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Please welcome Gina Danna back to the blog. Today she is promoting her latest book, Great and Unfortunate Desires! Gina has graciously agreed to give away a copy to one of you who leaves a comment saying you want it.

As always we’ll start with the cover!



Now the blurb. 

Victorian England c. 1870

Operating as a British spy, Tristan St.James, the new Marquis of Wrenworth, barely escapes Afghanistan with his life in the spring of 1869. He plans to seek vengeance against the traitor who exposed him and for the agent he’s forced to kill. Returning to England, as a lord, he must marry. Haunted by guilt from the horrors of war, he avoids love at all costs, but finds himself drawn to the only woman who is disinterested in him.

Lady Evelyn Hurstine has waited over two years for the return of her love, a man who left for war in the East. But during that time, she suffered a brutal assault, resulting in a child and fear of any man touching her except for the man she once knew. The pursuit by the marquis scares her but her excuses against his proposal dwindle.

Their marriage strengthens into love until she discovers her husband isn’t the safety she believed but the one who killed the man she once loved. Caught in a world of intrigue and mayhem, Tristan must prove his love to her before the traitor destroys them both.

And finally an excerpt.

After all the years he’d spent in India and Afghanistan, nothing much surprised Tristan other than English ideas on manners and morals. Relaxing in a leather cushioned chair at Brooks, trying to forget Livingston’s cautionary dismissal, Tristan sipped his brandy while other patrons debated the recent bets placed in the club’s infamous ledger. With the Season in full session, matchmaking wagers almost outnumbered the vulturous mothers of the debutantes. Tristan’s stomach roiled because he knew his name was now listed in the book.

Harry sat to Tristan’s right watching Tristan as he toyed with an unlit cigar. Finally Harry laughed.

“I fail to see the humor in this,” Tristan griped.

Harry slid to the edge of his chair. “Aren’t you curious who you’re linked with?”


“That is what is so funny. The fact that you say that, yet you sit there, smoke pouring from your ears…”

“That is simply my cigar.”

Harry’s grin spread further. Both knew the cigar wasn’t burning. “Right. Well, in case you are wondering…”

“And I’m not,” Tristan stated flatly.

“I placed money on you and the Hurstine chit.” He sat back, arms crossed, and waited for a response.

Tristan’s gaze narrowed. There was something about her, beyond her beauty, which called to him. His body registered her presence, albeit in memory only, stirring his loins to attention and inflaming his desire for her. She was fire and ice, a mystery. “Why her?”

Laughter again from Harry. “Good lord, man, haven’t you queried Debrett’s about her? Or that lovely Lady Sarah you’ve been escorting around?”

The barren environment and simple lifestyle of the East was looking better and better to Tristan. Olive-skinned women with kohl-shadowed eyes and veiled faces were far more interesting than those of his own country. Frankly, he’d prayed he would be exempt from all this, but, as Harry so annoyingly pointed out, he wasn’t. Except for the ice queen and her pretty friend, few Englishwomen attracted him. But he feared if he looked in the book, he’d discover some bettors had associated him with several others.

“All right Harry. You’ve peeked. Tell me of these ladies.”

Harry chuckled. “I truly think you should take a gander yourself, but” he leaned in, “the Winston line is long and well established, with money but no title. In the Hurstine family, though, the father is a baron and one with money. Many believe he’s gone into trade to increase his wealth.”

Tristan caught his friend’s sneer at the end of the sentence. His gaze narrowed. “Trade? What a shame. Eliminates her immediately. Oh, the audacity!”

Harry frowned, Tristan’s sarcasm lost on him. “You know your solicitors could rule out such a match as inappropriate because of that.”

Tristan laughed. “Harry, my dear boy, trade may be the only thing that’ll help the snobby nobility. Land isn’t the means to an end anymore, my boy. Not when grain from the Americas is cheaper than home grown. No, no.” But Harry still had a look about him that made Tristan push. “What else about her?”

