2019 Easter Egg Hunt Hop!

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Join up to 30 Historical Romance Authors for a chance to win a $150 Gift Card.

Love historical romance? Love prizes? Thirty historical romance authors including Heather McCollum, Alanna Lucas, Tara Kingston, Elizabeth Keysian, Madeline Martin, E Elizabeth Watson, Lori Ann Lori Ann Bailey, Collette Cameron, Eliza Knight, and Jennifer Trethewey have joined together for an Easter Egg Hunt hop. Visit each of the authors’ sites to “collect” the decorated eggs. Collect all 30 eggs for a chance to win $150 gift card! For entry details, and to download your Easter Egg Match form, hop over to the FB event page.

Or find the Easter Egg Hunt Hop form here. If you already have your form, collect my egg at my website, and visit the other authors in the hop. These Easter eggs don’t even have calories. The hop runs through Saturday, April 20. And most of all, have fun! 😉

Here’s the full author link list for your convenience:

Annabelle Anders: https://www.facebook.com/HappyWritingGirl/

Lori Ann Bailey: http://loriannbailey.com/books/highlander-series/

Tammy L. Bailey: https://www.tammylbailey.com/

Katherine Bone: http://www.katherinebone.com/

Collette Cameron http://facebook.com/collettecameronauthor

Jane Charles:https://www.janecharlesauthor.com/

Elizabeth Essex: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.essex.37/

Tina Gabrielle: https://www.facebook.com/TinaGabrielle

Samantha Grace: https://www.samanthagraceauthor.com/

Amalie Howard: http://www.amaliehoward.com

Amy Jarecki: https://www.facebook.com/amyjarecki/

Julie Johnstone: http://juliejohnstoneauthor.com/special-offer

Kris Kennedy: https://www.kriskennedy.net/excerpts-eggs/

Elizabeth Keysian: https://elizabethkeysian.com/

Eliza Knight: http://www.eknightauthor.com/

Jerrica Knight-Catania: http://www.jerricasplace.com/shakespeares-daughters.html

Diana Lloyd: https://diana-lloyd.com/

Nicole Locke: https://www.nicolelocke.com/

Alanna Lucas: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlannaLucas/

Deb Marlowe: http://www.debmarlowe.com/deb-marlowes-regency-kitchen.html

Madeline Martin: http://www.madelinemartin.com/blog/

Heather McCollum: https://www.heathermccollum.com/

Maddison Michaels: https://www.facebook.com/MaddisonMichaelsAuthor/

Nadine Millard: https://partners.bookbub.com/authors/82544/edi

Meara Platt: https://facebook.com/AuthorMearaPlatt/

Ava Stone: https://www.avastoneauthor.com/family-trees

Jennifer Trethewey: https://www.facebook.com/jennifertretheweyromance/

Victoria Vane: https://www.victoriavane.com/blog

E. Elizabeth Watson: https://www.facebook.com/Author.E.Elizabeth.Watson/

So let the hunt begin! Pillage and plunder your weaselly guts out, me hearties!

Katherine

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Do you enjoy book bundles? Get Kiss Me, My Love Box Set!

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Seven books. One must have box set. #99cents for a limited time! What’s not to love?


Experience tantalizing kisses and oh so satisfying romances with Regency rakes, earls, and spies along with Medieval knights, Edwardian ladies, Tudor witches, and Scottish lairds in this must read seven book collection.

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Included in Kiss Me, My Love:

Rules to be Broken by Bree Wolf ~

A scandalous lady. A virtuous gentleman. And rules that need to be broken.

After a minor faux-pas, DIANA LAWSON finds herself forced into a marriage of convenience to save her reputation. However, London society still talks, and no matter how hard Diana tries, the whispers never cease.

After her well-respected husband dies in the arms of his mistress, Diana decides to live by her own rules alone.

ARTHUR ABBOTT, EARL OF STANHOPE, is a stickler for propriety and has never met a rule he did not feel compelled to uphold. However, when he saves a young widow from a most inappropriate situation, he is drawn into a world quite unlike his own. Convinced that he is only lending a hand out of duty, Arthur agrees to a daring compromise.

For Diana to uphold society’s rules, Arthur has to break them.

