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.
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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/


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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.
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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.



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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.
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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.


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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.
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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


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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.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: IN THE ARMS OF THE ENEMY BY LISBETH ENG


RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. Victorian. WW II. Jazz Age, etc.
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IN THE ARMS OF 
THE ENEMY
By Lisbeth Eng
The Wild Rose Press


SUMMARY:  Isabella Ricci has pledged her life for the cause - to free Italy from Nazi oppression. Her mission for the Resistance, to seduce a German officer into revealing military secrets, could be deadly. Can she complete her assignment before losing her heart...or her life?



Isabella wasn’t used to such elegant surroundings and took care not to slip on the polished marble floor in her borrowed shoes. If I fall I’ll never pull this off, and I’d probably rip Silvia’s dress in the process. She almost laughed at the thought, but it was apprehension, not amusement, she felt.

On the stone terrace, she leaned against the outer wall and drew a long breath. The view of the exquisite gardens below did nothing to ease her tension. Perhaps a little food would help. As she turned and looked up, hoping to spot a nearby waiter, she realized she was being observed. He was an officer, tall and dark-haired, probably in his late twenties. She noted from the insignia on his tunic that he was a captain in the German Army.

“Buona sera, signorina,” he said with a courteous smile, and tipped his glass in her direction.

To Isabella, the soft tone of his German-accented Italian seemed at odds with the severity of his Wehrmacht uniform. “Buona sera,” she responded, then quickly turned away. Was it revulsion for the enemy or simply shyness that induced her retreat to the salon? I’ll need to overcome both if I’m to succeed tonight.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lisbeth Eng is a native New Yorker whose love of literature, history and romance led her on the rewarding path to romance writing. An English major in college, Lisbeth has also studied Italian, German and French. Besides writing, world travel is her passion, and trips to Italy and Germany have lent authenticity to her European-set World War II romance novel. Lisbeth currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a stone’s throw from Central Park and Lincoln Center, and loves the fascinating pace of life in the Big Apple.  Visit her at www.lisbetheng.com.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WE LOVE HISTORY TOUR: MY LADY GLORIANA BY SYLVIA HALLIDAY


RWA/NYC Celebrates Historical Romance.
Medieval Times. Regency. Victorian. WW II. Jazz Age, 50s, etc.
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MY LADY GLORIANA
By Sylvia Halliday
Diversion Books


SUMMARY:  The year is 1725. Lady Gloriana Baniard is a beautiful fish out of water. Brought up on the mean streets of London, she is barely literate, coarse, unschooled. But thanks to a brief marriage to an aristocrat, she is forced to live with his noble family and endure the humiliating process of learning to be a lady. Rebelling, she runs away to Yorkshire, where she intends to be a blacksmith, a skill at which she excels. She knows she’ll need a manservant to front for her. When John Thorne appears, she hires him, stirred as much by his irresistible attraction as by his strength.
            John Haviland, Duke of Thorneleigh, is an arrogant, indolent gambler and womanizer. Having seen Gloriana just once, he yearns to make her his own. When he learns she has run away from her family, he makes a wild bet with his wastrel companions---he will find the lady and bed her. Disguised as a humble servant, he becomes her assistant, learning the blacksmith trade. The clash of wills between these two proud people creates more sparks than a blacksmith’s anvil, as Gloriana learns to be a lady, Thorne learns humility---and desire deepens to love.  But what will happen to their growing passion if Gloriana learns of Thorne’s thoughtless wager?



London—1725

“Gads! This pantomime is tedious. And it’s stifling in here.”

John Havilland, Duke of Thorneleigh, scowled at the players on the stage. He brushed impatiently at the sleeve of his brocaded coat and turned to his companion. “Let’s go get a drink, Felix. Someplace common and vulgar, so I can take off this damn periwig.”

Lord Felix DeWitt inhaled a pinch of snuff, sneezed delicately and shook his head. “There’s no pleasing you these days, friend Thorne. What’s happened to you?”
Thorne shrugged, unwilling to probe the festering sore inside of him that was growing more difficult to ignore. “God knows. I find life boring, that’s all. The same old pleasures, the artificial women, the carousing that produces nothing but a headache the next morning. Even my gambling gives me no joy. I always win.”

DeWitt’s laughter held the edge of envy. “Yes, damn you. You’ve got a bloody fortune, even without your winnings, while I just scrape by.”

“Faugh! You’re comfortably fixed. You’re just tightfisted. I pity the woman who marries you, forced to come begging for every petticoat and ribbon.”

Just then, the actor on the stage turned his back, bent over, lifted the skirts of his coat and pretended to pass wind. The audience roared.

Thorne felt his stomach lurch with disgust. How had he come to this—a rakehell existence, a life without meaning or direction? Shallow friends, empty days and nights, a mad pursuit of pleasure that left him increasingly dissatisfied. But what else was there for a man of his station and social class? He couldn’t very well disgrace the family honor by going off to be a ditch-digger! Besides, he’d never worked a day in his privileged life; he wouldn’t even know how to begin.

“Damn it, let’s go,” he muttered.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Sylvia Halliday has been writing historical romances for many years, with 14 published books to her credit.. Her past books have won nominations and awards from RWA and Romantic Times. Her past novels have recently been sold to Audio Realms, Samhain Publishing, (e-books) and currently, Diversion books, which has re-released seven of her books in e-book format. The last of these, SUMMER DARKNESS, WINTER LIGHT, is a prequel to MY LADY GLORIANA, a new book that will be release by Diversion in November as an e-book as well as a paperback book.  Follow and friend Sylvia on Facebook (SylviaHallidayAuthor) and Twitter (@Sylvia_Halliday); and check out her personal blog: Life Lessons From An Old Bitch.


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