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By SUSAN HORSNELL

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Bobby-Jo Fletcher is a woman raised by her father. He taught her to fish, shoot, and look out for herself.

Dallas McBride wasn’t looking for love. He was content living life on his own terms.

When these two meet, sparks fly, and both lives are turned upside down.

Can Dallas convince the spoiled fiery minx, used to getting her own way, that she can’t survive alone in the goldfields of Alaska?

What will he do when he finds himself falling in love?

Author Bio:

My name is Susan Horsnell and for 37 years, I worked as a nurse.

It was something I always wanted to do from the time I was a young child and I began treading this path as a 12 year old when I volunteered at the local hospital, helping the Pink Ladies sell magazines and sweets from a trolley.

I have always had an overactive imagination and teachers noted I had a great ability for writing at a young age.

When I retired I put pen to paper and a second long held dream became a reality with my first book – a Western Historical Romance was published in 2013.

My love of the Wild West came from my father, an avid Cowboys and Indian fan. From there, my imagination took over and I branched into other Romance Genres. My aim is to take the reader on a roller coaster of action, emotion, mystery and of course – love.

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THE COMPLETE ARIZONA HEARTS SERIES

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Arizona Hearts is a series of 8 books based on 2 families written from the views of strong women and dangerous men when the “natural ” flow of things is interrupted. Each women brings her own resources and skills to unexpected encounters that grows into a romance. Often, will a lot of blood, sweat and tears in between.

Strong women

The O’ Brian’s, are center around Tucson and south eastern Arizona as population increases. Old money, new money and racial tension always with a HEA.

The Taggerts start with family connections in Tucson’s barrios, with the adventuring ” couples” traversing the wide and exciting landscape of “turn of the century” Arizona. East meets West and both are “civilized” by common bonds.

In a Rain Trueax book the women are as powerful and important to the outcome as the men. AND, The Men are Grateful. Such is the story as observed by an Ol’ Desert rat that has traversed the West for 55 years with Ms. Trueax.

Check out the modern books by Rain Trueax following the same ‘western ethos’ in suburban settings of the Tucson Barrios with mystical elements and the Northwestern series that blends the rural with the urban rhythms. Following Rain’s life experiences. Nothing is EVER what it seems to be. Enjoy. I know you will not regret reading these.

 

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OUTLAW LOVE – Book 1

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Put these two combustible personalities together on Sam’s ranch, both with a bent toward the outlaw way, in a place where life rests on the edge and a marriage begun for all the wrong reasons, and you are reading “Outlaw Way” Rain’s fast moving introduction to Arizona Hearts western historical romance series.

A heavy gun belt hung on his hip, slung low. It identified him as clearly as her plain cotton dress and tightly bound hair identified her. He was a gunfighter; she was a spinster.

Buy now to start your journey through a fictional version of Arizona history.

Setting Tucson, 1883 Wells Fargo office: “You should come inside.” “It’s not cooler.” “Abigail, ladies do not stand on boardwalks.” Martin’s eyes reflected nervousness as he glanced down the street and back at her. “I must insist you come into the office.” “No.” “No?” She turned her gaze to the street where she noticed for the first time, men coming out of the Pedrales Bar. If she hadn’t known that to go into the office now would make Martin believe he had won, when she saw several of the men mount their horses and wheel them up the street, she might have ducked inside. Their route would take them past her. A tall man, garbed in black, strode from the cantina, cast a laughing comment behind him, and gave a quick running leap to vault into his saddle. The whole movement had been like that of a big cat. She found her attention held by the grace of the man’s seat on a large black horse that showed its spirit by rearing up, then settling down under a sure hand on the reins. In seconds, the man had wheeled his horse and was heading toward her at a fast canter. Abigail pressed herself against the wall. She could not explain the mix of emotions– repulsion and fascination– in equal parts. She didn’t turn her gaze away even when she saw his head turn toward her. He wouldn’t see her, wouldn’t notice a mousy woman like her even if he had, but she felt a surprising apprehension. Startled, she saw him pull his horse to an abrupt halt in front of her. Good Lord. His black shirt was open almost to his waist and she saw through the opening a bare chest. My lord. She should look away, but she couldn’t tear her eyes from him. He took his hat from his head, ran a muscular forearm across his forehead as he turned and looked straight at her. No gentleman would have done such a thing; he would’ve pretended not to see her. Their gazes met and then to her shock, he looked her up and down, giving her a clear view of an angular face. Beneath his bold stroke of a mustache and heavy beard, she could not tell if he was smiling. She sensed for one wild moment that he was considering coming toward her, saying something, but he settled his hat onto his head and kicked his horse into a gallop, leaving a cloud of dust and hundreds of tiny dust devils in his wake. She watched until the desert haze swallowed every sign that they had passed. Only then did she go into the office. “It’s about time,” Martin snapped, his expression disapproving. “Didn’t it occur to you men such as those could snatch a woman, carry her off into the desert, and she’d never be seen or heard from again?” Abigail laughed with genuine amusement. “I think they could do better than me if that was their desire.” He ignored her logic. “Who would have to save you if you were kidnapped?” She realized then that he must have seen the men coming from the bar, and it explained his own quick retreat. She sighed. “Martin, are you reading dime novels again?” “Tucson is a dangerous place.“

