Friday, October 24, 2014

Aloha to Sheri Cobb South and FAMILY PLOT (Another John Pickett Mystery)


Sheri Cobb South introduces us to her John Pickett mysteries with a special guest post ...


In many ways, the history of London’s Bow Street force is too complex to be covered adequately in a blog. Whole books could be written—and have been—about this 18th century precursor to Scotland Yard. In his introduction to Henry Goddard’s Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner (William Morrow and Company, 1949), Patrick Pringle notes the lack of contemporary sources, almost all the official records having been destroyed in 1881, when the Bow Street Police Office moved from its original site adjacent to Covent Garden Theatre across the street to the site where the Bow Street Magistrate’s Court building may still be seen.

Still, certain factoids concerning the Bow Street force—their red waistcoats, for instance—turn up repeatedly in novels, assumed by authors to be accurate by their very ubiquitousness; this was certainly my own view when I set out to create Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his world for my mystery series. But when I discovered the aforementioned Memoirs, published posthumously from Goddard’s notebooks, I realized that many of the things I thought I knew about Bow Street were wrong.

Take those red waistcoats, for instance. They are accurate to a point; the Horse Patrol wore them, as did, later, the foot patrol. But the Runners were always a plainclothes force, and very deliberately so: the independent English mind had a horror of the kind of martial law found in European countries, and Bow Street founder Henry Fielding had the wisdom to avoid anything resembling a uniform. Even when the Horse Patrol costume was standardized half a century later, in 1805, their blue coats and red waistcoats were intended to look as much like civilian dress as possible.

Nor was everyone on the Bow Street force created equal—and not everyone was a Runner. The members of the Foot Patrol worked at night, and earned the lowest wages at half a crown—two and a half shillings—a day. As one might expect, this bottom rung of the ladder was where many eventual Runners started out, including memoirist Henry Goddard. He enlisted in the Foot Patrol in 1824, five years before Robert Peel’s Metropolitan Police would begin to encroach upon the Runners’ territory. Within a year or two Goddard was promoted to the Day Patrol at a salary of three shillings and sixpence per day. Finally he rose to the position of principal officer—those individuals we know as Runners. (He was twenty-six years old at the time, which told me I was not too far afield in letting my precocious young John Pickett achieve that position at age twenty-three.)

Bow Street Runners were paid twenty-five shillings a week, but they had other ways of supplementing their income. The first of these was by private commission on behalf of anyone who was able to pay them, anywhere in the United Kingdom. (The second John Pickett mystery, A Dead Bore, takes John Pickett to Yorkshire, and the newest release, Family Plot, finds him in Scotland.) The fee for their services was usually a guinea a day and, if the case should take them beyond London, fourteen shillings a day for travel expenses, including meals and lodging. If the case was successful, a reward would be paid as well.

Another income stream derived from the practice of offering payment for convictions. As one might imagine, such a system invited corruption, which had reached its nadir with the 18th century “Thief-Taker General” Jonathan Wild, who enticed the young and/or gullible into committing crimes so that he might collect rewards for bringing them to justice. Although Wild was hanged almost a quarter-century before Fielding’s establishment of the Bow Street Runners, his memory still lived in the public consciousness, and even in death he managed to blacken the reputation of a Bow Street force which operated under a very similar system.

While the creation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 marked a change in law enforcement in what was the most populous city in the world at the time, it did not mean the immediate end of the Bow Street Runners. They continued in their role of detectives, and their civilian dress gave them advantages over the uniformed—and consequently more conspicuous—New Police. It was not until 1839, ninety years after their founding, that the Bow Street Runners ceased to exist. Still, this early detective force will continue to live on in the imaginations of readers and writers everywhere.

Sheri Cobb South

At the age of sixteen, Sheri Cobb South discovered Georgette Heyer, and came to the startling realization that she had been born into the wrong century. Although she doubtless would have been a chambermaid had she actually lived in Regency England, that didn’t stop her from fantasizing about waltzing the night away in the arms of a handsome, wealthy, and titled gentleman.

