Friday, June 23, 2017

Double RITA Finalist Darcy Woods Visits with the Crew!

I'm thrilled to have my friend, Darcy Woods, joining the Crew today. She's a double 2017 RITA finalist for BEST FIRST BOOK and YOUNG ADULT Romance. Congratulations Darcy! Prosecco pouring for you. If you looking for her previous visit - click HERE.

Before we get to the juicy details-I want to make sure you know that Darcy is giving away one e-book for the International crowd and one paperback for a US only giveaway. :-)  
  Please make sure you comment and leave your email address for a chance to win.

MEET DARCY WOODS 

DARCY WOODS has held an eclectic mix of professions—from refueling helicopters for the U.S. Army to recharging bodies and spirits at a spa—but her most beloved career is being an author. She is addicted to happily-ever-after endings and finds all things metaphysical endlessly fascinating. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two tuxedo cats (who overdress for everything). SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is her double RITA®-nominated debut young adult novel.


THE STORY BLURB


Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one girl’s race to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.

But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief. 

Nan: I loved the book!  5 STARS!! And look at that pretty RITA emblem.



READ A LITTLE 
Here is a link to the sample chapter. AMAZON


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Also, SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS e-book is currently on sale (at an $8.00 savings!) for $1.99. Here is the Amazon link, but the sale applies to ALL e-tailers!  AMAZON


A LIGHTING ROUND OF Q&A WITH DARCEY WOODS
NAN: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
DARCY: When I hear from you my heart sings arias. When I hear from you and my story has resonated in some way, my heart sings arias worthy of the La Scala opera house in Italy! Because without you, my stories would have no home. No ears to hear them or eyes to read them. And without you, I’m not sure I’d have the courage to continue putting one word in front of the other—again and again. So THANK YOU for helping me live my dream! 

Here’s a sampling of some fan art, including a German teen’s incredible collage of the City of Carlisle where the book takes place, a US reviewer’s beautiful graphic drawing with quote, and an Italian book and fashion blogger’s gorgeous constellation-themed nails. See? This is why I’m a bottomless well of gratitude!  

Nan: That is so much fun. I am envious!

NAN:  Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
DARCY:  I do! Or…I did at least in the early days of my debut release. Then I read a couple of especially awful ones—the kind that go from being a snarky review of your work, to a personal attack. So around the time I could taste the ash on my tongue from my eviscerated soul, I decided I was done. The price just became too high on my productivity. I mean, I could read a dozen wonderful five-star reviews, but that one nasty bugger seemed to have the ability to erase them all. And I refuse to give one person that kind of power! 

Nan: Way to go!

NAN: What has been your most rewarding publishing moment?
DARCY: Oh gosh, there have been so many, but I’ll narrow it down to two. The first biggie was when my ARCs went out and I received my first review. It was forwarded to me by a bookseller who runs a special program where teens get to read advance copies, and in turn, write reviews of them. Her name was Sophia. And I will never forget the last line of this thirteen year-old's review: “I laughed, I cried, and I never wanted the story to end!” Dear Lord I was reduced to an emotional mush ball!!! 

The second was something I was almost too afraid to hope to achieve—getting the RITA call. It was so surreal! I immediately began jumping on the couch while shrieking, giggling, and blubbering—simultaneously because I’m a multitasker. The RWA board member (Renee, I think?) sweetly interrupted me and said, “Darcy, I’m not done yet. I have more good news.” She then proceeded to tell me I was a double finalist. To say that I was inconsolably happy is a supreme understatement! My smile was roughly the size of Texas. 

Nan: Love the picture. And you deserve this honor!



NAN: What has surprised you the most about being published?! 
DARCY: How difficult it can be to find your readers! Are you guys nodding? If you’re not nodding, please email me every one of your secrets. 
Nan: Nodding here. Hoping you pick up a few new readers just from this post!



NAN'S GOTTA ASK: Which already filmed movie represents your writing style?

DARCY'S GOTTA ANSWER:  Bridget Jones's Diary! While there is humor, witty banter, and absurdity abound, at the core of the story (or movie, as it were) is a very real and accessible slice of humanity. Like that moment Bridget is heartbroken, sitting in the bathtub while crying and peeling off her false eyelashes from the night before? THAT. I seek the same balance of hilarity and heart in my own writing. 

