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“When a Marquis Chooses a Bride,” Regency romance by author Ella Quinn

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Thanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this…

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…

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Excerpt:

“Kimbal,” Dom called to his valet.

“Yes, my lord.”

“I shall be dining at White’s.”

“Yes, my lord.”

Dom scribbled a note to his friend Viscount Fotherby asking if he would like to join Dom for dinner. By the time he was dressed and had donned his hat, Fotherby’s answer affirming the invitation had arrived.

A short while later, just as a light sprinkle turned into a persistent rain, Dom handed his hat and cane to the footman at White’s and found his friend lounging in the room that held the club’s famous betting book. William Alvanley, another of Dom’s friends, was seated next to the window with another man staring intently at the rain.

He turned to Fotherby. “What are they doing?”

“Five thousand quid on which raindrop will reach the bottom of the sill first.”

Despite being close with many of the Prince Regent’s circle, Dom could not abide the excessive wagers his friends made. Alvanley would end up ruining himself and his estates at the rate he was going. “Are you ready to dine, or are you waiting the outcome?”

“Famished.” Fotherby tossed off his glass of wine. “Thought you weren’t coming to Town this year.”

“My plans changed.” Dom and Fotherby entered the dining room. “I have decided to take a wife.”

“Wife?” Fotherby choked. “Any idea who?”

“Not yet, but I have a list of qualifications. She must be well-bred, not given to fits of temper or strange starts, quiet, biddable, easy to look at—I must get an heir on her after all—know what is expected of a marchioness. And not prone to scandals. You know how my uncle hated them. I think that about covers it.”

“A paragon, in other words.”

Dom gave a cut nod. “Indeed. I could wed no one less.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:Ella_Quinn headshot

Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually, her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series, The Worthingtons, began in April 2016.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

Website: http://www.ellaquinnauthor.com
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Review of “For Love or Money,” new Harlequin Heartwarming contemporary romance from Tara Taylor Quinn

For Love or Money

I really enjoyed reading “For Love or Money,” a new one from author Tara Taylor Quinn in the Harlequin “Heartwarming” series. Set in Palm Desert, California, struggling single mom Janie Young is all set to compete in the cooking competition show, Family Secrets. She can’t afford to lose, not even to a great cook and handsome doctor like Burke Carter. The prize money and packaging deal for the winner’s recipes will provide a secure future for Janie and her son, Dawson, who has special needs. Burke has his own reasons to win, of course, and Janie understands those reasons, but Burke already has so much…a beautiful daughter, a gorgeous home, and a thriving practice as an orthopedic surgeon. He also definitely has Janie’s attention.

As the competition continues over a period of weeks, the two families become close. Janie and Burke begin to care about each other and each other’s children. They also both have secrets that have nothing to do with their recipes. But they can’t get involved when both of them need to win so badly, can they? And, of course, only one can win. Will the budding relationship be over when the studio lights dim and the show ends?

I’m glad to give this sweet romance a 4-star rating. The moments of sexual tension are brief but steady, and the physicality is limited to a few kisses and thoughts of possible future intimacy. My only hesitancy is that this is a slightly longer book that was prone to repeat Janie’s and Burke’s thoughts, memories and fears multiple times, which seemed to only delay them in finding their happy ending. Still, “For Love or Money” is a good read with a nice pace and a lot of heart. I’d recommend it for readers looking for wholesome, yet realistic, contemporary romance with a guaranteed HEA.

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  B&N  HARLEQUIN

Beautiful exhibit of costumes from “Outlander” season 2

I had the pleasure of a leisurely visit to The Artistry of Outlanderat the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. From the critically acclaimed STARZ and Sony Pictures Television series, the exhibit showcased many iconic costumes designed by Emmy-winning costume designer Terry Dresbach.

Set in 18th century Parisian society, Season 2 of Outlander is based on Dragonfly in Amber, book 2 in the best-selling series of historical romance, adventure and time travel, written by the very talented Diana Gabaldon.

Though I’m not a professional photographer, I wanted to share a few of my pictures. Enjoy!

