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#ReleaseBlitz “Choosing Heart or Home: Coming Home for Christmas” by Chris Karlsen

Title: Choosing Heart or Home
Author: Chris Karlsen
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance/ Holiday Fiction

Release Date: November 1, 2018
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Christmas, 1889

The widowed Victoria reigns over an empire the “sun never sets on,” and London is bright with holiday decorations. Detective Rudyard Bloodstone is Holborn Station’s lead investigator. With his career moving along well, Rudyard’s year got even better after meeting London music hall star, Honeysuckle Flowers.

As he and his lady begin to celebrate the holidays, Rudyard grows homesick for Wales and for his family there. He makes plans to see his parents and thinks it is the perfect time to introduce Honeysuckle to them.

His joyful vision of how the visit will go fades, when to his unhappy surprise, his mother paints Honeysuckle with a trollop’s brush. His mother is firm: he is loved and missed and most welcome to the family home but not his lady. Loyalty to his parents is challenged by his love for Honeysuckle. He must choose between them, and to choose one means the risk of losing the other.

“This is my Mum, Emma, and Dad, Davy. Mum, Dad, this is the gentleman I wrote you about, Rudyard Bloodstone.” Honeysuckle smiled up at him as she spoke his name.

Ruddy extended his hand to her father. “Nice meeting you.”

Her father pulled the blonde wig of fat curls from his head before shaking hands. “We were hoping to meet you.”

Her dad still wore his heavy Cinderella’s wicked stepsister makeup: Cherry red lipstick, a deep pink smear over his cheekbones and kohl-lined eyes. Over the years, Ruddy had interviewed a handful of men in women’s makeup. They ran the gamut from witnesses, to victims, to suspects. None were in the theatre. It was hard to hold a snicker back with most of them.

Ruddy turned to her mother and with a slight bow of his head. “Mrs. Fowler.”

“Please, it’s Emma and Davy.” She still wore her stage makeup as well. Hers wasn’t as extreme as her husband’s but Honeysuckle had said her role was part of the chorus.

Her parents were average height and a couple inches shorter than Honeysuckle. Silver strands streaked the brown hair of each. Davy was right, Honeysuckle took her looks from Emma. She had her mother’s thick eyelashes and full mouth even her petite nose that turned up slightly at the tip.

Davy brought a second chair over and placed it in front of a table covered in jars, sponges, and brushes. “Please sit.” He gestured to the chairs and joined Emma on the dressing table bench seat. “Is everything still good in London? You said in your letter you were doing well.”

“It’s all fine, Dad.”

“This is such a marvelous surprise, seeing you,” Emma said. The bodice of her gown opened as she bent to show a lot of cleavage where a red corset pushed her breasts high. Ruddy glanced at the sight and immediately raised his eyes, fixing his attention on Emma’s face. She released Honeysuckle’s hand and sat back. In his peripheral vision Ruddy saw a flash of white as the lower half of the gown parted. He continued maintaining his attention on her face.

“We should go someplace special tonight to celebrate being together,” Davy said.

“Actually Dad, we’re here for a reason other than social,” Honeysuckle replied.

Emma adjusted her robe so it didn’t gap open top or bottom, though not the faintest pink tinged her cheeks at the exposure. Honeysuckle had warned him her parents weren’t bashful types. The only time Ruddy had ever seen his mother’s undergarments was on wash days when they hung on the line.

“What do you need sweetie?” Davy asked.

“As I recall, the panto ends today.” Emma and Davy nodded. “Instead of going to dinner a special place, I need your talents to help me put on a fundraiser for a good cause. It’s in Brecon.”

“What’s the benefit for?” Davy asked.

“A plaque for the lost loved ones fallen in battle,” Ruddy answered. “But the village can’t afford the stonework. You’d be making a lot of folks happy.”

“Of course, we’ll do it,” Davy said, Emma nodding in agreement.

“When?” Emma asked.

“By Christmas Eve.”

“Christmas Eve!” Emma’s brows shot up. “How can we put on a show that fast?”

