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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Hero with a Dangerous Past Clare Dargin @claredargin #RLFblog #Romance Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! ‘Joy To His World’ is my first BDSM book and I had so much fun writing it especially since this is a continuation in the lives of the main characters in my first menage erotic romance ‘Merry Chris Mas.’ After writing ‘Merry Chris Mas,’ I knew that was not all Chris Spinell, Jilly Reimers and Chris ‘Nate’ Poole had to say about their lives. And it turns out I was so right. When we meet them in this book, we see that they have come a long way since their initial meeting through the Love Play Matchmaking Service. Among other things Chris Spinell has learned to embrace a side of himself he knew he always had deep inside of him but never had the confidence to live, which is becoming a full time Dom to Jilly and Chris ‘Nate’ Poole.

BDSM is different for each person who chooses to live the lifestyle and for the people they choose to live it with and the same is so the three of them. We learned in the first book that Chris Spinell suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his army days while he was Afghanistan. I wanted to see how the characters chose to live their lives in light of this challenge as Chris wrestled with the demons of his past while trying to stretch their boundaries and maintaining their need at the same time.

Even though BDSM offers Chris the control he needs, it is also filled with words and behaviors that can trigger a PTSD episode which could send him into a tail spin! Despite this he still has the need to dominate his submissives in the same ways as other Doms. Because of that, I wondered how this would impact the lives of the two people he loved the most in the world Jilly and Nate. For instance, how did Nate transition from being in love with Jilly and not making love to Chris to submitting and bottoming to Chris? He and Chris have similar military training and backgrounds and are leaders in their personal and professional lives so why would he choose to become a submissive when he could have become a ‘Dom’ in their marriage to their wife Jilly too?

I believe the main reason why is Chris’ strength. The security and primal desire that surfaced every time Chris exerted his dominion over him was indescribable as Nate put it. He likened it to a velvet steel-like authority, smooth to the touch but very strong underneath. As for Jilly, why would a strong independent woman submit to two strong men? Perhaps it is because BDSM took her to a level of love and self esteem that she’d never known before.

Their love is strong though at times Chris’ desire to protect them goes overboard. Chris’ protective instincts are put to the test when a stranger comes to town and threatens Jilly and Nate’s safety.

How will Chris handle it? Will he be drawn into a world of darkness? Or will he maintain self control?

Publisher: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/joy-to-his-world

Clare Dargin Social Media

Clare Dargin is an author of science fiction and romance and has been writing stories all of her life before being published in 2007. Writing and reading romance books have become her obsession and if you talk to her long enough she’ll probably bring it up in the conversation.

She presently resides in the Midwest, where she spends way too much time on the internet, hanging out with family and friends, and writing, too. Hearing from fans of romance novels or her own books is not only encouraged but greatly desired because it feeds her unhealthy love for the genre.

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The Embraced: Scribal Love http://theembraced.blogspot.com
Publisher Author Page: www.bookstrand.com/clare-dargin
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Clare-Dargin/e/B005CREN68

 

Is It True: Dark Love Rising by Danita Minnis @Danita_Minnis #RLFblog #pnrPlay Is It True with today’s guest Danita Minnis, author of Dark Love Rising, a Paranormal Romance. 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.

Former MI6 agent Xavier Quinn would say that you’re daft if you think he will stop killing for a living. But that is exactly what is about to happen. Very soon now, Quinn will start killing to stay alive. On the run after taking out the wrong man, Quinn would die a happy man if he could just live long enough to ruin the Parliament member who set him up.

Layla, a 2,000 year old vampire with a moral code, has other plans for the contract killer. When she awakens to the sound of a dark rising, she enlists Quinn to join her on a mission to save humanity from her twin sister Tamara.

But Quinn is just the kind of man that a cold-blooded killer like Tamara needs in her world. A man like Quinn, who never believed in humanity, has only one belief; self-preservation. Being a vampire sounds much better than staying human in the game of kill or be killed. Will he stay alive long enough to find out how Layla’s love can change the equation?

