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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saddle Up for Healing with As You Were Cowboy! #MilRom #Cowboys #TherapyHorses

As I continue to recover from spinal surgery and we wrap up the year, I wanted to make sure you didn't miss As You Were Cowboy.  Saddle up as retired Marine Mateo Lopez struggles to regain control over his life after a devastating medical injury.

Wrangling a leatherneck takes skill . . . and patience.
Subject: Mateo Lopez, USMC retired
Current Status: Medical discharge, recovering
Mission: Rebuild his life following medical discharge from the Marines after suffering a spinal injury. Care for and train his beloved horses once again.
Obstacle: Claire Windsor. The London-born trainer comes to the ranch, keen on beginning a training program designed to turn its horses into therapy animals. The last thing Mateo wants is a change in routine or a beautiful, talented woman with a sexy accent telling him what to do. But avoiding her may prove impossible, especially when she stands between him and the work he loves.

Available December 11th!

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 Series Reading Order:

Semper Fi Cowboy  - on sale for $1.99!
As You Were, Cowboy 

For more great military romance (this time with SEALs!), don't miss Heather's most recent release, Securing Arizona, a part of Susan Stoker's Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World!


Check out an excerpt for As You Were Cowboy below!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Too Many Dukes #kensingtonbooks #kensingtonromance

Too many dukes is what I thought looking at the shelves in my favorite local bricks and mortar book store earlier this month. All the big names in historical Romance seemed to have the “D” word in their titles. How was a reader to choose from the surfeit of handsome, powerful, and possibly wicked men to be tamed by a heroine in three hundred and fifty pages?

My next thought was—does the hero have to be a duke? Does he need that title to assume the arrogance and privilege that tempts a smart, plucky heroine to take aim at his pretensions? Couldn’t he merely be wealthy, aristocratic, and male, like Mr. Darcy? Wouldn’t an earl do, or a baronet of a sufficiently large estate?

Why are so many romance writers hooked on dukes? In her latest book Loretta Chase makes a compelling case for the dominance of dukes.Too many dukes is literally her heroine’s dilemma in Chase’s A Duke in Shining Armor. Lady Olympia Hightower is betrothed to the Duke of Ashmont, but runs away from her wedding with the Duke of Ripley. 

Chase's answer is that in standing up to all that male power and privilege the heroine becomes heroic. Chase’s story speaks to me not only because the writing is good, as usual, but also because her heroine wins the day with kindness, practicality, and good sex—three things I believe in. Furthermore, in winning each other, the hero and heroine liberate themselves from the false identities with which they began the story, the very definition of a marriage plot story from my website:    http://www.katemoore.com/writingromance.html.  

In my own books, dukes have figured as the snobby father in A Prince Among Men, or as the villain of a series in To Tempt a Saint, To Save the Devil, and To Seduce an Angel. One real life duke inspired the backstory for Lord Hazelwood, the hero of book one in my new series from Lyrical Press.



In 1994 the “Marquess of Blandford, the wayward son and heir of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, lost his right to control Blenheim Palace following a High Court ruling.” As the 11th duke said at the time, “there is a black sheep in all families.” Find out how I used that bit of history to create my own black sheep--Lord Hazelwood, the unlikely spy/hero of The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London. Release date--January 2. Available here in all reading formats. http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/35723

By the way, the real marquess, like my Viscount Hazelwood, is redeemed, reconciled with his father and restored to his place in the succession. How? By the love of a good woman, of course.


I love to hear from readers. Have you read any good dukes lately?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Going to a Regency or Victorian ball? Yellow is the color of money!

1817 Yellow Silk Gown,
Leeds Costume Collection
 We're going to ball, you and I, and it's the Regency period. Our Papa has unlimited money to spend on our wardrobes and that's good thing because our seamstress is frightfully expensive. Delightfully, our complexions and figures can stand a dashing yellow frothy something or other! And to make everything simply scrumptious, we're arriving in Papa's marvelous new town coach. (Do see a marvelous black lacquered older version of it here.)



What color shall we ask for when we see our seamstress?

The colors available to us (in, say 1820) are numerous. And we see in the fashion plates a few we'd like.

I'm blonde with warm brown eyes. And my sister, Beatrice, is a honey blonde with green eyes. Let's see. Choice of fabric and drape has much to do with how complementary the gown will be. Silk, silk damask, silk gauze would be good choices. But what of the color? What do you think is best, hmmm???

(Colors listed are those used commercially with the approximate date in use and the modern color name by the British Color Council.)