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Review of “High Country Baby,” Harlequin Special Edition contemporary romance from author Joanna Sims

High Country Baby coverHigh Country Baby is the latest book in the “Brands of Montana” series for Harlequin’s Special Edition line, and the first one in the series that I’ve read.

The description appealed to me. Taylor Brand, recently divorced, is almost 40 and sees very little chance to have what she most wants…a baby. She decides to spend some weeks riding the Continental Divide to find herself and plan her next move. Stay near family in Montana or return to a corporate job in Chicago? But when she confronts a cowboy sent by her uncle to follow her on her journey, she has to agree to his help or cancel the trip.

Taylor’s situation is easy to relate to and cowboy Clint has problems of his own. I really wanted to like this story more than I did. The writing was uneven at times and there were some changes in the point of view within scenes that threw me off and made me unsure who was actually thinking what. I was also more than a little surprised by the frequent sex scenes, which seemed a bit out of place in such an emotional story. The descriptions weren’t crude but I felt all the detail in them just wasn’t necessary. I’m also not fond of heroes who smoke, drink a lot and curse or the heroines who think that’s acceptable behavior. That said, as the story progressed into matters of life and death, loss and sorrow, love and hope, I was (sometimes tearfully) rooting for Taylor and Clint to find a way to be together and be happy.

With the issues I had with the story, I can only give it a 3-star rating. I liked a lot about it but disliked almost as much. High Country Baby is far from being a “light” read. Readers of contemporary romance who enjoy complex, emotional stories with a good bit of sex should be well satisfied with this one. ❤

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  B&N  HARLEQUIN

Review of “Want Ad Wedding,” A Love Inspired historical romance from author Cheryl St. John

Want Ad Wedding coverWant Ad Wedding is the first book in the Christian inspirational Cowboy Creek series, with mail order brides bringing new beginnings to a Kansas boomtown just after the Civil War.

Leah Swann is a young widow, and trained midwife, who answers the first want ad, hoping to find a husband who will give her security and also be a good father to her unborn baby. What she finds in Cowboy Creek are her childhood friends, Daniel and Will, who traveled west after the war and founded the town, along with their friend, Noah. When Daniel decides that only he is good enough for Leah and proposes to her, promising to love and raise her late husband’s child as his own, Leah accepts and pledges to give Daniel her devotion and loyalty.

Troubles are plentiful in Cowboy Creek over the next few months…lumber thefts, dying cattle and outlaws plague the small town. The inhabitants pray for peace, while Leah prays that she and Daniel can find their way to love and a true marriage.

There are still lots of questions at the end, which will hopefully be answered in the next book, but this is a lovely story with a plethora of detail on life in this growing town, where the inhabitants count on the railroad to bring business and new settlers, and on God to see them through difficult times. Readers who like sweet romances set in the American West will enjoy Want Ad Wedding. ❤

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  B&N  HARLEQUIN

Review of “A Valentine for the Veterinarian,” Harlequin Special Edition contemporary romance from author Katie Meyer

Valentine for VetA Valentine for the Veterinarian is the second book in Katie Meyer’s “Paradise Animal Clinic” series for Harlequin’s Special Edition line. As an animal person, I really enjoyed the first book, The Puppy Proposal, so I was especially looking forward to getting another love story set in this world, hoping that it would be as good a read as the first one.

Well, I’m happy to report that it is. The hero, Alex Santiago, is a good guy, hunky, and looks great in (or out of) his police uniform. He also has a K-9 partner, Rex, to make any dog-loving readers enjoy his scenes just that much more. He meets and is immediately smitten with Dr. Cassie Marshall, as well as her precocious daughter, Emma. As they work together to help organize a Valentine Day’s dance, Cassie and Alex’s attraction to each other grows. When Emma wanders away from her grandparents’ house one evening and gets lost in a nature preserve, Alex and Rex, who’s training as a rescue dog, are on the case.

I don’t write many 5-star reviews, but I can happily give this one a solid “4.” I felt that Alex got over his long-time fear of turning out just like his own neglectful dad a little too suddenly; and yes, Cassie and Alex fall in bed so fast that it seems out of character for the responsible veterinarian. With those objections aside, the emotions involved are strong enough to make it believable that this couple would change and grow at light speed so they can be together. As with many of the books I’ve read in the Harlequin Special Edition line, the love scene is not graphic.

