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The LACHESIS PUBLISHING BOOK OF THE WEEK is the breathtaking historical paranormal romance MOON SHADOW by Patricia Barletta.

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It’s the second book in a compelling new series called the Auriano Curse. A hero and heroine you will absolutely love for their courage and passion. Patricia’s first book in this series MOON DARK has recently won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence as well as the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence – Southern Magic.

What It’s About:

Solange Delacroix is a woman of dark secrets. She steals for Le Chacal, the King of Thieves, and is the mistress of the powerful and cruel Marquis de Vernoux. Orphaned as a child, along with her younger brother Gide, her life revolves around protecting him and surviving among cut-throat killers and power-hungry schemers in post-revolutionary Paris. But everything changes when she steals a moonstone pendant from the handsome Duke of Auriano.

Antonio D’Este, Duke of Auriano harbors his own secrets. Cursed by the evil sorceress Nulkana, he’s condemned to live half his life as Shadow. When a highwayman ambushes him and steals the magical moonstone that curbs the devastating effects of his family’s curse, he is determined to find the thief and take back what is his. Attending a salon in Paris run by the ravishing Madame de Volonté, Solange’s alias, he realizes she is the “boy” thief who stole from him. His need for revenge becomes entwined with desire for this beautiful woman.

Antonio and Solange come together in a dangerous dance of secrets, thievery, and passion. Hounded by the evil Nulkana, threatened by the ruthless King of Thieves, menaced by the cruel Marquis de Vernoux, their safety hangs in a precarious balance. Antonio seeks a piece of the magical Sphere of Astarte that will end his curse. Solange seeks freedom for herself and her brother. But when their quests turn deadly, will their love help them survive?

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Our Lachesis Publishing BOOK OF THE WEEK is THAT DETERMINED MISTER LATHAM by JoMarie DeGioia. It’s the first book in a brand new series called Shopgirls of Bond Street.

THE STORY:

The sign above the door of Elliot’s Fineries on Bond Street states: Where you can find your heart’s desire.

Patrick Latham scoffs at that notion. He let go of those dreams five years ago when the woman he loved betrayed him. But when he meets the shop owner’s niece, Victoria Elliot, he wonders if his heart’s desire is indeed inside that very shop. Though Victoria is a “shopgirl” and certainly not a member of the ton, she is the most beguilingly beautiful and spirited young woman Patrick has ever met. He is determined to get to know the auburn-haired, silver-eyed beauty, even if it means buying every damn pair of riding gloves at Elliot’s Fineries!

Victoria went from sheltered vicar’s daughter to shopgirl in the blink of an eye. When she meets Patrick, she is immediately drawn to his darkly handsome looks and his charming appeal. But life for a shopgirl can be unfair, even cruel, and when a great danger lurks just around the corner from Elliot’s Fineries, can she trust Patrick to keep her safe?

Patrick keeps a truth from Victoria—that he’s the son of a powerful earl as well as a baron in his own right. Will his lie put Victoria at greater risk? And if so, how will he able to save her?

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OUR BOOK OF THE WEEK is the delightful historical romance (Regency romance) The Spinster and the Earl by Beverly Adam, and it’s FREE!

You can download the The Spinster and the Earl for free at Lachesis Publishing, amazon, Barrnes and Noble, kobo, and iBooks.

What it’s about:

Book 1 in the Gentlemen of Honor series

She was known as The Spinster of Brightwood Manor, and that suited Lady Beatrice O’Brien just fine.

She was happy being a spinster; happy running her father’s estates while amassing a fortune of her own; happy tending to the needs of her community; and most of all, she was happy not having a man around to tell her what to do.

But when Beatrice accidentally shoots her new neighbor, the Earl of Drennan, her life turns upside-down. Suddenly, this very arrogant gentleman, who also happens to be charming and attractive, makes himself at home at Brightwood Manor, and proceeds to court her!

Beatrice knows one thing for certain. Marriage will complicate her life. But falling in love? That’s an entirely different matter.

EXCERPT:

Faith, he really was one of the handsomest specimens of manhood she’d clapped eyes upon since the war against Boney started, despite that nasty looking scar he wore. She had to admit, even if he were a bit of a tiresome bore, he was pleasant to look upon.

Distracting herself from the sight of his almost bare chest, she nervously recited by rote her planned introductions. “Sir, I am Lady Beatrice O’Brien, mistress of this house. And this delicate beauty standing beside me is our healer, Mistress Sarah Duncan. I must add she’s the same witch who had the kindness to sew your leg up for you.”