Can scandalous and virtuous ever walk hand in hand?

Surrendering to My Spy by Dawn Brower ~

A rogue, a marquess and a spy… Each an integral part of Dominic Rossington’s life and he does them all rather well. Love throws him off balance and he’ll do everything in his power to protect the one who holds his heart, Lady Rosanna. Danger lurks on the horizon and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save her.

Rolf’s Quest by Aubrey Wynne ~

A wizard, a curse, a fated love…

When Rolf finally discovers the woman who can end the curse that has plagued his family for centuries, she is already betrothed. Time is running out for the royal wizard of King Henry II. If he cannot find true love without the use of sorcery, the magic will die for future generations.

Melissa is intrigued by the mystical, handsome man that haunts her by night and tempts her by day. His bizarre tale of Merlin, enchantments, and finding genuine love has her questioning his sanity and her heart.

My Wicked Earl by Tammy Andresen ~

Rex is a rake and a rogue who has sworn off marriage. He is the last man Daffodil should give her attention. So why do her eyes drift to him at every opportunity?

One Enchanting Kiss by Amanda Mariel ~

Handsome-as-sin Thomas Astley is more than a little intrigued by the vibrant, saucy woman who saved his life. He knows she is more than she seems, and vows to discover all of Moire’s secrets. A move that unbeknownst to him threatens her future and all she holds dear…including her heart.

My Lady Rogue by Katherine Bone ~

Everything Lord Simon Danbury and Gillian, Baroness Chauncey, have done for Nelson’s Tea has led to this moment…

As war continues off England’s shores, from the sea to the continent, and victory is won at great cost, a devastating betrayal threatens the members of Nelson’s Tea, Admiral Horatio Nelson’s mercenaries. None of them have ever questioned Lord Danbury’s authority–until now. Death’s darkening veil is descending over London, and as a new hierarchy within the group begins to rise, a hostile mole prepares to strike.

Surrounded by the greatest spies in England, longing to share their lasting love, can Simon unify the clandestine group without losing the baroness? Or will she be the price they have to pay for peace?

On Loving a Woman by Keriann McKenna ~

Do No Harm. Professor Ian MacDermot is pleased when a beautiful young woman is turned over to him for individual instruction. His task–to teach her to be a dutiful wife.

The fiercely independent-thinking Sarah MacDonald is having none of it. Haunted by a dark experience from her past, she vowed never to marry and become a ‘sex slave’ to any man, but Ian MacDermot is not just any man.

Lose yourself in these great books!

You don’t want to miss this romantic and entertaining box set priced #99cents for a limited time!

Blessings,

Katherine

#ReleaseDay for TJ London’s, The Traitor!

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Ahoy, me hearties! I’m back, and I’m raisin’ the signal flag in honor of historical fiction Author TJ London and her new book, The Traitor! Happy release day, Lady TJ!!!

41z3h1GlDRLSpy. Liar. Scoundrel. Redcoat.

Provocateur and spy for His Majesty, Captain John Carlisle returns to Fort Niagara with the secrets he stole in the arms of the beautiful Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson. Determined to complete his mission and clear his name, he’ll see justice done—and damn the consequences. Now, he finds himself drawn into political intrigue as the British prepare to launch a three-pronged attack that will bring the Rebels and the Mohawk River Valley to its knees.

A dangerous revelation finds Dellis as whispers of intrigue insinuate her beloved is not all that he seems. Unwilling to wait for her lover’s return, she sets out in search of the truth as the Onieda begin negotiations with the Rebels, breaking the neutrality agreement with the crown. A bold move that will stoke a fire between the brother tribes and lead to a bloody inter-confederacy war—one Dellis predicted, and one John incited.

While war between the colonies and the King smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weakness—his heart. John is not an innocent man. The truth he’s long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice, and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven.

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In case you missed it, The Tory is TJ London’s first book in the Redcoats and Rebels Saga. (I ask you, aren’t these covers FABulous?) 🙂

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It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

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Tracey_HeadshotT.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

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IMG_9093I’m thrilled that I got to meet Lady TJ in Riverside, CA, at the Historical Romance Retreat (HRR), Sept 12-16.

Lady Tj is spunky and fun, and oh so smart! (And that red coat with the bric-a-brac! LOVE!)