Apollo, 1823. Bright Gold
Isabella, 1821. Cream
Bird of Paradise, 1830. Straw
Orleans, 1832. Rose Beige.
Cameloparde, 1828. French Beige
Congo, 1883. Coppery Gold
Dust of Paris, 1851. Ecru
Florentine, 1867. Yellow with Bronze tint
Oiseau, 1837. Chartreuse Yellow
Terre de Pologne, 1831. Yellow, bordering on Brown
Cerise's picture from her trip to Chateau Vaux le Vicomte:
Berliner de Ville, circa 1840,
by W. King and Company, London
1810-1812 Pale Yellow Evening Gown;
Metropolitan Museum

1811 Ballgown, Regency era

1800-1805 Dress
(no attribution, Pinterest)

Please be certain to attend all the balls in my new series, WILD LILY,  
a Victorian full length romance with 5 STARS from TRR!
and Book 2,
DARING WIDOW!
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

If you love Daddy Dom and little girl books check out this one by Maggie Ryan and review by Redrabbitt

Daddy Says by Maggie Ryan

When twenty-four-year-old Jane Knight is assigned wealthy, handsome businessman Sawyer Masterson's table at the upscale restaurant where she works, she quickly finds herself breathless, blushing, and tongue-tied, and it is only his warm, calming demeanor that keeps her from humiliating herself completely. What truly catches her off guard, however, is the card he leaves behind to let her know that he would like to be the daddy she clearly needs so desperately.

The mere thought of a strict daddy taking her in hand--and over his knee--leaves Jane's heart racing and her panties soaked, but when Sawyer bares her bottom for the first spanking of her life it is only the beginning of his plans for her. He is going to teach her to be his obedient little girl, and she is going to discover the pleasure of being made to do exactly as daddy says.

Publisher's Note: Daddy Says includes spankings, sexual scenes, age play, and more. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

Maggie Ryan is one of the authors that when you see her name, you know you are in for a wonderful tale. Her ageplay stories can be contemporary or historical and take the reader on a journey.  Here is my review on her newest book, Daddy Says.



JANE KNIGHT AND SAWYER MASTERSON

I enjoyed the story of Jane and Sawyer and their journey into a relationship that includes a DD/lg relationship of age-play.  We don’t learn too much about her parents except that she was a late in life an only child that was more an inconvenience than a cherished child.  While Jane enjoys reading domestic discipline erotica on her Kindle, she honestly has never had much experience, even when it comes to relationships, she lacks much experience.

Sawyer Masterson is a self-made millionaire and knows what he wants.  Having a good friend who lives the lifestyle with his little wife, he will go to dinner and meet Jane at a high-end restaurant.  Jane is their server, but she is so flustered from the moment she goes to the table, that she makes one mistake after another.  Thinking this will be the end of her job, she is shocked to have the checked paid in cash, a nice tip, and a business card that has the word Favored and a web address.

The plot will have Sawyer seeking his own little and meeting Jane, where she is nervous and says and does everything wrong, but he finds it amusing, and her blushing is cute.  Leaving her the business card and then waiting for her to access the site will open the door, but just when he thinks they have a chance, she exits the site in fear.  He is a patient man who refuses to give up on her and asserts his presence at the restaurant and in her station each night until she finally acquiesces to listen to him. 

“You are the only young woman I’ve seen as favored, and the only one who is important to me now.”

The story focuses on the development of their relationship and her acceptance as his little girl.  She will learn that he is sincere in this relationship, and in her.  Sawyer will always tell her when she is to be punished why and makes sure she understands the situation.  The story has many scenes of punishment, some medical play, anal play, humiliation, and explicit sex scenes. 

“I realize I am asking a great deal—but know that I am committed to guiding you, to disciplining you, and to teach you all about the pleasures and joy found in submission.  I am asking for your honesty and your trust.  I promise I will treasure each and never abuse either.”

There is a great cast of characters, detailed, open and honest conversations, and while some of the punishments may seem harsh and painful, he never harms her.  He doesn’t want to rob her of her independence, respects her desire to attend culinary school, and respects her hard limits.  Best of all, the story has a happy ending.

Readers, the Daddy Dom/little girl stories have more on the way.  On Saturday, December 30th, Maggie Ryan's next book, DADDY COMMANDS will be released.  

Barnes and Noble:: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daddy-says-maggie-ryan/1127579500?ean=2940158575723


Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/daddy-says?utm_source=linkshare_us&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=Stormy+Night+Publications&utm_term=&siteID=hUnLKTScRMc-pOejET43QAIaw7.zKgsb2Q


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GooglePlay:  https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Mz9BDwAAQBAJ

Monday, December 25, 2017

If you love vamps and shifters, this one’s for you by Suz deMello (#vampirestories #shapeshifter #romance)

Naughty Beasts by the Naughty Literati has three (three!) of my stories, two vamps and one about a sexy dolphin shifter. Plus, it has a host of other stories—even a gargoyle!

AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND DIGITAL

Here’s the 4-1-1:

Naughty Beasts: Shifters, Vamps, and Gargoyles, Oh My! includes fifteen Shapeshifter, Vampire, and Gargoyle romance stories from bestselling authors writing as The Naughty Literati:

BUY ME A ROSE - Francesca Hawley
Jessica and Nathaniel Whitewolf celebrate their thirtieth anniversary as True Mates, but they’ve lost their bond. Now a hot couples’ retreat will get it back.

HOW TO BLACKMAIL A VAMPIRE (BLOOD MATES 1) - Belle Scarlett
In the spring, a vampire’s fancy turns to the blood lust mating hunt. A pretty, human blackmailer becomes the object of his thirst, but she’s not into vampires. Yet.

HYBRID MATES: MERRY CHRISTMAS, KITTEN - Nicole Austin
Sirena Petra wants one thing for Christmas—an orgasm. And sex toy expert Kenyon Fort has exactly what the lion shifter needs to find more than just her happy place.

VIKING IN TARTAN - Suz deMello
Medieval romance from the Highland Vampires series. A Viking raider brings change to little Clan Kilbirnie, especially to the chieftain’s daughter, Rhona.

HYBRID MATES: MY VALENTINE LOVERS - Nicole Austin
All I want for Valentine’s Day is to get barbed - a feline shifter and act out a few of the naughty twin fantasies getting me hot and bothered.

PERFECTLY PRESENTED - Berengaria Brown
Blake sees Xavier agonizing over unclaimed gift tags for poor children on the holiday tree. Will Blake tell Xavier about his past and his problem?

HYBRID MATES: MY KIND OF LOVER - Nicole Austin
Badass biker girl, accountant, lioness shifter—I’m all that and more. And this hybrid wolf thinks he can take me on? Bring it, you sexy beast! I’ve got this.

SOPHIE’S CHRISTMAS GARGOYLE - Katherine Kingston
When Sophie helps rescue a battered woman, she gets more than one surprise from the woman’s other self-appointed protector.

HYBRID MATES: SEX ME UP - Nicole Austin
One night at a Paris sex club—no strings, complications, or inhibitions—just lots of fantasy sex. But in the morning I forgot the most important rule. Never run from a feline predator—they live for the chase.

IMMORTAL HUNTERS - Suz deMello
Vampire Rama avoids attention - working nights as a private investigator. No one cares if some bad guys disappear on her shift. Then Detective John van Helsing shows up. Bearing the name of the vamps’ greatest foe, he interferes in her case and in her life. Friend, lover, or enemy?

THE BERMUDA LOVE TRIANGLE (PACK MASTERS 1) - Belle Scarlett
Castaway in the Bermuda Triangle, Trista finds herself torn between two sexy shifters. Neither will share her so she must choose between them. Decision, decisions…

OCEAN DREAMS - Suz deMello
Marine biologist Sandi has never forgotten Blue, the baby dolphin with whom she bonded. Reunited with him years later, she discovers he’s a shapeshifter in the sexiest possible way.

HER GARGOYLE GUARDIAN - Katherine Kingston
Ginny decides to pursue a relationship with Ben despite the risks to her heart. She can cope with his claim that he’s a shape-shifting gargoyle, but his warning that they will have only a short time together gives her pause.

NO GENTLEMAN - Francesca Hawley
Librarian Abby Kelly comes west finding a roguish shapeshifter who desires her. Will Goldwolf is no gentleman, but Abby discovers he’s just what she wants.

WERE THE HELL? - Berengaria Brown
Septimus has to learn why no female weres have been born into his pack. When he walks into the meeting room he smells his mate. A male.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweater T-shirt version @kayelleallen #Christmas

