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Hot Sale on Starla Kaye books!

Four favorite historical romance books by Starla Kaye are on sale until July 10th.

His Lady Ashlynn and Abigail’s Earl (both Regency stories), as well as The Great Scottish Devil and Maggie Mine (books one and two in the medieval series).

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Each book is on sale for $2.99 during the “Author Spotlight” sale from Blushing Books (regular price will be back to $4.99 on Sunday, July 10th). The sale prices are on the Blushing Books site, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Blushing Books Link to more about the books: http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=page_view&p=free

Heather Boyd with Reason to Wed

RTW_200I’m welcoming bestselling historical author Heather Boyd to my blog today with her Regency historical romance, REASON TO WED.

Book Seven, Distinguished Rogues Series

Release Date: December 8, 2015

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Heat Rating: Sizzling

 

Before we get into the specifics of the book, let’s learn a little about the author.

What drew you to being a writer?

When I first started writing, the books I’d been reading definitely influenced my direction of experimentation. I’d always been a reader and I’d gone through many genre-reading phases-contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal. Regency romances were the ones that kept me up late until I finished the book (hello 4am), made me want to fact check unfamiliar words, and made me laugh out loud no matter where I was. That seemed a good place to start with my writing and I never looked back or wandered into another era. Writing, getting my characters into trouble, is a lovely way to earn a living.

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

I treat each day as if I’m going to work—family time, breakfast, quick chores—the usual stuff everyone does when they have people/distractions around them. Once that’s behind me, I grab a coffee, power up the laptop and get stuck in. I like music playing when I write a lot of the time. The sound drowns out the neighborhood noises and helps keep me focused.

How did you come up with your title?

There really are lots of reasons to get married. In the regency era marriage was often for money or power or for the continuation of the family through having children. When I was writing An Improper Proposal, Distinguished Rogues book 6, my poor and dowerless heroine hadn’t made a match and she needed money and protection. Her widowed friend and benefactor Esme didn’t require a man for marriage, or money or position but she did like men a great deal. So began my quest to discover just what would make Esme risk her heart again. She’d need a damn good Reason to Wed because the usual ones didn’t apply to her situation.

What was your favorite scene in this book?

One of the first scenes I imagined for this couple was the seduction scene and it remains a firm favorite to this day. Esme and Richard had formed an alliance and slipped away from the ball he was hosting. They’d rarely ever been so alone with each other and their conversation develops slowly into desire. The following excerpt leads to the moment when Richard asks to make love to Esme very nicely, leaving Esme with the choice of denying him or satisfying her curiosity:

Richard eased closer a half-step. Esme leaned back into his chest. Cautiously, he slid one arm around her waist. The anticipation of holding her even closer yet caught firmly in his mind. From all he’d heard, all he’d seen of her character, Esme would not play games other than those of the erotic variety. For an affair, Esme would be a wise choice, and she was suddenly without a lover now that Meriwether was promised elsewhere.

He brought his free hand to her neck and stroked the backs of his fingers over her throat.

“Windermere,” Esme whispered in an annoyed tone. “What do you think you’re doing?”

“I think I’d like to make love to you, if you don’t mind.”

“I don’t think that’s wise,” she warned, but didn’t pull away.

“Don’t make up your mind that you won’t like something until you’ve at least tried it once.” He laughed softly. “Isn’t that what you told Lady Small to do earlier in the night?”

“Listening in?” she complained.

“I agree wholeheartedly.” He’d never so much as kissed Esme before and he was desperate to taste her suddenly. Richard bowed his head slowly and set his lips to her neck. He nibbled her skin as she shuddered. “You don’t have to say anything. Just let it happen.”

What are you currently working on for your next book?

At the moment I’m working on a new series of books that will release in the second quarter of 2016. At this very early stage there are no firm book titles or series name chosen as yet. That will come later when I’ve finished the first draft of the first book and start work on the second story. What I can share is that the new series will boast dashing naval heroes, damsels in demand, and plenty of sexy time. I’m upping the heat for this series and love pushing the boundaries of regency era propriety. Keep watch on my blog for news of the series exact release date.

 

BLURB – Reason to Wed

Richard Hill, the Earl of Windermere, might desperately require a wife and heir, but thoughts of duty fly from his mind when he rescues Esme, Lady Heathcote, from the embarrassment of a failed affair. They usually never agree about anything. He’s never even kissed the vexing widow. But when the opportunity arises to whisk her away for a no-strings-attached rendezvous, Richard can’t imagine a better way to spend a moonlit evening.

