Sunday, August 31, 2014

Return of the Highland Laird by Amy Jarecki

Return of the Highland Laird by Amy Jarecki.

This is book 4 in the Highland Force series.

Lady Jane is in hiding after killing her husband. After years of being beaten by him, she finally had enough. Unfortunately others didn't see it as self defense. She had resigned herself to a solitary life. That is until a highlander lands himself on her doorstep almost dead.

Laird Alexander, blaming himself for his wife's accidental death, set out on one of his boats to spend time reflecting on his life.  Getting caught in a storm, he is lucky to reach land. Too bad it was English land where he is beaten , left for dead, and all his belongings taken.

Too broken souls come together, but can they heal each other to find that everlasting love?

I will say that I didn't really care for Alexander in Beauty and the Barbarian, but Jarecki redeemed him in my eyes. This is a story of two battered and bruised souls finding their other half and starting the healing process.

Jarecki does a great job of showing Jane going through the healing process and coming out a stronger person.  I also think that having Alexander forced to do manual labor sort of humbled him a bit.

I really hope that Jarecki is not done with this series as I have really enjoyed it!

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Thanks go to Rapture Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Arrow by Monica McCarty

The Arrow by Monica McCarty.

This is book 9 in the Highland Guard series.

After rescuing her from a well and welcoming her to his family, Cate of Lochmaben owes her life to Gregor MacGregor. Even knowing that he has a reputation as a heartbreaker, Cate has fallen in love with him.

Gregor is home to lay low when his identity is exposed during a covert mission. He has plans to finally see his ward married, but is taken aback when he sees her and is immediately attracted to her. Knowing the longer he spends time with Cate he will be unable to fight his attraction. He quickly sets out to find her a husband.

What will happen when they finally given into their mutual attraction?

While I didn't like this story as much as I did The Raider, I did really enjoy it. I think the reason for that is the way that Cate acted at the beginning of the story.  She was very selfish and acted toward Gregor the same way as the women who she kept condemning. 

After I got through that phase of the story, I enjoyed it so much more. So don't give up on it!!  I loved seeing the other Guards and the way they interact with each other, just like real brothers. They harass each other, but they all know they are loved by the others.  Overall, it was a very good read.

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Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

A Duke's Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth

A Duke's Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth.

Miss Suri Thurston and her half sister, Marguerite, are caught talking about kissing by Lord John Fairfax. He decides to teach them what kisses should and should not be allowed by proper young ladies.  He delivers a quick peck to Marguerite but with Suri, he delivers a kiss that neither will soon forget.

Ten years later John, now the Duke of Ravenswood, encounters Suri in India.  He is there on a mission for the Crown and she is there to visit her sister and to finally meet her other family. They soon find that their attraction to each other has not dimmed in their ten years apart.
What happens when their missions collide? Will their love survive?

This is the second book I've read by Roth and I definitely want to read more!  Both of her novels had OMG moments that kept you wanting more. I couldn't put the book down because I had to find out what happened next.
The physical attraction between the H/H was off the charts and the author did a wonderful job of building up the tension between them. I think it always adds to the excitement of the romance when there is an added amount of mystery to the story. In this case we had several plot lines that popped up.  It definitely keeps the reader on their toes.

Rarely do you see a historical romance that features a heroine that is not of European descent (in this case she was 1/2 European and 1/2 Indian). It was nice to get out and away from the ton and see other things that were happening in the world during this period of time.

If you are looking for something to read that is not your typical historical romance, this is the book for you!! It had all the things that you love about the genre, but without the typical setting and or events.
I was disappointed to read on the author's webpage that this was a stand alone title. I'm really hoping that she changes her mind and gives us the story of several of the secondary characters!!

You can purchase this book at the following retailers:

Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Accidentally In Love by Claudia Dain

Accidentally In Love by Claudia Dain.

This is book 1.5 in the More Courtesan Chronicles.

Miss Emeline Harlow has been in love with Kit Culley all of her life. She knows without a doubt that he is the man she will marry. Unfortunately, he sees her as a sister having grown up together. That is until they make the journey to London and Kit realizes that Emeline is NOT just like a sister.

