HIGHLANDER'S HOPE ON SALE DECEMBER 20TH-26TH

ONLY $0.99-Great stocking-stuffer for your romance or Ereader enthusiast!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

RELEASE DAY-A KISS FOR MISS KINGSLEY!! THAT'S TWO RELEASES IN JUST OVER TWO WEEKS!

To say I'm excited is a major understatement. 

Today is release day for A Kiss for Miss Kingsley, by first self-published novelette, and it's only $0.99! 

So, I'm officially a hybrid author now with two more self-published works, Love Letters-A Valentine Anthology (January 6, 2015) and Captivated by His Kiss-Regency boxes novella set (January 12, 2015) just around the corner. 

Anyway, to celebrate the release of A Kiss for Miss Kingsley, I'm offering a free copy to anyone who would like to read and review the novelette! 

Just send me an email. You'll also be entered in a drawing for a necklace! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

HIGHLANDER'S HOPE IS ON SALE! ONLY $0.99

Just in time for Christmas, I've put Highlander's Hope (Castle Brides Series) on sale for only $0.99.

Hey it costs more to get a stocking stuffer at WalMart or DollarTree!  

So head over to Amazon and order your romance novel fans a digital copy!! 


See what readers have to say: 

"I heartily recommend this book to romantic readers and adventurous ones, too. I rate it five stars but wish I could make it more. It is a wonderful book." ~The Romance Reviews Top Pick
 
"From beginning to end, this novel is absolutely marvelous!" ~My Book Addiction
 
"This story has wonderful imagery, characters you will enjoy and enough suspense to make for an exciting read." ~My Reading Obsession
 
"I loved this story! Highlander's Hope is an engaging read that I couldn't put down!"  ~So Little Time Blog
 
"With its compelling characters, an enticing mystery, and an emotional romance, Highlander's Hope is truly terrific from beginning to end." ~Lusty Penguin Reviews





MY DREAM JOB-CASTLE TOUR GUIDE

We've all done it, fantasized about the job that wouldn't be a job at all.  I’m not sure whether it’s my love of history and romance, or because I love to travel, especially in Europe, but my absolute dream job would be to be a castle tour guide. Heck, I even named my first historical romance series the Castle Brides series. 

Can you imagine how fabulous that would be?

Not only could I travel all over the place, but to be able to explore castles and palaces, maybe take a peek into those area off-limits to the general public. Wow!

I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

There’s something intrinsically magical and romantic about castles, but the history behind them is every bit as fascinating. As a tour guide, I’d get paid to do something I love. Plus, just think of all the research I could do for my writing!

I’m not particular about what kinds of castles I’d like to explore either. If it has a turret, moat, mullioned window, drawbridge, dungeon, tower, bailey . . . anything that remotely qualifies it a castle or a keep, I’m there!

Naturally as part of my job, I’d have to stay in the castles I visited, and even on occasion, dine in a few of them. Oh, and best of all, if there were a ball or a soirĂ©e  two, I’d get to dress appropriate to the era and dance the night away.

I’d be expected to show castle ruins—if only they stones could talk—which I find every bit as fascinating as the castle themselves.

The furnishings, the architecture, the artwork . . . sigh.


Yep, that’s a job I’d never retire from. 

What would your dream job be? 



   
See, there are castles on the covers!
Castle Images Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 

Friday, December 19, 2014

FANCIFUL AND FABULOUS FIVE-LINE FRIDAY

Dear Readers, 

If you're like me, you don't have much time to read this time of year. But, that doesn't stop me from taking a peek at the snippets posted here weekly and adding a book or two or three to my to-be-read list!  

I'm thrilled to have my first self-published book releasing December 21st. A Kiss for Miss Kingsley is a novelette you can read in less than an hour. So when things are crazy, grab a cup of tea or coffee, curl up with a snuggly throw and perhaps a pet or two, and give yourself a mini vacation with Olivia and Allen in London as they reunite after a three-year separation. 

FFFLF RULES
·  Five lines of your current work in progress, new release, soon-to-be-released...whatever.   (Do keep it as close to five sentences as you can.)

·  You are welcome to post buy links too. 

·  PG please. (I don't have a warning on my blog about content, so it has to be appropriate for all viewers. I will delete comments that aren't appropriate or offensive to some audiences. Sorry.)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CHRISTMAS REVELS-A MUST READ HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY

“A Light in Winter or The Wicked Will” – Debt-ridden Connor Grayson inherits his uncle's title and ruined estate. But in order to receive his uncle's money, the new Viscount Roxbury must marry an ancient crone—a fate he considers... until he meets her companion.

“The Lord of Misrule” – Everyone expects the Earl of Morrell to propose to Alice Caruthers during the Christmas holidays. Finally! But when the earl’s best friend arrives as the lucky First Foot on New Year’s Eve, Alice’s world turns upside-down.

“God Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen” – Newlywed Eugenia, Lady Hunter, wants to impress her aristocratic in-laws with her first Christmas house party — but blackmail, dead bodies, and being snowed in with a killer are not part of her plan.

