Tuesday, March 20, 2018

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Meet the Brides of Noelle

Celebrate love in all seasons! The new BRIDES OF NOELLE series features holiday-themed historical romances from the same bestselling authors who brought you the Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides. Indulge in sweet romances set in the fictional town of Noelle, Colorado, follow many of the characters you met and fell in love with in the Christmas series, along with some new arrivals.Take a sneak peek at who's coming to town for EASTER...

Daphne, An Easter Bride
By Kit Morgan

Desperation: A state of despair, typically one that results in rash or extreme behavior...

Daphne Dolittle was prone to both.
Walker Brooks wasn’t looking for love, he was looking for a way out of Noelle! His friend was sick and he didn’t have the money anyway. But if he didn’t leave soon, he could be in a heap of trouble. He had a reputation (or rather his father had) that caused him nothing but trouble. So when a woman approaches Walker with a way to make some money, he’d be a fool to turn it down. Unfortunately, if he takes it, he’d put her in danger. What’s a desperate man to do?

Here's an excerpt

  Mayor Hardt watched her a moment. “Did you come alone, Miss Dolittle?”
  “Yes. I did. I heard about your mine and the investment opportunity and thought it best if I came at once to take advantage of it. I … well, I wasn’t sure if the opportunity was still available.”
  He slowly nodded. “It is, but as I said, we have some guidelines.” He gave her a compassionate look. “And unfortunately, I can think of one already that would disqualify you.”
  She straightened in her chair. “It’s because I’m a woman, isn’t it?”
  Mr. Hardt smiled and shook his head. “No, it’s because you’re a single woman. But that’s easily fixed.”
  “I’m glad to hear it. What’s the base amount?”
  “Now hold on, I didn’t say you qualified. I said the opposite. You’re disqualified.”
  She looked into his blue eyes. He, too, was a handsome man with a certain … steeliness to him. Decisive. Yes, that’s what he seemed. Which was bad news for her. “Disqualified?”
  “Yes. You see, Miss Dolittle, one of the major requirements for anyone wanting to invest in the mine is that they are married.”
  “Married!” she blurted.
  “And citizens in good standing,” he went on.
  “Good standing?” she squeaked.
  “That means respectable.” He looked her over. “You’re traveling alone?”
  “I … yes, well … yes.”
  He slowly nodded. The look on his face reminded Daphne of her old schoolmaster from childhood. Mr. Griffith, who could quell the best of them into submission. “I see,” he drawled.
  Think fast, Daphne thought. “I wish to travel, you know? I have money but need another source of income. As my investment grows, I can reinvest into the mine …”
  He nodded. “A sound plan, but I’m afraid you still don’t qualify.”
  She did her best to remain calm. She had everything in place to begin her dream. Everything! And now this fellow was blowing it all to smithereens. “So, let me get this straight. In order to invest my good money into the silver mine, I have to be a respectable, good citizen of Noelle, and married,” she said, her jaw tight. “Is that correct?”
  “That is correct, yes,” he said.
  “Wonderful,” she said with a sigh.
  “You have at least one qualifying factor.”
  She looked at him, realized she was frowning and tried for a smile. “What?”
  “You have money. 

Just released for St. Patrick's Day...

Norah, A St. Patrick's Day Bride
By Amanda McIntyre

Not proud of his seedy entanglements back East, Irish Immigrant Seamus (pronounced Shamus) Malone is determined to create a new and better life in the western frontier, but despite attempts to reach the woman that captured his heart, his letters for the last four years have gone unanswered. Will a plea for help from Noelle’s new matchmaker convince his estranged wife to join him in this new world, proving his love, and that he is a changed man?

Passion (and a controlling aunt) drove Norah into marriage, but when she finds her new husband dabbling in drink and dangerous liaisons, she bid him farewell, relenting to his pipe dreams of a better life, while she remained behind living in the shame of a broken marriage. But when a dark truth is discovered she must now decide if the love she once felt is enough to survive a second chance in the New West?

