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We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, you can
see snippets and the link to each full post, as well as the giveaway below . . .
 
December 7th: Launch

December 8th: Nancy Campbell Allen's
The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart


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Et voila! A new Victorian series was born, featuring three cousins who live in London and are determined to become modern Women of Independent Means. My books almost always feature a healthy dose of mystery along with the romance, and I believe people who have enjoyed my work in the past will not be disappointed here!
 
 December 9th: Rachael Anderson's
Five Kisses


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The dark-haired man pushed away from the bookcase and pointed to the shelf above her head. “I’m guessing you used the stack of bibles as a stool to reach this shelf here.” He patted the place where Frankenstein once stood. “Is there a book I can get for you so you can climb down from your perch? People are beginning to stare, and I doubt the proprietress would appreciate seeing any book, especially a bible, being used as a stool.” 
 
December 10th: Sarah M. Eden's
The Merchant and the Rogue


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I set this story, a mystery filled with creepy scenery and disconcerting characters, in the real-life Museum of Natural History in Dublin, Ireland. This museum was opened in 1856 in a stately Dublin building, and very little about it has changed since. It is often described as “a museum of a museum.” Walking through this piece of Dublin history is like stepping back in time. And it is one of the most wonderfully creepy places I have ever had the joy of visiting.
 
December 11th: Arlem Hawks'
Georgana's Secret


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She wiped the moisture from her eyes and watched the bright moon above them. He
ignored the moon and the way it tripped across the waves. Tonight he forgot the ocean. He
watched her.
 
His heart pounded between his ribs, and he nearly let it push him forward to kiss that
contented smile. How would it feel to have Georgana Woodall’s soft lips caressing his own? To
be wanted by someone like her would be a wondrous thing.

December 12th: Jess Heileman's
The Nabob's Daughter


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My palms were clammy within my gloves, and I mindlessly rubbed them against my middle. Did I truly have the tenacity to enact such a preposterous scheme? It wasn’t too late to simply comply with Papa’s demands and marry Lord Denhurst’s son. I wavered between two seemingly detestable options. Then an image of India filled my mind’s eye. If I abandoned my plan now, I would likely never see my home again. Once Papa was in England, he would see me married, just as he said he would. That would not do. No, I needed to convince Lord Denhurst to revoke his offer, thus adhering to Papa’s admonition that I would not make him break his word, and to be on my way home before Papa arrived.  

December 13th: Krista Jensen's
Miracle Creek Christmas


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Miracle Creek Christmas was originally titled, "Hold on Forever" after the song by Rob Thomas, who I adore. The song so perfectly expresses the way Riley and Mark come to feel about each other--"Lay down all your troubles end to end, they could reach up to the stars. So many roads, you don't know where you've been, but you still know who you are . . . Just fall apart if you need to. I'm here and I won't leave you now. Don't look down. Hold on forever..." Such a great song for these two.  

December 14th: Jen Geigle Johnson's
A Christmas Kiss


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Evaline carefully wrapped a black band around her arm. “Remy, could you help me tie it tight enough that it will stay?”
“Certainly, my lady.” Her loyal lady’s maid cinched it and applied a pin at the back for good measure.
“Excellent. Mother deserves longer than the small three hundred and sixty five days of mourning no matter what Father or Aunt say.”
 
December 15th: Josi S. Kilpack's
Love and Lavendar


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Josi's Top 10 Christmas list, in very particular order:

10. The Christmas Season
9. Singing Christmas songs at church
8. Wrapping presents
7. October 15th, when I buy all the presents online . . .
 
December 16th: Carla Laureano's
Discovered by Love Series


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Romance novellas are short and sweet, and they focus exclusively on the falling-in-love butterflies between the main couple, without much distraction from outside plot or secondary characters. Setting adds a necessary texture and interest to an otherwise straightforward story, and it can either act as a main feature in the couple’s burgeoning romance or as a source of conflict that threaten their happiness. So with that kind of importance in the story, why not make it a great one? 
 
December 17th: Sarah L. McConkie's
Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough


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This book is a retelling of A Christmas Carol. Most of the character's names are some kind of spin-off of the original, or found somewhere in the book. It was fun figuring out a way to make past, present, and future work through letters and not ghosts!
 
