Friday, December 02, 2016

HOLIDAY RELEASES FROM CAROLINE CLEMMONS

Between writing and decorating for Christmas, I’ve been hopping. Do you have your tree up and decorated yet—if you intend to have one? The cats and I have been decorating ours. So far, they just watch.

We’ve entered an especially busy season of the year and most of us need to de-stress. As an author and a reader, I de-stress by escaping into a book. Allowing myself to sink into another time or another world takes me away from day to day issues. If you do the same, I have suggestions.

ANGEL FOR CHRISTMAS is a contemporary romance that is my first work with an angel for a character. This book was a lot of fun to write. Jacob was a dot com success who has been sent back to prevent an orphanage from foreclosure. To accomplish his goal, he’s given the job of janitor at the orphanage’s school. Suzi Stephens is the school’s child psychologist who has had to take over as director of the Serenity Springs Children’s Home after her father’s death. She’s facing a giant balloon note due on January 1st and not much hope of raising the funds in spite of her diligent efforts. Jacob is given until midnight on December 24th to succeed. He suspects he doesn’t want to know what happens if he fails.


ANGEL FOR CHRISTMAS Excerpt:
Suzi watched the new janitor walk away. He puzzled her. Much too young and fit, why was he working here? Not that there was anything wrong with being a janitor, but he didn’t fit the profile. Jacob Porter gave the impression of someone who’d be in a boardroom rather than behind a broom or mop.
She had to be careful who she exposed the children to and she wanted to know more about him. First, she had to get Missy her doll.
Back in her office later, she asked Valerie for the janitor’s application. Nothing in his file set off alarm bells. Background check, fingerprints, references. His former employer had died, but there was no indication of why Jacob had applied here.
Valerie asked, “Did you find anything off-putting in his file?”
She tapped a finger against the folder. “No, but I wonder if he’s a spy for the investor who wants to buy the property?”
Valerie gasped. “That explanation would make sense. Jacob Porter looks as if he belongs in a three-piece suit and a tie.”
“He certainly does.” Elbows on her desk, she rested her head in her hands. “I do not need this when I’m desperately trying to raise money.”
“I have faith in you, Suzi Q. You’ll find a way.”
Her father’s long-time secretary calling her by her childhood nickname comforted her. “Thank you for your support, Valerie. You’re expert at soothing my anxiety. But, this time I honestly don’t know what we’ll do if this gala doesn’t pay off.”
“Give the event a chance. You’re an excellent organizer. How many positive replies have you received?”
“Far too few. Dad was better at schmoozing than I am and he failed. I-I’ll never get the hang of this in time to save the home.”
The secretary walked to the doorway but turned back. “You’re not helping anyone worrying this way. Get busy, young lady.”
“You’re right, Valerie. I’ll check the names again.” Suzi sighed and resumed checking the RSVPs against her master list. Maybe today’s mail would bring good news.
After school, Katie Wilson, the kindergarten teacher, stopped by the office. Suzi’s morale had hit rock-bottom and she was glad to see her best friend.
“Hey, Suzi, how are replies for the gala coming?”
“Only declines arrived in today’s mail except for Mr. Hopper. If he continues in the pattern for other years, he’ll donate fifty dollars while enjoying the event and eating enough for three people.”
“Don’t let it get you down. You’re a capable woman and I’m sure you’ll pull this off again.”
Slowly, Suzi shook her head. “I’m not sure. Apparently Fate’s conspiring against me.”
“Want to go grab a bite to eat?”
“Not tonight, thanks. I’d be lousy company. Catch me another time.”
“Will do. Since you’re not going with me, I believe I’ll go on home myself. After a day standing, these new shoes are killing my feet.” Katie left for the day.
Moving slowly, Suzi gathered her purse and coat for her walk to her house, situated at one corner of the grounds.     

