Wonderful Wednesday Bargains, Freebies & Reviews

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My Pre-Release Review of

A Kiss at Christmastide

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by Christina McKnight

Description:

Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.

Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.

When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?

As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
My Thoughts:
Who doesn’t believe in a little Christmas magic and this story depends on just that to make it possible.
This reader loves a good Christmas storyline and this is just that. The characters are well developed and the storyline is what we have come to expect from this author, an excellent HEA, with unforgettable characters that make you want more.
I would give this book a 4.25 star rating and look forward to the next installment in the series.
I received a digital ARC of this book compliments of the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.



Eternity

The Immortals Book 1

by Maggie Shayne

Digital List Price: $4.99

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A rich, sensual, bewitching adventure of good vs. evil with love as the prize.”
~Publisher’s Weekly on ETERNITY

WINNER: RT Book Reviews: Reviewers Choice Award
WINNER: Reviewer’s Listserv: Best Paranormal Romance Award
WINNER: New Jersey Romance Writers: Golden Leaf Award
One of BN.com’s “Top 12 Reads of the Year”

51v4kwkjibl300 years ago, Raven St. James was hanged for witchcraft. But she revives among the dead to find herself alive. She is an Immortal High Witch, one of the light. A note from her mother warns that there are others, those of the Dark, who preserve their own lives by taking the hearts of those like her.

Duncan Wallace’s forbidden love for the secretive lass costs him his life.

300 years later, he loves her again, tormented by hazy memories of a past that can’t be real. She tells him of another lifetime, claims to be immortal. Though he knows she’s deluded, he can’t stay away. And the Dark Witch after her heart is far closer than either of them know.

If you liked the TV Series HIGHLANDER, you will LOVE this series.
Don’t miss Book 2, INFINITY.

“A hauntingly beautiful story of a love that endures through time itself.”
~New York Times Bestselling Author, Kay Hooper

“This captivating story of a love that reaches across the centuries, becomes as immortal as the lover’s themselves, resonates with timeless passion, powerful magic, and haunting heartbreak.”
~BN.com’s official review

About The Author:71k40rqueml__ux250_

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I am Maggie Shayne and I am a Goddess. And so are you.

I am the matriarch of a clan of amazing young women, all of whom are catching up to my age, because I long ago decided to stop counting.

I have come to a place of serenity and wisdom I never dreamed I would possess back when I thought I already knew everything.

I spent years studying witchcraft, became a priestess, and then a high priestess, and then an elder, and then, by the Old Law, a Witch Queen. I’ve jumped the bonfire on Solstice Eve, and drummed the night away while witches danced. But my spell casting lately consists of deciding what I want, and it arrives. No poof of purple smoke or glitter. But I’m working on that. Magic is just an expression of the universal law of attraction, you see.

I was born a storyteller, and I will cross the other side a storyteller, and when I get there, I’ll haunt some young writer who’s still on earth by whispering my stories into her ears, because I’ll still be a story teller. I think that’s what our muses are. Storytellers gone by. I am so incredibly blessed, because I got a really good one. I love her.

For 22 years, I wrote stories that were published by major houses in New York City. I wrote soaps for a year, Guiding Light and As the World Turns. (It wasn’t anywhere near as much fun as it sounds.)

I published more than 60 novels with Harlequin, Berkley, Avon, St. Martin’s Press, Pocket Books and others. But things started to change. I started to change. I was chafing at the bit. They stopped letting me write what I wanted to write. They started axing my proposals and suggesting their own. It wasn’t fun anymore. I wasn’t happy anymore.

The signals were clear, but I’d been doing the same thing the same way for a long time, and I didn’t take the hints right away. It got a lot more unpleasant before I finally had no choice but to walk away. It was March 1st, 2014. And it was one of the most terrifying things I have ever done.
I took a leap of faith, and a net appeared. The net’s name was Jessica, one of my daughters, who said, “It’s about time, Mom. Now I’m gonna make you a million bucks.”

I set up my own business. I stepped into my own power. I convinced myself that I could learn whatever needed to be learned, and I was right about that.

My middle daughter Jessica jumped into action and taught herself ebook formatting and graphic design. (And a thousand more things since then. She is brilliant.) We started formatting my old books whose rights had reverted back to me and releasing them ourselves.

I kept writing new books, too. My firstborn, Jena, became my editor. Both girls have Masters in English and education. (I don’t have any degree at all, and I’m so proud that all 5 of my girls do!) Jena was and still is teaching full time, but she found time to edit, and not just for me, but for other authors too. Jessica used her new skills to help other authors, as well. And now they both have thriving businesses just like I do.

I have achieved more success and made more money since I left traditional publishing than I ever even dreamed. And I have never ever had more fun. And the fun is the key. The fun is why the success is flowing in. Working with my own daughters, writing what I want to write, helping to design my own covers, creating my own launch campaigns and ad campaigns and anything-I-want campaigns, connecting one-on-one with my readers, no middle man in between us. It’s FUN.

And not only are Jena’s and Jessica’s businesses thriving, but now two other daughters have jumped in, River and Miranda. They and Jessica are each writing series of their own, set in my Oklahoma Brands towns of Big Falls and Tucker Lake. Moreover, my second born, Katie, will soon be joining us, meaning all my girls will be working in the business with me. That’s a dream come true all by itself!

