Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Happy St Nicholas' Day

If you lived in Regency times, today would be the start of the Christmas Season and today would be the day when you would share gifts with friends. For today is St Nicholas' Day. It is the day which celebrates the Patron Saint of Children, although he is the Patron Saint of many other people and places, it is children that he is most remembered for because of his links to the man in the red suit. 




Of course, the man in the red suit has manifested through the years and during the short Regency (1811-1820) he was not a concept. He became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of the 1823 poem " A Visit from St. Nicholas and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. And his red suit only came to fruition due to the help of a well-known soft drinks company.

It was the Patron Saint whom our friends in the Regency period in Britain remembered on this day. He was born in Asia Minor, in those days part of Greece but now part of Turkey, in the 3rd Century.

There are many stories about St Nicholas but his most famous is on hearing about the three daughters of a poor man, he came to their aid. The girls had no dowry and in those days, had this remained the case they would have had to become prostitutes. Depending on the version of the story, Nicholas either did not want to be seen doing a charitable act or chose to leave the family with their pride and under cover of darkness at night went to the house and threw three purses of money in the window. There are various versions of the story with the purses ending up in stockings and St Nicholas being caught and having to throw one of the purses down the chimney, all of which have led to myths we learned as children. 



In the Regency era, the story of St Nicholas had no fanciful tales, but it ushered in the Christmas Season and for the ton that meant more parties and dancing and merriment. It probably meant very little for the downstairs staff. Christmas Season would last until the Twelfth Night (6th January). 


A few years ago I wrote a story called the St Nicholas Day Wager. This year it was selected to be part of the Seven Rogues for Christmas Anthology along with 6 other fantastic historical stories about Christmas Rogues. You can also purchase the book as a stand-alone.

In my new series, The Contrary Fairy Tales, in The Cinder Earl 
(book 2), Cedric and Kathleen's betrothal ball is held on St Nicholas day. But all is not as it seems where the groom is concerned.  See below for buy links


















Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sexy Snippets The Cinder Earl's Christmas Deception



Sorry guys.  I completely forgot all about my Sexy Snippet post. Here it is about 10 hours late.



He moved towards her, the pillow extended, and she held her ground. Her eyes were narrowed, as if she was debating whether to wrestle the pillow from him or grab another. He lifted the first pillow over her head, down her back, to her bottom where he used it to pull her close into his body. Instinctively she wrapped her arms around his neck and he captured her mouth in a kiss. She tasted so sweet and she kissed as if she’d been doing it for years. Her tongue swept his mouth, and she moaned as he brushed the back of his fingers over one nipple. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

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The Cinder Earl's Christmas Deception
(Book 2 of The Contrary Fairy Tales)
by Em Taylor


Release date Friday 1st December 2017




EM TAYLOR brings you the second book in her series of Regency stories based on the fairy tales you loved as a child.

Gabriel Marchby, Earl of Cindermaine and legitimate heir to the Duke of Hartsmere, should have refused to be part of a farce that meant he had to pretend to be his illegitimate half-brother. Gabriel should have, but he would not. A mistake from his childhood means that his two half-brothers live the lives of kings while Gabriel grovels as a servant in his sire’s household. And now the Earl has to attend a betrothal ball, pretend to be the groom-to-be, woo the bride-to-be and not let anyone know that the real groom was casting up his accounts upstairs. When Cedric continues to be unwell, Gabriel must accompany the delectable Miss Roberts to balls, soirees, and musicales, all while pretending to be Cedric, the arrogant dandy of a half-brother, to whom the Earl just happened to bear a striking resemblance.

Miss Kathleen Roberts, the American heiress, had always dreamed of coming to England and falling head over ears in love with a Duke or a Prince. But her father wanted her to marry Mr Cedric Onslow, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Hartsmere. Upon meeting Cedric for the first time, he wore inappropriate clothing that showed … well, they showed the things that innocent young ladies are not supposed to see. He then he proceeded to cast up his accounts outside her house. But he had behaved better since and wore very nice breeches. Everything seems fine until an overheard conversation throws into doubt the identity of the man courting her. Could this nice gentleman be the Duke’s legitimate heir?

