THE AFTERMATH by R.J. Prescott (December 15, 2015; Forever E-Book)
The second book in a New Adult fiction series from USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott.
Cormac "The Hurricane" O'Connell's star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O'Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work. Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them, and O'Connell realizes that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after. He couldn't protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.
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Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree. Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.
Cormac "the Hurricane" O'Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the misfire. He's never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he's ever met, she doesn't want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person. They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.
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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons.
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I had some truely lovely historic times this year. The quirky is coming to this sub genre. Yea!
Here are my best Historical Romance Reads of 2014. My list are never in are particular order but I did put the 5 Star reads first :)
Published in 2014
1. Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan 5 Stars
Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much.
All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he’s also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome. But when he takes an interest in her mathematical work, she realizes that Mr. Shaughnessy isn’t just a isn’t just a scandal waiting to happen. He’s waiting to happen to her…and if she’s not careful, she’ll give in to certain ruination.
2. In Want of a Wife by Jo Goodman 5 Stars
SHE HAS NOWHERE LEFT TO TURN
Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart.
HE HAS EVERYTHING TO LOSE
Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman. But when she sets out to prove him wrong, the secrets he cannot share put into jeopardy every happiness they hope to find….
3. A Man and a Woman by Robin Schone 4 Stars
Widowed Megan Phillins longs to experience the intimacies shared with a man just once more. Playing the role of a harlot, she travels to the Land’s End Inn, where she knocks upon the door of a mysterious stranger. After a night of forbidden passion Megan is shocked to discover the traveler is actually Connor Treffrey, an Englishman who was marooned and sold into slavery. But now Connor has returned to reunite with his well-bred family. And together, he and Megan will embark on a breathless journey of indescribable pleasure…
4. Charming the Duke by Holly Bush 4 Stars
1849 . . . Matilda Sheldon, the middle daughter of the sixth Earl of Bisset, has never been interested in the fashionable society events that so preoccupy her parents and siblings. Her loving, albeit, daft family cannot understand why. But Matilda has little use for silly rules and dramas. She would rather occupy her time with a worthwhile cause such as opening The Sheldon Home for Orphans, much to the chagrin of her mother and grandmother. They are quite certain a venture of this nature will discourage suitors. Matilda is quite certain that if suitors are discouraged it is because she is clever, plain, a bit clumsy, and inevitably compared to her beautiful sisters.
The Duke of Thornsby is in tight spot. After receiving the title on the death of his father, he discovers the inheritance is to be gifted elsewhere if he does not marry before his thirtieth birthday. Unfortunately, our man-about-town is embroiled in a scandal, not of his own making, and the marriage mamas won’t let any eligible misses anywhere near him. What’s a Duke to do? Get invited to a house party hosted by the notoriously absent-minded Earl of Bisset, who just happens to be Papa to some young ladies of marriageable age!
Thornsby finds himself fascinated, not with the two Sheldon debutantes actively seeking a husband, but rather with the ‘brown wren’ he first mistakes for a servant. Matilda is counting the hours until the house party ends when the necessity of conversing with the guests will be over, and ridiculously handsome men go far away. Can a worldly Duke convince a sensible girl to accept his court? Find out in Charming the Duke.
5. Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner 4 Stars
Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family. For months, he's lived alone with his depression, blockaded in his lodgings.
But with his younger brother desperate to win the local election, Nick has a new set of marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver the beautiful Phoebe Sparks into a politically advantageous marriage.
One marriage was enough for Phoebe. Under her town's by-laws, though, she owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to simply ignore the unappetizing matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl's son, she can't. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe's last-ditch defense against her sister's ruin is her vote--and her hand.
Nick and Phoebe soon realize the only match their hearts will accept is the one society will not allow. But as election intrigue turns dark, they'll have to cast the cruelest vote of all: loyalty...or love.
6. The Unexpected Bride by Lena Goldfinch 4 Stars
Rebecca Sullivan has been "Becky" all her life, a real hoyden. Her childhood sweetheart taught her to ride bareback and shoot a rifle, but then he chose a "perfect lady" for a wife--a real Southern belle, who's now expecting a baby. Heartbroken, Becky signs up to be a mail-order bride to a Seattle man, sight unseen. She resolves to squelch her hoydenish ways and become a "perfect lady" for her future husband.
If logging-operation owner Isaac Jessup had wanted a bride, he'd have chosen a sturdy frontier woman, not some fragile lady from back East. Ready to explain the mistake, honorable Isaac takes one look into Rebecca's vulnerable eyes...and knows he'll marry her, even though this delicate waif is obviously unsuited for wild Seattle.
Could an unexpected marriage be a match made in heaven?
Read in 2014
1. Coming Home for Christmas by Carla Kelly 5 Stars
Three soldiers, three generations, finding love at Christmas
1812: A Christmas in Paradise
To save nurse Laura Ortiz from destitution, British naval surgeon Thomas Wilkie has made her an offer this Christmas—a marriage of convenience….
