The Raided Heart by Jennifer C Wilson @inkjunkie1984 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #histfic #HistoricalRomance #TheRaidedHeart

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The Raided Heart written and self-published by Jennifer C Wilson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raided-Heart-Romantic-Adventure-Historic-ebook/dp/B07WN3R8D7
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Book Blurb
Meg Mathers, the headstrong youngest sibling of a reiving family on the English-Scottish border, is determined to remain at her childhood home, caring for the land and village she’s grown up with. When an accident brings her a broken ankle and six weeks in the resentful company of ambitious and angry young reiver Will Hetherington, attraction starts to build. Both begin to realise they might have met their match, and the love of their lives, but 15th century border living is not that simple, as Meg soon finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of a tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray. When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back to each other, and can Will finally take his own personal revenge on Gray?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of a new series by historical fiction author Jennifer C Wilson.  The Raided Heart (A Border Reiver Romantic Adventure) is Book One in the Historic Hearts series.

The Raided Heart is set in the 15th century in the rural parts of northern England close to the Scottish border.  It’s the story of a young woman, Meg, who is highly respected by the villagers and her family but when she is betrothed to someone from an opposing reiver clan her life is no longer her own and what her heart desires can no longer be won.  This is so unfair to Meg but she feels she has no other option to comply to keep the peace and protect her family and village.

Will is a young reiver who following a tragedy in his past has been accepted into the village and Meg’s family.  He’s become a reliable border reiver.  Border reivers were a band of men that protected their land and villagers from cattle rustling, arson and physical attacks amongst the villagers.  They were a band of men that ruled the land whether through legal means or not and many villagers paid for protection from rival clans.

Will had encountered the ruthless and merciless hands of a vicious leader of a rival reiver clan years ago and has never forgotten the devastation he acrued and has vowed a vengeance with this man.  However, when this man becomes a possible threat to his blossoming friendship with Meg, Will finds it difficult to contain his emotions.

A historical romance that’s filled with drama, danger and dalliances of the heart.

I’m looking forward to more from Jennifer C Wilson and the Historical Hearts series.

About the Author

Jennifer C. Wilson is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history and historical fiction whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots on childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east of England for work reignited her pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and has been working on a number of projects since, including co-hosting the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and her time-slip novella, The Last Plantagenet?, by Ocelot Press. She lives in North Tyneside, and is very proud of her approximately 2-inch sea view.

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The Wicked Lord’s Mistress by Scarlett Jameson @rararesources #blogtour #bookpromo #HistoricalRomance

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting Book Two in Scarlett Jameson’s The Lord’s Seduction series: The Wicked Lord’s Mistress.  Here are all the details:

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Title:  The Wicked Lord’s Mistress

Author and Publisher:  Scarlett Jameson

Format:  ebook and is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Lords-Mistress-historical-Seduction-ebook/dp/B07XQDM77Q
US – http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Lords-Mistress-historical-Seduction-ebook/dp/B07XQDM77Q

Book Blurb

The Wicked Lord’s Mistress is set in the late Victorian period (1886) for fans of upstairs/downstairs dramas such as Downton Abbey and steamy romances. It explores the continuing love story between Lily, a lady’s maid at Torrington Hall, and a handsome, mysterious aristocratic hero called Lord Edgar Wilson.
Lily is surrounded by challenges from all sides. She is being blackmailed by the evil Mallkins, she has a secret past that she is trying to hide, and her forbidden love affair with Lord Wilson grows more risky every day. Can their lusty affair transform into the tender and lasting love that Lily craves? And given the differences in their class, is a happy ending possible for them?
Then a new enemy comes into Lily’s life, someone who is determined to destroy her. Lily finds herself facing the greatest challenge of her life, and hopes that Lord Wilson will be her hero.

