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Passionate Pursuit – Tina Donahue

Cover-AmazonI am excited to welcome Tina Donahue back to the Starla Kaye blog with her upcoming historical release, PASSIONATE PURSUIT. The book is available for preorder now and ready to read August 2.

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BLURB – Passionate Pursuit

Is their passion strong enough to break her chains?

Andalucía Spain, 1489: Innocent Beatriz is desperate to escape the threat of a miserable marriage to a cruel Marquis. Forced into the betrothal by her ruthless merchant papá, her only hope is to conceal her identity and become a servant in a nearby castle—a life drastically different from her comfortable upbringing.

Tomás doesn’t know what to make of his well-spoken new servant girl. Her beauty and charm captivates the military hero; her mysterious nature intrigues him. And the desire she ignites burns brighter with each glance, as does his longing to claim her for his own.

Beatriz can’t resist Tomás’ passion nor deny the heat of her own. But neither the lush countryside nor the walls of the opulent Moorish castle can entirely protect her—and if he were to discover her secret, she could be torn away from him forever. Yet how can she sustain his love if she’s living a lie?

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His palm was warm and dry against hers, skin calloused from warfare and physical activity, his touch gentle. He kissed her knuckles, his lips unbearably soft, breath hot. “Buenas tardes.”

She opened her mouth but couldn’t speak.

“You wonder what this is about.”

She nodded, hoping he’d explain.

“Today, neither of us works.” He played with her fingers. “We get to know each other.”

In what way? She didn’t think he meant in the usual carnal sense. Tenderness, not lust, filled his eyes. “Why?”

“I want us to be friends.”


“Friends. After we ride to our destination—wait, you do ride, no?”

She did, or rather had at one time, and nodded.

He beamed. “Once we reach this spot I know of, we can enjoy our meal and read about El Cid’s triumphs.” He gestured to a basket, the book on top.

Theirs alone, no one else’s.

He leaned in. “I have to warn you of something.”

Nothing he could say would worry her at this point, unless he told her the señoritas would join them. “What?”

“El Cid has nothing on me. My adventures will dazzle you with the force of a star shooting across the sky, the crash of thunder above your head, the wail of the wind trying to blow in a door.” He wagged his finger. “Mind you, what I say is no mere boast.”

Beatriz didn’t believe she could ever like another man more. She was in far too much danger of laughing, weeping, and throwing her arms around him. Controlling herself, she ran her thumb over his. “Someone should write several epic poems about you. Volumes and volumes.” She paused and stopped stroking him, wary of a matter that still concerned. “Perhaps the señoritas can manage such a feat.”

“I sent them on their way this morning as you slept, leaving the task of an epic poem for you. I have writing materials packed with the other items. Wait. You can write, no?”

She nodded readily, loving him for getting rid of the other women. One might someday be his wife, though not now. These moments were theirs.

Tomás squeezed her hand lightly. “Come.” He led her to another stall, the mare inside already saddled. “We need to begin our day.”

About Tina

Tina_Donahue_Picture_-_Color_optTina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers’ Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her 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). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.

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Nicole Evelina with Camelot’s Queen

Camelot%27s Queen eBook Cover LargeToday I am happy to welcome Nicole Evelina to the Starla Kaye blog with CAMELOT’S QUEEN, the second book in her Arthurian legend trilogy.

The Men of Camelot’s Queen

Most of my guest posts about my Arthurian legend trilogy center on Guinevere, which makes sense as she’s the POV character and it’s her story. And because my books are unabashedly telling the female side of the story, I talk a lot about other key female characters like Isolde, Elaine and Morgan.

However, when I got to thinking about this blog post, I realized that given Starla is a romance writer and my books have strong romantic elements (though that HEA is elusive until the third book), it might be a good idea to give the boys a little love. So, here are brief description of each of the main men in Guinevere’s life in Camelot’s Queen (Book 2 of Guinevere’s Tale) and who I imagine playing them in a movie/TV version.

BTW – I ask readers to please read the first book, Daughter of Destiny, before reading Camelot’s Queen. You probably could read Camelot’s Queen on its own, but you will miss many of the relationships and motivations built up in the first book, which may lead to misunderstanding or frustration, and I want you to have a pleasant reading experience. But whether you read both or jump straight into this one, please know this is not your mother’s Guinevere, or Arthur, for that matter – but I hope you enjoy them all the same.

King Arthur

Played in my head by Christian Kane of Leverage and The Librarians

Arthur is our alpha male, our leading man in this second book of the series as he becomes Guinevere’s husband. Even though neither of them intended to marry one another, he really does love her and would give his life to protect her. He’s a warrior through and through and a responsible king who truly cares about his people. He’ll fight you just as soon as bed you, which makes my battle-trained Guinevere quite happy. But he does have quite a past with the ladies, and two of them come back to haunt him in this book.


Played in my head by Adrian Grenier of Entourage fame

Lancelot is of course, Guinevere’s famous lover. I purposefully made him manly, but not totally alpha because I didn’t want him in direct competition with Arthur. He had to have a little softness (but Lord, not as much as the guy in the movie version of Camelot…that was too much even for me), which I found he wanted to express in his tender workings with horses. Hence, Lancelot became a type of “horse whisperer” whose techniques I gleaned from the ancient horse master Xenophon. He is a bit of a flirt and has been around the block more than once in his day, but his heart will always belong to Guinevere.


Played in my head by Orlando Bloom of Pirates of the Caribbean

Aggrivane, as we learn in the first book of the series, has the heart of a poet, more beta than alpha. He and Guinevere were each other’s first loves, and no matter what life throws at them, there will always be part of them that is linked, like it or not. They are about as star-crossed as Romeo and Juliet, and as such, are vulnerable to betrayals real and imagined, which unfortunately, have series consequences in this book.


Played in my head by Joseph Morgan of The Vampire Diaries/The Originals

We all like the bad boys, right? Well Malegant is more than your average knight with a dark side. He’s more than a little psychotic and as we eventually see, enjoys inflicting pain. But he has his reasons, his own dark past that made him into who he is. Is it bad that I loved writing him?


Played in my head by Mat Czuchry of The Good Wife

Mordred is fun character to explore because he’s not given much of a personality in the traditional legends beyond his betrayal and murder of his father. In Camelot’s Queen, you see him grow into manhood in the shadow of his renowned father. He’s seventeen when the book ends and he commits his first act of betrayal (against Guinevere). In this case, it has nothing to do with Morgan and everything to do with the result of his drunken actions. He tries to be a good man, but his moral compass is a bit off center, and in the third book, we’ll see absolute power corrupt him.


Played in my head by Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors and Velvet Goldmine

A hot Archdruid? Hell, yes! Imagine Merlin with long red hair like in the beginning of Velvet Goldmine before Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ character goes all Ziggy Stardust. He’s handsome and powerful and he knows it, but he’s also devoted to Viviane. That is, at least until a young girl name Nimue comes of age and turns her obsessive love on him. Even for all his power, Merlin is helpless to resist her charms. We all know this story doesn’t end well, but the method and reason may surprise you.

I’d love to know who is your favorite hero of Arthurian legend. Are you team Lancelot or team Arthur? Or maybe someone else? And why?


BLURB – Camelot’s Queen

History remembers Guinevere’s sin, but it was Arthur who transgressed first.

Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies.

Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections toward her, threatening Guinevere’s fragile sanity and eventually driving her into the arms of her champion.

Amid this tension a new challenge arises for the king and queen of Camelot: finding the Holy Grail, a sacred relic that promises lasting unity. But peace, as they will soon learn, can be just as dangerous as war. As the court begins to turn on itself, it becomes clear that the quest that was to be Arthur’s lasting legacy may end in the burning fires of condemnation.

This highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Destiny proves there is much more to Guinevere’s story than her marriage and an affair. See the legend you think you know through her eyes and live the adventure of Camelot’s golden days yourself – but be prepared to suffer its downfall as well.

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vertical-author photoAuthor Info

Nicole Evelina is an award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel is Camelot’s Queen, the second book in an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view.

Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, took first place in the legend/legacy category of the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. Her upcoming novel, Been Searching for You (May 10), a romantic comedy, won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests. Later this year, she will release Madame Presidentess (July 25), a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, which was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.

Nicole is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. Nicole has traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Her website is http://nicoleevelina.com. She can be reached online at:


Chanta Rand with Rise of a Queen

Rise of a Queen
By Chanta Rand



A dead husband. An unconsummated marriage. She needs an heir. Any man will do.

1061 AD. A sprawling empire rich in gold, resources, and military might dominates West Africa. It’s The Kingdom of Ghana, and it’s at the height of its power.

Twenty-year old Nabeela is grappling with her own power struggle. In order to save her younger sister from their step-brother’s clutches, Nabeela agrees to marry a repulsive African prince and bear him an heir. However, her plans are waylaid when tragedy strikes on her wedding night—her new husband dies—without consummating their marriage.

She must find a replacement to impregnate her immediately. Any man will do—including a drunken soldier her servants find naked taking a bath in a neighboring village. Nabeela holds him captive and coerces him into having sex with her—stealing the one thing he can never get back—his seed.

What she doesn’t know is the soldier is Rafan, Commander of a warring tribe’s royal army, and one of her family’s arch enemies. Eager for revenge, Rafan tracks her down once he’s released. But when these two reunite, they realize their lust for each other is far greater than their disdain.

Enamored by Nabeela’s beauty and bravery, Rafan makes her an offer of marriage, and the promise to help her become queen. He convinces her that they are stronger allies than enemies. Even though they share a commitment to unite, there are others who are determined to destroy them and their plans, including the one person Nabeela would have never suspected. In the end, she’s is forced to choose between her passion and her ambition.

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An Interview with the Author

What can you share with the readers about yourself, maybe something fun that they wouldn’t guess?

I’m a zombie connoisseur. I don’t know if it’s a secret that I’m a fan of The Walking Dead. However, I’m really into the makeup. It has to be authentic and believable. I dissect every zombie show and scrutinize the zombie movements and clothing. The special effects have to be on point. I need to see lots of blood, gore, bones crunching and guts splattering. The non-zombie characters can’t simply stab a zombie in the head and not get blood and brain matter all over them. I look for details. The plot is also important. You just can’t have zombies running around willy nilly with no rhyme or reason. There must be a goal or a plan. One day, I’m going to write a zombie romance, but in the meantime, I’m satisfied with being a spectator.

What is in your To Be Read pile?

  • Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep
  • The Rules by Delaney Diamond
  • Jet III by Russell Blake
  • The Auction by Eve Vaughn
  • Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison
  • Naughty Words for Nice Writers by Carol Bristol

Are you an outliner, a write by the seat of your pants author, or a combination?

A combination of the two. I usually start out with a general idea. Then, I bullet point the major plot points. I have had rare moments of insanity where I outlined each chapter down to the lowercase ‘i’. Lastly, I write. The characters usually decide where to take me, and I follow—by the seat of my pants.

