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Featured Historical Romance Book: A Knight’s LOVE: Medieval Time Travel Romance by Ju Ephraime @juephraime


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Campbell Brothers Book 2

Fighting alongside his two brothers, Garvin Campbell of Clan Campbell is content to remain in the shadows. After all, he’s lived most of his adult life as a Knight Templar, and that requires him being in the shadows, not seen or heard. “Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini tuo da gloriam; (Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name, give glory).” That was the rule of the Templars until they were forced to disband at the request of King Philip IV “the Fair” of France.
Many of the Order’s members in France were arrested and tortured. However, Scotland did not get involved in the arrests and prosecution of the Knights. There was no recognized king of the Scots, and with the Bruce having already been excommunicated, the Roman church had little say in Scottish politics, so Garvin returned to his clan to use his skills in the fight against the English for Scottish independence.
Having been told all her life to avoid the Campbells, the last thing Lady Helen is thinking about is falling in love with a Campbell, and a Knight Templar at that. She is aware the Templar Knight has taken a vow of abstinence, so when Garvin Campbell comes to her clan to deliver the decree from Robert the Bruce, Helen is unprepared for the connection she immediately feels for the knight. She dismisses it as butterflies at meeting a knight, but fate has other plans for her and Garvin, as he becomes her reason for living and he forgoes his training of remaining in the shadows as he surrenders to love.

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“Now, warrior, you are invading my dreams, but I don’t mind. You are welcome to kiss me as many times as you want; after all, this is a dream. I promise to enjoy every minute of it.”
After saying this, she fastened her mouth to his and proceeded to kiss him with as much fervor as he had kissed her before.
Garvin didn’t know what to make of her statement. Evidently, she thought he was an apparition from her dreams. He wasn’t going to disabuse her of that idea; he loved kissing her too. So he used his tongue to get her to open her mouth, before he dove in, kissing her back, until they were both breathing hard.
After they had been kissing for a good minute, he knew he had to break it off so they could be on their way. They had to distance themselves from the castle before she was missed. He put her away from him to allow himself to regain some control. She didn’t want to stop and reached for him again. This was becoming too tempting for Garvin, but he had to let her know what his plans were.
“Lady Helen, much as I enjoy kissing you, we have to keep moving.”
“Where are we going? And why are you interrupting my dreams?”
“Helen, this is not a dream. I took you outside your chambers. Don’t you remember?”
Garvin could tell just when her recollection returned to her. “Where did you say we are?”
“We are outside the castle.”
“Why? You have to let me get back before I’m missed and they set up a search for me. I was planning on leaving, but not without saying goodbye to my máthair.”
“I’m not letting you return to that castle. I’ve abducted you. I’m taking you home with me.”
“Home? Where’s home? You mean you don’t live in the castle?”
“No. I don’t live in the castle. I’ll tell you all about it when we are on our way.”
“This is bad. The MacDougalls are a warring clan. They’ll kill you, and I don’t want you killed. Let me get back. I won’t tell them about you.”


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Historical Romance Spotlight and Interview: Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes @dianaforbes18


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A young woman without prospects at a ball in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island is a target for a certain kind of “suitor.” At the Memorial Day Ball during the Panic of 1893, impoverished but feisty Penelope Stanton draws the unwanted advances of a villainous millionaire banker who preys on distressed women—the incorrigible Edgar Daggers. Over a series of encounters, he promises Penelope the financial security she craves, but at what cost? Skilled in the art of flirtation, Edgar is not without his charms, and Penelope is attracted to him against her better judgment. Initially, as Penelope grows into her own in the burgeoning early Women’s Suffrage Movement, Edgar exerts pressure, promising to use his power and access to help her advance. But can he be trusted, or are his words part of an elaborate mind game played between him and his wife? During a glittering age where a woman’s reputation is her most valuable possession, Penelope must decide whether to compromise her principles for love, lust, and the allure of an easier life.

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Diana Forbes is a 9th generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. Diana Forbes lives and writes in Manhattan. When she is not cribbing chapters, Diana Forbes loves to explore the buildings where her 19th century American ancestors lived, loved, survived and thrived.

Prior to publication, Diana Forbes’s debut novel, Mistress Suffragette, won 1st place in the Missouri Romance Writers of America (RWA) Gateway to the Best Contest for Women’s Fiction. After publication, Mistress Suffragette won the Garcia Memorial Prize for “Best Fiction Book of the Year.” It was the Regional “Best from the North East” winner of the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award where it also snagged 1st place in Romance.

