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5 Star Review of Just Perfect by JoMarie DeGioia (Regency historical novella)

Alexis D. Craig who is a Lachesis Publishing author of romantic suspense and erotica, reviewed the Lachesis Publishing Regency novella Just Perfect by JoMarie DeGioia (Book 3 in the Dashing Nobles series) and posted it on amazon. Here’s the review . . .

Lexie gave Just Perfect 5 stars!

Resurrecting Regency (on amazon)

just-perfect-500x724I have to admit, it’s been a looooooong time since I’ve read Regency Romance. I loved historicals as a tween/teen, but eventually, I gravitated towards contemporary romantic suspense and never looked back. That said, this one caught my eye. I really love Constance and Williams, both separately as characters and together as a couple. Constance is a plucky young thing, determined and not at all flighty or annoying, as Regency heroines can sometimes be. William is ‘perfect’, but that flawlessness is a facade for a guy just trying to get by in a rigidly structured society framework. Together they’re sweet and devoted to one another, and I loved the sweetness of the story the most. The hot love scenes, of which there were a few, were the perfect blend of sweet and heat, like jalapeno chocolate. In all, I’d read it again and I’d like to read the rest of the series.

About Just Perfect:

William Chesterton, the Earl of Chester, might be the perfect gentleman, but his feelings for Constance Bridgewater are anything but gentlemanly. Constance Bridgewater, the daughter of the late Earl of Bridgewater, might be the perfect lady, but her feelings for the Earl of Chester are anything but ladylike. They both know that if they were together, everything would be just perfect.

So what is keeping them apart?

You can buy Just Perfect on amazon (.91 cents e-book)

Or you can purchase a copy at Lachesis Publishing. (.99 cents e-book)

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Friday Freebies! Two free regency romance novels!

Today I want to tell you about two free books we have at Lachesis Publishing that are permanently free!!!

more-than-passion-500x724More Than Passion by JoMarie DeGioia is book 1 in the Dashing Nobles series. JoMarie’s historicals are set in the Regency period and they are romantic and sexy and hot! You will fall in love with her heroes. Book 1 stars Geoffrey Kane, the Earl of Kanewood and Rebecca Kingsley. Rebecca works at her father’s Inn. Although her father is a baronet, he runs an Inn to make a living. Rebecca is a sweet, hard-working gal who catches the eye of the Earl during his stay at the Inn. Sparks fly! Of course! And the two end up getting married. Although I won’t tell you how that comes about. Geoffrey is a little reluctant to admit his growing feelings of love for Rebecca, but all of that changes when her life is threatened. Check out this lush story of a man who faces his deepest fears and a loving woman who helps him realize the truth. Did I mention that it’s a free book? Everywhere! Including Amazon Kindle. :)

TO TEMPT AN ANGEL COVER

To Tempt an Angel by Patricia Grasso is book 1 in the Douglas sisters trilogy. Patricia’s books are also set in Regency England and they are clever and sexy and oh, so much fun to read. Not to mention, Patricia links a lot of her books – so you’ll see characters from previous books in her new releases. Yay! I love that, don’t you? So here’s the thing – I’ve been reading historical romance novels since I was a teenager, and I can tell you that most of the time I fall in love with the hero but not the heroine so much. But Patricia Grasso’s heroines are funny, endearing, quirky, strong, brave and loving. They are the kinds of women I love spending time with and rooting for. In To Tempt an Angel, Angelica Douglas is bent on avenging her nobleman father who was duped by his so-called friends when Angelica was a child. Her father became destitute and an embittered drunk. His death leaves her reeling but determined to right a grievous wrong. The trouble is that she ends up falling for the son of one of the men who ruined her family! You need to read this book to find out how Angelica and Robert overcome the wrongs of the past to build a new future. And it’s free! Everywhere. Including Amazon Kindle. :)

Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

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Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso (historical romance – Regency historical New Release!)

