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Capturing the Earl’s Love by Jane Lark (Book Blast)

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 photo CapturingtheEarlsLoveHighRes_zps3b7c55b9.jpgTitle: Capturing the Earl’s Love
Author: Jane Lark
Genre: Regency Romance (Historical)
Publish Date: May 29, 2014
Publisher: HarperImpulse
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 

 

 

 

~Synopsis ~

From Kindle bestselling Historical romance author, Jane Lark, comes a brand new FREE novella to accompany her breathtaking Marlow Intrigues series.
“Pure, unadulterated romance.” Best Chick Lit.com
Don’t miss the other novels in the series,
The Illicit Love of a Courtesan
The Passionate Love of a Rake
The Scandalous Love of a Duke
and coming soon…
The Lost Love of a Soldier

This novella tells the story of secondary characters from The
Illicit Love of a Courtesan
Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is exasperated by his sister’s choice
of friend. Meredith Divine, clings, using Rowena’s plain appearance as a foil for
her auburn curls and fuller figure. He would break the friendship, but the more
he complains the more time the girls spend together. Ceasing his disagreement,
he hopes the friendship will die, believing Meredith will take a wrong-step
soon…

Meredith clings to her only friend, Lady Rowena Stanforth,
despite the disgusted looks thrown by Rowena’s proud, judgemental brother. Lord
Morton cannot abide Meredith because of her low standing but Meredith’s heart favours
him… then in his single act of kindness, Meredith grasps an opportunity she
cannot resist…

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Capturing the Earl’s Love Excerpt

Lord Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, watched his sister, Rowena, approach.

She was smiling, and her friend, Meredith Divine, clung to her arm.

His gaze briefly passed over the other girl. He was increasingly convinced Miss Divine only kept Rowena as a friend because Rowena was the perfect foil to show off Miss Divine’s more striking looks. Her auburn curls glowed in the candlelight beside Rowena’s lacklustre, light-brown locks.

Miss Divine was also slightly taller, and a little fuller in the bust.

While they crossed the room, she appeared to press as close as she could to Rowena’s side, letting Rowena’s less impressionable looks make Miss Divine’s stand out among the white-clad debutantes in the ballroom.

“Rupert…”

His eyes focused on his sister once more. She was out of breath, having just completed a country dance, and her cheeks were flushed, while her eyes glowed, expressing the fun she was having.

“I want to introduce Meredith to Ellen. Will you escort us and do the honours? Meredith is dying to meet her.”

Mmm, now what is this little game? He glanced at Miss Divine only to receive a very bright but subtly restrained smile.

She was trying to win his approval.

He was not interested. He wished nothing to do with the little schemer. Her father was in some sort of trade. Rupert had not even wished Rowena to befriend Miss Divine, let alone become so thick with her. The two of them were inseparable; or rather, Miss Divine hung about Rowena like a moth around a flame. Except Miss Divine was no moth. Her beauty was far too vibrant.

Rupert was Rowena’s guardian. Their father had passed on long ago, so Rupert was responsible for keeping his sister safe. It fell to him to help her choose her friends wisely. Yet the more he disparaged Miss Divine, the more Rowena favoured the girl. He’d ceased his complaints. Their friendship had still blossomed. He’d hoped it would wither and die back. It had not—yet.

He expected Miss Divine to make a wrong step soon though, one which would open his sister’s eyes, and end this arm-in-arm behavior.

 

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Marlow Intrigue Series Reading Order

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Title: The Illicit Love of a Courtesan (Marlow Intrigues #1)
Author: Jane Lark
Genre: Regency Romance
First Published: April 15, 2013
Published by HarperImpulse: October 3, 2013

~Synopsis~

Trapped under the reign of a cruel keeper, Ellen Harding longs to be free. Under his oppression, her soul and conscience have died while her body lives on, fulfilling his dissolute desires. She is empty—a vessel—deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame.

When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines what it would be like to escape her chains for a night by giving her body to him.

But Edward Marlow is kind and gentle when he touches her, and her subconscious whispers, this man could be her salvation. Yet how can he help her when she has secrets which prevent her freedom?

