COVER REVEAL: VEILED IN BLUE by Lynne Connolly

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Meet the Emperors of London!!!!

They’re back with the next color sensation, BLUE!!!!!

And who is this about? Julius Caesar Vernon, Earl of Winterton!!!

Yup, the infamous Vernon.

But first, check out the previous stories in the series~

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VEILED IN BLUE

(Emperors of London #6)

by Lynne Connolly

Release Date: October 11, 2016

It is up to the Emperors of London to protect the throne—without risking their hearts…

Governess Eve Merton would have fallen into serious trouble on her walk home if a handsome stranger had not stopped to help her. But when Mr. Vernon gives her a lift on his horse, he makes no secret of his attraction. As a well brought-up young lady, Eve does her best not to notice, but when he sets about courting her, she knows she’s in trouble. For she has a secret: she is the daughter of a deposed king, which means not only is she without a dowry, but also that her life is in danger…

Little does Eve know that Mr. Vernon has secrets of his own. In truth, his name is Julius, Lord Winterton, and he’s well aware that Eve is the offspring of the Old Pretender. In order to save his sister, he must convince Eve to wed—though he wants nothing to do with love. But as the two grow closer and an attempt is made on Eve’s life, Julius may realize that fighting his heart’s true desire is a battle most pleasurably surrendered…

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I write sensuous historical romance as Lynne Connolly, and contemporary and paranormal romance as L.M. Connolly

I was born in Leicester, England, and lived in our cobbler’s shop with my parents and sister. It was an old house and most definitely haunted, but I didn’t find out until I left that my great uncle had hung himself in the living room! But I think our ghost might have been older than that. It was built on the site of the old Roman cemetery, and the land had been constantly inhabited, being in the centre of town. Then, when the council bought the house from us to build a road, my grandfather retired and my father went and worked for the Post Office. My mother was a sample machinist; that is, she worked with designers on the prototypes (models or samples) of garments. So I was very well dressed! We bought a relatively modern house in the country, and my mother was blissfully happy. It’s all very well living in a large old house, but it’s a dreadful task to keep it clean and warm!

My mother’s side of the family are Romany gypsies, although sadly we haven’t any of the old trailers that are so astonishingly beautiful. I was taught to read the Tarot cards, and I usually use two packs; the Rider pack for simple readings and the Crowley Thoth pack for the complex stuff.

I’ve always had an interest in the paranormal and it’s been a delight to be able to put some of this into my novels.

My other huge interest is the historical. I love all periods of history, but my favorites are the Tudor and Georgian eras. I research and research, because I love it. I will travel miles to see a new variation on the Palladian mansion! I am fascinated in finding out how people lived then, and creating a credible story with people who lived in past ages.

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Review: The Enchanted by Genevra Thorne

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(Faerie Tale, #1)
by Genevra Thorne

Historical Paranormal Fantasy

Synopsis:

Prince Gabriel of Rhyddon is the reluctant heir to the faerie kingdom of Eilithia. It’s said that there is nothing more beautiful than Eilithia and the Tylwyth Teg faeries that live there. Gabriel would disagree. Since being enchanted by the seductive temptress Aneira, a powerful witch who spoke his name four years ago, he has not seen the beauty in anything. Imprisoned by indifference and oblivious to any power but Aneira’s corrupting passion, Prince Gabriel’s mind may no longer be his own, but he will never give her his heart. That was taken from him long ago, and only glimmers of that joyous pledge keep him sane.

Somewhere across the earthly realm of Wales, Taryn of Hamilhawk dreams of a magical forest with music in its trees and a man who holds her heart in his hands. But she’s afraid of magic and, looking out her lonely tower window, prays each night to forget him. She has no idea that soon she will be his wife and that she will somehow save both him and herself from a force that threatens their future. She would never imagine that her path to passionate love will be filled with faeries, a talking tree, and a shape-changing king … and best it not be revealed until Taryn is free to bring her own magnificence and resilience to bear.

All she knows is that he calls out to her in her dreams. “Save me, Taryn.”

And her heart, no matter how she tries to deny it, must answer.

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Review:

I’m so glad I got to read this. I don’t read many paranormal stories but because this was part historical romance it definitely added to my interest. But I have to say, it didn’t read paranormal to me at all. Fae is absolutely different and I’m highly enjoying Fae romances and will definitely be reading more of them.

