RELEASE DAY BLIZ~ALWAYS THE ONE~C.C.MONROE~with Rafflecopter #Giveaway *Mature Content, 18+*

Title: Always the One
Author: C.C Monroe
Release Date: August 25
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Synopsis
 
Friendships are defined as a bond between two people, a building of a strong connection and like for one another. Usually excluding romantic or sexual feelings. Now what occurs when the typical doesn’t happen and friendship turns to love?
 
Trey Adams spends his days working with music and pining over his longtime best friend, Shayla Donovan. The only thing holding him back is his past, a past where love only hurts and leaves you. To love Shayla the way he desires may be a long, arduous road.
 
Shayla Donovan has lived thirteen years of her life with a secret she is ready to confess. Pushing her fear aside may be the only way she can move forward in helping Trey learn the meaning of true love.
 
On their journey to finding love, these two souls will fight battles bigger than they could ever imagine.
 
*This novel contains mature subject matter, such as explicit sexual situations and coarse language, please refrain from reading if these things offend you. This story is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Hot, sensitive, alpha male, with an HEA.
Excerpt

Tonight proved our love is stronger than anything—the feelings and emotions all real.

The only light in the room is the burning fireplace, crackling across the way from the bed. I watch the orange and yellow flames mesh, regaining my bearings. Shay’s warmth on top of my chest is welcoming, helping me relax. I notice she’s been silent for a few minutes, and when I look down I’m met by her sleeping form.

Everything that has happened in the past twenty-four hours wore my girl out. But I’m more than happy just sitting here listening to her light breathing as she sleeps. She looks beautiful, like nothing in this world could disturb her. I want this moment to last forever. I want my time with her to last far past the time we are given here on earth. I don’t know if I believe in eternity, but she sure makes me hopeful that there will be one. She makes me feel like the day I was born only half of me entered the world while the other half of me waited with her and the day we met was the day I became complete again.

Lightly, I move the backside of my fingers down her cheek, and when my thumb makes it to her lips I graze the round edges. Remembering the way she kissed me back when I took away her virginity. Looking at her now, I feel a sense of completion. I’m not only falling, but in essence, also surrendering my heart, soul, and body for the chance to love someone.

This is the moment that changes a boy into a man. The moment one falls in love. Not only am I responsible for loving this woman, but I’m also now in charge of protecting her heart and honoring any promise I give her from here on out.

For women, virginity is the one thing that they give to someone that they’ve fallen in love with. Well, most women. The one thing they give away as a symbol of their love and commitment to their partner. But what virginity is to women, is what a heart is to a man. We save that shit with us until the right woman comes along to claim it. That’s when we then give it away, without a second thought or regret. Shayla took my heart, and I will never be able to get it back.

“Why are you looking at me like that?” Her voice is soft and laced in a sleepy rasp.

“You look beautiful when you sleep.”

She searches my eyes, seeing if I’m lying or hiding anything from her. Letting her gaze falter for a second she moves on, accepting my answer. She stretches before placing her head back on her spot above my heart.

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Hello Readers,


Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved the idea of love. Now that I’m older and have love in my life, I still love the concept of LOVE. More so, I believe in the power of love on paper. Writing the stories of the characters in my head.







RELEASE DAY TAKEOVER
Author CC Monroe is excited to share her debut novel, Always the One with the indie world on Thursday August 25th, from 12:30 AM – 10:30 PM in MDT
 
We will be having many giveaways and author takeovers from some amazing authors! 
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BLOG TOUR~~THE DU LAC CHRONICLES~~MARY ANNE YARDE~~



The Du Lac Chronicles : Book 1
By
Mary Anne Yarde
“An evocative, timeless saga of love and betrayal”
Tony Riches, author of The Tudor Trilogy
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Young Adult, Medieval Fiction
AD 495, Wessex, Briton.
If all you had left was your heart, would you give it to your enemy?
A generation after Arthur Pendragon ruled, Briton lies fragmented into warring kingdoms and principalities.
The powerful Saxon King, Cerdic of Wessex, has spent the last twenty years hunting down Arthur’s noble knights. He is determined to secure his kingdom against any reprisals for killing their legendary leader. The knights who have survived the genocide are destined to spend the rest of their lives in hiding, never revealing who they really are.
The only knight who refused to be intimidated by this Saxon invader was Lancelot du Lac. Lancelot and Cerdic formed a fragile truce, but Lancelot has been dead these past eight years and it has fallen to his sons to protect Briton from the ambitions of the Saxon King.
Alden du Lac, the once king of Cerniw and son of Lancelot, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. Cerdic has had Alden tied to a post and ordered his skin to be lashed from his back. In the morning, if Alden is still alive, he is to be executed.
Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex, has been secretly in love with Alden for what seems like forever. She will not stand by and see him die. She defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves from her father’s dungeons. Alden and Annis flee Wessex together.
To the horror of Alden’s few remaining allies, he has given his heart to the daughter of his enemy. Alden’s allies see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon witch with her claws in a broken, wounded king.
Alden has one hope: When you war with one du Lac, you war with them all. His brother Budic, King of Brittany, could offer the deposed young king sanctuary—but whether he will offer the same courtesy to Annis is far less certain.
 Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury—the fabled Isle of Avalon—was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.
At nineteen, Yarde married her childhood sweetheart and began a bachelor of arts in history at Cardiff University, only to have her studies interrupted by the arrival of her first child. She would later return to higher education, studying equine science at Warwickshire College. Horses and history remain two of her major passions.
Yarde keeps busy raising four children and helping run a successful family business. She has many skills but has never mastered cooking—so if you ever drop by, she (and her family) would appreciate some tasty treats or a meal out!
Twitter @maryanneyarde
Inside the Writer’s Mind ~ Mary Anne Yarde. The Du Lac Chronicles
 
