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Friday, February 28, 2014

Excerpt Blast: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase


RECKLESSLY ROYAL Synopsis:

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

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Excerpt Blast: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

We are pleased to be able to share an excerpt from Ruthie Knox's ABOUT LAST NIGHT! ABOUT LAST NIGHT is a contemporary romance, published by Loveswept, an imprint of Random House. ABOUT LAST NIGHT is on sale for $.99 right now for a limited time only, so grab it now! About Last Night ABOUT LAST NIGHT Synopsis: Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, "about last night" is just the beginning. CathTalarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she's made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her. Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family's banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine--even her name turns him on--with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies. When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime? Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Because of You, Ride with Me, and Midnight Hour.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #17: Change the plot

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Change the Plot. If you could, what book would you change the ending or a plot thread? Go ahead and do it...change it.



Okay, I know I might get some heat with this idea...but as J.K. Rowling mentioned that she regret not pairing Harry and Hermione together...I would change that. It's not that I don't like Ron or Ginny, but personality wise I feel Hermione and Harry would deal much better and also understand each other much better than the other pairings.

Okay...don't hurt me! >.<
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #19


Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...
Dreaming of You (Gamblers, #2)


                                    Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas, published first in 2003
                                                  Goodreads | Amazon

Blurb:
She stood at danger's threshold—then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven—and into Derek Craven's dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London's most exclusive gambling house—a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world—with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper "mouse" can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress—and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion...and the promise of love.
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You've probably featured this before, but this is a personal favorite to me as well. :) Just a fantastic, wonderful piece of work that features my favorite tropes - bookish, curious, shy, and brave heroine, with a hero who will melt for the heroine...just love. 

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World and Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading for their pick of the week. :-)

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)

Happy Reading! 

Virtual Tour: What Happens in Scotland/Summer is for Lovers by Jennifer McQuiston (Review, Excerpt, Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for Jennifer McQuiston's What Happens in Scotland and Summer is for Lovers!

*Avon is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a Print Copy of WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND and SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, along with Pack of Mother Mae's Chocolate Chip Shortbread Mix

SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS (Released Sept 24th, 2013)


David Cameron has been tricked. After bringing his supposedly ailing mother to Brighton to take the waters, he’s found himself bombarded with young ladies of marriageable age, while his mother has made a marked improvement. Seeking respite from the hordes, he retreats to a beach he hasn’t seen in years--and finds a woman he’s never quite been able to forget.

Caroline Tolbertson just wants to be left alone. But her mother is determined to see her married off, no matter Caroline’s protests--or her embarassing lack of suitors. Seeing David Cameron, her childhood crush, again sets her heart racing, but she’s older and wiser now. And no, that wasn’t her heart sinking when David suggested a faux courtship instead of the real thing.

But Caroline has never been very good at following the rules, and the fake attraction soon grows into the real thing. Now Caroline has more scandalous pursuits in mind and David is finding it very hard to say no to his gorgeous friend. Will giving in to temptation send them both down a path they each claim to abhor--straight to the altar?


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WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND (Released Feb 26th, 2013)

She woke up married… And then she ran.

 When recent widow Georgette Thorold wakes up in a Scottish inn with a wedding ring on her finger and lacking all memory of how she came to be there, she does what any well-bred lady with a modicum of sense and a distrust of marriage would do: she panics, clocks the wickedly handsome stranger in her bed over the head with a chamber pot, and runs.

James McKenzie, Esquire has either spent the evening protecting a very naïve, and—dare he say it—very drunk young lady from the advances of every disreputable character in the town of Moraig, or he has gone and married a pretty, scheming thief. Not that his own head is entirely clear on the matter, but when the woman in question repays his kindness with a knock on the head, the bill for her room, and the theft of his purse, an embarrassed James is determined to track her down and show her she picked the wrong solicitor to swindle.


