***HAPPY RELEASE DAY*** Fair Duchess by Julie Johnstone

My Fair Duchess

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After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.

Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she’ll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family―including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.

Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.

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Colin rose, walked over to Amelia and grasped her by the elbow to lead her to the looking glass. “You do not properly see yourself, Amelia,” he said staring at her.

She furrowed her brow. “I see perfectly fine and what I see is tall, gangly and graceless.

He wanted to run the pad of his thumb over her skin and remove the lines of worry. Instead, he took a deep breath and continued. “The color of the gown does not make you beautiful nor in truth the opulence of the material. It is correct both can enhance beauty, but unless beauty is there it cannot be revealed.” He gripped her shoulders and turned her until she faced the looking glass. “You already possess beauty. It’s here.” He brushed his finger down the silken skin near her shining eyes. “Real joy comes from your eyes. I also see beauty here.” He ran a finger perilously close to her full lips. “When you smile it’s genuine.” The tremor that coursed through her made him want to spin her around, tilt her head back and claim her delectable mouth for a kiss that would make her forget who the devil Worthington was. The problem was the kiss might make him forget who the devil he was.

Appalled at the desire she inspired in him, he forced himself under control, inch by painful inch, until the detachment that had always been a part of his life when it came to women descended over him like a fog blanketing the countryside. He forced his fingers to release her arms and break the contact that made him feel tethered to this woman who was supposed to mean nothing to him. Yet words that needed to be spoken still burned his throat. “Never forget that a dress cannot make you beautiful, because you are already heartbreakingly so.”
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Regency Era novels have got to be one of the most romantic ones there are! Of course you have the lovely tons and who dare to forget my favorite parts rakes. With the gorgeous cover of My Fair Duchess how can you not want to open up this beauty and see what the author has in store for you. The color scheme are amazing and are perfect for this type of novel. I love the characters because they were funny and each had a complete story to tell of how they became who they are. Colin decided to become a notorious rake after being punished and hated by his mother but never knew why. He’s has all the rakish behavior one has and definitely the looks (I would take him). Amelia has fallen on a financially tough time and seeks the help of a certain rake to help bring in a rich husband. She definitely knows what she wants but the faiths and hearts may have other ideas for these two young lost individuals. If you love regency era you will definitely need to pick this one up. It has all the romance and humor that is needed to make you fall in love with the characters and story. Be ready to be taken away on a romantic book buzz. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

About the Author

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Julie Johnstone is a best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an email at juliejohnstoneauthor@gmail.com or find her at www.juliejohnstoneauthor.com, or on Facebook at authorjuliejohnstone and juliejohnstoneauthor or at twitter @juliejohnstone.

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Devil’s Return: Allan’s Miscellany 1847 by Sandra Schwab

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Devil’s Return

by Sandra Schwab

Allan’s Miscellany #4

Publication Date: August 15, 2014

Genres: Historical, Romance

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Seven years ago Fran and Alex were very much in love. Yet because Alex was only a younger son with no prospects to speak of, Fran’s family pressured her into breaking the engagement and marrying a rich, titled man instead. Filled with bitterness, Alex left England for the New World.

Now he is back, more dangerous and more cynical than ever before. He has found fame and fortune as an adventurer, traveling the world from America to the Near East and writing about his travels for Allan’s Miscellany. He has come to London to drum up interest for his friend’s archeological excavations. Soon, he finds himself the darling of London society, admired by men, wooed by women.

Fate has not been so kind to Fran. After a disastrous marriage, which has left her with deep emotional and physical scars, she is widowed and now lives in genteel poverty.

By chance, Alex and Fran’s paths cross again. They have both changed so much, and past betrayals and past hurts still divide them. So surely there can be no second chance for their love…

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Evading a carriage, Alex dashed through the rain across the slippery road and towards the entrance door, where he collided with another damp person. And a lady at that.

Drat.

Damn impolite, Crenshaw.