Edward is restless, lonely, and a little angry with his lot in life—it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man’s mistress. The woman’s dark hair and pale eyes are striking, and he cannot take his gaze off her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes.

Once he’s known her, he cannot forget her, and once he’s seen the evidence of her supposed benefactor’s brutality, he wants to help her. But how can he when she will not run any more than she will speak of her past?

When a desperate Ellen finally relents and shocks Edward from his sleep, he doesn’t hesitate, he helps her flee. He just doesn’t know he’s running headlong into the secrets of her past.

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Author: Jane Lark
Genre: Regency Romance
Published: November 17th, 3013
Publisher: HarperImpulse

~Synposis~

The only woman who had power over notorious rake Robert Marlow was now walking away from him, again.

He’d heard Sutton had died, and known Jane was free, but he’d always thought his desire would only be for revenge, not her. Yet here he was, unable to deny what he felt for her…what he’d never felt for any other woman before…

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A Lord’s Desperate Love #2.5 ~ a Free Fourteen part story posted on Jane’s blog

 photo TheScandalousLoveofaDukeHighRes_zps4221490a.jpgTitle: The Scandalous Love of a Duke (Marlow Intrigues #3)
Author: Jane Lark
Genre: Regency Romance (Historical)
Publish Date: April 3, 2014
Publisher: HarperImpulse

 

~Synopsis~

Book three in Jane Lark’s Kindle best-selling Regency romance series!

Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach. The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss. She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.

A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.

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About the Author

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Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romance, and a Kindle top 25 bestselling author.

She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.

Now Jane is writing a Regency series and contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.

You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality.

Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots.

‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

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Giveaway

This giveaway, includes an antique English necklace worth £150, plus signed copies of

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan

The Passionate Love of a Rake

And The Scandalous Love of a Duke

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High Octane Ignited

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Title:High Octane: Ignited

Author: Rachel Cross and Ashlinn Craven

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publish Date: May 19 2014

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

~ Book Synopsis ~

Everyone’s fueled by something…

Cassidy Miller is living her dreams as an EMS helicopter pilot saving lives in Arizona. When her helicopter crashes in bad weather and a member of her crew is killed, her life, as she knows it, is over. Suspended from her job and desperate to escape memories of that night, she jets to Europe and is swept along on a whirlwind world tour of Formula One racing courtesy of her father, an executive sponsor of a team.

Sexy, daredevil British driver Ronan Hawes has no room in his life for anything but winning. Strategy meetings, press conferences, practices, sponsor events and racing consume him. Half way through the season, he’s on track to…

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Book Review Tour: Ghost Sniper by David Healey

 

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Cover Ghost SniperTitle: Ghost Sniper: A World War II Thriller

Author:David Healey

Genre:Thriller/Adult

Publication Date:January 14, 2014

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

On the dawn of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, two snipers find themselves fighting a battle all their own. Micajah Cole is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains in the American South, while Kurt Von Stenger is the dreaded German “Ghost Sniper” who earned his nickname on the Eastern Front.

As part of a motley team of Americans and a British paratrooper who has made one too many jumps, Cole is sent deep into the French hedgerow country to spearhead counter sniper operations. Guiding them is a lovely French Resistance fighter named Jolie Molyneux who knows the hidden paths and trails. The presence of a woman creates tension among the men, but Jolie is interested in one thing only–revenge against the occupiers.

The Germans are far more practiced at sniper warfare, but Cole uses his natural cunning and hunting skills learned in the mountains back home. However, the Americans soon face the Ghost Sniper, the deadliest German of them all.

Jolie risks everything to spy on the Germans and clear Cole’s line of fire. Locked in a deadly duel, the hunter matches wits and tactics against the marksman in a climatic final battle, both of them one bullet away from victory–or the ultimate defeat–as Allied forces struggle to gain a foothold in Europe.

D.M Doyle’s Review

Ghost Sniper is a fictional World War II action novel that centers on events in Normandy during and immediately following the initial Allied invasion. Written by David Healey, Ghost Sniper is fast paced and will keep the reader’s attention throughout the novel. Healey has written  several historical fiction novels centering on different eras and military conflicts. His endeavor into the Second World War should not disappoint anyone who is interested in that conflict, or more specifically the D-Day Invasion and the battles that followed in Normandy.

