Lady AnneBook One
Upon the death of her father, her Guardian, “The Honorable Robert Conrad” married her at sixteen to a vicious beast named Gerard Candor, the Marquis de Coeur. Her ‘husband’ would bring friends with him when he would arrive to provide her the small pittance she was expected to live on.
If she allowed them to use her body, then she would receive her money. If she fought them, she would be brutally beaten and receive no money.
Recognizing her need for help, her friend, Tom, helped her establish a very fine private club at her estate. With the money she received from the club games, she begins to build a fine stable of horses for the gentlemen to ride.
When the Marquis de Coeur dies, Anne celebrates with her gentleman. While she will have less money, she is certain her life will be better now.
She couldn’t be more wrong...
Aaron De Coeur bounded off the ship the moment it docked in Calais, France. He waited for neither his steward nor his luggage. Pushing his way through the crowd, he paid no attention to the hands that slyly searched his pockets for something to lift. He had no time to teach pickpockets a lesson.
He flagged a carriage for hire and gave the driver his destination. When the man declared it too far, Aaron offered him five times the going rate. Sensing a desperate customer, the driver refused, demanding even more. Aaron pulled a long-barreled gun from the arm holster hidden beneath his suit jacket and aimed it at the fellow’s head.
The driver’s eyes rounded in fear and sweat beaded upon his brow. “The wage is most generous, sir.”
By the time the majestic castle, with its four ancient guard towers and surrounding stone wall, came into sight, Aaron’s fists were numb from his continual clenching. When they pulled up before the door, Aaron leapt from the carriage. As he pulled out the coins to pay the driver, his focus went to the horses, panting in distress, foam bubbling from their mouths.
The butler, Shaw, hurried down the stone steps. He looked quite severe until he recognized Aaron. “Master Aaron, thank God, you’ve made it in time.”
“My father still lives?”
“Barely. He’s been holding on for you, my boy.”
Aaron placed the coins in Shaw’s hands. “Pay the driver, only after those horses have been watered, fed, and are fit to travel.”
Having no time to waste, Aaron took the steps three at a time. Only one thought filled his head: to speak to his father once more. He rushed through the entry hall, up the grand stairway, down the main hall, and into his father’s bedroom.
Stopping at the door, he stared at his once strong, but now shockingly frail father lying in bed. For a moment, Aaron feared fate had taken his father only seconds before he arrived. He approached the bed and knelt beside the silver haired man. When he discovered the old man’s hand still warm, Aaron sighed with relief.
His father’s eyes opened. “You made it,” the Marquis said in a raspy voice.
Aaron forced a smile upon his face. “I came the moment I received word. Why did you wait so long to write that you were ill?”
“Because you would have abandoned your dreams and come home. I have learned there is a terrible price to pay for stealing the dreams of the young. I would not do it twice.”
About the Author
Liza loves to write books. In fact, she has over fifty novels now and she still continues to publish a book a month.
She writes in a multitude of genres.
Romance, Comedy, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, & Western.
She even has one Young Adult novel.
Thus, her books have a wide range of heat from mild to adult language and situations, that are determined by what seems realistic for each of her many stories.
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Lady Anne is an interesting woman. She's faced hardships which would have crippled many others, yet she has risen above the pain and found something she enjoys...horses. Her life is completely different than many other women of her age. But when she realizes the truth about what happened and who was at fault, she must learn to adapt once more.
Ms. O'Connor writes stories with interesting characters. They are human and flawed but are still ones you want to see a happy ending for. No matter what happens to them, they find a way to persevere.
Lady Anne ties into my favorite of Ms. O'Connor's books (Her Sleuth Series). In Lady Anne we meet Jacko, the pirate before he becomes ensnared with Victor and Xavier. It's wonderful to learn more about this fascinating character and his own journey to happiness.
This book will keep you entertained!
Movies about friendship and overcoming obstacles are the staple of childhood. How to Train Your Dragon quickly became a favorite among younger audiences with the cute and adorable Toothless the Night Fury. Now the final installment of the movie series will have you crying as you say goodbye.
You can catch my review on Monday on WHMI at 8:40 in the AM or on my Movie Review Page.
What would you be willing to do for love? Would you risk your life? Would you go against the rules of your government or country? Would you risk it all?
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Behind the beauty is heartache... unless their love can save them.
Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers—empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others’ troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward... and the fact that behind his kind smile is a life filled with loneliness and pain.
The closer Neve grows to Micah, the more desperate she becomes to protect him from a cruel and gruesome fate. But in a world where only a few are allowed the luxury of love, saving Micah comes with a price: Neve must choose between her loyalty to the Nation or her heart—a decision that will take them both on a race for their freedom, and their lives.
About the Author:
When Amanda was a child, her father traveled frequently for business, always bringing her back a book as a present. Whether she was getting lost in the pages of a tale about far-away knights, girls with supernatural powers, or kindly giants, she was quickly hooked on stories.
Over the years, Amanda has followed her own yellow brick road of reading and writing, and although her adventures haven't involved sword fights or saving the planet from certain annihilation, they have involved jobs in scholarly publishing and marketing, a modest amount of travel, and a lifelong love of novels.
Amanda holds degrees in English from Salve Regina University and Boston College. She lives in southern New Hampshire with her family and a precocious pet poodle named Snickers.
Romantic comedies are a staple of Hollywood from Pretty Woman to How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. They have many similar plot points in common and Isn't it Romantic pokes fun at the genre in order to help Natalie (Rebel Wilson) learn to appreciate what she has.
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FROM LONDON WITH LOVE
by Melissa Kendall
What would you do if you had a one-night stand which resulted in the most amazing sex of your life? You’d want more, right? That’s what Angela wants, too, but unfortunately, the next morning she must return to University in Australia. So, she leaves Brad a note, hoping he’d contact her. But he never does. What a jerk.
Five years later, having finished her degree, Angela plans to celebrate with her friends at their favourite drinking spot. However, when she enters, she’s shocked to see Brad sitting at the bar. Summoning all of her courage, she says hello, and, in an instant, the spark between them rekindles. Problem is, this time, Brad's only in Australia one more day.
Spending what little time remains together, Angela can’t deny that he’s the only one for her. And with time running out, she realizes she must tell him the truth of her heart. Will fate let them find a way to be together forever, or are they always destined to part ways?
She reached for the bedside table to find her phone nowhere in sight. Fuck.
As carefully as she could, she jumped out of bed, looking for her clothes and her purse. Her knickers and skirt were her first find, and she quickly slid them on. Then she spotted her shirt on a chair on the other side of the room. A memory of Brad pushing her into the chair, shoving her skirt up, and diving headfirst between her thighs hit her like a tonne of bricks, making the ache return in anticipation of a repeat. He’d gone to town with his tongue and fingers like no man before and had brought her to not one, but two screaming orgasms.
Shaking her head, she grabbed her shirt off the chair and pulled it on; she didn’t have time for this. There under her shirt was her purse. She yanked it off the chair and frantically searched for her phone.
Pulling it out, she was aghast to see it was eight in the morning. She had set the alarm for an hour before. One look at her phone explained why the alarm hadn’t woken her. It was set to silent. Not surprisingly, there were five missed calls from Sophie. She fired off a quick text to say she was on her way, found her shoes, and then turned to face the still-sleeping Brad.
He lay on his back with the sheet draped over his waist, showing the hint of a morning wood. She wished she didn’t have to run, wished she met him months ago, and then maybe they could have gotten to know one another better.
Alas, her gap year was over, and it was time to go back to the real world and get on with becoming a responsible adult. Her parents’ words, not her own.
A square of white caught her attention, and she realized it was the standard hotel notepad. She picked it up and quickly wrote down her full name, social media links, and a brief apology then folded it and placed it on her pillow.
He’d find it there when he woke up, and then it would be up to him if he wanted to stay in touch.
One last quick glance at the bed and the decadent sight of a sexed-up Brad sleeping, and then she slipped out the door.
If she took one thing only home to Australia, it would be her memories of her night with Brad. She wasn’t some slut, and he also wasn’t her first by more than a handful, yet she could safely say he was the best she’d ever had. Even now, she felt the acute ache of a good fucking. With any luck, it would last the whole twenty-four hours home. She just had to make it to the airport on time.
Melissa Kendall is a fortyish mother of two from Perth, Western Australia, the second-most isolated capital city in the world. Between working and shuttling her kids everywhere under the sun she still has time to spend hours at her computer letting the imaginary people she thinks up tell their stories. She is the author of seven published works and writes a little bit of everything but contemporary erotic romance is her favourite genre http://www.melissakendall.net .
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Clara Winter's vampire series- The Immortal Kindred has a unique twist. Each tale tells the story of a vampire and features traveling into the past to get a better glimpse into the character of the vampire.
Her first book- Deepest Midnight brought readers along into early French times as the main character became a vampire.
Her latest release- Rebel Heart draws readers into 18th century Boston and Savannah along with the fight for our young country.
Psst... Ms. Winter also has three more riveting tales in this Amazing Series!! Be sure to grab each copy! Watch for the rest to come out in to the summer and fall!
Always and Forever
Annie is a Culper Spy captured by Hessian soldiers. Powerful and mysterious Captain Thayer Emmerich takes mercy and releases her. Annie is inexplicably drawn to the handsome German, but she hates the feeling of powerlessness the enemy has left her with. Annie would give anything to be stronger.