As Georgette sets out to discover exactly what happened during her forgotten night, she uncovers a man that seems far more a hero than a rake. But when they finally meet, instead of sweeping her into his arms and kissing her senseless, he serves her with a summons, claiming she is a thief. Now the fight is on, and the only question is was it a night worth remembering? Or a mistake they would both rather forget?


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Waiting on Wednesday #18: Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week an upcoming book I can’t wait to read is…
Love and Let Spy (Lord and Lady Spy, #3)
Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen
Publication date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Soucebooks Casablanca
Series: Lord and Lady Spy #3
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Jane Bonde is the best agent the Crown has to offer—and she’s England’s last hope. She must find and destroy a French spy ring before they can infiltrate England’s foremost operatives.

Standing in the way is Jane’s fiancé, Dominic Griffyn, who cannot forget the horrors of his past, and looks to Jane for safety and respectability. Jane’s current mission, however, has put him in even greater danger. Jane rushes to save those she loves most, but in the end, will she choose love or duty?

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I have read several of Shana Galen's books and none has disappointed me. :) I've read each of her Lord and Lady Spy books and just adored them. Such a mix of adventure and romantic intrigue in Regency England! I would recommend her books to anyone, and she is almost a very nice person in real life. :)

If you would like to read my review of Shana's True Spies, Lord and Lady Spies #2, click here. 


Thanks for visiting my blog to see what book I'm waiting for this week! So...what book are you waiting for?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ARC Review: The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell

The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell
The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell
Publication date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Series: The Brides of Wishmore #2

 Cathy Maxwell write with a flair for comedic sensibility, bring to life two characters who are perfect for each other in a sweet tale of love and understanding, paying homage to “Beauty and the Beast.” ~ Buried Under Romance


Lady Tara Davidson was devastated. By the time she realized she was in love with her friend, Ruary, a stable boy who was her childhood friend, she had already thrown away her chance at happiness. Not only did Ruary marry another, but her own intended groom threw her over for her older sister (all of which happens in the first book, The Bride Says No). And now she comes back to her dilapidated home, only to find that her drunken father had sold her hand in marriage to Breccan Campbell to pay off his debts.

Tara was furious. Breccan, laird of the Campbells, fell for Tara’s beauty at first sight, and secured her father’s vows just to force her hand in marriage. At first, he saw her as a vessel of beauty, a means of pride, for Breccan was seen as a brute – he was not beautiful; he was large as a troll and marrying Tara would give him something to show off. Tara, on the other hand, wanted a frivolous life in London, away from Breccan’s wild Scotland and away from childbirth and children.

So they struck a devil’s bargain: Tara would give Breccan two sons and then she can live her life away from him as she wished. There will be no love, no partnership, only this compromise. Can a relationship that begins on such animosity have a future? And what will happen once Tara and Breccan falls in love?

RELEASE DAY SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHASE!

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THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Bantam – Random House
On sale: February 25, 2014
978-0-345-54308-0


Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.



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ABOUT JANET EVANOVICH

Description: 33077_AFlores:Users:aflores:Downloads:Janet Evanovich_Photo.jpgJanet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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ABOUT LEE GOLDBERG

Description: 33077_AFlores:Users:aflores:Downloads:Lee Goldberg_Photo.jpgLee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

ARC Review: The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter

The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter
The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter
Publication date: February 14, 2014
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing



A riveting story of love and courage in the aftermath of a brutal war, the author brilliantly juxtaposes the hazing splendor of French nobility and the impassioned elegance of two people in love, despite all the world’s oppositions. ~ Buried Under Romance


Paris – When Alekander de Lefèvre encountered a young girl being sold into a pleasure house, he felt a moment of compassion and took in young Sofia, whose tenacity at life suddenly filled the emptiness within his heart. No matter that he breathed cynicism, apathy, and the harsh realities of life, she alone brought him back from an abyss of solicitude. 

The time is now 1871, a ravaged Paris in political turmoil post its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (I suggest reading up a bit on this to get a better understanding of the background of this story). Alek came back from the war as cynical as ever, and again greeted by his Sofia – beautiful, vibrant, and still possibly with no idea of his escalating passion for her. 


