Shining a Spotlight on The Earl With The Secret Past by Janice Preston #TheEarlWithTheSecretPast #BookSpotlight @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoob @HarlequinBooks

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Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be shining a spotlight on The Earl With The Secret Past by Janice Preston. I am super excited to be sharing this gorgeous book with you all, I have the huge pleasure to have received an early copy from Janice, which my review will be up on the blog next week, So I hope you will keep an eye out and have a read of that, but before that, I couldn’t resist sharing a sneaky peek of this gorgeous book, I hope you will love it as much as I do!

The Earl with the Secret Past by Janice Preston

Genre: Historical Romance / Publisher: Mills and Boon, Harlequin Books / Format: Ebook, Paperback / Release Date: 16th June 2020

An unexpected inheritance

An explosive reunion

Hardworking architect Adam Monroe’s world is shaken when he inherits an earldom! Thrust into the ton, he bumps into widow Kitty Fenton—his lost love. Years before, he refused to elope with Kitty to save her from ruin, and was heartbroken when she married soon after he left. Perhaps fate has given him a chance to discover the truth—after all, beneath the hurt, the sparks of attraction are as strong as ever…

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Have you seen this cover??

My giddy aunt, isn’t that cover absolutely flaming gorgeous? I have swooned into a stupor every time I glance at that delectable cover model…Ouh, La La!! The Mills and Boon/Harlequin art department have outdone themselves with this one!

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Praise for Janice Preston

“…a fantastic storyteller with a terrific ability for bringing the past to vivid and colourful life.”

“Janice Preston has a wonderful warm writing style.”

“Janice Preston is one of the most unique voices in Historical Romance!”

‘The writing flows as elegantly as the Regency characters themselves.’

‘Janice has a real knack of drawing you in and keeping you there.’

‘I can’t wait to read more from Janice Preston!’

‘The dialogue positively sparkles.’

‘Janice Preston has the knack of effective characterisation and I think her name will be seen a lot in future.’

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About the Author

I grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, I moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When my children left home for university, I discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since my teens.

Real life then got in the way and I didn’t write again until 2009. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2012 and my first Regency romance was accepted for publication by Harlequin Mills & Boon in late 2013.

I now live in the West Midlands with my second husband and two cats and I continue to write Regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

You can find more about Janice and her books over at her website https://janicepreston.co.uk/

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If you are a Romance and/or Historical author and would like a free Book Promo/Spotlight which will feature on the blog and across Chicks, Rogues and Scandals social media, then do get in touch via the Contact Me page quoting ‘Book Promo’

Shining a Spotlight on The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath #TheScoundrelsBarteredBride #BookSpotlight @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be shining a spotlight on The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath. I am a huge fan of Virginia Heath’s works and super excited to be sharing my review of this gorgeous book with you all next week (or earlier, if I can) But, before then, I really wanted to share a peek at just how amazing this book is, I hope you will love it as much as I do!

The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath

Genre: Historical Romance / Publisher: Mills and Boon, Harlequin / Format: Ebook, Paperback / Release Date: 16th June 2020

Marriage…

To the highest bidder

Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he’s returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems, like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counteroffer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections, or dare Lydia hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

Goodreads / Amazon

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Praise for Virginia Heath

“Virginia Heath’s writing is as warm, witty, and insightful as ever…one of the best authors of historical romance around.” —All About Romance on The Determined Lord Hadleigh

“I loved every minute of this story along with the wonderful witty moments that I have come to love from Virginia Heath’s writing.” —Rae Reads on The Determined Lord Hadleigh

“Just when I thought that Virginia Heath had reached her pinnacle with sexy and swoon-worthy heroes she pulls a stunner… I have said it before, but I am going to say it again; that Ms Heath really does have a gift with writing.” — Chicks, Rogues and Scandals on The Disgraceful Lord Gray

“Virginia Heath’s books get better and better. She is an automatic buy for me. If you haven’t read her books, I highly recommend them.”— Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog on The Uncompromising Lord Flint

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About the Author

When lifelong insomniac Virginia Heath was a little girl, she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. She did this every night for over forty years until one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Now, to her absolute delight and utter astonishment, her slightly racy Regency Romcoms are published in many languages all across the globe. Amongst them are her critically acclaimed Wild Warriners and King’s Elite series for Harlequin Historical.

Unashamedly addicted to happily ever afters and terminally cheerful, Virginia cannot wait to launch NEVER FALL FOR YOUR FIANCEE, the first book in her upcoming Merriwell Sisters trilogy with St Martin’s Press loose into the world.
When she isn’t furiously writing romance fuelled on far too much English tea, she likes to travel to far off places, shop for things she doesn’t need and drag her devoted Labrador Trevor on long walks around her native London. And in case you were wondering, two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations and eighteen books later, it still takes Virginia forever to fall asleep.

You can find her procrastinating online on her busy Facebook page and at www.virginiaheathromance.com

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If you are a Romance and/or Historical author and would like a free Book Promo/Spotlight which will feature on the blog and across Chicks, Rogues and Scandals social media, then do get in touch via the Contact Me page quoting ‘Book Promo’

The Sunday Scandal Sheet, May Round up! #ShareTheBookLove

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Happy Sunday Sunshines! Can you believe that we are at the end of another month! Where is the time going? One minute I have no idea what day it is (To be honest, most of the time I still don’t 😄) and then next week are sailing into another month.

As you may have seen, I now do a weekly roundup where I look back over the previous week and look forward to great things to come. I thought I would do the same for each month too, as my Sunday Scandal Sheet seems pretty popular. (As if I don’t have enough to do, I am a glutton for punishment – as my gran used to say)

Before all of that, I want to say a huge thank you to every single book blogger who has liked and shared my blog posts over the past month, You are all so amazing, thank you!!😘

I hope everyone will go and show these amazing bloggers some blog love, you can find all who I follow on my Twitter timeline as I do share their posts a lot….because they are all amazing!

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 Cover Reveals

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Blog Tours

The Girl With The Amber Combe

The Guernsey Novel Series (Book Blast)

Carrion (Book Blast)

Escape To The French Farmhouse

How Not To Be A Loser

The Lost Girls

Sing Me A Secret

Someday In Paris

Rakes and Roses (Includes an Interview with the Author)

The Baroness of New York (Book Feature)

The French Wife

Tsarina

These Lost and Broken Things

The Strange Book Of Jacob Boyce (Book Blast)

The Woman In The Painting

Vixen

Cold Nips and Frosty Bits

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Reviewed This Month 

An Unconventional Countess

From shopkeeper…

To Earl’s wife!

Part of Regency Belles of Bath. Two things are certain: Annabelle Fortini makes the best biscuits in Bath and Samuel Delaney, the charming bachelor who’s just entered her shop, is trouble! Her mother’s unfair exile from society has taught Anna aristocrats can’t be trusted. Samuel may be a famous naval hero and reluctant heir to an earldom, but Anna can’t fall in love with him! Unless she can overcome her pride…and surrender to her heart!

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The Mysterious Miss Fairchild

An accomplished beauty…

But a most unsuitable match!

Natalya Fairchild can’t help but be drawn to Tristan Quintrell, Lord Dalmorren, with his effortless charisma, even if he’s not her intended bridegroom. Tristan is an eligible society catch…whereas Natalya’s unknown heritage could label her ruined! As he helps Natalya investigate her mysterious past, she starts to hope the truth of her conception won’t destroy her prospects…of a life with Tristan!

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The Girl With The Amber Comb by Linda Finlay

‘Sure to delight’ Dilly Court

A heart-warming tale from the Queen of West Country Saga, LINDA FINLAY.

Orphaned at birth, Eliza lives with her beloved Grandparents in a waterlogged Somerset cottage surrounded by willow beds where she ekes out a living making laundry baskets and eel traps. Although poor she is content, until childhood friend Clem, regales her with tales of his adventures along the river and she begins to wonder what life is like beyond the Droves.

When fate brings handsome, wealthy Theo to her workshop she is instantly attracted and a rosy future beyond the Droves beckons. Only things don’t go to plan and naive Eliza finds herself in Lavender House where she is expected to care for gentlemen in a way she never imagined. Forced to flee for her life, she ends up in a woollen mill run by a corrupt foreman, working for crumbs and pennies with only her grandmother’s comb in her pocket.

Now she knows what matters in life – but is it too late? And will she ever be able to return home to those who love her?

Set amongst the stunning wetlands of Somerset, this tale of triumph and tragedy will delight fans of Rosie Goodwin and Dilly Court.

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The Passions of Lord Trevethow

Ambition vs love…

Which will the duke’s heir choose?

Part of The Cornish Dukes. Cassian, Lord Trevethow, has a dilemma. To succeed in his aim of building Cornwall’s own pleasure garden, he must pursue the loveless tonnish alliance he sought to avoid. But how can he wed reclusive Lady Penrose Prideaux, when he can’t forget the enchanting stranger he met at a fair? Then Cassian discovers a shocking secret about his bride-to-be. Might he claim both his passions after all?

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Escape To The French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas

Can she find her recipe for happiness?

Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Ollie.

Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?

A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill

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How Not To Be A Loser by Beth Moran

Amy Piper is a loser. She’s lost her confidence, her mojo and her way.

But one thing she has never lost is her total love for her thirteen-year-old son Joey, and for his sake she knows it’s time for a change. But first she has to be brave enough to leave the house…

What she needs are friends and an adventure. And when she joins a running group of women who call themselves The Larks, she finds both. Not to mention their inspiring (and rather handsome) coach, Nathan.

Once upon a time Amy was a winner – at life, at sport and in love. Now, with every ounce of strength she has left, she is determined to reclaim the life she had, for herself and for Joey. And who knows, she might just be a winner again – at life, sport, and love, if she looks in the right places…

Uplifting, funny and unforgettable, Beth Moran returns with a joyous tale of friendship, love and facing your fears.

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The Lost Girls by Jennifer Wells

Everyone remembers the day the girls went missing.

May Day 1912, a day that haunts Missensham. The day two girls disappeared. The day the girls were murdered.

Iris Caldwell and Nell Ryland were never meant to be friends. From two very different backgrounds, one the heir to the Caldwell estate, the other a humble vicar’s daughter. Both have their secrets, both have their pasts, but they each find solace with one another and soon their futures become irrevocably intertwined.

Now, many years later, old footage has emerged which shows that Iris Caldwell may not have died on that spring morning. The village must work out what happened the day the girls went missing…

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Sing Me A Secret by Julie Houston

The four Sutherland sisters have all had very different paths in life, but one secret and a slighty tense production of Jesus Christ Superstar are about to bring them all back together again…

When the news that pop-superstar Lexia Sutherland is returning to Westenbury, not everyone is thrilled by the news – including Lexia. There are too many memories she doesn’t need to face – or need re-surfacing.

Meanwhile, Juno Sutherland just wants a little peace and quiet. As the local village doctor, she’s got her priorities in order; kids, job, husband, tenacious pony, a role in the village musical… So when the sexy new locum turns up – and steals her office – the last thing she needed was to be hit with rising temperatures and an over-active imagination.

Will these sisters be able to uncover the past, deal with the future and put on the performance of a lifetime?

Return to Westenbury this spring and find out.

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Someday In Paris by Olivia Lara

‘An epic, sweeping romance … Timeless yet completely original’ Holly Miller.

Finding the one is only the beginning…

1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.

1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar…

Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?

‘It’s about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance… even death. The kind of love I wish for you.’

A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook.

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The French Wife by Dinah Costel

Love, secrets and danger abound in the new historical novel from bestselling author Diney Costeloe, set in 19th-century France.

As the St Clair family prepare for the grand wedding of their daughter, Clarice, trouble is brewing. An old friendship, a new love and a dangerous secret threaten to destroy the life the St Clairs have built.

Their younger daughter, Hélène, became friends with orphaned Annette during the terrible events of the 1871 siege of Paris. Now they are reunited, with Annette working below stairs for Hélène’s parents. But she is hiding a dangerous secret, which Hélène has promised to keep at all costs.

Meanwhile, Hélène has begun to fall in love with a young nobleman from England, whose family has plans which do not include their son choosing a French wife.

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The German Heiress by Anika Scott

For readers of The Alice Network and The Lost Girls of Paris, an immersive, heart-pounding debut about a German heiress on the run in post-World War II Germany.

Clara Falkenberg, once Germany’s most eligible and lauded heiress, earned the nickname “the Iron Fräulein” during World War II for her role operating her family’s ironworks empire. It’s been nearly two years since the war ended and she’s left with nothing but a false identification card and a series of burning questions about her family’s past. With nowhere else to run to, she decides to return home and take refuge with her dear friend, Elisa.
Narrowly escaping a near-disastrous interrogation by a British officer who’s hell-bent on arresting her for war crimes, she arrives home to discover the city in ruins, and Elisa missing. As Clara begins tracking down Elisa, she encounters Jakob, a charismatic young man working on the black market, who, for his own reasons, is also searching for Elisa. Clara and Jakob soon discover how they might help each other—if only they can stay ahead of the officer determined to make Clara answer for her actions during the war.

Propulsive, meticulously researched, and action-fueled, The German Heiress is a mesmerizing page-turner that questions the meaning of justice and morality, deftly shining the spotlight on the often-overlooked perspective of Germans who were caught in the crossfire of the Nazi regime and had nowhere to turn.

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The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper

If you love Jennifer Robson or The Crown you will love New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper’s novel about Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

1939. As the wife of the King George VI and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth—“the queen mother”—shows a warm, smiling face to the world. But it’s no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the “Most Dangerous Woman in Europe.” For behind that soft voice and kindly demeanor is a will of steel.

Two years earlier, George was thrust onto the throne when his brother Edward abdicated, determined to marry his divorced, American mistress Mrs. Simpson. Vowing to do whatever it takes to make her husband’s reign a success, Elizabeth endears herself to the British people, and prevents the former king and his brazen bride from ever again setting foot in Buckingham Palace.

Elizabeth holds many powerful cards, she’s also hiding damaging secrets about her past and her provenance that could prove to be her undoing.

In this riveting novel of royal secrets and intrigue, Karen Harper lifts the veil on one of the world’s most fascinating families, and how its “secret weapon” of a matriarch maneuvered her way through one of the most dangerous chapters of the century.

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Royal Kiss And Tell by Julia London

Every prince has his secrets. And she’s determined to unravel his…

Every dashing young man in London’s ton is vying for Lady Caroline Hawke’s hand—except one. Handsome, delectable roué Prince Leopold of Alucia can’t quite remember who Caroline is, and the insult is not to be tolerated. So, Caroline does what any clever, resourceful lady of means would do to make sure a prince remembers her: sees that amusingly risqué morsels about Leo’s reputation are printed in a ladies’ gossip gazette…all the while secretly setting her cap for the rakish royal.

Someone has been painting Leo as a blackguard, but who? Socially, it could ruin him. More important, it jeopardizes his investigation into a contemptible scheme that reaches the highest levels of government in London. Now, Leo needs Lady Caroline’s help to regain access to society. But this charming prince is about to discover that enlisting the deceptively sweet and sexy Lady Caroline might just cost him his heart, his soul and both their reputations…

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Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Spring 1699: Illegitimate, destitute and strikingly beautiful, Marta has survived the brutal Russian winter in her remote Baltic village. Sold by her family into household labour at the age of fifteen, Marta survives by committing a crime that will force her to go on the run.

A world away, Russia’s young ruler, Tsar Peter I, passionate and iron-willed, has a vision for transforming the traditionalist Tsardom of Russia into a modern, Western empire. Countless lives will be lost in the process.

Falling prey to the Great Northern War, Marta cheats death at every turn, finding work as a washerwoman at a battle camp. One night at a celebration, she encounters Peter the Great. Relying on her wits and her formidable courage, and fuelled by ambition, desire and the sheer will to live, Marta will become Catherine I of Russia. But her rise to the top is ridden with peril; how long will she survive the machinations of Peter’s court, and more importantly, Peter himself?

