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COME OVER TODAY TO

The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman Blog Tour & Giveaway

FOR MY PRE-RELEASE REVIEW & BOOK GIVEAWAY of

“THE LEGENDARY LORD”

Book #6 of The Playful Brides Series

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I am giving away a paperback copy of this soon to be released book

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FIRST MEETING EXCERPT:

In his thirty years of life, Christian had never seen a sight quite like the one that greeted him when he kicked open the bedchamber door. A beautiful woman stood there brandishing a sword at him. Well, brandishing might be a bit of an overstatement. She could barely lift it an inch from the floor, but she was obviously attempting to brandish it.

Normally, Christian was at a loss in front of a beautiful woman. Well, other than his friends, of course. And this woman was extremely beautiful. She had lush black silky hair that fell in fat curls past her shoulders. She’d obviously unpinned it for her nap. She had pale skin, red lips, an adorable upturned nose, and eyes of palest green, almost crystalline. They were tilted, like a cat’s, and framed by long, sooty lashes. She was dressed as a servant. Had she run away from some estate? Only there wasn’t an estate near here. She must have come far. Regardless, whoever she was, she was an incomparable beauty. And a stranger.

“Get out of here right now, or I’ll cut you in half.” The sword quavered in the woman’s grip, but her eyes narrowed to slits. “I mean it. Leave now. You won’t want to see me angry. I promise you. I’m quite good with a sword.” Again, the sword quivered up another inch.

In other circumstances, Christian would have stuttered in the face of such beauty, wouldn’t have known what to say, would have made an ass of himself. God knew such lack of debonair sophistication was a large part of the reason he’d failed to find a wife in London after all these years. But the audacity of this par tic u lar woman—or, more correctly, his anger at her audacity— mixed with his exhaustion, made his encounter with this beautiful woman quite dif fer ent from all the others.

“What if I told you I have a pistol?” he asked dryly, studying her face to gauge her reaction.

She tossed her curls and lifted her chin higher, but her eyes flashed with a hint of fear. “I have a sword,” she announced, her voice quavering slightly.

“I see that. But I’d like to think we would both agree that a pistol would trump a sword were this little confrontation to turn into actual combat.” He stepped toward her, all the while assessing how carefully and quickly he might disarm her.

Her eyes flashed again. She took a step back. “I . . . I don’t believe you have a pistol. You’d have shown it by now. And I will slice you in half if you take another step closer.”

He pressed his lips together to keep from smiling. “Well, you see,” he said, squinting, “I don’t usually point pistols at ladies. But I’m quickly beginning to consider making an exception in your case. Especially if you continue to threaten me and refuse to put down that sword.”  

She did exactly the opposite. She lifted the sword even higher, but the muscles in her upper arms quivered. It had to be a chore for her to keep the thing aloft.

“If you have a pistol, show it. I dare you to,” she said, her jaw clenched.

“Oh, my dear Miss House Thief, don’t tempt me. Now, I’m going to ask you one more time to put down that sword before I force you to put it down. It’s entirely your decision.”

“You’ll have to kill me first. And I’m no house thief.” Her quaking arms lifted the sword even higher, and she had the audacity to jab it toward him slightly.

That was it. Christian was through with this farce. He had to disarm her before she hurt herself or him or, God forbid, the dog, who’d sat in between them watching this peculiar exchange, his ears switching from side to side, no doubt in an effort to hear each of them more clearly.

Christian reached her in two long strides, wrenched the sword out of her hand, twisted her arm behind her back, and pulled her sharply against his chest. “You say you’re not a house thief, but let me see if I have the right of it. You’ve broken into my home and you’re trying to kill me? With my own sword?”

The woman struggled to pull her arm free, but Christian held her fast, her backside squirming against him. He wasn’t about to allow her to scramble away from him. God only knew what she’d scoop up to fight him with next. The dog, perhaps?

“Your home? How do I know this is your home?” she asked in a tone that was both demanding yet edged with fear. And in an accent that was obviously not of a maid, but of a lady. Unexpected.

Her breath came in panting gasps, and her breasts— which Christian had quite a good view of, actually, given that he was close to a foot taller than her— were heaving.

She was frightened. Good. Thieves shouldn’t get too comfortable.

“I damn well know it’s not yours, Miss Thief.”

“I told you. I am not a thief. Let go of me.” She struggled harder to break free of his grasp.

He tightened his hold on her arm. “Is anyone else with you?”

“No.”

“How long have you been here?”

“This is my third night.”

“You have been in my home three nights?” Outraged, he glanced around the room, searching. “What have you taken?”

“Nothing. How many times do I have to say it? I’m no thief.” She attempted to elbow him in the ribs. He stepped back just in time, mentally thanking his fencing days at Eton for his quick reflexes. He secured her elbow so she couldn’t do it again.

