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Eve Carlisle has a simple plan–fly to Colorado for Christmas, sell her cabin, and return to her superficial life in Newport.

Meeting Jake is not on the agenda, but Eve cannot deny the attraction between them. Jake reawakens Eve’s heart, which has been locked away since the discovery of her ex-husband’s betrayal.

Convinced the relationship with Jake is nothing more than a fling, Eve refuses to trust Jake or her feelings for him. After all, she has a life in Newport, with society friends and a lucrative career as a family court judge. Everything is ordered. Nothing is spontaneous or chaotic. Nothing will take her by surprise again.

The demons of her failed marriage threaten to end the relationship with Jake just as it’s beginning. Eve refuses to believe the affair can last and returns to Newport. But once the hollowness of her existence is exposed, she must confront her fears before she loses Jake forever.

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Rack of Lamb

With all that’s going on this week with a new release, I thought I’d do something different. I love lamb, and this is an excellent recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. I love her tips and recipes.

Enjoy!

Rack of Lamb (Serves 6)

1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 racks of lamb, “frenched”

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the salt, rosemary, and garlic until they’re as finely minced as possible. Add the mustard and balsamic vinegar and process for 1 minute.

Place the lamb in a roasting pan with the ribs curving down, and coat the tops with the mustard mixture. Allow to stand for 1 hour at room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Roast the lamb for exactly 20 minutes for rare or 25 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then cut into individual ribs and serve.

New Covers, Etal

As a part of my quest to get my books noticed – and working on my author brand, I had the three Tudor Saga covers re-done. It is on the eve of the upcoming release of Redemption, Damien Tudor’s book. I am thrilled by the covers. They are new and fresh and exactly what I was after. Anya Kelleye Designs and Period Images both had a hand in this update.
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Presenting Seven Nights of Sin

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Seven Nights of Sin
Seven Sensuous Stories by Bestselling Historical Romance Authors

Sabrina York ~ Maggi Andersen ~ Lynn Connolly

Eliza Lloyd ~ Suzi Love ~ Hildie McQueen ~ Victoria Vane

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One night, one tryst can change everything…

Seven Sensuous stories by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sabrina York, with bestselling and award-winning authors Maggi Andersen, Lynne Conolly, Eliza Lloyd, Suzi Love, Hildie McQueen, and Victoria Vane.

Enter a world of passion and mystery where dashing heroes and dauntless heroines come together in a scorching conflagration that will will tip your world on its end.

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LUSCIOUS by SABRINA YORK – http://sabrinayork.com/

When Deveny Hargrove rescues a waif in a rainstorm in the middle of nowhere, he has no idea that she represents his long-awaited chance at vengeance. When she offers him her virginity—in an attempt to escape an unwanted society marriage—he has to agree. To his surprise, very little of his motivation stems from punishing her brother.

The fact is, Matilda Paddington represents his chance at revenge…or redemption…but his choice could destroy them both.

ONE SCANDALOUS NIGHT by MAGGI ANDERSEN – http://maggiandersenauthor.com/

Can one night with a rake be enough for a lifetime?

Miss Bella Lacey desires to accomplish two things before settling into an unfulfilling marriage to the man her father has chosen. First, she intends to inveigle a goodly amount of money for her orphans from a man of means, and second, to have one night of passion to help her endure the dreary years ahead.

When Derrick, Lord Eaglestone, a wealthy viscount with a scandalous reputation, agrees to donate to Miss Lacey’s charity, he has only seduction in mind. Little does he suspect that Miss Lacey has already chosen him to debauch her before she weds another. The lady has virtually fallen into his lap, but much to his annoyance, he finds himself reluctant to oblige her.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by VICTORIA VANE – http://www.victoriavane.com/

When dealing with the Devil, it’s easy to get burned…

Who can find a virtuous woman… Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley has long resigned herself to her twelve-year loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband…until his gambling pushes them to the brink of financial ruin.

