A Zombie’s Guide to Halloween Reading

 

This is the real Jenna under all the computer app zombie special effects!

This is the real Jenna under all the computer app zombie special effects!

Hello! Jenna the Zombie here. Considering my new “state” I thought that in honor of the day, I would give you my picks for some spooktacular Halloween reading today.  Curl up with one of these wickedly good books and you’ll have a frightfully good time this Hallow’s Eve!

First up is a haunting good tale from Sarah Balance called Hawthorne.

Hawthorne 500x750After a terrifying encounter with the unexplained, it takes ten years and the news of her grandmother’s passing for Emma Grace Hawthorne to return to her childhood home. She seeks peace in saying a proper goodbye, but what she finds is an old love, a sordid family history, and a wrong only she can right.

Living in the shadow of Hawthorne Manor, Noah Garrett has never forgotten about Emma Grace. In a house full of secrets, his search for missing documents reveals a truth that can cost him everything. What he finds gave Emma the freedom to walk away from the mansion, her heart free and clear, but at what price to Noah?

Available at Amazon.

What do you do when you find a skeleton at the door? Read E. Ayers’ charming book to find out!

Trick or Treat! Angie Robertson opens her door and finds a six-foot tall skeleton on her doorstep. IsASAHDsm it a trick or a treat?

Angie thought the man at her door was her neighbor. Except he wasn’t. Dressed for a charity event Tom Meyer winds up on the wrong doorstep and this just might be the best thing that ever happened to him.

What if the skeleton was a really nice guy who’d been burned by enough women that he’s lost faith in ever finding someone who could be faithful?

A Skeleton at Her Door is a sensual romance. It’s about trusting, putting the past away, and finding love when it’s least expected. It’s also about blending two households, parenting, three children, and sneaking off for some adult time.

Amazon International Buy Links.

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From what I’ve heard, there’s apparently no lover like a Ghost Lover, at least according to Liza O’Connor’s fantastic romance.  Here’s one apparition who will give you a very warm welcome.

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Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.

As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…

The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.

CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.

 

Available at AMAZON.

The saying goes, “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord deliver us.”  However, I think you’re going to want to encounter the ghost in Marie Higgins ghostly story, Waiting for You.

When a beautiful woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal’s waiting for you2new office and begs for help in solving her murder, he’s intrigued enough to consider her plea. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so taking on a client who insists she’s dead seems a good way to refresh his career. The more history he uncovers, the deeper he falls for the ghost. Abigail Carlisle believes Nick is her heart’s true desire, but how can happily ever after happen when she’s already dead?

 

And now, two books very close to my heart (if I still had one), my zombie pick of the day, Aleah Barley’s Dead Sexy and Dead Set, books 1 & 2 of her Detroit Zombies series.  My kind aren’t depicted as warm and fuzzy–‘cos we’re not–but the romance is to die for!

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Mortuary attendant Gemma Sinclair hunts zombies for a living. It’s messy work, but it pays the bills… right up until she stun guns the wrong dead man in the ass.

Now to keep her family business going, Gemma’s forced into a partnership with federal agent D.S. Thomas Conroy. Zombies are disappearing all over town, and he needs Gemma’s help to figure out why. 

With a villain on her trail and a gang of zombies ready to attack, Gemma’s just glad her backup is dead sexy…

Available at Amazon.

 

dead setDead Set:

Hunting zombies is a tough job and Gemma Sinclair’s been working harder than ever to clear the streets of Detroit, Dead City.

She can deal with the feral Biters, her mother, and even the reappearance of sexy secret agent Thomas Conroy. But an undead serial killer who rips his victims apart will take her to the limit.

Now the entire city’s on edge and if the zombies don’t get her the rioters might.

Available at Amazon.

 

So there you have it.  My picks for a fright filled night with a good Boo-k.  Have a Happy Halloween and see you next year!

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Exposed to Passion: Interview With Gemma Brocato

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, Jenna. Thanks so much for inviting me to visit today. I’m very excited to introduce myself and my new release, Exposed To Passion, to your readers.

So happy to have you on the blog, Gemma, even if you are in the hot seat now. :)

1. I am a fanatic about my character names. Are the character names special in any way? Typically my characters aren’t named any special way. It sounds a little crazy to say that as I’m building a character, they’ll whisper a name in my ear, but that’s generally what happens. There are a couple of special characters in Exposed To Passion that I had a specific reason for their name. For example, the villainess, Sherry, is named for a woman who did a friend wrong and a major secondary character was named for a friend’s daughter

2. What was your process for writing this book? Is this different or the same as other books you’ve written? This is the first book I wrote using Michael Hague Story Mastery process. I completed a six stage plot structure, then filled out forms detailing the story arcs for the main characters. I can’t believe how easy it was to complete the book once I was armed with that information. Even writing the synopsis was easy for Exposed.