Esme has never lacked for admirers, but having Lord Windermere’s company goes a long way to ease the pain of losing her suddenly betrothed lover. And when Windermere suggests an affair, Esme is intrigued by the blazing-hot connection even while knowing their relationship has no future beyond his house party.

But as with any temptation, it’s a bargain they’ll soon regret.

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EXCERPT – Reason to Wed

The hallway beyond the drawing room was filled to bursting with chattering guests and she moved smoothly through them, nodding and speaking occasionally to some. While she admired the elegance and comforts to be found in Lord Windermere’s home, she kept her eye out for Meriwether. She turned into the library, but the room was startlingly empty.

“Looking for me?” Windermere asked as he came to stand near. His gaze raked her from head to toe in the most gauche way.

Arrogant and presumptuous. “Hardly. You should pay more attention to your guests and the health of your servants.”

Instead of taking the hint that she wasn’t in the mood to talk, he caught her hand and raised it to his lips. His blue eyes danced with amusement. “I do love when you’re friendly. How have you been, Esme?”

She scowled at him and withdrew her hand to her side. “I’ve not given you leave to use my first name and I am not of a mood to spar with you. Go back to your other guests for amusement and send your butler to his bed. Anyone can see he’s on the verge of collapse tonight.”

“I already banished Oswin to rest.” He laughed suddenly. “Young Pip has assumed his duties until Collins comes up.”

“Just as well,” she replied, thankful for such sensible decisions at last.

“Only you would ever dare tell me what to do in my own home. I wanted to thank you for coming,” Windermere murmured. “But to convince everyone we’re not at odds, you will have to talk to me occasionally with a little less acid in your tone.”

“We’ve spoken as much as needed to quell any gossip.” She smiled at him. “Or was it your wish to have me chivvy you out of your mopes too.”

“I will say again you were right.” Windermere sighed and raked a hand through his dark, wavy hair. “You’re enjoying rubbing my nose in that business with Lady Bartlett, aren’t you?”

“Perhaps.” She smothered a laugh. He hadn’t wanted to believe he was being used until it was almost too late to extract himself from the connection. “You were so indignant that day, and after venting your pique at me, you charged down the street—on foot of all things, my man and your horse trailing after. I laughed for at least a whole day afterward. But I am sorry you were let down.”

He inhaled sharply, his jaw clenching before he relaxed and shook his head. “No, you’re not. You’re positively gloating that you were proved right about her.”

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HeatherBoyd_200About Heather Boyd

Bestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. Catch her latest news www.heather-boyd.com. She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.

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Mariana Gabrielle with Shipmate

Shipmate Front Cover-04I am excited to have Mariana Gabrielle on my blog today with SHIPMATE. This is A Royal Regard Prequel Novella and it is FREE. Yes, you read that right: FREE.

 

BLURB – Shipmate

The heavy hands and sharp tongues of Bella Smithson’s family have left her almost too timid to converse with a gentleman, much less conduct a husband hunt. Unfortunately, her overbearing aunt and managing cousin are determined to help her escape her black-hearted father and brothers.

Thanks to the Prince of Wales, retiring shipping magnate Myron Clewes has an ever-growing fortune, a fresh-minted peerage, a brand-new flagship, and an impossible set of requirements for a bride. Not least, she must be willing to leave England and everything she knows, possibly for good, in less than two months’ time.

Bella’s Happy-Ever-After in Royal Regard had its origins in a Happier-Than-She-Expected with her first husband, Baron Holsworthy, who gave her the confidence to steady her sea legs, take her life by the helm, and command her own voice, empowering a shy, young girl and unlikely adventurer to grow into one of King George IV’s trusted advisors.

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EXCERPT – Shipmate

Effingale reined in his fuming temper, evidenced by his clipped words and a throbbing, blue vein in his temple. “Lord Holsworthy,” he began, “Sir Jasper Smithson, Bella’s father.”

Myron’s tea cup clattered into the saucer. This surprising introduction posed more questions than it answered; most notably, why her uncle had been negotiating Miss Smithson’s marriage settlement. When asked about her family, Bella had spoken only of the Firthleys and Effingales, all of whom had been present at both meetings with Bella. No one had, at any time, mentioned a father.