December 18th: Carol Ross'
His Hometown Yuletide Vow


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“I didn’t even know you were participating in the auction until I saw the program tonight. Before I could find you myself, a friend introduced me to Todd, and Todd asked if I’d be willing to meet you...” Derrick’s mouth pulled up on one side like he was trying not to smile. He was all boyish innocence and every bit as appealing as Anne remembered as he added, “He, uh, he actually asked me if I’d flirt with you a little.”

Anne choked out a surprised laugh. “Thank you for sparing us both that awkwardness.”

Grinning, he assured her, “It wouldn’t be awkward for me.”
 
December 19th: Nichole Van's
Brotherhood of the Black Tartan Series


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“Dinnae mock a fine kilt, Peter. The kilt swish is no’ tae be underestimated.”
“The kilt swish?” Lady Jane’s tone dripped with scorn.
“It’s a well-known fact that the lasses appreciate watching a man’s passion pleats swish as he walks.”
“Particularly from the backside,” Kieran helpfully clarified.
 
December 20th: Anneka R. Walker's
Brides and Brothers


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It didn’t bode well if thoughts of dating again had distracted him to the point of nearly burning down his house. While he loved living in a bachelor pad with his brothers, a guy could only live off frozen food for so many years before he cracked. If getting married could change this, dating might be worth it. With a sigh of disgust, he rinsed the charred hot pad under water. He let it drip dry before he opened the drawer next to the oven and threw it in. 
 
December 21st: Camron Wright's
Christmas by Accident


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In the story I pay subtle homage to many Christmas classics, perhaps borrowing a line of dialogue from one or including an obscure quotation from another. While some references are obvious, others are subtle. A fun game as you read is to see how many you can find.
 
December 22nd: Julie Wright's
A Captain for Caroline Gray


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Women really did cross oceans to finds husbands. They were called the Fishing Fleet women. The Fishing Fleet began at the end of the seventeenth century when the East India Company began shipping women from England to India to marry their officers. The title of “Fishing Fleet women” is used as an insult as it was used to refer to women who had to go out “fishing” for husbands.

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I Can't Wait for... Dreams of Gold by Traci Hunter Abramson (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #cleanromance @Covenant_Comm @traciabramson


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

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With the New Year coming, one of my goals is to not be late in getting these posts up. I so apologize for this one going up so late. It's just been a bit hectic with family in town and then I've been doubly sick and have not had the energy to get to the computer.

I enjoyed the start of this series (read my review here) and am looking forward to seeing what happens next with this ice-skating couple. Perfect for winter and the upcoming winter Olympics. It's my pick this week...

Dreams of Gold
(Dream's Edge #2)
By Traci Hunter Abramson
Adult Contemporary Romance, Inspirational, Sports
Paperback & ebook, 312 Pages
February 7, 2022 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Nine months ago, Amaliya Marcell’s world was rocked when she nearly lost her parents in a devastating accident. In that moment, everything changed, and it was with no small amount of determination that the former ballerina rebuilt her life into something wonderful alongside the man she loves, her pairs ice-skating partner, Tyler.

Since he was a child, Tyler Linden has dreamed of Olympic gold. And with Amaliya by his side, he’s confident that his goal is finally within reach. The pair is on track to compete in the Winter Games in Leningrad, but the path to gold turns out to be rougher than they expected. A painful injury on the ice shakes Amaliya’s confidence, and it will take every ounce of willpower to keep working toward the competition of her life. But when the discovery of a family secret connects her to the Soviet Union, the truth of her history forges within Amaliya a renewed determination to make her Olympic dreams a reality.

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I Can't Wait for... To Disguise the Truth by Jen Turano (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #christfic #christianromance #romcom #histfic @bethany_house


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

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This author always, always makes me laugh, which is something I need more of in my books. Her upcoming release is my pick this week...

To Disguise the Truth
(The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency #3)
By Jen Turano
Christian Historical Romance, Mystery
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 350 Pages
January 18, 2022 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

When a man arrives at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, anxious to hire them to find a missing heiress, Eunice Holbrooke realizes her past has finally caught up with her . . . and that she may no longer be able to hide under the disguise that has kept her safe for so long.

Arthur Livingston's goal in life is to make his mark on the world as a mining industrialist, but after the man who could help him achieve his goal is murdered, Arthur feels compelled to seek justice for the family--but he's left with more questions than answers after the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency refuses to take on his case.

