Regency Personalities Series-Arthur Wellesley 2nd Duke of Wellington

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Although I know quite a lot about the 1st Duke, I don’t know much about all the Dukes after him. So here’s to the 2nd Duke who didn’t see much of his father as a child because of his mother, Kitty, and had to live up to his father’s title once it passed to him.

Originally posted on The Things That Catch My Eye:

Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Lieutenant-General Arthur Richard Wellesley 2nd Duke of Wellington
3 February 1807 – 13 August 1884


Arthur Wellesley

Arthur Wellesley 2nd Duke of Wellington was born at Harley Street, Soho, London, the eldest son of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, and the Honourable Catherine Sarah Dorothea “Kitty” Pakenham, daughter of Edward Pakenham, 2nd Baron Longford. Lord Charles Wellesley was his younger brother and Lord Wellesley, Lord Mornington and Lord Cowley his uncles. He was educated at Temple Grove School, Eton College, Christ Church, Oxford, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became known by the courtesy title Lord Douro when his father was created Earl of Wellington in 1812 and as Marquess of Douro in 1814 after his father was elevated to a dukedom. He was…

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Back in the Game

I’m Baaa~aack!

Hope y’all haven’t missed me much for I haven’t missed much around here (sadly).

But one thing I do miss is Scotland and of course the tea and creamed scones! *sniff sniff*

I absolutely had a great time and super loved the Highlands. I can definitely see myself living there. I mean come on, the views were beautiful, and I’m a nature type of girl so landscape and great weather will get me hooked.

Sadly today’s the day I get back to reality. Yes, I’ve been back for a week and a half doing nothing but relaxing back into civilization. So I definitely dreaded this day but life has to keep moving, and paying bills. Thankfully my state of mind is still in the Highlands so waking up for work is a breeze. Of course it won’t be for long though.

But because I’m a night owl here at home, it totally works well over there. The only sad thing is that everything opens later and closes earlier over there than at home so that totally sucks when I want to see things.

Anyways, I’ll probably be writing and posting about my trip later. Not sure when but whenever it hits me to do it.

And of course I have gifts! Be glad I was thinking of y’all when I was over there. I so wanted to get y’all everything I saw from everywhere I went but sadly, me being poor I only got some stuff. Be happy though!


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The Duke of Wellington’s Wife

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I just love learning more about those close to Wellington and himself.

Originally posted on The World of HEYERWOOD:

(This is a reblog of comments I made on Goodreads 9/20/2011 in their entirety.)

Original engraving of Catherine Wellesley, wife of the Duke of Wellington, by J R Swinton, circa 1850 from early sketch circa 1810

I think all of us are familiar with the Duke of Wellington, hero of India, the Peninsular Wars and the victor at the Battle of Waterloo. However, little acknowledgement is paid to his wife.

Her name was the Honorable Catherine Pakenham, known as “Kitty.” She was born in January 1772 in Ireland at Pakenham Hall, and was a distant connection by marriage of Arthur Wesley (before the family name was changed to Wellesley”, who was also in Ireland. Kitty was small, slender, with grey eyes, curly hair and a beautiful complexion. She was very high spirited, and stubborn, with a willingness to argue her point to exhaustion. She was very popular and had many…

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Regency Personalities Series-Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington (Military Career)

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To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, I thought to share this fabulous blog about the life of the Duke of Wellington. Enjoy!

Originally posted on The Things That Catch My Eye:

Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington (Military Career)
1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852


Arthur Wellesley

Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington (Military Career) was born into a wealthy Anglo-Irish aristocratic family in the Kingdom of Ireland as Hon. Arthur Wesley, the third of five surviving sons (fourth otherwise) to The 1st Earl of Mornington and his wife Anne, the eldest daughter of The 1st Viscount Dungannon. He was most likely born at their townhouse, 24 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, now The Merrion Hotel. His biographers mostly follow the contemporary newspaper evidence in saying he was born 1 May 1769, the day he was baptised. His mother, Anne, Countess of Mornington, recalled in 1815 that he had been born at 6 Merrion Street, Dublin. Other…

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So you may be wondering Why you’re currently seeing this page and nothing new. To tell y’all the truth, I would so love to be posting new things but unfortunately I can’t or haven’t had the time to show y’all some love.

