Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Layne Macadam interviews Xavier Thorn

Today, Layne Macadam interviews one of main characters of Liza O'Connor's humorous Late Victorian Mystery series, the amazing sleuth, Xavior Thorn.
Learn, laugh & win $$$

Peep Rep interviews Sherlock Holmes, opps, I mean Xavier Thorn.

Today, Layne Macadam interviews one of main characters of Liza O'Connor's humorous Late Victorian Mystery series, the amazing sleuth, Xavior Thorn.
Learn, laugh & win $$$

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Melisse Aires and her book Starlander's Myth

Today, I'm spotlighting Starlander's Myth, part of a fabulous Steampunk series by Melisse Aires. 

Melisse brought music to read by, so I took the trouble to embed it. You've no idea how hard it has become to do so, but I had to do it. (I've left the link just in case it ceases to work.)


Peep Rep: I love music!

Liza: Me too, and this one is really nice. Take it away Melisse!

Hard Times Come Again No More is a song written by Stephen Foster in 1854. It was one of my inspirations of the book Starlander's Myth coming this weekend to Amazon!

Here's a version of the song I love. Emmy Lou Harris has an older version I love, too.  http://youtu.be/95itEHED8Hk


Starlander's Myth hero Jack Starlander fought in a war and survived. But people he loved didn't, and he can't go home due to survivor's guilt. He mines on an asteroid.

Sophie is a widow with a secret that can be exploited. She is a powerful being, but having a small child makes her vulnerable. They've had hard times and it looks like times will get harder when she is sold to a mining official.



BLURB
Asteroid miner Jack Starlander stumbles upon the illegal sale of a woman and child with unusual abilities. Jack once fought to free slaves and can't abide slavers. In the ensuing shoot out, two important men die. Jack, Sophie and her daughter and Jack's close neighbors are forced to flee to safety. Their journey takes them into deadly danger.

An Antiquarian with her own ancient secret, Sophie knows old stories may seem fantastical but have core of truth. She recognizes the mythic thread in the old Starlander legend. Perhaps his family's myth can save them.
~ Melisse Aires

Peep Rep: Oh this sounds so good! I have to go get the link!
Found it! 


And here are some other links I found to legally stalk her with:


https://www.facebook.com/melisseaires


Liza: Thank you, Peep. Any reason you're being so helpful?

Peep Rep: I'm hoping you will let me buy it when it's released. 

Liza: I will buy it, but I'm reading it first.

Peep Rep: No! You take forever!!! That is so unfair. Someone, please send me money so I can buy my own copy.

Liza: You don't have an Amazon account.

Peep Rep: Some one adopt me and buy books for me please!

Liza: Yeah, people will be trampling over one another to do that. You can read it once I'm done.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Kim Headlee shares her Snow in July and a bit about her Authurian research

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Today, I have Kim Headlee and her book Snow in July. She's going to get us in the know about Authurian Legends.


I have been researching and writing about the Arthurian Legends for close on half a century, and thus I couldn’t resist adding a touch of that knowledge to Snow in July. Since Arthur was most likely a Romanized Celt who fought against the Saxons in the late fifth to early sixth centuries, his legend would have been seen as a frightening one to the Saxon Lady Kendra, especially after the exploits of Arthur and his knights had gained five centuries of embellishment by the time of the Norman Conquest of England.

Although my Arthurian stories (Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, etc., in the series titled The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles) are set mainly in what is now northern England and southern Scotland, Arthur’s legend has strong connections to Glastonbury, Glastonbury Tor, and the surrounding areas, so it was natural for me to draw upon these local legends to enrich Snow in July. King Arthur is rumored to have been buried near Glastonbury or under Glastonbury Tor, though the abbey’s monks would not milk this claim via the discovery of “Arthur’s grave” for another 125 years after Kendra’s lifetime.

