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Ok folks. I got an email from Danielle over at Sourcebooks and for the sake of time I am just going to copy and repost it here for everyone to see. Love y’all and Merry Christmas.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Sourcebooks will be taking the holiday cheer beyond December 25. After our 25 Days of Christmas eBook Promotion ends, we’ll start the 12 MORE Days of Christmas eBook Promotion!

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Additionally, these deals will last for ONE DAY ONLY, and all books featured will be 99 cents at all eBook retailers. But JUST FOR ONE DAY!

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A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir

ISBN: 978-0-345-51189-8
Published by: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 2012
Price: $27.00 (US)

Synopsis from the Publisher:

In this engrossing novel of historical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir tells the dramatic intertwined stories of two women—Katherine Grey and Kate Plantagenet—separated by time but linked by twin destinies . . . . involving the mysterious tragic fate of the young Princes in the Tower.
When her older sister, Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days’ Queen, is executed in 1554 for unlawfully accepting the English crown, Lady Katherine Grey’s world falls apart. Barely recovered from this tragic loss she risks all for love, only to incur the wrath of her formidable cousin Queen Elizabeth I, who sees Katherine as a rival for her insecure throne.
 Interlaced with Katherine’s story is that of her distant kinswoman Kate Plantagenet, the bastard daughter of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king. In 1483, Kate travels to London for Richard’s coronation, and her world changes forever.
 Kate loves her father, but before long she hears terrible rumors about him that threaten all she holds dear. Like Katherine Grey, she falls in love with a man who is forbidden to her. Then Kate embarks on what will become a perilous quest, covertly seeking the truth about what befell her cousins the Princes in the Tower, who may have been victims of Richard III’s lust for power. But time is not on Kate’s side, or on Katherine’s.
 Katherine finds herself a prisoner in the Tower of London, the sinister fortress that overshadowed the lives of so many royal figures, including the boy princes. Will Elizabeth demand the full penalty for treason? And what secrets will Katherine find hidden within the Tower walls?
 Alison Weir’s new novel is a page-turning story set within a framework of fascinating historical authenticity. In this rich and layered tapestry, Katherine and Kate discover that possessing royal blood can prove to be a dangerous inheritance.

Why I Liked A Dangerous Inheritance

I could be a little prejudice here, because I love 15th century England. It was a terrible time, especially for women, and Alison Weir knows that. She beautifully portrays the hardships women underwent, especially how worthless they were to men at that time. Pawns in a game, disrespected more often than not, and sold in business transactions called marriages. Kudos to Weir for having that come across to readers so well.

Another reason I liked this book is because I like this story. There is so much mystery and intrigue behind Richard III and the lost princes of the tower, that the plot is ripe for a fiction novel. Did Richard have his own nephews killed? Who knows. But Alison Weir takes a crack at finding out, and it was well done. I also like the story of Elizabeth I and like how she was portrayed in Weir’s book. Formidable, yet vulnerable.

I liked the characters, the protagonists and the sub-characters, and was enthralled with how Katherine set about discovering the truth. There were moments where both Kate and Katherine’s choices irritated me, but that was to be expected as each of them came of age and got wiser.

I also think this book was great for the historical facts included. Alison Weir is a scholar of the era and has written a great many non-fiction works. At the end of A Dangerous Inheritance she reveals the truth of the matter, and admits the areas in which she took some liberties. I think that made this book all the more fun to read.

Why I Did Not Like A Dangerous Inheritance

Unfortunately, there was one thing about this book that I just could not get over. Weir wrote this story in first person, from the perspectives of the two different Kates as the respective heroines. I will say that she tried admirably to keep the stories separated by using Kate or Katherine respectively, and did not deter from those names in their respective POV’s. But, no matter how hard I tried, I was still left floundering in the dust of the story. Weir always cleared it up, but I did not like being confused so much.

Do I Think You Should Buy It

A Dangerous Inheritance is a good story, point blank! However, I do not know if it is buy-off-the-shelf-worthy. At 27 bucks a pop, I would hold off until this one is on sale. But I WOULD get it. Eventually. The story really is a good one and I do recommend you read it, I just think the effort you have to put into keeping the story straight makes it a buy-on-sale book.

 OK, so I know there is absolutely no excuse, but I only now realized that I forgot to write a review for a book I read months ago. To make matters worse, this is no ordinary book, it was written by one of my favorite authors! How could I forget, You ask….Life, I tell you! Life just got in the way. So, here is my (not so formal) apology to the ever-lovely Susanna Kearsley and the folks at Sourcebooks Inc.