With Gabriel’s sister and newly reacquainted friend from school acting as matchmakers and fairy godmothers, can Kathleen and Gabriel overcome the obstacles their circumstances put in their way? Will a hasty marriage lead to disaster or will this Christmas Season prove that love is a miracle in itself?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book has no magic in it. While loosely based on a fairy tale, the story is gender-swapped and there are no paranormal happenings.

This book has scenes of an adult nature and is intended for mature audiences aged 18+




Also Available in this series:

Sleeping Lord Beattie (Book 1 in The Contrary Fairy Tales)





Author information:

Em was born and brought up in the Central Belt of Scotland and still lives there. She was told as a child she had an overactive imagination--as if that is a bad thing. She's traded her dreams of owning her own island, just like George in the Famous Five to hoping to meet her own Mr Darcy one day. But her imagination remains the same.        
      
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Release Blitz - Seven Rogues for Christmas





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Seven Rogues for Christmas: 

A Historical Romance Holiday Collection

                                   
All a lady wants for Christmastide is a Rogue of her own...

Seven Rogues find the love of their lives in this historical holiday collection. Follow each rogue as they learn how enticing love can be and that sometimes even the wickedest rogues can find their happy-ever-after.

Jewel of Winter by Kirsten S. Blacketer When a trio of thieves arrive at her inn during a snowstorm, Jessamine must submit to their leader, Edmund. She never expected to spend Christmas as a captive.

Christmas Seduction by Samantha Holt After a rocky start to their arranged nuptials, the Duke of Fenhurst must make a success of his marriage somehow. Alex returns to his wife for Christmas to celebrate...and seduce.

How to Kiss a Rogue by Amanda Mariel Lady Natalie's betrothal is ended and frees her to pursue the man of her dreams. During a holiday party she discovers the lord she desires in attendance. So hatches a plan to snare him.

A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower An arranged betrothal has Lady Juliette Brooks seeking out her former childhood friend, the Duke of Kissinger to force him to honor a long ago promise. Grayson Abbot has no desire to marry, but he always keeps his word. As they race to Scotland they rediscover the joy of friendship and a passion neither planned on.

The Rogue's Seduction by Lauren Smith When a darling of the ton is targeted by a man who wishes to marry her and break her spirit, she seeks the help of London's most notorious devil in pretending that she's already engaged. What begins as a dangerous game soon turns to seduction over a Christmas neither of them will forget.

Tamed for Christmas by Sandra Sookoo When a confirmed bachelor and a headmistress literally crash into each other at a boarding school for young ladies, an unexpected Christmas romance begins, proving love isn't just a game for young people.

The St Nicholas Day Wager by Em Taylor When her childhood friend wins a wager against her brother for her hand in marriage, Gabriella is horrified. She knows he finds her looks hideous. Her marriage is surely doomed?                           





                   

Friday, 17 November 2017

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The Carrero Heart - Part 2

By L.T. Marshall


Release day: 17th November 2017


Universal Buy Link: myBook.to/CarreroHeart2


This is the second half to the story of Arrick and Sophie, in my Carrero Series. This is the 5th book from this series.


Sophie has been living her life for the past three months. She is finding her feet, her strength, and doing it in an Arry'less world, determined that she no longer needs him in any way shape or form. She's heartbroken, but refuses to let him infiltrate her everyday life and take her from the goal she set herself. To succeed as something more and prove to not only everyone else, but herself, that she can do this.

Unfortunately for her, the wheels of fate, and the depth of how he feels about her, tug them straight back together, like magnets pulled by a stronger force that neither can fight. The heart is a funny thing, it can both hate and love, hurt and heal, at the same time.

Sometimes trusting someone the first time is so much easier than having to forgive them for breaking your heart. Something given so readily once upon a time is not so willing to peek out from the safe shadows. Sophie has to decide if she can let that one person back in, that she never thought would ever betray her.