1855: O Christmas Tree
A generation later, it's Thomas and Laura's daughter, widowed lone mother Lilian, who's working as a nurse in the Crimea. Christmas seems a long way away—until Major Trey Wharton helps her bring back the festive sparkle.
1877: No Crib for a Bed
Lilian's son Captain Wilkie Wharton is finally on his way home from Fort Laramie. It's a long, arduous, life-changing train journey…which sees him discover his soul mate and the true meaning of Christmas!
2. Fool for Love by Eloisa James 4 Stars
Lady Henrietta Maclellan longs for the romantic swirl of a London season. But as a rusticating country maiden, she has always kept her sensuous nature firmly under wraps -- until she meets Simon Darby. Simon makes her want to whisper promises late at night, exchange kisses on a balcony, receive illicit love notes. So Henrietta lets her imagination soar and writes...
A very steamy love letter that becomes shockingly public. Everyone supposes that he has written it to her, but the truth hardly matters in the face of the scandal to come if they don't marry at once. But nothing has quite prepared Henrietta for the pure sensuality of...
Simon has vowed he will never turn himself into a fool over a woman. So, while debutantes swoon as he disdainfully strides past the lovely ladies of the ton, he ignores them all...until Henrietta. Could it be possible that he has been the foolish one all along?
3. Much Ado About You by Eloisa James 4 Stars
When you're the oldest daughter, you don't get to have any fun!
Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three sisters -- beautiful Annabel, romantic Imogen and practical Josie. After all, right now they're under the rather awkward guardianship of the perpetually tipsy Duke of Holbrook. But just when she begins to think that all might end well, one of her sisters bolts with a horse-mad young lord, and her own fiancé just plain runs away.
Which leaves Tess contemplating marriage to the sort of man she wishes to avoid -- one of London's most infamous rakes. Lucius Felton is a rogue whose own mother considers him irredeemable! He's delicious, Annabel points out. And he's rich, Josie notes. But although Tess finally consents to marry him, it may be for the worst reason of all. Absurd as she knows it to be, she may have fallen utterly in love . . .
4. BOXING DAY by Jill Barnett 4 Stars
A classic Christmas short story of love set in turn of the century New York City. When her grandfather dies, lonely spinster Eleanor Austen is forced to move into an apartment on the top floor of the building he leased to a noisy gymnasium owned by famed Irish boxer Conn Donnoughue. During a snowy and magical December, two lonely people just might find they have more in common than they thought... For readers of Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood.
I love discovering new books and authors. Please let me know your best Historical Reads of 2014.
To vote for the best Historical Romance published in 2014, go to my Goodreads list: Best Historical Romances of 2014.
As of the time of writing this newsletter, the calendar reads December 23rd! That means today is the Eve of the Eve before Christmas Day! Are you excited??? Are your kids excited while you are worn out already??? Have you literally dropped because of all the preparations, services, shopping, etcetera that were on your todo list this year?
If it weren't for a handful of newsy items, this particular newsletter would have written itself with the last three entries added to my blog this month. It's always good every so often to just turn off from the noise of such a busy season, and remember why this season even began in the first place, what our role is in it, and to be reminded that God still works miracles today. You can find those three themes in the "latest content" entry at the end of this newsletter.
However, before you head to the end already, let me welcome more subscribers to the Songdove Books family! It's great to have you with us!
This newsletter is coming to you a few days early for two reasons:
• First, because of the holidays. Between Christmas eve services, Christmas Day celebrations, visiting family, and a daughter exercising her horse, I just wanted to know that my monthly communication with you has already been looked after. Normally I send newsletters out near the 27th or so each month, but not this month.
• Secondly, because of word of an ebook sale going on for 7 days at four online retailers. I wanted you to know about this a couple days in advance. Because of time zones and datelines, the sale actually begins in my timezone on Christmas Day, but if your Christmas Day is actually on my Christmas Eve, such as for those living in Australia, then your Boxing Day week begins the day I'm having my Christmas celebrations. So the sale starts on the 25th for me, and the 26th for anyone on the other side of the dateline. Make sense? Don't you love international planning??? lol. . . It gives some of my friends headaches just thinking about it.
So without further adieu, lets get into December's news. . .
Amazon Added Another Domain in November!
This tidbit of information didn't quite make it into November's newsletter, so I do apologize. Amazon last month, added the Netherlands to their list of official websites. At this time, you can only find ebooks there, but that means if you live in the Netherlands and click: https://smarturl.it/MarilynnDawson you will see all four of my current ebooks! It's great to see all the locations around the world where Songdove Books can be found and the new locations popping up every now and then too.
Boxing Week Sale!