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About the Author

Scarlett Jameson works in publishing by day and by night enjoys writing steamy historical romances. A lover of all things Victorian, she lives in London with her cat.
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The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow by Lara Temple @laratemple1 @MillsandBoon @rararesources #blogtour #bookpromo #RegencyRomance #HistoricalRomance

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting Lara Temple’s latest novel in The Sinful Sinclairs series: The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow.  Here are all the details:

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Title:  The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow

Author:  Lara Temple

Publisher:  Mills & Boon

Format:  ebook and paperback

Purchase Links

General: https://books2read.com/samsinclair
Amazon: http://bit.ly/SamSinclair
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Book Blurb

‘I have a favour to ask…
I want you to marry me.’
Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. Samantha Sinclair was always Lord Edgerton’s complete opposite. But as Edge meets Sam again in Egypt, it’s clear the years have changed her as much as him. So when she blurts out an impulsive, convenient proposal, Edge’s protective urge compels him to accept. Is it possible for two such different people to be together and find the happiness they both deserve?

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About the Author

The Lords Inconvenient Vow - Lara_temple-1 (2)Lara Temple writes regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.
After moving around the world as a financial analyst she returned to her childhood love of making up stories, and was surprised to discover that other people don’t mind reading them.
She lives with her husband, two children, and Lord Oscar the pooch who are all very forgiving about her taking over the kitchen table when she’s writing.

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Website: http://www.laratemple.com

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Christmas at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #HistoricalFiction

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Christmas at Pennington’s written by Rachel Brimble, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Purchase Links
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-at-Penningtons-Rachel-Brimble-ebook/dp/B07RC9R3JK
US – http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-at-Penningtons-Rachel-Brimble-ebook/dp/B07RC9R3JK

Book Blurb

Gripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.

Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Book Three in The Pennington’s series: Christmas at Pennington’s.

The Pennington’s series is fast becoming one of my all time favourites; it has everything and more in a story. We have strong female lead characters, troubled pasts, struggles for independence, family drama, glitz and glamour of the early 1900’s, political uprising, danger, mystery and above all else romance.

Christmas at Pennington’s is Book 3 in the series and although each story can be read as a standalone the characters lives do follow on in their journeys in each story and it’s wonderful to read this progression so I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order.

Two people who have recently suffered a loss are left guilty with the repercussions from this. When fate plays it’s hand at putting these two people together can the strength from one give confidence to the other?

Cornelia Culford has left the family home with her two young boys and is seeking solace with her brother Lawrence and his wife Esther following the break-up of her marriage. Cornelia is concerned about the divorce court hearing and is afraid the judge will rule in her ex-husband’s favour. Cornelia has enjoyed the growing confidence and independence of earning her own keep whilst she’s been living in Bath but her mind is unsettled as to whether she can continue this as well as be the sole carer for her children.

Stephen Gower is a sergeant at Scotland Yard and is temporary taking time out from a very challenging, emotionally charged case. He’s decided to take a job at Pennington’s in Bath. With Stephen’s job he’s found it best to keep himself to himself but when Cornelia decides to befriend him he’s taken out of his comfort zone. Also thinking he will have an easy time working and living in Bath he’s faced with helping his new employer Joseph Carter in finding the culprit for his late wife’s murder. Memories from his life in London are forced back to the top of his mind and he has no option but to face them.

The author Rachel Brimble has created another great instalment in the Pennington’s series you will be kept on edge in a race to end years of mental torment for a murder cold case. We are also introduced to new characters which blend beautifully with the ensemble of ladies and gentleman of Bath we’ve learned to love from the previous stories. A story that is intense and dramatic at times but also hasn’t missed out any of the romantic charm.

