#RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange ~Lake Arrowhead and Author Kathleen Rowland!

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As part of Author Tina Gayle‘s #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange, please welcome Author Kathleen Rowland, author of heart-stopping action-packed romantic suspense.

Ahoy, m’lady! What kind of romantic getaway do you suggest for us today?

How about romantic travel to Lake Arrowhead, California, where Deadly Alliance takes place?  Fall colors mix with evergreens around this pristine mountain lake. Bring a picnic basket and rent a pontoon!

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Finbar Donahue, former Army Ranger, walked on the wild side in Iraq, but now he lives in the shadows. After his evasive partner, Les, was shot in a random drive-by, Finn discovers cash is siphoned monthly. He fights to keep his investment company afloat. When the late partner’s girlfriend, Amy Kintyre, applies for his bookkeeping job, Finn suspects she knows about his company drain and hires her.

Amy needs a nine-to-five with free evenings and weekends to get her fashion design business back on track. She unearths Les’ s secret bank account and alerts Finn. Freezing of the money laundering account sets off havoc within an Irish gang. Amy witnesses a gang fight between a brutal ISIS fundraising organization and the Irish. Desperate to escape a stalker’s crosshairs, she seeks refuge with Finn. As danger heats up, sparks fly hotter.

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#RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange ~ Author Alina K. Field!

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Today we continue Author Tina Gayle‘s #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange and welcome Author Alina K. Field to Rogues, Rebels & Rakes! I’m super jazzed to be able to say that I met Lady Alina in person at the FABulous Historical Romance Retreat (HRR) held in Spokane, WA, this past weekend. She’s not only a beautiful woman, but kind and generous too. And I’m sure Alina will agree, if you couldn’t attend HRR, make sure to register for 2017’s event as soon as the registration goes live! Ladies Delilah Marvelle and Renee Bernard sure know how to time travel. Alina and I were surrounded by period costumes and the historical opulence readers can only dream of experiencing in a lifetime!

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Take it away, Lady Alina!

My favorite romantic getaway is Prescott, Arizona. I love checking into a vintage hotel like the St. Michael’s or the Hassayampa and sipping a drink at the same saloon frequented by Wyatt Earp.

bellas-band-final-med-copy1Bullets, blades, and incendiary bombs—Major Steven Beauverde, the latest Earl of Hackwell, belongs in that world, and is determined to get back to it. His brother’s murder has forced Steven into a new and completely unwanted role, and worse, he has no idea how to salvage his family’s depleted estate. A rumor that his brother had a son by a woman who may be a) the murderer, and b) his brother’s secret wife, sets Steven on a mission to find her, the boy, and—Steven ardently hopes—the proof of a marriage that will set him free.

Confirmed spinster Annabelle Harris is a country heiress with a penchant for taking in orphans and helping the downtrodden. Her philanthropy hides her desperate search for her disgraced sister, the mistress to the Earl of Hackwell. When the Earl is murdered, her sister thrusts her child into Annabelle’s care and disappears. Now, with suspicion pointing at the sister, Annabelle has begun a new quest, to find the woman, and clear her name.

When their paths converge, the reluctant Earl and the independent spinster find themselves rethinking their goals, and battling the real murderer together.

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Rovin’ ~ Smuggling in Cornwall at Embracing Romance Today!

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Katherine Bone’s Smuggling in Cornwall!

2qI’ve always been enamored with Cornwall and southern England. Little did I know, when I first started researching the Seatons in my Nelson’s Tea Series, that several of my own family surnames traced back to Cornwall. (Isn’t it phenomenal when instinct leads to particular places, eras, events, and even names in the stories that authors’ write?)

Cornwall and Devon have rich and colorful histories which include Druids, legendaryAvalon, and Roman, Saxon, Norman, and Norse invasions. Think The Last Kingdom, featuring sexay Alexander Dreymon, and Exeter, noted in the dreaded Doomsday Bookand the Duchy of Cornwall.

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#TalkLikeaPirateDay Diction Addiction!