One evening at the famous Green Dragon Tavern, Annie befriends the ethereal Millicent. Soon after meeting Millicent, Annie discovers her secret--her new friend isn’t human. Millicent introduces Annie to her maker, Alexandre, and Annie joins their preternatural family.
Annie finally has the strength and freedom she needs to aid the revolution and see Thayer, once again. The two discover a passion neither has known before. But, too many complications exist for the pair to find happily ever after. Not only are they fighting on opposite sides of the war, the evil Emilia Romanov has plans for Thayer that do not include a love affair.
Rebel Heart is set in 18th century Boston and Savannah, as well as modern day Germany and France. This is the second book in The Immortal Kindred Series.
“Well, you certainly gave me a fright. You look like a new person this evening, which I guess you are.” She sat the candle on the seat of the wooden chair.
I felt so splendid I had forgotten what happened. Sitting bolt upright, I ran my hands over my face, neck, and body.
Millicent laughed. “Everything where it’s supposed to be?”
Instead of answering, I leaped from the bed and ran to the mirror. My appearance was no different. It was my senses. Closing my eyes, I could hear people talking on the street below. Their words were so clear they could have been in the room.
The sound of bugs skittering on the branches of the old oak tree, along with dew dripping from the bud of an open rose in the flower bed reached my ears. Opening my eyes, I took in the room. I could make out microscopic specks of dust entwined in the cords of the rug, the finely woven individual threads of Millicent’s dressing gown. My legs swayed underneath me, and I braced myself against the wall.
“This feels incredible.” I spun around. “What else can I do?”
Millicent was lighting the room’s lamps. “You are now able to move with such speed, mortals will not register you. You can jump great distances, so far it will almost seem like flying. The three of us have the ability to communicate with each other through our thoughts. And, of course, you will be strong. Very strong. This strength will grow as you age in your immortality.”
This was everything I needed to hear. All the strengths Millicent had listed would help me as a spy. There would be no thwarting me, no worry about capture, and I would complete one mission after the next with absolute perfection.
About the Author:
Amy Rugg grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and Alice in Wonderland, while watching Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Doctor Who. Writing her own stories naturally ensued. She is a wife, mother, and former school counselor, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Amy is from Colorado Springs, Co and currently resides in Mission Viejo, Ca. clarawinterbooks.com
What if you didn't know your own name? What if ordinary things were unknown? Would you trust the people around you? Who would you accept help from? As a child, I often played make-believe.
I leaned how to get around the house with out the use of my eyes. Just in case I lost my eyesight. I also knew various ways to get out in case of emergencies. I learned how to escape from quicksand, yet we never had one problem with it!
The one thing I never figured out, was what to do if I lost my memory. I guess it was too challenging for me to process. But here's a story which will give you some insights... and solve Summer's mystery!
It’s an abrupt, uncomfortable incarnation for Summer, the ghostly girl with chameleon eyes. Exotic hues roil in her gaze as she seeks to recall what awful sin in her past has doomed her to roam the earth. And to discover what—or who—will bring her to eternal rest.
Kota, brunt of bad jokes because he’s different, feels an instant connection to Summer. She recoils at the mere sight of him. Yet they are drawn together in a dance of mutual need, choreographed by the ages.
As Summer grows more attached to both her young foster brother and to Kota’s friend, Preston, she struggles against complacency. Until discovering that if she doesn’t expiate the guilt on her soul by her seventeenth birthday, she will roam forever.
For her, it’s hate at first sight. For him, it’s instant attraction. When the pieces of their lives begin to unravel and intertwine, will love be enough to save them both? Or will evil decide their future?
About the Author:
Laurel has been writing since the age of six, when Crawls the Caterpillar inched across her lined notebook paper propelled by a fat yellow pencil. She has published magazine and newspaper articles as well as blog posts with All The Way YA, SEAPC.org, and on her website. Her portfolio includes multiple children’s stories in a variety of genres. She has two Young Adult novels—both paranormal romances—with Inkspell Publishing.
In addition to writing, her passion is for travel to exotic locations around the globe. The people she meets, the places she visits, and the quirky way she looks at life all inspire her work. She loves complex characters and intricate plots that mesh into multifaceted books, melding romance, mystery, adventure, and history.
Laurel was a chosen participant at Better Books, a craft-based workshop near San Francisco. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and has been a presenter at their Fall SCBWI Conference In Pittsburgh.
When she’s not deep into a writing project, Laurel is a medical missions’ nurse, traveling for Southeast Asia Prayer Center, Hope in Haiti, Caring Hearts, and Convoy of Hope. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their fur baby, Mabel. All of that, plus she’s the world’s biggest fan of chocolate milkshakes and hugs.
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