As already mentioned in the opening paragraphs, Songdove Books is having a 50% off sale from December 25th to December 31st at four participating retailers online:
(note: sometimes Google Play will list other books after mine in this search string)
Select ebooks with coupon code: Boxingweeksale
Excluding Dressed for Eternity, both e-courses, and Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey
Practical Thoughts on Becoming an Author: coupon code: TD37B
A Year in Prayer With Jesus: coupon code: GH89M
Pumpkin Pie From the Ground Up! (Well, sort of!): coupon code: QL99U
coupon code: Boxingweeksale
So if you missed the 12 Days of Christmas Discount Tour at the beginning of the month, you have another opportunity following Christmas to take advantage of this 50% off sale on e-books only. No paperbacks are on sale this week, which is why they are excluded over at Gumroad.
BECOME A SONGDOVE BOOKS AFFILIATE!!!
YES! As of the month of December, Songdove Books has ventured further into the affiliate space (read more about that under "Affiliate Sales" below) by not merely becoming an affiliate to the bookstores listed in that section of this newsletter, but by becoming an affiliate vendor myself! Both publishing e-courses have been added to the Click2Sell affiliate platform to create the Songdove Books Affiliate Program! The price for each course continues to be $15 USD, but that is in rough estimate now as I have everything in Canadian funds, which makes that price $17.50 Canadian.
If you choose to join this program, you will earn 20% of each sale generated through your affiliate link, or $3.50 per course sold.
For the new people in our list today, each e-course comes to you via your email inbox, once a day. Each daily session is relatively short with step-by-step instructions to learn how to use suggested tools in preparing your book for print or ebook distribution. These courses are aimed at those venturing into the self-publishing arena and who perhaps don't have the funds to hire out a professional formatter for themselves. I've been told I could price both courses at much higher rates than $15, but I am keeping them this low in order to appeal to authors and writers who are struggling just to get by, let alone publish what God has gifted them to write.
Information about the affiliate program, with links to more information about each course can be found at this url here: http://songdove.fa-ct.com/wordpress-mu/songdovemusings/become-a-songdove-books-affiliate/
So if you've been wondering how you can help other authors get their manuscript ready for printing digitally or physically, check out this program, check out these courses, and consider joining the team. It would be great to have you!
Various bookstores around the 'net, such as Kobo, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble and others, offer affiliate programs. An affiliate program is where you sign up, and you're given promotional links. If a person buys a product through your promotional link, then you get paid a commission for having facilitated that sale. If you follow my blog, you'll have noticed a number of squarish banners showing up down the right-hand side of the blog. Those are all affiliate programs.
Some of those banners have a text link under them. Those text links go to pages on my site where I have linked to any Songdove Books that those affiliates carry, so that you can find them immediately. This has been done for New Christian Books, Smile Amazon (so you can support the charity of your choice when buying from Amazon's website), Barnes & Noble, and Kobo Writing Life.
In addition to these banners and pages, sometimes affiliate programs offer time-sensitive deals. In order to make sure that visitors to my site can access these time-sensitive deals, another page was created, simply called "Bookstore Deals".
"Bookstore Deals" currently has a raft of promotions from Barnes & Noble, but in a day or two will also have some from Kobo Wrting Life as well.
Sharing discounts and sales with you is important to me, because I myself am one for counting pennies! If I can buy something for less than retail, and if the money and the time are available to make that happen, then I'll do it. With so many families struggling to make ends meet, especially around Christmastime, it doesn't make sense not to fill you in on ways you can do any desired Christmas shopping in a manner that may save you money.
This kind of thinking tends to make me a bad promoter, because I'd rather see you save a penny than spend it. I get in trouble for this kind of thinking offline by people who tell me I charge too little for my day job rates. I finally raised my going rate from $40 over the past 5 years to $45 per hour for most services that I offer in my day job as a computer repair tech. I just can't justify high prices when so many around me are struggling.
Sheesh, even when I think I have nothing to say, I still have quite abit to say! Perhaps its a good thing I wrote this today instead of trying to figure it all out on Boxing Day or the weekend.
As you'll see in the blog posts below, this time of year gets me contemplating. As with any form of contemplation, it comes out through my fingers. Blogging lets you be privy to those thoughts and musings as we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birthday. Every year since my youngest was three, we have a birthday cake for Jesus just as we do for any other birthday in the home. A picture of it is here above.
We don't do a tree every year either, we broke with common tradition and have our own tradition in the form of our own depiction of the Cross over the Manger. The painting I had seen as a child has resurfaced as an online graphic that I am having trouble tracking down the source for. Whenever I learn whether this online version is of the original painting or a custom-drawn image, and when I finally learn of it's copyright status, I may start using it in my blog posts in the future. Ever since first hearing of this painting as a child, I've always wanted a copy of it. Pray I find out the origins of this image and its status.
Let me close for now by wishing you an extra special Christmas holiday greeting. May God truly be welcome in your home this Christmas. May He sit with you as you open gifts and may you feel His presence around the festive dinner table. May the grown Son of God be welcome in your festivities as that of every other adult in your midst.
Lastly, may you look forward to the soon return of our Heavenly Bridegroom, the King of the Universe, and the Lover of your Soul, Jesus Christ! Are you ready?
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