Sometimes the devil is disguised as a gentleman… Viscount Ludovic, “The Devil” DeVere is accustomed to taking what he wants heedless of the cost, until he encounters a woman who won’t be had at any price.

She found heaven in the devil’s arms… When Diana discovers a secret that shatters the carefully built façade concealing her private pain, she seeks aid and comfort from the most unlikely place…the devil’s arms. But will a single night of heavenly passion damn them both forever?

UNDER A SILVER MOON by HILDIE MCQUEEN – http://hildiemcqueen.com/

The shadows of the past fall over Silver City, Idaho casting its darkness over a man and a woman attempting to start anew.

When US Marshal Lucas McKade and new deputy of Silver City decided to settle down, he didn’t consider how his presence could bring complications to the townspeople of his new home. Against every instinct he seeks out apothecary owner Camille Johnston, a woman who calls to his basic nature to protect and to make his.

Camille Johnston knows that eventually the secrets of her past will come to haunt, yet she hopes to keep things hidden as long as possible and enjoy her lonely but peaceful existence in Silver City. The new deputy brings with him desires she’d thought firmly shut away. A relationship of any kind comes with very dangerous consequences.

A story of Lucas and Camille, who attempt to leave a past behind only to find true happiness, comes when they face it.

MY DEAR MR. FORRESTER BY ELIZA LLOYD – http://elizalloyd.blogspot.com/

He can’t resist a woman in trouble. Will he ever learn?

Joshua Forrester is a man of the world, returning to London after receiving a wound in a Parisian duel. He’s done it again – out to save all womankind. When will he ever learn not all women want to be saved? In London, he is reacquainted with a family friend and now widow, Char Dunlevee. He is charmed – and appalled. He knows her secret and is furious his friend, Char’s now dead husband, could have left her in such circumstances. He can save her, if she will only say yes to his proposal.

Char has other plans. Joshua would make a perfect husband—for one of her sisters. She doesn’t need to be saved. Seduced perhaps…? With one kiss, Char forgets her plans as she is drawn closer to the enigmatic and dear Mr. Forrester.

WHAT HE WANTS by LYNNE CONNOLLY – http://lynneconnolly.com/

Love hides in unexpected places…

London businesswoman Annie Cathcart can’t bring herself to enter into another business arrangement masquerading as marriage. When her current landlord demands her hand in exchange for her continued use of the property, there is only one answer—she must find another house. Upon inquiring after a property owned by the dashing Earl of Carbrooke, the last thing she expects is an indecent proposal. Forced to choose, should she risk everything she’s worked so hard for and trust a man she hardly knows —or sink back into her lackluster life?

Upon unexpectedly inheriting the Earldom of Carbrooke, Gerald Dersingham fears his carefree days are behind him—until a sensuous widow inquires after his former residence. Unable to resist the temptation to have one last liaison before settling down with the lovely but boring Lady Elizabeth, he offers her one night of passion in return for the lease, little knowing how explosive and far reaching the consequences will be….

PLEASURE HOUSE BALL by SUZI LOVE – http://suzilove.com/

Love revealed at a courtesan’s ball.

Brenton, Lord Mallory, attends his first courtesan’s ball in ten years to appease his concerned friends, though he’d rather stay home and read to his motherless daughters. To protect his friend, Lady Lillian Armstrong, Brenton hides her in a wardrobe, but his resistance, and years of self-imposed celibacy, shatters when her soft curves press against him.

Though mortified that Brenton unmasked her at the scandalous ball, Lillian doesn’t regret their night together. But will the object of her girlish adoration still treat her as his best friend’s little sister, or will he now see her as a mature and willing woman?

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Awesome Plot Points – Such A Beautiful Thing

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Understanding Plot Points

What are plot points?

Quite simply plot points are individual events that propel your story forward. Something that changes things, say like a first kiss. That one event now changes everything because now they must acknowledge their romantic attraction as it changes the course of their relationship.