Desperate to conceal her real identity and avoid the irritatingly handsome Arthur, Eunice takes on a different case that requires her to go deep undercover and entangles her in one troublesome situation after another. When other secrets come to light, Eunice has no choice but to confront her past, hopeful that it will set her free but knowing it could very well place her life--and the lives of those she loves--in jeopardy.

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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for December 13th - December 19th #freebook #booksale #booklinkup #booklinky


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by
Sharon over at Beck Valley Books, for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books.
Readers please free to add your own finds.
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

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Read an excerpt from this Medieval adventure... Of Daggers and Deception by A. L. Sowards (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #histfic #christfic #newbook #newbooks


I just started reading this and am enjoying it. I'll be sharing a review soon.
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Of Daggers and Deception
(Duchy of Athens Series #2)
By A. L. Sowards
Christian Historical Fiction, Medieval Adventure
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 324 Pages
December 6, 2021 by Covenant Communications

Summary

After years as a soldier and mercenary, Rasheed has retired from battle to run the bathhouse in Thebes with his friends Gillen and Eudocia. The simple life suits them, so when Venetian strangers come to town looking to hire the renowned crew, their answer is no. But when one of his friends is abducted, Rasheed is left with no choice but to take up his weapons and join forces with the Venetians, including the beautiful and clever Cecilia, whose betrothed has also been seized by the unknown foe.

As the reluctant allies face ambushes and the looming threat of capture, Rasheed and Cecilia forge a surprising connection. But as the party races to rescue their friends, Rasheed discovers that nothing is as it seems. As his trust in Cecilia begins to waver, he realizes that in the end, they will both be forced to make a choice between love and duty.

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Excerpt

Just after midday, a woman walked into the bathhouse entrance alone. The angle of her hat revealed smooth, fair hair that glistened when she walked past the window. Her clothing was Western rather than Greek in cut, and the quality of the cloth hinted at wealth. A small mouth curved up in interest as she gazed at the decorative brickwork of the ceiling and wandered toward the apodyterium.

I cleared my throat, and her gray eyes rested on me. She was beautiful—the prettiest face I’d seen all year—and she smelled of exotic perfume. I swallowed. “We are happy to serve women in the afternoon, but we haven’t yet made the switch. If you return in an hour, the inner rooms of the bathhouse will be cleared of men.” Based on her clothing, I’d chosen to speak Italian, something I’d picked up over the last few years with the influx of Florentine residents.

She smiled, a gesture that showed comprehension and warmth, though it was not so different from the admiration she’d shown the ceiling.

“You’re welcome to wait, of course.” I gestured toward the stone bench cut into the wall of the anteroom, lined with cushions of undyed linen. I wouldn’t mind her staying. She was pleasant to look at, and maybe with enough time, I’d think of something worthwhile to say to her. Beyond that, something about the mix of confident eyes and a reserved posture piqued my curiosity.

“I’m afraid I’m not here for a bath. My uncle is looking for someone and thought we should check here, but I seem to have gotten ahead of him.” Her words were Italian, with a Venetian dialect. Odd since the Venetians and the Florentines, at least those in the Duchy, were currently hostile to one another, and Thebes had a Florentine lord.

I glanced at the apodyterium. “Who is your uncle looking for?” I didn’t know the names of all the men who used the bathhouse, but most of the patrons were regulars. I could give a reasonable estimate of how long any of them would take.

She studied my face. “You, I think.”

“Me?” I fiddled with my quill to cover my surprise. “I don’t know more than a handful of people from Venice.”

Surprise worked its way into her lips and her voice. “How did you know my uncle and I are from Venice?”

“The way you pronounce your words.”

She frowned. “I did not realize our speech was so distinctive.”

Was she worried someone working for Nerio Acioli or Theodore Paleologus would arrest her? Venice was currently on bad terms with both. “I don’t work for the Florentines or the Greeks, so you have nothing to fear from me. Why is your uncle looking for a bathhouse owner in Thebes?”

“He didn’t say anything about a bathhouse owner, but he and Signor Querini mentioned a scarred Moor.”

Why was someone from Venice looking for a Moor with a scar? I fit that description, with a line that ran from my left temple to my lips, but I was hardly the only dark-skinned man with a scar across his face.

Two men walked in wearing hosa and houppelande of high quality. Probably the uncle and Signor Querini.

