Friday, December 15, 2017

The Highlander's Princess Bride - Improper Princesses: Book 3 by Vanessa Kelly #Historical #Romance


The
Highlander's Princess Bride
Improper
Princesses Book 3
by
Vanessa Kelly


Genre:
Historical Romance


In
Vanessa Kelly’s enchanting series, three young women descended from
royalty overcome their scandalous beginnings to win the hearts of
the 
ton’s
most eligible men . . .

The
illegitimate daughter of the Prince Regent might be expected to
pursue various dubious professions. Actress, perhaps, or artist’s
model. Even courtesan. Victoria Knight, however, has become a
governess—a respectable choice, until she travels to Scotland to
meet her new charges. The younger brothers of Nicholas Kendrick, Earl
of Arnprior, aren’t children at all. They’re brawny, wild
Highland men. As for the Earl, he’s handsome, guarded, and far too
compelling . . . especially for a woman hiding a dark secret.
Nick
needs a proper teacher to transform his unmarriageable brothers—and
a sensible, 
straight-laced
wife for himself. Miss Knight seems to fit the bill on both counts.
But he soon discovers there is more to Victoria than he thought. It’s
not just her notorious origins, or the danger that’s followed her
all the way to Scotland. It’s the fiery loyalty beneath that sedate
fa├žade. This, the real Victoria, is the woman Nick is starting to
desire so desperately. And what an earl wants, he’ll use every
seductive means to get . . .


Excerpt: New Year’s Eve in Scotland
“Bloody hell, you two,” Royal said. “It’s almost time. Best get a move on or we’ll miss it.”
“Miss what?” Victoria asked.
Nick pulled out his pocket watch. Only a minute or so until midnight.
“First Foot,” he said, escorting her up the wide stone steps to the front door.
“I’ve heard of it,” she said. “It’s an old Scottish tradition.”
“The first person to enter the home traditionally brings good luck for the rest of the year—if the appropriate conditions are met.”
“Appropriate conditions?” she asked.
“That it be a dark-haired male,” Royal said. “Nick usually does it, when he’s home.”
“And I’ll be doing it from now on,” Nick said. “You have the coal?”
Royal held up a small lump.
“Good heavens,” Victoria said with a laugh.
“Another tradition,” Royal said. “Angus would kill us if we didn’t carry in a piece of coal.”

When the bells of midnight began to chime all over the city, Nick pulled out the small purse of gold sovereigns he’d stowed in his greatcoat pocket before leaving the house. Then he rapped on the door. It swung open, revealing his family and most of the servants, lined up awaiting their arrival.
He stepped over the threshold. “A Happy New Year and Good Tidings to you and yours.”
Representing the household, Angus bustled forward. “Happy New Year, lad,” he said gruffly, giving him a quick hug.
“Happy New Year, Grandda.” Nick handed over the purse. “Make sure all the servants get one.”
Angus nodded. “And Good New Year to ye both,” he said to Victoria and Royal. He took a glass of whisky from one of the footmen and handed it to Nick. Another footman distributed small glasses to everyone else crowded in the hall.
Nick held up his glass. “Slainte, and Happy New Year.”
They cheered and toasted him back.
After the glasses were drained, they all began hugging and slapping one another on the back. When Kade tried to sneak an extra dram from the footman, Nick plucked the glass from his hand.
“That’s enough for you, laddie boy,” he said with mock severity.
“Spoilsport,” Kade said, then he threw his arms around Nick’s waist and gave him a fierce hug. “Happy New Year, Nick. I’m so glad we’re all here together.”
“Except for the twins,” said Braden, also coming up to give Nick a hug. “I suppose they had better things to do.”
“Such as flirt with pretty girls and enjoy themselves?” Victoria replied with a smile. “What shocking activities for young men.”
Braden rolled his eyes. “I know you think I’m an old stick-in-the mud, but I truly would rather be with my family.”
“I think you’re splendid,” Victoria said, giving him a hug. “But I also think you work too hard.”
Since coming to Glasgow, she’d been on a campaign to get the lad to ease up on his studies. But Braden was determined to gain admittance to medical school as soon as possible. He was the most disciplined, serious person Nick had ever known. 
“Someone in this household has to earn his keep,” Royal said. “God knows the rest of us spend our days lazing about.”
“Speak for yourself,” Kade said, poking him in the arm. “I work very hard, as does Miss Knight.”
“True,” Royal said, ruffling his little brother’s hair.
Nick didn’t miss the bitter twist to his brother’s smile. Royal still hadn’t a clue what to do with his life.
“How about another wee dram in the drawing room?” Angus said.
“Yes, please,” said Kade. “I want to hear all about the party.”
Nick frowned. “It’s getting late, and you must be tired.”
When Kade started to protest, Victoria smoothly intervened. “I think we can make an exception. After all, it’s New Year’s.”
“So there.” Kade stuck his tongue out at Nick.
They all laughed and the family followed Angus into the drawing room. Nick held Victoria back. “Are you sure the boy’s not wearing himself out? He’s looking a little peaked to me.”
“He’s looking no such thing,” she said firmly. “The doctor said just yesterday how pleased he is with Kade’s progress. Stop worrying so much. I’m sure it’s not good for you.”
“Do you fear for my health, Madam Governess? If I fall ill and take to my bed, you’ll have to join me there. To personally attend to all my needs, of course.”
“Sir, I cannot imagine what you’re talking about.”
“Lass, you know exactly what I’m talking about,” he murmured, leaning in close. She smelled delicious, like peppermints and sweet tea.
Her lips twitched. “You are incorrigible,” she said before marching past him.




