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Nothing But a Rakehell by Deb Marlow

Lord Keswick goes to the country estate of his friend early, abandoning London and all it’s pleasures because of a persistent debutante who is trying to trap him into marriage. Once on his friend’s land, Tenford, he ended up stuck in a mucky swamp. Lady Glory Brightly happened along on her ride, and saved him, and his boots, with the help of her well trained horse, Poppy. It was the start of an unusual friendship.

As people start to arrive from London later that week, and the houseparty starts to gain momentum several ladies try for Keswick, who is at odds with his father and has vowed never to marry while he is alive. Glory was in a horrible accident when a child and has a painful limp when walking. Most people comment on it, tease her about it, or other wise make her feel inferior because of it. But Keswick sees the intelligent, funny, beautiful woman behind the limp and sets out to help build her self confidence.

The debutante ferrets out where Keswick is and claims a family close by, showing up at the houseparty, bringing his father along a day later. Keswick finally tells Glory all his painful secrets so that she understands why he must distance himself from her while his father is near. Glory agrees but also sets other plans in motion to rid him of his father and this young miss.

I loved this book. The passion built beautifully between the our hero and heroine, their friendship was first and slowly deeper feelings layered itself over that. The snarkiness and viciousness of the some of the other ladies made you laugh as they each easily over come usually by their own folly. The turn around in one character that started out vying for Viscount Keswick, to being the first to congratulate them when they come together made tears come to my eyes.

This is must buy and add to your library if you like regencies at all. Come to Greyhouse and enjoy the houseparty of the Season.

Earthquake

Hand on short wall, waiting for balance to settle to stand.

What? The wall is moving? No, my nerves and balance are acting up. I’ll just wait.

My Pepsi is moving in my glass? I’m not touching the table. Others are looking around now too.

“Earthquake,” a comment from the side of the room.

I sat still, waiting for it end, took forever! Finally all was still again.

Hand on wall, not moving, I manage to stand this time.

Holding the Dream!

Hi! I am holding the first print book of Sean and the Mustang in hand! Having an ebook out there and selling is one thing. But having the print copy, in my hand… holding something I created? that is a totally different feeling. One I am so excited about.

My manicurist bought one off me, and I signed it for her…. Nothing like that feeling in the world, signing your first book. Sivers and shakes. LOL

Here is the link to Amazon, the book is $7, and just right for smaller hands. Thank you all for your support. https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Mustang-Garden-Lesa-Hall/dp/0578452510/ref=sr_1_8?crid=33F5452KU2JI5&keywords=sean+and+the+mustang&qid=1551615918&s=gateway&sprefix=Sean+and%2Caps%2C332&sr=8-8

Print copy out tomorrow!

I can’t believe it almost March 1st.

Why you ask? Because March 1st, tomorrow is the official release date for the Print copy of Sean and the Mustang: Garden Door Series #1.

I got my advance copy last night.

Here it is. I’m ecstatic. Hope you can pick up a copy. $7.

Enjoy!

Atlantis Awaking (Warriors or Poseidon #2) by Alyssa Day

King’s Vengeance, what a name to be stuck with just because you are second born. Not a title, with a name to go with it, like Sean, or Decan, or John… no King’s Vengeance. Aname you share with your uncle while he still lives, and since Atlanteans lives almost immortal I’m thinking it could get very confusing at family dinners. So, Conlan’s brother goes by Ven. He is the Kings’s sword, fighting for Atlantis, and Humanity. Fighting, not being diplomatic, that is brother’s, the High Prince’s job. He lead’s the Seven, those warriors closest to the prince.

Erin is a witch, a witch with Wilding magic, and thirst for vengeance for those that killed her family. How fitting they end up together looking a Ruby that can save the soon to be Queen and her baby. With that Wilding Magic came the gift of Stone Singing, and while Erin can pull on the stones on Atlantis, they are not enough to save them, but the Goddess of the Nereids that takes up residence in her soul knows where to find it – the lair of the most powerful vampire on the west coast.

Can they keep their passions at bay as they look for the Nereid Ruby? Can Ven live with a woman that is two woman? Can Erin get control of her Wilding Magic long enough to learn how to sing for ruby? and then how to use it? Come a swim with the Warriors of Poseidon, the water is fine and they will save you if it isn’t.

Another delightful five star read.

Atlantis Awakening (Warriors of Poseidon, Book 2) by [Day, Alyssa]

Atlantis Awaking: Poseidon’s Warriors #1 by Alyssa Day

Conlan, High prince of Atlantis, comes home after seven years of being held prisoner by the Goddess of the Vampires. The water portal, a being of its own magic, answered his call and dumped him – literally – home in front of a known guard.

Riley Dawson is a human, a social worker, an empath, she knows vampires and shifters exist, they announced themselves about ten years ago, now are taking over the human governments – getting their own House in the American Congress. She’s had a very bad day, so the beach calls her for a walk. Trouble finds her again, but this time their is a six foot plus warrior to save her. Their minds connect, maybe even their souls, and she sees only beauty and pain.

This is the start of the love of these two, a young human empath that is to take on the very God of the Seas and Oceans, to become queen. Is she strong enough to withstand the shifters and vampires that line up between her and her happy ending? When they take down her protective Warriors, and she goes against their God to get them back, can she survive the anger of the most powerful Greek Gods? A family secret, her twin sister’s life in danger, will this prevent her from going below the ocean?

A beautifully woven woven tale that take you to this new world Ms. Day has created. Immerse yourself in the waters of the Warriors of Poseidon, you will never want to leave this five star world.