Try it. You will not be disappointed.

Edited and reformatted from the original 2013: “Arizona Sunset”. Heat level: 4 of 5

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FATED LOVE – Book 2

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It will take Christmas, family and ‘Fate’ for these star-crossed lovers to find their own happily ever after.

Priscilla Wesley(Cilla) has all a young woman could want, as she seeks answers to life from mysticism. She’s made a few mistakes along that line, ending up with Martin Matthews on her doorstep. Wishes can run amok. She has decided to remain a spinster– especially since the only man who really attracts her wears a gun.

Marshal Cord O’Brian faces many problems. One is staying away from the lovely but spoiled Miss Wesley. She’s bad news for him. Cord has never trusted the outlaw, Sam Ryker, (from Book 1) who Priscilla’s friend Abby married (ran off with). There might be a reason for that, a reason neither man wants to accept.

However, when Cord’s estranged, nine-year old daughter arrives in Tucson, his problems hit a whole new level.

She can not abide guns and he lives by the gun. What can go wrong?

If you like suspense, action and the courting game (spicy romance), you will love ‘Priscilla’s Choice’ – Arizona Hearts Book 2

 
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FORBIDDEN LOVE – Book 3

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She was too young and now, he’s seen too much.The Rough Rider and the heiress. A Murder mystery and a kidnapped boy send them on a quest.Grace O’Brian returns to Tucson with no idea what she will do with her new degree nor her sudden wealth. As she steps from the train, the man of her dreams is waiting for her. Will he ever see her as more than the daughter of his friend? Rafe Cordova has been through years of hell with his marriage exploding and his son taken from him. For a Yaqui, family is the center of their lives, and the woman he has loved for years is beyond his reach. As bad as things seemed for him with the Rough Riders in Cuba, they are about to get worse, as he’s accused of murder and his son is missing.Rafe and Grace have much to learn about family, healing and loyalty. Follow this hero and heroine on their journey to love and their true identities.If you like character driven novels via Justine Davis or Roberta Gellis . Try the western version by Rain TrueaxPreviously released as “Arizona Dawn”.Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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ROSE’S GIFT – Book 4

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A birth, a death, and a wedding– all in the Christmas season. Life is a spiral. Seasons come and go, but when they return, it’s to a new place.A sixty year old widow, Rose has her life set out in a comfortable way– bridge, tea with friends, family dropping by, and a nice little home. She went through a depression when she lost her husband four years earlier but has come to terms with life as it must be—or so she thought, until a man comes along to challenge her assumptions.Ollie, nearly sixty, has been cowboy, rustler, and ranch foreman. When he saw something he wanted, he has come to Tucson to claim it. Knowing more about cattle and horses than women, he sets out to woo Rose by showing her the kind of man he is.Is it too late? Can she give up her comforts? This man won’t be satisfied with living in the city as she has. She will have to change more than adding a man to her bed… He has made it clear what kind of marriage he intends it to be. Is she up to that? Accepting his proposal could upset his friends and hers. A new life? A new home? A wedding? A happily ever after?Or is it all too late? An O’ Brian extended family story.21,000 words, A nice, respectable romantic story

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ECHOES FROM THE PAST – Book 5