“I do beg your-”

The lady looked up, hazel eyes widened with surprise, and as their gazes met, he felt as if she had punched him in the gut.

Lady Clifford.

Frances.

Frannie.

Tendrils of sodden auburn hair had escaped from under her widow’s bonnet and clung to her cheek. In contrast to the evening before, her skin now glowed rosy, and indeed, she almost looked like the girl he had known.

His insides clenched unpleasantly.

Gritting his teeth, he inclined his head. “Lady Clifford.” Which made him sound like a fool-a fool who stood gaping in the rain at that! “Frances,” he said and opened the door for her, indicating she should proceed him inside.

It gave him opportunity to assemble his scrambled thoughts.

And to study the neat indentation of her waist in the tight-fitting black pelisse she was wearing.

Numbskull.

“I am most sorry I nearly bowled you over just now,” he said once they were inside the shop. He felt strangely reluctant to just let her slip away, even though that would have been much safer for his peace of mind, of course.

Not that he had ever behaved wisely around this woman. So why start now? he wryly asked himself.

She brushed raindrops from the sleeves of her pelisse, brushed at the wetness on the skirt of her pelisse and her dress, and seemed rather reluctant to meet his eyes. When she finally did look up, the rosy hue on her cheeks had deepened-whether from embarrassment or from the warmth inside the shop, he couldn’t tell.

A smile trembled around her lips. “Don’t think anything of it,” she said softly. “We were both eager to reach somewhere dry.”

As if she had suddenly become aware of what she was doing-smiling at him-the smile abruptly disappeared and she looked away again. She hugged her middle with one arm and rubbed her other hand over her wrist.

Alex frowned.

She looked…weary. And uncertain. Surely some degree of embarrassment was to be expected when one bumped into the man whom one had jilted seven years before in favor of a far richer man, but…

Suddenly her hand fluttered up to her chest, hovered there for a heartbeat or two, before, with a small sigh, she let the hand fall down to her side.

He had known the old Frances Harrington. Indeed, once he would have readily agreed that he knew her better than any other person in this world. Miss Frances Harrington wouldn’t have avoided his gaze; she would have fearlessly faced the challenge this surprise meeting presented.

This woman, by contrast, was so evasive and self-contained it was scary to think she used to be that other Frances Harrington, the girl he had known.

Last night he had already noticed that Lady Clifford held herself back and kept to the background.

What the devil, he asked himself, had happened to Frances Harrington?

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A new author that I have discovered and fallen in love with her writing! When I start reading a novel and don’t want to put it down I know it is one that I will read many more from. The story of Frances and Alex is one that will keep you literally engulfed in their world. You find out that due to the harsh world that theu live in love is not always on your side when your the oldest daughter or the second son. I felt sorry for Frances because of what she had to go through by herself, even though she did everything her family wanted her to they basically turned their back on her. She was misused and broken, but tucked away still only loved one man! Alex had his heart ripped out and decided to become an adventurer. When he comes home from his latest escapade and sees Frances the wall starts to crumble again. Can these two have another chance at love? The emotions that you feel especially when you find out exactly what Frances has endured will wreck your heart. The romance here was swift but I loved how the author focused on the story line of these two broken hearts more. This was a very enjoyable read especially since there were a little bit of everything and the author knows how to keep you on pins and needles to figure out exactly what happened to dear Frances. I highly recommend it and will enjoy reading the next installment.

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Sandra Schwab

Award-winning author Sandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Thirty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now she has exchanged her pink fountain pen of old for a black computer keyboard. Since the release of her debut novel in 2005, she has enchanted readers worldwide with her unusual historical romances.

She holds a PhD in English literature and lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library. Her new series about the fictional magazine Allan’s Miscellany combines her academic research on Victorian periodicals with her love for story-telling.

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Max “Slick” Jones has never led an easy life. He’s rough, hardened and tatted on the outside and never once thought that he deserved to be loved. Despite his upbringing, he’s dedicated his life to helping others. When his old friend Asher Wellington calls upon his services, he drops everything knowing he has a lifetime of debt to fulfill to this family. But, what he didn’t expect was to meet Chloe.

