Friday, October 20, 2017

Get Lost in Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer by Georgie Lee



Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer
Book #3 in the Scandal and Disgrace series.
By Georgie Lee
4 Stars from RT Book Reviews!


A stolen kiss from a spy! 

Working undercover for the government, Bartholomew Dyer must expose a nefarious plot to make Napoleon the ruler of England! He needs access to the highest echelons of Society to find those involved, so he's forced to enlist the help of the woman who jilted him five years ago—Moira, Lady Rexford. 

Moira's widowed yet still as captivating as ever, and Bart's determined not to succumb to her charms a second time. But, as they race against time, Bart suspects it's not their lives at greatest risk—it's their hearts…

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Conspiracy and Intrigue in Regency England, Oh My!

Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer is about Lady Moira Rexford, and spymaster Bartholomew Dyer rediscovering their love while in a race against time to stop a plot to place Napoleon on the British throne. To understand how spying worked in the past, and to create historically appropriate intruige for this story, I drew on a number of past conspircies against the British government, and especially how they were foiled. The two main conspiracies I researched were The Gunpowder Plot and the Cato Street Conspiracy.

The 1605 Gunpowder Plot is one of the most well known plots against the throne and has led to the tradition of Bonfire Night when people gather on November 5th to light bonfires and burn Guy Fawkes in effigy. Remember, remember the 5th of November! The plot saw Guy Fawkes and his cohorts attempt to blow up Parliament in order to kill protestant King James I and place his catholic daughter on the throne. The plot was uncovered when an anonymous letter was sent to a member of Parliament warning him not to attend. The letter raised the alarm and an investigation was launched, the stores of gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament were found, and the conspirators were caught, tried and executed. While researching this plot, I learned that gunpowder, especially historic mixtures, could decay over time with the saltpeter, sulfer and charcoal separating and making the gunpowder useless. After the gunpowder was discovered under Parliament, it was revealed that a lot of it had decayed. This has led many to question how successful the plot would have been if the conspirators had never been caught. We will never know,  but learning a great deal about historic gunpowder helped me craft some of the Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer scenes.

A lesser known plot that I researched for Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer is the Cato Street Conspiracy. This took place in 1820 when a number of radicals who met in a house in Cato Street hatched a plan to assasinate the entire cabinet while the cabinet dined at Lord Harrowby’s. The radicals hoped the murder of the cabinet would throw the government into chaos and lead to uprisings and revolts. The plot was foiled, and the conspirators were either executed or transported to Australia. Although this conspiracy takes place later than when Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer is set, and it doesn’t invole Napoleon, I drew on some of the elements of the plot to craft my story. As to which elements those are, you will have to read Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer to find out.

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Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some historical conspiracies and how they inspired my Regency spy story. Below is an exceprt from Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer to further intrigue you. Leave a comment below telling me who is your favorite fictional spy from Bond to Johnny English. One lucky commentor will win an ebook copy of Rescued from Ruin, book #1 in the Scandal and Disgrace series.

Read an Excerpt from Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer  

London—1813
   ‘You must do it.’ Bartholomew Dyer banged Frederick Chambers, Fifth Earl of Fallworth, hard against the wall, trying to knock the fight back into him. The unprovoked swing the Earl had taken at Bart gave him hope it could be done. ‘We need you.’
   ‘I can’t, don’t you understand?’ Freddy growled, fingers biting into Bart’s forearms. ‘I’ve given enough. I won’t give any more.’
   ‘Let go of him.’ The lady behind him punctuated her command by cocking a pistol hammer.
Damn. Bart cursed under his breath. She’d just made the weapon more dangerous. If she wasn’t competent with it, the ball would tear through him and the Earl under his elbow.
Bart took his arm off Lord Fallworth’s chest and stepped back.
   ‘Moira, it’s not what you think.’ Lord Fallworth choked as he leaned away from the wall and tried to wave his sister off.
   Bart ground his teeth at the mention of Lady Rexford and the way it made his neck, and something much lower down, tense. A maid or the elderly aunt would have been preferable to Lord Fallworth’s sister, and his one-time fiancée, having stumbled in on them. The young Dowager Countess of Rexford was as stunning as she was a complication Bart didn’t need.