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The Power of Love. It can’t be stopped Determined and used to getting what she wants, Holly Jacobs is on a quest to unlock the past. Deadly as it might be. Holly has the looks, the wealth and an education. She has come to Tucson to be with her sister hoping to find answers to her vivid dreams. She is going to experience more than she ever expected. With the life Vince Taggert had led, there were many ways he could end up dead; and he wasn’t about to worry about some naive city slicker’s dreams. Although, he did know that she was the dangerous kind of woman for him– the kind you marry and he wasn’t the marrying kind. If her dreams were correct. They had no reason to be together except, maybe a few past lives where the passion was sizzling, and he always ended up dead. Some families, like the outlaw Taggert family, drag a lot of unruly energy with them wherever they go. What happens when two such energies collide? In the Mazatzal Wilderness mysteries, legends, danger and love await for those who survive the challenges. Book Five of the Arizona Hearts Series, some familiar characters, and a whole new set of ‘bad boys’, young and old. 103,523 words Heat level: ♥♥♥♥.
 
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LANDS OF FIRE – Book 6

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A moving romance set in a fast growing frontier oasis. With the coming of the train and links to California and the east coast, Tucson is mixture of grit and culture. Living in Rose’s Cottage provides a wellspring of inspiration for Lily Jacobs’ art. It also helped her avoid a man in Chicago, who was threatening with his unwelcome attentions. After years of doing her father’s bidding, Lily is now a woman of means, free to choose her own path. When famous painter, Patrick Jamison arrives in Tucson, Lily is eager to take lessons and improve her work. But, she isn’t looking for love.
Slow from birth, Jesse Taggert lives on the desert as he trains horses and works for a large ranch. Jesse knows animals and finds the further he is from people, the better—especially beautiful woman, but how can he refuse his brother’s request that he teach his sister-in-law, Lily, how to ride the horse he has trained? Once these two meet, sparks fly. A woman like Lily would never want a man like Jesse, someone who can’t even read. If that hasn’t been enough reason to avoid her, the dangers his father is bringing onto him will be. Lily isn’t listening. She sees things in Jesse he does not see in himself. Some loves are worth fighting to hold onto. Lands of Fire is a love story not only of two people but also of the desert. Danger walks with this land, but the passion it stirs can make it all worthwhile—if one survives. 85,058 words. Heat level #4

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DESTINY’S CALL – Book 7

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She created a fictional outlaw hero — or so she thought. 1905, San Francisco, English Literature professor, Wilhelmina Agatha Tremaine Butler heads to Arizona’s White Mountains to write a novel she can respect more than the dime novels that paid her way through school. She wrote as, Will Tremaine, to protect her reputation from the disdain she is sure would be her lot if her colleagues knew she has been writing potboilers. In the wilderness, she is confident that she can write a novel worthy of respect. Asked by his worried sister-in-law, Holly, to check on her college friend, Cole Taggert assumes her friend is an over educated, naive, idiot to head into the wilderness. Cole has used his ability with a gun to keep the peace, attempting to escape the reputation of his outlaw family. He isn’t helped by the dime novels that have become so popular with a Taggert, outlaw hero. Worst, his own family like the books. If he can just find that Will Tremaine, he’ll give him a lesson in using other-people’s name. When Cole arrives at Willy’s rented cabin, he sees her swimming in the lake. Her life isn’t the only one about to get redirected. Sometimes when destiny calls, we don’t hear it; but we can’t avoid the path it sets us on. For Willy, it will involve unexpected action, adopting strays (man and beast), physical attraction to a man and a land– plus a journal that reveals dangerous secrets. Love must find a way when someone with evil intent wants to end any chance for a happily ever after. Originally released as ‘Bound for the Hills’. 111,200 words.
 
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FREDERICA’S OUTLAW – Book 8

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A simple, “May I help you, Ma’am” can change a man’s life forever.
She came to Tucson to find her daughter. Christmas and an old outlaw are going to give her a lot more than she expected.
1905– Frederica Windsor steps off the train in Tucson, Arizona and enters a world, unlike any she’d ever known—where the Old West has yet to be tamed. She has come to find why her daughter mysteriously left Boston. She does not expect she is about to launch herself into an adventure with a man who seems to have come from the pages of one of the dime novels she’s been reading. Jeremiah Taggert finds this Bostonian lady temptingly beautiful but has no intention of taking it further. He had lived a reckless, outlaw life before recognizing that world was gone forever, and those who denied it were going to be strung up, shot or in a prison cell. With his three sons settled in Tucson, he wants to be close enough to help in their lives, as a way to make up for the years he’d not been much of a father. Together Jeremiah and Frederica are about to find something they felt had passed them by. The problem will be surviving an enemy with a long reach. Leaving Tucson and heading south toward the border and the Circle O ranch, the flavor and beauty of the desert become part of their story as it takes them to a family Christmas, with danger on its way. Novella. No sex Originally released as Sonoran Christmas and Frederica’s Heart until it found its most fitting title– Frederica’s Outlaw.