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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. Dark Love Rising is my fourth paranormal romance novel. I’m hooked on the genre!

this book is part of a series?
Not at the moment. But I’m not sure I’m done with Quinn and Layla. I may delve deeper into their relationship and globe-trotting hunt at a later date.

you lost sleep while writing this book?
I did! In the quiet darkness of my bedroom I could see Layla dancing for Queen Cleopatra, her hands weaving intricate patterns in the air.:)

you did research for this book?
Yes. When researching ancient Egypt for Layla’s background, I kept thinking what it would be like to be Queen Cleopatra’s handmaiden. It must have been a very privileged life.

some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Layla is upset with this question. I can see her fangs on display. She loved being human and her life at Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria. That was before she was forced into the dark life of a vampire.

this book has more than one genre?
All of my books have more than one genre. Horror, probably from all the Twilight Zone and Hitchcock I imbibed growing up. Historical, love it, can’t help myself. Paranormal: Vamps are my latest thing but I can’t do without a few ghosts, who make an appearance in Dark Love Rising.

you speak more than one language?
I speak New Yawk.

you grew up where you live now?
Yes.

you love to read?
I LOVE to read. All the books I’ve read were research. And I didn’t even know I wanted to be an author until ten years ago. But looking back now, I probably should have known.

you are never late?
I could say something very dishonest here but let’s just say if you invite me to a party that starts at 7pm, you better tell me it starts at 5pm.

you love pizza?
Yes. But I don’t love the enhanced pear-shape it tends to give me.

you love sushi?
I could do without it, but I just think of that pear-shape and raw fish sounds pretty good!

you have a pet?
The Khan-Man is a member of my family. Yep, I’m part Husky. Love you Khan-puppy!

Where can we find your book online?

Publisher: http://blog.danitaminnis.com/buy-books/
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2koPPHD
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-love-rising-danita-minnis/1125606509;jsessionid=374BB7C4BB93C5DE1D1FA503957241CA.prodny_store01-atgap06?ean=9781542798402
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dark-love-rising-1
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/6893751

Danita Minnis Social Media

Born and raised in the heart of New York City, Danita is a singer, writer and lover of romance. Her fourth novel, Dark Love Rising is her first vampire romance. She is the author of the ghostly love story Adderley’s Bride. The Cardiff novels, Love Entwined and Falcon’s Angel, feature her favorite witches, Amelie and Angel.
Mystery, mayhem, the fantastic and the fey are as intriguing as Siberian Huskies – shout out to the Khan Man. One more hour with her laptop and Danita is living the dream.

Website: http://danitaminnis.com/Home_Page.php
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Danita-Minnis/e/B008EAB4Q2/

Alina K Field's new Regency Adventure @alinakfield #RLFblog #RegencyRomanceAlina K Field author of The Bastard’s Iberian Bride answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.

Though I earned a Bachelor of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, I discovered my true passion is in the much happier world of romance fiction. My roots are in the Midwestern U.S., but after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, I moved to Southern California where I share a midcentury home with my husband, a spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?

My mother’s Sunday beef pot roast with pan roasted potatoes, and her homemade cherry pie for dessert. Mm-mmm, I miss my mom’s cooking!

What’s your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?

I must confess, I love to watch the hot-button current event hashtags trending on Twitter (and they change day-to-day) to see the stories before they’ve been officially vetted. Sure, I know some of the posts are inaccurate, slanted, or downright fake, but I love when the folks on the ground manage to scoop the professional media, and I love the diversity of opinions expressed, even if they’re a little crazy!

Describe the perfect vacation.

The perfect vacation is a driving vacation, with no “gotta-be-there-by” commitments. I’d love to take that kind of vacation in the British Isles, if only I could get my driving brain to operate on the other side of the road!

What are your hobbies?

I’m a knitter, and I also sew, nowadays mostly easy, straight-stitch things like curtains and table runners, but I do make the occasional Regency gown.

What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?