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read as a standalone!**








ALSO
IN THE IMPROPER PRINCESSES SERIES!
 
                             THREE
WEEKS WITH A PRINCESS
                   
MY
FAIR PRINCESS


Named
by Booklist as one of the “New Stars of Historical
Romance,” USA Today bestselling author
Vanessa
Kelly
’s
books have been nominated for awards in a number of contests. She is
also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Medallion for historical
romance. With a Master’s Degree in English Literature, Vanessa is
known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters,
and witty storylines that captivate readers. You can visit her on the
web at



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High Witch Series by Mona Hanna #Paranormal #Romance


High
Witch
High
Witch Book 1
by
Mona Hanna


Genre:
Paranormal Romance

Brayden
dreams for thirty nights, tortured by the vision of a beautiful
woman. When Ariel Williams walks into his inn, he sees that she's the
one he's been obsessed with in his night time journeys. But Ariel is
fleeing an arranged marriage and keeps shyly to herself, until the
worst happens and by mistake she casts a spell on a guest. Brayden
works with Ariel to help her control her magic but discovers she's a
High Witch - one of only three witches in the world with a rare kind
of power.


Immediately
the two must flee; evil warlock Julius wants to enslave Ariel - mind,
heart and body. Julius and his lover the High Witch Nadia will stop
at nothing to capture Ariel, and the danger threatens to tear Ariel
apart from Brayden. Ariel's only hope is that her love for Brayden
and her newly-discovered powers are strong enough to save them.

This
is a NOVELLA of approximately 25,000 words.





High Witch Excerpt



Brayden gazed into the woman’s vivid blue eyes. Her blonde hair flowed down her shoulders, soft, silky. She curled her fingers around the hair at the nape of his neck, and brought her mouth close to his. His heart beat erratically in anticipation of the moment their lips would touch. He shut his eyes, then felt the softest, sweetest sensation of his life. He tasted her sweet lips, shuddered as her tongue played with his. He wrapped his arms around her waist, holding her closely, tightly. His entire body quivered as it was pressed against hers. She began to pull away. He held her to him. She broke the kiss.

She looked at him with sadness in her eyes. He could feel it — she was leaving. He felt like she’d left him a thousand times before. That they were endlessly reliving this moment. He tried to hold onto her, but she turned and began to fade from view. He grasped at her disappearing figure, but his hands clutched air. She was gone.

He stood there, sorrow consuming him. Then the faint sounds of bells twinkling, and her soft, sweet voice.

Find me.


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Witch
Emerging
High
Witch Book 2

After
surviving being hunted by Julius, Brayden and Ariel settle into their
married life. Ariel is determined to find the other High Witches to
make sure they’re alright. But there’s something going on with
her pregnancy, something unusual, and she needs to find out what.


In
the meantime, Hallie, an eighteen-year-old witch, is being pursued by
Nicholas, a strange young man who knows about her past. What does
Nicholas want with Hallie, and how are they both connected to Ariel?
And what about Sean, the man Hallie loves? Will they end up together,
or will Nicholas’ plan hurt all of them? The two witches will need
to work hard to save those they love, and each other.

This
book is approximately 44,000 words, or 150 pages in print.



Witch Emerging Excerpt



Hallie gritted her teeth, all Sean’s kinds words wiped out by his last comment. “You know I have to hide it!” she exclaimed. She rubbed her face with her hand, hating that he didn’t understand. She huffed, wishing she could explain it to him. “I have to hide it after what happened. You don’t know what it’s like, being afraid of letting go. Being afraid of getting too emotional. You make it sound as if I just suddenly became more confident and believed in myself, all my problems would be solved, but they wouldn’t be! I still have all this power, power I can’t control, and it could hurt people! I just wish you’d accept me as I am.” Hallie crossed her arms over her chest, immediately regretting all she’d just said. She hated it when they fought like this. She expected Sean to get upset with her and argue back, like they sometimes did, but he only sighed.