Also available in the series





The Carrero Heart - Part 1




About the Author


Leanne Marshall is a Scottish born and bred romance writer with more than the average person's life experience. She has been a torrent of wild things, including singer in a girl band, animal rights activist and charity owner, worked in radio and offered jobs in TV.

A passionate, restless soul, who has always found peace in writing, the only way to calm that fiery spirit.

She uses her wit and dark humour to her advantage in her works and has been an avid reader for most of her life. Her influences vary, but from early life and a teen stint in journalism, she applies logic to most of her plot lines, is a self confessed research fiend, and likes a lot of psychology behind her characters actions.

She currently resides in Central Scotland with her two children and Fiancee of 13 years, making waves in the book world with her signature 'WTF moments' she likes to apply in each story, hints of humour and devastating emotional rollercoaster rides.

Quote from L.T.Marshall - 'Writing has always been an escape for me, loving that no matter what you are doing, where you are - you can create ideal fantasy and get lost in someone else's life. I love nothing more than drawing a reader with me on a journey that tortures your every emotion before the grand exhale.'

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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Sleeping Lord Beattie

By Em Taylor


Blurb

EM TAYLOR brings you an amazing new series of Regency stories based on the fairy tales you loved as a child.

Young ladies of good breeding do not kiss gentlemen in their bedchambers even if they have been asleep for three weeks. One would think Lady Emily would know that. One would
think Lady Emily would not have entered Lord Beattie’s bedchamber alone. One would
have thought that kissing the handsome viscount would have been the last thing
she would have done.

But kiss him she did. And that was when the apothecary walked in. All of which meant she had to marry Lord Beattie.

Why the silly little chit had kissed him when he’d been out cold for three weeks, the Lord alone knew. And now Gideon, Viscount Beattie had to marry the outspoken little minx.
But there was something a little charming about her. The problem was, her uncle
was after his hide, the peasants were revolting – in the rioting sense, not in
the disgusting sense – and he really needed to procure some grain from up
north. He may as well kill two birds with one stone and elope with the
interesting, frustrating, irritating and thoroughly delightful Lady Emily –
soon to be Viscountess Beattie. It would be an interesting journey.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book has no magic in it. While loosely based on a fairy tale, the story is gender-swapped and there are no paranormal happenings.










Author information:

Em was born and brought up in the Central Belt of Scotland and still lives there. She was told as a child she had an overactive imagination--as if that is a bad thing. She's
traded her dreams of owning her own island, just like George in the Famous Five
to hoping to meet her own Mr Darcy one day. But her imagination remains the
same.        


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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Release Blitz - Angel Kisses by Nikki Ashton

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Angel Kisses

By Nikki Ashton


Release date: 1st November 2017


Buy link: myBook.to/AngelsKisses




Second chance love has never been so strong
The much anticipated follow up to Box of Hearts, Angels’ Kisses is the second book in the Connor Series and it will make your heart smile and cry in equal measure.
Garratt Connor knew it wouldn’t take much to fall in love with his college girlfriend, Jemma, but tragedy tore them apart before they had barely got started. Seven years later, they meet again and nothing has changed, with Garratt determined they will continue where they left off.
Jemma Stevens never forgot her beautiful boy, but as much as she wants to follow her heart, she knows she can’t. She has a secret that could tear them apart again, but this time forever.
Garratt is a man determined to make Jemma his, and he’ll use every trick in the book to make sure it happens – after all, Garratt’s sexy moves and dirty mouth are irresistible, and that’s just his opinion.
This is the story of the loss and tragedy we sometimes have to face on the path to happiness, but ultimately this a story of strength, determination and love.
Praise for Angels’ Kisses
“Prepare yourself for the most beautiful page turning story of love and selflessness”
“A stunning true love story filled with tears, laughter, heartbreak and learning to make life changing decisions with the strength you find from those you least expect “
“When you feel like hope is lost true love and strength can be found in the people who surround you”
“An amazing story that will make you laugh, smile and cry. A story that shows you when you feel all is lost there is hope”


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36456404-angels-kisses


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