Wise Sarah gave a deep curtsy and smiled warmly at him. Her light blue eyes, the same shade as bluebonnets, sparkled down at him in warm welcome.

“Indeed,” he said looking in astonishment at the lovely vision. She didn’t appear to be someone who’d choose to seek out the more unsavory parts of life, let alone be seen boiling a cauldron of eye of newt under a full moon.

“Mistress Sarah, you must amuse our patient here sometime with tales of how you manage to stay aloft at night on your broom,” said the lady of the house with a bemused smile. “I must tell you your patient is vastly interested in such witchery and would be delighted to be instructed about your more unusual practices.”

“Now, Lady Beatrice.” The pretty healer laughed in feigned indignation. For most of her life Wise Sarah had lived under superstitious peasant eyes. She knew the numerous wild tales concerning her adopted mother and herself.

“I’ve told ye before that we modern day hexes don’t use those uncomfortable conveyances anymore. Why they proved to be far too drafty and terribly dangerous to ourselves. What with one good gust of wind there’s been many a good hex that’s gotten herself lost over the North Sea.” She laughed and winked impishly at the lady of the house, relishing the silliness of her own tale. She and her adopted mother had never touched a broom, let alone tried to make it fly, except to clean their plain plank floor.

“Nay, dear lady and lord, we modern sorceresses ride about in smart pony carts these days like the rest o’ ye mortals. It being far saner and safer. Though ’tis true, less romantic.”

The stranger smiled at her quaint explanation, flashing a row of healthy teeth. “But all the same, ma’am, despite your being a witch. Demme, if I’m not grateful for the service you’ve rendered me by tending to my leg.”

The pretty healer blushed under the handsome English stranger’s praise. “It was nothing, sir. Truth be told, it was mostly Lady Beatrice here who did the work, putting your leg back into place and binding it tight like she did. Aye, ’tis she you ought to be looking to when giving your thanks.”

His arctic blue eyes turned themselves upon his nemesis, the lady of the house, or the “vanithee” as he’d heard the servants refer respectfully of her in whispers. She stood proudly erect wrapping her title as lady of the manor about her like a protective cloak. Her bright green eyes the same shade as new leaves, carefully watching and observing his every word and gesture, her body rigid in anticipation to what he would say. It would be quite easy for him to slight her in front of the wise woman if he wished. But he did not.

“Tell me, is there no master of the house to greet me?” he asked, wondering if the lady was married, intrigued by her apparent aloofness. It was as if she had no one but herself to answer to for bringing home a stranger. Would not someone, her guardian or husband perhaps, wish to speak to him? To assure himself that such an unknown English stranger would not bring harm or scandal to his household? Surely there was someone?

“Aye, there be one,” the lady answered. “My father, Lord Patrick O’Brien. He is the master here. He’d like to have greeted you in person, but at present himself is suffering sorely from the gout and begs that you excuse him. In his absence, he requests that you accept his daughter’s welcome.” She then gave a short bob, in lieu of a proper deep curtsy of welcome, which was normally the due she gave to guests in her father’s house.

His eyes narrowed, he’d not missed the slight. “Ah . . . yes.” He nodded with understanding, his voice liquid cool, chilling the peat-heated room. “Considering that it was a member of his household who shot me off my mount that would be the least one could expect him to do. Don’t you agree, my lady?”

She gasped, stepping towards the ungrateful English dolt. She clenched her hands at her side, ready to give him a proper show of her famous spinster temper. “If ye’d only taken the time to look before ye leaped, we wouldn’t have had to put ye in this bed. And I’d not be saddled with the obliging care of ye!”

“Please, Lady Bea—,” intervened Wise Sarah, placing herself strategically between the attacking hostess and her wounded patient. “Behave yourself! Now what will your da say when he up and learns you tried to attack this wounded gentleman? And this time in pure aggression, if you please. One would think that you truly wished him harm.”

Chastised, Beatrice obediently took a step back. The last thing she desired was to have her father’s wrath fall upon her head. He’d warned her that if another one of her notorious escapades brought any disgrace upon the family name, he’d see to her punishment himself. A dire threat she knew he would follow through with if she were not careful.

She sighed audibly, her hands were tied. She could do nothing to dislodge this ingrate. And once more she regretted her part in acting the Good Samaritan to this English pudding-headed lout. She ought to have left him in the muck and mire where she’d found him, instead of seeing to it that he was brought here and properly tended.

