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Hazard - Stella Riley(Rockliffe, #5)

Genre: Historical Romance (Paris, 1770 and London, 1777)

Cover Blurb:

Hazard: a game of Chance and Luck, made riskier when Fate is rolling the dice.

For Aristide Delacroix, the first throw summons shades from his past. A man he had met, just once, over a card-table … and the lovely girl indirectly responsible for plunging his life into catastrophe.

For Lord Nicholas Wynstanton, tired of waiting for Madeleine Delacroix to make up her mind, it slyly suggests he begin a whole new game with loaded dice; while for Madeleine, it devises a terrifying lesson in missed opportunities and the uncertainty of second chances.

And for Genevieve Westin, hoping widowhood will be happier than marriage, it brings a rude awakening – leaving a single, wild gamble her only option.
A cardsharp turned businessman, a duke’s charming brother, a stubborn, razor-edged beauty and a desperate widow.

Four players in a…

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Review – Miss Moonshines Emporium of Happy Endings; A Feel Good Collection of Heart-warming Stories

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Review – Miss Moonshines Emporium of Happy Endings; A Feel Good Collection of Heart-warming Stories

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Sometimes what you need is right there waiting for you…

Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again…

Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the happy-ever-after.

Authors On The Edge

Miss Moonshine’s…

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Falling in Love with Happily Ever After by Virginia Heath

Frankie Reviews 1st post in her new blog series on Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Chicks,Rogues and Scandals

I’ve always adored romance books. Right from the moment I picked up my first one at twelve I’ve been hooked. Fabulous Harlequin Mills & Boon authors like Nora Roberts and Penny Jordan took me to imaginary places and made me best friends with the characters they created. By the time I left school, I had a secret dream to write them one day. I never dared tell anyone because I’d have been laughed at. Girls like me didn’t become authors.

However, as time went on and I read more books than I dare count, that dream became more insistent. After years working in the media I switched careers and became a history teacher. A little while later, I picked up my first regency romance and it was magical. Dashing men in boots and breaches, feisty heroines who gave them a run for their money, rich period detail- what wasn’t to…

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On the Rakes and Rascals Blog today: “Wendy’s Stellar 5 Stars Audio Book Review of THE MARIGOLD CHAIN by Stella Riley and narrated by Alex Wyndham.”

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The Marigold Chain Audio BookGenre: Historical Romance (17th Century – Restoration England, 1666)

Cover Blurb:

England, 1666; the year when people who take prophecy seriously believe that the world is going to end.

For Chloe Herveaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering.

England is once again at war with the Dutch and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work within the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark labyrinth of intrigue – where no life is safe, and nothing is what it seems.

Chloe, meanwhile, navigates the shark-infested waters of Charles the Second’s Court and plots a course of her own aimed at financial independence. But as the…

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Angelina Jameson Interview -author photo

I’m delighted to welcome Regency Romance Author ANGELINA JAMESON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I am so honoured you asked me to be on your blog. Thank you!


Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada when the city was a bit smaller than it is now. I grew up camping a lot because my parents were first cub scout and then boy scout leaders. I spent my youth tramping around in the forests surrounding Mount Charleston or swimming at Lake Mead. (Yes, there are forests and lakes in Nevada.) I’m a twin and my sister and I were spoiled by our older brothers and sisters. There were nine kids in our house, so I had a loud, busy childhood well away from the usual Vegas glitz.

Angelina Jameson Interview - twinsMe…

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Characters in Motion with Cryssa Bazos

Layered Pages: Characters in Motion with Cryssa Bazos

Layered Pages

When I first started writing, I took a historical fiction course and I still remember the advice that the instructor gave us, which can apply to any fiction: Consider how the character moves around the page. This breathes life into the character as he/she goes about the business of achieving their personal story quest. I quickly found out that it was not enough for them do random actions; instead, the action should do double duty to reflect back on character.

Traitor's KnotTraitor’s Knot, is the story of two fictional characters, James Hart, a former Royalist officer, and Elizabeth Seaton, a herbalist, who fall in love against the backdrop of the English Civil War.

James hasn’t been able to put the war behind him. After the execution of King Charles I, the regicide Parliamentarians are now in control of the country. James refuses to swear allegiance to the new regime, nor…

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Courtesy Titles (or) Not, a Confusing Aspect of Reading and Writing Historical Novels

REGINA JEFFERS BLOG: Courtesy Titles (or) Not, a Confusing Aspect of Reading and Writing Historical Novels

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One of the most confusing aspects of writing Regency-based novels is the issue of courtesy titles. We authors are always going back and questioning what we think we know. I have heard readers say to me that this is one area that often confuses them. I will admit that I was in my final round of edits of The Earl Claims His Comfort before I realized I had called a minor character “Lady Delia,” when as a daughter of a viscount, she should have been “The Honorable Miss Phillips” or to those more familiar to her “Miss Phillips” or even “Miss Delia” for close acquaintances.I  cannot tell you how many times I had overlooked the error; nor did three editors catch the mistake, thinking I had it correct. Therefore, I thought it useful if we reviewed some of the basics of courtesy titles

By courtesy title, I am referring…

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How to Plant Lemon Seeds


Do you love lemons? Do you find yourself buying lemons at the grocery store constantly? Did you know that you can plant lemon seeds indoors and grow small lemon trees inside your home or office? Planting lemon seeds indoors not only provides you beautiful greenery to look at but smells fantastic. Follow our step-by-step guide and you will have an amazing aroma in your home or office.

1) Fill a flowerpot within two inches to the top with potting soil from an unopened bag.
2) Take a lemon and cut in half with a sharp knife. Remove the mature seed – you can tell if a seed is mature because it will be plump.
3) Rinse your lemon seeds in water ensuring that you remove all the sugarcoating. The sugar will encourage fungi to grow and kill your lemon plants.
4) Plant your lemon seed about a half an inch deep in the center of your flowerpot. You need to do this immediately as dried lemon seeds will not germinate.
5) Moisten your potting soil with water making sure not to over water it.
6) Cover your flowerpot with plastic wrap, and place it in a warm location such as the top of the refrigerator until you notice your seeds have germinated.
7) Move your flowerpot to a bright lit area such as a window and enjoy.Gardening tip