Thursday, May 21, 2020

Spotlight: Rakes and Roses by Josi S. Kilpack

A Mayfield Family Romance

Lady Sabrina endured an abusive marriage, a miscarriage, and early widowhood to emerge as a smart, successful, confident woman who found a way to make her mark in a man's world. She has friends and purpose, but cannot hide from the emptiness she feels when the parties are over and the friends have gone home to families she will never have.

Harry Stillman may be charming and handsome, but he's a gambler and a rake who has made a mockery of his privileges. He turns to the mysterious Lord Damion for financial relief from his debts, but still ends up beaten nearly senseless by thugs and left in an alley.

When Lady Sabrina comes upon Harry after the attack, she remembers the kindness Harry once showed to her six years ago and brings him to her estate to heal. Though their relationship begins on rocky footing, it soon mellows into friendship, then trust. But Lady Sabrina needs to keep Harry at a distance, even if he is becoming the kind of man worthy of her heart. After all, she is keeping a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything she's so carefully built.

Welcome to the next stop in the Rakes and Roses blog tour! Dozens of blogs are participating in order to shine a spotlight on the third book in the Mayfield Family series by Josi S. Kilpack. This is a new addition to Shadow Mountain Publishing's Proper Romance collection, a series of sweet love stories that are often set in the 19th century. While Rakes and Roses is indeed a part of a series, it can also be read as a stand alone title, so if you are just discovering this trio, feel free to jump in with this latest novel. Here are some advanced praises for Rakes and Roses:

"Uplifting...Kilpack flips the typical Regency romance script, with the heroine rescuing the hero. Kilpack's strong, upright heroine who finds a way to claim her power in Regency society sets this love story apart. This magnetic tale will appeal to fans of emotional romance."—Publisher’s Weekly 

 “Kilpack takes traditional regency roles and challenges them. She shows how one person can make an impact in the world. I found the story and premise unique.”—Heather Gardner, Fire and Ice 

“This is a story of redemption above all else…the ending was perfect.”— Lucinda Whitney, author of Rescuing the Prince 

Mrs. Kilpack has very much been in the business of world-building with her Mayfield Family series, as you can see by the following family tree:

Bestselling author Josi S. Kilpack tours the blogosphere May 4 through May 22, 2020 to share her third novel in the Mayfield Family series, Rakes and Roses. Forty popular book bloggers specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, exclusive excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed Regency romance.


May 04           My Jane Austen Book Club (Guest Blog)
May 04           Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)
May 04           Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
May 04           All About Romance (Guest Blog)
May 05           Timeless Novels (Review)
May 05           Literary Time Out (Review)
May 06           For Where Your Treasure Is (Review)
May 06           Courtney Reads Romance (Review)
May 07           Fire and Ice (Excerpt)
May 07           Gwendalyn's Books (Review)
May 08           History Lizzie (Review)
May 08           Wishful Endings (Review)
May 09           Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Spotlight)
May 09           Relz Reviewz (Character spotlight)
May 10           Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
May 10           Delighted Reader (Excerpt)
May 11           Frolic Media (Guest Blog)
May 11           A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
May 11           Bringing Up Books (Review)
May 12           Lu Reviews Books (Review)
May 13           English Historical Fiction Authors (Guest Blog)
May 13           Adventure. Romance. Suspense (Review)
May 14           Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals (Interview)
May 14           So Little Time…So Much to Read (Spotlight)
May 15           Storybook Reviews (Excerpt)
May 16           The Book Diva’s Reads (Review)
May 16           The Fiction Aficionado (Review)
May 17           Inkwell Inspirations (Spotlight)
May 17           Half Agony, Half Hope (Review)
May 18           Romance Junkies (Guest Blog)
May 18           Christian Chick's Thoughts (Review)
May 18           The Lit Bitch (Review)
May 19           The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Interview)
May 19           Heidi Reads (Review)
May 19           Bookworm Lisa (Excerpt)
May 19           Laura's Reviews (Review)
May 19           Katie's Clean Book Collection (Review)
May 20           The Silver Petticoat Review (Excerpt)
May 20           Joy of Reading (Review)
May 20           Austenesque Reviews (Review)
May 21           The Calico Critic (Spotlight)
May 21           Getting Your Read On (Review)  
May 21           From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)
May 22           Wishful Endings (Interview)

About the Author

Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance and Proper Romance Historical series and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton's Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children. 

