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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Valiant and Wise Hearts of Caledonia Book 2 by Laura Strickland


Valiant
and Wise
Hearts
of Caledonia Book 2
by
Laura Strickland


Genre:
Scottish Historical Romance

Enchantment
binds them. Will duty part them?


Wick
map Radoc has lost his direction. Following the death of his parents
in a brutal raid, the Caledonian tribesman surrenders his place as
chief and flees to the Scottish countryside. Tracked through snow by
a band of enemy Gaels, he escapes by way of an unexpected
transformation and stumbles upon a neighboring tribe, the Caerena. Is
it chance, or has he been led there?
Verica,
widow of the Caerena’s slain war chief, has lost her faith. Leading
her tribe by raw grit and sheer determination, she awaits a miracle.
When Wick arrives cloaked in enchantment, she hopes she’s found the
help she so desperately needs. Yet Wick doubts his own courage, and
Verica has sworn she will never love again.
Verica
and Wick could restore one another’s belief… Together, will they
discover the true strength of a Caledonian heart?










Loyal
and True
Hearts
of Caledonia Book 1

In
defiance of her father, Caledonian tribeswoman Barta leads a daring
raid against invading enemy warriors. But the fight goes badly, and
her beloved war hound, Loyal, is killed. Unable to imagine existing
without her dearest companion, she nevertheless must return home and
accept blame for her terrible blunder. 


For the first
time in his life, Loyal is unable to rise and follow his mistress.
When he appeals to the Goddess for mercy, she grants him leave to
return on one condition: it must be in the form of a man. And only if
Barta recognizes him for who he truly is will he be permitted to
stay. 

Loyal never suspects that, as a man, his
connection with Barta will deepen, becoming passionate enough to
transcend nearly any change. Will Barta recognize him before he’s
lost to her forever?








Multi-published
and multi-award winning author, Laura Strickland writes stories that
span several Romance genres. Her Scottish Romances have been compared
to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and her American Historicals echo the
work of authors such as Susan Wiggs and Kristin Hannah. Her
award-winning Buffalo Steampunk series has broken new ground both for
its setting and its portrayal of automaton characters pursuing their
rights. Currently, she is at home in Western New York and at work on
her next book.





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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Half-Breed by Bobbie Smith




The Half Breed
(Secret Fires)
by Bobbi Smith


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GENRE: Historical Romance


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BLURB:




SECRET FIRES

In the midst of the vast, windswept Texas plains stands a ranch wrested from the wilderness with blood, sweat and tears. It is the shining legacy of Thomas McBride to his five living heirs. But along with the fertile acres and herds of cattle, each will inherit a history of scandal, lies and hidden desire that threatens to burn out of control.


THE HALF-BREED

Chase knows he has no legitimate claim to the Circle M. After all, his father made it painfully clear he wants nothing to do with his bastard son or the Comanche girl he once took to his bed. But Chase has his own reasons for answering Tom McBride's deathbed summons. He has a job to do as a Texas Ranger, and a woman to protect—a woman whose sweet innocence gives him new faith that love born in the darkest night can face the dawn of all his tomorrows.


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Excerpt Two:
Chase was ready for trouble and trouble was exactly what he got when he snared the would-be horse thief around the waist.  The thief put up a fierce struggle, but only when Chase heard the scream did he realize he was dealing with a woman!

“Hold still!”  he commanded.

Fighting with all her strength, it took Faith a moment to realize he’d spoken English.  Only when she was slammed back against the solid, hard-muscled width of his chest and held pinned there, did she become aware that this was no ordinary renegade.

“Damn it woman!  I said hold still!”  Chase groundout, wondering how this golden-haired wildcat of a woman had ended up in his camp trying to steal his horse in the middle of the night.

He looked down at her as she finally stilled in his arms.  Only now did he notice that her blouse was torn and her pale flesh was bared to his gaze.  She was filthy and there were bruises evident upon her flesh. They were a silent testimony to abuse she’d suffered.  He wondered who she was and what had happened to bring her to him.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi Smith gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.

Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller of the Year Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists.

When she's not working on her novels, she is frequently a guest speaker for writer's groups. Bobbi is mother of two sons and resides in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband and three dogs.

You can follow Bobbi on Facebook in the group Bobbi Smith Books (https://www.facebook.com/groups/45814589415/about/).

Bobbi has been awarded the prestigious “Storyteller of the Year” Award from Romantic Times Magazine (New York) and has attained positions on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List, the Walden’s Best Seller List, B. Dalton’s List, and the Wal-Mart and K-Mart Best Seller Lists.

The foreign rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Russia and Sweden. Smith’s current publisher is Amazon. Bobbi has written two faith-based contemporary novels - Haven (https://bobbismithbooks.com/product/haven) and Miracles (https://bobbismithbooks.com/product/miracles) - using the pseudonym of Julie Marshall. (https://bobbismithbooks.com/author/who-is-julie-marshall)

Copyright © 2018 Bobbi Smith.

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Bobbi Smith Guest Blog

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I love this whole book! It’s hard to pick one particular scene in Secret Fires: The Half-Breed, but since I have to , I’ll say I like the opening scene the best. It sets the mood for the entire story and shows just what our hero, Chase McBride, has to deal with in his life as the half-breed, illegitimate son of rich rancher Tom McBride. As the story opens, Chase’s mother is dying and she asks him to get Tom and bring him to her so she can see him one last time. Chase has never met his father, but for his mother’s sake he goes to his father’s ranch to get him. Tom McBride is outraged that Chase has shown up at his ranch. He tells him he doesn’t care about Chase’s mother and throws him off the property, telling him never to return. By the time Chase gets back home, his mother has passed away. This shows us how strong Chase is, and he is one great hero!

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do during the day?
No matter which of my books I’d be asked this question about, it’s the hero I would want to spend time with. I love all of my heroes, and I wish they really did exist. As far as what I’d want to do with him if we were in Texas back in the 1880s, I guess just hang out and have fun!

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?  
Honestly, the first time I read that question the answer that popped in my head was—the Bible. That would be amazing. Fun-reading-wise, that’s a hard question. The book that influenced my writing career the most was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss.  It’s the book that inspired me to try to write a romance novel back in the early eighties. I will say that as a kid I loved Ben and Me and The Boxcar Children, and they’re still popular with children today.

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
My characters are all mine. Once I get the story started, the characters start talking to me in my head. It’s so much fun to be able to create your own world and make sure your characters end up living happily ever after. (It’s also great fun to be able to make men do what you want them to do, when you want them to do it! )

5. What made you want to become a writer?

As a kid, I used to play with my cowboys and Indians and make up stories all the time. It’s just the way God made me. There are right-brainers our there and left-brainers, and I’m definitely a right-brainer. (Just ask my computer professor in college. Thank heaven I took that class pass/fail!) In the fifth grade I had to write my “autobiography,” and the last thing I had to put in it was what did I want to be when I grew up? I answered a teacher and a writer.  Bless my teacher’s heart, she wrote on the page: “You can do both!” What an inspiration she was to me. Her name was Ms. Albrecht, and I’ve never forgotten her. My mom saved the autobiography, and I’ve still got it. I am very lucky to have been able to live my dream. I’ve been a published author since 1982. Wow! What a great career!

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Lady of the Crescent Moon by Ingrid Hahn





Lady of the Crescent Moon
Ingrid Hahn

Genre: Gothic Historical Romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Date of Publication: September 19, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68291-738-1
ASIN: B07GHNWLC8

Number of pages: 179
Word Count: 48,800
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone

Tagline: In darkness, only love can light the way.

Book Description:

Normandy, 1679…

An age of high baroque splendor and excess. An age of new enlightenments; the dawn of the new epoch amid the clutter of a dying era. An age of curses and magic. An age of superstition, witches, and witch hunts.