About the Author 

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/

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The Orange Grove by Kate Murdoch @KateMurdoch3 @RegalHouse1 #bookreview #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #18thcenturyfiction

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The Orange Grove written by Kate Murdoch, publisher Regal House Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2ICwtJK

Book Blurb

Blois, 1705. The château of Duc Hugo d’Amboise simmers with rivalry and intrigue. Henriette d’Augustin, one of five mistresses of the duc, lives at the chateau with her daughter. When the duc’s wife, Duchesse Charlotte, maliciously undermines a new mistress, Letitia, Henriette is forced to choose between position and morality. She fights to maintain her status whilst targeted by the duchesse who will do anything to harm her enemies. The arrival of charismatic tarot reader, Romain de Villiers, further escalates tensions as rivals in love and domestic politics strive for supremacy. In a society where status is a matter of life and death, Henriette must stay true to herself, her daughter, and her heart, all the while hiding a painful secret of her own.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

Firstly, I’d like to wish the author Kate Murdoch a Happy Publication Day for The Orange Grove which is her second published novel.

The Orange Grove is a seductive tale; a story of love and lust in the early 18th century, at a time when ladies of court would vie for the attentions of the wealthiest suitor for survival.  It was a seductive game of chess with sly devious moves all in the intention for their own gain.  A game of love that requires you to tread carefully in order to cling on to the life you feel you deserve.

Kate Murdoch’s words took the reader to opulent surroundings to beautiful chateaus in France and also to the magnificent palace of Versailles.  Life was very luxurious for the aristocratic French people and their self-indulgences with cravings for more and better were commonplace and it wasn’t unheard of for men to accommodate a mistress or two within the walls of their family home.

This is the story of one such family whose marriage had become entangled with a handful of mistresses and when the Duc took on a new younger mistress he soon became besotted with her.  The Duchesse, Charlotte, struggled constantly with her emotions of this latest addition to their lives and she almost felt consumed with jealousy, loathing, longing and anger and her life’s intention from hereon was to rid the existence of this young woman.

The Orange Grove is captivating with it’s game of one-upmanship, the callous actions of others and the lengths to what someone would go to fulfil their own needs.  When the story takes on a darker turn there’s no way back for the souls of those involved and they pay the ultimate price with devastating consequences.

About the Author

Kate Murdoch exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally before turning her hand to writing.
Her short-form fiction has been published in various literary journals in Australia, UK, US and Canada.
Stone Circle, a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy, was released by Fireship Press in December 2017. Stone Circle was a First in Category winner in the Chaucer Awards 2018 for pre-1750’s historical fiction.
Kate was awarded a KSP Fellowship at the KSP Writers’ Centre in 2019 to develop her third novel, The Glasshouse.
Her novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France, will be published by Regal House Publishing in October 2019.

Website: https://katemurdochauthor.com/

Twitter:  @KateMurdoch3

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Christmas Child by Carol Rivers @carol_rivers @rararesources #Victoriansaga #HistoricalRomance #bookreview #blogtour #saga #ChristmasChild

 

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Christmas Child written and self-published by Carol Rivers is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VFQ56MQ/

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VFQ56MQ/

Book Blurb
The 2019 Victorian romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
A perfect Dickensian saga for Christmas.
Christmas Day, London 1880. Snow falls … a dying Irish girl clutching her new-born baby drags herself to the sanctuary of an East End orphanage and throws herself on the mercy of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own, but the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by an unscrupulous bishop. The heart-breaking outcome turns Ettie’s life upside down and Christmas will never mean the same again.
Will Ettie ever find her friend Michael Wilson whose secret holds the key to their past? Will Ettie keep her innocence and survive the traumatic events that are about to erupt?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Carol Rivers latest novel: Christmas Child.  Christmas Child is the first book in a new Victorian Saga Romance series.

This is my first introduction to the work of Carol Rivers and oh my goodness from the get go I felt emotionally involved with this story.

Carol Rivers has written a Victorian saga that will pull at your heart strings again and again.  The author didn’t shy away from the real, raw intensity of life in Victorian ages and especially the city slums area of London.  I could feel the struggle of everyday life but I could also sense a flicker of determination to keep the hope and faith for better things to come.

This is Ettie’s story who has been cared for by a catholic orphanage since the day she was born, Christmas Day 1880.  For young Ettie living with the Sisters and as one of the oldest orphans she adored caring for the younger ones.  However, sad times were to face the orphanage and Ettie was forced to leave and start a life in the outside world away from the security of the convent and the guidance of the Sisters.  Ettie’s life was about to start anew bringing all sorts of new, exciting, testing and dangerous challenges her way.  But Ettie was to never forget her faith and upbringing and this would serve her well for what lay ahead.

