Cover Reveal: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

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Mistletoe and Mr. Right

by Lyla Payne

ebook, 150 pages
Release Date: November 20th 2014
Bloomsbury Spark Publishing

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…but lust refused to settle in for a long winter’s nap.
She might be all nestled, snug in her bed, by why, oh why, do visions of the wrong guy dance in her head?

Jessica, (not Jessie), figures that nothing could be better than a trip to the Emerald Isle for Christmas break. So she takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays, not only sure that he will finally agree they’re destined for each other, but also that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily-ever-after.

But it turns out his family–and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend–don’t feel the same way, and even the family goat seems to be conspiring against her well-laid plans. The only person making the trip worthwhile is the very last one she should be thinking about, but Grady, the local farmhand, has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most…and least.


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About the Author

LylaAuthor1-190x300Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.


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Book Blast Release Day~ Fallen: Daughters of the Gods # 3 by Tamara Gill


This is so exciting!!!

I’m so happy to be apart of this book blast Release Day for Tamara and FALLEN!! It has been a long time coming and it’s great to have Tamara back.

But Can I just say I helped named the title of this book! Sweet right. And the just look at that cover, it is gorgeous~

So welcome to my blogging sphere Tamara!!!

by Tamara Gill
Daughters of the Gods, Book 3
Erotic Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 24th, 2014


Sara Daniels needs to change her life, so she sets out to run her late grandmother’s farm. With no man at her side, and deserted by friends who can’t abide her obsession with mythology, it’s the perfect time to escape.

Hermes, favored son of Zeus, has been framed by his hateful stepmother, Hera. Fleeing Olympus with his life, he finds himself in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It’s the ideal place to hide from Zeus that is until the owner— a woman with long, flaming red hair and the darkest blue eyes he’s ever seen — decides to move in.

Sara’s family has divine secrets that even she’s not privy to. Hermes’ secrets, however, have the power to shatter their lives. And with a god as your farmhand, it’s only a matter of time before those secrets are revealed in all their destructive glory. But the wild attraction that blazes between these two souls will not be denied…even if the outcome threatens to doom them both.

Erotic Paranormal | Words: 31 K |Heat Level: Spicy


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About The Author:

Image of Tamara GillTamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentlemen in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

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Book Tour: Review~ A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr

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Welcome to another tour!!!!

A Wedding and a Killing 2When Mac Faraday decides to do something, there’s no stopping him … even murder!

Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married—along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. However, before they can say, “I do,” the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a dead body in the church office.

As they dive into the investigation, Mac and his team discover more questions than answers. What kind of person walks into a church and shoots a man for no apparent reason? How do you solve the murder of a man who has no enemies in the world? Which of the seemingly kind-hearted church members is really a cold-blooded killer?

Then, there is the all-important question, how long do Mac Faraday and his lady love have to wait to get married?



PUYB Meet the Author

Lauren CarrLauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. A Wedding and a Killing is the eighth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried MurderDead on Ice (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) was released September 2012. The second installment, Real Murder was released to rave reviews in June 2014.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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I just got to say, the cover really got me. I had to look and look again just to see what it was and after knowing what the story was all about the cover really made sense. The candle and a splatter of blood, plus the church candle holder and the marriage rings….. Yup, it basically told you what the story was about. But I love looking at the cover because it can be interpreted in so many different ways.

Anyways…..this can be read as a standalone.

Finally there’s going to be a wedding!!! If you’ve been following this series you know you couldn’t wait for this moment!

Mac Faraday and Archie Monday are finally going to get hitched! Well, more like elope first then throw the huge party later. These two have been at it for a long time so it is great to see them stepping into the plate for the home run. But then before they even get to saying their vows the beastly dog Gnarly, whom belonged to Mac’s birth mother and Archie’s boss, has to go sniffing up a murder. Not entirely his fault for having such a great nose for but hey, who would want to murder a nice church going dude with nearly no enemy in sight?

And like I said it is great seeing how Mac and Archie’s relationship evolved throughout the series. They’re still learning and growing and getting used to finally becoming a family.

