Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ A Desperate Wager by Em Taylor

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – A Desperate Wager

AUTHOR – Em Taylor

GENRE – Historical Regency Romance

PUBLICATION DATE – 25 August 2014

LENGTH – 71,000 words

COVER ARTIST – Samantha Holt

 

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BOOK BLURB / SYNOPSIS

Nathaniel Spencer, the Fourteenth Duke of Kirkbourne wakes up with an almighty hangover and a wager note in his pocket stating he has agreed to marry the Earl of Brackingham’s daughter. And he can’t even remember ever meeting the chit. Clearly his drinking has got out of hand.

Lady Sarah Steele is horrified when her father announces that the Duke of Kirkbourne has agreed to marry her and even more horrified that her father wagered her hand in a game of cards. Not only that, but the earl has not told the duke of the riding accident that left Sarah paralysed when she was sixteen. But he’s dying and she knows he wants to see her settled before the inevitable happens.

Despite Nate’s drinking and Sarah’s possible complicity in the earl’s plan, they agree to marry. But when accidents start to happen, the newly-weds must deal not only with the fact they are practically strangers, but they must find out who is trying to kill one or both of them. Nate’s drink problem and Sarah’s disability are only a couple of the hurdles they must face to find lasting love.

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EXCERPT

Nathaniel Spencer, fourteenth Duke of Kirkbourne groaned and rolled over in bed. A tattoo beat a steady rhythm inside his skull, his stomach was bilious and the world spun at an alarming rate.

Last night he had been in his cups—again. He knew he should take a more moderate attitude to alcohol but recently, staying sober had seemed somewhat pointless. Why stay sober if you were just going to end up dead at the side of the road—another silly young buck who had killed himself in a curricle race?

Damn Crosby! Why had he made the damned challenge? Nathaniel, or Nate as he preferred to be called, would never forget Crosby’s lifeless eyes staring up at him, or the crack of the pistol as a bystander put his horses out of their misery. And he would never forgive himself for being the man whom Crosby was racing.

Nate closed his eyes and willed his stomach to stop churning as he tried to recall the events of the night before. He had been at White’s for dinner and had moved to the card room. The brandy had been flowing, and Ormsby had suggested moving on to a less reputable gaming hell. He remembered the Earl of Brackingham tagging along for some reason that defied Nate.

He had no issue with Brackingham, but the earl was at least twenty years the senior of everyone else in their party. He had been coughing somewhat alarmingly, Nate recalled. He hoped the old man was not spreading disease around. The last thing Nate needed was to be laid up in bed—his mother fussing around him and pouring vile-tasting concoctions down his throat. There was another thing that took many young, seemingly healthy lives—fever. Curricles and fever—good reasons to get absolutely foxed if ever he needed any.

Brackingham! The name seemed to be prodding his tired and very painful brain—waiting for him to remember something significant from last night. He had a vague memory of playing vingt et un with him. There had been a ludicrous bet. Brackingham wagered his daughter’s hand and if Nate lost, he would have to marry the girl.

Nate had been on a winning streak. Bravado and alcohol made him foolish. He had a three and a queen. He sat up as the king of diamonds flashed before his eyes.

God, damn it.

The king of diamonds took him to twenty-three. His head swum and he tamped down the urge to cast up his accounts. Twenty-three. But surely a wager like that was a joke. It had to be. Brackingham did not expect him to marry his chit of a daughter, did he? Had he even set eyes on the girl before?

Again, some piece of information about the girl needled his brain. He had no recollection of dancing with her at balls. But then he hardly ever danced at balls. He had no plans to seek a leg-shackle on the marriage mart, so he steered clear and spent most of the evening in the card room.

God, he hoped she was at least old enough to have had her come out and this was not some medieval plan to marry a thirteen-year-old off to him. Eighteen was quite young enough—too young in his rather jaded opinion.

But no. He had no recollection of ever having set eyes on Lady… Lady what? He had no idea.

He fished in the pocket of his waistcoat, which he still wore, having obviously been so foxed when he had returned that he had either shooed his valet away or he had arrived so late the valet had been asleep. There was a note. A wager. He hoped he owed the man a vast fortune instead.

Marry Lady Sarah Steele. Dowry – £10,000. Meet Brackingham on 5th day of March to make arrangements.

Today must be the fifth of March. Yesterday had definitely been the fourth. Christ, he had to see if this was a big joke or, if not, was there any way he could inveigle his way out of it. He had no plans to marry. None at all. And that was that.

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This author knows how to immediately grab her readers attention and hold it throughout the story.  In this amazing plot she brings you an alcoholic handsome bachelor duke and a paralyzed heroine!  Two totally different situations that is taken by surprise when they have been entrusted to each other by a wager made by the heroine dying father. The plot was very easy to follow and flowed naturally with lots of adventure that these two go through when their lives are at stake. The characters are original and made me fall in love with them immediately. Even with the struggles between these two. And trust me there were some especially since the duke was drinking. Overall, the author did a great job getting her point across of his current nature. Will these two be able to heal from each other? This is one historical romance that should be in your reader. This author loves to surprise you with twists so keep your mind open. I absolutely loved this novel and would recommend it!

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AUTHOR BIO

Em was born and brought up in the Central Belt of Scotland and still lives there. She was told as a child she had an over active imagination–as if that is a bad thing. She’s traded her dreams of owning her own island, just like George in the Famous Five to hoping to meet her own Mr Darcy one day. But her imagination remains the same.

 

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Race For The Moon

SERIES – Trilogy

AUTHOR – Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

GENRE – Young Teens (13-16)

PUBLICATION DATE – November 27, 2014

PUBLISHER – 3CM Media

COVER ARTIST – Amy Rooney – CV Writer Designs

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Ten year old Ivee falls asleep one night to awaken to a strange new world; a world without Adults. Anyone twenty one years old or older had vanished, including her parents. Along with the disappearances of loved ones; every modern convenience—electricity, computers, phones—had been taken away as well. So Ivee discovered she was responsible not only for her own survival, but that of her sister Celia.

Seven years later, Seventeen year old Ivee is happy with her life; feeling safe behind the gates of the Highlander’s camp in the northern division of Athol. Things were good until her sister is kidnapped by another faction the Downenders. Ivee is given a map and a message; she has a week to make her way to the southern end of the city, to save her sister.

Setting out on her journey, Ivee discovers how different the world has truly become outside the gates of her home——Phantom Airships, Manbots and Ghostly Wolves—are just a few of the surprises she encounters during her quest. She is not alone, one of her campmates joins her mission; she also meets a handsome and mysterious boy, called the Savior. He joins their quest, only saying he has unfinished business with the Downies. Many truths will be faced during the adventure, the biggest truth Ivee discovers—she will do whatever it takes to persevere— against the terrors of the dark new land.

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AUTHOR BIO

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a New Adult/Young Adult-Paranormal Author. Her titles include a YA Novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy- (SchoolNightz) and novel Chrysalis.

She is also the producer of the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B

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Michelle has been married for 19 years and has a 16 year old daughter. A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures.

Another love is writing. Michelle has been writing about as long as she has been a bibliophile! Losing herself in a fantasy world that she is creating on paper is how she loves spending her spare time.

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