3.   Do you have plans for a sequel to this book? This series is based on the five sense, and this is book #3. I’m done with book #4 and will be sending it to my editor any day, and I’m working on the Story Mastery process for book #5. Plus, I have a short story based on the characters from boo #2, Hearts In Harmony that will release shortly.

4. Who was the first romance author and book you read? I discovered Georgette Heyer in the high school library and she became like a magnet for me from then on. It was so long ago I can’t remember the title, but each week when I went to the library for quiet study hall I hit that section of the shelves first.

5. Who has been the greatest influence on your writing? My Midwest Romance Writers chapter mates and my critique partners. I have learned so much from these talented women and they have helped me refine and hone my writing style. I’d be lost without them.

6. If you could have one wish granted just for you (not world peace, LOL), what would you wish for? I’d wish that every human being could experience the kind of love my characters have. Everyone deserves a happily ever after.

Now, Lightning Round:

Tea or coffee? Both. Coffee in the morning then I switch to tea in the afternoon.

Boxers, briefs or commando? I like a hybrid of the boxer-brief. All that tight cotton hugging a man’s butt and upper thigh.

Would you rather skydive or scuba dive? Scuba dive. I took a training session in a pool on vacation once and discovered I really loved that floating sensation.

Would you rather vacation in Hawaii, Vegas or London? London (used to live there and miss it horribly)

And at last, Exposed to Passion!

They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?

Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things better, but Rikki’s inability to confess her true identity casts a shadow over their budding affair.

When Sam refuses an overly aggressive parent’s marriage proposal, she’s determined to ruin him. Not only does she doctor photos to make it look like Sam’s behaved inappropriately in front of students, she hacks the foundation website to reveal Rikki’s true identity. Faster than the blink of a shutter, Rikki’s focus changes from pursuing her full-color future to the black and white necessity of clearing Sam’s name.

Excerpt:

“Holy cow! Consider me seduced.” She didn’t recognize her own voice. Desire rasped through it, whispery and thick at the same time. Allowing her finger to slip from the steamy confines of his mouth, he pressed a kiss to her palm, then released his hold. She curled her hand into a fist around the kiss he’d left, hoping to hold onto the heat and lingering sensation.

“Oh, Jesus. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have kissed you like that. It was too fast, wasn’t it? I mean, we only just met…but I thought, I mean, you seemed to want…and you didn’t say no. Christ, I’m so sorry.” Sam’s tone rattled with a misplaced apology. “I have no excuse. I’m a horndog.”

He eased her away from his chest and helped her to sit up, then pushed himself upright and scooted a respectful distance from her.

The apology in his tone and the loss of his body heat hit her like a cold slap. His words stung. He regretted kissing her. The tingly pulses zipping from her fingertip to her heart did nothing to tamp down the hurt. She hadn’t wanted him to stop. Normally the queen of snarky retorts, words failed her now.

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Exposed-Passion-Senses-Gemma-Brocato-ebook/dp/B00MMMGY18

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/exposed-to-passion-gemma-brocato/1120138660?ean=9781616506162

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/exposed-to-passion/id908402553?mt=11&uo=4

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/exposed-to-passion

Kensington: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30951?category=313085

 

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_DSC5150_SmallAbout the Author:

Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.

Social Media Links:

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http://www.wattpad.com/user/GemmaBrocato

https://plus.google.com/+GemmaBrocato/posts

Also By Gemma Brocato:

Cooking Up Love

Hearts In Harmony

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Medieval Monday: Spotlight on Andrea Cooper

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday, the hop for readers who love medieval romance.  This week I’m featuring my friend and fellow medieval author Andrea Cooper with her wonderful medieval Viking tale.  Next week, on November 3rd, I’ll be hosting Jill Hugely.

But now, here’s Andrea’s Viking Fire a thrilling romance set in ancient Ireland with love, treachery, swordplay, and a touch of magic!

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In 856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.

Excerpt: 

“I renounce Father for this.” Kaireen threw the elderberry gown.

“Shame on you and your children for speaking such.” Her handmaid, Elva, gathered the damask and then dusted off the rushes. “It’s a wonder one of the clim has not scolded you from your hearth for such talk.”

“No, curse Father for a fool.” She plopped on her bed and a goose feather floated away. With a huff, she leaned against the oak headboard. Red curtains puffed like a robin’s chest around oak poles supporting her wooden canopy.