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Title: Anne and Louis: Forever Bound
Author: Rozsa Gaston
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: May 10th, 2021
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“A vibrant and dynamic retelling of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany’s life.”—Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize

“… a captivating drama.”—Kirkus Reviews

The year is 1508. Louis XII, King of France, wants to stamp France’s footprint upon Italy.

Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, and ruler of neighboring realm Brittany, wants to produce a son and heir for Louis and to save the independence of Brittany from France.

Louise of Savoy, the mother of the king’s intended successor, the future Francis I, wants to see her son on the throne of France.

All three have suffered the twisting of their fates by Anne de Beaujeu, the spider king’s daughter, who ruled France from 1483-1491. Two shake off her shadow; one does not.

One sees their dreams come true; two do not. But in this game of thrones, winners lose and losers win the greatest prize of all.

Anne and Louis Forever Bound is the standalone fourth and final novel of the award-winning Anne of Brittany Series.

Rozsa Gaston writes playful books on serious matters, including the struggles women face to get what they want out of life. She studied European history at Yale, and received her Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. In between, Gaston worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her family.
 
Gaston is currently working on Anne and Louis: Middle Years, Book Three of the Anne of Brittany Series, a fictional account of the life of Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, during the middle years of her second marriage from 1499-1514 to Louis XII, King of France. Her other books include Sense of Touch: Love and Duty at Anne of Brittany’s Court, Budapest Romance, Dog Sitters, Paris Adieu, Black is Not a Color, and Running from Love.
 
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A WAITRESS FOR WADE

A Waitress for Wade (Mail-Order Mama Series Book 7) by [Susan Horsnell]

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Wade Johnson is a man who runs a cattle ranch, five miles from the small town of Alexandar, Colorado. He’s struggling to raise three children alone after losing his wife in an influenza epidemic two years earlier.
Annalise Hudson is a woman happy in life. She works long hours in the family diner which she inherited when her mama and daddy were killed in a freak accident.
Wade’s eldest daughter thinks it’s about time he remarried, but he’s having none of her suggestion to advertise for a mail-order bride.
Annalise is forced to make a decision she wasn’t ready for when her world is tipped upside down.
Can these two make a life together when their meeting is based on deceit?

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These books share a common theme – a family member or friend has posted an advertisement for an unsuspecting single father. Let the fun begin!

Book 1 – AN ANGEL FOR ADAM – Teresa Ives Lilly

Book 2 – A QUILTER FOR QUINT – Linda Carroll-Bradd

Book 3 – A PIANIST FOR PREACHER – Linda Baten-Johnson

Book 4 – A BLUESTOCKING FOR BRAD – Angela Lain

Book 5 – A COOK FOR CALEB – Elissa Strati

Book 6 – A BAKER FOR BEAR – Kimberly Grist

Book 7 – A WAITRESS FOR WADE – Susan Horsnell

Book 8 – A LAWYER FOR LINTON – Zina Abbott

Book 9 – A DOCTOR FOR DOUG – Allyson Carter

Book 10 – A HEALER FOR HEATH – Kandice E. Geddes

Book 11 – A HORSEWOMAN FOR HARLAN – Barbara Goss

Book 12 – AN AU PAIR FOR AUSTIN – Lynn A. Coleman

Book 13 – A MAID FOR MASON – Regina Walker

Book 14 – A COWGIRL FOR CURTIS – Marlene Bierworth

Book 15 – A BRIDE FOR BENJAMIN – Rhonda Gibson

Book 16 – A SCOUT FOR SKYLER – Heather Blanton

Book 17 – A GAMBLER FOR GREY – Kandice E. Geddes

Book 18 – A CAREGIVER FOR CASH – Annee Jones

 

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Dr. Gaige Adams is a surgeon at a large hospital in Charleston, he is lauded for his brilliance and ability to save lives. But all is not as it seems with the troubled man.

