Archive for March, 2014

Yey!! It’s release week for Desiring Lady Caro, book #4 in The Marriage Game! To celebrate I invite you to post your blurb or a short excerpt, as well as media and buy links.

Releases April 3, 2014

Desiring Lady Caro

Desiring Lady Caro

Ella Quinn’s bachelors are clever, charismatic–and determined to remain single. Yet one by one, they find that fate–and certain irresistible women–cast doubt on even the best laid plans. . .

Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother’s palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she’s come to the wrong place. And she’ll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis. . .

Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson’s mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear–and embrace what they can no longer deny. . .

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Please help me welcome historical romance author, and my good friend, Jenna Jaxon to the blog. Jenna writes from medieval to Victorian. Today she is spotlighting  Betrayal, the second book in her three book medieval serial. She will give away a copy of Betrayal to one commenter who tells her she wants the book! How easy is that?

First we’ll look at the cover.

Betrayal (3)


Here is the blurb.


After a night of passion with her betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, Lady Alyse de Courcy is eagerly looking forward to her wedding.  But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love.

A reputed connoisseur of women, Thomas, Lord Braeton, has dallied with many ladies of King Edward’s court, although he has favored none.  However, as Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, and Thomas discovers Alyse’s sweet but spirited nature, he comes to desire a marriage in truth.  Can he overcome her memory of Geoffrey or is Thomas doomed to burn with passion for a woman he can never possess?

And an except.

“Thomas.” Alyse curtsied quickly, then blurted out the dread she harbored in her heart. “Is my lord well? Have you news for me?”

Thanks to Anne and Margaret’s tactless comments, she had become convinced that Geoffrey had fallen ill with Sir Roland’s ailment and was now himself hovering between life and death.

Avoiding her eyes, Thomas answered briefly. “Aye, my lady. When I left him, Geoffrey was well enough.”

While relieved at his words, a shadow still lay on her heart. If Geoffrey was not ill, why Thomas’s manner changed?   No longer the easygoing courtier, with the familiarity she had come to expect from him. What had summoned this aloof stranger? He was withholding something. She crossed to stand directly before him, laid a cold hand upon his arm, and gripped it. “Tell me.”

With a sigh he stared into her face, opened his mouth to speak, then closed it and looked away.

That he could not bring himself to tell her filled her with terror. He said Geoffrey was well enough when he left. Her thoughts raced furiously, trying to make sense of so little information. When he left? And now?

Before she could question him further, he drew out a folded piece of parchment, sealed with blue wax and stamped with a signet ring bearing Geoffrey’s family crest. She stared at it.

“Geoffrey bade me place this in your hand and no other, my lady.” Thomas abruptly held out the missive. With an effort, Alyse took the letter.

Thomas sighed. “He also bade me be at your service, lady, had you need of anything.” He gave the parchment into her hand. As he did so, she looked into his eyes and recognized the same pity she had seen in the Princess Joanna’s eyes.

Panic made her arms weak and her fingers numb. She forced her shaking hands to break the seal.   Dread in her heart, Alyse unfolded the letter and began to slowly read the scratched and blurry words.

Author Bio:

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance.  Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this summer as a series of three novellas. The first book, Betrothal, will release on April 19th.

Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

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It has been said that the romance community is the most supportive and generous of all the genre communities. It is.

Last week one of our beloved authors, Jackie Barbosa, lost her seventeen-year-old son in a car accident. Although most of us will never be able to understand the depth of her and her family’s pain, Jackie’s loss is also our loss. We grieve for her and with her. 

Today, in support of Jackie, the very talented author, I will be featuring BEHIND THE RED DOOR  which will be on sale for $2.99 until 4/1 at Amazon, iTunes and Barnes and Noble.

You can find a list Jackie’s  books on her site  http://jackiebarbosa.com/books.html .

She also has two free short stories  – THE REIVER and NINE LADIES DANCING (both are historicals)

A memorial fund has also been set up in her son’s name. Details to donate can be found here. Any and all donation amounts are greatly appreciated.

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It’s time to strut your stuff.  My next book, Desiring Lady Caro, releases in ten days, or one week and three days. So today it’s your choice. Post either the first page of chapter ten or the tenth page of chapter one. Keep it PG. Buy links are welcome.

