Release Day: The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen

imageThe Rogue You Know

by Shana Galen

Historical Romance

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis:

Careful around historical hottie Gideon Harrow. He’ll steal your purse…and your heart.

She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.

…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.

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Author Biography

wpid-463993_449385201742580_732588773_o.jpgShana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman.Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Book Reviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Stop by her website at shanagalen.com.

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Top 5 with Shana Galen and The Rogue You Know!!!

Welcome to the amazing tour with Shana Galen and her theif Gideon and Princess Susanne!

This is utterly super exciting! And I’m so happy to be hosting Shana in my turf. Shana is here today to give you some tips on how to escape the underworld with Gideon~

5 Rules to Follow While Getting Out From the Underworld by Shana Galen

There’s something about a bad boy that appeals to all of us good (and even not so good) girls. Give me a reformed rake, a debauched duke, or a bastard baron, and I’m in heaven. So when it came time to write The Rogue You Know, I had to look no further than my daughter’s DVD collection. While watching Tangled for the*mumble mumble* time, I had the idea to take the charmingly roguish thief Flynn Rider and base my next hero, Gideon Harrow, on him. The choice made perfect sense considering my heroine Lady Susanna is a Society princess—the daughter of an earl and expected to marry well.  When Susanna and Gideon are thrown together by Gideon’s actions, they both have to use all their wits to get out of London’s criminal underworld.  Susanna sees the best in Gideon and is confident that he can reform and leave his past behind. Gideon is less than confident, but he has his own ideas for how to escape the underworld.

1)       Do agree to one last job for your crime lord boss.

He didn’t want to row in Beezle’s boat. Hell, he didn’t want to be in the same ocean as the arch rogue, but this was his chance.

Gideon is part of a gang called the Covent Garden Cubs, and he agrees to do one last job for the gang’s leader Beezle. Taking this job is supposed to guarantee Gideon a ticket out of the underworld.  It turns out that last job is a doozey, and ends up putting him at odds with Beezle and the gang. Making Gideon’s life way worse. Of course.

2)       Be willing to change your plans.

He needed an escape plan. Somewhere they’d never find him. Somewhere he’d be safe.

When Gideon’s first plan to escape from the underworld runs into trouble, he has to think on his feet, change his initial plans and improvise. This change of plans lands him at the feet of Susanna, a gentle young lady who has been sheltered by a stern mother and two protective brothers.  She might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him…or not!

3)        Do agree to something you expect will only cause trouble.

“I’ll give you the bag after you take me to the pleasure gardens.”

After Gideon’s unexpected encounter with Susanna, she demands he take her to Vauxhall Gardens and says that Gideon is her only way of getting there. Gideon knows that no good will come of this agreement, but he has little choice in the matter.

4)       Change the way you think.

He wanted… He wanted what he knew he could never have.

Gideon does not truly believe there is a way out of the underworld for him, but after meeting Susanna he starts to see things differently. He begins to change the way he thinks about his future, and if he can just solve that teeny problem of his old gang wanting him dead, he just might successfully escape the shadow of his old life of crime. Oh, and not die.

5)       Find the special someone that makes you want to leave the Underworld for good.

How the hell was he supposed to know? How did a man who spent his life preying on others change into a man who cared for someone else?

Susanna is all the motivation that Gideon needs to want to leave the underworld far behind. But wanting something doesn’t necessarily make it happen, so it will take both the skills Gideon picked up as a thief in the underworld and love to make a future Gideon would have never dared to dream about.

What advice would you have for Gideon to help him escape the underworld? Do you have any tips or tricks that would be useful?

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About the Book

imageThe Rogue You Know

by Shana Galen

Historical Romance

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis:

Careful around historical hottie Gideon Harrow. He’ll steal your purse…and your heart.

She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.

…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.

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Author Biography
imageShana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman.Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Book Reviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Stop by her website at shanagalen.com.

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Book Tour + Review: Combustion by Elia Winters

NBTM_TourBanner_CombustionWelcome to this Book Tour!!!

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by Elia Winters

Synopsis:

A war orphan, Astrid Bailey is content living her adult life alone, working as a contract machinist. Her real passion, though, is inventing felicitation devices that promote women’s sexual empowerment and help them find pleasure independent of a man.

The upcoming World’s Fair, with its substantial cash prize, is an opportunity to open the shop she’s always imagined and hopefully solve her financial woes. Except the committee has denied her entry unless she obtains a “sponsor”.  Astrid suspects they mean “male”.

