Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Countdown To Christmas, Advent Calander Day 12 #CountDownToChristmas

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Hello my little festive sunshines, we are on day twelve in my count down to Christmas, I can’t believe that we are halfway through my count down. So, what is beyond the Advent Calendar door today? Go on then, have a look.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Shall we start with a festive Hottie?

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Let me introduce you to two of the best medieval, rough-around-the-edges chaps, you will ever meet, I can guarantee they will make you rather hot under the collar 😉

Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight

He’s her enemy…

…and she must not fall for him!

When her mistress is taken as an enemy Knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her Lady – she must go in her place! But there’s more to the scarred Knight than she first thought…she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realises she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…

The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge

At the mercy of her enemy!

Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face to face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He’s now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his…

Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?

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I hope, I have inspired and started your Festive season with some swoonsome lust! Elisabeth is easily one of the greatest Medieval Romance authors around, her books are raw and gritty, they have a real darker edge to them and her heroes…well, they are amazing; they growl, brood and are a bit rough but they are always more than happy to lend a hand when you swoon 😉

 

Until tomorrow, have a lovely day!

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Countdown To Christmas, Advent Calander Day 11 #CountDownToChristmas

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Hello my little festive sunshines, we are on day eleven in my count down to Christmas, this is going so fast. So, what is beyond the Advent Calendar door today? Go on then, have a look.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Shall we start with a festive Hottie?

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Let me introduce you to two seriously scorching hot stories, which are full of love and lust..plus two heroes who will turn you into a melted mess with just a cheeky glance 😉

Naughty Or Nice

She’s setting the terms…

In business and pleasure!

Lucas Waring was my brother’s best friend—before he broke my heart and betrayed my family. Yet one glance from those dark, intense eyes, and that bolt of aching need returns. Now Lucas wants my business. But the nice Eva he knew is gone forever and naughty Eva wants her cake, and a taste of deliciously hot Lucas, too. Only my heart’s about to pull the biggest betrayal of all…

Mr One-Night Stand

One night only.

Just think of the possibilities…

The second she sees Mr Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright―her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love her sexy Mr Wright is either Mr Wrong or the best mistake of her life…

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I hope, I have inspired and started your Festive season with some swoonsome lust, Rachael is an incredible author, her stories will make you dive into a cold shower – those sexy scenes, phew!! – as well as fall helpless in love. I hope you will love Lucas & Eva and Jennifer & Marcus as much as I have.

 

Until tomorrow, have a lovely day!

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Countdown To Christmas, Advent Calander Day 10 #CountDownToChristmas

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Hello my little festive sunshines, we are on day ten in my count down to Christmas, what is beyond the Advent Calendar door today? Go on then, have a look.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Shall we start with a festive Hottie?

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Let me introduce you to brooding, sensitive and ridiculously handsome chaps and three gorgeous ladies who have our heroes well and truly under the thumb 😉

The Convenient Felstone Marriage

‘I have a proposal for you…’

The last place respectable governess Ianthe Holt ever expected to be proposed to is in a train carriage…by a stranger…who has just accused her of trying to trap another man into marriage!

Shipping magnate Robert Felstone may be dashing but he’s also insufferable, impertinent―and Ianthe’s only possible saviour from her uncertain fate. She’s hesitant to play the perfect Felstone wife, but Robert soon shows Ianthe there’s more to him than meets the eye, and more to marriage than vows…

Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride

‘Marry me…

…And you’ll have your freedom.’

Her father’s will dictates that Violet Harper must wed or be disinherited—but she’d rather face the wilderness of the wintry Yorkshire moors than be bound to cynical, damaged soldier Lance Amberton. Lance promises a marriage of convenience that will grant Violet her independence. In exchange she must put her faith in Lance, and see beyond his gruff exterior to the man beneath…

The Viscount’s Veiled Lady

A lady hidden from society

A viscount with his own secrets…

When Frances Webster meets brooding Arthur Amberton on Whitby shore he’s a different man from the dashing young gentleman she once carried a flame for. But life has changed her too. After a tragic accident left her scarred, physically and emotionally, she’s led a solitary life. She cherishes their new friendship, and yet she can’t help but hope Arthur sees the beauty within her…

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I hope, I have inspired and started your Festive season with some swoonsome lust, it is no secret how much I love Jenni’s work, she is an absolute master at creating the most unique, delicious and captivating stories, her couples are in a league all of their own, there are none that can compare with this perfection. I have yet to read Robert & Ianthe’s story, but I utterly adore Violet & Lance and Frances & Arthur and I hope you will too.

 

Until tomorrow, have a lovely day!

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Countdown To Christmas, Advent Calander Day 9 #CountDownToChristmas

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Hello my little festive sunshines, we are on day nine in my count down to Christmas, what is beyond the Advent Calendar door today? Go on then, have a look.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Shall we start with a festive Hottie?

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Let me introduce you to deeply brooding and sensual heroes, who will sweep you off your feet with a mere growl. 😉

Christmas With His Wallflower Wife

A convenient bride

Can he be the groom she deserves?

Lord Alexander Beauchamp has protected Lady Jane Colebrooke since childhood. So seeing she’s about to be forced to wed, he steps in with a proposal of his own! But Alex had underestimated the closeness that taking Jane as his bride demands – something he expected never to give. As Christmas approaches, he knows he must confront the dark secrets that shadow their marriage…

The Governess’s Secret Baby

The Beauty who tamed the Beast…

New governess Grace Bertram will do anything to get to know her young daughter Clara. Even if it means working for Clara’s guardian, the reclusive and scarred Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell!

Nathaniel believes no woman could ever love a monster like him, until Grace seems to look past his scars to the man beneath… But when he discovers Grace is Clara’s mother, Nathaniel questions his place in this torn-apart family. Could there be a Christmas happy-ever-after for this beauty and the beast?

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I hope, I have inspired and started your Festive season with some heat, I adore Janice’s work, she is the queen of the seductively brooding hero and the feisty independent heroines. Grace and Nathaniel’s story was the first I read by Janice, from that book I was hooked. I know you will fall in love with them and Jane & Alex too.

 

Until tomorrow, have a lovely day!

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Countdown To Christmas, Advent Calander Day 8 #CountDownToChristmas

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Hello my little festive sunshines, we are on day eight in my Christmas Advent Calendar, can you believe that we are on day eight, It’s going so fast, anyway what is beyond the door, go on then, have a look.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Shall we start with a festive Hottie?

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Let me introduce you to two of the most gorgeous and devilish guys you will ever meet, one is an outlaw, the other is an assassin, both will make you come down in a lusty swoon 😉

Duke of Shadows

A heartbroken belle. A missing suitor. A heroic duke in disguise. Unmask Duke of Shadows and let the highwayman-duke steal your heart!

England, 1817. Lady Portia Tennesley has always dreamed of marrying for love. When the suitor who seemed her perfect match disappears at the height of the Season, she’s heartbroken. Eventually she consents to an arranged marriage with an eccentric duke she barely knows, a wealthy recluse who seems more interested in science than spending time with his new fiancée. But before Portia walks down the aisle to her grand, loveless match, she turns to the only man who can uncover her former beau’s fate—the mysterious outlaw known as Silversmoke.

Lucas Wakeford, the Duke of Fountainhurst, leads a double life that leaves him little time for romance. After his parents died at the hands of brigands as a lad, he found his true passion in standing up for the powerless as his masked alter ego, the heroic highwayman, Silversmoke. As the duke, however—his charade as a scholarly quiz aside—Luke knows he must eventually marry. Besides, having a wife around could help him blend in with his fellow noblemen. Elegant and highborn Lady Portia Tennesley seems perfect for the sort of duchess Luke needs. A fashionable belle preoccupied with high society, she’s sure to keep her nose out of his secret life fighting crime in London’s underworld.

But when the lady herself ventures into Silversmoke’s lair, begging for the famed highwayman’s help, Luke is astonished—and realizes he has seriously underestimated his future bride. Yet as Silversmoke, he can’t deny a damsel in distress, so he agrees to find her missing suitor. Tangled in a web of secrets and hidden identities, will Luke and Portia’s growing attraction be strong enough to survive the truth, or will their love steal away into the night?

Duke of Shadows is the fourth standalone novel in the Moonlight Square regency historical romance series. If you like alpha males in disguise, scintillating chemistry, and a double dose of mystery, you’ll love New York Times bestselling author Gaelen Foley’s tale of undercover romance.

My Dangerous Duke

The formidable, rugged, Rohan Kilburn, Duke of Warrington is a top assassin for the Order. Known for his superstitious streak, he has made a point of keeping his heart immune to love, despite his many conquests. But on one cold winter’s night when he returns to his broody seaside castle, he finds that his errant tenants have provided him with a beautiful young woman as a bed-warmer.

