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The Girl from the Lighthouse

Title: The Girl from the Lighthouse
Author: Willard Thompson
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: March 20, 2019
The Girl From the Lighthouse tells the compelling story of Emma Dobbins. 
Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she was raised by her father, a lighthouse keeper at Point Conception in California, where early on she discovers her artistic talent. At the age of 17, Emma travels to Paris with a chaperone, to attend art school but is separated from the chaperone when the woman becomes ill. Emma arrives alone in Paris with no money, no language skills, and no friends. A chance meeting with a young working girl in the train station becomes her first Parisian friend.
The setting is Paris in the 1860s-70s, the start of the Belle Èpoque. France soon is involved in the Franco/Prussian War and the Commune Uprising; difficult times for Emma and all Frenchmen. Initially rejected by art schools, her determination keeps her moving toward her goal in the art world, where the Impressionists are starting to change the world. Frenchmen fall in love with her beautiful face and lustrous dark hair. Some wanted to paint her, others to court her, but either way, she does not abide by the rules they try to impose on her because she never learned them. She grows into an accomplished artist but never gives up her own principles… even when someone steals something precious to her and she fights to get it back.
 
The story is told in the first person, present tense, allowing the reader to enter the story and feel a part of it as it unfolds, sharing with Emma her highs and lows, loves and rejections, all focused in the art world of Paris. The novel is filled with vivid characters, both fictional and real people, and the story unfolds gracefully from the 1870s until 1912, just prior to the start of WWI.

“It’s been several months,” I tell Berthe Morisot, “and I still copy with pad and pencil and sometimes watercolors. I think I have learned a great deal, but I’m still not ready for oils.”
“You should try,” she encourages me. “Jacque-Louis David is a good artist for you to copy. His portraits are beautifully executed, especially the one of Madame Recamier you are working on. Portraits like that are the kind of commissions you are likely to get when you are ready.”
“How so?”
“There is always demand for portraits of wives and children that are best done by women artists.”
I study the wine in my glass, using the pause to consider Berthe’s recommendation. “I hope to paint landscapes one day,” I tell her.
“Difficult for a woman,” she replies. “Traveling alone to paint a landscape is often…” She pauses, “How do I say, looked down upon? There are not many buyers for the work of a woman landscape artist.
“I want to be free to paint whatever I want.”
She cuts a slice of cheese from the wedge on her plate and adds it to a piece of baguette before taking a sip from her glass. She looks at me with her doleful dark eyes the whole time. “That can be difficult,” she says at last. “Consider your decision carefully. It is easier for us to paint in a boudoir than side-by-side in a world with men.” She pauses again and picks at a piece of ham.
Feeling frustrated, and looking for a response that won’t offend my friend, I stab my fork at a mushroom. “It seems to me women in Paris have only limited freedom. Do you find it that way, Berthe?”
“I have never thought much about it, but yes, I do. It’s just the way life is for women.
The Girl from the Lighthouse is Willard Thompson’s new historical romance set in California and Paris, France in the 1870s. He is the gold medal-winning author of Dream Helper, the first in The Chronicles of California series of three historical novels set in the early days of the Golden State. He and his wife live in Santa Barbara, California.

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The Banker’s Bride

Title: The Banker’s Bride
Series: A Whiskey River Brides Novel
Author: Theresa Oliver
Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May 4, 2019

 

 
She’s lost everything and wants a new start. He can’t let go of his past… until he meets her. Although both are strong-willed, can they bend their will to the other and let go of the past to let love in?
 
Megan Shannon is no stranger to struggle. Having lost everything and everyone she ever held dear, she set out from her beloved Ireland to seek a new life in America. When her thirst for a new life lands her in the untamed frontier of Whiskey River, she finds that a free spirit has no merit in her new husband’s home. Emboldened by her desire to be her own woman, Megan clashes against the powerful men who would see her demure and silent.
 
For Dallas King, Whiskey River is not a safe haven for the bold and the brave, but rather a chance to rise as a powerful man of society. Having left behind a dark and twisted childhood, Dallas sets out to become the man his father wasn’t. In the pursuit of his narrow dream, Dallas finds himself at odds with the beautiful woman he has called to the frontier to be his wife. 
 
An epic battle ensues between what one wants and what one expects as danger lurks close by. Will Megan and Dallas come to terms with their troubled pasts in pursuit of a perfect future? Or does Whiskey River have something entirely different in store for them?
 
In a battle of wills and wit, danger and desire take the reins as we return to the untamed banks of Whiskey River in The Banker’s Bride.
“What do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?”
 

 

Megan looked as if she was about to say something more, but stopped herself.

 

 

 

He placed his finger gently under her chin, forcing her to look at him. “Tell me what you were going to say. Please, don’t hold anything back from me.”

