Release Day Blast! New Historical Releases!

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What an exciting release week for historical romance! I’m so excited to celebrate these releases! Some of these are part of a series, but they are all standalone stories.

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A Dance with Seduction

A Dance with Seduction
Alyssa Alexander
Release Day: July 24, 2017

Vivienne La Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancers and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her, Maximillian Westwood.

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An Earl for the Archeress

An Earl for the Archeress
E. Elizabeth Watson
Release Day: July 24, 2017

Lady Mariel is an archeress of unrivaled skill, as is Robert, the Earl of Huntington. With a tongue as sharp as her arrows, Mariel wants nothing to do with the gallant earl. Robert is intrigued by his Scottish wilding but they are no match made in heaven.

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My Hellion, My Heart

My Hellion, My Heart
Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan
Release Day: July 24, 2017

Lord Henry Radcliffe can only exorcise the demons of his past through physicality. Intent on scandalizing London, Princess Irina Volkonsky is a hellion and every gentleman’s deepest desire. She knows better than to provoke the earl, but will stop at nothing to win the heart of the only man she’s ever loved.

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The Importance of Being Scandalous

The Importance of Being Scandalous
Kimberly Bell
Release Day: July 25, 2017

Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind.

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Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Mackenzi Lee
Audiobook, narrated by Christian Coulson

About the Book: 
A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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REVIEW: 

4 stars

This book had a lot going on. It was really enjoyable, but there was a lot. Like, maybe too much.

Historical fiction with a male/male romance, bisexual representation, biracial representation, a bluestocking sister, a disapproving abusive father who is also a hypocrite, a boring chaperone, an evil duke, thievery, pirates (sort of), alchemy and magic.

All of this is stuff I enjoy in a book, but maybe it should have been two books? I would have read both of them happily. The first half of the book felt like an absolutely delightful m/m historical romance full of adventure and steep obstacles for our heroes to overcome. I was 100% in.

Then things title a little and now we are in a fantasy novel… sort of? (I’m not against this sudden switch from realism to magical realism on principle. It can really work for me. See: Magonia.) It was a little too jarring. Maybe it wasn’t enough for me? Instead of one piece of magic in an otherwise standard historical setting, I could have used more magical underground in this setting. I think that would have helped.

The last half of the book just wasn’t as cohesive as the first. The ending was a bit unsatisfying – I’d rather see a real path to an HEA, rather than a “screw you dad, we’ll figure something out.”

I really did love the three main characters, even spoiled Monty. I want to know Felicity and Percy more and the single POV did prevent that – though it appears that I’ll have that desired fulfilled by Felicity’s companion POV novel! I loved the relationships between the three. It felt realistic and comfortable, which made me ache more when things weren’t right between them. Really looking forward to Felicity’s story.

Happy Book Birthday! The Scars Between Us by MK Schiller!

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I am so excited to celebrate the release of The Scars Between Us by MK Schiller, out today!

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About The Scars Between Us

Emma Cooper is determined to fulfill her mother’s dying wish to scatter her ashes with Aiden Sheffield in Linx, Texas. Just one problem. Why Texas and who the hell is Aiden Sheffield? The only clue is a faded piece of her mother’s stationary. Emma imagines Aiden is a former love of her mother’s, but when she meets the beautiful, damaged stranger, she realizes her assumptions couldn’t be more wrong. He’s hot and young. And Emma is as confused as ever.

Aiden Sheffield would rather go to hell than Linx. Who does Emma think she is disrupting his carefully built life? The last thing the Marine needs is to slice open the sealed wounds of his painful past. Yet, as he gets to know the lovely Emma, a woman who manages to smile even though she’s lost everything, he changes his mind. He will not let her go to hell alone.

But neither is prepared for the devastating evil waiting for them at the end of the road. It might just destroy them.

