Double Review: Lady Tregowan’s Will Books One and Two by Janice Preston @janicegpreston @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #HistoricalRomance #millsandbooninsider

The Rags to Riches Governess (Lady Tregowan’s Will Book One) written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

From impoverished governess…

…to wealthy heiress

Governess Leah Thame learns she’s inherited a fortune the day her employer, the enigmatic Earl of Dolphinstone, returns from abroad. They share an instant connection, but in order to claim her in heritance, Leah must resign and find a husband. The guarded widower offers a convenient marriage to stop her leaving, but Leah refuses. She won’t marry the man who’s captured her heart, unless there’s a chance of her love being returned…

REVIEW

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The Rags to Riches Governess was published in January this year and has been sat patiently waiting for me to read. I am thrilled to now be able to share my review along with Book Two in the trilogy. Janice Preston is one of my ‘go to’ historical romance authors as she understands the era she is writing about, her characters are written with warmth and charm and she writes stories with romance that slowly bubbles away in the background till it reaches fever point.

This is book one in a new trilogy titled Lady Tregowan’s Will based on three young women from differing backgrounds, that are strangers who are brought together by an inheritance from a lady who is trying to make amends for the past. Each story is written in a way that can be read as a standalone but now that I’ve read book one I am keen to continue with the mystery of the fortune that’s bestowed on the young ladies.

Leah Thame is enjoying her role as governess to Lord Dolphinstone’s 3 young children. Since her appointment to the position she hasn’t seen the Lord as he fled oversees with work following the untimely death of his wife, leaving Leah to care for his two sons and young daughter’s educational and personal wellbeing.

When Leah is summoned to a solicitors’ office she is shocked to discover she is 1/3 of a beneficiary of an estate left by a Lady Tregowan. The inheritance has many conditions attached and Leah is left confused and concerned for her future. She also now has the sudden return arrival of Lord Dolphinstone to contend with leaving her with more anxious thoughts. Leah has fallen in love with the children and as she gets to know their father a frisson of chemistry is felt. However, Leah has been left heartbroken in the past and is afraid to trust another man especially one that is still mourning his late wife.

Lord Dolphinstone is keen to rebuild a relationship with his children, he’s annoyed with himself for being away so long and realises he needs to tread carefully with them. He didn’t expect to meet someone that would make his heart beat again but Leah Thame is proving to be hard to resist. However, the Lord feels he has to punish himself for his past role as a husband and feels he must deny his own feelings.

Janice Preston has created a lovely, slow building romance with a hint of mystery surrounding the inheritance and it’s many conditions. Heart-warming, romantic and a gorgeous page turner of a story.

The Cinderella Heiress (Lady Tregowan’s Will Book Two) written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

She’s inherited a fortune

But will she realise her true worth?

Claiming her inheritance in London will help Beatrice Fothergill escape her bullying, belittling half-brother. When her carriage overturns, dashing Waterloo soldier, Jack Kingswood, comes to her aid – setting her pulse racing! In return, believing her new fortune can help the injured veteran rebuild his life, Beatrice proposes a convenient marriage. But is this all she can offer – or dare Beatrice believe she’s worthy of more…?

REVIEW

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The Cinderella Heiress is Book Two in the Lady Tregowan’s Will trilogy and after reading book one I was already invested in the present and future for these three young women who find themselves thrust into a world so far from their upbringings but also a world that was denied them.

This is Beatrice’s story. Beatrice, I feel, is the most naive, shy and vulnerable of the three girls. Since the death of her father a few years ago she has been living under the protection of her half-brother Percy and his wife. However, her life has been more like a slave than a member of the family. When Beatrice hears of her inheritance she fears that Percy will find out and put a stop to her new life. Constantly bullied and belittled Beatrice worries how she will escape the hold of her brother. This is until her unexpected introduction to Jack King.

Jack King (aka Lord Jack Kingswood) is a war veteran and casualty suffering now with a disability. He is constantly aware of his impediment and feels he is not much use to anyone let alone a future wife. But when he meets Beatrice emotions stir that had laid dormant but he still doubts his ability and feels no one will look twice at him with his disability.