Harry’s brow furrowed. “There is a story, rumor, but you know how they go in these areas…”

“About what?” Tristan’s voice rose, aggravated. His stomach tightened. What on God’s green earth was he rambling about? If there was something else about her supposed unsuitability, he needed to know what it was.

His friend swallowed loudly and cleared his throat. “There was an episode, or so it’s been said, that she has a bastard. Or cares for one at any rate.” He shrugged.

Tristan frowned. The Ice Queen? A child? Her? She looked half-scared, half-frozen—too much so to allow intimacy. Thoughts of another man being close to her, touching her, made his skin prickle. A feeling of possessiveness overcame him, one he fought mightily to ignore.

“That is one of the most ridiculous accusations I’ve ever heard,” he spouted. It couldn’t be true, could it?



Buy links: Unfortunately, the book is not yet up on Amazon or the other sites as this blog goes live.


About Gina.

Gina_036I’ve had two loves since childhood – horses and history. I read everything I could to learn about horses, all The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley and collected every Breyer horse model I could buy. As to history, I devoured everything I could about the historic sites my parents took me to and fell in love with John Jakes North & South series. Later, that turned to historic romances and I was lost.

But I had to grow up, choose a major and career. One of my loves set the path – History. Got my BA & MA in European History and US from the University of Missouri and did PhD work through St. Louis University. Those degrees got me into the museum field, making history my career.

All those years of academic research abilities have helped me in writing historical romance. But heroes and heroines are more than monarchs, presidents, despots, and war machines. They’re real people, living in a time many romanticize about without understanding the complexities. These people love, hate, worry, celebrate and live like we do. How? Research, research, and more research. Diaries, census records, wills, deeds, church sermons, letters, laws, and so much more. Years of being a Civil War Reenactor helped me go beyond academia to get to the backbone of these people – who they were. The past is a fascinating adventure, real and alive, with discoveries at every corner. These people loved and fought just like we do today.

With my son off to college, I have the freedom to now research and write what I’ve longed to write – not for academia, not for formal education but from my heart. As a member of RWA, MORWA, HHRW, and The Beau Monde, I get to experience the new adventure of the love in the past. That is, as long as I still pay attention to my supervisors – my two black labs, my three cats and yes, my Arabian gelding, named Shetan, after The Black Stallion.  Both my childhood loves together at last.

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Happy Sunday!

While you’re reading this, I’ll be winging my way to the US from Europe. We finally made it over to the castle only to discover that the only part open to the public was a café. Here are some pictures of the outside and courtyard.





This is the well and the wheel they used to get water up.



Christmas decorations are left up until February 2d.




This house was built around the 14th century.


Skiing was fantastic, We even had some fresh powder on Thursday.

In other news, the covers for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe and the Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh are entered in the JABBIC contest. If you like the covers, please stop by and vote for them. https://jabbic.hbarwa.com/readers/ViewCategory.php?cat=2

My publisher emailed me this lovely review of Desiring Lady Caro from the Library Review.http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2014/01/books/genre-fiction/mystery/xpress-reviews-e-originals-first-look-at-new-books-january-31-2014/

Have a great week!!


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Happy Sunday!!

We’ll begin today with book winners, and we have a bunch of them.

First, the winner of Shana Galen’s books: Sandy Xiong

Next the winners of The Temptation of Lady Serena’s Blog Tour.

SOS Aloha: Janice Hougland

Manic Readers:  Glenda Martillotti

Miss Ivy’s Book Nook: Cathy Phillips

Romance at Random: Justine

Congratulations, ladies!!

In other news, I want to thank you again for keeping The Seduction of Lady Phoebe on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list for over four weeks now and The Temptation of Lady Serena on the Amazon bestseller lists for three weeks.

I recently discovered my iPhone camera can zoom in. I know it took me a while. Anyway here are some of the photos I took this week.

This photo of an early moon rise was taken at about 5:30 PM.


I finally got a picture of a pelican.