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About MK Schiller

Not knowing a word of English, MK Schiller came to America at the age of four from India. Since then, all she’s done is collect words. After receiving the best gift ever from her parents—her very own library card—she began reading everything she could get her greedy hands on. At sixteen, a friend asked her to make up a story featuring the popular bad boy at school. This wasn’t fan fiction…it was friend fiction. From that day on, she’s known she wanted to be a writer. With the goal of making her readers both laugh and cry, MK Schiller has penned more than a dozen books, each one filled with misfit characters overcoming obstacles and finding true love.

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Review: Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

A love that neither can deny…

THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS
Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

The one woman he will never forget…

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their
broken past, he can give her forever, making every day…

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Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

 

 

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4 and half stars

Going into the book, I already hate Malcom based on his appearances in previous books. Sarah MacLean’s whole audience already hates him. And we don’t hate him by mistake. We hate him because he deserves it. He treats Seraphina like dirt – he cheats on her. WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT. This second-chance romance isn’t just about Malcolm earning Sera’s forgiveness – he has to earn the entire audience’s forgiveness.

Looking at it that way, Sarah MacLean basically set herself up for failure. Nevertheless, she persisted. And crushed it.

Before I started reading, I knew Sera deserved her Happily Ever After, but I think Mal deserved to be a part of that. By the end, I was rooting for them. I was crying and laughing and swooning.

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This book is emotional and angsty and sexy and almost perfect. My one complaint and what took it from a 5 star read to a 4.5 star read is a spoiler, so it’s behind the cut.  Continue reading

EXCERPT + Giveaway: ELOPING WITH THE PRINCESS by Robyn DeHart!

A secret princess. A confirmed bachelor. A hasty wedding.
Title: Eloping with the Princess
Author: Robyn DeHart
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 5th June 2017
Series: The Brotherhood of the Sword #3 (standalone series)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Scandalous
Cover Designer: Erin Dameron-Hill
Editor: Alethea Spiridon
“Robyn DeHart’s vibrant characters sweep the reader into a clever and sensual romp that is not to be missed.” – Julia London, NYT Bestselling Author 
When a fellow member of the Brotherhood of the Sword drops off a mysterious lady in need of protection at the house of Viscount Jason Ellis, he agrees to keep her safe not fully knowing what that will entail. Once Isabel Crisp learns the truth of her identity, that she’s the last remaining member of the royal family from the island nation of Saldania, her world is tipped upside down.
A plot to usurp the throne from Victoria after a marriage comes to light. Isabel realizes rather quickly that if she were already married the men would not succeed with their plan. Jason reluctantly agrees to marry her, but in name only as he’s bound to learn the title to his brother’s son, the rightful heir. But keeping his hands off his tempting and willing wife proves too difficult and the passion between them ignites.
“I could have already cut you on more than one occasion,” Jason said. Ever since their first lesson in fencing, Jason had wanted to spar with her again. Today he’d been unable to wait any longer.
“Your skills are more refined than mine,” she said.
“True, but I do not believe that is the problem. You are distracted. We do not have to continue. Perhaps you’d prefer additional lessons from my mother on how better to fit in with ladies of the ton.”
Her eyes flared with anger, and he suppressed the urge to smile. “I don’t think that will be necessary.” She jabbed him with her foil, her steps more precise and strong. “I believe I managed the situation, and I sincerely doubt those particular women will visit again.”
He lifted a brow. “It was only a suggestion, considering how this first visit went. I suspect you’ll receive more visitors and likely some invitations to attend tea with other ladies in town.”
“They were mocking me,” she said, again jabbing at him, her anger evident in every move. “I believe it might be the last time.”
And just like that, she was in a furious battle where their foils clanged against each other. She met every lunge, every strike.
“You’ve been practicing,” he said.
“Perhaps a little,” she admitted.
“But you have some moves that I haven’t taught you yet,” he said after a particularly crafty placement of her foil.
She tilted her head, and her brows rose. “I might have found a book on fencing in the library.”
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A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers.
Twitter: @RobynDeHart

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FRI Historical Sale Blitz & Interview – Historical Romance Love

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The first books in these series are on sale for just a couple more days!

To celebrate the sale, authors Robyn DeHart, Ally Broadfield, and Harmony Williams are spending the week with us! Today they share the love for the historical romance genre.

