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Today’s featured book is The French Duchess, a regency era romance by Rue Allyn. In this rollicking Regency novel, a breathless chase through England and France to stop an assassination attempt on Napoleon leads to love.

An Extraordinary Duchess

A non-royal duchess is a rare bird—even more so, an English non-royal duchess. According to Jane Dinsmore “Only twenty-four English dukes exist now.” (https://www.thehistoryvault.co.uk/an-endangered-species-britains-non-royal-duchesses/). Donna Hatch maintains that “no more than forty dukes ever existed,” in England. (http://donnahatch.com/dukes-and-duchesses-in-regency-england/). Due to English laws of primogeniture most of the duchesses associated with those duchies gained their titles by marriage, not inheritance. Dinsmore, in her book Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain, discusses only one, “Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, who inherited the title aged 19, during the turbulence of the Civil War.” History records other duchesses suo jure (in their own right). For example, Eliot Warburton in his Memoirs of Horace Walpole and his contemporaries (Vol. 1, London, 1852 p. 130) states that one of George I’s mistresses was “allowed to assume the style and dignity of the Duchess of Kendal.” Warburton describes the dismay and uproar caused among the peerage at the raising of a German mistress to the highest of non-royal titles. As uncommon as it was for a woman to acquire or inherit the title of Duchess in her own right, it did happen. However, the rarity of such events made them far from ordinary.

An ordinary (if you can apply the term to forty or less women at any given time) English, non-royal duchess is well described by Ms. Hatch.

As a duchess is so high in rank, she, too, was constantly in the limelight either for good or ill, whether or not she wanted to be. A duchess, or any wife of a peer, was expected to throw lavish balls, dinner parties, house parties as well as support charitable organizations and sponsor musicians. And Heaven help her if she wore the same gown in public or failed to have the best, most tasteful gowns, shoes, jewels, gloves, hats! Demands on her time, appearance, and favor probably led to a great deal of stress as she strove to uphold the ideal. The higher the rank, the higher the expectations, and the more subject she was to criticism from the bitter and jealous.

A duchess suo jure would also have to perform the duties of a duke. Attending on the king, running the duchy’s vast estates and managing its finances, arranging for someone to take her seat in the house of lords (which as a woman even a duchess in her own right could not do.) Of course, like most peers of power and privilege a regency era duchess would have managers and overseers to do the actual work, but the duchess’s involvement was essential and took its toll in time and stress added to the activities of a duchess by marriage.

The marriage of a duchess suo jure would have distinct issues. The permission of the crown might be required. During the regency, “Husbands of peeresses acquired an important right from their wives’ peerages. For example, in 1818 Lady Willoughby de Eresby’s husband fulfilled her role as Hereditary Great Chamberlain of England.” (http://laura.chinet.com/html/titles08.html, Laura A. Wallace, 1997). So, a Duchess suo jure did not of necessity lose all authority upon marriage, but she would be relieved of any hereditary duties associated with the title. Even more worrisome could be the selection of an appropriate spouse during the regency. The ideal for any woman would be to marry up, i.e. gain social status, wealth and power by marriage. With so few non-royal duchies, where was a duchess in her own right to find an eligible parti? A king or prince would be higher on the scale but even more scarce than dukes, if one wished to wed an Englishman. Dukes were few and far between. Marquesses and earls were more plentiful, but lower on the social rung. Anything lower, a viscount, a mere lord, a baron, or heaven forbid a commoner, would not be considered. Such were the dilemma’s facing an ordinary duchess.

Marielle Petersham aka Her Grace, Duchess of Stonegreave is not your ordinary English Duchess. She is the fictional heroine of my novel The French Duchess. She is a Duchess suo jure and thereby a member of a very select group of women, both fictional and non. She is a bit of a recluse, due to circumstances in her past not by preference. This reclusiveness sets her aside from the majority of duchesses whose lives were lived in the social spotlight of their day. She takes her ducal duties very seriously, as a suo jure duchess should, but despairs of ever marrying. Partly this despair exists because of who she is—duchess in her own right, and partly because of that circumstance in her past which isolates her and caused her reclusiveness. She is fierce in defense of her family and her nation, going to great lengths to keep both safe. Her determination leads her into some very un-duchess like behavior. Eventually, she weds a second son of a baron without seeking the crown’s permission. Initially, Marielle stands alone in her fight to save family and country against nearly insurmountable odds. That she succeeds is a testament to her strength of will and her willingness to recognize and accept the help that eventually comes her way. On every count, for her time in history, the Duchess of Stonegreave is an extraordinary woman,

I wonder how would you feel if you were elevated to high rank and responsibility?