A Valentine for the Veterinarian is a fast, fun story that I think any reader of contemporary romance not looking for anything too racy will enjoy. ❤

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  B&N  HARLEQUIN

Review of “A Soldier’s Promise,” Harlequin Special Edition contemporary romance from Karen Templeton

Soldier's Promise“A Soldier’s Promise” is a credible contemporary romance read. The characters live in the real world and the impact of the world shows in their everyday lives.

The hero, Levi, is just out of the military, having seen battle up close and personal. Val is left a widow with two small children because of the war. Levi and Val are both strong characters and doing their best to figure out life without Tomas, Val’s husband and Levi’s best friend, and their struggles to adjust are realistic. This story isn’t a light read, showing how war can affect both the soldiers who come back and the families left to fend for themselves when their loved ones don’t return.

I don’t give many books 5 stars, and I’ll give this one 4. I had two reservations. There were a number of characters introduced, specifically Levi’s brothers, who will likely have stories of their own, but I didn’t feel a real connection to them, or to Val’s in-laws, who are supportive but seem to have gotten over their son’s death very quickly. Also, the characters never simply “breathed” or “sighed.” Instead, they “huffed out a breath” or “pushed out a sigh” or something similar in almost every scene until the author’s attempt for unusual or distinctive phrasing became a bit distracting. How a character says or does something shouldn’t detract from what they’re actually saying or doing.

Still, “A Soldier’s Promise” is a good read with a nice steady pace and enough description of their small town in New Mexico to make the setting into a character, as well. I’d recommend it for readers looking for realistic modern romance with a guaranteed HEA.

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  B&N  HARLEQUIN

KISS A BELLE, historical romance series from Cecilia Gray

Welcome to the Kiss A Belle series by Cecilia Gray! Kiss a Belle is a brand new series from Cecilia Gray, the author of The Gentlemen Next Door, praised for being a “delightful Regency romp… in the spirit of Georgette Heyer.”

THE KISS A BELLE SERIES

Five supportive sisters.

Five friendly gentlemen.

Five stolen kisses.

Everyone has kissed someone, but who has kissed whom?

Secrets of the past will become very much present as arrangements are made and proposals fly in this charming, Regency-style series.

Book 1: Kiss Me After

Book 2: Kiss Me Darkly

Book 3: Kiss Me Sweetly

Book 4: Kiss Me Softly

Book 5: Kiss Me Again

While all of the stories can be enjoyed as standalones, you may want to read them all. Books 1–3 occur concurrently and can be read in any order; Books 4 and 5 follow respectively. 

 

Kiss Me After – Meet Alice Belle—the Bossy Belle—used to getting her way. If anyone has to fall on the matrimonial sword it will be she and not her sisters. She has set her sights on the richest, most titled gentlemen in her acquaintance. The perfect man to make her father happy, leaving her beloved sisters free to marry whom they choose.

Meet Robert Crawford—ringleader—used to masterminding his way. If anyone is going to marry Alice Belle, it is he. Never mind that he’s poor, without a title, and completely unsuitable for Alice in the eyes of her father. He loves her. Which makes him the perfect man to make her happy, whether she realizes it or not.

 

 

Kiss Me Darkly – Meet Dinah Belle—the Blasé Belle—who never gets emotional because there is no problem—including love—that she cannot solve with her superior intellect. The irrational emotion of love has destroyed her family, but it must have a cure, and she has the perfect test case by which to discover it.

Meet Graham Abernathy—the popular duke’s son—a gentleman who goes out of his way to please others and be well liked. Not that it’s done him any good, since the woman he loves has thrown him over for someone else. Heartbroken, he attracts the interest of one Dinah Belle, who has her sights set on him—for research, of all things.

Dinah has no intention of failing. He has no intention of being cured.

 

 

Kiss Me Sweetly – Meet Bridget Belle—the Bookish Belle—her head full of mischief and ideas. Unlike her sisters, she has every intention of marrying a storybook hero. Someone romantic and passionate—just like her.