Q1 – SDB: Writing can be a daunting prospect, what made you decide to share your story with the world?
MAY: I grew up just outside of Glastonbury ~ The Ancient Isle of Avalon ~ England. The stories of King Arthur and his Knights were very much a part of my childhood ~ he was everywhere. I knew the stories of Arthur from a very young age and as a teen, I became fascinated with his life.
For me, Arthur embodies an almost utopia age. Everything he stands for, everything he did, had such an impact, that we are still talking about him today. He was a hero, and we all need heroes.
The problem with researching Arthur is that there is a very blurry line between what is real and what is fictitious. But the one thing, which I found the most frustrating, wasn’t the lack of evidence, but the actual story itself, particularly with regards to the ending. King Arthur is betrayed by Lancelot, and then he is betrayed by Mordred. Arthur is fatally wounded at the Battle of Camlann. He is taken to Avalon, and we never hear of Arthur again. As for his knights…if they were lucky enough to survive the battle, they simply disappeared or became hermits.
Seriously?
That was the best the great poets could come up with? I’m sorry, but that ending sucks! The Knights stopped being knights? I don’t buy it and I never will.
I came up with an idea for a book that told the story of what happened after King Arthur’s death. My favourite knight has always been Lancelot, and I wanted to create a world for his children ~ a world for the next generation of Du Lacs and Pendragons. I didn’t realise then, that it would take me another 12 years to actually have a manuscript that I thought was worth sharing with the world. Publishing wasn’t so much of a daunting experience as a necessary one. I had sat on this story for too long.
Q2 – SDB: Who has influenced you as an author?
MAY: I am an avid reader. I love the books by Nicholas Evans and Nicholas Sparks. They both write such beautifully emotive prose that I cannot help but admire them.
Q3 – SDB: What is your writing method? Do you outline first or do you purge your brain on paper until your story is told?
MAY: I made a plan once. It took me ages, several months in fact. Once I was happy with the plan I sat down at my computer, looked at my notes and thought ~ oh screw this! I threw the notes away and just started writing. I do have a rough plan in my head and I will jot down the odd sentence that I think would work well later on in the book, but apart from that. I just sit down at the computer and bleed!
Q4 – SDB: How long does it take you to write your story, from getting it down on paper to publishing?
MAY: The Du Lac Chronicles, from start to finish, took me 12 years. The second book in the trilogy, which is due out later this year, took me about six months. Hey, I think I’m getting quicker at this writing game!
Q5 – SDB: Can you tell me a little bit about your book(s) without giving away too much? Why should I read it?
MAY: I would be honoured to tell you about my books…
 A generation after the fall of Arthur Pendragon, Briton lies fragmented into warring kingdoms and principalities.
Eighteen-year-old, Alden du Lac, Lancelot’s son, ruled the tiny Kingdom of Cerniw. Now he half-hangs from a wooden pole, his back lashed into a mass of bloody welts exposed to the cold of a cruel winter night.
When Alden notices a shadowy figure approaching, he assumes death has come to end his pain. Instead, the daughter of his enemy, Cerdic of Wessex, frees and hides him, her motives unclear.
Annis has loved Alden since his ill-fated marriage to her Saxon cousin ~ a marriage that ended in blood and guilt ~ and she would do anything to protect him. Annis’s rescue of Alden traps them between a brutal Saxon king and Alden’s remaining allies. Meanwhile, unknown forces are carefully manipulating the ruins of Arthur’s legacy.
If you love romance, adventure, intrigue and King Arthur’s knights, then check out The Du Lac Chronicles to find out what happened after King Arthur died. I promise you there are not any hermits. Well there is one, but he doesn’t come into the story until much later on in the trilogy!
Q6 – SDB: How much of yourself is in your character(s)?
MAY: It would be wrong to say that there is nothing of me in the characters. I do draw on my life experience…
…there was that terribly traumatic incident where I was chased by a Saxon Army, so I know exactly what that feels like! Rescuing gorgeous men from dungeons is an everyday occurrence for me as well…and…I do have big knees!
Joking aside, I think out of all the characters in The Du Lac Chronicles, I am most like Merton du Lac. He is incredibly loyal, good looking – well, obviously!  He is also very sarcastic ~ Umm…I’m not known for my sarcasm. Maybe he isn’t like me after all?!
Q7 – SDB: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
MAY: You have absolutely nothing to lose by writing your story, so stop making excuses as to why you can’t and just go for it.
Q8 – SDB: Is there anything else that you’d like to share?
MAY: Yes. I think it is about time that we all learnt how to make pottage. Making pottage is an art and one that we have all but forgotten. It was the staple diet for the poor in the Dark Ages. All you need is whatever you can get your hands on  ~ any vegetables you happen to have growing in your garden. If you don’t have any vegetables, you can steal some from your Overlord, but make sure you don’t get caught, because you might lose your hand, or worse, your head.
Throw all of your ingredients into a big pot…a cauldron will do, like the one witches use. Hang the cauldron over an open fire and slowly heat up the pottage, don’t let it boil. Remember if the stew boils the stew spoils ~ oh hang, on, I think my home economics teacher was talking about milk when she said that. Have I told you I hate cooking?
The joy of pottage is that it can last you for days, and you can keep adding things to it, so that bit of venison you poached the other day, can be added in quickly before anyone notices the deer is missing!
What could be better? It is the Dark Ages equivalent of fast-food. Wholesome and Nutritious. Now please eat, because the King’s Soldiers are coming and this may well be your last ever meal in this world.
Thanks for having me on your blog!! Right…now what was I doing? Oh, curses…the pottage is boiling, the pottage is boiling!!