Here's an excerpt: 

That awkward moment when your estranged wife shows up unexpectedly...

    “I should be livid with you, Seamus Malone. Why, what you propose is nothing but plain horse-thievin’. You never charged Madam Bonheur such prices.”
    “Madam Bonhuer never got any of my whisky,” Seamus said with his most charming smile.
    “Well, then,” Felice said stepping around the bar and pressing herself against him. “If I say yes, maybe together we might find a way to seal our little partnership. Maybe have a little fun?” She giggled as she slinked her arms around his neck and planted a kiss on his cheek.
    Seamus placed his hands on her shoulders, intent on pushing her away. He froze when he heard the sound of a man clearing his throat.
    “I’m sorry. Is this the Golden Nugget? The stagecoach experienced a bit of trouble and needed repair, which is why we’re late. It was suggested that here is where our traveling companion might find a Mr. Seamus Malone?”
    Seamus heard nothing of what the man said, his words like the drone of a beehive in the back of his brain. He stared at the trio standing in the middle of the saloon, unable to trust his eyes. “Norah? What in bloody blazes are you doing here?”

Haven't started the series yet? Check out these first two books in the Brides of Noelle series:

Jolie, A Valentine's Day Bride
By E.E. Burke
Jolie LaFemme has been a working girl at La Maison for four long years...ever since being betrayed and left penniless, grieving and adrift. She’s jaded, distrustful and blind to the possibility of love. As far as she's concerned, being the madam of a popular sporting house is the best she can hope for, and nothing will convince her to give up the coveted and lucrative position. 
Hank Donavan arrives in Noelle with a plan to ensure his sister's financial security, and regain his pride. He’s a man in his prime, handsome by any measure, but an accident ruined his vision...and his future. Now, he travels with his dog, Bear, and sells beautiful handmade Valentine’s cards. His big opportunity comes when he gets a chance to invest in the town’s richest silver mine. There’s only one catch: he has to be married first. 
Who would marry a blind man with little to recommend him when there are plenty of hale and hearty men to go around?

Ophelia, A Valentine's Day Bride
By Kit Morgan
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Clint Jones came to Noelle for one purpose and one purpose only. Get in, assess the town, and get out. Then he'd report to his superiors at Wells Fargo and Company to let them know if Noelle was respectable and prosperous enough to open a branch there. But what Clint found was anything but respectable! Toss in a violet-eyed beauty that takes his breath away, a mayor and a preacher he thinks are consorting with the worst sorts of evil, and the fun begins. 

Enjoy this hilarious romp as only Kit Morgan can deliver. Sweet, clean and wholesome romance at its very best!

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Leave a comment and enter our BRIDES OF NOELLE drawing for your chance to win one of the books from the original series: Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides. Three winners will be draw on Friday, March 23!

In which season would you like to be a bride, and why?

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Sweet and Wild - Dare You to Play with Nicola Marsh

I’m pleased and proud to say that Harlequin’s new DARE series is making a big splash in the heated pool of romance and ecstatic to have as my guest today the completely brilliant USA Today bestselling, multi-award-winning DARE author Nicola Marsh! Prepare to be wowed…


About Nicola...

USA TODAY bestselling author and multi-award winner Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.
She has published 65 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. She currently writes women’s fiction for Amazon’s Lake Union imprint and contemporary romance for Harlequin’s new Dare series.

She’s also an Amazon, Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the RBY, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, and More than Magic. 

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favourite, curling up with a good book! 

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One night was supposed to ease her craving…

But after one taste, she's hooked!

Abby loves her new life working at Sydney's finest patisserie. Working alongside brooding new man–in–charge Tanner is an unexpected but delicious challenge, especially as each night their attraction only grows hotter!

But Tanner's past is as dark as the ink on his skin…he'll let her get closer than close in the bedroom, but dare Abby go deeper?



Read a little...

‘We should head back to the patisserie,’ Abby said, as we exited the hospital. ‘Makayla, one of the staff, will be run off her feet.’