But Kate Madsen is no harlot. She is the innocent victim of a kidnapping plot, shy but independent, with intelligent, beguiling eyes. As Rohan and Kate work together to unravel the truth surrounding an ancient curse that could destroy them both, their budding attraction begins to ignite. But when the unthinkable happens, it’s up to Kate to shatter the curse that could prevent her Dangerous Duke from becoming her ideal husband.

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I hope, I have inspired and started your Festive season with some serious lustful thoughts 😉 Gaelen is an incredible writer, she is the queen of the thrilling lusty historical’s that I can guarantee will leave you in a melted pile on the floor, these two are just a couple of my personal favourites, and I know you will swoon over Portia & Silversmoke and Rohan & Kate…#DoubleSigh

 

Until tomorrow, have a lovely day!

#Blogtour | Five French Hens by Judy Leigh #FiveFrenchHens #Excerpt #BoldwoodBlogger @judyleighwriter @BoldWoodBooks

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Hello Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful blog tour for; Five French Hens by Judy leigh. Not only will I be telling you all about this wonderful book, but I also have an exclusive excerpt which I know you will love. So settle in, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

Five French Hens by Judy Leigh

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Format: Paperback/Ebook/Audiobook

Genre: Women’s fiction

The best days of your life might be still to come…

When 73 year old Jen announces that she is going to marry Eddie, a man she met just a few months previously on a beach on Boxing Day, her four best friends from aqua aerobics are flabbergasted.

The wedding is booked and, when the groom decides to have a stag trip to Las Vegas, the ladies arrange a hen party to beat all others -a week in the city of love, Paris.

From misadventures at the Louvre, outrageous Parisian cabarets, to drinking champagne with a dashing millionaire at the casino, Paris lives up to all their hopes and dreams. But a week can change everything, and the women that come home have very different dreams from the ones who got on the plane just days ago.

Funny, fearless and with a joie de vivre that reminds you to live every day like it’s your last. Judy Leigh has once again written the perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Cathy Hopkins, Dawn French and Fiona Gibson.

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What readers are saying about 

Brilliantly funny, emotional and uplifting’ Miranda Dickinson

Lovely . . . a book that assures that life is far from over at seventy’ Cathy Hopkins bestselling author of The Kicking the Bucket List

Brimming with warmth, humour and a love of life… a wonderful escapade’ Fiona Gibson, bestselling author of The Woman Who Upped and Left

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Exclusive Excerpt

Chapter One

Jen held the umbrella over her head and listened to the rain drumming on the canvas. It would be cosy inside the pub. The wind blew hard through the material of her jacket. She’d thought she’d be warm enough, but there was ice in the February gusts that sifted around the corner and lifted her hair, rearranging it across her face. She’d spent the afternoon in the hairdresser’s and had been pleased with the glossy style, silver strands streaked through the chestnut locks. In the grey suit and neat heels, she’d thought she’d look smart, but the cold weather and the sharp breeze had taken the edge off her preparations and she was sure her nose would glow red beneath the light dusting of powder. But Eddie wouldn’t mind – the first thing he always said was how nice it was to see her and how lovely she looked.

There were posters in the windows of the Olive Grove, huge red hearts and cute Cupids with arrows, proclaiming the evening’s special Valentine dinner. Jen could hear the hushing of the waves breaking against the sea walls in the distance and, from down the road, the crisp sound of approaching footfall. It was Eddie, in his pale mackintosh, the collar up, looking debonair, just like Inspector Morse. It was seven thirty, sharp.

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Half seven, thought Rose. The torture must end soon. Little Amelia’s nimble fingers pressed the pristine ivory keys on the piano: the discordant jangle made a pulse in Rose’s head throb.

Try again from the beginning, dear,’ she murmured, watching the second hand twitch on the wall clock. It would soon be over and Amelia would leave her in peace. Rose sighed and spoke through clenched teeth. ‘Shall we call it a night, dear? I think Mummy’s here – someone just rang the doorbell, I’m sure.’

Amelia slammed the piano lid down without turning round and stood up, still in her school uniform, tidy in the crisp white blouse and tartan skirt, her blonde plaits neatly secured with bows. Rose held up the child’s coat and led her to the door where a tall, slim woman with dark hair in a no-nonsense cut and a smart coat was standing in the porch, the rain teeming behind her. Amelia went straight to her and took her hand, a dutiful six year old. But Rose was sure that the child wrinkled her nose and stuck out the edge of a pink tongue at her. Amelia’s mother smiled, although her eyes remained cold.