MY THOUGHTS:
The Du Lac Chronicles, Book 1 is a unique Historical Fiction /Fantasy /YA/Teen/Myths /Legends with a mix of Romance. Based on Arthurian Legend. Set during 5th Century, AD 495 Wessex, Briton. A trilogy.

A fantastic Historical Fiction with so many facets interwoven into the story. The characters are endearing and complex, as well as, the storyline.

Alden Du Lac, once King of Cerniw, who loses everything, his kingdom, his people, his country and captured by an enemy, he didn’t see coming. They were supposed to be allies. He is tortured, beaten, whipped, sentence to death, and left hanging on a whipping post, bloodied and weakened.
Annis, only daughter of the Saxon King Cervix of Wessex, a cruel and brutal father, King and man. He was also supposed to be Alden’s ally, but he betrayed him, razed his Kingdom, and either killed or scattered his people.

Annis, defies her father, her King and her country to save Alden, the man she has loved from afar. Alden and Annis are on the run for their lives, hunted, betrayed but also find passion and love, along the way.
Steeped with treachery, betrayal, challenges, a father’s cruelty, secrets, conflicts, lies, deception, adversity, danger and so much more.

The resilience of Annis and Alden is simply captivating and mesmerizing!
Alden is presumed dead by some, his youngest brother missing, and it is hard to tell who is foe or friend.

An epic love story that will hold the reader in awe from the first page to the last and beyond. With political and court intrigue, bravery, honor, and love, it is simply hard to turn away from this fast paced, dangerous and magnificent treasure. Insufferable adversaries lurks, and dangers on every horizon for Alden and Annis. But these two strong, determined characters continue on though, the odds are against them, surviving.

Written flawlessly, uniquely and timelessly captivating! A timeless tale of Kings, love, sacrifice and honor. A breathtaking Historical Fiction, and one I’d highly recommend.

My only complaint, are the several unanswered questions. I think ithe will be amazing to learn the secrets of the families secrets. There is more to this story than meets the eye. No cliffhanger. A satisfying ending. But, Alden and Annis’ story continues in “The Pitchfork Rebellion: The Du Lac Chronicles” novella, available now Free.

I can’t wait for the next installment of “The Du Lac Chronicles”. Ms. Yarde has written an exceptional Historical Fiction based on Arthurian Legend. Well worth your time to read!
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet-Mild *due to violence, no true graphic*
Reviewed by: AprilR

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THE PRISONER OF SILVERWOOD CASTLE (DARKE OF NIGHT, BOOK 2) BY MARIE TREANOR with #Review

The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle (Darke of Night Book 2) by Marie Treanor

Date of Publication: August 16, 2016

Blurb

Dead men don’t tell tales. They wail them from the top of the tallest tower.

Darke of Night, Book 2

Lady Guinevere (Guin) Harvey would much rather be writing gothic tales of intrigue and adventure than dancing attendance on her sister, the newly married Duchess of Silberwald. Until they arrive at Silberwald Castle, a place of enchanting perfection—and gothic shadows.