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‘Then what is it?’ She kept the pistol pointed at Bart’s chest and her beautiful green eyes fixed on his. She’d changed since he’d last seen her five years ago when she’d been a young lady new to London and he an ex-soldier beginning his career as a barrister. The innocent, uncertain tilt of her head was gone, replaced by a confidence he imagined widowhood and the deaths of her father and sister-in-law must have given her. It made her sharp cheekbones set in an oval face and framed by blonde hair more striking and more tempting. He knew better than to fall for it. He had no desire to hear again from her family how he wasn’t good enough for her or to have his official duties curtailed by her incorrect reading of this situation.
   Bart bent into a bow. ‘Good evening, Lady Rexford. It’s a pleasure to see you again.’
   ‘I can’t say the same, Mr Dyer. If you weren’t one of the most celebrated barristers in England with as many magistrates in awe of you as the public, I’d put a ball through you and end your scourge on this house.’
   He opened his arms to increase the size of her target. ‘Why not take the chance?’
   She frowned at his defiance, the disapproving yet intriguing downturn of her mouth tempered by the still-raised weapon. ‘Since I have no desire to be hanged for murder, I demand you leave at once and never return.’
   Any other day her order would have been charming. This morning it was merely irritating. ‘Your aunt used to make the same request and it didn’t work.’
   ‘I’d like to think I’m a touch more persuasive.’ She nodded at the still-raised pistol.
   He admired her desire to protect her brother, even if it was woefully misguided. However, what had brought him here in defiance of her widowed aunt’s dictates was far more important than his or anyone else’s life.
   ‘Moira, it’s all right. Leave us be, we have business to discuss.’ Lord Fallworth took up his drink and drained it.
   ‘What business? Which gaming hell to visit?’ she challenged. ‘Don’t think Aunt Agatha didn’t write to me about what you got up to with Mr Dyer when you were in London two years ago. I won’t have you ruining yourself again a mere week after we’ve returned to town.’
Bart suppressed a growl of irritation. If Lady Rexford knew the real motives behind those nights out, she’d lower the pistol, throw her arms around his neck and thank him for his service to their country.
‘Freddy, I won’t leave you to the influences of a man like this.’ Lady Rexford waved her free hand at Bart. ‘Not with you already so vulnerable since Helena’s—’
   ‘You needn’t say it.’ Lord Fallworth snatched up the brandy decanter and refilled his glass.
   Bart opened his mouth to tell Lady Rexford to step out of things she didn’t understand, then closed it again. With her brother slipping into a liquor-induced fog, his suitability for this mission waned while Lady Rexford’s possible involvement played on him like a hunch. She stood straight, one foot in front of the other to make her gown drape across her shapely thigh. The firm set of her full lips beneath eyes as focused as a fox’s made him take more notice of her than the pistol or her reluctant brother. No one would suspect a woman. Bart knew better.

A lifelong history buff, award winning author Georgie Lee hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit  www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stephany Tullis talks about Missing Home

Stephany and I have been friends on Facebook for a few years.  Since that first contact through today, we've collaborated on many ventures, from Facebook groups to author collaborations, our newest being Chandler County.

As November nears, the bulk of our Chandler County releases will be published and Stephany's book, Missing Home, is one of them.  But, before we chat about that, I had to put Stephany through a list of questions.

First, have you been on the blog before?

Nope, this is my first time.


How often do you get lost in a story?

Unfortunately, not often these days because my writing tends to limit the time I have to read. I read a really great book this summer by Nora Roberts...I couldn't put it down.

What's your favorite thing about your current hero?

My favorite thing about my current book hero (Dr. Jared Johnson) is the fact that he is totally clueless despite his PhD and advanced education. He skips town when his request for federal funding is denied and ditches his bride to be three weeks before the wedding. With a background in psychological profiling, one would think he would have a better handle on 'life' and what is driving his actions. Better yet, how to 'control' his actions!

Do you have a favorite movie of all time?

Not a real movie buff...

What's your perfect day like?

My perfect day has to be sunny and bright! I am so greatly influenced by the weather...sun is a must. Ideally, a nice beach is somewhere within walking distance--as in, a walk from my hotel room or resort. Reading, relaxation along with good music and conversation. 

Let's do some rapid fire questions!

Fire away!

Favorite color?

Blue

Favorite meal?

Nice seafood platter....with a mixed green salad.

Name something on your bucket list.

Cross country road trip.

Dream Vacation?

Used to be Virgin Islands.

Favorite book boyfriend?

Duhhhhhh.

Favorite Memory?

A Thanksgiving family dinner where we all danced throughout my house in a Conga line--one of the last dinners with my mother.

Geek or Jock?

Neither

Most daring thing you've ever done?  Care to share?

Oooooo....don't think I should do that.

Show me a picture of your favorite shoes.

Awesome, I'll bet you look amazing in them.


Let's talk about Missing Home.  

Oh, I'd love to.  It's tag line is:  

A 21st century battle between good and evil. 

When Dr. Jared Johnson's research project collapses, so does he. He tosses the federal funding rejection letter in his office wastebasket and his plans to marry the love of his life out the window. 


The last thing he wants to do is return to his home town, Chandlerville, Kentucky. An unexpected call from his grandmother, a lifelong resident of the small town, convinces him that all things indeed happen for a reason and perhaps this is the right time to reestablish his roots and start anew. 


When he arrives--single, with no intent to marry, he's shocked to learn that the town has unanimously approved his pastoral appointment to the newly refurbished 100-year-old Baptist church. Despite his divinity training, Jared never intended to pastor a church—not when his specialty is psychological profiling. 