Whether a Saxon noblewoman of Kendra’s era would have known about the supposed love affair between Guinevere and Lancelot—the latter character having been introduced by French troubadour Chrétien de Troyes a century after the events depicted in Snow in July—is a matter of debate…but this is why poetic license was invented!


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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Snow in July
AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee
GENRE – Young Adult Paranormal Historical Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – July 2014
LENTH (Pages/# Words) – 386 pages/94K words
PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press
COVER DESIGNER – Natasha Brown


BOOK SYNOPSIS

Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre has been granted what every man wants: a rich English estate in exchange for his valiant service at the Battle of Hastings. To claim this reward, the Norman knight must wed the estate's Saxon heiress. Most men would leap at such an opportunity, but for Alain, who broke his vow to his dying mother by failing to protect his youngest brother in battle, it means facing more easily broken vows. But when rumors of rampant thievery, dangerous beasts, and sorcery plaguing a neighboring estate reach his ears, nothing will make him shirk duty to king and country when people's lives stand at risk. He assumes the guise of a squire to scout the land, its problems, and its lady.


Lady Kendra of Edgarburh has been granted what no woman wants: a forced marriage to an enemy who may be kith or kin to the man who murdered her beloved brother. Compounding her anguish is her failure to awaken the miraculous healing gift bequeathed by their late mother in time to save his life. Although with his dying breath, he made her promise to seek happiness above all, Kendra vows that she shall find neither comfort nor love in the arms of a Norman…unless it snows in July.


Alain is smitten by Lady Kendra from the first moment of their meeting; Kendra feels the forbidden allure of the handsome and courtly Norman "squire." But a growing evil overshadows everyone, invoking dark forces and ensnaring Kendra in a plot to overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. Kendra and Alain face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance.


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EXCERPT

FIFTEEN THOUSAND MEN and horses writhed across the valley below, appearing as toys in a children’s game.


Many might consider war a game, but Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre, knight of Normandy bound to the service of Duke William and commander of a unit in the cavalry reserves, did not number among their ranks.


Edward the Confessor, King of England via his Saxon father but Norman by his mother, was dead. This battle, raging near the coastal hamlet called Hastings, would decide the right of one man to wear the English crown: William the Norman, acknowledged by Pope Alexander to be Edward’s lawful successor; or Harold the Saxon, brother of Edward’s wife, the man alleged to be Edward’s deathbed choice.


Stroking his war horse’s glossy charcoal neck to calm her, Alain pondered Harold’s claim. It had to be true. This many men would not sacrifice their lives for a lie. Yet the vast majority of Harold’s supporters were Saxons harboring no wish to bear the Norman yoke. Perhaps such men might be desperate enough to fight for a lie that promised to restore Saxon rule.


A trumpet blared. He signaled his men forward, couched his lance, and spurred Chou to send her careening into the melee.


Harold’s shield wall, which had seemed impregnable, began to crumble under the onslaught of Alain’s unit, hastened by the desertion of men who no doubt decided they weren’t quite so willing to die. Their lord stood exposed just long enough for a Norman archer to sight his mark. Harold fell, screaming and clutching an arrow that protruded from one eye.


Harold’s supporters closed ranks around him, blocking Alain’s view and giving him more than enough to do as the Saxons redoubled their efforts to guard their lord’s body.


A familiar whirl of colors caught Alain’s attention. The saffron leopard prowling on a green field—Étienne! A Saxon knight, with a blue arm and fist blazing defiance across his gray shield, bore down upon Étienne with leveled lance. Étienne tumbled from his horse. He scrambled to his feet and retrieved his sword, putting it to good use on the Saxons surrounding him, although the knight who’d unhorsed him had already ridden in search of other targets.


Lance long since discarded and sword now rising and falling with fatal precision, Alain surged to reach his brother’s side. Protection of her youngest son had been their dying mother’s wish, and he had sworn on his own life to keep Étienne safe.