Here we are with Lady Kathryn le Veque and two unruly pirates. (What can I say? When the pirate’s away… Sorry, Lady Kathryn, we’re just followin’ our natural inclination to pillage and pilfer!) 😉

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Lady TJ has been very busy researching her saga, with a focus on the six nations of the Iroquois. How ironic it is that I’ve chosen to spotlight the Napoleonic Wars and smuggling across the pond twenty-five years later where Britain experienced better success. (Pirate!)

(Hamming it up together. I’m dressed as Britain’s beloved and immortal Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Lady TJ is sporting that impressive coat!)

61l02n4c-HL._SX349_BO1,204,203,200_One of the first books I read as a child was The Winter at Valley Forge from Landmark Books. The imagery was so vivid, I actually felt like I was freezing along with Washington’s doomed men. (Even now, I can feel the bitter cold on my fingertips.) The Winter at Valley Forge influenced my passion for history at an early age. And I can’t wait to step once more into the revolution with Lady TJ’s Redcoats and Rebels Saga!

Congrats, Lady TJ! Wishing you fare winds and magnificent success!!!

Katherine

 

 

 

I’m Blogging at Romancing Yesteryear: Beginnings and Rebirths!

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Photo by Sharon Talson

Every day is a new day –
a day for new beginnings, new dreams, new action –
a day for challenge, adventure, and discovery.
TODAY, what is your goal?
What is your dream?
What action are you taking to further your goals and dreams?
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I’m looking forward to 2018 because 2017 was a major struggle. I started battling personal issues; chief among them reintroduced neck problems. My doctor, who is awesome by the way, believes in preventative medicine. A let’s do everything we can to take care of this problem, saving surgery as a last option, type of physician. I’ve had two neck surgeries to replace discs in my C 5-7. So when I started experiencing pain in my neck again last March, I kind of suspected the direction my health was going to take in 2017. Unfortunately, I was right.

Check out the rest of my personal story at Romancing Yesteryear.

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Cover Reveal for Only a Seduction Will Do by Jenna Jaxon!

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Sailing in to share Author Jenna Jaxon’s cover reveal for her next release, Only A Seduction Will Do! Sound the cannons and raise the signal flag, me hearties.

Only A Seduction Will Do is the next book in Lady Jenna’s House of Pleasure Series. Set in Georgian England the book follows Jack Fitzwilliam, the Earl of Manning, and Miss Alethea Forsythe. (Readers met Jack in book one, Only Scandal Will Do, his sister Katarina Fitzwilliam’s story.) Those familiar with Alethea from the other books in the series will now get the chance to meet her and share her story.

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Drum roll, please . . .4 Only Seduction Will DoIn a vulnerable moment, Alethea Forsythe allows herself to be seduced by a married peer.  Now she is with child—and without recourse.  Her reputation will soon be in tatters and she will be forced to wed a stranger—unless she takes matters into her own hands. 
 
When Jack Fitzwilliam, the Earl of Manning, is summoned from the House of Pleasure on a matter of importance, he hardly expects to receive a marriage proposal. He’s long been aware of Alethea’s infatuation with him, but at twenty-three, taking on an expectant bride is not in his plans.  Yet the desperation in the lady’s lovely eyes overrides his misgivings.
 
Alethea would not have believed it possible for a man to be too chivalrous. But though her new husband is perfectly amicable in public, he insists they maintain separate quarters. Desperate to possess his heart and prove herself a wife in every way, she boldly reaches out to Jack. And as their unexpected connection between silken sheets is tested by jealousy and misfortune, Jack must decide where honor ends…and true passion begins . . .

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~ Excerpt ~

“Lord Manning, I must apologize for this cryptic summons, but I importuned my cousin to send to you upon a matter of utmost importance.” Miss Forsythe twisted her fingers together brutally, until Jack felt tied in knots.

“Utmost importance to your cousin, Miss Forsythe?”

“To me, Lord Manning. Although it will likely touch on both my cousin and her husband as well.” The woman avoided his eyes by moving swiftly toward Braeton. She grasped his arm and leaned toward him, her lips at his ear.

Braeton kept his voice low, though his face acted as an open book. At her first words, he scowled like a vengeful god.

