Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tempting the Governess by Vivienne Westlake

Never fall in love with your employer. Any respectable governess knew the cardinal rule. Christine Aubrey prided herself on her devotion to her charges, never suspecting that one day a former pupil would tempt her to break every rule in the book.

Theodore Blake was a “good boy” who grew up into a responsible man. Shouldering the burden of raising his sister’s children and managing his older brother’s affairs, Teddy has always done the right thing. But when his former governess returns to Birchwood, all he can think about is how good it would be to be bad.

Only one woman had ever engendered tender feelings of affection.
Now that Teddy finally had the chance to tell her, he did not know how. His quiet nature had always served him in the past, but today it hindered him, barred him from the thing he wanted most.
“If Astrophill and Stella is not to your taste, perhaps you would enjoy a verse from Lord Byron.” He lowered his voice. “There be none of Beauty’s daughters with a magic like thee; and like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me.”
 For a moment, Christine’s gaze met his and held. “You never cease to surprise me, Teddy.”
She’d said it. Teddy. He would’ve been happy with Theodore. His name lingered in the air, and he savored it like a fine vintage of port.
Her eyes widened in horror, and she covered her lips. “I am sorry, Mr. Blake. Forgive me for my slip in proper manners.”
She closed the red leather-bound book and set it on the cushion beside her. From the way she gripped the wood back of the chaise, he knew she was alarmed, probably intent on leaving. If he didn’t stop her—
Teddy stepped in front of her and picked up the book. “I know my recitations are not as practiced or eloquent as my brothers’ would be. If you should like to read in quiet contemplation, I can ring for my luncheon and let you choose a book to your liking. ”
Christine’s cheeks turned pink again. “It is not that, sir. It is…I mean…I—” She paused, taking a deep breath. “I have embarrassed myself and I think it is best that I return to check on the children.”
“When did Mr. Howell arrive to see the children?”
She glanced at the grandfather clock against the wall. “I suspect it was around one o’clock.”
“You have another hour,” he said. . “Surely you can stay a few minutes longer.”
“I am asking you to stay.” He put the volume back into her hands. As he did so, his fingers brushed hers and he wished he could allow them to linger.
When she opened her mouth to speak, he did not let her. If she wanted another excuse to leave, he would not give her the chance.

Author Bio:
Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. What makes her stories unique is her love of a sassy heroine who keeps the hero on his toes. Though she has a fondness for redeemable rakes, Vivienne’s favorite Jane Austen/Regency hero is Captain Wentworth.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Bit of the Dark World by Toni V Sweeney

A Bit Of The Dark World by Toni V. Sweeney:

When Lisa Chambers awakes in Temple General Hospital, she’s injured, widowed, and pregnant and her nightmares are just beginning. Frightening dreams of her dead husband, her baby, and grotesque creatures following a man with burning eyes spiral into wide-awake scenes even more sinister.

Daniel Walker is Lisa’s surgeon, a part-Native American whose people believed in a monstrous creature living in the waters off the Georgia coast. Drexl Von Dorff is the wealthy recluse who pulled her from the burning car, a man living on land once owned by Daniel’s ancestors. They’re bitter enemies and don’t care who knows it.

The two men are paying the new widow too much attention. Each wants her for himself, but the worse fact is…Lisa knows she shouldn’t but she can’t seem to stop herself from being interested in both…

Toni V. Sweeney has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains.
An accomplished artist as well as writer, she has a degree in Fine Art and a diploma in Graphic Art and produces book videos when she isn't writing. Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Toni divides her time between writing SF/Fantasy under her own name and romances often set in the South under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone.
In March, 2013, she became publicity manager for Class Act Books (US) and also Double Dragon Publishing (Canada). She reviews books for TwoLips Reviews and is also on the review staff of the New York Journal of Books. She recently had her 27th book published and has six more scheduled for release in 2013.

More on Toni can be found at The ToniVerse

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Heart of Fire by Crystal Crichlow

Heart Of Fire Book 2 in the Heart Series by Crystal Crichlow:

Charlotte is shocked to learn about her family history, and what she learns will have her fighting for her life and her heart.

Ace must make a choice between love and loyalty. One could mean his salvation. The other? His end.

As they both try to unravel the secrets of Fort Nelson and its shady Mayor, more secrets are revealed, and every stone they turn over is picked up and thrown in their faces.

A native of Barbados, Crystal Crichlow is an award winning and best-selling author who developed a passion for writing at the age of nine. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada and spends her time writing and reading YA fiction, reviewing indie books, obsessing about movies and T.V shows while working as a part-time dental assistant. She has a soft spot for anything related to Greek mythology or zombies. Red velvet cupcakes are her kryptonite.
You can find out more about Crystal by visiting her official author website: