Unravelling the Earl by Lynne Barron ~ Book Tour and $25 Gift Card #Giveaway #Historical #EroticRomance

Lynne Baron - Unraveling the Earl Book Tour

Welcome to Sensuous Promo’s UNRAVELLING THE EARL Book Tour.

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Unravelling the Earl ~ Book 3 in the Idyllwild series

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The Earl of Hastings’s reputation as London’s greatest gift to the ladies has taken on a life of its own, one he is only too happy to live up to in one Mayfair bedchamber after another. Until he encounters a lady more interested in poking around his country estate than sampling his lauded charms.

Georgiana Buchanan is possessed of murky morals, skewed notions of right and wrong, a talent for dancing around the truth, and a penchant for crashing weddings, funerals and charity balls.

When Georgie catches Henry’s roving eye, she turns the tables on the arrogant scoundrel, introducing him to a world of sensual delights and unraveling his vaunted control before fleeing into the night.

Henry is determined to make the elusive Georgiana his mistress while the lady wants only to use his desire to further her own schemes. When they find themselves marooned at Idyllwild during a summer storm, they will both discover they’ve gotten more than they bargained for.

Let’s take a peek inside:

Georgie drew in a ragged breath and lifted her head from his shoulder, peeking up at him from beneath her lashes, her feather waving in the air.

Henry angled his head to look into her face, expecting to find trembling lips, blotchy skin and eyes swollen nearly shut.

Georgie’s skin was a touch pink on the crests of her sharp cheekbones but her eyes were bright and quite large. Her lips trembled for a moment before lifting in a smile that began at one corner and slowly worked its way to the other.

“Gracious me, but your uncle is a fearsome man,” she said, her voice laced with laughter as she smacked him lightly on the shoulder. “But I could have handled him. There was no need for you to play the gallant and whisk me up in your arms.”

“You were crying.” Except her eyes were bright and clear. And dry.

“I thought to faint but I never did master the art of the elegant swoon.”

Henry only stared at her, certain he must have misunderstood her words and the smile that had reached her eyes, setting them to twinkling.

“With my luck, no one would have caught me,” she continued, scrambling from his lap and plopping down on the seat across from him. “To be sure, I’d have gone tumbling to the marble floor, likely cracking my chin and biting clear through my tongue.”

“You were faking,” he accused.

“Were you fooled?”

“Damn it, Georgie.”

“Huh, I thought for certain you knew what I was about when you caught me up in your arms, all bellowing, masculine temper.” She reached up and pulled the feather from her hair, tossing it to the seat beside her. “You ought to have carried me back to the parlor so everyone could fuss over me while Lord Somerton stewed in his guilt.”

“It was all part of a strategy?” Henry asked, trying to keep up with her agile, and alarmingly cunning, mind.

“Somerton would have been begging my pardon within three minutes, and offering up all of his considerable resources to find the elusive Connie.”

“You lied to my family.”

“Faking a crying fit is lying?”

“They must think I’ve lost my mind,” Henry muttered, an image of the stares from the dining room and Olivia’s fluttering hands filling his mind.

“They’ll still love you,” she replied cheerfully.

“Of course they will but that is not the point.”

“Will they seek guardianship over your estate?” she asked, kicking off her slippers and wiggling her toes. “Marry you off to some bossy miss in hopes she might control your erratic behavior? Lop off your bollocks to prevent you from breeding, thereby putting an end to the madness that courses through your blood?”

“Madness does not course through my blood.”

“Then what has caused your sudden madness?”

“You have caused my sudden madness,” he answered, unable to hold back a smile as he watched her tug at the buttons of one lace glove.

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#FallBackInTime with Historical Romance

Fall Back in Time with Historical Romance on November 1st

On the first Saturday in November, we here in the United States “fall back.”  We don’t literally fall back: we just make time go, well, backwards.  Every American (except those dogged rebels in Arizona and Hawaii) collectively sets their clocks back one hour to mourn observe the end of Daylight Savings Time and the return to Standard Time – or as I like to call it, “that time of year when daylight runs away too quickly, and it gets dark at 4:30pm, making me crazy-sleepy by 8:00pm.”

