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Book of the Week: Happy New Release Day for SEDUCING THE PRINCE by Patricia Grasso #Regency #romance #historical

Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is the much anticipated revised re-release of SEDUCING THE PRINCE  by Patricia Grasso. A passionate Regency romance and Book 3 in the Kazanov Series.

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: 

She longs to soar

Regina Bradford, the Countess of Langley, did not get her “happily ever after”. Her father, a wealthy business man, married her off to an impoverished earl to gain an aristocratic title for the family. Regina is miserable in her marriage to Charles, the Earl of Langley, who is cheating on her on with the blonde beauty, Princess Adele Kazanov. Regina is an aspiring author, and despite her husband’s cruelty to her and his disdain for her writing, she is determined to finish her manuscript. She has resolved to living the rest of her life in a loveless marriage and spends most of her time with her beloved infant son, Austen, her best friend Ginger, her loyal butler Pickles, and her protective Great Dane, Hamlet. But when Regina meets the darkly handsome Prince Viktor Kazanov at a garden party, she yearns for more than a writing career: she yearns for true love as well.

He longs for freedom

Prince Viktor Kazanov wants a divorce. He is fed up with his wife Adele’s adultery with the Earl of Langley, and her lack of love for their daughter, Sally. At the Duke of Inverary’s annual retreat at his country estate, Viktor meets Regina and is immediately drawn to her wit, intelligence, and her fiery red-headed beauty. He decides then and there that he will begin divorce proceedings and free himself and his daughter from his cold-hearted wife. But when Adele and Charles are found murdered, suspicion turns to both Viktor and Regina, and the authorities seek to arrest them for the deaths of their spouses. It’s a race against time as Regina and Viktor try to clear their names and avoid the hangman’s noose. But when the killer strikes again, will they be destined for tragedy instead of happiness?

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. 

Patricia Grasso‘s latest release is SEDUCING THE PRINCE (a revised re-release in the Kazanov Series). You can purchase it at Lachesis Publishing. You can also get it on amazonBN nook, or kobo. (Available for pre-order. Official release date is June 29th 2017.)

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The First Book I Ever Wrote  by JoMarie DeGioia (Regency historical romance author)

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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
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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spooky greenhouse image: www.pinterest.com

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?

A Hero and a GentlemanI 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!

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 10.14.41 AMJoMarie 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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Happy New Release Day! Moon Dark by Patricia Barletta (Regency Paranormal Romance)

Moon Dark
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

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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The good, the bad, and the ugly truth about writer critique groups by Patricia Grasso (historical romance author)

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The good news is you joined a critique group. The bad news is you joined a critique group. Critique groups can help make your publishing dreams come true, or they can become your worst nightmare.

Some critique groups have seen all their members published by the Big 5 NY publishers. Others have ended in cat fights. Even worse, some groups have harmed an aspiring author’s confidence and set their careers back.

No critique group is better than a bad critique group.

The Golden Rule is: Leave your ego home and take your manners with you.

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The following are common sense suggestions for successful critique groups. The members must trust each other. Those critiquing must give honest reactions. Politely, of course. The writer must feel free to disregard those reactions.

Do not stay in a critique group that is not helping your writing improve. Do not stay in a critique group whose members are nasty and critical. If someone is not adhering to the agreed-upon rules, the person should be asked to leave the group.

The members must agree on practical items. How many times will they meet per month? Where will they meet? Will they bring pages or send electronically? How many pages will be critiqued?

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Ideally, critique groups should have 4 or 5 members. The group needs a facilitator to keep the group on track. That means keeping the group working instead of socializing.

Do not expect all praise. The members should tell you what did and did not work for them. Members may offer suggestions and alternate views about something. That is their opinion.

There is no correct answer in writing. We only have what works and what doesn’t work. You take what you want and trash the rest.

This is a tough one. Only one person speaks at a time. No interruptions are allowed. When the member critiquing is finished, the next one speaks. Meanwhile, the writer is taking notes on what is said. That prevents the writer from debating or explaining.

critiques-t-shirtRecently, I critiqued chapter one and a synopsis for Lachesis author Claire Gem. I’ve attached her blog on this experience. Every writer who puts her work out there for critiquing should have as good an experience as Claire Gem.

The following excerpt is from Claire Gem’s blog (Claire Gem aka Charlotte Daly – is also a Lachesis Publishing author. Her upcoming release with Lachesis is the contemporary romance “Memories of You”:

It’s really hard for writers to put our work out there, open it up to criticism from not only the public but also from fellow writers. .

Those criticisms you hear whizzing by your ears are not always projectiles of ill intent. Sometimes, they are sacred offerings. Nuggets of pure gold.

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I had a 30-minute, private chat with best-selling historical romance author, Patricia Grasso, after our regional RWA meeting. This was a planned consultation following a sequence of emails. Basically, I asked for her help on my struggling work-in-progress. Pat was hesitant to share her “lots to say” about my synopsis and first chapter. She didn’t want me sad or angry. After assuring her I would be fine, she agreed to sit down with me after the meeting.

I went with some trepidation. As soon as we sat down, she said, “You can use all, some or none of my suggestions. The book is yours so you make the final call.”

Pat criticized my POV switches, highlighting the fact they were confusing to the reader. She suggested some major plot changes that I may or may not use. She pointed out chunks of backstory that need “to go.”

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Image: 296 × 211Search by image

“You remember that fairy tale where the little kid drops bread crumbs to mark his trail in the forest?” she asked.

“Hansel and Gretel.” I said

“That’s how you add your backstory,” she said. “A few crumbs at a time.”

She questioned my heroe’s flaw. “Have you ever read a romance with a hero with this particular flaw?”

ColdHeartedRake“Yes, I just finished a book by Lisa Kleypas and the hero had that flaw,” I replied.

Pat regarded me for a moment and then said, “You aren’t Lisa Kleypas ”.

What I had anticipated as critical stones thrown on my work-in-progress began to sparkle like gems. I realized this wasn’t an annihilation of my work. It was a diagnosis, by an experienced veteran of the romance genre, with a suggested plan of treatment.

“Here I love these lines,” she said, pointing to two sentences on the page. “You have a flair for comedy. You need to play these up.”

“I write contemporary romance with ghosts,” I said. “Where is there room for comedy?”

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“There are no rules that say you can’t have humor in contemporary, even if there are ghosts.” Pat sat back in her chair, tapping the pages. “This is your strength, the part of your voice you need to emphasize. Play up your strengths, down play your weaknesses.”

Pat’s comment couldn’t have come at a better time. I almost heard the tumblers click into place inside my head. Breakthrough. . .

 

Enchanting the Duke by Patricia GrassoPatricia 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. 

Patricia 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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The Book That Hooked You: Q and A with Vicky Dreiling (historical romance author)

cover_wickedWe continue our fun and fascinating on-going series here at the Lachesis Publishing Daily Blog called The Book That Hooked You. Today’s Q and A features the triple RITA-finalist Vicky Dreiling. Vicky writes “wickedly witty historical romance”. Welcome Vicky!

Take us back to when you first discovered romance novels. When did you become a reader? How old were you? And what was the first book that hooked you? Why? How many times have you read that book?

images-1VICKY D: I read my first romance by accident more than a decade ago. I was in the supermarket with my three year old daughter. I saw a book with a pink dress and NYT was emblazoned on it. Then my daughter climbed out of the supermarket cart and took off running. I ran after her and strapped her into the cart. I forgot about the book until I got to the counter and saw a paperback go down the conveyor belt. When I got home and put my daughter down for her nap, I opened the book. To my surprise it was a romance. I’d never read one. Two hours later, my daughter woke up and I realized I’d been so hooked I couldn’t put it down. That gateway book was Judith McNaught’s  ALMOST HEAVEN. I read all of McNaught’s books multiple times. I LOVED her books.

Who is/are the book(s) that inspired when you took those first baby steps in your writing career? The books that made you think “Wow, I want to write books like that!”

VICKY D: To be honest, I was an insatiable reader and couldn’t afford my book habit. I’m sure this is familiar to a lot of readers. Anyway, I had nothing to read and I’d spent all my book money, so I turned on the computer and started writing for fun. Then something unbelievable happened. A friend called and said she’d signed up for a class at the local branch of the university. I confessed my secret writing hobby. My friend said something that changed my life. My friend said she’d seen a sign up for how to write a romance. She gave me the phone number and I signed up! Pretty wild, right?

cover_dukeTell us about the kind of romance you write and why you love to write it.

VICKY D: My first romance love has always been historical romance. I like some contemporaries such as Jill Shalvis, but historical romance remains my favorite.

What is one of your favourite Vicky Dreiling books and why?

418q0sbcQaL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_VICKY D: I love all of my books and the characters as well. I have a special place in my heart for my first book HOW TO MARRY A DUKE. It was so much fun and it was also a Triple RITA finalist.

Tell us about a book that you’ve read recently (past year) that you love love love.

VICKY D: This is actually a Young Adult called IF I STAY by Gayle Forman. It grabs you immediately, and the writing is excellent. I highly recommend it.

Name three of your all-time favourite romance authors and why.

images2010-mr-impossibleVICKY D: FLOWERS FROM THE STORM by Laura Kinsale – the best historical romance ever.
LORD PERFECT and MR. IMPOSSIBLE by Loretta Chase. I love Loretta’s voice.

List three qualities that make a “keeper” romance novel and why.

VICKY D: A hero to die for, seemingly impossible odds, and a strong heroine.

What is the sweetest/coolest thing a reader has said to you/done for you?

VICKY D: I love talking to readers. Every time one of them tells me they loved one of my books, I’m so grateful that the reader enjoyed it.

Tell us about your latest release

cover_devilishVICKY D: WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES is the story of a couple from two different worlds. She is a maid and he is a duke. It seems impossible, but Harry, the hero refuses to let the ton keep them apart. 

What’s coming down the road?

VICKY D: Well, I just turned in a new proposal, so I can’t tell you yet!

BONUS QUESTION: Sweet tooth or salty snack lover? What do you love to nosh on when writing?

VICKY D: Are you kidding me? I want both! LOL.

Author Vicky Dreiling
Author Vicky Dreiling

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

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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)

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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 . . .

You can buy Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso RIGHT HERE AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING FOR ONLY .99 THIS WEEK ONLY!

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The Top Five Free Things You Can Do At Your Local Library by Beverly Adam (Regency romance author)

The modern library has it all from the latest bestselling books, computer classes, to 3D imaging duplicator.

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Here is a list of my top five favorite free things to do at a library.

Free Classes: When I first bought a computer I had no idea how to use one. I didn’t know how to use search engines or type in websites. However, my local public library offered free computer classes. All I had to do was set-up an appointment to meet with a librarian, and along with three other people, I learned how to use a computer. It was great! I checked recently and there were free Zumba dance classes, poetry, and e-book marketing courses being offered for authors.

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150px-Halstuch_BdP3D Imaging Duplicator: Living in the Silicon Valley does have its advantages and one of them is technology at the library, which can be fun. The Sunnyvale library currently owns a 3D, Makerbot2 Duplicator. 

One of my son’s friends took his Boy Scout necktie in and had it replicated within two hours. Can you say, Awesome?!

E-books: Oh- yeah, baby! The book isn’t on the shelf and the waiting list is ten deep, but you still want to read that bestseller, no problem. The library has you covered. The book is available in e-book form. All you have to do is go online, type in your card number, then download the book, and voila, it’s yours to borrow.

