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Happy Release Day, Jessica Cale!

Don’t you just love the name Mark Virtue? I do. He is the name of the hero from the latest historical romance authored by my friend, Jessica Cale – Virtue’s Lady.virtueslady

And you can read it today!

Check out Jessica’s website for more information, including buy links, or search for the book on any of your favorite online bookstore sites!

I know what I’m doing tonight!

Congratulations Jessica!

Review – It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne Long

It Started With a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green, #10)It Started With a Scandal by Julie Anne Long

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*sigh* my heart is so full of these two. What can I say… I laughed when they laughed, ached when they ached. My heart caught in my throat; my toes curled. I felt their love grow one step at a time… and it was a strong love, it leaped off the pages and demanded to be felt. The imagery was perfect, so many words so carefully chosen were written exactly the way things needed to be said… simple and to the point, vivid and real.

In all, this book is what every romance should be at heart… a love brought on, not by simple lust, though the attraction was most certainly there, but also through respect and admiration and written in such a way that you cannot help but feel it, too.

Perfect.

Thank you, Ms. Long.

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Featured Book Friday: Tyburn by Jessica Cale

Today, I’m pleased to feature author Jessica Cale and her debut novel, Tyburn.

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Author: Jessica Cale
Genre: Historical Romance (Restoration London)
Length: 95,000 words
Rating: R
Release Date: December 8th, 2014
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Blurb:
Sally Green is about to die.

She sees Death in the streets. She can taste it in her gin. She can feel it in the very walls of the ramshackle brothel where she is kept to satisfy the perversions of the wealthy. She had come to London as a runaway in search of her Cavalier father. Instead, she found Wrath, a sadistic nobleman determined to use her to fulfill a sinister ambition. As the last of her friends are murdered one by one, survival hinges on escape.

Nick Virtue is a tutor with a secret. By night he operates as a highwayman, relieving nobles of their riches to further his brother’s criminal enterprise. It’s a difficult balance at the best of times, and any day that doesn’t end in a noose is a good one. Saving Sally means risking his reputation, and may end up costing him his life.

As a brutal attack throws them together, Sally finds she has been given a second chance. She is torn between the tutor and the highwayman, but she knows she can have neither. Love is an unwanted complication while Wrath haunts the streets. Nick holds the key to Wrath’s identity, and Sally will risk everything to bring him to justice.

Unless the gallows take her first.

Excerpt:
Darkness had fully settled over the forest and he was in no danger of being seen as they headed for the city. There were no new street lamps so far out of town, and as often as she glanced at his face, all she could see was the outline of his profile by the light of the moon. He moved soundlessly through the night as criminals must, the warmth of his hand in hers the only reassurance she had that he was still beside her.

They reached the edge of Hyde Park and Sally felt Tyburn looming near before she saw it, the residual tragedy of the gallows rippling along the field in a mournful, near perceptible howl. Because she could not look away, she turned toward the evil and saw the fearful silhouette of the triple tree dark against the violet sky.

This is your future, they seemed to whisper.

In her heart, she answered, I know.

She heard the brutal crack of Claude’s strong, young neck reverberate through the darkest corners of her memory, felt his cold lips against hers once more in a terrible promise, and in

her bones she felt the stillness of one who is certain they are about to die. She was immediately aware of the unique texture of every breath she drew, the sweet sigh of the breeze whispering through her hair, and the dirt, the calluses, the very fingerprints of the hand in hers.

So little of Sally’s life had been left up to her.

She might have days, hours, mere moments left, but she would be damned if she wasted them.