“How long are you going to make me wait, Hallie?” he whispered.

She looked at him in confusion, seeing a pleading look in his beautiful green eyes. She frowned. “Wait for what?”

He smiled crookedly. “Never mind. It doesn’t matter.”

She sat up straight. “Wait for what?”

He only shook his head, looking down. Hallie felt her heart beat faster. What was he talking about? Did he mean...? She found it hard to breathe. She wanted to touch him, to reach out and take his hand, but she was suddenly too nervous. Don’t get too emotional. She tried to breathe deeply, tried to clear her head, but her heart was beating too fast and her breath was shallow and her hands were starting to shake.

Sean suddenly looked at her. “What’s wrong?”

She only shook her head. I’m in love with you, you big, stupid idiot, she thought, and shut her eyes, trying to ignore him.

Then his arms were around her and he leaned her against his chest. He gently kissed her hair, holding her to him. She melted into him, letting out a little sigh. He laughed. “I feel it too, you know,” he whispered, and she looked at him in surprise. He gave the same crooked smile. “I’ve been waiting for you to become more confident, for you to believe in yourself, because I want this to be right. I don’t want to be with you until you’re strong—if we’re together now, all your strength will come from me, and I want you to be strong from you. From inside. Oh, Hallie, I’ve wanted to kiss you since you were twelve, but I can’t. Not yet. Do you understand?”







High
Coven
High
Witch Book 3

Ariel
is getting used to being a new mother and is excited to see her best
friends Hallie and Sean again. She just wants to spend time with them
and relax and hear about their wedding. Unfortunately, relaxing is
the last thing any of them can do on this visit.


Thrust
into a new place, the High Witches are delighted to find the
fourth—but the circumstances couldn’t be worse. A group of men
are determined to stop them from casting a spell that could change
the world, bringing immense joy but also great disaster. The risks of
the spell might be beyond their ability to handle.

A
great darkness is coming. It will take more than two High Witches to
stop it: it will take a coven.

High
Coven is the third and final book in the High Witch series.



High Coven Excerpt



Alexandra kept a careful eye on her. She thought about how much Julia had changed since she turned one a few months ago. Walking, talking more, seeming to understand so much. Although looking after her daughter mostly on her own was very difficult, she adored her child, loved her with her whole heart. It was a blessing, however, that her parents and sister lived close by, as they were able to help a great deal. Alexandra received no help from Julia’s father—and never would. She scowled as she thought of the devil.

He’d arrived in town out of nowhere, handsome, charming, seemingly wealthy, and had a confidence about him, brought on partly by his ability with magic. While warlocks and witches were often frowned upon, Cameron was proud of being a warlock, amusing those in the town with shape-shifting.

He’d pursued Alexandra, who was working at the local tavern as a waitress. Men never pursued her—an unmarried woman close to thirty was viewed as odd, strange, an outcast. People suspected there must be something wrong with her, although she’d have wiped the smile off their face if they’d said it to her directly.

But Cameron went after her as if she was the most beautiful woman in the world, and Alexandra couldn’t help but succumb to him in the end. They had a glorious handful of weeks together, but when Alexandra told him she was pregnant, he disappeared, just like that.

That’s when she discovered he wasn’t wealthy—he’d conned his way into everything he’d had. He was nothing but a charlatan, a fake, and Alexandra felt like such a fool for falling for him. In the end, though, she had Julia, and she couldn’t ask for anything more. She still worked as a waitress, with her mother or sister watching Julia when she had her shifts.

There was only one thing, however, that always worried her.

Julia was a witch. A powerful one. Alexandra knew nothing of magic. But the spells she’d seen her daughter cast, without even trying—spells of every kind, just pouring out of her—it was a concern. How was she going to raise a witch?

And why in the world was Julia’s magic so strong?










Mona
Hanna is an author of fantasy/romance books. She enjoys writing about
love, magic, conflict, trials and the joy of overcoming them. Mona
enjoys reading, movies, chocolate, and adores cats. She hopes to
release many more fantasy books in the years to come.






