Clarissa and the Poor Relations by Alicia Cameron

indexIn Regency England Mrs Thorne’s School for Young Ladies is about to close due to the death of young Clarissa’s mother a year ago.This leaves eighteen-year-old Clarissa Thorne and her three school mistress friends no option but to return to the bosom of their families as despised ‘poor relations’ – at everyone’s beck and call for all their lives.
But Clarissa has just inherited Ashcroft , a large crumbling estate, and she offers her companions an escape – run away with her to a life of independence and adventure. They must put the estate to rights with little money and less experience. Can sensible Miss Micklethwaite, aging romantic Miss Appleby and the beautiful Miss Oriana Petersham escape their fate? To keep the vivacious, impulsive Clarissa in check they must at least try.
However, their relatives may have other plans.
Meeting the Earl of Grandiston and his companion (a devotee of the divine Oriana) on the road sets hilarious events in motion. Perhaps to adventure the ladies must add romance…

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Bio: Alicia Cameron is primarily a crime novelist whose alternate joy is the wit of Austen and Georgette Heyer. Her nom de plume allows her to indulge in a world where whatever tests ladies meet (and the Regency period offered many obstacles) they always come out smiling. Her whole family shared a love of Austen and Heyer and Clarissa and the Poor Relations was written at first as family entertainment, then shared.

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BROKEN FACES BY D.M. CARR

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BROKEN FACES BY D.M. CARR
Freddie Chevalier, a wealthy farmer’s son, suffers a life-changing disfigurement in the Great War. He’s in love with his best friend’s fiancé and is determined not to miss out on the excitement of the Great War. Soon his life changes from one of idyllic days spent with his friends, Charles, Meredith and Lexi, staying at the Baldwyn’s ancestral home in Shropshire and working on his father’s farm in Jersey, to one of horror, pain and betrayal.
It doesn’t take long for Freddie to discover that the life he enjoyed before the war has vanished and that he is going to have to find a way to live with the consequences of the choices he and Charles have made.

Broken Faces beat 7000 other entrants to be a runner-up in the Good Housekeeping Magazine Novel Writing Competition (2012) they described DM Carr as as ‘one to watch’, They also added, ‘In Deborah Carr’s Downton-esque tale, Broken Faces, a soldier suffers a life-changing injury in the Great War’. The book also received a special commendation in that year’s Harry Bowling Prize.
EXCERPT
Prologue
1918
As the weight of the plaster of Paris slowly increased on his face, he tried to steady his breathing and not give in to claustrophobia. It would be worth it in the end. He concentrated on the gentle American accent of the woman clasping his hand. She had a kind face. Her lack of shock when he’d been unmasked was admirable. Or was it simply she had grown used to seeing men such as he? They told him she was a sculptor. Someone overheard her say she saw beauty in the men she helped and that those men with missing noses and shattered faces were like the sculptures she created.
All he could think about, apart from the suffocating pressure on his nose and mouth, was a poem he’d heard someone recounting back at Les Invalides. Was it by Yeats? He wasn’t sure. He recalled it was about Easter in 1916, but not referring to the Front, even so the words still resonated. How did it go? He couldn’t quite remember. He was now one of the gueules cassées. One of the broken faces and his life would never be the same again.

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D M Carr - HeadshotABOUT D.M. CARR

D.M Carr lives in Jersey with her husband and three noisy but adorable rescue dogs. She writes romances for Accent Press under the pseudonym Georgina Troy. Broken Faces is her debut novel in her own name.
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Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 15 December 2015
Publisher: Green Shutter Books

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To Gain What’s Lost by Annemarie Brear

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She thinks her life has changed for the better, her dark secrets hidden, but little does she know…
The daughter of a wealthy landowner in Yorkshire, England in 1864, Anna Thornton leads a privileged life. But she is not content. She wants her life to mean something and longs to be accepted for the free-thinking, independent woman she is. When the dashing, adventurer Matt Cowan sweeps her off her feet, she thinks she has finally met her soul mate. However, he’s not the man she thinks he is. After he sails for South America, leaving her behind in England, Anna discovers she’s pregnant. Heartbroken she flees her family home, determined to keep her child’s illegitimacy a secret.

