Rosie’s Good Read Collections: Romance

Welcome to “Rosie’s Good read Collections”, I’ve put together the books I’ve read into subject headings that I think the books belong to, for you to browse.

As part of my year of Good Deeds Challenge I’m encouraging readers to take part during the season of Goodwill. Today I’d like you to bake a cake to share with others.

18366626With a tight budget and two months, Eva Delacroix has to turn six dilapidated cottages on Lake Huron into a shabby chic tourist destination. Fulfilling her father’s renovation dreams and her own needs for family, Blue Heaven is Eva’s last resort. Daniel Bryman will do anything in his power to stop city girl Eva from destroying the integrity of the historic structures his ancestor built. But as they work together to rebuild the main cabin, Eva’s determination makes him question his own life choices.
Despite their opposing views, they do agree on what to do with the attraction between them. When everything they’ve built threatens to crash down around them, will love be enough to save Blue Heaven? Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2Zt

18148963Strange things are happening in Port Grace, Florida. Doug Monroe and Rebecca Carlyle are young and in love. He met her when he saved her life, but now he may need to save her again. Someone, or something, wants her and there is no place to hide, and no safe haven from the memories of her troubled past.
Before the summer ends, the past and present will meet. Will Doug be able to save the woman he loves one last time? Or will an evil from long ago take her from him forever? Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2SQ

476660In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families. While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead. Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Free for Kindle at the time of publication. My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-jd

18146839Reginald Aiken, Duke of Warwick is dead and his young widow is not grieving…until the will is read. Isobel Kennilworth Aiken, Duchess of Warwick spent 6 years of her young life in a loveless marriage. Now, at the age of 24, Isobel is a widow. As Isobel awaits the reading of her late husband’s last will and testament, she feels no grief, but in fact is quite hopeful. She is eager to start her life anew. But, as the droning of the solicitor’s voice washes over her detailing the bequests to various servants and family members, a shock awaits her. The “other woman” was not his mistress, but his lawfully wedded wife and together they had a son. Six year old Reggie was now the Duke of Warwick, displacing Reginald’s brother Charles. There is a collective gasp as the revelation is made that instantly displaces Isobel and Charles and dashes their hopes for the future. Isobel must indeed start anew, but not as a titled, influential and wealthy widow, but as plain Miss Kennilworth, tainted by scandal. Can she get past the disgrace and humiliation she has endured and fight her way back into society? Will she find love again with her childhood sweetheart, Andrew Stafford, former vicar, now Lord Saybrooke? Or perhaps she will rekindle the flame with Jeremy Ingles, Lord Westcott, who had caught her fancy at her come out six years earlier, but had not been ready to be leg shackled. But before Isobel can find true love, she must come to grips with her past mistakes and the people she has hurt along the way. She must discover who she is without the title of duchess to her name. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2Nf

5053547Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.
DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Q

18600203Love, betrayal, and hope for happiness may turn this marriage of convenience into something more. Daisy Banks weaves a wonderful tale of bargains made and promises broken in A Gentleman’s Folly. Katherine Bescell, courtesan and member of a secret order, thinks the offer of a marriage in name only to Charles Leverret, heir to a large fortune, will solve all her woes. Charles Leverret believes his hired wife will ensure his inheritance. He might even enjoy her company if she’ll let him anywhere near her. Charmed by his bride, Charles breaks their original bargain and falls in love. Betrayed by a trusted lawyer who withholds Katherine’s promised fee, Charles struggles against evil chance to persuade Katherine his love is real. Lust and love, truth and trust, each makes demands on them both, but though Charles has captured her heart, Katherine can’t bring herself to admit they belong together. Masked and robed in the rites in the West Wycombe Caves where only truth is told, Charles makes his stand to claim the woman he adores. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2LQ

16181481To her surprise, Stacy Cauthen, an accountant from Atlanta wins a contest, she didn’t even enter, to spend a romantic weekend in the Colorado mountains with Slade Collins, the movie star. What happens when they get to the chalet is both funny and romantic. What will they do when a blizzard hits and the power goes out forcing them to sleep in front of the fire together? Will love find its way in or will they say goodbye on Monday? Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review:  http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2QW  Stephanie has written many books all with a romantic theme often with Cowboys thrown in.