As the conditions of the inheritance become more imperative and time is running out Beatrice has to think of a way to escape and a daring plan is hatched.

I adored this second book in the trilogy. You can’t help but fall in love with Beatrice who has suffered greatly via the hands of those she thought could be trusted and when a hero from the Napoleonic war comes to her rescue you just know is was meant to be. However, Beatrice and Jack’s journey to self-discovery, self-love and acceptance, happiness and love is fraught with danger, doubt and despair making a captivating story.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Aurelia, our third young lady in receipt of good fortune. The Penniless Debutante is due to be released on 28th October 2021. To pre-order the book please follow the link below:

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About the Author

Janice Preston writes emotional and sensual historical romance. Although all her novels are standalone reads, she loves to write stories set in the same Regency world, and many of her books include book-hopping characters.

When Janice isn’t writing she enjoys reading, swimming, pottering about the garden when the sun is shining, and travelling whenever she can. She fuels her imagination with endless cups of coffee, is far too keen on unhealthy food, and is an expert procrastinator.

For more info go to: janicepreston.co.uk

Twitter: @janicegpreston

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.preston.author/

The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #HistoricalRomance

The Marquess Next Door written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

A dashing new neighbour…

Temptation on her doorstep!

To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges – with a surprisingly passionate kiss! Revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbour, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push celebrating and promoting the launch of Virginia Heath’s latest novel: The Marquess Next Door.

I loved returning to Bloomsbury and to the often scandalous talk from society. Virginia Heath is one of the best in her field of Regency Romance, she has a wonderful way of creating characters that love nothing more than bantering with each other. These chats between strangers, friends, lovers is so addictive, I could sit and listen to their verbal exchanges for a long time!

The Marquess Next Door is Book Two in The Talk of the Beau Monde series and this story focuses on the middle sibling, Hope Brookes, a stunningly beautiful young lady that wants to prove there’s more to her than her looks. Hope feels like she’s overshadowed by her talented parents and siblings. They are each recognised for the skill they possess but Hope still has to make her mark in the world. Hope loves to write and has aspirations of having her work published but in a male orientated profession she is struggling to be taken seriously.

A recent newcomer to London society is Marquess of Thundersley, Lucius/Luke. Returning back to London after so many years away living in Cornwall is bringing up so many reasons why he relished leaving it all behind years ago. His return is also causing turmoil with flashbacks of the emotional and physical anguish he and his mother suffered via the hands of those they thought could be trusted. Luke is somewhat annoyed that he’s had to return to London but when he bumps into Hope Brookes a desire to stay in the city becomes that little bit more interesting and a friendship soon blossoms between them.

I adored this novel by Virginia Heath, at times it was endearingly charming and at others it was gloriously sexy. Both Hope and Luke had trust issues and this was an obstacle they had to overcome to be able to accept the past, accept their worth and learn to listen to their heart.

I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the series and learn what awaits young Charity but also I need to know how life is fairing for Hope and Luke.

Bravo Virginia Heath I’m in love with the Belles and Beaus of Bloomsbury.

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_

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The Return of Her Lost Knight (Notorious Knights Book 3) by Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon #bookreview #HistoricalRomance #PublicationDay

The Return of Her Lost Knight written by Melissa Oliver, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Her second chance

With her lost love….

To avoid a forced marriage, Lady Gwenllian plans to escape to a convent. She couldn’t possibly honour another when her heart still belongs to Ralph de Kinnerton, the man she had to betray to save his life – only to hear of his death shortly after. So how is it possible he’s here at this Knight’s tournament? Now, the pull of their unfinished past forces Gwen to question the choice she’d made for her future…

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The paperback is available from all good book retailers and can also be purchased online direct from Mills & Boon.

