“Dangerous Indenture: (Colonial Romance)” by Kelli A. Wilkins

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Dangerous Indenture: (Colonial Romance)

by Kelli A. Wilkins

Genre: Historical Romance/Suspense

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Indentured for five years… how long can Shauna resist her master’s son?

Desperate to escape her past in Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony. But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and Shauna’s hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton.

Ashton needs to redeem himself in his father’s eyes and earn the respect he has always longed for. Meeting Shauna turns his life around, and he sets out to win her heart. Torn between propriety and passion, Shauna struggles against her growing attraction to Ashton as long as she can.

But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants wanted to work for the strange Stewart family.

Stewart House has an unsavory reputation: a previous servant died there under mysterious circumstances. When another servant goes missing in the middle of the night, Shauna is convinced that a member of the family is responsible.

Shauna’s investigation leads her close to the truth, and yet, she’s not sure who she can trust. Events take a deadly turn when she confronts the murderer and discovers the mystery of the Stewart family.

Will Shauna be rescued before time runs out, or will she meet with the same fate as the other servants?

Genres: Historical Romance / Colonial Romance / Romance Novel / Sensual Romance / Suspense Romance / Mystery Romance / 1700s Romance / Indentured Servant Romance

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This book was previously published by Medallion Press. It has been revised and re-released by the author.

#PreOrderBlitz “Letting You Go” by Jordan Marie

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I met Luna Marshall when I was seventeen.
She was a force of nature that I wasn’t ready for.
She was gravity and I was caught in her pull—
Powerless while she held me in a world I was desperate to escape.They say you never forget your first love.
I believe they’re right.
I’ll always remember the sound of her laughter.
The way she whispered my name when I touched her, and the taste of her on my lips.
I’ll remember everything.Including the look of pain as I walked away

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“It’s a good night, right?”
“Yeah.”
“It doesn’t sound like you’re having fun,” he says.
“I am. Just a little worried about my parents, I guess.”
“Parents are a drag.”
“Mine aren’t. Not really. They’re cool, which is probably why I don’t like lying to them.”
“Relax. It’s not like they’ll find out. You and Jules already called them, right? And she called hers?”
“Well, yeah. But I keep worrying. Like, what if one of my parents or Jules’s is in an accident? What if the house catches on fire? So, they try to find us and discover we lied. My father could have a heart attack or something and Mom would be a worried mess, and then she’d know I wasn’t where I said I was and she’d panic while already being upset…”
“You’re a freak, Luna.  Breathe. None of that’s going to happen.”
“Yeah, probably not,” I tell him. “But, that doesn’t make me forget the possibility is there.”
“At least your parents care about you. My father won’t even notice I’m gone and wouldn’t for days, if then.”
“Of course, he would.”
“No. I don’t have your kind of life, Luna. Dad barely talks to me. He’s drinking from the time I get home from school until he passes out. I don’t know how he manages to keep his job at the garage. Old Mr. Gilroy threatens to fire him at least once a week. He just never does.”
“I’m so sorry, Attie. I had no idea,” I whisper, putting my hand on his leg in silent support.
“It’s okay. I’m used to doing things on my own. I don’t need anyone.”
“Well, you have your brother, Gavin. It’s good you both have each other.”
“Yeah, good ole’ Gavin. He’s—”
“Late to the party.”
My head jerks up at that deep voice and my body experiences an all over shiver. Gavin is standing across from me and Atticus. It’s dark, but the light from the fire highlights him perfectly. He’s wearing jeans and a flannel shirt that I’ve seen him in often. It has different colors of blues and greens in it and I love it because it somehow makes his dark hair look like it shines.
“What are you doing here?” Atticus says, and his voice is laced with anger. I’ve never seen Atticus angry at anything or anyone. He’s always been laid back and easy going. The change is shocking.
“You invited me. Remember?” Gavin says, and something about his smile tells me that is not the full story.
“I remember telling you that there was no way you’d get what you wanted. You might as well go back home now.”
“I don’t think so. I’m just now starting to enjoy the view,” he says and this time when he smiles he looks right at me.
My heart beats frantically in my chest.  It’s a dangerous smile. I kind of feel like I’m Little Red Riding Hood and Gavin is the Big Bad Wolf.
“Hey, Luna,” he says.
Oh my God! Oh my God! My brain screams as my palms go sweaty.  If I thought my heart was beating hard before, it’s thumping like a runaway train now.
Oh. My. God.
Gavin Lodge spoke to me!!?!!
And he knows my name! Mine!
Holy freaking cow!
“Uh… Hi…. Gav… Gavin.”
Heat explodes through me and centers on my face as I blush so deeply I probably glow from it.
Can I be any lamer?
I barely could get his name out and my voice cracked.  I want to die in shame. I want the ground to just swallow me up and bury me alive.
“Want to go for a walk?” he asks and I blink.
“Me?” I squeak.
“Don’t see anyone else here I’d be asking, Babe. Unless you and my brother are busy?”
Oh my God. Gavin is asking me to walk with him! He wants to be alone with me!
Every freaking dream I’ve ever had has centered on this guy and he just asked to be alone with me!
Me!
“Attie? Um… No. We don’t have anything going on. I mean… We’re just friends. We were talking that’s all. You know…”
I have got to get control of my nerves. I’m not making any sense!  Gavin probably thinks I’m insane. He’s probably already regretting asking me to go on a walk.
I expect him to tell me he changed his mind, but then he reaches his hand out.
“Then, take a walk with me, Babe.”
I put my hand in his and watch wide-eyed as his fingers wrap around mine and he pulls me up.
His hand is warm, strong and I memorize the feel of it.
I’ll remember it for the rest of my life

Song Lyric Sunday | I’ve Learned to Respect the Power of Love – Stephanie Mills

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “School/Books/Learning.

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Written by Angela Winbush and René Moore, of the singing duo Rene & Angela, American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress Stephanie Mills made I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love the second single from her 1985 self-titled album.

The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and remained number one for two weeks in May 1986. I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love was Mills’s sixteenth entry on the chart and her first number-one single. It is one of her most successful singles in the R&B markets.

FUN FACTS:

  • I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love did not make the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song first appeared on the self-titled album, Alton McClain & Destiny (Polydor, 1979). This album was later re-released as It Must Be Love. Alton McClain & Destiny are best known for their disco song, It Must Be Love.
  • I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love also appeared on the Angela Winbush album, The Real Thing (1989).

I went with an still video as there was no official music video and all the live performances were extremely long and ad-libbed, and I felt didn’t do the original recording justice.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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I’ve Learned to Respect the Power of Love

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.
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