Monday, February 19, 2018


The Accidental Elopement
Scandalous Miss Brightwell Series (Book 4)
By Beverley Oakley

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A seven-year secret. A tragic misunderstanding. Can love outwit fate in this twisted tale of misadventure and thwarted dreams?

          Earl Quamby’s niece, Katherine, and Jack, a foundling home lad adopted by a local family, have been loyal friends for as long as they can remember.
          As Jack is about to leave England to make his fortune and Katherine is being courted by two eligible suitors, they unexpectedly realise their friendship has blossomed into passionate love. A love, they are warned, that has no future.
          Despite a brave attempt to defy the forces keeping them apart, tragedy results and the pair is separated.
          When chance throws them together seven years later, Katherine, newly widowed, is being pressured into a marriage not of her choosing to avoid scandal and Jack feels he must honour his pledge to the worthy Odette whom he met in India and whose father is dying.
          Katherine knows that revealing a long-held secret may win Jack to her but she also knows conflicting obligations from past and present may tear him apart.
          Can master matchmakers, Fanny, Antoinette and Bertram Brightwell, outwit fate in its latest attempt to keep these star-crossed lovers apart and deliver them the happiness they deserve?

This is Book 4 in the Scandalous Miss Brightwell series but it can be read as a stand-alone.



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Excerpt: 
In this excerpt, Katherine is hiding in a dark corridor to avoid dancing with someone she has no wish to see during her first ball as a newly arrived London debutante. She then receives a rude shock!

No one had thought to light a candle sconce and this second corridor turning she’d taken was as black as a dungeon. Katherine couldn’t even see her hand but she wasn’t frightened of the dark. No, Katherine was not fainthearted.
Yet she did squeal when, taking another step, her progress was impeded by a very large object and, with no warning at all, she found herself flying through the air, landing with a painful jarring of her wrists upon the cold, hard flagstones.
“Good Lord!” came a disembodied young male voice in the dark before a groping hand located a piece of Katherine – namely a hank of hair – which caused her to shriek even louder when it was quite unnecessarily tugged. Whether this was to establish who or what she was, she had no idea – and perhaps neither did the tugger for immediately a profound apology was issued before the groping hand was operating with complete abandon in the dark.
This time it found Katherine’s breast just as the voice said in tones of utter mortification, “Forgive me! Are you hurt? Here, let me help you. That’s what I was trying to do, I promise. I didn’t realise you were on the ground? Take my hand. Really, I can’t apologise enough.”
Katherine had made one unsuccessful attempt to stand but it was a struggle in her flounced skirt and multiple corded petticoats. She swatted away the supposedly helping hand and hissed something unintelligible – somehow unladylike language seemed less of an offence when she couldn’t see to whom she was speaking.
But when the disembodied groping hand entered her orbit once more – in fact, brushing the bare flash above her garter and getting in a good squeeze of her thigh flesh, her temper which had never been one of her strong points, snapped and she lashed out with a sharp slice through the inky air.
A loud yelp made her realise she’d perhaps been a little peremptory and certainly too violent in this unladylike action and even though she felt disinclined to apologise she did say, ungraciously, “I’m sorry I hit you but a lady can only take so much of all this groping in the dark. I mean…what were you doing?”
“I could ask you the same thing,” came the response, now at ear level. In fact, she could feel the soft whisper of breath against her cheek which made her step back, saying, “I asked first.”
“I was chasing a cat. Bending down in fact. And then something crashed into me. Or on top of me.”
“That was me.”
“Yes, of course it was you. There’s no one else here, is there?”
Katherine bridled at his tone. She was unused to being spoken to as if she were at fault when, in this case, she most certainly wasn’t. “I think that’s a very rude response,” she told him. “Just as it was very thoughtless of you to crouch down where anybody could simply trip over you.”
“Anybody – or rather, anybody else – would be carrying a candle. I think I have every reason to be deeply suspicious of the motives of anyone who is not.”
“Well, you don’t have a candle. And I would suspect the truth of anyone hiding away in the dark, claiming they were crouching over an imaginary cat,” huffed Katherine. “In fact, I’d wager there was no cat here at all. I would have heard it. No, you were sneaking away from something, weren’t you?”
“And if I was, what business of yours? Whoever you are.”
Katherine could not imagine the audacity. “You certainly are no gentleman to speak to a lady in that fashion.”
“Since that lady hasn’t bothered to declare herself, I think I could be forgiven.”
“A gentleman would have declared himself first,” Katherine said hotly. “What were you sidling away from? There’s a noisy ball going on in the next room. If you were a gentleman, wouldn’t you be gallantly asking the ladies to dance instead of hiding in the dark? Perhaps there’s someone you’re afraid of seeing? A lady who has expectations of you behaving towards her as a gentleman.” Katherine said this triumphantly before elaborating on her theme. “My guess is that you’ve given some poor young lady the idea that you’ll dance with her all night and now you’ve changed your mind and are sneaking away.”
“Since you put forward the idea, I’d suggest the reason you’re here is exactly the same. You’re trying to sneak away from a gentleman to whom you’ve already promised two dances. Meanwhile he, poor fellow, is searching for you vainly in the ballroom while you’re here making a mockery of him.”
“He can do that all by himself,” Katherine sniffed. “But I never promised him anything and I never will.”
“Ha! I was right.” The voice sounded very pleased with itself. “Well, I feel sorry for this fellow without even seeing what you look like, miss. Poor fellow!”
“Poor fellow, indeed. George can pine til the cows come home. I’d even suffer talking to you than have to spend another five minutes with his sweating hands squeezing mine and his moon eyes boring into me…and his horrible, putrid breath choking me and his—”
“Poor George! I was just starting to feel sorry for him until you described the exact George I, too, am so at pains to avoid tonight.” The voice became more confidential and the mood relaxed.
Katherine crossed her arms and waited for him to speak again for she was rather interested in his George and then quite amused when the voice began to describe the very George against whom she railed.
“Well, you have described my cousin to a very fine point,” she laughed. “And if you are as well acquainted with him as you seem to be, then you obviously know exactly why I am here in the dark.”
There was a small silence. And then, “Your cousin?”
“In my family there are two Georges: Young George who is the son of my aunt and her husband, Lord Quamby, and Odious George who is his uncle, George Bramley.”
“Then we’re talking about the same George!” The voice sounded stunned.
A quick gasp from both of them was followed up by a delighted cry in unison.
“Jack!”
“Katherine!”