Since Georgette Heyer was dead and could not write any more Regencies, Ms. South came to the conclusion she would simply have to do it herself. In addition to her popular series of Regency mysteries featuring idealistic young Bow Street Runner John Pickett (described by All About Romance as “a little young, but wholly delectable”), she is the award-winning author of several Regency romances, including the critically acclaimed The Weaver Takes a Wife.

A native and long-time resident of Alabama, Ms. South recently moved to Loveland, Colorado, where she has a stunning view of Long’s Peak from her office window.

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Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London (1808)
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Mahalo, Sheri, for sharing tidbits about Bow Street!   Sheri is giving away a print copy of FAMILY PLOT:  

In disgrace with her aristocratic in-laws, recently widowed Lady Fieldhurst is exiled to Scotland with her three young nephews in tow. On impulse, she and the boys decide to stay at an isolated seaside inn under an assumed name, where they can enjoy a holiday far away from the scandal that still plagues the family.

But trouble soon finds them when the boys discover an unconscious woman on the beach—a woman who bears a startling resemblance to the local laird’s daughter, missing and presumed dead for the last fifteen years. Uncertain whether to welcome her as a returning prodigal or denounce her as a fraud, Angus Kirkbride sends to London for a Bow Street runner—which presents a dilemma for Lady Fieldhurst, since she has chosen to call herself Mrs. Pickett after the handsome young man who saved her from hanging for the murder of her husband.

Meanwhile John Pickett, hopelessly pining for Lady Fieldhurst, resolves to forget her by marrying another. When magistrate Patrick Colquhoun receives Kirkbride’s summons, he packs Pickett off to Scotland before his most junior runner can do anything rash.

Upon his arrival, Pickett is surprised (though not at all displeased) to discover that he has acquired a “wife” in the person of Lady Fieldhurst. But when Angus Kirkbride dies only hours after announcing his intention of changing his will in his daughter’s favor, “Mr. and Mrs. Pickett” must join forces to discover the truth about a family reunion suddenly turned deadly.

To enter the giveaway,

1.   Leave a comment what you would have been in the Regency Era (as Sheri admits she probably would have been a chambermaid).

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, November 1, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 2.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aloha to Lori Wilde and CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT

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It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

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Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 works of romantic fiction. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in nursing forensics. An animal lover, Lori is owned by several pets, and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

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Aloha to Nana Malone and STROLLERS & STILETTOS

Nana Malone is celebrating the release of STROLLERS & STILETTOS, Book 4 in her IN STILETTOS series ...

What happens when real life gets in the way of Happily Ever After?

Chronic list-making, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux Westhorpe, envisioned a fairytale ending once she married hotel magnate, Alec Westhorpe—complete with a steamy, extended honeymoon and an eventual family. What she didn't expect was a baby on their doorstep and a family-phobic husband.

When reformed playboy, Alec Danthers Westhorpe, married the woman of his dreams, he thought he’d finally found peace. But a long-hidden secret threatens to jeopardize what he holds most dear.

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Nana is the author of twenty novels. And the books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

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Nana is giving away a ditigal copy of  Sexy in Stilettos, Book 1 in the series:

What’s worse than having to watch your sister marry your ex fiancé? How about when that fiancé fires you from the family business?

Hyper-organized, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux is used to doing things by the book and never making waves. It’s a strategy that’s served her well until she finds herself in failure alley with no fiancé, no job and her thirtieth birthday looming. Maybe it’s time to change her methods. Starting with an unlikely date to the wedding from hell.

The only thing that can tie carefree, playboy, Alec Danthers down is his formidable step mother. When she calls him home to help find his wayward brother, he never imagines an uptight, list making, sass-talking woman would make him think about putting down roots.

Can Jaya put the lists down long enough to enjoy the ride that is Alec? Will Alec stop running long enough to recognize true love?

