Medieval Monday ~ Villains ~Week #3 Ashley York’s The Gentle Knight

 

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Villains!

 is our theme for this round of Medieval Monday!

Join us and discover some of the most evil and dastardly villains our medieval romances ever produced! And we are doing something a bit different this time around. We’re breaking our excerpts up into tantalizing little bites–only 8 to 10 sentences each week. So you’ll need to keep up to get the whole excerpt. We let you know each week whose blog we’ll be at the week so you can keep up with each Medieval Monday author’s work the same way.

This week’s excerpt is from Ashley York’s

The Gentle Knight.

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Excerpt:

Ivan walked in like the captain of a ship and towing Brighit close behind. He stopped, made a sweeping glance around the room and laughed. “Well? Does this place seem familiar to you, Brighit?”

Brighit paled.

Peter stopped mid-drink. He moved toward her. “Have you been here before?”

She shook her head. A slow, emphatic “no”.

“Speak up, dear Brighit,” Ivan said. “Tell Sir Peter what this place reminds you of.”

Follow along next week by checking out Sherry Ewing’s blog with excerpt #4

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Blurb:

 

Brighit MacNaughton is an obedient daughter following her father’s death bed decree that she take her vows and become the virginal bride of Christ. The hired men seeing her to the Priory at Tanshelf are more interested in the building resentment against the English king than her safety. But when the handsome Norman knight offers his protection against the lecherous mercenaries, he sparks her passion with his gentle touch and smoldering looks of desire, reminding her of dreams best forgotten. Can one night with him quench the intense need in her or will it cause the fire to burn out of control?

Peter of Normandy is a trusted knight of King William, sent north to subdue the unrest and rumblings of revolt at York. Giving aid to an Irish princess more noble than many knights, he is quickly overcome with the need to possess her. With a body meant for a man’s pleasure and an unrelenting stubbornness to follow her father’s wishes, he struggles against giving her what she wants if it can only be for one night. Will one night of passion prove to be enough or will it unleash an insatiable need that makes him never want to let her go?

Buy Link:

The Gentle Knight is available on Amazon.

 

Next week I’ll be hosting Mary Morgan’s Dragon Knight’s Shield.

 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 02/19/17 Only Marriage Will Do ~ A Desperate Deception

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I’m continuing this week, sharing snippets from the second book of the House of Pleasure series, Only Marriage Will Do. It’s got one of my favorite heroes, Amiable Dawson, a man with secrets who becomes attracted to a woman with secrets of her own.

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Captain Amiable Dawson, irritated because he’s been standing out in the hot sun, knocking on the Marquess of Dalbury’s door, has stumbled upon quite a scene of a man lunging across a sofa and grabbing a woman’s arm. The woman runs to Amiable and whispers for him to please help her as this man was trying to abduct her.

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Juliet and Amiable

EXCERPT:

 

He smiled into her pleading face, then grasped her hands and gave them a gentle squeeze to signal his acquiescence. “Whatever is the matter, my dear?” Hell if he knew. However, he could play his part, even with little information. Let the lady lead and he’d follow as well as he could.

The woman swayed toward him, then took a deep breath. “My dear, may I present Viscount St. Cyr?” She nodded toward the fop. “Philippe, my husband, the Earl of Manning.”

BLURB:

Not every happy-ever-after begins at “I do.”

When the hero of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the man claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love.  But is she free to marry him?  Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero, Captain Amiable Dawson, to escort her to her family estate, hoping that along the way she can win his love.

Amiable is charmed by the sweet, beautiful woman he rescued, and although he has grave reservations about her marital status, he allows himself to be swept up into Juliet’s romantic spell and the promise of a happy-ever-after.

The spell breaks when legal questions arise and Juliet faces the horror of not knowing if she is married to her knight in shining armor or the cruel viscount who is determined to have her at any price.

 

Books in the House of Pleasure series:

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only-a-mistress-will-do-finalAnd don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

 

 

 

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The Romance of Language: Word for the Week 2/17/17

Dammy-boy:

“An unruly person, in allusion to the habit of the excessive use of the word damn.”