“There you are, Cecilia. You shouldn’t wander off,” one said to the woman. He appeared not much older than me, with intelligent gray eyes the same shade as the woman’s. Perhaps that meant he was the uncle. He stepped closer to the desk where I sat to greet patrons, take their fees, and note everything down in the ledger. “I’m in search of a legend, a story I overheard not long ago about how the Navarrese Company took this city eleven years ago. Perhaps you can help me.”

“Perhaps,” I said.

Michali leaned in from the apodyterium, probably wanting to see if he should expect more patrons. I scratched my right ear, our signal for caution. I didn’t like people inquiring about how the city went from Catalan to Navarrese hands. Anyone asking might also be seeking revenge. Not everyone had been happy about the change, and as someone intimately involved in the details, I preferred my role to remain anonymous. “There are many rumors about what happened. What stories do they tell in Venice?”

The man’s eyes narrowed, and he looked at Cecilia with a hint of anger. “Why did you tell him we’re from Venice?”

Cecilia’s cheeks turned a lovely shade of pink. “He guessed.”

I did my best to come to her aid. “The dialect is quite distinctive. We see enough Venetian merchants to recognize your speech from the Florentines and the Genoese.”

The uncle glanced at me with a curt nod, then turned back to his niece and lowered his voice. “I know my brother chose to involve you in much of our family’s work, but things have changed. You must learn your new place, and it does not involve meddling in the affairs of men.”

“My father appreciated my abilities.” Cecilia matched her uncle’s soft volume, but she was close enough that I could recognize hurt and resentment in her words.

The other man stepped forward and offered Cecilia his arm. “And I’m sure I will also appreciate both your insight and your talents once we are married. She’s done no harm, Signor Bertaldo. Besides, Venice and the Navarrese are working together now, and if this man is who we think he is, he has Navarrese connections.”

Cecilia’s face remained pink, and her gaze rested on the floor.

The man at her arm gave me a polite nod. “Allow me to introduce myself. I am Signor Querini of the Most Serene Republic of Venice.”

“A pleasure to meet you, Signor Querini.” I hesitated, then gave my name. “I am Rasheed ibn Musa.” None of them reacted. Good. They hadn’t heard of me. Gil and Eudocia stepped through the main entrance, no doubt alerted by Michali.

The Venetians glanced back to see who the newcomers were.

“Patrons?” Signor Bertaldo asked.

“No,” I said. “Messer and Madonna Marinelarena, the other owners of the bathhouse.” Neither Gil nor Eudocia were Italian, but I used Italian titles anyway and muddled their surname so the newcomers were unlikely to remember it. I glanced at Gil. “Signor Querini and Signor and Signorina Bertaldo were about to share the latest outlandish rumor they heard about how the Catalans lost Thebes.”

Signor Querini took several moments to study Gil and Eudocia, then turned to scrutinize me. The moment he did, Gil’s hand crept to the hilt of his sword.

“Our information is more than outlandish rumor,” Querini said. “The city fell due to the efforts of a small group with unusual talents. That is who we seek.”

I resisted the urge to ask why he sought the crew that had turned Thebes and instead tried to deflect him. “A Navarrese army captured Thebes. Several hundred soldiers. Not a small group.”

Querini wouldn’t be sidetracked. He released Cecilia’s arm and stepped closer to me. Despite his rich clothes, he moved like a warrior. “The Navarrese Company sent spies ahead of them. Two Basques and a scarred Moor. They worked with the archbishop of Thebes, a Greek slave, and a few others to turn the city. The army wouldn’t have gotten inside the Cadmea without them. We seek their help.”

The man’s information was good, and I wondered at his source. Regardless, that incident was in the past, and I wasn’t looking for adventure. Nor were Gil and Eudocia. “I wish you luck in finding what you need, but I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong bathhouse.”

Other Books in the Series

Of Sword and Shadow
(Duchy of Athens Series #1)
By A. L. Sowards
Christian Historical Fiction, Medieval Adventure
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 251 Pages
February 8, 2021 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Greece, 1379

She is known by many names, none of them her own. In truth, she is an unnamed slave, nothing more than a weapon in the hands of her owner in his attempts to provoke political mayhem. When she encounters a handsome young man while on an assignment, she thinks little of him—until he attempts to take what she has stolen. But in her line of work, failure is not an option.