And of course as always, Lauren always has twists and turns in these mysteries, and this is another one of them. But aside from all the mysteries, secrets are uncovered about its church members and there seems to be lots of motives among them. Not so peaceful now is it? It was super interesting finding out and getting these evidence.

And then there’s the humor. Love it! Gnarly is just the highlight of the book. He’s the one that brings all the humor and whacky comments from. Being a dog can be tough it seems so being able to bring in the humor for being a smart dog is fantastic.

Also, did I mention that Mac’s half-brother, David, is back? Yup, he’s back and all grown up! Well, more grown up than maybe the last time you saw him in IT’S MURDER, MY SON. These two brothers are just adorable. They both have their quirks and humor and both are just amazing mates to their lady loves. And since both of them are in the police and detective work they both can also be a bit competitive in proving how well they are at don’t ng their job. It can be a bit difficult at times because they weren’t willing to let the other out best them so the competitive nature of it some what impacted the solving of the case. But don’t worry, it got solved.

And since this murder took place in a church, there were lots of religious mentions and related stuff. It’s was cool but maybe a bit unsuspecting for some. It also had a lot of info and report on counseling and couple counseling so I felt like it was telling me something major. Not just a story but for me to take from and use outside of the book in real life.

All in all, I love Lauren’s Mystery novels. The Mac Faraday mysteries are her most well known series but I love them all. They’re so much fun with its humor and twists. And I still super love how Lauren provides a character list with the names and roles in the story.

This book was provided by the author for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Think Out Loud: Frustration, Stress, and Crisis!!!


Think Out Loud is a weekly Thursday meme created and hosted by Think Books

Think Out Loud promotes thinking outside of the box and to get bloggers to break out of the blogging bubble. You can use this feature to post things you ordinarily would not post. For example, if you usually post book reviews, step outside of that pattern. Post a funny story, a rant, a cool pic or video, ANYTHING… Consider it a free for all. And consider it as a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!


Welcome back go another TOL.

So I’ve been doing some job hunting and came upon this amazing opportunity of a life time!

I found an internship for what I’m really interested in doing as a career. It’s in England and starts in the summer of 2015!! Urgh!!!

But it’s basically a 21 day internship where you’ll learn and get first hands-on experience with and about conservation and preservation of art works and historic buildings/locations.

So want to do it!!!!

It’s such a great opportunity for me to start moving forward on my own and it’s the closest if not the exact thing I’ve been looking for as a dream career. Plus, it might get me that one step closer to my dream of living in England.

But not just that, through this program I hope to gain enough experience to be able to work in or with a museum sometime in the future. If not as an artist then as a volunteer or worker working closely with the curators and their collections and help care and give impute on how to help the museum display these collections.

This will also be a great opportunity for me to gain experience and hands on skills into curating and into conservation and preservation of art works. Since I’m an artist myself in hand building ceramics and painting this will definitely benefit me in teaching me how to better care and preserve my own pieces of art and other works I have.

I’m also planning on going back to school to get either a BA in History (maybe Regency and Victorian Era)  or get my Masters in Art History, so this will also help my decision on that track if I do get a position. And since I love history, and learning about them is a hobby of mine (the Regency and Victorian eras being my interests), having the program in England will give me an amazing opportunity to learn more about its many history and arts at the locations they’re be visiting.

And being an aspiring writer, of Historical Romances, this will help me immensely when it comes to learning about the care of the palaces and stately homes and grounds.

I’m mean, I really regretted not taking a similar opportunity when I had the chance while I was still in college getting my BA. The reason I couldn’t was because it really just didn’t work with my schedule at that time. If I had taken it then I would have gotten a chance to work in our local museum at school and learn all I can about the care and handling of the art works plus, credit and a certificate and maybe even a job.

So since that never happened, this is my time to step it up and go for this chance. I don’t want any regrets of “what ifs” and what not if I didn’t at least try and apply for it.
The only down part about this is, all will be paid out of my own pocket. And it’s a no-pay internship. I don’t care if it’s no-pay, I just want to do it, but me having just came back from England, paying for this internship will be super tight budgeted.
So I’m going to stress now and see if my application goes through and then stress some more (plus breaking the news to the parents if I get it), and if I don’t get it then…. I guess I’ll sulk and do lots of shopping with all the money I would have saved up by then.
So yes, wish me luck!
And thank you for all of the support and confidence, those of you who have already given me your “Go for it!” cheer.


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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition~ #49

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!!!
Hosted by the lovelies Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Tin @ Love Saves the World.
What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia,
asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past
— usually from 5 to 10 years ago.
There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.



So I was reading up on stuff at an author group blog and one author’s topic was on authors with other writer names…. She happened to mention an author I was familiar with in the name of Maureen Child. And from that I learned that she used to write some really great Historical romances. Well, not all historical but like cowboys and ranchers and stuff like that. I also found that while she were writing those cowboy ranchers, she was writing under a pseudonym, Kathleen Kane!  So of course I looked up her books and viola! There’s a time travel Historical romance!!! Man was I excited when I read the synopsis…. I can tell you I will definitely be getting this book!

This Time For Keeps

First Published 1998


Love was the death of her.

Tracy Hill has lived eight lives– all of them disastrous– beginning in 1320 when her own knight in shining armor charged over her with his horse in the dark. Since then, it has been one freak accident after another. Now after the indignity of dying in a bowling ball accident while on a date with a cute new lawyer in her firm, Tracy Hill has had enough.

However, Heaven’s “Resettlement Committee” has other plans. For her ninth life, she is promised health, wealth, and absolutely no chance at love, this time around. But they leave out one tiny, little detail: she’s being sent to live in Montana, on a cattle ranch in 1875. At least they got the No More Love part right. Seth Murdoch is dangerously attractive– if you like the rugged cowboy type. Thankfully, Tracy doesn’t.

It’s soon clear, though, that this thoroughly modern woman and this nineteenth-century cowboy share more than growing desire, spitfire backtalk, and nights of sleepless longing. They share a star-crossed eternity. And maybe– just maybe– this time around, love… and Tracy, are here to stay.


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Now, Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance  and Tin @ Love Saves the World for their picks for Throwback Thursday and the rest of the cast down below.


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Release Blitz: MacAlister’s Hope by Laurin Wittig

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Welcome to the Release Blitz of MacAlister’s Hope by author Laurin Wittig!!!!!

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COVER ARTIST – T. A. Straley

MacAlister’s Hope

(Kilmartin Glen novella #1.5)

by Laurin Wittig

Release date: October 21, 2014


Indie Publisher


Kieron MacAlister has always loved Fia MacLachlan, a wee fey lass he met years ago who, with her sweet smile and surprising insight, changed his life. When he comes face-to-face with the beautiful woman she’s grown into, can he convince her to change her life, too?

Award-winning, Kindle Top 10 bestselling author, Laurin Wittig, revisits the world of her debut novel, The Devil of Kilmartin, in this sweeping love story set in the Scottish Highlands.

The Winter Stone


***This short novella was first published in April 2014 in the anthology, The Winter Stone, with authors Tanya Anne Crosby and Glynnis Campbell.






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“Fia can go with you,” Elena said.

Fia’s breath hitched. “Nay, I am needed here, at least until after the bairn is born and you are recovered.”

Elena took her hand and gave it a squeeze. “I shall be fine. The midwife can look after me.”

Fia wanted to shake her head, but she nodded instead, swallowing all of her arguments for why she should stay. ’Twas her duty to do as the chief and the lady required. “I will go.”

“Do you share the Lamont gift?” Tavish snapped, jerking Fia’s attention back to the two men who stood closest to her and spoke for their clan.

“Nay,” Fia answered with a lift of her chin, “but I am well trained as a healer.”

“Fia is expert with herbs, far more than I am,” Elena said. “She has a canny way of knowing which will best serve those she treats, such as I have never seen before.” Elena reached out and pulled Fia close, wrapping her arm over Fia’s shoulder in a gesture that had always made Fia feel safe, while at the same time Elena skewered first Tavish, then the other man, with that same motherly glare that made even grown men cower. “She is more than capable of tending your chief in his illness.”