–from Albert Hyamson’s Dictionary English Phrases, 1922

 

I’ve had a couple of heroes who could have been called “dammy-boys.” LOL

And here’s one from the classic movie, My Fair Lady, with Rex Harrison playing dammy-boy Henry Higgins. (You needn’t watch the whole 6 minute clip if you don’t want to. The first 30 seconds will suffice.) 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Post: Liza O’Connor on Guardian Angels in Luck Be An Angel

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I’m a firm believer of Guardian Angels. My first Guardian Angel was my Great Grandmother Caroline. She saved me from the continuous efforts of my brother to become an only child. There were also a great many water-moccasin dangers that required her assistance. (I was fascinated with poisonous snakes.) When I got older she would save me from car accidents, plus the three times my ex-husband tried to kill me. Over the years, I acquired two more Guardian Angels, my grandmother Bobo, (she preferred the name of a clown over ‘grand ma’ said with an Arkansas twang) and finally my dad became my third guardian when he died. Thus, now I’m pretty well bullet-proof, but those early years, between me being curious and fearless, and my brother determined to be an only child, Great Grandmother Caroline had a hard time keeping me alive.

You may ponder…Is Liza being serious?

Yes, I am. So when I put in a guardian angel into my stories, which I often do, I treat them and ghosts as real entities. (I also have a ghost in my house-so I have to acknowledge her as well.) I know, some of you will think I’m nuts (reasonable conclusion if you have never been saved by a guardian angel, or had a ghost live in your house.) However, my reality and experiences say both Guardian angels and ghosts do exist, so they are fair games for my books. Thus, Luck be an Angel has a Guardian Angel that watches over Sara and massive quantity of boys. However, no ghosts show up.

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Reporter, Ethan Long, is sent into the backwoods of Arkansas to investigate a woman who claims her sixteen boys were born by Immaculate Conception. Not believing in divine intervention, Ethan plans to uncover the identity of the man who continues to impregnate Sara Smith every year, leaving her to raise her sons on nothing but luck and love. He enters their home as a tutor and eventually discovers the truth, but not before he has fallen in love with Sara and her wonderful boys. Now he must face his own crossroad in life and decide whether to follow his heart or his professional obligations.

EXCERPT

Sara bit her lip and forced herself to make eye contact with Ethan. “You should know I’ve got a bad reputation. People say I’m a loose woman, but that’s not true. However, if you stay here, they’re going to think you and I are…well, that we aren’t behaving properly. No more harm can be done to my reputation, but yours will take a beating.”

He shrugged his shoulders. “I care more about those boys staying together than I do about what the townspeople think of me. So should you.”

She could tell he didn’t think much of her, but not because he thought her loose, but because he thought her a bad mother. Before she could respond, her eleven-year-old, Mike, stormed in the room.

“Our Ma loves us!” Mike yelled as he shoved Mr. Long on the shoulder. “Don’t you ever talk bad about our Ma!”

“I didn’t mean it that way,” Mr. Long assured her son. “I’m just mad at the townspeople for making her life so hard.”

Her son breathed in hard, fighting off his tears. “Well, all right then,” he said and ran from the room.

Mr. Long looked up at her. “I meant that. Don’t worry about what the townspeople think. Just worry about your boys.”

She laughed and rubbed her stomach. “That’s a lot of worrying.”

“Are you…?” He stared at her swollen stomach, unable to finish the question.

“Having another boy? I reckon,” she said. “I haven’t decided what to name him. Right now all my boys got a brother with the same first letter, which makes them letter-mates. The boys like the pairs, but in a few years Joshua will want to go off and be a man and then what will poor Joe do without a letter-mate? So I was thinking maybe I should start again on the same letters, instead of making new ones.” She paused and studied him. “What do you think?”

Mr. Long gave her question serious consideration before answering. “Add a name to the current letters. It will give the younger letters a chance to be a leader during each of their lives.”

She smiled and nodded in agreement. She had noticed how much Joe liked being the elder today. She shared the story with Mr. Long.

