Books
0 Comments

Not this duke

Share This:

Nora is our heroine in this Duke marries someone unexpected story.

So, we have another imprudent, unwise and generally lacking in financial sense father who manages to lose the family money. Miss Eleanor Lockhart, (Nora) discovers that her selfish – yes he is that too, has made arrangements to live in a very small cottage on the farm owned by his son-in-law – who dislikes him, and has left nothing for Eleanor to live on. A further sister was married to a parson who would not look kindly to taking on another mouth to feed. Which leaves Nora in quite a quandary. What does a gently bred lady in 1811, do to earn a living or put a roof over her head?  There are only 2 further possibilities. Become a Governess or a Companion – to a Lady – not the other sort! And Nora has a problem with her reputation – she was involved in a scandal when she was in her first, and only season. And the man concerned – we can’t call him a gentleman – refused to do the correct and gentlemanly thing and offer her marriage. So, her reputation was besmirched as they called it and thus she would have difficulty in both employments.

Luckily, the stepmother of the Duke of Kendal – Titus – a popular roman name meaning title of honour (I know right?)  would really like someone to go shopping with her, a companion in fact, and Nora is sent to her by the agency she signed up with and it is liking at first sight. Lady Satterfield knows about the reputation besmirch and doesn’t care. Titus also knows and is very cross with the ungentlemanly gentleman and decides to give his mother’s new companion a leg up in society. And so, the romance begins.

A nice and predictable historical romance by Darcy. With a light touch and gentle humour – but look out as the Untouchables meet the Spitfire Society and the Pretenders in the next 2 series related to this one.

4

Books
1 Comment

Can you make up? Blog Tour/Author Interview

AmendsTourBanner 1 - Can you make up? Blog Tour/Author Interview

Calling fans of KF Breene, Shannon Mayer, and Shayne Silvers! If you like snarky-fun humor, gripping supernatural scenes, and twists that leave you spellbound — then you will LOVE Carissa Andrews’ world built especially for Diana Hawthorne.

Carissa Tells Us:

  1. Which of your books are you most proud of? I’m very proud of all of the books. Each one came about at just the right time, helping me to next level my career and deal with things in the real word. Pendomus, though, will always have a special place in my heart because it was my “first” book. I have that in quotations because technically, I had written the first draft to Secret Legacy when I was fourteen, but it looks nothing like how that book came out now. Oracle is also special because Diana was the first character I created after spending 4+ years in the world of Pendomus. But most recently, the Windhaven Witches series is the most haunting and the one I’m most proud of based on how I’ve grown as an author. <3
  2. Do you have an unusual hobby? Is it related to the books you write? Or is it for relaxation? Is it dangerous/ adventurous/ requires travel? My biggest hobby is learning new age ways to enjoy this life we live. I am a Reiki Master and practice mindfulness, meditation, and I’m obsessed with the Law of Attraction and Manifestation. It probably comes out a lot when I write about magic! HA! I am currently learning about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) also known as Tapping.
  3. What about turning your best seller into a film or TV series – would you want to write the script or be on the production team? Why? Why not? I’d love to be on both teams! Writing the script would be tons of fun, but being on the production team would be like watching magic unfold. My husband filmed a live-action trailer for Secret Legacy and it was TONS of fun, so I have a little idea of what that all would look like.
  4. What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad? Oh, I love me some snarkastic peeps! Diana Hawthorne is definitely snarky and I love every minute of writing in her world. She gets to say and do some of the stuff I could only DREAM of saying out loud. HA! She’s very upfront and is done dealing with anyone else’s shit. I guess being 2000+ years old will do that to a person.
  5. Is it easy to write humour? That all depends. If I’m not in a funny place, then I’d say yes. But if I am in a good place and things are going well, it’s pretty easy. Especially if the characters themselves are funny. They have their own personality and vibe, so when they go off on one, I feel like I’m just along for the ride. 😉
  6. How easy is it to write a good sex scene? And do you have to have experienced these things do you think, to write about them successfully? Sex scenes are a lot like humor. You have to be in a good place to write them well. Meaning, you need to be able to go along for the ride when the opportunity presents itself. In my books, sex is a secondary or tertiary thought after everything else going on. S,o it’s not typically planned out. But if the idea presents itself to the characters naturally, I’m able to go with the flow of it. But I don’t think you have to have experience in any of it to know how to write it. I mean, I’m not a psychic who’s lived 2000+ years old, but somehow manage to pull it off. So, sex scenes are no different. If you can visualize it and write about it, you’re good to go. Granted, a little base reference wouldn’t hurt.
  7. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? I’m an avid indie, so there’s zero effs given to getting a publisher. But I also teach other indies how to be successful, so it’s part of my job. As the CEO of Author Revolution (an online academy for authors), I am always finding ways to teach indies how to self-publish and design a deliberate, sustainable author career. It’s truly the heart of what I do. So, in that way, yes, self-publishing and building your audience is crucial to being a success later on. But I also know that once you start, you’re not going to want to give up the control (and royalties) you have when you are in business for yourself

