Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blog Book Tour for Cathy's Maxwell New Release Nightingale

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Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once
meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?” But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?

Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, 
“Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the 
secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure
that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is
Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?

Academic Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving
its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s
leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a
centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose
between his conscience...and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.

Please Welcome Darcy Burke.
Thank you for taking time to visit with us today
Thank you for having me today!

How do you come up with your ideas for your book?

It varies. I often come up with characters first, but with Regency Treasure Hunters I wanted to write action-adventure treasure hunt stories because that sounded fun for me to read too. This series originated with the first book in the Secrets and Scandals Series. That book features a few antiquarians and the idea for a treasure hunt went from there.

What is your writing process?

This also varies! Sometimes I plot a book out scene-for-scene and that has both worked and
failed miserably. At the very least, I try to plot out the turning points and ending black moment. This book, The de Valery Code, was a special case because I started writing it as a novella. But by the time I got to about 20,000 words (or about the point I should’ve been at least half done), I realized this was not going to be novella-length. The treasure hunt story was too big and the characters were too fun—they really wanted more time to develop. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out so I’m definitely an advocate for being flexible.

Do you do most of your research for your books online or in print books?

Mostly online, but I have a lot of books that I use as well.

Who is your favorite hero in Historical Romance?

Hmmmm, so many, but I probably have to go with an old standard and say Ruark Beauchamp
in Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Shanna. He is perfect—smart, funny, sexy, thoughtful, dangerous
when he needs to be, and he loves his family (and Shanna doesn’t deserve him – I do!!!).

Who is your favorite Historical Romance Author and why?

I have a lot of favorites, but I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. I recently read an
Amanda Quick novel and I’d forgotten how much I adore her writing. In fact, I’m sure there’s some influence in The de Valery Code as far as how the hero and heroine’s relationship
develops. I’m a huge fan of Quick’s Arcane Society stories and a lot of those romances are slow burns, which is how I’d describe Rhys and Margery in The de Valery Code—very Moonlighting-esque, if you’re familiar with that 80s television show starring a young Bruce Willis before he was follicly-challenged and Cybill Shepherd.

About Darcy:

Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their
two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent...except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love....

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Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

ARC review of The Shadows of Stormclyffe by Lauren Smith

First let me say that I usually only read Historical Romance Novels.  This is the second Modern Paranormal that I have read.  The entire book took place at an old castle in England and their were only a few mentions of modern technology.

It is a story of eternal love and tragedy, evil spirits all in the setting of a Gothic Castle. Stormclyffe is a place haunted by ghosts for over two hunded years.  It started in 1811 when Richard the Earl of Weymouth lost his wife to an apparent suicide.  He died shortly after under mysterious circumstances.  From then on every Earl of Weymouth, their heirs and the women they loved were cursed.  The present Earl's grandfather left the castle with his wife to protect her and never went back.  His parents never lived at the castle, but his father felt compelled to go back and restore the castle and repair his family's reputation.  He died in a car accident on his way to the castle.

Richard is the Earl now and he is compelled to finish what his father started before he died. He is finding it hard to get workers to come to the castle because the villagers think the castle is haunted with ghosts who do not want the castle restored.  But Richard perservers because he wants to restore his family's reputation and honor his father's memory.

Enter Jane Seyton, a graduate student from America who is writing a thesis on Stormcylffe and it's family history.  She started having dreaams about Stormcylffe before she ever saw it and feels compelled to travel there and find out why she feels connected to the castle and it's ancestors.

Richard does not want her there, but Jane talks him into letting her do research for her thesis. That's when strange things start to happen to both of them. Visions, Ghosts apprearing, apparent possessions of their bodies.  They realize that the mystery behind the haunting of the castle has to do with Isabelle and Richard's story and know if they can solve the murder of Isabelle, the spirits will be at peace at last.

I really enjoyed this book, it was suspenseful, scary and outside of my comfort zone when it comes to reading.  But I am glad that I read it and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good book with mystery, ghosts, gloomy Gothic castles and a happy ending.

Lauren's writing is imaginative, suspensful and addictive.  I could not stop reading.   Read this book in one night.