“I’ll shift them about when we do group studies. That way they’ll all get a chance to lead.”

She was glad Mr. Long had come. He might not be what she wanted, but she suspected he was precisely what she needed. That happened a lot in her life. Some said she was just lucky, but she knew luck had nothing to do with it. She had a guardian angel who made sure they got whatever they needed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

 

CONTEMPORARY

A Long Road to Love Series

Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance

Worst Week Ever

Oh Stupid Heart

Coming to Reason

Climbing Out of Hell

The Hardest Love

 

CONTEMPORARY SUSPENSE

White Oak Mafia Series

Snarky, Romantic, Suspense Thriller

A Fortune to Die For

Unexpected Love

Dance or Die

 

Requires Rescue Series

Often Humorous, Contemporary, Romance/Suspense

Standalone books with a special twist

Even the strong can use a helping hand when life gets hard.

Saving Casey

Saving Molly

 

SINGLE CONTEMPORARY BOOKS

Ghost Lover

Humorous, Contemporary Romance with Ghost & Ghost cat

 

Luck be an Angel

Sweet Contemporary Romance with a Paranormal twist

 

OTHER BOOKS BY LIZA

 

 

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Be My Guest! ~ Author Interview with Jenna Jaxon

 

banner-memeHello, and welcome to my new feature for 2017.

I’ve begun a Wednesday weekly post to present interviews with authors across all romance genres. Although I’m primarily an historical romance writer, I do read outside my genre and suspect a lot of you do as well. And what’s more fascinating than finding out more about either your favorite authors or new ones? I plan to change up my questions (most of them at least) every three months or so, just to keep the interviews lively.

So now gather round the tea table, grab a scone or cookies, and a cup of tea or coffee and discover a new friend in the writing world.

This week on Be My Guest, I am interviewing…me! I had promised you Lauren Smith, but we crossed signals (totally my fault), but we do have our boxed set, Her Perfect Gentleman, that released yesterday, so I’ll step in and pinch hit for the team. 🙂

Authors :

Gina Danna, Collette Cameron, Ella Quinn, Elf Ahearn, Marie Higgins, Louisa Cornell, Lauren Smith, and Jenna Jaxon.

 

So, my standard first question: Who has been the greatest influence on your writing?

Probably the first romance author I fell in love with–Jo Beverley. I love her works and still mourn her loss. She gave me my love of the Georgian period, a grasp of how to write compelling characters, and a reverence for those who understand the English system of titles of the nobility.

Who or what inspires your writing?

It depends on the project. I get inspiration from everything from a song (my upcoming release, To Woo A Wicked Widow, was inspired by The Weather Girls song “It’s Raining Men), to a chance word or sentence in another romance novel, (my upcoming release Only A Mistress Will Do, was inspired by a single sentence in a Mary Balogh novel), and my novella in the set, Heart of Delight, was inspired by the Cinderella fairy tale.

Which of your own books is your favorite and why?

I do hate to play favorites, but at the current moment it’s Only Scandal Will Do, although Only A Mistress Will Do is running neck and neck with it! But I love Scandal because I love the heroine (my alter ego), I love the dynamics between the hero and heroine, plus I think the story and setting are cohesive to produce a rather stark, gritty feel to the book that was what I was aiming for. I also see that in Mistress, so that makes sense it’s tied for favorite.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Halloween, hands down.  I’ve always loved that holiday (felt it was mine for some reason) and still decorate the house and yard to look like a graveyard for the Trick or Treaters. I love making all the cool themed treats and the wonderful costumes everyone wears. It’s a very theatrical holiday, so that may explain it some.

If you could have one wish granted just for you (not world peace, LOL), what would you wish for?

Enough money so I could live and write abroad, take care of my daughters’ education and my family’s needs, and travel to all the placed I have, at least until now, only read or dreamed of.

What is the most exciting/daredevil thing you’ve ever done?

Probably riding Space Mountain at Disney World. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Couldn’t do it now.

Do you have any hobbies/passions outside of writing?

 

That would be theatre. I’ve worked as a theatre professional for years, but I never tire of watching or working on plays or being around theatre people.