Both men nodded shortly, Sir Jasper with a malicious gleam that would have set Myron’s teeth on edge had he not already been grinding them, trying to keep from tossing the man against a wall for his ill treatment of Miss Smithson. Eyes like this in a sailor denoted personal storms that would wreak havoc on a ship; in gamblers, they indicated men who dealt from the bottom of the deck. He could not imagine leaving a dog in the care of such a man, to say nothing of a daughter. Myron would rather have no offspring at all than leave a child at the mercy of such a windowless soul.

“Pleased to make your acquaintance.”

“At your service, Sir.”

 

MarianaGabrielleAUTHOR BIO

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 almost all of her characters’ hearts have been 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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Spotlight: Christmas Revels II

CR - ebook coverI love the holiday time of year and all of the new stories that come out from wonderful authors. Today I am letting four Regency authors promote their anthology, CHRISTMAS REVELS II, with four Regency novellas.

CHRISTMAS REVELS II

Let the Revels begin—again! Four new stories with four distinctive voices.

The Vicar’s Christmas – by Anna D. Allen

Margaret Trent never needs anything or anyone, but when two London solicitors show up on her doorstep, she needs a hero. Enter Henry Ogden, mild-mannered village vicar. Hardly the stuff of heroes . . . until adversity brings out unexpected talents.

A Christmas Equation – by Hannah Meredith

A chance meeting between a reluctant viscount and a self-effacing companion revives memories of their shared past—a time when they were very different people. With secrets to keep, Sarah Clendenin wishes Benjamin Radcliff gone . . . but he’s making calculations of his own.

Crimson Snowby Kate Parker

A trail of blood drops leads Jane Merrywether to a wounded stranger—the only person standing in the way of her wicked guardian becoming an earl. John Rexford, long-thought dead, has returned to claim his inheritance and his promised bride . . . if he can survive a murderous Christmas.

A Perfectly Unregimented Christmas – by Louisa Cornell

After years at war, Viscount Pennyworth returns to his ancestral home to find some peace and quiet and to avoid the holiday he loathes. But four naughty boys, a bonnet-wearing goat, a one-eyed cat, a family secret, and one Annabelle Winters, governess, make this a Christmas he’ll never forget..

 

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EXCERPT – A Christmas Equation – by Hannah Meredith

Ben transferred his gaze from the dogs quartering the field to Sarah. How could he make her see she was not alone in her disappointment? “I wouldn’t wish being the last sprig on an aristocratic family tree on my worst enemy,” he said. “I didn’t want the responsibility of trying to rescue estates that have been poorly managed for years. I had other plans. But this is the life I’ve been handed, and I’m trying to make the best of it.”

“You don’t understand.” She turned away, effectively hiding her expression behind the brim of that damned bonnet.

Without thought, he grasped her by both shoulders and spun her to face him. “What don’t I understand? I know you’ve lost the great love of your life. And I know that a life with me would be a second choice. I’m neither a poet nor famous. But I am offering you a real life, not the shadow existence you now have.” His voice had risen, and he noticed both dogs were returning to see if there was a problem. “I’m offering you a life where you don’t have to wear ugly gray bonnets and old-lady caps.”

He released her arms and began jerking on her bonnet ribbons. She tried to stop him, but he brushed her hands away. In a trice, he’d pulled the bonnet from her head and snatched off her disgusting widow’s cap. Stuffing the cap inside the bonnet, he held the items high above his head. Sarah reached her hands up and jumped to retrieve them. She was tall for a woman, but she had no hope of retrieving what he held aloft.

“Give me back my bonnet!”

He laughed, suddenly feeling carefree, as if he were indeed guilty of her taunt that he’d failed to mature. “I don’t think so.” Then he shouted, “Meg. Catch.” and launched Sarah’s bonnet into the air. The hat made a poor projectile and tumbled earthward. Before it reached the ground, however, a flash of red and white grabbed it and streaked away.

“Oh, my bonnet—”

“—was exceedingly unattractive,” Ben finished. He tilted her face up toward him with one finger under her chin. Her bright, honey-colored hair, loosened when he jerked off the cap, was already dancing in the breeze. How he loved her hair, alive and uncontained. This was how she was meant to be. “Don’t you see that I would buy you a dozen pretty bonnets, if you would just give me the chance? I understand that I’ll never be your grand passion. I can live with that, especially since I think we both will still be able to find contentment, and perhaps joy.”