Meet Benjamin Abernathy—the sensible duke’s son—his head firmly on his shoulders. Being the rational one amongst his friends has seen him through school and the war. But it will take more than reason and logic to win a battle of wits against Bridget.

 

 

Kiss Me Softly – Meet Seraphina Belle—the Belle Belle—whose face has launched a legion of metaphorical ships. Since her birth caused her mother’s death, she’s determined to be the perfect daughter. As a dowager duchess at the height of respectability, she is known for turning out perfect matches… until he threatens to ruin her perfect reputation.

 

 

Kiss Me Again – Meet Charlotte Belle—the Bovine Belle—who has made a career of being utterly unremarkable. The middle and forgotten child, she is completely unseen, until he sees her. Not that it matters, because the only thing worse than falling in love is doing so with someone who can never love you back.

About Cecilia

Cecilia Gray writes sweet stories about smart girls and nice guys.

When she isn’t writing, she’s into books, movies, TV, food, and hanging out with her friends. Subscribe to her newsletter for updates on new releases, sneak peeks, and giveaways.

 

“Must Love Otters,” adult rom-com from author Eliza Gordon

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon is an adult romantic comedy.  Hollie Porter Builds a Raft, the second book, is now available for sale as well. It’s the holidays and a great time to start a fun new series!
About the Book:

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.

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Hollie Porter Builds a Raft is now available for sale!

raft (noun): when two or more otters rest together, 

often holding hands, so they don’t drift apart

Hollie Porter has put her old gig as a 911 operator and sad single girl in an attic-bound box, right where it belongs. She’s rebounded nicely from her run-in with Chloe the Cougar in the wilds of British Columbia, and this new life alongside concierge-in-shining-armor Ryan Fielding? Way more fun. After relocating to Ryan’s posh resort at Revelation Cove, Hollie embarks on an all-new adventure as the Cove’s wildlife experience educator, teaching guests and their kids about otters and orca and cougars, oh my.

When darling Ryan gets down on one NHL-damaged knee and pops the question of a lifetime, Hollie realizes this is where the real adventure begins. It’s all cake tasting, flower choosing, and dress fittings until a long-lost family member shows up at the Cove and threatens to hijack her shiny new life, forcing Hollie to redefine what family means to her. What is she willing to sacrifice to have one of her very own?

As Ryan’s words echo in her head—“Our raft, our rules”—Hollie has to face facts: a raft isn’t always tied together with blood and genetics. Sometimes it’s secured by love and loyalty… and occasional help from the clever creatures that call Revelation Cove home.

About the author

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Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone. In real life, she’s an editor, mom, wife, and bibliophile and proud parent of one very spoiled tuxedo cat. Eliza writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After; Jennifer Sommersby, her other self, writes YA and is repped by Daniel Lazar at Writers House.

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USA Today Bestselling author Claire Cook comes for tea

MLD-New LeashUSA Today bestselling author Claire Cook visits today with news about Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life, the second book in her Must Love Dogs series.

Good morning, Claire, and welcome!

Thanks so much for inviting me, Kadee. It’s such a treat to make a new friend, and one who serves tea, no less!

The pleasure is certainly all mine! Please take a seat. While I pour us each a cup, would you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I wrote my first novel in my minivan at 45. At 50, I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. If you have a buried dream, trust me, it is NEVER too late! And I guess it’s no surprise that reinvention is the overarching theme of my novels and my life. I like to think my novels have helped lots of women find their own next chapters, and I also take great joy in sharing what I’ve learned so far on my Reinvention and Writing pages at www.clairecook.com.

I’m the USA Today bestselling author of eleven novels, and I’m hard at work turning Must Love Dogs into a series. Book 2 is called MUST LOVE DOGS: NEW LEASH ON LIFE and I can’t wait for you to read it. My books have been called everything from romantic comedy to women’s fiction to beach reads to chick lit. Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me what you call them. I just hope you read and enjoy them!

Claire CookI’ve been a judge for the Family Circle magazine fiction contest, a finalist and a judge for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Beach Read Festival fiction and grand prize winner. I’ve spoken at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, Cape Cod Writers Center, Savannah Book Festival, the California Women’s Conference, and given keynotes at the Dress for Success International Conference, the Missouri Writers Guild Conference, and the Amelia Island Book Festival. My books have been translated into 14 languages.