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HARRk! Come near! Come ye from afARR! Today is the day pirates use their vocabulARR! If ye be confused or wary, fear not. A list to aid you, is what I’ve got. Now limber your tongue and prepARRe to talk. You must learn the way, if you walk the walk. But take heed, I say to what you learn. It’s a diction addiction that might make you turn… pirate.

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#RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange ~Author Charlene Raddon’s Oregon Trail!

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As part of Author Tina Gayle‘s #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange, I’m happy to welcome aboard Author Charlene Raddon today! Lady Charlene has a tale to tell about the Oregon Trail. Take it away, Charlene!

oregon-trail-wagon-rutsSince I was a child I’ve wanted to travel the Oregon Trail and experience what those intrepid pioneers experienced as they traveled across the vast unsettled West. Now, decades later (I won’t say how many) I still love to travel and I’d still love to travel the Oregon Trail, what’s left of it.

So, when I wrote my first book, the Oregon Trail was a natural location for me to choose for setting my story, Tender Touch. It’s a tale of fear, desperation, escape, prejudice, love and the kind of courage and endurance it took all those pioneers to make such a trip.

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#RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange ~ Anita Philmar’s Short Escape!

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Ahoy, me hearties! Author Tina Gayle‘s #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange continues. Give Author Anita Philmar a hearty welcome to Rogues, Rebels & Rakes! Huzzah!!! Lady Anita has a short escape to share and a ghostly release too! Though I’m not sure the two are related.😉

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“Ghosts, ye say?” Jack checks for signs of the black spot.

Never fear, Jack. Lady Anita’s heroine knows how to handle ghosts. I’m confident we’re in good hands.

Stares at his palms. “Did ye have to say the word ‘hands’ again?”

Take it away, Lady Anita!😉

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I believe visiting wineries is a great way to have a short romantic escape. Almost every state has a few and most are affordable, running anywhere from free to $20 for a tasting.

 

nebraska_0051While in Nebraska where McKee’s Ghost story takes place, I had a chance to visit a few. As you can see by the picture, it’s a great to unwind and relax.

 

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#RomanticTravel Blog Exchange ~ Mt. Rainier by Pamela S. Thibodeaux!

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As part of Author Tina Gayle‘s #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange, we have Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux visiting Rogues, Rebels & Rakes today!

Welcome aboard, Lady Pamela! Huzzah!!!

 

mt-raineer-2When I think of Romantic Fall Travel, something about the mountains in Washington call to me…rich colors, snow capped mountains. Cozied up in a blanket in front of a roaring fire.

 

mt-raineer-3I’ve been to Seattle and Mt. Rainier and let me tell you, driving along those winding roads, dodging waterfalls and hiking in the snow can be very romantic. Even the view from an airplane sends shivers of excitement through the soul.

 

mt-raineer-4Add to that, the highest point one can drive on Mt. Rainier is Paradise Point… how much more romantic can that be?

 

 

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#ReleaseDay #Giveaway ~The Pirate’s Debt and One Week in Your Arms!

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Happy Birthday, book babies!!! Join me, Jack, Darlene, and Author Patricia Preston as we celebrate the release of our little darlings, The Pirate’s Debt and One Week in Your Arms today. What’s not to love, eh? Two FANtastic reads by two besties! One story hails from Cornwall and the other from LaFayette Falls, where true love is sure to win the day, giving readers a happily contented sigh. Huzzah!!!

Darlenecroppedblackbackground2“’Tis an opportune moment for rum, luv.”

“As long as I’ve got my purse and lipstick, we can celebrate however we want to, honey.”

 

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KathyBoneThePirate'sDebtFINALLady Chloe Walsingham is an enthusiastic gothic romance reader and hopeless romantic focused solely on finding her perfect hero. She also happens to have a penchant for getting into trouble. So when the man she loves disappears after a scandalous duel, she decides to follow him to the ends of the Earth. To do so, however, Chloe must evade her brother, an infamous revenue man, and board a ship bound for Penzance. And nothing in her beloved books can prepare her for the harsh realities of wreckers who ply the coast.