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These Lost and Broken Things by Helen Fields

Girl. Mother. Assassin.

How dangerous is a woman with nothing left to lose?

The year is 1905. London is a playground for the rich and a death trap for the poor. When Sofia Logan’s husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her penniless with two young children, she knows she will do anything to keep them from the workhouse. But can she bring herself to murder? Even if she has done it before…

Emmet Vinsant, wealthy industrialist, offers Sofia a job in one of his gaming houses. He knows more about Sofia’s past than he has revealed. Brought up as part of a travelling fair, she’s an expert at counting cards and spotting cheats, and Vinsant puts her talents to good use. His demands on her grow until she finds herself with blood on her hands.

Set against the backdrop of the Suffragette protests, with industry-changing the face of the city but disease still rampant, and poverty the greatest threat of all, every decision you make is life or death. Either yours or someone else’s. Read best-selling crime writer Helen Fields’ first explosive historical thriller.

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Daisy’s Summer Mission by Hannah Pearl

Daisy’s job as a gift shop owner may involve selling chocolate truffles and lacy knickers but, this summer, she finds herself turning her hand to a slightly different profession …

Daisy’s boyfriend, Eli, works for a secret government agency and, try as she might, Daisy can’t seem to help getting caught in the middle of his missions, which take her on a thrilling ride from the streets of Paris to a remote health retreat where carbs are banned!

But when she finds that Eli might be in danger, Daisy has to stop playing at being a spy and become the real thing. Teaming up with her pensioner customer, Mr King, Daisy embarks on her most important summer mission yet. Can she save the day?

Sequel to Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop

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The Woman In The Painting by Kerry Postle

‘She’s beautiful,’ I told him. ‘Hair like skeins of silk; deep, brown eyes that sparkle in the light like jewels; beautiful lips, deep pink, and as juicy as ripe fruit.’

Ideas rippled in the pools of his eyes. ‘I must paint her,’ he said

1508. In Rome, artists are everywhere and feted as gods. But the most celebrated amongst them, a man who can paint beauty itself, is Raphael. When he touches brush to canvas, his subjects burst to life; he takes base metal and turns it to glistening gold.

When Raphael meets Margarita Luti, a baker’s daughter, he is beguiled and inspired in equal measure. As his muse, her face becomes that of a thousand Madonnas, but it is his portraits of her which reveal his full talents – and which will become his downfall.

For Raphael is wanted for greater things than a mere baker’s daughter. He is soon promised to the niece of a cardinal, a man upon whose connections and commissions the artist’s future relies. Without his good will, Raphael will be ruined.

Raphael must make a choice between his love for Margarita and his future as an artist – a choice that will have devastating consequences.

Inspired by a heartbreaking true story, this stunning and evocative novel is perfect for fans of Debbie Rix, Kate Furnivall and Dinah Jefferies.

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Vixen by Sam Micheals

While World War Two rages on around them, the gangs of London are fighting for their turf…

There might be a war on, but that doesn’t stop Georgina Garrett running her business with an iron fist. No one said running the Battersea gang was going to be easy, but her unflinchable nature makes Georgina unstoppable.

With a role that requires a ruthless ability to seek revenge and pay out crippling punishments, Georgina’s enemies are growing in number. With a target on her back, Georgina knows she must do everything to protect her family. But, with the loss of someone closest to her, can Georgina rise up from the ashes or allow a usurper take her crown?

Perfect for fans of Peaky Blinders, Martina Cole and Lesley Pearse.

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Footprints in the Sand by Pam Lecky

Cairo 1887: A melting pot of jealousy, lust and revenge. Who will pay the ultimate price?

Lucy Lawrence throws caution to the wind and embarks on a journey of self-discovery to the land of the pharaohs.

Travelling to Cairo as the patron of the charming French Egyptologist, Armand Moreau, Lucy discovers an archaeological community plagued by professional rivalries and intrigue. It is soon apparent that the thriving black market in antiquities threatens Egypt’s precious heritage.