What was your favorite scene in this book?

There are so many exciting scenes in this book it’s hard to choose. I love the opening prologue that shows how the heroine, Nabeela learned to hate the Sanjadas, a rival clan of which the hero, Rafan is a member. But I guess if I had to pick a favorite scene, it would be Nabeela and Rafan’s first kiss. It was raw, powerful, and shocking for both of them.

Do you have a favorite character and why?

My favorite character in Rise of a Queen is Ghazi, Nabeela’s evil stepson. I don’t particularly like him, but I liked how he forced his way into the novel. I have a fascination with villains. I’m always trying to find their redeeming qualities. Unfortunately, Ghazi has none. He’s ugly, power-hungry, and sadistic. Black-hearted snakes like him deserve to die. Or do they? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

My favorite character of all my books is Vic Romano. Vic is tall, dark, and has the sexiest green eyes I’ve ever seen. He’s also an ex-con trying to get his life back together after five years in prison. He’s the kind of hero I could easily fall in love with. If you want to know more about Vic, check out my erotic novella, Blueprint for Love.

Author Info:

Chanta Jefferson Rand is an Emma Award winning Debut Author of the Year, a multi-published, best-selling author of sizzling-hot romance, and the former host of The Chanta Rand Show. An avid reader of all genres, she stepped onto the scene in 2010 with her first published historical romance, Pharaoh’s Desire. 

Chanta is a history junkie, a Walking Dead fan, and a recovering shoe addict. She never met a stiletto she didn’t like! If you still want more, check her out at www.ChantaRand.com or email her at [email protected].

Remember: You can’t expect any sizzle…if you don’t turn up the heat!

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Laura Strickland – Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship

perf5.000x8.000.inddI’m welcoming Laura Strickland to my blog today with her historical romance, MRS. CLAUS AND THE VIKING SHIP. Personally, I love everything Christmas and especially stories about anything to do with Santa Claus. This sounds wonderful!

The Legend of Santa Claus (as shared by Laura Strickland)

What kind of crazy writer takes on a legend? Some things are sacred, right? Elvis. King Arthur. The Easter Bunny. Santa.

In my time as a writer, I’ve boldly (and some insist insanely) gone where no writer should go and tackled not one but two legends. The first was Robin Hood, whose history I extended in my “The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy” consisting of “Daughter of Sherwood”, “Champion of Sherwood” and “Lord of Sherwood”. I cry innocence here though because these stories tell of Robin and Marian’s descendants and for the most part leave the legend alone.

But, Santa Claus?

“Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship” started out as a short story which I wrote to compete in one of the many contests posted by Fanstory, the writing community of which I was a member at that time. The writing prompt said “Christmas story” and the idea just popped into my head: what if I related the tale as might an aged family member sitting by the fireside on Christmas Eve, passing time for the anxious children by telling stories? What if this story revealed the real truth about Santa Claus—that he came from the far north as a Viking marauder who raided the northern coast of Scotland, willing to take a beautiful young woman for his prize? What if, for love of her, he learned that the one true gift in life is love?

My story didn’t win the contest. But it left the seed of an idea in my brain. I decided to expand the story and turn it into a holiday novella. What emerged is a tale of faith and hope and courage, of a fair-haired Viking called Claus and yes, the transformative power of love. My editor loved it. I hope you will too! Have a blessedly happy holiday and a wondrously healthy New Year!


BLURB – Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship

Scottish chief’s daughter, Tinnie MacAieth, can think of only one way to ransom her clan’s folk, defeated by the fierce Viking, Claus – agree to his demand that she become his bride. She hopes her faith and love for her people will allow her to endure a lonely, loveless future in the cold north.

Claus has claimed Tinnie for his wife, but the prize he truly wants is her heart. Determined to win it, he offers her many gifts, but not until he undertakes a dangerous winter voyage for her sake does he dare hope she sees what’s in his heart. And on one magical Christmas Eve, while delivering toys to her clan’s children by sleigh, he begins to believe she may grant him the one gift he desires …

BUY LINKS:  Amazon     The Wild Rose Press     Barnes & Noble     KOBO

AUTHOR BIO – Laura Strickland

Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. Embracing her mother’s heritage, she pursued a lifelong interest in Celtic lore, legend and music, all reflected in her writing. She has made pilgrimages to both Newfoundland and Scotland in the company of her daughter, but is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario, with her husband and her “fur” child, a rescue dog. She practices gratitude every day.

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Spotlight: Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss

Amazon coverToday I’m spotlighting a limited edition collection of eight “wickedly entertaining” historical romances in ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS. 

The authors include USA Today Bestselling author, Julie Johnstone, bestselling, award-winning authors Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane.



SHORT BLURBS from Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss

After Forever is the fourth book in Julie Johntone’s Whisper of Scandal Series. Love truly does have the power to mend a shattered heart.

The Pirate’s Duchess is the introduction to Katherine Bone’s new Regent’s Revenge Series coming 2016. Think The Princess Bride meets Robin Hood!

Her Scandalous Wish is the third novella in Collette Cameron’s A Waltz with a Rogue Novella series. Love always deserves a second chance!

Milady and Her Spy is Jillian Chantal’s first novella in the Milady Series. Set off on adventure with Lady Augusta Covington.

Kissed by a Scottish Rogue is the fourth story in Samantha Grace’s Rival Rogues series. An enemies to lovers tale with heart and humor.

Stolen Kisses from the Viscount is the first novella in Alanna Lucas’s Stolen Kisses series. Let the seduction begin.

