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Release Day Blitz Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill

Excerpt:

“I’ve lost him. And I love him still.” Her voice broke at the realization.

Her mother shushed her, pulling her into an embrace. “I know, darling. I know you

do. But there is nothing for it now. You will have to return with us to Dunsleigh.”

Isolde thought of all she had lost, not just Merrick, but her future, their plans.

Their trip away to the Continent, Paris, Rome, and all the delightful places in between

that they were going to visit, crumbled in her chest like her heart. “He’s really going to

marry her, isn’t he?” Even saying such a thing sounded absurd, and yet it was the truth.

The truth as she would know it from tonight onward.

“Yes, he is.” Her mother’s face was a mask of concern and pain. “I’m so sorry,

darling. You did not deserve this.”

Isolde strove to calm down before her sobs woke her sisters and they started with

their meddling questions. Her body hiccupped for breath; her eyes, so swollen and sore,

hurt when she blinked.

“Come, you must sleep.” Her mother helped her stand, and Isolde didn’t fight her

decree. Tiredness would succeed over her mind and, for a sweet moment, she’d forget

what had transpired this night. It was enough to make her lie down and try.

She settled under the blankets. The maid knocked on the door and her mother

ushered her into the room, taking possession of the glass of whisky and a cold compress.

Isolde downed the drink in one gulp, grateful for the burning amber liquid and the

cooling cloth against her eyes.

The tears started afresh when the comforting embrace of her mother wrapped

around her, pulling her close and holding her as if to never let her go. Not since she was a

child had her mother acted in such a way, and some of the despair left her, knowing she

had the support of her family.

She would need them in the months to come.

She took a shuddering breath. How could a night once filled with so much

excitement and anticipation twist into such despair and horror? Rolling onto her side, the

ring Merrick had given her pressed into her cheek.

She held out her hand and looked at the cluster of five round diamonds, each of

them encased in a bed of silver and sitting on a band of gold that was etched into a

leaflike pattern. The ring had been Merrick’s grandmother’s, and it had been the most

beautiful gift Isolde had ever received.

But no longer. Now it represented a fractured circle of trust, pulled apart and

unfixable.

She yanked it off, unable to throw it no matter how much she longed to. She

reached over and placed it on the cabinet beside her bed, looking at it as it twinkled

prettily under the candlelight. The ring and its beauty were as fickle as its owner.


 
Only a Duke Will Do
To Marry a Rogue Series
Book Two
Tamara Gill
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled – Select Historical
Date of Publication: February 20, 2017
Number of pages: 300+
Word Count: 80,000
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill
Book Description:
Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore’s heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.
Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore loathes the pitiful existence he hides from the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.
But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper Lord and Lady play by the rules.
About the Author:
Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another. A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and time travel.
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Servants of Fate Boxed Set by Wendy Sparrow

 

Excerpt:

It took them another three attempts to get what they both deemed were acceptable

snowman portions.

“Hey. Coal.” With raised eyebrows, Hannah held up the two lumps of coal that

had come in his snowman kit. “Get a good long look because this is what you’re getting

next year.”

He couldn’t stop smiling at her. A dozen times each hour today, he’d wished he

could slow down time because he wanted to spend more time with Hannah—he needed

that. She was singing Frosty the Snowman with a carefree abandon he’d never felt before.

If only he didn’t have the end of the year looming over him.

“Okay, pass me his corn cob pipe,” she said.

He pulled the “pipe” out of the box and stared at it. “Our snowman is a smoker?

And this is a kids’ song?”

“It was written back before people worried about things like their lungs,” she said,

reaching for it.

He pulled it away. No. It wasn’t right. “His days are already numbered, and he’s

playing with fire—actual fire?”

“Ohhhh, right.” She tilted her head. “Wow, that does make him a bit of a rebel,

doesn’t it? I bet the snowladies were all suitably impressed.”

Zeit looked around. There were mortal children all around. Young impressionable

mortal children. He put the pipe back in the box.

“Or he’s not really a rebel. He likes to play things safe. Then again,” she tapped

his coal eyes, “he did earn his coal. Maybe he’s got nothing to prove. There should be

buttons in the box.”

He pulled off his glove to search through the bottom of the box, pulling out three

buttons. “What is he buttoning up?” he asked as he handed them to Hannah.

She’d started pressing the buttons into his middle snow section, but she stopped

and bit her lip as she stared at the round button still in her hand. Finally, she shrugged and

pushed the last one in. “I think you’re overanalyzing this.”

“Or it’s a mortal tradition that could use some scrutiny.” He held out the faux

carrot that came in his kit.

“But, look, he’s healthy. A carrot.”

“Is he going to eat his own nose?”

“I can’t do this with you now.”