Other Books In The Series:
Rake's Honour (Book 1)

Beautiful, impoverished Fanny Brightwell has a few scores to settle—and a heart to win—before she can secure the wealthy, aristocratic husband her ambitious mama demands.
Pick up a free copy here!

Rogue's Kiss (Book 2)
Would a potential suitor be bolder if he were told the lie that the maiden he desires has only six months to live?
Devil's Run (Book 3)
A rigged horse race - with a marriage and a lost child riding on the outcome.

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About the Author:

Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.
Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.

Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.

Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth-century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances tarring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.

You can get in contact with Beverley at:

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Grab the Popcorn, It's Video Time


It’s been awhile since I’ve shared any awesome new videos from the Penguin Random House channels. This week seemed like a good time to “share the love.”

First up this week we’re looking at love stories in honor of the recent Valentine’s Day holiday. I’m including the video for the first clip and you can click on the link at the end of the cutline on the other videos to be taken to their corresponding clips on YouTube. I’m going to try to make it so if you click on the video photo it will take you to the clip. If that doesn’t work just click on the link at the end of the cutline.

Love Stories | Six Picks

Read it Forward editors Abbe and Emma share their favorite love stories that have a happy ending.


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Romance authors play the Meet Cute Game


Romance authors put their 'shipping superpowers to the test in the Meet Cute game, where they must imagine how two disparate characters might meet.

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Meet the Author: Christi Barth (TRYING IT ALL)


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Baby Elephant Interview

Couldn't resist this one.



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Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you’re looking forward to a fabulous weekend. Do you have a favorite love story that has a happy ending? If so, would you share with us?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Clairvoyant and Present Danger {+ Giveaway}


CLAIRVOYANT AND PRESENT DANGER by Lena Gregory
◊ Series: A Bay Island Psychic Mystery, Book 3
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Berkley (February 6, 2018)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425282775
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425282779

SYNOPSIS:

A haunting vision reveals a ghostly grave in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Occult and Battery.

Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan...
Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.
Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer--much to the chagrin of local law enforcement--when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim...


When you combine mystery, a touch of the paranormal, a lovable four-legged fur baby, and friends you are bound to have an interesting time. Author Lena Gregory knows how to present that right mixture of these elements in the latest installment in her Bay Island Psychic Mystery series.

With a title like CLAIRVOYANT AND PRESENT DANGER you know there is going to be intrigue and perils. With Gregory’s writing and this zany cast of characters you know you’re in for a tantalizing read that will hold you spellbound until the very end. This story moves at a good pace and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

Cass Donnovan is a protagonist many readers will be able to relate to. She is strong and determined but has faults and flaws that make her very realistic. The friendship among the main core of characters adds depth to the story, while the addition of a massive dog no one can resist enhances the tale.

The charming setting will draw you in while the characters make you feel at home.

Clairvoyant and Present Danger by Lena Gregory, A Bay Island Psychic Mystery (Book #3), Berkley, @2018, ISBN: 978-0425282779, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of CLAIRVOYANT AND PRESENT DANGER by Lena Gregory to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, Feb. 24.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have you ever visited a psychic?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Day For Lovers and Friends



Today throughout the U.S. and various parts of the world,  flowers, candy, and cards (among other things) will be exchanged between lovers, friends, family, and acquaintances. 

