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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Introducing Book No 3 in my Victorian romance series...


BLURB:


From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up...



  
The countdown has started for the release of the third book in my Victorian series, WHAT A WOMAN DESIRES - this is Monica Danes & Thomas Ashby's story and it's available for pre-order right now! Official release date is Jan 5th :D

The books can be read as stand alone stories but if, like me, you prefer reading a series from the start, I thought I'd post the blurbs and buy links for the first two novels. The stories are all linked through the characters and setting. Set during the later part of the Victorian era, I take secondary characters from the previous novel and make him or her the hero or heroine of the next. All the books take place in Bath, England and/or the surrounding villages.

Enjoy!

BOOK 1 - THE SEDUCTION OF EMILY

Blurb:

Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .

Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.

Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.

Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .





BOOK 2 - THE TEMPTATION OF LAURA

Blurb:

Laura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright…

Adam Lacey has been driven to distraction since the moment he saw Laura. She is his ideal leading lady come to irresistible life—and so much more. Certain they can make the perfect team on and off stage, he is determined to win her heart—and discover her story. But that is precisely what Laura fears. And she has no idea that Adam harbors shameful secrets of his own. Will the truth free them to love—or destroy all their dreams…?





Rachel x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

I'm so excited to announce the fabulous cover reveal for...
THE GOLDEN KEY LEGACY
a fantasy romance serial novel from HarperImpulse


The Golden Key Legacy, Book I: A Furious Muse
~Available November 27, 2014~

Since the day of her birth, Princess Faedrah Austiere has been defined by he place within the kingdom. As the single heir to the half-blood gypsy king and his prophesied white queen, she is fiercely protected, shuttered inside an ivory castle and well-trained in the art of war. Yet neither her obligations as future queen nor the black infestation threatening her kingdom fail to hinder the mysterious pull of the antique armoire hidden in her parents' bedchamber. And stealing the golden key for a leap through time is the only way to confront the dark lord haunting her dreams.

One face. The image of one defiant, relentless woman has been stuck in Rhys McEleod’s head ever since he was old enough to paint her luscious curves on the canvas. But the day she walks into his life off the street—sexier than hell and itching for a fight—he’s not convinced she’s the same women he’s envisioned since childhood. That is, not until he spots the golden key around her neck—an object he’d never fully shown in any of his paintings.

Now if he could just persuade his lovely muse he’s not the enemy. Unless the elusive Faedrah Austiere learns to trust him, he’ll never have her in his bed—the one place he’s convinced she belongs.

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The Golden Key Legacy, Book II: The Sacrifice
~Available December 18, 2014~

The second Faedrah Austiere walked into his life off the canvas, everything in Rhys McEleod’s world stopped making sense. Not only does her story sound like a Grimm’s fairy tale, evidently he’s been cast as the villain. If that isn’t enough, the mirror inside that old, beat up armoire at her uncle’s condo is supposedly a doorway to another world. Ever since the pathway opened, something inside him has seemed…off. If what his muse says is true, they are headed for an epic showdown, but he isn’t about to let her go. Nothing is more important than Faedrah’s protection, even if her parents refuse to accept him.  

Though certain their fates are bound by more than the golden key Princess Faedrah wears around her neck, it is paramount Rhys’ true identity be kept secret. Should news of his bloodline ever reach her kingdom, their entire quest to save her people could be lost. Their only hope to prove his loyalty is to steal the map to the dark lord’s Crystal Crypt. Yet her a plan endangers her beloved more than the accusations he faces in her kingdom and, to escape evil’s grasp, she and Rhys must take a leap of faith beyond her wildest imagination. 
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The Golden Key Legacy, Book III: A Wizard Rises
~Available January 29, 2015~

The homecoming celebration held in honor of Princess Faedrah is fraught with perilous frustration. Her nightmares have returned thricefold and, to her horror, a horrendous blight has spread like a plague throughout the kingdom. Compounding her worries, Rhys’ arrival in her world has been welcomed with the exact horror-filled reaction she expected. Her beloved has been cast into the dungeons, and no amount of arguing with the king and queen will prove he’s her fated love.