Beauty and the Earl b 453x680Today I want to tell you about a new release, here at Lachesis Publishing – Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso. It’s a twist on the old fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”. I had a wonderful time working on it with Patricia. It’s a revised edition of  To Love A Princess. But Patricia added even more magic to this new edition. And don’t you just love the cover? I adore it! LeeAnn Lessard and our cover artist Laura Givens did an outstanding job. Beauty and the Earl is part of a lovely new series that we’re calling the Lords of Stratford. This is book 2 in the series but it is a stand-alone so you can read it and enjoy it on its own. We’ll be releasing book 1 Enchanting the Duke very soon! 

I know you’re going to love Beauty and the Earl as much as I do. Have a great weekend and happy reading! :)

Beauty and the Earl

Book 2 ~ Lords of Stratford Series

A princess in danger . . .

Princess Amber Kazanov needs a husband. She flees her native Russia and takes refuge in England with her cousin Prince Rudolf Kazanov and his English wife. Prince Rudolf knows only one man who has the power and strength to protect his cousin. Arriving with Amber at the Earl of Stratford’s home, Rudolf makes the earl an outrageous proposition.

A broken man grieving for his dead wife . . .

Miles Montgomery, the Earl of Stratford, wants to be left alone. Since losing his beloved wife in a fire, Miles has sat in the dark and waited for his own death. Until the day a beautiful princess walks into his home seeking marriage and the protection of his name. Amber’s beauty attracts Miles, but her courageous heart shakes him to his core.

Drawn to Miles, Princess Amber sees beneath his masked scars and gruff exterior. Her love persuades him to push his bitterness aside and truly live and love again. Can Miles keep Amber safe when her enemies arrive in England? Or will his past return to haunt them?

You can buy Beauty and the Earl by Patricia Grasso right here.

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What inspires your writing by Beverly Adam (historical romance author – Regency romance)

Lady and the Captain 200x300Our guest blogger today is Beverly Adam. Beverly writes Regency historical romances for Lachesis Publishing. And her books always have a good dose of humour. Her Gentlemen of Honor series follows three wonderful heroes and heroines in Ireland. Book 1 is The Spinster and The Earl, Book 2 (newly released) is The Lady and The Captain. Book 3 The Widow and The Rogue will be out soon.

Here’s Beverly . . .

When I was a little girl I used to go up into my grandmother’s attic and look at old dress patterns, picturing the fabric and embellishments used to make the garments as if they were already sewn, imagining the tea gown with the handkerchief hemline being worn with a wide brimmed hat. The lady, wearing the peach colored tea gown, for that’s what I’ve decided the color of the fabric of the gown should be, is greeted by friends when stepping down from the wide porch of a clapboard New England house. A garden party is taking place on the lawn below and guests are drinking homemade lemonade and playing croquet. A young man with slicked back hair, wearing a Gatsby type linen suit with a straw bowler sees her for the first time from his canary yellow roadster.  He exits the car with a slight limp, an old injury causing him to grimace in pain from the first World War, and greets her, dialogue ensues, facial gestures and intonation are added and an intimate joke shared.

Not much has changed since my early childhood adventures up in grandma’s attic. I am still inspired by objects, pictures, and events of the past. When I set my imagination into motion I fill in what I think my five senses would see and feel when writing.  Upon looking at a picture of a Regency wedding gown online I imagine the soft silk and lace of the garment, feel the ribbons running smoothly through my fingers, the threads used to stitch it together, the chatter of the women finishing the gown, everything becomes a tactile moment, inspiring me. The body may be tightened by laces in the back, the inset stays digging into the flesh, remembering similar moments in my own life when my body was constrained or released.

My imagination is stirred by remembered emotions. It doesn’t take a lot of thinking for me to include the movements of the body as the wearer of the garment feels a stitch in her side from too much dancing, I had done that myself, or imagine the conversations taking place as someone deeply murmurs, “You look more beautiful than I could have possibly imagined . . . ” as the heroine takes off the delicate fabric, which tears a little later when the hero eagerly tries to undress her.  The story unfolds into a love scene where feeling and emotions take over, a romantic moment is played out onboard a ship deck, the ballroom or bedroom, written out as if I, the writer, were watching a movie in my mind, except more intimately, as if I were living the emotions myself, and putting it into the story to share with the reader.  Yes, inspiration for my writing comes from all types of experiences, some lived and some daydreamed, into a tale I play out in my thoughts and share with my readers, which I hope they will enjoy.