WILD WESTERN WOMEN – MISTLETOE, MONTANA is set in 1890 and includes my novella, MISTELTOE MISTAKE. Sheriff Riley McCallister is in charge of finding a new doctor for Mistletoe after the beloved Doc Jones dies. What a shock when a beautiful young woman, Dr. Shannon Callahan, steps off the train. Will the town accept a woman doctor? What about the sheriff—will he adjust to having a woman on the job? Others stories in this box set are by Kirsten Osbourne, Sylvia McDaniel, and Merry Farmer.
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Novellas in WILD WESTERN WOMEN – MISTLETOE, MONTANA are:
MISTLETOE MISTAKE by Caroline Clemmons – When the sheriff sent for a town doctor, he didn’t expect a woman.
MISTLETOE SCANDAL by Sylvia McDaniel – A city girl, a cowboy, and a dog trapped together in a blizzard discover Christmas wishes can come true.
MISTLETOE AND MOONBEAMS by Merry Farmer – He stopped at her saloon to rest but they ended up trapped alone together for a week.
MAIL-ORDER MERRY by Kirsten Osbourne – He wanted an independent wife, but he wasn’t so sure he wanted her to come with two young children and a nurse.



MISTLETOE MISTAKE Excerpt:
Outside the store, a crowd of running children barreled into her and she grabbed the wall to stop a fall. “Whoa. Where are you going so fast?”
“They’re running from me.” The sheriff strode toward them carrying the saddest looking dog she’d ever seen.
Poor dog was filthy with several shades of brown hair. He was far too large to be toted around in the sheriff’s arms.
“Is that your dog?” She reached out to scratch between the creature’s ears. He ducked as if he thought she’d hit him.
After putting her parcel more securely under her arm, she caught the dog’s muzzle in her hands. “Poor boy, has someone been mean to you? I won’t hurt you.” She stroked his head and scratched between his ears.
The dog’s eyes lost their fear and he licked her hand. The crowd of children chose her distraction to run away.
“That Doan horde probably didn’t intend to be mean, but they were terrorizing this animal. Five of them fighting over him and pulling him first one way and then the other. They’re lucky he didn’t bite one of them.”
“Whose is he?”
“Never saw him before. Looks as if he’s missed a lot of meals.”
“And baths.” She smiled at the lawman. “I guess you have a dog, Sheriff. What are you going to name him?”
The sheriff shook his head. “He’s not mine. I just don’t want him harmed or frightened.”
“Or hungry or dirty or lonely. You definitely have yourself a dog.”
He leaned toward her and spoke over the dog, “I tell you, I don’t.”
Shannon crossed her arms. “Think not? Put him down and walk away and you’ll see.”
Shooting her a glare, he set the dog on the boardwalk. When the sheriff stepped away, the dog stayed at his heels.
Shannon laughed. “You’d better feed your dog, Sheriff. And name him.”

I hope you will read these two selections. They’re fun, easy reading to brighten your day.
 Thank you to those of you who have bought my books. I appreciate you so much!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC @JudyPenzSheluk



SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC
by Judy Penz Sheluk
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GENRE:  Mystery

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SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC Blurb:

What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there…

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.

Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?




SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC Excerpt:

Callie: “You said he wanted me to move into the house? When was he going to tell me?”

“I think the initial plan was that your father was going to move back in there,” Leith said. “But of course now—”

“Now that he’s dead, you think he wanted me to move there?”

“Actually, it’s more than wanted, Calamity. It’s a provision of the will that you move into Sixteen Snapdragon Circle for a period of one year. After that time, you are free to do what you wish with it. Go back to renting it, continue to live there, or sell it.”

“And if I decide to sell it?”

“Homes in that area of Marketville typically sell quickly and for a decent price, certainly several times your parents’ original investment back in 1979. You’d have to put in some elbow grease, not to mention some basic renovations, but your father left you some money for that as well.”

“He had money set aside? Enough for renovations?” I thought about the shabby townhouse, the threadbare carpets, the flannel sheet covering holes in the fabric of the ancient olive green brocade sofa. I always thought my dad was frugal because he had to be. It never occurred to me he was squirreling away money to fix up a house I didn’t even know existed.

SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC is on sale on Amazon Kindle from December 1 through December 7 for .99 (reg. price $4.99). http://getbook.at/SkeletonsintheAttic


Judy Penz Sheluk, Author

An Amazon International Bestselling Author, Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose (Barking Rain Press), was published in July 2015. Skeletons in the Attic (Imajin Books), the first book in her Marketville Mystery Series, was published in August 2016.

Judy’s short crime fiction appears in World Enough and Crime, The Whole She-Bang 2, The Whole She-Bang 3, Flash and Bang and Live Free or Tri.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life. You can also find Judy on Facebook
http://facebook.com/JudyPenzSheluk, Twitter @JudyPenzSheluk and on her Amazon author page, https://amazon.com/author/judypenzsheluk.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SUSPENSE THRILLER WITH DARK HUMOR!


Ten Percent: Hollywood Can Be Murder 
By DL Bruin 
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Dark Humor

What Price Dreams?
After decades of toiling in the “C” Leagues, talent agent Shelly Monroe has finally hit the big time when she discovers and signs actor Cody Clifton, who is on the fast track to be TV’s newest superstar. It’s a Hollywood truth that getting to the top is one thing, but staying there is something else. Shelly Monroe is finally living her dreams and she’s not about to let it slip through her fingers.
Veteran LAPD detective Maxine Calderas finds herself in hot pursuit of a serial killer with a taste for prostitutes. The trail puts her on a collision course with Shelly’s world when Max Calderas becomes convinced that Shelly knows a secret that may help Max crack her case.

Cody Clifton, America’s newest Golden Boy is haunted by the ghosts of a troubled childhood. Will he succeed in conquering his demons or will they derail his rising star? Jimmy Bodine is Cody’s best friend and fierce competitor for the Hollywood brass ring. Will their friendship withstand Jimmy’s ambitions and Cody’s sudden white hot success? 

The stakes are high and the winner takes all as the player’s paths cross each other amidst the hot house jungle that is Hollywood. DL Bruin gives readers an insider’s look at the Hollywood dream factory in this darkly humorous thriller.








D. L. Bruin, Author
DL Bruin was born in Los Angeles, CA. At the ripe old age of five he began his career as an actor, and spent his childhood working on numerous TV shows and feature films, under the name Lindy Davis. After high school, DL joined the US Air Force and served as an air traffic controller, specializing in RADAR approach control. Upon completion of service, he returned to Hollywood and a career behind the camera as a photographer and writer.

Preferring to just visit Hollywood these days, DL currently resides with his family in beautiful, rural northern California.












Monday, November 28, 2016

LINDA RAE SANDE'S NEW RELEASE!











The Gossip of an Earl 
(The Widows of the Aristocracy Book 1)
by Linda Rae Sande 

Genre: Historical Romance






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The Earl of Fennington has a secret identity—that of Mr. Pepperidge, editor of London's premiere gossip rag, The Tattler. While attending a garden party as Fennington, he meets and falls in love with an earl's daughter. The attraction is mutual, for despite knowing better, Lady Emelia allows him to kiss her behind a hedgerow. Who will know but them?


When the earl asks permission to marry Emelia, her father denies him, requiring him instead to court Emelia for eight weeks. He's only allowed to see her once each week, however. Desperate to spend more time with her, Fennington devises a scheme in which he'll be able to do just that, but in disguise. Emelia will have to meet Mr. Pepperidge in the park once a week to provide him the on-dit she hears whilst paying calls in Mayfair parlors. That, or he'll print the news of her kiss with Fennington in The Tattler!


Jane Vandermeer, Dowager Countess of Stoneleigh, is considering a move to the Continent—a year of mourning after a loveless marriage has left her wanting something more. When her long lost love, Andrew Burroughs, appears at Lord Weatherstone's ball and informs her he'll be spending the evening—and hopefully the rest of his life—with her in London, the future is suddenly looking bright. That is, until The Tattler prints a report of Andrew kissing Lady Jane in the gardens during the ball. A different Jane.


Hurt and angered, Jane goes about trying to discover the truth while Andrew is seeing to the restoration of the childhood home he hopes to share with Jane.


With mistaken identities ruling the reports in The Tattler and a new Gossip Goddess sharing news of obscure aristocrats, is it any wonder the members of the ton love to hate gossip? Or do they really love "The Gossip of an Earl"? The Tattler knows!










