Be Warned: These are the scribblings of a writer unruly, unsupervised, and largely unrepentant

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Evernight Publishing Showcase

Hello! I'm back again with another tribute to the authors of historical romance at Evernight Publishing -- the house that gave me my start a few years ago. Hope you enjoy these cameos from some of my good friends! As usual there is a little bit of everything here from spicy to sweet and you can find out more about the historical romances available at

(click on the book covers below to find out more about the particular books in this showcase and read excerpts. Should you find yourself tempted beyond endurance, they are all available for purchase from Evernight, Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance Ebooks and most other online stores)

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"I love reading, if I’m honest it’s an addiction, there are some days I read multiple books and when I have to do other stuff like prepare dinner I am secretly counting down the minutes till I can next pick up my e-book. Writing has been a bit of a life saver, certainly for my bank balance as if I’m writing I don’t have as much time to read or spend buying books.

I read lots of different genres, but the one I keep coming back to is the historical. I used to read a lot of thrillers but then I had my son and got squeamish. I studied the classics and sci-fi as part of my degree. Romance makes me feel warm and fuzzy when life’s too busy to do anything but read for a feel good break. The thing about historicals though is they can be so many different things, so I always read them, they can be thrillers, they can be educational, they can be drama, they can be paranormal, and most importantly they can be romance.
Historical romances give me the opportunity to escape to places I’d otherwise never get to go, meet characters I’d never bump into in real life, and let me believe that no matter where on when, love is possible.

My favourite periods are Tudor and Regency, I think because there is this sense of glamour and political intrigue associated with the court and aristocracy that is akin to today’s world of celebrity. The stories from these periods go to places I could never go in real life no matter the time period.
And of course I fell in love with Mr Darcy when I was thirteen and named my dog after him. I think that says it all.

Sometimes I’ve just wished the stories would go that little bit further… like the bedroom… so mine do.  My first regency novella Duty to Love imagines what it would genuinely be like for two brothers to fall in love with the same woman and how/why they might agree to share despite the social conventions of the time. I like to think it’s a believable regency ménage."

A craftily worded contract and fate finds Arthur, Earl of Hentonbury, having to marry not the lady he expected but her younger sister Amelia, the woman he knows his brother James loves and hoped to marry. Arthur cares for both Amelia and James how can he choose between his love for them and his duty? James may be the younger son, but he has taken leave from the Army and will fight for Amelia.

Torn between her feelings for two brothers Amelia wishes to marry Arthur but can't bear to lose James.

Is there any chance the three of them can find happiness together? Will duty or love win out?


Morgan's second regency is a sweet short story, and just a little Pride and Prejudice inspired with the question of will they won’t they hanging over my Lord and Lady who are so different yet ideally suited.
AN UNCONVENTIONAL COURTSHIP - To marry or not to marry- that is the question for Lord Mendton and Lady Eleanor Chatsby.
Lady Eleanor Chatsby has her eye on a man; unfortunately he doesn’t appear to know she exists and is more interested in his hobby of bird watching.
Lord Mendton, curses his inability to communicate well with others, especially when his attention is captured by the most interesting of ladies.
One impetuous act from her and he is struck by the desire to make Lady Eleanor Chatsby his wife. Unfortunately his proposal is unexpected, poorly timed and refused.  He is not deterred and begins a plan of seduction.
Their courtship fast becomes a battle of wills, what can Lord Mendton do to capture his lady’s heart? Will she give him her heart? Will he cede her control of their relationship?


Where to find Morgan and more about her work:

Twitter:  Morgan King @EroticWritings 

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Alexandra was born in the wild sticks of Eastern Maryland, but moved to the Old Dominion at the tender age of 7. Being the new kid, she was shy, and books were her best friends.
Fast forward several years ... college, marriage, child, divorce, and then strings and strings (and strings) of dating Mr. Wrongs (and a couple of Mr. Rights along the way) all led to putting fingers to keyboard and living vicariously through her characters.

Alex loves to ride roller coasters with her teenaged kiddo, eat sushi, watch lightning storms, dance to obnoxiously loud music (especially when it embarrasses the teenager), bake bread, paint ... when she has time between writing and work, of course.

Now multi-published and a best-selling author, she's still living somewhere in Virginia, probably napping with her fingers on a laptop, lying on a beach somewhere hoping her stories make you smile.

BEING IMPROPER- Born into world as mere chattel, Carrie Scott rebels against the oppression women are dealt in 1897 Philadelphia the only way she knows how—by hiding under layers of black mourning clothes worn for a fiancé she respected but did not love. Freedom from the marriage auction block allowed her the quiet she needed, but the lonely life eventually made her body yearn for more.

Dr. Matthew Gibson was floored to see his best friend’s little sister standing in his office, now the full fledged beauty he had always expected her to become. But the fact she was asking to be treated for “Female Hysteria” made his fingers itch to touch her and claim her as his own.

Neither knew that the one afternoon in his office would change their lives forever.
Where to find Alex and more of her work in several different genres?
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Marie Medina was born in northern New England and raised by her pale, mysterious godfather in a dark gothic mansion on the edge of her small, sleepy town. He didn’t turn out to be a Bronte hero or a vampire, as she thought when she was very young, but he is her best friend and the standard by which she measures all her heroes (and suitors). She has been writing since the age of eleven and has no intention of stopping anytime soon!
Victoria cannot even muster a smile on her wedding day. Her groom is handsome, titled, and wealthy, and her marriage will save her family from financial ruin, but she is still saddened when she contemplates the long, loveless years ahead of her.
Bastian never intended to marry, but he gives in to his father’s scheme because the more he thinks about the bride, the more he wants to capture her heart. He sweeps her into his arms at the reception, determined to make her smile and laugh, though he only manages to make her blush and stare at him incredulously.
Was he wrong to believe he could turn a marriage of convenience into a love match? Or does another man already hold the heart of his reluctant bride?
Want to find Marie and more about her work in a multiple of genres?


Hope you enjoyed this sampler from Evernight Publishing! Stop by next month for another smidgeon of talented authors.