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What’s a Keeper? (books you love)

Do you have “keepers”? Those books you’ve read over and over again, so much so, that the covers are dog-eared or falling off? Ahem, some of us still read paper backs and hard covers.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.31.42 AMI have “keepers”, my “go-to” books for when I need a quick pick-me-up. I know the books inside out because I’ve read them so many times, so I just go to my favourite scenes. Some of my keepers are: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, Duchess by Night by Eloisa James, Bet Me by Jenny Crusie and of course – the entire Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn.

Here’s a scene from one of my “keeper” Scottish medieval romances, Ransom, by Julie Garwood. (1999) The hero, Brodick is a highlander and the heroine, Gillian is a proper English lady. In this scene they have just been married and she’s asking him about his home:

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.32.04 AMHe was humbled by her faith and love. “Now that I’m married, I’ll have to make some changes,” he remarked.

“Such as?”

“You’ll probably want a home.”

“You don’t have a home now?”

“No.”

“Where do you sleep?” she asked, trying not to sound appalled.

“On the ground. I much prefer it to a soft bed.”

“But what do you do when it rains?”

“I get wet.”

The first time I read that scene, I burst out laughing. Brodick and Gillian have such a vibrant chemistry, with lots of humour. I still laugh when I read it. Even after fifteen years, the hero and heroine of Ransom are still alive and well and their story is still as funny and sweet as it was when I first read it. That’s why I go back to those scenes. Because they still evoke that “happy place” feeling I got the first time I read the book. In fact, now it’s like the warm glow you feel when visiting an old friend. And that’s what “keepers” are. Wonderful old friends, that never let you down. They are always there to make you smile.

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good story, and her old paperbacks.

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Q&A with Beverly Adam (Regency historical romance author)

Beverly Adam is our guest author today. Beverly writes Regency historical romances for Lachesis Publishing. And her books always have a good dose of humour. Her Gentlemen of Honor series follows three wonderful heroes (and heroines) in Ireland.

THE SPINSTER AND THE EARL COVERWhen did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?

I tried to write my first book when I was ten years old. I was an avid reader and wanted to see if I could create an imaginary place like the adventurous books I’d been reading. The adults in my family read my first efforts and encouraged me to keep at it, telling me that I would improve if I kept writing. Since then I’ve never wanted to be anything else but a writer.

Describe your favorite place to write?

Call it feng shui vibes, if you will, but I usually write at the dining table in front of the window. I feel mentally blocked facing walls. Plus, watching the antics of the squirrels and little fledgling sparrows is relaxing.  Sometimes I write by the storefront window at the martial arts studio where I’m a part owner. People watching can be almost as much fun as nature watching.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

I live in Northern California where there is currently a heat wave taking place (95 degrees). A water bottle is at my right with a glass and directly in front of my computer is a colorful sunflower arrangement sitting on a rainbow runner. I love decorating. Two family members’ computers are occupying the space to my left.

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?

In the mornings, homemade vanilla coffee, and like my characters, a strong English blend with a splash of milk is to be had at almost any time. On hot days I’ll sip an iced caramel coffee as the much needed caffeine keeps me going when I’m in need of a jolt of energy.

What do you love to read?

I enjoy romance novels of all genres, in particular those with funny moments that cause you to laugh out loud and say to yourself, Oh no she didn’t. I can’t resist reading cozy murder mysteries where the female character has a hunky love interest who knows how to handle a weapon, which probably explains why I include all of the above in my own writing.

What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?

Without conflict there is no story. This applies to every story you will ever write. The more conflict there is, the more interesting the story. A lesson I have to work on every time I write. Can true love triumph against cutthroat pirates, interfering relatives, and some personal baggage about trust? Turn that page and find out!

What do you do after you finish a book?

Do you celebrate or take a nap? My work is not a holy text. I wait with anticipation to hear how much the publisher and editors enjoyed my book and to receive their honest feedback. Their opinion and the readers’ means a lot to me. I often take into consideration some of their suggestions for future books once the book is published.

