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Cover Reveal: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

I have enjoyed the books I’ve read by USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne and I’m happy to participate in the cover reveal for How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, the first book in The Devil You Know Series.


Blurb:

They call him The Terror of Torcliff

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, has one purpose. Revenge. To attain that, he must secure a legacy as old as the empire by claiming a wife.

Lady Alexandra Lane has a deadly secret. When the specter of her violent past threatens to expose her, Alexandra learns just how much she stands to lose.

If she sacrifices her body on the altar of marriage, the terrifying Duke vows to protect her, but she fears he’ll change his mind once he realizes what she’s hiding.

Ever suspicious, Redmayne knows his wife is concealing something, but he soon realizes that the truest terror is losing the woman who’s come to own him body, heart, and soul.

 

Available on August 27th, 2019. 

Pre-order your copy today!

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Duke-Days-Devil-Know/dp/125031884X

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-love-a-duke-in-10-days-kerrigan-byrne/1130363547?ean=9781250318848

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IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250318848?aff=macmillan

 

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Website: www.kerriganbyrne.com

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Blog Tour: The Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Kisses, an all-new historical standalone from USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke, is available now!

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Frances Snowden can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s whisked away from her boring life by her sister who is now a duchess. Instead of becoming the third wife of her parents’ stuffy neighbor, she can be anything she wants: a doting aunt to her newborn niece, a debutante in London, or even an independent spinster. But when she meets and kisses a mysterious man on a walk in the countryside, she knows exactly what she desires—him.

David Langley, Earl of St. Ives, is resigned to marrying the dull woman his parents chose when he was a child. His future is suddenly, and happily, diverted when he encounters a captivating young woman who shows him everything he’s been missing. Ready to embark on a blissful life together, a long-buried feud between their families makes their marriage impossible. Nothing is more important than duty and family, but can he turn his back on love?

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Excerpt:

“Why do you live with your sister? Is it because she’s sponsoring your Season?”

“Yes, and because my life in Yorkshire with my parents was unfathomably dull.” Particularly after her dearest—and really only—friend had married two years ago. Fanny suppressed a shudder when she thought of how she could be married to the odious Mr. Duckworth. “I hail from a small village called Pickering. It’s just north of Nowhere, right next to Nothing.”

His mouth ticked up in a slight smile. “Sounds heavenly.”

“It isn’t. Or at least, it isn’t with my family. With the right person, it might be. There is an astounding amount and variety of birds. I’ll return at some point. I wish to start a—never mind.” She was beginning to learn that she didn’t need to tell everyone everything, and doubted he’d care to hear about her workhouse idea.

“I shall make a point of visiting someday, especially if you’re going to be there. Were you going to say something else?”

He looked at her with such avid curiosity that she wondered why she would keep anything from him. “I plan to start a workhouse that will help unmarried mothers and orphans. We’ll train them to find positions outside the workhouse to give them the best possible life.”

His gaze swept over her face with warmth and admiration. “You’re still testing my resolve, Fanny.” The words came out soft but with a scalding heat.

She edged closer, scooting an inch or two along the bench. “I wasn’t trying just then, but I’ll take what I can get.”

“I really should resist.” He leaned closer. “But you make it blessed difficult.”

She tipped her head back as he loomed over her. “And I’m trying to be a proper young Society miss, but I’d much rather kiss you.”

“Then we are in agreement there.” He hesitated the barest moment before muttering something she couldn’t quite understand. Then his lips claimed hers and his arms came around her back, pulling her closer.

She’d dreamed of this moment so many times but had long ago given up hope. Until she’d seen him at the ball the other night. Then her imagination had taken flight once more, and now here they were. She put her hands on his chest and slid them up his coat as his lips opened over hers.

Sensation threatened to sweep her away when her tongue touched his. The memory of his kiss had filled her for four long months, but the reality was more intense than she imagined. There was wet heat and a surprising urge to thrust into his mouth and claim what she wanted. She felt brazen and seductive. Powerful. But also a willing recipient of his boldness, of his seductive power. He might not make a habit of kissing women, but he was certainly skilled.

One of his hands cupped the back of her neck as he tilted her head and slanted his mouth over hers, gaining deeper access and joining them more intimately. With his other hand, he pulled her flush against his chest so that her breasts tingled from the contact. Indeed, her entire body came alert with sexual curiosity and need. An image of herself throwing her leg over his lap and straddling him invaded her mind and set off a burst of heat between her thighs.

She clutched at his neck, returning his kiss with all the fervor bursting inside her. The hand on her neck moved to cup the side of her face as he drew away—not far, just enough to look into her eyes. His had darkened to flinty steel. “Fanny, this is dangerous territory.”

“It’s lovely territory. I’m keen to explore more of it.”

About Darcy:

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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Research · Travel

John Nash, Regency Architect

Blue Plaque indicating the building is John Nash’s first work

I’ve neglected posting the last few months due to life getting in the way but plan to start posting monthly again.

I’m continuing with covering some highlights of my 2016 trip to the United Kingdom.

While walking along Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury, London, I happened to notice one of the blue plaques which indicates a location of historical significance. This particular plaque stated that the building was the first work of famed architect, John Nash. At the end of the building is another plaque that stated that not only did he design the building but had also lived in it.

Thrilled to have run across this historical treasure unexpectedly, I had to stop to take some pictures.

First building designed by John Nash

John Nash was a leading architect during the Regency and worked under the patronage of the Prince Regent. There are quite a few examples of his work still in existence today. He was involved in the development of Regent Street, Regent’s Park,  the expansion of Buckingham Palace and the Marble Arch among other structures.

One thing I find interesting is the simple lines of his first design when compared to some of his later works.

Buckingham Palace

Despite the personal and financial difficulties he faced in his life, John Nash left his mark in the United Kingdom.

Do you have any favorite architects whose work you admire?

Marble Arch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:
English Heritage Blue Plaque Information for John Nash

BBC Link about John Nash

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How to Tempt an Earl Blog Tour

Meet the Author:

 

Tina Gabrielle, an Amazon best-selling author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. She is the author of adventurous Regency historical romances: A Spy Unmasked, At The Spy’s Pleasure, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Entangled Publishing and Kensington Books. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews. Tina loves to hear from readers. Please visit her website to join her newsletter and enter her free monthly contests and giveaways.
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About the Book:

 

London society is cruel for a young woman whose father is an avid gambler. Miss Grace Ashton is not one to stand idly by while her family becomes destitute. Donning a mask, she slips into the night and attends the infamous Raven Club to confront the proprietor. But nothing prepares her for the sinfully attractive and wealthy Ian Swift.

Ian is intrigued when Grace walks into his gambling club but refuses her offer of a few jewels to pay her father’s large debts. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ian has inherited the Earldom of Castleton, and he must reluctantly take his place in Society. But Ian’s manners as a gentleman have suffered. He needs a tutor, and he knows the exquisite lady standing before him is the answer.
But soon tutoring turns to flirting, which unfortunately lands both of them in…marriage?
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My Entry Finaled in the Virginia Romance Writers Fool For Love Contest

I was so excited to learn my entry The Earl’s Photographer finaled in the Virginia Romance Writers Fool for Love Contest.