17840865Ellie has a traumatic and terrifying experience whilst living in England so moves to American t live with her Uncle and Cousin. Whilst working in a hotel Ellie meets Trey Thomas who is a hot movie star. Trey is attracted to Ellie and this is the story of Ellie’s insecurities and Trey’s emotional story of angst, romance, and mystery. The sequel Desire to Love out 1st June 2013.***Rated 18+ due to sexual content and explicit language used*** Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2hn

672619Newenham, Alaska, is a long way from the big-city comforts of Anchorage, where Sergeant Liam Campbell was an up-and-coming state trooper with everything going his way. But that was before his life unraveled. Transferred in disgrace to this rough-and-tumble fishing town on the shores of Bristol Bay, Liam knows Newenham is the end of the line. It’s also his last shot at getting his life back.. He’s about to come in for a very rough landing. Stepping onto the airstrip at Newenham, Liam walks into a crime scene: a body torn apart by the propeller of a Piper Super Cub. As if that isn’t enough of a welcome, the woman bending over the corpse is Wyanet Chouinard, the only woman Liam ever truly loved – and soon to be his prime suspect. Next, a man is held hostage in the town’s only decent burger joint–held for shooting out a jukebox that was playing Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. And Liam still doesn’t have his uniform on. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Free at the time of publication.  My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Y

13486468Catherine enjoys her life as a successful single woman and, if her career sometimes fails to fulfil her, her social life more than makes up for it. Life for Catherine is about having fun and she is not looking for anything more meaningful or permanent than that. Everything changes, however, when she is forced to face the consequences of a decision she made eighteen years earlier. Events conspire to bring her first love, Bill Myers, back into her life and they struggle to establish a new adult relationship. As everything familiar seems to be imploding around her, it leads Catherine to question every aspect of her life. Can she find the courage to embrace a new life or is she doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2mJ

10783094After several decades of looking for true love and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer, Alexa Ranger, has finally given up the search. A couple years ago, she got tired of the game completely and just stopped dating. Now friends and family keep her mostly content, so it’s shocking at 50 yrs old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It’s even more shocking to be attracted to a much younger man this time. She definitely thinks Casey Carter is sexy, but not handling her own age well, Alexa just can’t get passed their twelve year age difference to even consider a fling. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-6s

18304081Was it his gaze from across the blackjack table? The little nick on his chin that she wanted to kiss and make better? The way his bright blue eyes seemed to see to the heart of her? Whatever it was, Laura Todd was pulled in by Fox Thornton. A whirlwind Las Vegas romance followed, but things heat up again in Miami, in all the wrong ways. Embezzlement, ambition, and erotic romance aren’t the perfect match, but that’s all they have. Will it be enough? Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-3j0

Guest Author Claudia Harbaugh (Oct 29)

Yesterday I reviewed “Her Grace in Disgrace” by Claudia Harbaugh, check out the review here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2Nf Today Claudia is my guest on the blog, please join me in welcoming this lovely author.

Claudia Harbaugh

Let’s find out more about Claudia;

1) Where is your home town?

ANSWER: I was born in Middleborough, Massachusetts and lived there until I was 18, so I guess that would be considered my hometown, though I haven’t been there in decades. After I went to college my parents moved (they did, however, let me know the new address!) After I was married, my husband and I lived in Buffalo, NY for 6 years. Then, we moved an hour east to Rochester, NY where we spent 21 years and raised our two daughters there. That seemed like home, since we lived there for so long. However, five years ago, we moved to Newport News, VA and it is starting to feel like home.

2) How long have you been writing?

ANSWER: On and off for 30 years. Mostly off. I had a terrible English teacher in my junior year of high school and he turned me off writing and literature for a number of years. But, I began to write again when my kids were little. Home computers were brand new back then (in the olden days) and it was rare to own one, but my husband got one as a perk from his job, so I used it to write a novel at night, when everyone was asleep. It was not a very good novel, but I finished it. I realized something at that point, I was not good at multi-tasking. So I concentrated on raising my family. I continued to write here and there, but mostly I read. I read a lot. Then about 15 years ago I discovered theatre. My church had a drama group and I joined. Almost immediately I began to write short scripts, then plays. I have written 6 plays to date (and performed in them as well). That got my writing back in action. This year I decided it was at last time to write my novel. And I did!

