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Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby
(Greek Island Brides #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
March 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

From one night…

To nine months!

In this Greek Island Brides story, for jaded tycoon Xander Marinakos, renowned wedding destination Infinity Island is just another opportunity to expand his empire. Until he’s captivated by its beautiful owner, Lea Romes… When their one night together has unexpected consequences, Xander must negotiate the deal of a lifetime, and put his guarded heart on the table to convince independent Lea they can be a family…for infinity!

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Greek Island Brides
Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters… And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

Follow Lea’s journey from surprise pregnancy to dream proposal in
Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby

And coming soon…

Book # 2 – Claiming The Drakos Heir (releases June 2019)

The rebel bachelor is back…

To claim her baby!

In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her from fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wild card reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…

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What can I say?  Another winner from Ms. Faye and the Harlequin Romance line.  Why are you not reading this line?  Because it’s not hot enough?  Think the storyline will be too sweet for you?  Trust me, the romance is there.  The smexy times build up is there; it’s just behind closed doors and the story isn’t too sweet.  Ms. Faye has written a brilliant billionaire story that will tug on your emotions, have you believe in a true love romance with a bit of magic woven in.

I adored Lea from the beginning.  Finding out about her heritage the aftermath with her parents is relatable.  Not all people are happy with their roots and her mother was not happy.  The island brought up bad memories for her and I could understand that in some way.  But to withhold that from Lea and then subsequently “rule” her life afterward?  No.  Again, relatable.  Lea has a backbone and she uses it.  She is very uncertain of Xander in the beginning but slowly warms up to him.  Her friendship with Popi is fun and I can’t wait to see what is in store for her.

Xander is the typical billionaire.  Yes, he is Greek but Ms. Faye has written him to be a good guy, not your typical alpha jerk.  He really does care for Lea and the baby to come, he just doesn’t know how to achieve that true happiness.  He’s worked most of his life and really hasn’t thought about marriage and a family.  His backstory is interesting and I adored his relationship with his sister, Stasia.

I never felt like the story was rushed.  The romance moves at a leisurely pace and the setting for the story is great.  An island that guarantees that if you get married there, it will be forever?  Loved it.  I really didn’t want the book to end.  Lea and Xander were a perfect couple and I can’t wait to hear more about them in the other books.

Again, why are you NOT reading this line?  It’s fun, romantic, has the lush settings and heroes to swoon for in the end?  Tsk, tsk.  Plus, billionaires.  One of Harlie’s favorite heroes.

Coming September 2019…

Book #3 – Wearing The Greek Millionaire’s Ring

About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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#Review of No Cowboys No Angels (The Mystery Angel Romances #1) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @petieauthor #mystery #suspense

No Cowboys No Angels

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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A cozy romantic mystery with suspense, Book 1 from The Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book . . . it’s up to the reader to figure out who.

In No Cowboys No Angels, Kellen Brand’s inheritance turns out to be a whopper—one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel!

Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick. Her handsome neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family’s secrets. While Kellen has located one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once.

Unfortunately, Kellen can’t seem to stay out of trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It’s her only hope of staying alive.

Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel . . .

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Excerpt Two:

Luke’s jaw muscles flexed hard, and his eyes narrowed. “Well, that settles it.”

“Settles what?”

“You’re not going to the mill ever again.”

“What?”

“You heard me.”

She turned sideways in her seat to make sure he could see her glare. “You can’t tell me what to do.” She didn’t want to go anywhere near the mill, but she wasn’t going to let him boss her around.

“I can and I just did.” His jaw clenched again. “You’re not going to the mill, and that’s final.”

She crossed her arms over her chest in a huff. “I’ll go over there if I want to.”

But, I don’t want to.

“No,” he yelled.

“Yes,” she yelled right back.

He slammed on the brakes and turned to give her a glare of his own. She happily returned it. In a breath, he was across the narrow gap, his mouth closing over hers before she could mutter a reproach. Not that she wanted to. The kiss was long and deep, the pressure of his hand tight against her neck as though he would never let her go. She melted into his kiss and could feel the depth of his fear for her safety.

His hands cupped her cheeks as he broke the kiss, so she couldn’t get away. “Do not go to the mill,” he whispered huskily, “please.”