When the Egyptian Museum is burgled, Lucy is determined to solve the case, much to the annoyance of the local inspector of police, and the alarm of Mary, her maid. But when an archaeologist is found murdered in the Great Pyramid, Lucy is catapulted into the resulting maelstrom. Can she keep her wits about her to avoid meeting a similar fate?

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Captured by Her Enemy Knight by Nicole Locke

Captured by her enemy…

Falling for the man

Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man—Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him…

Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart—this assassin has fallen for her target!

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First Comes Scandal By Julia Quinn

Continuing her delightful Bridgertons Prequel series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents the latest love story between the Bridgerton and Rokesby families.

She was given two choices…

Georgiana Bridgerton isn’t against the idea of marriage. She’d just thought she’d have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she’s abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life.

Enter Option #3

As the fourth son of an earl, Nicholas Rokesby is prepared to chart his own course. He has a life in Edinburgh, where he’s close to completing his medical studies, and he has no time—or interest—to find a wife. But when he discovers that Georgie Bridgerton—his literal girl-next-door—is facing ruin, he knows what he must do.

A Marriage of Convenience

It might not have been the most romantic of proposals, but Nicholas never thought she’d say no. Georgie doesn’t want to be anyone’s sacrifice, and besides, they could never think of each other as anything more than childhood friends… or could they?

But as they embark upon their unorthodox courtship they discover a new twist to the age-old rhyme. First comes scandal, then comes marriage. But after that comes love

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Books In The Spotlight

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Thank you for stopping by, for no other reason than to make you smile here is my Hottie of the Month. 😉

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Have a lovely Sunday, I hope it’s full of sunshine, smiles and a jolly good book.

 

The Sunday Scandal Sheet; Weekly Post Recap! #ShareTheBookLove

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Happy Sunday Sunshines! I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday so far, Today on the ‘Sunday Scandal Sheet’ I will be looking back at what has featured on the blog the previous week, choose my book of the week and have a peek at what’s to come next on the blog…plus, my ever-popular; Hottie of the Week 😉

Before all of that, I want to say a huge thank you to every single book blogger who has liked and shared my blog posts this week, You are all so amazing, thank you!!😘

I hope everyone will go and show these amazing bloggers some blog love, you can find all who I follow on my Twitter timeline as I do share their posts a lot.

This week on the Blog,

The Lost and Found Bookshop; Book Spotlight

Footprints in the Sand; Review

A Royal Second Chance Summer; Cover Reveal

The Rebel Heiress and the Knight; Book Spotlight

Let’s Get Published; Cover Reveal

Cold Nips and Frosty Bits; Book Blast

Captured By Her Enemy Knight; Review

When I Come Home; Book Spotlight

A Good Match For The Major; Book Spotlight

Before The Crown; Book Spotlight

First Comes Scandal; Review

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Book of the Week.

Captured by Her Enemy Knight by Nicole Locke

Series: Lovers and Legends / Publisher: Mills and Boon/Harlequin / Genre: Historical Romance

Captured by her enemy…

Falling for the man

Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man—Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him…

Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart—this assassin has fallen for her target!

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Clap For Carers

Thursday came and for the tenth week and possibly the last, we stood at our front door and clapped for our marvellous NHS staff and Key Workers.

To every single NHS worker, delivery drivers, carers, postmen/women, supermarket staff, teachers and all key worker whom I have forgotten, thank you for all you do! We are rooting for you, we are supporting you but most of all we are eternally grateful and thankful for you, even though this will be the last ‘Clap For Carers’ week, every single one of us will be forever thankful.

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Next Week on The Blog

Of Darkness and Light – Blog Tour/Review

Tales of Ming Courtesans – Blog Tour/Guestpost

Photographer of The Lost – Review

Gray Genesis – Book Blast

A Good Match For The Major – Review

Crazy For You – Blog Tour/Feature

The Greatcoat – Review

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Thank you for stopping by, for no other reason than to make you smile here is my Hottie of the Week. 😉

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Have a lovely Sunday, I hope it’s full of sunshine, smiles and a jolly good book.