My sources include blog posts and articles, memoirs, and historical books. For The Bastard’s Iberian Bride, I used Google maps to try to figure out the route to Gretna Green. I also love Pinterest for helpful images. I make boards for each of my stories to help me with inspiration and description. For the next books in this series, I’m reviewing books I read last year about 18th and 19th century smuggling in England, as well as early 19th century piracy in the West Indies. So much fun!

If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?

Please tell us about your latest booK

Genre: Regency Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R-rated

Daughter of spies

For a chance at true freedom, Paulette Heardwyn needs the fortune left her by her inscrutable father. But she doesn’t know what it is, where it is, or how to find it, and the only man with answers, the Earl of Shaldon, takes his secrets to the grave. Worse, the dead earl tries to force her marriage to his bastard son—and leaves her prey to a traitor seeking the same treasure she’s after.

Soldier, Steward, Bastard

Bink Gibson is ready to throw off his quiet life as steward to his old commander and head for India and the chance of prosperity. But before he can leave he’s summoned to the deathbed of the Earl of Shaldon, a meddling spymaster, a complete stranger…and his father.

And the Earl has set a trap Bink will never be able to resist.

Publisher:Havenlock Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071D52388
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bastards-iberian-bride-alina-k-field/1126282774
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Alina K Field Social Media

Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.

She is the author of the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring, a 2015 RONE Award finalist, Bella’s Band, and a 2016 National Reader’s Choice Award finalist, Liliana’s Letter, as well as her latest release, The Marquess and the Midwife. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!

Website http://alinakfield.com/
Blog http://alinakfield.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/AlinaKField
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Journey to Honor (Knights of Honor #4) by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #medievalromanceWelcome Alexa Aston, author of Journey to Honor (Knights of Honor Book 4), a new medieval historical romance.

Why did you write this book?

I wrote Journey to Honor as a continuation of my Knights of Honor series. I had told the love story of Elysande Le Cler in Code of Honor, the previous book. Now Elysande’s sister, Avelyn Le Cler, gets to find her own HEA with dashing knight Sir Kenric Fairfax.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I adore romance but I’m also addicted to thrillers!

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I think we’d all like to be Miss Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I know I would!

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m hard at work on Heart of Honor, Book 5 in my Knights of Honor series. Books 5-10 will feature the six children of Geoffrey and Merryn de Montfort, my couple from Book 1’s Word of Honor.

Heart of Honor will focus on the oldest de Montfort child, Alys, who is a healer just like her mother.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Heart of Honor will be released on October 25. In 2018, Books 6-9 (Ancel, Edward, Hal, and Nan) will appear. The series will close out in early 2019 with the final book (Jessimond).

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre: Medieval historical romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

When twin boys are born, a servant with a grudge switches their birth order…

1366 A.D. – Kenric Fairfax is raised as the second son of the Earl of Shadowfaire. The day of his Knighting Ceremony, a tragedy takes place—and Kenric flees the north of England, putting his past behind him as he swears he will never marry. He becomes a trusted knight in service to Lord Michael Devereux, who asks Kenric to lead an escort party from London in order to bring his wife’s sister home to Sandbourne.

Avelyn Le Cler has spent a year as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa and finds the treachery at the royal court not to her liking. She looks forward to a summer visit with her sister Elysande, who will soon give birth to her first child. While journeying from London, Avelyn discovers a secret about Sir Kenric Fairfax that could change his life—if he believes her.

But Avelyn is plagued with doubts since she has no proof to present Kenric. As the couple falls in love, Avelyn knows she must reveal to Kenric the truth she has learned about his birth—even if it costs her everything.

Join Kenric and Avelyn as the truth rips them apart—but their enduring love brings them together again.

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B07118ZCNM

Alexa Aston Social Media

Alexa Aston’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love.

She is the author of The Knights of Honor, a medieval romance series that takes place in 14th century England and centers on the de Montfort family. Each romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.

A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and can’t get enough of Fixer Upper or Game of Thrones. Alexa also writes romantic suspense, western historical, and standalone medieval novels as Lauren Linwood.
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Blog: https://www.embracingromance.com
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Is It True: The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Anne Yarde @maryanneyarde #RLFblog #HistoricalPlay Is It True with today’s guest Mary Anne Yarde, author of The Du Lac Chronicles, a Historical Romance. 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.

