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Book Trailer & Excerpt from Silk by Chris Karlsen w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Historical / Victorian Suspense
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Silk on the skin—luxurious, luscious..lethal.
London-Fall, 1888
The city is in a panic as Jack the Ripper continues his murderous spree. While the Whitechapel police struggle to find him, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are working feverishly to find their own serial killer. The British Museum’s beautiful gardens have become a killing ground for young women strangled as they stroll through.
Their investigation has them brushing up against Viscount Everhard, a powerful member of the House of Lords, and a friend to Queen Victoria. When the circumstantial evidence  points to him as a suspect, Rudyard must deal with the political blowback, and knows if they are going to go after the viscount, they’d better be right and have proof.
As the body count grows and the public clamor for the detectives to do more, inter-department rivalries complicate the already difficult case.
Excerpt
Events of the day and the potential satisfaction of giving Napier a bloody nose dwindled. Questions about the murder crept back into Ruddy’s thoughts. Morris joined him at his table in the rear of the pub with a Guinness, the popular beer of choice in hand. “You’ve got the look of a man whose thoughts are a long distance from London.”
“No, sadly my thoughts are fixed here in the city. I’m trying to figure out a clue. Ellis’s roommate said she’d sometimes meet with a well-dressed man, a man of means the victim indicated. They’d meet up at the fountain by the British Museum.”
“Don’t know the spot but then the museum isn’t my cup of tea.”
“Not the point. I’m saying it’s odd. What member of the upper class chooses to stroll through a public garden other than Hyde or Regents, where they can see and be seen by one of their own?”
“I agree the wealthy prefer the parks filled with others of their kind but it doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy someplace different.”
“We interviewed the guard again. The one that discovered the body walks that half of the building. He told us the majority of their male patrons are natty dressers, but he never saw a man like that loitering by the fountain.”
“My guess is: the man is married and can’t afford to run the risk of being seen by a friend of his wife’s. Or, he might live or work in the area and the spot is convenient.”
“Or, he’s a murderer who’s noticed the victim walking through the park on a regular basis, saw it as an opportunity and cozied up to her.”
Ruddy took another swallow of his ale, mentally debating the merit of each theory. “I don’t think he lives in the area. If so, he’d have cut through the park more and been seen by the guards. Not sure about the married man having a tryst idea.”
To Ruddy’s way of thinking, if the man was married and looking for a tumble, he’d have met her someplace other than the gardens and at a better hour.
Instinct drew him back to his original sense of the culprit and crime. “I feel like this was a crime of opportunity. I’ve thought it all along and can’t shake the sense.”
“If he was just seeking a victim, then why haven’t you had more murders like this?” Morris asked.
Ruddy downed the rest of his beer and put his tankard on the edge of the table where June would refill it. “Everyone has to start somewhere. She might be number one.”
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About the Author
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and four wild and crazy rescue dogs.
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Seduction of my Proper Wife by Kristabel Reed – Review/Giveaway/Promo

Kristabel will award one commenter at every stop an e-Book copy of any backlist title, and one randomly drawn commenter on the tour will receive a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card plus a copy of any e-Book backlisted title. Good Luck!

 

BLURB:

 

Philip Thornton adored his new bride but found she was frigid in their marriage bed.

Lillian did not know how to ease her fear of the bed until she was freed from her past.

Aria was paid to educate and entice, but what she found was more than she ever dreamed possible.

The Parisian Exposition of 1889…the world is changing and the three of them are caught in its whirl. Philip and Lillian went to Paris to save their marriage and to help Lillian overcome her fears. Aria danced and seduced Lillian, but before Lillian left, Aria found herself seduced, in turn, by the beautiful Englishwoman.

When Philip and Lillian break all the rules and escort Aria around Paris for a week, will it be the beginning of their future? Or will this seductive interlude be nothing more than a dream?

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Excerpt One:

 

Philip didn’t bother looking for his wife at the fair, it would be a nearly impossible task to find her in the meandering streets and crowded pavilions. And he was still agitated with Lillian. Instead he opted to walk to back to their hotel, Le Grand Hôtel de Paris.

 

As he walked through the crowds, all he saw were those from the dance, those who enjoyed the Danse du Ventre and each other’s bodies shortly thereafter.

 

Hasina’s words echoed in him, until he thought he’d go mad from the sound of the Egyptian’s promise. A woman is far more gentle with such things.

 

He doubted very much he could even ask Lillian to engage in such an activity. He wanted her, wanted her to relax around him to the point that he could show her all the pleasures of the flesh. Indulge in all the passion he had for her.

 

The Parisian streets were crowded, but he barely noticed the variety of offerings from the street vendors. Back at their suite, Philip opened the door and wasn’t surprised to find Lillian there.

 

He stopped just inside the opened door and watched her. She’d shed her jacket, but rather than hiding in the bedroom, sat in one of the chairs by the balcony.

 

And she’d been crying.

 

He’d crossed the room and knelt before her immediately, without conscious thought. The door slowly closed behind him, but Philip barely noticed. Lillian looked up at him, her beautiful blue eyes damp with tears, and emotion tore at his heart.

Review:

As most know, I’m not real keen on historical romances set in the Regency or Georgian period.  Now, set it in the Victorian era and I’m so there.  Add one frigid wife, a man in love with his wife and a paid escort to teach his wife the ways of pleasure and doubly in.

While some people don’t like girl on girl, I’m beginning to like it.  And yes, I’m a married woman with a child and very hetro.  Ms. Reed blends sensuality, real emotions and the social classes with Aria and Lillian that supersedes anything that I’ve ever read.  Their relationship was beautifully written, heartfelt and emotional.  I know that rooting for them as a couple was outside the box but I was in the end.

Philip was a great hero for me.  Normally, in historical novels the hero starts off as a jerk and I really have to warm up to him and sometimes I don’t.  Philip loved Lillian and decided that a trip to Paris would warm up his wife to the marriage bed.  When found Aria dancing his asked the madam to hire her for his wife for the week.   After the week is up and they return home, he realizes that not only does Lillian warm up in bed but that she is also sad about leaving Aria behind.

*sigh*  The relationship between Aria, Lillian and Philip was hot, sexy and beautiful.  I can not stress to not be turned off by the aspect of the relationship of Aria and Lillian.  I felt as though Aria was more than just a teacher/lover to Lillian in the end.  She was her friend, too.

Ms. Reed brings a sensuality to the tried and true troupe of a frigid wife, a husband that is truly in love with wife and is willing to do anything for to have her not so frigid with him.  *sigh*

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

 

Kristabel Reed lives on the East Coast and loves to explore the steamier side of historical romance. “There are so many sexy situations that didn’t just pop up in the 21st century and my goal is to burst the myth of the prim and proper debutante.”

 

She loves romances but historical ménages particularly which add an element of danger and discovery not seen in contemporaries. Historically speaking, unusual romantic connections put lives on the line-people were ostracized and some even put to the death.

 

She loves reading, watching old movies, and anything Cary Grant. And is always interested in talking about erotic romance, so drop her a line: kristabelreed@yahoo.com; or Tweet her @kristabelreed; find her blog: kristabelreed.blogspot.com