Eli Rutledge, noted watchmaker, knows entering the fair will solidify his reputation as an innovator —but he’s fresh out of ideas. Until Astrid approaches him with her outrageous product line. With no other options, though, he agrees to lend her his good name.

As construction heats up, so does their chemistry—and the complications. Astrid is unaccustomed to asking for help, much less sharing credit. And Eli fights an attraction that could spell professional disaster. As the Fair date approaches, Astrid and Eli must decide how far they’ll go. For the business…and for each other.

***Product warnings: Contains period-appropriate graphic language, highly inappropriate amounts of M/F and F/F sex, and copious amounts of *ahem* product testing. May *ahem again* “spark” an online shopping binge for *cough* toys. Of the adult variety.

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About the Author:

AuthorPhoto_CombustionElia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets. Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life.

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This was my first read of any works from Elia Winters and I got to say I enjoyed this short read. 

It started off with ladies at an all women meeting who has or wants to expand or start their own businesses and then it got juicy once the “felicitation devices” were introduced. Talk about getting to the point of combustion. *wink wink*

But yes, those devices, gadgets… ahhummm… vibrators was definitely my attention grabber. It did get me thinking about when vibrators really came into use and it was definitely not during the 18th century, and definitely not batteried powered ones too. Anyhow, the heroine, Astrid, creates and makes these pleasure device  vibrators and sales them to women who needs the pleasures. Not just that but she even “teaches”, yes, see those quotation marks…. She even “teaches” new innocent women how to use these devices to pleasure themselves and they can even try them before they make a decision to purchase one.  I know right!? I still can’t get over how they were even made and now we can try them out before buying? That must be heaven or I should be scared for life about bacteria and wood and oil…..

But I loved that Astrid is an inventor and a mechanic when women during that time were unheard of holding those positions, nor that they could live on their own and make a living for themselves, that’s just outrageous. I also admire that Astrid has a strong sense of women power, independence, and equal rights, however she can also be a bit ignorant and judgmental towards the male sex. Her openness to sexual adventure and experiment is so very interesting to me. She absolutely reminded me of the show Masters of Sex. Yup. That’s Astrid right there, that’s her story, that’s what this story was all about. Okay not like the show at all but Astrid, she’s like Doctor Virginia Johnson, experimenting and exploring women sex and pleasures and introducing women to not be ashamed to feel pleasure and to pleasure yourself without the help of a man. But she did get me confused at one point, like is she bi-sexual? She gets turned on when other uses her toys….hmmmmm…. and she’s the one teaching them how to use them….. But she’s a Pioneer of the science of female sexuality!!! Oh, and the creator of the vibrator~

Eli on the other hand I adored. He understands. He just understands and sympathizes with how women are treated and how underrated their business plans and ideas are regarded. Sure he grew up with privileges and his career basically handed down to him but he isn’t snobby mixing and mingling with those lower than him in class and status. A businessman and a mechanic himself, he’s highly open minded and  fascinated in everything that catches his attention and interests. He loves knowing how things work and seeing and knowing all its mechanic attributes. Not just that but he can be unpredictable. Like he doesn’t know what he wants. Okay, he does but in the back of his mind his pride and respectability among the society holds him back to the point where he has to keep up his good name and stay away from scandal and bad stuff, meaning he can’t be with Astrid. But then he wants to take the plunge and take the risk of doing something new and experience the thrill of adventure. He’s great though, and hot and smoldering brooding~

But I definitely loved the spunkiness of the heroine and the relaxed and cool hero. They’re totally opposites since Astrid is adventurous, rude, and scandalous while Eli is calm, respectable, and follows protocol. But then of course, opposites attracts when they fill the other half of each other.

Oh the sex. I really liked. Erotic yes. Detailed yes, but not overly so. Just a good amount to make you wiggle in your seat. I even liked the self pleasure scenes and it definitely made me think when it was a f/f scene…..Am I bi if I liked that?

Anyways, I definitely liked it. And the writing and the dialogue among both these main characters were fun. They are exceptionally open and truthful to one another despite not knowing each other for long but it was great and felt real. They were very blunt and matter of fact at times to each other, which is great because I love banters and speechless moments but I had to get used to it in this story because of the period setting of the story.  It just made it difficult to follow. The reason why was the dialogue between the characters. I had a tough time getting around if this is supposed to be a historical fiction or not. I know that steam punk is set during the Victorian era but from this, I wasn’t sure if it’s set during the Victorian era or is set during a more modern contemporary time with a twist. That just made it hard to get into the dialogue or get into character when my mind is telling me it’s an historical, which therefore they have a way of speaking, but then they’re using modern terms and use of words is the story which then messes up my concentration and blunders me. Anyways, I’m probably thinking too much about this when I don’t need to.