This year, however, the Historical Romance Network is livening up this sad task by asking fans of our genre to post selfies with a favorite historical romance novel.  Our selfies will let us “Fall Back in Time” to show how much we love our historicals!  And our genre is more diversified than ever: under the title Historical Romance you can find the subgenres of Viking, Medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian, Regency, Victorian, Pirate, Colonial America, Civil War, Western, and Native American.  Those subgenres can be broken down even further into Paranormal, Erotic, Time Travel, Steampunk – well, you get the idea.

Historical Romance offers something (or several somethings) for every taste and interest.

Nerdy girls read love too!

So what’s my #FallBackInTime?

I’m falling back upon my introduction to the historical romance, which happened at the ripe old age of 15.  I was bored to tears one summer, stuck at my grandparents’ house with the classic “there’s nothing to do around here” complaint.  My sweet grandmother took me back to her room, to the back of her closet, and revealed her secret stash of romance novels.  They were stacked floor-to-ceiling.  They were amazing.

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G.G.’s closet romance stash – IKR?!

Alas, I was not allowed to dive willy-nilly into those books sporting colorful covers of bare-chested heroes and swooning heroines.  My grandmother, with her quiet southern drawl, gently instructed “Renée, you’re too young for the likes of Barbara Cartland and Kathleen Woodiwiss, but you can help yourself to the third shelf from the bottom.”  (My, how my G.G. would blush at my TBR shelf!)  Thus I chose my first historical romance.  It was nothing like what I read or write today, but it was enough to get me hooked.  Behold, Love Comes Softly, by Janette Oke.

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#FallBackInTime – way back to the hardcover of Love Comes Softly that I first read in 1991

Now it’s time for you to get in on the fun!

Dig through your shelves of books and post a selfie showing your first or favorite historical romance.  Get creative and snap a shot of your face between the first and last historical romances you read.  Immortalize yourself with the book from your favorite subgenre (go Regency!).  Take a selfie with your desert island must-have.

Just hashtag your picture #FallBackInTime.  Tweet it to me @eenayray, post it in the comments below, or head over to the Fall Back In Time Facebook Page and share your selfie with other Historical Romance addicts.

Hit me with your best shot!

Who wouldn't love a flirty rake with a fan?

New Release from author Mel Curtis ~ Breaking the Rules

Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Mel Curtis ~ Breaking the Rules

Author Mel Curtis is releasing a hot new novella in The Hollywood Rules series, Breaking the Rules.  We’ve met the Rule siblings – Amber, Blue, Cora, and Gemma (and we’ll meet the unknown Daisy in the future!).  Now we’re going to find out the story of fave supporting characters Jack and Viv.

Let’s get The Story Behind the Story of Breaking the Rules, straight from the author, Mel Curtis.

I’ve been writing books in The Hollywood Rules series for a couple of years now. From the very first book an estranged couple showed up – Jack and Viv Gordon. Here was a couple that through three books and a novella clearly loved each other (when they weren’t being out of control), but couldn’t seem to work their problems out. I’m sure you’ve known couples like this and wondered what the problem was. You’ll find out more about why their marriage broke up, and why they’re destined to be together when they go about Breaking the Rules.

The blurb:

To say Jack and Vivian Gordon’s marriage has been rocky would be an understatement. The Gordons have been on a roller coaster of love and lust, but can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time. This power couple needs a time-out to find their happily ever after. And life coach to Hollywood’s rich and powerful, Cora Rule, has just the solution – have the couple sign their divorce papers in a safe room…and lock them inside.

The excerpt:

Vivian Gordon had a problem.

A six-foot-two-inch hunk of a problem.

Sex with Jack hadn’t solved the problem. Marrying him hadn’t solved the problem. Leaving him hadn’t solved the problem.

The problem was that Viv loved her husband, but Jack didn’t love her.

It wasn’t as if Jack was incapable of love, as some of Hollywood moguls seemed to be. No, Jack had passion aplenty, but it was for the NBA team he owned, the L.A. Flash, not for a woman. Not for Viv.

Viv watched Jack swim his daily laps with strong, commanding strokes. Heaven forbid Jack didn’t get his laps in. If he didn’t, he was the biggest shit.

Her Gianvito Rossi black suede lace up heels clicked slowly across the white marble tile as she approached the patio doors in the house they’d once shared. Her cadence was one of a doomed prisoner being shown the open door of the gas chamber.

This is the end.

And she’d chosen the execution date.