3) Have you always written romance?

ANSWER: No. I originally planned to write mysteries. I cut my reading teeth on Agatha Christie. That first novel I wrote was a mystery. It’s why I have a book about poisons and another about police procedure somewhere in my house. It’s what I read pretty consistently for years. But a few years ago I began to read historical romances and when it came time to write my book, I was in the groove with them. So, that’s what I wrote. There are a few mysteries simmering in my brain for a later date.

4) What intrigues you about historical romance?

ANSWER: I have always been fascinated by history and I love visiting historical places. I’m from Massachusetts, originally and now from Virginia. Both places come with a lot of history. In fact there is lively debate whether Jamestown, VA or Plymouth, MA was the first colony. I’m Switzerland on this issue. Anyway…whenever I can I go to historical homes or re-enactment-type villages my imagination soars and I want to know everything about what it might have been like to have lived in that time period. What has struck me as I’ve aged, is no matter whether they wore dresses and I wear jeans or they rode horse drawn carriages and I zip around town in my Camry, I’m certain that today we still have the same hopes and dreams that the folk in times gone by had. We have the basic needs: food and shelter and love. And it is this love that I focus on in my books. I try to make my characters live and breathe, showing that despite the interesting differences that exist (and to me other cultures and time periods are immensely interesting) identical human emotions span the vastness of time.

5) What challengers are there today in engaging with the audience when writing romance?

ANSWER: Well, the first challenge is finding the audience. In this marketplace there is a whole slew of very good historical romances out there and it’s hard to get seen in the midst of them all. But there is plenty of room for more, people don’t only read one book! It’s simply a matter of being noticed. The other challenge I face is that Her Grace in Disgrace is quite clean, meaning that there are no throbbing body parts mentioned. It’s not my style. And these days it seems to be a trend to have lots of spiciness and explicit sex in TV, movies and novels. No aspersions whatsoever cast on anyone who does write them or read them, but it’s just not for me. If I read a book with pages of sex, I just flip through it to get to the story. To me, it’s all about the story and the characters. I did get one review that I loved that spelled it out for me. It said: “I liked the plot. A good first book. I do like more sex in the books I read but enjoyable anyway” But, I believe if you write a great story, with engaging characters, with or without explicit sex, your readers will be hooked.

6) Can you tell the readers a little about the Widows of Woburn Place?

ANSWER: I’d love to. First I’ll give a brief synopsis of Her Grace in Disgrace. It is set in early 19th century England. The Duke of Warwick is dead. As the book opens we find a group gathered to hear the reading of his will. Much to everyone’s horror we learn that the heroine, Isobel’s six year miserable marriage to the Duke of Warwick was a sham. He was secretly married to another woman and they had a son, who would now be the Duke of Warwick. Everything Isobel had worked for is stripped from her and she must begin anew. Isobel is faced with the reality of her fall from grace in the society where she once ruled and her own guilt as she confronts her past, rife with mistakes. What follows is Isobel’s journey to self-discovery and forgiveness. Along the way she also rediscovers love with a man from her past, a love she thought she would never find. In this quest of hers, Isobel discovers a few widows left destitute by their despicable or simply neglectful deceased husbands and Isobel realizes it is within her power to help them. And so they band together and make a home at #65 Woburn Place. One such widow is Laura, Lady Tyndale, and she was actually wronged by Isobel. She is the main character in the second book, where we will meet new widows, love interests, but the same group from Her Grace in Disgrace will be there as well. The widows are as varied and diverse as you might expect. There is Isobel’s Aunt Maude, who despite her fifty plus years and a disastrous first marriage, still holds out hope for love. Serena Endicott, whose status as widow is dubious, but necessary due to the existence of her two-year old daughter, Charys, is also featured prominently in “My Lady in a Quandry” or book 2. The widows are a lot of fun, despite their circumstances and a fair amount of wit is infused into the story so that the tales are not grim. These ladies are ever hopeful.

7) Tell us a bit about the research you’ve done to write a novel based in England, when you live in the USA.