Start with Rakes and Roses, or enjoy all of the titles in the Mayfield Family series, starting at only $2.99 in the Kindle edition:

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Regency Novel Excerpt: Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker

Brighton, England 1820 

Amelia Moore wants only one thing--to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather's looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own--without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of.

Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter--and eventually playing by his rules--makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.

While most of us are cooped up at home due to COVID-19 safety protocols, hopefully that means we have more time to read! This week I offer a taste of a new Regency novel, Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker. I hope you enjoy this little morsel and stay safe and healthy. Be sure to check out the full blog tour schedule below, for even more Lakeshire Park content!

Lakeshire Park Excerpt           Chapter 6, pages 50-53

Peter rose to greet me, bowing as I approached. His wavy hair was tamed, and I could smell the freshness of soap from his shaved jaw.

“Good evening, Miss Moore,” he said innocently.

“Mr. Wood.” I curtsied ever so slightly. “I see you have found my sister.”

“Georgiana admires her. I thought it only fitting that I come to know her better as well.”

Did he? That seemed an unlikely motive.

Clara looked questioningly to me, and I nodded toward Sir Ronald. With even the slightest of gestures, Clara could read my mind.

“Excuse me,” she said. “I think I will join Sir Ronald and see what all the men are laughing about just now.”

Once she had retreated, Peter relaxed, sinking into his chair like a thief giving up his mask.

“You seem a bit too interested in my sister. Perhaps you would be better suited to Miss Turnball.” I hovered over him, arms folded across my chest.

“Bratten has set his sights on her. Not that I disagree with you, though, about your sister. She is too sweet.”

“Right, you need someone as cunning and as overconfident as you.” The words slipped from my tongue like water flowing in a stream. Why could he not just leave Clara be?

Peter reared back slightly. “You are as brash as you are beautiful this evening, Amelia.”

I raised a hand to my neck, glancing around the room, though no one was in earshot of us. “I shall take that as a compliment.”

“Shall we go in, Ronald?” Lady Demsworth called from the settee.

“Of course, Mother.” The men stood, and without hesi- tation, Sir Ronald offered his arm to Clara.

“Well done,” Peter muttered under his breath. “She left me just in time. Georgiana could learn a thing or two by watching your sister.”

What was that supposed to mean? Did Peter believe that everyone schemed as he did? That he and Clara were compatible in their attempts? The thought was insulting.

I anticipated Peter would offer his arm to me, willed it almost, as it would give me a chance to reject him. But the words spoken were not his.

“Might I escort you inside, Miss Moore?” Lieutenant Rawles asked from behind.

“I would like that.” I took the lieutenant’s arm, narrowing my eyes at Peter. His lips were pursed, eyes set at Lieutenant Rawles as we turned toward the doors. Never had I been so pleased to attend a small, more informal dinner party where the guests could choose their own seats. If I played my cards right, I would not have to sit by Peter Wood for the duration of the fortnight here.

“How are you this evening?” Lieutenant Rawles asked, his voice kind and low.

“Very well, thank you. And you?”

“I am exhausted,” he admitted with a laugh, his posture slumping as we passed into the dining room and toward the mirrored, candlelit table. “Demsworth’s little tour turned into quite the trek, did it not?”

“To be sure,” I agreed, taking the seat he offered me. What a gentleman. From his gruff exterior, I’d half expected him to behave more like he looked.

“Are you comfortable?” Lieutenant Rawles stopped above me, waiting.

“Yes, thank you.” My face must have registered surprise at his gentleness for when I met Clara’s eyes, she exaggerated a smile for me to emulate. Were all gentleman supposed to be this amiable? This thoughtful and caring? Peter’s chair scratched loudly as he pulled it from under the table. He sat, scowling at his plate. No. Some gentlemen were brooding and self-involved.

About the Author

Megan Walker was raised on a berry farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where her imagination took her to times past and worlds away. While earning her degree in Early Childhood Education, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings of Regency England wouldn't leave her alone, so she picked up a pen and wrote her first novella, A Beautiful Love: A Regency Fairy Tale Retelling, which was published in 2019. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three children. Lakeshire Park is her debut novel.

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Debut novelist Megan Walker tours the blogosphere April 6 through May 1, 2020 to share her new historical romance, Lakeshire Park. Forty popular book bloggers specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, exclusive excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed Regency romance novel.