Before he could close the distance, another Saxon knight fought past Étienne’s guard to thrust a war-knife into his throat. Through the visor the knight’s eyes gleamed with startling, fathomless malice. Alain could only watch in stunned disbelief as he laid his hand upon Étienne’s chest for a few moments. Uttering a soul-freezing howl, the Saxon yanked out his seax and disappeared into the press with Étienne’s shield, denying Alain vengeance.


Shame and grief rent his heart asunder.


He had failed the two he loved most; failed them so utterly that he could never beg their forgiveness in this lifetime.


Pain slammed into his shoulder, toppling him from the saddle. Étienne’s body broke his fall. He tried to roll clear, but a spear through his chest pinned him to Étienne. His gut convulsed, and bile burned his throat. Blinding agony killed his struggle to free himself. Death’s stench invaded his nostrils.


He closed his eyes and waited for his final journey to begin.


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Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, and assorted wildlife. People & creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins -- the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-20th century -- seem to be sticking around for a while yet.


Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from "the other Washington") and a direct descendent of 20th-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim's novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband's ancestor, the 7th-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.


For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her new imprint, Pendragon Cove Press. She also writes romantic historical fiction under the pseudonym "Kimberly Iverson."


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ginger Marcinkowski presents The Button Legacy


Today, we have Ginger Marcinkowski and her latest book, The Button Legacy: Emily's Inheritance.

Peep Rep: Are there any prizes to be had?

Liza: Yes. Ginger is offering a $10 gift card from Starbuck and a copy of her ebook, The Button Legacy, to a randomly drawn winner using rafflecopter.

Peep Rep: Cool! What's the book about?

Liza: Let's find out...



The Button Legacy: Emily’s Inheritance
by Ginger Marcinkowski

~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Based on the true story of one family’s spiritual saga revealed through buttons that have been secreted away in an antique box, and that ultimately hold the key to each generation’s salvation.

Ginger Marcinkowski’s first novel, Run, River Currents featured Emily Evans, who as a girl shared a special understanding with her grandfather, John Polk. Despite the scars of her father's abuse John taught her to look to the future in faith, promising Emily God's grace can be seen even in the simplest thing—a button.

Years after her grandfather John's death, the unexpected delivery of a decorated tin, still brimming with odd-colored buttons is delivered to Emily. The reappearance of the family buttons unlocks joyous memories and guides Emily to realize a secret her grandfather promised lay within the stories of that worn button box; the healing power of prayer. In The Button Legacy: Emily’s Inheritance each button connects one generation to the next as their interrelated stories unfold across the timeless landscape of their spiritual journey.






She shook her head and tugged at the paper. In moments the unwrapped package revealed a cardboard box. She tore at the box until it gave way. It took Emily only a second to recognize the faded tin box tucked inside. She drew in a deep breath.

“Em? What is it?” Aaron asked, placing his hands on hers.

She turned to look at him, her eyes wide and dancing. “It’s the button box!” she whispered, her voice a singsong of joy.

“The what?”

“The button box. Gram and Grampy’s button box!”

Her hands shook as she pulled the container from the cardboard and dropped it onto her lap. The colors were just as she’d remembered them, a faded pastoral scene once alive with vivid tints of blue, green, yellow, and red. She gazed at the tin, taking in its beauty as she brushed her hands gently over the top of its raised design. She felt her eyes welling with tears.

“Honey, where did it come from?” Aaron asked, his face etched with questions.


She shook her head from side to side in tiny bursts and reached to open the box. The sound of the familiar creak as it opened took her breath away, and the light from the room slowly revealed the treasure inside. There were hundreds of buttons, all shapes and sizes, piled inside the rectangular container. A handwritten note was wrapped around a small, discolored envelope and taped inside the lid. Emily glanced at her husband, half afraid to pull the note and envelope from its place.

Peep Rep: Oh that was too short. I want to know what is in the envelope and why the letter was wrapped around it. Normally, people put the handwritten note inside the envelope, not around it. 
Let me go find the buy links so I can read more.