Ghostly groans and clanking chains lead Guin through ancient, misshapen passages to one of the castle’s many mysteries: a cell where the odd but charming Kasimir is kept chained like an animal. He could be a figment of her vivid dreams, the ghost of a dead, mad prince, or just a political prisoner no one wants to talk about.

Desperate to discover what beast is howling such soul-chilling cries, Guin summons the medium Barbara Darke. But by the time Barbara arrives, Guin can no longer distinguish dream from reality, friend from enemy. Even with all Barbara’s unique talents, they have to face new dangers before they finally discover the terrifying truth of Silberwald Castle.

 

Warning: Gives new meaning to falling madly in love…

 

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Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband, three much-too-smart children and a small puppy who rules them all. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and urban fantasy – with a bit of science fiction and time travel thrown in.

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published. Since childhood, she has always written stories, at first secretly and for her own amusement, later with more serious intention to earn a living by writing. After working as a researcher and a librarian, she was lucky enough to have her first romances, GHOST UNLAID and QUEEN’S GAMBIT, immediately accepted by an e-publisher in 2004. Since then, she has published continuously, most notably with NAL, Samhain, Changeling Press, Ellora’s Cave and The Wild Rose Press. She now writes full time.

In 2010, she made her New York publishing debut with BLOOD ON SILK, first of the award winning Awakened by Blood vampire romance trilogy. Reviewers have described her undead anti-hero Saloman as the best vampire in the genre. Most recently, she has been trying her hand at self-publishing, with three new paranormal romance series, Serafina’s, The Gifted, and Blood Hunters (a sequel series to Awakened by Blood).

When not writing, Marie can generally be found among the chaos of her family, or walking the dog on the beach in all weathers. She loves to travel and meet new people. – See more at: http://www.marietreanor.com/about-the-author-marie-treanor/#sthash.ahFX5oNK.dpuf

 

 

 

 

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TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT~~CONQUERED HEART~~ KARA GRIFFIN~

CONQUERED HEART

Legend of The King’s Guard Series

Book One

Conquered Heart (Legend of the King's Guard Book 1)

In protecting the King of Scotland, Graeme Cameron will do whatever it takes to ensure Robert the Bruce’s safety. He and his comrades become the victim of circumstance and are now exiled. As they hide, they realize others are worse off than they and hire themselves out as mercenaries.

Kerrigan Campbell is desperate to find her laird and protector’s son. Then she hears of the legendary king’s guard and seeks them out. She runs across their leader in the midst of a battle, but he’s not what she expects. When she and Graeme find an abandoned bairn, he bids her to help him locate its mother and in return he’ll recapture her laird’s son.

Graeme has many a challenge before him – how to keep he and his friends from being executed for doing their duty, aiding the sweet lass in recovering her charge, finding the bairn’s mother, helping their king defeat England’s army, and gaining a pardon for their involvement in the king’s misdoings. There’s one challenge that thwarts him and that’s Kerrigan. She’s conquered his heart and more …

  • Publication Date: August 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JUXNSKQ

 

 

Available at: Amazon.com
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About Kara Griffin…

Kara GriffinKara Griffin is the author of the highly acclaimed Pith Trilogy and The Gunn Guardsman series. Both series has received tremendous praise from reviewers and readers. She has been writing for over 17 years, publishing over 15 novels, and has a true passion for writing historical stories filled with love, friendship, and honor.

She’s been married for over 27 years and has raised 3 daughters, who are on their own paths to love. Her first grandchild arrived early this summer, a wee hero who is the joy of her life. Family is extremely important to her.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys watching any sort of historical dramas and also favors historical mystery shows. Yes, Hallmark’s Mysteries & Murder channel is a favorite. Her writing partner, a fat tabby named Pearl can usually be found trying to steal items from her desk. She’s a Kleptomaniac and has to be watched.

Look for The Legend of the King’s Guard series release Summer 2016!

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PROMO~ DISCIPLINING THE BEAST~ TINA DONAHUE…*Mature Content, 18+*

Disciplining the Beast (Taming the Beast, Book 5) by Tina Donahue

Date of Publication: August 9, 2016

Blurb

Thank heaven for babes who like to raise hell.

Taming the Beast, Book 5

Wynona relishes her job as a reaper. Some jerkwad pisses her off? He’s toast. Any douchebag who mistreats a woman better watch out. Lately, she’s been enjoying it a little too much—and Heaven is not amused.

Wings temporarily clipped, she’s doing time working as an enforcer at From Crud to Stud. The body count isn’t what she’s used to, but at least the scenery—that is, her celestial parole officer—is tall, dark, and deliciously hot.

Rafael can’t take his eyes off Wynona. No, really. She’s a 24/7, one-on-one job. No matter how hard this angel rides her, she begs for more. Finding a way to bring out her best side is turning out to be the greatest challenge of his career.