Magical powers were supposed to be a gift, or so Rhys McEleod had always believed. Too bad the second he landed in Faedrah’s world the legacy he inherited slammed into his body like a weight. He’s got zero control and his constant visions of Faedrah fighting an evil entity aren’t helping. At least her parents made the right decision and stuck him away someplace safe. Until he can figure out his next move, prove himself an ally and uncover the clues to stopping Faedrah’s nightmares, he’s got no choice but to wait…and learn exactly what he’s become.
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The Golden Key Legacy, Book IV: A Time of Reckoning
~Available February 26, 2015~

Rhys had one job to do. One measly errand that shouldn’t have been a problem, given the nature of his powers. But when an old enemy reappears, detailing the result of his actions, Rhys is forced to make a choice between a future with Faedrah or dying before his time. Frustrated and out of options, he agrees to her suggestion they to leap forward in time to the future…even though a good chance exists his powers will be nothing but a memory in his world. Flying blind on a wing and a prayer, they prepare to fight for everything they love against a wizard of insurmountable power.

Faedrah does her best to gather their closest allies. The sides are squared in a war to control the future of both worlds. With the stakes so high, only one advantage has been cast in their favor. The sigil of utmost protection inherent in Rhys’ signature. If not enough to thwart the evil awaiting at the Austiere gates, she could find herself imprisoned in the future, while her kingdom and all those she has sworn to protect are lost to the mists of time.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Welcome romance author, Susan Buchanan...


Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.
Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.
Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?
Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.
Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

AUTHOR BIO
Susan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015.
Blog - www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk
Twitter - susan_buchanan
Facebook - www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4216164.Susan_Buchanan


Books
The Christmas Spirit - http://amzn.to/1gcpTrc (UK) & http://amzn.to/KUArMU (US)
Sign of the Times - http://amzn.to/GKqZGd (UK) http://amzn.to/IYN0Fc (US)
The Dating Game - http://amzn.to/RuSl7Y (UK) http://amzn.to/WZQtZK (US)
GIVEAWAY
2 Ecopies of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Welcome Secret Cravings author, Carolyn Wren...



Ghosts of Grace Cottage
by Carolyn Wren

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BLURB:

Eloisa Waters is creating a new life for herself.  After travelling for twelve months, she comes home at Christmas, purchasing a small country cottage in a sleepy English village, despite the fact its previous owner was a recluse, the original owner was supposedly a witch, and it’s now rumored to be haunted!

On the first night in her new home, sensual erotic dreams surprise and delight her.  Only these aren’t dreams.  The rumors are true.  Two handsome Regency ghosts inhabit the cottage, becoming corporeal at night, trapped by a curse, compelled to satisfy every desire of the new owner.

Elly begins to fall in love with Anton and Phillipe, her charming ghostly lovers.  But is there more? Can the curse be broken? Or does Elly risk her own soul. As Christmas approaches, and memories surface, how will Elly choose?  How can she possibly leave behind the Ghosts of Grace Cottage? 


EXCERPT

“You can’t avoid bringing up the subject of Christmas with me. It’s everywhere I look.” She gestured to the fairy lights in the trees and the snowman in the garden next door. “Just because I’m not up to all the festivities this year doesn’t mean everyone else has to suffer.”

“I don’t know why you don’t buy a lovely new place with the life insurance money.”

“My folks always wanted a country cottage. Maybe in some ways I’m fulfilling their dream.”

Sally yanked the collar of her coat higher as a chill breeze flew along the quiet country lane. “You know she died there,” she whispered. “The previous owner, I mean.”

“Miss Hardy was ninety-two years old. She had to die somewhere.”

“Doesn’t it freak you out?”

“Nope, from what I hear she had a long and happy life.”

“Really?” Sally shivered. “I don’t know where you get that idea. She was a recluse who wouldn’t let anyone inside the house to do repairs and renovations.  That’s why it’s so cheap. Did you hear the rumors? Some people say she used to talk to herself, and strange noises came from inside late at night.” Her voice dropped back to a whisper. “Maybe it’s haunted. I heard another rumor too.  They say a witch might have lived here a couple of hundred years ago.”

Elly laughed. “Sal, honey, I think you need to go back to realtor school. Your selling method leaves a lot to be desired.” Her eyes turned once again to the faded beauty of the old home, and her voice was determined. “I want it.”
  