Pretty much all romance novels will have the same basic plot points: introduction first acknowledgement of attraction, first love scene or first acknowledgement of the emotional commitment, a dark moment (conflict) and a resolution.

First, before we get into the bare bones of what a sub-plot is and its purpose, let’s visit each of the points I listed above.

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The Introduction: This is where the two suspecting or unsuspecting characters, usually the novels main characters, are introduced to each other or become reacquainted. It can be as simple as the two being introduced through mutual friends at a party. As an example, let’s say the books’ two main characters meet quite by accident. After the first encounter, they keep running into each other, either unintentionally or at functions given by mutual friends. This would be their introduction.

The first acknowledgement of attraction: This one can play out for a good long time, or the characters may acknowledge the fact straight up, first thing after they’ve met. I’ll use my novella, “Timeless Sojourn” as an example. While the  story is told in the first person, in Anne’s voice, you still get a sense of what Geoffrey is feeling for Anne just by his actions. He finds great pleasure in aggravating her one minute, while the next, he’s kind, serious and advising her. Anne, on the other hand, knows she is attracted to Geoffrey but is constantly battling her internal voice. She will admit to herself she is attracted to him one minute, while in the next she will blow him off as being arrogant, and acts as though a man is the last thing she needs in her life. Fortunately, Geoffrey takes the situation into his own hands, “shows” Anne what her decision needs to be, and gets no argument from her.

First love scene: This could be anything from a shared kiss all the way to a steamy bedroom scene. It sets the stage for the characters’ emotional commitment to each other. It could be as simple as one kiss, one like you might remember from high school, the one where, after an evening out, the boy leaves you at your parents’ front door but not before leaving you with a kiss…Or, the two had an enjoyable dinner together with conversation to match. The male lead character’s simple kiss seals their mutual interest and thus begins their emotional commitment to each other.

A dark moment or conflict: This could be between the two attracted characters or an outside source. It can also happen at any point in the novel; either before they have become a couple or while they are together. In either case, it still puts the two in constant contact. It is a situation that has more than one outcome (more on that in a moment). The conflict need not be aimed directly at them as a couple, it can take many forms. It could be as a way to professionally, financially or personally ruin the lead character for example.

A good conflict or dark moment has to show the strength and weaknesses of the hero and heroine. How are they going to respond? Is this going to be a trying moment for their fledgling relationship or are they stronger than the test they are being given? How is it going to take them into the next part?

The resolution: Ah yes, the resolution. I love writing resolutions because so much can be done! There are so many ways the conflict can be resolved.

The type of book you are writing plays a part in how the conflict is resolved. If the book is to be a stand-alone novel, the resolution should come by the end of the book. With a series of novellas or novels, the conflict is usually not finished by the end of the book, it may seem to the reader that it is not finished. That not all is known, which is part of the fun of writing a series…the writer can leave the conflict seemingly unresolved. Let the outcome or part of it spill over into the next book. It baits the reader and leaves them wanting to know more. Sort of like a television soap opera.

Sub-Plots: Now that I’ve shown you how those parts of a novel work, let’s get back to the sub-plots, what they are and how they work…

The sub-plot must, of course, support and advance the main storyline, or the romance between the main characters. The integration of sub-plots into the main plot should be seamless. What makes romance novels unique is the specific details to each plot point, and how each point fits into the main story.

So exactly what is a sub-plot? It is exactly the same thing as the novel’s central plot only much smaller. While the main plot should always begin and end the novel, any minor plots should happen within these.

Sub-plots are useful in turning what might otherwise have been a very slender novel into something more substantial. Short stories usually consist of one plot. Turn this one simple plot into a much lengthier one add one or more sub-plots and you will have something recognizable as a novel on your hands.

Most novels are a truly complex story with multiple strands running through, but beyond merely bumping up the word count and adding complexity to the story, there are even stronger advantages to adding sub-plots to a novel. They help with the characterization and can also help with the portrayal of the theme. Lastly, they add variety to the novel!