 

#Review | First Comes Scandal (Bridgertons Series) by Julia Quinn #FirstComesScandal @avonbooks

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Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this charming book; First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn. This is such a fun and easy to read book, that no matter if you are a massive historical romance fan or not, this will definitely put a smile on your face. So take a seat and enjoy!

First Comes Scandal By Julia Quinn

Series: A Bridgertons Prequel

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon Books

Format: Ebook/Print/ Audio

Continuing her delightful Bridgertons Prequel series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents the latest love story between the Bridgerton and Rokesby families.

She was given two choices…

Georgiana Bridgerton isn’t against the idea of marriage. She’d just thought she’d have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she’s abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life.

Enter Option #3

As the fourth son of an earl, Nicholas Rokesby is prepared to chart his own course. He has a life in Edinburgh, where he’s close to completing his medical studies, and he has no time—or interest—to find a wife. But when he discovers that Georgie Bridgerton—his literal girl-next-door—is facing ruin, he knows what he must do.

A Marriage of Convenience

It might not have been the most romantic of proposals, but Nicholas never thought she’d say no. Georgie doesn’t want to be anyone’s sacrifice, and besides, they could never think of each other as anything more than childhood friends… or could they?

But as they embark upon their unorthodox courtship they discover a new twist to the age-old rhyme. First comes scandal, then comes marriage. But after that comes love…

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I have read many Julia Quinn books for many years, and yet oddly enough this series seems to have passed me by. Only for me to finally find it and it’s already on book four, usually this would have been not going into review it and instead go and find the first in the series, but as always my own rulebook is thrown through the window. But, this is the great Julia Quinn, I couldn’t help myself, I just had to grab this review copy with grasping reaching out fingers. I couldn’t say no and am I pleased I did?

This is the fourth book in the series, and to be totally honest if I didn’t already know it was apart of a series, I wouldn’t have guessed it. You can literally pick this book up today, start reading and be charmed right from page one without worrying that you have missed something vital by not reading the previous in the series. This is how quick and easy this book is, no fuss, no bother, just boom! Straight into the story with the two main characters and the rest of the world just falls away.

If you have read any Julia Quinn book, then you will know already that no matter who the characters are or what they do, you just have to like them, you instantly feel an affinity to them it’s like meeting old friends again and yet you have never met them before in your life – there are no other words to put it. But, as with every other Julia Quinn book, this has a certain magical charm to it, there is a sweetness to it that you can’t help but like, even though at times it was a little overly sweet.

I loved the sound of this the moment I read the back blurb, which does sound amazing, it sounded like exactly what I look for in a historical romance, but to be honest as much as I did thoroughly like this and there are particular things I really loved such as; I liked the relationship between the characters which was very loving, I loved the parts where they really and quite thoroughly get to know each other and the carriage ride was a hoot, but I don’t think that it lived up to the engaging back blurb – just my opinion!

Overall, this is a really charming and delightful read, the only thing I will say against it, is the lack of any conflict or drama, no stress and scandal or catastrophes which we are so used to with regency romances. Even though the romance between Nicholas and Georgie is such fun to read, it is a real joyful match between them and there are some very steamy moments but personally, I don’t think there is anything that made me sink to the edge of my seat and wonder what will happen next, it’s was all a bit too easy and a little on the predictable side but jolly good fun and definitely worth a read, as it does make you smile and feel all warm and happy. Which, no matter what happened during the story, that is the main thing right? That the overall experience of a book makes you smile and you want to pick up another of the authors work.

And I can guarantee, if you have never read a Julia Quinn before, you will want to read more from her, she really does have this gift of lighting up the day and bringing the sunshine out with her witty romances.

This was a complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you, Jessica, at Avon/Harper Collins.