FIND DARCY WOODS: 
Contact: woodswrite@gmail.com
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DARCY WOODS WANTS TO KNOW: I LOVE book recommendations! What was the last book you read that made you laugh and feel all the feels?   

Comment and leave you email address for a chance to win one e-book for the International crowd and one paperback for a US only giveaway


Nan:  Thank you for hanging with the crew today, Darcy!  

Darcy's drawing will be open through Sunday - so please comment for a chance to win.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Inside Urban Wolf: Love Bites From Wolf, Interrupted.






Today the blog is chock full of sinfully sexy love bites compliments of Wolf, Interrupted 


Welcome Get Lost in a Story readers and Urban Wolfers!

As most of you know by now, the just released URBAN WOLF anthology includes two sinfully sexy shape-shifter romance novellas between its covers. Wolf in the City by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom and Wolf, Interrupted by Jillian Stone. (Yes, that's  me!)

I'm wrapping up our marathon four day GLIAS blog by sharing some excerpts and a few love bites from Wolf, Interrupted. For those of you who missed my post on Friday, here's how you catch up on the story:

A brief blurb for Wolf, Interrupted

Elle Hathaway has spent most of her young life in fear of herself. At least the part of her that grows fangs and claws. With the help of a lycanthrope suppressant, she’s made it through puberty, university, even her first job without so much as a shift. Then one night, deep in the tunnels of the
Underground, her life changes forever.

Detective Inspector Abelseth Durant is investigating the lethal mauling of an unknown victim in the Covent Garden tube station, and Ms. Elle Hathaway is a person of interest. Sensing her wolf nature, he is mystified by the lovely young woman, and when Elle is abducted by a rival pack, Abelseth realizes he is being pulled back into London’s wolfen underworld.

So—now that Elle has been shaken out of her blissful denial, will she team up with the handsome inspector and evade the renegade pack? Let's find out!

On Friday, we left Abesleth and Elle moondancing on the terrace of a roof garden. Without giving anything away about their sensual, magical dance under the stars, lets just say that things got pretty steamy"

     She stepped away and he pulled her back, capturing her mouth under his, parting those pouty lips. His tongue tongue plunged in deep, chasing, teasing, purposely arousing her.
   "Find your wild, Elle."

Consumed by lust, Abesleth barely notices the subtle shift in shadow and light—not until unfamiliar pheromones assault his senses. He leads the predatory wolves in the opposite direction—so Elle can make a quick getaway.  He catches up with her by leaping through the time-space continuum. On his third leap he spies her bright orange Mini Cooper stopped at a traffic light.

    Elle gunned the engine nervously.
    A leering, bearded male with fiery eyes materialized in the seat beside her.
   “No-oooo!” Abelseth ripped the wolf out of her car and sent him flying into the drift.
    He sat beside her and and quieted the snarl in his voice. “Keep to your right and take the Waterloo Bridge. Faster the better—make it hard for them.”
    Elle drove like a mad demon, accelerating well beyond the posted limits. “For the record, this new wolfy part of me sucks. Mind telling me where we’re going?"
  “My brother is having a dinner party, we’ll be surrounded by my pack.”
  “She slid into a parking space on Duchy Street and turned to him. “Inspector Durant, are you inviting me to a party?”
  “At the moment, the safest place for you to be, is among wolves.”



Ableseth isn’t your average werewolf. As Elle unwraps some of his closer held secrets, she discovers that he’s not only pure=blooded wolf, like herself, he’s also werewolf royalty.

And his abilities go far beyond the occasional shape-shift. In fact, he possesses powers akin to magic. Not the Harry Potter wingardium leviosa sort of spell—more like the power of Thor, only he wasn’t a superhero. Or was he?

   “But…I’m not dressed for a dinner party.” Elle protested.
    There were times when his gaze alone captured her. Long lashes shaded his crystalline eyes, which lowered to the v-neckline of her cardigan. 
  "You’ve left your sweater unbuttoned, enough to reveal an alluring hollow between the curves of your breasts. And when you exhale, a hint of flesh.”
    She sucked in a breath. She was neither well endowed nor small breasted, but the glimmer in his eyes told her she was just right.

Something intimate is starting to happen between Abelseth and Elle. They're bickering—with a good deal of eye contact. Quarreling lovers who might have a quick boff in the car before the party.

