Excerpt from Only A Mistress Will Do by Jenna Jaxon

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Title: Only A Mistress Will Do by Jenna Jaxon
Published: 4/4/2017
Genre: Historical Romance

Synopsis

The man of her dreams . . . belongs to another woman.

Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another…

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves… Continue reading

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For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins

For you love Beverly JenkinsFor Your Love Blessings # 6 by Beverly Jenkins
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Published by: William Morrow

Synopsis

NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, Kansas-an unforgettable place that anyone would want to call home-with a story of family, friends, and the powerful forces from our past that can irrevocably shape our future.

Mayor Trent July and his wife Lily are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But being a father has inevitably forced him to think about his own birth mother. Raised by his grandmother Tamar—and in many ways the good people of Henry Adams—Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love.

But now he can’t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he’s never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn’t she want him?

Trent has always believed no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on him. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it—and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together…yet can also tear them apart. Continue reading

Hannah Howell’s Highland Guard

Highland GuardTitle: Highland Guard Murray Family # 20 by Hannah Howell
Release date: March 3rd, 2015
Published by: Zebra

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell brings back the daring Murray family in a brand-new tale of dangerous love rekindled. . .

Lady Annys MacQueen has no other choice. The deception that enabled her to keep her lands safe is on the verge of being revealed by a cruel kinsman. To shield her young son from the sword and her people from devastation, she must turn to the one man she could never forget. . .

He lives for duty and honor. So the only way Sir Harcourt Murray could repay the laird who saved his life was to agree to father a child with Sir MacQueen’s wife. . .Lady Annys. Now the passion he still feels for the lovely strong-willed widow is as all-consuming and perilous as securing her lands. But to convince her that his love is forever real means confronting her most wrenching fears–and putting everything they treasure most at stake. .

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Excerpt from A Memory of Violets

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Title: A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor
Release date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow

Synopsis

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Hazel Gaynor comes a beautiful historical novel about Tilly Harper, a young woman who finds the diary of an orphaned flower seller who was separated from her sister in Victorian England, and her journey to learn the fate of the long lost sisters. Gaynor’s research into the events that inspire her novels is outstanding, and the world of the Victorian flower sellers on the streets of London in the late 1800s is utterly fascinating.

In 1912, twenty-one-year-old Tilly Harper leaves her sheltered home in the Lake District for a position as assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls in London. Orphaned and crippled girls wander the twisted streets with posies of violets and cress to sell to the passing ladies and gentleman, and the Flower Homes provide a place for them to improve their lives of hardship.

When Tilly arrives at Mr. Shaw’s safe haven, she discovers a diary that tells the story of Florrie, a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after being separated from her sister Rosie. Tilly makes it her mission to find out what happened to young Rosie, and in the process learns about the workings of her own heart. Continue reading

Redemption’s Edge, A Historical Western Romance

Redemption's Edge book coverTitle: Redemption’s Edge

Author: Shirleen Davies

Genre: Historical Western Romance

“A heartwarming, passionate story of loss, forgiveness, and redemption set in the untamed frontier during the tumultuous years following the Civil War. Ms. Davies’ engaging and complex characters draw you in from the start, creating an exciting introduction to this new historical western romance series.”

“Redemption’s Edge is a strong and engaging introduction to her new historical western romance series.”

Dax Pelletier is ready for a new life, far away from the one he left behind in Savannah following the South’s devastating defeat in the Civil War. The ex-Confederate general wants nothing more to do with commanding men and confronting the tough truths of leadership.

Rachel Davenport possesses skills unlike those of her Boston socialite peers—skills honed as a nurse in field hospitals during the Civil War. Eschewing her northeastern suitors and changed by the carnage she’s seen, Rachel decides to accept her uncle’s invitation to assist him at his clinic in the dangerous and wild frontier of Montana.

Now a Texas Ranger, a promise to a friend takes Dax and his brother, Luke, to the untamed territory of Montana. He’ll fulfill his oath and return to Austin, at least that’s what he believes.

The small town of Splendor is what Rachel needs after life in a large city. In a few short months, she’s grown to love the people as well as the majestic beauty of the untamed frontier. She’s settled into a life unlike any she has ever thought possible.

