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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.

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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.“

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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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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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THE ALL NEW MAIL-ORDER MAMA SERIES

A Multi-Author Historical Series

 

All books are either live, or available for pre-order at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QV9DPSL

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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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DARE TO BE A DUCHESS

By SAPNA BHOG

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Trope: Multicultural | Interracial Romance

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He’s a powerful duke. She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…

Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. Not even the protection of the formidable Duke of Wolverton, a man she can’t stand, keeps the gossips at bay.

The audacious Lara has driven Tristan Wentworth, The Duke of Wolverton, to distraction since the day his uncle took her in—and he’s quite certain doing so is her favorite pastime. After catching her and his younger sister at a salacious masquerade, he’s had enough scandal and issues a marriage ultimatum: find a husband within six months or one will be chosen for her.

Unfortunately, no one in the ton appeals to her. Except, perhaps, the duke himself. The battle of wills has only just begun, and when Lara kisses him, their fate is sealed.

Sometimes even the most proper duke needs to break the rules to win the heart of the woman he loves…

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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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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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Title: Anne and Louis
Author: Rozsa Gaston
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: November 29th, 2018
 
Blurb:
Anne, Duchess of Brittany, is the love of King Louis XII of France’s life. Too bad he’s already married. While his annulment proceedings create Europe’s most sensational scandal of 1498, Anne returns to Brittany to take back control of her duchy that her late husband, Charles VIII, King of France, had wrested from her.

 

At age twenty-one, Anne is sovereign ruler of Brittany as well as Europe’s most wealthy widow. But can she maintain Brittany’s independence from France if she accepts Louis’ offer to make her Queen of France once more?

With Italian arrivals to the French court from Cesare Borgia to Niccolò Machiavelli, Anne and Louis’ story unfolds as the feudal era gives way to the dawn of the Renaissance. Their love for each other tested by conflicting duties to their respective countries, the two rulers struggle to navigate a collision course that will reshape the map of sixteenth-century Europe.

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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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Title: Anne and Louis
Author: Rosza Gaston
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: November 29th, 2018
 
Blurb:
Anne, Duchess of Brittany, is the love of King Louis XII of France’s life. Too bad he’s already married. While his annulment proceedings create Europe’s most sensational scandal of 1498, Anne returns to Brittany to take back control of her duchy that her late husband, Charles VIII, King of France, had wrested from her.

 

At age twenty-one, Anne is sovereign ruler of Brittany as well as Europe’s most wealthy widow. But can she maintain Brittany’s independence from France if she accepts Louis’ offer to make her Queen of France once more?

With Italian arrivals to the French court from Cesare Borgia to Niccolò Machiavelli, Anne and Louis’ story unfolds as the feudal era gives way to the dawn of the Renaissance. Their love for each other tested by conflicting duties to their respective countries, the two rulers struggle to navigate a collision course that will reshape the map of sixteenth-century Europe.