Then he slowly lowered his head toward hers. His intent had to be clear. If she objected, he would release her. She had only to say no. But she said nothing. She did not turn her face away. He slowly settled his lips on hers, and it was like coming home.

MEET THE AUTHORS

Anna D. Allen resides in the deep woods with too many books and not enough dogs. She spends most winters snowed-in and trying to remember what “warm” was. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Language and Literature. Her available works include two eclectic short story collections, one YA adventure novel, the Regency Romance Novelette “A Christmas Wager,” a novella in CHRISTMAS REVELS, and a host of boring, scholarly stuff. When not writing or reading, Anna can be found in the kitchen. In the virtual world, she can be found on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/k4gmanr  or at her website: http://beket1.wix.com/annadallen.

Hannah Meredith is an English instructor who escaped to become a real estate broker when she discovered more people wanted houses than grammar. An abiding interest in English history and the vagaries of the human heart led her to write historical romance. She currently has four available: KESTREL, A DANGEROUS INDISCRETION, INDENTURED HEARTS, and KALEIDOSCOPE. Hannah was also a contributor to the original CHRISTMAS REVELS. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for nearly half a century. She and her “half-life” picture may be found at http://www.hannahmeredith.com and http://www.facebook.com/HannahMeredithAuthor

Kate Parker grew up reading her mother’s collection of mystery books by Christie, Sayers, and others. Now she can’t write a story without someone being murdered, and everyday items are studied for their lethal potential. It’s taken her years to convince her husband that she hasn’t poisoned dinner; that funny taste is because she just can’t cook. Four books in her Victorian Bookshop Mystery series, THE VANISHING THIEF, THE COUNTERFEIT LADY, THE ROYAL ASSASSIN, and THE CONSPIRING WOMAN, are currently available. Her mystery-romance appears in CHRISTMAS REVELS. She may be found at www.KateParkerbooks.com and www.Facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/

LOUISA CORNELL earned four music degrees and studied for a year of at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, before embarking on a singing career in opera houses in Germany, Austria, and most of Eastern Europe. Now retired from an active career in opera, Louisa has returned to her first love—writing Regency-set historical romance. She is a two-time Golden Heart finalist, three-time Daphne du Maurier winner, and three-time Royal Ascot winner. Her debut story in CHRISTMAS REVELS won the 2015 Holt Medallion for Best Romance Novella. Louisa lives in rural LA (lower Alabama) where the people are friendly and internet is not. She can be found at www.louisacornell.com and www.facebook.com/RegencyWriterLouisaCornell.

 

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.

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’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.

 

ABOUT MISTLETOE, MARRIAGE, AND MAYHEM

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.***

 

MMM Box-Set-3D-Square-Web(1)OTHER STORIES IN THE BOXED SET

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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MariABOUT MARIANA GABRIELLE

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.

MEDIA LINKS – Mariana Gabrielle

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ABOUT THE BELLES

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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Spotlight: It Happened One Christmas

I am happy to have Georgie Lee on my blog today sharing about a holiday release: IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS. This is an anthology by authors Carla Kelly, Georgie Lee, and Ann Lethbridge.

9780373298556IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS

THREE HEARTWARMING REGENCY TALES OF CHRISTMASES GONE BY!

CHRISTMAS EVE PROPOSAL by Carla Kelly

Christmas gets more interesting when sailing master Ben Muir takes lodgings with Mandy Mathison! Because when her scandalous past is revealed, only he can save her future…

THE VISCOUNT’S CHRISTMAS KISS by Georgie Lee

Lily Rutherford is shocked to learn the man who snubbed her years before will be staying for Christmas. Can she forgive the viscount in time for a stolen kiss under the mistletoe?

WALLFLOWER, WIDOW…WIFE! by Ann Lethbridge

Penniless widow Cassandra Norton faces Christmas on the run with her two stepdaughters, until Adam Royston sweeps her off her feet and into his country estate!

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Georgie5.3-1 (131x181)AUTHOR BIO – Georgie Lee

A lifelong history buff, award winning author Georgie Lee hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books.

 

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Spotlight: Sherry Ewing and Only for You

OnlyForYou-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700My special guest today is Amazon bestselling author Sherry Ewing. She is presenting the continuing saga of Katherine and Riorden de Deveraux from For All of Ever in: ONLY FOR YOU.

