Thursday, October 17, 2013

VBT: His Judas Bride by Shehanne Moore

His Judas Bride

by Shehanne Moore 


To love…

To save her son, there is nothing she won’t do. To save his people, neither will he. Dire circumstances force Kara McGurkie to forget she’s a woman. Dire circumstances force her to swear to love and honor, to help destroy a clan in order to get back the life she lost.  But when dire circumstances force her to seduce her fiancé’s brother on the eve of the wedding, will the dark secrets she holds and the things she wants most, be enough to save her and them, from his powerful allure, especially when she knows he may just be playing with her.


Callm McDunnagh, the Black Wolf of Lochalpin, ruthlessly guard’s heart and glen from dangerous intruders. But from the moment he first sees Kara he knows he must possess her, even though he also knows that surrendering to his desire may prove the most dangerous risk of all.

And betray…

Now no problem becomes big problem as passion and desire rage out of control. Kara must look into the soul she thought she sold to make a choice. But can she look deep enough? Only she can decide who and what passion can save, or destroy, how when and who will finally learn the truth of the words… Till death do us part?


“I don’t like blondes.”

It wasn’t a lie. But even before he yanked this particular one out the snow she’d tumbled into and set her over his shoulder and the vagrant fire became an inferno, he knew he was making the mistake of his life.

Crushed rose petals. That was what she smelled of. Very pretty. Swimming all the way into his senses. It didn’t help that beneath it, something beautifully warm and musky lingered. Or she was so cat-like slender, despite those curves he’d glimpsed earlier.

But the worst of it was the way his body tightened so he’d struggled to keep walking. It was the first time he’d held a woman in five years and found no ghost of Morven haunting his arms as she’d last been there. When he’d held her and told her it would be all right. Knowing damn fine it wouldn’t.

His gut twisted so hard he could barely breathe at the thought. That after what the McGurkies had done to Morven, all they had done to her, he should be the one to damn well affront her memory like this.

Meg let her hand linger on his shoulder. “Well, just sometimes snow is white.”

“This is one time when it’s black.”

As if he did not know what color the snow was here. He just didn’t want Meg knowing the real reason there had been no woman for five years.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Shehanne Moore is a Scottish author, who writes gritty, witty, as much risky as risqué,
historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy. Stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces. For years she worked at various things, while pursuing her dream of becoming a published writer, so she was gobsmacked to sell her book, The Unraveling of Lady Fury, written in three months,  to U.S. publishers, Etopia Press,  six days after subbing it.

Shehanne still lives in Scotland,  with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds do collide, she fantasizes about cleaning the house, plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books You Were Forced to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!  Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week we are talking about the books you were "forced" to read! Obviously, in most cases, you weren't LITERALLY forced to read it but you know what we are getting at here. Those required reading books, book club picks, books for your job or those books that it simply feels like other readers were going to tie you down until you read it!!

1.  Far from the Madding Crowd

2.  Jane Eyre

3.  Walden

4.  Of Mice and Men

5.  To Kill a Mockingbird 

6.  Animal Farm  

 7.  1984

8.  Lord of the Flies

9.  Pride and Prejudice

Book Cover Tour: The Howling Heart by April Bostic

The Howling Heart

by April Bostic

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: August 8, 2013

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.
Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.
Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

I wasn’t expecting us to have this type of conversation so soon, but there we were, sitting on the riverbank while discussing Varulv sex. He didn’t seem embarrassed to talk about it, and I was getting more curious.

“Have you ever made love to a human?” I asked timidly. My ears felt hot, and I looked at him through shy eyes. I hoped I wasn’t overstepping the boundary of personal information.

He answered quietly. “No.”

His revelation came as a surprise, but I was still curious. “What about a wolf?” I don’t know why I asked. I knew there was no possible way this extremely attractive man was a virgin.

He hesitated this time. Seconds ticked by before he replied, “Pack law states we can only make love after we claim a mate and the leader recognizes our union.”

His indirect answer caught me off-guard, and I couldn’t keep the sarcasm from my words. “You’re not one to follow the rules, so I’ll take that as a yes.”

I looked away and lifted my feet out of the water. With my legs bent, I pressed my knees against my chest and wrapped my arms around them. I thought the conversation was over, but Riley was determined to have my attention. His fingers grasped my chin to turn my head toward him.

“That’s probably the only law I haven’t broken.”

Our gazes locked, and he almost stole my breath, again. “Why? I know abstinence can’t be easy for you.”

His voice was almost a whisper. “Not anymore.”

I noticed his green irises had flecks of amber in them—the same color as his wolf eyes. That’s when I realized our heads had moved closer.

