Friday, 7 August 2015

Excerpt: Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek + Giveaway

Today I'm bringing another promising (and exciting) historical romance novel that just got published to your attention: take a look at Lady Emily's Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek, which is the second book in her exciting Victorian Adventures series

Read on to see an excerpt of Lady Emily's Exotic Journey, and if you haven't discovered this series yet, then you are in luck: 5 lucky readers will win a paperback copy of Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventures, the first book in the series! :-)

To celebrate her new release, Lillian shared a fact about the Victorian era she discovered during her research:

Before electricity or even gas lighting, the average bedroom in a country house required fourteen candles, plus mirrors to reflect the light. The staff of Kileen, a woefully understaffed house in Ireland, had twelve servants, two of whom were light boys who spent their entire time tending to lamps and candles.

Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek

Book #2 in the Victorian Adventures series

From sensible, sheltered girl

Safe in the embrace of her loving family, Lady Emily Tremaine longs to feel more intensely alive. Surely the magic and mystery of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh will bring about the transformation she seeks.

To the woman his heart desires

Scarred by his past and estranged from his noble grandfather, French adventurer Lucien Chambertin desires neither a home nor the chains of emotional attachment. He seeks only to explore the far reaches of the world. But he did not know the world contained the likes of Lady Emily—whose curiosity and sense of wonder match his own.


Excerpt:

Emily had left the tent, and Lucien began to turn to her to share his thoughts on the scene when he saw a puff of smoke and a glint of metal by one of the boulders on the cliff. At that moment a bullet ploughed into the deck beside him, and he heard the shot.

He flew across the feet separating them to knock Emily to the ground, covering her with his body. “Keep down,” he ordered when she tried to raise her head. More bullets fell about them, most splashing into the river. He had his pistol in his hand, but he could not see a target on the cliff. The Turkish troopers on the next raft were firing away but not to any useful purpose that he could see.

Meanwhile, the oarsmen on their raft, who had first dropped their oars in a panic, were now working madly to keep them from being dashed against the rocks as the current swept them around a curve. The skipper joined them, shouting encouragement, until a bend in the river had them out of sight of their attackers. As the wild rocking of their craft ceased and they resumed their placid drift, Lucien became aware of his more immediate surroundings.

To be precise, he became aware of Emily lying beneath him. A warm, soft Emily lying beneath him, a situation his own body found most agreeable. Her breasts were pressed against his chest, and he was positioned between her thighs. She was so soft, such a perfect match for him. She did not appear to be distressed by their position, for she was making no effort to extricate herself. Did she understand what their position was? Could she tell just how agreeable his body found this position? Because his body was reacting most strongly to this juxtaposition.

She was looking up at him with an expression of dazed surprise. He wondered if he was looking at her with the same expression. Her hands were sitting on his shoulders, not pushing him away but not drawing him down. Just touching him. Her lips were parted ever so slightly. In surprise? In invitation? He was close enough to feel the damp warmth of her breath. He was overcome with longing and began to lower his mouth to hers.


Lillian Marek was born and raised in New York City. At one time or another she has had most of the interesting but underpaid jobs available to English majors. After a few too many years in journalism, she decided she prefers fiction, where the good guys win and the bad guys get what they deserve.

Connect with Lillian at her website - Facebook - Goodreads


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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Sherri Browning's The Great Estate Teaser Tour + Giveaway

Being a biiig fan of Downton Abbey, when I got word that Sherri Browning’s The Great Estate, the third novel in her Thornbrook Park series, being described as the perfect read for DA fans, comes out this August, my curiosity was piqued! To celebrate her new release, Sherri has agreed to answer one of my questions about the novel and its inspiration about the setting. So join us and read on, there is also a sweet giveaway waiting for you at the end! ;-)

Q: Why did you chose to set your novel in the Edwardian era?

A: I love that Edwardian women are still caught up in manners and dress beautifully, but they are beginning to get more options to live or think independently. I’ve written Regency-set romance, but it’s harder to justify some actions or frames of mind in Regency-era women. I can give my Edwardian women more room to explore their places in the world beyond being a wife or mother, and more sexual freedom, too.

And now more about The Great Estate:

The Great Estate by Sherri Browning

Book #3 in the Thornbrook Park series

Pulled apart by past mistakes. Driven by a passion neither could deny.

Sophia Thorne was young and inexperienced when she married the dashing Earl of Averford…and through dark and troubled times, their relationship nearly came to an end. Now she’s determined to transform herself into the fiery, ardent lover she always wanted to be, giving them a second chance at love… before they’re lost to each other forever.

It took nearly losing Sophia for Gabriel to realize he had allowed his love for his great estate to distract him from his beautiful wife. But that time is over. Despite all the obstacles standing in their way, Gabriel vows to teach Sophia what it is to truly love…and to be loved by a husband devoted heart and soul to her every desire.


Excerpt:

Thornbrook Park. A warm wave of pride filled him at the sight as Dale drove them up the winding way. The chimneys appeared first over the crest of the hill, followed by the slate roof, and finally the rose stone facade. How could he have stayed away so long?

Sophia wouldn’t be expecting him. He planned to surprise her, perhaps persuade Finch not to even announce his return. He would simply appear at the dinner hour, dressed to the nines, and act as if he had been there the entire time. Darling, I believe the quail is cooked perfectly, but not quite the same as when I shoot it myself… No, it wouldn’t do. She hated it when he left her alone to go off hunting. He’d always known it, but he couldn’t seem to give it up. Old habits. In truth, he couldn’t wait to get his boots on, the good English ones he’d left behind, take up his rifle, and stomp off into the woods. His woods. Alas, there would be no more hunting. At least, not as frequently, and certainly not right away. Not until he was certain that he wouldn’t upset Sophia further. Not until she forgave him.

Perhaps he could suggest other activities that they could do together? His brow shot up. He knew just what activities he had in mind, but they would have to work up to that. Slowly. He meant to court her properly, one step at a time.

“Now, Dale, I don’t want a fuss,” he said. “It’s good to be home but no need for a celebration. I mean to slip in quietly.”


Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in western Massachusetts and Greater Detroit Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. 

Find her online at www.sherribrowningerwin.com.


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