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Gentle Readers, just for stopping by today, Ms. Curtis has an awesome gift.  You can download a FREE COPY of Amber Rules from Melinda’s website during the week of October 20-26, 2014.  Amber Rules is Book 1 in the Hollywood Rules series (there are three books and two novellas currently out).  Just click on over to  http://www.MelindaCurtis.net, then enter Amber_Rules under Username and blogtour2014 under Password.  That’s it.  Easy peasy.

But wait, there’s more!

If you sign up for Melinda’s book release email and newsletter, you will be sent a FREE, fun, sweet novella set within the Hollywood Rules world.  Simply click here to sign up.

 

Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Guest post by author Mel Curtis with her new release, Breaking the Rules

Melinda Curtis is an award winning, USA Today recommended, Amazon best selling author. She writes independently published, steamy Hollywood Rules series as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.” Melinda also writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.

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J.C. McKenzie ~ new release ~ The Shucker’s Booktique

LON RIDES THE WAVES, LIVES BY THE TIDES, AND NOTHING CAN HOLD HIM DOWN, BUT WILLA MAY BE THE ANCHOR HE NEEDS.

Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Guest post by author J.C. McKenzie and her new release, The Shucker's Booktique

WILLA MAY BE THE ANCHOR FOR LON’S SOUL. WILL HE SACRIFICE HIS MOST PRECIOUS GIFT FOR HER?

After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker’s Booktique on a stormy night, drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa’s heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she’s missing, and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?

Thump! Thump! Thump!

No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.

No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.

Thump! Thump! Thump!

Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.

Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”

Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?

Oh God, let it be me!

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Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Guest post by author J.C. McKenzie and her new release, The Shucker's Booktique

Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.  To catch up with J.C., please visit:

Website:  http://www.jcmckenzie.ca

Blog:  http://www.jcmckenzie.blogspot.ca

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Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/author/jcmckenzie

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/JCMcKenzie

Giveaway

J.C. is hosting a fantastic giveaway to celebrate her new release – a $25 Amazon Gift Card, 5 e-copies of The Shucker’s Booktique, and 3 copies of Shift Happens .  Click HERE for your chance to win!

 

Title: The Shucker’s Booktique

Series Name: Lobster Cove

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Lara Parker

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor of DCA Graphics

Theme(s): Shapeshifters, supernatural

SubGenre(s): Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Rating: Spicy (PG13)

Keywords: Shifter, Paranormal, Fae, Urban Fantasy

Page Count: 115

Word Count: 27346

Digital Price: 2.99

Digital ISBN 978-1-62830-659-0

COPYRIGHT © 2014 by J. C. McKenzie

 

Meet Mageela Troche ~ Claiming the Highlander

I want to warmly welcome author Mageela Troche to the blog today.  She graciously agreed to stop by and reveal the inspiration for her latest novel, Claiming the Highlander.

As a romance author, I am asked many questions. One that I often get is “where do you get your inspiration from?” For my latest novel, Claiming the Highlander, I can say it all started with a football game. I was watching the Green Bay Packers play. I couldn’t help but watch number 52, Linebacker Clay Matthews. His long blond hair flapped out from the bottom of his helmet as he tackled his opponents. One thought popped in my head: Viking.

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Of course, my books are full of medieval highlanders, but Scotland and Norse have an intertwined history. Thus my hero, Caelen MacKenzie, was born. But who would be the woman that captured his heart? That I didn’t know. I had the opening scene: two children wed for political reasons. I knew one thing – a woman makes her man.

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Then my heroine came to me—Brenna Grant. She would be opposite of Caelen. Brunette and brown-eyed . . . but there was more. Marriage at this time was about political power, building connections and strengthening family ties. Brenna would be trained for the life she would live once joined to her husband, but this marriage had to help her clan as well. Now she was torn between the life she was raised to live and the one she was leaving behind. She risked the loss of the one truth in her life – her marriage to Caelen – because of men’s machinations.

Claiming the Highlander, the latest novel from author Mageela Troche

Caelen MacKenzie married heiress Lady Brenna Grant in his youth for a large parcel of land and an earldom.  Years later, Scotland trembles from the tables of the Viking Highlander, yet Caelen must face his most challenging battle – returning home to the past he ran from.