Additionally, Mistress Suffragette won 1st place in the Chanticleer Chatelaine Award’s Romance and Sensual category, and was shortlisted for the Somerset Award in Literary Fiction. Mistress Suffragette won Silver in the North American Book Awards for History and was the Winner of the Book Excellence Award for Romance. A selection from the novel was a finalist in the Wisconsin RWA “Fab Five” Contest for Women’s Fiction

Mistress Suffragette was also a Kirkus Best Indies Book of 2017.

Diana Forbes is passionate about vintage clothing, antique furniture, ancestry, and vows to master the quadrille in her lifetime. Diana Forbes is the author of New York Gilded Age historical fiction.

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Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

I have always been passionate about American history, and I thought it would be fun to show a woman who had to make real life choices, the way all women do. To me, the suffrage literature out there treated these brave women as fairly one-dimensional. I wanted to show a suffragette who had to decide between love and the principles she was fighting for. In terms of my publication journey, I live in Manhattan where I take a lot of writing classes. I ran all the chapters through the various classes for feedback, then ran the revised manuscript through several Beta readers. I kept revising and revising and revising. I also did a ton of first-hand historical research, traveling to each and every place in my novel if the place still exists.

How many books do you currently have published?

One novel, and writing the sequel now.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

As a writer of an historical romance, I went through a journey. I really got to know my characters during the five years that I was researching, writing, and revising Mistress Suffragette.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I am writing the sequel now.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I am never alone. My life is richly populated with characters who are all clamoring to behave a certain way no matter what I tell them to do!

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

There is so much work to do every day on a novel that writers block is not an issue. Sometimes I try a scene that I don’t like and have to scratch it, but that is not being blocked. That is getting to know my characters better.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

All the time. Yes. But the trick is to trust your characters. Let them lead you.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

I don’t like it when one of my characters acted a certain way in the first book and has radically changed something about his personality in the sequel. When that happens, I go back and do character sketches and bios and try to understand what is changing about him. And then I work hard to get it on the page. But I love all my characters, even the villains. Some may be harder for me to control but that’s also what makes them lovable.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

I enjoy writing romance scenes, but I don’t have a particular favorite.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

The big lesson I learned is that a debut novel is like a souffle. You have to wait for it to rise. You may be impatient for it to be ready, but really it’s on its own time table. I hate the cliche, “Patience is a virtue.” So I will simply say, sometimes you have to give the souffle time to rise. In addition, I am a big believer in having early readers. Find some and trust them. You might not see something that they do.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

I would say, start with Mistress Suffragette. It’s a fun, lighthearted look back and it’s as relevant now as it was at the time.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?

I am not quite ready to give any spoiler alerts.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

My favorite books are: Gone with the Wind and Pride and Prejudice.

What about television shows? Movies?

I tend to love law TV shows, which is funny because I have never had a lawyer in one of my books. I tend to like historical movies.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

Numerous books have. When I read, I read as a writer. So, I am thinking, “how is that author doing that?” It’s a little different than reading for pleasure. In terms of voice, my favorite novel is The Great Gatsby.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

I give readings and have also spoken at some conferences on related topics, such as how to market yourself as a writer. I list these live appearances on my website, which is dianaforbesnovels.com

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

I am a perpetual student of romance, history, and writing.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?

A novel is a lot like life minus the boring parts.


Historical Fiction Book: Claimed by the Enemy by Shauna Roberts @ShaunaRoberts5


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Crown Princess Nindalla knows the terrifying power of Sargon of Akkad’s army: Ten years ago, it destroyed her home city and killed her parents. Now the nightmare is happening again. The Akkadians conquer her new home, Susa; make her a widow; and strip her of her rank. Nindalla vows to protect her children from her enemies by any means necessary, including marrying whoever can shield them best. With plots swirling around her, can she trust her instincts to tell friends from foes?

Farm boy Ur-sag-enki was forced to become a soldier in the Akkadian army ten years ago after it destroyed his home and left him with nothing. When the Akkadians conquer Susa, he is awarded its governorship. He looks forward to settling down to the normal family life he craves. First, though, he must keep control of Susa despite enemies who exploit his inexperience, and he must gain legitimacy by persuading beautiful former princess Nindalla to marry him. But can he win her heart when it was his hand that struck down her husband?

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Ur-sag-enki forced his thoughts to cold, heartless strategy. General Qisim had sent him to find Crown Princess Nindalla for a reason. To hold the city, he would her child alive and healthy and in his possession. The boy was the last of the royal line of Susa. Marrying Nindalla would legitimize Ur-sag-enki’s governorship.

His liver twinged, rebelling at the governor’s orders. Demons could take the man and his cold plotting! Ur-sag-enki would marry Nindalla because she was his destiny. The gods had decreed it at his birth. The shiny black hair he yearned to touch, the beautiful eyes he longed to look into, the rare smile he wanted to coax out—he had known they would be his since the day of the New Year’s Festival. He had never loved another woman, never expected to.