A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.


A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any fish, she follows the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. See her upcoming books on her websitewww.lindaraesande.com.
















Friday, November 25, 2016

POINCIANA ROAD BY MARGARET WAY



Poinciana Road
by Margaret Way

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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POINCIANA ROAD Blurb:

A successful child psychologist, Mallory has no wish to return to the tropical hideaway where she experienced so much pain. But her Uncle Robert is ailing and it’s only right that she be there for the man who came to her rescue when she was a lost, lonely child. At least he is not alone—his protégé, and Mallory’s rival for his affections, is also at his side. Blaine Forrester hasn’t lost his knack for getting under Mallory’s skin, taking her breath away and leaving her unsettled at the same time.

While Robert recuperates, Mallory is shocked to learn that Jason Cartwright is on the payroll of his estate—the very man whose humiliating betrayal led her to leave North Queensland on the eve of her wedding. Confronting him—along with his wife and his manipulative twin sister—is a trial, though she can’t help forming a bond with little Ivy, Jason’s sickly daughter. But as tragedy strikes Moonglade, Mallory and Blaine will discover a darkness hidden within this deceptively beautiful world and their enigmatic circle—one that will either unite them at last, or tear apart the promise of paradise…



POINCIANA ROAD Excerpt:

“What makes you think you can help?” His eyes rested on every feature of her beautiful face wreathed in masses of tousled dark golden hair. He was close enough to catch the scent of her, the scent of Mallory, the combination of clean hair, clean skin, clean heart. Purity.

“I’m a psychologist, Jason. There are some concerns about Ivy that need to be cleared up.”

“Would you like to know what Jess thinks?”

“No, I would not,” Mallory said forcefully. “I’m absolutely certain your sister blames Kathy for everything that goes wrong with Ivy. “

“And that surprises you?” Jason threw down the challenge. “For God’s sake, Jess isn’t much good at showing it, but she loves Ivy.”

“Not the type of love Ivy craves. Jessica isn’t any good at showing how much she loves her niece.”

“Maybe not, but Jess has a real nose for what Kathy’s up to.”

“Meaning?” Mallory snapped, aware she was starting to lose her cool. “Look, let’s go through to the Garden Room. Would you like something to eat or drink?”

“I’m okay.” Jason followed her through the house until they reached the big beautiful room filled with all manner of indoor plants and luxuriant golden canes in huge Thai pots. “I had lunch with Jess. We could have sat all day talking about what goes wrong with Ivy. Kathy as a mother is a real joke.”

“Joke, am I?”

Startled, both of them turned to face the voice. Even Jason seemed swamped by embarrassment.

Kathy stood there, her hazel eyes puffy and cloudy with fitful sleep.




Author Margaret Way


USA Today bestselling author Margaret Way has written more than 130 books, many of them International Bestsellers. She has been published in 114 countries and 34 languages. Her novels are set in her beloved Australia, where she was born and lives to this day. Her stories always contain the beauty and rugged nature of the rural and Outback Australia, as well as the rainforests and coral reefs of Northern Queensland.



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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DOUBLE POSTS - TURKEY TROT AND STEPHANIE BURKHART

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A Princess is Always Right
by Stephanie Burkhart


GENRE:  steampunk romance


A PRINCESS IS ALWAYS RIGHT Blurb:

Sophia may be the youngest Windsor, but she knows her mind. A Princess of York, she's committed to do her duty – prevent Jonas Byron from finding Nikola Tesla and decimating the time line.

Jax Ruston is a rugged metalsmith with curly hair and dimples to die for. A resident of 1855, he's pledged to help Sophia find Jonas. Together, they journey across continental Europe in pursuit of Jonas.

Despite her duty, Sophia's attracted to handsome Jax. However, he's committed to living in 1855. Can Sophia keep her focus on her mission, or will desire interfere with her task? Only one thing is certain: a princess is always right.




A PRINCESS IS ALWAYS RIGHT Excerpt:

Jax raked a hand over his hair. He did not want her to leave without him. That meant only one thing. He had to go to her and convince her they couldn't be separated. He stood and cast his gaze on Ian. The boy slept soundly. Jax had to find a compromise by doing right by the boy and doing right by his heart.