Sidonie Cordumont is not powerful enough to save her fellow witches, imprisoned in the secret dungeons of Paris. She returns to Normandy, the place of her birth, desperately seeking help to defeat the impossible foe intent on ridding the land of her brethren. Instead, she falls into the clutches of a man she never believed she’d see again. A man she’d once hoped to marry.

The last thing Roland, Marquis d’Ambroisin, expects is to have the woman he lost tumble into his arms in the dead of night, no better than a common thief. But once he’s caught her, he doesn’t want to let her go. Unfortunately, she’s on a reckless mission, and he’s helpless to do the one thing he wants above all—protect her.

Until a promise to his dying mother binds them together…




Excerpt:

Sidonie didn’t
know she’d taken a step backward until there came a crunching sound from
beneath the heavy soles of her worn boots. A shiver rattled down her spine. She
wouldn’t dare take her gaze from the figure, not even to blink, but there was a
dry quality to the sound. She didn’t need to look to know what she’d crushed.
It was an old
bone.
Her back hit
something solid and large hands closed gently around the tops of her arms.
Roland’s smell made her heart leap. He’d safeguard her. All the protection she
hadn’t thought she needed or wanted, she did. At least until she regained her
equilibrium.
Slowly, as if he
occupied a separate realm where time trickled instead of spun, the haunted man
raised his head, his gaze focusing over her shoulder. The man . . . entity . .
. Jacques . . . whatever he might have been, his voice was like sand. “Good
day, Sidonie. We have been waiting for you.”


Her mouth went
dry and panic pounded through her veins. It was too soon. She couldn’t die yet.
“Waiting . . . for me?”


About the Author:

Ingrid Hahn is a failed administrative assistant with a B.A. in Art History.

Her love of reading has turned her mortgage payment into a book storage fee, which makes her the friend who you never want to ask you for help moving.

Originally from Seattle, she now lives in the metropolitan DC area with her ship-nerd husband, small son, and four opinionated cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves knitting, theater, nature walks, travel, history, and is a hopelessly devoted fan of Jane Austen.

She’d love to connect with her readers! Find her on Twitter as @Ingrid_Writer, on Instagram as ingrid_hahn, and on Facebook as Ingrid Hahn.




Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ingrid_hahn/


Interview with Ingrid Hahn
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?
Depends on how many glasses of wine I’ve had immediately prior to writing.  

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
So many feels + danger sex. (Danger quickie, really, but they get it in there…so to speak.)

Have you written any other books that are not published?
Oh, yes. Some on my laptop. Some trashed forever. Some still in my head.

Pen or type writer or computer?
As much as possible, longhand first, then computer. I work stuff out in longhand. Taking longhand to the computer and typing it up is a bonus editing pass.

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Enjoy what you enjoy without self-deprecation or guilt, especially if it’s the realm of pumpkin spice lattes. Drink and read what you like, make no apology, take no crap.




Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Blast Priscilla by Charlene Raddon


Priscilla, Widows of WIldcat Ridge Series, Book One
by Charlene Raddon


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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Charlene will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


GENRE:  Historical Romance  (Western)
After losing her father and husband in a mine disaster, Priscilla Heartsel faces poverty and eviction from her home by a heartless mine owner. Tricked into a bank robbery gone wrong, Braxton Gamble finds himself shot and unconscious in Priscilla's bed. Can they survive long enough to find a love more precious than gold?











Read an Excerpt
After the disaster, the women had acquired a school bell which they mounted on a pole in the center of town by the jail, with a long rope hanging down so anyone could ring out a warning if trouble showed up, like outlaws or Indians. But the bell was too far away, and her problem less serious than outlaws or Utes.

Or was it? She had no idea who might be in her room. The erratic footprints indicated the intruder was ill or injured. How dangerous could an injured man be?

A dash to her father's room armed her with his army revolver from his desk. Her husband had taught her to shoot. If the intruder intended to ravage her, he would be disappointed. She'd shoot him before she'd allow that.

A cautious peek inside her room showed nothing, only half the space being visible from where she stood. Taking a deep breath, she slipped around the corner, gun held ready.