He had been waiting for her.

His skin tingled from his feet to his scalp. He had looked for her in every conquered city, his heart pounding each time he caught a glance of long, heavy hair or a certain arrogant tilt of the head. He had been disappointed too many times to count.

Now his restless body long to jump around or dance. He grinned widely. I must look like a fool. But he didn’t care. At last the gods had brought him to her! I will protect her and keep her safe always. I will let no one, not General Qisim, not even King Sargon himself, harm her or her baby.

He untied the amulet from his neck. It was a baked-clay figurine of a goat, an animal sacred to the god Enki. He wound the leather thong around it and tucked it inside the baby’s bindings.

Nindalla looked up and smiled. “You have done well, soldier. Find Prince Humba. Learn what name I should give his son and successor. Then bring my daughters here.”

He squeezed his eyelids shut as his body suffered the pain hers know to feel. The woman had daughters in the palace, a palace overrun by soldiers drunk on blood and beer and victory.

“My lady—” He stopped. He couldn’t tell her, not yet. She deserved a time of happiness with her baby first.


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Shauna Roberts writes fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and romance. She currently lives in Southern California. She was a copyeditor and an award-winning freelance medical and science writer for 21 years before retiring to write fiction. A graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, she now serves on the Clarion Foundation Board of Directors. In 2011 she won the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant.

 

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Historical Romance Feature: An Irresistible Shadow by Kirsten S. Blacketer @KirBlacketer


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Lady Evelyn Montgomery, only daughter of the Baron of Rayne, detests the thought of marriage. She will never allow a man to control her. Crushed by the constraints of propriety, she steals away from the safety of the keep and stumbles onto a plot designed to stir up trouble between England and Scotland. When a mysterious hooded man saves her, she fights her attraction to him as they join forces to hunt down a traitor and save her father. But can she save her heart?

Gabriel is a Shadow Guardian. Hiding beneath his black cowl and blending into the night, he is sworn to protect the Baron’s daughter. The spirited Lady Evelyn is far from the delicate flower he anticipated. She makes herself crystal clear, no man will possess her. Can he prove to her that love can be more than just possession? Or will the traitor they seek tear them apart forever?

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“What is it you want from me?”

“I am a shadow guardian.” He leaned toward her. “My purpose is to protect you from harm, even if it means protecting you from yourself.” His voice was velvet soft.

“Who holds your allegiance?”

“You, princess,” he responded.

“You can address me with my proper title, Lady Evelyn,” she admonished, throwing the ruined flower to the floor to grind it beneath her slipper.

“You aren’t angry.” He took a step closer. It was a statement, not a question.

“Aye, but I am,” she said, setting her jaw and boldly glaring at him. “I do not need you to watch over me like a child. I can take care of myself.” Her heart whispered a plea to accept him, trust him. Her pride fought back, sending her heart to a dark place deep inside. Her spine straightened. She refused to like this man.

“Forgive my intrusion,” he bowed stiffly. “Good evening, my lady.” A chill embraced her as he stepped away. Her heart cried out, begging to give him a chance.

“And if I should require your assistance?” she murmured just above a whisper.

His hand hovered on the balcony door handle. “I’ll be close by, hiding in the shadows.” His reply was soft, as if to soothe her pride.

“Do you have a name, shadow guardian?” The question spilled from her lips before she could stop it.

His head turned towards her, face hidden deep in the hood, but the smile in his voice was clear.

“Gabriel.”

With two swift strides, he disappeared over the balcony and into the waiting darkness.


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Kirsten S. Blacketer is a stay at home mother of two energetic children and a Brittany Spaniel. A proud U.S. Air Force Wife, she spends a majority of her time with her family, going where the military sends them. She is an avid romance reader. The countless stories floating around her head fill notebooks stashed in her bookcase next to books of her handwritten poetry.  Drawn to male beauty, nothing entices or entrances her like horses and handsome men in cravats (or a uniform).  When she’s not lost in a universe of words, Kirsten enjoys photography, horseback riding, gardening, and rollercoasters. Her husband is her daily inspiration and constant support.

Her passion for writing sparked in eighth grade English, thanks to Mr. Mushrush. Then it caught fire in high school, in Mr. West’s sophomore English class. But it was her father’s encouragement that made her push to become the writer she is today. She surrounds herself with likeminded writers who foster her love for writing and help her continually improve her craft.

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Western Historical Romance Book: Smolder on a Slow Burn by Lynda J. Cox @LyndaCox


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When your life has been stolen from you and the man responsible wants you dead, where do you run? Who do you trust?