The French Duchess

In this rollicking Regency novel, a breathless chase through England and France to stop an assassination attempt on Napoleon leads to love.
Like the Englishmen who faced down the French army, the men who love Marielle Petersham, Duchess of Stonegreave, usually die. Hence, the ton has dubbed her the French Duchess. After a particularly notorious indiscretion, Marielle retired from society, determined to immerse herself in good works to wash the stain from her family name for the next generations.
Captain Sir Richard Campion despises his childhood friend for the mess she made of her life, especially since it led to his best friend’s death. But now Richard has been tasked by the Crown to stop a plot to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte that could plunge Europe back into war. Marielle is the one person who holds a clue to the plotters, and so he must seek her out and discover where her loyalties lie, even if it involves a bit of subterfuge.
As they dash through France, determined to head off disaster, old affections begin to reignite. But can they truly trust one another long enough to save the continent?

Genre Regency Era Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (sensual)
Publisher Crimson Romance http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-French-Duchess/Rue-Allyn/9781507206485
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/French-Duchess-Rue-Allyn-ebook/dp/B0746P8MYV/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-french-duchess-rue-allyn/1126839326?ean=9781507206485
Kobo http://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-french-duchess
Google https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rue_Allyn_The_French_Duchess?id=LvQtDwAAQBAJ

Rue Allyn Social Media

When not writing, loving her spouse, or attending writers meetings, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance. She loves to hear from readers. She can’t wait to hear from you.

Website http://RueAllyn.com
Blog https://authortravels.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RueAllyn
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RueAllynFriends
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5031290.Rue_Allyn
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Rue-Allyn/e/B00AUBF3NI/
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Blood Flame by Caris Roane @CarisRoane #RLFblog #ParanomalRomanceToday’s featured book is Blood Flame, a Paranormal Romance by Caris Roane.

Vampire Officer Connor of the Crescent Border Patrol tries to suppress his desire for the powerful witch, Iris Meldeere. Because the woman possesses the ability to kill him with the tips of her fingers, how can he possibly fall in love with her? When a double homicide throws them together, he soon finds his deepest fantasies fulfilled as Iris succumbs to his seductions. But as they battle together to stay alive, and love begins to consume them both, will the witch be able to forgive the dark secrets of his past …

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Twin Bridges Creations LLC
Amazon http://amzn.to/2xFaA4F
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-flame-caris-roane/1122553122
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/blood-flame/id1032377226?mt=11
Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/blood-flame

Caris Roane Social Media

Caris Roane is the NY Times Bestselling author of Paranormal Romance. She began her career with Kensington Publishing and for eighteen years wrote Regency Romance as Valerie King. In 2005, Romantic Times Magazine honored her with a career achievement award for her Regency Romance work. To-date, she has published eighty-nine books. Thirty-nine of those are paranormal romances. Most of her paranormal stories are self-published while several in the early days were penned for St. Martin’s Press.

Though her stories conjure up hunky PNR warriors, like vampires and wolf-shifters, the romance is everything, including a satisfying Happily Ever After. Her hope is that the reader will come away engrossed in the lives of her tortured heroes and her worthy women as they wage war, as they make love, and as they face the tough issues of life and relationships!

Caris lives in the Phoenix area, in a growing town called Buckeye. When not writing, she’s a real homebody. She loves gardening, sewing, and cooking. She also enjoys creating jewelry and offers her handcrafted, PNR bracelet giveaways to her newsletter and blog subscribers. Her motto? Live the fang!

If you want to know more about Caris, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

Website http://www.carisroane.com/
Blog http://www.carisroane.com/journal/
Twitter https://twitter.com/carisroane
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarisRoaneAuthor/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/carisroane/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/Caris_Roane
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Caris-Roane/e/B0043YWE1M/

 

Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SciFi #PietasToday’s featured book is Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas a science fiction novel by Kayelle Allen.

Why should Pietas end the war with humans?

His people are winning, yet they insist on peace talks. The Ultra people want to grant humans a seat on the Council. Pietas ap Lorectic, Chancellor of the High Council, War Leader and First Conqueror, disagrees. What’s best for mortals is oppression, control, and if necessary, elimination.

