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THE LACHESIS PUBLISHING BOOK OF HTE WEEK  is Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso. (Regency Romance) (previously published as TO LOVE A PRINCESS) 

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Beauty and the Earl

Book 2 ~ Lords of Stratford Series

A princess in danger . . .

Princess Amber Kazanov needs a husband. She flees her native Russia and takes refuge in England with her cousin Prince Rudolf Kazanov and his English wife. Prince Rudolf knows only one man who has the power and strength to protect his cousin. Arriving with Amber at the Earl of Stratford’s home, Rudolf makes the earl an outrageous proposition.

A broken man grieving for his dead wife . . .

Miles Montgomery, the Earl of Stratford, wants to be left alone. Since losing his beloved wife in a fire, Miles has sat in the dark and waited for his own death. Until the day a beautiful princess walks into his home seeking marriage and the protection of his name. Amber’s beauty attracts Miles, but her courageous heart shakes him to his core.

Drawn to Miles, Princess Amber sees beneath his masked scars and gruff exterior. Her love persuades him to push his bitterness aside and truly live and love again. Can Miles keep Amber safe when her enemies arrive in England? Or will his past return to haunt them?

EXCERPT:

Miles Montgomery, the fifteenth Earl of Stratford, turned his back on the nauseatingly cheerful sight outside his study window. He shifted his gaze to the portrait over the hearth. Sweet Brenna, gone in the flash of a midnight fire.

Out of habit, Miles reached to close the drapes and shroud his study in comforting darkness. He stopped himself, though, remembering his guests. John Saint-Germain, the Duke of Avon who was also his brother-in-law, and Prince Rudolf Kazanov had several business ventures in the offing and wanted to include him.

Business ventures. Miles twisted his chiseled lips into the ghost of a smile. Since the fire, business ventures had filled his empty existence.

Miles touched the mask that covered the left side of his face. His love, his face, his life had died on the fateful night of the fire. Now he needed to wait for his heart to stop beating.

“My lord, His Grace and His Highness have arrived,” the majordomo announced.

Miles touched his mask again. “Send them in, Pebbles.”

“Come on inside,” Pebbles called, his hands cupping his mouth.

Both the prince and the duke grinned at the majordomo as he passed them on the way out. Pebbles inclined his head as if he were the aristocrat and they the servants.

Miles met the two men in the middle of the room. With a smile of greeting, he shook the prince’s hand first and then the duke’s. Both men were as tall as he, a couple of inches over six feet.

Located on the second floor in the west wing of the manor, the earl’s study sat at one end of the Long Library. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathed the room in afternoon sunlight when the draperies were open, as they were now. Thousands of volumes filled the bookcases, and a thick red Persian carpet covered the floor. Over the main fireplace mantel hung an enormous portrait of a woman.

“Brenna, my wife,” Miles said, seeing where the prince’s gaze had drifted.

“She was a beautiful woman.”

“Shall we get down to business?” Miles gestured across the chamber. He sat behind his desk while the other two men took the chairs opposite him.

“Caroline misses you,” John said.

“I will visit her soon.”

“I’m surprised to see the drapes open,” his brother-in-law continued. “Normally, you sit in the dark. I was beginning to wonder if you were a vampire.”

“I opened the drapes for you,” Miles told him. “Normally, you comment on my sitting in the dark.”

Prince Rudolf chuckled, drawing their attention. “You bicker like my brothers and me.”

“We are not bickering, Your Highness,” Miles said. “His Grace prefers to mind my business instead of his own.” Though he spoke with a hint of a smile, his tone held a hard edge.

“You need a wife,” the duke said, undeterred by his brother-in-law’s sarcasm. “If you die without an heir, Terrence the Weasel will inherit.”

Miles wished he could be in his family’s company without listening to their comments regarding his life. Why should he care if his cousin inherited his title?

“I finished with the wife business when Brenna died,” Miles said, his weariness with the topic apparent. He glanced at the prince. “Do you see the nagging inflicted upon me?”

“The nagging will cease if you remarry,” Prince Rudolf said.