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about stilettos - love 'em or loathe them?  When I was younger, I wore them.  Now I am happy with slippahs.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 25, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 26.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Nana also offers an excerpt from STROLLERS & STILETTOS:

Of all the things Alec never thought he’d hear, “Someone’s left you a baby at the hotel” would have been at the top of the list. A baby abandoned on his property was bad enough. One in any way tied to his name was a potential disaster. Especially given the Kleinman deal. The old goat was already looking for a reason to back out of working with them.

Alec’s heart thundered as fury coursed through his blood. With one call, the ground beneath his feet shook. According to Caleb, the baby had come complete with a birth certificate naming him as the father. It wasn't true. Couldn’t be true. Except, maybe it could be.

His stomach pitched even as he gripped the steering wheel. Normally, Jaya would be a calming influence, but right now, the last thing he wanted was her near this mess.

This was all some kind of mistake. He and Jaya had been apart for six months before he'd finally pulled his head out of his ass and come back to her. But he hadn't slept with anyone. He would never have done that. Are you sure about that?

The bile rose in his throat, and he choked it back. Shortly before he’d realized he couldn’t live without Jaya, he’d been willing to do anything to bring himself a reprieve from missing her. Including drinking himself into blind oblivion. All he had were hazy, foggy patches and pieces from that one night, but he’d woken in his own bed. But there had been blond hairs on the pillow next to him, and the place had smelled distinctly of floral shampoo. Would he have substituted someone else for the woman he wanted? Could he have? No.

At least that’s what he wanted to believe, what he had to believe, but still, it was possible.

"Alec, I'm sure it’ll be okay. We’ll figure out what's going on." Jaya's voice was soft, reassuring.

It only made him feel worse. He cleared his throat. "Jai, you didn't have to come."

"Caleb called in a 9-1-1. When are you going to realize that means that I'm coming too? We're a family now. Your problems are my problems."

Yeah, well, he'd see how she felt about it once they got to the hotel. Because he was pretty sure she wasn’t going to take it so smoothly that he had his own personal Billie Jean.

After breaking a myriad of traffic laws, they arrived at the hotel in barely one piece, and Caleb met them in Alec’s office, but halted when he saw Jaya. His gaze darted to Alec's as he spoke. "Jai, I didn’t expect to see you here."

"Whatever you have to say to him you can say to me. Where's the baby?" Jaya asked.

When she crossed her arms over her breasts, Alec realized he probably couldn’t love her more than he did in that moment.

Caleb nodded brusquely before radioing one of his team to bring the baby in. When he turned his attention back to them, he spoke quickly. "About an hour ago, one of the maid staff found the baby girl in the business center. The kid had a note pinned to her that said, "Property of my daddy, Alec Westhorpe." Caleb darted a glance at Jaya before moving on. "She also had what looked like a legit birth certificate on her, naming him as the father."

Alec ground his teeth together. Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. "I don’t have a kid."

Caleb nodded. "We'll clear it up. The mother is listed as one Melanie Brooks. We’ve started digging up any information on her that we can. But right now she's a ghost."

Jaya's voice was calm and level as she asked, "How old is the baby?"

"Eight and a half months, if the birth certificate is to be believed."

Alec kept his eyes on Jaya. His body clenched, waiting for her to do the math. Waiting for her to turn a wounded, disbelieving gaze his way. But it didn’t come. Instead, she asked more questions.

"Can we talk to the maid who found the baby? Maybe she saw something?"

"My guys are talking to her now. Whoever left the kid, left her with a few days of baby food and her blanket and a toy or two."

She sighed. "That poor baby."

Alec watched his wife carefully. She seemed unconcerned whether the baby was his or not. Her only concern was for the welfare of the child.

There was a brief knock at the door, and Caleb’s right hand guy, Tom, walked in, carrying a squirming bundle. If the situation hadn’t been absurd enough, Alec might have started laughing at the picture Tom made with the kid. Someone as big as him, looking extremely uncomfortable with a baby in his arms.

