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He’s determined to marry her. She’s determined to say no. SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN by @EloisaJames #amreading #romance #historical

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Eugenia rolled her eyes. “I might prostrate myself before a freshly baked crumpet, but never a man.”

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Book 3 in the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series

All of Eugenia Snowe’s problems start when Edward Reeve, an arrogant bastard son of an earl, bursts into her registry office. He wants a governess and he wants her. She gives him the governess he demands, but she refuses to give herself.

No question that Eugenia enjoys crossing wits with the brilliant inventor, but she will never tarnish her reputation with an affaire, particularly with a man who doesn’t realize she’s a lady!

She holds her ground…until he kidnaps her.

Ward will stop at nothing to convince Eugenia that they’re meant to be together. He promises her heaven.

She gives him seven minutes.

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STELLAR REVIEWS:

“Bright, delightful read.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“woos readers with another irresistible liaison of lushly sensual romance and deliciously wicked wit…” ~Booklist

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ABOUT ELOISA: 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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What Inspires My Writing? by Lynn Jenssen (women’s fiction and contemporary romance author)

SISTERS-OF-SPIRIT-COVERToday’s guest blog is by Lynn Jenssen, author of the novella  New View  in the poignant Sisters of Spirit Anthology (Lachesis Publishing). The anthology features four stories about four very special friends.

What Inspires Me To Write?

I’ve been thinking about this question since it was first posed to us, and it’s a difficult one for me to answer. There are conditions that make my writing possible, conditions I need to make that writing productive.  But inspiration?  My muse delights in the wonders of nature — a walk in the fall colors, a stroll on the beach, a drive thru the mountains.  Even mowing the lawn gives my mind time to work through scenes, discover a character’s flaws and idiosyncrasies, and design new ways to torment the hero or heroine.

But inspiration?  I suppose it comes from the continuous flow of stories that come into my head, with an insistence that can’t be denied. And it comes from the ever-present support and encouragement I get from my family and friends. Their interest and caring help fuel the fire to keep going, work through the hard times, those ‘stuck’ moments. Friends listen, brainstorm, help me wonder “what if . . .”  And family — it’s the safety net, the fabric woven through my writing.

So I guess that’s my answer — my inspiration is nature, family and friends, and those noisy characters in my head!

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What does chocolate and J.K. Rowling have to do with writing romance novels? A lot!

more-than-charming-500x724Today we chat with JoMarie DeGioia and find out more about her writing. JoMarie writes historical romances with a touch of mystery for Lachesis Publishing. And her books are always on the steamy side. Her Dashing Nobles series follows the love lives of four male friends in Regency London.

What was your favourite book as a child and why?

51KB0SR7CZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Ramona The Pest! She’s spunky and eternally optimistic. I never really thought about it, but that’s how I try to live my life.

Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?

My third-grade teacher Mrs. Bayas. She was one of the few lay teachers at my Catholic elementary school, so it might have something to do with the fact that she dressed like my mom and not in a habit, lol. And even though I blamed her for noticing I needed glasses, she gave me a love of reading.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?

more-than-passion-500x724I was always writing, even as a child. I didn’t know it would be my chosen career, though. That came when the story for More Than Passion was in my head when I woke up one morning. It was when my second daughter went into kindergarten, which apparently gave my mind the freedom to imagine again.

Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?

I admire J.K. Rowling for persevering and giving us the incredible world she created. She’s a legend in her own time, along the lines of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. She’s classy and positive, and what’s not to admire?

Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?

I try to produce between 2-3,000 words per day. Weekdays, usually. With a weekly total of at least 10,000. I usually write after doing my social media stuff in the morning, emails, Facebook, etc., then dive into my current project after reading through the last session’s work.

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What is your favourite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not 😉 indulge in when writing?

Begins and ends with chocolate for me. That’s why I try not to have it in the house very often!

What does “writing voice” mean to you? Describe your own writing voice.

I’ve been told my voice is spunky and sassy and, at times, humorous. Deep point-of-view is my goal, so if the scene calls for passion or danger, I like to think I convey that as well.

What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career?

