Historical

An Oath Taken By Diana Cosby

Blog Diva - Saturday, December 13, 2014

As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish borderlands and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. But instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire.

Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Exclusive Excerpt of An Oath Taken

Lady Elizabet Armstrong tugged the folds of her cowled hood closer to her face and sunk deeper into the thick, green shield of leaves.  Mary, mother of God, of all people to rob, why did he have to be the new castellan?

Sweat beaded on her brow, and her hands grew clammy.  She should have followed her instincts and returned home with this day’s spoils.  Except as she’d started to climb down, she’d spied the single rider in the distance.

The castellan’s steel-grey eyes locked on hers.  Read More

Triumph and Treasure By Collette Cameron

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Excerpt

The splashing, soft moos, and rustling of the cattle milling about below rose to Angelina’s ears.

Perhaps if she called out someone might hear her, although with the ruckus the animals were making, that was doubtful.

Still, she drew a deep breath and released a most unladylike shout. “Help. I’m stuck in a tree. Help, someone, please.”

“Are you in need of assistance?” A man’s voice, a deep baritone, floated up to her.

Angelina started and swung her head to gawk at the much too attractive gentleman squinting at her atop a light dun gelding. Why couldn’t a groom or a tenant have found her?

“I’d think that was obvious. That foul-tempered brute chased me up here.” She pointed to the bull, now affecting a completely docile demeanor as he rubbed his head against a contented cow.

The gentleman stared at her, an odd glint in his eye. His rugged good looks made Charles seem almost effeminate.

Heavens, where did that come from?

“You’re American.” Read More

Royal Regard By Mariana Gabrielle

Blog Diva - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Genre
Regency romance

Heat Rating

NC-17

Tags
Romance, Regency romance, Royal Regard, Mariana Gabrielle, Mari Christie, @mchristieauthor

Book Blurb
After fifteen years roaming the globe, the Countess of Huntleigh returns to England with her dying husband. She soon finds herself plagued by terrible troubles: a new title, estate, and sizable fortune; marked attentions from the marriage mart; the long-awaited reunion with her loving family; and a growing friendship with King George IV. Read More

TWICE TEMPTED By Eileen Dreyer

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . .

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.

But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.

Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . .
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The Christmas Calamity By Shanna Hatfield

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It is a great pleasure to be on RomCom today to announce the upcoming release of my latest sweet Victorian romance holiday, The Christmas Calamity.

It’s the third book in the Hardman Holidays series, set in Eastern Oregon in the 1890s. Although Hardman is now a ghost town, back in the late 1800s it was a bustling stop on the stage route running through the area. The series begins with The Christmas Bargain followed by The Christmas Token. While each story focuses on a different set of main characters, familiar characters appear in all three stories.

In The Christmas Calamity, dependable and solid Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in Hardman, Oregon. He’s even begun toying with the idea of courting the town’s schoolteacher. His uncluttered world tips off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

Excerpt: Read More

Passionate Secrets by Lana Williams

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Thank you for hosting me, RomCon! I’m excited to share my latest release, Passionate Secrets. This story is the second in The Secret Trilogy and is set in Victorian London.

The idea for this trilogy involved following three lords who were all injured in an electromagnetic experiment that went awry at university. Their lives were forever changed by the events of this night. As a result of the electromagnetism charge, each man now has the ability to see auras, but only a particular kind. Stephen, the first lord featured in Unraveling Secrets, sees auras of good and evil. Needless to say, this leaves him a very tortured man. Michael, the second lord in Passionate Secrets, sees auras of success and failure. Lucas, the third lord which will be featured in Shattered Secrets, sees...well...I’m not sharing that one yet.  I like surprises, don’t you? The final book in the trilogy will be released early 2015.

Here’s a little bit about Passionate Secrets:

Michael Drury, Viscount Weston, treats life like a business, shunning personal connections at all costs to avoid the passion that ultimately destroyed his parents. Discovering drab governess Emma Grisby in his library is a shock, especially since her uncle appears to have risen from the grave with deadly intent. He suspects her of working with her uncle and devises a scheme to watch her. Read More

Madeleine's Christmas Wish By Ella Quinn

Blog Diva - Monday, October 27, 2014

As soon as the door closed behind them, Madeleine placed her cup down. “We must speak.”

“Indeed.” He sauntered to the sideboard, poured two glasses of wine, and gave her one, placing the other on a small side table.

His eyes warmed, and her heart began to flutter. Then he dropped fluidly to one knee, and took her hand. “Madeleine, will you do me the great honor of being my wife.”

It was as if all the breath had been sucked from her body. “What! We . . . I cannot. You know I must first see to Maman and Genevieve.”

“And you shall.” He met Madeleine’s gaze, and she was unable to break his spell. “I will fetch them and bring them here.” Read More

For Love Of The Duke By Christi Caldwell

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Living in an older New England home with no central air or air-conditioning in the sweltering, humid summers is never fun. Which is why, ironically, when I was getting into bed one summer night, Lady Katherine Adamson chose that precise moment to fall through the frozen Thames River…and so began her story. Perhaps it was my own desire to feel something, anything cool—but in that hot summer night, “For Love of the Duke” was born. And now, I’d love to share the blurb and an excerpt. I’ll be offering a free copy to one commenter!

For Love of the Duke—Official Blurb


After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by a fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.

With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper… Read More

A Place Called Harmony By Jodi Thomas

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In A PLACE CALLED HARMONY readers will be looking at Harmony for the first time. I enjoyed writing about the three men who were brave enough to travel half of Texas to build a town. All three men came to me full and strong as did the women who loved them. From the opening I was running full gallop with a plot.

Over the years, beginning writers come to me and say, “Do I have what it takes to be a writer? Am I gifted?” I always remember the night I followed my writing teacher out of class. I’d just read my first chapter of my first novel. I knew nothing of plotting, viewpoint, characterization or even manuscript format. I’d just signed up for a community class at the college and had dreams of hitting within months.

While we walked to her car, I asked her one question after another. I’m sure she was wondering if I could be some kind of writer/stalker by the time we reached her car. With the door open, I blurted out my last question. “Do you think I can be a writer? I mean a real writer.”

She smiled (or at least I think she did for we were standing on a dark parking lot) and said, “If you work really, really hard you’ll make it.” Read More

Taming the Wicked Wulfe by Tammy Jo Burns

Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Excerpt

April 1811…


“Theodore Wulfe, I will not do it! I don’t care that you are a bloody duke! Nothing you can say could make me ever want to tie myself to that man. I cannot believe you even have the nerve to ask such a question of me,” Rebekah stormed to the window and looked through it, unseeing.

“Rebekah,” the man behind her said in a gentle tone, much like one would use when attempting to calm a wild horse. “Do you see those children out there?”

“Yes,” she whispered, letting her forehead fall against the glass, welcoming the coolness. She knew what he would say next, and Lord help her, she could not hate him as much as she wanted to. Read More