Chloe Peters grew up in a privileged, picture perfect life with amazing parents and her twin brother, Kyle. She and Kyle were living out their lifelong dream until one second, one moment in time changed everything and sent her into a tailspin she thought she could never recover from.

Will the exchange of deep dark pain in the eyes of two hardened souls open the door to a happily ever after?

Can Max show Chloe that there can be life after tragedy? Can Chloe Show Max that he is worthy of love?

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive, is yourself.

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Ever so slowly I enter her. Never in my life have I wanted something to last forever. This feeling, this moment, right here, the love that I feel bursting from my chest, is something I’ve never felt before. It’s something I never felt like I deserved. But I feel like if I died today, I’d die a happy man knowing what true love feels like. This is what a man waits for his entire life. This is what being in love feels like.

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She walks over to the window, pulls back the sheer white curtain, and stares out into what seems like nothingness. She places her forehead on the glass and slowly shakes it back and forth. I can’t stand to see her like this. I walk across the room and stand behind her. I question whether or not I should even touch her. My hand hovers over her arm as the hairs stand on end, begging me for my touch. Her mind is telling her no, but her body is crying out to me, begging me for help. Ever so softly I touch the back of her arms. She jumps and picks her head off the window, but doesn’t shrug it away. I run my hand down the back of her arms and bury my nose in the crook of her neck. I feel the goose bumps forming on her arms and I hear her breathing increase. I know she’s still in this broken shell. I know if I don’t do something now, I risk the possibility of never freeing her from her demons. And I know just what I need to do.

 

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When I found out that Max and Chloe were getting a story I was beyond ecstatic! You have to understand that the way this author has captured my heart with her other series has not only made me love her writing but also a tough critic. With each story I expect the bar to be higher than the last one. How does this one do? Well I freaking loved it. You should go read the others to get a small outlook about Chloe and what happened to her. She has been basically a prisoner for so long alone because of revenge! However when she meets Max (tattooed sexy bad boy looking PI) the chemistry immediately started to spark. Now she has deemed herself unworthy so to speak because of what happened while Max believes nobody can love him because of all the dangerous life he has led. Two souls that are meant to be together but afraid to let go! The main characters each have demons to fight but together they may be able to overcome if only they will stop being so stubborn. One thing i have noticed is that family is always big in her novels. Read this amazing novel to find out if they can! Her characters are so fully written and defined that you keep grasping for more. I really loved these two the most because of everything they have faced. Another reason why I love this series is that with each new you are faced with a brand new scenario to continue instead of repeating. The passion in this novel shows with more than just the heated moments you also feel the pain Chloe went through. I truly can not wait to see what else she has coming with the next one.

 

MeetTheAuthor

I am an “Indie” contemporary romance author. I live in California with my husband and two teenage boys. I absolutely love being a stay at home mom.

I never liked reading as a kid. I only started reading romance novels in the past few years. My Kindle and I are inseparable now. A thought occurred to me in December of 2012 that maybe I could write a romance novel. So I went to work with the encouragement of my husband and my sister-in-law. It didn’t take long to figure out that I really enjoy writing.

Today I am a self-published author and it has been an amazing journey.

 

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☆☆☆Happy Release Day☆☆☆ Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport

A billionaire’s mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

 

Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city’s team, Ethan plans to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.

 

Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team’s testosterone-loaded staff. So when Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team’s weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own–for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.

 

Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions–for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?

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Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport is an advocate of happy endings and writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami’s new releases consistently rank in the top fifty on the sports romance and sports genre lists on Amazon, and she has hit the Amazon top hundred authors list in both contemporary romance and genre fiction multiple times.

Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.  Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher. She’s a lifetime Seahawks and Mariners fan and is waiting for the day professional hockey comes to Seattle. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it’s the most beautiful place on earth.

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