“No woman can ever replace Brenna.” Miles touched the masked side of his face. “Besides, what woman would consider marrying a scarred beast?”

“Georgiana Devon looks especially well,” John remarked. “She asked about you the last time I saw her in London.”

Miles shrugged his shoulders with indifference. “I left Georgiana behind a long time ago.”

“As I recall the gossip, you dropped Georgiana in favor of Sarah Pole,” John said. “You did know Sarah’s husband died and left her a wealthy widow? Weren’t you considering offering for her?”

Miles gave his brother-in-law a pointed look. “You know very well that I was considering Sarah when I met Brenna.”

“Vanessa Stanton lost her husband,” John said. “She always favored you, and you enjoyed her company.”

“Vanessa enjoyed everyone’s company. She sought her pleasures when I had a whole face,” Miles said. “I prefer living alone to wearing horns.”

“What would you do if a virtuous woman did want to marry you?” Prince Rudolf asked.

“I would marry and plant a dozen sons inside her,” Miles answered, hoping to drop the topic.

“Consecutively, I hope,” John quipped, making the other two smile. “Come to London and look over the latest crop of hopefuls.”

“I retired from society four years ago,” Miles refused. “If you have seen one debutante, you have seen them all.”

“Damn it, Miles,” John snapped. “Brenna is dead but you still live. Do you think she would want you to hide in the shadows?”

Miles said nothing, and an uncomfortable silence descended on the three men. Why, in God’s name, did John and Isabelle need to solve his problems? Why couldn’t they leave him alone in his misery?

“I couldn’t reach her in time and lost half my face for nothing,” Miles told the prince.

“I am sorry for your loss,” Rudolf said. “I cannot imagine the horror of losing the woman you love.”

Miles inclined his head, accepting the prince’s condolences.

“John is correct, though,” the prince added. “You need to return to the living.”

“Are you going to nag me, too?”

Prince Rudolf held his hands up in a gesture indicating he would say no more.

“I told you how pigheaded he is,” John said. Before Miles could reply, he added, “Shall we get down to business?”

Miles lifted his gaze to his wife’s portrait. He knew they were correct about living while he could, but his wife was gone. And the woman who equaled her had not been born . . .

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Four Books You Need To Read About Writing: by Patricia Grasso (historical romance author)

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Historical Romance author Patricia Grasso has a BA and MA in English and taught high school for thirty years. So when it comes to writing, she knows her stuff. School’s in session. Listen up students!

Remember your junior high school English class? The subject of the sentence is the most important word because it is what or whom you are talking about. The verb is secondary in importance because it says something about the subject. The same rule applies to storytelling. Characterization is the most important element. Plot is the engine that sends your characters on their journey through the story.

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You should start from the general and go to the specific. THE COMPLETE WRITER’S GUIDE TO HEROES AND HEROINES (Cowden, LaFever, Viders) gives an overview of sixteen archetypes. Once you have a general idea of the type of character you want, the next step is getting specific. Two excellent books are CREATING UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS (Linda Seger) and GOAL, MOTIVATION, CONFLICT (Debra Dixon). Seger’s book deals with defining your character, consistencies and paradoxes, creating back story, understanding character psychology, creating character relationships, writing dialogue. Dixon’s book deals with your character’s goal, motivation (the reasons why he/she must reach that goal), and conflict (both internal and external). Obstacles preventing your character reaching his/her goal creates conflict.

51gul6ggGHL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Lesson #2: Plot

Plot is the skeleton of the story. Dixon’s book can be used here because characters drive plot. The most helpful book I’ve found on structuring a book is THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKBOOK (Syd Field). Field discusses the story set up, plot points, pinches, climax, and resolution. He uses examples from famous movies.