Peep Rep: I'd like to know more about this author. Her book has 14 reviews already. Thirteen 5 stars and one 4 star. That's an impressive start from the gate. 

Liza: Yes, it is. Let's see what we can find out...


Ginger Marcinkowski was born as one of eight siblings in northern Maine along the Canadian border, a setting that plays a prominent role in her novels, Run, River Currents and The Button Legacy-Emily’s Inheritance.

Her debut novel, Run, River Currents, was published in August 2012, was a 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Awards and a 2013 Kindle Book Award Finalist. The Button Legacy-Emily's Inheritance, will be released in July 2014. An interesting fact about Ginger is that she is a million-mile flier with United Airlines and had been a multi-million dollar travel agent in the past. Her travel experience will be the catalyst for a new series of mysteries whose main characters are travel agents.

Peep Rep: That's a lot of miles to fly. Her arms must be really strong.

Liza: Very funny. Now if you'll behave, I'll let you ask her some questions.

Peep Rep: Really? And she'll answer them too?

Liza: I certainly hope so, or this is going to be the shortest interview on record.

Peep Rep: I've been waiting for this day forever!
First let me address the topic of writing.

Will you tell us a little bit about yourself:  How did you start writing?  What has kept you writing?

Ginger:  I was a late bloomer and didn’t started really writing until the age of 53. It was in my mind to write, but time and life got in the way. When I started my Master of Fine Arts degree, the real desire to write emerged and now I have no problems wanting to write or having the time to write, as I am retired.

Peep Rep: Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written?  

My latest release, The Button Legacy: Emily’s Inheritance was a work of love and a tribute to the way God has blessed my life. The novel is a collection of stories about an old button box my grandparents owned. When we would visit as children, they would allow us to pull the tin container down from the top of the oak hutch and choose one button. They would then relay a story about the button we had chosen. They are tender memories and although this is fiction, many of the stories are real.

Peep Rep: What was the hardest thing about publishing?  

Ginger: My journey into the publishing world was no tougher than any writer faces, except for the fact that I had written a dark novel and neither the secular market, nor the Christian market thought it was “acceptable reading.” The secular market did not like my inclusion of faith in the story and called it “too Christian.” The Christian market felt two of the scenes depicted more truth than their audience could handle, calling it “too secular.” They wanted something more lighthearted. That was tough hearing, but when it was picked up by Booktrope Publishing, it garnished awards in both the Christian and the secular markets. Because of that first book, Booktrope went on to create a Christian imprint called Vox Dei. They now welcome other Christian writers! Again, God was faithful.

Peep Rep: What was the easiest? 

Ginger: The easiest thing about publishing is targeting editors and publishing. 

Peep Rep: Tell me more about the hard stuff.

Ginger: Two really hard things are marketing once the book was published and reading reviews that judge my personal Christianity instead of the work I have written. That really happened. It broke my heart to see that a fellow Christian said I could not be a Christian and write about what had happened to me in Run, River Currents. I felt sad by the fact that the reviewer was so judgmental and attacked me personally, rather than the novel. When I asked her if the writing was good, she replied it was excellent. She just didn’t like the subject matter. I guess bad things don’t happen to Christians. Writers have to have thick skins.


Peep Rep: Next topic--Your Books 
Tell us a little bit about your latest book.

Ginger: The Button Legacy: Emily’s Inheritance was written to balance out Run, River Currents, my first novel. In that dark book, which was based on a true event of abuse in my life, the main character, Emily Evans, carried around a tremendous burden of guilt, shame and anger because of her father’s sexual abuse. The book alludes to the fact that Emily’s grandparents were praying and witnessing to her, but it was not until the end of the book that Emily came to know Christ as her Savior. In The Button Legacy: Emily’s Inheritance, the reader gets “the other side” of her dark story. It shows how God’s grace was holding Emily up during her dark times and in the end, allowed the character to see how God would continue to be passed on to her own son.

Peep Rep: That's nice. Do you have a favorite character in this work?  