As if sensing the new audience, the baby turned her head, and her gaze collided directly with Alec’s. He sucked in a sharp breath. Jet-black hair framed her heart-shaped face. Startling blue eyes stared back at him. And like him, she had a cleft in her chin. His head swam, and prickly heat stung his skin.

Jaya didn’t seem to notice. Instead, she relieved Tom of the tiny burden. "Hey there, beautiful girl. You’ve had a heck of a night, huh? Well, don’t you worry, we'll find your mama, okay?"

The baby gurgled and rewarded Jaya with a smile.

"Have you called Child Protective Services yet?" Alec asked.

Caleb nodded. "Right after I called the cops. They're already on their way and will be keeping it discrete. They’re interviewing the staff."

For the first time since they'd walked in, Jaya slanted him with a displeased look. "We are not handing this baby over to CPS."


Aloha to Candis Terry and the Sweet Texas Series - Blog Tour and Giveaway

Here's an early Halloween treat ... Candis Terry's Sweet Texas Series:



If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder’s hometown upside down, he’ll be happy to prove her wrong. The x-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn’t. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.


Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn’t budging. It’s clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.


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Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.


When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?


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The men in Texas are hard to resist . . .

Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding—even if she might not exactly believe in the whole “’til death do us part” thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn’t expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her “true love doesn’t exist” theory all to hell.

And they always promise . . .

Veterinarian, former Marine, and Sweet’s favorite playboy Jesse Wilder takes one look at Allison and knows she’s a handful of trouble he can’t deny. But even after a sizzling kiss and obvious mutual attraction, it seems Allison has no such problem. When Jesse uncovers her sweet side, can he crush his playboy image, melt her cynical heart, and change her mind about taking a trip down the aisle?

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Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aloha to Kelsey Browning, Nancy Naigle, The Grannies, and FIT TO BE TIED


The super duo, Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle, join us today to celebrate FIT TO BE TIED, Book Two in their Granny Series ...
What’s So Special about Southern Grannies? 

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends how they would describe Southern grandmothers, and I loved the responses. They ranged from “Southern grannies rock” to “Southern grannies can kick butt” and everything in between.

Since The Granny Series features three Southern (and one Californian) mature ladies, I wanted to give you a taste of how Lillian, Maggie, Sera and Abby Ruth fit the Southern granny mold.

Are classy - Lillian Summer Fairview, owner of the Summer Haven estate and matriarch of Summer Shoals, Georgia, is the epitome of class. She throws a lovely dinner party, raises money for charity, and is partial to her momma’s pearls. Only problem is Lil has found her classy hind parts in the federal prison system after a little run-in with Social Security fraud. Not to worry, though, because during her stay at Walter Stiles Federal Prison Camp, Lil is busy teaching her fellow inmates proper etiquette.

Are resourceful - Maggie Rawls, who hails from Virginia, fits this one to a tee. She and her deceased husband, George, owned a hardware store for years. That means Maggie can fix most anything from a stopped-up sink to a runaway toilet to a recalcitrant septic system (and yes, the Grannies have lots of plumbing problems out at Summer Haven). While Lil is vacationing at the big house, Maggie’s been charged with keeping the family estate afloat. Good thing she always has duct tape handy. Because any Southern granny knows duct tape and baling wire can fix darn near anything.

Tell it like it is - Abby Ruth Cady is a native Texan who’s found herself living at Summer Haven and wrapped up in the charade of keeping Lil’s whereabouts on the down-low. But that certainly doesn’t keep her from expressing her opinion and stirring up trouble. The good news is she’s able to back up her bold ways with her gun collection.

Are good cooks (except when they’re not) - Serendipity Johnson is a fifty-something California flower-child who has found herself living in the South. Sera is bound and determined to convert Maggie and Abby Ruth into meditation and yoga fanatics. And she’s into healthy cooking with ingredients like tofu and sprouts. Sera’s cooking would be the reason her pals sometimes sneak off to the Atlanta Highway Diner for the blue-plate special of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and crispy fried okra. After all, a Southern granny can’t live on health food alone! ;-)

Nancy and I have such a great time dreaming up adventures for these four over-fifty ladies. So having readers often tell us they want to be just like the Grannies just tickles us to death! 

