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My up coming Regency release (29 August) is A Love To Remember, book #7 in my Disgraced Lords series. I really enjoyed writing this story. It’s a slightly different premise as in the story revolves around Philip and Rose, childhood friends who have been engaging in an affair for the past two years. Suddenly they find themselves at a crossroad and someone has to make a decision. What decision will Philip make and is there more to his actions than meets the eye?

The blurb in my own words…

For Rose Deverill, widowed Duchess of Roxborough, living through one marriage was enough. She doesn’t mind indulging in her little affairs because she knows that she will never go to the altar again. As the rich widow of the Duke of Roxburough, she has the means to live her life by her own rules. But, when she encounters her first love, Philip, all her old rules go out the window. They have been lovers for two years now and she wants him body and soul. Philip is haunted by his brother, the Earl of Cumberland’s death in the Battle of Waterloo. Robert was only there because of a stupid thing Philip had done. When Robert dies protecting Philip, he’s filled with guilt and loathing. It should have been Philip who died, instead he’s inherit a title he never deserved. Now, he has to make amends, and he doesn’t deserve the love of Rose, or any woman. Can Rose change Philip’s mind? Or is their love doomed?

Here’s a teaser:

Dimly, in the distance, Philip heard Rose scream, felt her body arch up beneath him, her nails sink into his arms. Then, over everything else, the powerful contractions of her sheath told of her unraveling. She tumbled from the peak in the same moment as he leaped toward it in triumph, a roar ripping from him as he pulled free of her body and let his release shudder through him.

They clung to each other as his spilt seed soaked the sheets. The tumultuous sensations caught Philip, tossing and hurling him like a ship lost on a stormy sea, like a man drowning in pleasure.

Rose’s heart thundered under his ear. Her skin slick with heat and him. She was his perfect, beautiful Rose, and he would never feel like this with any other woman. If he’d been a praying man, he would have prayed that their world would remain as it was. That society would leave them alone. That no one would hurt her again—least of all him.

“Am I crushing you?”

Rose’s answer was simply to wrap her arms around him and hold him even closer. Even tighter.

“I love the weight of you—the feel of you atop me.” She stretched and yawned. “There is nothing more perfect.”

He relaxed on her but moved his body so she didn’t bear his full weight. He’d rest, for just a while, because he wasn’t leaving this bed before they did that again. Soon his eyelids drifted closed. Heavy. So heavy.

“Sleep,” she whispered. “I shall wake you later—and this time I shall enjoy doing all the work.”

He would dream of all the inventive things she could do to wake him up. She was wickedly skilled with her mouth—and not only in conversation.

He fell asleep with a smile on his face.

Rose watched Philip as exhaustion overcame him. She would let him sleep for a few hours before taking enormous pleasure in waking him.

She moved and felt the damp patch where he’d spilled his seed. Tonight he’d made love to her as if she were the only woman in the world. She’d hoped that maybe—just maybe this time—he might have declared his feelings by spilling his seed deep inside her.

Stop being a coward and ask him. Tell him that you have changed your mind. You want to marry him. You want more children.

But something stopped her. Philip was the type of man who would see what he wanted and hunt it down. If he really wanted her as his wife he would ask her—no, he’d demand it of her.

She feared to confront him, to speak her heart. Because the truth was that if this half-life was all he could give her, she was afraid that she’d accept it and settle for fleeting moments of pleasure, when really she wanted so much more.

So she said nothing, just lay in the dimming firelight stroking his hair and watching as the man she wanted above all others slept.

I hope you check out the reviews on Goodreads and perhaps pre-order Philip and Rose’s story. Some of my readers are saying it’s the best book I’ve written.

What is it about couples that know each other that enthrals us as we watch their relationship deepen? Why do we want them to find their HEA so much?

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Addicted To The Duke Tour Schedule (Imperfect Lords book#1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.
 
Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but for two rather vexing complications. First, the sea holds painful memories; second, for her own safety, Hestia is to accompany him. As Alex battles the demons of his past, he must also resist Hestia’s surprisingly skillful attempts at seduction. After all, Alex has sworn to leave her untouched, and he intends to honor that vow—until he can properly ask the Earl’s blessing.
 
Ever since His Grace rescued Hestia from the arms of a Turkish pirate six long years ago, her heart has belonged to Alex. So when he agrees to help find her father, Hestia is thrilled. Although Alex tries to hide it, there’s passion in his eyes—and a frisson of desire in the air—whenever they meet. On board ship, miles from home, Alex won’t be able to deny her any longer. But with scoundrels lying in wait, she may not live to tell the tale of her conquest.