Okay, just kidding, not the part that I don’t love y’all and all but I’m Currently out of the Country so I’m on Hiatus from posting anything new. I mean I could but I choose not to. There’ll be too many things I want to post so I’m just not going to do it. Hope y’all don’t feel too left out. I’ll be posting some stuff on Facebook though so if y’all want to see how I’m doing then go for it but yeah, I’ll be gone till August most likely or the end of July.

I may even have gifts for y’all lucky ….(I tend to use “bastard” in this phrase but since that’ll sound too mean and aggressive I chose to replace it) So I may bear y’all Folks some gifts!

Anyways have a great Summer and I’ll have mine in Scotland, Wales, and England and see y’all when I get back!


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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition~ #75

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.



This may be my last TBTH for now but I just wanted to show y’all one book that caught my interest~

This premise is kind of like what I’ve been writing and working with for the past two years. Not the same story but the snow storm was what caught me along with the hero’s failing eyesight.

I’m all for some major difficulties as in disability so I’m tagging along. That or I’m just being sensitive at the moment for some feels and angst!

But here’s new to-me author (I’ve seen some of her recent past books but she’s still pretty new to me) Sophia James and…..

One Unashamed Night

One Unashamed Night (Wellinghams, #2)  One Unashamed Night (Historical Romance)

Wellinghams #2

(Published 2010)


Living in a gray world of silhouette, Lord Taris Wellingham conceals his fading eyesight from society. He has long protected himself from any intimate relationships.

Plain twenty-eight-year-old Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke does not expect to attract any man, especially not one as good-looking as her remote traveling companion.

Forced by a snowstorm to spend the night together, these two lonely people seek solace in each other’s arms. The passion they unleash surprises them both. Then a new day dawns….


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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: So long~


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

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


Welcome back go another TOL.

As you know this will be my last post for TOL for now as I head off to find my own way. I’ll be back and I’ll terribly miss blogging but as you may already noticed, I’ve been missing out and forgetting to post already.

Life has been funny that way. I’ll remember the morning telling myself to remember to do this or that but once the time comes for me to do it as I planned it, I totally forget it. Then hours later or when I’m getting ready for bed it’ll hit me on the head and I give myself a panic attack.

I’m hoping that as I’m searching for this part of me that I won’t forget too much. I’ll for sure hit rock bottom but it won’t really be rock bottom since I don’t know when I’ll truly hit it but it’ll definitely be a certain rock bottom for me when I get back.

I’m nervous, agitated, having allergies and running nose while sneezing like crazy with a super horrible headache/migraine but I’ll push forward and try not to stumble on my own two feet and brake my glasses.

Best of luck to y’all without me.

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Cover Reveal: Exposing the Heiress by Jennifer Apodaca

ETH - BannerWelcome to the Cover Reveal of Exposing the Heiress by Jennifer Apodaca!!!

This is the third book in Jennifer’s Once a Marine series and it has been a long time coming since the last book in the series. A whole year since actually!

But as you know it, you’ll still have to wait some more for this coming release but do enjoy the cover as the time ticks down to the Release Date!

ExposingtheHeiressExposing the Heiress

(Once A Marine #3)

by Jennifer Apodaca

Release date: August 4th, 2015


This Marine will protect her at all costs…

When wealthy heiress Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather has been paying her fiancé to marry her, she’s humiliated and betrayed. She quickly breaks the engagement, only to be blackmailed by her now ex-fiancé, who threatens both Alyssa and the son she gave up for adoption. With nowhere to go, she turns to the one man she can trust.

Former Marine sniper Hunter Reece’s lethal skills could save Alyssa’s life. But his little sister’s best friend has turned into a woman, who is an irresistible mix of secrets and sexiness. And while Hunter can trust himself to protect her, he can’t trust himself to keep his attraction hidden…or even pretend to be the man that Alyssa remembers.

