New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance.
His Lordship’s Vow by Cheryl Bolen - The exceedingly plain spinster, Miss Jane Featherstone, helps the earl she loves woo an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow Lord Slade to his father.
To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone by Bronwen Evans - Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It's rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist.
The Christmas Knot by Barbara Monajem - Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a job as a governess in a haunted house, and if that’s not trouble enough, her new employer is the one man she’d hoped never to meet again.
Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron – Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands, determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love . . . scandal be damned.
Christmas Wishes by Wendy Vella – Desperation makes strange bedfellows, and when the only person left to turn to is a dissolute Rake, Miss Hero Appleby realizes she is about to forsake more than her reputation.
Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd – Overworked London banker David Hawke had two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover a debt from a friend and two, relax for his remaining holiday. Marriage wasn’t part of the plan…until the girl next door barges in and turns his life upside down.
The Duelist’s Seduction by Lauren Smith - Helen Banks, disguised as her twin brother, fights a duel against Gareth Fairfax but he has other ideas in mind of how to have Helen repay her debt starting with a sinful kiss and a wicked embrace...
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AUTHOR BARBARA MONAJEM
When I was first told the subject for this blog, I panicked. A dream cast for my story, The Christmas Knot? Oh, no! I hardly ever watch movies or TV. I’d rather curl up with a book. (I’m sure some of you understand.)
Then I calmed down and thought about it.
It’s not that I don’t have a few favorite actors. My first choice is always, “Johnny Depp!” but he wouldn’t work for The Christmas Knot. The hero of the story, Richard Ballister, is serious, almost brooding—and not without reason. He has just inherited a house with a ghost and a curse, and he has to get rid of them both by Christmas. I love JD, but I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t behave himself in that role. Hmm…how about Benedict Cumberbatch? He’s tall, handsome, more serious (with a lovely lurking sense of humor), and very Brit, as is my hero.
Benedict it is. I can’t believe how excited I am at the prospect of him playing my character, even if this is all imaginary and never going to happen.
Now for the heroine... No, there I’m really stumped.
Maybe I’ll go for the ghost first. She has haunted Ballister Grange for two hundred years, and she’s fed up and wants to move on. The perfect actress just popped into my mind: Meryl Streep. Wouldn’t she be awesome as an irritable ghost?
Back to the heroine…. I discussed it with my daughter, who watches much more stuff than I do, and bingo: Karen Gillan! I loved her in Dr. Who, and I thought she was absolutely brilliant in Selfie. They don’t seem to be airing all the episodes, which makes me sad. Finally a sitcom I would watch, and poof, it’s gone. Anyway, she’s tall, gorgeous, and plenty feisty enough to play the heroine, Edwina White. I won’t even ask her to bleach her hair (she’s a redhead, while Edwina is a blonde). I know Karen can put on an accent – she’s from Scotland, but she did a great American accent for Selfie. The question is…will a Scotswoman deign to put on an English accent for my English heroine? Wait, why should she? To get Karen for my imaginary movie, Edwina will gladly become Scottish, too.
Barbara Monajem wrote her first story in third grade about apple tree gnomes. After dabbling in neighborhood musicals and teen melodrama, she published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. Now her kids are adults, and she's writing for grownups. Her Bayou Gavotte series of paranormal mystery and romance takes place near New Orleans and features hereditary vampires, Native American telepathic rock star Constantine Dufray, and other characters with paranormal abilities -- because it's so much fun to explore the unusual. She also writes sexy Regency historical romances with bold, passionate heroes, spirited, adventurous heroines, and the occasional touch of magic. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.
Barbara is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one random blog commenter.