“A Perfectly Dreadful Christmas” – Three not-so-wise gentlemen, a pregnant stranger, several tumbling footmen, and an unexpected snowstorm will turn Elizabeth's Perfectly Ordinary Christmas into a disaster ... or a Christmas miracle with the man she loves.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BLAIR BANCROFT-A PLUNGE INTO THE REGENCY DARK SIDE

Dear Readers, 
The wonderful Blair Bancroft is visiting the Blue Rose Writing Room today and talking about her twist on Regencies with a wonderful holiday release, Holly, which, by-the-way, is on of my sister's names. 
My Plunge to the Regency Darkside
Let me state for “ye olde recorde” that I am a devoted fan of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and many of the talented authors who have followed the style now known as the “traditional” Regency. I thoroughly enjoyed all seven books and two novellas I wrote for that very special sub-genre of the vast Romance market. I love the emphasis on manners, mores, elegant clothes, and gallant heroes, usually presented with a strong touch of humor.

And if I enjoyed writing my nine trad Regencies, I reveled in my Regency Warrior epics, four historicals filled with action and adventure, as well as romance. But I’m not one to repeat myself, at least not ad nauseum, so one day I said, “Hey, wait a minute, there’s got to be something more out there, something a little different.” And The Aphrodite Academy series was born—tales about young women, from ladies to tavern wenches, to whom life has been unkind. Since I’m definitely not a writer of erotica, I found myself creating stories that were frank but only occasionally graphic, and dealing with subjects only a few Regencies attempted—a father selling his daughter, physical abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, possible sexual relations between London’s street children.

Monday, December 15, 2014

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT-CATE PARKE AUTHOR OF PATRIOT'S DREAMS

Dear Readers, 

Please help me welcome historical author, Cate Parke! 

The American colonies had been at war with their mother country for five interminable years. Frustrated by their inability to subdue the conflict in the North, the British decide to bring the war south. Major Richard Berkeley stands ready to surrender his life to stop them.

Oakhurst, Richard’s plantation on the bank of the Ashley River, has already become the tip of his spear. His greatest treasure, his beautiful wife Alexandra, is the key to planning and implementation of a complex and perilous mission. While he is away fighting the war, she will manage the plantation, supply his troops, and persuade not only the British, but also her Tory neighbors, to believe a brazen lie—that she and Richard are loyal subjects of the British crown. She is grace personified—bred from untold generations of England’s royalty and highest nobility. Nobody would doubt her sincerity. But a dangerous few suspect treason—and one of them will stop at nothing to discover their secret.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

A KISS FOR MISS KINGSLEY IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER-ONLY $0.99!

Right on the tail of Triumph and Treasure (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series) releasing, A Kiss for Miss Kingsley is about to meet the world! 

The official release date is December 21, 2014, but you an preorder your copy now! 

A Kiss for Miss Kingsley is a novelette that takes place at the same ball you meet Flynn at in Triumph and Treasure

It's also the same ball where Bride of Falcon is set, which is part of the Captivated by His Kiss Regency boxed novella set also available for preorder for only $0.99! 

BUY THE BOOKS HERE!



Friday, December 12, 2014

FANCIFUL AND FABULOUS FIVE-LINE FRIDAY.

Dear Readers, 

What a week it has been! I've hardly been able to keep up with everything since Triumph and Treasure released last Wednesday. 

It's a very special day for me! My youngest turns 23. I can't believe it! 


Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


FFFLF RULES
·  Five lines of your current work in progress, new release, soon-to-be-released...whatever.   (Do keep it as close to five sentences as you can.)

·  You are welcome to post buy links too. 

·  PG please. (I don't have a warning on my blog about content, so it has to be appropriate for all viewers. I will delete comments that aren't appropriate or offensive to some audiences. Sorry.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GUEST AUTHOR SHIRLEY KIGER CONNOLLY-NOT QUITE AN ANGEL


Today I’m thrilled to have Shirley Kiger Connolly,  author of  Not Quite an Angel with me in the  Blue Rose Writing Room. She's giving away an eBook so be sure to leave your email address in the comments section. 


So, Shirley,  do you use a pen name/pseudo name? If so, why. If not, why did you decide to write under your own name?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ROMANCE WRITERS' WEEKLY-MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG



I love the blog hop content for this week! Xio Axlerod want's to know our favorite Christmas song! 

I love to sing (I'm a contralto, which means I have the lowest voice type for a female). I adore all kinds of Christmas songs and have Christmas music playing all day long, every day during December. 

I hope you hummed your way over here from J.J. Devine's. 

This was a tough one for me, but I finally settled on Oh Holy Night. 


Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Monday, December 8, 2014

LISA BELACASTRO AND CHRISTMAS PLUS A FREE BOOK

Dear Readers, 

It's such a thrill to have Lisa Belacastro visiting again. She's written a lovely post and is sharing about her new release, A Shenandoah Christmas
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An early Merry Christmas, Collette, to you and your readers. 

I’m thrilled to be back on the Blue Rose Romance. To celebrate my return, I’m offering my first ever free ebook deal. Over the next two days, December 8 and 9, readers will be able to purchase my recent release, A Shenandoah Christmas, for free on Amazon.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

HISTORICAL ROMANCE; OLD WIVES' TALES, SUPERSTITIONS, AND MYTHS


One of the things I love the most about writing historical romance is coming across superstitions, old wives’ tales, and myths I can incorporate into my stories.  

Some superstitions I’ve used are common. For instance, red hair and green eyes are associated with evil or the devil, and owls are often thought to be harbingers of bad luck or even death. 

Others have been fun to incorporate, like the mythical mantel of Arthur in Cornwall making a character invisible or Persinette changing her hair to wings and flying away. In both those instances, my heroines have been desperate to escape unpleasant situations.