Cover reveal for THE WIDOW WORE PLAID!

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Ahoy, me hearties! My friend, Jenna Jaxon, is revealing the cover for her December 28th release of THE WIDOW WORE PLAID, and I’m helping her share the news! Congratulations, Lady Jenna! Read on to learn more about book six in The Widow’s Club Series.

The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart  . . .
 
It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .
 
Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?   

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Laughing together they approached the horses, who were quietly cropping grass. Kinellan adjusted the girth first on Penelope, then tossed Jane up and handed her the reins. He had just done the same for Hector, tightening the saddle before he slung the carry bag over the cantle when a shot rang out from the woods, kicking up dust right behind the horse’s hooves. Hector danced sideways, forcing Kinellan out into the yard. The pack slid off the saddle onto the dirt.

Jane’s head shot up. “What was that?”

Kinellan spun around, peering into the trees. “Hello! Who’s—”

A second shot smacked into Kinellan’s shoulder and he staggered backward into the spooked horse.

“Gareth!” Jane turned Penelope into a tight circle, her attention focused solely on Kinellan, who had managed to move to the other side of the animal, putting that barrier between him and danger. Blood seeped from his shoulder, yet somehow he coolly scanned the woods for the intruder.

“Jane, ride out,” he called to her, not taking his gaze from the forest. “Down the path as quick as you can. Follow the trail back to the castle.”

“No. You’re wounded.” She stilled the dancing Penelope and unhooked her leg from the pommel.

“Stop! Don’t get down from the horse. You won’t be able to remount.”

Uneasily, she slid her leg back onto the saddle and gathered the reins.

Kinellan had moved toward Hector’s head and twitched the bush to release the reins. “I’ll be right behind you.”

“I’m waiting for you.”

Cursing, he turned the frightened horse and was ducking under its chin when another shot kicked up dirt and rocks directly beneath his feet. Hector reared, throwing Kinellan to the ground, then took off down the trail at a gallop.

Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that 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 lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets–including two vocal cats, one almost silent cat, two curious bunnies, and a Shar-pei beagle mix named Frenchie.

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Wishing you the greatest success with THE WIDOW WORE PLAID, Lady Jenna!

Blessings,

Katherine

Historical Romance Authors Trick-or-Treat Hop!

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This weekend 30 Historical Romance authors are having a Halloween Hop with a $150 gift card prize going to one entrant (chosen at random) who hops from site to site and collects each author’s Halloween candies and treats!

Beginning today, 10/29 @8am and going until 11:59pm on Sunday, 10/31, the hop is a great way to find out more about these talented storytellers and their work too.

Head to Author Heather McCollum’s Facebook page for instructions at: Heather McCollum’s Halloween Hop

Or just hop to all 30 sites to “collect” the candy that each author has on their site. Send a list of authors with their matching candy to me, Heather McCollum. Put “Trick-or-Treat” in the subject line.