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
ISBN: 978-01-4022-5870-1
Published by: Sourcebooks Inc.
Publication Date: October 2012
Price: $16.99 (US)

Back cover blurb :

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.
Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he’s finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.
Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.

What I thought of The Shadowy Horses

If you love history, suspense, romance, and good writing, then this book is for you!

So far, Susanna Kearsley has not let me down, and she remains to this day, one of my favorite authors. This book, as with her previous ones, hold a valid appeal, not just for the author’s imagination, but because of the way she conveys it to the reader. The Shadowy Horses somehow manages to keep the reader firmly established in the present, all while providing the air of mystery that comes with the past. The story was captivating, the plot intriguing, and I could not put it down.

For those of you who want a little more intel, here goes. Let’s start with the characters. Verity Grey is our leading woman. Subdued, yet vibrant, she is an archaeologist always seeking the next adventure. Persuaded by a former lover to join the dig, Verity winds up in a tiny town investigating one of the greatest mysteries of time, the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. She is charismatic and heroic, determined, and lovable.

Verity’s love interest is David Fortune, a fellow archaeologist and local, a man full of mystery himself, and handsome to boot. Because the story is written in the 1st person point of view from Verity, David always holds an air of mysteriousness for the reader as well as the heroine. His thoughts and motives are always unknown, and always intriguing.

One of my favorite characters however, is the loony man leading this crazy expedition. Right from his first introduction Peter is charming in the old gentleman sort of way, as eccentric as a passionate explorer can be, and just the right sort of character who can make you smile when he commands a scene. I mention these three characters because of all of them, these three are the most unforgettable. These three dominate the pages and command your attention. There is, of course, others. Like little Robbie who is more important to the expedition than anyone realizes, Verity’s ex-lover who provides just enough male chauvinistic attitude to keep a smirk on your face, David’s endearingly stubborn mom, and the list goes on.

Being an avid history buff, I was in love with this plot line too. Kearsley pulls off a beautiful mystery, keeping the reader enthralled with what’s going to happen, is it or isn’t it kind of stuff. I am sure I will think of more good stuff to write about this book, because I really did like it. I recommend it, and would love to hear what others think. There are of course, some things I should warn you about.

Do not read this book if…

You like more sex scenes than anything else. There is only one sexual scene and it is G-rated, and definitely on the sweety heart side. There is romance, of course, but it is the lovey dovey stuff that just sort of melts your heart. So if you are expecting that alpha-male knock-the-heroine-over-sort, then be warned you won’t find it here. This book is more suspenseful than romantic. And one more warning…you may figure out who the villain is a little soon, but do not worry, it does not ruin the story. Could the climax have been a little more, well, climactic? Yes. But I still liked the book all the same.

In the June memoir from Sourcebooks Inc., All Roads Lead to Austen the author Amy Elizabeth Smith took Jane Austen’s works along with her as she traveled to foreign countries. Her goal was to see if the magic of Jane Austen could hold its power across borders, languages and cultures.

 Amy took Jane to far off countries – and Sourcebooks needs your help to take her even further! They are holding a contest called All Around the World with Jane! Join them on their Austen love fest by printing out their Jane Austen “flat Stanley.” Take pictures of yourself with Jane in your hometown or on your vacation, and submit it from April 30th – June 30th!

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Happy Tuesday everyone.

As I told the lovely winners via email, I wont beat around the bush or delay the inevitable as it were. I am here to announce the winners for the Shana Galen give away.

And the Winners are…


Lisa Richards and Sharon Abraham for the Shana Galen give away of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride.

Yay! Congratulations.

 Now, the winners have 24 hours to respond to the email I sent them, and if I don’t hear back, the give away will continue and new winners will be drawn. Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope you all try again. (Winners were drawn using and chosen through no decision of my own)

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Shana Galen is the author of five Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat and lives in Houston, Texas, where she is working on her next regency romance series.
LLW: Thanks for coming to Laugh Love Write Shana, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you… to get right to the point, how did you come up with the premise for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?

SG:Thank you so much for having me!

The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is the third in a series about three brothers who are separated as children during the French Revolution. As I was writing the first and second books, I didn’t really know what had happened to Bastien, but when I read the manuscripts over, I noticed I had mentioned how he liked to play a pirate called Captain Cutlass when he was a boy. I decided he ran off and became a pirate. I’d always wanted to write a pirate hero.