“It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.” So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves.

Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. He has only one possession left worth saving: his heart. And to the horror of his few remaining allies, he gives that to the daughter of his enemy. They see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon witch with her claws in a broken, wounded king.

Alden has one hope: When you war with one du Lac, you war with them all. His brother Budic, King of Brittany, could offer the deposed young king sanctuary—but whether he will offer the same courtesy to Annis is far less certain.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Genre: Historical Romance

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?
Yes.
this book is part of a series?
Yes! The Du Lac Chronicles is the first in the series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes. I would awaken in the night and quickly jot down in a notebook another idea for the story!!
you did research for this book?
Yes. The Du Lac Chronicles is set in Dark Age Britain so a lot of research went into this book.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes. There are a few horses, but apart from that, they are all human!
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. The Du Lac Chronicles is a Historical Romance but there is also an element of fantasy to it.
you speak more than one language?
Yes. But not very well.
you grew up where you live now?
Yes. I did spend some time in Cardiff, but I missed my home county of Somerset too much!
you love to read?
Oh, Yes!
you are never late?
I would like to think so but…No!
you love pizza?
No.
you love sushi?
No. I am vegan.
you have a pet?
Yes. We have a fabulous free range pet rabbit who thinks he is in charge of everything!

Where can we find your book online?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CDK2MK0
CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/5857433

Mary Anne Yarde Social Media

Mary Anne Yarde is the Award Winning author of the International Best Selling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.

Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

Website http://maryanneyarde.blogspot.co.uk/p/about.html
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Yarde/e/B01C1WFATA

 

House of Dark Envy by Juli D Revezzo @julidrevezzo #RLFblog #Victorian #romanceWelcome Juli D Revezzo author of House of Dark Envy, a new Victorian Gaslamp romance.

Why did you write this book?

I’d been reading some gothic romance that autumn (this was 2015), and had also seen a PBS special concerning Nikola Tesla, around the same time. The two seemed to combine and end up giving “birth”, so to speak, to the hero, Felix and …well, out came House of Dark Envy.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Usually fantasy, romance, science fiction. Some classics. If the story is good, the genre doesn’t matter.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Elric of Melniboné. One of the heroes of Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion series.

What are you working on at the moment?

A couple different things. I just released my first audiobook of my Gothic paranormal romance, Lady of the Tarot, so I’m promoting that heavily. I’m also working on an historical fantasy short novel, set during World War II.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Right now, I’m aiming to finish up what will be the third in my paranormal romance series Celtic Stewards Chronicles, and also that historical fantasy I mentioned above as well as the next installment in my paranormal fantasy series, Antique Magic. I hope to have that out before mid-June and with any luck, the next Antique Magic novel before Halloween.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre: House of Dark Envy is a Victorian Gaslamp romance (that is, romance with a hint of fantasy)

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

Sweet (as far as the love scenes go, but there’s a fight scene at the end—So, PG, I think?)

Surely, lightning can’t strike twice…

1888: When Sarahjane attends Lady Morville’s costume party, she never expects to learn her old beau Felix Gryffith is under the illustrious woman’s patronage and stands on the cusp of making a world-changing discovery. Felix, whose lies disgraced her in the eyes of the London elite by labeling her a flirt.

Felix’s love for Sarahjane has never wavered, despite the scandal that forced them apart. He’s desperate to tell her the truth, if he can convince her to listen.

Fate lurked in the shadows that night, years ago. Has it returned to grant Sarahjane and Felix their wishes, or terrorize them?

Publisher: Raven Queen Publications
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/House-Dark-Envy-Juli-Revezzo-ebook/dp/B06WWM8T8R
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Juli D Revezzo Social Media

Juli D Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, Victorian romance House of Dark Envy, Gothic fantasy romance, Lady of the Tarot, Victorian romance Watchmaker’s Heart, and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.
Website: https://www.julidrevezzo.com
Blog: http://julismapsroom.blogspot.com
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