This was a very quick, enjoyable read.  As with the other books in the series, we see an appearance by Sophia Dalby. If you love the world of the Courtesan Chronicles, you need to pick this up!

You can pick this book up at the following retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Thanks go out to Aspendawn Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan.

This is book 4.5 in the Brothers Sinister series (and sadly the last...)

Stephen Shaughnessy, a infamous advice columnist and known rake,  is NOT the type of man you want as a husband but Miss Rose Sweetly is intrigued nonetheless. Having "run into" each other a number of times near their homes, neither know that the other has become intrigued during those brief encounters.

Stephen arranges it so that he has Rose tutoring him in math and science. As they spend more time with each other, they soon realize that their is much more under the surface than either of them expected.

I really enjoyed this last installment of the Brothers Sinister. I liked Stephen in The Suffragette Scandal and fell in love with Rose during this story.

Once again, Milan tells a story that is not often told in historical romances, the love story of a couple that are not of the same race.  If anyone of African descent is a part of a historical romance, they often play the role of servant and not hero or heroine. Thank you for being an author that doesn't follow the other mainstream writers and for choosing topics that are not often brought up in this genre.

Being a math and science teacher, I really loved all the planetary science elements of the story!! Thank you for ending your series with a wonderful story. I will definitely miss these characters!

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Thanks go out to Courtney Milan for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Vexing the Viscount by Christie Kelley

Vexing the Viscount by Christie Kelley.

This is book 3 in the Wise Woman series.

Viscount Middleton, Braden Tavers, must set out to London in search of his estate's healer and his brother. His healer, Tia Featherstone, went to London in search for his brother to make sure that we all was well with him.

Braden tracks down Tia and brings her back to his home. He lets her know that he will be sending her home to the estate, but Mia is determined to stay and find the Viscount's brother. Meeting a new friend, Mia moves in with her and away from the Viscount's watchful eye.

A month passes and Braden finds Mia at a ball. Making a spectacle of both of them, Braden carries Mia out and the ball to his awaiting carriage.  They soon agree to work together to find Braden's brother, but as they spend more and more time together they can't seem to fight the attraction they feel for each other.

Can the Viscount make an honorable proposition to his estate's healer and if not, can Mia accept only that?

I did enjoy this story and found it written better than Enticing the Earl. I always enjoy a good mystery with my romance stories and Kelley didn't disappoint. The mystery was one I hadn't read before and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous stories and catching up with them.

You can get the book at the following retainers:

Thanks go to Kensington via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Q & A with Darcy Burke

Please welcome Darcy Burke to the blog today!  She is the author of The deVallery Code (you can read my review HERE).

You can purchase The deVallery Code at the following retailers:

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Thank you for having me today! 

Where do you get your inspiration for your characters and your plot? 

A variety of places—movies, television shows, real people (I’ll never say who!). I tend to think of characters first, but the Regency Treasure Hunters series is also very plot-centered because of the treasure hunts. Plots ideas come from movies and television shows and are pretty much what I enjoy reading. 

Do you write outlines before you begin or just start writing and let the story you know the ending before it is written? 

Um . . . sometimes. I’ve written in so many different ways. Some work better than others. What I can say is that I’ve rarely written two books in the same way. I do like to plot out turning points and the ending black moment in advance, but sometimes they change as the characters arc maybe goes a little off what I’d planned. For this series, there’s an overall arc and I know the ending. ☺ 

Favorite place to write? 

This also varies, strangely enough. Today I’m writing in a coffee shop by necessity while my kids are in a theatre camp. I like to write on my couch, on the outdoor couch my husband just built, and also in my bed! 

What is your favorite pen to write with? 

Ball point blue. 

How do you choose names for characters? 

This is probably one of the things I enjoy most as a writer—strange, but true! I have baby name books, a character-naming book by Sherrilyn Kenyon that’s super helpful, and some websites that I visit regularly. I have a really bad habit of choosing names that are too similar (see Saxton and Sevrin in Secrets and Scandals – wow, that’s a whole lot of S sounds all around!). I just realized last week that two of the four heroes in Regency Treasure Hunters had first names that started with the same letter. I ended up changing the name of the hero for book two even though I chose his first because naming the hero for book four was really, really difficult and since I’m pretty happy with the one I ended up with, I decided I couldn’t change it. 
When do you write? 

Every possible moment! I try to have a schedule since I have school-aged kids, which means I do most of my writing during the hours they’re at school. In the summer, it’s a little more fluid, but I actually prefer the summer schedule because there’s no homework to deal with! 

Do you treat it like a job and keep writing work hours or are you moved to write in a less structured way? 

It’s definitely my job, so I aim for a work schedule. However, as a writer it’s really hard to turn your brain off for writing-purposes and your Internet self off for promotional and networking purposes. I feel like I’m just now starting to tell myself it’s okay to take a day off. 

How do you research settings to make them believable? 

I’ve been to several of the places I write about, so that’s helpful. If I haven’t been there, I scour the Internet for descriptions and images. This can be difficult when writing a historical. I want to know what the inside of a church looked like in 1794 . . . and that can be tough!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke

The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke.

This is book 1 in the Regency Treasure Hunter series.

Miss Margery Derrington and her aunt are in dire need of money. When Margery finds an old manuscript in the attic, they think that it will be the answer to their prayers.  She is off to see the Rhys Bowen, a known scholar, to see if he is willing to purchase it.

Rhys can't believe that the de Valery manuscript is finally in his hands, but it doesn't do any good without the companion book which his cousin has.  Seeing that the manuscript has more value to it than she originally thought, Margery is not quite ready to sell it yet. She conveniences Rhys to take her to the other book to determine what they can find out about a supposed treasure.

When they arrive to check out the second book, they soon learn that it has been stolen.  With the help of an unlikely source, they learn where a copy of it is. 

Unfortunately, they soon learn that they are not the only people hunting down the treasure and find themselves in some dangerous situations.  What will the couple do? Margery needs the book so that she and her aunts can survive, but Rhys wants to solidify his position as a leading antiquarian. Can they both get what they want and want they didn't know they wished for?

I really enjoyed this tale. Who doesn't love a story that is related to King Arthur and the knights of the round table? Add to that the mystery of what the clues were and how to figure them out...a wonderful combination!

The chemistry between Margery and Rhys practically jumped off the page. Burke is definitely an author I want to read more of!!

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Thanks go out to Intrepid Reads via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Traitorous Heart by Tammy Jo Burns + Giveaway

A Traitorous Heart by Tammy Jo Burns.

The is book 1 in the Reluctant Lords series.

One her way home, Tessa is grabbed by her friend Danny and told to run. She has no idea why they are running but knows it can't be anything good. Finding herself being chased by soldiers and on the run for her life, she is suddenly knocked unconscious.

Derek Simmons, the Earl of Blackburn, is called to interrogate a woman thought to be a spy. He is surprised to find that the prisoner is his wife, whom he had been mourning for the last six months. Having been told that she was one of the many killed in one of the first battle surges by Le Grande Armée, he never even told his family of his brief marriage.

Tessa wakes only to find she has no memory of who she is.  Derek knows in his heart that his wife is no traitor, but can he prove it to his superiors?  Not wanting his wife in prison, Derek insists that Tessa be allowed to be taken to his home.  

He is given two weeks to prove her innocence, but how can he do that when she can't remember if she is a spy or not? 

I really enjoyed this story. It was different from your traditional historical romances in that it involved a married couple (of course, Tessa didn't know they were married).  You still get to see the romance, as Tessa "re-lives" her getting to know her husband period of her life.

I always like when a mystery is added to my romance novels, it just adds that something extra to my enjoyment of the story.  In this particular instance, you have the mystery of Tessa and if or when she will gain her memory back as well as who the traitor really is.

I really liked the secondary characters in the story, particularly Mikala and Gabriel. I'm happy to see their story is the next in the series (yeah, it's already out!!), and I can't wait to read it.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries.

This is book 3 in the Duke's Men series.

Lady Zoe Keane has heard some disturbing news about her family and knows just who to go to, to find out the truth. Having gotten use of their services by keeping quiet during another case, the Duke's Men have agreed to take on her case. Unfortunately for Zoe, the only and best man for her case is the man that she doesn't get along with.

Tristan Bonnaud has had a disdain for the gentry since his father refused to marry his mother and his high-born brother took his inheritance.  The only one available for the case works in his favor as he can use the case as a cover to investigate something of his own.

Having clashed since the moment they met, what will Zoe and Tristan do when they can't fight the attraction that has been there since the moment they met?

Sabrina Jeffries knocks another one out of the ballpark. 

Tristan has been a favorite of mine since the series started. He got such a raw deal when his father died and had to make his own way in the world. Having been through all that, he has developed a strong character.

One of my favorite things in a romance is that love-hate relationship where you get all kinds of banter between the H/H. This is definitely one of those types of books.  I loved seeing Zoe and Tristan together. Tristan needed a strong woman to break down the barriers he had built up around himself and Zoe had the strength to do so. 

Definitely another one for the keeper shelf!

You can get this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Books A Million, and iBooks.

Thanks go to Pocket Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret by Ella Quinn

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret by Ella Quinn.

This is book 5 in the Marriage Game series.

William, Viscount Wivenly, flees the marriage minded mamas in London only to find himself entangled in other problems when he reaches the West Indies. Having come to the Indies to ascertain the truth regarding his late uncle's business, William finds himself entranced by a "widow" he has a chance encounter with.

William soon learns that the woman he was attracted to is the step daughter of his late uncle and she wants nothing to do with him.  Miss Eugenie Villaret wants to marry for love and she sure is not going to be some plaything for the visiting viscount.

What will happen when William and Eugenie find that they have to be married? Will Eugenie go through with it even when she won't have the marriage she has always dreamed of?

I liked this story. It's nice to read a story in this time period that doesn't occur in London.  Having been to the islands, I loved reading a story set there.  

I've kinda had a love-hate relationship with this author. I've loved the story lines, but not so much the writing.  I think this is one of her better books.  I did think that the secondary romancing couple was a bit far fetched (fell in love way too quickly!), but I really did enjoy the story.

It was nice to see the other H/H and catch up with their lives.

This book can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eKensington, and iBooks.

Thanks go to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

His Forbidden Lady by Nicola Davidson

His Forbidden Lady by Nicola Davidson.
Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes has been ordered to court by the king and her scheming family doesn't give her any choice in the matter. Her escort is none other than her former sweetheart whom abandoned her.

 Rafe de Vere has one final mission to complete for his king, collect a widow, before he can finally start his life away from all the fighting. He is surprised to find the woman that didn't wait for him before marrying another.

What will happen when they find that their attraction to each other is just as strong as ever?

This was a nice short story. Davidson did a good job of getting me invested in the story in such a short amount of time. The story moved along at a quick pace and had me on my toes guess as to what would come next. 

I'll definitely be picking up future books by Nicola Davidson.

You can purchase this book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thanks go to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid

The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid.

This is part of the House of Calydon series.

Phillipa Pippiwell is known as the Ice Maiden, but that doesn't stop Lord Anthony Thornton from being intrigued. Phillipa has no desire to marry and is doing her best to keep her suitors away, but Anthony sees something other than the chilly reception she gives most of the ton. 

Having made the decision that he must marry, Anthony doesn't want to settle for some simpering you miss.  But can he convince Phillipa that marriage to him would be better than life on her own?

I LOVED this story!!!  I liked that Phillipa didn't want to be like all the other ladies out in society and that Anthony was the one that wanted to settle down and not her.

The chemistry between  Phillipa and Anthony is VERY hot!!! Between that and the excitement of the "bad guy", you have the perfect story. I can't wait to read more by this author.

You can get this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

Thanks got to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Wager by Lily Maxton

The Wager by Lily Maxton.

This is book 2 in the Sisters of Scandal series.

Looking for a naughty book in her host's library to win a bet with her sister, Anne Middleton encounters Michael Grey, the Earl of Thornhill. Having once courted Anne's sister, Anne believes that Michael has a dislike of her. 

Being very abrupt with Michael and quickly exiting the library, she feels remorse at her actions and decides to send Michael an apology letter. They soon begin writing each other back and forth. Revealing more and more to each other, they soon realize that their first impressions of each other were not accurate.

Michael proposes his own wager to Anne, but will she accept it?

I was very impressed with Maxton's first novel, The Affair, and was eagerly awaiting her second. She did not disappoint! Maxton has a way of telling a short story that is not seen in a lot of writers. She is able to get the depth of a full length novel in just a few short pages.

I loved the letters written back and forth between Anne and Michael.  It allowed them to bring up things that might not have been said had they been talking in person.  I always enjoy good bantering between the H/H and Maxton did this perfectly!

I eagerly await the final book in the series!!

You can get this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google Play.

Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn Macnamara

What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn Macnamara.

This is book 1 in the Eton Boys Trilogy.

Henrietta Upperton is working as a companion to a cantankerous old woman who happens to be the grandaunt of her former betrothed. When he suddenly shows up on her employers doorstep to recover from a shipwreck, she is determined not to fall under his spell again.

Alexander Sanford had run off to India to save his family's fortune. Acting on his sense of honor, he ends up marrying someone else. Back in England, he can't help but realize what he gave up.

Can Alexander convince Henrietta to give him another chance at love?

I really liked this story, even the cantankerous old woman!!  

Henrietta was hurt when Alexander broke off their engagement and I don't blame her. It been eight years, but she realizes that she still has feeling for him. You kinda want to hate Alexander for hurting Henrietta, but you can tell that he truly still loves her. He just had to prove that to Henrietta.  I liked that added mystery to the story, that is always a good addition to any good romance story.

I can't wait for the next story in the series which stars Alexander's sister Cecelia and his friend Viscount Linderhurst.

You can purchase this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and Indigo.

Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

What A Lady Craves Book Tour

Written by Ashlyn Macnamara 
Published by Loveswept
August 19, 2014 
ISBN: 978-0-553-39253-1 

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 Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.  
Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time. 

For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same. 

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Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research. 

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Interview with Elise de Sallier

I'm happy to have Elise de Sallier join us on the blog today.  I asked some of my teacher friends (thanks, ladies!!) what questions they would ask an author if they could. Elise was kind enough to answer those questions for us.

Elise has published 3 books. Her latest of which, Passion & Propriety, just came out on August 7.

Where do you get your inspiration for your characters and your plot? 

All over the place, but the idea for Passion and Propriety came to me after watching multiple viewings of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with my gorgeous granddaughter. I started thinking how much fun it would be to write a Beauty and the Beast inspired Regency romance. When I began planning the story, I found myself asking, how do we define beauty, what makes someone beastly, and how on earth would I tackle a 'realistic' story involving a curse? It certainly made for some interesting research!

Do you write outlines before you begin or just start writing and let the story you know the ending before it is written?

Yes, I do write an outline, but I don't always stick to it! I started writing as a form of stress relief from my job as a counsellor and family therapist, so in stark contrast to real life, I wanted my stories to show the characters learning from their mistakes, growing as individuals and in their love for one another, overcoming whatever obstacles are thrown in their way, and ending with a very satisfying and happy ending. I'm now writing full time, but I still feel the same about my stories...the ones I read as well as the ones I write. I can cope with a fair amount of realism and angst in my fiction, as long as I have my HEA!

Favorite place to write?

My dining table if there aren't too many distractions, or my office overlooking the garden when there is. :)

What is your favorite pen to write with?

I write everything on my trusty little HP notebook computer. It's slow as a wet weak and is on it's last legs, but I can't bring myself to part with it.

How do you choose names for characters?

My key characters names are usually found after spending hours searching online at sites that list names used in the Regency era, both first and surnames. Other times, as long as they're not too unique, I use the names of old school friends or teachers for my secondary characters.

When do you write?

Mornings are best when my mind is freshest, but I try to keep working afternoons and evenings on edits for my publisher or marketing.

Do you treat it like a job and keep writing work hours or are you moved to write in a less structured way? 

I try, but life has a way of getting in the way. :)

How do you research settings to make them believable?

Some of my 'knowledge' is drawn from the hundreds of historical romances I've read over the years, some from Austen and writers of the era, some from watching wonderful shows like the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, a lot from hours spent exploring the amazing historical blogs and sites available on the Internet, and the rest from Wikipedia, my new best friend.

Thanks, Elise for stopping by!!!

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