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Fire's Kiss by Brittany Pate #Paranormal #Romance #Fiction

Fire’s Kiss

By

Brittany Pate

Fiery Seas Publishing

Release Date: November 21, 2017  

Genre: Paranormal Romance Fiction

About the Book:
 Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she's attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death's Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He's earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She's beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

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Excerpt:

Ryder looked at his mask once more to check for any traces of blood before he secured it to his face. The feel of it sliding over his skin made him cringe. He hated that mask. It was repulsive and stifling. But he hated the mask like he hated himself. At least when people saw it, they knew him for what he was.

            A monster.

            He checked his armor for stains. She was skittish enough without him being covered in blood and bits of flesh.

            Ryder turned to face the tavern situated just off the road. It was by no means a grand structural design, but it had a certain charm. Flickering light from several candles and the ever-burning hearth played against the windows. It looked warm and inviting against the dark of the night. Even from across the road, he could smell the roses she grew behind the tavern. Small wonder so many people flocked here at night, despite its distance from the city proper.

            A half-demon who grew roses behind her tavern. Who had ever heard of such?

            He crossed the distance in long strides only to hesitate at the door. He always felt like an intruder here, pushing into her life, always leaving her frightened or angry. Gods, the woman possessed such spirit and stood up to him despite his reputation. It made for a refreshing change. Ryder pushed the door open and stepped inside.

            He knew at once something was wrong.

            Nothing was out of place. The chairs were pushed neatly under the empty tables, floors freshly swept. He smelled roses on the air. But she was not here. Her warmth, the very thing that made this place so inviting, was missing.

            “Wake up or I’ll give you a reason to bleed all over the floor,” a feminine and decidedly agitated voice floated from the bar.

            Ryder strode over and found Katrina on her knees beside Lorin, shaking him for all he was worth. Blood stained his hair and pooled on the floor.

            “What the hell happened here?”

            Katrina looked up, dark blue eyes narrowing on him. “I came in and found him like this. Embyr is missing and this waste of a good sword won’t wake up long enough to tell me where she is.”

            Ryder bent down and grasped Lorin by the collar, lifting the smaller man up. His head lolled to the side. “Where is she?”

            Lorin groaned. Once his eyes opened enough to see the mask, he began struggling.

            Ryder shook him impatiently. “Damn it, whelp. Where is she?”

            “Taken,” Lorin rasped. “Taken by Michael.”



About the Author:



Brittany Pate lives in Texas with her husband and son. She is a longtime lover of all things fantasy and romance. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys narrating audio books and drinking entirely too much coffee.












The Desires of a Duke Historical Romance Collection #Historical #Romance #Regency #Victorian #Georgian #Dukes


Eight historical romances featuring roguish dukes willing to risk it all to get the lady their heart desires.

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Title: The Desires of a Duke
Authors: Darcy Burke, Grace Callaway, Lila DiPasqua, Shana Galen, Caroline Linden, Erica Monroe, Christina McKnight, Erica Ridley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2017

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Enjoy eight historical romances from bestselling authors, featuring dashing, roguish dukes who are willing to risk it all to get the lady their heart desires. When these powerful, bold men take a chance on love, nothing can stop them.



THE FORBIDDEN DUKE by Darcy Burke
The Forbidden Duke helps ruined Eleanor find a second chance for happiness. What will she say when she learns of the role he played in her downfall?

THE DUKE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by
Grace Callaway
A spinster and rake join forces to catch a murderer. Wills clash and passion flares; will they risk all for love—before it’s too late? 

THE DUKE’S MATCH GIRL by
Lila DiPasqua
The only woman Leo, Duke of Mont-Marly, has ever yearned for is the adorably unconventional beauty who got away. Suzanne creates and selling matchsticks, elixirs for the ill…and is still so damned alluring. Leo is determined to give her a Christmas beyond her wildest imagination...

WAITING FOR A DUKE LIKE YOU by
Shana Galen
Pursued by assassins, Princess Vivienne of Glynaven escapes to England. The Duke of Wyndover aids her, but is he the man she’s been waiting for?

WHEN I MET MY DUCHESS by
Caroline Linden
The Duke of Wessex realizes he’s about to marry the wrong woman when he meets his bride’s sister…and the wedding may become a scandal.

I SPY A DUKE by
Erica Monroe
A governess entering into a marriage of convenience with a duke gets more than she bargained for, as he's also a spy for the crown.

THE MISFORTUNE OF LADY LUCIANNA by
Christina McKnight
The Duke of Montrose has only one choice: find a wealthy heiress to wed. When his quest brings him to Lady Lucianna, he can’t deny that he wants her for more than just her dowry.

THE DUKE’S ACCIDENTAL WIFE by
Erica Ridley
The unflappable Duke of Ravenwood meets his match in this rollicking New York Times best-seller!

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Author Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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