But here’s a sneak peek of a scene I absolutely love from the first few chapters…..

Rather than pull away, she continued to touch him with the brass cylinder, moving it in small circles in the center of his chest, meeting his eyes with her own. The arousal in his body was palpable, and only through supreme self-control could he keep its physical signs at bay.

Astrid looked down at the center of his chest, where she was still drawing patterns across his shirt. “I get lonely sometimes, Eli, and I like this device. I like it very much.” And she slid the vibrator over to one side, ghosting over his nipple.

Oh, holy fuck. Eli jumped backward as if stung, his mouth falling open, one hand automatically moving to his chest, then clenching into a fist. He wasn’t going to touch his own nipple right in front of her. Astrid still wore that devious smile, and as he looked at her, he began to understand. Images ran through his mind: Astrid lying on her bed, naked, that same little cylinder pressing down between her legs, her back arching in ecstasy. No wonder she didn’t tell people about her business. Machines for women, indeed. 

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August 25th Releases!!!!

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)  Forbidden (The Wicked Woodleys 1)  Not Always a Saint (The Lost Lords, #7)  The Prince and I (The Oxenburg Princes, #2)  What to Do with a Duke (Spinster House, #1)  Scotsman of My Dreams (MacIain, #2)  My Highland Bride (Highland Hearts, #2)  To Desire a Highlander (Scandalous Scots, #2)   You're the Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth, #3)  An Indecent Invitation (Spies and Lovers, #1)   Luck Be a Lady (Rules for the Reckless, #4)  Deeper In Sin (The Wicked Dukes, #2)  Down In the Valley (Green Valley, #1)  Midnight's Master (Midnight, #3)  Even Vampires Get the Blues (Deadly Angels, #6)  On the Hunt (The Sentinels, #2.5; Immortal Guardians, #5.5; Underworld Detection Agency #6.5)  Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)  Night's Surrender (Children of the Night, #7)  Beauty and the Werewolf (San Francisco Wolf Pack, #2)  Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2)  Better Than Perfect (More Than A Game, #1)  A Taste of Sugar (Sugar, Georgia, #3)  Ever After (Love to the Rescue, #3)  Loving the Chase (Heart of the Storm, #1)  Heat Exchange (Boston Fire, #1)  Promises Kept (The McBride Brothers, #1)   Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men, #3)  Tough Love (Ultimate, #3)  Running Wild (Sisterhood Diaries, #4)  Wildest Dreams (Thunder Point, #9)  If You Only Knew  Mystic Park (Finding Home, #4)  Starlight on Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #11)  It's a Wonderful Wife (Sinclair Brothers, #3)  Just Say Yes  Cold Hearts (Secrets and Lies, #2)  Passing His Guard (Against the Cage, #2)  Nantucket  Killer Carat Cream  A Ghostly Demise (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #3)  Candy Corn Murder (Lucy Stone Mystery, #22)  Keeper's Reach (Sharpe & Donovan, #5)  Nightwalker (The World of Nightwalkers, #5)  A Real Cowboy Rides a Motorcycle (Wyoming Rebels)  Blurred Lines  Here All Along (Kelly Brothers, #7)

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Think Out Loud: Lost Love

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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.

And so here I am making another post about life.

I have been meaning to post about my trip but for sone reason or another, I just can’t get the feels for it.

Not just that but I haven’t been getting the feels to read at all.

Y’all may already know that since I’ve mentioned it lots of times before but this time it has gone south.

I love reading and have been doing it for the past decade none stop. It was my life. Then I found blogging and started this blog and loved it even more, sharing my experiences and love for books and romances.

And then, I lost it.

As of right now, my love seemed to have faded for them and I’m stuck.

It’s not that I don’t have the energy to read but I feel like I’m just cheating myself and the author if I were to read a fabulous book, but because of my fall in reading, will not give it the best review and rating it deserves.

How do I know? Because when I pick up a book I know it’ll be great because of the author and all the great reviews friends have given it. The blurb will catch my attention and I know in my gust I’ll love it! The rush of excitement and giddiness when I get it. But then I won’t finish it. Not just that but I’ll lose interest in it, fast.