Amelia Cox is a nurse, posted to the same large hospital after completing her training. She is down to earth, independent and not afraid to take on any challenge thrown her way.

When she discovers Gaige is floundering, and doubting his ability to continue on in the medical field, she steps in and offers her help.

Will Gaige emerge from the darkness he has been trapped in for years, or is Amelia losing her heart to a man destined to always be crippled by grief?

Originally published as A Nurse for Gaige in the Nursing the Heart Multi-Author Series

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Genevieve Masters, Ginny to her friends, has achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.

Following training in Baltimore at the Baltimore School of Nursing, she secures a position caring for children at The Philadelphia Children’s Hospital.

It is here she meets the handsome, but troubled, Dr. Brayden Jenkins.

Can Ginny break down the carefully constructed walls surrounding Brayden’s heart, or is he destined to remain alone and bitter?

Originally published as A Nurse for Brayden in the Nursing the Heart Romance Multi-Author Series.

 

 

 

 

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THE LOST LETTERS OF PLAYFAIR STREET

Author: Michelle Montebello
Cover Design: Kris Dallas Design
Publication Date: 2nd December 2020
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance/Historical Mystery

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A lover’s game. A chest of clues.
Come find me. I’ll be waiting…
1929: On the night of her engagement to austere banker Floyd Clark, Charlotte Greene meets enigmatic Sydney Harbour Bridge engineer, Alexander Young. Their encounter is brief, but their attraction instant.

Alex invites Charlotte to play a game with him, one of daring clues and secret meeting places. She accepts and they embark on a thrilling lover’s chase across the city.

But with her arranged marriage to Floyd looming, will she have the strength to let Alex go?

Present Day: Paige Westwood is helping her boss establish a publishing company in his newly-purchased Playfair Street house in The Rocks, Sydney. In the attic, she discovers a chest of old clues that lead the reader on a journey across the city.

Paige contacts the former owner, Ryan Greene, who explains the clues belonged to his great-aunt Charlotte, who once lived in the house, but who mysteriously disappeared in 1929.

Together, they follow Charlotte and Alex’s clues to unravel a fascinating tale of lies and intrigue, of two lovers bound by hope, but also by deceit. Can they solve the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearance or has all hope been lost to the past?

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Michelle Montebello is a writer from Sydney, Australia where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the internationally bestselling author of The Quarantine Station, Beautiful, Fragile and the Belle Series.

Her books have won numerous awards. Most recently The Quarantine Station and Beautiful, Fragile were shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Romance Readers Association Awards for Favourite Historical Fiction and Favourite Contemporary Romance. She was also shortlisted for Favourite Australian Author of the Year.

When Michelle is not writing, she has a keen passion for reading, tennis and travel.

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Title: The Sisters of Salem
Author: Tish Thawer
Genre: Historical Fantasy/PNR
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba Publication
Date: October 30th, 2020
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Through space and time,sisters entwined.

Lost then found, souls remain bound.

After facing a relentless foe, three sister witches are forced even further back through time
to a place that holds just as much sorrow for them as it does joy. Returning to
their origins in 1685, the trio races to save not only their mother from the
clutches of their new enemy but also to secure the future they’ve worked for
centuries to build.  Avoiding their
younger selves is a necessity that proves difficult, especially when one sister
isn’t sure she wants to leave the past behind. Faced with love and loss, these
witches are forced to endure the burning times again, and one wrong step could
alter history and their future forever.

A Witches of BlackBrook novel. [Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novel Winner 2020]

 

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Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal
cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have
always held a special place in her heart. Best known for her Witches of
BlackBrook series, Tish’s detailed world-building and magic-laced stories have
been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris.

Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and
has bylines as a columnist for Gliterary Girl media, RT Magazine, and Literary
Lunes Magazine. She currently resides in Missouri with her husband and two of
her three wonderful children, and operates Amber Leaf Designs, an online custom
swag retail store.