I would love to have a body of work people enjoy in several genres. I’ve been fortunate enough to have readers contact me about my books and that’s the most rewarding! I hope to be an author people can count on to entertain and excite, no matter the genre.

Connect with JoMarie DeGioia online on her web site and on facebook and on twitter.

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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.

Connect with Beverly Adam online on her blog and on facebook and on goodreads.

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Trail to Destiny by Cheri Kay Clifton (historical western romance)

FinalTrailtoDestiny#5(large)copyFRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FIND is the western historical romance TRAIL TO DESTINY: Book 1, Wheels of Destiny Trilogy by CHERI KAY CLIFTON.

Destiny brought them together. Love would help them find the truth to his past . . .

WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Laura Westbrook expected to face her share of challenges crossing the continent on a wagon train. But when she saves the life of the courageous white warrior, Grey Wolf, she finds the pathways between pride and prejudice, love and loyalty far more difficult to travel.

Having buried deep within him the horrific memory of his family’s massacre at the hands of a rogue band of Pawnee, young David thrives under the care and tutelage of his rescuer, Cheyenne Chief Black Arrow. Trained to become the proud warrior named Grey Wolf, he finds his life changed again by the beautiful and strong-willed Laura, who encourages him to reclaim his forsaken heritage and face the secrets of his haunted past.

From the rugged Nebraska plains to a Cheyenne village, from an army fort to a small town in California, destiny leads Laura and Grey Wolf on a trail of passion and danger that culminates in an astounding revelation.

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://youtu.be/YnrlOIc4YbI

CONNECT WITH CHERI KAY CLIFTON ONLINE:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CheriKayClifton
Web Site: www.CheriKayClifton.com

ABOUT CHERI KAY:
I loved researching the history of my hometown, Kearney, Nebraska, known as the gateway to the Oregon Trail.

My passion for those brave pioneers and Native Americans and my fascination in our American History led me to write Trail To Destiny and Destiny’s Journey.

I have served as past president of a local chapter of The Romance Writers of America.

I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart, have one son and reside in Florida and North Carolina.

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TRAIL TO DESTINY by CHERI KAY CLIFTON (western historical romance)

FinalTrailtoDestiny#5(large)copyFRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FIND is the western historical romance TRAIL TO DESTINY: Book 1, Wheels of Destiny Trilogy by CHERI KAY CLIFTON.

WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

AMAZON KINDLE www.amazon.com/Trail-Destiny-Wheels-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0052O4N8E

BARNES AND NOBLE: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trail-to-destiny-cheri-kay-clifton/1009071005?ean=2940011405280

AMAZON PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Trail-Destiny-Wheels-1/dp/0692201181

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Laura Westbrook expected to face her share of challenges crossing the continent on a wagon train. But when she saves the life of the courageous white warrior, Grey Wolf, she finds the pathways between pride and prejudice, love and loyalty far more difficult to travel.

Having buried deep within him the horrific memory of his family’s massacre at the hands of a rogue band of Pawnee, young David thrives under the care and tutelage of his rescuer, Cheyenne Chief Black Arrow. Trained to become the proud warrior named Grey Wolf, he finds his life changed again by the beautiful and strong-willed Laura, who encourages him to reclaim his forsaken heritage and face the secrets of his haunted past.

From the rugged Nebraska plains to a Cheyenne village, from an army fort to a small town in California, destiny leads Laura and Grey Wolf on a trail of passion and danger that culminates in an astounding revelation.

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://youtu.be/YnrlOIc4YbI

CONNECT WITH CHERI KAY CLIFTON ONLINE:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CheriKayClifton
Web Site: www.CheriKayClifton.com

ABOUT CHERI KAY:
I loved researching the history of my hometown, Kearney, Nebraska, known as the gateway to the Oregon Trail.

My passion for those brave pioneers and Native Americans and my fascination in our American History led me to write Trail To Destiny and Destiny’s Journey.

I have served as past president of a local chapter of The Romance Writers of America.

I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart, have one son and reside in Florida and North Carolina.

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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!

Connect with Beverly Adam online on her blog and on facebook and on goodreads.

Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter and like our facebook page.

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