I was born in Virginia, and lived for many years in Scituate, Massachusetts, a beach town between Boston and Cape Cod. My husband and I have recently moved to the suburbs of Atlanta to be closer to our two adult kids, who actually want us around again!

I have the world’s most fabulous readers and I’m forever grateful to them for giving me the gift of this career. Midlife Rocks!

It certainly does! I’m a big fan of actor John Cusack, who co-starred with the amazing Diane Lane, in the film adaptation of your book, Must Love Dogs. What was it like working with him?

John Cusack felt like someone I might have gone to high school with—down-to-earth, fun, just a nice guy. I remember him taking the time to hang out with the extras during his breaks. I remember him casually eating a burrito while his makeup artist applied foundation to his hands around it. I remember yakking with him so often on the set—politics, the fact that his mother used to summer in the beach town where I lived, writing stuff – that it suddenly hit me that if I kept it up he might ask security to get that stalker author away from him. So the next time he walked by I pretended to be cool and looked in the other direction. He put his face in mine and said, “Claaai-re” —just like we’d gone to high school together!

What fun! Are there more stories about meeting and/or working with the other wonderful actors in the film you can share? And what was walking that fabulous red carpet for the movie’s premiere like?

Quick impressions of the other actors: Diane Lane was such a good mom and was thrilled that her best friend in real life, Elizabeth Perkins, was playing her sister in the movie. Christopher Plummer was so charming and debonair – once when I entered the room, he gave an exaggerated bow and announced, “The author is here!” And Dermot Mulroney kept bringing in pictures of his son to show me.

And as a surprise, the entire cast autographed a Must Love Dogs director’s chair for me. I refused to check it with my luggage at LAX – I carried it right on the plane with me. It sits in my dining room now, and I like to think of it as my throne, because the entire Must Love Dogs movie experience felt like being queen for a day on that old T.V. game show.

My family and I walked the “red” carpet at the Must Love Dogs Hollywood premiere. (It was actually a green Astroturf carpet with fire hydrants and adoptable dogs!) Gary David Goldberg stood up and told the packed, celeb-studded audience (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brooke Shields, Henry Winkler!) that none of us would be here tonight without Claire Cook and her wonderful novel, and that he started out as a fan of my work but we’d since become close personal friends and I was one of the few people in his life he could count on to always give him the truth in the kindest way possible.

What amazing experiences! Now, I know we’d all love to hear more about the second book in the Must Love Dogs series, New Leash on Life. What can you tell us about it?

Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life is my way of thanking my readers for supporting my books and also to encourage new readers to discover them! Readers have been asking me for more of the Must Love Dogs characters for years, so I finally listened to them, and I decided to jump right in about six months after the first book ends:

Life after divorce for Sarah Hurlihy used to consist as juggling her job as a preschool teacher with the demands of her interfering family. But after a rocky start, Sarah and John Anderson have shared six months of dating bliss. Now their relationship is basically on hold because Sarah’s brother, Michael, and his dog, Mother Teresa, are staying with her. And John’s new puppy, Horatio, hates Sarah. With a passion.

Michael hopes absence will, in fact, make his wife Phoebe’s heart grow fonder. Sarah hopes she can do her sisterly duty and send Michael on his merry way before she ends up single again herself.  John hopes Sarah and his puppy can work things out before it’s too late. Sarah’s bossy big sister, Carol, hopes both Michael and their father will start dating again.

When Phoebe packs up their daughters and heads home to Savannah, Georgia, Michael follows her from Marshbury, Massachusetts, and the Hurlihy clan tags along for reinforcement. Including Dad, who has finally upgraded his Smith Corona to a laptop and already has a date with a woman named Sugar Butt.

Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life is available as an ebook from:

Amazon.com

B&N.com

Kobo

iBooks

Would you prefer a paper book? Find it here on Amazon.com!

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Thank you soooooo much for having me, Kadee! Both the tea and the company were fabulous! ~ Claire