He has a few dark secrets of his own…

Brandon O’Mara is a strong, independent man who wants to make his own way without relying on his father’s wealth. He comes to Anna’s new home looking for work and convinces the reluctant woman to hire him. But Anna’s wary of men, of love, and treats him as nothing more than the penniless labourer she believes him to be. Then, just when Anna seems to feel she is getting on with her new life, and Brandon believes he is breaking down her barriers, the past rears up to confront them and their future hangs in the balance.

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Annemarie BrearBio:

Annemarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances under two names. Her passions, apart from writing, are reading, researching, genealogy, roaming historical sites, buying books and gardening. She is an author of historical women’s fiction, contemporary romance and several short stories.
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WHILE I WAS WAITING BY GEORGIA HILL

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WHILE I WAS WAITING
BY GEORGIA HILL

Genre: Historical/time-slip romance
Release Date: 2/7/15 (e-pub) 10/9/15 (print)
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Tired of her life in London, freelance illustrator Rachel buys the beautiful but dilapidated Clematis Cottage and sets about creating the home of her dreams. But tucked away behind the water tank in the attic and left to gather dust for decades, is an old biscuit tin containing letters, postcards and a diary. So much more than old scraps of paper, these are precious memories that tell the story of Henrietta Trenchard-Lewis, a love lost in the Great War and the girl who was left behind.

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2014-10-14 12.22.20ABOUT GEORGIA HILL

I used to live in London, where I worked in the theatre. Then I got the bizarre job of teaching road safety to the U.S. navy – in Marble Arch!
A few years ago, I did an ‘Escape to the Country’. I now live in a tiny Herefordshire village, where I scandalise the neighbours by not keeping ‘country hours’ and being unable to make a decent pot of plum jam. Home is a converted Oast house (Old agricultural building used for drying hops), which I share with my two beloved spaniels, husband (also beloved) and a ghost called Zoe.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel widely, though prefer to set my novels closer to home. Perhaps more research is needed? I’ve always wanted to base a book in the Caribbean!
I am addicted to Belgian chocolate, Jane Austen and, most of all, Strictly Come Dancing.

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Siege of the Heart by Elise Cyr

ImageSiege of the Heart:

He fought for king and country, but that battle was nothing compared to the one he’ll wage for a woman’s heart.

Still reeling from the news of her father’s death during the Norman Conquest, Isabel Dumont is unprepared when trouble arrives at the castle gates. Alexandre d’Évreux, a Norman knight with close ties to England’s new king, has arrived to secure the land and the loyalties of the Dumont family. Desperate to protect her people, Isabel strives to keep the confounding knight at arm’s length and hide the truth about her father’s death.

For Alexandre, the spoils of war come with more than just a generous gift of land. They come with Isabel Dumont. Vowing to marry only for love, Alexandre finds himself in a difficult situation as a conqueror granted dominion over the land and its people. Isabel is the one person capable of helping him win the regard of those living in the war-torn country…if he chooses to accept her.

Just when Alexandre finds a spark of hope that he and Isabel have a chance at love, she vanishes. His quest to find her plunges him deeper into the conquest’s fallout. Was she taken? Or did she leave?

CONTENT WARNING: Entering into this novel may cause extreme affection toward knights of old, admiration for strong-willed women, and the overwhelming belief that love really can conquer all.

Publisher Link: http://lyricalpress.com/siege-of-the-heart/

Amazon.com Link (print links forthcoming): http://www.amazon.com/Siege-Of-Heart-Elise-Cyr-ebook/dp/B00J0FILLQ/

Excerpt:

They stood there like hunter and prey, but she would be no man’s quarry.

“I am Alexandre d’Évreux. But you, my dear, can call me Alex. I am here to escort Lord Dumont and his family to London, where he is to greet King William. I chose to ignore your questionable arrival when you were with fever.” He walked toward her with a decided prowl to his gait. “Now, I will wait no longer for answers.”

Isabel lifted her chin. “I have questions of my own.”

“I am sure. But first, Lady Isabel, you will explain to me why Matilde thought it necessary to hide your identity from me.”

