Friday, July 18, 2014

[Friday Reads] What I'm reading! #Historical Romance

Happy Friday Everyone!

I didn't have a blog post scheduled for today but on the way to my day job I got the itch to post one...

So...here goes! Today I'm sharing what I'm reading now and what's up next!


Title: Lady Falls
Series: Black Rose Trilogy Book 1
Author: Renee Bernard
Genre: Historical Romance - Victorian Era
Release Date: June 24, 2014


Book Description:
Raven Wells is no ordinary girl. Plucked from an orphanage by a scheming earl, she has been raised like a thoroughbred, groomed for one purpose: Revenge. Unfortunately, the Earl of Trent never let her in on the plan, so when she meets the man of her dreams, Sir Phillip Warrick, she has no idea that every lesson, every tutor and every impulsive inch of her was crafted for his seduction and destruction. What she does know is that love is the prize she wants most and that nothing should stand in a woman’s way to getting what she wants.

Phillip Warrick is simply trying to recover his friendship with the earl, unaware that the man has spent years laying the foundation for destroying Phillip’s peace of mind. What he does know is that the earl’s ward, Raven Wells, is mesmerizing, fascinating and apparently without reserve. Witty, beautiful, impulsive and impossible—she is like a siren beckoning him to forget the rules and seize only the pleasures of the moment.

Together, their love will set in motion a series of events that no one can foresee. Revenge creates more than one victim, but also more than one winner. Raven Wells will be transformed into a force of nature the likes of which Victorian London has never experienced before. LADY FALLS is the birth of the Black Rose and the end of innocence.

**From acclaimed USA Today bestselling author, Renee Bernard, comes a new trilogy of gothic power and twisted sensuality. Here’s a slice of historical romance not generally found in the mainstream—so pull up a chair, settle in for a good read and hang on!**


My thoughts on the book so far:
I absolutely love historical romance, as you all know. And what could possibly make it even better? A Gothic twist with a kick ass heroine! I love to read about unconventional heroines in historical novels because I like to think that IF I'd been born 150 years earlier I would have been that hellion! Confession...I definitely would have been that hellion...ask my mom!

I've been seeing Renee around social media sites for a while and I was dying to read one of her books! I'll admit that I was excited to hear she was going indie with her Black Rose trilogy.




What's up next for me? 
Well, I'm finishing my first draft of FORGOTTEN NO MORE, A LADY FORSAKEN BOOK TWO this weekend (fingers crossed!) if life doesn't get in the way. Monday I plan to start my read through and first round of edits. I think readers will enjoy Ruby and Harold's story.

You can buy SHUNNED NO MORE, 
A LADY FORSAKEN BOOK ONE here:
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After that I have about fifteen historical romances downloaded on my Kindle, including:
The Dangerous Discount by Miranda Neville
Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins
Desperate Duchesses by Eloise James (I've read this before but I plan to read the whole series again)
Newly Courted, Suddenly Wed by Christi Caldwell
The Scandal in Kissing an Heir by Sophie Barnes
Wicked by Cheryl Holt

Oh, I could go on and on! I love books :-)

My list includes some authors I read religiously and some new ones. The joys of having a Kindle...and loving indies, as well as traditionally published authors.



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Shunned No More

by Christina McKnight

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy International Author Day! #Inspiration



Five books that inspire me to write!

Every writer has that one book or series that influenced and inspired them to write. I’m no different. Books hold a very special place in my heart; they’ve taken me to new worlds, introduced me to new concepts and ideas, and taught me so much about human relationships. Today, I’m going to share five books (and series) that pushed me to tell my story.

5. Little House on the Prairie
Little known fact about me…I couldn’t read until around age eleven. Yep, you read that right, ELEVEN! I still grow faint at the idea of reading aloud to anyone but my daughter. Another fact about me…I learned to read by first mastering braille with the help of my blind tutor, Chris Hansen. From the second I was able to string together words (I know this sounds like such an easy concept to some people) I took off! I read everything I could get my hands on. Up until that point, I enjoyed watching the television show, Little House on the Prairie starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert. Imagine my surprise when I found the box set of books at my local bookstore. I was in absolute heaven! I spent the next year reading the series (including Laura Ingalls Wilder’s daughter’s story) and telling my mom how they differed from the TV show.

4. Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I
My next great inspiration was Julia Quinn (and really all Historical Romance writers). Quinn has a way of creating stories that draw a reader in…I become invested in her characters and I truly care about their story. You know you’ve read an amazing romance novel when the happily ever after isn’t enough for you. I found myself wanting to continue on with her characters and find out what happened next in their lives. After reading, The Duke and I, I was excited to learn that the book was part of a longer series in which her characters returned in each book. What? I don’t have to let them go? I was thrilled! If you enjoy Historical Romance, you’ll LOVE Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton’s series.

3. Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series
As an adult my taste in books diversified and matured…and so started my love of vampires and anything Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Lara Adrian’s unique idea for who and what vampires are captured my attention immediately. I fell in love with her take on the genre and the characters she developed. Her series, The Midnight Breed, fulfills my love for returning characters. Maybe I have a problem letting go? With eleven books currently in the series, and more coming each year, I plan on immersing myself in her characters and their world every few months!

2. JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
I was introduced to JR Ward around the same time as Lara Adrian…and HOLY SMOKES can Ward write a compelling book! Her characters are well rounded and believable (as much as anyone can believe in vampiresJ). Do I dream of meeting a male twice the size of the average man? Hell yea! Do I want a male willing to have my name permanently across his back in the old language? Umm, YES! I’d even sign up for the role of a doggen to be close to these men! LOL. Every time I finish reading one of JR Ward’s books I scurry to open my own project and find ways to captivate readers with my characters and plotlines.

1. The Twilight Saga
Say what you will about Stephanie Meyer’s writing ability and skill level, but I respect the hell out of this woman! I’ve read The Twilight Series three times and each time is like the first. I find myself falling in love with Edward, hating Edward for leaving Bella, falling in love with Jacob, and then back in love with Edward. How does Meyer’s capture this type of emotion in her writing? I’m still trying to figure this out (along with thousands of other writers). It was this series that ultimately pulled me back into writing after several years off. The Twilight Series proves that a book does not need to have hardcore sex scenes and gruesome violence to enthrall readers.



Title: Shunned No More
Series: A Lady Forsaken, Book 1
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: May 21, 2014
Word Count: 78,000
Cover Artist: LFD Designs for Authors








A Lady Shunned by All…

Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father’s country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn’t expect is to come face to face with her past.

A Lord Betrayed by One…

Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, only wants vengeance. Recently returned from his military service to the King, his plans include repairing his family estate, finding a bride, and destroying the girl responsible for the untimely death of his twin brothers. What he doesn’t anticipate is falling in love with the only woman who should never be part of his future.

An Impossible Match, Destined to Be…


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Monday, July 14, 2014

[Spotlight] Connecting Strangers by Rachel Carrington

Title: Connecting Strangers
Series: Discovering Emily Series, Book 1
Author: Rachel Carrington
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Date of Publication: July 21, 2014
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee of For the Muse Designs



Book Description:
Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become. I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.



Excerpt of Connecting Strangers:

“Freeze!”
The shout behind me launches me to my feet, and the stool skids away with my memories. One hand covers my heart that’s now pounding like a fist against my ribcage.
“I said don’t move!”
I stick my hands in the air, and the towel slips several notches. “I’m not moving.”
“Now turn around very slowly.”
The voice sounds familiar. It couldn’t possibly be…but I turn, and it is. Sheriff Adam Madison, and he’s got his gun trained on me like I’m some sort of threatening criminal.
“What are you doing?” I lower my hands without his permission because my only cover is about to slip low enough to expose my breasts.
“Emily?” He lowers his gun. “I couldn’t tell it was you in the shadows. What in the hell are you doing here?”
“Francine invited me. She knows I’m here, but I doubt she invited you.” I fold my arms in front of me to secure the towel, careful to not lift it too high. I’d rather show the top of my breasts than the wound on my thigh. One look at that would have Adam asking questions I’m not answering. “Do you always come barging into the diner with your gun drawn?”
“You triggered the alarm.” He juts his chin toward the register. “Guess you got too close to it.”
I look over my shoulder then back at him. “Well, I wasn’t trying to steal anything if that’s what you’re thinking. I was waiting for Francine to get back.” My heart has finally resumed its normal rhythm. “You scared the hell out of me.”
“I was doing my job.” From the dim light coming in through the full-length windows, I see him scan me from head to toe. “You always sit out in full view of windows wearing nothing but a towel?”
“Not always.” I clutch my protection and put the counter between us. He’d had all the free looks he was going to get. “How did you get in here?” And how can you possibly look so good this early in the morning?
And he does. Mouth-watering good with his sandy-brown hair windblown, and his shirt tucked in tightly enough so I can see his well-defined abs. In the male perfection department, he scores a ten.
Adam secures his gun. “I have a master key.”
“Of course you do.” His response gives me time to regain my composure. Not that I would keep it very long with him being so close. Adam Madison makes my stomach flip-flop and other parts of my body go warm. Too warm. Like he turns a furnace on whenever he walks in a room.
It’s been a long time since I’ve noticed a man the way I notice him. And it’s not good. I didn’t leave Broomtown to find another man to hook up with. After Mark, I need time and space, lots and lots of space…especially from the male gender.
“Adam, for the love of Pete, what are you doing?” Francine rushes in to stand in front of me, and my head stops whirling. Her presence gives me the distraction my body needs to right itself.
“She tripped the alarm by getting too close to the register.” Adam fixes his gaze on my face. “Seems an odd place for her to wait for you.”
Even though his lip is lifted at the corner as though he’s joking, my temper spikes. I might be on the run, but I’m no thief. “Or maybe your job has made you too damn suspicious.”
Francine snickers, and Adam nods. “Could be.” He gives Francine his attention. “If everything’s all right here, I’ll be heading out.”

“You might want to hang around. I may be tempted to make off with a couple cans of beef broth.” I tend to get really bitchy when cornered. 




About the Author:
I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.

After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense.

I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, Freelance Writing.com, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch Bones, Castle, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five-O, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.



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