I share the hearts above with you today in hopes that you know that y'all are very special to me. I may not be here on a daily basis right now, but my thoughts are still with each of you.

Wishing you a joyous and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! May your day be filled with all that you wish for. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you have any special plans for today? What would your ideal Valentine's Day be?

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Fast and the Furriest {+ Giveaway}


THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST by Sofie Ryan
◊ Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery, Book 5
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Berkley (February 6, 2018)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1101991224
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1101991220

SYNOPSIS:
         
Sarah Grayson and her trusty companion, Elvis, race to tail the right suspects in the fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries.
Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items, in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn't run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac--or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis.
Mac's life before North Harbor has always been a little bit mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town, and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah--and Elvis--know he can't be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.


Who can resist a cozy mystery with a mischievous cat as a sidekick? Not me!

Author Sofie Ryan has created a cast of eclectic characters that readers can’t help but fall in love with in her Second Chance Cat Mystery series. Her latest release, THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST, is a prime example of the well-balanced stories the author writes. The story flows at a good pace holding your attention from beginning to end. The twists and turns along the way may have you picking the wrong villain if you’re not careful.

The North Harbor (Maine) setting draws you in and the delightful residents make you wish you could visit in person. The protagonist, Sarah Grayson, is realistic and easy for readers to relate to. Sarah’s charming cat, Elvis, enhances the story and the members of Charlotte’s Angels, along with Mr. P., add another layer of intrigue.

This is the fifth installment in the series but can be read as a standalone. The author shows that second chances can be fun, mysterious, and full of adventure. Don’t wait for a second chance to read this fun story.

The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan, Second Chance Cat Mystery (Book #5), Berkley, @2018, ISBN: 978-1101991220, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST by Sofie Ryan to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 18.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Queen Moxie {+ Giveaway}


◊ QUEEN MOXIE by Hank Quense
◊ Series: Princess Moxie, Book 3
◊ File Size: 4861 KB
◊ Print Length: 85 pages
◊ Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing (February 1, 2018)
◊ Publication Date: February 1, 2018
◊ Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: B0775W1NWP

SYNOPSIS:
         
In this humorous tale, it is now ten years since Moxie became Queen of Usca in south-west Britain. A tribe of Picts shatters her peaceful reign by migrating from the north and occupying territory just outside her border.
Moxie decides to build a fort to help control the wild Picts. To her surprise, she discovers that the fort has been built on land claimed by the forest fairies. Oberon, the King of the fairies, destroys the fort using magic.
Moxie threatens Oberon with military might. Oberon threatens Moxie with magic. To counter Oberon, Moxie asks Camelot to send Merlin to help her out and Arthur agrees.
Once Merlin arrives, Moxie demands that he confront Oberon and use magic spells to defeat the Fairy King. Merlin isn’t thrilled by the request. Moxie wants him to cast field magic spells, a type of spell casting that Merlin has never been able to master.
The Picts hear about the fort and decide Moxie has become hostile. They determine to attack rather than wait for Moxie to attack them.
Meanwhile, Moxie’s only child, the ten-year-old daughter, Aethelwine, decides she won’t be the next queen, leaving Moxie without an heir.
Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table, has been exiled by Arthur for insulting all the nobles with his songs and is staying in Moxie’s castle. He is working on a play to be staged in Stonehenge. Tristan hopes the play will end his exile since it praises King Arthur and Camelot
Faced with threats from the fairies and the Picts, Moxie decides to take on the fairies. Merlin tells Moxie and Oberon they are both idiots for fighting each other when the real threat comes from the Picts who will be able to conquer both after they fight a battle and are weakened by casualties.
Moxie and Oberon agree to a treaty and combine forces to confront the Picts who have been reinforced by boatloads of warriors.
Can Moxie and Oberon convince the Picts to back down?
And what about Aethelwine?
Is Tristan’s play any good?


Have you ever read a story that is hard to share because you’re afraid of giving too many spoilers? That’s how I feel about QUEEN MOXIE, a delightful new tale by Hank Quense.

This tantalizing story deals with King Arthur, knights, fairies, magic, fascinating lands, and a queen trying to defend her throne and be a mother at the same time. The football game (oops) adds a touch of reality and another layer of amusement to this amazing story.

This fun story is filled with adventure, humor, and eclectic characters. The queen has her hands full defending her land and dealing with her nine-year-old rebellious daughter. This tale will have you laughing from beginning to end.

QUEEN MOXIE is a charming story that will give you an entertaining new outlook on the era of King Arthur and the people of that region. This is a story you won’t be able to put down.

Queen Moxie by Hank Quense, Princess Moxie Series (Book 3), Strange Worlds Publishing, @2018, ASIN: B0775W1NWP, 85 Pages, 4861 KB

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


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