Her bare feet brushed against the stone floor.

“You know your da arranged a marriage within a season.” Elva smirked.

Kaireen shook her head. “To another land holder,” and waved a hand in disgust, “not t-this heathen. Twice they raided our land in the last month alone. Now father wants me as wife to one of them?” She clenched her fists. “No, I will not marry this Viking.”

Elva smiled, reminding Kaireen of the rumors of her handmaid’s uncanny foresight.

Whispers of Elva making strange things happen and often blamed as the cause of

Kaireen’s stubborn refusal to behave as a laird’s daughter should.

“You’ve not seen him yet.” Elva wiggled her brows.

“So?” Kaireen shrugged. “I would like to never see him.”

“Well then, would you not like to know if you have a handsome husband or not?” She waited for her response, but Kaireen scowled. Elva chuckled. “I would rather get a good look at him now than the morning after.”

Kaireen’s ears heated. “I am not marrying.” She shook her head for emphasis. “So there will be no morning, nor night, nor wedding.”

“If he is handsome, I may fight you for him.” Elva smiled, deepening the wrinkles around her eyes.

“Welcome to him either way.” Kaireen laughed.
Viking Fire Book Trailer:

Viking Fire Amazon: http://goo.gl/71VAsf

Viking Fire B & N: http://goo.gl/EvBxwf

Viking Fire iTunes: http://goo.gl/fQuKBd

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and contemporary romance.

Her favorBio Pic 300x400ite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.

Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.

Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.

website: www.andreacooperbooks.com

twitter: @andreaRcooper

newsletter: www.andreaRcooper.com

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Jenna’s 411

Welcome to this week’s installment of Jenna’s 411.

Sorry I’m late again, but I’m in another production which means more late rehearsals! So on with a brief 411.

 

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My most exciting news this week is that I have entered Time Enough to Love into Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award competition. This is the Oscars of the romance world, so I’m pretty psyched, even though I’m realistic about my chances. Still, to be in the competition alone is a big deal to me–I usually don’t do contests, but I thought Time Enough to Love deserved a chance, despite the extremely long odds.  I’ll keep you informed about my little book’s progress along the way.  Wish me luck!

 

eyeballsOn the Home Front:  Halloween

Time for Halloween treats at my house.  We used to have big parties for Halloween when my girls were young and I loved making all these scary treats.  I get to do  that again this week because my theatre group at school is having a party on Wednesday, and I’m taking some good and scary treats, like these ghoulish eyeballs.  I LOVE Halloween!

 

Jenna Fun Fact of the Week

The_boy-friend_1954bwayEven though I hate being on stage (I’m a director, not an actor), I did play Maisie, the second lead, in a community theatre production of The Boyfriend one summer when I was home from college.  I decided I wanted the role and auditioned my heart out to get it.  And I actually had fun!  Got to dance the Charleston with one of my old flames from high school and even better, didn’t suffer from stage fright at all. :)  I’m really glad I got to have that experience, although I’ll take the director’s any time over the limelight.

That’s all  for this week.  Short and sweet.  Come back next Wednesday for more (hopefully lots more) news from Jenna. :)

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal for To Save a Lady and Interview with Patricia Preston

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I want to say thanks to Jenna for having me as a guest and helping me reveal my new cover to the world! TO SAVE A LADY is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on November 2nd.

It is completely my pleasure, Patricia. :)  Congratulations on such a beautiful cover and now on with the interview!

Tell us about yourself

I don’t have a cozy story. I’ve had both hard times and good times. Fortunately, I’m in one of the good times for now. I consider myself a survivor. I survived being a single mom and spending most of my life trying to make ends meet. I’ve survived a rare form of cancer and depression. Writing is how I cope, or maybe it is the way I escape. Either way, I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I’ll probably be writing in the hereafter. I’ve won a few writing awards and I’ve seen my work in print. But I feel like this is a whole new era for me now because, for the first time ever, writing is the day job.

Tell us about your journey with this book

Actually, it started many years ago. This was a story I had always wanted to write. I had gone to New Orleans and I loved the French Quarter. Over time, I had some false starts with this project. I tried making a novella out of it and that was a mistake. Finally, I gave up on it. I think a big factor in putting it aside was the historical market at the time. Then, things changed in publishing and I decided to write this series. To make it everything I’d ever wanted it to be. I’ve had a great journey writing TO SAVE A LADY and I’m loving the next book even more.

What did you do to research the time period for this series?