And how exactly do you handle sub-plots? The key when plotting a novel with several different plot lines is not becoming confused. Treat the main plot and all the lesser ones as entirely separate mini-novels. There will be a lot of switching and moving around and merging but you should end up with the main plot standing out, but still containing as man sub-plots as you have written. There will be a large amount of common ground between the plot and sub-plots but focusing on each as a separate story and ignoring the others, at least initially, will result in a much stronger novel.

Originally published November 2012 InD’Tale Magazine

Cannibals And Passion – What You Need to Know!

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Yes, it’s true! My passion – writing feels like it’s being consumed by a tribe of cannibals. Every single word of it.

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It used to be all we did was write. Marketing and advertising might at most take an hour or so. Not in today’s market. A writer can find themselves all consumed spending a good part of a day, marketing, chatting in FB groups, interacting with readers, and gosh knows what else. Unless you’re one of the fortunate ones that is fortunate to have a personal assistant, or a small army of the faithful to assist you, your writing time becomes a block of time.

Frustrating especially when all your attempts seem to be failing. My numbers are dismal for someone who’s been at it as long as I have. It’s enough to make one’s head explode! You begin to wonder all sorts of things…

You research, listen to what others have found works. Still nothing changes. You go back through your back list. Good,  strong, well-written books every one of them. No matter what is tried, the results are the same and with each new book,  you watch it fall into the abyss of Amazon or whatever distributors you have it with. You feel like quitting on a regular basis. Quitting isn’t in your vocabulary.

Keep writing! Perhaps the next one will be the next best seller everyone’s talking about. Or not. Trust me I’m not being negative here. I’m being realistic. The human psyche can only bear so much rejection. It’s human nature. None of us are above it.

So what’s an author to do? You tell me. If someone can share the magic bean, tell me where I can get mine. No seriously. Rather than cry (something I rarely do), I keep on. Writing the next one. Hoping for the day I will sell more than a handful of books a month.

And keep on racing to keep the cannibals away…

 

 

 

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To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood
by Bronwen Evans

A darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt.

To Live Happily Ever After….Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soulmate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he’s searched for all his life. He just has to find her.

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A Promise of Love
by Ella Quinn

Can she keep her promise and be true to herself?

American heiress Genevieve McGowan has no love for the English, and has promised her father she will never marry a scurrilous Englishman. After meeting and rejecting eligible gentlemen in both America and Paris, she’s deduced her options of finding her perfect match are non-existent. To her consternation, when she’s dragged to London for her aunt’s wedding she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the handsome Lord Frank. Heaven help her, he’s English!

Lord Francis Trevor, second son of the Duke of Somerset, is his father’s factor. With no property of his own, he has no thoughts of marriage, until he meets the alluring Genevieve MacGowan. Rich and beautiful, she sets his pulse hammering. But her reputation precedes her. She’s not only hard to please but deeply prejudiced against the English. Determined to win her hand, he’ll do anything to convince her not all Englishmen can be so easily forgotten.

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A Kiss for Miss Kingsley
by Collette Cameron

A sweet Regency historical of love relinquished and redeemed as once betrothed Allen Wimpleton and Olivia Kingsley meet again after a three year separation only to discover, their love is stronger than ever.

Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to accept a marriage proposal weeks into her first Season. Afraid her eccentric father will refuse his offer, Allen Wimpleton, heir to a viscountcy, begs her to elope. Having recently lost her mother, and concerned for her father’s health, she refuses.

Dismayed by her hesitancy, and unaware of her father’s illness, Allen impulsively demands she choose—him or her father. Heartbroken at his callousness, Olivia turns her back on their love and sails to the Caribbean for what was meant to be a one year stay.

When three years pass, Allen ruefully faces the inevitable—Oliva isn’t coming back, so he moves on. After her father dies, Olivia returns to England, and they come face to face at a ball. The flames of love ignite once again, but is it too late? Has Allen found another?

 

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Stirring Passions
by Maggi Andersen

A passionate promise should never be taken lightly.