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carissa - Can you make up? Blog Tour/Author Interview

“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.” Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre-bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them. Carissa’s internationally bestselling trilogy, The Pendomus Chronicles, is now in digital, print, and audiobook formats. She has hit the scene as an up and coming speculative fiction author who uses a mix of scifi and fantasy, twisted in modern mythology and alternative history. Check out The Final Five, Oracle, Awakening, and Love is a Merciless God! Carissa has big plans for 2020. Check out her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. 

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews’ author website: www.carissaandrews.com and sign up for her newsletter notifications. S

he lives in central Minnesota with her husband and brood of five kids. Not to mention, her insane husky puppies, Aztec and Pharaoh. Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self-improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs.

Carissa is also a Top-Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities: http://bit.ly/UpworkCarissaAndrews

Share This:

Books
0 Comments

Orders of Vampires? Book Blitz

AVampiresSinBlitzBanner 1 - Orders of Vampires? Book Blitz

Meet the Order of the Black Oak: a powerful order of modern-day warriors fighting evil to protect the ones they love.⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣“She’d said always. In his world, always meant forever. An eternity.”

The Order of the Black Oak by @marie.claude.now is a fantastic series of action, magic and awesome romance. You will fall in love with the characters and feel you are right with them!⁣

Dagger and Skull 1024x1024 - Orders of Vampires? Book Blitz

EXCERPT

She’d come to the club to talk to him countless times in the last three months, but today was different. Today, her quest was personal.

The one she was coming to see was the most infuriating man of her acquaintances—as if nothing serious ever touched him. Keeping her persona at the highest level of professionalism was the best way to approach him.

And there he was.

She watched him work at his usual corner booth beside the bar.

Magnovald St-Amand. Owner of this trendy Montreal nightspot, his actual wealth a secret, even to her. No doubt its origin tethering between both sides of the law, some legitimate and some probably criminal.

And this time—even though it killed her to have to do this—it was the latter she had come for.

Mag, as they called him, was pouring over a pile of ledgers spread across the table and punching numbers on a printing calculator, his demeanor unusually focused on the menial task.

A nudge of respect rose with a flutter in her stomach to see him work on his own accounts.

Such a contradiction. Nothing in his laid-back facade indicated a thriving business owner. As always, his dark hair brushed his neck, the curls a little too long above the plain black t-shirt emphasizing the defined broadness of his shoulders and arms. His skin—a tad too pale to be healthy—contrasted gently with the sculpted cheekbones and dark determined brows.

And as she watched him check his calculations, she knew she had mere seconds before needing to brace herself from his immense charm.

Once his dark gaze hit her, when his lips curled into that constant amused expression he had every time they met, she would have to fight hard her attraction for the man who was nothing like her.

His life was far from the world she came from. His was late evenings and sensual pleasures. Dubious connections all over the city and the lording over its luxurious nightlife.

Hers was pondered and orderly. Charity balls and business bureaus. A continuous quest to keep her tight hold on the Montreal’s real estate power.

As she looked at him now with a slight weight lodged in her chest, in those few seconds before he would become aware of her presence, she couldn’t help but wonder if there was perhaps a possible place where they might be alike.

But that small hopeful moment was soon over.

He knew she was here.

Magnovald St-Amand slowly lifted his head. With a profound inhale, she took hold of herself as the dark undercurrent of his gaze seized her and threatened her very soul.