It’ll be dreary to me and boring. Like “I’ve read this trope so many times before what’s the point!?” Dreary. I won’t care for it. And soon I’ll set it aside for another book just to do the same.

This just makes me angry. Angry that my feelings have turned this way towards something I most certainly love and have been doing for so long.

How can that happen!? Yes I’ve been burned out before but I got right back up after a couple days. This however is like a divorce.

Romance was my everything! Historical Romance was my life. And now it’s just…. just not there anymore.

But it has been a whole year without interest in reading and something have to change. It might be me, reading in general, or the blog. I don’t know but this day was coming. It has been building up to it for a year and a half now, even though I tried to stop it then.

It didn’t get better as you can tell.

I don’t think I’ve fallen out with it. Maybe it’s just a phase but really? It had to be this dominant?

I still read, it’s just not romance. Although it’s still in the historical subject, they’re biographies, journals, and nonfiction history research stuff: Byron, Wellington, Recency-Victorian….

So maybe it is a phase.

But, here I am. Just waiting.

I won’t be posting much here on after since this is a reading/review blog but I’ll be around and about.

Stay happy and like I always say,
Happy Reading.

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And so I say, “See you later.”

Today is the day I say “See you laters” to my great friend. I’ve mentioned her many times before and well, she’s leaving me! To go abroad!!!

If you remember my last post about her, it was awhile back before I took my own abroad trip. I got emotional then because I was leaving and might not make it back to see her off but this time around it was a happy send off. I wasn’t going to be emotional again and thought it as “already done my part of crying” way back when, so this time it was all smiles and positive thoughts.

It was definitely nice seeing her emotional yesterday though. I’ve never really seen her like that but she kept it way cooler than I did. LOL
It also didn’t really hit her that she’s leaving till a day and two before today’s flight so it was understandable because it still doesn’t feel real. But this has been her dream for so long, I’m definitely excited for her.

But a whole year without her here, physically will be strange. Not just that but two years! I’ll definitely be Skyping and Google voiceing her but I’ll definitely miss our late night coffee runs and hangouts. Who will I go out to see now? Who will I talk to about stuff and life? Who will I listen to about their life!?

Just a whole year till we meet again in June. One whole year and then another.

Yeah, it’s going to be lonely here.

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Grace Burrowes’ True Gentlemen’s Tour

On August 4th, bestselling author Grace Burrowes launched her new historical romance series True Gentlemen, with TREMAINE’S TRUE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Follow the Tour and get to know the author’s “True Gentlemen”~

Message From the Author

What makes a man a gentleman?

For a romance writer, this question has to be answered in every book, because implicit in the term “hero” is something of the gentleman. Heroes need not be charming, handsome or wealthy, and they might not even be obviously heroic, at least at the start of the book, but they have to be worthy of our loyalty for the duration of an entire book. 

In the True Gentlemen series, I took three men who’d wandered across my pages in previous stories—Tremaine St. Michael, Daniel Banks, and Willow Dorning—and found them each a happily ever after. Tremaine is a flinty business man, Daniel is poor and pious, Willow finds polite society an enormous trial and would far rather be with his dogs. These fellows were not obvious choices as romance heroes, but they each had something that tempted me to write stories for them.

When we met Tremaine in an earlier book (Gabriel: Lord of Regrets), Tremaine was convinced that he’d found a good candidate for the position of wife. He offered marriage, listing all the practical advantages to both parties, and he congratulated himself on how much sense his proposed union would make.

The lady turned him down flat, and as a gentleman is bound to do, he graciously ceded the field. He didn’t like it, he didn’t entirely understand how or what he’d lost, but he wished the happy couple well.

Daniel’s role in David: Lord of Honor was to charge to London with sermons at the ready in an attempt to restore his sister’s honor. The very man Daniel accused of wronging that sister had already set her back on the path to respectability.

Oops. But again, being a gentleman, Daniel wishes the couple every happiness, even if doing so costs him the future he’d envisioned for himself and his loved ones. Like Tremaine, he’s a gracious and even dignified loser.

Willow’s appearance in Worth: Lord of Reckoning is brief, but he too is determined to see a sister rescued from a possibly compromising position, and again, rescue is simply not on the heroine’s agenda.

In all three cases, the true gentleman acts in the best interests of those he loves and is responsible for, regardless of the inconvenience or cost to himself. Because Tremaine, Daniel, and Willow were honorable, I liked them. I trusted them, I wanted them to have the happiness they clearly already deserved.