‘Not so fast, Sweet Thing.’ My hand shot out, touching the small of her back, and a shock akin to electricity sizzled up my arm. ‘We need to get acquainted first.’

She stared at me like I’d suggested we get naked to do it and I grinned. The thought wasn’t totally unpalatable, considering how much fun it would be to rattle that impenetrable façade.

‘I meant let’s grab a coffee at that café down by the water, but if you had something else in mind I’m up for it.’ I threw in a wink, knowing it would rile her more than anything else I could say.

Predictably, she drew herself up to an impressive five-ten. Tall for a woman. I preferred them petite and pliable, not big and bristly.

‘Sweet thing isn’t my name,’ she said, chin tilted, haughty as hell. 

‘Would you like it to be?’ I leaned in, expecting her to jump back like a startled cat.

When she held her ground and glared at me with those big blue eyes, an unusual azure similar to a glacier I’d seen in New Zealand once, I had to admire her a little.

‘Here’s the deal. I love my job and I respect your brother. He gave me a chance when no else would and I’m not going to screw this up over some big-mouthed Romeo who can’t keep it in his pants. Got it?’

She jabbed me in the chest with a finger. She actually jabbed me. And I admired her all the more for having the balls to stand up to my in-your-face innuendos to get a rise out of her.
‘So quit the bullshit flirting and let’s talk business.’

I couldn’t resist one more. ‘Dirty business?’

‘Jeez, you’re annoying,’ she muttered under her breath as she stomped away.

Okay, so maybe I’d pushed too far but getting her so wound up had its advantages. Namely giving me an unimpeded view of her ass.

My earlier assessment had been correct. It was sweet. Taut and rounded, highlighted to perfection in the tight black pants worn by staff at the patisserie.

The patisserie…

I’d promised Remy to ensure it ran smoothly in his absence and I always kept my promises. I might be a prick who didn’t let anyone get too close but Remy was different.He was my blood.

And I owed him.

Which meant I needed to play nice with little miss sweet cheeks.

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Let's Talk...

Avril: I love the title Sweet Thing – how well does it encapsulate the story?
Nicola: Considering the bulk of the story takes place in a patisserie in Sydney, I think it’s perfect. Throw in the fact that Tanner calls Abby ‘Sweet Thing’ to rile her and I knew it had to stick. I came up with all the titles before I’d written the stories and each one—Sweet Thing, Wild Thing, Play Thing—suit the stories perfectly.

Avril: I know this is book one in a series – how do the novels connect?
Nicola: In Sweet Thing, Abby’s best friend is Makayla. Mak is a dancer trying to catch a break on stage and supplementing her income by working part-time at the patisserie. Hudson is Tanner’s best friend and works as a manager of Tanner’s nightclub. Mak and Hudson were once best friends but haven’t spoken for years after a major falling out. In Wild Thing, they reconnect…and how!

Charlotte is Mak’s flat-mate and the shy accountant meets her match in her sexy boss Alex in Play Thing. So characters from Sweet Thing are interwoven in all three books.

Avril: Category – mainstream – indie – young adult. How do you juggle all the balls?
Nicola: My juggling skills aren’t what they once were. As my kids grow older, the demands on my time are greater so a few of those balls have been dropped. While I love writing YA, I’m not doing that anymore. Similarly with indie. So these days I’m writing category romance and mainstream, mostly women’s fiction.

Avril: Do you have a ‘trademark’ – something people will recognize from one Nicola Marsh book to the next?
Nicola: Snappy dialogue. As a writer and a reader, I’m a sucker for quick-wit and flirty chatter, and readers have identified that repeatedly in my books, which I love.

Avril: Do you have a favorite trope?
Nicola: Opposites attract. I love pitting characters against each other who seemingly have nothing in common but end up discovering they mesh regardless.

Avril: What’s your pet hate as a romance reader?
Nicola: When there’s no real conflict keeping a couple apart and their disagreement can be solved with a simple conversation. 

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