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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Title: Lightning & Lawmen
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Sweet, Historical, Western Romance
Publication Date: June 28th, 2018
Blurb:
How did a simple hello turn into something so complicated?
Love is about to leave one lawman thunderstruck in this sweet historical romance!
Cultured and full of grace, Delilah Robbins agrees to accompany her meteorologist father to his new post in Baker City, Oregon. Expecting a primitive place, she’s delighted to discover an up-and-coming town with plenty of surprises as well as a place she can turn into a sanctuary for her beloved birds. As she settles into life in the western town, she unwittingly creates a riff between two deputies when they both fall for her charms.
Deputy Dugan Durfey only meant to extend a friendly welcome to a newcomer. But the moment he set eyes on the meteorologist’s delightful daughter, Dugan’s heart was no longer his own. Since his best friend and fellow deputy suffered the same fate, Dugan struggles to do what’s right. He’ll fight jealousy, outlaws, and a wily raccoon to keep Delilah safe, but the greater battle lies in overcoming his fears to profess his love.
Filled with humor, adventure, and plenty of sweet romance, Lightning and Lawmen highlights the history of the era and blends it with the timeless feelings of discovering true love.
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.
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Afternoon sunshine illuminating the clear blue sky made her tip back her head to soak up the glorious rays spilling through a missing section of the porch roof. The tang of approaching spring mingled with the yeasty aroma of baking bread and the mouth-watering smell of roasting meat in the air. A slight breeze, redolent with the mixture of scents, caressed the tendrils of her hair that had escaped the confines of the once-tidy chignon she’d hastily fashioned early that morning.
At least the pleasant weather was one thing working in Baker City’s favor. In spite of the house’s disorderly status, she would greatly enjoy spring days in the area if today was any indication of what the future held. She pushed the cape from her shoulders, closed her eyes, and relaxed against the chair, enjoying the peaceful moments before her father returned.
“Maybe this place won’t be all bad,” she whispered, allowing her grip on her father’s bag to loosen.
“Baker City tends to grow on most folks, if you give it a chance,” a deep voice said, startling her from her musings.
Her eyes snapped open in surprise. Pride straightened her spine as her glance settled on a man standing a few yards away on the winter-browned grass on the other side of the porch railing.
Sunlight glinted off a shiny silver badge pinned to the front of a long duster. She studied the black western-style hat on his head, similar to those she’d seen cowboys sporting on the train. The lawman wore a tan flannel shirt topped with a dark vest and a neckerchief the color of crocuses. Dark blue denims encased muscled legs while dust covered the toes of his worn boots.
Slowly, her gaze glided from his boots back up to his face. A square jaw covered in a rakish growth of stubble, firm lips, and a straight nose proved to be a handsome combination. But it wasn’t.
Title: The Highlander’s Secret
Author: Jennifer Siddoway
Genre: Historical Romance/Highland Romance
Publisher: Duncurra LLC
Publication Date: April 9, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Viking hordes have long plagued the northern coast of Scotland. After her village was massacred, Jain was adopted by the neighboring clan but is haunted by the ghosts of her past. She conceals a dark secret beneath her cool exterior, but inside burns a wild heart.
Alan Gordon has the calloused hands of a blacksmith, but unlike the metal he hammers and molds, he would never aim to bend Jain to his will. He spent half a lifetime captivated by the red-haired beauty and vows to protect her and love her for the woman she is, but his resolve is tested when the truth of her past is revealed.
Jennifer is an author from Tallahassee, Florida.
After receiving a degree in theatre from BYU and working as a scenic artist for twelve years, she changed careers to do what she really loves—writing. Jennifer believes that part of her job as an artist and story teller is to create a narrative that explores a fresh perspective and leaves the audience thinking.
When she’s not busy writing or burying her nose in a book, Jennifer enjoys doing medieval reenactment with her husband and two children.
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“What have ye got there, lass?”
As he held out his hand to her, the girl looked back at him with green, calculating eyes. It took a moment for the recognition to sink in, but eventually she handed him the metal trinket she was hiding.
When he took it from her, the girl cried and buried her face into the crook of her arm. Eamon glanced down to the pinnacular brooch and admired the intricately woven pattern. It was a maze of knotwork woven around two dragon heads, with one on either side. Eamon had never seen anything like it; the craftsmanship was beyond anything Scottish made. As he examined it more closely, Eamon brushed his finger across the carefully worked ridges before staring up at her in awe. “Where did ye get this, child?”
Title: The Highlander’s Secret
Author: Jennifer Siddoway
Genre: Historical Romance/Highland Romance
Publisher: Duncurra LLC
Blurb:
Viking hordes have long plagued the northern coast of Scotland. After her village was massacred, Jain was adopted by the neighboring clan but is haunted by the ghosts of her past. She conceals a dark secret beneath her cool exterior, but inside burns a wild heart.
Alan Gordon has the calloused hands of a blacksmith, but unlike the metal he hammers and molds, he would never aim to bend Jain to his will. He spent half a lifetime captivated by the red-haired beauty and vows to protect her and love her for the woman she is, but his resolve is tested when the truth of her past is revealed.
Jennifer is an author from Tallahassee, Florida.
After receiving a degree in theatre from BYU and working as a scenic artist for twelve years, she changed careers to do what she really loves—writing. Jennifer believes that part of her job as an artist and story teller is to create a narrative that explores a fresh perspective and leaves the audience thinking.
When she’s not busy writing or burying her nose in a book, Jennifer enjoys doing medieval reenactment with her husband and two children.
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“What have ye got there, lass?”
As he held out his hand to her, the girl looked back at him with green, calculating eyes. It took a moment for the recognition to sink in, but eventually she handed him the metal trinket she was hiding.
When he took it from her, the girl cried and buried her face into the crook of her arm. Eamon glanced down to the pinnacular brooch and admired the intricately woven pattern. It was a maze of knotwork woven around two dragon heads, with one on either side. Eamon had never seen anything like it; the craftsmanship was beyond anything Scottish made. As he examined it more closely, Eamon brushed his finger across the carefully worked ridges before staring up at her in awe. “Where did ye get this, child?”