In the Nicholas Haddonfield’s sisters—Nita, Kirsten, and Susannah—I found ladies willing to oblige my ambitions for these men. In each case, our hero has lessons yet to learn, and in each case, his inherent honor wins the day. He might not be handsome, wealthy, or charming in the eyes of the world, but because he’s a true gentleman in the eyes of his lady, he wins her true love.

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!

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Tremaine's True Love (True Gentlemen, #1)Tremaine’s True Love

By Grace Burrowes

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Blurb:

He’s had everything he could ever want…until now

Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.

Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren’t for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita’s heart.

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Excerpt – Tremaine’s True Love

Wealthy businessman Tremaine St. Michael has concluded that marriage to Lady Nita Haddonfield would be a prudent merger of complimentary interests for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of both parties… or some such blather.

Tremaine rapped on Lady Nita’s door, quietly, despite a light shining from beneath it. Somebody murmured something which he took for permission to enter.

“Mr. St. Michael?”

Tremaine stepped into her ladyship’s room, closed the door behind him and locked it, which brought the total of his impossibly forward behaviors to several thousand.

“Your ladyship expected a sister, or a maid with a pail of coal?”

“I wasn’t expecting you.” Lady Nita sat near the hearth in a blue velvet dressing gown. The wool stockings on her feet were thick enough to make a drover covetous. “Are you unwell, Mr. St. Michael?”

“You are not pleased to see me.” Did she think illness the only reason somebody would seek her out?

She set aside some pamphlet, a medical treatise, no doubt. No vapid novels for Lady Nita.

“I was not expecting you, sir.”

“You were not expecting me to discuss marriage with you earlier. I wasn’t expecting the topic to come up in a casual fashion either. May I sit?”

She waved an elegant hand at the other chair flanking the hearth. Tremaine settled in, trying to gather his thoughts while the firelight turned Lady Nita’s braid into a rope of burnished gold.

“You are pretty.” Brilliant place to start. The words had come out, heavily burred, something of an ongoing revelation.

“I am tall and blond,” she retorted, twitching the folds her of her robe. “I have the usual assortment of parts. What did you come here to discuss?”

Lady Nita was right, in a sense. Her beauty was not of the ballroom variety, but rather, an illumination of her features by characteristics unseen. She fretted over new babies, cut up potatoes like any crofter’s wife, and worried for her sisters. These attributes interested Tremaine. Her madonna-with-a-secret smile, keen intellect, and longing for laughter attracted him.

Even her medical pre-occupation, in its place, had some utility as well.

“Will you marry me, my lady?”

More brilliance. Where had his wits gone? George Haddonfield had graciously pointed out that Nita needed repose and laughter, and Tremaine was offering her the hand of the most restless and un-silly man in the realm.

The lady somehow contained her incredulity, staring at her hands. “You want to discuss marriage?”

“I believe I did just open that topic. Allow me to elaborate on my thesis: Lady Bernita Haddonfield, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife? I think we would suit, and I can promise you would know no want in my care.”

A proper swain would have been on his damn bended knee, the lady’s hand in his. Lady Nita would probably laugh herself to tears if Tremaine attempted that nonsense. Lady Nita picked up her pamphlet, which Tremaine could now see was written in German.

“Why, Mr. St. Michael?”

“I beg your pardon?” Tremaine was about to pitch the damned pamphlet in the fire, until he recalled that Nita Haddonfield excelled at obscuring her stronger emotions.

“Why should you marry me, Tremaine St. Michael? Why should I marry you? I’ve had other offers, you’ve made other offers. You haven’t known me long enough to form an opinion of my character beyond the superficial.”

This ability to take a situation apart, into causes, effects, symptoms, and prognosis was part of the reason she was successful as a healer. Tremaine applied the same tendencies to commercial situations, so he didn’t dismiss her questions as coyness or manipulation.

She wasn’t rejecting him either. She most assuredly was not rejecting him.

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Daniel's True Desire (True Gentlemen, #2)About the Author:

Grace BurrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Spotlight Book Tour with Girl Code: Anthology~ FAITH by Cait Jarrod

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Hi Everyone!

Writers In Crime gals and me had a great time writing stories of friendship and romance. Below is a snippet from FAITH.

Happy Reading!

~Cait

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By Lea Bronsen, DC Stone, Jessica Jayne, Cait Jarrod

Publication Date: July 31, 2015

 

All proceeds from sales are going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Introduction by Julie Ann Walker.

Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.

HOPE by Jessica Jayne:

Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

LIVE by Lea Bronsen:

After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love…and live.