Gillen is intrigued by the mysterious woman who thwarts his mission. But when his path crosses hers again, his intrigue turns to gratitude as the thief he comes to call Eudocia saves his life. The two form a bond of friendship and join forces to wrest control from a group of ruthless rulers. But as their camaraderie blossoms into something more, Gillen and Eudocia must fight for love even as they wage war for a better future.

Read my review here.

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About the Author


A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have earned a Whitney Award, several Whitney Finalists positions, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She currently lives in the beautiful state of Alaska with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.


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The Nabob's Daughter
By Jess Heileman
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, E-book & Audiobook, 444 Pages
June 30, 2021 by Vagabond Publishing

Summary

She’ll do anything to escape an arranged marriage. He’ll do anything to help her. 
 
Honora Crauford relishes her life in India. So when her father informs her of his latest business transaction—marrying her off to a bankrupt nobleman in England—her only hope for returning home is to convince her betrothed, by whatever antics necessary, that a marriage to her comes at a cost that not even the greatest fortune can justify. 
 
Graham Whitworth can hardly believe his wretched luck. It seems the only way to save his family’s insolvent estate is to comply with his father’s demands and marry the extremely wealthy, but utterly ridiculous, nabob’s daughter. But when Honora missteps, Graham discerns her farce and begins to see who she truly is—a most impressive lady. A lady likely capable of fixing his family’s financial troubles. 
 
Realizing they both desire freedom, Graham and Honora join forces to restore the Whitworth estate and return Honora to her beloved India. But sometimes love has its own agenda, and the revoking of a once undesirable arrangement may just prove to be the greatest sacrifice of all.

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Excerpt

“Miss Crauford?” The servant, whose blue livery matched the opulent cloth on the coach’s driving box, approached me.

My palms were clammy within my gloves, and I mindlessly rubbed them against my middle. Did I truly have the tenacity to enact such a preposterous scheme? It wasn’t too late to simply comply with Papa’s demands and marry Lord Denhurst’s son. I wavered between two seemingly detestable options. Then an image of India filled my mind’s eye. If I abandoned my plan now, I would likely never see my home again. Once Papa was in England, he would see me married, just as he said he would. That would not do. No, I needed to convince Lord Denhurst to revoke his offer, thus adhering to Papa’s admonition that I would not make him break his word, and to be on my way home before Papa arrived.

The man stopped when he was still a little way off. “You are Miss Crauford?”

“I will do anything to get home,” I whispered under my breath, rousing my courage. It was now or never, and never was not an acceptable option.

“I should certainly hope so.” I lifted my chin to an arrogant level, acting in complete opposition to Mrs. Purcell’s lessons. “Otherwise I have made a very tedious voyage for nothing.” The man’s dumbfounded expression was proof I had chosen the correct vocal timbre to use—obnoxiously loud and fast with a grating quality that had been perfected in the privacy of my cabin over the last several months. “Have you come to take me to my soon-to-be husband?” I scanned his figure in a blatant appraisal, refusing to consider my own mortification so as not to risk a blush. “Or are you him?”

“Yes, miss,” he said, before realizing his error. “I mean, no.”

“Which is it?” I asked, swiftly closing the distance between us. “I would not mind the latter, for you appear to be a man worth crossing an ocean for, despite your obvious oversight of fashion.”

His gaze whipped to the coachman stationed atop the carriage before he returned it to the ground between us. “No. I’m only the footman. I’ve been sent from Grandview to collect you.” There was utter desperation in his voice.

“Collect me?” I scoffed in feigned offense. “As though I am your master’s possession? What an absurd and utterly infuriating notion. Pray tell me, do all men in England think so little of the female sex or is that a particular view of Lord Denhurst and his son?”

Excerpted from The Nabob's Daughter by Jess Heileman, Copyright © 2021 by 
Heileman. Published by Vagabond Publishing.

About the Author


In kindergarten, Jess won a first prize ribbon for her original creation Pigs in Wigs. It was a solid storyline: there was this pig that wore a wig—and it rhymed. Not impressed? Neither were her children when shown the very masterpiece that influenced her to become an author. “You won a ribbon for that?” Yes. Yes, she did. Thankfully, life has since exposed her to a thorough education with its share of awards and accolades—and, more importantly, to the trials and human experiences that form the heart of a storyteller and the substance of great stories. Besides her love of writing, Jess is an avid reader, shameless people observer, international cafĂ© loiterer, and partially retired photographer. She loves being a mother to five amazing humans and a wife to the greatest man she knows.