As fate would have it, the evil spirits that begin to permeate the town and its good-hearted citizens shortly after his arrival challenge his technical skills, experience and community relationships. To complicate matters, a local angel finds herself in the eye of the storm causing Jared to re-evaluate his past and question his future. 


Available for preorder on Amazon.  



More about Stephany.

In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing. With this backdrop, regardless of the date or time of your visit, you will find family.

My world (my back-story) is guided by my faith and the inspiration I receive from God. Without exaggeration, family and relationships are the core of every book I write. 


Find out more about Stephany and her books around the web.

Website ǁ Twitter ǁ Facebook ǁ Pinterest ǁ Amazon Author Page ǁ Book Bub ǁ Reader's Club


Final words from Stephany:

I'm giving away a signed copy of my favorite book, The Master's Plan, A Novel/bookmark/book and related SWAG.  You can enter below and good luck.  

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dance With The Devil

I have always been a fan of a dark hero that has a lot of angst. I don't know why. In real life I like people to be happy and have good lives.  But when I'm writing the more conflicted they are the meatier they are to sink my story ideas into.  The idea for this book came straight from my hero. I was binge watching Daredevil season 2 and the character of The Punisher came on screen and I fell hard for him.  He's lost everything, he lives by a moral compass that makes sense to him and if your compass is different, he doesn't care.

So I started with a bare bones version of my hero. I knew I wanted him to be born in violence for violence to be the way that he views the world.  He only knows how to fight and win.  He can't understand other ways of defeating the enemy.  He uses his fists, his skills with a gun and he survives.  So when he meets my heroine - also a total badass he isn't sure how to handle her.  He doesn't trust her because he really only trusts himself but throughout the story he learns there are other ways to fight.

I really had a lot of fun working on this book.  I had been thinking about the dark web and cyber crime for a while and collected a bunch of news articles on it before I started writing.

Also, I have wanted to be a hacker since I saw War Games in the 80s. I mean it looks cool and I thought it would be a really awesome skill to have.  I don't have that skill.  I can't even hack into my own account when I've forgotten my password.  And I have to leave notes all over my desk with reminders of how to get back into a website.  So Kaylee was fun to write because I got to live out my hacking dreams through her.

What's something you've always wanted to do? Or do you have a favorite show you've binged lately? Tell me and I'll enter you to win a copy of the e-book of Dance With The Devil.

Happy reading! Kathy

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Christmas Romance From Danica Favorite


Give a big welcome to historical romance author Danica Favorite!


A MOTHER FOR CHRISTMAS

Widower Luke Jeffries needs a mother for his three young children, whether or not they agree. When he meets Nellie McClain at the mail-order-bride agency, Luke thinks his problems are solved, but they’ve only just begun. Though the beautiful widow awakens his grieving heart, Luke won’t betray his cherished wife’s memory.

A marriage of convenience is exactly what Nellie wants, since she’s been wounded by love before and doesn’t plan to risk her heart again. But despite her chilly reception at Luke’s family’s simple Colorado cabin, her feelings for Luke and the children grow deeper every day. Can Nellie and Luke heal the pain in each other and finally make their family whole again?


Meet Danica


A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado.  Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.

You can connect with Danica at the following places:


E.E.: What’s the first book you remember reading?  
Danica: The Secret of the Old Clock. I was in kindergarten, and fell in love with Nancy Drew. The librarian didn’t believe I could read it, so I had to prove to her that I could read well enough before she’d let me get any others. I then read every Nancy Drew book they had!

E.E.: What turns you off like nothing else?
Unkindness. I’ll be honest. I find the current political situation really upsetting right now, because people on both sides are being mean to each other and eating each other alive rather than trying to figure out ways we can work together to make the world a better place for everyone. I know that requires elected officials to do the same, but maybe we should be the ones to lead with love and kindness. Even outside politics, it makes me really sad to see all the mean comments people have about one another and how we don’t seem to care about our fellow human beings. I really appreciate it when I see others being kind to one another.

E.E.: What was the first story you remember writing?
Danica: I wrote a story about a merman named Allaric. I remember nothing other than those details, but I’m certain it was the most awesome story ever. As they are when you’re eight or so years old.

E.E.: What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?
Danica: I wish people could know how much of an introvert I really am. I come off as very friendly most of the time (and when I seem unfriendly, it’s because I’m depleted), so a lot of people don’t believe I’m an introvert. But I am! And I need a lot of alone time to be able to do what I’ve got to do!

E.E.: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Danica: Being an author always was the dream! I’ve wanted to be one since I was little, but I never figured I could until I was retired. So glad I was wrong!

E.E.: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Danica: Tea… I like it plain, but I like a lot of varieties, so it’s not really plain. No cream, no sugar. The same with coffee, when I have it.

Today, Danica is giving away a copy of her book, Mistletoe Mommy. To enter the drawing, use the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment:

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