The novel revolves around a ragtag tag team of American soldiers ordered to eliminate a German sniper who is making life difficult for Allied troops in the French countryside. They become a group of “counter -snipers” if you will. The best shooter of the unit is Micajah Cole; a tough as nails country boy who most likely came straight out of the deepest part of Appalachia. Their adversary is Kurt Von Stenger ; an aristocratic German sniper who previously fought on the Russian Front. Von Stenger is cunning and deadly. In reading the novel, I got the sense that Von Stenger feels Americans are not a worthy enemy, and his skills would be put to a more adequate and glorious use if he were still fighting the Soviets.

One aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was how Healey tells the story from the viewpoints of both Cole and Von Stenger. This narration kept me captivated as the story moved towards the thrilling climax.

I would recommend Ghost Sniper to anyone who enjoys World War II action-adventure historical fiction. The writing was straightforward, compelling, and lively. The diverse group of characters also adds to the appeal of the novel adding some comic relief here and there. I believe Healey will continue to write more novels featuring the on going “sniper chess match” between Micajah Cole and Von Stenger.

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David Healey has been a journalist, librarian and teacher. He has written several novels, including the Civil War novel “Sharpshooter” and a mystery, “The House that Went Down with the Ship.” His nonfiction books include “Great Storms of the Chesapeake” and “1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War.” His articles and essays have been published in many magazines, including American History, The Washington Times, Blue & Gray, Running Times and Maryland Life. When not writing, he enjoys hiking, working on his old house, and driving his family crazy by pulling over to the side of the road to read historical markers.

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One), Nina Lane

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One)

Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One), Nina Lane
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Oh I loved this book, first in a trilogy and for once its erotic without being just sex…some of those are actually a turn off, with no real story, just some vapid sexual encounters. This though – its what I think of as an erotic novel for the real reader, the person who wants everything, sex and story, proper drama, genuine emtions and problems we all have.
Olivia, she’d had such a difficult childhood, but worked diligently and at twenty four is finally an undergraduate. She’s not very confident, thanks to her horrible mother and awful upbringing, so when she meets the sexy and attractice Dean, university professor, she can’t quite belive he wants her and not some long legged, gorgeous, model type woman. He does want her though, and this book starts when…

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Beautiful Poem on #PoetryWednesday #StalkAPoet

Originally posted on the sacred road:

forest

moon dipped kisses
gifted upon butterfly wings –
a hush among the stardust
the blue-black darkness brings.

bathed in delicate moonlight,
she hovers in the in-between
in awe of all illuminated before her
and the hidden secrets of what’s left unseen.

a cacophony of music
lilts upon waiting ears –
a symphony of melancholy
married in the joy that once laid here.

it is a place of untold magic
that begets as beautifully as it annihilates.
no longer could she willingly evade
the haunting promise that awaits.

tinker tailor soldier
in the depths of despair she did spy,
ever searching for untold answers
her desperate heart not to be denied.

she pleads her fairy wishes
and into the expanse they ebb like rain.
unaware all the answers are before her
if she could but hear them above the pain.

a profound moment of understanding
shatters the very prison of all…

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The Passionate Love of a Rake, Jane Lark.

Originally posted on Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews:

The Passionate Love of a Rake: HarperImpulse Historical Romance

The Passionate Love of a Rake, Jane Lark.

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews

So having read the first book in Jane’s historical series and loved it I was keen to read this story about older brother Robert.

In much the same way as Ellen from the first book, Jane was also stuck in a lifestyle she didn’t want and couldn’t escape. Her elderly husband has died and left her his fortune, but his estranged son isn’t happy – he’s got the estates and lots of property but he wants the money too. He’s a terrifying man and threatens Jane, telling her he always gets what he wants, and this time its not just the money but Jane herself. He’s got a wife and eight children, but plans to make Jane his mistress. Her marriage to his father was unhappy, she was forced into it by her parents at just…

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*Review:* Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

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I Loved It


WOW! This book, it is just freaking amazing. Twenty Four hours later and I’m still trying to wrap my head around this awesome story.