Ettie was one of thousands struggling to survive in the cities across England.  The sights, sounds and abuse they endured daily must have been soul destroying.  Spirits were sorely tested and these young people had to find an inner strength to survive.

Christmas Child is a heart wrenching story of life in it’s raw state but it’s also a story of strength and love in adversity.  I adored the authenticity of the era and so pleased we have more to come in this Victorian saga series.  I’ve definitely found myself a new favourite saga writer.  Historical fiction is a perfect medium for bringing history to life.

About the Author

Christmas Child Author“Were there’s muck there’s money!” If my family had a royal crest I’m sure those are the words that would have been hewn into the stone above it.
Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. They were costermongers selling fruit, veg and anything else that would stand still long enough!

Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.

As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.

I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

Carol xx

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His Tempting Governess by Cerise DeLand @CeriseDeLand #bookexcerpt #historicalromance #RegencyRomance

book two 3dHis Tempting Governess (Book Two in Delightful Doings in Dudley Crescent series) written by Cerise DeLand, publisher W J Power, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Book Blurb

A bemused earl. A governess disguised. A forbidden love and a terrible wrong that must be made right!

At No.18, Baldwin Summers, the Earl of Cartwell, deals with innumerable problems. At thirty-six, he’s changed. He’s no longer simply ‘Win’, that famous hero of Waterloo, but hailed as his profligate brother’s heir. He’s pensioned off his two mistresses and become oh, so bored with gambling. Yes, too, his mother presses him to marry—but he’d rather remove his spleen with a pickle fork than wed just any young peagoose.
Suddenly, he’s had thrust upon him guardianship of his friend’s eight-year-old daughter. Though she tickles him with her wit…and her exotic pets, the child needs a firm hand. With no idea how to mold her into a socially acceptable creature, he hires a governess.
However, that woman presents his most pressing problem—and his delight. She enchants his ward. But she’s beguiling him as well. And it’s a wonder because she is so very…odd. She knows (yes, indeed) bugs, defeats him every time at chess—and dances. In his upstairs hall. Alone. For the joy of it.
He cannot ignore her. He cannot control her. Worse, he cannot quell his mad desire to kiss her.
She is a temptation and a mystery. With a problem.
Stubborn, she refuses to allow him to help.
He won at Waterloo. But can we win the woman he loves?

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I’d like to wish the author Cerise DeLand a Happy Publication Week for her second instalment in the Delightful Doings in Dudley Crescent trilogy.  I have the pleasure of sharing an excerpt with you.

HIS TEMPTING GOVERNESS First Kiss excerpt, Copyright 2019, Cerise DeLand.

Win, the Earl of Cartwell, has arrived home late at night after a dinner party at which his friends introduced him to a few ladies in search of a husband. He’d rather remove his spleen with a pickle fork than wed just any young peagoose.