A Romance for Christmas is a sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving. In this scene, the hero, Scott, finds the dreaded ugly Christmas shirt, a gift from his mother.
Ugly Christmas Sweater T-shirt version @kayelleallen #Christmas 
In his old room, Scott stripped out of his uniform and put on sweatpants and slippers. On his bed was the loose T-shirt with a blond-haired elf on the front that his mother had given him the year before. The elf was shirtless, wearing red boxer shorts with holly on them, and he was licking a candy cane while dangling a round ornament on one finger of his other hand.
Upon seeing the shirt when Scott unwrapped it, a cousin had started singing, "Don we now our gay apparel..." and had broken into riotous laughter. That didn't stop the family from insisting he wear it. He was sure he'd asked Mary to give it to Goodwill, so how it had shown up again this year he couldn't explain. Yet, there it was. It could only have come from one person.
"The things we do for our mothers." Scott slipped it on over his head and headed for the kitchen.
He leaned against the door jamb, enjoying the sight. His mother was chopping things for the stuffing and adding them to her biggest bowl. His dad sat at the end of the counter, reading a Popular Science magazine. Neither seemed to pay attention to the other, but while his mother was cooking, Dad always kept her company. She'd crochet in a wooden rocker in the garage while he worked on the boat he was building. As if they couldn't bear to be parted from one another, even though they didn't talk much. Maybe they didn't need words.
Scott had thought he and his wife would be the same, but he and Mary had shared a different lifestyle. Both were often busy, and sometimes saw each other only in passing. He'd worked nights, and she'd worked days. She'd had a downtown office, working as an architect for government housing. Time spent outdoors had given her a great tan, but exposed her to hazardous toxins no one had known were in the old buildings being demolished. When she fainted at work, the company sent her in for a check up. After the diagnosis, the project had been shut down immediately, but cancer took a quick toll. Mary was gone in six months. A government investigation into the cause was still ongoing.
Scott now had sole custody of a four-year old daughter and a job that took him into danger every day. He'd shifted to the downtown beat and day shift because it seemed safer, and he could still do what he loved doing: Helping people.

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A Romance for Christmas
A sweet feel-good holiday romance that reaffirms all you love about Christmas. It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves was lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She's a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she's tenured.
(image credit: artwork by Janet Elizabeth Jones)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas


Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda —that's Welsh for Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
it’s Christmas and soon it will be the New Year, 2018. I’m working on a Celtic Fantasy Romance set in 1st Century AD England at the time of the Winter Solstice, it’s called The Bear and the Druidess, it will be the 3rd in my Druidry and the Beast Series. So my thoughts are full of Celtic Winter traditions. 

The Tutors were Welsh, so Elizabeth the 1st  was of Welsh (Celtic) ancestry, And I found some interesting Holiday trivia out about her that I wanted to share. 

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I is credited with having her baker create the first gingerbread man, to impress important visitors with gingerbread portraits. 

Also, my Steampunk Romances, To Love A London Ghost and The Brass Octopus are set in Victorian England, so I wanted to share some interesting holiday trivia form that era as well. 

In Victoria England, candles represented goodwill and shone in windows for the 12 days of Christmas, December 25 to January 6. The brightly burning candle was an invitation to any passerby who needed food and shelter. 

And speaking of Victorian England, I live in Houston and, every year in Galveston we have a marvelous Christmas Celebration called Dickens on the Strand. 

It's full of old-fashioned Holiday fun. So round up the kids and herd then down to the strand.
laso up the kidsTossing knives while riding a unicycle … fun fun fun. Of course, I won’t be trying that anytime soonfunA highlight of Dickens On the Strand is the Victorian Bed Races. The beds have to be Victorian style with head and foot-boards.photophoto 2photo 5photo 4


The beds must be decorated in a Victorian Christmas theme. photo 7cphoto 3cphoto 2b     photo 4cphoto 6c






Beds may only be pushed, from the back or the sides. No pulling allowed Teams begin at 21st and Mechanic Street and race westward to the intersection of 22nd and Mechanic. In the intersection, teams come to a complete stop and perform a “Chinese Fire Drill”, with every team member circling the bed once. Then one of the pushers dons a nightcap and gown, without assistance, and changes places with the previous rider, who becomes a pusher.photo 16 photo 11photo 14photo 17        Once the new rider photo 18is on the bed, the team races to the finish line. Awards are given for the fastest time and the best decorated.






MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Only Santa Can Save This Christmas

I'm wrapping presents and watching Christmas movies from the comfort of my couch, with a cozy fire in the fireplace and soft lights from the tree to warm me, during alone-time I've made a personal holiday tradition.

Do you have alone-time built into your holiday schedule? If so, what do you enjoy doing? Baking? Knitting? Reading?

If you're in the mood to relax with a Christmas story that can be read in less time than it takes to watch a movie, I hope you'll choose my firefighter romance novella SANTA TO THE RESCUE from Entangled Publishing. Readers voted hero Jamey Tucker a "Best Man in Uniform" winner and the book has received outstanding reviews from readers and bloggers.

 Merry Christmas, all!


SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

“Really puts you in the Christmas spirit! Loved it! 5 stars! ”
 ~ Curling Up With A Good Book

A Bliss romance from Entangled Publishing
Only .99!

Summary:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn't go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn't a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don't offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can't keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather's favorite song to prove he's got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

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