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Title: Anne and Charles
Author: Rozsa Gaston
Genre: Historical Fiction
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When Anne of Brittany’s father dies in 1488, she becomes Duchess of Brittany, her country’s ruler at age eleven. For the next three years, the unmarried, orphaned duchess is pursued by suitors while Brittany is invaded by its larger, more powerful neighbor of France. With no other way out, at age fourteen she agrees to marry Charles VIII, King of France, to save her country. Better to be a queen than a prisoner…
Unexpectedly, a passionate relationship ensues. Yet Charles cannot shake off bad habits he has brought into their marriage, and Anne cannot help him in his darkest area of struggle.
Together, they introduce the wonders of the Italian Renaissance to France, building one of Europe’s most glorious 15th century courts at their royal residence in Amboise, in the heart of the Loire Valley.
But year after year they fail to achieve the one most important aim they must accomplish to secure the future of their kingdom. As they desperately attempt to make their shared dream come true, an unexpected twist of fate irrevocably changes the fortunes of both Anne and Charles.
Book One of the Anne of Brittany Series, the gripping tale of a larger than life queen. Next in the series is Anne and Louis, general fiction winner of the Publishers Weekly 2018 BookLife Prize.
Continue your discovery of Anne of Brittany with Sense of Touch: Love and Duty at Anne of Brittany’s Court, a captivating tale of forbidden love in the 15th century French royal court.
Rozsa Gaston writes playful books on serious matters, including the struggles women face to get what they want out of life. She studied European history at Yale, and received her Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. In between, Gaston worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her family.
Gaston is currently working on Anne and Louis: Middle Years, Book Three of the Anne of Brittany Series, a fictional account of the life of Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, during the middle years of her second marriage from 1499-1514 to Louis XII, King of France. Her other books include Sense of Touch: Love and Duty at Anne of Brittany’s Court, Budapest Romance, Dog Sitters, Paris Adieu, Black is Not a Color, and Running from Love.
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Anne and Louis: Rulers and Lovers: https://amzn.to/2t8o7oy
“And did my worries not trouble you when your army saw fit to invade my father’s castle in Nantes?” The duchess’ eyes narrowed but not before a flash like the glint of a steel blade escaped them, nicking Charles with its intensity.
Charles thought fast. “They did, my lady. And for that reason, every item in the castle of your birth is intact and untouched by my men.”
“And my books?”
“All five-hundred-and-fifty-three, my lady. Have you read many of them?”
“I have, Monsieur. My father raised me well.”
“I am much impressed.” Her self-confidence shot a thrill through him. What he wouldn’t give to own a smidgen of such confidence or to have a woman with such at his side, helping him rule his kingdom. “And my father didn’t raise me well, but maybe one day I will be a father who imparts learning to his children the way Duke Francis did with you.” He straightened himself to his highest height possible—not very high in anyone’s book. Fortunately, the woman he addressed was a good hand shorter, as slight as a wisp, but with every appearance of sturdiness in her demeanor.
He watched as she studied him, her mouth formed into the shape of a rosebud. The unruly thought of kissing it sprang up inside him, like an underground spring breaking through to the surface. He stifled it.
“My father was a great man.” A wistful smile played on the duchess’ lips.
In his own estimation, Duke Francis II had not been an especially great ruler. But God forbid he get in the way of the love between a daughter and her father, Charles thought, remembering his own father’s love for his eldest daughter. Louis XI had made him feel like a simpleton, only fit to be led around by his much smarter oldest sister.
Charles’ blood boiled. The moment had come to change what others thought of him, beginning with his family members.
“Will you come with me, Princesse la Duchesse?” He held out his hand, praying she would take it. He could see she pined for her father. He would try to substitute— although his feelings, when he drank in her sweet face and figure, were anything but fatherly.
Anne of Brittany lifted her chin and hesitated. Charles sensed the room freeze, the duchess’ attendants intent upon their sovereign’s next move.
“Where do you lead me?” Her hand remained at her side.
He had no idea, but it looked as if she was used to having her way, so he tossed the ball into her court. “To the direction you tell me your favorite garden is in.”
“A good plan.” Her smile this time was wider, but not too wide—just wide enough to swallow the reason of the young king of France in its expanse. Stepping forward, she took his hand.
Title: Under His Protection
Author: Stacy Von Haegert
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: Feb. 24th, 2020
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A richly textured and unforgettable Historical Romance by International Bestselling Author Stacy Von Haegert!