Elena’s words of praise eased some of Fia’s concern over leaving her foster mother when the bairn could come at any time.

“Aye, I will do all that I can for your chief, but I have one condition.”

Elena tightened her grip and Symon turned to face her, irritation and concern filling his eyes. Fia wiggled free of Elena’s grip and took her hand again. She smiled at Symon, knowing he could not glower at her when she did that, and indeed his gaze softened.

“I will need to return to Kilmartin within a ten day. If you cannot promise me that, then I will not go with you.” She took a deep breath, unused to going against Symon or Elena’s wishes, but she hoped this was enough of a compromise to keep everyone happy. Fia could feel the knots in her shoulders loosening now that she had set her own requirements on the deal.

“But she does not have your gift.” The words came out as a growl from between Tavish’s gritted teeth.

Fia could see the man next to him tense, as if ready to do battle, though he had not so much as gestured toward his dirk or his sword. That was when she noticed that he held something in his hand, rolling it in his palm as if he calmed himself with it. She looked up at his face carefully for the first time and realized he was familiar to her, though she could not remember from where she might know him. There was something about his eyes…nay, she could not place him.

Elena tilted her head and smiled, glancing at Fia and drawing Fia’s attention back to the conversation.

“Nay, she does not have the Lamont gift,” Elena agreed, “but she is very talented in her own way, and you do not have a choice. Fia can go with you to tend your chief—your father—” she added pointedly, “and be returned here within a ten day, or you can leave here with a tincture that may or may not be what your father requires.”

Tavish started to respond, when the other man simultaneously reached out and gripped his shoulder, as if to stop him from speaking, and dropped the thing in his hand. Fia watched as a perfectly round, milky stone rolled to rest near Elena’s feet. Fia scooped it up, for Elena could not even bend over these days. She dusted the pretty stone off on her skirt, then held it out for the man but he did not take it from her.

“Do you think you can heal him, Fia?” he asked, saying her name as if he, too, remembered her, though she still could not remember why she knew him.

She looked at Tavish, holding the stone out for him to take as his companion did not seem interested in it anymore. “I do not ken,” she said, needing to be truthful with him and herself, “but I will do my best.” The palest pink whispered along the milky white ribbons within the stone, surprising her even as she heard the other man let out his breath. “But you must promise to have me back here before Elena’s time,” she said, though her eyes were still on the stone that was once again milky white, “whether your father is better or not.”

Elena plucked the stone from Fia’s hand and held it up to the pale sunlight, gazing into it with a bemused look upon her face.

“I believe she can heal him,” Elena said, still gazing into the stone, while pink once more whispered through it. Fia gasped. Elena looked at her for a moment and quirked an eyebrow as if asking if Fia had seen what Elena had. Elena lowered her hand and held the stone out to its owner with a mysterious sort of smile playing over her lips. “’Tis a beautiful stone. It reminds me of a tale I once heard about the Cailleach Bheur, the mother of winter, and a frozen tear that held the truth of her heartache. You should not be so uncareful with it.”

“Aye, my lady,” he said quietly. “I have heard that story, too.” He swallowed and smiled. “I am afraid I have a bad habit of fiddling with it and dropping it betimes,” he added, tucking the stone into a pouch at his belt. “Fia’s skills will be most appreciated.”

Tavish sucked in a loud breath.

“She will do as she says,” the other man said to him, “I am sure of it.”

Tavish said nothing for a long moment, then nodded. “Very well. If we cannot have the skill of Lady Elena, we will take Fia with us to tend my da.”

Fia and the other man winced at Tavish’s less than grateful tone.

“And return me in a ten day.” Fia narrowed her eyes and pressed her lips together. She had no intention of budging from Elena’s side without this assurance.

“We promise,” the other man said when Tavish did not.

About the Author:

laurinwittigLaurin Wittig writes Kindle Top 10 bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances. She has been obsessed with her Scottish heritage since her first visit to Scotland when she was eleven years old, and was thrilled, years later, to discover Scottish romances. Since then she has had the good fortune to bring her own Highland stories to readers around the world.