A strange man lay on her bed, face-down, asleep or unconscious. His boots, coat and shirt lay crumpled on the floor. A gun-belt encircled his hips, the gun beside his hand. Congealed blood pooled beneath him staining her coverlet. He appeared dead.

A scream rose to her throat. She swallowed it. One did not scream indoors.

She picked up his Walker-Colt six-shooter and deposited it in a drawer of the bedside table and slipped her father's gun into her skirt pocket.

Standing back from the bed, she prodded him with a cold poker from the small stove in her room. "Mister? Can you hear me?"

He didn't stir.

"Mister?" She stepped closer and poked him again, terrified he would jump up and grab her.

Nothing. Lord have mercy, she had a dead man in her bed!

She returned the poker to its place by the stove. A blanket. Or a sheet. She needed something to cover him with. A summer blanket from the trunk at the foot of her bed would suffice. As she laid it over him, he moaned.

He was alive!

Unconscious, but alive.



About the Author:
Charlene Raddon’s first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when a vivid dream drove her to drag out a typewriter and begin writing. Because of her love of romance novels and the Wild West, her primary genre is historical romance. Kensington Books originally published five of her novels. These were later released as eBooks by Tirgearr Publishing. Currently, Charlene is an Indie author with . She also designs book covers, specializing in western historical.



Website: https://charleneraddon.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charleneb.b.raddon

Twitter: http://twitter.com/craddon

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Charlene-Raddon/e/B000APG1P8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1232154.Charlene_Raddon


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

#FallinginLove Spotlight on Author Rachael Anderson







My Brother’s Bride by Rachael Anderson

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.

But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.

Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.




My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.



When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”

A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?

Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.

Unbelievable.

“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.

She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”

“I’m glad I could entertain you.”

“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”

If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.

“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.

Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”

Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.

“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”

“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”

“Yes.”

She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”

“No.”

“Why?”

“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”

Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?

“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”

Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.

He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.

“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”

“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”

“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”

It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.

“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”

“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.





“I got seriously hooked on this book right from the first glance. Everything in this story is so beautiful and done so perfectly. The cover is stunning, the blurb intriguing and the story flow expertly done.” –NjKinny’s World of Books & Stuff

“The moment I set eyes on this cover page, I knew I am going to love this cute love story. Delightfully crafted with endearing characters this is an ongoing tale of fun, love and some hard decisions. –Finitha J., Know Your Books Blog

“My Sister’s Intended is my FAVORITE kind of book to read. It is the kind of story I will save in my Kindle forever so I can re-read again and again. What makes this story so good? Everything! This book is pure perfection.” –Nicole, Christian Fiction Girl Blog.

“WOW. I reserve five stars for books that blow me away, and this has become my newest addition! What a delight to discover a gem like this.” –Mary, Goodreads.com





Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.












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Sunday, September 16, 2018

THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT BY MIMI MATTHEWS


The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews

Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Perfectly Proper Press
Paperback & eBook; 317 Pages

Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 1
Genre: Historical/Romance


She Wanted Sanctuary…

Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill—though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome—is anything but a romantic hero.

He Needed Redemption…

Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household—and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.

Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena’s past threatens, will Justin’s burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?

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Praise for The Matrimonial Advertisement

"Matthews' (The Pug Who Bit Napoleon, 2018, etc.) series opener is a guilty pleasure, brimming with beautiful people, damsels in distress, and an abundance of testosterone...It's a well-written and engaging story that's more than just a romance. The author chooses to draw on dark moments in British history to create Justin's and Helena's complicated pasts...It's an unexpected narrative addition that works well, as Matthews seamlessly blends some grim history with light and frothy fiction. An enjoyable love story that dares to dip a toe into bleak social and political history." -Kirkus Reviews

"I don't have enough words to say how unbelievably incredible this book is...I am a huge fan of Ms Matthews, her writing is always flawless and articulate, but this simply is in a league of its own... 'The Matrimonial Advertisement' is a lot darker that what we have come to expect from Ms Matthews, but for me this is Gothic Victorian story-telling at its best. This is how this genre is supposed to be written!...Ms Matthews has out done herself with this, by far one of the best books I have read--ever!...This is a hauntingly beautiful, gripping and heart-wrenching story. It is simply spellbinding!" -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