 

 

 

She shook her head as her cheeks turned a lovely shade of pink.

 

 

 

He laughed. “Come now! It can’t be that bad. Tell me.”

 

 

 

“Oh, no ye don’t.” Megan pulled back, her Irish brogue even more prominent. “Ye won’t be gittin’ no secrets out of me.”

 

 

 

“I bet I can.”

 

 

 

She shook her head. 

 

 

 

He took her hand and kissed it, and then began kissing his way up her arm.

 

 

 

“Okay, okay! Ye don’ play fair,” she relented, pulling her arm away. “I was about to say that when ye’re poor, ye don’t have many choices fer hobbies. Surviving becomes yer hobby.” She checked her hat to ensure that it hadn’t become dislodged, and then turned to look out the window. “But of course, ye probably know nothing of that.”

 

 

 

“You’d be surprised.” Dallas squeezed her hand, claiming her attention. “Megan, I grew up poor, too. My father was a sharecropper.”

 

 

 

She raised her eyebrows in disbelief.

 

 

 

“No, it’s true. My father didn’t believe in education, but he did believe in hard work.”

 

 

 

“And what do ye believe in?”

 

 

 

Dallas’s eyebrows pulled together in concern. “I believe in both.”

 

An educator, writer, mother, and free spirit, Theresa Oliver’s love affair with the written word has spanned decades. An Indiana native, Theresa began the foundation of her writing career as a child. Her love of reading, writing, and creative expression guided her to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, News Editorial sequence, from the University of Tennessee at Martin; and then continued on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University. 
 
Her foundational experiences in childhood led her to want to create meaningful, positive experiences with reading and writing for future generations, and inspire the same love of creative expression that has been such a rewarding force behind her career and life. 
 
Theresa has dedicated her life to the world of writing and the creation of novels that span all levels and genres. First and foremost a mother, her greatest loves are her three beautiful boys, to whom she dedicates the success and longevity of her prolific career. Theresa currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida with her beloved husband and children.

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Tess – Women Betrayed Series

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Branded a traitor, Nathan Montgomery is disowned by his family and his country. In a lawless town like Deadwood, a man can hide from his former life and make a comfortable living, no questions asked.
Tess Smith is hiding a dangerous secret from her past. She finds solace in her skills as a circus acrobat, but once her kindly mentor dies, she is left to the mercy of his evil nephew.
Can Tess and Nathan find happiness together, or will dark deeds tear them apart?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MARGARET TANNER –

DRAMA FILLED HISTORICAL AND WESTERN ROMANCE

Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She once spent a couple of hours in an old goal cell so she could feel the chilling cold and fear of her heroine.
She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical and western romance novels. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty and no website too hard to navigate. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.
Her favorite historical period is the 1st World War, and she has visited the battlefields of Gallipoli, France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.

With the encouragement of friend and Award Winning, Western Romance author, Susan Horsnell, she has fallen in love with writing Western Historical Romance. Frontier Australia and frontier America, have many similarities, isolated communities, a large single male population and a lack of eligible women.
She has always loved Westerns, soaking up all the Western TV shows and movies when she was young. Bonanza was her all-time favourite show. Little Joe Cartwright was her hero. Western Author, Zane Grey was her favourite author at that time.
Margaret has a short story published in the Western Romance Anthology, Rawhide ‘N Roses which was a 2015 Rone Finalist.

Margaret was also invited to participate in the American Mail Order Bride Series, 50 brides from 50 states, from 45 different authors. Her story is Edwina, Bride of Connecticut which is Book No 5 in the series.
Margaret has written 6 Western Historical Romance novellas.

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On 1st June,2015, Falsely Accused was announced as the winner of the historical novel section of Easy Chair Book shop literary competition.

Haunted Hearts came 5th in the romance section of Easy Chair Book shop competition 2015.

Margaret won the 2007 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. She also won it for a 2nd time in 2010.

Frontier Wife, won the 2010 Reader’s Favorite Historical Romance Award.

Wild Oats
As an unpublished manuscript, Fiery Possession was short-listed in English Publisher,ChocLit Find An Aussie Star competition, in December 2012.

A Rose In No-Man’s Land (published by Amazon Encore),won an un-published manuscript award through RWA (Romance Writers of Australia), several years ago and also won the Best Historical Romance of 2015 at Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Book Reviewers.