Who is your favorite non-romance genre author? What is your favorite book of theirs?

Another easy one. Stephen King. Love, love, love his books. When he was writing his Dark Tower series I used to fear either he would die before finishing it, or I would die before I finished reading it. And although The Drawing of the Three is my second favorite King book, my absolute favorite is It. Scared the bejesus out of me, but I’ve read it about 8 times.

Now, tell us a little bit about  your newest book.

My newest book is the boxed set, Her Perfect Gentleman, which contains my Regency romance novella Heart of Delight. The other incredibly talented writers also in the set are mentioned above.

 

What was your inspiration for this story?

As I said earlier, the story was inspired by the Cinderella fairy tale. I originally thought the couple would meet at a masquerade (the Prince’s ball in the fairy tale), but that didn’t work for the series, so I have the hero and heroine both in “disguise” from one another, along with a few other Cinderella-ish details. A wicked employer rather than wicked step-mother, and a “fairy godmother” who takes the heroine under her wing.

Are the character names special in any way?

The character names are as particular as I usually have my names. The heroine’s name wouldn’t come to me, so I had a competition on a Facebook party to name her. As soon as I did that, the contrary girl whispered that she was Gabriella. So when the winner came along, it became Gabriella’s middle name.

Do you have plans for a sequel to this book?

Heart of Desire is the third book in the Handful of Hearts series, so there will be another four books, with recurring characters, although this book won’t have a sequel per se. As far as the boxed set is concerned, I guess we’ll wait and see how this one does before deciding on a Her Perfect Gentleman 2.

 Now, the Infamous Lightning Round:

What is your favorite amusement park ride?

Splash Mountain at Disney World!

Tea or coffee?

 

Tea in the mornings or very late at night; coffee at work and in the theatre.

Beach or mountains?

 

I love both, but if I had to choose…mountains.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate is my drug of choice.

Would you rather skydive or scuba dive?

 

Scuba Diving, hands down. I would jump out of a plane only if it was in flames and heading for a crash landing. And then I’d have to be drunk to actually do it!

Would you rather vacation in Hawaii, Vegas or London?

I’ve been to Hawaii and it’s beautiful, never been to Vegas but want to go, but I would go to London at the drop of a hat.

 

 

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Here’s the blurb for Her Perfect Gentleman, which just released on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and other etailers!

BLURB:

USA Today Best-selling author, Gina Danna, joins best-selling, award-winning authors, Collette Cameron, Ella Quinn, Marie Higgins, Jenna Jaxon, Louisa Cornell, Elf Ahearn, and Lauren Smith in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing love stories.

THIS LOVE OF MINE by GINA DANNA-He must woo his wife to awaken her past or lose her to a pirate forever.

Kidnapped on a trip to London, Lady Eleanor Whitemore awakes in the hold of a ship with no memory of her past or of her perfect marriage to Lord James Haddington III, Earl of Windhaven. All she knows is that a fierce and stunningly handsome pirate is yelling about women being bad luck on a voyage. Adrift at sea in both body and mind, she finds herself falling in love with the pirate captain, whose flashing eyes and muscular frame leave her breathless.

Lord James resisted the shackles of marriage until he met Eleanor. Her beauty and charms captured his heart, and now that she’s disappeared, he vows he will find her or die trying. His search becomes a chase to the Americas, a trip that could destroy him as Eleanor’s bonds with a pirate captain tighten. Can James provoke her memory and win her love, or will the pirate steal her heart forever…

BRIDE OF FALCON by Collette Cameron – Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love . . . scandal be damned.

After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she’s a haute ton undesirable. Always a bit ungraceful, her suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement. Guarded and aloof, she’s resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn’t mind her fate, since Chancy Faulkenhurst, the man who once held her heart, left for India years ago without an explanation. When Ivonne’s father, Viscount Wimpleton, refuses Chance’s request for her hand in marriage, he transfers to the East India Troops. Chance’s dreams of making Ivonne his wife are soundly dashed. Ignoring her letters, he closes the door on his heart and Ivonne and remains in India.

Six years later, severely injured during a battle, Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong. When he learns due to a whim of Prinny’s she must choose one of the despots whose offered for her hand, Chance is determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her in all those years, in Chance’s absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement.

IT TAKES A HERO   by ELLA QUINN

Even though their families demand that the youngest son of a duke, Lord Quartus Trevor, and the Duchess of Wharton remain apart, but their hearts don’t seem able to listen.

For the former Anna Calder of Tortola, discovering she is the Duchess of Wharton is a shock, but being forced to find a husband is a greater one. To make matters worse, the only gentleman who interests her is the devastatingly handsome rogue she has been warned against. As inappropriate as he is, she can’t stop thinking about the way his blue eyes warm her or cut of his coat over his broad shoulders…

Upon accepting his brother’s invitation to spend the Season in London, Lord Quartus Trevor quickly discovers that being the penniless younger son of a duke is not much of a recommendation to the beguiling Duchess of Wharton. It’s ridiculous to hope her attentions are serious, but where she’s concerned, his hope refuses to be swayed.

THE SWEETEST CHALLENGE by MARIE HIGGINS

Is giving her heart to a stranger worth the price?

Melinda Stewart is far from being a debutante, but she must disguise what she does during the day to keep food on the table. When a wealthy businessman enters her life and wants to buy her land, she’s torn between giving up her deceased father’s dream—and wanting to give her heart to this stranger.

HEART OF DELIGHT by JENNA JAXON

He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth.

Gabriella d’Adventure has come to England as a lady’s maid in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. So when she meets the handsome Horace Carpenter, valet to a marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heart’s desire: a meeting with the duke

When a breathtaking young woman intrudes on the eccentric Marquess of Halford’s solitude, he is captivated and introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his fear about the true motive behind Gabriella’s quest to meet the duke, Hal agrees to help her gain an audience, all the while hoping his deception will won’t ruin his chances of winning her love and hand in marriage.

STEALING MINERVA by LOUISA CORNELL

He has a thousand reasons to steal the bride, but only one reason to steal her heart.

Colonel Sebastian Brightworth has a reputation for seduction. He seduces money into his hands and never lets it go. He seduces women into his bed and never lets them stay. Seducing his best friend’s latest betrothed into jilting him days before the wedding seems an easy task. Especially with a thousand-pound purse in the offing. That is, until Sebastian discovers his friend is engaged to the one woman in England he cannot possibly seduce. Again.

After seven years in a less than perfect marriage and two years as the Perfect Widow, Minerva Faircloth is engaged to the most eligible earl in England. Their amiable marriage will keep her son safe from his uncle’s cruel plans and her heart safe from disappointment. Everything goes according to plan, until her betrothed’s closest friend arrives. Sebastian Brightworth stole her heart nine years ago. What thievery is he up to now? And how will she ever survive it?

HIS LORDSHIP’S DARKEST SECRET by ELF AHEARN

The thought of Claire Albright in the arms of another man is unbearable, but in his heart, Lord Flavian Monroe knows he mustn’t ask her to share the consequences of one terrible mistake.

If Lady Claire Albright had one wish, it would be to forget brooding, powerful Lord Flavian Monroe. But even after two years of bewildering silence, she yearns to touch his sinuous arms and feel his calloused hands upon her cheeks. Then, on the brink of her come out, they accidently meet. His ward is ill, and he begs her to use her knowledge of healing to help the child. But this patient is sick in a way that’s far different than what Claire expected—dangerously different. And, as she struggles to find a cure, Flavian resists rekindling their love. Is it the ward’s illness that keeps him cold and distant, or a dark and terrible secret?

TEMPTED BY A ROGUE  by LAUREN SMITH

Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.

Gemma plans to marry James, her childhood sweetheart. With every letter written between them while he’s been off at sea, their love has grown. Now they will be reunited with his return to England. But the man whose words she’d fallen in love with isn’t James..

Jasper, a gentleman rogue of the first order, is trapped. Talked into a scheme by his friend, he pretended to be James for eleven years while writing to Gemma. He’s promised James he’d break it off. But when he returns home, his secret will come out – and he’ll lose the one woman he can’t live without.