Sunday Coffee Time 1024x1024 - Orders of Vampires? Book Blitz

AUTHOR INFO

MC - Orders of Vampires? Book Blitz

Marie-Claude Bourque – BIO

Marie-Claude Bourque is a Montreal-born Seattle-based author of gothic paranormal romance and the winner of the American Title V award with her first novel ANCIENT WHISPERS.

Her writing features modern-day fantasy skillfully weaved into infinitely romantic supernatural stories between smart strong women and complex passionate heroes. 

Happily Ever After always absolutely guaranteed!

TO PURCHASE

Apple: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1576298483

Other eBooks Retailers: https://books2read.com/A-Vampires-Sin

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/a-vampire-s-sin-the-order-of-the-black-oak-vampires-book-2-by-marie-claude-bourque

AUTHOR INFO:

Newsletter Sign-Up (and free book): https://www.subscribepage.com/mcbourque

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mcbourque

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/marie-claude-bourque

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3166622.Marie_Claude_Bourque

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Claude-Bourque/e/B00302MTGS

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie.claude.now/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/mcbourque

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/mcbourqueauthor

Share This:

Books
0 Comments

What are you inheriting?

This was a 5 star for me.

I found the writing style deceptive. Initially, I thought I was not sure of the story and that I may stop reading soon, but soon never came. The storyline and the style snuck up on me. I couldn’t put the book down.

The mother. The doctor. The laudanum. The father and the relatives. Society and its values. Mary Wollstonecroft. Schools and female education. And so much more were covered in this book – implicit in the storyline and packed into what seemed initially, on the surface, to be a standard typical historical romance. One that turned out to be so atypical and so empathetically written.

A quiet stunner of a book.

Share This:

Books
2 Comments

Absolve me? Author Interview

AbsolutionReduxBlitzBanner - Absolve me? Author Interview

Louis Says.

  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

That honestly depends on the topic. If I am familiar with the subject, then the research is just a trip down memory lane. Though I try to stay away from topics that are far out of my experience range, it is always a pleasure to learn something new.

The longest I have spent on research is more than five years (and going). It is for a sci-fi story that requires interstellar travel. I don’t want to go the route of other such sci-fi stories—faster than light travel without explanation, worm holes, warp speed, light speed, ludicrous speed, etc. So I decided to spend time researching a viable way to travel around the galaxy.

For Absolution: Redux, I spent a good month researching. But, I do write as I research and adjust in revisions.

  • How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

In my experience, whenever you approach someone and make them aware that they may be the inspiration behind a story, they are willing to help. That is an opportunity that is out of the ordinary; it flatters most. A few get too attached and want to make sure you write something that isn’t BS. About them. One or two won’t go for the idea at all.

  • If you need specialist knowledge to write a book, how do you obtain it? For instance, do you interview people? Go to the location? Use Google Earth? Apps?

Early on, I wrote a murder mystery that took place in the military barracks where I lived. I was a soldier, so the specific military knowledge, terminology, etc. were all available to me. These days, there is a plethora of information out there on the internet.

There are videos and printed interviews with just about every kind of man and woman in the world. That is also true of locations. Google Earth is fantastic. Youtube is a library of the human condition. The only app I really use is a map app. 

  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?

Hahaha. I mostly read comic books in bed. My ipad pro is big enough so I get all the comic book experience without the bulk. I borrow digital comic books from libraries. I’m living the dream.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Nnedi Okorafor. She writes some outstanding scifi. I have not read a story from her that I did not like. She’s alive and still writing.

A dead author? Raymond Carver. He was a literary short story writer. “Cathedral” is fantastic.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

I think there were unique influences in my writing at different periods. When I was young, it was Steinbeck (style, genre). Later, it was Cormac McCarthy.

In my 30s, I decided to write genre fiction, specifically speculative fiction (fantasy, urban fantasy). The biggest influences then were Neil Gaiman and Ursula Leguin. I know many writers name Tolkien as an influence, but (though I appreciate his extensive world-building and characters) he didn’t influence my style.

Leguin’s Wizard of Earthsea and the Earthsea cycle are astonishingly grounded for a high fantasy setting. There are scenes of domestic situations in that first book that have stuck with me all this time.

As for Gaiman… The way his stories develop and pay-off (particularly Sandman) showed me how to plant seeds that grow into a forest.

And who can forget George R.R. Martin? He will likely influence the writers of high fantasy for the next century.

  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

In my humble opinion, that would be Mr. Christopher Moore. I enjoy reading comedy. And Moore’s comedic style is right down my alley. When I do read any of his books (or any other comedy books for that matter) I make sure they’re in audiobook format. There’s no greater joy than to hear a voice actor drop a well-placed F-bomb. Har!

  • What music – if any – do you think inspires you to write? Is it different for each novel or the same?

Music sometimes plays a very influential role in my work. Each story has its own theme song—so to speak. When I can find a song or a sound for a story, it helps me visualize the events of the plot—the genre is irrelevant.

I play the music and the events appear in my mind like a movie trailer. For Absolution: Redux it is a song called “Waking up Beside You” by Stabbing Westward.

  • Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its? If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?

You know…it got to a point where I had too many details to remember. Technology has helped me here. Google docs has helped me keep track of characters: I have a document with character names and descriptions. I use an Office calendar if I need to see where events fall.

For my upcoming novel, The Wizards Collide, I needed to carefully map all the events; there are 11 stories, which take place in November and December of 2020. Characters pop up in multiple stories and the events of one story influence the others.

For Absolution: Redux, I used pen and paper to keep track of the important events.

  • Should monsters /criminals be given a second chance? Can they be reformed? What is the best type of prison for them?

This question is at the heart of Absolution: Redux. The victim of the murder and several other supporting characters are criminals and have done horrible things. Many of them will end up in the Pit (the story’s version of Hell).

That’s not the whole story, though. The victim of the murder wanted forgiveness, a second chance, for himself, his girlfriend, and the world; he tried to perform a miracle that would accomplish this, but failed.

So, the reader will either sympathize with him and his actions or be repulsed. The dead detective trying to solve the murder has to grapple with this question, especially when someone close to him ends up in the Pit.

  1. Has the pandemic inspired you with any new stories to write? If so, what is the story premise?

The pandemic inspired me to change the ending of a story that takes place in the Los Angeles International airport. I was working there during the start of the pandemic and saw, first hand, how that place became a ghost town.

  • If you were asked to write a family saga which century would you place it in? why? What would be the main premise?

I am working on a family saga. It takes place in an alternate history version of Latin American during the 19th century. During that period in Latin America, there were many wars of independence, which led to bloody civil wars.

And I remember G.R.R. Martin was inspired by the War of the Roses to write his Song of Ice and Fire. So, why not write something similar that has Latin America as a background? Like A Song of Ice and Fire, my story follows an affluential family.

It is a fantasy story, so there will be a magic system and mythological locations, like the Fountain of Youth, and of course, an overarching magical struggle. It also incorporates the cruel story of the conquistadores. It doesn’t have a name right now, but I refer to it as the coffee bean war story.

What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad?

Snark always has a home in a story…in moderation. A character can have a moment of snark or you can include a snarky character. Sometimes, when it’s overdone, snark can lead to an off-putting story.

  • Is it easy to write humour?

Humor (humour) has to be part of your voice. Comedians don’t train like basketball players; they observe and put together material and try it on others.

If they are talented, humor comes easy to them. If they’re mediocre…crickets, man. For them, it’s tough since the audience is right there—and usually well-armed with tomatoes.

I tend to find humor in most situations, so I fall into the comedian crowd. Writing comedic scenes and events is a challenge because you don’t get to hear a reaction. You revise and edit to improve the timing.

Sometimes you delete a joke if you change your mind or if the scene didn’t need one (unless it’s a comedy book, then, yes, it needs one or two or three… Go nuts!).

At the end of the day, you hope someone laughs. There is always an audience for different types of humor, so there is no real limit to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

11D36670 5723 4ACD 94E5 0BBA96AEAE7E - Absolve me? Author Interview

Louis Corsair is an eight-year veteran of the United States Army. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, he spends his time reading books, going on walks, writing, and enjoying the occasional visit to the beach–while trying to earn an honest buck. As a Los Angeles writer, he feels the weight of famous Los Angeles novelists, like Raymond Chandler, John Fante, Nina Revoyr, among others. 

WEBSITE

GOODREADS

To Purchase:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/absolution-redux

https://books.apple.com/nz/book/absolution-redux/id1532119854?ign-gact=1

Share This:

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com