The Series Begins – Claire

CLAIRE

THE WOMEN BETRAYED SERIES

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Destitute, eighteen year old Claire is forced into working at a high class men’s club in New Orleans.
A chance sighting of her childhood sweetheart, Aaron Kirby, gives her hope that he might help her escape from the ruthless club owner, Michael De Rosa.
If she does get away, will she find happiness with Aaron on his Texas ranch?
Or will her shameful past be too much for him to forgive?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MARGARET TANNER –

DRAMA FILLED HISTORICAL AND WESTERN ROMANCE

Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She once spent a couple of hours in an old goal cell so she could feel the chilling cold and fear of her heroine.
She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical and western romance novels. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty and no website too hard to navigate. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.
Her favorite historical period is the 1st World War, and she has visited the battlefields of Gallipoli, France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.

With the encouragement of friend and Award Winning, Western Romance author, Susan Horsnell, she has fallen in love with writing Western Historical Romance. Frontier Australia and frontier America, have many similarities, isolated communities, a large single male population and a lack of eligible women.
She has always loved Westerns, soaking up all the Western TV shows and movies when she was young. Bonanza was her all-time favourite show. Little Joe Cartwright was her hero. Western Author, Zane Grey was her favourite author at that time.
Margaret has a short story published in the Western Romance Anthology, Rawhide ‘N Roses which was a 2015 Rone Finalist.

Margaret was also invited to participate in the American Mail Order Bride Series, 50 brides from 50 states, from 45 different authors. Her story is Edwina, Bride of Connecticut which is Book No 5 in the series.
Margaret has written 6 Western Historical Romance novellas.

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AWARDS

On 1st June,2015, Falsely Accused was announced as the winner of the historical novel section of Easy Chair Book shop literary competition.

Haunted Hearts came 5th in the romance section of Easy Chair Book shop competition 2015.

Margaret won the 2007 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. She also won it for a 2nd time in 2010.

Frontier Wife, won the 2010 Reader’s Favorite Historical Romance Award.

Wild Oats
As an unpublished manuscript, Fiery Possession was short-listed in English Publisher,ChocLit Find An Aussie Star competition, in December 2012.

A Rose In No-Man’s Land (published by Amazon Encore),won an un-published manuscript award through RWA (Romance Writers of Australia), several years ago and also won the Best Historical Romance of 2015 at Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Book Reviewers.

Mail Order Brides of Dayton Falls – The Series so Far

The Widower’s Christmas Wish

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In her wildest dreams Charlotte Montgomery never thought she’d ever become a mail order bride.

On discovering her parents have arranged for her to marry an elderly rich man who has already disposed of two wives, she has no option but to flee for her life.

Sheriff Angus Doyle needs a mother for his daughter after his sister can no longer care for her. Desperation has him sending for a mail order bride.

Is the undeniable attraction between the two of them, when they first meet, enough to overcome their secrets? He has a child he hasn’t mentioned, and she is a runaway?

Author’s Promise: This is a heartwarming Christmas novella with a happily ever after ending and no cliffhangers. It is a clean and wholesome story with nothing more than hugs, kisses, and holding hands.

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The Barber’s Christmas Bride

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Until her employer’s violence had her fearing for her life, Allie MacIntosh had never been desperate enough to become a mail order bride.

Small town barber, Charlie Jones is lonely. He lives for his work and not much else. He wants someone to share his life, and a mail order bride is his only hope.

When Allie arrives, Charlie is instantly smitten, but will she ever feel the same way about him? And what is the terrible secret she is hiding?

Charlie needs a Christmas miracle because if he can’t solve these problems, their relationship is doomed.

Author’s Promise: This is a heartwarming Christmas novella with a happily ever after ending and no cliffhangers. It is a clean and wholesome story with nothing more than hugs, kisses, and holding hands.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a multi award-winning and bestselling Australian author who has been published by traditional publishers since 2003. I love writing contemporary and historical western romance, either with or without suspense elements, and also write romantic suspense. Since August 2017, I have concentrated on writing mostly contemporary western romance series, where characters and settings are interlinked between each series. This means you have familiar characters and places throughout each series. I’ve taught writing for many years, and have written several non-fiction books about writing. I’ve worked as an editor for publishers, coached writers one-on-one, and have appeared at writer’s conferences in Australia and New Zealand. I have also been an invited guest speaker at Sisters in Crime and other relevant author groups. I have been married to my own real-life hero for over 43 years. We have two grown children and six grandchildren. Our household would not be complete without our wonderful pets, which includes two elderly cats and our beautiful dog Bindy, who loves long, leisurely walks. We are also fostering a puppy, who will ultimately go to a child with severe autism. My hobbies are tenpin bowling and paper crafts, and surprisingly, going to the gym. I hope you enjoy reading my books. If so, please consider leaving a review after you’ve finished reading my book/s. (This helps other people to see my books on Amazon.)For all the latest goo, please sign up to my newsletter at my website.