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Praise for Julia Quinn’s Book’s

“There are quite a few romance novelists out there proving that fun and sexy need not be mutually exclusive from smart, nuanced, and empowering — and of those, it’s safe to say that Julia Quinn reigns supreme. Often referred to as our generation’s Jane Austen, the author’s work has always stood out from the pack, winning over countless readers with its wit, humor, and lovable cast of characters.” Shondaland

“Quinn is known for her witty charm . . . . She’s also a romance master, able to set up realistic obstacles that tug at the heartstrings while keeping the hero and heroine believably apart. With the Bridgertons, Quinn has created a family so likable and attractive, a community so vibrant and engaging, that we want to crawl into the pages and know them.” NPR Books

“Simply delightful, filled with charm, humor, and wit.” Kirkus Reviews

“If you’ve never read romance novels, start here.” Washington Post

“simmering sexuality, unforgettable characters, and deliciously dry wit.” Booklist

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About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

In 2020, Netflix will premiere Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family.
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Shining a Spotlight on Before the Crown by Flora Harding #BeforeTheCrown #BookSpotlight @AuthorFlora @OneMoreChapter_

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Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be shining a spotlight on Before the Crown by Flora Harding. I am super excited to be sharing this gorgeous book with you all, I had the massive pleasure to receive an early copy from One More Chapter, and I can’t wait to share my review in the next few weeks with you all. But until then, I wanted to share a peek at what will be the love story of the summer. I hope you will love it as much as I do!

Before the Crown by Flora Harding

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: One More Chapter/Harper Collins

Format: Ebook/Paperback

Release Date: 18th September 2020

The most page-turning and romantic historical novel of the year!

Before the crown there was a love story…

Windsor Castle, 1943

As war rages across the world, Princess Elizabeth comes face to face with the dashing naval officer she first met in London nine years before.

One of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy, Philip represents everything she has always been taught to avoid. Instability. Audacity. Adventure.

But when the king learns of their relationship, the suitability of the foreign prince is questioned by all at court.

He is the risk she has never been allowed to take. The risk not even the shadow of the crown will stop her from taking…

Step through the palace gates and discover a captivating historical novel of royal secrets and forbidden love exploring the tempestuous courtship between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the wake of WWII.

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Before the crown, there was a love story…

If you love the sound of this book, then why not request a review copy over at Netgalley?

Before The Crown, Request

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About the Author

I started writing to fund a PhD on waste disposal in the Elizabethan city and have been juggling fact and fiction ever since. I write across various fiction genres and have written a number of histories and guides, too, on subjects ranging from cathedrals and car distributors to royal palaces. I’m a walker, a traveller, a cook and a card player, and I live in the centre of York, a historic city in the north of England, although I spend a lot of time yearning for the big skies and open horizons of moorland, coast or desert. Flora can be found on Twitter @AuthorFlora

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Shining a Spotlight on A Good Match For The Major by Josie Bonham #AGoodMatchForTheMajor #BookSpotlight @BonhamJosie

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Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be shining a spotlight on; A Good Match for the Major by Josie Bonham, I am super excited to be sharing this gorgeous book with you all, this is Josie’s debut book and it’s a doozy, I can see many great things in Josie’s future. I had the pleasure to receive an early copy of this book and it’s so good, I can’t wait to share my review next week. But, I wanted to let you all have a peek before that, I hope you will love it as much as I do!

A Good Match For The Major by Josie Bonham

Series: The Reluctant Brides #1 Genre: Historical Romance / Format: Ebook

Pride meets prejudice – can love blossom.

Beautiful young widow, Lady Eliza Wyndham, is determined never to remarry after a disastrous first marriage. The undeniable attraction that fizzes between her and Major Nathaniel Overton terrifies her. She rejects his advances.

With his pride badly dented, Nat vows to forget Eliza until he finds her in danger from an old adversary of his army days. His protective instincts are stirred and he steps back into her life, but will Eliza be prepared to accept his help?

*A Good Match for the Major is currently free on Kindle Unlimited.

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Praise for A Good Match for the Major

“It is a gentle story of love and trust with an undercurrent of threat that sweeps the story along. …..A most satisfying read.” – Ellie Henshaw; Goodreads

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About the Author

Josie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most.

The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this era emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.

Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result. Despite the ‘help’ of her cat who considers a writing session at the computer an invitation to demand attention.

There is more information on her website at www.josiebonhamauthor.com and on Twitter @BonhamJosie

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