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clip_image002[4]Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball

(prequel novella)

Author: Arabella Sheraton

Cover Artist: Dawn Marsh

Editor: Elaine Golden

Ebook Designer: Cera Smith

Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance

Audience: romance lovers

Formats: e-books (pdf for hosts)

Publisher: MUSA Publishing

Pages: 68

Ebook ISBN13: 978-1-61937-548-2


Date Published: 01/02/2013


Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. When her young friend comes to stay for a London season, Patience decides the eligible Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for her guest and determines to see the pair united. So why is Patience anything but happy when the pair seems to actually like each other? And, when a mysterious Valentine corsage arrives, who will Patience discover is the anonymous admirer?


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Patience continued in a fierce whisper. “Rejection? I think not, your lordship. That man should rejoice in the knowledge that he is loved, truly loved with a burning passion that the lady might be too shy to reveal.”

He caught her by one hand. “Too shy to reveal? Oh, Miss Cherwell, you have given me such hope. Do you think she fears this passion might not be reciprocated? Does she fear rejection?”

“Oh, yes,” she breathed. “Just think what it means if a woman displays emotion to a man, sentiments that others might consider unseemly. They would judge her harshly.”

“But she must not care what others think,” he said in a voice that sounded strangely hoarse, as if he struggled with some repressed emotion. “If only she knew that he reciprocates her ardour with a consuming love that he would give anything to reveal. He burns inside for her touch, her approval, her consent, and for the slightest indication that he may proceed without fear.”

Patience gazed deep into his eyes. “He may proceed, my lord, without the slightest fear and secure in the knowledge that he is loved beyond all bounds of propriety, that the lady would give anything to find herself at one with him, joined to him irrevocably in life and love!”

“And what about an age difference?” he whispered. “What if the man is more than a few years older than the woman he loves? Will their love endure?”

Something squeezed her heart as his words meant the final confirmation of his adoration for young, beautiful, vivacious Lorna. Twenty years was a big gap between Lorna and Lord Blackwood. However, an age difference was not so important, not when two people loved each other. She owed it to her friend to encourage him. She had to press on, no matter if the task broke her heart.

“What is age,” she whispered back to him, “when two minds think as one, two hearts beat as one, and two bodies are joined as one. The union of mind, body, and spirit transcends age.”

Patience breathed hard as she spoke, and he continued to stare at her. He did not speak, and his face, already so dear to her, was as familiar to her as her own. Every detail of his features burned into her consciousness. She was floating, uplifted by a thrilling throbbing of blood in her veins, by an intense feeling that overwhelmed her. She leaned towards him in an alarmingly intimate fashion. A mere hair’s-breadth separated their faces. The tiniest movement from either of them would bring their lips together. She sat back and he released her hand.

“Pardon me,” he said. “I was captivated by the fervour, the strength contained in your reply.”

Patience, flustered, looked around for the charcoal she had dropped. “Oh, my apologies, your lordship. I am not sure what came over me to speak so freely about…er…matters of love. I am sure you consider me forward or impudent.”

Review by Sue Ellen
Regency and Historical Romance novels happen to be some of my favorite genres so I am a little harder when I read authors that write these. With that being said I enjoyed how the author decided to do a prequel because it gave us a little back story to hold on to until the sequel comes out (which is out already). Patience to me is a sweet and funny character, who is always taking care of others but doesn’t see herself for the beauty she is. When she literally is handed into Lord Blackwood’s path by her best friend things start to get funny especially since she doesn’t know how to react.
I have never read anything from this author but fell in love with her style of writing immediately, its well written and plot she creates is romantic, funny, and you will fall in love with Lord Blackwood! I am happy that I have found another author that I will be recommending to others and following; looking forward to seeing what else she has in store for us.

clip_image005[4]The Lady’s Revenge


Author: Arabella Sheraton

Cover Artist: Dawn Marsh

Editor: Wendy Clements

Ebook Designer: Cera Smith

Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance

Audience: romance lovers

Formats: e-books (pdf for hosts)

Publisher: MUSA Publishing

Pages: 187

Ebook ISBN13: 978-1-61937-638-0


Date Published: 11/10/2013


Lord Charles Blackwood and Miss Patience Cherwell have continued on their path of newfound romance, following Charles’ disclosure of his love for Patience at the Valentine Ball. Indeed, all indications point to their inevitable engagement and marriage. Until Miss Letitia DeVere returns to London after a mysterious two-year absence, shocked to find her former admirer and almost fiancé, Charles, near proposing to another woman. Letitia is not a woman to give up what she wants easily, and she wants Charles back. Letitia has a dark past, full of secrets that could ruin her newfound social success. When Charles proves to be less malleable to her seduction and wiles to lure him back than she had expected, Letitia realizes she has real competition. Patience is not one to sit back and let Letitia take the man of her dreams away without a fight. Patience sees through the lies and tricks Letitia spins, but refuses to play her rival’s games, hoping her own forthrightness will not only win the day, but the hand and heart of the man she loves. But who will Charles choose?

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She ran lightly to the other side, lifted the covers, and slipped into bed, winding her arms and legs around his body. Oh, his hard, muscular body felt so good; the sensation of his skin on hers made her gasp with desire. She’d forgotten how appealing, how irresistible he was. In all their passion, she had never touched his naked flesh. His prudish sense of discretion had made him impervious to the temptation of anything more than long sucking kisses and much fondling, albeit clothed.

Letitia enjoyed only seconds of the pleasure before he leaped out of the bed like a scalded cat, grabbed the poker from the fireplace, and held it out in front of him.