And a better picture of a visiting sailboat.


Except for a day visiting doctors only to discover I’ve torn my meniscus, I’ve been in the editing cave for the past week, and I’ll be there this week as well.

What did you do this week?


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Happy Sunday to you!!


Let’s begin with the winner of Cara Elliott’s book, Scandalously Yours. Congratulations to Anita H!!

Thanks to all of you, The Temptation of Lady Serena is starting her third week of being on the Amazon bestseller lists and the Seduction of Lady Phoebe has been on the Barns and Noble list for over three weeks now!

I don’t usually share reviews, but this one from Blackhaven Reviews is fantastic. http://networkedblogs.com/SJH7M

I received the cover blurb for Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret, which releases in August. Please tell me what you think of it.

Ella Quinn’s intriguing and irresistible bachelors are masters in the game of seduction. But nothing has the power to change a single man’s mind like a captivating woman…

William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he’s bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can’t resist such a beguiling distraction…


Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family’s livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities…

Praise for The Temptation of Lady Serena

“This charming, sweet love story is the perfect addition to the Marriage Game series.”

–RT Book Reviews

The weather has been strange all week here, but I still managed to get a few pictures for you.

This is a view of the Charlotte Amalie harbor on a six ship day. I couldn’t get a shot of the two at Crown Bay.

Cruise Ships

Here is another picture from my paddle board.

From paddle board

It’s always fun to see the sand art.

Sand man

The release tour has just about ended, I’ll post the last three stops as they come up this week. Naturally, I’ll be giving away copies of The Temptation of Lady Serena.

Have a great week, and I’ll see you next Sunday!


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Let’s begin with the winners of Jenna Jaxon’s book, Betrayal!

Congratulations to Carol Cook and Linda Thumb!!

Oh my goodness! What a week!! The Temptation of Lady Serena hit the Amazon bestseller list for Regencies on the January 1st, then quickly went on to achieve the Hot New Historical Releases, the list for both Regency books and Kindle books, then made the Historical Fiction list.  And she’s still up there!

The Temptation of Lady Serena

The Temptation of Lady Serena

Meanwhile Phoebe has been on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list for historical romance for over two weeks now.

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Thank you all so very much reading, liking and spreading the word about the books!! You all rock!!

Congratulations to the two winners of the Temptation of Lady Serena. One from last week’s Sunday News and the other from Romantic Historical Reviews.

The winner from Sunday News is Rhonda Kirby!!

Unfortunately I only have the email address for the other winner.

Although the big release tour list is over, I still have a few stops during the month which I’ll announce when the links go live.

Again, thank you all for your support!

The weather was strange this week. Mostly it was very windy with rough water even in the bay, but I still managed to get some pictures for you.

Boats 2I love boats.

Here is an interesting water swirl.

Water swirl

And we had another sand artist visit.

Sand turtle

Have a wonderful week!


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Happy Sunday!! Whew!! What a week. Lets start with book winners.

Glenda won a copy of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh on Buried Under Romance, and Lana on History Undressed.

Sandra Merrill won Cheryl Bolen’s book, Marriage of Inconvenience. Congratulations ladies!! Sandra, you’ll need to contact me with your physical address.Congratulations

The release for The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh went amazingly well. the book has been on the Amazon Regency bestseller list for almost a week now, and The Seduction of Lady Phoebe is on it as well. Having readers love my books, and spread the word is a dream come true. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for reading and telling others about the books.

Next week, I’ll have a Facebook contest to name book #5 of The Marriage Game. My editor and I can’t come up with anything we both like. The winner will receive a signed copy of the book, and either lunch with me at RT in New Orleans, or RWA Nationals in San Antonio, or a Caribbean spice basket. So put your thinking caps on.

Here is the blurb I did up to help you.