FAITH by Cait Jarrod:

Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?

PERSISTENCE by D.C. Stone:

Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.

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About the Authors:

Cait Jarrod
 “I write what I love to read – Romantic Suspense/Mystery- I love writing and creating the meet-cue (the point where the hero and heroine meet) to the blossoming of the romance. Add a suspenseful plot or a good mystery to the equation and the perfect book is born to curl up to and lose yourself in, taking you away from reality, troubles.”

As a child, I entertained myself for hours playing pretend, but not with dolls and such. I created stories and pictured them in my mind, sometimes even acted them out, my well preserved secret until now. I spent years after leaving school trying to figure out my niche. Not being a literary enthusiast, I never thought my childhood pastime would lead in this direction.

In life, one door closes and another opens, so I’m told. This was true for me. I lost my mother, my best friend, to cancer. After a year without her, I picked up her favorite hobby…reading. After one book, a romantic suspense, I was hooked. In the past, I’d fall asleep after a few minutes of reading. Now, books rank up there with a good red wine. It didn’t take long for my childhood muse to come back in adult version urging me to put the scenes in my head on paper.
I hope I have provided you with the escape similar to the ones I conjured in childhood and rediscovered as an adult, and I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I have loved creating them.

Cait’s debut novel, Kidnapped Hearts won awards in the categories of Best Happily Ever After and Best Suspense. Cait lives in Virginia with her husband and three daughters.

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D.C. Stone
“I write romantic suspense because I can connect with it, and love the thrill of kicking ass and being sexy while you’re at it.”

D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction. After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years. When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter or her website and say hello!

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Jessica Jayne
My writing interests vary much like my reading interests. Though I mainly write romance type novels with a spicy twist, I have lived what some might call a suspenseful life. As a survivor of stalking and sexual assault, I learned the ins and outs of the legal system pretty quickly. It helped to precipitate my interest in getting my law degree… that and the fact that I grew up around attorneys. So adding suspense to my writing is no big surprise to me or anyone that knows me.”

I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head! 

In the journey of life, I got my law degree (and license) and also became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure. 

I love to read and write… obviously! I’m a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes!  Go Steelers!  Go Rays! Go Lightning! I LOVE to travel… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel. And I love sharing my love to travel with my children. Did I say I love to travel? I love to drink coffee in the morning and tea at night! I love a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, I’m a founding member of that crazy group!  J  I love hanging out with my family and my friends!  Music makes me happy. I’m a mix between country girl and city chic. But I love nothing more than putting on my jean shorts, tank top, cowboy boots and hat and watching Tim McGraw or Eric Church belt it out!  I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat!

Favorite quote:  “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.”

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Lea Bronsen
“I love how well-chosen words can make your heart beat a little faster.”

Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.

She is signed with Evernight Publishing, Decadent Publishing, and Insatiable Press.

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Girl Code: An Anthology hits Best Sellers list! Thank you, Readers!

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A contemporary/suspense romance anthology

Released July 2015 by Writers in Crime.

(Cover artist: Jay Aheer)

Introduction by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker.

Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.

HOPE by Jessica Jayne:

Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

LIVE by Lea Bronsen:

After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her…

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Jane Ashford and A RADICAL ARRANGMENT

Welcome to a quick Throwback with A RADICAL ARRANGMENT by Jane Ashford~

You may be super excited to see another Ashford novel out this year and may even think it’s part of her new novels, but in truth this book is an reissued novel of the same title from 1983!! Yes, a whole 3 decades! And it has made a comeback with a new cover (definitely love it) and has been edited and extended.

A Radical Arrangement

This will definitely be read like an older novel and flow like one to many readers but it’ll also introduce new readers to how HR once was, or still is depending on who and how you like them.

A Radical ArrangementA RADICAL ARRANGMENT

by Jane Ashford

Republished: August 4th, 2015

Blurb:

A MATCHLESS DILEMMA

Sir Justin Keighley was everything that repelled Margaret Mayfield in a man. He was shocking in his opinions, arrogant in his manner, rude in his actions, and completely without respect for the common decencies of civilized society.

Margaret was everything that Sir Justin detested in a woman. She was shy, retiring, obedient to her parents, almost embarrassed by her own beauty, and ignorant of virtually every phase of real life in the real world.

Needless to say, they both did everything in their power to escape being matched with each other. Somehow everything was not enough….

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About the Author:

Jane LeCompteJane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Born in Ohio, she has lived in New York, Boston and LA.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.

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