Tomorrow, he’d challenge his charming governess to a proper match. They’d drive to the park. They’d find a toy store to buy a new doll for Daphne. And he’d enjoy the carefree company of his new and compelling governess.
On a pivot, he made for the stairs and climbed up. But as he gained the landing, he slowed his pace. For in the hall, in the broad Rococo chair next to the old Tudor credenza sat the two objects of his new and stirring affections.
Daphne was curled into the warm embrace of Belle. And that lady, her head tilted at an odd angle, was fast asleep, her mouth open, snoring.
He bit back laughter. Even in sleep, she could bring him pleasure.
Dear lord. He was either getting senile or becoming light in the head.
That, he would decide later. For now, he slid his hands under Belle’s and gathered the child into his embrace. Daphne came, drowsy and nestling like a little bird. He strode with her into her bedroom. The linens were thrown back. She must’ve walked again. But in her bed was Pan, the little creature. And upon the carpet, lay Kringle whose only body parts to move were his eyes.
“I see you, boy. Usurped, have you been?”
The dog said nothing but the monkey babbled at him.
Frowning at the monkey, Win placed Daphne in her bed and covered her. In the dim light, he noted the spareness of the nursery. Oh, there were draperies, dull white. Curtains, drabber and older. A dresser, from the last century. A circular table of an odd height, either fit for child or adult, sat between two odd and rickety chairs.
Terrible. Unworthy of Daphne or Belle. With a vow to have the room gutted and refurnished, he left, closing the door behind him.
His more luscious charge sat, unmoving in her chair, appearing uncomfortable as hell. Worn out, was she? Well, he was becoming so too. Thinking of her, wishing to be with her when he had to smile and curry favor from other women, as he had tonight. It was tiring, unsatisfying to play this social game to find a wife.
Devil take it, I can’t find among them anyone who is refreshing.
He strode over to his sleeping, snoring governess and braced to gather her up. Always lighter than he expected, she sighed and snuggled close to him. The sensation of the wealth in his arms shot to his groin. Her unbound breasts pressed to his chest, an alluring femininity. Her derriere curved in his hands and he shifted to hook his arms behind her knees. She was all firm flesh, long limbs, fragrant rosemary and lavender. Her hair tickled his nose. Her face nestled into his frock coat and cravat.
He turned for her room and wished he didn’t have to. Wished he could carry her right into his.
And do what with her?
Everything.
Don’t be silly.
I’m not. I’m being honest.
She wiggled. Her head fell back against his upper arm.
God, she was lovely. What was such a creature doing working for a living? Why had her grandfather not provided for her?
It happened. He knew it. Heard of it often.
He swallowed back his hatred of such injustices and strode to her door. With a twist of his wrist, he opened it and walked through. The entire room held the signature fragrances of her charm. Rosemary, again. Thyme and citron. He was transported to lemon fields in Spain. Days of splendor. Nights of horror as the shells burst overhead and men cried out for their mothers.
But she was far from that. She was light and air, kindness and consideration, sadness in need of joy.
He bent to put her to her bed and found that she hadn’t turned back the counterpane. When she’d responded tonight to Daphne, Belle had not come from her room. Had she been downstairs playing chess with a phantom?
He smiled. Tomorrow you play with a real man.
She made odd little sounds as she allowed him to deposit her in her bed.
And her eyes fell open. Her lips parted. Her breath stopped.
He could not let her go.
Her hand came up, curved around his nape and in her dazed sleep, she beamed at him and drew him close.
Her lips were much too close. Her fragrance much too compelling.
And then he gave into the temptation and put his lips to hers. Her mouth was soft. Her lips were open. His own were ravenous and though he shouldn’t, he kissed her fully once and again.
She sighed his name.
Never had he heard it as a lover’s plea. And in need, he seized her mouth again.
She kissed him back. With heat and heart and the madness of a lover.
He dare not take more from her and tore his lips away. “Goodnight, ma belle. Sleep well.”
Rogue that he was, he left her. Quickly. Before he could not.

About the Author (Copyright © 2010-2018 Cerise DeLand)

Cerise DeLand loves to write about dashing heroes and the sassy women they adore. Whether she’s penning historical romances or contemporaries, she’s praised for her poetic elegance and accuracy of detail.
An award-winning author of more than 60 novels, she’s been published since 1990 by Pocket Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington and independent presses. Her books have been monthly selections of the Doubleday Book Club, Rhapsody Book Club and the Mystery Guild. Plus she’s won countless 4, 4.5 and 5 star rave reviews from Romantic Times, Affair de Coeur, Publishers Weekly and more.
To research, she’ll dive into the oldest texts and dustiest library shelves. She’ll also travel abroad, trusty notebook and pen in hand, to visit the chateaux and country homes she loves to people with her own imaginary characters.
And at home every day? She loves to cook, hates to dust, lives to travel and go to Jazz class once a week!

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