William, Viscount Wivenly, is determined to escape marriage minded ladies before his luck runs out, and he’s trapped. When asked to investigate the problems surrounding his deceased great-uncle’s family, William jumps at the chance to assist. Yet after arriving in the West Indies, his attention is drawn to a sultry, young French widow. Now all he can think about his making her is mistress.

Life has not been easy for Miss Eugénie Villaret de Joyeuse since her step-father, Nathan Wivenly, died. She’s had to continue their work freeing slaves, hold her family together, and discover why the business is mysteriously losing money. She doesn’t have time for a spoiled Englishman who kisses ignite her passion.

When Will learns his widow is in fact an innocent and his father’s ward, he immediately proposes marriage, on his terms. Yet Eugénie has something else in store for the arrogant viscount. If he wants her hand in marriage, he’ll have to work for it.

With all the rain we’ve had, the beach has changed again. This is the outlet from the mangrove swamp. I was on the paddle board this morning, and it’s all sanded in now.

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The rocks at the far end of the beach were surrounded by water.

End of beach

I found a very cool sand castle. I made the photo larger so you could see more detail.

Sand art

It even had a flag.

Have a lovely Sunday and the rest of the week.


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I’ve been tagged by my good friend, Lauren Smith for the Writerly Blog! The questions revolve around why and how one writes.

Lauren touched on writing romance and some of the negative comments she’s received. I have to say, most comments I get are extremely positive. in fact, when I was at the Annapolis boat show two weekends ago, I ended up handing out all my business cards. I’ve only received one sneer. Naturally being a former college instructor and lawyer, she promptly got a lesson in the amount of research it takes to write historical romances. I pay so much attention to detail, that last summer an author friend said I could write historical fiction if I was so inclined. After all, there is more money in it. I also told the doubter about the number of advanced degrees many historical authors had. There are doctors, nurses, lawyers, and PhD’s who teach at such prestigious universities as Duke, Harvard, and Yale (I’m sure there are many more, I just can’t remember right now.)

In my opinion, historical romance had never been smarter and more erudite. Are there some who just don’t care about many historical details? Of course there are. We don’t march in lock step after all. But they too have their audiences. Now to the questions.

1. What are you working on right now?

The sixth book in The Marriage Game. It takes place in Northumberland and Edinburgh. The working title is Lady Mary. I’m also mulling over a Christmas novel my editor asked if I could write, and a Christmas novella I want to write.

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

I write traditional Regencies, but with sex. There I said it. Usually I dance around the word by using spicy. One of the things I missed in reading Georgette Heyer was the deep emotional fulfillment.  I do think if she’d written in the present, she would have been much warmer, but she died in 1976 at the age of 71.

3.  Why do you write what you do?

I’ve always loved Regencies. Though it never occurred to me to write one. Then I read an interview where the author said, write what you read. Every quickly clicked, and within a week I had a video playing in my head of an angry Regency lady. A month later, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe was a complete draft. So I really didn’t pick the Regency era, it picked me.

4. How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantser, but I many times plot a scene out in my head. I like to write linearly, but there are times when the scenes don’t come to me in a nice orderly fashion, and I have to then write to get from one place to the next. When I’m stumped, I just write. After all, it’s easier to fix crap than nothing at all. I’m also a fast writer. If left alone (no social media etc.) I can write 100,000 words in a month.

I’m tagging Collette Cameron, Louisa Cornell, and Barbara Monajem.

Now you tell me what do you write or read what you do?

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This is it, I’m on Fuzzy Pink Slippers with the last giveaway for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. I hope to see you there!

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

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Good morning!

Congratulations to Jenn Bray Weber for wining a copy of Tracey Devlyn’s book, A Lady’s Secret Weapon.

The Seduction of Lad#C46729Today I’m visiting the brilliant Liza O’Connor where I’ll be giving away a copy of The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. Please come by and visit for a while.









I’ll leave you with some pictures of the beach.


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Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week!


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Susana Ellis posted a wonderful review of The Seduction of Lady Phoebe today.

If you’re reading the book or have finished it, please tell me how you liked it.

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

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