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Pain and Promise

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Book Title: Pain and Promise

Author: Lazlo Thorn

Publisher: MLR Press

Cover Artist: Melody Pond

Genre/s: Gay Romance / Erotica / Historical

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 73 000 words/230 pages

It is a standalone book

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June, 1981: The small town of Frentana on the Adriatic coast of Italy was the last place Bobby would have suspected that his titanic struggle with being gay would come to a head. But then he hadn’t reckoned on the town’s evil secret weapon – Dario, a Michaelangelo man with a missionary zeal for sex with men and the tightest trousers that Bobby had ever set eyes on. But then Bobby wasn’t the first Englishman in that bright land where the olive trees grew, to be dazzled and beguiled by a local boy. For there was another love story that had yet to be told. A hidden affair separated from Bobby and Dario by almost forty years. An inspiring tale of a great war time romance between two very special young men and one with which Bobby would become strangely linked.

 

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August, 1969

Florence, Italy

As the short, strong stranger drew level with Bobby, this young man, still engaged in deep conversation with his friends, nonchalantly reached down and pulled at the front of his trousers, as if scratching an itch in his groin. For a split-second, time seemed to freeze, and Bobby became lost in a moment of furtive fascination as this Florentine beauty continued touching and prodding himself between his legs. Then, in complete disregard for the very public place in which they stood, he suggestively adjusted the contents of his trousers, in much the same way a shopper in a supermarket might casually rummage in a heavy bag of vegetables.

The encounter lasted only a few seconds, and then the young blood and his equally attractive gang of friends were gone, leaving Bobby strangely crushed at the thought that this beautiful creature hadn’t even noticed he was there. The clock on the tower above his head struck eight, and time started up again. When Bobby glanced back at his family, his father was pointing enthusiastically toward the corner of the square where, having finally spotted their destination, they went on to spend a very enjoyable evening at the restaurant, and he thought no more about it.

Bobby found coming home to England after such a great holiday in Italy quite depressing, particularly when he realised that school would resume the following week. So once again, he turned his attention to more mundane matters like his unfinished holiday homework, and all too quickly, the glittering streets of Italy seemed just a distant memory.

Until that day when he made his bitter discovery.

It was early evening, not long after returning home. Alone in his bedroom, he gazed out of the window at their back garden. The red summer roses were dying back, and the rain was drizzling down. Why the memory came to him then, he wasn’t sure. Perhaps he heard the clock in the hallway downstairs chime eight. But come it did and, for whatever reason, he suddenly remembered the attractive young men in the street outside the restaurant in Florence. In particular, the one with the very tight trousers and the bulging fly. The one who couldn’t have been less like a girl. And then the penny dropped. He had been admiring a man, and, he suddenly realised, it hadn’t been the first time. These days, he was often looking at men that way and in particular at the contents of their trousers. Furthermore, when he thought about it, he always had. The picture by his bed, the rugby players in the park and the rough cowboys on television, and, yes, he was marvelling at men because he liked the look of them and the way they made him feel when he captured them in his sights. He wanted them. He had gazed at those men in the street back in Italy the way other boys at school or indeed his brother Charlie talked about looking at girls. So, there in the bedroom that evening at the end of the summer, staring into the back garden through the window, Bobby finally made the connection. A moment forever fixed in time. There was a name for this. He was a homosexual.

 

About the Author

Lazlo Thorn published his first novel (The Signal Box) in 2018. In his work he explores themes about life, death, love and sexuality, set against the social mores and prevailing attitudes to gay sex at different times and in different places. Pain and Promise is his second novel and takes the reader to a small town on the Adriatic coast of Italy where two love stories, separated by almost forty years, become linked in an unexpected way. The author has lived and worked in various countries and travelled widely in Europe and beyond. Today, he lives in England with his husband, in a quiet seaside town on the south coast.

 

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SCARLETT J. ROSE

I’m an Australian Indie Erotica/Romance Author who absolutely loves to write. On a good day, I can get out a 10k word short erotica piece, so long as my hubby doesn’t disturb me… 😉
I’ve always loved Science Fiction and fantasy, but I’m also branching out into contemporary romance/erotica. I’ve got plenty of stories to come out soon, please keep an eye out for new releases!

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Emmeline is a silent movie actress on tour throughout the wild west.

Hank is the sheriff of a town called Pillbottle. He thinks Emmeline is the most beautiful woman in the world, even though he hasn’t yet met her.

Jack is an outlaw known as Dead Eye Jack. He and his gang are responsible for murder, robbery and other serious crimes. He’s seen Emmeline’s films and is obsessed with the beautiful actress. He’s determined to make her, his.

Why do these three unlikely strangers cross paths?
And, what will be the deadly outcome?

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