Lesson #3: Free Advice

  1. Make yourself a master of the technical—grammar, spelling, punctuation. Editors love clean manuscripts, less work for them. Do NOT rely on grammar or spell check. The best computer is your brain. Do not rely on copyeditors. Chances are you know as much or more than they do. YOUR name is on the book, not theirs.
  2. Getting published requires talent, luck, and persistence. You know the old saying: Winners never quit and quitters never win.
  3. Never stop learning your craft.
  4. imagesYou will feel professional jealousy at one time or another. That’s a normal human emotion. Feel it. Let it go. Forget about it. Finish writing your damn book.
  5. Don’t pay too much attention to reviews. You’re never as good as your best review or as bad as your worst review.
  6. Expect setbacks and rejections. Develop a thick skin (easier said than done) because everyone is a critic.
  7. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER google your own name!!!

BEAUTY AND THE EARLPatricia Grasso is the author of eighteen historical romances including the Douglas Series which follows the love stories of the amazing Douglas sisters (Angelica, Samantha and Victoria) in Regency London and the Lords of Stratford Series, Regency historical romances with a fairy-tale twist about the aristocratic families in Stratford-on-Avon. 

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Enchanting the Duke by Patricia GrassoPatricia Grasso‘s latest release is Enchanting the Duke. You can purchase it at Lachesis Publishing or on amazon, BN nook, or kobo.

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Q and A Tuesday: Round 4 with Patricia Grasso (historical romance author)

Enchanting the Duke by Patricia GrassoBEAUTY AND THE EARLToday’s Q and A is with historical romance author Patricia Grasso is the author of eighteen historical romances including the Douglas Series which follows the love stories of the amazing Douglas sisters (Angelica, Samantha and Victoria) in Regency London and the Lords of Stratford Series, Regency historical romances with a fairy-tale twist about the aristocratic families in Stratford-on-Avon. 

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(Editor’s Note: Lachesis Publishing will neither confirm nor deny that Patricia Grasso looked like this.)

If you couldn’t be a writer, what other kind of artistic medium would you attempt and why?

I love music. I desperately wanted to be a ballerina when I was a kid. With my sister’s help, I practiced every night after supper. I would run across the kitchen, and leaping into my sister’s arms, she would twirl me around. I also wanted to play piano, but we didn’t own a piano. I never got ballet or piano lessons.

My parents lived through the Great Depression and would never “waste” money on frivolities. A person needs to save as much as you can because you never know you might need that money for food, clothing, and shelter.

I would have made a good ballerina, but my fingers are much too small for the piano.

I would have loved being a “torch” singer in a jazz club. I can’t carry a tune to save my life. Regarding art, I never mastered coloring inside the lines.

That leaves acting. I bet I could have made a living as an actress. I did manage to keep teenagers entertained for 30 years. After that, acting would be a day at the beach.

skye2Tell us about one book that you’ve read that had an impact on you?

I believe SKYE O’MALLEY by Bertrice Small had an impact. After reading it, I knew I wanted to write a historical romance novel. I loved the time period (Elizabethan), the adventure, and the romance.

What do you love about writing? What do you hate about it?

I love the planning stages of the book, both plot and characters. I love the revision stage. I’m the type of writer who’d stick her hand into the printing press to make one last revision. While writing the first draft, I become consumed with my characters and story. I especially love writing dialogue. Even when I’m not at my desk, my characters sometimes have conversations. I try to write the idea down before it can slip away. I’m considering getting headphones so, if I start thinking out loud, passersby will think I’m talking on the phone.

I hate blank pages. Nothing puts fear into my heart like looking at that blank page. I keep telling myself that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”.

If you could meet any character from a book—who would it be and why?

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Image of Cleopatra: listas.20minutos.es

Honestly, I never thought about meeting any character from a book. However, I’ve often thought (sounds weird, I know) about who I would invite to a dinner party. Dead or alive. So here’s my guest list: (1) Jesus: I hesitated with this because I didn’t want to offend anyone, but I’m being honest. I and my guests would sit there and just listen to him, I think. (2) Dalai Lama: Whenever I see him, he radiates inner peace and makes me feel positive. (3) Leonardo da Vinci: a true Renaissance man. Leonardo had a rough beginning in life. His mother was a peasant and his father was a nobleman. When Leonardo was seven, his father took him to the castle to be educated. The stigma of being born on the wrong side of the blanket colored his whole life. He was a perfectionist who had trouble finishing projects. If he surpassed people’s expectations, he would be more acceptable. To Leonardo, the Mona Lisa was never finished. He carried that painting around his whole life. The reason the Mona Lisa is in France is because the French king offered Leonardo a home in