Ginger: So much of this book has reality in it, so I’d have to say John Polk, as he was such a godly influence in my life. Unfortunately, it took me until adulthood to know or understand how important his quiet witness was to all of his grandchildren.

Peep Rep: What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?

Ginger: That God is alive and as real as you or I am. He gives us a faith that is to be passed on in whatever manner we choose to do it. For my family, it was with buttons.

Peep Rep: Final topic--Your Stories
Where do you find inspiration for your story/characters?  

Ginger: I write from my own life experiences, weaving truth and fiction, and adding a strong sense of place. As for inspiration, it surrounds me and I use it to its fullest advantage.

Peep Rep: When you write, what is your overall intention with your stories?  

Ginger: I didn’t have to think long about this one, as my hope with my writing is that God will be glorified and readers will come to understand the importance of believing in Him by not beating them over the head with the Bible. If they laugh or cry along the way, that just adds to my joy!

Peep Rep: What advice would you give to aspiring authors for writing and/or publishing?

Ginger: I can think of two important things. One is to just write. Quit thinking about writing. Quit saying you want to write. Quit making excuses not to write. Instead…write. If it is important enough and not an afterthought, you will write. 

Secondly, write the truth. So many new writers worry about hurting someone’s feelings or about people not understanding their writing. I say, write the truth, no matter how hard it is to write, no matter who might believe you or challenge your faith. If you write the truth, God will honor that whether your truth is written in fiction or non-fiction.

 Peep Rep: Thank you so much for answering my questions.  Now let's make sure everyone signs up for the rafflecopter so someone (hopefully me) can have a java jolt on Ginger, plus get a fascinating book as well.


Also to increase you changes check out 


And thus concludes my second interview. I wonder if Liza might allow me to write a review next?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jenna Jaxon talks about Medieval sex & her book Beleaguered.


Today, I have cleaned off my couch and invited Jenna Jaxon over to give you a serious lecture about sex. Quiet down. You need to know this in case you ever wake up and find yourself in the middle ages.
And if you are very good, then she might even tell you about the final book in her Medieval Romance Trilogy: Beleaguered.


Nothing New Under the Sun…Sex and the Middle Ages

By 
Lecturer & author, Jenna Jaxon

While I was writing the Time Enough to Love trilogy, I had to research a wide variety of topics:  childbirth, jousting, castle layout, food, dancing, bathing, and, of course, sex.  My books are romances and I like a good sex scene every once in a while (even twice or three times in a while), but I wanted to make sure that what was going on in my characters’ bedrooms was something that would have actually possibly taken place during the middle ages.
Along the way I discovered a lot of fun things about sex in the middle ages. J


Did you know…

In the Middle Ages, it was believed that women must achieve orgasm in order to conceive.  
Therefore, men were encouraged to read manuals that explained how to arouse and bring women to that ultimate pleasure.

The Church had many rules regarding sex, including when married people could not have sex:  No sex during Lent (between 40 and 60 days), Advent (35 days), Sundays, feast days of certain saints, while a woman was menstruating, pregnant, and for six weeks after the birth.  One wonders how the women managed to get pregnant in the first place.

The Church also dictated how people could have sex (when they could).  Albertus Magnus, a theologian, named five sexual positions and ranked them from most acceptable to least acceptable: 1) missionary, 2) side-by-side, 3) sitting, 4) standing and 5) a tergo or from the rear.  Anything but the missionary position were thought to be unnatural because the woman was not on the bottom (her natural place).


According to a Jewish rabbi of the 13th century, women preferred an uncircumcised man because “he thrusts inside her a long time because of the foreskin, which is a barrier against ejaculation in intercourse. Thus she feels pleasure and reaches an orgasm first…This is because of the pleasure that she finds in intercourse with him, from the sinews of his testicles – sinews of iron – and from his ejaculation – that of a horse – which he shoots like an arrow into her womb. They are united without separating, and he makes love twice and three times in one night, yet the appetite is not filled.”