You have a Regency historical series with Lachesis called Gentlemen of Honor. While your heroes are wonderful, your heroines are very unique. Tell us about these strong women.

Lady and the Captain 200x300The ladies are not the typical debutantes, courtesans, or governesses that one normally reads about in a Regency novel. The first is feisty Lady Beatrice O’Brien, who in The Spinster and The Earl, is a strong minded, self-made heiress whose family is trying to entice an impoverished earl into marrying her. The second is the angelic looking Sarah Duncan, who is an Irish healer in The Lady and The Captain. She comes aboard a handsome English captain’s ship as his pretend betrothed, despite some personal misgivings, in order to help solve the mystery concerning an attempted murder. And in the third, The Widow and The Rogue, a young widow, Lady Kathleen Langtry, must learn to trust a charming barrister to help run her estates after her controlling husband’s untimely death. All three ladies come to terms with issues concerning their past and the problems they have about trusting men.

You have a gift for writing colourful secondary characters. If your books were movies, your supporting cast would steal every scene. How important are the secondary characters in a romance novel (or any story)?

Yes, aren’t secondary characters a hoot?!  I can’t imagine not writing a story without a cast of them. They are very important, providing comic relief, sinister villains, interfering relatives, and acts of selfless friendship. I enjoy writing witty barbs between them and my protagonists. In a few instances their stories became plots in themselves. I wrote books two and three of The Honorable Gentlemen because the secondary characters were so interesting.

What do you love about writing historical romance?

I love history and having a good story to tell. I become a time traveler and it is an adventure in writing and researching that I enjoy sharing with the reader. I remember one reviewer said she hadn’t expected to learn anything while reading my romances, but was pleasantly surprised she had, and I took that to be one of the best compliments I could have possibly received. As for romance, it’s a fun challenge to write about the struggle and sexual attraction between the two lovers trying to figure out how to reach their happily ever after. Yes, writing historical romances can be a lot of fun!

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Q and A Monday: Get to know a Lachesis author (JoMarie DeGioia – Regency Historical Romance)

JoMarie DeGioia is our guest today. JoMarie writes historical romances with a touch of mystery for Lachesis Publishing. And her books are always on the racy side. Her Dashing Nobles series follows the love lives of four male friends in Regency London. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?

more-than-passion-500x724I’ve always written, even when I was a child. I was an early reader, thanks to my mom, and loved to make up my own stories. I didn’t start writing toward publication until after my youngest daughter was in school full time, though.

Describe your favourite place to write?

I prefer to write on my laptop, usually at the desk in my office. Since I’ve had to travel more lately, to visit family, I’ve found I can write anywhere. I just bring my trusty laptop with me!

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

The phone to my left, and on my right too many pens in too many containers, some natural crystals for clarity, anti-stress, and attracting fortune (if only!) and a scented candle. Oh, I also have a big, chunky Himalayan salt lamp that is always lit. Need those ions, baby!

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?

Now that it’s warm down here in Florida again, I’ve made the switch to iced coffee. Mocha or caramel vanilla, thanks!

What do you love to read?

Romance, romance, and more romance! I’ll sometimes cross over to humorous mysteries if there’s a romantic element but I don’t do literary fiction. I like the people I’ve become invested in to be alive and well and happy by the end of the book. I don’t care what road they have to take there or how many obstacles they have to overcome. Heck, that’s what makes them worth rooting for!

What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?

Well, people tell you to “write what you know.” I write what I don’t know. What I want my story people to be. Am I a Regency miss forced to marry against my wishes but in love with an impossible man who doesn’t know when he has a good thing going? Am I a willowy blond who runs a cupcake shop and is irritated by the hot roofing guy who also happens to play jazz piano? Nope. But I thought of that last scenario on the fly and I bet I could make it work! So write what you like to read, I think. If you enjoy it, your future readers will.

What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap?

The first thing I do is post about it on Facebook! I don’t nap but I do decompress. Watch some soaps or old movies. Treat myself to some chocolate. That’s my way to celebrate.

just-perfect-500x724You write Regency Historical romances for Lachesis Publishing. Your Dashing Nobles series follows four aristocratic friends. Why do you think readers love dashing heroes from the Regency era?