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog. For info on her upcoming single title releases, drop by

Also by Kelsey Browning:

Book 1: Personal Assets
Book 2: Running the Red Light
Book 3: Problems in Paradise
Book 4: Designed For Love 

Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Nancy now calls North Carolina home. She’s currently at work on the next book in The Granny Series, and a new women’s fiction novel. Stay in touch with Nancy on Facebook, twitter or subscribe to her newsletter on her website ~

Also by Nancy Naigle:

The Adams Grove Series
Book 1: Sweet Tea and Secrets
Book 2: Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Book 3: Out of Focus
Book 4: Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Book 5: Mint Juleps and Justice
Book 6: Barbecue and Bad News

Young Adult Mystery
inkBLOT – co-written with Phyllis Johnson

Short Works
Wrapped Around Your Heart Three short stories of <3 br="">Pretty Little Liars #1: The PAth To RelAxAtion
Pretty Little Liars #2: The LiArs LAir
Pretty Little Liars #3: Secret TAlents

Kelsey and Nancy are giving away a print copy of FIT TO BE TIED to one randomly selected commenter:

Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

Lillian Summer Fairview is settling right nice into the federal pen. She’s even making peace with Big Martha, the toughest broad on the cellblock.

After hearing Lil’s granny friends recently took down a swindler, Big Martha asks Lil for a favor. Her niece has fallen for a guy she met online, and Martha’s convinced Mr. Too-Good-To-Be-True is up to no good. All Lil’s friends have to do is a little look-see on the guy and report back. But when they poke around, they find the guy doesn’t really exist, and that triggers a wild ride through the world of online dating.

Meanwhile, a cantankerous septic system on Lil’s family estate in Summer Shoals, GA has the grannies fit to be tied. If Summer Haven isn’t in shipshape before the historic society’s inspection, they’ll be in deep you-know-what.

Big Martha sweetens the deal by promising to fix what ails Summer Haven if the grannies can find the elusive Romeo.

Will the grannies track him down before the inspection, or will they find themselves in trouble right up to their granny panties?

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To enter the giveaway,

1.  Think about your granny (past or present) ... do they have anything in common with Lillian, Maggie, Sera or Abby Ruth?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 26.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aloha to Cathy Maxwell and THE GROOM SAYS YES - Review and Giveaway


New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell continues her dazzling series, The Brides of Wishmore...

He had a noose around his neck and a price on his head...

Sabrina Davidson, dutiful daughter, avowed spinster, thought she'd secured a place for herself in Aberfeldy society—until her hard-earned acceptance of her fate is challenged by the arrival of Cormac Enright, Earl of Ballin, trained physician, soldier of fortune, and convicted felon.

A prim and proper miss was the last thing he needed...

Mac is determined to clear his name, but first he has to find the man whose testimony sentenced him to a hangman's noose. Of course, Robert Davidson is missing and protecting Mac is Davidson's daughter, the most entrancing, frustrating, beguiling, stubborn woman Mac has ever met.

And it doesn't help that he has already tasted her kisses. Or that he has found in her a passion for life and adventure to rival his own.

Mac has turned Sabrina's world inside out—but what will happen when he leaves?

Or will the Groom Say Yes?

Wade's Bridge over the Tay
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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.  - Sophocles

THE GROOM SAYS YES is Book Three in Maxwell's Wishmore Brides Series.  Its heroine, Sabrina Davidson, welcomed home her cousin, Aileen Davidson, after a scandalous divorce in Book 1, THE BRIDE SAYS NO.   Sabrina then advised Aileen's sister, Tara Davidson, on proper behavior in Book 2, THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE.   Now Sabrina faces the same challenges as her cousins as she struggles with a brewing scandal.  First her sensible father shocks Sabrina with his engagement to the Widow Bosley ... and then he disappears.   His departure coincides with her discovery of a sick man in a shepherd's hut.   As she nurses the handsome but rugged man back to health, she learns he is wanted for murder ... and he wants her father to clear his name.   