ANSWER: THE INTERNET! What I wouldn’t give to spend a couple of months (in the summer, I think!) in the UK! I have been briefly to England, but long before I conceived of writing about it. But, until I sell quite a few more books, I’m going to have to spend countless hours on the computer researching and finding books to read that give me a sense of what life was like there and then. I find you have to know a whole lot about a subject, but very little of what you learn actually makes it into the book. However, you need that info for a foundation and to add verisimilitude to the story.  I just got a book on smuggling in Sussex and Kent in the mail yesterday, research for book 2 (which currently has the working title: “My Lady in a Quandry”) and am just about finished with it. I’m sure all the fascinating stories I’ve read will not be featured in my book, but it gives me a greater understanding of smuggling. I also pour over maps of England and London. That’s how I found Woburn Place. I even use Mapquest or Google Maps to find out the distance between places my characters are traveling. Then I have to calculate how long that might take in a carriage or on horseback on less than fabulous roads. It’s tricky, but I actually enjoy the research.

8) You must be really pleased with the number of reviews, you have at least 76 on Amazon.com and more on Amazon .co.uk and the book has only been out a few months, tell us about your successful marketing of the book.

ANSWER: I am pleased about the number of reviews, even more pleased that so many of them are really positive. As an author you really put yourself out there, but I am so blessed with kind readers and am thrilled that most of those who read the book, really enjoy it. It was great to see a number of men write super positive reviews (only one of them was related to me). I think they were so surprised themselves that they enjoyed a historical romance that they raved about the book. As far as marketing goes, I feel like I was thrown in the deep end of a pool and I’m doggie paddling for my life! I read a few books about book promotion and have spent literally hours and hours on the internet researching, reading blogs, writing emails to blogs, tweeting, Facebooking…argghh! I also have had to spend some money on advertising. Some worth it, some not. But I think I’ve learned some things. I have so far to go to really feel comfortable with the whole promotion thing, but I’ve “met” some really great people, generous people (like Rosie) who are willing to take time to let me be highlighted on their blogs, or just give me some great advice. It’s very much a networking situation. It’s like most things in life, things that stretch you. It’s painful at first,  but if you go with it and just open yourself up to learn, eventually you will look back and see how far you’ve come. You are allowed a little pat on the back at that point, I think. I’m not patting myself on the back yet!

9) How many books are you planning for the series?

ANSWER: At least three more, possibly four. Each book in the series highlights one of the widows and it depends on which of these great ladies demands their own story!

10) Do you have an expected publication date for the second book for fans to get excited about?

ANSWER: Not set in stone,  but I am hoping late November or early December.

Claudia Harbaugh Links

Website: http://bit.ly/1dgIBcU or full link http://www.claudiaharbaugh.com

Blog: http://bit.ly/151HqGA or full link http://www.claudiaharbaugh.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaHarbaughbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClaudiaHarbaugh

GoodReads: http://bit.ly/194Tkp8  or  full link https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7152962.Claudia_Harbaugh

Google+:  http://bit.ly/180vo4i or full link https://plus.google.com/102137878131986262377/posts

Buy Link: http://amzn.to/185laiZ or full link http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Disgrace-Widows-Woburn-ebook/dp/B00DJBYGJS

Amazon.co.uk link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grace-Disgrace-Widows-Woburn-ebook/dp/B00DJBYGJS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381515289&sr=1-1&keywords=her+grace+in+disgrace

Thank you Claudia and Good Luck with the next book.

Her Grace in Disgrace by Claudia Harbaugh (28th Oct)

Her Grace in DisgraceHer Grace in Disgrace by Claudia Harbaugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is based on a free copy of the book sent to me by the author. Her Grace in Disgrace is a historical romance, I really loved this book, there were so many great characters both upstairs and down. I felt part of the book and eagerly wanted to know how situations would develop. It even taught me new words which are no longer used today, but fascinated me. Isobel evolved into a lovely lady whom I’m sure will go on to impress us with her good works in the next instalment where we will continue to read about the Warwick Home for Widows. A really enjoyable read.
Find a copy of this book here from Amazon.

Claudia will be our guest author tomorrow on the blog, come back and find out more about her.

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