What do you love write (and read) historical romance?

Ally Broadfield (author of the How To series): I’m dating myself here, but by the time I turned twelve during the 1980s, I had read all of the children/teen books, all the mysteries, and all the gothic novels at our local library, so the librarian showed me the historical romance section and I never looked back. There’s nothing like historical romance to help you forget about the pressures and problems in your life and experience life and love in a different time and place.

Harmony Williams (author of The Ladies of Passion series): I love lighthearted, funny books. I’m also a sucker for friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, and fake engagement/relationship plots! Especially if they involve a wallflower, spinster, or governess.

Robyn DeHart (Author of The Brotherhood of the Sword series): I love the atmosphere and the social rules and the clothes and British guys are hot!

What historical romance books or authors would you recommend to readers new to the genre?

Ally: Jane Austen (Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice), Julia Quinn (The Duke and I, Ten Things I Love About You), Amanda Quick (Mistress, Ravished, Scandal), Sherry Thomas (Private Arrangements, Not Quite a Husband), Lisa Kleypas (The Wallflowers series), Jude Deveraux (A Knight in Shining Armor), and many, many more!

Harmony: Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee, One Step Behind by Brianna Labuskes, anything by Julia Quinn, Sally Mackenzie, Julie Anne Long, or Tessa Dare (especially When a Scot Ties the Knot).

Robyn: Suzanne Enoch is my go-to girl for historicals.

What about you? What’s your go-to recommendation for historical romance? 


Start the How To series, by Ally Broadfield, with How to Beguile a Duke.

Start the Ladies of Passion series, by Harmony Williams, with How to Play the Game of Love. 

Start the Brotherhood of the Sword series by Robyn DeHart, with Undercover with the Earl. 

Historical Sale Blitz & Interview – The Toughest Scene to Write

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I’m so excited about this series sale!

To celebrate the sale, authors Robyn DeHart, Ally Broadfield, and Harmony Williams are spending the week with us! Today they’re sharing with us the toughest scene they’ve written.

What has been your toughest scene to write?

Ally Broadfield (author of the How To series): The black moment of every book is the hardest to write for me. You spend all that time following two people, watching them slowly fall in love, and then something bad happens, or one or both of them does something monumentally stupid, then they undo all the hard work you did getting them together. With every book, I’m always afraid they won’t be able to find their way back together.

Harmony Williams (author of The Ladies of Passion series): The end of the book. Pick one and I can assure you that I’ve rewritten it at least once. All the unfinished manuscripts on my hard drive can attest that I have a lot more practice with beginnings than I do with endings. It may take a few tries but eventually I get it right!

Robyn DeHart (Author of The Brotherhood of the Sword series): I had to study up on fencing for a couple of scenes in Eloping With the Princess, those were pretty tough.


Start the How To series, by Ally Broadfield, with How to Beguile a Duke.

Start the Ladies of Passion series, by Harmony Williams, with How to Play the Game of Love. 

Start the Brotherhood of the Sword series by Robyn DeHart, with Undercover with the Earl. 

WED Historical Sale Blitz & Interview – Characters

Historical Sale Blitz

Hopefully summer frees up a little bit of time for reading. And with Book #1 of these three series on sale for just 99¢, it’s time to start a new series (or 3).

To celebrate the sale, authors Robyn DeHart, Ally Broadfield, and Harmony Williams are spending the week with us! To start, we asked them a bit about the characters in their series.

 What do you love about the hero & heroine in the first book in the series?

Ally Broadfield (author of the How To series): How stubborn they are. They’re a classic enemies to lovers couple, but both of them fought hard against the pull of attraction.

Harmony Williams (author of The Ladies of Passion series): I love the banter between them. Rose can be stubborn but Warren is not willing to back away from the obvious chemistry between them.

Robyn DeHart (Author of The Brotherhood of the Sword series): How stubborn they are. They’re a classic enemies to lovers couple, but both of them fought hard against the pull of attraction.

What characters have been your favorite to write? Why?

Ally: Thornbrook and Louisa from How to Bewilder a Lord. They were both secondary characters in How to Bewitch an Earl, and I had no intention of anything ever happening between them. Luckily they had other ideas.

Harmony: Mary’s go-getter, brazen, “I’ll fix this” attitude is a huge amount of fun to write. She is fearless, even if she is sometimes out of her depth.

Robyn: I love Evie from Undercover With the Earl. She was so fun. I kind of imagined her as Mary, the middle Bennett sister from P&P only with more personality. 😉


Start the How To series, by Ally Broadfield, with How to Beguile a Duke.

Start the Ladies of Passion series, by Harmony Williams, with How to Play the Game of Love. 

Start the Brotherhood of the Sword series by Robyn DeHart, with Undercover with the Earl. 

Historical Sale Blitz & Interview – Series

Historical Sale Blitz

Memorial Day means summer has arrived! And the first books in three awesome historical series are on sale for 99¢ right now – summer is the perfect time to start a new series, preferably by the pool.

To celebrate the sale, authors Robyn DeHart, Ally Broadfield, and Harmony Williams are spending the week with us! To start, we asked them a bit about their series!

 What ties the books in your series together?

Ally Broadfield (author of the How To series): The Adair family and their search for missing family jewels.

Harmony Williams (author of The Ladies of Passion series): The Ladies of Passion series features three best friends with very different life goals as they each struggle to accept parts of themselves they keep hidden from Society and fall in love along the way.

Robyn DeHart (Author of The Brotherhood of the Sword series): All the heroes are members of the elite Brotherhood of the Sword, the secret security for Queen Victoria.

What book has been your favorite to write? Why?

Ally: How to Bewitch an Earl. I got just a bit behind with my writing that summer, and when we returned from vacation, I had two weeks to write the entire book. Edward and Isa were such a “made for each other” couple that they happily dictated their entire story to me in ten days and I made my deadline. An added bonus was that this book required the fewest edits of any of my books. I wish every book was that easy for me to write.

Harmony: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days – it was the first in the series that I wrote (despite it being book 2) and it will always have a special place in my heart. I consider the heroine, Francine, to be the character that I’ve written who is most similar to me. Giving her a happy-ever-after with her best friend is one of the highlights of my writing career. It’s definitely the “book of my heart.”

Robyn: I really loved For Her Spy Only, it’s the middle novella in my Masquerading Mistresses series and the hero, Alistair has Aspergers, though obviously they wouldn’t have known what that was then. It was a challenging and refreshing story.


Start the How To series, by Ally Broadfield, with How to Beguile a Duke.

Start the Ladies of Passion series, by Harmony Williams, with How to Play the Game of Love. 

Start the Brotherhood of the Sword series by Robyn DeHart, with Undercover with the Earl. 

Release Day: Scandal of the Season by Liana LeFey

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Happy Release Day to Scandal of the Season by Liana LeFey!

ABOUT SCANDAL OF THE SEASON

ScandaloftheSeason_500X750Five years ago, Lord Sorin Latham fled England’s shores to avoid heartbreak and scandal in the form of one Lady Eleanor Cramley. On returning home, he finds the young miss he used to scold for lack of decorum is now a stunning woman who fires his blood. But he must resist temptation or risk losing his honor as a gentleman and the friendship of those he holds dear, including Eleanor.

Lady Eleanor is determined to be the paragon of propriety Sorin urged her to become. But now that he’s back, the man she once thought of as an older brother makes her long to be anything but proper. She must make Sorin see her as worthy of his heart and his desire without losing his good opinion, or her Season will end in disgrace.

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ABOUT LIANA LEFEY

Liana loves to weave incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. The glory and splendor of the 18th Century provides a lush, glittering backdrop for her fairy tale romances. It’s a time of sensuous lovers, passionate music, lavish royal courts and deadly intrigues.

Liana lives in Texas with her own dashing hero of nearly twenty years, their delightful progeny, one spoiled-rotten feline overlord, and several tanks of tropical fish. She’s been devouring historical romances since her early teens and is now delighted to be writing them for fellow enthusiasts.

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