How was Amelia’s lesson, Mrs Grant? She’s been practising all week. Is it time for her to be put forward for a grading?’ She held out two notes, a ten and a five.

Rose noticed Amelia scowling. She was unsure what to say, her hand fluttering in front of her face. ‘She’s making progress, Mrs Bassett. Soon, I hope.’

Amelia’s mother frowned. ‘My friend, Sally, tells me that Joni Yates puts all her pupils in for grading early. They all seem to pass with distinctions too.’

Rose sighed. She wished she could tell the woman to take her child to Joni Yates, then, and see how she coped with Amelia, who clearly didn’t practise anything from one week to another. But her pupils were becoming scarcer: she had no idea why she didn’t just retire. After all, it wasn’t as if she needed the money. Bernard had left her comfortably off and piano teaching was a routine that left her feeling unfulfilled, flat, without energy. ‘Keep practising Für Elise, Amelia, and maybe we’ll discuss grade entry next week.’

Amelia gazed up at her mother, her tiny brows meeting in a knot. ‘Furry Liza is boring, Mummy. Can I learn the violin instead? Elsa in my class goes to violin. She says the teacher is really cool.’

Amelia’s mother met Rose’s eyes, as if her daughter had just made up her mind for her, and turned on her heel, tugging the child towards the pouring rain and a dark car parked by the kerb. Rose closed the door, locked it securely with the bolt and chain and muttered, ‘Minx.’ As an afterthought, she mumbled, ‘What a blessing that Beethoven was deaf. If he’d heard Amelia slaughtering his Für Elise for the last forty-five minutes, it would raise him from the grave.’

She stood in the hallway, thinking. Half past seven. She hadn’t eaten since lunch, and then just a slice of toast. She wasn’t really hungry, but she ought to look after herself better. Her skirt was hanging off her, the waist baggy, and her legs felt weak. She would find something in the freezer, something with calories. There was a box of macaroni cheese for one. She could heat it up in the microwave. Rose sighed again. She didn’t like February. Spring was too far away and the house was too cold. Besides, Bernard had died in February two years ago and each year she felt the cold, haunting loneliness grasp her by the shoulders and whisper in her ear that she was by herself and companionless and that was how it would always be now.

Of course, she had her new friends, the four women she’d met at aqua aerobics last October when the club first started. They were nice women, but they only met for coffee once a week and then she came home alone and it was back to the silence again. She shuffled into the lounge and picked up a yellow duster, rubbing it over the piano. It had been hers and Bernard’s. He had been a wonderful musician, a church organist too. She replaced their wedding photo lovingly on top, over the circle left by a wine glass years ago. Not hers, of course – it might have been made by their son, Paul, one Christmas when he’d visited with the children. His visits were a rare thing nowadays – he was a busy man, of course, he had an important job.

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About the Author

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.

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Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Countdown To Christmas, Advent Calander Day 7 #CountDownToChristmas

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Hello my little festive sunshines, we are on day seven in my Christmas Advent Calendar, can you believe that a full week has gone by? It’s going so fast, anyway what is beyond the door, go on then, have a look.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Shall we start with a festive Hottie?

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Let me introduce you to some gorgeously, sensitive and adorable men who will take your breathe away, in one way or another 😉

Mrs Sommersby’s Second Chance

She’s played Cupid for others

Now she’s met her own unlikely match!

Part of The Sommersby Brides. Widowed society matchmaker Mrs Clara Sommersby thinks handsome self-made businessman Mr William Lane is just the man for her neighbour’s overlooked daughter. He’s successful and confident, if somewhat emotionally distant, until suddenly—shockingly—his attention turns to Clara herself! She thought her days of romance were over, but is this dashing younger man intent on giving her a second chance?

One Night Under the Mistletoe

A convenient arrangement

Three festive Regency romances…

In The Captain’s Christmas Journey, by Carla Kelly, Captain Everard is escorting Verity to her governess job―and for propriety’s sake that means a convenient engagement! In Louise Allen’s The Viscount’s Yuletide Betrothal Eleanor advertises for a ‘suitable’ gentleman to pose as her betrothed over Christmas. And in Laurie Benson’s novella, Juliet Sommersby’s One Night Under the Mistletoe leads to a marriage of convenience with handsome former love Lord Montague…

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I hope, I have inspired and started your Festive season with some smoulder, I adore Laurie’s books she will take hold of your heart with her gorgeous heroes and never let you go, I know you all will fall head over heels for Clara & William and Juliet & Monty.

 

Until tomorrow, have a lovely day!