Tour Schedule:

April 06           The Silver Petticoat Review (Guest Blog)
April 06           Katie's Clean Book Collection (Review)
April 06           The Readathon (Review)
April 06          Getting Your Read On (Review)
April 07           Heidi Reads (Review)
April 07           Romance Junkies (Guest Blog)
April 08           The Calico Critic (Excerpt)
April 08           Timeless Novels (Review)
April 09           Gwendalyn's Books (Review)
April 09           From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)
April 10           Courtney Reads Romance (Review)
April 11           Clean Wholesome Romance (Spotlight)
April 12           The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)
April 12           English Historical Fiction Authors (Guest Blog)
April 14           Joy of Reading (Review)
April 15           The Book Diva’s Reads (Review)
April 15           Katie's Clean Book Collection (Interview)
April 16           Frolic Media (Excerpt)
April 17           The Lit Bitch (Review)
April 18           Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
April 19           Robin Loves Reading (Review)
April 19           My Jane Austen Book Club (Guest Blog)
April 20           Bringing Up Books (Review)
April 20           Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
April 21           Lu Reviews Books (Review)
April 22           Bookworm Lisa (Excerpt)
April 22           Austenesque Reviews (Review)
April 23           So Little Time…So Much to Read (Review)
April 24           Half Agony, Half Hope (Review)
April 25           Relz Reviewz (Review)
April 26           Bookish Rantings (Review)
April 27           Probably at the Library (Review)
April 27           Christian Chick's Thoughts (Review)
April 28           Laura's Reviews (Review)
April 28           Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)
April 29           Heidi Reads (Interview)
April 29           Bookfoolery (Review)
April 29           From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
April 30           The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Excerpt)
April 30           A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
May 01           Bookworm Lisa (Review)
May 01           Impressions in Ink (Review)


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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Blog Tour Excerpt: Promised by Leah Garriott

Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.

Warwickshire, England, 1812

Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake Mr. Northam.

There’s only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won’t leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret’s chances for making a good match—to his cousin or anyone else. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage—to Lord Williams

Under no condition will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, interrupting her family games and following her on morning walks, winning the good opinion of her siblings and proving himself intelligent and even kind, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the type of man she’d hoped to marry before she’d learned how much love hurt. When paths diverge and her time with Lord Williams ends, Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.

These days most of my reading time is taken up with my grad studies, but I wanted to take a moment to spotlight a new Regency-set title from debut author Leah Garriott, Promised. We've been given an excerpt from the book, which I'll share below. I hope you enjoy! After the excerpt, check out the other stops on the Promised Blog Tour, which has been in progress since February 17th. There you will find more content about Promised, reviews, interviews and more!

