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Friday, June 29, 2018

A Tale of Two Harry’s #Kensingtonromance #HusbandHunters

When I began writing book 2 of the Husband Hunter series, I wasn’t consciously channeling Prince Harry. I’d invented my hero Harry Clare years before when he was a secondary character in Blackstone’s Bride in 2012, the story of a club of gentlemen spies in London in the 1820’s.

But when I looked up from yet another deadline (for Husband Hunter book 3), I quickly became caught up in royal wedding fever, and discovered that my fictional Harry Clare has a lot in common with much-loved, much-admired Prince Harry.



So here’s a chart to guide you to some of their similarities. To discover the last “mystery” connection between the two men, you’ll have to read A Lady’s Guide to Passion and Property, book 2 of the Husband Hunter series, which will be released July 3, 2018. I look forward to hearing from readers whose eagle eyes spot the connection. And I hope readers will root for my Harry to win his bride and their happy wedding day. Cheers, Kate


Book one is on sale now for $.99 @ http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/35723

Hero
Prince Harry Wales, Duke of Sussex
Captain Harry Clare, Earl of Mountjoy
Age, regiment and rank

33, Blues and Royals (navy blue uniform of a Major)
32, First Royal Dragoons (scarlet uniform of a Captain)
Military Service

In Afghanistan, among other places, flying Apache helicopters.
In Napoleonic Wars from Oporto through Waterloo as a cavalry officer under Wellington.
Mother
Princess Diana, died 1997 when Harry W was 12
Lady Mountjoy, died 1809 when Harry C was 17
Bride
Meaghan Markle, American actress, daughter of Doria Ragland, social worker extraordinaire.
Lucy Holbrook, English innkeeper, daughter of Tom Holbrook, ex-prizefighter with a big heart.
Post-military activity
Invictus Games and charity work
Counter-intelligence work in London against Russian agents
Distinguishing features
Red hair, beard, and grin
Read A Lady’s Guide to Passion and Property to learn how Harry Clare matches Prince Harry.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Brighton, England: Regency Town and Victorian Seaside! Travels with Cerise Saturday June 30 at 4 Eastern

Join me Saturday when I do another of my videos explaining the joys and delights of Prince Regent's Brighton and the town as Victorian seaside playground! Pictures, commentary! For all who love historical romance, readers and authors alike!

I will discuss who went to Brighton, how it grew into a playground for rich aristocrats during Regency period, how it declined, then resurrected once more as a seaside resort for middle and lower classes who had half days off during the Victorian period!
An Excursion to Brighton, 1820
mocking Prinny as he went to the seaside!


















Want to go to Opera Garnier?
Drink champagne at House of Worth?
Dance at Moulin de la Galette?
Live in Montmartre with a charming sculptor?
You need DARING WIDOW! 
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018


 

BRIDE TO KEEP
Alta Hensley & Maggie Ryan

BLURB:

Do you take these men?
To honor and obey from this day forth…

Stolen away by dangerous men on a mission.
Dark intentions I don’t understand yet cannot refuse.
Commanded to comply, obey, and serve in every way.
I am captured in a twisted world of not one man…
— but four.
With a pull stronger than anything I have ever known, I march down the aisle compelled to surrender to the darkness.

With these rings... I become their bride to keep.

*This is a standalone full-length dark reverse harem. Dirty taboo with not just one, but four. You may be afraid to walk down the aisle on this one.

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AUTHOR BIOS & LINKS

Alta Hensley
USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Hot, Dark and Dirty Romance.
She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.


Maggie Ryan
USA Today and #1 International Best Selling and Multi-award Winning Author in Victorian/ Historical, Contemporary, Western, and Paranormal Romance.
Fantasy is a world that offers endless possibilities. I love to write stories that are always sweet, extra spicy, and a little taboo. My favorite characters are strong, stern alpha males and sassy, capable women who discover that life without a bit of fire isn’t worth living. I hope you will curl up in your favorite chair and take the journey with me. Happy Reading!



ALANA LIKES YOU—WE GIVE OUR SISTER WHATEVER SHE WANTS AND NEEDS

June 26, 2018          Format: Kindle Edition  |Verified Purchase
Oh my, when you take two talented authors like Alta Hensley and Maggie Ryan and team them up together as co-authors, buckle up and hold on for the ride.  Together this dynamic duo penned an amazing, thrilling, emotional reverse harem story that will start in America and then cross the big pond to Ireland.  The story is when Monet McKnight meets the O’Shea brothers. The story will go from strangers to enemies, to captors, and eventually to lovers. 

“Yes, we were the O’Shea Brothers—Irish blood—vengeful souls—killer hearts.”              

The plot will have the four O’Shea brothers, Cal, Derrick, Rogan, and Nolan paying retribution to their sworn enemy, Dallas Callaghan, a man who killed their parents and injured their baby sister, Alana.  They are out to destroy everything belonging to Dallas, and then they are taking their sister and moving back to Ireland, to the O’Shea land passed down from their great-grandparents.   There is only one fly in the ointment, Alana’s friendship with Monet McKnight, owner of Gigi’s Garden.  No matter how they try and discourage Monet from having contact with Alana, it is Alana who keeps going to Gigi’s Garden for visits.

When the four O’Shea brothers brainstorm, they main goal is Alana’s happiness; they will do whatever they need to in order to keep her safe, and better yet, to keep her happy.  So, it seems her friendship with Monet is her happiness, and therefore, Monet’s future is about to change where she wants it to or not. 

“The last thought I had was that I was being kidnapped, and everything about my life was about to change forever.” 

“Alana likes you.  We give our sister whatever she wants and needs.  My brothers and I were born into one of the most powerful Irish crime families in the world.  We aren’t good.  We aren’t decent.  And we don’t follow the rules of your ‘proper’ society.  So yes, we can, and will, do whatever we want.”

“Alana was a broken bird, they said.  I was a ghost in purgatory, they said.  Rebirth.  No matter how fresh the air, how pretty my room, how nice my clothing, this man was just one of the four jailors who held the keys to my prison.  This whole concept intrigued but overwhelmed me, and I was really determined to give it a shot to make things work.  Life would be pretty miserable for me if I resisted.  I wasn’t a fool.  Stubborn at times, sure, but I knew it wouldn’t take much for my life to go from Little House on the Prairie to American Horror Story.”

The story is a reverse harem, involving one woman, Monet, and four O’Shea brothers, Cal, Derrick, Rogan, and Hogan.  It is not a ménage story.  It involves dubious consent, explicit sex scenes, kidnapping, some punishments, and has some dark, intense scenes.  Yes, she has a choice, to remain and live, but the sex is not forced.  Her life has changed, and she will see the good, the bad, and the ugly of people.

“Alana was safe, would be taken care of because her brothers loved her.  They were protecting her.  They were making sure she had everything she needed—even if it meant kidnapping a friend for her.  As sick and twisted as it was—they’d changed the direction of their lives so she could be happy and safe.”

“We may be demanding, bossy, stubborn, and overprotective, but we counter it by making sure our woman is forever cared for.”

“I wasn’t a witch—I had no powers other than the power of love.  And that was the most powerful thing of all.”

I enjoyed the story, and even in the midst of horror for Monet, she finds a peace living in Ireland with the O’Shea family.  Having grown up with only grandparents to love her, and being by herself for so long, the family unit, even in its warped ways, gave her comfort.  Her friendship with Alana will teach her to grab on and enjoy the ride, and don’t worry about what others say or think if it works for you, and everyone involved is happy and content, they accept it as the right path in your life.

“Don’t ever let anyone stop you for loving, Monet.  Life is too short not to love when we are given the chance.  It doesn’t matter if it is one man or four.  Your heart is big enough for all of them.  They are waiting.  All you have to do is let them in.” –Alana


“Was I trying to punish myself for—enjoying the carnality of the acts I’d participated in with all four men?  I didn’t know, and at this moment, I didn’t care.  Were the words meant to humiliate or to free me?  To allow me to become that girl—the one who played in the gutter and loved every moment?  I didn’t know, and it didn’t matter.  My entire world focused on nothing more than this moment—my desperate need and the only man who grant my request.  And I knew that it didn’t matter if he or his brothers loved me—I was already theirs.”

Monday, June 25, 2018

Being Bourdain by Suz deMello (#AnthonyBourdain #food #travel)

The apparent suicide of Anthony Bourdain brought mixed emotions from me. On the one hand, I deny the existence of death. I believe in modern quantum physics, which teaches us that everything us energy, including ourselves. Energy is neither created nor is it destroyed--energy is eternal. Thus we are eternal. Therefore: no death. There is transformation, and Bourdain chose to undergo that transformation earlier rather than later. While I honor his choice, I don't understand it, but it's not given to me to understand someone I never met. Despite his fame, Bourdain's persona is what we know, not the real man. 

On the other hand, we'll miss this funny, clever, seemingly fearless man who lived a life most of us can only dream of: visiting faraway place and exploring their cultures, especially their food cultures.

I've been lucky enough to emulate Bourdain in some respects. I've visited over a dozen countries and eaten in all of them. I've eaten Indian food in Rome (very good); Chinese in Venice (also excellent). The main international airport in Bangkok has really good spag bol--whodda thunk it?

 Here are a few pix of memorable foods from overseas:

A typical Cuban meal--beans and rice, plus a protein. Here, it's a fried egg. 


Surprisingly, Cuban food is quite bland. One thinks of the spiciness of Jamaican and Mexican food, and figure that due to proximity, Cuban food must also be spicy. Not. I had to use a lot of salt to make this interesting.



Eaten more than once in the Angkor complex, Cambodia. 
Chicken curry served in a coconut. SUBLIME.



This place serves the best fish and chips in Oxford.




Some places were not so welcoming... 

I spent a miserable year in  Luoyang, China.


I  plan not to mourn Anthony Bourdain's life not by weeping, but to do what I love best: traveling someplace new and eating the tastiest food I can find.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

One Passionate Decision Can Be Hell






Gabriel’s mission from God was simple. At least that’s what he thought, until Helen Warner, his charge, loses her husband in the cataclysmic disaster perpetuated by Asmodeus, the ruthless demon of lust. Unable to stand by and watch while Helen plummets, losing her faith and her will to live, Gabriel defies the rules that have governed his entire existence and plunges to earth with no regard for the consequences.

Problem? Intervening without God’s permission sets him on a dangerous course rife with deadly distractions and pitfalls, and now, his immortal soul hangs in the balance. His life becomes even more complicated when he befriends Narsaé, a beautiful, powerful, yet untrained force in her own right.

Pitted against Asmodeus and his army of demons, unexpected human emotions—jealousy, doubt, even love—threaten his most basic beliefs. Gabriel must protect those he has come to love and unite the warring factions against their common enemy, Asmodeus, while controlling the foreign, often debilitating emotions that torment him.

Can Gabriel save their home, all the besieged residents, and Watchtower 11, sending Asmodeus and his army of demons to a fiery Hell? Failure means certain death for all.


But Gabriel must face an even more difficult challenge than war and death—will he risk Heaven, immortality, and his very soul for the love of Narsaé?  


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Druidry and the Beast


Druidry and the Beast is a novella shapeshifting series set in ancient Britain. Each hero is a Celtic god who shifts to an animal form and each heroine is a druidess. Also, every story is set during a Celtic Festival, such as Beltane, Samhain, Lughnasa, and the Winter Solstice. 

The book I am currently working on The Unicorn and the Druidess, the 4thin the series, is set during the Summer Solstice.





The third book in the series just came out in May, The Bear and the Druidess. 

Sometimes a secret must be revealed to move from the winter of love into its spring. 

Romans stole all the winter grain from Druidess Bronwen’s tribe. Now, pursued by Romans, she ducks into a cave to hide. There she finds a handsome warrior who offers to help. He ignites a fiery spark of attraction within her but she can tell he’s keeping something from her.

The prayers of a beautiful druidess he can’t resist lead the Bear God Artaois into the cave where Bronwen is hiding. He pretends to be asleep until she finds him.

Artaois (Art) is determined to spend the longest night of the year with her. But Bronwen doesn’t realize he’s a god. He keeps his secret from her and even though he can transform into a bear, he only reveals himself in human form.

With the Winter Solstice upon them, can Artaois (Art) find a way to save her tribe from starvation? And, when Bronwen finally discovers his secret, will she leave the romance building between them out in the cold?


The second book in the series is The Dragon and the Druidess

To a passionate man…all women are goddesses.

With spring, icy streams have thawed, Druidess Nona’s tribe is building a pair of roaring bonfires and she’s seeking a lover for the Beltane rite. Without warning, a fierce red dragon swoops down before her. Not just any dragon…it’s God Dewey in wild, beastly form. Hot, in a rage, blowing smoke and flames… because Nona’s tribesmen snatched gold from the earth without the gods’ consent. 

Captivated by Nona’s beauty and bravery, sparks fly and ablaze with desire for Nona, Dewi flies away… only to land nearby and shape shifts to human form. In the guise of a visiting warrior needing the Druidesses hospitality, Dewi returns to the village. But, he discovers he has a rival for Nona’s affection, a chief who will stop at nothing to have her for his own. 

The moment Nona sees the warrior Dewi, her passion ignites, she envisions them coupling together in the Beltane mating rite… unleashing powerful, magic. Little doe she know, the handsome warrior is really the mighty Dragon god. What will happen when Dewi’s secret is revealed? And what evil might the jealous chief unleash on the druidess and the dragon god?


The first book in the series is The Wolf and the Druidess

A Celtic Tryst With A ShapeShifter Twist

In days of old, deep in the dark woods, Druidess Seren discovers a wolf shapeshifting into the bare, muscular Celtic God, Gwydion. Seren's mind turns from the Samhain feast to wicked thoughts of Gwydion's gorgeous body Is the love Gwydion and Seren share strong enough to overcome barriers between an immortal god and a mortal woman? Or will a warning of danger from beyond the grave destroy the sensual magic brewing between the wolf and the druidess?