Okay, I’m gonna admit I love research. I actually spent about two years doing research. I have numerous books on New Orleans during the early 1800’s and several on the military history of the War of 1812. I had books on Creole houses and buildings in New Orleans, but my on-site research in the French Quarter was so helpful. The best thing was finding a townhouse that was part of a museum, and they let you tour it yourself. I was so excited. I had the whole place to myself for a while, and I’m like taking tons of pictures and imaging scenes in the book. Plus, I had beignets and pralines, which Elise (the heroine) loves to eat! LOL!

Was the book easy to write or did you want to scream?

I can’t say it was easy to write. I did a lot of revisions as the story developed and I developed as a writer. One of my main goals was to write Elise’s story true to her character and the other characters as well. I tried to let them tell their own story through me. I had done that previously with a couple of short stories and for a writer who had always been writing to guidelines and formulas, it is like being released from prison!

I think one of the most exciting things that can happen when you’re writing is when the story itself takes over. Toward the end of the book, there is a scene with Elise and Simone. Okay so I’m writing it and all the sudden a rider appears. I’m like WTF!!! Anyway, the rider became pivotal to setting up the next book, which was supposed to be Bonnard’s story but I knew the minute I’d finished the scene, the next book had to be Rafe and Simone’s story.

What would you like readers to know about this book?

I’d like them to know what it is not. It is set in 1814 but it is not a Regency. No Regency tone, dialect, ton, or dukes. It’s not “two polite people in a drawing room.”

It is a romantic novel of love, courage, loyalty, and honor during dark times. It does have violent moments, and sometimes a little humor. It has occasional strong language and love scenes that are warm/spicy. Depending on how you define that. ;)

You can pre-order TO SAVE A LADY on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJF5MFK

Here’s the blurb

A DARING MASQUERADE

A move from Paris to New Orleans brings disaster to Elise Plaisance’s predictable life as a lady’s maid. The son of her grief-stricken mistress disappears, and Elise is drawn into a dangerous web of espionage and deceit as the threat of war divides the city.

A CAPTAIN BEWITCHED

Captain Jesse Cross doesn’t fancy himself as a lovelorn soldier desperate for a woman until a mysterious French spy captivates his imagination. Their romance is a frail illusion, born in the darkness of a moonlit courtyard and never meant to last forever.

A FUTURE IMPERILED

The enemy strikes. Both on the battlefield and in the Quarter. Torn between loyalty and love, Elise must risk everything to rescue her mistress’s son before all is lost. Jesse knows he has to stop her even if it means sacrificing his honor and losing his life to save a lady.

Here is short excerpt which features the hero, Captain Jesse Cross, and his cousin, Lt. Bonnard Reid. Their scenes together were always so much fun to write. In this snippet, Bonnard is in Jesse’s office at General Jackson’s headquarters, playing with a bandalore, which would be called a yo-yo today.

EXCERPT:

Bonnard tried walking the bandalore on the floor. His wrist motion faltered, and the red disk hung lifelessly from the string.

“I think you need more practice,” said Jesse.

Bonnard rewound the string around the center of the disk. “Since you’re off duty this evening, I have a suggestion.”

Jesse gave his cousin a dry glance. “I can’t wait to hear it.”

“Come with me to the American Sector.” Bonnard referred to the part of the city where the Americans, who had moved to New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase, had formed a small settlement. West of the French Quarter and the city canal, it was aptly referred to as the American Sector. “Miss Joy Fletcher and her girls are from Charleston. They’re American whores, and they adore officers.”

Jesse eyed his cousin. “Have you shown them your toy?”

“Of course.” Bonnard grinned, revealing a dimple in his jaw. “The girls at Miss Joy’s are very entertained by my toy. They love playing with it.”

“Well, Lieutenant, you need to put your toy away,” Jesse said as he returned to his desk. “I want you to send some scouts north to look for the Kentucky militia. They should be here by now.”

“What about tonight? A couple of Miss Joy’s girls have no teeth and bottomless throats.”

Jesse shook his head. “I have plans.”

“And those plans, no doubt, involve a masked woman.” Bonnard reached for the doorknob. “Your desperation amazes me, Captain.”

Hours later, when Jesse braved the wet, winter evening, he knew Bonnard was right. Only a desperate man would be out tonight, rushing to meet with a woman whose face he’d never seen.

What’s next?

I’m working on TO LOSE A LADY, which is Rafe and Simone’s story. I also have a contemporary series coming up and people are always asking me about more short stories. Not enough hours in the day!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a great week!

Patricia also wants me to let you know that she is having a drawing on December 10th for a fleur-de-lis necklace. She will include anyone who leaves a comment on this post in the drawing! 

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Jenna’s 411

Welcome to this week’s installment of Jenna’s 411.

