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Promo Spotlight: Luka by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today, I'm hosting this promo spotlight on Jane Harvey-Berrick's latest release, Luka (The Rhythm #2), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Find an excerpt and teasers in the following post.
 Luka
Jane Harvey-Berrick
(The Rhythm #2)
Published: June 16, 2016
 
I'm not a good man.
I'm not a bad man.
But I've made some bad mistakes, made the wrong choices.
Who hasn't? But the consequences are tearing us apart.

I love two people.
I love them differently.
The world tells me I have to choose. Why? Why do I have to choose?
Loving hurts. Dancing heals.

Love makes you soar, makes you fly and sets you free—and then it lets you freefall until you're smashed and bleeding on the ground. Ultimately, love is the worst thing that can happen to a human being.
Im my opinion.

I love two people.
I love them differently.
One is a man.
One is a woman.
And they are brother and sister.

**** A stand alone novel in the best-selling Rhythm Series. ****

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Guest Post: Author Victoria Hanlen Discusses Saucy Victorian Toys in The Trouble with Seduction

Saturday, June 18, 2016

When I started reading The Trouble with Seduction, Victoria Hanlen's recently released fun historical romance, I was honestly surprised to find our widowed heroine Sarah, Lady Strathford...er, enjoying herself with a collection of what I could only term as Victorian-era sex toys. It was surprising but refreshing nonetheless. "Buzzy Bee"?? No wonder I got curious! ;) So I had to know, and here is the result of that inquiry. Ms. Hanlen has (thankfully!) agreed to quench my curiosity with this following guest post, hope you enjoy it.

My ARC review of  The Trouble with Seduction can be found HERE.
 
Author Victoria Hanlen Discusses Saucy Victorian Toys in The Trouble with Seduction

WHAT INFLUENCED ME TO WRITE ABOUT SAUCY VICTORIAN TOYS?

When writing my first book, The Trouble With Misbehaving, I visited various locations from Goldsboro to Wilmington, North Carolina for research. Several plantations and mansions had small museums filled of unusual curiosities. In them were tools and inventions made during the seventeen to early nineteen hundreds. Their devices did many of the same tasks more modern machines do today (Although usually with a little more effort and need for attention).
What impressed me most about their contraptions was their ingenuity. None of them were powered by electricity, batteries or gas. Some used weights and counterweights. Some were cranked. Others were wound up like clocks. We saw an interesting washing machine that worked by the force of opposing springs. Other devices used pulleys to allow easier lifting or to manage heavy loads.
I was reminded that humans are smart and have been inventing things to make life better since we started banging two rocks together.
When we toured Pompeii, Italy, the guide showed us lead water pipes found under volcano ash. The volcano buried Pompeii in AD 79!
Many important concepts go into making metal pipes and sending water through them. Granted, lead has health risks (they obviously didn’t know about them back then), but to have a water system so long ago was amazing. 
Then I saw the movie Hysteria. Besides being very funny, it told the story of Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville’s invention of the electromechanical vibrator patented around 1880. He made it to prevent doctors’ hands from becoming sore in the treatment of hysteria, a vague malady that plagued many women. Similar contraptions had existed in other forms for much longer. The French had le tremoussoir (1734), a wind-up device.
After seeing so much evidence of people’s creativity, it seemed possible and reasonable other clever inventors might have made handy little gizmos even before 1734.
Somehow, evidence of all this ingenuity worked its way into my story when I began writing The Trouble With Seduction. I asked myself, what special problems would bright, creative people have that would be interesting and out of the ordinary. And then it came to me—Set in 1855, Sarah, Lady Strathford, widow of a famous inventor, would inherit the benefits and complications borne from her deceased husband’s inventions.
Forced into two marriages with men over twice her age, she was finally coming out of mourning for her second husband. Ready to move on, she wanted to enjoy a little independence. But her brother and society pressured her to remarry. This time she wanted to experience a bit of life, escape her very limited, closed-in sphere and make her own choices.
Fortunately, her second husband had been a caring, talented inventor. When he became deeply engrossed in his experiments, his young wife often found ways to interrupt. Hence, he handled it logically and expeditiously as would any creative man of science. He designed bespoke, sturdy devices, built for flawless performance to keep her occupied and happy when he was too exhausted or busy to be present. 
Unfortunately, danger sometimes accompanies scientific experiments and her husband was killed. But was it an accident or murder?
Enter the handsome and mysterious Mr. Cornelius Ravenhill with a proposition.

... to find out what happened, grab The Trouble with Seduction today!!

The Trouble with Seduction by Victoria Hanlen

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Trouble with Seduction

Victoria Hanlen
Historical Romance
Pub date: April 25, 2016 (ARC review)

H/h - Damen Ravenhill/Lady Sarah Strathford
Setting: England, 1855.

Read in April-May, 2016.
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                                                  [spoiler alert]

We were gifted, yet again, by Victoria Hanlen with another marvelous read, The Trouble With Seduction, which is another fun addition to her already growing backlist. I became a fan of her writing the moment I started The Trouble With Misbehaving, an amazing story with plenty of actions and adventures, 2 beautifully connected people who come together through it all.

Now TTWS is loosely connected to TTWM. The Trouble With Misbehaving actually takes place a couple of years after The Trouble With Seduction. TTWM is the story of an American-born, now-exiled, heiress, Callista Collins and her journey to reach a Civil-war torn America to rescue her mother who was largely the reason why she was in exile to begin with. Beau has been a blockade runner and a few other shady things in his life even though he was born to nobility. But being the third son of an Earl, one then known as the “blacksheep” of the family, leaves you very little choices in life. At least for the era we’re talking about. He’d just been back to England after long years on the sea, experiencing many adventures, and some tragedies, when he meets Callista and is swept off his feet by her. Yes, by HER. Quite literally.

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Tapestry Series by Natalie Alder

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today, we're revealing new covers for Natalie Alder's contemporary romance, The Tapestry Series. In the following post, also enjoy excerpts from all 4 books. The giveaway is winner's choice of one ebook from The Tapestry Series, don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below!!
The Tapestry Series (Books 1-4)
Natalie Alder
Publication: October 11, 2015
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Bridgeton Pass Farm runs on the shear muscle and dedication of its employees. And like the cowboys that run it, the race horse farm is rugged and powerful. Having been in the Becker family for generations, the farm is currently run by William Becker and his sons.

When trouble begins to plague the family business the men of Bridgeton Pass Farm and their employees pull together and prove their passion for their work is as strong as their passion for love and life.

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