Exclusive Excerpt of Promised, by Leah Garriott

     Only a few minutes would pass before my mother discovered my absence and sent someone to call for me. If I hurried, I could glimpse the man through the window in the parlor. Then I could be prepared. I would have the upper hand when we were introduced.
     I scrambled off the bench and raced up the stairs. Bending low to avoid being seen, I raced across the lawn and climbed onto the low wall surrounding the house. With my arms outstretched for balance, I shimmied toward the parlor windows, trying to avoid falling forward into the prickly bushes growing between the wall and the house. When I found a good spot, I adjusted my feet, inhaled deeply, and peered inside.
     My mother stood nearest, though she was angled away from the window as though watching the door for my arrival. My father stood a few steps from her, facing the other side of the room. They both looked uncomfortable, my mother furtively glancing to the door, my father unmoving with a small frown on his face. I leaned closer to the window, trying to see who else was in the room, but I couldn’t maneuver past the unruly yew bush growing next to the house and over the wall.
     The only other person visible was Daniel, standing by himself in the middle of the room. I waved my hand to catch his attention. When he noticed me, he frowned and shook his head. Why was he so serious? It wasn’t his future that was being destroyed. I made a face. He didn’t respond, though I imagined I heard him clear his throat to stifle a laugh. I gestured to the side of the room, wanting to know what the man was like. Daniel didn’t move. Undeterred, I hunched over, pressing one hand to the small of my back while holding a pretend cane in the other. I took a step along the wall and shook my pretend cane at him in imitation of his Russian from the day before.
     Suddenly a man appeared between us and looked directly at me. The intensity of his blue eyes threw me off balance. My arms flung out, flailing for anything to stop my fall, but there was nothing to grasp. My feet slipped and I fell backward onto the lawn. After struggling to regain my breath, I looked at the house. I had fallen too close to the wall to see the window, which meant no one could see me. I was safe.
     Except, I was not safe. I knew those icy blue eyes. They were Lord Williams’s eyes.
     It couldn’t be.
     I lifted myself onto my elbows and peeked over the wall.
     It was.
     Lord Williams was in my home, standing in my window, though he’d turned and now his back was to me. Even the way he carried himself, formal yet relaxed, testified to his belief that all should bow before him.
     Surely this couldn’t be the man my parents had spoken of. He must be here for some other reason. To disabuse me to my parents? To warn them of his cousin since I’d refused to pay heed to him before?
     If it was the latter, the joke was on him. My marriage plans had already taken a tumultuous detour.
     I would not stand for any more meddling from him, whatever his purpose. Especially not when I was already consumed with deciding how to eradicate a soon-to-be-arriving fiancĂ©. Ladylike or not, I would confront him and let him know exactly what I thought of him. And then I would throw him out.
     I stood and, without looking again at the window, walked calmly to the front door, straightening my skirt. Taking a deep breath, I pushed the door open and almost collided with Alice.
     “I was just coming to get you,” she said excitedly, her eyes sparkling. “The baron has arrived, Margaret. Isn’t it thrilling?”
     The baron? She said it as though he were the only baron in all of England. I bit back a remark and shook my head, instead grasping Alice’s hand and forcing myself toward the parlor. Just before I reached the open door I paused.
     “Do I look presentable?” I asked.
     “Yes, you look very pretty. Are you nervous?”
     “To face Lord Williams? I should think not.” I rolled my shoulders back, lifted my chin, and strode into the room.
     All eyes fixed on me as I entered. Keeping my head up, I quickly surveyed the small party. No one had moved from their positions of a moment before. The only difference was that there were now red splotches on Daniel’s cheeks as he struggled for composure, no doubt the effect of witnessing my fall.
     My mother bustled up to me wearing a mask of pleasantness, but her eyes were tight at the sides. I felt the smallest hint of sympathy for her. Lord Williams’s presence in our house, or anywhere in the county, for that matter, was enough to make anyone unhappy.
     “Margaret, let me introduce Lord Williams.” She placed a firm hand on my arm and directed me to the middle of the room.
     Lord Williams moved in front of me and bowed. It would have been a very gracious bow, except his eyes never left mine.

(Chapter Nine, pages 72-76)


Debut novelist Leah Garriott tours the blogosphere February 17 through March 15, 2020 to share her new historical romance, Promised. Forty popular book bloggers specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, exclusive excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed Regency romance novel.


February 17 My Jane Austen Book Club (Guest Blog)
February 17 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review) 
February 18 Katie's Clean Book Collection (Review)
February 18 Wishful Endings (Interview)
February 19 RelzReviewz (Character Spotlight)
February 20 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Spotlight) 
February 21 The Lit Bitch (Excerpt)
February 22 The Debutante Ball (Interview)
February 23 Adventure. Romance. Suspense (Review)
February 24 A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
February 24 Austenesque Reviews (Guest Blog)
February 24 Half Agony, Half Hope (Review)
February 25 Frolic Media (Excerpt)
February 26 Heidi Reads (Guest Blog)
February 26 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Interview)
February 27 Wishful Endings (Review)
February 28 Lu Reviews Books (Review)
February 29 KJ's Book Nook (Review)
March 01 My Vices and Weaknesses (Excerpt)
March 02 Bringing Up Books (Review)
March 02 Christian Chick's Thoughts (Review)
March 02 For Where Your Treasure Is (Interview)
March 03 Heidi Reads (Review)
March 04 Romance Junkies (Guest Blog)
March 04 Gwendalyn's Books (Review)
March 05 Laura's Reviews (Review)
March 06 Scuffed Slippers Wormy Books (Spotlight)
March 07 Fiction Aficionado (Review)
March 08 The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)
March 09 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
March 10 Bookfoolery (Review)
March 10 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
March 11 Faithfully Bookish (Interview)
March 12 Impressions in Ink (Review)
March 13 Robin Loves Reading (Review)
March 13 The Green Mockingbird (Review)
March 14 Inkwell Inspirations (Review)
March 15 The Calico Critic (Excerpt)
March 15 Bookworm Nation (Guest Blog)

About the Author

Though she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She's resided in Hawaii and Italy, walked the countryside of England, and owns every mainstream movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She's currently living her own happily ever after in Utah with her husband and three kids. Leah is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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