Atlantis Rising (Warriors of Poseidon, Book 1) by [Day, Alyssa]

Acre’s Orphan: (The Lucca La Pou Stories #2) by Wayne Turmel

I got this book as a gift from the author, and I loved it! I wasn’t sure when I started it, not real sure what it was about. But I started reading it, and could not put it down, word to word, paragraph to paragraph, chapter to chapter then it was done, and I went, but…. 

I am happy to hear there is a third book in the making for this series. 

As you can tell I was sucked in from the first word, pulled into the pageantry, suffering, and intrigue that was so much a part of that world. The Crusades, since I have not read the first book not sure which one, I will get the first soon. The dry desert, with it’s days of pouring rain, relentless sun, open night skies. I was there. And Lucca, our hero, his love of cities, dislike and distrustfulness of open desert, yeah, for a city rat, I totally got that. Except for not knowing which Crusade I was in, usually means the first one, I didn’t feel lost in his world. His memories, nightmares, general statements by other charters, filled in most of what I needed to know. 

This is a wonderful stand alone book, I am sure the first will add to the story, and the third even more, but there is no way you can go wrong with this book. If you like historical, specutive fiction this is a great young audult to pick up. If you have or know a child that might like this and needs something to read, this might just be somethin to get them started. A five star read. 

Thank you, Mr. Turmel, for sharing your world with us, and you daughter for telling you “No!” to the way you wanted to end the first one. Can’t wait for the next one. https://www.amazon.com/Acres-Orphans-Historical-fiction-Crusades-ebook/dp/B07MDYDR44/ref=sr_1_1?crid=39RQBSIRZI4A8&keywords=acre%27s+orphans&qid=1551030743&s=gateway&sprefix=acre%27s+%2Caps%2C244&sr=8-1

The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife by Julia Justiss

I got this book as an ARC. It was wonderful. The settings and protocols of the regency period are in full use in this book, which helps to bring you into the story.

From page one I was caught in this story. Lady Temperance Lattimar is saying good by to her sister, her twin sister. Prudence is heading to Bath with their aunt to attend the Season there so she can find a quiet husband away from her mother’s latest scandal. But Temper has decided to ride the scandal out in London, She is determined not marry any way, so a Season and no takers, maybe a minor scandal society will blow out proportions will help, and she’ll get her inheritance from her father and go exploring antiques for her father in the world.

Griffinel Newell, second son and member of Parliament who also happens to be a long time family friend of her brothers, steps in to help since no one will sponsor her. He offers to ask his godmother and aunt, Lady Sayleford, a lady no one in Society dares to cross. The Countess agrees with the stipulation that Giff acts as her protector at all functions.

At one point to get out of the Season, and to help Griff who is taking flack from his mother for taking money away from estate (and her) by living in London and being part of Parliament, to a marriage blac. Or a marriage of Convenience. He turns her down at the time, thinking that she will change her mind about some young buck. And that with her hoyden ways she really wasn’t the political wife he was looking for.

One young miss is very jealous, and wants Giff for herself. When she realizes he is not in the market for a wife, and disbelieves Temper is not in the market for a husband, she connives to get them caught together in a room, locked from the outside I might add, ruining Temper.

We all know what happens from there, Griff being an Honorable young man. I liked this book a lot. It was a fun read with a spunky heroine who knew what she wanted. A darkness from her past haunted her, and her mother’s reputation made things extra hard for her. But she took it in stride and loved her mother. I give this book 4 1/2 stars. If you like Regency Romances you must pick this one up for a wonderful read.

The only real problem I had with book was the fact that it was Earl’s Inconvenient Wife. So I knew at some point his brother would die. And since we never hear anything about the brother except how perfect he was back home, you knew it was going to be an unfortunate death. I was of course still sorry when Giff got the news – on his wedding day to Temper – it wasn’t a surprise. I did enjoy the book and give it 4 1/2 stars. The title was the only thing that really caught me. Excellent writing, keeping the reader in the era well done, protocols well established and followed through with. Well, done, Ms. Justiss. Going to get the first book in the series now.

Author Branding by Rayne Hall

This book came along for me at just the right time. I’m getting ready to publish my first book and while I had heard about author branding before, I’ve never studied it.

In her simple straight forward way, Ms. Hall explains the various ways an author can use archetypes that match her own personality to create the persona she wants to put forward to her fans. Then she helps the reader find the ways to enforce that persona on social media and in personal appearances.

This is not a long read, but engages from the beginning and slides you along with her. From telling about the points to relating her good and bad experiences in her career to asking you questions that make you think about what you just read and how to put it to work in your life.

Five Stars, a must add to your Writing Craft library, whether you are a new writer or not, it may give you an idea or two on how to tweak your brand.

A Christmas Brothel: An Anthology

Oh, I loved this book!  My first Christmas book of the season.  This book came about when one of the authors saw a book’s title that was  supposed to be betrothed, and she read brothel.  Well… great books come about this way!

In this book, Faur Elke Klaus opens up her brothel to stranded travelers over Christmas, see Canterbury is experiencing the worst blizzard in years.  Complete whiteout conditions, and all the Inns are full, so Faur Klaus can do nothing else but open her haus to travelers who have no where else to go.  She does love Christmas so, and it is a time of Miracles.

The group of people that end up gathered in the haus is truly funny and heart wrenching at the the same time, and the their reasons being there are as varied as they are.  Songs are sung, and tales are told.  Some find old loves, some new, some renew their their commitment to each other.

I loved all the stories. They were great, the only one I had issues with one story, where the author dressed her heroine in fishnet stockings, it is 1816, they didn’t come about till much later, and she changed the last name of her couple also.  (and it was a short story!) All the rest were great.  With all the proceeds going to Toy’s for Tots and the cost only .99 this a book you much pick up for the holiday season.  I may have even found the start to a new series I am going to have to investigate. That, my friends, is the joy of an anthology like this one.     Five stars for this one.

 

 

 

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