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Buy it here:

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Author Bio:
Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. You can visit her at www.authorjessicacale.com.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.authorjessicacale.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicacale
Twitter: @JessicaCale
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JessicaCaleWrites
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Cale/e/B00PVDV9EW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9819997.Jessica_Cale

New Releases for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Four Nights with a Duke


Author: Eloisa James

As you all are probably aware, Eloisa James is one of my favorite authors. So I’m sure it is no surprise when I say that I preordered Four Nights with the Duke, Book 2 of the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers Series, back in May… 2014. Book 1, Three Weeks with Lady X, was a phenomenal success I enjoyed very much. With that in mind, I am quite positive that I will not be getting any writing in today. Sigh. For those of you groaning about that, why don’t you buy a copy of Four Nights with a Duke…? I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Book Blurb:


 

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself. Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain… he will spend four nights a year with her.

Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them. Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.

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It Started with a Scandal


Author: Julie Anne Long

It’s going to be quite difficult for me to decide which book to start reading today. I preordered, It Started with a Scandal, Book 10 of the Pennyroyal Green series, as well. A while back. Julie Anne Long’s previous book, Betweeen the Devil and Ian Eversea, is decidedly one of my all time favorite books. Ever. Therefore, it is going to be difficult for this sequel to replace it in my affections… but if anyone can do it, it is Ms. Long. I cannot wait to find out.

Book Blurb:


 

Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword and a stone-cold conviction: he’ll restore his family’s fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach–when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.

An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. Shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.

The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe’s barricaded heart…and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.

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The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor


Author: Paula Quinn

Paula Quinn wrote another of my all-time favorite romances, A Highlander Never Surrenders. I’ve read it a dozen times at least. So I did not hesitate to preorder The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor when it became available. This book is the 3rd in the Highland Heirs series. Book 2, The Wicked Ways of Alexander the Kidd was a fantastic read I do not hesitate to recommend to my friends.

 

Book Blurb:


 

A LADY’S MISSION

Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan’s dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London, unprepared for the treachery that awaits—especially from her wickedly handsome escort. He is the enemy, but his slow, sensuous kisses entice her beyond reason.

A WARRIOR’S TEMPTATION

General Daniel Marlow, loyal knight and the kingdom’s most desirable hero, would rather be on the battlefield than transporting a spoiled Highland lass. But Abby MacGregor is unlike any woman he’s ever met, in a ballroom or in his bedroom. Captivated by her daring spirit and seduced by her lovely innocence, Daniel must choose between betraying his queen, or giving up the woman who would steal his country—and his traitorous heart.

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Spring Blog Tour – Romance Novel Giveaways

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Today is the first day of my March/April blog tour for What the Duke Wants. The tour is organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

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Enter to win this custom handmade necklace at blog stops on the tour.

What’s more – how about a chance to win a custom designed piece of jewelry? Hand made for this tour by Keri Lee Sereika @ Pink Lemonade

Today’s stop is the blog for Romance Novel Giveaways.

I hope to see you there!

You can also go here to see a list of tour stops.

New Releases for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid


Author: Suzanne Enoch

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I cannot wait to start reading Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch. This book is Book 3 of Ms. Enoch’s Scandalous Highlander Series. I’ve read the first two books of this series  and absolutely loved them. I have no doubt I’ll be in love with the third… what’s not to love about a man in a kilt, right?

Book Blurb:


 

She used to be mad about him.

In Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch, high-spirited Rowena MacLawry has come to the Highlands after a spectacularly successful debut Season in London, and has made it painfully clear that she’s outgrown her girlhood obsession with Lachlan MacTier. That’s just fine with him, as he never had any intention of marrying the lass anyway! Yet how can he ignore the fact that the once rough and tumble Winnie has become a very fashionable–and incredibly desirable–young woman…

And now he’s got it bad

Brawny, rugged Lachlan is nothing like the aristocratic English gentlemen who pursued Winnie–with a passion–in London. Three months away was more than enough to show her a world infinitely more glamorous than the untamed Scottish Highlands–and her beloved childhood crush. But now that she’s decided to find a prospective husband with a bit more polish, could Lachlan finally appreciate her?charms? And is it remotely possible to ignore the wild attraction she feels for him??

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