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was born in England. My parents loved to travel as my dad spent many years in the navy. By the time I reached the age of 12 we had traveled pretty much around the world on cruise ships.

This sounds fun and exciting unless like me you can get sea sick sitting in a bathtub. Lets just say boats do not feature highly in my books.

I still love to travel, but I use planes. All of my life I have written stories in my head. I would rewrite and add characters to TV shows, edit and change novels I was reading, invent scenarios and scenes to amuse myself on long journeys. But strangely I never wrote any of them down. About three years ago I woke up with a scene so clear in my head I knew I had to put it down on paper. Now, what should I do with this one page of prose? I know, I will email it to some friends. The friends approved, in fact they asked what book it was from. I shyly admitted it was my own work and the reaction was immediate...please write the next bit! I did and I have not stopped writing since.


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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Welcome Amish romance author, Naomi King...




 Welcome to my blog, Naomi - I am happy to be a part of your ongoing tour! Look forward to learning more about you and your work…let's get started with the questions :)


1—Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
My first reaction to this question was really? I’ve never given that a thought. But I suppose there are folks whose lives haven’t turned out the way they’d hoped, so I’m thrilled to be me.
 I have a wonderful husband, we live in a beautiful home with Ramona, our border collie, and writing these stories keeps me busy doing what I love to do. I often tell friends that when I die I want to come back as Ramona—because she seems to live an even more pampered, wonderful life than I do! But for right now, my life is a good and perfect gift and I’m grateful to God for that.

2—What did you do for your last birthday?
For my most recent birthday, I was delighted to celebrate by going to a performance of Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. When he and his show are in the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, we’re only minutes away—and while it might not sound too exciting to watch a live radio performance, what you see on the stage is a lot more exciting and interesting than what you hear when you listen at home! We try to make a show every time A Prairie Home Companion is in town.
For the big birthday before that, we cruised to Hawaii! What a wonderful trip—two weeks aboard a ship with nine days at sea and some really interesting visits on the various islands. I believe birthdays are meant to be celebrated, so my husband and I make a point of getting out to do something special as each year rolls by.

3—What are you working on right now?
As you read this, I will be writing THE CHRISTMAS CRADLE, which is #6 in my Seasons of the Heart Amish series, which I write as Charlotte Hubbard (my real name). I love writing Christmas stories, and in this one, Miriam and Ben Hooley welcome their first child—as well as an unmarried young couple who are having a baby, much like Mary and Joseph did in Bethlehem. This will be the final book in that series, and I’m currently noodling on ideas for a spin-off series called Simple Gifts, which is also set in Willow Ridge.


If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be?

Tinker Bell! Before Disney brought her to life on the screen she was in J.M. Barrie’s original play about Peter Pan, way back in 1904 (so that makes her a literary character, not just a cartoon).

I love Tink. She flits around looking fabulous in that short, strapless dress—no wardrobe malfunctions—and she gets to sprinkle pixie dust on people and situations to make them turn out happier. She has her own special glow and wants everything to turn out for the best . . . although she gets a little feisty at times. I resemble that remark!

And Tinker Bell can enable people to fly! While I can’t wave a wand that will allow people to soar through the air physically, I like to think that my stories do indeed transport readers to the Amish communities and homes I’m writing about these days. It’s a special kind of magic to be an author, creating whole worlds that readers often tell me feel real to them, peopled with characters they want to meet in person (or feel like they already know). So in my way, I’m a lot more like Tinker Bell than you might think!


What are four things you can’t live without?

I had to think about this one for a while. I’ve always considered myself rather independent and somewhat self-sufficient, but when push comes to shove, I really would not be who I am today without my husband Neal. He’s my total fan and supporter . . . has never once told me to get out and get a real job, even when my writing wasn’t earning me any money. I live the nice life I do because he’s taken it upon himself to be the breadwinner and has allowed me to work from home, keep him fed and clothed, etc. It’s a plus that he feels he couldn’t get by without me, either!

And, much as I hate to admit the need for electronics, I could not be the writer I am now without my Mac. Back in the day, I was writing confessions stories and my early book manuscripts on a portable electric typewriter, but these days I’d be hard-pressed to stay published without the ability to email editors and my agent—because now, instead of having to mail in a big bulky finished manuscript (about the size of a ream of paper) I can hit the Send button. I’m also expected to maintain a website, engage in social media, and do other forms of online promotion. So I have to keep up with all that tech stuff even though a lot of it baffles me. The things I can’t do myself (such as designing and updating my website) I pay someone to do.