Lady Brenna loves her husband.  As her loyalties are tested, the life she was reared to live is in jeopardy.  She knows no other life apart from Countess and wife to Caelen.  Snagged in the power plays of men, she will do anything to save that life, and the man she loves.

From the rugged western highlands to the glittering Scottish court, they must battle the machinations of powerful men scheming against them.

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Author Mageela Troche

Author Mageela Troche writes in the cramped corner of her Big Apple apartment.  She is currently working on her fourth novel.  When she’s not writing, she has her nose in books while her lovebird flies about, making a great deal of noise.  But her bird is sooo cute.

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Meet My Character

My Facebook friend, fellow author, and like-minded history enthusiast Francine Howarth (do you get the idea that I like this lady a bit?) invited me to join the blog-hop Meet My Character.  Francine is not only a former mainstream-published author and former publisher, she’s now the self-published author of 17th century swashbuckling romances, lavish Georgian novellas, and romantic Regency murder mysteries.

I know.  She’s that awesome.

Find out more for yourself by visiting Francine at her website, where you can also find links to points of sale for all her novels.  You can even read sample chapters, view images of places featured within her novels, and discover links to more places of interest to historical novelists (like me!).

For this blog-hop, I’m to profile a main character from a current work in progress (WIP).  I classify my third novel, Earl Crazy, as a WIP, as I am currently putting the final touches on it before shipping it off to my editor.  When it returns with bleeding red wounds, I will definitely progress to working on it some more.  For now, let’s get to know my beleaguered, crazy Earl.

What is the name of your character? Is he fictional or historical?

Tobias Kitteridge, the Earl of Aylesford, is a most fictional character, although I picture him quite alive and well in my mind.  For each character in my book, I pick real titles, estates, and events, but I mix them up to fit my completely fictional story.  My Earl of Aylesford hails from Warwickshire rather than Kent.  He inherits his title after his father refuses to be the heir, forcing Aylesford’s grandfather to seek to have the Letters Patent for the earldom amended (which is very fictional, by the way; it could happen, and did in the 20th century, but not during the Regency). As for what Aylesford looks like, I picked a public figure that fit my idea of his characteristics.  On my Pinterest page, Novel Inspiration, I have tacked up pictures of close representations of my fictional characters.  Aylesford happens to look very similar to Tom Cullen, the dashing Lord Gillingham on Downton Abbey.

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You can see why it’s quite easy for me to blur the line between figment and fiction, yes?

When and where is the story set?

Earl Crazy is set in the autumn months of 1814.  All the action takes place in London.  1814 was an unusual year in history in general, and London in particular.  February brought a Frost Fair to the Thames for four days as the river was frozen solid.  Napoleon was deposed, abdicated his crown, and set sail for Elba in April.  Louis XVIII decided it was safe to leave London, and departed with dreams of a triumphal return to Paris.  Universal peace was declared in May, and dignitaries from various countries began to find their way to the English capital now that the war had ended.  Wellington was made a duke, fêted formally in polite homes, and extremely informally at a masque held by The Dandy Club of Byron, Devonshire, Leinster, et. al.  The Glorious Peace was celebrated in multiple parks and ballrooms in August.  So unlike most years, the aristocracy stayed in Town throughout the summer.  It would not do to miss a thing this the happenings in London, despite the heat and unfortunate stench.

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What should we know about your character?

Tobias Kitteridge is a man who grew up without a childhood, inherited an earldom that should never have been his, and shouldered the responsibilities of an entire family.  His grandfather, having lost two sons to accident and war, and the third and youngest to a world-wide treasure hunt, pulled young Tobias from university to bring him home for study.  He petitioned Parliament to let the earldom bypass his living son – Tobias’s father – so that grandson Tobias could inherit.  His petition was granted, thus ending Tobias’s youth of school, friends, and frivolity.  Life soon became endless lessons on land management, book balancing, and sober living.  At the death of his grandfather, Tobias became Aylesford, and inherited the care of his grandmother and aunt in addition to his wealth, lands, and tenants.  When we meet Aylesford, he is desperately trying to balance the demands of the earldom and supervision of his relations with the understandable desire to pursue his own interests for a change.  Just when things seem to be working out, two of his closest friends marry; now even the landscape of his friendships is changing and adulthood is leaving him behind.  A drunken suggestion is made that the answer to Aylesford’s problems can be found in a wife: one who will manage his family and his household, and allow him some much-desired free time.  This leads to a drunken advertisement for a wife (another bit of real history coming to life in my fiction).  Mix in two scheming countesses, one daffy aunt, liberal drops of the machinations of well-meaning friends, and you have the picture of life for Aylesford in Earl Crazy.  Sounds like he only wants for the perfect – for him – woman.

