“Mistakes of My Past: Escape is Just the Beginning” by Emily James

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“Mistakes of My Past: Escape is Just the Beginning”

Author: Emily James

Genre: Suspense/Sagas/NA

Release Date: December 8, 2016

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When Amber flees her ex-boyfriend, she knows it’ll be dangerous, maybe even deadly.
Amber soon realizes that starting over is hard when you’re keeping secrets and you don’t know who you can trust.

Will, the sexy builder next door has issues of his own. He doesn’t want another complicated female in his life. He has enough on his plate raising his kid sister.

Trouble is, you can’t run from temptation and you can’t hide from the mistakes of your past.

*Mistakes of My Past is a STANDALONE romantic suspense novel for readers over the age of 18 only due to dark abusive themes.

Emily James is a British author from the south coast of England. She enjoys exploring new destinations, adores animals, particularly dogs, and advocates kindness to all animals and humans.

Before turning her hand to writing, Emily worked as a social worker. This enabled her to gain insight into both the human psyche and also the injustices facing everyday people.

Emily enjoys complex romance novels since she believes nothing good ever comes easily. She’s also fond of the saying that patience is a virtue. Having said this, Emily is not what you might call patient or virtuous! Stubborn and tenacious is perhaps more fitting.

Mistakes of My Past is Emily’s debut novel. Her blood, sweat, and tears went into this story and she sincerely hopes that you lovely readers out there enjoy reading it!

Emily loves chewing the fat with readers.
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“The Sekhmet Bed: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (The She-King Book 1)” by Libbie Hawker

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(Libbie Hawker is also the author of Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing, which I highly recommend!)

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“The Sekhmet Bed: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (The She-King Book 1)

Genre: Ancient Civilization/Sagas

Release Date: September 21, 2011

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Is Ahmose’s divine gift a blessing or a curse?

The second daughter of the Pharaoh, Ahmose has always dreamed of a quiet life as a priestess, serving Egypt’s gods, ministering to the people of the Two Lands. But when the Pharaoh dies without an heir, she is given instead as Great Royal Wife to the new king – a soldier of common birth. For Ahmose is God-chosen, gifted with the ability to read dreams, and it is her connection to the gods which ensures the new Pharaoh his right to rule.

Ahmose’s elder sister Mutnofret has been raised to expect the privileged station of Great Royal Wife; her rage at being displaced cannot be soothed. As Ahmose fights the currents of Egypt’s politics and Mutnofret’s vengeful anger, her youth and inexperience carry her beyond her depth and into the realm of sacrilege.

To right her wrongs and save Egypt from the gods’ wrath, Ahmose must face her most visceral fear: bearing an heir. But the gods of Egypt are exacting, and even her sacrifice may not be enough to restore the Two Lands to safety.

The Sekhmet Bed is the first volume of Libbie Hawker’s series The She-King, a family saga of the Thutmosides, one of ancient Egypt’s most fascinating royal families. Don’t miss Book 2: The Crook and Flail

Note: This ebook edition contains a preview chapter of Libbie Hawker’s new ancient Egyptian series, The Book of Coming Forth by Day.

Visit Libbie Hawker’s web site: http://libbiehawker.com

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, but has previously lived in Seattle; Bellingham, WA; Tacoma, WA; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Although the majority of her books are self-published, she also partners with Lake Union Publishing on select titles.

She has held a broad and bizarre range of “day jobs” while pursuing a career as a novelist. Included among these are zoo keeper, show dog handler, bookseller, and yarn dyer.

Libbie’s writerly influences are varied and include Hilary Mantel, Vladimir Nabokov, Annie Dillard, Michael Ondaatje, George R. R. Martin, songwriter Neko Case, and mixed-media storyteller Chris Onstad, among others.

“Always Believe in Love (Emerson Book 4)” by Maureen Driscoll #Spotlight

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Historical Romance Month continues this week on Nesie’s Place with the work of author Maureen Driscoll in the spotlight! Maureen shares her personal insights on books from two of her series, The Kellingtons and The Emersons. Also, THREE random commenters will win ebooks each day this week! Good times!

This is the fourth book in the Emerson series and it was one of the most difficult to write.  Nicholas Chilcott is the Earl of Layton, and a half-brother of the Emersons due to an affair his mother had with their father.  Since he was the third-born son, it hadn’t mattered that much to the former Earl of Layton.  But when his brothers died, the former earl was enraged.  And now Nick’s cousin Simon is trying to take the title for himself.

In the course of uncovering a mystery regarding his father, Nick travels to the coast where he meets Kate, an archivist for a small church.  I had fun with Kate because the awful vicar, Rev. Bramwell, is (in my head, at least) a stand-in for the awful Mr. Collins in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, my favorite book.

But other than that, this book was really tough to write.  Nick was both a part of the Emersons and also separate from them.  I wanted to show the isolation of what that was like and for some reason it took me months longer to get this done.  But in the end, I really liked Nick and Kate as a couple, in part because it was two people who didn’t really belong anywhere finding each other and building a life together.

I often think the bonds we form with friends can be just as strong or even stronger than blood relations.  Do you have a special friend who’s more like a sibling than just a friend?


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“Always Believe in Love (Emerson Book 4)”

Author: Maureen Driscoll

Genre: Victorian/Regency/Saga

Release Date: September 26, 2015

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Nicholas Chilcott is the Earl of Layton, though his biological father was actually the late Earl of Ridgeway. When Nick’s cousin Simon challenges him for the title, Nick must travel to the coastal village of Weymouth to uncover secrets from the past. But, instead, he finds the woman he wants to build his future with.

Kate Winston serves as the church archivist, while trying to evade the unwanted advances of the new vicar. When a handsome earl comes to town on a mission, she cannot resist helping him, though she has no desire to join his world in the ton.

As Nick and Kate work to find answers to the past, they discover a passion that neither can deny.

ADVISORY: ALWAYS BELIEVE IN LOVE is, technically, historical romance. But it is very light on the history and rather heavy on the passion. It has adult situations and graphic sexual content. You will not like this book if you don’t like those things. It does contain some information about fish. You might like that part of the story if you like fish.


Maureen DriscollDanielle Fishel calls Maureen Driscoll her “most favorite author of all things naughty and delicious.”

Maureen is a television writer based in Los Angeles whose credits include MADtv, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Nickelodeon’s BrainSurge.  She was also a former recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce.  The script didn’t make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.

Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill.  Her Dating Geroge Clooneynovel Dating George Clooney is a political satire inspired by those years.

She has written two Regency Romance series, one centered on the Kellington family and the other on the Emersons.  She is launching a third in 2017 called the Jasmine Cottage series and has also written a time travel romance set in America in the 1920s called The Tycoon Murderer, to be released later this year.  She can be found occasionally on Twitter at @MaureenDriscoll, slightly more frequently on Facebook at Maureen Driscoll Author and almost never on her blog at MaureenDriscollRomance.wordpress.com.