Rule is the typical bad boy, tatted up, does what he wants, and is a complete man whore. Shaw has been in love with Rule since the day she met him, but has basically become his baby sitter to get him home for Sunday brunch each weekend. These two on paper would never work, but let me tell you, paper lies, these two are meant for each other.

Rule’s relationship with his family is messed up, and almost beyond repair, he lost his twin brother Remy and his mother blames him for it. Rome his older brother is home after being injured at war, and the first brunch together, all hell breaks loose before they can even eat!…

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Blog Tour with Giveaway & Review – Death Bed (A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery) by Leigh Russell

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Title: Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery (DI Geraldine Steel #4)

Author: Leigh Russell

Genre: Mystery/Detective

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Two brutal murders. No witnesses.

The battered bodies of two young girls are discovered in North London, one shortly after the other. Desperate to avoid hysteria in the community, the police struggle to make a quick arrest before the deranged killer can strike again. Not having any luck, Detective Geraldine Steel, recently transferred to London, is called in to make sense of the grisly murders and the killer’s unusual signature: he extracts two teeth from each of his victims. With the death toll mounting, Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers have dubbed “The Dentist.”

Review by Angela

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Revealing Gabby by Amy Gregory: Cover Reveal

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Title:  Revealing Gabby (Finding Perfect #2)

Author:  Amy Gregory

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:  March 25, 2014

Cover Design:  The Killion Group, Inc.

Event Organized By:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend.  The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.

Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form.  In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.

Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was.

Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.

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When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs.  The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”.  She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions.  Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years.  And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well.  At least she’s grateful most of the time!  Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

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The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

3392089Title: The Winter Sea

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Genre: Contemporary and Historical Romance

Date of Publication: 2010

Publisher: Allison and Busby

Rating: 5/5

Book Description: In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

Review:

Gah!! It’s been forever since I wrote a review. So I’m currently trying to catch up. I’ve been reading but that irritating thing called life keeps getting in the damn way! I finished The Winter Sea several weeks ago and couldn’t wait to write my thoughts down. Many of you may have already read it since it’s been several years that this book has been published and released. I loved it. But there were certain parts I wanted to scream at my device. The ending was completely frustrating for me, but I can’t have my own subjective views regarding the ending decrease the overall rating of the book. I didn’t like how Gone with the Wind ended, but do you see me giving that less than the deserved 5+ stars?  Nope. So I won’t go there.

The overall premise of the book of an extremely successful author that can jet set to where ever she likes on a moments notice, in order to satisfy her literary inspiration, is what makes fiction worth reading. She was

“thirty-one, with four bestselling novels to my credit and the freedom to live anywhere and anyhow, I chose.”

I want to be that lady.

I want to be that author that gets to experience love in two different time periods. The one that has scores of men falling over themselves to offer a tour of the town. But I don’t want to be that fictional author that writes about her fictional ancestor, Sophia, who to me was just completely flawed. She was too fragile, too innocent, and just too blah. What she did in the end made me angry.  As Carrie writes and researches her book, she begins to find that her writing resembles real life. She is inspired by a thought or a vision and becomes overly consumed with writing the piece that when she looks up from her laptop, the sun is rising. Coffee is mentioned a lot in this book.

The writing is beautiful as was the scenery. The historical aspects appeared concise, although I would not deem myself an expert on the Jacobite rising and rebellions, however, Gabaldon is a favorite so I do have some background knowledge. One-sided it may be, that side being Jamie ;-) Again this is fiction, but with any well written historical fiction it is still essential to have accuracy with regards to background and historical figures. And that it why I love them so much, because you learn about other places and other times, other languages. The Doric language pulled me in and I found myself wanting to try it. Can you imagine, this little Asian girl speaking the Doric? I could be on a reality show over here!

So to that end, enjoy the beauty of the dialect below, cause it frigging rocks. (There were other great educational how-to-speak Doric videos, but they were just downright boring)