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It’s Tamara Gill guest posting about her start into writing~

Originally posted on AusRomToday:

AusRomToday Tamara Gill

Finding My Voice: Tamara Gill

I suppose I’ve always loved writing and creating stories, but just didn’t realize what I could do with that love until many years later in life. I remember at school writing plays during lesson time and making my classmates act them out at lunch. But things change, life happens, and it wasn’t until my late twenties that I picked up pen and paper again and wrote my first book.

But how did that happen? Well, I’m a huge history fan, and walking through Kmart one day I noticed a beautiful gowned lady on a book cover. It was a Stephanie Laurens novel, Scandal’s Bride from the Cynster series. Oh la la. You all know whom I’m talking about. And my love of the Regency time was set, but I wanted to go back and see this time for myself. Hence, my devouring of any time…

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One Lovely Blog Award!


Thank you for the award Rika! Although I don’t think it’s good enough to be awarded for doing nothing. Hahahaha

Official Rules:

  1. Share 7 Lovely Facts about yourself.

  2. Link to 15 blogs (or as many as possible) that you enjoy reading.

  3. Nominate the authors of those 15 (or however many you chose) blogs to participate and do the same, linking back to the blog that nominated you.

I choose…..

Mary at Buried Under Romance

Tin at Love Saves the World

Amy at Unwrapping Romance

Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup

Now the lovely 7 facts about me……

1. I love noodles. Anything that has noodles or is a noodle dish I will eat it. I may not like some but I will definitely try it. Asian and Italian are my out most favorites! Well, of course right.


2. I love hand building. I just love using my hands to build and create stuff. Ceramics is my favorite medium for this.

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3. I love crime shows! I can watch hours upon hours of re-runs of CRIMINAL MINDS. My other favorite show is LEVERAGE. You really have to watch these shows. They’re addicting!


4. I’m really into the Steampunk genre/theme. Reading about it is just as amazing as wearing the clothing! I love all the gears and goggles, clocks and metal works, steam power and electricity items. They’re just wonderful~


5. I can really live in England. I think I will do very well there from my recent trip. All I need now is to find a good job over there and lots of money and maybe one day I’ll live there. That’s my current dream.

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6. I love man candy pictures. Meaning I have lots of sexy, risque, scandalous hot male bodes stored up in a picture file on my computer. I might be flagged if the government were to check up on what I’ve been researching…..

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7. I’m mean, but you won’t know it from my humor. I like sarcasm and if you don’t listen well, I might be sending you off on your way.  Whoops.



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Spotlight with Erica Monroe and Secrets in Scarlet

Welcome to this awesome Book Blast with Erica Monroe!!!


SECRETS IN SCARLET which released last month!!!

 I’m so happy to have Erica visit my blog today and share some insight on her latest release! Take it away Erica~

Erica: Thanks for having me on the blog, Ki!

I’m excited to be here and talk to you about my second novel in the Rookery Rogues series, Secrets in Scarlet. It’s a historical romantic suspense, so along with this slow burn romance between Poppy “Corrigan” O’Reilly and Thaddeus Knight, there’s also a murder case they have to solve involving the death of a factory worker where Poppy works. Thaddeus is a sergeant for the Metropolitan Police, and Poppy has vowed to stay away from policemen, for not only could her association with Thaddeus mean her thieving friends get hurt, but Thaddeus could find out that her daughter Moira is really illegitimate. But the deeper they get into investigating the girl’s murder, the more Thaddeus and Poppy are drawn to each other. Soon, they’re caught up in this web of lies, and when people start to come after them for looking into the girl’s death, their passion is the only thing that might save them.

I’ve got two excerpts to share with the blog today!

First up, we’ve got when Poppy first meets Thaddeus. She tries to use cant to disguise who she really is, but Thaddeus isn’t fooled.

“You say you didn’t know the girl who died, but your posture stiffened when I mentioned the murder,” he observed. “‘Blighter’ though I may be, I’m not a liar, madam. I’ve no concern over what you do for your blunt, but I do care about Anna Moseley.”

She flinched at his words. He found that peculiar, for he hadn’t said anything that should have invoked fear.