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Image of Queen Elizabeth 1: www.vahistorical.org

his old age. When Leonardo died, the painting became the property of France. (4) William Shakespeare: I love Shakespeare. Besides his great talent, he had such insight into human nature. Okay, the comedies are a little too hard for me to take. Comedy is dated. Tragedy is universal and speaks to generations. (5)Ben Franklin: I adore Ben Franklin. Wise, witty, pragmatic. He’s the original flower child. I would love to party with Ben. (6) Winston Churchill: another wise, pragmatic, witty man. More serious than Ben, perhaps. Churchill had the courage to stand for what he believed even though he was the only person standing. (7) Mohammad Ali: another true man who stood alone for what he believed. He refused to be drafted during the Vietnam War. He knew that belief was going to cost him. In fact, they took his championship title away from him. (A belief isn’t a true belief until a person stands, even alone, for what he or she believes, no matter the consequences. Until then, a person is merely giving lip service to the idea. (8) Cleopatra: She was a queen in a man’s world and determined to save Egypt from Rome and herself from being murdered by her brother. Yes, she has the reputation of being a seductress, but the victor writes the history. Cleopatra did not write the history. She was highly educated and spoke several languages. Cleopatra was the 12th ( and last) of her line. She was also the only one of those twelve who bothered to learn the Egyptian language. Her people loved her. (9) Elizabeth I: Another woman leader in a man’s world. A brilliant highly-educated woman who spoke five languages. She ruled during England’s Golden Age. (10) Secretariat: Yes, the racehorse. I think Secretariat was God giving mortals a glimpse of perfection. So that’s my dinner party.

Happy endings or cliff-hangers? Why?

The short answer is both. I use cliff-hangers at end of chapters to hook readers into reading “just one more chapter”. If a writer keeps a reader up all night or makes the reader miss his/her bus stop, then she’s done her job. I’m a big fan of happy endings, even if the happy ending is bittersweet. If an author is writing a series, some aspects of the book can be unresolved until the next book, but the main characters’ problems must be resolved one way or another. We have enough unhappy endings in real life. I don’t want to read one or see one in a movie.

HIGHLAND_BELLE__PRESA_POR_AMOR__1316319704PWhat is the best/ funniest/ sweetest thing a reader/fan has ever said/wrote to you or did?

The best thing a reader can do for me is buy my next book. With that said, here are a couple of things that have happened. After reading HIGHLAND BELLE (my 1st book). A woman made me a quilted tote and had my book cover impressed on one side. I still have that tote. LOVE IN A MIST (my 4th book) featured a Druid heroine. I received a letter from a woman in California. After reading my book, she had the urge to go outside and hug the trees in her yard. More than a few times, a reader has told me that reading my book helped her through a difficult time.

Which book or series by another author do you think would make a great movie or TV series?

The Wherlocke Series by Hannah Howell
The Wherlocke Series by Hannah Howell

I would definitely choose the Wherlocke family series by Hannah Howell. Set in the late 18th century, the Wherlocke family has psychic gifts and fights prejudice even while finding love and adventure. The books are fast-paced and funny with a gentle touch of paranormal. If you haven’t read the series, here’s a list of the books in order: (1) IF HE’S WICKED (2) IF HE’S SINFUL (3) IF HE’S WILD (4) IF HE’S DANGEROUS (5) IF HE’S TEMPTED (6) IF HE’S DARING (7) IF HE’S NOBLE.   Enjoy!!

How do you try to boost sales of your books?

Praying helps. I believe word of mouth is good for making or breaking a book. I’m on Facebook and have joined writer/reader groups. Readers can email me through my website, and I have a readers’ list that I utilize when a new book is released. I believe authors need to be very careful about hawking their books. There is a fine line between self-promotion and harassing potential readers. I know several authors, lovely people on a personal level, who have crossed that line. Every day there’s a barrage of promos in my email. That becomes irritating real fast.