 

 


Servants of Fate
Boxed Set
Books 1-3
Wendy Sparrow
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Pen and Kink Publishing
Date of Publication: December 24, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-988233-21-5
ASIN: B01N1Q567S
Number of pages: 308
Word Count: 96,000
Cover Artist: Amanda C. Davis
Book Description:
As servants of Fate, Father Time’s sons must sacrifice a mortal’s lifetime on behalf of humanity before each year ends. It’s simpler if they don’t get involved, as their immortality is a barrier to relationships and to understanding the emotions of those whose lives end in a blink, especially if these time holders have a hand in it. Servants of Fate pass in and out of the lives of those around them, never interacting, until a different type of fate steps in. They can stop time, but love will leave them powerless.
THIS COLLECTION CONTAINS ALL THREE TITLES FROM THE SERVANTS OF FATE SERIES
Stealing Time
Father Time’s son, Zeit Geist, must sacrifice a mortal’s lifetime to the Fates each New Year’s Eve. Last year—inexplicably, really—he made an 11:59 substitution. The Fates are pissed and they’re after his mortal Hannah. With the year ending, he ought to figure out why he’d saved her—and why he keeps doing it.
Following an unlucky year, Hannah Lyons needs a week’s holiday in a lodge to unwind. What she gets is near-death experiences and a sexy immortal who can’t avoid kissing her, but might have to kill her. After all, even Zeit can’t hold back time indefinitely.
Taking Time
Tempus fugit. Time flies…unless you’re Tempus Halt, Father Time’s son. Day in and day out are the same, except for New Year’s Eve when he steals the life of a mortal on behalf of the Fates. This year marks his first failure to stay the monotonous course. A mortal’s kiss and her insistence on taking the place of his year’s sacrifice stalled out everything. Now, Tempus has to keep her alive for a year so his sacrifice isn’t wasted, but that’s the only reason—definitely.
One of these crazy grim reapers stole Lacey Carpenter’s estranged father’s life two years ago. She’ll give her own life rather than letting it happen again. It backfires when Tempus doesn’t actually kill her, and they have to spend the year together. She’s falling for an immortal who stops time, not just to save her life, but also to ruin her dates and steal her books. This can never work and fate is just not on her side—in fact, they’d really like her dead before Tempus falls for her in return.
Keeping Time
When Ruin’s mortal sacrifice to the Fates on New Year’s Eve is already dying, it should be the easiest life he has to take, but not this year. The dying man knows Ruin is there to kill him, but he asks Father Time’s son to look after his twin sister. Ruin can’t stay away from the sweet and sensual Phoebe. His previous interactions with women changed the definition of his name, Ruin, so he can’t fall for her, especially when the lovely mortal doesn’t know he killed her brother.
Phoebe’s brother promised to send her a guardian angel, but Ruin seems too devilish to be holy. He only wants to be friends and keep watch over her, but she can’t resist him. Loving Ruin is a sin tempting her heart. How wrong is it to cause an angel’s fall? Ruin and Phoebe’s time is running out as another New Year’s Eve sacrifice approaches, and Ruin might lose everything for keeping his true hand in fate secret.
About the Author:
After a childhood spent wandering as a military brat, Wendy Sparrow found her home in Washington State. Her days involve convincing her two kids she knows how to properly parent and her nights showing her husband all the cool things romance authors know… or goofing around online…  or reading, but mostly the first thing.
She’s active in OCD and autism communities and writes on her blog to support awareness in both. With her whole heart, Wendy believes everyone deserves a happily-ever-after. If she’s not writing or wrangling kids, she’s on Twitter, @WendySparrow, where she’ll chat with anyone about anything.

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Release Day Blitz Poison My Pretty

 

Excerpt:

Skylar’s twin sister Mads called while I was driving to the convention

center. “Are you really going over there? I can’t believe they’re going to continue

this pageant.”

“So you heard about the murder?”

“Yeah. Skylar told me last night when she got home. It’s awful.”

“Yes, but you know how it is. The show must go on! Surely you can’t be

that surprised.” I was only beginning to understand the importance of these

competitions to their participants, and I could picture pageant moms dragging their

glitzed-up toddlers over the dead bodies of fallen competitors. The way zombies

climbed over each other to get to the top of the pile in movies—only prettier.

“Are they sure it was a murder? She didn’t just have a heart attack or

something?” I could hear the anxiety creeping into Mads’ voice, and I didn’t blame

her. Our little town was supposed to be safe. Murders didn’t happen here. That was

the sort of thing that happened in the city across the bridge, not in our sleepy little

bedroom community.

“That’s what they said, Mads, but I don’t think you need to worry. If it was a

murder, you can bet it was personal. Certainly not the doin’s of a mad man or a

serial killer. If Heather Morgan was murdered, it was by somebody who knew her

and had something to gain from her death. This was no a random act of violence.”


Poison My Pretty
Amity Allen
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Date of Publication: February 15, 2017
ASIN: B01MYNTAE8
Word Count: 50,000
Cover Artist: Rachel Olson at No Sweat Graphics
Book Description:
As soon as Poppy Parker turns 21, the star of a popular TV show about witch detectives discovers she has supernatural powers off the set as well as on. When the show is canceled, she returns home to figure out how to harness the magic brewing inside her.
Freaked out by these recent paranormal gifts, Poppy just wants to fit in, so when she’s asked to serve as a judge for the annual Bloomin’ Belles youth beauty competition she readily agrees.
But when the pageant’s snooty director drops dead and Poppy’s friend is arrested,
the former TV sleuth sets out to uncover the real killer, only to find…
the business of beauty can be deadly.
About the Author:
Amity grew up reading every mystery she could get her hands on, burning through everything by Agatha Christie in record time and wanting to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. After writing books in other genres for the past few years, she’s finally come home to her true love – cozy mysteries.
Amity and her husband live in L.A. (lower Alabama) with a houseful of teenagers and a half dozen pets. Besides books, Amity’s favorite things are football, needlepoint, fried shrimp, and sweet tea.
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