 

 

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Next Wednesday my special guest is Melissa Keir, a wonderful writer friend and colleague of spicy, contemporary romances. Hope you return to you favorite Wednesday spot to meet Melissa! She’s a sweetheart!

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Heart of Desire is Free!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

And as a little Valentine’s treat for you, Heart of Desire, Book 2 in the Handful of Hearts series, is

FREE on Amazon today through February 16!

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Blurb:

Follow your heart to find your desire

Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her third season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find the handsome lord apparently falling for her. With time running out, should she accept his suit and risk falling in love despite herself?

Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost three thousand pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him ten thousand more pounds for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Miss Locke long enough to charm her into marrying him. But can he avoid falling in love himself?

What Reviewers are saying about Heart of Desire:  “Whoa. This may very well be my favorite novella of the year!”

Plus: Book 3 in the series, Heart of Delight, just released in Her Perfect Gentleman, for .99 and Book 1, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe is available in the Lovin’ Christmas boxed set for .99 as well. So you can get the first three books of the series for just $1.98!

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Her Perfect Gentleman Release Day! An 8 Book Boxed Set for .99!

Happy Valentines Day!

It’s also release day for Her Perfect Gentleman, the Regency boxed set with my

Heart of Delight novella in it!

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USA Today Best-selling author, Gina Danna, joins best-selling, award-winning authors, Collette Cameron, Ella Quinn, Marie Higgins, Jenna Jaxon, Louisa Cornell, Elf Ahearn, and Lauren Smith in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing love stories.

THIS LOVE OF MINE by GINA DANNA-He must woo his wife to awaken her past or lose her to a pirate forever.

Kidnapped on a trip to London, Lady Eleanor Whitemore awakes in the hold of a ship with no memory of her past or of her perfect marriage to Lord James Haddington III, Earl of Windhaven. All she knows is that a fierce and stunningly handsome pirate is yelling about women being bad luck on a voyage. Adrift at sea in both body and mind, she finds herself falling in love with the pirate captain, whose flashing eyes and muscular frame leave her breathless.

Lord James resisted the shackles of marriage until he met Eleanor. Her beauty and charms captured his heart, and now that she’s disappeared, he vows he will find her or die trying. His search becomes a chase to the Americas, a trip that could destroy him as Eleanor’s bonds with a pirate captain tighten. Can James provoke her memory and win her love, or will the pirate steal her heart forever…

BRIDE OF FALCON by Collette Cameron – Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love . . . scandal be damned.

After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she’s a haute ton undesirable. Always a bit ungraceful, her suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement. Guarded and aloof, she’s resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn’t mind her fate, since Chancy Faulkenhurst, the man who once held her heart, left for India years ago without an explanation. When Ivonne’s father, Viscount Wimpleton, refuses Chance’s request for her hand in marriage, he transfers to the East India Troops. Chance’s dreams of making Ivonne his wife are soundly dashed. Ignoring her letters, he closes the door on his heart and Ivonne and remains in India.

Six years later, severely injured during a battle, Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong. When he learns due to a whim of Prinny’s she must choose one of the despots whose offered for her hand, Chance is determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her in all those years, in Chance’s absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement.

IT TAKES A HERO   by ELLA QUINN

Even though their families demand that the youngest son of a duke, Lord Quartus Trevor, and the Duchess of Wharton remain apart, but their hearts don’t seem able to listen.

For the former Anna Calder of Tortola, discovering she is the Duchess of Wharton is a shock, but being forced to find a husband is a greater one. To make matters worse, the only gentleman who interests her is the devastatingly handsome rogue she has been warned against. As inappropriate as he is, she can’t stop thinking about the way his blue eyes warm her or cut of his coat over his broad shoulders…

Upon accepting his brother’s invitation to spend the Season in London, Lord Quartus Trevor quickly discovers that being the penniless younger son of a duke is not much of a recommendation to the beguiling Duchess of Wharton. It’s ridiculous to hope her attentions are serious, but where she’s concerned, his hope refuses to be swayed.