And later, at the party…

Smooth background jazz segued into smoky saxophone. The kind of music that encourage the rapid removal of clothes, if they were lovers. And alone.

    His gaze swept over her features. No man had ever looked at her this way. As if he needed to possess her, ravage her, protect her.
    She moved away, and he pulled her back. “What works on you, Elle?”

Abelseth’s uncle fills her in, and Elle begins to understand why she’s been targeted by rogue wolfen packs. And then comes a chapter titled, Abelseth vs. Ex Cereberus.

While Abelseth battles the powerful renegade wolves, Elle finally escapes London, and heads for home. She also finds herself missing Abelseth and is terrified that something terrible has happened to him. She exits the motorway for petrol and as she pulls under the station canopy, her heart skips a beat.

    Elle climbed out of the car.
  "Where are we?" he croaked, huskily.
    She closed the door. “What no GPS in the time-space continuum?" She moved her hands up the lapels of his coat. "You’re looked a bit trampled.” 
   “I would have caught up sooner, only a I ran into a few wolves along the way.”
  “And they ran into you.” She kissed him gently on the mouth.

I’d like to tell you more, I really would. And I know you have questions. Like—does Elle ever trust enough to let Abelseth get close? I mean really close. And what about all that talk about wolf sex?

     “So sex as a wolf is completely out of the question,” Elle sighed.
      He did a cute double-take. “Not…completely out of the question.”




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Jillian Stone is a national award-winning, multi-published author who has written four Gentlemen of Scotland Yard novels published by Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, as well as the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Detective series published by Brava, Kensington. Currently, she is writing Contemporary Romance, including Wolf, Interrupted, a novella in the just released Urban Wolf anthology.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Urban Wolf: Fang meets fur on the streets of L.A.

“Blood is my bane, wolf, while moonlight is yours. In the end, we’re both monsters, you know.” —Wolf in the City by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Hello again… It’s Urban Wolf week, and I’m loving it.

On Thursday, we met the werewolf I met on the back streets of Angeles, and the star of my story Wolf in the City, in the new Urban Wolf anthology. Jared James is one hot, sexy ex-detective werewolf. Yum.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the feisty young vampire who gives Jared a run for his money on those L.A. streets.

Not your typical vampire, Kit is a quirky, dangerous female with a vow of vengeance against her Maker that equals Jared’s vow for the same thing. When these two meet up, sparks fly in strange ways. Take a listen . . .

“Might be time for you to go home, wolf,” she suggested. “To me, you smell far too good, and like dessert.”
She waited, as if daring him to turn his back.
 “Why would I leave when this was just getting interesting?” Jared returned.
 “Because I always was a sucker for dessert,” she said. “FYI.”"
—Chapter 1, Wolf in the City


Wearing black as camouflage, Kit blends with the shadows she detests. Besides searching for the vampire who hurt her, bled her, and tried to steal her soul, she’s game for causing trouble with Jared, the werewolf she’s been keeping an eye on.

Really, this is not a match made in heaven. No way. Nohow. Right? So what will happen when
their objectives merge and they are forced to help each other out?

"He couldn’t have imagined that a vampire could be so sexy and sensual, or that she would have so quickly cast a spell to ensnare him.”
—Chapter 9, Wolf in the City

The big question here is whether there actually are vampires with good intentions? And whether the talents they possess is what attracts other to them?

Well . . . I know the answer to those questions, and so does Jared James, who finds out first-hand what to expect .

"And if she could do that—getting close to him so easily and without his knowledge—then by letting his guard down for one single second meant he had fallen victim to her particular brand of seductive power, after all. Trouble? Hell. The word had just taken on a whole new meaning. In this instance, trouble started a V."

Come along to the dark streets of Los Angeles with me, and meet these two for yourself. I’m positive you’ll be glad you did, and that you might be a little more enlightened about these two species and what they are capable of.

Wolf in the City.
A sinfully sexy shape-shifter novella from an award-winning author with over 30 supernatural stories in her repertoire.

Urban Wolf buy links:  Amazon    Apple iBooks 

Our Urban Wolf anthology is out this week….
What are you waiting for? Jared?
Sorry folks, Jared might just be taken by the time you read this post.
Then again….. maybe not?
(You’ll have to read this book to see). *smiles wickedly*

Thanks for tuning in today, and all week to hear Jillian and I tell our tales.