 

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This week, rather than my own books,  I’m talking about the book I just finished reading:  The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, Book 5 in the Outlander series.  The further exploits of Jamie and Claire in the New World. I’m very invested in this story by now, so I’ll  continue reading (they really are page turners–I’ve been up until 3am some mornings because I just can’t put my Kindle down). But the books have turned into more of a family saga than the straight romance of Outlander. A Warning:  Ms. Gabaldon pulls no punches (much like her quintessential villain Jack Randall). She believes her heroes and heroines should suffer, and suffer they do. And so does the reader on their behalf.   But that maybe part of the allure of this series because you  come to care so much for the main characters.  I can’t wait to start the next book in the series!

 

Laura_U_Interior_Design_5_2007-Residential-NYC_(10)On the Home Front:  My Day Off

My production ended Saturday night, so I got to take all of Sunday off.

HEAVEN!

I did something I’ve not been able to do for quite a while:  spend the whole day in bed. My daughters brought me breakfast in bed, and lunch. Delicious! Especially since I didn’t have to cook.  I read (this was when I finished The Fiery Cross), slept, and watched a  marathon of the 70s  sitcom Soap,  still funny after all these years. I highly recommend it. :)    Then my family took me to my favorite Indian Restaurant to celebrate.  More delicious food I didn’t have to cook. And then back home  and back to bed. It was truly a perfect day!

images0WVABJ0YJenna Fun Fact of the Week

I was a candidate for Homecoming Queen my Senior Year in High School.  Yep, surprised the hell out of me too. LOL  I belonged to the newly formed Fencing Club my senior year and I was the only female in the club. So the guys nominated me as a lark, but I ended up with my picture all over the yearbook section on Homecoming because I ended up standing next to the girl who won.  A fun if unexpected experience.

 

That’s it for this week!  See you for the 411 next time!

 

 

 

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Spotlight on Christi Caldwell and For Love of the Duke

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For Love of the Duke—Blurb

After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by a fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.

With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper…

In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition—one that he accepts.

​Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.

Christi is giving away an e-copy of For Love of the Duke to one commenter who leaves a pithy comment for her.

EXCERPT:

He settled his large, hand over hers.

Katherine jumped.

“I suggest unless you merely want to trade death by drowning for death by the wheels of a carriage, that you release the handle, madam.”

His flat, emotionless tone conveyed boredom. Why, he might as well have been commenting on the weather or offering her tea.

Katherine snatched her hand back, feeling burned by his touch. “You are a m-monster,” she repeated.

He tugged free his wet gloves and beat them against one another. Drops of water sprayed the carriage walls. “Your charge grows unoriginal and tedious, madam.”

And in that moment it occurred to Katherine just how ungrateful she must seem. The towering stranger might be a foul-tempered fiend, but he’d saved her. Her lips twisted. Whether he’d wanted to or not.

“Forgive me, I’ve not yet thanked you.” She took a breath. “So thank you. For saving me. From drowning,” she finished lamely.

His shoulder lifted in a slight shrug. “I’d hardly ruin the amusements of the day by watching you drown beneath the surface of the Thames.”

She expected she should feel outraged, shocked, appalled by those callously delivered words…and yet, something in his tone gave her pause. It was as though he sought to elicit an outraged response from her. Instead of outrage, Katherine was filled with her first stirrings of intrigue, wondering what had happened to turn his black heart so vile.

Katherine did not rise to his clear attempt at bating her. “My name is Lady Katherine Adamson.” Pause. “I imagine I should know the name of my rescuer.”

He said nothing for a while, and Katherine suspected he had no intention of answering her. She sighed and reached for the curtained window.

“Jasper Waincourt, 8th Duke of Bainbridge.”

Her eyes widened. “You are a duke,” she blurted.

He arched a single, frosty black brow at her. “You’d be wise not to make designs upon my title, madam. I’d not wed you if you were the last creature in the kingdom.”

She blinked. Oh, the dastard. Katherine jabbed a finger at him. “And you, well I wouldn’t wed you if you were the last creature in the world, and the King decreed it to spare my life.”

His lips twitched. But then the firm line was back in place, so that she suspected she’d imagined the slight expression of mirth. “It is good we are of like opinions, then, madam. We are here,” he said.

She angled her head. And then the carriage rocked to a halt.

The sudden, unexpectedness of the stop, propelled Katherine forward, and she landed in an ignominious heap atop the duke’s chest.

It was as though she’d slammed into a stone wall. All the breath left her. She looked up at him through her lids…

 

christiUSA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love,” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after!

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing,chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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