Notorious Knights – The Return Of Her Lost Knight (Mills & Boon Historical) (Notorious Knights, Book 3) – Mills & Boon UK (millsandboon.co.uk)

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REVIEW

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It’s hard to believe that Melissa Oliver is a relatively new author with her first novel being published last summer. Melissa Oliver’s books are very readable, there’s a real sense of time and place and you can feel the atmosphere and tension between characters. The Return of Her Lost Knight is book 3 in the Notorious Knights trilogy, you can find my review for book one here: The Rebel Heiress and the Knight by Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon @rararesources #HistoricalRomance #bookreview #blogtour | kraftireader (wordpress.com) and for book two here: Her Banished Knight’s Redemption by Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon @rararesources @HarlequinBooks #HistoricalRomance #bookreview #blogtour | kraftireader (wordpress.com)

Each book in the trilogy can be read as a standalone as each instalment focuses on a new character. However, characters from previous stories do crop up in later reads so you can see a progression in their lives. I would therefore, highly recommend reading the books in order to fully understand and appreciate the era, the setting, the characters and also the books are just gorgeous you just don’t want to miss out!

Book 3 is Ralph De Kinnerton and Lady Gwenllian’s story. Six years ago this young couple were full of dreams and hopes for the future but betrayals and danger from a family source split the pair apart until an important knights tournament was to bring them back together again. However, a lot can happen in six years, for one thing Ralph was presumed dead so his return to tournament was filled with much trepidation as Ralph felt he had a ‘score’ to prove to gain his place as the rightful heir to his late father’s land. But to succeed Ralph has to remain incognito but the sight of his once best friend and childhood sweetheart, Lady Gwenllian, sets his emotions in a tailspin and his plan to gain recognition of his ‘inheritance’ becomes clouded with thoughts of Gwen.

However, wherever Gwen was his notorious cousin, Stephen le Gros, was close behind and Ralph has to keep his temper in check and his presence a secret till the time was right.

Gwen and Ralph were once so close but Gwen had to make the brave decision 6 years ago to let Ralph go for his own safety. Not many people know the true reasons for Gwen letting Ralph go and it’s something that Gwen is still very guarded about. Believing Ralph was dead has been hard to bare so finding out he was alive has brought so many conflicting feelings to the forefront of Gwen’s mind. Gwen is also hiding torment from her past that has shaped the path for her future.

Can Ralph fulfil his destiny and can Gwen learn to let events from the past go?

Another gorgeous historical romance that was filled with drama, danger, tension but there is also a wonderful endearing camaraderie between the notorious knights. I really enjoy historical romance stories it’s a journey that has the reader travelling back in time experiencing life in an unknown era with cultures to learn and sights to discover.

About the Author

Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and three daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, grand palaces and all things historical. She is the winner of The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight. When she’s not writing she loves to travel, paint and visit museums & art galleries.

Twitter: @melissaoauthor

The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery #blogtour #bookreview #summerreading @SusanMallery @MillsandBoon

The Stepsisters written by Susan Mallery, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Who better to mend a broken heart than your sister?

When Daisy’s dad married Sage’s mum, Daisy was thrilled to get a new sister. Except Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage found herself living in a palatial home where she felt she didn’t belong. She didn’t have her new sister’s intelligence so she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down at every opportunity. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled to Europe.

Eighteen years later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But brought together by an accident involving the little sister they have in common they must learn to put aside their differences. Slowly, the stepsisters begin to view the past through one another’s eyes and long buried feelings are revealed. Until their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences….

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Susan Mallery’s latest novel: The Stepsisters.

I’m a relative newcomer to the work of Susan Mallery with The Stepsisters being my second read of hers. I have to say I love the author’s work and will most definitely be reading more … contemporary romance with that holiday escapism feel.

I really enjoyed this modern day family drama from Susan Mallery. We have three strong, independent ladies who are linked via the complicated relationships between a man and a woman. Daisy, Sage and Cassie once shared the same household for a few years during their childhood. At first the idea of a sister and a mother for Daisy was all she had dreamed of but the sisterly bond soon broke when baby Cassie came along and Daisy soon felt outnumbered by two girls who shared the same mother.

