Murder Never Retires by Faith Martin

May 30, 2018

Murder Never Retires by Faith Martin

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Publication Date: May 21, 2018

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER! And this time she’s going to solve the cold cases which no one else could crack.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW RETURN.”

Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie. But the evidence never added up.

However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice?

Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker.

Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?

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This is the best book that I have read in ages! What a story! Hiliary comes back to work after taking a year off, well she actually retired, or so she thought. Not ever having read this Author or her books, I am now a die hard fan, why didn’t someone tell me about these books?! Thank you Netgalley, for allowing me to peruse new Authors. I honestly have been reading since I was three, always had a book in my hand. Lately however, I am just weary of the same trope over, and over! Then I read this, did not put it down until I was finished! This is a book for people who weary of profanity, (because the Author can’t write), it is cold cases reopened, there is a handsome DI, which she was before she retired, she has me wanting to jump over the desk after him too, all in her imagination! Too funny. I do hope they get together in the next book, that stalker, how scary is that, it gives me the creeps! Every woman who has had one, can empathize with her, and understand the anger, and fear! I loved everything in this book, everything!
I highly recommend! Thank you! Enjoy!

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Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

May 6, 2018

Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

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Joining me today is Theresa Romain.

Welcome Theresa! Let’s get started.

Why did you choose to write about a commoner man marrying an aristocratic lady? Do you think that it truly would have worked?

This wasn’t a pairing I’d written before (I think…now I need to go check my backlist!), so that made it interesting to me. Power and influence in English society 200 years ago worked very differently than they do in our modern US society. Regency characters aren’t simply modern folks in long dresses—though that being said, my characters are always open to change. Otherwise, how can they grow and earn that HEA?

I do think that a commoner man/aristocratic woman marriage could have worked. We’ve got examples, both modern and historical! Though it was definitely less usual than for an aristocratic man to marry a commoner woman, because historically in England, children inherited their father’s rank—so an aristocratic woman wouldn’t have passed on her own title/rank to her kids.

Lady Isabel of LADY ROGUE doesn’t feel she has anything to lose, though. She has plenty of money; she enjoys society but doesn’t need to be at its heart; she was married before out of duty rather than love. She’s about as independent as a woman of her time could have been, and so her romance is of an independent sort too.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Some of both, really. I have chronic fatigue issues, and writing takes a lot out of me physically. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s the case! Yet when a project is going really well and I make the day’s word count goal with time to spare, it can be very energizing. It makes me feel like I’ve done something worthwhile with my day.

Do you try to be original, or give readers what they want?

Why not both? 🙂 I want each of my stories to contain characters and events that feel fresh so that I’ll enjoy writing it. But since I’m the same me writing each book, they definitely have points in common: banter, literary references, beloved pets…things like that.

Do you want each of your books to stand alone, or are you working towards a body of work?

Again, why not both? Since any one of my books could be the first one a reader finds, each story must stand on its own and have a self-contained love story. For those who like to follow a series in order, I think it can be fun to include continuing plot threads or characters, but the reader of just one book won’t be left confused. I’ve just finished my 18th romance, counting novels and novellas, and the longest series of connected books I’ve written is four stories.

What is your favorite underappreciated book?

Most of the books I love are well known among other romance readers, but to people who don’t read romance, they might not be familiar. I’ve used the books of Courtney Milan and Susanna Kearsley to convince friends who read fiction that they really ought to be reading romance as well! But those authors’ books are very well-loved, so I wouldn’t call them underappreciated. Now you’ve got me thinking about this, though—thank you! I share book recommendations on BookBub when I particularly enjoy something I’ve read, so watch that space and maybe we’ll all find an underappreciated gem.

What does literary success look like to you?

That’s a great question, and I bet every author’s answer is a little different. My own definition of success would be enough money to live on without pinching every penny, the respect of my peers, and awesome readers who enjoy my books. Thank you so much for being one of the latter!

Thank you for being with me today, I hope your book is a huge success! Will this be a series? Sorry, could not help myself! 

Yes, LADY ROGUE is part of a series. It’s loosely connected to the first two Royal Rewards books, FORTUNE FAVORS THE WICKED and PASSION FAVORS THE BOLD. A final book, LADY NOTORIOUS, will be out on February 26, 2019. More info about each of these, and all my other books, can be found on theresaromain.com.

Thank you so much for hosting me!

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Lady Rogue

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Royal Rewards Book 3
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

HER SECRET SCANDAL
 
As far as London’s high society knows, Lady Isabel Morrow is above reproach. But the truth is rarely so simple. Though the young widow’s passionate fling with dashing Bow Street Runner Callum Jenks ended amicably months ago, she now needs his expertise. It seems Isabel’s late husband, a respected art dealer, was peddling forgeries. If those misdeeds are revealed, the marriage prospects of his younger cousin— now Isabel’s ward—will be ruined.
 
For the second time, Isabel has upended Callum’s well-ordered world. He’s resolved to help her secretly replace the forgeries with the real masterpieces, as a . . . friend. A proper sort of friend doesn’t burn with desire, of course, or steal kisses on twilight errands. Or draw a willing lady into one passionate encounter after another. Isabel’s scheme is testing Callum’s heart as well as his loyalties. But with pleasure so intoxicating, the real crime would be to resist . . .

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TRULY GOOD READ!

This is a great story, both poignant, and uplifting. How a Marquess’s daughter, Lady Isabel goes from a marriage to a very cold man, to finding love with an Officer of The Police. I love the Bow Street Runner, Callum Jenks, still trying to solve the death of Lady Isabel’ s husband. He never truly believed everything was as it seemed. Lady Isabel finally realized that just confining her activities to the requisite house calls is not enough any longer, she wants to contribute in some small way to the world she was born into. I did not think that I would like Lady Isabel marrying outside the Aristocracy, with no money, however, as usual , Theresa Romaine makes it seem perfectly natural. 
I Highly Recommend! Thank you! Enjoy!

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Which do you prefer, that a man of the Aristocracy, and monearry beneath him, or a Lady of the Aristocracy, marrying a man who is not of the Aristocracy, and has no money? During this time period, do you believe that either would truly work?

Ladies of the Stone by Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Cecelia Mecca, and Lori Ann Bailey

Ladies of the Stone by Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Cecelia Mecca, and Lori Ann Bailey

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My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: A Scottish Romance Anthology
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Four bestselling Scottish romance authors take you on an epic journey through the heart of Scotland…

From within the soul of a special stone, the embodiment of the heart of Scotland, a protector is selected. A woman with a pure heart and the ferocity of a warrior is called to the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye upon the death of the previous protector. However, nature has a way of balancing itself, and so with each call to a Protector comes the call of an evil force, set on using the stone for their own purpose. These are the stories of the Protectors of the Heart of Scotland, the stone they seek to keep safe and the love that strengthens and emboldens them.

The Highlander’s Quest by Eliza Knight Her mission was to protect the young boy king. He’s uncovered a plot to destroy Scotland. Together, they must fight a powerful enemy who hides behind a traitorous veil of secrecy…

Cassandra by Madeline Martin Together their power is brilliant. But when destiny rivals the safety of family and the whole of Scotland hangs in the balance, can their love survive the required sacrifice?

The Protector’s Promise by Cecelia Mecca Two bitter enemies. One sacred vow. Will the passion that flares between them consume everything they love?

The Highland Guard and His Lady by Lori Ann Bailey To protect Scotland, she must eliminate her greatest enemy. But when the challenge begins, will he forgive her for destroying his family?

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This is the story of various ladies, given a legend of becoming, the human Protectress of Scotland.  In each story , all except one, they are young women, one is twenty-nine, I realize today, that is not old, however, in the 12 Century, it would have been. The only good thing that I have to say about these short stories, in my humble opinion, only one, Lori Bailey, whom I have never heard of, at least, has the vernacular correct! The words are too modern for that time period!? Why on earth, would three, or four, writers, get this vital part wrong? The last one, the best, the name? LessLee, that absolutely drove me to distraction, along with the vernacular, I was already there! The most important thing to remember, I buy these books, and I pay my own money for this site. I am not out to dislike books, in fact, to be honest, I would have quit at page three. However, I read them all, in order to be fair. This was a great idea , sad to say, it fell on bad writing. I have the right to my Integrity, and I will call out poor writing, when I see it.  On a sidebar here, Robert The Bruce, had many sisters, whose real names, could have been used, from generation to generation as keepers of the Stone, a truly better idea, that has sadly, gone to waste. On the other hand, no one ask my opinion. 

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