THE SWEETEST CHALLENGE by MARIE HIGGINS

Is giving her heart to a stranger worth the price?

Melinda Stewart is far from being a debutante, but she must disguise what she does during the day to keep food on the table. When a wealthy businessman enters her life and wants to buy her land, she’s torn between giving up her deceased father’s dream—and wanting to give her heart to this stranger.

HEART OF DELIGHT by JENNA JAXON

He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth.

Gabriella d’Adventure has come to England as a lady’s maid in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. So when she meets the handsome Horace Carpenter, valet to a marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heart’s desire: a meeting with the duke.

When a breathtaking young woman intrudes on the eccentric Marquess of Halford’s solitude, he is captivated and introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his fear about the true motive behind Gabriella’s quest to meet the duke, Hal agrees to help her gain an audience, all the while hoping his deception will won’t ruin his chances of winning her love and hand in marriage.

STEALING MINERVA by LOUISA CORNELL

He has a thousand reasons to steal the bride, but only one reason to steal her heart.

Colonel Sebastian Brightworth has a reputation for seduction. He seduces money into his hands and never lets it go. He seduces women into his bed and never lets them stay. Seducing his best friend’s latest betrothed into jilting him days before the wedding seems an easy task. Especially with a thousand-pound purse in the offing. That is, until Sebastian discovers his friend is engaged to the one woman in England he cannot possibly seduce. Again.

After seven years in a less than perfect marriage and two years as the Perfect Widow, Minerva Faircloth is engaged to the most eligible earl in England. Their amiable marriage will keep her son safe from his uncle’s cruel plans and her heart safe from disappointment. Everything goes according to plan, until her betrothed’s closest friend arrives. Sebastian Brightworth stole her heart nine years ago. What thievery is he up to now? And how will she ever survive it?

HIS LORDSHIP’S DARKEST SECRET by ELF AHEARN

The thought of Claire Albright in the arms of another man is unbearable, but in his heart, Lord Flavian Monroe knows he mustn’t ask her to share the consequences of one terrible mistake.

If Lady Claire Albright had one wish, it would be to forget brooding, powerful Lord Flavian Monroe. But even after two years of bewildering silence, she yearns to touch his sinuous arms and feel his calloused hands upon her cheeks. Then, on the brink of her come out, they accidently meet. His ward is ill, and he begs her to use her knowledge of healing to help the child. But this patient is sick in a way that’s far different than what Claire expected—dangerously different. And, as she struggles to find a cure, Flavian resists rekindling their love. Is it the ward’s illness that keeps him cold and distant, or a dark and terrible secret?

TEMPTED BY A ROGUE  by LAUREN SMITH

Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.

Gemma plans to marry James, her childhood sweetheart. With every letter written between them while he’s been off at sea, their love has grown. Now they will be reunited with his return to England. But the man whose words she’d fallen in love with isn’t James…

Jasper, a gentleman rogue of the first order, is trapped. Talked into a scheme by his friend, he pretended to be James for eleven years while writing to Gemma. He’s promised James he’d break it off. But when he returns home, his secret will come out – and he’ll lose the one woman he can’t live without.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

GINA DANNA – A USAToday Bestselling author, Gina Danna was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent the better part of her life reading. History has always been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, always dreaming of writing one of her own. After years of writing historical academic papers to achieve her undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, and then for museum programs and exhibits, she found the time to write her own historical romantic fiction novels. Now, under the Texas sun and with the supervision of her three dogs, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/GinaDannaAuthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/GinaDanna1

Website:  www.ginadanna.com

COLLETTE CAMERON –Bestselling, award-winning author, COLLETTE CAMERON pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them. Mother to three, Collette admits to a quirky sense of humor, enjoys inspiring quotes, and anything cobalt blue. A self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic, she lives in Oregon with her miniature dachshunds. You’ll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances. To connect with Collette or learn more about her books, visit her at the following places:

Website: www.collettecameron.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/collettecameronauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Collette_Author

 

ELLA QUINN – Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series, The Worthingtons, began in April 2016. She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

Website: www.ellaquinnauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EllaQuinnAuthor

Twitter www.twitter.com/ellaquinnauthor

Blog http://ellaquinnauthor.wordpresscom

MARIE HIGGINS – is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s published over 30 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories. She broadens her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her “Queen of Tease”, because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings. Visit her website to discover more about her.

