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Friday Reads: Romance & An ARC Giveaway

I was on vacation recently and took a stack of books with me. As one does.

My husband always cringes and asks, “How much room do you need for the books?”

My answer is always the same, “Enough for all of them.”

He’s a patient man.

First Things First

Before we even got to the airport, I’d broken out Valerie Bowman‘s The Right Kind of Rogue, and it turns to be a great book to while away a lot of airplane hours. In fact I was a little sad when we arrived early, and I had to stop reading.

I should have known the book was going to be great fun. I met Valerie several years ago at Romantic Times. We lucked out in the alphabet lottery that is giant booksignings and got to sit together. I thought her delightful! So when I started sifting around for vacation reads

, her latest book was an obvious choice.

Let me state right up front, The Right Kind of Rogue is the 8th book in Valerie’s Playful Brides series, but don’t let that discourage you from reading this splendid regency.

Or better yet

, let it inspire you to go on a great big binge and read the seven books preceding Rogue before you indulge in this fun and engaging romance. Here’s the entire list.

I’ll wait . . . Yes, done? Great! Let’s get back to Rogue.

Suffice it to say, Hart and Meg’s wonderful story of love from afar is just the right read for a chaise lounge and sunshine. Or a comfortable chair and a cup of hot tea. Or a too narrow middle airplane seat. Your choice.

Hot Off the Press

Now if you have a vacation coming up, a free weekend, or just love finding new reads, two of my favorite authors, Lorraine Heath (Beyond Scandal and Desire) and Laura Lee Guhrke (The Trouble with True Love) have new books out NOW, as in this week. I’ve been arguing with myself since Tuesday which one to start first tonight.

People, I need help! Which one? Comment below.

If you haven’t read either of these authors, I’ll pause right here and let you catch up. Go on. Get reading. I’ll wait . . . and sneak in a few pages while I do.


In the mean time and looking ahead to great reads coming at the end of the month, Caroline Linden kindly offered two Advanced Copies of My Once and Future Duke (Yes

, as in before they hit the shelves, you lucky pup, you!) for a drawing that runs through February 7th. Winners will be announced on the 8th. The contest entry form can be found here.

In the meantime, I think I’ve filled up your TBR pile rather nicely…

Now it’s your turn: Who are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

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Win An ARC!

My dear friend, Caroline Linden, emailed with great news–she had two extra Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) for her upcoming book, My Once and Future Duke, which will be released by Avon Books on February 27th.

Best of all? Caroline asked me to give them away to two of my readers.

All you have to do to enter to win is fill out this Entry Form before the end of the day February 7th. (Hint: Do it right now!)

Winners will be notified on February 8th, and posted here. Good Luck!

My Once and Future Duke is the first in a brand new series. Here’s a bit of peek–I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read it!

What happens at the infamous Vega Club…

Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.

Stays at the Vega Club…

Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie


, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. It he wins, he wants her—for a week.

Until now.

A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even break her heart. But when it comes to love

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, all bets are off …

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Friday Reads: Fantasy

I have this not so secret love affair with Fantasy novels. Of course this is no surprise if you know that the first book I ever set out to write was a medieval. I love a good quest. A battle for the soul of a land. Right and wrong. And so with the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin this week, I thought I’d share this great fantasy book and hope you will share your favorites in the comments below!

I have to admit that I was just blown away by Anthony Ryan’s Raven Shadow series when I read it last year. From the opening scene of Blood Song

, where our small hero is dumped by his father, you follow this boy’s story from childhood to manhood with your heart pounding. And the ending of the first book just knocked me over. (And DON’T peek. Just don’t. It really is a great twist.)

Well, once I finished Blood Song, I read the rest of the series, using the books as reward reads. “Elizabeth, if you get your pages done this week, you can read Tower Lord all weekend.” And then it was on to Queen of Fire, which was a rip-roaring tale.

Sigh. I hated the series to end. But as my friend, and reading buddy

, Jessica pointed out, “You get to read them again.” (This after her third time through Blood Song.)

Yes, I freely admit, I’ve forced these books on anyone I thought would like them to read them. Now I am passing on my addiction to you. Yes, go read these.

Such. Great. Reads. But I think you get my point.

So now that I’ve pushed my new favorites on you, tell me your favorite Fantasy reads. Please.