Allison Webster dreams of having an adventure like the characters in the books she loves. But there is no romance in being pursued by a man who wants her dead for educating the children of former slaves. Unlike the heroines she reads about she doesn’t have a trusty companion to rescue her…until she literally runs into A.J. Adams, a former Confederate cavalry officer. Now, she just has to convince A.J. he really is the honorable man and hero depicted in the dime novel she is reading.

When everything you fought for was stripped away, even your honor, what is left to fight for other than revenge?

Branded a “traitor” for more than ten years, scarred by harsh treatment in an inhumane prisoner of war camp, A.J. Adams wants revenge. Allison Webster’s arrival into his life provides the bait to destroy the men who murdered his wife and daughters and kidnapped his little brother. The men pursuing Allison are the very same men he has sworn to kill. Falling in love and admitting he might actually be a hero means surrendering his need for vengeance. Surrender is not part of A.J.’s battle strategy.

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A.J. watched her make her way from the boxcar with as much dignity as it appeared she could muster. The memory of that tiny waist in his hands and the slightness of her build had startled him. The barrier of that shapeless dark green sedge skirt vanished the moment his hands closed around her waist, and he could envision long, lithe limbs. He didn’t make it a habit to imagine any woman undressed, but this one knocked every bit of his equilibrium out from under him and he didn’t have the slightest idea why she did.

When she met his eyes, he’d been taken back. Slender, feathered brows lifted and eyes the color of melted chocolate widened—widened enough he was sure she saw all the way into the black abyss that was once his soul. Bright color flooded her cheeks when he told her to have a seat on the hay bale. Her slight Georgia drawl, hidden under layers of what sounded to be years of formal education, knifed into his chest.

He had watched her discreetly tuck several strands of walnut hair back under that ridiculous hat perched on her head. Realizing he had been staring at her, A.J. turned his back, letting the rapidly moving landscape occupy his gaze. She was lovely, he had to admit that. Walnut hair kissed with warm gold, high cheekbones that curved just enough to give her an elfin cast, a pert little nose, and the darkest chocolate eyes he’d ever seen combined into a rather alluring image. It had been a very long time since he had looked at a woman and not compared her to Cathy. He had sworn, as he knelt at Cathy’s grave that there would never be another. Now, a little slip of a thing had gotten in past his carefully constructed battlements and stirred something in him he could have sworn an oath to be long dead and buried beneath a live oak in Kentucky.

She was right, he was no gentleman. Sliding the door shut in her face hadn’t been the most gentlemanly thing he could have done, but he had long ago given up being anything that might even resemble a gentleman. He’d given that up sometime during his tenure in a veritable hell on earth called Camp Infernum. If he’d harbored hopes of regaining anything that came close to gallantry after watching men fight one another like animals for a scrap of moldy bread, all hope died on a warm spring afternoon when he collapsed to his knees at Clayborne at the graves of his wife and daughters and learned his younger brother had been taken by a band of roving deserters. A.J. knew his veneer of civility was just that—a veneer hiding a wounded, dangerous animal.


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Lynda J. Cox will tell anyone who will listen that she was born at least one hundred and fifty years too late, and most definitely in the wrong part of the country. She holds a master’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Indiana State University after earning her BA from the same university as a non-traditional student. (Think being old enough to be mom to 90% of the students in her freshman cadre.) She’s kept busy with two spoiled rotten house cats, a 30 plus year old Arabian gelding who has been nicknamed “Lazarus” for his ability in the later years of his life to escape death, and quite a few champion collies. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on the road, travelling to the next dog show. She loves to chat about books, the writing life, and the insanity which is called a “dog show” and can be reached through her Facebook page.

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Historical Romance Book Spotlight: Savage Possession by Margaret Tanner


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A sweeping tale of love’s triumph over tragedy and treachery in frontier Australia.

A mistaken identity opens the door for Martin Mulvaney to take his revenge on the granddaughter of his mortal enemy.

An old Scottish feud, a love that should never have happened, and a series of extraordinary coincidences trap two lovers in a family vendetta that threatens to destroy their love, if not their lives.

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Margaret Tanner is a multi-published Award winning Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically accurate. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.

Margaret is a member of the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG). She won the 2007 and 2009 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. Her novel Frontier Wife won the Best Historical Romance Novel at the 2010 Readers Favorite Award, and another novel, Wild Oats was a 2011 Finalist in the EPIC awards. In 2013, her novel, Savage Possession, came 3rd in the International Digital Awards contest hosted by the Oklahoma RWA, and it was a Finalist in the ChocLit Publisher’s Find An Aussie Star competition. Her World War 1 novel, A Rose In No Man’s Land was a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Reviews 2013 Best Indie Book Awards.

Margaret is married with three grown up sons, and two gorgeous little granddaughters.

Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion.

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