Genevra knows how to write a good enchanting romance and it kept me turning the pages. The little humor she threw in there was a wonderful way to start a story full of passion and angst, so it lighten up the pages.

Gabriel, I loved. Yes he’s half human-half Fae and a prince! He has lots of hero appeal: macular, strong, intimidating, powerful, a leader, and well, a bad boy all around yet held a heart of gold with love in his eyes and heart. I definitely felt for him because he couldn’t see or feel the beauty of life and nature anymore because of a spell that was casted on him. An enchantment that will make him irresistible to the lure of a vengeful Fae witch.

This made me feel for Taryn because she was practically sold as a wife to Gabriel by her hateful father in exchange for protection of his land. Land over his only daughter, right? And because she knows that he has a spell on him, I feel for her when she thinks he’s with his lover when he gets called to be that witch’s pet. But she has a mysterious past and the power to save Gabriel from the enchantment.

However, even with their strong attraction Gabriel has trust issues and with letting his heart open to his wife. He believes it’s another spell and he doesn’t want to be in control by another woman. But Taryn doesn’t need magic to make him fall for her. Everything she does enchants him: the way she cleans, the way she smiles, the humming and walking through the fields…

They make such a great couple. They both had to learn to trust each other and I applaud Taryn for holding her ground and slowly making an her way it I Gabriel’s heart.

But I have to say, I was hot when Gabriel and Taryn had their first steamy incidental encounter in the solar room. They didn’t get down and dirty with it (which they totally should have) but it wasn’t of their own doing because that evil witch was calling Gabriel for some loving romp in the forest…unfortunately, but it was hot. What a tease! I absolutely couldn’t wait for their first real encounter after that. It was going to be fantastic!

Aside from that I’m highly interested in learning more about Rhys, Gabriel’s half human brother. He’s the light to Gabriel’s dark and having him as a secondary character, along with his wife and children helped move and break missunderstandings along the way. But because he already has a wife….. He won’t have a story. But I adore him still.

I am definitely going to be reading the next book in the series.

Book #2 The Beloved just came out in March 2016.

**Aka Paula Quinn

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

 

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Release Tour + Excerpt: HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS by Sally MacKenzie 

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HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS, book two in the Spinster House Historical Romance series by USA Today Bestselling Author, Sally MacKenzie, released this week with Zebra on April 26, 2016.

This book is lots of fun! I’m so glad to finally get to see how things turn out for these two since we got a glimpse at their spark in book 1, What To Do With a Duke~

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(The Spinster House #2)
by Sally MacKenzie
Releasing Date: April 26, 2016

Synopsis:

In USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie’s charming Spinster House series, love is always a welcome guest…

Two possible futures loom before Miss Anne Davenport. The first option: sharing an unhappy home with her father and soon-to-be stepmother. The second: a life of independence at the Spinster House—if only her friend, Cat, would vacate the premises and marry the Duke of Hart. A well-placed whisper about the pair’s secret tryst might speed the course of true love. But the duke’s stubborn cousin poses an obstacle. A ridiculously handsome, very persuasive obstacle…

Nate, Marquess of Haywood, has spent his life looking out for the duke, hoping to stave off a family curse. The only way to keep his cousin alive is to keep him single. That means convincing the intriguing Miss Davenport that her lovely lips could be put to far better use than gossiping. Kissing, for instance. In fact, Nate is beginning to hope that Miss Davenport’s destiny lies not in the Spinster House at all, but with him …

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Haywood Castle, 1797

Ten-year-old Nate stopped with his hand on the library door.

“I just got word from Wilkinson,” he heard his father, the Marquess of Haywood, say from inside the room. “The Spinster House spinster has died.”

Something—a book?—slammed into something else. “God’s blood! And now poor Marcus will have to choose the new spinster. Oh, how I hate Isabelle Dorring. I hope she’s burning in hell.”

Nate gasped. His mother never talked that way.

His parents must have heard him, because the door swung open.

“Nate! What are you doing lurking there?” Father asked.

“I-I left a book in the library, Father.” Nate swallowed. His cousin Marcus lived with them because Marcus’s father had died from Isabelle Dorring’s curse. “Is Marcus all right?”