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June 14

Book Unleashed – Promo – Kick Off Post
Reading Romances – Interview

June 15

Just Love Books – Excerpt

June 16

Another Book Hangover – Promo, Excerpt

June 17

Full Moon Bites – Promo, Excerpt, Interview

June 19

Kimmie Sue’s Book Review – Promo, Review, Excerpt

June 20

Celtic Dragon Book Reviews – Review, Excerpt

June 21

Jenerated Reviews – Promo, Review, Excerpt
Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog – Excerpt, Fun Facts

June 22

CGB Blog Tours – Promo, Excerpt
My Book Addiction and More – Review, Excerpt
Between the Coverz – Promo, Review

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I have a new release coming 14 June – ADDICTED TO THE DUKE (available for pre-order).

It’s book #1 in my new Imperfect Lords series. The hero in Addicted To The Duke struggles with opium addiction.

It’s a topic you don’t often read about in Regency Historical Romances…. opium addiction, yet it was common.

Here is a 5 star review from Goodreads that tells a little more about the story:

Alex and Hestia, another wonderful couple who found their happy ever after with this author’s storytelling. There was a topic in this story that you don’t often read about in Regency romances, that of addiction to opium (aka laudanum). The topic was addressed by the author with directness and dispatch right from the beginning of the story, and I admired that about the storytelling. Alex’s addiction stemmed from his capture and captivity by a piratical Turk which later made for a very rocky romance between Alex and Hestia…and a very interesting journey and adventure. Once started I just could not put it down. 

Back in the early 1800’s no one, not even doctors or surgeons, understood how addictive opium was. In fact, the word ‘addict’ in terms of narcotics did not come into use until 1907.

So, Alex our hero in ADDICTED TO THE DUKE, kept using opium because he did not understand addiction, in that he had no idea what an addict was. 

Alex was captured and held as a slave in eighteen hundred and seven and became an opium addict. On his rescue two years later, his doctor prescribes the use laudanum to help him escape his nightmares and help him sleep. He therefore thinks it’s fine to use. The laudanum does ease his nightmares. In early Regency no one understood that laudanum was just as addictive as opium, in fact most physicians saw opium and it’s derivative morphine as the ‘saviour of medicine’. Little did they no…

Many women who were given laudanum for headaches and menstrual cramps, and children given it for teething and stomach upsets and other ailments, soon became very ill from opium addiction.

Opium could be bought over the counter like a tonic until 1864 when it became pharmacy only and could only be sold in pharmacies. It was not restricted as a medicine until 1901.

My story is set during the Regency period where opium addiction was not understood and many did not understand that there was no difference between opium smoking and taking laudanum. Both were highly addictive.

English artists, writers, and other luminaries were famously experimenting with and becoming addicted to opium in the early 19th century. By 1830, British use of opium for both medicinal and recreational purposes was at an all time high. 22,000 pounds of opium were imported from Turkey and India that year.

Laudanum continued to be popular, and was actually cheaper than beer or wine. Patent medicines (non-prescription “cures” of all descriptions,) and opium preparations such as Dover’s Powder were readily available. The incidence of opium dependence grew steadily in England, Europe, and the United States during the first half of the 19th century by means of these treatments. Working-class medicinal use of products containing opium as sedatives for children was especially common in England. Those using opium for recreational purposes seem to have been primarily English literary and creative personalities, such as Thomas de Quincey, Byron, Shelley, Barrett-Browning, Coleridge, and Dickens.

“Oh! just, subtle, and mighty opium! that to the hearts of poor and rich alike, for the wounds that will never heal, and for ‘the pangs that tempt the spirit to rebel,’ bringest an assuaging balm; eloquent opium! that with thy potent rhetoric stealest away the purposes of wrath; and to the guilty man, for one night givest back the hopes of his youth, and hands washed pure of blood….”

Confessions of an Opium Eater – (1821) is an autobiographical account written by Thomas De Quincey, about his laudanum addiction and its effect on his life. 

I thought this poem beautifully sums up Alex’s problem…wounds that will never heal….it take Hestia’s love to heal, it’s stronger than any drug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the blurb:

A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.
 
Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but for two rather vexing complications. First, the sea holds painful memories; second, for her own safety, Hestia is to accompany him. As Alex battles the demons of his past, he must also resist Hestia’s surprisingly skillful attempts at seduction. After all, Alex has sworn to leave her untouched, and he intends to honor that vow—until he can properly ask the Earl’s blessing.
 
Ever since His Grace rescued Hestia from the arms of a Turkish pirate six long years ago, her heart has belonged to Alex. So when he agrees to help find her father, Hestia is thrilled. Although Alex tries to hide it, there’s passion in his eyes—and a frisson of desire in the air—whenever they meet. On board ship, miles from home, Alex won’t be able to deny her any longer. But with scoundrels lying in wait, she may not live to tell the tale of her conquest. 

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