Kids Hour: When my kids were little this free program was a life-saver. The hour long story-time, with songs, and simple crafts allowed me to looks for books and check out videos while my children were being entertained. In the summer we came and enjoyed the free magic and animal shows and took part in the summer reading program, which earned the children free books, a gift certificate to the local ice cream parlor, and bookmarkers. There was many a dull summer which was saved by these kid programs.

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Coffee Shops: Yes, they’re offering coffee and yummy snacks these days at your local public library. You can browse the books and videos, then after you’ve checked out your picks, settle into a comfortable chair and sip a hot beverage by the large window overlooking the garden, while reading the used book you just bought for a buck. Pure Bliss.

And one for the road . . .

Tax Expert: I confess I haven’t had the patience to stand in line and use one, but I think it’s great that a tax expert is available at the library during that nail biting time of the year. If I’m to judge by the line of people I saw waiting to talk to one of these kind volunteers, I’d say many people appreciate the free service.

So check out your local library you might be surprised what’s happening there!

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Sneak Peek Monday: Enchanting the Duke by Patricia Grasso (Regency historical romance)

Enchanting the Duke by Patricia GrassoToday’s Sneak Peek is Enchanting the Duke by Patricia Grasso.

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.

Enchanting the Duke

Book 1 ~ Lords of Stratford Series

She doesn’t want a guardian . . .

Lady Isabelle Montgomery wants to be left alone to play her flute and talk to Giselle, the guardian angel only she can see. Because Isabelle manages her brother’s estate finances, her greedy stepmother and selfish stepsisters continually harass her for fancy clothes and a season in London. For reasons she refuses to share, Isabelle has no desire to go to London. Unexpectedly, the Duke of Avon announces that he is her temporary guardian while her brother, the Earl of Stratford, has gone abroad. This complication annoys Isabelle who thinks the duke is thoroughly irritating. So why can’t she stop thinking about him? And why does Giselle keep telling her about a dark prince?

He doesn’t want a ward . . .

John Saint-Germain, the Duke of Avon, wants nothing to do with wards or stepfamilies. The duke suffered a moment’s weakness and promised the earl that he would watch over his sister, including sponsoring Isabelle and her stepsisters into society. And then John meets his stubborn, outspoken, thoroughly irritating ward. Her fiery beauty and independent spirit attract him. Is he falling in love? If only she’d stop talking to that imaginary friend.

Their enemies want to destroy them . . .

Both John and Isabelle have enemies who join forces to plot against them. John will brave any danger to protect Isabelle and his family. Even if it means seeing with his heart and believing in the impossible.

EXCERPT:

As she walked into the garden, Isabelle spied a solitary figure sitting on a stone bench. She smiled, recognizing her old friend, and then advanced on her.

“Are you here too?” Isabelle said by way of a greeting.

“No, I’m a figment of your imagination.”

“Very funny.”

“Shall we play?”

Isabelle nodded and sat on the bench beside her. She lifted her flute to her lips and poured all of her feelings into the instrument.

They played a song of infinite beauty, the notes first eerie and lilting, then haunting and reflective. The melody was a soothing bath of sound, reminiscent of a moonlit stroll, rustling leaves, echoing owls calling to each other in the night.

“I’ll see you inside.” Giselle vanished in an instant.

“Mistress Montgomery?” the Duke of Avon called. “Is that you?”

“Yes, Your Grace.” Was she forbidden a few moments of privacy? When the duke stood in front of her, Isabelle tilted her head back to gaze up the long length of him.

“You play divinely,” John said. “It sounded as if two people were playing.”

Had he heard Giselle’s flute? How could that be? No one but she had ever heard the old woman.

“How did you make it sound like a duo?”

“Garden acoustics.”

John nodded, accepting her explanation. “May I join you on the bench?”

“Suit yourself, Your Grace.” Isabelle slid over to make room for him.