When you’re stressed out on a deadline— what is your favorite comfort food and why?

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Image: domesticfemme.blogspot.com

I can’t eat and do lose weight when stressed. However, all my favorite foods qualify as “comfort”. My absolute favorite is extra-cheese, pepperoni pizza. I could probably mug someone for a slice of extra-cheese, pepperoni pizza. I love macaroni and cheese. Stouffer’s puts out a great macaroni and cheese. I adore bacon cheeseburgers. I can see that a cheese theme is running through my list. I’m not supposed to eat cheese. Doctor’s orders. Sometimes I cheat. Life isn’t worth living without a bit of cheese. I prefer McDonald’s over Burger King (sorry, Burger King). I’m not a big meat eater and McDonald’s has less meat, I think. McDonald’s makes the best fries. I love peanut butter. You may not believe this, but in the olden days kids brought their own lunches to school. From grades kindergarten through high school (13 years) I brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school every single day. I like MacIntosh apples and California navel oranges. Generally, I like food that someone else cooks.

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What do you love to sing in the shower?

I sing everything, not only in the shower but everywhere else. I don’t actually choose the song. The song chooses me. Most of the time, I don’t realize I’m singing or humming. Hannah Howell went to a writers’ conference once and we roomed together. At one point, Hannah said. “Stop that. You’re driving me crazy.” I didn’t know what I was doing. Hannah said I was humming just like her husband does and drives her crazy. Do you realize how hard it is to hum without making any noise? That must be the reason we never roomed together again.

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: BEAUTY AND THE EARL by Patricia Grasso (Regency historical romance)

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OUR DEAL OF THE WEEK is Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso. (Regency Romance)

GET IT FOR .99 CENTS RIGHT HERE AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING. THIS WEEK ONLY.

CLICK HERE TO BUY.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Beauty and the Earl

Book 2 ~ Lords of Stratford Series

A princess in danger . . .

Princess Amber Kazanov needs a husband. She flees her native Russia and takes refuge in England with her cousin Prince Rudolf Kazanov and his English wife. Prince Rudolf knows only one man who has the power and strength to protect his cousin. Arriving with Amber at the Earl of Stratford’s home, Rudolf makes the earl an outrageous proposition.

A broken man grieving for his dead wife . . .

Miles Montgomery, the Earl of Stratford, wants to be left alone. Since losing his beloved wife in a fire, Miles has sat in the dark and waited for his own death. Until the day a beautiful princess walks into his home seeking marriage and the protection of his name. Amber’s beauty attracts Miles, but her courageous heart shakes him to his core.

Drawn to Miles, Princess Amber sees beneath his masked scars and gruff exterior. Her love persuades him to push his bitterness aside and truly live and love again. Can Miles keep Amber safe when her enemies arrive in England? Or will his past return to haunt them?

EXCERPT:

Miles Montgomery, the fifteenth Earl of Stratford, turned his back on the nauseatingly cheerful sight outside his study window. He shifted his gaze to the portrait over the hearth. Sweet Brenna, gone in the flash of a midnight fire.

Out of habit, Miles reached to close the drapes and shroud his study in comforting darkness. He stopped himself, though, remembering his guests. John Saint-Germain, the Duke of Avon who was also his brother-in-law, and Prince Rudolf Kazanov had several business ventures in the offing and wanted to include him.

Business ventures. Miles twisted his chiseled lips into the ghost of a smile. Since the fire, business ventures had filled his empty existence.

Miles touched the mask that covered the left side of his face. His love, his face, his life had died on the fateful night of the fire. Now he needed to wait for his heart to stop beating.

“My lord, His Grace and His Highness have arrived,” the majordomo announced.

Miles touched his mask again. “Send them in, Pebbles.”

“Come on inside,” Pebbles called, his hands cupping his mouth.

Both the prince and the duke grinned at the majordomo as he passed them on the way out. Pebbles inclined his head as if he were the aristocrat and they the servants.