Kate Kilgarth, yearning for passion and excitement far from her country village, refuses to marry her childhood best friend, Lord Laurence. But Kate finds excitement right on her doorstep. Lord Broughton has returned from abroad to restore the partly burnt-out Broughton Hall, reigniting an old mystery.

When Kate overhears two plotters, she is determined to save Broughton Hall from murderous foes. She cannot count on Laurie’s help, he has become quite stuffy since he left Cambridge. But can she trust Lord Broughton? And why has the beautiful Frenchwoman, Angelique, come to stay at the Hall?

As Kate falls headlong into love, she risks far more than she intended.

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A Pledge of Passion
by Victoria Vane

Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion…And only a fool believes him….

Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion... During a midnight tryst in a moonlit garden, Nicolas Needham fell in love—only to walk away. As a younger son with few connections, his pride demanded that he better his circumstances before paying his suit to Lady Mariah. After receiving a promotion in the Foreign Service, Nicolas is finally given the opportunity he needs to advance—by negotiating a contract of matrimony on the British Envoy’s behalf. Little does he know, the intended bride is the same woman to whom he once pledged himself.

And only a fool believes him…. Lady Mariah Morehaven has lived a quiet, almost reclusive life in the country. While she accepts that marriage is her unavoidable destiny, as a baroness in her own right, and heir to one of the oldest and land-rich estates in England, she fears becoming the target of fortune hunters. Entrusting her cousin’s well-connected godmother to help her find a suitable match, Mariah decides on a diplomatic envoy, only to discover the man sent to negotiate for her hand is the one who broke her heart.

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A Highwayman’s Honor
by Michelle McLean

He’s honor bound to protect his enemy’s daughter; but he never counted on losing his heart.

Charles II’s court is dangerous for Cromwell’s old followers; especially with a cavalier highwayman determined to dispense justice. When the notoriously gallant Highland Highwayman leaves Elizabet Harding’s family on the brink of ruin, her only option is marriage to loathsome nobleman. Until she meets devilishly handsome Lord John Ramsay, whose familiar eyes betray his secret. Unmasked, he must pay the price for her silence—marriage. John’s enemies will hurt Elizabet to get to him if they can. But he promised his protection and he’ll do whatever’s necessary to defend the woman he never expected to love. No matter the consequences.

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Lord Quickthorn’s Bargain
by Barbara Monajem

To save her sister’s virtue, will she sacrifice her own?

Sensible Gwen Appleby is aghast when her foolish sister vows to pursue the notorious rake, Lord Quickthorn. To save her sister from certain ruin, she turns to her friend, the custodian of the fairy well. A simple spell, making Lord Quickthorn indifferent to her sister’s beauty, is all that’s required.

But Gwen’s friend is no longer at the well, and the new, mischievous, very male custodian agrees on one condition: Lord Quickthorn will turn his seductive wiles on Gwen instead. To save her sister’s virtue, must Gwen sacrifice her own? Worse, will the promise of passion make her long to do so?

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Wanted by the Warrior
by Violetta Rand

In a land where vendettas and magic separate the north and south, forbidden love is brewing between two ancient rivals…

Lady Sophia Camerot desperately tries to behave, but simply can’t follow the rules. After a stranger saves her life, she suspects her champion is from another place. And to make matters worse, despite the political ramifications of her refusal to marry the man her father handpicked, she prays for another chance meeting with her hero.

Prince Victor Allain is the notorious heir to the Solfine throne, the last line of defense against an envious world that wants nothing more than to purge Europe of pagans. Unable to resist his attraction for Sophia, he risks everything to possess her. Hunted by enemies for breaking the law, Victor and Sophia must outmaneuver their rivals to protect Victor’s country from destructive alliances.

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Never Tempt a Rogue
by Christy Carlyle

An infamous rogue meets his match in a feisty chaperone who has all but given up on love.