She’s sassy and sexy, and she’s brought out a side of him he never knew existed—an inner Dom that is only too willing to follow her down the garden path of unrestrained indulgence. And once they set foot on that slippery slope, there’s no turning back.

Warning: Virtue has met its match. Celebrates bondage, discipline, voyeurism, and crazy good sex in an office setting, fetish club, and everywhere else. The faint of heart are advised to turn back now.

 

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I’m an award-winning, Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work. Three of my erotic romances (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) are Readers’ Choice Award winners. Three more (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were finalists in the EPIC competition. Readers’ Choice Award (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover). The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of my titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). I’m featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before writing full-time, I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

 

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INTRODUCING JESSIE BENNETT~~ Author of… Clean Short Read Historical Romance

INTRODUCING…..JESSIE BENNETT!

{AUTHOR OF CLEAN SHORT READ HISTORICAL}

Regency Romance: Thawing A Duke's Heart (Clean Short Read Historical Romance) (Faces of Love Series)Regency Romance: The Lady's Torn Heart (Clean Short Read Historical Romance) (Faces of Love Series)Regency Romance: A Brazen Lady and the Shunned Duke (Clean Short Read Historical Romance) (Faces of Love Series)Regency Romance: The Scarred Ladies (Clean Historical Romance) (The Chronicles of Loyalty Series)

**All are available on Amazon for $.99 and FREE on Kindle Unlimited**

(FACES OF LOVE, Book 1)

TRegency Romance: Thawing A Duke's Heart (Clean Short Read Historical Romance) (Faces of Love Series)hawing A Duke’s Heart – To protect the family honor, the Lady has to enter a marriage of convenience with a Duke that is aloof & cold and not interested in marriage. He thinks that the fairer sex only wanted to marry up the social classes. Will Lady Mary finally thaw the heart of the handsome Duke of Gaffton before it’s too late?

GET IT NOW: http://amzn.to/291cNw3

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Thawing a Duke’s Heart by Jesse Bennett is a Clean Regency Romance. #1 in “Faces of Love” series, which promises to be an interesting series. It is a Novella.
Steady paced, well written, it is written in first person. The characters are engaging and even a bit flawed, but realistic. The storyline was interesting, not so unusual for the Regency era, but a sweet romp.

A bachelor Duke, Jacob Fitzroy, Duke of Gaffton, with a frozen heart meets Lady Mary Withington, a young lady who believes in love, even for nobility.
Can Mary unthaw and heal Grafton’s broken heart, before it’s too late for them both?
A sweet, clean romance that readers will find miminics life, with the many upsets, unpredictable downfalls, healing, and finding true love.
But can lust turn into real love?
Can Grafton and Mary remain true to themselves while following their own hearts?
The secondary characters are interesting as well with their many layers. “Thawing the Duke’s Heart” is a multiple faceted story, that entails many challenges on the road to finding a HEA. Pick up “Thawing the Duke’s Heart”, for a sweet, clean Regency Romance. An enjoyable read!
Received for an honest review from the author.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR

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(Faces of Love, Book 2)

The Lady’s Torn Heart

Regency Romance: The Lady's Torn Heart (Clean Short Read Historical Romance) (Faces of Love Series)Can a Colonel with a broken heart, feeling as if he not destined to find true love, finally find happiness with the wayward Lady Julia Summers? Although he has watched from afar while she has been pursued by a man with no title, Colonel Henry Fitzsimmons has fallen in love with the beautiful woman, though he seems fated to remain solely her friend. Even when her heart is broken by the fortune-seeking Lord Patterson, Lady Julia must learn to love again, and it is Colonel Henry who must pick up the broken pieces if they are ever to have a chance at true love together. Together they must build a new life, find a fresh start, or Lady Julia may never find a way to help the Colonel overcome his tragic past.

Can the Colonel find a way to be a true friend when his heart’s desire is to become Lady Julia’s husband?

Will Lady Julia be able to mend her broken heart in time to find happily ever after before it’s too late?

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MY THOUGHTS:

Regency Romance: The Lady’s Torn Heart (Clean Short Read) by Jessie Bennett. Book 2 of the “Faces of Love” series, but can be read as a stand alone. A short story, only about 106 pages but packed full of dark secrets, second chances and first love.
Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Fitzsimmons, a sad, but kind, and patient man, with a wounded heart.
Lady Julia Summers, finds herself drawn to Henry, but feels her heart belongs to another, Lord James Patterson, a Rogue, without a means of supporting Julia. But Julia wishes only for Henry’s friendship, offer comfort and to help heal his broken heart.
A heartwarming story of betrayal, a blossoming romance and second chances. But, will Julia and Henry find their HEA?
An enjoyable read, that is well written with well-developed characters, and a tenderness were the reader finds themselves captivated by this short story. Ms. Bennett did a great job of bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion with effeciency and skill. Readers of quick, clean Romance will enjoy this quint Regency Romance.
Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR

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(Faces of Love, Book 3)

A Brazen Lady For the Shunned Duke

Regency Romance: A Brazen Lady and the Shunned Duke (Clean Short Read Historical Romance) (Faces of Love Series)Can a handsome duke with a checkered past finally find true love in Lady Scarlett, a woman with a hefty dowry and a fiery personality?