As quickly as she had pulled back from him, she recovered, fixing him with a lethal glare. “Are ye calling me a liar?”

“Your accent is slipping. Judging from your prior speech rhythms, you should asked me if I was callin’ you a liar.” With a wave of his hand, he rocked back on his feet. “Oh, don’t misunderstand me, I quite like the improvements. Too often in these parts, one finds our sovereign language brutally maligned.”

“I don’t know wot ye yammer on ’bout.” She’d slipped back into grating speech. “Yer a bit of a bounder, aren’t ye? Thinkin’ ye know everythin’?”

He nodded. “It is not the first time that claim has been made.”

In this case, however, he knew he was correct: whoever she was, she wasn’t originally from Spitalfields. Her words were too crisp. Real speech had slips and stops, a casual flow.

“Then ye best take ’eed,” she cautioned solemnly.

Under the weight of her stare, he attempted to transform his chortle into another misplaced cough and failed miserably. She stood across from him, chin raised, brandishing her lantern as though it was a more effective weapon than his own truncheon. Her chin was not overly sharp, softened by sweet features better suited to laughter than this blatant distrust.

“Walk with me, Mrs. —” He let the summons trail off, hoping she’d supply her name.

She didn’t. Nor did she follow him.

“I don’t have improper motives, madam.” He tapped the truncheon against his leg idly, surveying her pale, oval face. “I value my position. My supervisor would take me to task if I accosted you. I’d be without work. I need to work. You understand that, of course, for you work at the Larker factory.”

In excerpt 2, Poppy worries for her daughter Moira.

THE NEXT MORNING, Poppy sat once more at her kitchen table. She dipped the last hunk of bread into her bowl of leftover stew and chomped down with renewed gusto. There. The stew made the old bread passable, and it’d do to keep her sated as she worked at the factory today. Moira played on the ground next to the table, amusing herself with a collection of thimbles.

This was her life, an endless cycle of late nights and early mornings. Falling asleep to the noise of the streets outside her window, for it was never silent in London. She was never alone. At work, there were twenty-five other weavers on the same floor. At home, she shared a room with Moira. The cottage had two rooms in total beside the central living area that doubled as a kitchen. Edna had the other room.

“You never stop, Pop,” Daniel had said. “You need to rest. You’ll run yourself ragged.”

But if she stopped—if she broke from this hectic pace for more than a moment—she’d think, and above all, Poppy wanted to avoid lengthy introspection. Thoughts led to self-doubt. Self-doubt led to failure, and failure wasn’t an option.

Every day spent in the Larker factory was for the single goal of putting Moira into a finishing school when she was older. Giving her daughter the chance to be something more than she herself at been. At nineteen years old, Poppy was already ruined. But for Moira, a new life lay before her, unwritten.

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Thank you so much for coming by and sharing about your book Erica!

Make sure to check out the first book in the Rookery Rogue series to see both of these characters before they fall in love and also check out the novella for more background story from the first book. 

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About the Author:

erica monroeErica Monroe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of emotional, suspenseful romance. Her debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation, was nominated in the published historical category for the prestigious 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.


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Cover Reveal ~ The Lady Meets Her Match by Gina Conkle

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Originally posted on Embracing Romance:

LadyMeetsherMatch_selectRough-around-the-edges Cyrus Ryland rose from humble origins to become England’s wealthiest citizen and most eligible bachelor. Dubbed the King of Commerce, he thinks nothing of marriage until he hosts a masked ball and discovers an alluring woman hiding in his study. After one dance the lady vanishes, leaving behind a single shoe. The hunt is on, but finding her is only half the battle.

Claire Mayhew wants her hard won independence…a mid-town shop of her own. She resists the scorching attraction with Mr. Ryland — her new landlord. Cyrus isn’t a man who gives up easily.

But what’s a man to do if Cinderella doesn’t want her shoe back?

An excerpt ~

Under the small table, a male leg stretched, skimming Claire’s skirt. She forced her attention on Miss Ryland, but from her side vision, she noticed him. Couldn’t help it. He watched her like a hawk does a sparrow. Then his…

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