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What is the main conflict?  What messes up his life?

I touched on this a little bit above.  Aylesford had to grow up too soon, and missed out on many of the classic youthful male pursuits of drinking, wenching, and gambling.  His main conflict comes in trying to find a balance between his responsibilities and needing a much-deserved break from those responsibilities.  He thinks he’s figured out a solution with the helpful prodding of his friends and family: a wife will take over the household concerns while his secretary and stewards will help with the earldom.  In reality, a wife complicates his life . . . but in a surprisingly satisfactory way.  He congratulates himself on finding a lady who needs help as much as he, thinking they can both do each other a fine turn.  Instead, he finds that he likes her, wants to spend time with her, and relishes taking on the burden of ridding them all of her horrid brother.  It ends up further “messing” up his life, eroding what little order he had managed to scrape together, but in exchange he finds much more than he ever thought he needed.

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What is the personal goal of your character?

This is a bit of a difficult question.  At the beginning of the story, I think Aylesford’s goal is simply to survive.  He wishes his life were simpler, and wishes his responsibilities were lighter, but he doesn’t necessarily want them to go away.  He wishes his problems were more self-solving and involved him less.  After he marries, thinking he has achieved his goal of simplicity, we see him start to look at his life from the outside in, taking stock of the things that are important and those that are secondary concerns.  Pretty soon, his goals becomes to nurture and protect.  First he wants to help his wife, to give her the things she has missed most her life.  Next he wants to protect her from her threatening, grasping brother, and the subsequent worries he causes.  This softening of Aylesford’s perspective leads him to trouble himself personally for people rather than just attempt to manage them – he begins to care for his wife, react tenderly to his aunt and grandmother, and cherish his friends.  Responsibilities become privileges.

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Is there a working title for this novel? Can we read more about it?

There is a working permanent title for Book Three in The Lords of Oxford series – Earl Crazy.  It will be published later this year.  Soon I’ll have the cover to reveal, chapters to share, and general newsy bits to discuss.  I do have an excerpt that well describes the heroine’s perception of Aylesford, and gives a bit of insight into how others see him.  Lady Margaret and her benefactor, the Countess of Ashford, with whom she is staying as her brother is threatening her safety, are on their way to Aylesford’s house.  The Countess has just read of the Earl’s need for a wife, and she thinks Margaret is the perfect candidate.

The Earl of Aylesford.

Margaret bit her lower lip in concentrated thought.  That man unsettled her, for some nameless reason.  The gentlemen of her immediate circle were affable and courteous, as was Lord Aylesford, but that gentleman also made her feel . . . something indefinable.

She usually avoided men as a general rue.  They were unpredictable, brash, hot-headed, and downright mean.  The men of her family had taught her early that their sex was selfish and impatient, and brooked no intelligence or impudence from their women.  So she became a great studier of persons – their character, actions, and expressions – and tried to blend in as much as was possible.  But the Earl of Aylesford was a mystery, other than seeming to be perennially frustrated or harried.

And those black, fathomless eyes.

“You are thinking of his lordship, yes?  Worrying and wondering what possible reason we have to visit him.”

Lady Ashford’s words scattered Margaret’s musings to the wind.  “I thought we visited his relations, his aunt and grandmother.”

The Countess’ knowing smirk faded to a look of chagrin.  “Yes, that’s what I meant.  I merely misspoke.”

“You never misspeak.”

The Countess now flushed.  “True.  You misunderstood, then.”

It was Margaret’s turn to color, but she paled instead, casting a quick eye down at her beautiful borrowed morning dress.  She raised a hand to her elegant up-do, brushing her fingers as well against the delicate gold earbobs the Countess insisted she borrow.  “Please, Lady Ashford, I beg you not include me in any scheme–”

“Scheme?  I also never scheme.  I plan, and would even admit to the occasional plot, but never would I be so vulgar as to scheme.”

