Magnificent Monday

Christmas Delights by Heather Hiestand

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The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one–let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair–and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job. . .

 Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party–but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts–for many holidays to come. . .

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A spicy excerpt:

Victoria bent over his hand and blew, her cupid’s lips pursing even more into a little bow.

Lewis couldn’t help himself; he was enchanted. And aroused. He hadn’t thought to find a beautiful young widow here to hold his interest. Surely she’d been widowed too recently to be on the prowl for another husband, and anyway, she’d be looking for a title, not for the likes of him.

“To what do I owe the pleasure of this visit?” he asked.

She looked up at him through thick lashes that matched her hair perfectly. They owed nothing to her maid’s art. “I wanted to thank you for seeing to our comfort this afternoon on the drive here.”

“On the contrary, you saw to ours, picking us up on the road as you did.”

She smiled. “Then you agree I saw to your comfort earlier?”

“Why, yes,” he said, not sure what she was getting at.

“Then I ask you to see to mine.” She blinked slowly.

“Excuse me?” he said, unsure of her meaning.

She slid the fingers that were holding his hand up his arm, underneath the silk of his dressing gown until she reached his biceps. Squeezing, she sighed, a breathy little moan. “See to my comfort, Lewis. I can call you Lewis, can’t I? In the privacy of night?”

“My lady, the door isn’t even locked.”

Her eyes glittering, she tugged him back, until her back was again against the door. With her free hand, she took his and guided his fingers to the key.

“One turn of the lock and I am all yours.”

About the Author  Heather Hiestand photoHeather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

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Super Saturday

Coming Home to Love by Katie O’Boyle

Cover_Coming Home to LoveWith his health deteriorating and his spirit dying, Justin Cushman has come home to the Finger Lakes to assist his injured nephew Joel. Sick of accumulating wealth for its own sake, Justin knows that his life is meaningless without a loving relationship and a purpose for his billions. On a whim, he visits Joel’s spa, looking for a massage to relieve his pain.

Gianessa Dupioni is a gifted masseuse who starts the boss’s irritable uncle on a journey of health and happiness. Too bad for Justin that Gianessa is devastated by personal losses and strictly focused on rebuilding her career. Justin may be a master strategist in the financial world, but can he persuade Gianessa to let love in?

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Katie will be awarding a signed-by-the-author print copy of Book One of her Lakeside Porches series, Stepping Up To Love (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter. Click HERE for Rafflecopter.

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Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at charming inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she is a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she is a passionate author of warm-hearted romance. She is hard at work on book four of the Lakeside Porches romance books and novellas.

 

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Red Pump Romance Reviews

NEW Red Pump Final2Victoria Alexander has been one my favorite authors since I read her Last Man Standing series several years ago. Her heroines always have such a wonderful and witty personality. Her heroes, well … are heroic, swooping in to save the day.

Lady Theodosia is head-strong, willing to discretely work hard to save her family from the awful embarrassment of being left penniless after her father’s death. Fooled by her deceased fiancé, she’s determined never to love again.

Jackson Channing is a New York City banker, born and raised in America. When the father he’d always thought was dead suddenly arrives on his doorstep, he’s faced with decisions he’d never imagined possible.

Jackson is a true hero, stepping in to save Theodosia from an unwanted marriage proposal. A fake engagement unexpectedly becomes the perfect solution to both their problems. Until a spontaneous kiss changes everything. And maybe, just maybe neither one of them want the arrangement to remain fake.

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding is the fourth book in the Millworth Manor series, but it reads perfectly fine as a standalone. Victoria Alexander never disappoints and the holiday setting was an unexpected perk. I had a hard time putting it down, even when sleep or the day job required me to.

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The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding gets Four and a Half Red Pumps!

 

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The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor… 

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.

Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion: That true love—unlike the perfect wedding—is impossible to plan…

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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and has never looked back. Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and is now settled in a very old house in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two allegedly grown children and two bearded collies. She firmly believes housework is a four-letter word, there are no calories in anything eaten standing up, procrastination is an art form, and it’s never too soon to panic.

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