Here is mine from chapter ten.

Desiring Lady Caro

Desiring Lady Caro

Venice, Italy

Several days later, Antonio arrived back at his grandfather’s palazzo under an armed escort. He was ready to murder someone. The Austrian envoy had treated him like a common criminal. He hadn’t even been allowed to bathe and change his clothing while the Austrian talked with the duke.

Finally, he was summoned to his grandfather. Going down on one knee, he took the old man’s hand. “Nonno.”

“My grandson, I am greatly disturbed by some of the stories I’ve been hearing about you lately.”

The duke’s hand settled upon Antonio’s head and he knew he was in trouble. Never in his life had Antonio heard his grandfather raise his voice, but the softer his tone, the stronger the steel.

“But, Nonno, you told me to take what is mine.”

Sì, sì, but the emissary said you created a great scene, which you know I cannot allow. We have the dignity of centuries to uphold. And that is not all. A rumor has reached the ears of my priest. Antonio, is it true you killed a novice?”

No, he’d done many things, but not that. “Someone is lying. She was a whore, pretending to be an innocent to get more money.”

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Now it’s your turn!!

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Happy Sunday!!

We have winners and a title for the Christmas novella!!  Yey!!

Congratulations to Jenn Bray Webber who won Liza’s book, and to Liza O’Connor who won Collette’s book!

Liza also won the title contest for entering Madeleine’s Christmas Wish!

Desiring Lady Caro

Desiring Lady Caro

The final blog tour for Desiring Lady Caro is posted on my website. There will be a book giveaway at every site that allows it. The blog tour begins on April 1st at Heroes and Heartbreakers!

I’ll be posting excerpts on my Facebook page this week.

As an aside, there have been some really great reviews of Caro!

Please help spread the news!







In non-author news, here is what’s been happening this week.

The Iguanas are back out. This old guy has been hanging around a tree near my deck. We had one a year or so ago, which Hubby and I named Igor, then he, to my ire, decided to call him Eye-gore. So I’ve named this one Faulk.


Apparently we’ve had lots of celebrities on island. Last week Paul McCartney was here and on Magens, but not when I was. This week it’s Oprah. She and Gail were on this ship that was anchored in the bay.

Ship with Oprah

I went to the Orchid Society’s flower show on Friday. The theme was Love. How could I resist.

Orchid show

The weather is getting warmer so I’ve been walking earlier. This is what it’s been like at the beach this week.

Beach in the morning

The Rolex International Regatta begins on Friday, and I’ll be on the signal boat all weekend. I’m excited to see old friends, and meet new ones. I’ll post pictures.

What have you been doing this week?



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Wonderful post on eating out during the Regency.

Jane Austen's London

My starrylanceting point for this post is a book that will fascinate anyone interested in Georgian London  – The Epicure’s Almanac: Eating and Drinking in Regency London by Ralph Rylance, edited by Janet Ing Freeman (British Library 2012).

In 1815 Rylance published the first guide to London eating, with, as he put it, the intention of guiding his readers to those establishments where they might ‘dine well and to the best advantage.’  Incredibly, Rylance claimed to have investigated all the locations himself, over 600 of them. His recommendations range from smart Mayfair hotels, inns, chop houses, markets, tea gardens and cake shops. Poor Rylance must have hoped his work would go into many editions, but it survived only the one and the publisher, Longmans, did not reprint.

Janet Ing Freeman has taken Rylance’s original text and investigated all the establishments he mentions, giving us notes on location and lots…

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Really great post of writing kids into your book!

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Sharla Rae

BabyCatInGrandpa'sHatWriting children into our stories can be both fun and dramatic, especially when using them as foils for our main characters. But if it’s been a few years since you’ve interacted with them personally, it’s easy to become out of touch with their world.

You’ll find a few references to teens in my list of descriptions at the end of this blog, but my main focus today is on younger children. I did, however, come across an excellent blog by John Green and Veronica Roth called The 8 Habits of Highly successful Young Adult Fiction Authors.They have excellent ideas for portraying teens so be sure to take a look.

10 Tips For Writing Children Characters:

The number one rule is when writing children can be said of any character: don’t fall into the caricature trap.

Children should be as interesting as the other characters in a…

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