"This is an irresistible romance with the added frisson of gothic fear. At a time in Victorian Britain when a woman belonged entirely to her father, guardian or husband, can Helena ever be free to love and live as she wishes? Mimi's writing style is engaging, and we are plunged immediately into Helena's predicament. Secrets are gradually revealed, adding depth to our understanding of the main characters. This is Miss Matthews' best book so far and it is only the first in a new series!" -Lizanne Lloyd, Lost in a Good Book

"This delightful Victorian love story took me away to another time and another place for a few blissful hours. Mimi Matthews is a wonderful storyteller. She creates very likeable, memorable, layered characters that quickly feel like friends. Her style is naturally elegant and warmly flowing, full of historical detail and charm...this is the second of her fictional works that I've devoured and I'm looking forward to more." -Jayne Fresina, bestselling author of Once Upon a Kiss

"Since I first read the sample chapters, I've been eager to read this book. Mimi Matthews does not disappoint. She lures the reader in for an emotional journey. Full of romance and heart, The Matrimonial Advertisement takes a marriage of convenience, a pinch of Beauty and the Beast, and some truly engrossing social history and brings to life a satisfying romantic tale. I look forward to more from this talented author!" -Lena Goldfinch, bestselling author of The Unexpected Bride

"The Matrimonial Advertisement is a Victorian romance in all its glory...Mimi Matthews definitely knows how to present historical facts effectively and without sounding bookish...a delightful treat for Jane Austen and historical fiction fans." -Readers' Favorite, 5-Stars

"If I could only have one book for the rest of my life, it would be this one. This is my first time reading anything by Mimi Matthews, but rest assured, I now need anything that this incredible author has ever written. The characters were outstanding, developed with complexity and a humanity all their own. The setting and scenery were described with such perfection that I was able to see the circumstances through the characters' eyes with ease. Both Helena and Justin are forever etched onto this reader's heart, and I greatly look forward to expanding my Mimi Matthews library." -Stacie, NetGalley

About the Author

Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady's Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Lost Letter) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

For more information, please visit Mimi Matthews' website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, BookBub, Pinterest, Google+, and Goodreads.

Interview with Mimi Matthews
  1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

  1. I really love the opening scene where the heroine, Helena, is standing beside the hero, Justin, at the counter, but she doesn’t yet know he’s the man she’s come to meet. I like it because the reader is the first to know who Justin and Helena are and who they’ll eventually be to each other.

  1. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

  1. At the moment, I’d have to choose Tom Finchley, the hero’s attorney and friend. I’d set him loose on all my paperwork. He’s the sort of man who knows how to get things done in a fast, efficient, and entirely creative way.

  1. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

  1. Hmm. I’ve never thought of this before. My favorite books belong so much to the authors who wrote them. I can’t imagine them being written by anyone else—not even me. They wouldn’t be the same books if they were.

  1. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

  1. My characters are a bit of both. Their unique dilemmas are pulled straight from Victorian history, with a little bit of inspiration from Gothic fiction and Victorian novels, such as The Woman in White. All the rest is my imagination.

  1. What made you want to become a writer?

  1. It was never a conscious choice. When I was a little girl and I thought up stories, my mother encouraged me to write them down. I’ve been writing them down ever since.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 4
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, September 5
Interview at Donna's Book Blog

Thursday, September 6
Review at Based on a True Story

Friday, September 7
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, September 8
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads

Monday, September 10
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste

Tuesday, September 11
Feature at To Read, Or Not to Read

Wednesday, September 12
Feature at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Friday, September 14
Feature at Maiden of the Pages

Saturday, September 15
Review at Naomi Finley's Blog

Sunday, September 16
Interview at T's Stuff

Monday, September 17
Character Interview at Love Books Group

Tuesday, September 18
Feature at A Holland Reads
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Giveaway

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