Father smiled, putting a comforting hand on Nate’s shoulder. “Of course he is. He just has to go to Loves Bridge and choose a new tenant for the Spinster House, that’s all.”

Nate didn’t like that. His mother had told him many, many times how her father and Marcus’s father, how all the Dukes of Hart since the third duke, had died before their heirs were born, all because Isabelle Dorring had cursed their line. He was certain Isabelle was an evil old ghost, haunting the Spinster House.

“Can I come, too?” He was two weeks older than Marcus. He was used to watching out for his cousin.

Father’s smile widened. “That would be splendid, Nate. I’m sure Marcus will be happier with you there.” He looked at Mum and said, with false enthusiasm, “We can make an outing of it.”

Mum frowned and shook her head. “No. No, I wish I could go with you. You know I do. But I can’t bear that place.” She came over to hug Nate. “Keep Marcus safe for me, Natey.”

Mum always said that. And Nate answered the way he always did.

“Of course I will, Mum.”

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Haywood Castle, 1808, eleven years later

Nate sat by his mother’s bed, heart heavy. His father had died the month before; he was afraid his mother was dying now. It was as if she’d lost all desire to live in a world that did not include her Philip. Still, he hadn’t thought she’d fade this quickly. She’d been fine—well, sad, but still alert—last night. This morning, however . . .

She was so pale and shrunken. She’d been in and out of consciousness ever since her maid had called him to her bedside an hour ago.

He frowned. Marcus would want to be here. He’d sent word to London, but it was unlikely his cousin would arrive in time. Mum’s breathing was so labored—

Her eyes flew open. “Gerald,” she croaked, mistaking him for her long-dead brother.

“It’s Nate, Mum.” He leaned close so she could see his face. “Do you want a sip of water?”

“Nate! She grabbed his hand, ignoring his offer. “Nate.” She swallowed. “Keep Marcus safe.”

He patted her fingers to calm her, swallowing his brief annoyance that she was using her last breaths to talk about his cousin rather than him. “I will, Mum. You know I will.”

“I couldn’t”—she struggled for air. “I couldn’t keep Gerald safe.”

She was too agitated. He needed to calm her, but how?

He hated feeling so helpless.

“It’s all right, Mum.”

She acted as if she hadn’t heard him. “If I hadn’t been so selfish . . . if I hadn’t married Philip . . .”

“But you loved Father.” He’d never doubted that. His friends’ parents might have taken lovers, but not his. Their dedication to each other had been as much a constant in his life as the sun rising.

Her head moved fretfully on the pillow. “Yes, but Philip could have married anyone. Gerald had only me.” Her hold tightened, her nails digging into his skin. “Keep Marcus safe for me, Natey.”

“Of course I will, Mum.” The words flowed from long practice.

“The curse . . . it will get stronger. When Marcus turns thirty, you’ll have to watch him very, very closely.” She tried to sit up.

He pressed her gently back against the pillows. “Perhaps Marcus will fall in love, Mum,” he said soothingly, “and break the curse.”

For a woman who appeared to be on the verge of death, her grip was like iron. “No, he won’t.”

“But he might, Mum.” Love matches weren’t common among the ton, but they did happen. “He’s only twenty-one. He’s got time. And when he does find a girl to love, the curse will end. It will all be over.”

No!” Her fingers convulsed, her eyes boring into his, a wild desperation in their depths. “Don’t you see? The curse can’t be broken.”

“Of course it can. If a Duke of Hart marries for love—”

Her face twisted. “That’s a lie. My father loved my mother. I know he did. And he still died.”

Mum had never said this before. She must be confused. It wouldn’t be surprising. No matter how strongly one believed in an afterlife, facing death must be terrifying.

And if love wouldn’t break the curse, Marcus was condemned to a long, lonely life.

Well, not a long life.

Nate made soothing noises. He didn’t know what else to do.

“Promise me—” Mum gasped for air. “Promise me you’ll keep Marcus safe”—she swallowed—“for as long as you can. Even if you have to put off marrying yourself. Nothing is more important than Marcus’s safety, Nate.”

Poor Mum. He would promise her anything if it would ease her passing.

He struggled to speak calmly. “Yes, Mum. Don’t worry. I’ll watch over Marcus. I swear I will.”

At last the stiff fear drained from her face. She let go of his hand, giving him a sweet smile. “You’re such a good boy, Natey. I know you’ll keep your word.”