Tempted By A Rogue is a standalone novella by Lauren Smith. A sensual regency tale of first loves, mistaken identities and the temptation of two hearts meant to be together.

The Redemption Of Julian Price– A spinster proposes a marriage of convenience to her secret love in this funny, flirty, poignant, and passionate Regency set romance from bestselling, award-winning author Victoria Vane.


BUY LINKS:  Indigo     Amazon     iTunes     B& N     Kobo


JULIE JOHNSTONE – is an USA TODAY best-selling author who’s living the dream creating worlds from her imagination. When not writing, she’s chasing her precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising.  Website

KATHERINE BONE – is an Amazon #1 best-selling Historical Romance Author who writes about Rogues, Rebels & Rakes, aka Pirates, Lords, Captains, Duty, Honor, & Country & the happily-ever-afters every alpha male & damsel deserve.   Website

COLLETTE CAMERON – is an Amazon #1 best-selling and award-winning Historical Romance Author who makes her home in Oregon with her husband & five mini-dachshunds. You’ll always find animals, quirky–sometimes naughty–humor, & a dash of inspiration in her novels.   Website

JILLIAN CHANTAL – is a 2015 RONE Finalist who loves her little slice of paradise on the gulf coast, a place that reminds Jillian daily that even though she loves the past, she needs the present. Air conditioning is vital for her survival.   Website

SAMANTHA GRACE  is an Amazon best-Selling, RITA-nominated Historical Romance Author who enjoys creating happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.   Website

ALANNA LUCAS – is an Amazon best-selling author who believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration. Alanna is always dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time w/family, & staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.  Website

LAUREN SMITH- is an Amazon best-sellingaward winning author who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives w/her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat, & dapper little schnauzer.  Website

VICTORIA VANE – is an Amazon #1 bestselling and Award-Winning author of over twenty smart and sexy romances. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida w/her husband, two sons, a little black dog, & an Arabian horse.   Website

Spotlight: Jacqueline M. Sinclair and Renegade

Renegade coverI am welcoming Jacqueline M. Sinclair to my blog today with RENEGADE, the Prequel to the Steele Standing Series. Before we get into the details of the book, let’s talk to the author.


What can you share with the readers about yourself, maybe something fun that they wouldn’t guess?

I have an almost laughable fear of spiders, to the point where I’ve had to get coworkers to ‘save me.’

What drew you to being a writer?

I’ve always loved books. My mother was an avid reader and there were always books around our home when I was growing up. It seems to be a natural progression.

Do you do anything special to get in the mood to write?

I love music as much as I love to read. I usually have music playing in the background while I write.

What is in your To Be Read pile?

I love finding new authors. Geri Glenn, who has put out the first book, Ryker, in her Kings of Korruption MC series. I’m hooked. True crime. Some autobiographies. A few classics.

How do you come up with a story line?

That’s a funny question because I find that I work a plot out, and then the characters develop and completely change the game plan. I’ve found that I just have to let them have their way.

Are you an outliner, a write by the seat of your pants author, or a combination?

I definitely write by the seat of my pants.

What are you currently working on for your next book?

The first book in my Steele Standing series, Mercy Denied. With the prequel, Renegade out December 1st, I’m focusing on getting that draft where I want it to be. It’s the heartbreaking story about Trinity Steele and how a poor, drunken decision brings the wrath of Merrick Kincaid down on her-and by association, the rest of the Steele family.

What was your favorite scene in this book?

The ending. I’m a sucker for a happy ever after!

What was the hardest scene to write in the book?

That has to be a tie between the scene in Renegade where William is racing with Margaret in the car and the scene where William comes up early in the draft, practically guaranteeing he’ll get sent to Vietnam.

Do you have a favorite character and why?

It would absolutely have to be Margaret. Don’t let her sheltered life fool you. She’s strong, mischievous and she has the backbone to be William Steele’s perfect polar opposite.


BLURB – Renegade

Renegade is the prequel to the upcoming Steele Standing series.

Margaret Wilson is eighteen years old in 1969. The Vietnam War is raging. Her mother is dying and her father is drowning in pain. She is sheltered, religious and completely unprepared to fall in love with William Steele.

William has it all. A product of his family’s legendary reputation, he’s rich, reckless and known for pushing boundaries. He stands up to gossip by upping the ante, one rebellious night at a time.

The reality of his world sweeps away Margaret’s innocence and puts her in the middle of a place she’s never known. With William at her side, she can’t help but question her own boundaries and the temptation to ignore them is running high. Then, one night, one poor decision and Margaret becomes the one with everything to lose.

Will their young love be strong enough to hold it all together?

BUY LINKS:     Amazon US     Amazon UK     Goodreads

About Jacqueline

Jacqueline grew up in the rural southeast and is the youngest child of a large and rowdy family. Reading was an escape when there wasn’t much else around to do. She loves everything from classical literature to true crime and everything in between. With her two children grown and gone, she’s surrounded by a menagerie of adopted pets and a two-legged thief who refused to give her heart back after a night of karaoke.

With a day job and a dream job, her writing is a steamy combination of real life and seeking to answer the age-old question of what would happen if…and then characters come along and completely derail the plan. Letting them have their say provides plenty of sleepless nights and an endless combination of coffee and wine, but she hopes you enjoy their stories.

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Jessie Clever with To Be a Spy

JessieClever_ToBeASpy_800pxI’m welcoming back Jessie Clever to my blog today with a short story in her Spy Series, TO BE A SPY.

BLURB – To Be a Spy

Samuel Black must make a decision: to be a spy like his father or follow his heart.