Lord Edward, Duke of Kent, is everything most girls could want in a husband, handsome, titled, and with a bright future ahead of him. However, many of the ton also know that his past is checkered, with rumors of a stilted lover and an illegitimate child clouding his chance for a marriageable future with a noble girl. He has long since decided to marry only for love though, so their opinions matter little to him until he meets a beautiful woman named Scarlett, sister of the Duke of Bellingham, and is carried away by her brazen lack of propriety when it comes to society’s rules.

Lord Edward is willing to expose everything about his own past in order to marry the woman he loves, but must decide whether he’s willing to risk losing her heart when she knows the truth.

Can Duke of Kent expose his past and win the respect of the outspoken merchant’s daughter, or will the Duke of Bellingham’s own buffoon stepbrother be given the beautiful maiden’s hand in marriage instead?

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MY THOUGHTS:

A Brazen Lady for the Shunned Duke (Faces of Love) by Jessie Bennett is a quick Regency Romance. A Novella. While, Book 3 of the “Faces of Love” series, it can be read as a stand alone. A series of sweet, clean Regency Romances.

Meet, Lord Edward, Duke of Kent and the brazen Scarlett, sister of the Duke of Bellingham. She has a lack of propriety and cares even less for society’s rules.
Edward, is drawn to her Brazen ways. However, he has secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance. Edward has a checkered past, rumors of a stilted lover, and a illegitimate child, but will a manageable, noble young lady gamble on losing her heart on a Lord with such a past? Or will Edward finally lose his heart to the brazen Scarlett?

Steady paced romance with many twists and turns, well-developed characters and a captivating storyline.
Can a fiery spirited, Scarlett, who has a hefty dowry, find her prince in Edward, an Earl with a checkered past? Will they lose their HEA to outside forces? A must read, sweet Regency Romance. I enjoyed how Ms. Bennett brings together this story, with passion and romance. I look forward to more from Ms. Bennett. A quick summer read!
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Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR

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Regency Romance: The Scarred Ladies (Clean Historical Romance) (The Chronicles of Loyalty Series)What do a scarred marchioness, a laundress with a face-covering birthmark, a naval intelligence officer, a woman with dreams of grandeur, and three king’s guardsmen have in common?

Five friends, tied together by true love, duty, or friendship, begin a journey that will change the lives of everyone involved.

From the king to the pretty woman who does his laundry, no one is immune to the effects of the secret that will be revealed by a handsome naval intelligence officer and a member of the king’s own guard.

However, their lives drastically change again when the secret is revealed and the laundress must go on the run with a scarred marchioness hoping to find a place to be safe at last.

Finally, the two women face the biggest trial of their young lives when one of their closest friends is cruelly ripped away at a young age. Join Lady Nora, Loyalty, Nathan, Lady Mary, Alexander and Jerrico as they learn about life, love, and reality together—and in the process discover more than they ever wanted to know about death and betrayal.

Nathan is on a mission to protect one of the prince regent’s—soon to be the king’s—most valuable treasures, and his guard friends are also protecting a beautiful asset of the realm. However, each man must battle his own inner demons before it’s too late for love…and hope that they succeed in their missions, for to fail would be the end of them all.

Can Nathan and Ricardo protect the women they love and find a way to be together forever or watch as the Ladies are married off simply for protection and nobility?

Will Loyalty and Lady Nora finally find safety in the arms of the men they love or will they be forced to accept a marriage proposal in a remote location to stop the deadly attacks?

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My Thoughts:

Regency Romance: The Scarred Ladies (Clean Historical Romance) (The Chronicles of Loyalty Series)
by Jessie Bennett is a Clean Historical Romance.
“What do a scarred marchioness, a laundress with a face-covering birthmark, a naval intelligence officer, a woman with dreams of grandeur, and three king’s guardsmen have in common? Five friends, tied together by true love, duty, or friendship, begin a journey that will change the lives of everyone involved.”

Follow, Lady Nora, Loyalty, Nathan, Lady Mary, Alexander and Jerrico on a journey of love, and the reality of life, as they discover grief, death and betrayal.
Political intrigue, sacrifice, danger, betrayal, challenges, suspense and romance, makes for an exciting, captivating tale of five friends, who become caught in the intrigue of Kings and a battle for survival.
Lady Nora, and Loyalty, may be future Princess’ in line for the next Crown of the Realm. But someone wants them stopped, preferably by death. The King’s Guardsmen are determined to keep them safe at all cost, including their deaths, if necessary. Love blossoms but can they all stay alive long enough to find their HEA.

Well written with well-developed, strong, and engaging characters. A unique, intriguing and utterly comsuming epic romances. Ms. Bennett interweaves and blends each character’s story together to make an emotionally charged, and mesmerizing Romance. Ms. Bennett is a wonderful storyteller, who draws readers into her stories and holds them in awe. A fantastic romance with no cliff-hangers. Each character has their complete ending. Powerful, compelling and dangerously addictive. A great read! A sweet, clean romance!

*Personal buy*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR

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ABOUT JESSIE BENNETT…

Jessie BennettJessie Bennett is an obsessed romantic freak. She loves historical romance stories. Recently, she discovered another interest within the historical romance, which is Regency Romance stories. She wants to use her ideas, knowledge and interest of the regency era to spin out characters that readers wants to read. She aspires to be the next Jane Austen that combine grace, love, and simplicity to delight readers to find their happy endings.

She lives in Norfolk county, England most of the her time. When she’s not writing, you will find her walking down the countryside with her husband and her beloved dog.

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BLOG TOUR~~ THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL~~MARIE TREANOR

The Dead of Haggard Hall (Darke of Night Book 1) by Marie Treanor

Date of Publication: July 26, 2016

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Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.

Darke of Night, Book 1

After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.

Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest-both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.

It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.

But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick-the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.

Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see-and touch.

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Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband, three much-too-smart children and a small puppy who rules them all. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and urban fantasy – with a bit of science fiction and time travel thrown in.

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published. Since childhood, she has always written stories, at first secretly and for her own amusement, later with more serious intention to earn a living by writing. After working as a researcher and a librarian, she was lucky enough to have her first romances, GHOST UNLAID and QUEEN’S GAMBIT, immediately accepted by an e-publisher in 2004. Since then, she has published continuously, most notably with NAL, Samhain, Changeling Press, Ellora’s Cave and The Wild Rose Press. She now writes full time.

In 2010, she made her New York publishing debut with BLOOD ON SILK, first of the award winning Awakened by Blood vampire romance trilogy. Reviewers have described her undead anti-hero Saloman as the best vampire in the genre. Most recently, she has been trying her hand at self-publishing, with three new paranormal romance series, Serafina’s, The Gifted, and Blood Hunters (a sequel series to Awakened by Blood).

When not writing, Marie can generally be found among the chaos of her family, or walking the dog on the beach in all weathers. She loves to travel and meet new people. – See more at: http://www.marietreanor.com/about-the-author-marie-treanor/#sthash.ahFX5oNK.dpuf

 

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SPOTLIGHT~ THE OFFICIAL ESSEX SISTERS COMPANION GUIDE~~JODY GAYLE with ELOISA JAMES and #Review

Essex Sisters Companion Guide

ISBN: 9780062317179
May 24, 2016

  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (May 24, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2ANEFU

 

 

This is a book no Eloisa James fan should miss! Eloisa revisits the scintillating world of the Essex Sisters with “A Midsummer Night’s Disgrace,” a new story featuring a young lady, Cece, who would rather ruin her own reputation than endure further speculation about whether her children will be “silly,” like her brother, Billy.

Happily for fans of Pleasure for Pleasure, Cece’s best friend is Josie, Countess of Mayne!

Just as exciting, the Companion includes not only Eloisa’s original notes about each book in the Essex Sister series and her Extra Chapters, but a 140-page alternate ending to Kiss Me, Annabel. Eloisa discarded this shockingly different plot after writing one draft, and the published novel went in an entirely new direction. Make up your own mind about which is better—Eloisa’s original, or the final book!

Super fan Jody Gayle’s engaging guide includes essays about fascinating historical details, including period fashion designs. Explore the world of horse racing and tour the London theater scene. Delve into the rich history and deep literary tradition that makes Eloisa one of the top writers of historical romance.

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The full series reading order is as follows:

Book 1: Much Ado About You
Book 2: Kiss Me, Annabel
Book 3: The Taming of the Duke
Book 4: Pleasure for Pleasure
Novella: A Gentleman Never Tells

 


Eloisa JamesMeet Eloisa James….

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

 

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About the AuthorJody Gayle

JODY GAYLE, bestselling author and researcher, likens her work to that of a literary archaeologist rather than a traditional author. She is dedicated to unearthing publications of the past, and sharing these long-forgotten books… the jewels and riches of the written word. She has uncovered tens of thousands of old publications from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and wants to bring them to life, and send her readers traveling back in time.

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MY THOUGHTS:

What an interesting “Companion Guide  to the Essex Sisters” series.  It rich with essays, resources, articles, a character index, bonus chapters, an alternate ending, and so much more. There is so much here for readers to explore. It includes fashion, alternate endings, extra chapters, a novella,  “A Midsummer Night’s Disgrace”. What a delicious insight into the Essex Sisters series.  A must read for fans of the Essex Sisters series.

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: N/A

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

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ~ A DUKE TO REMEMBER~ KELLY BOWEN~ with #Review and #Giveaway

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A DUKE TO REMEMBER by Kelly Bowen

 A Duke To Remember

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Title: A Duke to Remember

Author: Kelly Bowen

On Sale: July 26, 2016

Series: A Season for Scandal, #2

Publisher: Forever

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Price: $5.99 USD

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Love takes the stage . . .
Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.

Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He’s managed to avoid any complications or entanglements-that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there’s more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity-and her true feelings for him-the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.

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Kelly bowenKelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly’s infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance.  When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process.  Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ~ RED HOT SIZZLE with #Giveaway and #Review

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Sit back and send the kids outside to play because RED HOT SIZZLE is finally here!

 

Fourteen new book boyfriends are here to woo you in this big box with over 2000 pages of romance! Treat yourself to this sizzling, sexy sampler of NYT, USA Today, and best-selling authors. Are you ready to dive into decadent stories about hit men, tech moguls, shifters, new neighbors, bosses, lumberjacks, military men, motorcycle guys, and rock stars?

These great books are just the thing for those long, lazy summer days sunning at the beach, hanging out beside the pool, or lounging around on vacation. Some are sweet, some are just for fun, and some are Red Hot!

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Chloe by Lacey Silks ~ Axel Wagner saved me in more than one way, and then I ruined it by letting him touch me. He’s no longer just an employer–he’s my everything.

Dream On by Blair Babylon ~ A new story about Alexandre and Georgie, the Duke and Duchess of Valentinois, and other rock stars.

Bumpy Ride by Olivia Rigal ~ You’d think I’d know better. Better than to fall for a biker, and one from a different MC. Better than to get knocked up by a Nomad who vanished without a trace. Better than to try and hide it from my family.

Banshee by Sarah M. Cradit ~ I was eighteen when I died. But then, at eighteen, I was reborn.

Picked by the Billionaire by Daizie Draper ~ The fiery rebound-sex arrangement a dumped and already broken florist dives into with a tech mogul puts her heart in peril again.

Two Much for You by Sky Corgan ~ Two hot men just moved in across the street. I never thought they would show up on my doorstep. And what they want is far from conventional.

Two Wingmen and a Baby by Daisy Prescott ~ Hold onto your ovaries because this short features John, Tom Cat, and sweet Baby Day. Surely two alpha men can take care of one baby, right?

Witch In the Window (Bend-Bite-Shift Next Gen-1) by ~ Olivia Hardin ~ As if college finals aren’t bad enough, Chelsea’s witch radar tells her the delivery man who frequents her front door is more than he seems to be.

Right: A Hitman Romance by V. J. Chambers ~ Giovanni Gallo meant to kill Sable Clarke, not fall for her. What seems wrong actually turns out to be something so right.

Tutoring the Wolf by Jacqueline Sweet & Devon March ~ When she’s forced to tutor to a bad boy shifter, Cassie has no idea how much she’ll learn about herself, or how much fun she’ll have doing it.

Yours by Kim Linwood ~ Bianca met the man of her dreams in paradise, but their real lives are an ocean apart. Can he convince her that their love is worth the risk after the fairy tale ends?

Blooming Hearts by Felicia Tatum ~ First love blooms as Francesca and Cade slowly begin their descent into the depths of true love.

Taking Charge
by Shannon Macallan ~ Miranda expects Charleston to be hot, humid and boring as hell. What she finds instead is an entirely different heat with a cadet from a South Carolina military academy.

Chasing Shadows by Sophia Barron ~ When Delilah’s witchy ways threaten to pierce Joe’s shadows; the jaguar shifter must choose between darkness and light for eternity. Will bonds of love save their world or destroy it?

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MY THOUGHTS:

RED HOT SIZZLE Anthology by Fourteen amazing authors. First time, brand new romance stories, that can only be found in this Boxed set.

Filled with passion, lust, magic, paranormal, sexy cowboys, a rock stars, shifters, military men,motorcycle guys, lumberjacks, and so much more.

All of these authors, are new to me, and I thought they each brought together an amazing, unique writing style. What a great way to find new authors. Offers readers a chance to read a sample of their writing style, to see rather they wish to read more. All authors are Best-Selling authors.

If you do not enjoy sexy, alpha males, sizzling motorcycle guys, billionaires, cowboys, or less not forget the sexy, sassy ladies in their lives.

A definite sizzling, hot Anthology and a great read!  While, I did not connect to some of the stories’ characters, however,  overall, it is a great read.

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Rating: 4

Heat rating: Hot/Sizzling

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

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