The chastity belt, thought to be a device men locked their wives into before they left for the Crusades to insure they were faithful, is actually an invention of the 16th century and used often in the 19th century Victorian culture.

The Church forbade such depraved acts as homosexuality, masturbation, oral or anal sex.  Those found guilty were punished severely, including mutilation, hanging, burning at the stake, and “in the case of priests caught in the act, being hung in a suspended cage until they starved to death.”

The long, pointy, curled footwear of the period, called poulaines, were supposed to indicate how well-endowed the wearer was.  The longer the point, the longer the…  Well, you get the point.
Men are shameless braggarts.
(Comment by Liza)

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little post about one of the oldest subjects under the sun.



When death holds sway in the world,
 can even the greatest love survive?

Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas return to their roles as courtiers to Princess Joanna.  Their passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.

During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance with Geoffrey, her first love. His searing touch proves Alyse’s love and desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.

Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives.  Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves.  With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves.  But which love will survive?




“There were dead rats on the dock.”

“Alyse!” Thomas’s outraged tone brought censure for her bald statement, but she cared not.

Geoffrey had trapped her into speaking with him or risk being rude and bringing about the displeasure of her husband. Common sense warned her to avoid all contact, including conversation, with Geoffrey Longford. Since he had made that impossible in this instance, she chose her own bold method of bringing an end to the conversation—make it as unpleasant as possible.

“Well, ’tis true, Thomas. We passed them on the way to the carriage.”

Geoffrey laughed, apparently determined not to take offense. “Aye, lady, you will find them living and dead all over the town, not just at the quay.” 
Turning to Thomas, he added, “There were fewer of them at Port St. Croix than at St. Lucie. ’Tis why Sir Robert decided to land the nobles here. 
Where the men-at-arms and the long bowmen came ashore, the dead rats were almost knee-deep in places.”

“Lord have mercy!” Alyse shuddered, sudden pity arising for the soldiers.

“They have had a plague of them recently here in Bordeaux, I am told.” Geoffrey’s gaze lingered on her face, a quiet satisfaction alight in the blue depths. “Brought into port aboard foreign ships. You would probably have to fire the entire town to get rid of them.”

Alyse trembled, not only at the thought of the unsavory animals running through the town, but at the look in Geoffrey’s eyes that made her stomach clench and her womanhood throb. She drew closer to Thomas, a potent misery stealing through her for the first time in days.

The men continued to talk, but she paid them no heed, caught in a private hell from which she had believed herself safe. She would have to be vigilant to ensure neither she nor Thomas were burned by the fire that had been kindled months ago between her and Geoffrey Longford. She could not trust any of them now—neither her husband to keep his jealously in check, nor Geoffrey to cease his pursuit of her, nor herself to keep him at bay.

She had believed she loved Thomas enough to lay the ghost of Geoffrey to rest in their bed. But from the moment she had seen him on deck this morning, her beloved still, she knew deep in her very core that Geoffrey had been right: it would never be over between them until they were dead and in the tomb.

This realization frightened her beyond all reason. It was as though she had been two people in one body all day, each belonging to a different man. As long as they lived that would never change. She played with fire each time she met with or spoke to Geoffrey, and one day the banked embers would flame up and consume them both.


There would be hell to pay one way or the other. The only question was how much damage would be wrought. Immortal souls hung in the balance, waiting for Judgment Day.



In case you require more persuasion- Click on Liza's Review of Beleaguered:  Read 5 star Review Here



Beleaguered:


Betrayal:


Betrothal:

And Betrothal andf Betrayal are FREE now on ARe and Smashwords through the end of the month. I'm hoping Amazon will pick up on that soon.


Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance.  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her debut novel, Only Scandal Will Do, is the first in her House of Pleasure series, set in Georgian London.  Her medieval novel, Time Enough to Love, is a Romeo & Juliet-esque tale, set at the time of the Black Death.