Oh, from the first time I glimpsed the Regency era in movies I was in love. The clothes, the manners, the sophistication. And the men! Jeebs, I love a man in breeches, waistcoat and cravat. He can leave off the jacket. Maybe roll up his full sleeves. The ladies’ dresses are wonderful, too. I think readers love that time because it’s so civilized, yet you can’t just pick up a phone and straighten things out. Nope. You have to write a letter or ride your horse over to make things right. So much more effort than a “my bad” text, if you ask me!

You wrote a short novella called Just Perfect, part of the Dashing Nobles – about a young lady of quality who decides that she needs to learn a few tricks before she can tempt the man of her dreams into marriage. Hilarity ensues. How did you enjoy writing comedy and will we be seeing these characters again in the future?

That little book snuck up on me. I was kind of stuck after the first chapter and then one morning I woke up with the entire story in my head! The snappy dialogue, the outrageous antics. It was like I couldn’t write it fast enough, and that’s so very rare. The comedy came quite naturally and I loved writing it. Yes, I have a series in mind for Constance’s cousin Sarah and her scandalous family. It should be a lot of fun to write.

What are you working on next?

The Hideaway is the first book in my Regency Private-Eye series. It’s definitely darker in tone and it’s been that way since it first came to me. Very little social niceties or fancy balls, to be sure. Our hero is a nobleman who people count on to solve their problems. But even as he can’t turn away anyone who needs his help, he refuses to see that he needs help too. He’s hiding his own wants, needs and heart. As for our heroine? She’s on a mission and she won’t be denied. It’s very romantic but there is a strong thread of mystery and danger in this and the other books in the series. I’m hoping people will love these characters and want to see more of their piece of the world.

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THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by ELOISA JAMES (historical romance)

ladyx_350SATURDAY SUPER SPECIAL!!! AMAZING CONTEST! see details below:
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ELOISA is currently running an amazing contest! You can win 1 of 4 treasure chests filled with jewelry!!! (scroll down for details).

BOOK 7 in the Desperate Duchesses series. (You do not need to have read any of Eloisa’s previous books to read Three Weeks with Lady X – but you will want to!)

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Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his.

The one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose–his fierce and lawless heart.

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ELOISA JAMES bio: A reviewer from USA Today wrote that she “found herself devouring [Eloisa's] book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Eloisa wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got a couple more degrees and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. Over twenty best-sellers later, she teaches Shakespeare in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City. She’s also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

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Get to know a Lachesis Publishing Author (Patricia Grasso – historical romance author) (free e-book)

pagan-brideToday, Patricia Grasso tells us a bit about herself and her writing. Patricia is an award-winning, and national best-selling author, who has been writing for many years. Patricia has several historical romance titles at Lachesis Publishing, including the Scottish historical romance Pagan Bride about a psychic heroine in Queen Mary’s court, and the Regency romance series The Douglas series about three sisters in Regency England. 

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?

I never (consciously) realized I wanted to become a writer until I actually became a writer. Ditto for teaching. My late-parents lived through the Great Depression so, even if I’d had a great yearning to write a book, my father would have told me to get my teaching credentials first. Teachers get regular paychecks and health insurance. Later, I realized that my favorite authors wrote one book per year.  Once read, I would need to wait another year. So I decided to write a book, but only talked about writing for five years. Finally, a friend asked when I was going to stop talking and start writing. So I started writing. I wrote for five years before I sold my first book, which was my actual first book.  Sounds great, huh? No way. Most writers have a few unpublished manuscripts collecting dust under the bed. With my first book published, all my mistakes were “public” mistakes

Describe your favourite place to write?