“The man of Sofia’s life. 
Those playful words had behaved as a rude awakening. Aleksender had known he was in terrible trouble. Whether she’d been aware of it or not, they were trudging dangerous grounds. After all — some lines simply could not be crossed.” (Sec1:24)

Their relationship would be taboo, and yet, some things must not be denied. Alek has been the only man in Sofia’s life, a constant force holding her at peace. Overtime, he had changed from her savior into the man she loves, and yet that love is changing too. How would Alek confront the feelings he has for his much younger ward, whom he practically raised? And how would Sofia see Alek not as a white knight, but a dark knight in need of light? Most importantly…what about Alek’s wife, Elizabeth? 


In a sea of historical romance, The Frost of Springtime is in fact, far more historical than most others of its genre. The wistful loveliness of the setting paints a picture of a crying France, blending in with the dynamic romance perfectly. Or rather, it does not merely blend in the background as much as glitters like the brightest jewel, shining with a vibrancy that makes one want to relieve the halcyon days of grand old Paris. I was captivated by the setting, the lush writing of Rachel Demeter, and the subtle expressiveness of the characters, which all compelled me to research more of the historical background, of the 1871 Paris Commune, through which this story is made more infinitely dearer. 


But perhaps it is the characters that shine the brightest in this story. Alek is like an early existentialist, an intelligent, liberal thinker who decries his vicomte title, his aristocratic responsibilities, and his loveless marriage for his lineage. Central to this story is the theme of identity and freedom; Alek torn between two worlds; he is bound to his chateau, his title, and his wife, yet he craves freedom – to live, to enjoy, and to love, all of which Sofia represents in her life and role as a ballerina. 


This is, ultimately, a rather complex novel. The thoughts and motivations of the secondary characters are given ample space to develop, and the closure provided for the novel’s many questions is very well done. I am astonished at this being Rachel Demeter’s debut work, for in form and style, it is very much a tour de force. A riveting story of love and courage in the aftermath of a brutal war, the author brilliantly juxtaposes the hazing splendor of French nobility and the impassioned elegance of two people in love, despite all the world’s oppositions. The title is, in a sense, a representation of change: the beginning of a new spring with La Belle Époque and the transition into a new era, for the world and our protagonists. 



*I received a review copy from the author for an honest review

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie

The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
Series: Chance Sisters #1
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Review: 
I'm a big fan of Cinderella-type stories where the impoverished heroine ends up with a handsome, dashing lord. This one is original and highly interesting, setting up the quartet of the Chance sisters.

Abigail Chantry is related to two esteemed families, but is sadly not acknowledge by either due to her parents having eloped. Ever since her parents' early deaths, Abby had grown up taking care of her sister Jane, working as a governess to support Jane's schooling. Just as Jane should be on the way work in a respectable household, Abby gets notified by Daisy, a brothel servant, that Jane had been abducted and about to be sold! Her job aside, Abby, with Daisy's help, managed to save her sister along with Damaris, someone who helped to prevent Jane from getting raped while at the brothel. Together, these four become the Chance sisters, people met by chance but held together by a sisterly bond. Their adventure continues as Abby, in an attempt to obtain money for them, tried to rob the house of Lady Beatrice Davenham...

As this book is the first in a series, quite a bit of it has been devoted to explaining the background of the Chance Sisters. However, Anne Gracie's moving prose and characterization establishes a good pacing, leaving space for both plot twists and relationship developments. The Autumn Bride is undoubtedly focused on its lead characters, Max, Lord Davenham, and Abby. Max inherited the earldom from his uncle right out of university, and was shocked the settling of his uncle's heavy debts on his. He was told that he must "sell everything" in order to pay the debts, but he refused to sell his aunt's residence and the family seat. Already his character is established as highly honorable and caring of his relatives, as well as perseverance as he spent the following 9 years in trade to repay all the debts. In this, he is a perfect match for Abby, who takes the role of the eldest and sacrifices her own comforts to care for her new "sisters." She is not idealistic nor a fool, knowing that she must sacrifice some morality for livelihood, for the sake of survival. I absolutely loved the conflicting struggles between honor and necessity in Max and Abby, showing their complexity and true strength.

