Thursday, July 30, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: HENRIETTA BY SHIRLEY KELLY


RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. Victorian. WW II. Jazz Age, etc.
Visit us daily for excerpts from our members’ historical novels.  
Happy Reading!




HENRIETTA
By Shirley Kelly
(work in progress)



SUMMARY:   Henrietta dreams of marrying her childhood friend despite her parent’s objections. The Duke and Duchess of Branford don’t consider a penniless man with no title a suitable match for their eldest daughter. Henrietta’s dreams are crushed when her friend comes home with a wife. Heartbroken, she vows she’ll never love again. She hardens her heart and swears to marry solely for position and wealth. She’s ready to accept the proposal of a man she doesn’t love when she realizes she’s already met the man of her dreams.



Autumn, 1811 
Devon, England 

Henrietta smiled with pride as she untied her apron and looked around the tiny kitchen. The sun sparkled through the clean windowpanes. Not one spot of dust dared to mar the worn, but cherished furniture. The delicious smell of chicken and fresh herbs came from the pot bubbling on the stove. 

She couldn’t wait until her dearest friend Peter Wickett came home. She knew he’d be so delighted by her efforts, he’d get down on bended knee. However, she knew her parents would not approve. After all, she was Lady Henrietta Ashford, the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Branford, and they expected her to make a spectacular match. She doubted they would consider marriage to her childhood friend a spectacular match, or for that matter, even a suitable one.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Shirley Kelly has always been a voracious reader. Growing up, her favorite genres were mysteries and romances. Her favorite romances were set in the Regency era. Shirley always knew she’d be a writer, but it wasn’t until she joined the RWA that she got serious about her craft. Shirley currently lives on the UWS of Manhattan. She loves cats, enjoys traveling, watches a lot of TV, and is interested in history and politics. She follows tennis and figure skating, and is a life-long Yankee fan. Follow Shirley on Twitter at @ShirleyKelly16.


REMEMBER TO COME BACK TOMORROW 
FOR ANOTHER HISTORICAL ROMANCE EXCERPT. 




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: KNIGHT OF RAPTURE BY RUTH A. CASIE


RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. Victorian. WW II. Jazz Age, etc.
Visit us daily for excerpts from our members’ historical novels.  
Happy Reading!



KNIGHT OF RAPTURE
by Ruth A. Casie
Carina Press


SUMMARY:  He crossed the centuries to find her…For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.

A threat has followed…Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.  But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…

Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.



Visions of his warm bed and even warmer wife lit Lord Arik’s face. A deep rich chuckle rumbled in his chest at the vivid images of how he’d wake Rebeka. Who would have thought the great druid Grand Master was a besotted bridegroom? The summer had been warm and all the sweeter with Rebeka by his side. He stood on the open terrace at the back of the manor, surveyed his domain and swelled with pride. Fayne Manor was a thriving estate that had been the family home for eleven centuries and it would stand for eleven more.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ruth A. Casie is happiest when telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down.  Here’s what she had to say: “I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed me.  Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.  While I keep tormenting my druid knight, I’m outlining a new series. The working title is the River of Time. It’s about an elite technology security officer, whose job is to eliminate time travelers, but falls in love with a time traveling art appraiser and has to choose between his duty and his one chance for a timeless love. I love this story line because it lets me stretch my contemporary voice while working in historic time periods. I think this is the best of both worlds. For most of you, my contemporary side will be a surprise.”   Visit Ruth at www.RuthACasie.com and www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com.



REMEMBER TO COME BACK TOMORROW 
FOR ANOTHER HISTORICAL ROMANCE EXCERPT. 




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: SUCH A DANCE BY KATE MCMURRAY


RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. Roaring 20s. Jazz Age, etc.
Visit us daily for excerpts from our members’ historical novels.  
Happy Reading!



SUCH A DANCE
By Kate McMurray
Kensington Books

NOTE:  This book will be published in October 2015.  Here’s a sneak peek!


SUMMARY:  When a vaudeville dancer meets a sexy mobster in a speakeasy for men, the sparks fly, the gin flows, the jazz sizzles—and the heat is on…

Eddie Cotton is a talented song-and-dance man with a sassy sidekick, a crowd-pleasing act, and a promising future on Broadway. What he doesn’t have is someone to love. Being gay in an era of prohibition and police raids, Eddie doesn’t have many opportunities to meet men like himself—until he discovers a hot new jazz club for gentlemen of a certain bent…and sets eyes on the most seductive, and dangerous, man he’s ever seen. 

Lane Carillo is a handsome young Sicilian who looks like Valentino—and works for the Mob. He’s never hidden his sexuality from his boss, which is why he was chosen to run a private night club for men. When Lane spots Eddie at the bar, it’s lust at first sight. Soon, the unlikely pair are falling hard and fast—in love. But when their whirlwind romance starts raising eyebrows all across town, Lane and Eddie have to decide if their relationship is doomed…or something special worth fighting for.



Left, right, left. Left, left, right, right, hop. Step forward, step back, hop, tip hat, blow the lady a kiss. 

The steps were easy enough, the routine so committed to memory that Eddie could let a dozen other things swim through his mind without missing a beat. 

He tossed his cane in the air and let it twirl. Light bounced off the polished silver shaft of it as the audience murmured appreciatively. Eddie caught it deftly, bowed a little, and moved his feet to the left, right, right, left, left, hop. He grinned at Marian, who stretched her arms above her head with grace, betraying her ballet training. Then she shuffled over to him, evidence of her years spent on the vaudeville circuit. She sang her lines in her trademark style, which sounded a bit like a goose honking, and the audience roared with laughter. She smiled and winked at him, and he grinned back and sang the end of the song. Left, right, forward, together, a flourish from the horn section of the orchestra. Then there were deep bows before the curtain fell. Applause erupted throughout the James Theater. Eddie and Marian did their goofy curtain call before retreating backstage. 

Thus ended Eddie Cotton and Marian France’s act in  Le Tumulte de Broadway, more informally Jimmy Blanchard’s Doozies of 1927, the variety act that was competing with George White and Flo Ziegfeld for ticket dollars and popularity. The song-and-dance team of Cotton and France was among the more popular acts. They were a comedy duo who told jokes, danced their way through physical comedy, and sang funny songs in funny voices. That year, they preceded the Doozy Dolls, fourteen barely-dressed chorines hired more for their looks than their dancing or singing skills. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  RWA/NYC Vice President Kate McMurray is an award-winning romance author and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with base­ball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.  For more information on the book visit:  http://www.katemcmurray.com/books/such-a-dance/


REMEMBER TO COME BACK TOMORROW 
FOR ANOTHER HISTORICAL ROMANCE EXCERPT. 


Monday, July 27, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: A SWEET SURRENDER BY LENA HART



RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. American Revolution. Jazz Age, etc.
Visit us daily for excerpts from our members’ historical novels.  
Happy Reading!


A SWEET SURRENDER
By Lena Hart


SUMMARY:   Siaragowaeh of the Onyota’aka tribe has a love for all things living and when a fallen British soldier becomes severely wounded, Siara secretly nurtures the officer back to health, putting her own position in her tribe at risk. 

Sergeant James Blake of His Majesty’s elite assault troops vaguely remembers the ambush that left him at the mercy of a beautiful native woman…a woman he isn’t yet certain he can trust. When a narrow escape from Siara’s village forces them on the trail together, desire soon flares even brighter between them.  Yet in a journey driven by duty and complicated by loyalty, Siara and James must determine if they will follow their predestined paths or surrender to their hearts and chart anew… 

**NOTE: this historical romance novelette is featured in the American Revolutionary anthology, FOR LOVE & LIBERTY. Includes a never before published prologue.




Early October, 1777
Upstate New York

“Siara, don’t get too close.”

Siaragowaeh ignored the old healer’s sharp words and knelt beside the sleeping man. She gently placed her hand over his brow. He was now cool to the touch. She fell back on her haunches in relief. The fever was finally leaving his large body.

“Siara!”

“Don’t worry, Etu,” she said in their native tongue, preferring their language to that of the English. Though she needed the practice, Etu barely spoke the foreign language and despite the sachem’s encouragement to adopt the English tongue in their everyday speech, few of those in their clan—the Bear clan—did. She turned to the older woman and offered her a reassuring smile. “See, he’s still asleep.”

“Not for long,” Etu grumbled, her thin lips narrowing further. “My night visions are never wrong. He will rise soon and I see nothing but trouble coming.”



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lena Hart is a Florida native currently living in the Harlem edge of New York City. She is a PAN member of RWA/NYC and the special interest chapter, CIMRWA (Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural RWA). Though she enjoys reading a variety of romance genres, she mainly writes sensual to steamy multicultural/interracial romances with a flare of suspense and mystery. When Lena is not busy writing, she’s reading, researching, or conferring with her muse. To learn more about her and her work, visit www.LenaHartSite.com—or you can find her spending too much time on Facebook and not enough on Twitter.



REMEMBER TO COME BACK TOMORROW 
FOR ANOTHER HISTORICAL ROMANCE EXCERPT. 



Sunday, July 26, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: SWEET JAZZ BY URSULA RENEE


RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. Victorian. WW II. Jazz Age, etc.
Visit us daily for excerpts from our members’ historical novels. 
Happy Reading!


  

SWEET JAZZ
by Ursula Renée
The Wild Rose Press


SUMMARY:  The Big House's “Coloreds Only” policy makes the club popular with Harlem residents. The same policy makes it harder for the owners to find and retain musicians. After four weeks of listening to saxophonists with bigger dreams than talent, the owners are ready to hire the first person who walks in and plays “one good note.” Their words come back to haunt them when Randy Jones auditions.  Many of the employees are not thrilled when Randy breaks the color barrier. He does find an ally in Cass, the club's sassy singer, who goes out of her way to welcome him. Offstage, Cass Porter looks like a teenager, but when she sings she’s all woman. Inside, she’s been hurt badly and has determined never to love again.  As their relationship develops, life at the club for Randy becomes complicated when he has to fight both Cass’s fear of opening her heart and those who want to keep them apart.



He reminded her of a banana. A long, fat, overripe banana.

Cass tightened her stomach muscles to quiet a growl. She would have found the comparison amusing if she had not forgotten to pack a lunch on the same day she skipped breakfast. Back -to-back auditions had prevented her from grabbing a bite from the corner diner. With no hope of satisfying her hunger anytime soon, all she could do was dream of food as she watched him swagger onto the stage dressed in yellow wide-legged pants, matching broad-shouldered long coat, and a black shirt.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ursula Renée writes historical romances and suspense. When she is not writing, Ursula enjoys drawing, photography, and stone carving.  She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and President of the Romance Writers of America New York City Chapter. She is also member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and Sisters in Crime (SinC).  You can find her at www.ursularenee.com. Like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ursularenee.author or following her on Twitter @Ursula_Renee.  Her website is www.ursularenee.com.


REMEMBER TO COME BACK TOMORROW 
FOR ANOTHER HISTORICAL ROMANCE EXCERPT. 




Saturday, July 25, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: SING ME HOME BY LISA ANN VERGE


RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. Victorian. WW II. Jazz Age, etc.
Visit us daily for excerpts from our members’ historical novels. 
Happy Reading!



SING ME HOME
By Lisa Ann Verge
Bay Street Press


SUMMARY:  Blessed with an angel’s voice, Maura of Killeigh escapes from a convent determined to join a band of traveling players.  They’ll be her protection on the roads while she searches for the parents who abandoned her at birth.  But once face-to-face with the seductive, sinfully handsome vagabond who rules the troupe, Maura wonders if she wouldn’t be safer traveling alone.


  
Killeigh, Ireland
The Year of Our Lord 1307 


When Maura finally found the man she was looking for, he was stretched across a woman’s lap, his fingers lost in her cleavage.

She stumbled to a full stop outside the campsite, still hidden in the trees, and tightened her grip on the basket slung across her shoulder. She felt as if she’d just come upon the sort of scene painted in the pages of the Abbess’s Bible, full of wild-eyed demons and half-dressed women and long-tongued satyrs dancing around a woodland fire.

Stop.

She took a breath so deep that her surcoat tightened across her breasts. Certainly the great wide world and all the people in it couldn’t be as dangerous or wicked as the Abbess always insisted.  In any case, it was too late to turn back.  She hadn’t escaped the convent only to lose courage now....




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lisa Ann Verge is the critically acclaimed RITA-nominated author of seventeen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages. She started her career writing sexy, adventurous romance about hot men and dangerous women and now she also writes life-affirming women’s fiction under the name Lisa Verge Higgins.  Lisa is a five-time finalist in Romantic Times’ book awards, her novels have won the Golden Leaf and the Bean Pot, and twice she has cracked Barnes & Noble’s General Fiction Forum’s top twenty books of the year.  She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three daughters, who never fail to make life interesting.  Connect with her at www.lisavergehiggins.comwww.facebook.com/LisaAnnVerge ,  www.twitter.com/lisaannverge, and www.goodreads.com/lisaannverge


REMEMBER TO COME BACK TOMORROW 
FOR ANOTHER HISTORICAL ROMANCE EXCERPT. 


Friday, July 24, 2015

BOOK COVER FRIDAY: THE BRIGHTEST DAY with Lena Hart and Alyssa Cole


WELCOME TO BOOK COVER FRIDAYS!
Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from 
one of New York's Leading Romance Authors. Enjoy!


THE BRIGHTEST DAY
A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology 
includes
"Amazing Grace" by Lena Hart
"Let It Shine" by Alyssa Cole
 Visit them at www.lenahartsite.com,


Amazing Grace 
by Lena Hart

It’s the year 1866—the Civil War is over and slavery has ended. 
Life for 18-year-old Gracie Shaw takes an unexpected turn when she is “encouraged” to marry a man sight-unseen. Boarded on a train headed West—to lawless territory—she is faced with misfortune at every turn and must accept the help of former Confederate soldier, Logan Finley, while denying herself the one thing she wants most. Him. 

Let It Shine 
by Alyssa Cole

Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don't court trouble by upending the status quo, and they most certainly don't associate with roughneck Jewish boxers like Ivan Friedman. But it’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Change—and love—are coming whether Sofie is ready or not.