Website:  www.mariehiggins.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marie.higgins.7543/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariehigginsxox

JENNA JAXON – is a multi-published author of historical in periods from medieval to Victorian.  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and two rambunctious cats, Marmalade and Suger.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage. Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is very active in Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop. To connect with Jenna or learn more about her books, visit:

Website: https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jenna_Jaxon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Jaxon/146857578723570

LOUISA CORNELL – Louisa was introduced to Regency romance at the tender age of nine when her father’s Air Force career took the family to live in the tiny Suffolk village of Kelsale. A pair of sisters, retired librarians, insisted she read Pride and Prejudice, and she has been a devoted Anglophile and Regency England fanatic ever since. She even tried her hand at writing her own historical romance. It was notoriously bad. Her mother has the only surviving copy.

A classically trained musician, Louisa’s study of music began at the London College of Music and continued once she returned to the States. After four music degrees and a year of study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Louisa was fortunate enough to embark 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. Her debut novella, A PERFECTLY DREADFUL CHRISTMAS, in the anthology Christmas Revels, won the 2015 Holt Medallion for Best Novella in Romance Fiction. A two-time Golden Heart finalist, she has also won three Daphne du Mauriers, three Royal Ascots, and the 2014 Emily.

Louisa lives on five acres in the middle of nowhere in the wilds of LA (Lower Alabama.) Her house is surrounded by azaleas, wisteria, kudzu and dirt roads. And it is filled with a great many Regency research books, hundreds of historical romance novels, dozens of pairs of shoes, and a herd of pets under the command of a notorious Chihuahua who has been banned from vet clinics all over the county and a tabby cat who thinks she is a Great Dane.

Louisa loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted all over the web.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegencyWriterLouisaCornell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LouisaCornell

Wesbite: www.louisacornell.com

ELF AHEARN – Elf Ahearn, yes, that is her real name, lives in New York with her wonderful husband and a pesky (yet irresistible) cat. Before becoming a novelist, she spent 20 years in Manhattan working as an actress in nearly 100 productions (yet rarely being paid for any of them). From that lucrative career, she jumped to journalism, and then to corporate communications where she garnered multiple awards for a newsletter she wrote and edited. Her novel, A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing hit #1 in its genre on Amazon this September, and bless its heart, has been consistently selling for over a year.

Website: www.elfahearn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elf.ahearn?fref=ts

Newsletter: email elfahearn@hotmail.com to subscribe

LAUREN SMITH- an attorney by day, is an Amazon best-selling, award winning author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat, and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being a New England Reader’s Choice Winner, Greater Detroit Bookseller’s Best Award Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren or learn more about her books, visit her at the following places:

 

Website: www.laurensmithbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurenDianaSmith/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LSmithAuthor

 

For the purpose of this anthology, the following ratings apply:

One Kiss-Stories will either not have consummated love scenes, or subtly sexy undetailed scenes behind a closed bedroom door. You’re not invited inside. Sorry.

Two Kisses-Stories are more sensual than sweet with some love scenes that are more sensual than graphic. You might blush, but you won’t need a fan.

Three Kisses-Stories are sexier and bolder with more explicit love scenes and the language used to describe them may be more graphic. A fan and a cool beverage might be in order, but you won’t experience everything.  *Wink*

Four Kisses–Stories have frequent, graphic love scenes with explicit language. Be prepared to blush and stand in front of the air conditioner, a tall, iced drink in hand. Clothing is optional.

Five Kisses–Stories have frequent graphic, descriptive love scenes and/or contain subject matter some readers may find objectionable. Blushing guaranteed, and you might learn a thing or two or three. But never fear, we won’t tattle if you don’t.

 

 

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