Friday, March 30, 2018

The Rake and the Bishop’s Daughter by Julia Donner

The Rake and the Bishop’s Daughter
by Julia Donner


GENRE: Regency Romance



Society’s beloved wastrel, Sir Harry Collyns, pushes his popularity past the point of acceptability when
he poses for a statue that creates a social uproar. People line up for blocks to see Handsome Harry in
the nude, sculpted by a female artist! Bored with the fuss and scandal, Harry hitches up his fastest
team, heads for the country, and a near fatal curricle accident. When the bandages are removed from
his head days later, he discovers the angel-voiced widow who’d cared for him is neither elderly nor as
mild as her tone, but a straight-laced do-gooder unimpressed with his flamboyant past and dashing
good looks. Head-battered and heading for a broken heart, he falls into love with Widow Olivia St.
Clair, who might be the one woman in England that Harry can’t charm into loving him back.

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The ache of humiliation spread through her chest. Asterly must know or at least suspect a pregnancy. Rumor had it that she wasn’t the first female Harry had left in a family way. She certainly couldn’t be the only other instance, if the tales were true regarding his fleet of mistresses. Common knowledge accepted that Harry fathered the Wethermore heir. No one seemed to mind, not even the cuckolded Sir Hubert. But that was never the case for an unwed mother. Fathering a bastard was often waved off with casual indulgence, while the hapless mother received the brunt of the responsibility. Another reminder of why she disliked the ton—which brought her back to her purpose.

“My lord, may we be frank?” When he dipped his chin in a nod of agreement, she forged on. “I have assumed that you and your brother have discussed the particulars of our present situation.”

“Allow me to clarify my understanding, Mrs. St. Clair. You and your family recently condescended to recognize my brother’s paternity due to the dictates of societal conformity. Apparently, this change of heart came about without any sense of fairness to Harry nor the acceptance of the existence of his honor.”

Her cheeks tingled. Why must her father be so disagreeable? He’d always been strict, but since receiving the bishopric, he adopted an unattractive comportment. Arrogance was never wise. The church was as political as the government, and the Asterly’s were influential in all circles.

She didn’t suppose Asterly’s present attitude stemmed from personal insult, only protectiveness for his brother. That eased her discomfort and guilt, but still left her with some significant fence-mending. She forced her shoulders back and out of the onset of defeat’s inward curl.

“Please, Lord Asterly, I ask you not to judge me by the strictures of my family’s beliefs and its requirements made on me. I beg you to not think me so unfeeling that I haven’t suffered regret for my family’s disobliging behavior. Forcing Harry’s hand, as if he wouldn’t comply, or wouldn’t immediately address an obligation, may have been implied by Father and Grandfather. That was never my intention. I can only blame their actions as those of overly protective parents and family. I’m sure you can appreciate those sentiments.”

His stance relaxed slightly.  “And I will also speak candidly. I’ve tried to reserve judgment, finding it impossible that Harry could have such unwavering devotion to a woman without heart. It goes without saying that few can resist the fellow. The one he’s dueling with at the moment is the only female I know of who can. My wife’s besotted with the creature.”

“Did you say dueling?”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Julia Donner (aka M.L.Rigdon) grew up in historic Galena, IL, USA, and spent most of her time in the
museum of her aunt, who encouraged her interest in history and understood the need to cherish a
dream. She started writing in secret in her teens and never stopped, merging it with her mother's
encouragement to study theater and music, which led to performing in the Midwest, California and as
far away as Austria.

Donner never forgot what it was like to write alone as a girl and is a happy member of Summit City
Scribes. Concern for the failing educational system led her to develop Your Futures in Ink, a panel of
local and regional authors, who go into to schools to encourage students and answer questions about

THE TIGRESSE AND THE RAVEN, first book in the regency Friendship Series, is an RWA contest
finalist. The ninth book in the series, A ROGUE FOR MISS PRIM and the tenth, AN AMERICAN FOR
AGNES, are available now. A LAIRD’S PROMISE will be released by Spring 2018.

M.L Rigdon (aka Julia Donner)

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Tattered by Brooke O'Brien

Title: Tattered
Series: A Tattered Heart Duet #2
Author: Brooke O'Brien
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2018

Maverick Night is bad news. He made me want things I knew I shouldn't but did.

Now my brother's best friend is back, but we are both different people. Time changed us.

I crave the way my heart beat when he used to look at me, how it felt to be in his arms. Nothing good will come from opening myself up to him.

I just hope my tattered heart can take it if he walks away again.

TORN and TATTERED are companion novellas to the Heart's Compass series. You do NOT need to read the Heart's Compass books in order to enjoy the Tattered Heart duet, however, it is highly recommended that you read Torn first.

"With the ending to the last book, Brooke tore my heart out. With this one, she put it back together. Her words flowed together seamlessly in a perfect ending (or beginning) for Ryan and Maverick." - Kacie, Nerdy, Dirty & Flirty

"I loved this second chance romance and how both Ryan and Maverick have grown! Amazing duet and I can’t wait for more from this group of friends!" - Patricia, Words We Love By Blog

"What I really loved about this duet is that love does endure. Love does fight. And the heart, no matter how torn and tattered it was left, will be mended by the one that it calls for." - Suzanne, Goodreads Reviewer

Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series. She recently released the second book of the Heart's Compass series, Lost Before You.

Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

She believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate. Brooke enjoys going on long drives with no destination in mind. She's found that's when her characters talk to her the most! If she's not reading or writing, you'll probably find her spending time with her family, watching NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.


Never Fear the Reaper by Ashley Pagano

Fear the Reaper

Fear the Reaper Series



Genre: Paranormal Romance / YA

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Date of Publication: April 23rd,

ISBN: 978-1-945910-13-5

Number of pages: 176
Word Count: 44,853

Cover Artist: Najla Qamber

Tagline: In a world filled with
darkness… can true love spark just enough light to save it?

Book Description:

been to the other side and back again . . . But she’s never met anyone like

can see things no one else can . . . But he only sees her.

the moment he witnesses her do the impossible . . . he is obsessed. 

When Chase hires the mysterious
ghost exterminator, Ryder, to cleanse his house from a pesky poltergeist he
gets way more than he’s paying her for… There’s just something about Ryder that
has him mesmerized.

Is it the fact that he’s
witnessed her do the unexplainable? Or the fact that she’s absolutely
breathtaking? Or perhaps it’s that eerie familiar feeling that they’ve met
before, perhaps in another lifetime. 

Chase desperately tags along with
Ryder on a whirlwind of life threatening adventures in exchange for a few
precious moments of alone time with her. With the Grimm Reaper’s Scythe as
their defense, Chase developing some supernatural gifts of his own, and an
intense crush developing between them what crazy supernatural force will target
them next?

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Suddenly, from
behind me, a calm, raspy voice breaks the silence. “Are you Chase? I’m Ryder,”
she asks rather firmly, extending her long fingers for a professional
Oh God, please
don’t be her, please don’t be her, please don’t be her, I repeat over and over
again to myself. This girl is too young and far too beautiful to be a ghost
hunter. Inconveniently, she is literally my definition of perfection, dressed
all in black. Long, dark brown hair, perfect bronze skin, bright green eyes
that are surrounded by the longest eyelashes I’ve ever seen, a gorgeous
pearl-white smile, and a slim yet slightly muscular build. I can’t help but let
her catch me looking her up and down. Her appearance makes me even more
uncomfortable with my situation. I even notice a colorful, feathery angel-wing
tattoo that creeps down her left arm, which is ironic, given her profession.
Come on, this girl cannot be doing a job like this.
She smirks in
response before I can conjure up an excuse for my gawking.
“Not at all what
you expected, huh,” she says, while gesturing to the hostess with two of her
“Honestly, no
you’re not…not really.” I figure it’s better to be honest with her right now.
Finally, I build up enough courage to return her handshake. I’m embarrassed
when my clammy palm touches her soft, cool skin.
As we follow the
hostess to a booth at the far end of the dining area, she responds, “Don’t
worry, no one ever does. They expect some older, more spiritual looking woman
who’s all decked out in crucifixes.”

the Author:

Ashley Pagano has always dreamed
of being an artist both figuratively and literally. Her love of art was
instilled by her mother who always inspired her to be creative either with a
paintbrush or with a pen and paper. As far back as she can remember her life
was always centered around introspection, storytelling, and imagination.
Because she is so artistic, she took to the idea of creative writing very
passionately. Her ability to describe a scene, person, or place, she compares
to painting a picture, where she can describe every detail vividly in order to
make the reader feel like they’re truly living in the story. Her works of
writing usually center around a powerhouse female protagonist (which reflect
her own personality), who progresses through many wild and extreme obstacles.
Ashley loves to write stories that end with a cliffhanger, that leave the
reader begging for more and questioning what happens next. Her most recent
novel sets the stage for the paranormal romance of the century and includes
ghosts, poltergeists, and demons who just love to get in the way of true love.
Ashley has won awards for her design, art, and writing.

Ashley doesn’t believe in down
time whatsoever and actually loves having a full “To-Do”list. Ashley is a wife
to her wonderful husband, Eric and a mother to a beautiful little baby girl
named Dakota. She is also a Graphic Designer and a health and fitness coach.
Her husband and daughter inspire her to be the best person she can be and
encourage her to pursue any of her dreams (no matter how extravagant they may

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Reclaim by Marley Valentine

Title: Reclaim
Series: A Redemption Novel
Author: Marley Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2018

Unlike most eighteen year olds, I had the weight of the world on my young shoulders. Desperate to do right by my family, my questionable choices led me to the pits of hell. 

Steel bars, three meals a day and no contact with the outside world; regret consumed my every thought. Desperate to pay my penance, forgiveness and a happily ever after wasn’t the plan.

But there she was. 

Warm, passionate and unexpected, Emerson Lane was the light at the end of the tunnel. She was all a man like me could want and everything I didn’t deserve. 

Redemption wasn’t something I thought I would ever find. Until she found me.

Marley Valentine comes from the future. Living in Sydney, Australia with her family, when she's not busy writing her own stories, she spends most of her time immersed in the words of her favourite authors.