Felicity Beckett’s uncle has tasked her with one goal for Lord and Lady Forsythe’s country house party. Keep her innocent cousin away from the notorious rake, Lord Lindsay. The man’s Rogue’s Rulebook has earned him the most scandalous of reputations, but no one warned Felicity how irresistible a rogue can be.

Alex Evering, Lord Lindsay, agrees to attend his aunt and uncle’s party for a bit of enjoyment before embracing the duties of his newly inherited title, but he loathes their scheme to redeem his reputation and marry him off to a proper young lady—until he meets Miss Beckett.

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To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood
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A darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt.



To Live Happily Ever After….Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soulmate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he’s searched for all his life. He just has to find her.

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A Promise of Love
by Ella Quinn

Can she keep her promise and be true to herself?

American heiress Genevieve McGowan has no love for the English, and has promised her father she will never marry a scurrilous Englishman. After meeting and rejecting eligible gentlemen in both America and Paris, she’s deduced her options of finding her perfect match are non-existent.  To her consternation, when she’s dragged to London for her aunt’s wedding she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the handsome Lord Frank. Heaven help her, he’s English!

Lord Francis Trevor, second son of the Duke of Somerset, is his father’s factor. With no property of his own, he has no thoughts of marriage, until he meets the alluring Genevieve MacGowan. Rich and beautiful, she sets his pulse hammering. But her reputation precedes her. She’s not only hard to please but deeply prejudiced against the English. Determined to win her hand, he’ll do anything to convince her not all Englishmen can be so easily forgotten.

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A Kiss for Miss Kingsley
by Collette Cameron

A sweet Regency historical of love relinquished and redeemed as once betrothed Allen Wimpleton and Olivia Kingsley meet again after a three year separation only to discover, their love is stronger than ever.

Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to accept a marriage proposal weeks into her first Season. Afraid her eccentric father will refuse his offer, Allen Wimpleton, heir to a viscountcy, begs her to elope. Having recently lost her mother, and concerned for her father’s health, she refuses.

Dismayed by her hesitancy, and unaware of her father’s illness, Allen impulsively demands she choose—him or her father. Heartbroken at his callousness, Olivia turns her back on their love and sails to the Caribbean for what was meant to be a one year stay.

When three years pass, Allen ruefully faces the inevitable—Oliva isn’t coming back, so he moves on. After her father dies, Olivia returns to England, and they come face to face at a ball. The flames of love ignite once again, but is it too late? Has Allen found another?

 

Teaser 1 - Collette Cameron
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Stirring Passions
by Maggi Andersen

A passionate promise should never be taken lightly.

Kate Kilgarth, yearning for passion and excitement far from her country village, refuses to marry her childhood best friend, Lord Laurence. But Kate finds excitement right on her doorstep. Lord Broughton has returned from abroad to restore the partly burnt-out Broughton Hall, reigniting an old mystery.

When Kate overhears two plotters, she is determined to save Broughton Hall from murderous foes. She cannot count on Laurie’s help, he has become quite stuffy since he left Cambridge. But can she trust Lord Broughton? And why has the beautiful Frenchwoman, Angelique, come to stay at the Hall?

As Kate falls headlong into love, she risks far more than she intended.

Teaser 1 - Maggi Andersen
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A Pledge of Passion
by Victoria Vane

Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion…And only a fool believes him….

Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion... During a midnight tryst in a moonlit garden, Nicolas Needham fell in love—only to walk away. As a younger son with few connections, his pride demanded that he better his circumstances before paying his suit to Lady Mariah. After receiving a promotion in the Foreign Service, Nicolas is finally given the opportunity he needs to advance—by negotiating a contract of matrimony on the British Envoy’s behalf. Little does he know, the intended bride is the same woman to whom he once pledged himself.

And only a fool believes him…. Lady Mariah Morehaven has lived a quiet, almost reclusive life in the country. While she accepts that marriage is her unavoidable destiny, as a baroness in her own right, and heir to one of the oldest and land-rich estates in England, she fears becoming the target of fortune hunters.  Entrusting her cousin’s well-connected godmother to help her find a suitable match, Mariah decides on a diplomatic envoy, only to discover the man sent to negotiate for her hand is the one who broke her heart.

Teaser 1 - Victoria Vane
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A Highwayman’s Honor
by Michelle McLean

He’s honor bound to protect his enemy’s daughter; but he never counted on losing his heart.

Charles II’s court is dangerous for Cromwell’s old followers; especially with a cavalier highwayman determined to dispense justice. When the notoriously gallant Highland Highwayman leaves Elizabet Harding’s family on the brink of ruin, her only option is marriage to loathsome nobleman. Until she meets devilishly handsome Lord John Ramsay, whose familiar eyes betray his secret. Unmasked, he must pay the price for her silence—marriage. John’s enemies will hurt Elizabet to get to him if they can. But he promised his protection and he’ll do whatever’s necessary to defend the woman he never expected to love. No matter the consequences.

Teaser 1 - Michelle McLean
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Lord Quickthorn’s Bargain
by Barbara Monajem

To save her sister’s virtue, will she sacrifice her own?

Sensible Gwen Appleby is aghast when her foolish sister vows to pursue the notorious rake, Lord Quickthorn. To save her sister from certain ruin, she turns to her friend, the custodian of the fairy well. A simple spell, making Lord Quickthorn indifferent to her sister’s beauty, is all that’s required.

But Gwen’s friend is no longer at the well, and the new, mischievous, very male custodian agrees on one condition: Lord Quickthorn will turn his seductive wiles on Gwen instead. To save her sister’s virtue, must Gwen sacrifice her own? Worse, will the promise of passion make her long to do so?

Teaser 1 - Barbara Monajem
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Wanted by the Warrior
by Violetta Rand

In a land where vendettas and magic separate the north and south, forbidden love is brewing between two ancient rivals…

Lady Sophia Camerot desperately tries to behave, but simply can’t follow the rules. After a stranger saves her life, she suspects her champion is from another place. And to make matters worse, despite the political ramifications of her refusal to marry the man her father handpicked, she prays for another chance meeting with her hero.

Prince Victor Allain is the notorious heir to the Solfine throne, the last line of defense against an envious world that wants nothing more than to purge Europe of pagans. Unable to resist his attraction for Sophia, he risks everything to possess her. Hunted by enemies for breaking the law, Victor and Sophia must outmaneuver their rivals to protect Victor’s country from destructive alliances.

Teaser 1 - Violetta Rand
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Never Tempt a Rogue
by Christy Carlyle

An infamous rogue meets his match in a feisty chaperone who has all but given up on love.

Felicity Beckett’s uncle has tasked her with one goal for Lord and Lady Forsythe’s country house party. Keep her innocent cousin away from the notorious rake, Lord Lindsay. The man’s Rogue’s Rulebook has earned him the most scandalous of reputations, but no one warned Felicity how irresistible a rogue can be.

Alex Evering, Lord Lindsay, agrees to attend his aunt and uncle’s party for a bit of enjoyment before embracing the duties of his newly inherited title, but he loathes their scheme to redeem his reputation and marry him off to a proper young lady—until he meets Miss Beckett.

Teaser 1 - Christy Carlyle
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I have been so caught up in getting Dealing With The Duchess ready, along with a couple of other WIP I completely forgot about #AuthorLifeMonth. To make up for my tardiness, I’m sharing an excerpt from DWTD (unedited version).

Enjoy!

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Eleanor slowly opened her eyes. The gray light of dawn was barely visible as it changed the room from total dark to shadowed. She was also staring right at Cameron’s muscular chest. They’d fallen asleep in each other’s arms. Slowly she raised her hand and began to run her fingers through the patch of curled brown hair.

He must have been awake. He pulled her tightly against him. “You keep that up and I’m afraid I’ll have to have my way with you again,” his deep, husky voice whispered, his hand tracing down her back to her bottom.