And then she lay back, her eyes drifting closed. A look of peace flitted over her face just before the last bit of color left it.

His mother was dead.

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imageA native of Washington, DC, Sally MacKenzie still lives in suburban Maryland with her transplanted upstate New Yorker husband. She’s written federal regulations, school newsletters, auction programs, class plays, and swim league guidance, but it wasn’t until the first of her four sons headed off to college that she tried her hand at romance. She can be reached by e-mail at sally@sallymackenzie.net. Please visit her home in cyberspace at sallymackenzie.net.

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Spotlight: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

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imageThe Untamed Earl
(Playful Brides #5)
by Valerie Bowman

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Synopsis:

An Indecent Proposal

Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back.

Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited—and absolutely beautiful—sister Alex: She will turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations—or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations?

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THE LEGENDARY LORD
(Playful Brides #6)

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About the author:

Valerie BowmanValerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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Spotlight~ HOW THE DUKE WAS WON by Lenora Bell

Help us welcome Lenora Bell to the Avon family as she makes her debut with HOW THE DUKE WAS WON, an extraordinary historical romance full of laugh-out-loud moments, stunning romance, and a compelling blend of historical detail on sale from Avon Books April 26!!

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(The Disgraceful Dukes #1)

by Lenora Bell

Release Date: April 26th 2016

Synopsis:

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question. So he invites four eligible ladies to his estate to vie for his affections.

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

*Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]
*Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]
*Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]
*Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything…including her heart.

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Looking forward…… The Disgraceful Dukes #2!!

August 30, 2016

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About the Author:

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Lenora Bell is a third generation Alaskan and her hometown still has no traffic lights or fast food, but the public library is going strong!

An English teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has traveled the globe using music to bring smiles to classrooms. She currently lives in Switzerland with her carpenter husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties.

In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She’s thrilled to be debuting with Avon Books in 2016!

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Think Out Loud: Hello Again~

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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

Yes, I’m Back!!! However, it might be a while before I get my footing back since it has been a long time. Almost a whole year! Jeezus

I absolutely missed these little thoughts though, and I have been meaning to put up updates but life has just been hectic. Or I’ve just been lazy or forgetful more like.

So this post is just a little something to get me back on board on this Thursday meme.

So, on the catch up list:

  • my internship in England was great!
  • Absolutely loved Scotland and will one day live there
  • went back to work and didn’t quit like I thought I would after the internship
  • started writing bits and pieces again, although “they” aren’t nagging me anymore😦
  • lots of new story plots are popping up along with a new genre; Contemporary
  • looking into sewing some dresses…. Historical Romance Retreat 2016
  • Have definitely not been reading; huge burn out
  • been super lazy but have so many ideas I want to achieve, money related of course
  • been looking at schools for Grad school and for a new job

Until next week then. Laters!

 

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Coburg’s Influence on Queen Victoria

I just love learning more about Victoria and Albert.:)

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Leopold I of Belgium exercised great influence over Queen Victoria. He replaced Victoire, the Queen’s mother, as the young queen’s confidant. “Born into the ruling family of the small German duchy of  Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Leopold took a commission in the Imperial Russian Army and fought against Napoleon after French troops overran Saxe-Coburg during the Napoleonic Wars. After Napoleon’s defeat, Leopold moved to the United Kingdom where he married Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of the Prince Regent (the future King George IV), thus situating himself as a possible future prince consort of Great Britain. Charlotte died in 1817, although Leopold continued to enjoy considerable status in England.” (Leopold I of Belgium) Ironically, Leopold chose to remain in England after Charlotte’s death to forestall any attempts of Parliament to rescind the allowance awarded him with his marriage to Princess Charlotte. 

Initially, as the uncle to Princess Victoria, Leopold supported his sister Victoire. He served as…

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Release Day for The Trouble with Grace by Jenn LeBlanc!!!!

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The Trouble With Grace

by Jenn LeBlanc

Synopsis:

She has to marry…

Celeste Moravia Agathe Alain needs to find a husband and she believes Quintin Wyntor will do just fine. She’s hopeful they can come to a mutual agreement, one in which he will not have need to visit her bed and claim his rights as her husband.

The-Trouble-With-Grace-KindleShe follows Quinn after a ball hoping to find him with a mistress but what she sees isn’t just shocking—it changes her life forever.