He sat down beside her, so close his thigh teased the side of her cloak. Glancing down at the close proximity of their bodies, Isabelle felt her cheeks heat with embarrassment and sent up a silent prayer of thanks that the night hid her discomfort.

“I thought I saw someone sitting with you,” John said, slanting a sidelong glance at her.

Isabelle stared at him in surprise. Had he seen Giselle? Only she had ever seen the old woman. What did this mean?

“I assure you that I am alone. Who would be sitting with me?”

“A friend, perhaps?”

“I have no friends.”

“Not even an invisible friend?”

“If you saw her,” Isabelle countered, “then she wouldn’t be invisible.”

“It’s a woman, then?”

“Really, Your Grace, this conversation is ridiculous,” Isabelle said, trying to steer him away from the subject.

“You are correct.” He stared straight ahead.

A heavy silence descended upon them. Isabelle decided the silence between them was even more uncomfortable than his probing questions.

“You need not have defended me against Lobelia and Rue,” she told him. “My stepsisters are henwits.”

“Even henwits can create problems in society,” John warned, turning his head to look at her, which made her even more uncomfortable than enduring the silence. “Henwits are the worst purveyors of gossip.

“You could be correct about that.” Isabelle tore her gaze away from his. Lord, but those midnight-black eyes seemed to see to the very depths of her insecure soul.

“I mean no insult,” John continued, drawing her attention, “but when you come to London, you must refrain from thinking out loud, or you will never catch a husband.”

“If I want to catch something, I’ll go fishing,” Isabelle shot back. “I have no need of a husband.”

“Every woman needs a man to care for her,” John said in a quiet voice. “Any woman who believes otherwise possesses the intelligence of an oyster.”

“I didn’t mean that I would never marry,” Isabelle said. “When Miles returns, I will have my come-out and choose a husband.”

“You will have your come-out this spring with or without your brother’s presence,” John corrected her. “My mother never raised a daughter and is looking forward to introducing you into society. Of course, before that happens, you will need to learn certain rules of propriety.”

“I don’t give a rat’s arse about propriety.”

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Sneak Peek Monday: More Than Passion by JoMarie DeGioia (Regency romance, historical romance, free book)

more-than-passion-500x724Today’s sneak peek is from the Regency historical romance More Than Passion by JoMarie DeGioia. Book 1 in the Dashing Nobles series. AND IT’S FREE!!!

What It’s About:

Geoffrey Kane, Earl of Kanewood refuses to feel anything more than passion. Four years ago, his fiancée betrayed him and he has no desire to experience that again so when he meets the beautiful Rebecca Kingsley, it’s passion at first sight. And only passion.

Rebecca has led a very quiet life working for her father at a small country inn. When she meets Geoffrey she falls in love with him right away. But she’s only the daughter of a baronet and men like Geoffrey never marry country girls like her. Do they?

When Rebecca’s father tries to marry her off to a wealthy old man, Geoffrey intervenes and marries her himself. He wants her very much but he couldn’t possibly love her. Love is for fools. At least that’s what he tells himself. But a sinister enemy soon threatens to destroy all that Geoffrey holds dear, forcing him to face the truth.

His marriage depends on it . . .

And maybe even Rebecca’s very life.

EXCERPT:

The Raven’s Inn was surprisingly elegant. The brick structure was trimmed with dark green, its long windows sparkling in the late afternoon sun. Rebecca Kingsley was straightening the beautifully-appointed parlor of the inn. Her father, Thomas, insisted that all the rooms look fine. His father had been a baronet, but all that was left of the family fortune, as it were, was the inn. As a younger man, he’d traveled in the social circles of the ton and claimed to know what the gentry and lesser folk alike looked for in food and lodging. Many travelers stopped at the inn, and they expected service and accommodations as fine as any in London, or so Rebecca’s father insisted.