Please say hello, leave a wave, and ask any question you might have for either Kit or me.  Though she sleeps during the day (in a bed, not a coffin), she has left me some notes.

Cheers for now, 
Linda

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is the author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels and novellas, both dark and light, for HarperCollins/Harlequin Nocturne and GothicScapes, with more than 30 stories that trespass into the supernatural realm.

Linda is the author of contemporary, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy books for Kensington, Amazon Montlake, GothicScapes, Harlequin Nocturne, and Harlequin Desire. She  currently has 30 stories that trespass into the supernatural realm, with ton of ideas for more.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Urban Wolf: Find your wilder side, compliments of Wolf, Interrupted.

Two sinfully sexy shapeshifter wolf tales…

Wolf in the City
by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Wolf, Interrupted
by Jillian Stone

Never try to deny the she-wolf inside. 

“Two very different but brilliant stories by two exceptionally talented authors!! Be prepared to be transported into a World of paranormal mayhem where strangers become friends and lovers, where secrets beg to be discovered & revealed and where Happily Ever Afters seem impossible but yet longed for all the same! Dive into these delicious werewolf stories today, where you can expect the unexpected, all while losing your heart to two very different but oh so naughty wolves!”
      —Top 1% Reviewer Goodreads

Hi GLAIS Readers, Jillian here! I'm thrilled to share a little of the story and characters in WOLF, INTERRUPTED, one of two novellas in the just released Urban Wolf anthology. Yesterday, Linda blogged about the sexy urban wolf who patrols the streets of L.A. in her novella, WOLF IN THE CITY.  Today, you're going to get to know the hero and heroine from WOLF, INTERRUPTED. The novella is set in one of my favorite cities in the world—London, of course!


Last day to pick up a copy of Urban Wolf for $1.99 at Amazon 


Meet Elle Hathaway

When Elle Hathaway was still in primary school, she sat beside her dying father as her mother wiped away the purplish foam bubbling at the edges of her husband’s mouth.

A rare and unusual death the coroner had scribbled in the inquest report. His conclusion read: Accidental poisoning. No malicious intent.

Aconitum napellus, prince of death—aka wolfsbane. Lethal to wolves and humans alike, even to the touch.

It's no wonder Elle has spent most of her life in fear of herself. At least the part of her that grows fangs and claws. With the help of a lycanthrope suppressant, she’s made it through puberty, university, even her first job without so much as a shift. Then one night, deep in the tunnels of the Underground, her life changes forever.

Say hello to Detective Inspector Abelseth Durant

Detective Inspector Abelseth Durant is investigating the lethal mauling of an unknown victim in the Covent Garden tube station, and Ms. Elle Hathaway is a person of interest.

The detective sat quietly in front of her consulting his smart phone. She’d forgotten how attractive he was, in an unkempt, masculine way. 

He cleared his throat softly. “I thought we might start with your police report. You can confirm, make corrections, elaborate—whatever comes to mind.”  He glanced up and his double take was lovely, as if he must have another look at her. “If you need clarification, feel free to ask me anything.” 

Elle immediately thought of two good questions. Have a girlfriend?  Looking for one?

Sensing her wolf nature, Abelseth is mystified by the lovely young woman, and when Elle is abducted by a rival pack, he realizes he is being pulled back into London’s wolfen underworld.

“I don’t date…wolves.” She stepped away tossing unruly waves of hair over her shoulder and revealing more of her pale blue cardigan. The cropped sweater exposed a hint of midriff and hugged the curves of her breasts. He had no trouble remembering how gorgeous she was naked. He’d nearly come undone by her raw beauty.

“I believe you might consider a wolf after a moondance.”

She tilted her head and squinted. “Moondance?”


To be continued Sunday…


Jillian Stone is a national award-winning, multi-published author who has written four Gentlemen of Scotland Yard novels published by Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, as well as the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Detective series published by Brava, Kensington. Currently, she is writing Contemporary Romance, including Wolf, Interrupted, a novella in the just released Urban Wolf anthology.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Inside Urban Wolf, ready to pounce…there's a Wolf in the City






“One bite, one scratch… and chaos reigns on the streets of L.A.” 
Wolf in the City by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Welcome to the world of URBAN WOLF, my friends, “where strangers become friends and lovers, where secrets beg to be discovered and revealed, and where Happy-Ever-Afters seem impossible but are longed for all the same…”

That’s a quote from a # 1 rated book reviewer that couldn’t have been more accurate (and hopefully enticing). Because I’m hoping you will come along on this wild ride with Jillian Stone and me. And wild ride, it is.