Stumbling onto Quinn with his lover awakens something in Celeste she never knew existed. Until now she had no idea what lust or physical love was, and while she still doesn’t want to be touched…she does want to discover more about herself and what it is about seeing the two men together that makes her feel so alive.

But Quinn and Calder discover her trespass and Celeste is afraid she’s destroyed any chance of Quinn being happy.

Getting closer to Quinn is dangerous because he’s hurt and wants to use intimacy to heal—something she isn’t interested in—but somehow Celeste knows that his happiness is tied to hers, and none of them will be able to live unless she finds a way for Calder and Quinn to be together.

This book is the story of Celeste and has her happily for now. It is also the beginning of Calder and Quinn’s story which will be continued in THE SPARE AND THE HEIR when they will get their happily ever after this summer.

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THE BOOKS IN THE LORDS OF TIME SERIES:

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE : BOOK ONE in the Lords of Time Series

THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA : BOOK TWO in the Lords of Time Series

THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE : BOOK THREE in the Lords of Time Series

THE SPARE AND THE HEIR : BOOK FOUR in the Lords of Time Series

THE DUKE AND THE BARON : a Lords of Time companion novel

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About the Author:

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Walnut (but not THAT Walnut).
Canon.
Humidity.
Studio Smexy.
RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Ninjas.

Born and raised in beautiful Colorado and never wanting to leave—very nearly with a camera in hand—I am currently on an extended vacation to Los Angeles. I started my own family, went to college, started a business objectifying all the beautiful people, trying to get used to humidity wrecking havoc with my hair, texting with only RuPaul’s Drag Race gifs, and totally beating the daylights out of a ninja, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I would wear shorts and flip-flops year-round in Colorado—much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

Once I finished my first novel I quickly remembered: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this ground-breaking new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.

The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I’ve since shot over 1,000 romance novel covers, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

My second novel ABSOLUTE SURRENDER did its own ninja impersonation with the charts on Amazon, and the third book is fixing to attack any minute now.

You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

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iBook Release Day for The Trouble With Grace by Jenn LeBlanc

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The-Trouble-With-Grace-KindleThe Trouble With Grace

by Jenn LeBlanc

Synopsis:

She has to marry…

Celeste Moravia Agathe Alain needs to find a husband and she believes Quintin Wyntor will do just fine. She’s hopeful they can come to a mutual agreement, one in which he will not have need to visit her bed and claim his rights as her husband.

She follows Quinn after a ball hoping to find him with a mistress but what she sees isn’t just shocking—it changes her life forever.

Stumbling onto Quinn with his lover awakens something in Celeste she never knew existed. Until now she had no idea what lust or physical love was, and while she still doesn’t want to be touched…she does want to discover more about herself and what it is about seeing the two men together that makes her feel so alive.

But Quinn and Calder discover her trespass and Celeste is afraid she’s destroyed any chance of Quinn being happy.

Getting closer to Quinn is dangerous because he’s hurt and wants to use intimacy to heal—something she isn’t interested in—but somehow Celeste knows that his happiness is tied to hers, and none of them will be able to live unless she finds a way for Calder and Quinn to be together.

This book is the story of Celeste and has her happily for now. It is also the beginning of Calder and Quinn’s story which will be continued in THE SPARE AND THE HEIR when they will get their happily ever after this summer.

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THE BOOKS IN THE LORDS OF TIME SERIES: 

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE : BOOK ONE in the Lords of Time Series

THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA : BOOK TWO in the Lords of Time Series

THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE : BOOK THREE in the Lords of Time Series

THE SPARE AND THE HEIR : BOOK FOUR in the Lords of Time Series

THE DUKE AND THE BARON : a Lords of Time companion novel

 

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About the cover(s):

I couldn’t choose, so there will be four different covers available at the different retailers. Each cover says something a little bit different about our Celeste.

A note about the characters:

Celeste Moravia Agathe Alain is grey asexual autochlorissexual.

Her hero, Quinn, is bisexual.

His hero, Calder, is gay.

This book is Celeste’s story, it’s her HEA, the next book is Calder and Quinn’s HEA.

So, when I say he’s her hero, it’s not in the traditional romance genre sense. Except it also is.