At just twenty years old, Rebecca had been working at the inn all of her life. Her mother died when Rebecca was just two, leaving no real memories. Thomas refused to speak of her and Rebecca had long since given up asking. The only thing he’d say was that she took after her mother in looks. This he always said in a gruffly, affectionate manner that never failed to surprise her. She supposed she inherited her fair skin from her mother, that and her thick raven-black hair. She could never see anything of herself in Thomas.

He never really gave her much notice. She worked as hard as the servants at the inn, keeping her own room as well as half of the rest abovestairs. Mary, the chambermaid, took care of the other rooms as well as seeing to the guests’ personal needs. Rebecca served the morning and evening meals in the dining room, as well, along with Emmy. Emmy was funny and kind and a shameless flirt. She never hesitated to share her experiences with Rebecca, who couldn’t help but blush. She listened, though. Closely.

Rebecca was usually free to go about her own business after finishing her chores abovestairs. But this afternoon, she polished the candlesticks and dusted the furniture in the parlor. As usual, she wore her hair plaited in one long braid coiled at the back of her head. Her simple muslin gown was a few seasons old and well-suited to her task. She paused to gaze longingly out the window toward the stables out back. Beyond them, she could see the gently rolling hills over which she so loved to ride. If she didn’t have to see to the parlor today, she’d surely be out riding her black filly.

From her vantage point, Rebecca could see two figures walking out of the stable’s wide doors. One man was slight of stature and fell in step behind the other. The man in the lead was tall with broad shoulders and dressed in a brown coat and tan breeches. He walked with a long, easy stride. Sun glinted off hair she fancied the color of honey. He had a strong profile, and Rebecca couldn’t tear her gaze away from him. What color were his eyes?

“Fool,” she chided herself. She turned back to her work, flicking her dusting cloth in frustration.

* * *

She moved with an easy grace through the dining room, her glossy black hair catching the light given off by the candles. Curls framed the perfect oval of her face and teased the back of her neck. Her simple gown hugged her lush figure, the skirt swaying over her hips as she walked. She carried a pitcher of ale, and Geoffrey couldn’t take his eyes off her as she moved from table to table.

A man’s voice broke through his reverie. “Fetchin’, ain’t she?”

“What …?” He hadn’t even noticed the gray-haired man who joined him at his table. “Yes.”

“Peter Jenkins is the name,” the slight man offered. “How do you do?”

Geoffrey shook the man’s hand. “Kane. Geoffrey Kane,” he answered. “Very well, thank you.”

The older man gave a flick of his head in Rebecca’s direction. “She’s Kingsley’s daughter.”

Geoffrey raised an eyebrow at that. This beautiful creature was related to the florid-faced innkeeper? Impossible.

Just then, the girl approached the two men. Her mouth curved into a smile for the older man before she turned her attention to Geoffrey. Her rose-colored lips parted as she stared into his eyes for a long moment. “Blue.”

Geoffrey blinked. “What?”

She shook her head. “N-nothing.”

Geoffrey could only stare at the girl, dumbstruck. Her eyes were the color of emeralds, and sparkled as prettily. His gaze fell on her lips as she flicked her tongue over them. Desire shot through him, want like he’d never felt before. Once again, Peter’s voice broke in.

“Rebecca, this is Geoffrey Kane. Kane, meet Rebecca Kingsley.”

The girl, Rebecca, curtsied in greeting after a brief hesitation. She seemed as off-kilter as he felt, to his amazement. After a moment, Geoffrey stood and bowed slightly. “Miss Kingsley.”

“I’m pleased to meet you,” Rebecca said.

Her voice suited her. It was soft and a bit husky. And damn sensual.

“Likewise.”

“Will you be staying with us long?”

If I can help it. “A few days, actually,” he said, smiling.

She gasped softly, the sound no more than a whisper. “Well, do enjoy your stay,” she said, shyly returning his smile.

She stared up at him for a moment longer. Finally, she filled his tankard. With a nod of her dark head, she continued on through the dining room. Geoffrey sank back down into his seat, his gaze glued to her form.

“Rebecca.” He breathed. “Becca.”