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I was chatting with an author the other day (via email) and mentioned that “back in the day”  okay – in the 1980s! Gasp! I would regularly visit several used book stores in town to keep up my “romance novel addiction”. I easily bought about 20 books a month. I also bought new releases but they couldn’t keep up with my voracious appetite for historical romances.

Back then, it seemed that the publishing houses had a much more “loose” view of the Historical Romance genre – which was my go-to genre for reading. I read so many that I can’t remember the names of the authors and titles of the books (alas). But I do remember that many of them were set in “interesting” locales and eras and countries. One book, featured a blind heroine who was married off to a Viking warrior and the book was set in Sweden I think. Anyway, it was a lovely story. Another book was set in Poland and I can’t remember what era it was,  but the heroine dressed like a boy in order to join the army. It was also a good story and a fun read. After studying A Tale of Two Cities, in high school, I wanted to gobble up books about the French Revolution, but I wanted a HAPPY ENDING, of course!

Lachesis Publishing has begun to revise and re-release some of Patricia Grasso’s gorgeous Elizabethan romances. I absolutely love the Elizabethan era! Especially when we get to hang out with Queen Elizabeth 1. The first one we released was Love in a Mist about a Welsh princess (who is also a Druid – which leads to all sorts of trouble!) who travels to England to meet her birth father and ends up marrying an Earl. We’ll be following up with My Heart’s Desire which follows the daughter of the hero and heroine of Love in a Mist. Both books feature Patricia’s trademark humour and wonderful heroines.

I know that Regency historicals are hugely popular today and we love to publish them (Check out our Regencies by Patricia Grasso, JoMarie DeGioia and Beverly Adam). But I would also love to see more variety out there again. Historical romances set in different countries and eras. There are so many stories out there, yet to be told – the possibilities are endless. What do you think? Are you a die-hard Regency fan or would you love to read more variety in historical romance?

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves chai tea, social media, and good writing.

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Our DEAL OF THE WEEK is THE LADY AND THE CAPTAIN, a lovely historical romance with a dash of intrigue, by Beverly Adam. Guess what? Book 2 in the Gentlemen of Honor series. Guess what? Book 1 (The Spinster and the Earl) is free and Book 2 is only .99 cents this week! All ebook formats available!

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Sarah Duncan had the kind of beauty suited for the ballrooms of London, not the back alleys of Ireland. But she was a healer, not a debutante. Her life was devoted to helping others, not dressing up and attending fancy balls.

And then one stormy night she met him. He was a young, English naval officer, who arrived on her doorstep with his deathly ill friend. Her life would be forever changed.

Lieutenant Robert Smythe, acting Captain of The Brunswick, was determined to find the killer who’d poisoned his commander and friend. With Sarah’s knowledge of plants and herbs, he would investigate this devious crime. Posing as his fiancée, she would be off limits to a crew of randy men at sea.

Sarah’s beauty was captivating, but her strength and courage drew him like a talisman.He was determined to catch the killer and keep her safe. Indeed, he would protect her with his very life.

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You can purchase Beverly’s books at Lachesis Publishing, Get THE SPINSTER AND THE EARL FOR FREE and THE LADY AND THE CAPTAIN FOR ONLY .99 CENTS! ALL EBOOK FORMATS. YOU CAN also get Beverly Adam’s books on amazon, Barnes and Noble, kobo and iBooks.

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I’ve always been a storyteller. Every single report card throughout elementary school stated (alongside darn good grades, I might add) that I was a “chatterbox.” I didn’t just talk, though. I listened.

Even before going to school, when I was very little, I delighted in the stories told over and over again around the table. Think really big table here, since I grew up with a large extended family of talkative Italians! I soon began to relate my own stories, telling tales with embellished details. It was inevitable that I would want to write one of my very own. I did so at the age of ten. My very first book.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir a ghost story and a romance

I came up with a story about a ghost. I don’t know why. I don’t remember being particularly fascinated with ghosts. I’d just seen The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, so maybe that had something to do with it. And this one was a hidden ghost, actually. He resided in a greenhouse behind an estate where two boys, best friends, had a sleepover. The kids were also around nine or ten years old, like me. The big house belonged to the family of one of the boys, and I know it was a very big house because in the story I pointed out that they had five telephones!

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The ghost made several appearances over several nights before the boys discovered him. Thumps on the back porch. Shadows at the window. You know. The usual creepy stuff.