In this 2 author, 2 novella anthology out this week, Jillian and I have chosen to set our stories in different parts of the world. My story, WOLF IN THE CITY, is set in Los Angles, a city I know very well, having been born and raised there.

I was always fairly sure that werewolves roamed the backstreets of L.A. but as a kid, I was afraid to go out and look for them (parents would have nixed that idea real quick). It wasn’t until recently that I met Jared James, one of those werewolves, and he told me his story.

Wow. I couldn’t have conceived of anything as scary or daunting as the true tale of how an L.A detective became a werewolf, and the kind of justice that Jared sought for what happened to him in an L.A. alley.

"The term human had ceased to cover what he had become. Creature was a better choice, and he had the claws to prove it. He was a werewolf –half man, half beast—and had been since hell had come calling on a night like this one.
—Chapter 1, Wolf in the City

I mean, who could have imagined what Jared would find on those streets late at night . . . with a full moon dictating how his future would go down?

Imagine his surprise to find that there are other species roaming those same streets, keeping to the shadows. And that one of them has been watching him for some time! And if that other entity might be a slick vampire named Kit?

“He had been after another kind of monster here, one with canines and claws, and look what had turned up—a female with fangs and a disturbingly cryptic sense of humor.
 
—Chapter 3, Wolf in the City


Jared James, the tall, dark and gorgeous ex-detective vigilante, had to have his story told . . . so I have told it. I am in love with Jared, and you might be, too. Meet him
in Wolf in the City, my novella in this new Urban Wolf anthology. I can’t wait for you to tell me what you think of Jared. My excitement for this book’s birthday can’t be contained. *Arrrroooooo*

“Two species merging—one with fangs, the other with fur. How could anything good possibly come of that?  
Chapter 8, Wolf in the City

And though I have to sign off for now, please stay tuned for more on Jared here and more excerpts from Wolf in the City this Saturday!

Are you reading this post? Please say hello, leave a wave, and ask any question you might have for either Jared or me. The June full moon has passed, so my werewolf is ready to pay attention to whatever you might have to say. *smiles*

Cheers for now, 
Linda

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is the author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels and novellas, both dark and light, for HarperCollins/Harlequin Nocturne and GothicScapes, with more than 30 stories that trespass into the supernatural realm.

Linda is the author of contemporary, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy books for Kensington, Amazon Montlake, GothicScapes, Harlequin Nocturne, and Harlequin Desire. She  currently has 30 stories that trespass into the supernatural realm, with ton of ideas for more.

Who likes links? New friends? More info?
Linda’s web site: www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com
Linda on Facebook: www.facebookcom/LindaThomasSundstrom
Join Linda’s Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/331696776966084/
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Regan Walker's Best of the Regency with Collette Cameron!

Hello all! Regan here. It's time for the Best of the Regency! My guest today is bestselling, award-winning author Collette Cameron. Collette pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them.
Blessed with three spectacular children, fantastic fans, and a compulsive, over-active, and witty Muse who won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she still lives in Oregon with her husband and five mini-dachshunds, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time.
Admitting to a quirky sense of humor, Collette enjoys inspiring quotes, adores castles and anything cobalt blue, and is a self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic. You'll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances. 

Collette has graciously agreed to answer some questions for all you readers, so now let's hear what she has to say...

My first question is one I ask all my Regency author guests: What made you decide to write Regencies?

First, let me thank you for having me as your guest, Regan. As for your question, my obsession with historical romances started as a thirteen year old when a middle-school friend, snuck me a Barbara Cartland Regency to read. Although I adore most genres of historicals, Regency and Highlanders are still my go-to-genres. So, it made sense to write about the time period I fell in love with as a young teen.

What is the first book you remember reading?

The first romance I remember reading that stuck in my brain and I never forgot the title was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I read that story so many times! I named my daughter Brianna after the heroine, Heather Brianna.

Fairytale or action adventure?

Fairytale because despite the conflict and hardships, there’s usually a moral to the story and a happily-ever-after.