As time moved on Daisy’s father and Sage and Cassie’s mothers partnership broke down and the girls were split up and went to live their separate lives. Now all girls are adults and their sisterhood has continued to remain strained so when Cassie is involved in an accident and needs a place to recuperate Daisy is not impressed that her father has suggested her home is the perfect place. With Sage also back in LA the idea of all three stepsisters back in the same district seems bad but in the same house it’s fraught with disaster.

Whilst Daisy is anxious of her stepsisters return she is also struggling with emotional turmoil with her husband.

Emotions and tempers run high and the future for all three women looks very uncertain.

I liked reading about all three sisters and the author took it in turns for each character to open up and share vulnerabilities they felt in the past and present. As the girls learned more about each other a greater understanding of the dynamics between the three as children and now as grown women was appreciated. The bond they felt being flung together years ago might just be the bond they need now to gain the strength and love to cope with the next stages in their respective lives.

An entertaining read that was poignant, romantic and had that wonderful holiday escapism feel.

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives―romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humour, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA TODAY bestseller list, thanks to her ever-growing legions of fans.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life.

Twitter: @SusanMallery

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The Friendship List by Susan Mallery @SusanMallery @MillsandBoon #TheFriendshipList #summerreading

The Friendship List

The Friendship List written by Susan Mallery, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and can be purchased online.  Here are a few to buy links:

Mills & Boon website:  https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/collections/all/products/hqnsingle-08189408

amazon:  https://amzn.to/2DDToVx

hive:  https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Susan-Mallery/The-Friendship-List/24228246

Waterstones:  https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-friendship-list/susan-mallery/9781848458116

Book Blurb

One Summer can change your life…

As a single mum, Ellen Fox missed out on a lot, but she wouldn’t change a thing. Then she overhears her son saying he can’t leave home to go to college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

To help, Ellen’s best friend Unity creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too. Only to support her friend, not because she needs to change. She’s a perfectly fine thirty four year old widow, who socialises at an old people’s home!

For both women, The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re doing just fine. But somewhere between ‘wear a bikini in public’ and ‘have sex with a gorgeous guy’, Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, and filled with humour, heartache and perhaps the odd regrettable tattoo!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Susan Mallery’s latest novel: The Friendship List.  I’m shocked to admit that this is the first book by Susan Mallery that I’ve read but I’m so pleased that I’ve now discovered this author as I loved this novel and the author’s style of writing; definitely one to add to my ever increasing favourites list!

The Friendship List is a wonderful story of two childhood friends who are now in their mid thirties and are feeling like life is passing them by.  The girls lives were very similar, they’d experienced one relationship and for many reasons they felt like this was enough.  However, as time went by and life’s hurdles blocked some of their intended paths the best friends, Ellen and Unity, were feeling afraid of the future without the loves of their lives.

Ellen fell pregnant at 17, her son is now 17 and she is about to face the next stage in his life with college interviews.  But Ellen is shocked to learn that her son doesn’t want to travel far and leave his mum on her own.  Ellen is frightened that she is holding her son Cooper back and strives to change her life to prove to him that she has plenty in her life to keep her occupied whilst Cooper is away at college.

Unity fell in love quite young and married her sweetheart Stuart.  Stuart was in the military and Unity was happy to follow him with his career.  However, life was to be very cruel for Unity and sadly her husband lost his life whilst serving his country.  It’s been three years since her husband was tragically killed but Unity is still struggling with grief.  When she finds out about Ellen’s list to change her life Unity decides to make her own list in helping her overcome her grief.

Both Ellen and Unity’s lists were filled with items to make them step out of their comfort zone and were a little scary for them.  Unity was very unsure of her list but with Ellen having completed one item off her list she feels a competitive spirit within her and it’s given her the much needed boost she needed to make the first step in tackling her list.

The girls hadn’t envisioned romance on the list but unexpected new acquaintances and seeing an old friend in a new light sparks a heat within the girls that they feared had been left frozen for good.

The Friendship List is such a fun read by Susan Mallery, it’s filled with adventure, it’s sexy and romantic but it also deals with some serious life issues.  I didn’t want this story to end and felt like Ellen and Unity had become part of my very own inner circle of friends.  A gorgeous sun filled read full of fun, love, laughter and tears.