Now, the greenhouse was overgrown. Plants and vines choked it and snaked up its metal frame. Strange things happened during the day, too. Clay planters shattered for no apparent reason. Windows cracked or broke completely. And more shadows at the windows at night.

The boys explored the huge backyard, but couldn’t find anything to pin the mess on. They thought that maybe it was a raccoon. Or a pack of mice. When they discovered the truth, they could hardly believe it. It was a ghost!

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It turned out that the ghost was that of a young man who used to live in the main house. An ancestor of the family. I think he might have died when he was going to meet his love in the greenhouse many, many years ago. I can’t remember exactly why he haunted the place, since I never wrote the reason, but the romance writer in me so wants that to be true! I do remember that he became friends with the boys. They had picnics with him, of all things. Played games. They even played hide-and-seek, which I stated was very easy for the ghost. So there was a happy ending of sorts. For the kids, anyway.

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I’m very pleased to say that my mother, a voracious reader and lover of books herself, typed up my story for me and had it bound. On that fancy cream paper with the torn edges. I had illustrated it as well, believe it or not. I still have that book tucked in a drawer in my office.

Maybe one day I’ll rewrite this book to make sure that the melancholy guy in the greenhouse finds his happy ending. When I wrote the story I was a child, so I had no idea about attraction or devotion of the romantic kind. That sensibility would come a few years later when I started sneaking pulp romances from my mom’s nightstand. So, what do you think? Should I, ahem, resurrect, this story and give it a new twist? A proper, romantic ending?

I know I can’t write it as a scary ghost story. Nope. No thrillers for me. I like a touch of mystery in my romances, though. Just look at my latest release, A Hero and a Gentleman, the first in my Gentlemen Undercover Series series from Lachesis Publishing. I call this my Regency Private-eye series, so you know there will be lots of cloak-and-dagger stuff and a pretty big mystery. So, no. This ghost’s story must be romantic. Something that flashes back to the twenties, with a Gatsby-like feel, lol.

Hey, I’m always up for a story idea, no matter where it comes from. Or when. Most of the time I don’t know where my ideas came from anyway. I’m just so grateful that they do!

JoMarie DeGioia is the author of the Dashing Nobles Series, which follows the love stories of four dashing gentlemen of the ton in Regency England and the Gentlemen Undercover Series which follows the stories of three brave investigators fighting crime in Regency England and falling in love of course.

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Moon Dark

Happy New Release Day toPatricia Barletta ! Patricia’s debut title with Lachesis Publishing is called Moon Dark. It’s the first book in an exciting, and romantic new series called the Auriano Curse. You will love this book as much as I do. Beautifully written and full of steamy romance, adventure, and of course a hero and heroine who are perfectly matched! Be sure to add this new title to your must-read-list. 

You can purchase Moon Dark by Patricia Barletta right here at Lachesis Publishing, also at Amazon, (and very soon on Barnes and Noble and kobo). 

What it’s about:

Lady Sabrina Dunfield is desperate. Widowed and destitute, she must rely on the dubious benevolence of her secretive uncle, an art collector living in Venice. Determined to make her way and provide for her young son, Sabrina is forced to take on clandestine and dangerous errands for her tyrannical relative. But when a mysterious shadow man saves her from an assassin’s blade, she knows she must do everything in her power to keep her son safe.

Alessandro D’Este, Prince of Auriano, is cursed. Doomed to live a life half in shadow, he is determined to free himself and his family from the evil that stalks them. When Alessandro saves the English woman’s life, he is captivated by her beauty and shocked at her ability to touch him in his shadowy form.

When Sabrina meets Alessandro in his human form, heady attraction sparks between them. She has no idea he is her shadowy savior, and she wonders what her life might be like with this charismatic man. Alessandro has never met a woman who affects him this way. Although life has taught him to trust only family, Sabrina might be the key that could deliver him from the diabolical darkness.

Patricia Barletta

Patricia Barletta always wanted to be a writer. That was right after she realized that becoming a fairy ballerina or a princess wasn’t going to happen. But being a writer meant she could go places in her head and be other people as much as she wanted. She could even be a fairy ballerina or a princess!

As a native of the Boston area, Patricia has been inspired by its history, which influenced her stories, and probably had an impact on her decision to become a high school British Literature teacher so she could pay the bills. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree at the fabulous Stonecoast program in Maine. And now she’s an author writing about dark heroes, feisty heroines, magic, and other fantastical things.

Find out more about Patricia Barletta and her books on her website: www.patriciabarletta.com.

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