I also realized several years ago that without a two-year purse calendar, I’d be a lost soul. I know, I know—most people keep their calendars on their phones nowadays. I still prefer to have paper pages to write my appointments and trips on, both for my purse and on the wall in my kitchen and my office.

And without a sense of optimism? Might as well hang it up. I’m blessed that I’m wired to be mostly a happy person, a can-do person with many creative and problem-solving abilities. Without that creativity thing, how could I concoct my series or write even one story? And if I didn’t believe I could write two different series under two different names for two different publishers, I’d have fallen out of this Amish genre a long time ago.


Emma Blooms at Last
by Naomi King

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BLURB:

Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle…and must learn to pull together.

Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….

Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.


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EXCERPT

“Shall we get some lunch?” Jerome asked when they were seated in the rig. “There’s a vintage-style diner just down the road—”
           
“Or we could go back to Cedar Creek,” Emma remarked in a hopeful tone. “Between what Mamm and I fixed and what Amanda brought, there’s plenty enough for us to join them.”
           
Jerome smiled. “But you’ve spent your morning with me and saved me from making a lot of mistakes,” he said gently. “I’d like to treat you to a meal you didn’t have to cook yourself. Will that be all right?”
           
Emma smiled as the color rose in her cheeks. “Well, since you put it that way . . .”
           
He was thankful that once they were seated in a red leatherette booth with a chrome-edged table between them and a miniature jukebox on the wall, Emma took off her black coat and bonnet. In her honey-gold cape dress and a cream-colored apron that fastened behind her neck, she looked much more attractive and . . . inviting.
             
Jerome was pleased when she ordered a patty melt with fries and a side of tomato soup. At least she wasn’t going to be finicky about her food, like some girls were. After he ordered the blue-plate special, which was meat loaf, he tapped on the wall-mounted juke box. “Pick a song, Emma. We can listen while we wait for our lunch.”
           
As she flipped through the selections, Jerome fished out a quarter and put it in the slot. “F six,” she murmured.
             
In a few moments, “See You Later, Alligator,” filled the small diner. As Emma tapped her fingers on the tabletop, keeping time to the old rock-and-roll song, she looked as happy as Jerome had ever seen her. At last, he’d found something they both enjoyed, even if the church didn’t allow them to play such music at home.
           
“Dat took James and Abby and me to a horse auction once, when we were around ten or eleven,” she recounted. “We ate lunch at a place similar to this one, and Dat played this record on the jukebox—and it’s stuck with us ever since. Even on days when he can’t recall what he ate for breakfast, he knows every word to this song.”
           
“It’s a snappy tune,” Jerome agreed, tapping his toes. Just for fun, he wanted to catch Emma’s feet between his and give them a quick squeeze, but he thought better of it. “It’s nice to have that memory from when your dat was younger and stronger. My mamm and dat died when our house burned to the ground, when I was just ten.”
           
Emma’s eyes widened. “And how was it that you didn’t—I mean—”
           
The concern on her face coaxed Jerome to grasp her hand. “I was staying overnight at a cousin’s house,” he replied. “The firemen said the old furnace exploded, and because the house was built of very dry wood they’d saved from a barn they’d torn down, my folks were gone before they knew what hit them. That’s when Aunt Amanda and Uncle Atlee took me in—and probably why I get such a kick out of your dat.”
           
“You didn’t lose any brothers or sisters, I hope?” Emma murmured. “If something happened to James, I’m not sure I could bear it.”
           
Jerome felt comforted by her concern, even if the accident happened more than half his lifetime ago. “No, it seems they broke the mold when they made me,” he said with a chuckle.
           
For a moment, Emma’s gaze lingered on his. Such an unusual shade of brown her eyes were, similar to a mixture of honey and cinnamon. Too soon, she eased her hand away. “I’m sorry,” she murmured. “That was a horrible thing to endure when you were so young.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, Naomi loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi, whose real name is Charlotte Hubbard, now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.







One Big Happy Family, Book 2
NAL Trade (November 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 9780451417886 •• ISBN-10: 0451417887

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