Dazed, she stared into his amazing chocolate-dark eyes. “Sure, whatever you say.”

She caught a quick breath. Her mind reeled in a jumble. Fearful he’d only kissed her to get his way, she needed to find out. She tugged him to her, wanting to kiss him again with an urgency she had never felt before. She could feel the fear in his last kiss. He had let her in behind his carefully constructed barricade.

Luke hesitated, his lips close enough to hers the connection was almost imagined. She could feel the heat of him against her cheeks and chin. His lips brushed hers once and then nuzzled her cheek. Her heart stuttered a beat.

Full disclosure, this is not my first book by Ms. McCarty.  She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  Just saying…

This book, y’all.  There is so much that I absolutely loved about it.  Its got romance, mystery, suspense, action, small towns, two very wounded characters, the mob, guardian angels and a horse named Windsor.  Yes, there is a horse.  At times, I swooned, gasped, laughed and generally had a great time reading Luke and Kellen’s story.  Please be advised this a sweet romance and I hate to use sweet because you can feel that if these two had the opportunity, they would jump each other but Ms. McCarty doesn’t write like that.  There is a slow building romance between them, once they get past all the misunderstandings at the beginning of the book.

I didn’t know what to think of Luke from the start but in the end, he definitely won my heart.  I can totally understand why he did in terms of the town and his dad.  His secret is pretty big but once you understand why he did it, it makes sense and your heart will melt at the same time.  His story is part of the mystery that will just melt your heart.  The suspense part is the mob and I just loved how Ms. McCarty wrote this plot point.  I laughed, cringed and in the end, it made me think about things.  The henchmen were laughable but well thought out.  And trust me, when all is revealed in regards to the mob, I was shocked.  The web was much bigger than I thought.

Kellen has a right to feel like she does when she goes back home.  Growing up with her brother and mother wasn’t easy.  I’ve been to the Appalachian Mountains on a mission trip in high school and I totally got it.  I saw firsthand the poverty and the lack of funds for most people.  Yes, I used an outhouse because it was all they had.  I learned to appreciate what I had back home; so I understood what she, Joey (her brother) and David went through growing up.  The other characters like Sally, Vera, Rick, Hank, Corazon, Nuvida, and even Falcone were just awesome.  Each one had their own part in the book and were very well written characters.

Lastly, there are guardian angels in the book.  Duh!!!!  Trust me, you will NEVER figure it out.  And no, it is not Luke.  Even though, he pulls Kellen out of enough jams throughout the book.  Ms. McCarty has written a book that had me from the beginning and never let up.  I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series is about.  Yes, I’m that invested in the series already.  She had me at guardian angels and a cowboy on a horse named Windsor.

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Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels at Christmas coming April 2019.

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#Review and Guest Blog featuring A Rebel at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @RachelBrimble #historicalromance #historicalfiction

A Rebel at Pennington’s

by Rachel Brimble

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GENRE:   Historical romance/saga

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1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote. 
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.

When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed. 
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.

Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

Women’s Suffrage & A Rebel At Pennington’s

When I was around the age of thirteen or fourteen, my school did a project on women’s suffrage and their fight to win the vote. I can still remember how quickly the topic took hold of me and the passion I felt from the injustice towards other women.

I handed in my project and was awarded an A.

Something inside of me shifted. A belief and need to know more about the women who sacrificed so much of themselves, their occupations and home lives in order to right what was a clear wrong. Little did I know that my interest in women’s suffrage would never wane as I grew older.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a novel where women’s fight for the vote played a big part in the book. A Rebel At Pennington’s is my twenty-first published novel and it was only when I was writing the previous book in the series (The Mistress of Pennington’s) that a secondary character came onstage as a suffragist.

I’d finally found the heroine who would star in my first venture into writing a story involving the Cause.

I cannot tell you how excited I was to start my research! I bought books, visited websites, spoke to the archivist at our local history centre and attended two talks from historians marking the centenary of the vote being obtained.

It was the choice of being a suffragist (peaceful) and suffragette (militant) that ultimately prevailed in the issue with which I wanted my heroine, Esther Stanbury, to struggle. I can imagine the growing frustrations of the women campaigners and how their constant rebuttals and failures to be heard provoked an increasing and ardent need to ‘do whatever was necessary.’ Yet, the more I read, the more the question of whether or not their actions were, in fact, acts of terrorism began to emerge in my mind.

Throughout my research, my emotions ranged from pride, to shock, to indignation to jubilation and it was these emotions that I used to power the book and, ultimately, Esther. She is a combination of a few real-life suffragists and suffragettes who came up in my research and fascinated and/or resonated with me.

I am not, and will never claim to be, a historian in any shape of form, but I am a novelist and that means my job is to entertain. To write a story that will interest and inspire my readers. Leave them with a something to think about, something to feel or about which to form their own opinion. I absolutely loved researching this significant time in women’s history and loved writing A Rebel At Pennington’s.

Fingers crossed, my passion for women’s suffrage and the women who paved the way for the rest of us comes across in my latest novel.

Long live the vote!

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Excerpt Two:

She looked towards Lawrence.

He softly studied her, and her cheeks warmed. The way he looked at her inferred he was equally moved by Mrs Hadley’s sadness. Esther looked away. He, too, was widowed. Had he and his wife once shared the same love that Grace Hadley spoke of?

Shamed by the jolt of jealousy that shot through her, Esther walked to stand behind a pillar that blocked Lawrence’s sight of her but gave her full view of Mrs Hadley. A familiar sense of unworthiness knotted Esther’s stomach. If Lawrence understood Grace Hadley’s words and sorrow, then, he too, must have known deep and meaningful love.

She would never be enough to compete with such a ghost. Would never be enough to be with a man who bore such longing for a person he’d lost. If she listened to her body and how it so treacherously reacted to Lawrence, her attraction to him would only end badly when the moment came that she’d inevitably held something of herself back.

She could not forgo everything she had built. Somehow, she had to find the strength to fight the temptation of Lawrence’s gaze and quash the yearning to see him again…to see his children again. The emotions he’d evoked in her proved her capable of feeling. Something she had doubted for so very long. Her meeting him had been worth that, at least.

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My lovely English Rose has done it again.  But I say that every time I read a book of hers.  She’s one of those authors that I just adore and actually learn a few things from.  I admit that I’m not educated on the right to vote by women.  It was glossed over in my history class but it was interesting learning about it from Ms. Brimble’s perspective.  She’s a Brit and I’m an American.  As women today, we don’t think about how women weren’t allowed to do anything outside the home without the consent of a man.  Grrrr… Or the government.  But I digress.  Like Ms. Brimble said above, she’s not a history teacher but that’s why I love this series.  She made me think.  Made me look up stuff on the computer and go to the library.

One thing that Ms. Brimble does so brilliantly, is to create fascinating characters that you really care about.  In all of her books, she has the crazy ability to build families around her characters that aren’t blood-related.  Not everyone has a great relationship or their families might not be around much, but Ms. Brimble makes sure that her characters have people that they can count on and rely on.  She also brings a contemporary tone to her story that doesn’t treat the subject matter like it has been half researched.  In all of her books, her characters become the setting, the place, the time.  I don’t need the fluff.  I have Ms. Brimble showing me that through her characters.

Esther is a bad*s* in a different time and place.  But she also a woman that has desires, too.  She didn’t want to even think about falling for Lawrence and his children but she did.  They are more alike than they realize and it was a joy to see them build a relationship with each other.  Lawrence is a great character and person, regardless of what he thinks of himself.  You have to remember that the time frame of this book is still in the early years of the 20th century.  King George is about to be crowned, the first World War is on the horizon and things were done a certain way.  Again, this is what I love about Ms. Brimble’s books.  No matter what setting she is using, Victorian, contemporary, or Edwardian, she transports you and you become part of the story.  At least for me.  Its like watching the movie Wonder Woman.  The scenes in England were just… I can’t explain it, really.

I can’t wait to see where Ms. Brimble takes us next in this series.  We get to see Elizabeth and Joseph again.  While secondary characters in this one, they are still well rounded and its fun to get to know them a bit more now that they are married and her dad has retired.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this book from Ms. Brimble.  Hell, any one of her books.  She immerses you into a time and a place that is romantic thought-provoking and just may see things a bit differently than before.  I like when an author does that.

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Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018 with book two coming February 2019.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers from all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/

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