This book is the story of Celeste and has her happily for now. It is also the beginning of Calder and Quinn’s story which will be continued in THE SPARE AND THE HEIR when they will get their happily ever after SOON.

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Celeste bit her lip and turned from the open door, but biting her lip wasn’t enough, so she covered her mouth with both hands. She couldn’t believe what she’d just witnessed.

She slid down the wall, rested her forehead on her knees, and covered her head with her arms. She wasn’t sure what to do next. When she’d followed Quinn here after the ball, this was the last thing she’d expected to see. Well, fine, possibly not the last thing, but it certainly wasn’t in her top ten, by any means. She gazed up to the sky and pinched the bridge of her nose. How was she ever going to look him in the eyes and not think of this?

She couldn’t. There was no way. That was…the most amazing thing she’d ever seen. Her body felt like it was on fire, like…she wasn’t sure how to describe it even to herself. Her skin was vibrating. It was alive, as though her blood sang and pooled in her belly, dripping slowly to places she’d never felt before.

Perhaps this feeling was the one that people had forever been trying to describe to her, but she’d never understood—having never once experienced it. Not even when she’d tried to touch herself.

She wanted to touch herself now, right here on this balcony outside Quinn’s cousin’s house. She didn’t, of course, but she wanted to.

Oh dear God, Quinn and his cousin. She heard a noise and squished herself as far into the corner of the balcony as she could, tried to make herself smaller, bowed her head to hide behind her riot of black locks. She glanced sidelong over her arms and saw Quinn, still just a towel on, walk to the balustrade and tilt his head up at the sky. His chest heaved—was he crying? Her heart skipped.

Calder had been quite mean to him. He’d been…she’d always thought Calder to be the most respectful and gentlemanly of men. Not that she’d had much interaction with him, but what she’d had, this was someone else altogether, so angry, so…passionate. The thought of it sent goose bumps across her skin, and she clenched a fist against her mouth once more to prevent any sound.

Quinn shook his head and looked down, covering his face with his hands and running them through his hair. He turned and went back into the room, and Celeste leaned over, looking through the door as he dropped the towel—I should stop looking, shouldn’t I?—and reached for his clothing.

She didn’t stop looking. She couldn’t stop looking. She’d never seen such beautiful bodies. She’d wanted to reach out and touch them, but at the same time, they terrified her. She would rather touch a statue, something safe, something that wouldn’t want, or need, to touch her back. Those bodies, she wanted to watch them move, she wanted to see them dance. She knew it would be amazing. She wanted to see them do what they’d just done, again and again.

She kept her eyes on Quinn as he yanked on his ruined clothing. She resisted the urge to help him, wanting so very much to console him somehow, to help him button his shirt and find his coat. He had one button left and six holes on his trousers, and she could see that if he just crossed the top button hole across the front to the opposite remaining button on his trousers, that one remaining button might just keep his trousers on until he could make it home.

But she didn’t.

She couldn’t.

And she felt horrible because of it.

She felt it was such an invasion of his privacy to watch this, and of course, that made her feel even worse that watching this—watching this man pick his dignity up off the floor and attempt to put himself back together—was much more intimate than watching Calder fuck this man across the floor.

She turned away and leaned into the wall and tried to breathe. She shouldn’t have followed him. She shouldn’t be here. If she could take it all back…she stared up at the sky.

“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. But I wouldn’t take it back,” she whispered at the sky. “God help me, I wouldn’t take it back.”

She heard Quinn coming toward the balcony and turned away again, hoping for one more moment of blind luck in which she wouldn’t be discovered…

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About the Author:

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Born and raised in beautiful Colorado and never wanting to leave—very nearly with a camera in hand—I am currently on an extended vacation to Los Angeles. I started my own family, went to college, started a business objectifying all the beautiful people, trying to get used to humidity wrecking havoc with my hair, texting with only RuPaul’s Drag Race gifs, and totally beating the daylights out of a ninja, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I would wear shorts and flip-flops year-round in Colorado—much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

Once I finished my first novel I quickly remembered: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this ground-breaking new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.

The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I’ve since shot over 1,000 romance novel covers, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

My second novel ABSOLUTE SURRENDER did its own ninja impersonation with the charts on Amazon, and the third book is fixing to attack any minute now.