Either is likely to give his mother chest pains.

For Samuel is no longer a lad with the ambitious and noble wish of being a lamplighter to keep the seedy streets of London safe.  About to embark on university, his mind stirs with the thoughts of creating a policing force in London to safeguard its citizens.  Held back by his family’s legacy as spies, Samuel does not make his ideas known.

But when he stops a would-be purse-snatcher, his path unexpectedly veers into that of one Miss Penelope Paiget, and suddenly, Samuel must make a choice.

The short stories in the Spy Series:

  1. To Be a Spy
  2. To Be a Duke
  3. To Be a Lady

The Spy Series short stories take place after the conclusion of the Spy Series.

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EXCERPT – To Be a Spy

London, 1822


It happened on Marlborough Street a little past two o’clock two days before Christmas.

Samuel had just returned from Eton the day before as his Greek studies had compelled him to stay longer than the rest of the students.  It all sounded rather dull, but honestly, it was quite thrilling as one of his tutors believed he had stumbled upon an undiscovered Biblical text.  The ramifications could be enormous, and so when asked to assist him in analyzing the text, Samuel had stayed on, of course.  It wasn’t as if he would miss the opportunity.

And thus two days before Christmas, he found himself on Marlborough trying desperately to find a present for Jane and Elizabeth.  He wondered briefly if any other man of ten and eighteen was stricken with not just one headstrong sister but two for whom to shop, and if those sisters were raised by an equally headstrong mother.  All three of them would not settle for the customary ribbons or baubles or fabrics that other ladies would surely drool over.  If it were anything less than divine, the Black women would not find it at all appealing.

Samuel stared in one window after another hoping inspiration would strike.  It was while waiting for inspiration that the crime was committed.

He was standing innocently enough outside of Rugbottom’s Books admiring a particularly ornate illustration of Shakespeare’s sonnets when the commotion began behind him.  Having been raised in less than ordinary circumstances, the time that lapsed between when the commotion began and when Samuel noticed it was rather exaggerated.  But commotions were quite common in the Black family, and he thought nothing of it.

Until Lady Delia Witherspoon screamed.

“He’s stolen my reticule!”

Samuel turned at this in time to see Lady Witherspoon pointing at a fleeing figure clutching the offended reticule under his arm.

And then Lady Witherspoon screamed again.

“That man!  He’s stolen my reticule!”

The fleeing man charged at Samuel directly, as it was previously noted, Samuel merely stood in the middle of the pavement staring into a window.  He was obviously ripe for any interaction with a passerby on the pavement, even should that passerby be a thief.

As he watched the thief approach, Samuel’s mind took that opportunity to think on matters.  He wondered briefly if other gentlemen stepped out of the way of fleeing criminals or if they advanced.  He wondered if they cowered at the thought of getting their waistcoat ruined.  And then he wondered what the wives of said gentlemen would think if their noble husbands did not act to avenge the slight against a lady.

Samuel thought none of that likely as the gentlemen of the ton that he had had the pleasure of meeting were all sopping idiots.  The apprehension of criminals was not something that suited such personalities.

And then Samuel sighed.

He sighed because he quite liked his waistcoat.  It was a fine cranberry color that went well with his breeches, and if he had learned anything from his Uncle Alec, it was that a man who showed care for his dress showed care in every aspect of his life.  And that was why Samuel was rather despondent to put his cranberry waistcoat in danger.

JessieCleverheadshotAUTHOR BIO – Jessie Clever

In the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring.  Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found.  And Jessie has been writing ever since.

Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.

Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.  For more, visit her website at jessieclever.com.

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Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem

MMM Box-Set-3D-Square-Web(1)My guest today is Mariana Gabrielle, one of the authors part of the Bluestocking Belles. The seven authors involved in the boxed set, MISTLETOE, MARRIAGE, AND MAYHEM, include Mariana Gabrielle, Amy Rose Bennett, Susanna Ellis, Sherry Ewing, Jude Knight, Caroline Warfield, and Nicole Zoltack.


’Tis Her Season: A Royal Regard prequel novella, by Mariana GabrielleMMM FB Memes Mari CharlotteMMM FB Memes Mari Alexander

Charlotte Amberly would rather eat a lump of coal for Christmas dinner than marry the Marquess of Firthley, so when her parents cancel her London Season in favor of a rush to the altar, the feisty debutante takes husband-hunting into her own hands.

Alexander Marloughe, reluctant heir to a marquessate, would rather not spend his holiday dashing through the snow after a flibbertigibbet just out of the schoolroom, but no woman before Charlotte has ever led him such a merry chase.

For a bit of fun, Charlotte Amberly and Alexander Marloughe, from ‘Tis Her Season, have graciously agreed to answer some questions for their readers.

Gabrielle - TisHerSeason - CharlotteAmberly - Fredric_Westin - Sophia_Magdalena_CantzlerCharlotte Amberly believes, as a viscount’s daughter, the world will do her bidding, but when she runs away from home to find a husband, her station in life can’t save her from the ton, her irate mother, or the wicked man who will try to win her against her will.




Gabrielle - TisHerSeason - AlexanderMarloughe - William_Thomas_Fry - William_SpenceAlexander Marloughe, Earl of Herrendon, son of a disgraced British nobleman and reluctant heir to a marquessate, wants nothing to do with England or an adventurous debutante, but fate is not running in his favor.




Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

“Thank you very kindly for inviting me, Miss Kaye,” says Charlotte Amberly, daughter of Viscount Effingale and sisterly cousin to Bella Holsworthy of Royal Regard. “I am so grateful for the chance to talk a bit about my prequel novella.”

“Do you not mean our prequel novella?” asks Alexander Marloughe, Earl of Herrendon. “Of course, I must also extend my gratitude to you, Miss Kaye, for there are many in London who have not yet decided whether they will receive me. I am not even remotely baseborn, but in the eyes of the wealthy and ennobled, am as close as one can be and still be in line to inherit a title.”

What are a couple of random thoughts about yourself that will surprise the readers?

“After everything written about me in Royal Regard and now in ‘Tis Her Season,” Charlotte sighs, “and with my sister, Bella’s, far-too-public life in the Bluestocking Bookshop and her regular appearances in the gossip column in the Teatime Tattler, I hardly think there are any surprises left. I suppose that to some, it might be shocking that I would commit any act short of murder—and possibly wouldn’t stop at that—to save pain for the people I love. ”

“I have known you but a short while, Miss Amberly, and I could have guessed that,” Lord Herrendon observes.

“Many seem to think me an entirely self-centered ninny.”

“Well, I am not certain one negates the other, but I have the highest regard for your sense of filial duty. Ahem… well… yes… Something surprising about me? Your readers might not expect I would prefer nothing to do with inheriting a marquessate. I would rather be in Crete with my mistre—excuse me, Miss Amberly. I simply mean… I’d rather be in Crete.”

What makes you blush?

“Nothing,” Charlotte says, her eyes sliding to the left.

Alexander laughs. “You? Everything. I’ll wager half a pony on it.”

She proves him right, to her great consternation. “Can we move on to the next question, please?”

What upset your ordinary world and brought you into contact with each other?

“My first betrothal,” Charlotte says without hesitation. “Had my father not insisted I marry the Marquess of Firthley, I might never have met the Earl of Herrendon.” She turns her nose up and sniffs. “And I might be better off for it.”

“I heartily concur, my charming, little featherhead; we both might, indeed. In my case, the catalyst was Napoleon, though I hardly expect Miss Amberly to understand the causation. Had he not commandeered my family shipping fleet, I might yet be in Greece, not entertaining the unfortunate notion of being a British peer. And I would absolutely be better off for that.”

What was your immediate reaction to each other?

Charlotte twists her fingers in her skirt and tilts her head, twisting her forefinger through a ringlet of her hair. “I found him… rather…” she trails off.

“Fascinating,” he prompts, a sly smile tugging at the corners of his lips. “You can say it. And handsome… No one will think any less of you for telling the truth.”

With that, she spits out, “I found him crass, ill-mannered, and utterly lacking in social graces or good sense. Quite without redeeming value.” She nods her head decisively, clenching her jaw.

“What did I think of Miss Amberly?” he asks, chuckling. His glance caresses her shoulder. “I found her a stunningly beautiful liar and schemer, acting with no conscience or compunction, wearing the ugliest gown I have ever seen.”

What do each of the lead characters think about “love and romance”?

“Love and romance are rather silly, on the whole,” Charlotte says, eyes shifting away from Lord Herrendon. “Having a husband who loves you must be better than one who does not, but the goal of marriage is the joining of noble names and the production of noble heirs—the nobler the better.”

“I agree, in the main. Romance is an excellent diversion before one must buckle down and choose a noble bride. And depending on the bride one chooses, after.”

Who took the first step in heating things up between you?

“H…heating…? Charlotte stammers. “Mercy, you ask probing questions, do you not?”

Alexanders snickers.

“Do stop laughing at me, you horrid man.” She narrows her eyes and glares at him. “There is nothing warm to speak of between us.”

Alexander smiles with a sardonic shrug and arch of his brow, “I would never gainsay a lady. Miss Amberly is entirely correct. I truly am a horrid man, and she is glacial to me, no matter how my heart might burn for her.”

Would you rather be caught in a wild moment of passion or tied down and taken?

Charlotte snaps, “That is an entirely inappropriate question.”

Alexander nods and frowns. “I find I must agree with Miss Amberly.” A twinkle breaks loose in his eye, though, when he adds, “Though I do hope, for the sake of her future husband, whoever he might be, someone warns him to lay in an adequate supply of rope, for if her wild moments of passion are anything like her wild flights of ridiculous fancy, he will not be able to hold her down long enough to consummate the vows.”

Who made the first compromise in your relationship?

Alexander flushes to the tips of his ears and says not a word.

Charlotte smirks.



In this collection of novellas, the Bluestocking Belles bring you seven runaway Regency brides resisting and romancing their holiday heroes under the mistletoe. Whether scampering away or dashing toward their destinies, avoiding a rogue or chasing after a scoundrel, these ladies and their gentlemen leave miles of mayhem behind them on the slippery road to a happy-ever-after.

Genre: Regency romance, historical romance, charity anthologies

Heat Rating: G to PG-13

Page Count: 400

***All proceeds benefit the Malala Fund.***



All She Wants for Christmas – Amy Rose Bennett

The Ultimate Escape – Susana Ellis

Under the Mistletoe – Sherry Ewing

Gingerbread Bride – Jude Knight

Dangerous Nativity – Caroline Warfield

Joy to the World – Nicole Zoltack



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Mariana Gabrielle is a pen name for Mari Christie, who is not romantic–at all. Therefore, her starry-eyed alter ego lives vicariously through characters who believe in their own happy-ever-afters. And believe they must, as Mariana loves her heroes and heroines, but truly dotes on her villains, and all bring hearts bruised, broken, and scarred long before they reach the pages of her books.

She is a professional writer, editor, and designer with almost twenty-five years’ experience, and a member of the Bluestocking Belles, the Writing Wenches, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She has written two Regency romances, Royal Regard and La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess, and will soon release three Royal Regard prequel novellas and a mainstream historical, Blind Tribute.

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The Bluestocking Belles’ books carry you into the past for your happy-ever-after. When you have turned the last page of our novels and novellas, keep up with us (and other historical romance authors) in the Teatime Tattler, a Regency scandal sheet, and join in with the characters you love for impromptu storytelling in the Bluestocking Bookshop on Facebook. Also, look for online games and contests and monthly book chats, and find us at BellesInBlue on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Come visit at www.BluestockingBelles.com and kick up your bluestockinged heels!

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Lauren Linwood and A Knight for Kallen

A Knight for Kallen 850Today I am welcoming Lauren Linwood to my blog with her new release, A NIGHT FOR KALLEN.

First, let’s talk a bit with the author.

If you use a pen name, how did you decide on it?

I had wanted my pen name to be Diana Leigh, the name my mom had decided to call me before I was born. Little did she know my dad gave the nurses a totally different name they had never even discussed! When I Googled Diana Leigh, I found she was a jazz singer in New York and already had www.dianaleigh.com, so it was back to the drawing board.

I’ve always loved alliteration, so I started trying out first names that I liked and putting a last name that started with the same letter with them. Somehow Lauren Linwood resonated with me. It flowed well—and it’s looked great on my nine book covers!

What drew you to being a writer?

I always made up stories when I was growing up and would act them out with my dolls and my friends. Giving life and a voice to the people I saw in my mind was the most natural thing in the world to me.

Do you do anything special to get in the mood to write?

If I waited to be in the mood or for the muse to strike, I might never get anything accomplished! A lot of writing is BIC—Butt in Chair. You simply have to make yourself do it. I do like to light a scented candle. Sometimes I’ll turn on my noise machine and write to waves rolling in and out or a rain shower or babbling brook. I cannot have music playing, though. I start to sing along with whatever song I hear, and that totally pulls me from my story and era.

Wat is in your TO BE READ pile?

WAY too much! I read everything from thrillers to romance to suspense to horror. I also enjoy biographies. I’ve had to learn throughout this writing journey to budget my time and be a little more selective in my reading so I have enough time to write.

How do you come up with a story line?

My magic words are What if…

I use that phrase every time I begin a new story. What if twins were literally separated at birth became A Game of Chance. What if a Texas Ranger was the son of a famous outlaw turned into Ballad Beauty. What if an English nobleman’s family refused to ransom him and he was left to rot in a French prison is A Bit of Heaven on Earth? (and no – the prison is NOT his piece of heaven here on earth)

What are you currently working on for your next book?

I love to read series, but I’ve never written one before. I decided I wanted to tackle that challenge, so in 2016 you’ll see the first two books in the KNIGHTS OF VALOR series. The first, Word of Honor, will come out next summer, with the second (as yet untitled) releasing in late fall.

How did you come up with your title?

My working title was Aura of Love since my heroine Kallen sees auras about people. My editor wasn’t feeling that, so I christened it A Knight for Kallen. Griffith definitely IS the knight for Kallen.

Do you have a favorite character and why?

You’ll laugh at this, coming from a romance writer, but my favorite character is not one of my heroes or heroines. It’s actually a pair from A Game of Chance. Max is a millionaire in his 90s and is feisty as they come. He’s close friends with my heroine Lily and related to my hero Jed. His butler Harold has a dry sense of humor. The two of them together were comical and endearing and my favorite characters I’ve ever written.

BLURB – A Knight for Kallen

Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.

Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.

Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?

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AUTHOR BIO – Lauren Linwood

Linwood IMG_4199 4x5 webLauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.

A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.


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Spotlight: Jessie Clever with When She Knows

I’m welcoming Jessie Clever to my blog today with WHEN SHE KNOWS, Book One of the Franconia Notch Trilogy.

When She Knows_Book 1BLURB – When She Knows

His latest problem is her newest assignment.

Shannon Wynter has it all figured it. Abandoned by her mother and left to care for her agoraphobic father, Shannon focuses on building her career as a journalist to the detriment of all else including her love life.

Ian Darke has his own problems. Battling past failures, Ian sets his eyes on launching a new factory for his father’s defense firm. But it’s the very father he failed that will do anything to sabotage Ian’s progress.

And when Shannon follows an anonymous tip that leads her to Ian’s factory door, the last thing she expects to discover is what she already knows.


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JessieCleverheadshotABOUT THE AUTHOR – Jessie Clever

In the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring. Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found. And Jessie has been writing ever since.

Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.

Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.



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Their Lady Gloriana re-release

TLG 2015.inddI am thrilled to share that my historical medieval romance THEIR LADY GLORIANA has been re-released. If you missed it originally, you won’t want to miss it now.

Book Title: Their Lady Gloriana

Publisher: Black Velvet Seductions

Date Published: Re-release August 2015 (May 14, 2011 original release)

Genre: Historical, gay romance, ménage, medieval romance

Heat Rating: Steamy 5 flames

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BLURB – Their Lady Gloriana

In medieval times honorable men had to do what was required of them by the kings to whom they were loyal…

Thomas Lancaster, a widower with bad memories of marriage and a young son he barely knew was a hardened knight loyal to his king. In reward for his efforts fighting in the Crusades, King Edward gave him Middlemound Castle to hold for the crown. But the king decreed that he must marry the beautiful young widow of the castle’s previous lord.