He closed the door behind him gently and checked on Sophia's room. She wasn't there. Then he went downstairs. Peeking into the study, he saw Lady Charlotte placing covers over Lord Ridgecroft and making him comfortable. Could she be in the kitchen? He continued down the hall and caught a glimpse of two people sitting on a bench. Jeeves and Sophia. Fisting his hands, he drew in a breath and steeled up his courage.

Jax knocked on the glass of the French doors and stepped out. She looked up at him, sadness etched in her face.

"Can we talk?" he asked.

Jeeves glanced at Sophia. She offered the butler a small smile. "It's fine."

Jeeves stood and bowed. "If you'll excuse me, I'll finish my rounds and retire for the evening."

"Good night, Jeeves," Jax said.The butler nodded and left.

"I had no idea I had a son. This was a surprise."

"It's clear the boy is yours," she said, softly. "And so is your duty."

"I won't deny it," Jax paused. "And I do want to get to know him, but I don't want to lose you either."

"I have to leave tomorrow."

He pursed his lips, frustrated. "I knew Fiona briefly. I was attracted to her because she was kind, but I knew nothing would ever come of us. My father suggested she knew that, too, that's why she never told me."

"I'm sorry." Sophia looked at her fingers in her lap, then up at him. "She should have contacted you. It would have been the right thing to do."

He sighed and took the seat next to Sophia placing her hand between his. He snared her eyes with his stare. "The right thing to do is let me go with you tomorrow. I care for you."

"I know what it's like to lose a parent. I was twelve when my mother passed away. I still remember the little things, like her smile. I remember traveling all over Britain with her. When my mother passed away, a sadness filled my heart that I thought I would never replace. That little boy is hurting right now. He needs you."

"He can come with us." Jax just blurted out the first thought that came to his mind. If Sophia wanted Ian to be close to Jax, then it only made sense to have Ian come with them. Jax thought the idea was inspired.

Sophia's mouth fell open, then she closed it, before she scrunched up her brows. "Are you serious? That we take a five-year-old traipsing all over Europe with us?"

"Why not? It's the only way we can be all together." He had no idea what it would entail, but what better way to solve his problem? He would get to know his son and remain close to Sophia.
   
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My Review of A PRINCESS IS ALWAYS RIGHT

A PRINCESS IS ALWAYS RIGHT is the fourth book in the Windsor Diaries series. This book can be read independently from the previous three but you’d be missing on excellent stories and a lot of talent if you skip them. The previous books are VICTORIAN SCOUNDREL (book one), A GENTLEMAN AND A ROGUE (book two) and A LADY NEVER LIES (book three). These books are speculative fiction of mixed genres: steampunk romance, action, adventure, and time travel.

The heroine is Sophia, youngest of the Windsor princesses. Quiet Sophia blossoms with the emotional and difficult choices she is forced to make.  Handsome Jax Ruston, a blacksmith who is reluctant to admit his love for the princess, aids her in her mission to travel through time and prevent Jonas Byron from changing the future by intervening with Nicolas Tesla's inventions.

The story takes readers rushing through Europe of the past. Various aspects of the Industrial Revolution are put in perspective plus the rapidly changing developments of the nineteenth century are highlighted. Creative plot twists capture the reader and kept me unable to stop reading. Ms Burkhart is a master craftsman who weaves a complex story presented in easily understood terms.

As always, Stephanie Buckhart delivers a great book. A PRINCESS IS ALWAYS RIGHT is a well-written story with likable characters and lots of adventure. I highly recommend it.


Stephanie Burkhart, Author
Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also a den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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Are you having a crowd for Thanksgiving this year or only one or two at your table?

We used to have a huge traditional Thanksgiving Day starting with the Macy’s parade on television. Our feast—turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, homemade cranberry sauce, spinach soufflé, green bean casserole, and rolls was a huge meal. For dessert, we had pecan pie as well as chocolate and coconut meringue pies and sometimes apple raisin cake with caramel icing. By the time the meal was over, we were stuffed. Then came the cleanup—is anything worse than getting the meat off the turkey carcass?