Miles met the two men in the middle of the room. With a smile of greeting, he shook the prince’s hand first and then the duke’s. Both men were as tall as he, a couple of inches over six feet.

Located on the second floor in the west wing of the manor, the earl’s study sat at one end of the Long Library. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathed the room in afternoon sunlight when the draperies were open, as they were now. Thousands of volumes filled the bookcases, and a thick red Persian carpet covered the floor. Over the main fireplace mantel hung an enormous portrait of a woman.

“Brenna, my wife,” Miles said, seeing where the prince’s gaze had drifted.

“She was a beautiful woman.”

“Shall we get down to business?” Miles gestured across the chamber. He sat behind his desk while the other two men took the chairs opposite him.

“Caroline misses you,” John said.

“I will visit her soon.”

“I’m surprised to see the drapes open,” his brother-in-law continued. “Normally, you sit in the dark. I was beginning to wonder if you were a vampire.”

“I opened the drapes for you,” Miles told him. “Normally, you comment on my sitting in the dark.”

Prince Rudolf chuckled, drawing their attention. “You bicker like my brothers and me.”

“We are not bickering, Your Highness,” Miles said. “His Grace prefers to mind my business instead of his own.” Though he spoke with a hint of a smile, his tone held a hard edge.

“You need a wife,” the duke said, undeterred by his brother-in-law’s sarcasm. “If you die without an heir, Terrence the Weasel will inherit.”

Miles wished he could be in his family’s company without listening to their comments regarding his life. Why should he care if his cousin inherited his title?

“I finished with the wife business when Brenna died,” Miles said, his weariness with the topic apparent. He glanced at the prince. “Do you see the nagging inflicted upon me?”

“The nagging will cease if you remarry,” Prince Rudolf said.

“No woman can ever replace Brenna.” Miles touched the masked side of his face. “Besides, what woman would consider marrying a scarred beast?”

“Georgiana Devon looks especially well,” John remarked. “She asked about you the last time I saw her in London.”

Miles shrugged his shoulders with indifference. “I left Georgiana behind a long time ago.”

“As I recall the gossip, you dropped Georgiana in favor of Sarah Pole,” John said. “You did know Sarah’s husband died and left her a wealthy widow? Weren’t you considering offering for her?”

Miles gave his brother-in-law a pointed look. “You know very well that I was considering Sarah when I met Brenna.”

“Vanessa Stanton lost her husband,” John said. “She always favored you, and you enjoyed her company.”

“Vanessa enjoyed everyone’s company. She sought her pleasures when I had a whole face,” Miles said. “I prefer living alone to wearing horns.”

“What would you do if a virtuous woman did want to marry you?” Prince Rudolf asked.

“I would marry and plant a dozen sons inside her,” Miles answered, hoping to drop the topic.

“Consecutively, I hope,” John quipped, making the other two smile. “Come to London and look over the latest crop of hopefuls.”

“I retired from society four years ago,” Miles refused. “If you have seen one debutante, you have seen them all.”

“Damn it, Miles,” John snapped. “Brenna is dead but you still live. Do you think she would want you to hide in the shadows?”

Miles said nothing, and an uncomfortable silence descended on the three men. Why, in God’s name, did John and Isabelle need to solve his problems? Why couldn’t they leave him alone in his misery?

“I couldn’t reach her in time and lost half my face for nothing,” Miles told the prince.

“I am sorry for your loss,” Rudolf said. “I cannot imagine the horror of losing the woman you love.”

Miles inclined his head, accepting the prince’s condolences.

“John is correct, though,” the prince added. “You need to return to the living.”

“Are you going to nag me, too?”

Prince Rudolf held his hands up in a gesture indicating he would say no more.

“I told you how pigheaded he is,” John said. Before Miles could reply, he added, “Shall we get down to business?”

Miles lifted his gaze to his wife’s portrait. He knew they were correct about living while he could, but his wife was gone. And the woman who equaled her had not been born . . .

