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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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Stephanie Burkhart will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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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 soufflĂ©, 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:
http://www.parchmentandplume.com/blog/turkey-trot-blog-hop

You can comment at each blog to increase your chances of winning the giveaway, plus each blog has a different giveaway.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!







31 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

katsrus said...

Sounds like a good book. Really nice cover.
Sue B

Lisa Brown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Susan P said...

I am thankful for the family that sits around the table! You are right - it is the people we are with, not what we are eating.
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gpangel said...

Hi Caroline! Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from The Book Review. http://www.the-bookreview.com

Rita said...

Love the excerpt and cover.

Dee Foster said...

That sounds like an interesting story!! Happy Thanksgiving!

C_Patterson said...

Sounds great and stopping by to say hello! I have read Mistletoe, Montana and the Wild Western Women that live there. It is an excellent box set and I'm always glad to see the Wild Western Women sets.

vera book reviews and stuff said...

DUE TO FAMILY HEALTH CRISIS'S WE MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE A LARGE GATHERING. I AM BLESSED THAT MY 92 YR OLD FATHER IS STILL WITH US AND MY BROTHER IS HANDING IN THERE. WE ARE GOING TO BBQ A PIG ON THE PIG COOKER AND FIX A FEW SIDES, EAT CAFETERIA STYLE. I LOVE YOUR BOOKS.

Bambingbling said...

Not hosting this year so it's just going to be us :) bambingbling at gmail dot com

Eva Millien said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for the review, I'm not really having a big Thanksgiving this year, because we are in the process of moving, so we will probably just have a small dinner for just us. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Beth Ann Tilley said...

Thank you for the excerpt & giveaway. What a great book title!!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great review, sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for sharing.

Valeri Dedich said...

Happy thanksgiving!

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

Joseph Wallace said...

What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Sherry said...

My family will be going to my sisters on Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed the excerpt.
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Cynthia P said...

Really enjoyed the excerpt! I'm not usually a fan of steampunk, but this sounds good.

Cynthia P said...

Forgot to leave my email. blueirishmoon at hotmail dot com

Katherine Bone said...

Wishing you a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!! ;)

SassyBookLover said...

We ate sandwiches a couple of times, but the family being together was more important.

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Rachael Clemons said...

Thanks for the chance. Happy Thanksgiving rc12d@yahoo.com

Ruth Ann Nordin said...

I agree. The important thing is who we spend the day with, not the food on the table. Your post was very touching and sweet. :)

No need to enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted to stop by and say hi since I'm in the Turkey Trot Blog Hop, too.

Dario Z said...

Sounds like a great read, hope I'll have a chance to read it soon!

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Thank you so much for having me here! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

The best book I've read recently is "The Fever Code," by James Dashner. It's a prequel for the Maze Runner series.

Smiles
Steph Burkhart
Romance Under the Moonlight

kaisquared said...

I love Stephanie's Windsor Diary series, great to see the new book. Happy Thanksgiving! Hubby is almost done making a marvelous meal and our extended family including 4 dachshunds are looking forward to a feast!

emmasmom69 AT gmail DOT com

Jeanette Platt said...

Very true... it is all about who you are with not what you are eating. Thank you for being part of the hop. I hope you enjoyed your dinner.

j.m.platt83@gmail.com

Karen H said...

I've heard of Stephanie before, but I've never had the pleasure of reading her books. This new one sounds really good. Love the cover.

desitheblonde said...

i like the book and the cover and then ilike to
know if the book have trading cards and then
the book marks

Chelsey Blood said...

Thanks for the chance!! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Mary Preston said...

It's all about the loved ones.