“I don’t want to hurt you,” he said calmly, “but unless you can tell me in the next five seconds who you are and why the hell you’re in my house, I’ll be happy to toss you out in the snow, thief or not.” She stopped struggling and made a small gasping noise. That was more like it.

You’re Master Christian?” Her head snapped to the side, and he saw the outline of her patrician profile, though she still had her back to him.

Christian tightened his grip on her warm wrist. “I’m the one asking questions here, not you,” he growled near her ear. The lily scent was definitely coming from her. Her ebony hair was giving off the essence. It smelled . . . good. Too good.

“I’m trying to prove that I’m not a thief,” she insisted. She’d stopped struggling for the moment. “How else would I know your name?”

Copyright © 2016 Valerie Bowman and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Paperbacks.



Emilie

The Cajun Series Book 1 of 6 in

The Cajun Series (6 Book Series)

by Cherie Claire

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Publisher’s Description:

51dnmxmjcglEmilie Gallant and her Cajun family have traveled to Louisiana in search of their father, separated thirteen years ago during le grand dérangement, the brutal exile by the British from their Nova Scotia homeland. The last thing Emilie has on her mind as she enters the rugged bayou country is marriage to her longtime companion, Lorenz Dugas. Beautiful but stubbornly defiant, Emilie worshipped Lorenz as a child but having to fight to preserve her family has built a wall around her heart. But Lorenz is equally determined and his passion will prove that their love cannot be denied. As they make their way across the untamed Louisiana wilderness, hoping to reunite the Gallant family, Emilie learns that love has a way of healing all wounds — even in the most unusual places. 

“Pick up a copy of Emilie for your reading pleasure, and take a journey into the historical Acadian (Cajun) country of Louisiana for an educational, romantic read.” 
—Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today 

“The beauty of Ms. Claire’s tale is in the message that love makes one a stronger and better person. She leaves just enough hints to keep readers eagerly anticipating the next two sisters’ tales. As a history buff, I enjoyed learning about the Acadian (Cajun) culture, as well as the story’s characters.” 
—Evelyn Feiner, Romantic Times magazine 

“I’m saving a spot for Cherie Claire on my keepershelf!” 
—Heather Nordahl, Affaire de Coeur 

BOOK DETAILS:
• Historical American romance, set in Louisiana in 1768 
• Book One of Cherie’s The Cajuns series 
• A full-length novel of 90,000 words (about 365 printed book pages) 
• R-rated content: Steamy love scenes! 
• Originally published by Kensington Publishing Co. (Ballad Books) 


A Cajun Dream

The Cajun Series Book 5

by Cherie Claire

Digital List Price: $4.99

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51n0jrb3cxlSpurned by the Americans living in the South Louisiana town of Franklin because of her Catholic upbringing and forbidden to associate with the French Creoles and Cajuns by her father, Amanda Rose Richardson believes she is destined to become an old maid. When she finds herself in a compromised situation, it is her good friend René Comeaux, a proud Cajun who rescues her. But can René convince her father his intensions are honorable and win the heart of the “Jolie Blonde” he adores? 

A Cajun Dream is an award-winning delightful romance between a very proper American heiress and the proud Cajun who is determined to win her love. 

“A Cajun Dream will bring a smile to readers’ faces. Ms. Claire has captured the sweetness of falling in love the first time with the gentleness of Dorothy Garlock and the tenderness of Pamela Morsi.” — Maria C. Ferrer for Romantic Times magazine 

“What a marvelous debut! Cherie Claire is sure to earn a bevy of fans with this charming and heartwarming tale.” — Rexanne Becnel, author of Blink of An Eye 

BOOK DETAILS:
• Historical American romance, set in Louisiana in 1848 
• Book Five of Cherie’s The Cajuns series 
• A full-length novel of 90,000 words (about 365 printed book pages) 
• R-rated content: Steamy love scenes! 
• Originally published by Kensington Publishing Co. 
• Holt, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice finalists 
• Louisiana Federation of Press Women Best Novel Award, National Federation of Press Women third place winner 
• RT four-star review, Amazon regional best-seller 

The Cajuns series follows a family of Acadians (Cajuns) who travel to South Louisiana and start anew after being exiled from their Nova Scotia home. The first three books follow the Gallant sisters as they attempt to reunite with their father in the wilds of Louisiana and Delphine (Book Four) takes place during Louisiana’s role in the American Revolution. The Dugas family saga continues with A Cajun Dream (Book Five) and The Letter (Book Six). For a family tree, visit http://www.cherieclaire.net. 

The Cajuns historical saga 
Book One: Emilie 
Book Two: Rose 
Book Three: Gabrielle 
Book Four: Delphine 
Book Five: A Cajun Dream 
Book Six: The Letter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cherie Claire is the award-winning Louisiana author of several Cajun historical romances,402c0d_9a46e34ae0554396b1d07b81b5aff82bmv2 including The Cajun Series: “Emilie,” “Rose,” “Gabrielle,” “Delphine,” “A Cajun Dream” and “The Letter” and The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances: “Ticket to Paradise,” “Damn Yankees” and “Gone Pecan.”