LLW: I love knowing how authors envision their characters because everyone’s imagination is so very different, so, if The Rogue Pirate’s Bride gained a movie deal, who would you cast in the character roles?

SG:First of all, The Rogue Pirate’s Bride has not been auctioned for a movie, so if anyone reading this would like to make an offer, I’m all ears!

I think Henry Cavill would make a great Bastien. In The Tudors, he really has the look of Bastien—roguish and charming. Ewa da Cruz is an actress and the model on the cover of my last book, Lord and Lady Spy. I think she looks a lot like I envisioned Raeven. I’d want to cast William Moseley in the role of Raeven’s friend Percy. Moseley was Peter in the Narnia movies. Finally, I’d pick Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, as Raeven’s father, Admiral Russell.

  <—- Henry Cavill (very nice choice indeed)

            Ewa De Cruz (cropped from Lord and Lady Spy book cover)—–>

LLW: Thinking about my favorite scene in The Rogue Pirate’s Bride was very difficult because there are so many great ones to choose from, maybe Raeven’s first escape from Bastien perhaps, or their first fight sequence, or gosh! I don’t know…what is your favorite scene?

SG:My favorite scene is when Raeven has sneaked on board Bastien’s ship in an effort to steal her sword back from him (that’s her story, anyway). She’s caught and Bastien tells her this is her last chance to get what she really came for (i.e. a night with him), and she says she’d rather kill him. So he basically says, “Go ahead.” It turned into a very sexy, fun scene. I loved writing Raeven’s inner turmoil in that scene.

LLW: I know the French Revolution is your favorite historical era and have done much research for your novels, did you have to research anything special for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?

SG: Oh, yes. I had to research a lot about ships and sailing. The book actually takes place in 1802, so I didn’t need to know hardly anything about the French Revolution, which is too bad because I know a lot! But I pretty much knew nothing about naval warfare. Fortunately, my dad is a sailor and offered to help me make sense of all the books and research materials.

LLW: The 1st book in your new series The Fallen Ladies will be released in September 2012, can you tell us about When You Give a Duke a Diamond?

SG:Wow! You did your research! When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first in a series of books about three glamorous courtesans in Regency London who get mixed up with some very dangerous diamonds and some equally dangerous men. In this first book, Juliet, the courtesan nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, witnesses the murder of the fiancée of the powerful Duke of Pelham. She realizes she’s the killer’s next target, and she and Pelham have to work together to protect her and find the murderer.

LLW: In your opinion, what do you think makes a good story?

SG:I like all kinds of books, but the best ones are those where the reader can really connect with the hero and/or heroine. The reader is thinking, “I’ve felt like that” or “I wish I would say something like that.” Many of us read to imagine ourselves as someone else, maybe living in another place or era, and we want that sense of escapism. A good book let’s us step into another person’s shoes for a little while.

LLW: When you are writing a book, do you still read other books? And if so, do you stay away from your genre?

SG: I am always trying to find time to read because there are so many authors whose work I love, and many of my friends are authors. I do try and stay away from historical romance when I’m writing, but since it seems I’m always working on a new book, I do sometimes read an historical while I’m working on a new book. The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is my eleventh book, so I’m a lot less worried about being influenced by another author’s voice now than I was when I had only written a few historical romances.

LLW: What do you think is the most important thing an aspiring writer should know when it comes to writing or getting published?

SG: In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”

LLW: To get to know you a little better, I have som fun flash questions for you to answer. Don’t think about the answers, just tell us what first comes to mind.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
    SG: an opera singer
  • What was the last movie you saw?
    SG: Crazy, Stupid Love
  • Biggest TV addiction?
    SG: Downton Abbey
  • Guilty Pleasure?
    SG: Sleeping
  • Fruits or veggies?
    SG: Fruits
  • Favorite childhood toy?
    SG: Star Wars action figures
  • What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
    SG: Brussels sprouts
  • What’s your karaoke song of choice?
    SG: Never done karaoke, but I’d probably pick something by Sheryl Crow or Jewel.

Thank you so much taking the time to answer these questions here at Laugh Love Write. Write On!


Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…
Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but may be her only hope…
British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…
Enter for your chance to win a free copy of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen

The amazingly generous Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. is giving away one copies of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride to two lucky winners. USA/Canada only. To enter all you have to do is fill out this form and comment on this post with your answer to the following question… Who is your favorite kind of hero? (Do you fall for those nerdy guys with an incredible physique, alpha males with a dominating streak, or maybe it’s those bloodsucking vampires who get you all hot and bothered) Contest ends February 20.

Read my review of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride…here.