Love a good Regency romance?

Lord of Secrets
Rogues to Riches #5
Erica Ridley
Romance, historical, Regency
WebMotion
June 15, 2018

Some secrets should never be unveiled…

Heath Grenville is the problem-solver for London's elite. Unmask the devious cretin skewering the tonwith audacious caricatures? With pleasure. His success should keep the powerful happy. But when his work leads him to a young lady outside his class, surely he won’t do anything so scandalous as to fall in love...

By day, Miss Eleanora Winfield is a proper, unremarkable paid companion. By night, Nora’s skillful hands sketch the infamous penny caricatures rocking high society. Nora desperately needs the money…andher anonymity. But how can she keep them both, when she’s fallen for the one man whose livelihood and reputation requires him to expose her?

In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.

As always with Erica Ridley, you get a good solid Regency romance, with a twist, and with identifiable, real people. Who are far from prim and proper, but are indeed lusty and have real emotions.

Erica writes well and amusingly, and has enough knowledge of the period to make the stories ring true.

 

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When secrets turn bad

Fatal Family Secrets Book Cover Fatal Family Secrets
The Morphosis.me files
Samantha Marks
paranormal, NA, coming of age, science fiction, fantasy, urban
2015
264

What if, with a simple thought, you could change everything about yourself? On the first day of high school, Kayleigh wishes she could be taller, curvier, and cooler. But when she discovers she’s a morph -- shape-shifters who can become anyone or anything -- the boundaries around personality, sexuality, and gender identity are blurred. Suddenly, everything is fair game. But there are those who want to control Kayleigh and her gifts. Overnight, she becomes a target, and surviving the school year means defending herself against cyber-bullies, learning to control her newfound powers, and hiding from the ancient secret society that kidnapped her mother. Morphing has consequences, and Kayleigh begins to realize that being able to change into anything can mean losing herself in the process. After all, in a world full of morphs, rules are meant to be broken...

Just what was the secret that this Irish family had hidden for so many years? And why did they need a genealogy chart?

And which Irish myths are real stories lost in the mist of time and yet oral tales survive? And if course, which are just that – myths?

So we have a story about shapeshifters but not one in the usual vein. And a type of morphology that doesn’t happen in every generation.

A well told coming of age story.

This book was given free in exchange for a review. 3.75

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Under the dirty grave lies….

A pun on the name ‘Graves’.
Jaye is a coroner and an undertaker...
She came back to her very small town before completing her residency to take over her parent’s business as they had died in mysterious circumstances – did they jump or were they pushed? Was it a car accident or a suicide or a murder?
There is a serial murderer loose in her very small town – how are the murders connected and why? What does Jaye – acting as the coroner – discover that brings her too close to the murderer?
An interesting concept here using some forensic medicine as the means to help solve the murders but has been better done. So 3.5 but a fun enough read – but not enough to make me immediately want to read the rest of the series.

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Will this secret make her fall?

Questions for Author EJ Chadwell
Book: How the mighty fall
  1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? 
(I am answering this question very vaguely because I don’t want to spoil the story for you. I will tell you the actress’ name and book titles before you write your review, but after you read the book).
I must confess, I like to read biographies and autobiographies of powerful people. In this particular case, I read an autobiography of an actress active from 1917 to about 1953, who hid a powerful secret that could destroy her life and career.  This stimulated me to think about how many things could have gone wrong, and how a secret like this could literally destroy the many people involved.
How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? 
This story took about six months.  During that time period, I wrote detailed descriptions of each character, and then proceeded to write diary entries for the main characters.  I imbued each character with major virtues and flaws that could either help them or destroy them.  I gave each of the main characters a motive to kill.
  1. Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
Yes, I use a notebook (which I carry in my handbag in case any ideas pop into my head while I am out and about), index cards, and also write my thoughts on a file on my laptop. This way nothing can get lost.
I choose to write this story first because the characters developed quickly and easily. In essence they told me their stories.
How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?
This is my first book, and the research took me 6 months.
  1. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?
I spent many hours on Google, in the library, reading books, and on the phone talking with NYPD public relations office, which was extremely helpful. Also, I belong to writer’s groups such as: Mystery Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, and found if I had any questions they were happy to assist in answering them.
How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?
I called the NYPD public relations office countless times, and I told them I was writing a book and I had some questions. They were patient and helpful.  I find if you call the public relations department they are always willing and able to help.  I find being upfront about being a writer is the best way to get your questions answered.  Generally, if I am calling any authority I always call their public relations office.  If they can’t answer the question, they will find out and follow-up with me.
  1. How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
 About 15 times, I made the short list on my first submission to a publisher, but not the final cut.  This gave me encouragement.  Then I was told by another publisher to rewrite the last chapter and then they would recommend it for publication.  Another publisher said, he would publish it, if I rewrote the book from a specific characters point of view, etc.  So even though I received several rejections, there were encouragements along the way.
 Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?
No, I just kept sending it out until Jaffa Books made me a publishing offer.
  1. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher?
I think the publishing industry is rapidly changing and the old ways of publishing are dying.
Although I did not self-publish, I would cautiously recommend self-publishing.
If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
Here is why: you are immediately paid a good royalty rate; you are in control of all decisions about the book such as price, layout, design. Also, if a major publisher decides to publish an author’s books, it is still up to the author to market the book.  The publisher does nothing to help. Building an audience before approaching a publisher will certainly help get the book published.
  1. Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
Not yet, this is my first book.
  1. What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour?
 I haven’t done a book tour yet.

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How dark can a secret be?

A story about people with too much money and who think that the world is their oyster.
People who like to party – drugs being an extremely useful aid – who like to spend money and who have little or no emotional intelligence.
We also have their cronies and hangers-on, and these people know ‘stuff’. They know secrets -  indeed they participate in these secrets and even cover up these secrets. For some this is even their job.
So we have a property developer who makes a lot, seriously a lot, of money. His empire was started on the back of his wife’s money but he is so self-centred and narcissistic that he forgets that, and claims it was all his own hard work.  

He needs to be supported by a coterie of ‘chums’ who continually boost his ego..  this is a mental disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and often others.
And this is all demonstrated here in this story.
First he gets bored with his wife who started him on his career – conveniently forgetting that – and there is a divorce and his 2 daughters are more or less ignored and largely forgotten.
He marries a younger woman and again has 2 daughters – twins. And there is a tragedy as one twin disappears on his 50th birthday.
After this tragedy, his second wife leaves him, taking the remaining twin, and he marries again, but she dies, falling down a staircase, and he marries again – to someone who is only 22. And has another daughter.
The story is told in current time after his death, and in the past at the weekend when the twin disappears.
Gradually we learn about the characters involved, their roles, and behaviours. We learn a different story about the twins as the book continues and there is a horrific denouement which is a terrible twist on the story and quite unexpected.
I would be interested to know whether the author actually had this denouement in mind when s/he started the book. I know many crime writers say that they have multiple endings in mind, or that they don’t actually know who ‘dun it’ until the story ends and the characters themselves tell their own story. To me, this could almost be the latter case. I would never have guessed the ending.

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