Jack waited for the thunderbolt.

Shaking his head vigorously, the earl drew his brows down almost to his nose. “You will not—”

“My lord, you promised me earlier.” Miss Forsythe’s face had drawn into determined lines. Her voice lowered, power in her indomitable tone. “Do not renege on this, I beg of you.”

Dark brows still lowered, Braeton threw up his hands, paused to collect himself, then turned to Jack. “Miss Forsythe wishes a word with you, Lord Manning.” He shot an angry glance at the lady. “Alone.”

All Jack’s instincts for self-preservation leaped into high alert. Something ill was afoot and he doubted it would be to his liking one whit when it finally came out.

Miss Forsythe stood, demure for possibly the first time in her life, her gaze lowered, her hands clasped primly in front of her. The picture of an obedient woman. And as false as a Newgate penny, he’d be bound.

“I am certain anything Miss Forsythe has to say to me could be spoken in your presence, Braeton.” He shot a look of desperation at the earl. Had the girl conceived some sort of trap to spring on him, compromise him into marrying her? Jack stiffened, then for the first time since he had arrived, he relaxed. Even though unannounced, he was already betrothed. Miss Carlton had now saved him, it seemed. Quid pro quo.

“I believe my cousin wishes to ask a boon of you, Manning.” Braeton’s mouth twisted as though he’d bitten into a lemon. “I am aware of the nature of the request and agree she would want privacy to ask it. I won’t be far if you should need me.” Braeton bowed curtly and left.

More confused than ever, Jack turned his attention back to Miss Forsythe, who swayed slightly from side to side, fidgeting with a lace handkerchief she’d produced from somewhere. Did she expect their conversation to lead to tears?

“Won’t you please have seat, Lord Manning?” Miss Forsythe indicated the chair nearest the fire. She seated herself opposite him. Perched seemed a better word, on the edge of the brown leather chair. “I do thank you so much for attending me at such an inconvenient time.”

“No inconvenience in the least, Miss Forsythe,” Jack said waving a hand of dismissal. He settled back into the chair. “How may I be of service to you?”

She gripped her lace-edged handkerchief in one hand, the other clenched on the chair’s arm. Raising her chin, her deep blue eyes boring into his, she swallowed hard. “Would you marry me, Lord Manning?”

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IMG_9662Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical romance in all time periods because, she says, “passion is timeless.”  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She’s a theatre director when she’s not writing and lives in Gloucester, Virginia with her family, including two very vocal cats.

Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as an active member of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. She has three series currently available: The House of Pleasure, set in Georgian England, Handful of Hearts, set in Regency England, and Time Enough to Love, set in medieval England and France. This March Kensington Publishing will release the first book The Widows’ Club series, To Woo A Wicked Widow in both print and ebook.

She currently writes to support her chocolate habit.

Jenna’s Ports of Call:

BLOG  /  TWITTER  /  FACEBOOK

Interested in Lady Jenna’s Pinterest board for Only Seduction Will Do, click here.

***Treasure Alert*** Lady Jenna has graciously offered to offer one lucky commenter a copy of the previous book, Only A Mistress Will Do! All you have to do is tell her you’d enjoy receiving the book. Huzzah!!! 😉

Thank you for letting me share your cover release, Lady Jenna! Best wishes for the greatest success!!!

Blessings,

Katherine

Happening Now from 4-9 EST! Pilfer and Pillage Your Weasley Guts Out FB Bash!

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Ahoy, me hearties! I’ve been down for the count for a few months but I’m back. And I’m celebrating with a pirate bash! Stop by for flash giveaways, author takeovers with prizes, videos, and tons of pirate fun, eh?

Join me tonight at the Pilfer and Pillage Your Weasley Guts Out FB event! https://www.facebook.com/events/223172414892569/ Flash giveaways and prizes awarded every hour (must be present to win!)

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Here’s a peak at a small scale of the treasure that will be awarded! Flash giveaways will be going on all night and a grand prize winner announced in the last hour. (Must be online to win!) I’ll be featured in a live video!

Join us, won’t ye, at the Pilfer and Pillage Your Weasley Guts Out Bash, happening now!

