Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crimson Romance's Boxed Set of Historical Romances Rolls On

Good Sunday morning, everyone!

I'm anxiously preparing for RWA Nationals, but I have time to post the next two entries in Crimson Romance's Time After Time historical bundle. What a deal--you get ten full length books for only 99 pennies. These books have a combined total of 239 four and five star reviews. Today, I'll focus on a Regency romance and a Viking love story. What fun!

Love’s Destiny by Elizabeth Meyette 

When Emily Wentworth’s father dies at sea, her father’s friend—and Emily’s appointed guardian—Jonathon Brentwood arrives at her home in London to take her with him to the colonies. Emily, just 17, has decided that she is fully capable of taking care of herself and sets out to prove that to her new guardian.
Emily’s one chance to remain in London is to marry, but when the opportunity arises, she knows she would rather follow Jonathon across an ocean to a land in upheaval than to stay safely in London.
But Jonathon’s involvement in patriot activity against England disturbs—and threatens—Emily, a loyal subject of the king. The colonial rebellion is the backdrop for misunderstanding, fear, mistrust, and danger. Will love’s destiny ensure that Emily and Jonathon stay together, even in the face of death?



Author Bio: Elizabeth Meyette’s love of books was ignited when her older sister read Goldilocks and the Three Bears to her. That passion grew into a career as an English teacher, media specialist, poet and author. She is fortunate to live in Michigan with her beloved husband, Richard, where they are inspired by their walks along the beautiful Great Lakes. 





Viking Fire by Andrea R. Cooper 

856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.
Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?
Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?
With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.


Author Bio: Andrea R. Cooper grew-up creating characters and never stopped. Fantasy, paranormal and historical romance are her favorite genres to read and write. She lives in Houston and when not writing or reading stories, she likes to dance when no one is watching.





These books are a part of the nicely bound ten-book bundle now available for sale. Get your copy today. Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1mXgHZt

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Crimson Boxed Set Of Historicals

Today begins five weeks of talk about the bundle of goodies Crimson has put together. Ten of the top-selling historicals published by Crimson in its first two years are all bundled up here, nice and pretty, for only $.99! That's right. For less than a dollar, you can get ten full-length historicals, covering a lot of different topics. Today, I'll talk about the first two in the bundle
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A Rogue In Sheep’s Clothing by Elf Ahern 

In Lord Hugh Davenport’s opinion, women of the ton perpetually hide behind a mask of deception. That’s hard for Ellie Albright, the daughter of an earl, to swallow—especially since she’s disguised herself as a stable hand to get back the prized stallion her father sold to Hugh to pay a debt. If Hugh learns her true identity she’ll lose the horse and her family will go bankrupt. Somehow, though, losing Hugh’s affection is beginning to seem even worse.
Already only a step away from being snagged in her own web of lies, Ellie’s deceit threatens to spin out of control when Hugh’s mother invites Ellie and her sisters to a house party. Now Ellie has to scramble to keep Hugh from knowing she’s the stable girl he wants to marry, while simultaneously trying to win his trust as herself. Can she keep her costumes straight long enough to save her family? And even if she does, will it be worth losing his love?


Author Bio: Elf Ahearn—yes, that is her real name—lives in New York with her wonderful husband and a pesky (yet irresistible) cat. Learn more about her at elfahearn.com or friend her on Facebook








The Glass Orchid by Emma Barron 

Orphan Adele Beaumont spent her childhood being passed around to cruel or indifferent relatives. She quickly learned the harsh lesson that a fatherless, penniless girl becomes an unmarriageable woman, leaving her alone and vulnerable to the whims of society. Determined to take charge of her own fate, Del decides to pursue the only means to an independent life available to her: become a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men.
Rhys Camden has just turned twenty-one and is now employed as factotum in his father’s shipping company. He is eager to find his place in the world, but he finds himself fighting against his father’s control as the elder Camden seeks to increase the family’s social standing to match their newfound wealth.
After a chance meeting on a foggy street, Del’s and Camden’s lives become increasingly intertwined. Their passion for each other ignites and, realizing there can be no true freedom without love, they vow to defy society and family and risk everything to be together. But they soon learn how dangerous that defiance can be.

Author Bio: Emma Barron lives in upstate New York with her family and two dogs. When not writing, she’s usually chasing her daughter, starting house projects she makes her husband finish, or killing all the plants in her garden. Learn more about her at www.emmabarronbooks.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

If you're a fan of historical romances, don't miss this opportunity to get ten books for one low price. Next week, I'll feature two more books from this fantastic bundle. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

G'day Everyone! Téa Cooper's In The House.

When I began sharing my work with others, and reading their works, I was impressed by the similarities between the Wild West in America in the late 1800s, and the wild Australian bush during the same period of time. I thought, even though Australia is on the other side of the world, we're not so different after all. Except for a few things...

I asked my dear friend, Téa to enlighten us Americans. So, without further ado, here she is!

G’day Beck, and thanks for the invite!

