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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MacAlister’s Hope

(Kilmartin Glen novella #1.5)

by Laurin Wittig

Release date: October 21, 2014

SCOTTISH HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Indie Publisher

Synopsis:

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.

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***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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EXCERPT

“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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FINDING MY VOICE: Tamara Gill

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

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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!

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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!!!

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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.

Here are the buy links for SECRETS IN SCARLET

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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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Awesome!!!

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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Only 10 More Days…

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A huge book giveaway till release day from Debut author Elle Daniels

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And I’m giving away tons of books!

Starting today, I’m launching the A Book A Day Giveaway. That’s right, you have a chance to win a signed copy of HE’S NO PRINCE CHARMING everyday until the 27th, right before release day. Plus, during the next ten days, you can enter to win a whole bunch of books, including a copy of my own, by filling out this Rafflecopter.
The last day for that is the 28th (RELEASE DAY!!).

To enter the A Book A Day Giveaway, just head over to my Facebook Page, answer the daily prompt and you’ll be entered to win for the day. Winners will be selected at random and messaged. :)

So, help me celebrate my upcoming debut and spread the word!

P.S. Why can I never get the Rafflecopter to embed in the post? *sigh*

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition~ #48

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.

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Hello!!!

This was too hilarious that I had to share it. The title and the cover works wonders together! I will definitely have to put this on my TBR list.

The Care & Feeding of Pirates (Regency Pirates, # 3)

(Regency Pirates #3)

First Published 2005

Synopsis:

What’s a lady to do when a pirate husband she thought was dead tries to lure her back into his arms and away from the safe, quiet life she had all planned out?

Honoria Ardmore has a secret. Four years ago, the notorious pirate Christopher Raine, arrested and condemned for stealing a ship full of gold bound for Napoleon, makes one last request of Honoria. She grants it, and Christopher is taken out to be hanged. — Or was he?

Honoria couldn’t have seen him alive again in the rather thick fog outside Covent Garden Theatre, could she? Christopher is long dead and gone, Honoria’s secret with him. Her life has moved on, and now she’s betrothed to a respectable English gentleman.

Christopher has other ideas. His sentence commuted at the last minute, Christopher was press-ganged onto a ship bound for Asia, and he’s spent the last four years working to return home and get everything back—his crew, his treasure, and Honoria Ardmore—his wife.

Meet the crew of the Starcross, and revisit the crews of the Argonaut and the Majesty for more pirate fun and adventure!

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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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Think Out Loud: Planning some Fun!

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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!

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Welcome back go another TOL.

So I’ve been thinking ahead for some fun plans this Fall/Winter.

For Halloween I’ve got plans to attend The Soap Factory Haunted Basement with some friends of mines. It’ll be super fun and scary! That is if they are able to join me.

The Soap Factory is an art gallery and hosts its annul Haunted Basement event every year for the past 8 years now during the time of Halloween. Every year there’s a different theme and local artists and actors come together to put the haunted house up in the basement of the gallery using their art skills to decorate, design, costume, and act. This year the theme is call, “Unhinged”.

Sadly, I won’t be able to wear my glasses because we’ll be wearing masks to hide our faces. Plus, it’s like a challenge thing, where who can stay the longest and finish the walk through with out screaming their heads off and saying “UNCLE!” to be released back to the world above in the Exile Lounge to wait for the others in shame.

The rules:

  • sign a wavier (you’re giving your life away you know, just kidding, but they will torture you to some extent: harmless physical and verbal abuse),
  • while at the lounge before the start of the “tour”, get some drinks to calm your nerves but don’t get too drunk or tipsy because you may not be let in,
  • wear tennis shoes for running,
  • wear clothing you won’t mind getting dirty, ripped, left behind…etc,
  • wear a mask which is provided (wear contacts strongly preferred if you have glasses),
  • no electronics or lights (it’ll be pure darkness and you in the basement with the unknown and maybe some other attendees),
  • although you may have gone in with friends they may desert you by either getting separated by monsters dragging them (or you) away screaming or them being fraidy-cats and yelling out the safe word “UNCLE!”,
  • get ready to be told what to do against your better judgement,
  • have fun and face your fears

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WordPress Targeting Authors

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Wow, I hope nothing comes out of it. Or hope they fix it.

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Hi you guys,

So recently, a lot of writer, author, blogger, and book reviewers have had problems with WordPress shutting their blogs down. Per our terms of agreement, apparently we aren’t allowed to post third-party links (even though WP gives us that option).

This means, as an author, if I link to my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Goodreads, etc … I may be seen as breeching this agreement.

It also means that if I promote a fellow author, which I do often, and include links to their books, it might be seen as a violation.

If I post music videos (something else I do A LOT), I might be breaking contract.

Other book review blogs were shut down over the weekend for linking to external sites like Goodreads.

Several of them.

As with some of my fellow authors, I’m letting you all know this is happening. If you…

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New Historical Romance from Sarah Ballance: The Sins of a Few (Sins of Salem series)

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Oh, I’m currently reading this y’all~!!!! :D

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The Sins of a Few | a Sins of Salem novel

Salem, 1692

The moment he steps off the boat and into his hometown of Salem, Nathanial Abbot knows the rumors about Salem are indeed true. For in the two years since he’s left Salem—disowned by his family and seeking a fortune of his own—the town has changed. It is dark with discord and suspicion… and accusations of witchcraft. Now all that remains for him is the woman he’s never forgotten.

But Faith Downing isn’t happy to see Nathanial. In his absence, his younger sisters have ignited the chain of hysteria that resulted in twenty deaths—including Faith’s aunt, to whom Nathanial owed his life. Yet through her acrimony, Faith can’t prevent herself from responding to the man Nathanial has become, handsome and kind. A man who kindles something in her that speaks of sin.

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