You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

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Spotlight Tour: SIX DEGREES OF SCANDAL by Caroline Linden 

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(Scandalous #4)

by Caroline Linden

Release Date: March 29, 2016

Synopsis:

Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see… and the man who was her first-and only-love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when he comes to her aid and vows to stand by her this time, no matter what, she can’t help but hope things will be different this time.

James Weston has blamed himself for letting Olivia down when she needed him years ago, and he will not do it again. Fortunately, his unusual life has equipped him well to outsmart the villain chasing Olivia. Unfortunately, being so near her again threatens to expose every secret in his heart…even those that should stay hidden forever.

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EXCERPT:

A tapping beside her broke into her thoughts. She glanced out the window and saw the boy who had lured her into trouble, grinning as he crouched out of sight next to the carriage. “Do you walk in the woods?” he whispered.

Alarmed, she shook her head, even though she did walk in the woods every chance she got. Telling him that would only cause her more trouble.

Disappointment flickered over his face. “Oh well.” He stepped back. “Good-bye, then.” He walked back to his family. Olivia eyed them curiously. The father was tall and lean, and his wife was very pretty, with a gloriously beautiful gown. Two girls about Daphne’s age stood beside her, although the blond girl was fidgeting in boredom and ran up to her brother as he approached them. He laughed at whatever she said, the carefree sound floating back to Olivia’s ears. Neither of his parents reproved him for laughing on Sunday.

The Herbert coachman finally snapped his whip and set the horses in motion. Olivia watched the Westons as the coach drove away. Upstarts they might be, but they looked like happy ones.

She had almost forgotten the impudent boy several days later, when she finished her lessons and was able to slip out of the house. Mother wouldn’t approve, but Mother had gone into town to the dressmaker, and Miss Willets, the governess, was fond of sneaking a glass of sherry and having an afternoon nap when Mother was away. This suited the girls quite well. Daphne retreated to the nursery with her dolls, where she fashioned new dresses for them out of scraps of Mother’s discarded gowns, and Olivia stole a book from the library and headed for the woods. Mother said Shakespeare was vulgar and too exciting for ladies, which made Olivia eager to read his plays, even though she was forced to hide away to do so.

There was a quiet little glen not too far from Kellan Hall, the Herbert home, with a fallen tree and enough sun to be pleasant without being hot. Settled on the tree, with her feet propped on a nearby stone, Olivia had just reached the magnificent scene where Romeo revealed himself to Juliet and professed his love in words that would rend the heart of any sentient being . . . when someone spoke behind her.

“I thought you didn’t walk in the woods.”

She gave a little scream and dropped her book. “You—you,” she spluttered. “I am not walking!” It was a stupid thing to say, but he had interrupted at a very inopportune moment. Would Juliet return Romeo’s love?

“Oh, did you come into the woods by carriage?” He jumped over the tree trunk and scooped up the book. “Romeo, eh? Do you like it?”

She glared at him and reached for the book. “Yes.”

He handed it back. “It wasn’t one of my favorites. My sisters wanted to act it out, but Penelope kept giggling when she was supposed to be dying.”

Olivia’s eyes widened. Dying? Which character died? She hoped it wasn’t Juliet. “Don’t tell me any more!”

“I liked that Henry V, though,” he went on. “Smashing good battle. I’m James, by the way. James Weston.”

She gave him a reproachful look. It wasn’t proper for a gentleman to introduce himself to a lady, and he ought to know that, even if he wasn’t a gentleman. “I know.”

He grinned. In the sunlight his brown hair had an auburn hue, and his eyes were sharp and lively. He couldn’t be much more than thirteen or fourteen, but he was already tall in Olivia’s view. “And you’re Miss Olivia Herbert of Kellan Hall.”

“Yes.” She lowered her gaze to her book, hoping he would go away.

“So,” he said after a moment, “if you only walk in the woods to find a place to read, you must know about the waterfall.”

Her eyes stopped taking in the words on the page. “Waterfall?” she asked, intrigued in spite of herself.

He tilted his head and gave her a sly smile. “I can show you.”

Slowly she closed the book. “Is it far?”

“No.”

And before she knew it, she was following him along a winding track through the trees, to where a small stream splashed over a fall of rocks. It was no taller than Olivia herself, but it brought a smile to her face. She’d lived at Kellan Hall all her life and never discovered it.

 

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About The Author

Linden, CarolineCaroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at www.carolinelinden.com.

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