The romance side of this novel is nicely done as well, and I would very highly recommend any romance reader to pick this up. It is simultaneously moving, beautiful, sweet, and passionate, and an absolute delight to read. I can't wait for the other Chance sisters' stories, as well as more of Max's partners in trade.

(As a side note, muffins are an inside joke in the story, and one you will definitely want to find out more about!)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee

What the Groom Wants (Bridal Favors, #4)
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Series: Bridal Favors #4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca


This is certainly the most unusual historical romance I've read, and I feel it fair to warn readers not to be taken in by the cliched and seemingly benign cover. It is in many aspects confusing, but nothing in the story can be compared to the pandemonium that occurred in the end, which frankly, frightened me a bit. Not that the resolution with the villain was unexpected, mind you, but the manner in which this was done -- and it revealed a hidden ruthlessness to the heroine that I was shocked to discover.

As there was never a year given in the story, I'm tempted to judge by all the "modernisms" in this story and put it in the Victorian rather than the Regency (though given the author's previous works, it is probably set in the Regency period). The confusing aspects are a result of several factors, one of which being that the story begin very much in medias res. The heroine, Wendy, attempted to avoid being trapped into another bargain with the villain, who had been using her brother's gambling debts as a means of keeping her indebted to her, to eventually get her into his bed. Then, we jump to the hero -- Radley's perspective as he had always wanted to court Wendy but had been waiting until he obtains a captain's position in order to do so. But as the story progresses, he is suddenly given a dukedom and Wendy is no longer someone of his social equal. To compound the problem, Radley, Wendy and the villain all knew each other while they were growing up. And thus a triangular relationship is established by which the story progresses in increments of machinations, vast confusion - not to mention disturbances by (somewhat) insane and otherwise troublesome relatives, least of all a very abrupt ending that leaves me unconvinced of the protagonists' romance factor.

By now you may wonder if this novel is truly as atrocious as I describe it so. No, it is not, but unfortunately I was too confused and astounded by the bloodthirstiness and rather insane behavior/plans of some of the characters to appreciate much of this story. In all seriousness, I would feel better were this labeled historical fiction with suspense elements rather than historical romance. 

My final verdict: I have briefly described my opinion of this book which can be interpreted as a mildly or overtly disfavorable opinion.
  
I wanted to like this, but I couldn't. Jade Lee's writing is good, but to me it seemed too modern, but my main problem was with the characters and plot.

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Feature & Follow Friday #16: Last book that made me cry

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Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read


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What was the last book that made you cry?



I think that would be Surrender to the Devil by Lorraine Heath. Not to make too much of a spoiler, but the hero is slowly turning blind (born w/disease) and only later does he tell the heroine. The epilogue was just so heartbreaking. (There's a HEA of course!)
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 17: Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week an upcoming book I can’t wait to read is…

Scandalous Summer Nights (Honeycote, #3)
Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Series: Honeycote #3
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HOW FAR WILL TEMPTATION TAKE HIM . . . 

Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn't shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother's best friend and her heart's only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. It's now or never . . . 

James has always found Olivia bewitchingly attractive, but what kind of gentleman takes up with his best friend's sister? Not that he's thinking particularly gentlemanly thoughts when she appears on his exploratory trip-three hundred miles from home!-and incites a tavern fight. No matter what the devil she's doing there, it's his duty to see her safely back to her family. But how safe will she be when every starlit night brings wicked temptation . . . ?

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I've read all of Anne Barton's novels (I'm telling you, I've never finished any author's entire works before) and have loved each of them. If you'd like to read my reviews:

When She Was Wicked When She Was Wicked by Anne  Barton


To All the Rakes I've Loved Before To All the Rakes I've Loved Before (Honeycote, #1.5)




Thanks for visiting my blog to see what book I'm waiting for this week! So...what book are you waiting for?

Blog Tour: A Burning Truth by Joyce Proell (Guest Post + Giveaway)


Joyce is giving away a $10 Amazon GC via the Rafflecopter below


About the book:
There’s no shortage of deadly deeds in 1881 Chicago as school administrator Cady Delafield and entrepreneur Doyle Flanagan plan their wedding. When one of Doyle’s workers is brutally killed he must use his considerable power to stop a mysterious enemy bent on destroying his reputation and business empire. But as Cady and Doyle struggle to keep their marriage on track, the murder victims might not be the only casualties. 

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Joyce introducing the characters:
Hi. Thanks for joining me today. I’m so excited to be here to celebrate the release of A Burning Truth. I want to share with you some things about Cady and Doyle, whose love and exploits are featured in the ‘Truth’ series.

Meet Hero Doyle Flanagan ~

Cady’s first impression of Doyle: (Taken from A Deadly Truth)
“What are you doing here?”
She yelped and spun toward the blaring voice, heart pounding in her throat. A glowering man filled the doorway. Danger clung to him as tangible as the fur collared overcoat draped over his shoulders.
“I…ah…” She swallowed convulsively, her gaze riveted to the frightening man. Whiskers shadowed his strong chin while hair, black as oil, spilled in haphazard strands across his forehead.
“I asked you a question,” he sneered.
“She’s dead,” she whispered.
His blue eyes grew wild. “What?” He exploded into the room.
Cady shrieked and snatched a bronze statue from a nearby end table. “Don’t come any closer!”

Not a favorable first impression. Unfortunately, Doyle’s first glimpse of Cady wasn’t much better:  
To his dismay, the bothersome woman took up residence in his favorite armchair, her back straight as a ruler and her resolve unshakable. Doyle sighed, resigned to the stubborn force in his library. Yet who knew? Perhaps she possessed information which might prove helpful. As it stood, he needed an abundance of help and luck to get him out of this mess. For now he considered her a mere stain among some very dirty laundry.

With such a horrid introduction, things had to get better if we hoped for a future for these two. In no time, Doyle was smitten. More skeptical, it took Cady a day or two longer to succumb to his charms. Here’s how A Burning Truth begins.

3 Things Doyle loves about Cady:
~ quick mind
~ passion
~ compassion for others
3 things Cady loves about Doyle
~ humor
~ integrity


I really like these "3 things" ^_^

Excerpt: 
April, 1881
 “Why, it’s outrageous!” Cady Delafield said with a laugh.
In the soft glow of the carriage lantern, she glittered in the familiar way which delighted Doyle to his very core. He’d missed seeing her bright smiles and playful attitude absent these past few weeks.
“It’s almost midnight,” she added and crimped her mouth in mock disapproval, but failed to mask her teasing. “Surely, Mr. Flanagan, you aren’t serious about traipsing about in a lumber yard near the docks at this time of night?”
“It’ll only take a minute.” Happiness strummed through his body with each hopeful sign of her recovery from the recent tragic events. She was plucky, determined and stubborn. But the death of three women and seeing a man blow his head off left a person altered. He knew this for a fact. He’d watched the man pull the trigger too.
“Besides.” He dropped a hand over his chest affecting a bit of melodrama. “Aren’t you the least bit curious to see where the master potentate, the supreme leader, the Great Poohbah—”
“Oh, please.” She thrust up a palm forestalling any more joking. “Great Poohbah, indeed!”

He chuckled and angled his long legs on the carriage seat so his knee leaned against hers. It struck him as unbelievable he’d known her only five weeks. Time enough to fall in love and fall he did with both feet crashing through the floor. His familiarity and ease with her made it seem as if they’d been the best of friends since childhood. Soon, when he believed the horrific events were behind them, when she no longer complained of nightmares or jarring flashbacks, when the world was again solid beneath her feet, he’d propose marriage. The notion made him smile.
  
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Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012.  A Burning Truth is the second in the Cady Delafield series. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.



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