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Sneak Peek Monday: Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso (Regency historical romance)

Beauty and the Earl b 453x680Today’s Sneak Peak is the historical Regency romance Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Beauty and the Earl

Book 2 ~ Lords of Stratford Series

A princess in danger . . .

Princess Amber Kazanov needs a husband. She flees her native Russia and takes refuge in England with her cousin Prince Rudolf Kazanov and his English wife. Prince Rudolf knows only one man who has the power and strength to protect his cousin. Arriving with Amber at the Earl of Stratford’s home, Rudolf makes the earl an outrageous proposition.

A broken man grieving for his dead wife . . .

Miles Montgomery, the Earl of Stratford, wants to be left alone. Since losing his beloved wife in a fire, Miles has sat in the dark and waited for his own death. Until the day a beautiful princess walks into his home seeking marriage and the protection of his name. Amber’s beauty attracts Miles, but her courageous heart shakes him to his core.

Drawn to Miles, Princess Amber sees beneath his masked scars and gruff exterior. Her love persuades him to push his bitterness aside and truly live and love again. Can Miles keep Amber safe when her enemies arrive in England? Or will his past return to haunt them?

EXCERPT:

Miles Montgomery, the fifteenth Earl of Stratford, turned his back on the nauseatingly cheerful sight outside his study window. He shifted his gaze to the portrait over the hearth. Sweet Brenna, gone in the flash of a midnight fire.

Out of habit, Miles reached to close the drapes and shroud his study in comforting darkness. He stopped himself, though, remembering his guests. John Saint-Germain, the Duke of Avon who was also his brother-in-law, and Prince Rudolf Kazanov had several business ventures in the offing and wanted to include him.

Business ventures. Miles twisted his chiseled lips into the ghost of a smile. Since the fire, business ventures had filled his empty existence.

Miles touched the mask that covered the left side of his face. His love, his face, his life had died on the fateful night of the fire. Now he needed to wait for his heart to stop beating.

“My lord, His Grace and His Highness have arrived,” the majordomo announced.

Miles touched his mask again. “Send them in, Pebbles.”

“Come on inside,” Pebbles called, his hands cupping his mouth.

Both the prince and the duke grinned at the majordomo as he passed them on the way out. Pebbles inclined his head as if he were the aristocrat and they the servants.

Miles met the two men in the middle of the room. With a smile of greeting, he shook the prince’s hand first and then the duke’s. Both men were as tall as he, a couple of inches over six feet.

Located on the second floor in the west wing of the manor, the earl’s study sat at one end of the Long Library. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathed the room in afternoon sunlight when the draperies were open, as they were now. Thousands of volumes filled the bookcases, and a thick red Persian carpet covered the floor. Over the main fireplace mantel hung an enormous portrait of a woman.

“Brenna, my wife,” Miles said, seeing where the prince’s gaze had drifted.

“She was a beautiful woman.”

“Shall we get down to business?” Miles gestured across the chamber. He sat behind his desk while the other two men took the chairs opposite him.

“Caroline misses you,” John said.

“I will visit her soon.”

“I’m surprised to see the drapes open,” his brother-in-law continued. “Normally, you sit in the dark. I was beginning to wonder if you were a vampire.”

“I opened the drapes for you,” Miles told him. “Normally, you comment on my sitting in the dark.”

Prince Rudolf chuckled, drawing their attention. “You bicker like my brothers and me.”

“We are not bickering, Your Highness,” Miles said. “His Grace prefers to mind my business instead of his own.” Though he spoke with a hint of a smile, his tone held a hard edge.

“You need a wife,” the duke said, undeterred by his brother-in-law’s sarcasm. “If you die without an heir, Terrence the Weasel will inherit.”

Miles wished he could be in his family’s company without listening to their comments regarding his life. Why should he care if his cousin inherited his title?

“I finished with the wife business when Brenna died,” Miles said, his weariness with the topic apparent. He glanced at the prince. “Do you see the nagging inflicted upon me?”

“The nagging will cease if you remarry,” Prince Rudolf said.

“No woman can ever replace Brenna.” Miles touched the masked side of his face. “Besides, what woman would consider marrying a scarred beast?”