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Reading Roundup

I’ve been reading like a starving woman lately. Just hungry for good stories. So I thought I would share with you some of the good ones I’ve stumbled across lately.

Guilty Pleasure
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

The Jane Austen Project is, on the outside, a truly outrageous notion. Scientists from the future travel back to Regency England to find Jane Austen’s letters and an unpublished novel before they are lost forever. And as silly and contrived at that might seem, it is anything but. In the process we meet Henry Austen, Jane’s brother, and slowly are drawn in until we are surrounded by her entire family, but especially Jane. Jane Austen. The author does a fabulous job of creating the Regency world and taking both her characters and the modern reader on a wonderland adventure into Jane Austen’s life. I loved it. Go find The Jane Austen Project, (I happened upon my copy at the library) read it and just revel in the shear joy and audacity of spending an afternoon with Jane. I couldn’t put it down.

Coming Soon
A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe (Coming October 31, 2017)
The English Wife by Lauren Willig (Coming January 9, 2018)

This part of my Reading Roundup should be called “New York


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, New York.” First up, Joanna Shupe was kind enough to send me an advance copy of her debut book with Avon, A Daring Arrangement, and I was delighted to read it. So much fun to read a romance set outside of the Regency and this one is doubly good as it is set in New York with an English heroine and a wealthy American outsider. I liked the way these two got to know each other and fall in love. This is the first in a series and I will be looking forward to the upcoming books.

The next NYC book I dove into was The English Wife, which I also received an advance copy of–I know, lucky me. I’ve really fallen for the twin stranded stories–you know, one in the present and one in the past. This is in the same vein, but as a mystery. While it opens with a murder, the story evolves backwards and we see the unlucky couple in the years leading up to their untimely deaths, and then moves forward, as the “modern” heroine, Bay’s sister, Janie, does her level best in the 1880s to uncover what actually happened. I recommend it because it is wonderfully involved–I liked seeing how the characters–Annabelle and Bay–unfold and develop before yours eyes, with enough mystery to keep you guessing as to what is behind their murders, though at the same time, I wished there had been MORE to it, especially with regard to Janie, as she suddenly finds the nerve to unravel their past. From the ending I have the sense that there might be a follow up, which hopefully will fill in the missing links. At least I hope so.

A Perilious Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn Out now

Going from New York to Victorian London, I threw myself headlong into the second in the Veronica Speedwell mystery. I adored the first one (A Curious Beginning, which, by the way, is only $2.99 on Amazon right now), and somehow missed that the second one had come out (spoiler: the third one, A Treacherous Curse is due out in January, so get on with your own Veronica binge). This book is seriously cutting into my writing time, as I’ve extended my morning coffee and lunch to keep reading about Veronica and Stoker’s adventures. It is a wonderfully delicious Victorian story and Veronica is a hoot, while Stoker continues to be a big brooding dram of warmed whiskey that you can’t get enough of. Can’t wait to finish this one over the weekend.

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Newsletter Winners!

The winners from the July/August newsletters are:

Susan Pertierra
Carol Luciano
Heather Brown


, each of you have been sent a $25 gift card to Amazon. Enjoy!

And thank you to everyone who entered.

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12 Places to Find Great Book Deals

Who doesn’t like finding new authors and great books? Here’s a list of places I like to find great deals on books.

  1. Bookbub the be-all-and-end-all of book deal sites.  Besides their daily newlsetter

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    , you can also sign up to follow your favorite authors so that when they have a new release or a book deal, Bookbub can send you a friendly note so you don’t miss out. (Make sure to sign up for me! LOL!)