Most debutantes meet their intendeds at polite societal gatherings, not over a duel in Hyde park. However, Greyland Kingston is not your typical young lady, and her family is far from conventional.
Alexander Hamilton, Duke of Ravenswood, is about to find out how unique the family is when he becomes unwittingly entangled with the newly arrived Kingston’s from New Orleans–one family member in particular.
With her spirited personality and innocent aversion to all things proper, Greyland Kingston completely throws him off his well-established game. The gossip fans start to flutter when Greyland, her two older brothers and distinguished father, make their debut. Who is this family? How do they know the Queen? Why does the patriarch look like the ghost of the long-ago Plantagenet King, Edward the IV?
Trouble ensues in the form of jealous women, ambitious men, and a vengeful Irish clan. Alexander quickly finds that having Greyland for his own will come at a steep price…
And he must risk everything to keep her protected.
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Stacy Von Haegert is the international best-selling author of three genres: Historical romance (The White Rose Trilogy), dark fantasy (The Forged Series), and historical fiction (Lords).
Stacy grew up in Nashville TN, daughter of a singer-songwriter and an equestrian enthusiast. When she was not tagging along with her father into music city staples like the Blue Bird or riding her mother’s Arabians at breakneck speeds over the Tennessee countryside she was writing short stories and poems.
Her passion for words grew and in 2013 Stacy released her first book, Under his Protection (revised with an additional 25k words and re-released in 2020), that raced up Amazon’s charts landing at #2 in the US and #1 in the UK.
Stacy currently lives in historic downtown Franklin TN where she writes by day and teaches ballroom dance in the evenings.
She is obsessed with old houses, good literature, and boogie boarding.
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The sound of thundering hooves trampling over the earth brought Alex’s mind right back to the present. All three men jerked their heads toward the intrusion. A bay steed burst through the bush carrying a wild-eyed girl. Her beautifully carved slender legs were exposed up to her knees and she was missing one of her slippers.
The horse immediately sensed the wolf and reared straight up. Surprisingly, the bareback rider managed to hug tight to the beast’s neck and stayed on. As the front hooves made contact with the ground—and before the horse could rise in protest again—the girl catapulted off the side and unsuccessfully grabbed for the reins. The mare bolted away.
“Damn!” she said, simply annoyed, as if she had lost a shilling rather than a thoroughbred.
“What on earth!” Perkin’s previous calm appearance all but shattered into a thousand pieces in front of them.
“Is that a wolf?” The girl’s sites fixated on Malikite, a glint in her bright eyes, her breathing coming hard, causing her small breasts to rise and fall, threatening to escape a much-too-slack bodice.
Alex stared. Who on earth had helped this poor woman dress? Clearly a dressing-maid with a vengeance. Unless the young lady before them was newly escaped from the asylum. Which might explain the entry.
The girl was completely disheveled. A twig dangled from her raven-black curls. Windblown pink cheeks decorated her milk-white skin and a bead of perspiration highlighted her cupid-bow lips. Her eyes were like the palest green of the sea, and they raged as wild as a developing storm. Never in his wildest dreams had he ever thought a woman could be this…inspiring. Captivating. Alive! She had to be from the asylum, Alex concluded. Someone’s daughter or young bride that had lost her wits and had to be committed.
Still, she was magnificent, albeit likely touched in the head. Alexander felt a stir in his fawn-colored trousers. He tried to retrieve his thoughts from their rapid downward descent. He could have any woman in London and had turned down half of them in the past month alone due to a lack of interest. Now here he was, the Duke of Ravenswood, in the middle of the park getting brought to life by a lunatic. Gone completely was the conundrum of the previous conversation with Perkin Kingston. The issue at hand now may well be his own dwindling sanity.

 

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Shanghai 1879

Two sisters, one driving desire for passion.

After her sister’s successful marriage, Isabelle Forster is sure she’ll only ever be an old maid aunt. That is until she meets Langdon Deveraux. He’s tall, he’s dashing, and he excites her enough to take a walk on the wild side. But with only a month to explore Shanghai before her sister and brother-in-law have decreed they must return to England, time is short.

Langdon wants Isabelle from the first moment they meet, but with the news that she’s leaving shortly, he’s propelled into action after she makes an advance that leaves him reeling. Marriage is the only answer, but he’s got other pressing issues: hunting down the opium importers and pressure from his superior to see if the Forster sisters are involved.

Between the opium problem and issues with running Forster Shipping, Isabelle is learning to accept her sexuality and changed circumstances. It’s going to make the first weeks of marriage full of adventure and danger.

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