About the Author

SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

Website:  https://susanmallery.com/

Twitter:  @SusanMallery

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Getting Dirty by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 @MillsandBoon @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #DARE #ContemporaryRomance #bookpromo

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rachael Stewart’s latest novel: Getting Dirty.  I am pleased to share a promo, here are all the important details:

Getting Dirty UK CoverTitle:  Getting Dirty

Author:  Rachael Stewart

Publisher:  Mills & Boon Dare

Format:  eBook

To buy link: https://mybook.to/gettingdirty

 

Book Blurb

Sometimes digging up the dirt
Means getting deliciously dirty…
I always work for the good guys. My job was simple: get the dirt on Coco Lauren, a princess of a socialite who talks—and plays—dirty. But I kissed her. I tasted her. Uncovered the tantalising woman beneath the polished façade. And she undid me in every way. Now I’m the bad guy. But how do I tell Coco the truth…when coming clean means losing her?

About the Author

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #HistoricalRomance #bookreview

Lilian and the Irresistible Duke

Lilian and the Irresistible Duke written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The book can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website.

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Book Blurb

A reunion in Rome…Sparks an affair to remember!
Responsible widow Lilian Fairclough is persuaded to travel to Rome for a hard-earned break and to let down her hair! She’s surprised to be reunited with passionate, cynical Italian duke, Pietro Venturi. He reawakens her sensual side and intrigues her with glimpses of pain beneath his rakish surface. Enticed into a secret and temporary affair – what will happen once she returns home?

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Ohh I was totally swept away with this story by Virginia Heath, it was utterly sublime and I didn’t want it to end; a beautiful romance taking the characters on a journey of self-discovery and of new beginnings. Virginia Heath has written with such intricate detail with this novel I felt myself totally transported to Rome viewing for the first time the splendour and the majestic sights of the city just like our leading lady, Lilian. I was mesmerised by the atmospheric words then the beauty of the developing friendship between two people who were almost strangers but the love of the arts helped cement a blossoming alliance. A friendship that has had to overcome different cultures and beliefs and the grief of the past.

This is the first romance the author has written with the leading lady and gent being of a more mature age and it’s also her first romance were the leading gent is a sexy, charismatic, debonair Italian. It was refreshing to read a romance with characters facing different milestones and concerns in their lives than those of a younger generation; the characters had lived and lost and were learning to love again.

The book is one of a four part series of individual stories written by four different historical romance authors. The stories are all centred around a Victorian household. I’ve not read any of the other stories in the series but now I’ve met Lilian, the mother and matriarch of the family I’m keen to see how life for Lilian’s children faired.

A gorgeous, refreshing historical romance about letting yourself be you again. It was beautifully atmospheric, sexy and full of desire.

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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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
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/the-lord-s-inconvenient-vow
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lords-inconvenient-vow-lara-temple/1131793376?ean=9781488047633

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.

Social Media Links –
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LaraTemple1
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/laratemple1
Amazon author page US: http://bit.ly/LaraTemple
Amazon author page UK: http://bit.ly/LaraTempleUK
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LaraTemple
Website: http://www.laratemple.com

Giveaway to Win all 3 e-books of the Sinful Sinclair series by Lara Temple (Open Internationally)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Abbey Clancy @OfficialClancy @MillsandBoon #HomeForChristmas #blogtour #bookextract #festiveread

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas written by Abbey Clancy, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook format and is due for release in audiobook and paperback format on 14th November 2019.

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

The paperback can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website:

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Book Blurb

Even stars have Christmas dreams…
Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…
It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!
Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?
A glittering festive romance for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin and Lindsay Kelk. Perfect to curl up with this Christmas! 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Abbey Clancy’s festive novel: I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from the novel:

There are many aspects to the world of social media that I find confusing. Embarrassing. Overwhelming, even.
Like when someone snaps a picture of me the morning after the night before, and sticks it up on Instagram without even a measly Willow filter. I mean, we’ve all been there, right? Your mouth feels like it’s been vacuum packed with a decomposing ferret, and your hair has gone full-on Walking Dead, and you know you’re just going to die unless you get immediate access to a paper bag full of McDonald’s hash browns?