Because the only way to keep the lovely heiress safe is to become the one thing he knows she could never love…a killer.


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About the Author:

Jennifer ApodacaAward winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons.

While her husband worked on his master’s degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of pursuing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice.

Choosing writing, and with the full support of her husband, she poured herself into her dream. A mere eight years later, she published her first book DATING CAN BE MURDER. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances. Taking the pen name of Jennifer Lyon, she also created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and most recently, The Plus One Chronicles, an emotional and sexy adult contemporary series.

Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of nonfattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.

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Release Day May 26th 2015

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Book Spotlight Coming Soon : Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr

Soon It Will Be Open Season for Murder!!!

In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery, Lauren Carr once again brings murder to the Spencer Inn, Mac Faraday’s five-star resort located at the top of Spencer Mountain.

“I have to confess,” the author says, “personally I would wonder how the Spencer Inn hangs on to their five-star rating with all the murders that happen there.”

Obviously, the high society guests in her book aren’t worried about the Spencer Inn’s mortality rate because they’re dying to attend the Diablo Ball, which is hosted by Mac Faraday’s new bride, Archie Monday. An annual charitable event to benefit the Humane Society, the Diablo Ball used to be hosted by Robin Spencer, Mac’s late mother, and would kick-off Deep Creek Lake’s summer season.

“Naturally, in my book, the Diablo Ball truly is an event to die for,” Lauren says. As readers have come to expect from every Lauren Carr mystery, Open Season for Murder delivers a punch even before the party invitations are put in the mail when uninvited guests begin RSVP’ing. 

 open season for murderOpen Season for Murder

(A Mac Faraday Mystery Book 10)

By Lauren Carr

Pub. Date: June 1, 2015

• Trade Paperback • $14.99 (Print)/Kindle $0.99 (EBook)


“Robin, it’s me, Ashton.”

Spring is in the air. In Deep Creek Lake, the burst of blossoms on the trees has the effect of a starting pistol in the race to get the resort area ready in time for the seasonal residents return to Spencer, Maryland.

This year, the Spencer Inn, Mac Faraday’s five-star resort, has the added duty of preparing for the Diablo Ball, an annual benefit event that used to kick off Deep Creek Lake’s summer season. The exclusive gala has drawn in A-listers from across the country—including suspects and witnesses connected to Ashton Piedmont, a young woman who had disappeared while skinny dipping in Deep Creek Lake five years earlier—days after the last Diablo Ball.

Intrigued by a mysterious phone call, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday can’t resist diving into the cold case.

Mac quickly discovers that not only is the Diablo Ball drawing in A-listers from across the country, but someone is going to a lot of trouble to gather together suspects and witnesses connected to Ashton Piedmont and each one seems to have their own agenda for coming to Spencer.

When murder strikes, it is up to Mac Faraday and his friends to find the killer … or is it killers? When it comes to murder in Deep Creek Lake, you never know. 

But readers do know this, if it’s happening at the Spencer Inn, you know it’s an event to die for!

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A Mac Faraday Mystery series

It's Murder, My Son (Mac Faraday Mystery #1) Old Loves Die Hard (Mac Faraday Mystery #2) Lucky Dog (Mac Faraday Mystery Short Story) Shades of Murder (Mac Faraday Mystery #3) A Gnarly Christmas Blast from the Past (Mac Farady Mystery #4)  The Murders at Astaire Castle (Mac Faraday Mystery #5) The Lady Who Cried Murder (Mac Farady Mystery #6) Twelve to Murder (Mac Farady Mystery #7) A Wedding and a Killing (A Mac Faraday Mystery, Book 8) Three Days to Forever (A Mac Faraday Mystery Book 9)


About the Author:

Lauren CarrLauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries. Her upcoming new series, The Thorny Rose Mysteries will be released September 1, 2015.

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

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

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

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