After his father destroyed the lives of countless innocent people, Basil Halford, Earl of Markwick is willing to do anything to earn back his honor. Betrayed by his blood and his reputation ruined, Markwick answers the request of a well-heeled duke and dons the Black Regent’s mask to repay the debt. His task? Rescuing a young woman who is chasing down a ghost of a man.

But a pirate has plenty of enemies, and Markwick isn’t any different. No matter how diligent a captain he may be, sailing to Lady Chloe’s rescue involves risking not only the Regent’s legacy but the last thing he can afford to lose…his heart.

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IT STARTED WITH A FLING…

Six years ago, Dr. Marla Grant gave into temptation with a gorgeous man. Now the medical director of Lafayette Falls Community Clinic and a single mom to a little girl, Marla finds herself in a dilemma when the funding for the community clinic is threatened by none other than the powerful man of her long-ago fling and unsuspecting father of her child…

Carson Blackwell has never forgotten bright, beautiful Marla. When he discovers that she works at the clinic his grandmother’s foundation sponsors, it’s the perfect opportunity to end to his ongoing infatuation and use his leverage to cement a new business deal. He needs a fake girlfriend for one week in Hawaii, and Marla is just the woman for the job. It’s a win-win situation, until they realize the attraction between them isn’t feigned, and the heat has never died down. Only the secrets they’re both keeping stand in the way of a future together and a love that could last a lifetime.

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****TreasureAlert**** In honor of #ReleaseDay, I’m giving away an ecopy of The Pirate’s Debt and One Week in Your Arms. Comment for a chance to win!

If you could spend a week with Ross Poldark, Mr. Darcy, or Robin Hood, who would you choose and why?

#RomanticTravel Blog Exchange ~ Fall Beauty Along #NatchezTrace #Giveaway!

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As part of Author Tina Gayle‘s #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange, welcome Author Patricia Preston to Rogues, Rebels & Rakes! Lady Patricia is sharing inspiration for her new LaFayette Falls Series and she’s offering a #giveaway in honor of her Sept. 13th release!

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I love autumn and the Natchez Trace in Tennessee has provided me with plenty of inspiration for the fictional setting, Lafayette Falls, that I’m using in my contemporary romances for Lyrical Shine. The drive is leisurely and stunning along the Trace in the fall. This is a national parkway so there are no stores, gas stations, power lines or commercial traffic on the Trace. It is steeped in history along with pastoral beauty. Great for photographers.

So if you want to get out on a pretty fall day for a drive and a picnic, check out these places.

Rock Creek. You can skip across the creek on square rocks. Fall Hollow is a lovely waterfall. I used it as a model for the waterfall in my book. It is an easy walk from the roadside. Jackson Fall is a larger waterfall and a longer hike from the road. There is also a portion of the original Trace that you can hike. This is the path Jackson’s army took on the way home from the Battle of New Orleans. One of my favorite overlooks is Baker’s Bluff which features a working 19-century farm.

To learn more about all the sightseeing stops along the Trace, go to: https://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm      and https://www.facebook.com/natcheztracetravel/?fref=ts

My newest book, ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS, is mainstream contemporary romance filled with witty, charismatic characters. The fun, fast-paced plot features a secret baby, a billionaire baby daddy hero who needs a pretend girlfriend for a week, and a pretty doctor who is desperate to keep her child a secret. Unfortunately for the intrepid heroine, Marla, she needs money for her community clinic so she has no choice but to spend a week in paradise with the one man who can destroy her life. How can she say no? (Personally, I couldn’t say no. Could you?)

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Six years ago, Dr. Marla Grant gave into temptation with a gorgeous man. Now the medical director of Lafayette Falls Community Clinic and a single mom to a little girl, Marla finds herself in a dilemma when the funding for the community clinic is threatened by none other than the powerful man of her long-ago fling and unsuspecting father of her child…

Carson Blackwell has never forgotten bright, beautiful Marla. When he discovers that she works at the clinic his grandmother’s foundation sponsors, it’s the perfect opportunity to end to his ongoing infatuation and use his leverage to cement a new business deal. He needs a fake girlfriend for one week in Hawaii, and Marla is just the woman for the job. It’s a win-win situation, until they realize the attraction between them isn’t feigned, and the heat has never died down. Only the secrets they’re both keeping stand in the way of a future together and a love that could last a lifetime.