I am in the most blissful time of my entire life at just a little (barely a minute, I swear!) past 50. I found my spiritual partner, co-creator, soulmate Lance and we married on Valentine’s Day 2014. I am happier, more confident, healthier, wealthier, more fulfilled, and more serene than I have ever been. All my dreams are coming true. I have a waterfall in my back yard! A freakin’ waterfall. And I’m wiser than ever before. I know things now.

Above all else, I am empowered. I have become the creator and controller of my own Life. And let me tell you, girls, it’s good to be the Queen.

I am a storyteller, first and foremost. My stories are Paranormal Romances like my groundbreaking Wings in the Night vampire romance series, (the original “twilight” vampire books) and several series about Witches and other bumps in the night.

My stories are Contemporary Western Romances all about family and heart and loyalty and love, like The Texas Brands Series, the Oklahoma All-Girl Brands, and The McIntyre Men.

My stories are Romantic Thrillers like my career-best Brown & de Luca series, The Mordecai Young Series, The Secrets of Shadow Falls, Shattered Sisters, and more.

I also write and blog and teach the Law of Attraction or what I like to call Witchcraft without the props. You can find my non-fiction teachings about how you can become the Queen and Goddess of your own life and business, and create everything you want, at BlissBlog.org

I love who I am, what I do, and everything about my life. I especially love my readers, because, let’s face it, storytelling would be pretty pointless without them. You. I love knowing you as much as possible, which is why I am available to you via email, Facebook, Twitter, my newsletter and my blogs.

So pick a story, any story, and then curl up in a comfy chair, and wrap your softest blanket around your shoulders. Fill your favorite mug with your favorite warm beverage, coffee or tea or cocoa, and fall into my world for a little while. I think you’re gonna like it here.
Hugs!

Maggie

My Thoughts:

I read this book and the rest of the series in paperback when they were newly released (this one in December 1, 1998). My friend who went to dog shows with me and with whom I shared books both read and enjoyed this series.

Since I shared all of my books with Mindy and traveled to many dog shows with her over the years, I miss her terribly as we lost her to bone cancer some years back.

I would give this book and the rest of the series 4.5 star rating. It isn’t a new book but it is a much enjoyed one.



Ecstasy Wears Emeralds

The Jaded Gentlemen Book 3

by Renee Bernard

Digital List Price: $4.99

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From Renee Bernard comes the latest gem in her series of seductive gentlemen–and the tempting women who entice them…
Like all the Jaded Gentlemen, Dr. Rowan West may have his secrets, but he’s done his best to forgive516l67fcrhl the ghosts of his past and move on with his life. Until the beautiful Miss Gayle Renshaw appears on his doorstep, jeopardizing his medical practice, his reputation and worst of all, his heart.
In her desperation to become a doctor, Gayle uses what she knows of Rowan’s fiance’s mysterious death to blackmail him into taking her on as an apprentice. With his back against the wall, Rowan agrees, but quickly discovers that Gayle isn’t as heartless as she seems. Captivated by his tenacious and brilliant new student, Rowan finds himself surrendering to temptation, just as the enemies of the Jaded start to encroach. Now, with both their lives threatened, Rowan may be forced to give up the woman he loves to save her life…


Passion Wears Pearls

The Jaded Gentlemen Book 4 

by Renee Bernard

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From Renee Bernard, the jewels continue to shine with this next offering in her series of seductive gentlemen–and the tempting women who entice them…
51hjed0v2tlAfter the darkness of a dungeon in India, artist Josiah Hastings dreamt of returning to a world lush with color–only to discover that years of imprisonment left his eyesight weak and failing. So when the fiery beauty of Miss Eleanor Beckett appears in his vision amidst the bleak grays of a London winter, he knows he’s found his muse and one last chance at a masterpiece.
Once a spoiled and exultant girl, Eleanor is struggling to survive in a city where men prey upon her. Saving her from assault and ruin, Josiah will pay her a fortune to sit for a painting. To restore her life, Eleanor must risk her reputation modeling for an artist without a chaperone–and try not to lose her heart to a man with dark secrets and unseen enemies…

“This luscious tale will enthrall you.” — Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author

About The Author:

One Woman Think Tank, USA Today Bestselling Author and Host of The Romance renee-bernard-author-photoBookmark on Tuesday nights at Readers Entertainment via BlogTalkRadio. Oh!…and Queen of Crazy!

What in the world is a retired Navy chaplain’s daughter doing writing scorching hot historical romances and contemporary romantic comedies? Renee Bernard is applying a great education from traveling all over the world to story telling and doing her best to keep her father proud. Truthfully, her father is her number one fan, even though he hasn’t worked up the courage to crack one of those red hot romances open yet–but nothing stops him from telling everyone else they need to pick up her latest! Love can make even a minister do strange things!

Her debut novel, “A Lady’s Pleasure” won the RT Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Debut Historical in 2006 and she’s never looked back. It’s been one Double-Dog-Dare moment after another but she’s kept her sense of humor (if not her sanity!) Renee currently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. (Note an interesting proximity to great wineries!)

Her alter ego, A.R. Crimson, is a wicked writer of erotic modern penny dreadfuls and makes no apologies for it. As Renee Bernard, she continues to write historical romances and more recently paranormal romantic comedies. She has also written a comic book, “Azrael’s Girl”, and continues to explore new genres because so far no one has told her not to…

For more information about Renee, please visit her website at www.reneebernardauthor.com. You can also listen to her live Internet radio show “The Romance Bookmark” at 8:30pm EST on Tuesday evenings at www.readersentertainment.com.      

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