She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.


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TWITTER:  @Jenna_Jaxon

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Liza review Beleaguered by Jenna Jaxon


BLURB FOR BELEAGUERED:

When death holds sway in the world, can even the greatest love survive?

Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas return to their roles as courtiers to Princess Joanna.  Their passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.

During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance with Geoffrey, her first love. His searing touch proves Alyse’s love and desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.

Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives.  Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravenging disease but at a dire cost to themselves.  With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves.  But which love will survive?

 AND HERE IS LIZA'S REVIEW OF THE MATTER

Jenna Jaxon has written a fabulous series, but I am declaring it one outstanding epic tale that MUST be read in sequence. This is no hardship, since each of the three books are superb. But I will hunt you down if you dare read these out of order.

In some ways, this book is like Gone With the Wind, except:
1. the heroine is much nicer,
2. there are only two key men vying for her  love, and
3. instead of a Civil War, the black plague  kills half the people.
4. Oh and there is a happy ending, which did not happen in Gone With The Wind.
So I declare this book far better than GWTW.

Book 1 lures you in with a young girl’s flirtations with one fellow, and a betrothal to another, then ending at a high point when she falls deeply in love with  her betrothed. By the end of book one, you will love Alyse enough to follow her anywhere, even through hell and back. And unfortunately, that's where we are headed.

Betrayals and trauma lurks in both in books 2 & 3 that will make you cry. 

In Book 2, Geoffrey is betrayed by his own father and forced to marry another. Alyse must put aside her all-consuming love for Geoffrey and learn to love the man she has married.

In Book 3, which is what I review today, Alyse is happily married to Thomas.  She and Thomas follow the princess to France. Unfortunately, her first love, Geoffrey, and his wife, also serve the princess. So once again, Alyse must face the extraordinary love she has lost.

The first night, Alyse is ordered by her husband to dance with Geoffrey. Upon a single touch, both Alyse and Geoffrey realize their love for one another is as strong as ever. Only Alyse loves her husband and fights not to lose those feelings, regardless of what she feels towards Geoffrey.  But soon far more serious problems raise their billion little heads.

tiny fleas of death

The black plague sweeps France. In case you didn’t know, the plague was actually three deadly diseases, infecting the lymp nodes, the blood, and the lungs, making it a trifecta of death. You could contact the plague by flea bites, by a sickened person coughing, or by a simple touch.




The rapidity of the black death killing almost everyone in Princess Joanna’s entourage shocked me. In a mere two chapters most everyone dies. I wanted to object it happened too fast, that I wasn’t given time to accept the deaths, but that is exactly the point. People would have a slight cough in the morning and be dead by nightfall. There was no time to prepare, not in real life, not for the people in the book, and not for me the reader.


And finally, the show down came. Alyse loves two men. There is only one way to resolve the matter plotwise. One of these fabulous men has to die with the plague. (I won’t tell you which) At least with this death, Jenna allowed time to slow so the couple could say goodbye, so that I could say goodbye, but all too soon he dies.

 ’Twill be…all right, my sweet… I promise…’twill be…all right.” Then his hand went still in hers, and she watched the light in his eyes dim, retreat, and extinguish.

Even now I cry for his death. Jenna made me love both Thomas and Geoffrey, so I was going to cry whichever way the plague fell.

Having only one man to love does not settle Alyse’s trials. Not by a long shot. I swear I have never seen a heroine more tortured than this fabulous young woman. But finally at the very end, she gets the happy ending she has so strongly deserved. So I promise you, the pain, horror, and death this book submerges you in will be worth it when you reach the end. You will be utterly satisfied and relieved that poor Alyse suffers no more. She is finally whole and well loved by her husband.

I give this book an absolute five stars. 

I also give the series a 5 stars.  


And here are three links you need to have:

Beleaguered:


Betrayal:


Betrothal:

And Betrothal andf Betrayal are FREE now on ARe and Smashwords through the end of the month. 


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