THE GROOM SAYS YES is a fast paced, non stop action adventure in Regency Scotland.  Sabrina barely has time to register her shock of her father's engagement when Mac drops into her life.  Her structured life is shattered ... and Mac responds with passionate kisses.  Maxwell delivers all that readers love about the Regency Era with the majesty of the Scottish Highlands as the backdrop.   She enables hero and heroine to find redemption as they face an uncertain future.   Maxwell adds an unexpected "Lucy and Ethel" moment between unlikely freinds that ultimately brings the fated lovers together.   THE GROOM SAYS YES is memorable end to the series, even if I didn't want the series to end.

Recommended read for fans of heartwarming romances with laugh out loud moments.   

I received a print copy from Mary Gramlich, the Reading Reviewer.  

Check out Mary's review of THE GROOM SAYS YES at this link.

My picture of Culzean Castle in Scotland

I am giving away Regency swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Scotland, Regency, or Romance!

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 26.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Cathy and her books at

Check out my review of THE BRIDE SAYS NO at this link and THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE at this link.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Aloha to Heather Heyford and A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY

Heather Heyford joins us today with a guest post to celebrate her debut romance, A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY, from her debut series, The Napa Wine Heiresses ... 

Beauty and money. Has there ever been a time when people weren’t fascinated by them? Stir in romance and a generous splash of wine, add a touch of scandal, and the result is The Napa Wine Heiresses series. How can you resist? 

Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon St. Pierre were uprooted as children, ripped out of their beloved Napa Valley soil and transplanted in separate boarding schools. For years, wine country residents have been patiently waiting for them to mature. Finally they’re back, and the photos plastered all over the media make them look like perfect people living in a world of wealth and privilege.

But don’t hate them because they’re beautiful. Think back to your own smiling snapshots. Chances are, a few of your cheeriest-looking photos were taken when you felt anything but happy. Char, Meri and Savvy may line up pretty as a row of tulips, but deep down inside they’re just like us—sensitive, flawed and eager to find their place in the world. And like us, they yearn to share that special place with a happily-ever-after kind of love…

Join author Heather Heyford as she uncorks a sparkling new series following the St. Pierre sisters, heiresses to a Napa wine fortune who are toasting the good life and are thirsty for love.

Chardonnay St. Pierre's father is as infamous for his scandals as he is for his wine, and it's up to Char to restore the family name. The Challenge, an elite charity competition held in Napa, seems like the perfect opportunity for the socialite to cement her image as a philanthropist. But all eyes—including Char's—are on the Hollywood heartthrob who's also entered the race…

Long before his face was splashed across the gossip magazines, Ryder McBride grew up in a working-class family in Napa. He knows all about the St. Pierre sisters and their notorious father, and when he learns he'll be up against Char in The Challenge, he assumes the grape doesn't fall far from the vine. But the more they get to know one another, the more they begin to realize that nothing pairs better with a heated rivalry than a healthy pour of flirtation…

Heather Heyford is author of the contemporary romance series, The Napa Wine Heiresses.  Get “A Taste of Chardonnay” now available from Amazon (link), for Barnes and Noble (link), and Kensington (link).

Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”) While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic.  

Pressing wine after the harvest;
Tacuinum Sanitatis, 14th century
Public Domain (link)

Mahalo, Heather, for enticing my senses!  Heather is giving away a digital copy of A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about wine - have you toured a vineyard? participated in a tasting at a winery?  

During my husband's assignment with NATO, I joined the international spouses in touring the cellars for Pommery Champagne in Reims, France.     

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 26.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Plus Kathryn Falk gave a shout out to Heather on Facebook at this link.