Is there a blooper in your story?

Well, not so much a blooper in Passion and Plunder, as a relationship that needed further explaining, because some of the characters were related in more than one way. A couple of my readers were confused, and I blame myself for not explaining the relationship better.

I actually based the scenario on a real-life familial relationship of mine. My dad’s niece is also his sister-in-law. I call her my cousin, but I refer to her husband as my uncle because that’s how I first knew them. 

What is your most interesting quirk?

I’m not sure how interesting it is, but I have a quirky sense of humor that seeps into my stories.
I also will act out motions and facial expressions while I’m writing. I just hope my neighbors aren’t watching!

What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?

My dogs. And squirrels. Can’t help but love their antics.



Collette wants to know: Why do you read historical romances?  

GIVEAWAY! For all those commenting, note: 

Collette will be giving away a print copy of Brette: Intention’s Gone Astray to one lucky person (US Only). 

But you must leave your email (so she can find you) and be sure and answer the question!








Collette also wants to let us know about her brand new release! 


THE WALLFLOWER’S WICKED WAGER
A Waltz with a Rogue Novella  #5


He loved her beyond anything and everything—precisely why he couldn’t ever marry her.


A WOUNDED HERO

Love—sentimental drivel for insipid, weak, feckless fools.

Since an explosion ravaged Captain Morgan Le Draco’s face and cost him his commission in the Royal Dragoons, he’s fortified himself behind an impenetrable rampart of cynicism and distrust. Now destitute and shunned by the very society that once lauded his heroics, he’s put aside all thoughts of marrying and having a family. Until he risks his life to save a drowning woman. At once, Morgan knows Shona’s the balm for his tortured soul, but as a wealthy, titled noblewoman, she’s too far above his humble station and can never be his.

AN INTREPID WALLFLOWER

Love—a treasured gift reserved for those beautiful of form and face.

Scorned and ridiculed most of her adult life, Shona, Lady Atterberry believes she’s utterly undesirable and is reconciled to spinsterhood. She hides her spirited temperament beneath a veneer of gauche shyness, until a strapping, scarred stranger saves her life, and she can’t deny her immediate, powerful, and sensual attraction to him. Despite how ill-suited they are and innuendos that Captain Le Draco is a fortune-hunter, she cannot escape her growing fascination.

Two damaged souls searching for love.

Others are determined to keep them apart, and Shona is goaded into placing a wicked wager. One that sets her upon a ruinous path and alienates the only man who might have ever loved her. Is true love enough to put their pasts behind them, to learn to trust, and heal their wounded hearts?

Warning: This book contains one devilish, seemingly irredeemable rogue, an on-the-shelf wallflower who dabbles in wicked wagers, an unexpected and most enticing swim in a lake, a villainess you’ll want to shove into said lake, and a cast of captivating secondary characters with their own tantalizing romantic tales.


Read an Excerpt:

“I’m truly sorry for your suffering, Shona.”
Captain Le Draco had used her given name.
Most impudent of him. Quite beyond the pale.
And she didn’t object at all.
“It must’ve been unbearably difficult for you.” Compassion rendered his voice husky and thick, and for an instant, Shona gaped, owl-like in amazement.
Except for the Needhams, Harcourt, and Alexa, no one had ever expressed any sympathy for her situation. She swallowed against the tangled knot constricting her throat, and blinked away tears she hadn’t realized had sprung to her eyes.
She wrapped his coat a bit tighter around her shoulders. “Thank you. It was quite awful at first. But the passage of time has helped. That, and being surrounded by people I know care for me.”
Seemingly of its own accord, her finger touched his marred cheek, the merest feathering over the rigid flesh. Brazen, that. And wholly invasive, and inappropriate, particularly since she’d known him all of twenty or thirty brief minutes.
Why did she feel this compelling need to comfort Captain Le Draco? To touch him? Such a powerful, overwhelming need that she kicked aside her usual shyness and reticence?
“What about you, Captain?” Her confidence hadn’t yet grown enough to address him by his given name too. “I imagine it’s been most difficult for you as well. Does it still hurt?”
She softly pressed her pads against the contorted flesh.
He seized her hand and held it to his ravaged cheek, his eyes closed, eyelashes trembling as if he were in pain or overcome by extreme sentiment.
“Yes.”

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