Blessings,

Katherine

 

 

 

 

 

 

#NewRelease Daring a Rogue to Love is Available Now!

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CongratulationsToday’s a day for celebration! The Daring a Rogue to Love box set including books by USA Today Bestselling authors Amanda Mariel, Christina McKnight, and Christy Carlyle, and bestselling authors Maggi Andersen and Dawn Brower, along with yours truly, released today. Huzzah!

What’s better than six books for the low price of $.99? Hind sight. When I finished my Nelson’s Tea Series in 2016, there were things I wanted to change in the books: characterization, plot opportunities not taken, chances to enhance continuity and strengthen storylines. So when the rights for the books became available to me in April of this year, I took a leap of faith and hopped on the chance to revisit the series and rework the books for a 2018 relaunch. (Ideas for more books in the series are percolating.)

Well, at last, readers will get the chance to revisit Gillian’s and Simon’s reunion in My Lord Rogue, A Nelson’s Tea novella. The first book in my Nelson’s Tea Series is included in Daring a Rogue to Love, and its grittier than ever. I can’t wait for readers to fall in love with Gillian’s strength and determination, and Simon’s honor bound duty again.

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NEVER TEMPT A ROGUE by CHRISTY CARLYLE An infamous rogue meets his match in a feisty chaperone who has all but given up on love.

Felicity Beckett’s uncle has tasked her with one goal for Lord and Lady Forsythe’s country house party. Keep her innocent cousin away from the notorious rake, Lord Lindsay. Unfortunately, no one warned Felicity how irresistible a rogue can be.

STOLEN BY MY KNAVE by DAWN BROWER As a child, Lady Elizabeth Kendall glimpsed fantastical images in a mirror of a handsome man. Imagine her surprise when years later she meets a duke who bears a striking resemblance to her imaginary suitor.

Daring_A_Rogue_To_Love_3D_smMY LORD ROGUE by KATHERINE BONE A masterful spy in disguise reunites with a noble rogue from her past. Espionage, secrecy, and thwarted assassination attempts. The only thing more dangerous is being in love…

CAPTIVATED BY THE CAPTAIN by AMANDA MARIEL What happens when an American shipping company heiress crosses paths with a dominering pirate? Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?

SHUNNED NO MORE by CHRISTINA MCKNIGHT Lady Viola Oberbrook longed for a quiet life in the country, far from London and the society who’d shunned her during her first season. She never expected to come face-to-face with Lord Haversham, the only man who had every right to despise her.

THE EARL AND THE HIGHWAYMAN’S DAUGHTER by MAGGI ANSERSEN Eugenia Hawthorne, daughter of a deceitful highwayman, saves the life of the Earl of Trentham after he’s deposited at her door suffering from a bullet wound. Outsmarting her father, the earl becomes her guardian and takes Eugenia to live as his ward in his beautiful country estate, Lilac Court. But what does he really want from her?

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~ Excerpt of My Lord Rogue~

Again, Simon was met by a defiant mix of stubbornness and sorrow. Then mind-boggling silence. Disgruntled but spurred to action, Simon slapped his hat on his head and began to shove on his gloves. A gentleman wouldn’t have removed his gloves at all, he berated himself. But I am no gentleman. Gentlemen didn’t fixate on married women. And married gentlemen didn’t betray infirm wives, no matter the arrangement.

Oh, his sins were many—too many to count. Damn his eyes! On entering Bedford’s box, a small part of him had held out hope that Gillian still loved him. But he’d chosen his path, and in doing so, he’d lost Gillian forever. Lies and misery separated them now. Hers. His. Bloody hell, they’d never been fated to be together, and nothing he could do or say would change that.

Gillian, Baroness Chauncey had become resourceful, cunning, and ruthless in her dealings with him. He deserved every cutting remark, every heated look. But that would not stop him from discovering the reason for her presence in Town. He’d get to the bottom of it, with or without her help.

Regret rose like a deafening buffer between them as applause ignited the crowd below and in the boxes around them. Lighting in the theater had dimmed. The play had begun. And Nelson was late, as usual, which meant Simon needed to return to his duties.

“Promise me you will not leave until our conversation is finished,” he said as he made his way to the curtained exit.

“I cannot.” She slanted a look at him. “I will not.”