I was born in England and didn’t move to Australia until my twenties. (I still get ribbed (teased) about my English accent.) I hadn’t realised (realized) until I started writing just how many differences there were.

Everyone knows about the spelling – Australians use English spelling, which is hardly surprising because the Queen of England is still our Head of State, but there is a whole lot more to Australian English. Not more, actually – less.

Aussies shorten everything, and if possible add a “y”, “ie” or an “o”.

Case in point … my daughter’s name. I didn’t want her name to be shortened. I thought I’d beat the Australians at their own game, so she was christened Katy. I didn’t think there was much they could do to that. Wrong! Kat or Kate or even Kato! And it’s not just names.

There’s arvo (a nice quiet Sunday ‘afternoon’), smoko (that used to mean time for a cigarette break – these days it just means a break). The Salvation Army is known as the Salvos and St Vincent de Paul charity shops as Vinnies.
We have pressies (presents) at Chrissie (Christmas) then put on our cozzies (swimming costumes) and sunnies (sunglasses) and head for the beach, usually wearing thongs (NO! On our feet – flip flops, sandals, not the other kind!)

Then of course there are the other issues … our seasons are the other way around so Christmas is the summer, Easter in Autumn (Fall), and we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but we do celebrate Australia Day (January 26th) and ANZAC Day on April 25th (that’s pretty much the same as your Memorial Day, I think.) And then, there’s the question of North and South – in Australia you face your house north if you want to live on the sunny-side.

Best of all is the urban myth … or is it? Apparently the water goes down the plughole anti-clockwise (counter clockwise) in Australia whereas in the Northern hemisphere it goes clockwise … I have to admit I’ve never researched it!!

I discovered my latest book is categorised (categorized) a Western historical romance – the problem is it is set in the East (of Australia) and there are no cowboys only stockmen and bushrangers (highwaymen) and the heroine’s father owns a stud (ranch)! In fact a cowboy is often a derogatory term in Australia. (A dishonest or careless person in business, especially an unqualified one – originating from the English, I think.) And today jilleroo and jackeroo are well-used terms for a station (not railway - ranch) hands.

The question is, does it destroy the story for you? Should we be standardizing our spelling and vocabulary globally or hanging onto our national idiosyncrasies?

What d’you reckon?

Cheers, and thanks for your time – cobber!

P.S. Aussies have some very colourful (colorful) sayings, generally you won’t see them in romance books. Be warned, some might offend and I’ve censored them already!

·                   Up at sparrow’s fart (very early)
           Off like a bride's nightie ( very quickly)
·                Flat out like a lizard drinking (very, very busy)
·               May your chooks turn to emus and kick you dunny door down (a dunny is an outside toilet – and        you’d use this if you were unhappy, very unhappy, with someone!)
·               He couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag (he’s weak)
·               Don’t get your knickers in a knot (don’t get angry)
·              He’s off like a bucket of prawns in the sun (he’s leaving in a hurry)
·              Mad as a cut snake (seriously angry)
·              We’re in the middle of woop-woop (we’re lost)
·              As slow as a wet week (a tedious time)

Lily’s Leap by Téa Cooper




Blurb:

From Escape's Queen of Australian historical romance comes a story about a privileged member of Australian's squattocracy, a bushranger, and a very special horse.

Born into the rough, but privileged society of the Australian colonial landowners, Lilibeth Dungarven finds herself married, widowed, and, much to her distress, back under her father’s thumb, all before her twenty-first birthday. Determined not to forgo her dream of breeding the perfect racehorse, Lilibeth ignores propriety and sets out to restore the family’s flagging fortunes.

When Captain Tom and his mismatched band of bushrangers stumble across a mob of the best horses they’ve ever seen, and the daughter of the famed Dungarven horse stud, they know their fortunes have changed. Their catch is worth a king’s ransom. All they have to do is hold her for seven days. How hard can it be to control the pampered daughter of a colonial upstart?


Publication Date: July 1, 2014


Amazon and Goodreads Reviews:

Forget work, forget all your responsibilities and slide into this delicious story ... a well-written book by a talented writer ... since I doubt I’ll be visiting Australia, it was a treat to feel like I was there, herding horses to market across the Australian Outback. The landscape assumes the position of a character in this exciting romance; playing a pivotal role in Lily’s adventure. A fabulous read by a very talented Aussie author … I have no hesitation in HIGHLY recommending Lily’s Leap.



Biography:

Lily’s Leap is Téa's second Australian historical romance set in Wollombi. Her first, Matilda’s Freedom is available now.
In October, Jazz Baby, set Sydney in 1920 releases and in February, Forgotten Fragrance, Book I of a family saga entitled From the Ocean to the Outback. At the moment she is working on a parallel time-line series called The Adventures of Miss Abigail Wynter. She has also written three contemporary romances.

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Thanks, Téa, for this enlightening post. I love our differences as well as our similarities. Lily's Leap sounds great. Horses, the vast Outback, a feisty woman, a man big enough to tame her...who could ask for more?