At first, she wanted to be a screenwriter and headed to Hollywood. After studying film and TV studies at UCLA Extension, I knew I wasn’t brave enough to pitch ideas to studio executives. I got married and had a beautiful son and didn’t have time to write, which rather bummed me out. And that’s when I discovered romance.

 She was in the line at the grocery store and there, next to Oprah and Twix, was a line of Harlequins and one of them sported a fiesty journalist on assignment. Since that’s her day job background, she made sure no one was looking and bought the book. (Yes,she was a literary snob back then and had previously shunned “those little books.”) And guess what? She couldn’t put it down.

 For the second time, she was bitten by a literary bug and hooked.She started writing romance and the rest, as they say, is romantic history.

 Her first novel was “A Cajun Dream,” which was published with Kensington Publishing Company. The book was a finalist for the prestigious Holt Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards. It won Best Novel in the Louisiana Federation of Press Women and came in third nationally.

 “The Letter” in the Kensington anthology “Snow Angels” followed, which received a Romantic Times four-star review.

Her Acadians series launched a new line with Kensington, Zebra Ballad. The books were “Emilie” (RT four-star review), “Rose” (Kensington author of the month), “Gabrielle” (Romantic Times four-star review) and “Delphine.” 

 All six of these books have been re-released as ebooks as The Cajuns series. 

Since she has another life — She is a journalist under the pen name of Cheré Dastugue Coen — She has also published several non-fiction titles: “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana” by The History Press; the cookbook travelogue “Cooking in Cajun Country” with “Cajun” Karl Breaux (2009, Gibbs Smith Publishing) and “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets,” with Jude Bradley (2010, Llewellyn).



Barely a Bride

Free Fellows League Book 1

by Rebecca Hagan Lee

Digital List Price: $3.99

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51karivq31lCan a lady tempt a Free Fellow to surrender his heart?
As a founding member of the Free Fellows League—a group of four gentlemen who signed a pledge to never wed when they were lads—Griffin, Viscount Abernathy, swears that he will put off marrying as long as possible. But when he is suddenly called off to war, he has no choice but to obey his father’s wishes and find a wife…

Just days later, he marries the lovely Lady Alyssa. For a man committed only to his freedom, she seems a perfect—and perfectly undemanding—bride. Intelligent and self-sufficient, Alyssa craves her independence just as much as Griffin loves his. But as the irresistible attraction between them flourishes with every look and touch, they discover there is something they desire even more than a loveless marriage of convenience—the passion they find in each other’s arms…

Book 1 of the “Free Fellows League” Series, which includes BARELY A BRIDE, MERELY THE GROOM, HARDLY A HUSBAND, TRULY A WIFE, A BACHELOR STILL and CLEARLY A COUPLE (a novella from TALK OF THE TON)

Barely a Bride is wonderfully charming! A must have!”—Romance Reviews Today

“Superb!”—The Best Reviews

“Historical romance fans are fortunate to have a treasure like Rebecca Hagan Lee.”—Affaire de Coeur

“Every Rebecca Hagan Lee book is a tender treasure! She warms my heart and touches my soul.”—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

“Sparkling romance and passion that sizzles…Rebecca Hagan Lee taps into every woman’s fantasy!”—Christina Dodd, New York Times bestseller



Highlander Series 1

Anna, Rachel & Charlet

by Marti Talbott

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ANNA — In love with a woman he had only seen once and could not find, the Highlander, Kevin 51ptanphwilMacGreagor was growing older and needed a wife to give him sons. No other woman pleased him, not even the daughters of other lairds, so he finally settled for Anna sight unseen. But when his men went to meet her guard, she was all alone and badly beaten. Who could have done such a thing and why?

RACHEL — had a dark secret and even she didn’t know what it was. She was seventeen, determined to become as good a warrior as any Highlander, and was firmly against taking a husband. Connor had other ideas. He loved Rachel and when a rival clan took her, he thought he would lose his mind. How would he ever get her back and if he did, would her dark secret separate them forever?

CHARLET — The King of England asked the Highlander, Kevin MacGreagor, to hide a baby girl and save her life. But sixteen years later, someone discovered where she was. To Blair Cameron fell the duty of hiding and protecting Charlet. It was not an easy task. She was furious, head-strong and determined to run from him. Could Blair keep her alive? And if he did, could he keep himself from falling in love with her?

NOTE: All of Marti Talbott’s Scottish Highlander Books are suitable for young adults 14 and older.

Follow the MacGreagor Clan into Colorado’s twentieth century in the new Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series).

 

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