” signs in my garage. To say I dreamt of being a writer all my life is far from true. But nonetheless, it’s what I enjoy the most.

Website: http://www.rosegordon.net/

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GIVEAWAY AND MINI SOURCEBOOKS AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT….

My Book Addiction and More Mini Sourcebooks Spotlight

Featuring Jayne Fresina, Tamara Hogan and Joanne Kennedy…..

THE BOOKS BEHIND THE AUTHORS!

 

Jayne Fresina:

Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four girls.  Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters— all with far more exciting lives than hers— she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. Visit www.jaynefresina.com for more information.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write Regency Romance?

JF: I always loved Regency romance, ever since  I read Pride and Prejudice.

MBA&M: Which character in The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine would you say you most identify with and why?


JF: I think I would have to say Sophia – I too have my scars from life and I’m trying to take a new direction

MBA&M: If you could step back into time and place, would Regency England be where you would go or somewhere else?

JF: I would love to go back in time to one of Jane Austen’s novels.  I would love to be Harriet Smith in Emma. Because she is sweet and gracious, even when terrible things have been done to her. And she ends up with the hunky farmer who clearly adores her. Somehow I think Harriet ends up happy then anyone.

THE MOST IMPROPER MISS SOPHIE VALENTINE

 “Wanted: one husband, not too particular. Small dowry, several books,   sundry furnishings, and elderly aunt included. Idlers, time-wasters, and   gentleman with other attachments need not apply.”—Miss Sophie Valentine
A SCANDALOUS LADY
Sophie Valentine knew placing an ad for a husband in the Farmers Gazette   would bring her trouble-and she was right. When the darkly handsome,   arrogantly charming Lazarus Kane shows up on her doorstep, the nosy   residents of Sydney Dovedale are thrown into a gossiping tizzy. After   all, it’s common knowledge that Sophie is a young lady In Need of Firmer   Direction. But even Sophie isn’t so scandalous as to marry a complete   stranger. .. is she?
SEEKS HANDSOME STRANGER
Lazarus Kane has been searching for Sophie half of his life. She may not   remember him, but he could never forget her. But the past is a   dangerous thing, and it’s best if his remains secret if he wants to   tempt Sophie with …
A MOST IMPROPER PROPOSAL

*****

 

Tamara Hogan:

Tamara Hogan loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives near Minneapolis with her partner Mark and two naughty cats. When she’s not telecommuting as a quality and process engineer for a global networking company, she enjoys writing edgy urban fantasy romance with a sci-fi twist. A feral reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Tammy is forever on the lookout for the perfect black boots. Her debut, Taste Me, was a 2009 Daphne Paranormal Winner and 2009 Golden Heart Finalist.  For more information, please visit  www.TamaraHogan.com or follow her on Twitter, @TamaraHogan1. Her latest release is Chase Me, http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/chase-me.html.

MBA&M: What drew you to write Paranormal Romance?

TH:  Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire was a seminal book for me. I’d been reading romance since I was about 10 years old, but something about this book, released in 1976, just dug its hooks in and never let go.  Gothic horror + romance + vampires? I was SO THERE. 

MBA&M: What or who would you say influenced you the most in your writing career? Why?

TH: I have to give the lion’s share of the credit to my high school English teachers Jill Pollar and Sally Bronski. They recognized my love of reading and writing, encouraged my love of poetry, and, when they noticed I was bored in class, they slipped me some more challenging books on the side, and discussed them with me over coffee before school started, like I was a peer rather than a student. Secondly, I would have to say my mother, who didn’t censor me, and let me read whatever I wanted. (There was no such thing as YA back in the day.) From an early age, I absorbed books like oxygen, had my little world expanded, was exposed to concepts and ideas that I hadn’t previously been exposed to…I learned there was a big, wide world—and so many possibilities—beyond the tiny mining town where I’d been born.

MBA&M: What is in your TBR list?  What genre do you usually read, when reading for pleasure?

TH: My TBR list is seriously out of hand. One thing that nobody tells you when you become a published author is that writing on deadline and under contract seriously cuts into your reading time. That said, I am a feral multi-genre reader. In my TBR is the latest Vorkosigan novel, Cryoburn, a pile of Harlequin Blazes (I’m a long-time subscriber), Kresley Cole’s Lothaire, a non-fiction book on social networks and the death of privacy called I Know Who You Are and I Know What You Did by Lori Andrews, and Dr. Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future. To say I have eclectic reading tastes is an understatement.

CHASE ME

The secrets she’s uncovering will be his to keep…

Centuries ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self-ruling and careful to stay below humanity’s radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky in advertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources.

As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…

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Joanne Kennedy:

Joanne Kennedy is the author of four contemporary Western romances for Sourcebooks: Cowboy Trouble One Fine Cowboy, Cowboy Fever, and Tall, Dark and Cowboy. She brings a wide variety of experience, ranging from chicken farming to horse training, to her sexy, spicy cowboy stories. She is a 2011 finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of American RITA© Awards, for One Fine Cowboy. Joanne lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she is working on her next book, Cowboy Tough (Fall 2012). For more information, please visit http://joannekennedybooks.com/ and ganxy.com/p/62834.

MBA&M: Why Contemporary Cowboy Romance?

JK: I moved to the West twenty years ago and fell in love with the setting and the people—especially the cowboys! I write contemporaries because although I love Western history, my voice and my sensibilities are relentlessly modern. Besides, I like my cowboys clean! Those guys in the old West didn’t have many opportunities to bathe.

MBA&M: What do you think is the allure of Cowboy Romance to readers?

JK: In a world that sometimes seems out of control, cowboys represent something solid and dependable. They’re strong and steady. They’re tied to the land, often for generations. They still perform their jobs as they did a hundred years ago, and even dress very much as they did back then. Their manners and attitude toward women are old-fashioned and tradition means a lot to them. The world changes, sometimes too fast. Cowboys stay the same – in a good way.

MBA&M: Which character of all your books is your favorite? Why?

JK: Oh, that’s a hard question! It’s like having a lot of kids; I love them all in different ways. If I had to pick one of my heroes, I’d pick Nate Shawcross from One Fine Cowboy. He’s the one that readers responded to in a really special way; there’s something about his strong, silent dependability that people love. I still get e-mails about him.

For a heroine, I’d pick Sarah Landon from Cowboy Crazy. She’s complicated and has a lot to learn at the beginning of the book, but she’s loyal and willing to make sacrifices for the people she loves.

There are a lot of secondary characters I really love, though. No-nonsense ranchwoman Doris from One Fine Cowboy, crotchety old Fletcher Galt from Tall, Dark and Cowboy, Crazy Mike from Cowboy Trouble, and Troy, the hero’s disabled brother, from Cowboy Fever are some of my favorites.

COWBOY CRAZY

 

She kicked the country dust off her boots a long time ago…

Sarah Landon’s Ivy League scholarship transformed her from a wide-eyed country girl into a poised professional. Her job at the Carrigan Oil Company has given her the sophisticated life she longed for, but when she meets her boss’s black-sheep brother, she realizes her roots are showing.

But he’s ready to remind her she’s a cowgirl at heart.

Rebellious rodeo cowboy Lane Carrigan is determined to save the Wyoming community of Two Shot from the ravages of energy development, but Sarah’s convinced her old hometown needs a swift kick in the pants from the march of progress.

When a lapsed cowgirl collides with rodeo royalty, it’s bound to be a wild ride—and somebody’s going to end up in the dirt.

Coming June 1, 2012 Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN-13: 9781402265495

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