Yeah. Well, imagine in that precise moment, someone incredibly chipper bounces over, grinning from ear to ear at the sight of you, and wants nothing more than to snap a picture of you together, no matter how grey your skin is or how far down your face your mascara’s slipped. Not good.

But – and I get this, I really do – it’s all part of my job. My job isn’t an ordinary job. It’s being a pop star – Jessika – to the world at large. Not very long ago at all I was the person who would have been bouncing over and asking for the pic, so I can’t complain. Not very long ago, I was scraping a living singing Disney covers at kids’ birthday parties, working as an intern at a record label, and filling in my lonely nights waitressing at glamorous showbiz events I wasn’t good enough to actually get invited to.

So I get it. I understand that it’s all part of my brave, weird new world – and that I have a responsibility to suck it up, smile for the camera, even if I really, really don’t want to.

I also understand that people will comment about me, and to me – posting everything from sweet compliments on my music through to borderline-stalker psycho abuse. I know everything I say and do will be analysed, twisted, churned up, chewed up, and spat back out by the media. I have help with that, in the form of my scary PR manager Patty, and I’m sensible enough not to take the nasty stuff seriously. I’ve worked hard on developing a thick skin, and coping with the demands of being famous.

One thing, though, I don’t think I will ever get used to is this: my mother is currently trending on Twitter.

To put this in context, my mother is a tiny Scouse power-house in her fifties, with dyed black hair, strong opinions and endless energy. I’d say she has zero per cent body fat, 200 per cent work ethic, and loves nothing more than her family, which includes my nan, who is officially ancient, my dad Phil, my older sister Becky, me and my little brother Luke (or The Knobhead, as he’s known to everyone who’s ever met him).

She is also totally in love with her first ever grandchild – Becky’s baby Ollie, who is now four months old and rules the world from his bouncy chair like a benign Jabba the Hutt. He’s one of those fat babies with rolls of flesh everywhere, and his eyes completely disappear every time he laughs. Which is a lot. So, Mum is a family woman. Her life isn’t glamorous, or that interesting. She spends every spare minute looking after us lot, and still works on the tills at the local Tesco, even though she doesn’t really need to any more. She’s extraordinary, but ordinary, if you know what I mean – one of those salt-of-the-earth-women you could build an empire on the back of.

All of which begs the question: why is she trending on Twitter?

When did she even join Twitter? Why did she join Twitter?

I scroll down the pages – literally endless pages – and see that every pic on there has the hashtag #jessikasmum. It looks like the whole of Liverpool has popped into the supermarket to pick up a packet of crumpets, a bottle of Prosecco, and a selfie with my mother. There are hundreds of them – all featuring complete strangers, gurning like idiots, and my mum, happily posing alongside them.

My mum has described herself as ‘daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of all things Michael Bublé’. I suppose I should be grateful that the great crooner himself hasn’t also called in with a selfie stick in his hand.

‘Fab time at Tesco with mummy diva’, says one tweet. ‘Jessika’s mum is awesome’, says another. ‘Forget Jessika – her mum needs her own reality show!’ on one more. ‘Why’s she still working?’ asks a random girl who, according to her profile, loves knitting, cats and visiting S&M clubs. Hopefully not all at the same time.

Mum’s still working, of course, because she wants to. Not because she’s skint, or because I haven’t offered to give her anything she needs – but because she is who she is. She’s my mum, and she’ll probably be going into Tesco when she’s eighty, popping her false teeth back in for photo calls.

I close down the screen, and take a breath. Tell myself there’s no harm done. That it could be worse – my dad could be on Twitter, and then the world as we know it would collapse in on itself.

My life is insane. Nobody warned me being a pop star would be quite this crazy.

