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A Pre-Release Celebration

of a New Book and a New Series 

by Sally MacKenzie 

With These Two Sale Priced Books

From The Duchess of Love Series!

The Duchess of Love

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Duchess of Love Series Prequel Novella

by Sally MacKenzie

File Size: 634 KB

Print Length: 114 pages

Publisher: Zebra (April 24, 2012)

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English

ASIN: B006MLL01E

ISBN-13: 9781420123203

Digital List Price: $1.99

Sale Price For a Limited Time: $0.99

Available at This Price Only at:

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Publisher’s Description:

duchessofloveA DUKE IN DISGUISE…

The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It’s not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe’s lands. And Venus Collingswood didn’t want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister’s betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice…

Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he’s his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he’s discovered swimming in his pond-if he can manage to get a word in edgewise…


Bedding Lord Ned

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Duchess of Love Book 1

by Sally MacKenzie

File Size: 1544 KB

Print Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Zebra (June 5, 2012)

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English

ASIN: B006YBRDTU

Digital List Price: $4.99

Sale Price For a Limited Time: $0.99

Available at This Price Only at:

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Publisher’s Description:

971403837Pleasure Is On Her Dance Card

Determined to find a husband, Miss Eleanor “Nell” Bowman attends a ball put on by the Duchess of Greycliffe, fondly referred to as the Duchess of Love. But she roundly dismisses the suitors the matchmaking hostess has invited on her behalf. For it’s the duchess’s dashing son Ned, Lord Edward, who long ago captured Nell’s heart–and roused her desire. All it takes is a pair of conveniently misplaced silky red bloomers to set the handsome widower’s gaze on this unusual girl who is clearly more than meets the eye. . .

After more than a year of mourning, Ned longs to finally start anew. At first glance, the birthday ball his mother has thrown in his honor is decidedly lacking in suitable mistresses. But he senses something unexpectedly alluring beneath the veil of Nell’s plain exterior–something she’s anxious to reveal, and the lonely Lord is incapable of denying. . .

Praise for the Novels of Sally MacKenzie

“Naked and naughty!” —Romantic Times

“So addictive they should come with a warning label.”–Booklist 

“Plenty of heat and hilarity.” —Publishers Weekly

Complete bonus novella inside!


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MY PRE-RELEASE REVIEW of

What Ales the Earl

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Widow’s Brew Series, Book #1

Coming July 31, 2018

Publisher: Zebra Books

ISBN-13: 978-1420146714

ISBN-10: 1420146718

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E-Book: $5.99

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Publisher’s Description:

alestheearl (1)Scandal does not define the “fallen” ladies of Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home. Instead, it’s a recipe for an intoxicating new future as the women combine their talents—to operate their own brewery and alehouse . . .

When Penelope Barnes arrived at the Home with her young daughter, she discovered a knack for horticulture—and for cultivating the hops needed to produce a superlative pint. She put her scandalous affair with Harry Graham firmly in the past, along with the wrenching pain she felt when he went off to war. After all, she’d always known a farmer’s daughter had no future with an earl’s son. Now she has the pleasant memory of their passion, and she has little Harriet, for whom she would do anything—even marry a boring country vicar . . .

Harry went off to fight for the Crown unaware that his delightful interlude with his childhood friend had permanent consequences. Now he’s back in England, catapulted into the title by his brother’s untimely death. He sorely misses his former life of unfettered adventure, so when he has reason to explore Little Puddledon, he jumps at the chance. But what he finds there is something—and someone—he never knew he’d lost, and a once forbidden love whose time has come, if only he can persuade Pen he’s home to stay.

My Thoughts:

alestheearl (1)This first book in the new Widow’s Brew Series, is as expected from Sally MacKenzie, a delightful mixture of humor and angst.

If I want to laugh at some point in a read and nearly cry at others I can depend on this author to give me both emotions as well as well thought out and intelligent characters that make the most out of their situations.

I loved this second chance romance and devoured it in a single sitting. 
The pun in the title should let the reader know in advance that this will be a fun read.

Harry and Pen’s resumption of a ten year old love with a separation due to war and their differences in status is a delightful regency romp. Their daughter Harriett makes for some poignant and humorous moments in this quick read. Harriett is both a precocious and intuitive nine year old whose perspective on other people is spot on.

The fact that Harry can only think of keeping his love and their daughter by asking the love of his life to become his mistress is the only stumbling block in this otherwise wonderfully written book. Everyone knows though that in regency times love was not really an option and one married for position instead. Men often kept mistresses that they loved as well as wives they only tolerated.

I gave this book 4.9 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames as our couple did not jump right back into intimacy after their lengthy separation.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book that I read and reviewed voluntarily.

Accolades:

“A fun, heartwarming Regency romance elevated by witty dialogue and a unique concept.”
Kirkus

What Ales The Earl is a pure delight.  Sharp dialogue, a creative premise, and plenty of tugs on the heartstrings. MacKenzie knows how to craft a  story that will keep us up at night.  Her characters jump off the page—right into the reader’s heart.”
New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn

“A charming, traditional Regency romance with an effervescent twist!”
USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell



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