I create at my writing desk, not my computer desk, facing a blank wall. No television, no music. My book planning and first draft is done with pen and paper. Only then do I sit at the computer.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

The short answer is usually a cat. I know you want the long answer so here goes. I keep a dictionary, the old fashioned printed-in-a-book kind.  There are also two other books: a book of proverbs and a book of Shakespeare quotations. I also keep extra large index cards for my planning and first draft. The extension of my writing desk is the walls beside and in front of the desk. Here I place poster boards: one is for hero and heroine, one is for secondary characters, and one is for information I will use frequently. Beside my writing desk stands a floor lamp, the kind with a swing arm. Hanging from the arm is a good luck charm Hannah Howell brought me from England. Resting on the chair is a red briefcase that holds my “stuff” for my  work in progress (schedule for writing, printed chapters, scraps of papers with ideas). I did leave my “stuff” on the desk until my cats trained me to put my “stuff” away.

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?

I drink six to eight glasses of water every day, mostly with meals. Through the day, I drink strong coffee with soy milk, no sugar.

What do you love to read?

I love to read happy endings. Most genres: romance, historical, horror, mystery. I don’t want 21st century “realism” when I read. I want an “escape from real life” interlude.

What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?

Persistence, persistence, persistence. Quitters never win and winners never quit. I know authors who received close to a hundred rejections and now sit on the New York Times and USA best-selling lists. Have faith in your ability. Never stop learning about writing. Be kind to other writers.

What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap?

I start the next book.  Honestly, I really do start the next book. No nap, no celebration.

You write wonderfully rich historical romances – including Regencies. Your Regency Historical Romance series about the Douglas sisters features three heroines who each carry a heavy burden. Tell us about them and why you chose to write stories that explored very real issues in addition to the romance.

TO CATCH A COUNTESS COVERTO CHARM A PRINCETO TEMPT AN ANGEL COVERAngelica, Samantha, and Victoria are the daughters of a deceased, alcoholic earl who had fallen on hard times. Angelica is the oldest and most confident who wants revenge on the man who scammed her father. I can relate to that.  My Irish-Scots mother taught her children never to hit anyone first.  If someone hit us, then we should always hit back. I believe characters and real-life people should get what they deserve. Samantha and Victoria are different from Angelica.  Samantha walks with a limp and Victoria suffers from dyslexia. Both sisters must overcome feelings of inferiority. Think back to your own childhood/teenage years. Most of us had something that made us feel insecure. I use real problems because perfect people make boring characters.

You have a gift for writing child characters. The children in your books are a joy and often steal the show. Where do you draw inspiration from when creating your child characters?

I love kids. Everything we needed to know we learned in kindergarten. Five and six year olds emulate their adults, repeat what they hear, develop adults’ attitudes.Their lack of experience makes them humorous. I taught older children (grades 8 through 12) for 30 years and discovered that, no matter how old or big we are, the inner kindergartener is still there. I had an English class of juniors, most of whom were the big bad linemen on the football team. At five feet tall, I had entered the land of giants. Most were six feet and weighed more than two hundred pounds.These big bad linemen made me laugh every day because they were kindergarten kids in a full-grown body.

What are you working on next for Lachesis?

I love fairy tales, and my next two books are inspired by two favorites—Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.

Isabelle Montgomery (book one) is an orphan with an absentee brother who enlists a duke (the hero) to act as Isabelle’s legal guardian while he (the brother) leaves England on business. Isabelle has the proverbial evil stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. Everyone believes Isabelle is “unhinged” because she talks to herself. Isabelle is actually speaking to a smart-mouthed fairy godmother/ guardian angel

Miles Montgomery is the hero of the Beauty and the Beast tale. Several years after Isabelle’s story, Miles is burned trying to save his wife. Having retired from society, he wears a mask on the scarred side of his face. Enter our heroine, a princess in need of a husband. Like most men, Miles wants an heir, and a marriage deal is struck between him and the princess. With the princess’s help, Miles learns that true beauty comes from within.

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THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by ELOISA JAMES (historical romance and CONTEST GIVEAWAY)

ladyx_350SATURDAY SUPER SPECIAL!!! AMAZING CONTEST! see details below:

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BOOK 7 in the Desperate Duchesses series. (You do not need to have read any of Eloisa’s previous books to read Three Weeks with Lady X – but you will want to!)

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Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his.

The one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose–his fierce and lawless heart.

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“James’ wonderful cast and effortless plotting make this a delicious romance to be savored again and again.”
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