Pietas seethes with rage at the idea of human equality. Humans might have created Ultras, but the creation has far surpassed the creator. Humans die. Ultras are reborn, no matter how grievous the injury. They have no equals.

His people permit him no choice. He must attend these insipid peace talks on Enderium Six and what’s worse, be polite. To humans.

When a human special ops warrior is killed in battle, he’s resurrected in a secret process and inducted into the Ghost Corps. He’s given enough strength to perma-kill immortal Ultras. Ghosts are the most hated and feared of warriors.

When the ghost entraps and captures Pietas at the peace talks, the two begin a long journey toward Sempervia, an isolated and forgotten world. Once there, Pietas is marooned and the ghost abandoned alongside him. The two must either fight to perma-death, or join forces to survive.

As Pietas comes to trust the human, an unlikely and awkward friendship begins. Until he discovers how ghosts are resurrected…
Genre Science Fiction, Action Adventure, Military Sci Fi, Sci Fi, Soldiers, Bad Boys
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
Available free on Kindle Unlimited (Amazon)
Amazon https://amzn.to/28QOTpb
Romance Lives Forever Books http://bit.ly/boc1-rlfb (print, authographed, shipping included)

Kayelle Allen Social Media

Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home. She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it’s hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories. From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things. No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s been married so long she’s tenured.

Website/Blog https://kayelleallen.com
Twitter http://twitter.com/kayelleallen
Facebook http://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author
G+ https://plus.google.com/+KayelleAllen/
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/kayelleallen/
Instafreebie https://www.instafreebie.com/discover/author/5186/kayelle_allen
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/710889.Kayelle_Allen
Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com/blog/kayelleallen
DeviantArt http://kayelleallen.deviantart.com/
Amazon Author page http://amazon.com/author/kayelleallen
Romance Lives Forever Reader Group https://kayelleallen.com/bro/

 

Risking Her Heart by Laura Haley-McNeil @laurarmcneil #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseToday’s featured book is Risking Her Heart, a Romantic Suspense by Laura Haley-McNeil.

Hollywood producer Trent Parker has one goal – to own the film option for the breakout novel Sunset in Maui. His problem? Charisse Whitloch. She’ll do anything to produce the film. Trent can stop her, but not without getting close to her, a bond he can’t risk.

Charisse has found the film project that will prove she’s her own woman. One person stands in her way – Trent Parker. She’s faced opposition before, but she isn’t prepared for Trent. Can her charm soften Trent’s heart of stone?

Trent’s defenses against Charisse crumble – loving her will heal the darkness in his soul and open the door to a secret he buried long ago. When Charisse is threatened, she and Trent face her adversaries. They piece together a plot more sinister than any Hollywood movie, but the key to their survival lies in Trent’s past – the key that will lead to Trent’s destruction.

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Laura Haley-McNeil
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Risking-Heart-Crystal-Creek-Book-ebook/dp/B071KYD2C3/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/risking-her-heart-laura-haley-mcneil/1126310900
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/risking-her-heart/id1231808198?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/risking-her-heart-5
CreateSpace https://www.amazon.com/Risking-Her-Heart-Crystal-Creek/dp/1546413200/

Laura Haley-McNeil Social Media

Laura Haley-McNeil is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and women’s fiction in novel length and in short stories. Her work has been featured in several women’s magazines. She has studied piano and ballet and has been a board member for two community orchestras. She and her husband reside in Colorado. When she isn’t writing, she jogs, bicycles and crochets.

Website http://laurahaleymcneil.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laurarmcneil
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LauraHaleyMcNeil/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/lchm4115/pins/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6470538.Laura_Haley_McNeil
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Haley-McNeil/e/B008S3WD10/
Newsletter http://laurahaleymcneil.com/
Instafreebie https://www.instafreebie.com/users/dashboard

 

The Ultimate Road Trip #Memoir Linda Brendle @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #RoadTripLinda Brendle author of A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
I cared for my parents — both of whom had dementia – for 15 years. I began writing in the hope of maintaining my sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers, and anyone going through a difficult time, with my experiences.