When we served all this food, we invited family and friends at Thanksgiving. With more people visiting for dinner, this meal was worth all the effort. As time has gone by, though, our little family has dwindled to the four of us. Friends moved away or passed away, family did the same. The above is a LOT of food for four people. Plus, one of our members is vegetarian and another doesn’t like turkey.

My husband does the cooking now and I’m happy with whatever he cooks. Nevertheless, I hate to see him spending a couple of days getting ready for a meal that lasts a half hour. He hasn’t been feeling well, so our daughters and I have persuaded him to have a Mrs. Stauffer’s lasagna, a salad, and French bread. Our daughter is bringing a pecan pie (his favorite). He also bought Blue Bell ice cream because he likes vanilla ice cream on his pie. I do like tradition, but this makes so much more sense for our family.

On Thursday, we four will gather for our lasagna, salad, and pie. The meal won’t be traditional, but maybe it will be the start of a NEW tradition. The most important thing is not what you eat, but who is eating that meal with you. Yeah, we get that.

Please remember to comment on this blog to qualify for the Turkey Trot Grand Prize of $50, which will be announced on Saturday. You comment will also qualify you for a chance at an e-book copy of WILD WESTERN WOMEN – MISTLETOE, MONTANA, a Christmas box set from me.

If you have trouble connecting with the Linky below, learn all the other blogs taking part in the Turkey Trot Blog Hop at Rose Gordon's website:
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You can comment at each blog to increase your chances of winning the giveaway, plus each blog has a different giveaway.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!







Monday, November 21, 2016

A DOUBLE LIFE--TEMPTING THE EARL!



Tempting the Earl
by Rachael Miles

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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TEMPTING THE EARL Blurb:

Olivia Walgrave is finished with being a countess. Writing under a pen name, her controversial column for the scandal sheets provides her with some income and far more excitement than managing a country estate. Besides, in the three years since the wars have ended, her dashing husband hasn’t spent one night under their roof. So Olivia has prepared a plan, and an annulment. All she needs is his consent…

Harrison Walgrave, the Earl of Levesford, let his father coerce him into marriage, but his true devotion is to his Parliamentary career—and his secret work for the Home Office. Yet now, with freedom in his grasp, he finds he cannot so easily release his wife. Seeing her stirs a hunger no other woman has reached. A distraction now, when he is a breath away from revealing a ring of traitors, could be deadly. Still, wherever his investigations lead, the thought of Olivia lingers. It might be obsession. It might be treason. But the only way to escape the temptation is to succumb…



TEMPTING THE EARL Excerpt:

He walked to the window and looked out. That had not gone as well as he predicted. He decided to try a different tack. “Do you hate me?”

She looked puzzled. “Why would I hate you? You made it clear that you had no wish to be married, and you have refused to be married in every way that matters. Hating you would be foolish, for it would mean that I refused to acknowledge what you have made perfectly and repeatedly clear.”

“Then if you do not hate me, what are your feelings?” Perhaps he could gain some insight into her motivations, since he had miscalculated her thoughts at every turn so far. Not in all his years in Parliament had he felt so out of his depths.

“My feelings are my own. If we were married, I might feel obligated to share them, but we are not married nor have we ever been.”

“What if I wish to share my feelings?”

“You may do as you wish, but it does not require me to reciprocate.”

“You have grown into a hard woman, Olivia.” He realized with some sadness.

“I was always a hard woman. You simply didn’t realize it.”

“Ah, how can that be? The Olivia I remember was sweet, open, dutiful.”

She shook her head, rejecting his words. “I have long credited you with greater skills of observation than you apparently possess. I was even then a woman of many secrets. You were simply uninterested in knowing any of them.”




Rachael Miles, Author

Rachael Miles has always loved a good romance, especially one with a bit of suspense and preferably a ghost. She is also a professor of book history and nineteenth-century literature whose students frequently find themselves reading the novels of Ann Radcliffe and other gothic tales. Rachael lives in her home state of Texas with her indulgent husband, three rescued dogs, and an ancient cat.

Author Website: http://rachaelmiles.com/
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