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She picked up the letter opener. Her heart palpitated in sheer terror as she slid the opener under the flap of the envelope. With the envelope open, she peeped inside to see one folded sheet of stationery.

After six years, what could he possibly have to say?

She pictured him, standing beside a black truck in the drive of Royal Oaks, an old estate belonging to his grandmother. She recalled the date. June twenty-eighth. The day they had said goodbye had been a warm, blustery day in Tennessee. A summer storm was heading toward the rolling hills near Nashville.

The wind made a mess of Carson’s unruly dark hair. His dark blue eyes were hidden by a pair of mirrored lens aviators, and his alpha-male physique tested the seams of his polo shirt.

“If I’m ever back in town, I’ll look you up,” he promised as their casual affair came to an inevitable end. For three weeks, they had been together and finally, the time had come for them to go their separate ways. She hadn’t realized it would be so difficult.

“Sure.” She forced a smile of goodwill. After all, they weren’t parting in anger, or in love for that matter. And it was unlikely that she would ever see him again.

“I had a great time,” she confessed boldly. She’d loved every minute of their brief, steamy affair. Talk about a summer break to remember. She grinned.

He gave her cheek a stroke. “You’ll make a great doctor.”

“You think so?”

“Yeah.” He grinned. “You certainly know all there is to know about male anatomy.”

“Yours, at least.” She laughed. Then she hopped up on her toes and gave him a quick kiss. “Goodbye, Carson Blackwell.”

She stepped away from him. Now was the time to face what was ahead. A grueling three-year residency. There would be no more time for long summer nights, tangled sheets, and sighs against swollen lips. She walked toward her small, sturdy hatchback. Before she opened the driver’s door, she looked up and met his gaze.

“Goodbye,” he called.

             At that moment, she’d had an odd sensation in her chest that her life was never going to be the same.

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pprestonhs250Patricia Preston writes witty mainstream romances where love matters most. You are her reader if you like funny, passionate, feel good reads. Must haves in her writing cave include sweet tea and music. Besides writing, she loves music, history, movies, and anything containing chocolate. Her dream-come-true would be a townhouse in the French Quarter so she could party twenty-four seven. She never misses Supernatural or the Walking Dead. Sam, Dean, and Darryl fangirl!! She is repped by the Seymour Agency and currently working on a contemporary romance series, Love Heals All, for Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books.

Available titles include Amazon best sellers in comedy, “The Yard Sale” and “Laid to Rest,” as well as sexy historical romances: To Save a Lady and Almost an Outlaw. Coming in September is the first book in the Love Heals All series from Kensington Boos, One Week in Your Arms. Also available for pre-order is the second book in the series, Everything His Heart Desires.

 Patricia’s Ports of Call:

Webpage          Amazon          BookBub          Facebook

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****Patricia’s Treasure Alert****

twinheartdatememepngI’m celebrating the coming of fall and the release of my first book in my new contemporary romance series by giving away a batch of my Kindle ebooks and a $20 Amazon gift card. You can enter by leaving a comment and email on this blog and extra entries by going to my Giveaway post on my blogDrawing will be on Sept 30th. Winner notified via email and posted on my blog.

Don’t forget to comment/sign up for Patricia’s Giveaway, me hearties! Patricia’s books are delightfully engaging and humorous escapes! I can’t wait to read this first book in her new series!!!

 

 

 

Spotlight: The Pirate’s Debt by Katherine Bone (Excerpt & Giveaway)

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Head over to Buried Under Romance to see the spotlight the ladies gave my Sept. 13th release, The Pirate’s Debt, Regent’s Revenge #2. I’m offering an autographed paperback copy (when the book releases in print) and a tote bag full of swag to one lucky commenter! Huzzah!!!

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