“You must take me home, Cameron. Before the servants rise.”

He chuckled. “That matters to you, El? You’re not a maid, you’re a widow. You have choices. Mine is that you let me love you once more.”

“It matters until my mother and sister are on their way to Paris. After that it doesn’t matter to me.”

He covered her hand with his and placed it on his hardened cock. “Please, El.”

“You make this very hard, Cameron,” She said, her small soft hand enveloping his throbbing cock. “I will not be your mistress.”

“I don’t want a mistress, El,” he replied as he rolled her onto her back and covered her with his body. She felt his member at her slick, wet opening, arching her back as he entered. “I want a wife. I want you, El.”

She moaned, feeling herself expand to accommodate him. “You are a wicked and arrogant man, Cameron Dudley.”

“I don’t deny either,” he replied his breathing becoming quick as he thrust into her harder, as he felt himself about to explode inside her.

They lay in each other’s arms a few moments later. Cameron pulled her closer.

“Marry me, Eleanor,” he whispered.

“I cannot have this discussion with you now.”

“Why not? What’s holding you back, El?”

“There is too much going on surrounding my family and father. I must get my mother and sister on their way to Paris. Then make sure my brother has a way to try and bring the dukedom back. It will be his in all rights, you know. At least, he can re-fund it. Once my father is gone from this earth, he will have it all.”

“So you’re going to make sure everyone else is happy and taken care of?”

“Cameron just let me get this done.”

“It could take years to get your brother established.”

“I wasn’t planning to wait years. I just need to see Alec has direction. He may think he does, but this scandal surrounding my father is going to affect him more than any of us.”

“And in the mean time? Am I supposed to wait on you while you do all this? Make your behind the scenes business deals. I’m not a patient man once my mind is made up, Eleanor.”

She sighed. “Please Cameron, at least, let me get my mother and sister out of London.”

“Agreed. Once that is done, we are going to have this discussion. Your brother doesn’t need coddling from what I’ve seen. He’s not the little boy you remember El.”

“Very well. Now if you don’t mind I need to dress and get home before everyone awakens.”

“The staff should be awake when you arrive.”

“Bugger the staff, Cameron. Will you walk me home?”

“Of course, I will. I do not let women walk alone at night.”

He left her at the front door of her home a short time later. He waited until she was safely inside.

“Your mother and sister leave at the end of the week. We’ll talk about what we discussed tonight then.” He leaned down and kissed her gently on her kiss swelled lips. “May I call on you later?”

“Yes, I would like that. Now go. Before someone sees you here.”

He kissed her again before turning and walking down her steps.

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February – The Month Of Love?

February…forever linked to Valentines Day and love. But let us not forget that this year the second month of 2016 has more to offer. Presidents Day falls the days after,  making it a three day weekend for some. Mardi Gras is February 9th, and if you’re anywhere near New Orleans you really need to experience it just once. I have had the opportunity to attend Mardi Gras in both New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro and the two are uniquely different.

Oh,  and did I mention it’s leap year this year? Yep 29 days does February have!

With all the sweets surrounding both Valentines Day and Mardi Gras, I always come back to familiar favorites. Below is my Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe. Consider drizzling it with pink or red glaze. Or perhaps a strawberry glaze…the possibilities are endless.

Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

 

 

Favorite Recipes – Jamie Salisbury

 

3  Sticks Butter

3 cups Sugar

1 package – 8 ounces Cream Cheese

1 dash Salt

6 Large Eggs

1 ½ Tsp Vanilla

3 cups Cake Flour (Sifted)

 

Cream together margarine, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add salt and vanilla flavoring.  Beat well.  Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition of egg.  Stir in cake flour by hand and blend well but do not beat.  Spoon mixture into a 10-inch tube pan that has been greased and floured. (I user bakers secret which have both in a spray together).  May also be baked in a 13x9x2-baking dish.  Bake at 325* for about 1 ½ hours.  Toothpick test and watch the last half-hour of cooking. Do not overcook.