 

 

BLURB – Only for You

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that true love conquers all only after the battle is over…

Katherine de Deveraux has it all or so she believes when she begins her life with her husband Riorden. But as she starts to settle into her duties as the Countess of Warkworth Castle, she finds that an easy life is not only difficult but downright dangerous to her well-being.

Consumed with the haunting memories of his father, Riorden must deal with his sire’s widow who just happens to also be his ex-lover. Yet how could he know just how far Marguerite is willing to go in order to have the life she feels they were truly meant to live?

Torn apart by circumstances neither Katherine nor Riorden could ever imagine, Time becomes their true enemy even while Marguerite continues her ploy to keep Riorden at her side. With all hope lost, will Katherine and Riorden find a way to save their marriage and have their happily ever after ending, or will Katherine be whisked back to where Time truly feels she belongs?

Available for pre-order. Release date March 17, 2015

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

_DSF0006Sherry Ewing is a self-published author who writes historical and time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Her debut historical romance, If My Heart Could See You, hit Amazon’s top ten bestseller list for the eBook only two days after the paperback release. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency. She is a national and local member of Romance Writers of America since 2012 and is currently working on her next novel. When Sherry is not busy writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist.

Sherry enjoys interacting with her readers. You can email her on her website or find her on these social media outlets:

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Get a Free First Chapter ot Abigail’s Earl

abigailsearl200X300-72dpiI’m so excited to have Abigail’s Earl featured today at D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters. Abigail’s Earl is the second in my Regency series from Blushing Books.

D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters is a great place for authors to share their first chapters of new stories and for readers to enjoy them. Be sure to check it out.

ABIGAIL’S EARL

She is weary of being the “perfect lady.” He insists upon it and will ensure she acts properly.

 

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Lady Abigail Remington is tired of being the “perfect lady” and longs to test her adventurous side. She doesn’t want to be tied down in marriage to a demanding man. James Ranborne, the Earl of Saliston, is brash, bold, and uncommonly handsome. She wants nothing to do with him…yet he offers her all that she needs: a husband her family insists upon, freedom to do as she wishes, and no need to waste time loving him.

A widower, James has no time or desire for love and romance, but his position as an important noble demands he marry again. He must have a proper lady beside him at society events and he needs an heir. Abigail appears to fit his requirements as being acceptable to the ton and she is beyond pretty. She doesn’t want marriage, thinking she could live happily as a spinster, something her father would never allow. His proposal of a marriage of convenience, with minor commitments on her side, should be more than suitable for both their needs.

 

Having Fun with Book Hooks

Do you enjoy book hooks? I love them and I’m joining in with some other great authors to share hooks from our various books. Be sure to check them all out and maybe discover some authors you are unfamiliar with.

Here is a hook from my newest book with Blushing Books.

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“She’s far too innocent for you, old friend,” Blaine countered, facing James once more, and then smiling gently at Abigail.

Too innocent! Abigail huffed in irritation. Even if she was quite inexperienced with men, she didn’t need her brother-in-law guarding her. But then, her father and brothers were just as bad. Because of them and their over-protectiveness she’d barely been kissed.

James took a second to move his gaze slowly over her again, making her fight down the need to fidget. His appraisal was bold and daring. What did he see? How did she compare to other women he’d…

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Lady Abigail Remington is tired of being the “perfect lady” and longs to test her adventurous side. She doesn’t want to be tied down in marriage to a demanding man. James Ranborne, the Earl of Saliston, is brash, bold, and uncommonly handsome. She wants nothing to do with him…yet he offers her all that she needs: a husband her family insists upon, freedom to do as she wishes, and no need to waste time loving him.

A widower, James has no time or desire for love and romance, but his position as an important noble demands he marry again. He must have a proper lady beside him at society events and he needs an heir. Abigail appears to fit his requirements as being acceptable to the ton and she is beyond pretty. She doesn’t want marriage, thinking she could live happily as a spinster, something her father would never allow. His proposal of a marriage of convenience, with minor commitments on her side, should be more than suitable for both their needs.

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Abigail’s Earl released

abigailsearl200X300-72dpiThe second book of my Regency series was recently released: Abigail’s Earl. Abigail is the twin sister to the heroine in my first book in the series, Ashlynn.