Lady Gloriana Stewart had suffered brutally in her first marriage and had no desire to marry again. Yet she had no choice. She had to protect her people and obey her king.

All she wanted was for her new husband to give her a baby.
Having already lost one wife in childbirth, Thomas refused to even consider it.

Sir Rowan Montgomery, Thomas’s first knight, friend, and lover complicated the situation even more. Thomas didn’t want to give up Rowan and Gloriana didn’t want to admit she had feelings for her husband and for Rowan.

EXCERPT – PG13 – Their Lady Gloriana

Lady Gloriana could barely draw in a breath. Her life with Geoffrey had done this to her. He’d battled down her self-worth, her dreams of having a happy family, and her natural zest for life. She needed to find the strength to face this new marriage to this war-hardened warrior. She had to make him respect her. Most of all, she had to endure relations with him until he got her with child.

The great hall rang with the sounds of joyous reunions. She heard the deep tone of an unfamiliar voice. It rang with authority, with power, much like Geoffrey’s voice had. Yet something about it drew her instead of repelling her. Something about it called to her woman’s place and she felt warmth spreading there. The reaction surprised her.

Her focus moved to the raised dais. Two such different—and yet the same—men stood there drinking cups of ale. Neither smiled. Both seemed to study her.

Gerald guided her to the dais. “Lady Middlemound, my lord.” He nodded toward the two powerfully built men. “Lord Montrose, my lady. And Sir Montgomery, his first knight.”

“Thomas,” Lord Montrose said and stepped down in front of her. He towered over her by at least a foot. His breadth and brawn made her heart race. Yet she didn’t feel intimidated by him.

Then the other man stepped down. As she glanced up, he gave her a crooked smile. “And you may call me Rowan.”

She felt her heart race even more.

Love of a Cowboy, Book 1 collection released

detail_3290_LoveofaCowboy_200x300I am delighted to announce the latest boxed set release from Blushing Books: LOVE OF A COWBOY, Book 1.

The four great romantic reads of the Old West are from Starla Kaye, Paige Tyler, Courage Knight, and Carolyn Faulkner.


Genre: Historical western romance, BDSM

Page Length: 540 pages


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The Sheriff's Rebellious BrideBLURB: The Marshal’s Rebellious Bride by Starla Kaye

Whiskey, the mischievous imp of Dodge City, thought it was bad enough for her brothers to sell their shares of her father’s ranch to their US Marshal friend, Morgan, but what was even worse was that those men all had it in mind that Whiskey would actually marry Morgan–this hard, firm, large man she had barely met before.

Morgan thought Whiskey just needed a firm hand to keep her in line, but Whiskey, who is constantly getting tied up dangerous situations, was nearly impossible to control. Things get even more complicated when her twin sister comes into town.

But Morgan has a dark shadow following in his path, threatening the peaceful life he meant to create with Whiskey. Will they come through this together? Or will Morgan’s past bring tragedy on everything he now holds dear?

Kayla and the rancherBLURB: Kayla and the Rancher by Paige Tyler

Cord Holderness needs a wife, but with few prospects in the Wyoming Territory, the only way to find a well-bred young lady is to get a mail-order bride. However, the girl that’s supposed to be his bride gets cold feet and leaves it up to her new friend, Kayla Mathison, to tell him that she’s changed her mind.

When the handsome rancher assumes that the fiercely independent and stubborn Kayla is his mail-order bride, she finds herself going along with it. Running from an arranged marriage herself, she decides to lead Cord on so she can steal the money she needs from him. As the days turn into weeks, she finds that the money doesn’t interest her anymore, especially when Cord puts her over his knee and spanks her whenever she becomes a little too willful for his liking. Much to her surprise, she discovers that she’s fallen in love with him.

Life on the ranch gets even more complicated when a ruthless land baron tries to take over every piece of grazing land in the territory, including Cord’s, and will do anything to get it. Then, as if that weren’t enough, Kayla’s very determined fiancé comes to town looking for her. But Kayla has built this relationship with Cord by letting him think that she’s someone else. Can she hope that Cord loves her enough to forgive her when he find out she’s not really his mail-order bride?

Mail Order MamaBLURB: Mail Order Mama by Courage Knight

Morgan gazed out of the stagecoach window, struggling to keep her disappointment from showing. She’d traveled hundreds of miles to marry a man she had never met before – a widower with five children, a hundred and sixty acres, and a flock of sheep. It had sounded so romantic once, before the dirty, dusty reality sprawled before her in all its fetid glory. She scanned the crowd, wondering which of the paunchy, balding men would claim her.

None of them, apparently. Mr. John O’Shea was nowhere to be seen. What’s more, the townspeople try to convince her to leave, to give up her dreams without even meeting her intended. They believe he’s not quite right in the head. Undaunted, she hires a driver to take her to his homestead.

But when she finally meets the man who sent the poetic letters and fare for her passage, her dreams are shattered, for John O’Shea is little more than a child himself. Had she come all this way for nothing? Would she ever be a bride, or was it her destiny to be a mail-order mama?

Depths of DesireBLURB: Depths of Desire by Carolyn Faulkner

A bright, adventurous young woman dreams of travelling to the Western frontier, but in the late 1800s, young women were expected to be neither bright nor adventurous. Despite the contentedness she sees in her mother, whom she knows is spanked by her father, Mary Rose thinks she’s looking for independence and the opposite of what her parents have.

Heroes come in strange packages and she’s not long there before a rough-seeming package finds reason to put her over his knee. Once she realizes he was right, she’s faced with a strange compulsion for someone -and something- she thought she’d never want.