Thinking his battle days are over, he now faces dangers of a different kind—one by those from his past who seek vengeance, and another from Rachel, the woman who’s captured his heart.

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The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello

In This Dazzling First Book In The Empress Chronicles Series By The Author Of The Moment Before, One Courageous Girl Seeks Keys To The Past To Unlock The Future…

Empress Chronicles Book coverWhen city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control.  She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval.  The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one historical instant.

One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own.  Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love.  But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century will love The Empress Chronicles

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About the Author

Suzy Vitello author Empress Chronicles

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

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The Highland Collection of Historical Romance

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Highland Honor book coverTitle:  Highland Honor by Angela Ashton
Published:  November 3rd, 2013 by Champagne Book Group
Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended Age:  17+

Synopsis:

Darius MacDuff was at his zenith in the midst of a raging battle. He never expected his home would one day become his most treacherous battlefield…nor would his most lethal opponent come in the form of a shapely siren. Delicious deception, her weapon of choice.

Rival Scottish Clans. An ancient relic. One has possession. The other will stop at nothing to obtain it…

The honorable Clan MacDuff has protected the coveted relic for centuries. When rival Clan MacAlpin discovers the eldest brother of the MacDuff is to take a wife, their scheming materializes in the form of deceit as they kidnap Alick MacDuff’s betrothed and send their sister in her place.

Tegan MacAlpin has no choice but to pretend to want to be bride to her blood enemy. But once inside Castle MacDuff she fears her ability to procure the relic before Darius, Alick’s dangerously handsome and highly suspicious younger brother, discovers her treachery. When all is said and done, will she remain loyal to her clan in hopes of claiming her long-sought freedom, or bend to the bidding of a forbidden nemesis? In the end, it all comes down to a question of honor…

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About Angela Ashton

Angela Ashton

As a child award-winning author Angela Ashton pulled anyone that would listen into her world of fantasy. Her love of the written language led to the desire to write her own novel. Her first labor of love, Amulet of Fate, combined her love of Scottish historical, time travel, and paranormal romances. Angela continues to write in an array of genres and has received rave reviews for her works. Happy to teeter between two worlds, she lives in the Midwest with her family and personal petting zoo by day…slipping into the enchanted land of tall, dark and handsome by night!

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Historical Change and The More Things Change…

Today’s guest post is by Amara Royce author of Always A Stranger

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Amara Royce, Author

Historical Change and The More Things Change…

One of the many reasons I’m fascinated with the Victorian era is that it was a time of tremendous, unprecedented change. New technologies, new industrial developments, and new political structures all went hand in hand, revolutionizing the way people lived. And many of those changes not only directly impacted the world we know today but also persist in ways we may not always notice—in positive and negative ways.

In my first book, NEVER TOO LATE, photography was an underlying correlation between the Victorian world and ours. Photography was a new technology in the 19th century, and the ability to mass-produce the same image was revolutionary. Today, digital photography is everywhere. Anyone with a digital camera or a smartphone can capture an image of the most fleeting moments of our lives. In the 19th century, that was not the case. People had to pose for long periods in order for the film exposure to record the image. And yet the very idea that you could capture an exact image of a person, place, or thing was a revolutionary jump beyond artist renderings—it was a direct reflection of the world. And it could be used in both positive and negative ways.

It’s probably no surprise that photographic pornography dates back roughly to the beginning of photographic history. And as I wrote NEVER TOO LATE, it seemed logical to imagine that photography probably revolutionized the spread of pornography much the same way that the Internet has, and this correlation is a key part of NEVER TOO LATE’s plot.

In my newest book, ALWAYS A STRANGER, I address another dark Victorian problem that persists in our present day: human trafficking. Trafficking existed long before the 19th century, but it became a focus of public scrutiny and legal reform in the late 19th century.

These dark and horrifying subjects may not seem like the stuff of historical romance novels, but, to my mind, these correlations are significant elements of history. They may weigh down the romance, but they’re worth the weight when it comes to seeing how these issues impact our world today.

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