I’m a life-begins-at-50 kind of gal. I received my BAS in management and psychology at 51, found new love at 52, learned to ride a motorcycle at 56, and published my first book after I began collecting Social Security. My husband David and I live outside a small East Texas town with a cat named Kitty who adopted us a couple of years ago. I am a blogger, a correspondent for our local weekly newspaper, and I work as the part-time secretary at my church in order to support my writing habit.

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
I like a wide variety of foods, but this would probably my favorite menu because it’s David’s favorite. Half the fun of cooking is seeing someone enjoy what you put on the table!
Pork roast with carrots and potatoes
Purple hull peas or speckled butter beans
Fried okra
Cornbread
Blackberry cobbler with a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla
Lemonade
Coffee with dessert

Describe the perfect vacation.
The trip I described in my memoir was nearly perfect. The chaos of caring for two people with dementia was a bit of a distraction, but we managed to make some beautiful memories anyway. The perfect vacation would be one without a time limit – a time when David and I could drive around the country in our motor home, stopping when we found something of interest and moving on when the spirit moved us. There are many amazing sights we have yet to see and many friendly people we have yet to meet. A year or so on the road is definitely on our bucket list.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My favorite toy was my older brother Jim. He is five years my senior, and he was always much more interesting than any doll or game in my toy box. As my mom used to say, he was always “hatching up” something, and I always wanted to be involved.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
My choice of recreational reading is an odd one for the author of a memoir. Ever since I discovered my first Agatha Christie novel in the fifth grade, I have been a fan of tales of mystery and suspense. After I read everything Christie had to offer, I moved on to Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, and others too numerous to mention. A couple of years ago, I decided to try my hand at a suspense novel of my own. If anything comes of it, I’ll let you know.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
My husband David has been a motorcycle rider since his uncle taught him to ride an old Cushman when he was nine years old. His perfect ringtone would be the sound of a Harley engine being revved as loud as possible. Many readers of A Long and Winding Road  have commented that David is the real hero of my story because of all the love and support he gave to me and my parents during my caregiving experience.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Alzheimer’s is a family disease, and this is a love story – not a boy meets girls love story, but a family love story. It is the story of the love between a daughter and her parents and her willingness to take them into her home when they could no longer care for themselves; the story of a mother and a father who loved their daughter but no longer remembered exactly where they were or why; the story of a husband who loved his wife so much that he stood beside her as they fought to survive the ravages of the brain-wasting disease that was stealing her loved ones away a piece at a time. It’s also the story of a seven-week trip for four across sixteen U.S. states in a forty-foot motor home – a trip that involved stopped up toilets, wet jeans, laughter, and headaches that were far from the easygoing retirement the Brendles had imagined for themselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG – No heat, but the subject matter might be a little intense for the younger reader.
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Amazon: http://goo.gl/ngqHno
Barnes and Noble: http://goo.gl/u3Gvs5
iBooks: http://goo.gl/PfkaGF
Kobo: http://goo.gl/bl3T1f
Smashwords: http://goo.gl/aIWifx

Linda Brendle Social Media

Linda Brendle cared for her mother and father — both of whom had dementia — for 15 years. She began writing in the hope of maintaining her own sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers with her experiences. Linda received her BAS in management and psychology in 1998 and retired in 2007 after 40 years in the business world. She has traveled both in the U.S. and abroad, and since meeting her husband David in 2000, she has done much of that travel by motorcycle and RV. She and David now live outside a small town in East Texas where she gardens, writes, and takes an active role in her church.

Blog https://lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.brendle
Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaBrendle
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brendle0068/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7933327.Linda_Brendle
Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/YTfk2b

Whole Lot o' Love by Bonnie Edwards @BonnieEdwards #RLFblog #contemporary #NewReleaseBonnie Edwards author of Whole Lot o’ Love answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
Multi-published author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. She believes life should be lived with joy and humour. You can find both in her earthy, irreverent, love stories. Sometimes her stories have a paranormal twist, likes curses and ghosts, other times not. But they’re always entertaining and guarantee a happy ending.
With three ongoing romance series (steamy paranormal, sexy contemporary and heartwarming Christmas) and contemporary family novels, she rarely spends a day without writing. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself. Look for more exciting releases throughout 2017 and 2018.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Chicken with rice…any kind of chicken and any kind of rice!
What’s your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?
#upbeatauthors Every Monday we post about things that help keep us positive. Everyone needs that.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Wandering Italy without a schedule or plan. Freestyle!
What are your hobbies?
Hiking daily, reading and also baking.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I read historical romances because today’s news is so depressing.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 14+
Ashlee Branton’s lottery win is giving her and her son a new, settled life back home.
Except that returning to Blaine, Washington means facing her son’s father, Brick Harcourt, in a most unsettling way.
Ashlee deserted Brick and his less-than-accepting family when she’d become pregnant. Refusing to be just a statistic, she worked hard to raise their baby on her own. But as luck would have it, she has a chance to repair what she broke back then. Dare she take one more chance on love?
But Ashlee has two pasts now, one with Brick and one with an ex who wants to crash their reunion. Will she run again or stay and sacrifice money for love?
Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B074FDSQCX
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940154749982
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1260412936
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/whole-lot-o-love
Books2Read https://books2read.com/WholeLotOLove