  2. Lauren’s Book Club Newsletter is author Lauren Royal’s weekly listing of book deals and favorite reads.
  3. Buy A Historical is a weekly newsletter of new historical romances, with some deals and freebies.
  4. The Regency Reader is published by the Beau Monde chapter of RWA and is a monthly listing of new Regency set historicals. (Fun fact: I edited this newsletter for a number of years!)
  5. eBookDealofDay.com features mostly romance, with an emphasis on Contemporary and Paranormal, with some historicals.
  6. book-a-licious is a great place to find book deals, new releases and freebies. A nice mix of all romance genres.
  7. Romance Devoured has a lot of fans who love romance. Must sign up to see deals and hot releases.
  8. Hidden Gems has deals on their website as well as a newsletter. Contemporary, some paranormal and historical.
  9. Robin Reads is for a reader who reads Everything! If you want to find deals on romance, mystery, suspense, this is the place to start.
  10. Hot Stuff Romance is exactly that–romance. Mostly contemporary and lots of indie published books.
  11. The Fussy Librarian is a one stop shopping place for all your reading needs. They list all genres and deals. Subscribe to the newsletter or peruse their blog for daily deals.
  12. E Book Soda Sign up for a curated list of your favorite genres, or peruse their extensive site for a book deal or a freebie.

Brazen Angel

And make sure to sign up for my newsletter at the top of the page. And if you still haven’t found a great new read–try my Books Page for a listing of all my books. And if you are looking for a FREE read


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, check out my nominated short story, Chessy’s Wedding.

Do you have a favorite newsletter or website that offers book deals? Make sure to list it in the comments.

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Brazen Angel is Free

As of this post, you will find the ebook of Brazen Angel free. Everywhere. Took some doing, but given that this is Brazen Angel’s 20th anniversary

, I thought it would be fun to give back some love.

After all this book, and all of you, started all of this.

The cool part of Brazen Angel has as much to do about the back story of how it was published, as it does the adventures of Sophia and Giles. Brazen AngelBut seriously

, have your read, My Favorite Hero? If not, go ahead and click on it. Read the story and then come back. I’ll wait. . . . Are you crying? I can’t read that without getting all teary eyed.

And yes

, he’s still a hero. Most days. LOL.

So if you’ve loved Brazen Angel, tell a friend that it’s free. If you haven’t read it, now’s your chance. And tell a friend while you are at it. Tell all your Facebook pals, throw it on your shelf at Goodreads and Tweet your hearts out–if you are inclined to those things.

And in the meantime, Brazen Angel will remain free. Free to be downloaded and read. Free to be enjoyed. That’s worth sharing.

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Who Said It Answered

So who said the following?

“A few minutes ago you couldn’t wait to leave and now you want to stay?”
“That was before I killed a man,” she offered, coming up with the only excuse she could other than the truth.
“You didn’t kill anyone. You only winged him.”
“Are you sure?”
She glanced back up the stairs

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, where even now a tide of servants was rushing to the aid of their master. “I think his injury will be grave, for I’ve never missed before.”

That just happens to be Olivia SuttonOnce Tempted and Robert Danvers in Once Tempted.

You can read the excerpt from ONCE TEMPTED or order your own copy for this

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, the first book I wrote in the wildly popular Danvers series. The best sort of #FridayReads.

Please continue to join me every Thursday to match your wits with Who Said It or try a previous Who Said It challenge here.


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Who Said It: Challenge Accepted

You all know my books too well, so I’m digging in and hoping this one is a stumper. So Who Said It?

“A few minutes ago you couldn’t wait to leave and now you want to stay?”
“That was before I killed a man

,” she offered, coming up with the only excuse she could other than the truth.
“You didn’t kill anyone. You only winged him.”
“Are you sure?”
She glanced back up the stairs, where even now a tide of servants was rushing to the aid of their master. “I think his injury will be grave, for I’ve never missed before.”

Is it:
1) Harriet Hathaway and Roxley from If Wishes Were Earls
2) Olivia Sutton and Robert Danvers from Once Tempted
3) Lily D’Artiers and Webb Dryden from Brazen Heiress

I’ll post the answer tomorrow.

Did you see last week’s challenge? Find it here.

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Who Said It Revealed

Did you guess that it was Lady Hermione Marlowe and her mother, Lady Walbrook, talking in this exchange?

“…and now that he is inclined to marry—“
“I don’t think the earl has any intention of—“
“Of course he intends to marry. He made his bow at Almack’s.”
Which of course every matron in London knew was code for: I wish to marry your daughter immediately.

If you did–good for you! If not, I tried my hardest to make it a bit of a stumper. Tempted by the Night

You can read the excerpt from TEMPTED BY THE NIGHT or order your own copy for an sexy trip into the dark side of Regency England on #FridayReads.

Please continue to join me every Thursday to match your wits with Who Said It

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