“In God’s name, what is this? Who are you?”

Letitia reached for the candle and lit it. His body was magnificent, like a statue of those Greek athletes she’d seen in galleries. Not an ounce of spare flesh, only rippling muscles… She had waited so long for this and just the sight of him meant it would be worth it. Her body tingled as a thrill of arousal flared.

He stared at her in total horror. She stared back, her smile fading as she realised he was not at all pleased to see her. His conservative ways had clearly come to dominate his thinking while she had been absent.

“Letitia? What on earth are you doing here? Naked? In my bed?”

She sat up, pulling the sheets around her breasts. She pouted in a provocative way. “If I’d known you’d be so displeased to see me I wouldn’t have bothered.”

“Displeased?” He laid down the poker and shrugged on his dressing gown. “I’m stupefied.” He fastened the cord of his gown securely. “You must leave at once.”

She reached out to him. “Don’t be silly, Charles, I’m here for you tonight. We can consummate our love now. We can be together. Let’s forget the nonsense about the portrait. We can make passionate love, and then we can marry. It’s what you always wanted.”

She fluttered her eyelashes as she looked up at him. “It’s what I’ve always wanted…”

His face was grim. His eyebrows drew together in a harsh line.

“I wanted it once, Letitia, but no longer. I have seen a side to you I find hideous, even shocking. I will not marry you, and this cheap ploy will get you nowhere.”

He grabbed the covers and yanked them off the bed. She laughed, and made no effort to cover her body, but he averted his eyes. “I suggest you get dressed right now, and I will take you back home where you belong.”

Review by Sue Ellen
Regency and Historical Romance novels happen to be some of my favorite genres so I am a little harder when I read authors that write these. You can read this one even if you have not read the prequel, but you will not get the full background of Patience and Charles starting love, so I would definitely recommend reading the prequel.
You know when you have this annoying thing in your past that seems to haunt you well Charles has more than just a thing he has an Ex-fiancé, Letitia, that everyone thought was dead and he was madly in love with. She is back for blood or should I say for Charles and will stop at nothing to get him back. The author definitely threw a twist in this one but didn’t stop with just one, she kept you on the edge of your seat as little secrets of the past kept crawling out of their little black holes. The way she did it was a perfect written and showed the true nature of everyone. Question here is will Patience let Letita win or will she get out of her shell to go head to head with Letita? And after everything Letitia has done will Charles go back to her? Well, that is where a twist may come into place and I can not spoil the book for you.
This was such an enjoyable fast read that I didn’t put it down until I finished the book. Another amazing gem by the author that others should know about.
Author Interview

1.  Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

After a variety of unsuitable career choices that did not come to fruition (happily!), I ended up in publishing and then one day I wrote a Regency romance for my mother.

2. When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

When the publisher said, “We love your manuscript.”

3.  How long did it take to get your first book published?

Actually, not long at all. I sent the manuscript to a romance publisher I read about in a newsletter; they wrote back, and within a few months the book was done. They loved my work and we have just continued the relationship with more books.

4. Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

I write, I blog, I do book reviews, I proof read reviews for a very big book review site in the USA. All writing work, lucky me.

5.  What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

Right now the publisher (MUSA Publishing) is busy with my latest offering called The Reluctant Bridegroom. “Although their parents planned for them to wed, Miss Miranda Lavenham and the Earl of Wenham have only a cordial dislike for each other.” It’s a lot of fun and I think it is my best book so far (the seventh).

6.  As a self-publisher, do you have any plans to submit to a publish company? It is my understanding some authors prefer to stay as a self publish author because of flexibility.

I am fortunate here: I am not self-published. MUSA Publishing is a traditional publisher. However, there is as much work involved as in being an indie author. Very few authors can sit back and expect their publisher to market their work.

7. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

I think it gets easier as you go along. My first book took about a year; the second took three months. Last year I did NaNoWriMo and wrote a book in a month. But generally, I prefer three months.

8. What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I am toying with YA paranormal fantasy at the moment, but still thinking of a plot that popped into my head a while ago.

9. What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I decide to write Regency romance because my mom, who was an avid historical romance reader, said she wanted to read something new.

10. Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? (ex. write better at nights, with music, etc)

I do ‘stuff’ like emails etc. in the morning, then afternoons for writing. By six p.m. I am all brain dead!

11. Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title? How do come up with the titles?

I create a title first, and then the story comes to me. I have no idea where the titles come from. I just thought of: “To Murder a Marquis” – it has a nice ring to it.

12. Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

I think that generally “love conquers all but only if you have honorable intentions” works best. We all want to find that one special love and he/she does not have to be perfect. Stealing someone else’s happiness just brings bad karma.

13. Your favorite food is?

Seafood. Ice-cream. Chocolate.

14. Your favorite singer/group is?

I love classical music, movie soundtracks, and music from the Eighties and Nineties. Not sure I have a favourite.

15. Your favorite Author is?

Romance: Georgette Heyer. Murder/Mystery: P.D. James.

16. When you aren’t writing what do you do to relax and have fun?

Movies, theater, music, walking the dogs, good conversation with other writers.


clip_image007[4]About The Author-
Arabella Sheraton grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many other writers of that period. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, Arabella has found both enjoyment and inspiration in sparkling, witty Regency novels. She also loves history and generally finds the past more fascinating than the future. Arabella wrote her first Regency romance to entertain her aged mom who loved the genre. Arabella is honoured to share the adventures of her heroes and heroines with readers.


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