His brows shot up in surprise. “As you wish, but I will be back.”

Holcroft’s Deaf and Dumb began like the metaphor it was—neither character understanding the other, neither ready to accept their true feelings, neither willing to make more sacrifices than had already been made. Gillian stood before him, proud and undaunted with her chin raised and eyes set with unflinching determination.

Simon bowed, barely catching her polite curtsey. “Baroness,” he said stiffly before sweeping the curtain to the side.

She made no sound.

Perhaps it is for the best, eh? his conscience prodded.

Duty linked him to Vice-Admiral Nelson, to a cause greater than flesh. The mission they embarked on together—he and Nelson—organizing a group of mercenaries that would answer to the vice-admiral and act to stop Napoleon’s threat of invasion, depended on total discretion and his complete concentration. As quickly as his instincts had been triggered to follow Gillian, Simon forced her to the back of his mind, turning off his emotions as he exited the box. His heart was not equipped for the gut-wrenching truth that Gillian wanted nothing to do with him. So be it. A man could not turn back the tide.

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Lovers separated by fate are reunited to serve England. Oh, this gives me chills galore and I’m so jazzed this is the beginning of reintroducing my Nelson’s Tea Series in Daring a Rogue to Love. (Duke by Day, Rogue by Night, The Rogue’s Prize, My Lady Rogue, and The Rogue’s Surrender will follow in 2018.)

83277406cfa0a859b5b40b558f60d549***Treasure Alert*** One lucky commenter will win an ecopy of Daring a Rogue to Love. Leave a comment for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on November 30th!

Wishin’ ye fare winds!

Katherine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martinmas: Celebrating the Oncoming Winter by Barbara Bettis!

by Barbara Bettis

We don’t always think of the medieval period as being a time of parties. But people then actually celebrated a variety of special days, many named for saints. Often the saint day observances coincided with earlier (pagan) celebrations.

On Nov. 11, St. Martin’s Day or Martinmas was, indeed, a major holiday. The Martinmas feast, celebrated the end of autumn and the ‘natural’ beginning of winter.

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By November the autumn harvest and land preparation for winter crops was completed. Time to get ready for the challenging days of winter. Hogs that had been turned out into the woods in October to fatten on acorns were brought in and slaughtered, and the meat preserved. Cattle were butchered, as well, keeping only those few used to begin production in the spring. (Food was scarce enough; extra for animals wasn’t available.)

 

Read the rest of this FAScinating historical celebration Barbara Bettis’s post at Romancing Yesteryear via Martinmas: Celebrating the Oncoming Winter

My Trip to Krakow and Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady With an Ermine via Embracing Romance!

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My Trip to Krakow and Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady With an Ermine!

Ahoy! It’s Katherine and I’m here to tell you a bit about the wonderful trip to Krakow, Poland, my husband and I recently took a few weeks ago. Huzzah!

In all of my military travels, until this trip, I had never been to Poland before. And sadly, I was so caught up in deadlines that I didn’t even have time to research Krakow before we left. (I usually do a lot of that before I take a trip somewhere I’ve never been.) So when I say I was thoroughly impressed by what I found in Krakow, I’m not exaggerating. 😉

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It’s #ReleaseDay ~ The Pirate Bride’s Holiday Masquerade by Cathy Skendrovich!

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jack-sparrowWelcome aboard, Author Cathy Skendrovich. We’re super jazzed you’ve come to share your new release with us today. Holidays and pirates! What’s not to love, eh? And you’re bringin’ ’em both. Huzzah!!!

Lady Cathy: Ahoy, and thank you for having me aboard, Lady Katherine!

pb-coverFor those of you who don’t know me, I write historical and contemporary romance. Today I’ll be talking about one of my favorite characters, pirate captain Andre Dubois, and giving you five reasons why you’ll fall in love with him in my Christmas novella entitled The Pirate Bride’s Holiday Masquerade, coming from Literary Wanderlust publishers on Oct. 1st. You first meet him in my novel The Pirate’s Bride, when he is forced to marry Sophie Bellard, a spitfire with whom he eventually falls in love. He’s an extreme Alpha male of whom readers, and Sophie, can’t seem to get enough. Read on for a few reasons you might want him for yourself. Continue reading