“Georgiana Devon looks especially well,” John remarked. “She asked about you the last time I saw her in London.”

Miles shrugged his shoulders with indifference. “I left Georgiana behind a long time ago.”

“As I recall the gossip, you dropped Georgiana in favor of Sarah Pole,” John said. “You did know Sarah’s husband died and left her a wealthy widow? Weren’t you considering offering for her?”

Miles gave his brother-in-law a pointed look. “You know very well that I was considering Sarah when I met Brenna.”

“Vanessa Stanton lost her husband,” John said. “She always favored you, and you enjoyed her company.”

“Vanessa enjoyed everyone’s company. She sought her pleasures when I had a whole face,” Miles said. “I prefer living alone to wearing horns.”

“What would you do if a virtuous woman did want to marry you?” Prince Rudolf asked.

“I would marry and plant a dozen sons inside her,” Miles answered, hoping to drop the topic.

“Consecutively, I hope,” John quipped, making the other two smile. “Come to London and look over the latest crop of hopefuls.”

“I retired from society four years ago,” Miles refused. “If you have seen one debutante, you have seen them all.”

“Damn it, Miles,” John snapped. “Brenna is dead but you still live. Do you think she would want you to hide in the shadows?”

Miles said nothing, and an uncomfortable silence descended on the three men. Why, in God’s name, did John and Isabelle need to solve his problems? Why couldn’t they leave him alone in his misery?

“I couldn’t reach her in time and lost half my face for nothing,” Miles told the prince.

“I am sorry for your loss,” Rudolf said. “I cannot imagine the horror of losing the woman you love.”

Miles inclined his head, accepting the prince’s condolences.

“John is correct, though,” the prince added. “You need to return to the living.”

“Are you going to nag me, too?”

Prince Rudolf held his hands up in a gesture indicating he would say no more.

“I told you how pigheaded he is,” John said. Before Miles could reply, he added, “Shall we get down to business?”

Miles lifted his gaze to his wife’s portrait. He knew they were correct about living while he could, but his wife was gone. And the woman who equaled her had not been born . . .

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Fun Friday: New Release!!!! Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso (historical romance – Regency romance)

Beauty and the Earl b 453x680Today I want to tell you about a new release, here at Lachesis Publishing – Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso. It’s a twist on the old fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”. I had a wonderful time working on it with Patricia. It’s a revised edition of  To Love A Princess. But Patricia added even more magic to this new edition. And don’t you just love the cover? I adore it! LeeAnn Lessard and our cover artist Laura Givens did an outstanding job. Beauty and the Earl is part of a lovely new series that we’re calling the Lords of Stratford. This is book 2 in the series but it is a stand-alone so you can read it and enjoy it on its own. We’ll be releasing book 1 Enchanting the Duke very soon! 

I know you’re going to love Beauty and the Earl as much as I do. Have a great weekend and happy reading! 🙂

Beauty and the Earl

Book 2 ~ Lords of Stratford Series

A princess in danger . . .

Princess Amber Kazanov needs a husband. She flees her native Russia and takes refuge in England with her cousin Prince Rudolf Kazanov and his English wife. Prince Rudolf knows only one man who has the power and strength to protect his cousin. Arriving with Amber at the Earl of Stratford’s home, Rudolf makes the earl an outrageous proposition.

A broken man grieving for his dead wife . . .

Miles Montgomery, the Earl of Stratford, wants to be left alone. Since losing his beloved wife in a fire, Miles has sat in the dark and waited for his own death. Until the day a beautiful princess walks into his home seeking marriage and the protection of his name. Amber’s beauty attracts Miles, but her courageous heart shakes him to his core.

Drawn to Miles, Princess Amber sees beneath his masked scars and gruff exterior. Her love persuades him to push his bitterness aside and truly live and love again. Can Miles keep Amber safe when her enemies arrive in England? Or will his past return to haunt them?

You can buy Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso right here.

You can also buy it on amazon.

Connect with Patricia Grasso online on her web site and on facebook

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