“I know not.” Her gaze swept over him once more. “Perhaps she thought your intentions were dishonorable.”

A muscle worked in his jaw. “Matilde is extremely loyal to you, no doubt. I assure you, I am acting under orders from William himself. No harm will come to you or your family, but I expect your cooperation.”

She stiffened. “Am I a prisoner?”

“Non, not unless you refuse to cooperate. I only intend to be your family’s escort to London. How easy or difficult that is will be up to you.”

About Elise Cyr:

I’ve always loved adventure, romance, and happy endings. I write primarily in the medieval period. Because there’s still so much we don’t know about that time in history, the writer’s imagination is essential for fleshing out the research and making it come to life on the page. Plus swords and castles are just plain fun.

I live in New Mexico with my husband and the sweetest dog ever. When I’m not writing, I hike, bike, cook, and (of course) read. You can follow me on Twitter,PinterestGoodreads, or check out my blog

 

 

Daughter of the King by Carlene Havel

 ImagePrincess Michal was the youngest daughter of Saul, the first king of
Israel.  In an age when fathers arranged marriages, Michal dared to fall in
love with a handsome young musician named David, from the little town of
Bethlehem.  As recounted in the Bible, Michal helped David escape from her
insanely jealous father.  King Saul punished his daughter with forced
marriage to a distant war lord.  Princess Michal unexpectedly returns from
seven years of exile to find a changed world. Most of her relatives are
dead.  David has become King of Judea.  He has acquired six additional
wives, one of whom is a princess from Geshur. Michal longs to have a son to
reign over Israel and reestablish the rule of King Saul’s heirs.   But each
royal wife has hopes of placing her own son on the throne.  Can Princess
Michal’s love for King David survive war, madness, infidelity, and betrayal?

Sample Reviews from Amazon:

“This book is reminiscent of The Red Tent. It is well written, descriptive
and intriguing. Ms. Havel and Ms. Faucheux did an amazing job of
storytelling and weaving the past into an extremely interesting read.” –
Victoria Pitts Caine

“This is a powerful story….This book will leave the reader thinking about
it long after the final page and deserves a solid 5 stars.”   – Fiction with
Flair Reviews “Stephenia McGee”

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Midwinter Masquerade by Romy Gemmell

Midwinter Masquerade by Romy Gemmell - 200In Edinburgh, December 1816, young widow Lady Lenora Fitzallan accepts an invitation to the country estate of Edward Montgomery, the man she once thought to marry seventeen years previously. Accompanied by her godmother, Lady Pettigrew, Lenora forms a friendship with Edward’s young niece and ward, Annabelle, who has a propensity for getting into scrapes and falling in love with the wrong man.

In the days leading up to the Masquerade Ball on the Winter Solstice, unexpected guests arrive and family secrets are revealed. Once the past is revealed and the real villain unmasked, Lenora must decide where and with whom her future now lies.

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Midwinter in the Scottish countryside is a perfect setting for this historical romance. I enjoyed the clever threads of stories running through this book, with the widowed Lenora’s romantic turmoil a nice contrast to the more whimsical escapades of the younger Annabelle. The unanswered question of why Lenora’s past love, Edward, abandoned her, only to now invite her to his home years later, provides intrigue and a page-turning simmering tension between the two. The supporting cast of characters weave further mystery and drama on the lead up to the magical masquerade ball, and we are left wondering who will capture Lenora’s heart.” Amazon Reader

Bio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARosemary Gemmell’s short stories and articles are published in UK magazines, in anthologies, in the US, and online and she has won several short story prizes. She lives in the beautiful west coast of Scotland and is now a published novelist for adults (as Romy) and Middle Grade/tweens (as Ros) with three different e-publishers. Her BA (hons) in literature and history and MA in Humanities are put to good use in reading and research for all types of writing. Midwinter Masquerade is her new Regency novel set in Scotland from Tirgearr Publishing.

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Amazon US and Amazon UK

All e-formats through Tirgearr Publishing

Website: www.rosemarygemmell.com

Main Blog: http://ros-readingandwriting.blogspot.com

Twitter: @rosemarygemmell

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