Margaret leaned across the carriage to take her mentor’s hands.  “Then I do beseech you leave me out of any ideas that should arise from this morning call.  There is nothing I lack that Lord Ayesford, or his family, should be sought to provide.”

“So you want nothing to do with anything planned at Kitteridge House?” Lady Ashford queried, enunciating the last three words carefully.  Her eye narrowed under beetled brows as she waited for an answer.

“Yes–” Margaret began.

“Ha-ha!” the Countess interrupted in victory.  “All was conceived at my own dining table.  My plan is well in hand, and now allowed by your own concession.”  She squeezed Margaret’s hands in reassurance.  “Trust me, darling girl.  I have your best interests at heart.  Or if it makes you feel more at ease, this meeting is as much about what you can provide this family as they, you.”

Margaret swallowed painfully, and loudly.  “I am well and truly sunk.”

Lady Ashford smiled with tenderness and affection at the timid lady now slumped back in the squabs opposite her.  “No, my dearest.  You are saved.”

So there you have it.  I’m hard at work in the writing cave, creating like mad for release later this year.  If you’d like to stay in the know, do the clicky thingy on the follow buttons of your choice up there on the right side of this page.

But this tour isn’t over yet.

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There are two other lovely ladies participating today, and they would adore it if you’d stop by, browse a bit, and say “hi.”

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Please visit Sasha Cottman to read about her upcoming new release.

She also has a giveaway going on here.

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Finally, hop on over to meet Catherine Curzon, AKA Madame Gilflurt, of Covent Garden fame.

 

New Release and FLASH GIVEAWAY ~ Shelter Me by Kathy Coopmans

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Shelter Me, the brand-spanking new novel by author Kathy Coopmans, debuts on September 7.  Check out this sneak peek from Kathy:

At the young age of nineteen, Shayne Andrews thought she had it all. She had the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, and a bright future ahead of her. That is, until one day he just disappeared, leaving a note as his only goodbye. With her heart shattered and broken, Shayne did the only thing she could. She left her small town on the shores of Lake Michigan to start her life over, needing to distance herself from the memories she and Luke had made. At that time, she vowed to herself that she would never return to her hometown again. Seven years later, Shayne realizes that fate is not on her side as she returns home for her aunt’s funeral, bringing back the one secret she swore to protect.

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Luke Schavone has regretted every day that he had to leave Shayne behind. Though he didn’t have a choice, his heart still bore the scars from the impact. After five years, Luke returned only to find that Shayne was gone. His best friend was the only lifeline he had to finding her, but Adam wasn’t talking. When the one thing Luke has wanted everyday for the past seven years runs right into him one night, he becomes determined to make sure he doesn’t lose her again.

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At first, Shayne is hesitant. She wouldn’t be able to survive losing him again, but the pull toward him is so fierce, she can’t deny herself the chance. With her decision to start over, Luke and Shayne must admit truths and come to terms with the events that forced them apart in the first place. When secrets are revealed and old threats come to pass, will Luke be able to shelter Shayne from the destruction, or will she become lost to him forever?

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Can’t wait one more day to snag your copy of Shelter Me?  You’re in luck!  Do the clicky thingy and pre-order now at Amazon.

You can also add Shelter Me to your list at Goodreads.

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Don’t miss out and join in the fun to at the Facebook Release Party to get more behind-the-scenes scoops.

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Kathy is a Michigan native, where she lives with her husband Tony. They have two sons, Aaron and Shane.

She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football.

By day she is a hairstylist and loves her job. She has always been an avid reader, and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task.

Her favorite quote is, “I got this.”

 

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Now for the FLASH giveaway.  You can see Kathy’s inspiration for her hero in the graphic above – the tasty Jake Gyllenhaal.  Who would be your lusty romantic inspiration?  Who are you sure would set the room on fire if he would only come on over?  Post a pic of your hunk in the comments below to be entered in the giveaway.  It’s that simple.  And if you want extra entries, tag your friends to come share their inspiration – just have them also mention that you sent them.  Winners will be drawn on Sunday, September 7, and will receive a free digital copy of Shelter Me straight from the author.

I’ll get us started with my obsession the inspiration for the hero of my coming release this autumn, Earl Crazy.  I call him Tobias Kitteridge, Earl of Aylesford.  Others know him as Tom Cullen (currently starring on Downton Abbey as Lord Gillingham).  Le sigh.

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