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December 11th: Arlem Hawks - Georgana's Secret
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December 13th: Krista Jensen - Miracle Creek Christmas
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December 18th: Carol Ross - His Hometown Yuletide Vow
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Georgana's Secret
(A Proper Romance)
By Arlem Hawks
Historical Romance
Paperback, E-book & Audiobook, 335 Pages
January 12, 2021 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

A Regency romance on the high seas. Two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love. 
 
As a young girl, Georgana Woodall dreamed of beautiful dresses, fancy balls, and falling in love. However, when her mother dies, she cannot face a future under the guardianship of her abusive grandmother and instead chooses to join her father on his ship disguised as his cabin boy, "George." 
 
Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty's Royal Navy claiming his full attention. While trying to adjust to a new crew, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain's cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the "boy" under his wing. 
 
After discovering a number of clues, Dominic deduces that George is really a woman. Knowing that revealing the cabin boy's secret would put her in serious danger from the rowdy crew, Dominic keeps silent and hides his growing affection for her. Georgana is quickly losing her heart to Dominic's compassion and care but is convinced nothing can come of her affection. She cannot continue to live her life on the sea, and having already missed too many seasons in London, her chances of being welcomed back into polite society and finding a suitable husband are quickly slipping away.

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Excerpt

Georgana stumbled to the mainmast and collapsed against it. He stopped beside her,
hands on his knees and gasping for breath.
 
A laugh—a warm flash that split the night—spilled out as she slid down the mast to sit on
the deck. No one glanced their way, and the feminine tone was lost in the shouts of the next
round of dancers. Little droplets glinted from corners of her eyes.
 
He sank quietly to the floor beside her, not wanting to disrupt the scene. She drew in
gulps of fresh sea air as her peal of laughter wafted away like autumn leaves on the wind. It was
no wonder she never laughed on board. She’d mastered the facade of a shy cabin boy, but he
didn’t think she could ever mask her laugh.
 
She wiped the moisture from her eyes and watched the bright moon above them. He
ignored the moon and the way it tripped across the waves. Tonight he forgot the ocean. He
watched her.
 
His heart pounded between his ribs, and he nearly let it push him forward to kiss that
contented smile. How would it feel to have Georgana Woodall’s soft lips caressing his own? To
be wanted by someone like her would be a wondrous thing.
 
Dominic straightened, giving his head a sharp shake. What was he thinking? As though
he could ever conceal a kiss with three hundred other men milling about or while this close to her
father. Besides, he couldn’t see her welcoming a kiss that could compromise her disguise.
 
“What is it? Are you sure you’re well, Lieutenant?” She leaned toward him, face
upturned.
 
He needed to get out before his reckless nature took over and he did something they’d all
regret. “Yes, quite well.”

Excerpted from Georgana's Secret by Arlem Hawks, Copyright © 2021 by Arlem Hawks. Published by Shadow Mountain.

Historical Details: Sea Shanties


About the Author


Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. Living all over the Western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures and people, and the stories they have to tell. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications and emphasis in print journalism, and now lives in Arizona with her husband and three children.


Tour Schedule

(Posts go live on the day they're scheduled.)

December 7th: Launch
December 8th: Nancy Campbell Allen - The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart
December 9th: Rachael Anderson - Five Kisses
December 10th: Sarah M. Eden - The Merchant and the Rogue
December 11th: Arlem Hawks - Georgana's Secret
December 12th: Jess Heileman - The Nabob's Daughter 
December 13th: Krista Jensen - Miracle Creek Christmas
December 14th: Jen Geigle Johnson - A Christmas Kiss
December 15th: Josi S. Kilpack - Love and Lavender
December 16th: Carla Laureano - Discovered by Love series
December 17th: Sarah L. McConkie - Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough
December 18th: Carol Ross - His Hometown Yuletide Vow
December 19th: Nichole Van - Brotherhood of the Black Tartan series
December 20th: Anneka R. Walker - Brides and Brothers
December 21st: Camron Wright - Christmas by Accident
December 22nd: Julie Wright - A Captain for Caroline Gray
December 23rd: Grand Finale

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One winner will receive a $75 (USD) Amazon E-Gift Card

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Ends December 29, 2021


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