Bonnie Edwards Social Media

Website https://www.bonnieedwards.com/
Blog https://gemsintheattic.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/BonnieEdwards
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Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Bonnie-Edwards/e/B001IO9UTO
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The Alibi by Marilyn Baron @MarilynBaron #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseWelcome Marilyn Baron author of The Alibi, a new Romantic Suspense.

Why did you write this book?
The Alibi was inspired by my year in the Florida prison system, doing PR, not time.

What is your favorite genre to read?
I love any book about World War II, especially thrillers.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and an Israeli spy, a fictional character created by Daniel Silva.

What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished a women’s fiction with elements of historical romance and suspense called The Siege: A Novel, set in current day Florence, Italy, and New York City and the Greek island of Crete during WW II. It is inspired by a true story.

What would you do if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time—forced into the honeymoon suite with a man who wasn’t your husband while your hotel was under attack by terrorists? That’s how The Siege: A Novel, opens. When artist Theia Constas finds some vintage WW II photographs and love letters in a shoebox in her grandmother’s closet upon her death, she goes on a journey of self-discovery, where she finds love and realizes her passion through a link to her grandparents’ hidden past.

What books will we see from you in coming months?
In October, I will be announcing my involvement in a special project with a great group of authors that I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to tell you about it, so stay tuned for more details

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Crime Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Please tell us about your latest book.
In The Alibi, Merritt Saxe, newly hired public relations specialist with the Florida prison system, answers an urgent plea from their division’s director, Willard Ware Baintree. Following his orders, she finds him in the apartment of his mistress, his bloody T-shirt and the mistress’s dead body convincing her the criminal justice superstar is himself a criminal. The director claims he didn’t kill the woman and coerces Merritt into being his alibi. Meanwhile, as the director pulls her farther into his web of lies, Merritt breaks with her longstanding boyfriend and begins a steamy relationship with hunky attorney Israel Goodspeed, whose brother works for the director. Yet how can she trust Israel with her secret or her heart when she suspects the director has been orchestrating their relationship to keep her in line? Speaking out about the cover-up could cost her more than time in jail…it could cost her life.
Publisher The Wild Rose Press, Inc. https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5254-the-alibi.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Alibi-Marilyn-Baron-ebook/dp/B074LYFHKV
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-alibi-marilyn-baron/1126861810

Marilyn Baron Social Media

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from humorous coming-of-middle age women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. THE ALIBI is Marilyn’s 13th novel published with The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (TWRP) and her 21th work of fiction. AmazonEncore republished her book Sixth Sense in September 2015. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel With Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal//Fantasy Romance and a chapter service award from Georgia Romance Writers. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, she graduated with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. She worked in Public Relations for AT&T in Atlanta for 13 years before starting her own PR firm. She serves on the Roswell Reads Steering Committee and was a featured author in the 2016 Atlanta Author Series. She was the Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards in the Romance category for her novel, Stumble Stones. A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn lives in Roswell, Georgia.

Website www.marilynbaron.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/MarilynBaron
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Marilyn-Baron-286807714666748/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4722647.Marilyn_Baron
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Marilyn-Baron/e/B008PJFQPC
Newsletter http://www.marilynbaron.com/newsletter/

Play Is It True with today’s guest Karen Cino, author of New Beginnings (Camp Mirage Series Book 1), a cozy mystery. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.

Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades earlier. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

Book Heat Level: (Based on Movie Rating) PG 13

Publisher: Mandolay Press

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No.
this book is part of a series?
Yes. This is book one of the Camp Mirage Series
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes. When I’m in the groove, I want to keep on going.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I moved into a 55 and older community. Boy it’s more like being in high school.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. It’s a cozy mystery with a romance as the subplot
you speak more than one language?
No
you grew up where you live now?
No.
you love to read?
Yes! I read every night before I got to sleep
you are never late?
Yes. I hate tardiness!
you love pizza?
Yes. But it doesn’t love me.
you love sushi?

No.
you have a pet?
No. But I’m the first to offer to doggie sit my daughter and neighbors dogs.
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/New-Beginnings-Camp-Mirage-Book-ebook/dp/B075BS214Q/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new-beginnings-karen-cino/1127056750
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KarenCino

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
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Heart of Stone by Faye Hall @FayeHall79 #RLFblog #historical romanceFaye Hall author of Heart of Stone answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
Faye writes Australian Historical Romances, each filled with passion, deceit and murder.
She encompasses much of her own families history into her books, as well as setting most of them in her home town in North Queensland, Australia.
She is happily married to her childhood sweetheart and soulmate and living in North Queensland.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Crumbed sausages with mash and peas and gravy.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Whitsunday Sands resort, Bowen, Australia with room service and wine in the bar fridge.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Mum bought me two Cabbage Patch dolls when I was barely four years old. They went with me everywhere. Loved them! Still have them too.
What are your hobbies?
Love gardening and cooking.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
Lots of local history books from my home town. Also my record of my own family tree.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Isabella Miley was trapped. Her brother was dead – murdered on a slave traders ship. And now the man she feared most, Samuel Buchanan, had papers placing her in servitude to him. She needed to get the signet ring and ruby necklace she’d hidden away if she were to be able to prove who she was. When Samuel threatened to make her his wife and offer her out as payment to the debt collectors that were calling, she ran for her life and straight into the arms of Ruben Stoneheart. Before she could ask for his help she was dragged back to Samuel and into bondage.
Ruben wanted a peaceful life, far away from the blackbirding slave trade he’d once been involved in. He’d watched too many people die and all for a man’s own greed and want of a ruby necklace.
This wasn’t the life he wanted. He wanted peace. A wife. Family.
When the Irish beauty Isabella ran into his arms down on the docks, she stirred feelings in him unlike anything else. Never could he have imagined her to be as passionate as she was mysterious – or to be the wife of his once business partner Samuel Buchanan.
Curious how such a wondrous woman could end up entangled with a brute like Samuel, Ruben went delving into her past, eager to know more about this woman he was quickly losing his heart to. What he found was a slave contract with her name on it.
Hurt that she would hide such a thing from him, he confronts her with an ultimatum – Samuel or him.
Isabella’s fear demands that she stay with Samuel until she could gain her freedom, but her heart is willing to risk it all on Ruben – a man rumoured to have a heart of stone.
Publisher Beachwalk Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Faye-Hall/e/B00DPIMSMW/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/FayeHall
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/faye-hall/id1104960880

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Blood Moon by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #paranormalToday’s featured book is Blood Moon, a paranormal by Livia Quinn.

Blood Moon, book 6 in the Destiny Paramortals is available now in the Moonlight Magic Paranormal Collection for 99 cents along with 19 other novels.

She could destroy his world…or save it.

There’s a new supe in Destiny. She sauntered into the Moat of Morpheus, a redheaded violet-eyed warrior carrying a giant head-splitter of a sword and wielding it with magic. Her name was Cinder. River felt an immediate attraction as well as a lifting of the despair that had been his only companion for months. But it was short lived.

She was there to kill a dragonhunter and accused River of hiding the truth about him. Turns out, she was right. River had a secret and his own reasons for remaining quiet. If he couldn’t break free from the villain’s control, there would be devastating consequences for his family and ultimately, the other Paramortals.

After his sister and the dragon sheriff go missing, River and Cinder join forces. But history has a way of coming full circle and echoes from their past bring a shattering revelation about their Paramortal family and the dragonhunter’s true identity, a perspective neither of them could have anticipated. Can they forgive the past to overcome their common enemy or will the news tear their relationship and the Paramortals apart forever?

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
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Kobo http://bit.ly/2fgrrEh

Livia Quinn Social Media

Livia Quinn is a DC native who lives by the bayou in Louisiana with her husband and Cajun husky, Dusty. She gets her inspiration from the state’s fascinating culture and weather. She has published twelve books, both paranormal and contemporary military romance.
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