Historical Romance Trick-or-Treat Hop2021

Author ListAlanna Lucas https://alannalucas.com/

Amalie Howard https://amaliehoward.com/

Amy Jarecki https://amyjarecki.com/historical-romance-author…/

Anna St. Claire https://www.annastclaire.com/contests.html

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

Barbara Monajem www.BarbaraMonajem.com

Caroline Warfield https://www.carolinewarfield.com/the-halloween-hop

Deb Marlowe https://www.debmarlowe.com/historical-tidbits.html

E. Elizabeth Watson https://eelizabethwatson.com/halloween-contest/

Eliza Knight https://www.facebook.com/elizaknightfiction/

Elizabeth Keysian https://elizabethkeysian.com/

Erica Ridley http://ericaridley.com/contest/

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

Hildie McQueen https://www.facebook.com/hildieMcQueenWriter

Jane Charles https://www.janecharlesauthor.com/holiday-books

Janna MacGregor https://jannamacgregor.com

Jerrica Knight-Catania http://www.jerricasplace.com/

Jessica Clements https://www.jessicaanneclements.com/holiday-hops

Katherine Bone https://www.katherinebone.com

Kathleen Bittner Roth https://www.facebook.com/Kathleen.bittnerroth.author

Kathryn Le Veque https://www.kathrynleveque.com

Laurel O’Donnell https://www.laurel-odonnell.com/

Lori Ann Bailey https://loriannbailey.com/

Madeline Martin https://www.facebook.com/MadelineMartinAuthor/

Michelle McLean https://michellemcleanbooks.com/

Nadine Millard https://www.facebook.com/nadinemillardauthor

Sydney Jane Baily https://sydneyjanebaily.com/historical-romance-halloween-hop

Tabetha Waite https://authortabethawaite.wixsite.com/romance/blog-1

Terri Brisbin https://www.TERRIBRISBIN.com

Tracy Sumner https://www.tracy-sumner.com/

(𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑟: 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑏𝑦 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑟 𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝐹𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘. 𝑉𝑜𝑖𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜ℎ𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑. 𝑁𝑜 𝑝𝑢𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑑.)

Wishing you fair winds!

Katherine

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Freebie Book Blast!

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💥⚔Like Historical Romance?⚔💥

💥Get blasted!💥

👉A FREE blast, that is! It’s the ULTIMATE HISTORICAL ROMANCE FREEBIE BLAST!💥

What’s a Freebie Blast? Easy – some of your favorite Historical Romance authors have banded together to share their free books, for five days only, from 8/15 through 8/19.

Five days with **FREE** books, so don’t wait – click on the link and pick up as many free books as you wish! (Note: Free books will be on Amazon and possibly a few different platforms. Not all free books are free on all platforms).

Get ’em before the blast is gone!

Happy reading!

Katherine

#ReleaseDay ~ A Sprig of Mistletoe

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This year I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs, but one of the things I am most proud of is writing my first Victorian Christmas book, A Sprig of Mistletoe. And today is the book’s birthday. Huzzah!!!

This book has everything I love in it: Christmas; orphans; inspiration from A Christmas Carol and The Man Who Invented Christmas; Charles Dickens; a heroine who wants to change the world, a Scrooge-like hero; and the Victorian Industrial Age. As part of the Miracle Express Series, it also includes steam engines. Trains were a huge part of my childhood. My grandfather longed to be a train conductor, but his mother advised him against the profession, preferring him to study music. ‘Grandy’ honored his mother’s wishes, received his doctorate in music, and taught organ and piano at East Texas State University. During his free time, however, he studied trains and their engines, planning adventures and vacations around them. I suspect in his lifetime he rode every steam train still in existence.

And so, me hearties, A Sprig of Mistletoe comes from the heart, and I hope readers will read this story and come away with the spirit of Christmas.

She’s unconventional . . .

Lady Catherine “Kitty” Egerton leads a quiet life in Hertfordshire riding horses, reading extensively to improve her mind, and entertaining one disappointing suitor after another. She desires to marry, but the men her father introduces her to detest a headstrong woman. Kitty wants to help the poor, and Christmas provides ample opportunities when women cannot join organizations that fund these efforts. When she’s invited to London to visit Field Lane Ragged School, it’s the opportunity she’s been waiting for. But she’s only allowed to go if she agrees to spy on her brother and his elusive friend—a key investor in the formation of a new Poor Law Union, a man who’s refused to visit their home in Christmases past. Kitty agrees because she has an ulterior motive: her dearest friend is in love with her brother, and the railway journey to London allows her time to play matchmaker.

He is not who he says he is . . .

Bartholomew “Bart” Fernsby inherited his wealth from a kind man who liberated him from the workhouse in Holborn. Sent to upper-crust schools, he received every consideration: lodging, food, clean clothes, except what he desired most—his mother’s love. But to whom much is given, more is required. Haunted by his parents’ deaths and a scandalous past, he’s determined to change other children’s fates by beating back the crushing blow of poverty taking London by storm. Putting his money to good use, he becomes one of the founding members of a Poor Law Union, which seeks to educate the poorest districts in the city, and enlists an old friend’s help to raise funds for Field Lane Ragged School. Another friend, Charles Dickens, has written A Christmas Carol, hoping the book will draw sympathy for the city’s poor and downtrodden. Bart purchases multiple copies for the Ragged Schools, but there’s only one problem—he hates Christmas.

Can Kitty’s love and a sprig of mistletoe mend Bart’s broken heart?

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Happy Birthday, A Sprig of Mistletoe!!!

Blessings,

Katherine

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

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?) 🙂

51BV7K7yewL._SY346_His King or His Conscience…which will he choose?

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.

Ready for the cover?

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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“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