#passmetheproseccoplease

To connect with the author please visit:

Twitter: @OfficialClancy

Facebook and Instagram: @abbeyclancyofficial

 

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #HistoricalRomance #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway

 

Lochmore Legacy book 4

Secrets of a Highland Warrior written by Nicole Locke, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Highland-Warrior-Historical-Lochmore-ebook/dp/B07L6SY32Y
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Highland-Warrior-Historical-Lochmore-ebook/dp/B07L6SY32Y
Secrets Of A Highland Warrior (Mills & Boon Historical) (The Lochmore Legacy, Book 4)
https://books.harlequin.com/search?lbc=harlequin&method=and&p=Q&ts=custom&uid=305872130&w=Secrets%20of%20a%20Highland%20warrior&af=author%3anicolelocke
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Book Blurb

The key to his past…

…lies with the enemy sharing his bed!

Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Rory Lochmore had expected to wage battle, to claim land and finally secure his standing within his clan… Instead he won a wife. A McCrieff wife. Their convenient marriage could unite the two long-feuding clans forever. But can a political alliance give way to a passion strong enough to stand the secrets of the past?

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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 mini blog blitz celebrating and promoting Nicole Locke’s latest historical romance novel: Secrets of a Highland Warrior.  I reviewed this novel on my blog back in June so I’m excited to share it again with the blog blitz.

Secrets of a Highland Warrior is book four in the unique Scottish Highland historical romance series that is written by four different authors set in the same Scottish Highlands but in four different time periods. If you’ve never read any historical romance before this series would be a good starting point with it visiting different periods of time; you can then decide which period you prefer or if like me you’ve discovered a new era and have fallen in love with new historical time zones.

I would strongly recommend reading the books in the order they were published as you can then get a sense of the storyline, the secrets, the mystery and the rugged landscape.  The books in the series are :

His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston
Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple
A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes
Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Secrets of a Highland Warrior is my first introduction to the work of Nicole Locke and her writing style drew me into a tale full of secrets, deceit, danger and love in the Scottish hills in the year of 1293.

The landscape of the highlands was strategically owned by different clans and the Chief of Clans were very protective of their land. However, when the King had granted some of the adjoining land to the Lochmore estate it was to cause a change of events for the future for many. As this adjoining land was currently owned by the McCleish clan and they were not to give up the land too easy.

Rory, son of the Chief of the Lochmore clan, was on his way to claim this new land. With his best friend Paiden and a few of his clansmen, he anticipated a fight would be forthcoming. What he didn’t anticipate was the daughter of the Tanish of the McCleish clan being part of the bargain.

Ailsa was the healer for the McCleish clan and was currently treating Hamish, Chief of the McCleish clan, who was gravely ill. Ailsa had been trained well by her predecessor and had been privy to secrets, which at first Ailsa thought were folklore between clans but when she meets Rory and notices certain traits about him Ailsa begins to wonder whether the words she heard in secret were actually true.

When danger reaches Rory’s party a race against time to save lives is at stake and Rory has to put his trust in someone he has only just met and that they are from an opposing clan.

With age old secrets and bitter feuds between clansmen slowly revealing themselves Nicole Locke has given us an historical mystery that is soon filled with a chemistry that sparks between opposing clans folk.

I have completely fallen in love with The Lochmore Legacy series with each story unearthing new facts surrounding mysteries of long ago with a clash of clans and a clash of hearts within each instalment. The epilogue rounds off the series beautifully which left me feeling quite emotional and bereft. Hats off to all four authors for a great concept for a historical romance series.

About the Author
Nicole is the author of Harlequin’s #LoversandLegends series and co-author of the #LochmoreLegacy series. Currently, she lives in Seattle and can be reached via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. If you don’t hear from her, she’s eating Haribos and drinking copious amounts of tea while frantically trying to find a happily ever after.

Social Media Links –
https://www.instagram.com/nicolelockeauthor
https://www.facebook.com/NicoleLockeAuthor
https://twitter.com/NicoleLockeNews

Giveaway to Win 5 x copies of Secrets of a Highland Warrior (Open INT)
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