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Reading Roundup

I’ve been reading like a starving woman lately. Just hungry for good stories. So I thought I would share with you some of the good ones I’ve stumbled across lately.

Guilty Pleasure
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

The Jane Austen Project is, on the outside, a truly outrageous notion. Scientists from the future travel back to Regency England to find Jane Austen’s letters and an unpublished novel before they are lost forever. And as silly and contrived at that might seem, it is anything but. In the process we meet Henry Austen, Jane’s brother, and slowly are drawn in until we are surrounded by her entire family, but especially Jane. Jane Austen. The author does a fabulous job of creating the Regency world and taking both her characters and the modern reader on a wonderland adventure into Jane Austen’s life. I loved it. Go find The Jane Austen Project, (I happened upon my copy at the library) read it and just revel in the shear joy and audacity of spending an afternoon with Jane. I couldn’t put it down.

Coming Soon
A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe (Coming October 31, 2017)
The English Wife by Lauren Willig (Coming January 9, 2018)

This part of my Reading Roundup should be called “New York, New York.” First up, Joanna Shupe was kind enough to send me an advance copy of her debut book with Avon, A Daring Arrangement, and I was delighted to read it. So much fun to read a romance set outside of the Regency and this one is doubly good as it is set in New York with an English heroine and a wealthy American outsider. I liked the way these two got to know each other and fall in love. This is the first in a series and I will be looking forward to the upcoming books.

The next NYC book I dove into was The English Wife, which I also received an advance copy of–I know, lucky me. I’ve really fallen for the twin stranded stories–you know, one in the present and one in the past. This is in the same vein, but as a mystery. While it opens with a murder, the story evolves backwards and we see the unlucky couple in the years leading up to their untimely deaths, and then moves forward, as the “modern” heroine, Bay’s sister, Janie, does her level best in the 1880s to uncover what actually happened. I recommend it because it is wonderfully involved–I liked seeing how the characters–Annabelle and Bay–unfold and develop before yours eyes, with enough mystery to keep you guessing as to what is behind their murders, though at the same time, I wished there had been MORE to it, especially with regard to Janie, as she suddenly finds the nerve to unravel their past. From the ending I have the sense that there might be a follow up, which hopefully will fill in the missing links. At least I hope so.

Devouring:
A Perilious Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn Out now

Going from New York to Victorian London, I threw myself headlong into the second in the Veronica Speedwell mystery. I adored the first one (A Curious Beginning, which, by the way, is only $2.99 on Amazon right now), and somehow missed that the second one had come out (spoiler: the third one, A Treacherous Curse is due out in January, so get on with your own Veronica binge). This book is seriously cutting into my writing time, as I’ve extended my morning coffee and lunch to keep reading about Veronica and Stoker’s adventures. It is a wonderfully delicious Victorian story and Veronica is a hoot, while Stoker continues to be a big brooding dram of warmed whiskey that you can’t get enough of. Can’t wait to finish this one over the weekend.

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Susan Pertierra
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Ladies, each of you have been sent a $25 gift card to Amazon. Enjoy!

And thank you to everyone who entered.

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12 Places to Find Great Book Deals

Who doesn’t like finding new authors and great books? Here’s a list of places I like to find great deals on books.

  1. Bookbub the be-all-and-end-all of book deal sites. Besides their daily newlsetter, you can also sign up to follow your favorite authors so that when they have a new release or a book deal, Bookbub can send you a friendly note so you don’t miss out. (Make sure to sign up for me! LOL!)
  2. Lauren’s Book Club Newsletter is author Lauren Royal’s weekly listing of book deals and favorite reads.
  3. Buy A Historical is a weekly newsletter of new historical romances, with some deals and freebies.
  4. The Regency Reader is published by the Beau Monde chapter of RWA and is a monthly listing of new Regency set historicals. (Fun fact: I edited this newsletter for a number of years!)
  5. eBookDealofDay.com features mostly romance, with an emphasis on Contemporary and Paranormal, with some historicals.
  6. book-a-licious is a great place to find book deals, new releases and freebies. A nice mix of all romance genres.
  7. Romance Devoured has a lot of fans who love romance. Must sign up to see deals and hot releases.
  8. Hidden Gems has deals on their website as well as a newsletter. Contemporary, some paranormal and historical.
  9. Robin Reads is for a reader who reads Everything! If you want to find deals on romance, mystery, suspense, this is the place to start.
  10. Hot Stuff Romance is exactly that–romance. Mostly contemporary and lots of indie published books.
  11. The Fussy Librarian is a one stop shopping place for all your reading needs. They list all genres and deals. Subscribe to the newsletter or peruse their blog for daily deals.
  12. E Book Soda Sign up for a curated list of your favorite genres, or peruse their extensive site for a book deal or a freebie.

Brazen Angel

And make sure to sign up for my newsletter at the top of the page. And if you still haven’t found a great new read–try my Books Page for a listing of all my books. Currently my first book, Brazen Angel is a FREE book deal! Find your download site here.

Do you have a favorite newsletter or website that offers book deals? Make sure to list it in the comments.

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Brazen Angel is Free

As of this post, you will find the ebook of Brazen Angel free. Everywhere. Took some doing, but given that this is Brazen Angel’s 20th anniversary, I thought it would be fun to give back some love.

After all this book, and all of you, started all of this.

The cool part of Brazen Angel has as much to do about the back story of how it was published, as it does the adventures of Sophia and Giles. Brazen AngelBut seriously, have your read, My Favorite Hero? If not, go ahead and click on it. Read the story and then come back. I’ll wait. . . . Are you crying? I can’t read that without getting all teary eyed.

And yes, he’s still a hero. Most days. LOL.

So if you’ve loved Brazen Angel, tell a friend that it’s free. If you haven’t read it, now’s your chance. And tell a friend while you are at it. Tell all your Facebook pals, throw it on your shelf at Goodreads and Tweet your hearts out–if you are inclined to those things.

And in the meantime, Brazen Angel will remain free. Free to be downloaded and read. Free to be enjoyed. That’s worth sharing.

Get your copy at:

    Kindle
    Nook
    Kobo
    iBooks
    Smashwords

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Who Said It Answered

So who said the following?

“A few minutes ago you couldn’t wait to leave and now you want to stay?”
“That was before I killed a man,” she offered, coming up with the only excuse she could other than the truth.
“You didn’t kill anyone. You only winged him.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes.”
She glanced back up the stairs, where even now a tide of servants was rushing to the aid of their master. “I think his injury will be grave, for I’ve never missed before.”

That just happens to be Olivia SuttonOnce Tempted and Robert Danvers in Once Tempted.

You can read the excerpt from ONCE TEMPTED or order your own copy for this, the first book I wrote in the wildly popular Danvers series. The best sort of #FridayReads.

Please continue to join me every Thursday to match your wits with Who Said It or try a previous Who Said It challenge here.

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Who Said It: Challenge Accepted

You all know my books too well, so I’m digging in and hoping this one is a stumper. So Who Said It?

“A few minutes ago you couldn’t wait to leave and now you want to stay?”
“That was before I killed a man,” she offered, coming up with the only excuse she could other than the truth.
“You didn’t kill anyone. You only winged him.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes.”
She glanced back up the stairs, where even now a tide of servants was rushing to the aid of their master. “I think his injury will be grave, for I’ve never missed before.”

Is it:
1) Harriet Hathaway and Roxley from If Wishes Were Earls
2) Olivia Sutton and Robert Danvers from Once Tempted
3) Lily D’Artiers and Webb Dryden from Brazen Heiress

I’ll post the answer tomorrow.

Did you see last week’s challenge? Find it here.

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Who Said It Revealed

Did you guess that it was Lady Hermione Marlowe and her mother, Lady Walbrook, talking in this exchange?

“…and now that he is inclined to marry—“
“I don’t think the earl has any intention of—“
“Of course he intends to marry. He made his bow at Almack’s.”
Which of course every matron in London knew was code for: I wish to marry your daughter immediately.

If you did–good for you! If not, I tried my hardest to make it a bit of a stumper. Tempted by the Night

You can read the excerpt from TEMPTED BY THE NIGHT or order your own copy for an sexy trip into the dark side of Regency England on #FridayReads.

Please continue to join me every Thursday to match your wits with Who Said It, . You can try a previous Who Said It challenge here.

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Who Said It? Ups the Game

You all have had it way too easy. Time to up the
Who Said It? game.

“…and now that he is inclined to marry—“
“I don’t think the earl has any intention of—”
“Of course he intends to marry. He made his bow at Almack’s.”
Which of course every matron in London knew was code for: I wish to marry your daughter immediately.

Tempted by the NightIf Wishes Were EarlsConfessions of a Little Black Gown

Is it:
1) Lady Hermione Marlowe and Lady Walbrook from Tempted by the Night
2) Miss Harriet Hathaway and Lady Essex from If Wishes Were Earls
3) Miss Thalia Langley and Aunt Minty from Confessions of a Little Black Gown

Make your best guess and I’ll post the answer tomorrow.

Did you see last week’s challenge? Find it here.

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Did You Guess Who Said It?

So who said the following:

“You lied,” she said, going toe-to-toe with the man before her. “You told me he still loved me, wanted me.” She glanced over her shoulder and shuddered at the sight of him. “What he wants is a good bath and his ration of rum tossed overboard.”

This one, at least to me, was pretty easy and obvious. It has to be Lady Philippa, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dressor as I always call her, Pippin, talking about her beloved Dash, after finding him all those years later. I absolutely adore this book, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress, because it covered what felt like a lifetime of missed chances, and a second (well, probably a third or fourth) chance at happiness.

You can read the excerpt from MEMOIRS OF A SCANDALOUS RED DRESS here, or order your own copy to settle in tonight for an adventurous and romantic #FridayReads.

Please continue to join me every Thursday to match your wits with Who Said It, and come back Friday to find out if you got it right. You can try previous Who Said It challenges here and here.

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Another Round of Who Said It?

This one is probably pretty easy for you diehard fans, but I just love these lines. So,
Who Said It?

“You lied,” she said, going toe-to-toe with the man before her. “You told me he still loved me, wanted me.” She glanced over her shoulder and shuddered at the sight of him. “What he wants is a good bath and his ration of rum tossed overboard.”

Is it:
1) Olivia Sutton from Once Tempted
2) Lady Diana from Stealing the Bride
3) Lady Philippa from Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress

Make your best guess and I’ll post the answer tomorrow.

Did you see last week’s challenge? Find it here.

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