Like what you’ve read? You can get More Than Passion by JoMarie DeGioia right here at Lachesis Publishing.

JoMarie DeGioia writes historical romances with a touch of mystery for Lachesis Publishing. And her books are always on the steamy side. Her Dashing Nobles series follows the romances of four male friends in Regency London.

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Q and A Tuesday: Round 2 With Patricia Grasso (historical romance author)

BEAUTY AND THE EARLRound 2 with Lachesis Publishing, author Patricia Grasso! Patricia is an award-winning, and national best-selling author, who has been writing for many years. Patricia has several historical romance titles at Lachesis Publishing, including the Scottish historical romance Pagan Bride about a psychic heroine in Queen Mary’s court, and the Regency romance series The Douglas series about three sisters in Regency England and her latest series the Lords of Stratford featuring Beauty and the Earl.

What was your favourite book as a child and why?

Well, I did enjoy Dick, Jane, and Spot. (“See Dick run. Run, Dick, run”) Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast were my favorite fairy tales. You’d know that if you read my books. My reading tastes changed as I grew older. When I was a junior in high school, I read Gone With the Wind and hid Rhett and Scarlett behind my history book in class. In English class, we read Tale of Two Cities. I loved the history and adventure. In my senior year, I fell in love with William Shakespeare and all the Greek gods and goddesses.

Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?

I’ve sat in the classes of some great (and not-so-great) teachers. One stands out in my mind. I adored Miss Campanella, my kindergarten teacher. She made me and all her students feel special. I remember learning a song about a duck that goes “quack, quack, quack”. We walked around the room—singing that song, waddling like ducks, and saying “quack, quack, quack”.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was thirteen, I told a friend that I wanted to be a teacher and a writer (in spite of the fact that I never wrote anything). Of course, I also wanted to travel to foreign countries and live in each for a whole year. Unfortunately for me, I don’t travel well so there went all those exotic lands. I did become a teacher and, much later, wrote my first novel, HIGHLAND BELLE.

Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?

I admire the editors, especially the editors with whom I’ve worked. Tina Moskow, Monica Harris, Laura Cifelli, Maggie Crawford, John Scognamiglio, Joanna D’Angelo. I learned something about writing from each of them.

Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?

I create best in the AM and revise in the PM. No matter the time of day or night, I stop everything when my characters start talking to each other inside my head. I need to write down their conversations so I won’t forget. I always carry a notebook and pens with me wherever I go. I think I had more discipline when I taught school. I knew I needed to write as soon as I got home, or I wouldn’t be able to sit down until the next afternoon.

What is your favourite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not 😉 indulge in when writing?

I don’t indulge in guilty pleasures when writing. But, I do have guilty pleasures. My favorite guilty pleasure is pepperoni pizza. (I’ve always been a cheap date.)  I was born with a monstrous sweet tooth. My favorite cake is white or gold with whipped cream frosting. I’ll share pizza and sweets, but no one touches my cake. I only buy one per year, but, if I must offer someone a slice, I need to buy another cake.

TO CATCH A COUNTESS COVERWhat does “writing voice” mean to you?

Regarding writer’s voice. Every person in the world is different. There’s no one like you or me. I suppose a writer’s voice is the person’s unique way of telling a story. Most newbie writers need to find their own distinctive voice, which I suspect, mirrors that person’s temperament and world view. I’m an optimistic realist. When things go wrong, I suffer like everyone else but bounce back relatively quickly. I know every cloud has a silver lining. In other words, life is not a tragedy. I think my unique writer’s voice reflects that. Humorous, light, witty, sarcastic at times.

What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career? 

Besides the obvious fame and fortune, I want to write two books a year and meet more writers and readers. I’ve met many fantastic writers who’ve become friends. I would never have known wonderful readers like Danielle DeBuono, Dorothy Poitra, and Kristi Ahlers. By the way, Kristi isn’t just a reader anymore. She’s an author. Check out her books.

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