Riley’s warm breath caressed my face, and it smelled of hickory and clove. “I’m not interested in any she-wolves in the pack.”

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About the author:
April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen.”

Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now,” released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love,” and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction.” After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April will release her fourth and final short story in December 2013, a historical vampire romance entitled “A Dark Scandal.”

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VBT: The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron

The Viscount's Vow

by Collette Cameron


Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

Gypsy Camp Ian's Return

Ian rode Pericles directly across the clearing and stopped before her. Something delicious skimmed across her senses before she returned her attention to the child. She handed Puri Daj a soft linen cloth to wrap Lala's calf. He'd returned. She truly hadn't thought he would. Surely the fluttering in her middle wasn’t gladness?

After what he’d done to her?

She wasn't completely addle-witted. No, she’d not eaten anything since morning. She was hungry—that was all.

She watched him from the corner of her eye. Holding the reins in his left hand, he grasped Pericles’s mane and swung his right leg over the stallion’s hindquarters. With a powerful shove, he dropped to the ground. With a smart bow, Ian greeted Puri Daj first. “Droboy tume Romale.”

A pleased look flashed across Puri Daj's face. She inclined her head in greeting. “Thank you, Ian. You learn our language. This is good.” She smiled her approval.

He was learning Romanes? Vangie squelched the happiness attempting to bubble to the surface. Balderdash and rubbish. It meant nothing. If he thought he could wheedle his way into her affections by learning a bit of Romanese—

Lud, now he's smiling at Lala.

Ian bowed to the child. “Droboy tume tinka.”

Lala giggled and buried her face in Puri Daj's skirt. Vangie dipped her head and hid a smile. He could charm a stick into throwing itself into a fire, then have it thanking him for the honor.

“Vangie,” His deep voice interrupted her musings. “I'm sorry I didn't return last evening.” Ian rubbed the Pericles’s forehead before patting his neck and grasping his bridle. “I was delayed.”

Vangie placed the stopper on the jar of pungent ointment, then wiped her hands on her apron. “Tis of no importance.” She searched his face. Lines of fatigue marred his brow and crinkled the corners of his eyes. Faith, had he slept at all? Unease washed over her. Something was wrong.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.

A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.

Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of other author/writer groups.
Some of Collette's favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading of course.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Interview with Collette Cameron, author of The Viscount's Vow

The Viscount's Vow

by Collette Cameron

The Most Happy Reader warmly welcomes, Collette Cameron, the author of The Viscount’s Vow now on tour through cyberspace.  

I am truly thankful that I have been given the opportunity to interview Collette and thank her personally for taking the time to interview with The Most Happy Reader. 

Now, let's find out more about Collette....

·     How much research do you do?
I write Regency so I do tons of historical research.

I’m a bit of fanatic for historical accuracy and what gets by me is nailed by a couple of my critique partners. I research everything from clothing, food, speech, to what utensils were used for cooking, side saddles, signet rings, pets, soap for bathing...even medicines or jokes of that era.

·        What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I had recently completed my Master’s Degree in Teaching and was working part-time as a substitute teacher. My youngest child had just left for college, and I found myself with time on my hands.

I’d toyed with the idea of writing a book for years, but never considered writing a romance novel. Oh, sure, I’d been reading them since I was a teen, but write one?
Never. All that dialogue.
But, one February day in 2011, I parked myself in front of my computer and started tapping out my first book.  Now, it’s safe to day, I’m addicted.

·       Do you write full-time or part-time?
I’ve reduced my teaching a great deal this year so I can focus on writing. I hope to be able to make the transition to full-time writing in the next year or so. As it is, I’m trying to keep my teaching to one or two days a week.  Except, presently, I’m doing a long-term maternity leave. It ends November 1st.  I’m looking forward to starting my fourth book.

·      Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
No formal outlines for me,  but I do have plot points I know ahead of time. I’m just not sure where they’ll go. I’m what a friend of mine calls a linear pantser. I write beginning to end, but there are surprises along the way.

·      Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I do a lot more reading in the summer, but most evenings you can find me with my nose in a book before bed. I adore historical authors who include humor in their books, because I always include humor in mine.  Some of my favorites are Delilah Marvelle, Jenna Jaxon, Amylynn Bright, and Elf Ahearn.
     For your own reading, do you prefer EBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer a book in my hand, though truthfully, I’ve read nothing but ebooks for the past six months. I do have three hardcopy novels waiting though.

·      How can readers discover more about you and you work

 Again, many thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down with  The Most Happy Reader.

 Thank you!

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