Abigail is weary of being considered the “perfect lady.” She wants to go against the norm and remain a spinster. She much prefers the freedom to as she wants, not that she has had that yet. But her father is insistent on her marrying.

James is a widower with no time or desire for love and romance. But his position as an important noble demands that he marry again. He must have a proper lady beside him at society events, and he needs an heir. Abigail appears to fit his requirements as being acceptable to the ton and she is beyond pretty. He believes that his proposal of a marriage of convenience should be more than suitable for both their needs.

Abigail’s Earl is now available from:

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Families: Creating Character Backgrounds for Series Books

hisladyashlynn200X300_72dpi   I recently went to a family reunion and met around sixty people I’ve never seen or heard of before. That’s always interesting. And I learned a lot of quirky details about the long-dead relatives that make the family unique.

For example the spelling of our last name changed constantly, which makes tracing family genealogy tricky. Sometimes there were two “l”s and sometimes there was only one “l.” Even a pair of twin brothers did that, with one using one “l” and the other using two “l”s. What’s that about?

Also, I knew my current family is stubborn (of course not me, lol), but the older generations took that trait to extremes. Remember the Hatfield vs. McCoy feud? My family was part of the bloodiest feud in Kentucky history for three years in the late 1800’s. The state militia was even called three times to the town where most of the feud took place. At one point they nearly killed off all of both families.

I have never used these interesting little details in stories that I have written, mainly because I didn’t know about them until now. But I’m trying to figure out how to use some quirky family details that I learned in upcoming books. Have you ever thought about what little odd details are in your family? Some that might help build an interesting character?

As a writer of multiple book series, I create in-depth character/family backgrounds that I refer to as I write each story. Pieces of those backgrounds eventually get woven into the series. It would be easier on me, the author, to simply dump all of the information explaining the family history right at the beginning. But a reader wouldn’t appreciate it, and they wouldn’t be able to tie certain details learned too early into later story developments. Information should be revealed in the appropriate places at the right time.

I am currently writing the second book in my Regency series for Blushing Books, Abigail’s Earl. But I still haven’t come up with a good name for the series. Basically each of the five books involve the Duke of Claymore’s grown children.

The Duke of Claymore had a complicated relationship history involving two women he married (at different times, both now dead) and the true love of his life (his English mistress, who was framed and sent to America, eventually giving him three children), who refused to marry him. All of his grown children are in England at this point. The three American-born ones struggle with fitting in and being tolerated let alone accepted.

His Lady Ashlynn was the first book in the series.

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Lady Ashlynn Remington is the youngest of twin sisters born to her English father’s American mistress. She is also the most headstrong of his three daughters and two sons. She resisted coming with him to England, disliking the English ways and especially displeased with English nobility. She is determined to return to America and the man she’d hoped to marry. Her father, though, is equally determined to keep her here. When she meets a handsome, powerful duke at one of the balls, she is attracted and resistant at the same time. But he promptly asks for her hand in marriage and, against her desires, her father eagerly accepts. She won’t give up her plans so easily…

Twice married, widowed, and still without an heir, Blaine Wellingsworth, the Duke of Ashcroft, knows from the their introduction that the spirited Lady Ashlynn will be his next bride. Never has he been so drawn to a woman. He will not take “no” for an answer. It might take some doing, patience, and even a well-applied hand, but she will be his wife. And this passionate young woman will learn to love him as much as he does her.

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His Lady Ashlynn released

His Lady Ashlynn, a Regency romance from Blushing Books has been released.

It is always exciting to announce the release of a new book. The announcement is even more fun when the story is the start of a new series. His Lady Ashlynn introduces the Duke of Claymore’s complicated family and his five grown children.

Ashlynn is the youngest of his twin daughters born to his American mistress. Headstrong and independent don’t even come close to describing her. She knows what she wants…and what she doesn’t want, which is the far too handsome and powerful Duke of Ashcroft. Unfortunately for her, Blaine Wellingsworth (the Duke of Ashcroft) has made it clear from their first meeting that he will be marrying her.

Their path to happiness is not an easy one, but I hope you will enjoy watching them butt heads and stumble their way to their HEA.

Title:  His Lady Ashlynn

Genre:  Historical Regency Romance

Publisher:  Blushing Books

Buy Link:  Blushing Books

*Will soon be available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble