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Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Hero Highlights: Christopher of Blackmour from Lynn Kurland’s THIS IS ALL I ASK

This Is All I Ask Lynn Kurland

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Lynn Kurland has written some of my favorite heroes (who I will probably share in the near future) but the Dragon of Blackmour holds a special place in my heart.

No, he isn’t actually a dragon. He doesn’t actually drink blood or gobble up six maidens daily.

The Dragon is just a man, a great lord from 1249 England, who has been the cause for so many disturbing rumors. It isn’t until his new bride, Gillian of Warwick arrives, terrified out of her mind, that she realizes that nothing about her new husband is accurate.

Is Christopher a cross, angry soul that tosses around shouts and threats to all around him? Yes. Is he tall, fit and intimidating as hell? Uh huh.

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Guest Post: “Research” by Madeline Martin

Enchantment of a Highlander Madeline Martin

I’m planning to kill someone.

That is to say, I’m researching the following things (just to name a few):

  1. How much pressure it takes to snap a neck
  2. What kind of poison side effects resemble that of a heart attack
  3. How long it takes someone to bleed out from a blade to the heart
  4. How to tie someone up so they can’t get out
  5. How far can someone who is 120lbs drag a 200lb body
  6. What spices mask poison in food/wine

Oh, did I forget to preface this with “I’m a writer”?

Oops.

Sorry about that.

Whaaaaat

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Guest Post: ‘Woman’s Problems’ in the 1800’s by Bronwen Evans

A Whisper of Desire Bronwen Evans

I, along with about 1/3 of women, suffer from endometriosis. As I write Regency historical romances and I work for a surgical association, I began to wonder what my life expectancy would have been, given how serious my endometriosis is, back in the 1800’s. I came to the conclusion I would probably have been dead by forty-five, and for the last seven years of my life I would have been very ill.

I got to wondering was endometriosis understood in the early 1800’s and what was the treatment? Can you imagine how the doctors would conduct examinations? The historic taboo associated with the examination of the female productive organs and genitalia has long inhibited the science of gynaecology. This 1822 drawing by Jacques-Pierre Maygnier shows a “compromise” procedure, in which the physician is kneeling before the woman but cannot see her genitalia. No wonder misdiagnosis was rampant.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes, Lilith Saintcrow, and Carolyn Brown

Today’s first Deal Alert offers titles by Grace Burrowes, Lilith Saintcrow, and Carolyn Brown at great prices! Get them while you can!


What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

“An extraordinary, precious, unforgettable holiday story.”—RT Book Reviews Top Pick, 4 ½ stars for RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish

The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping…


Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow

New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the faery world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.
Jeremiah Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae – by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.
Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown

From New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a contemporary Western romance filled to the brim with sexy cowboys, gutsy heroines, and genuine down-home Texas twang.

‘Tis the season for…

• A pistol-totin’ woman who’s no angel
• A tough cowboy who doesn’t believe in miracles
• Love that warms the coldest nights

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can’t wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person. When he pulls in, there’s Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.

Lucas is unfazed. But wait…is that a BABY in her arms?

Fans of Linda Lael Miller and Diana Palmer will thrill to this charming story of a Texas cowboy military veteran, the woman of his dreams…and the secret baby that binds them together.

Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Kate Elliot, Mary Robinette Kowal, Paige Tyler, and Jude Deveraux

The second Deal Alert today offers books by Kate Elliott, Mary Robinette Kowal, Paige Tyler, and Jude Deveraux! Grab them before it’s too late!

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
 In this imaginative escape into enthralling new lands, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott’s first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors–one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy–causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.


Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written

Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.

Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane’s skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right-and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.


Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler

INTRODUCING SWAT: SPECIAL WOLF ALPHA TEAM

They’re tight
They’re on target
They’re as alpha as men can get

The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret…they’re a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive-and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn’t sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something…and she’s determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She’s smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she’s getting dangerously close to the truth-and perilously close to his heart…


The Maiden by Jude Deveraux

He was wise, strong, and brave. His destiny was to be king. She was young, beautiful, a warrior princess. Her destiny was to love him.
But when first they met, it was not as princess and king — it was as man and woman only, consumed by a passion so sudden, so deep that the very world exploded with one kiss. Only later, with his touch still burning on her lips, did Jura discover that the knight of her secret tryst had been none other than the hated Prince Rowan! Rowan, who had returned from far-away England to usurp her brother’s throne…Rowan, who vowed to unite the wild clans under his rule.
Furious, Jura swore her enmity to the golden-haired prince whose glorious visage tormented her days and haunted her nights. But nothing would stop Rowan from ruling over the warring tribes…and nothing would stop him from winning the fierce and lovely Jura as his bride, his Queen, his love….

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Guest Post: “First Impressions” by Mia Marlowe

The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn Mia Marlowe

Thanks for having me here today, EverAfter!

In romance, much has been made of the “meet-cute.” You know what I mean. The hero and heroine sort of accidentally bump into each other in a memorable/funny/embarrassing situation and the tone of their relationship is set.

But what if they know ahead of time that they’re going to meet? And what if neither of them are what the other expects? That’s what happens in my newest release, The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn. Here’s a snippet:

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Sophie Jordan, Jessie Burton and Laura Kaye

For the holiday week we’ve got a great deal alert for you on three great books by three fabulous authors! All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, and Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye! Grab them at these great prices while you can!


All The Ways To Ruin A Rogue by Sophie Jordan

First friends, then enemies . . .

Lady Aurelia hasn’t always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother’s best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention— sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction— even if she tries to pretend otherwise.

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Guest Post, Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Hero: Kiernan MacLean

Lost in Your Arms Christina Dodd

Today kicks off a new feature for us on EverAfter, Swoon-Worthy Hero Spotlights! Each week author Codi Gary will be sharing her favorite Swoon-Worthy Heroes across multiple mediums. First up is Kiernan MacLean from Lost in Your Arms by Christina Dodd!


Kiernan MacLean from Lost in Your Arms by Christina Dodd

Swooning over fictional heroes is my favorite pastimes. Before I could read, I would watch cartoons, and I fell hard for such heroes as Robin Hood the Fox from the Disney Cartoon and Justin the Rat from The Secret of NIHM. They were my very first crushes on fictional characters, and I will never forget them.

But then I discovered the written word. I consumed children’s and YA so fast my mother kept threatening to stop buying book if I didn’t slow down. Nothing seemed to satisfy my romantic soul, until I started reading Sweet Valley Middle School, Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High. All of these books had Todd Wilkens, my first book boyfriend, and I fell hard.

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Guest Post: “The Food of Love” by Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, Kate Noble, and Theresa Romain

A Gentleman For All Seasons Shana Galen Vanessa Kelly Kate Noble Theresa Romain

With the holidays fast approaching, food and drink is on everyone’s mind. So many family traditions revolve around special recipes and gatherings at the dining table. In fact, it seems every season has its own special foods and drinks as well as gatherings of family and friends. Our new anthology, A Gentleman for All Seasons, spans a year in the fictional English village of Hemshawe. Each season brings a new novella and provided a fun way for us to use food in our story.

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Guest Post: On Writing LADY OF INTRIGUE by Sabrina Darby

Lady of Intrigue Sabrina Darby

Most stories I write start with a fascination for some concept, situation or theme. With Lady of Intrigue, I was obsessed with the idea that when we fall in love we often do so through a process of revealing ourselves through story. Over dates, phone calls, and long intimate conversations, we talk about our childhoods, our exes, moments that have most affected us. As we see how our companion reacts to our stories, and as s/he offers his or her narrative up in return, we subtly shape and reshape our lives. Often we find ourselves retelling stories again, but from a different perspective, and in doing so we end up learning more about ourselves.

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