“You don’t have to put on a new routine. Just your promenade skit, a song or two, and I’ll do the rest of the entertaining,” Honeysuckle said. “I think we have the makings for a fun show.” She clasped Ruddy’s face in her palms and laid a huge kiss on his lips. “We are on our way, darling.

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.

 

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“Lakota’s Defender (Sweet Town Clean Historical Western Romance Book 21)” by Sarah Christian

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Lakota’s Defender (Sweet Town Clean Historical Western Romance Book 21)

by Sarah Christian

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Multicultural

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Leaving sharecropping in Georgia behind forever, Augusta Douglass and her family came to Sweet Town to start a new life. The youngest in the family, Augusta has watched her older sisters marry one by one until she’s the last left. She has no plans to get mixed up in any of that love business, far too preoccupied with her detective dime novels and helping with the town library. But then Jolon arrived.

Jolon Two Bulls is hunting down his lost little brother, who was separated from his family when their parents were murdered. Intent on raising his brother in Oglala Lakota tradition, he’s not looking to take a bride from outside his own people, no matter how beautiful and spirited Augusta might be. Yet when they’re forced on the run together from a cruel, violent bounty hunter, fighting the connection between them is a losing battle.

Both outcasts struggling to make their own place in the world, might they create a home together?

Historical romance comes alive in quiet Sweet Town. Established in the Dakota Gold Rush of the 1870s, Sweet Town is surrounded by gentle hills and fields of clover. It’s a place where anyone can start over and romance and redemption are never out of reach.

Sweet Town romances tell the stories of the community as its members fall in love. These clean western stories follow residents of Sweet Town from mail order brides to a cowboy with a dark past. Anyone might find a miracle when they open their heart.

 

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“Montana Untamed (Bear Grass Springs, Book One): Bear Grass Springs, Book One” by Ramona Flightner

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Montana Untamed (Bear Grass Springs, Book One): Bear Grass Springs, Book One

by Ramona Flightner

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Inspirational/Western

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A passionate embrace ruined her reputation. A moment of desire forced him to break a vow. Will they find love in a marriage of convenience?

Annabelle Evans arrives in Bear Grass Springs, Montana Territory, in 1884 hoping to reunite with her long-estranged sister. Expecting to attend her sister’s wedding to Cailean MacKinnon, she is shocked at Cailean’s pronouncement. With his “I’m not marrying a whore” echoing in the General Store, Annabelle discovers that her hoped-for reconciliation will not be as she had imagined. Not one to retreat from a challenge, Annabelle opens her own business, intent on remaining near her sister to repair their damaged relationship and succeeding without the support of a husband.

Cailean Mackinnon swore off marriage twelve years ago when he fled the Isle of Skye in Scotland. A successful livery owner, he is determined to focus on his work and his siblings, adamant that he has no room in his life for love. However, he cannot suppress his fascination for the resourceful and determined Annabelle who, in turn, cannot avoid a reluctant admiration for the strong, virile, loyal Scot. A fateful kiss witnessed by the gossiping town busybody forces their mutual attraction into the open.

Annabelle’s independent spirit precludes a man in her life, and Cailean’s closed-off heart refuses to allow any woman in. Will Annabelle and Cailean overcome their fears for a timeless love?

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“Kissing the Captain: A Roses of Ridgeway Historical Romance (The Roses of Ridgeway Book 1)” by Kianna Alexander

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Kissing the Captain: A Roses of Ridgeway Historical Romance (The Roses of Ridgeway Book 1)

by Kianna Alexander

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction/Victorian

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Historical Romance Interracial
Victorian Historical Romance American
Kindle Short Reads 90 minutes

Heat Level: Sweet (love scenes take place off page, behind closed doors)

Setting/Time Period: Victorian America- California, US, 1879

-Explore love, life, and the challenges of a bygone era.-

Ridgeway, California: A fictional, mixed race settlement founded by abolitionists in 1853, after the madness of the California gold rush died down. Located near present-day Oakland, California, the town is home to a little less than 500 citizens. In Ridgeway, everybody knows everybody else- which can be a good thing- or a bad thing.

The Roses of Ridgeway: The feisty, determined female citizens of the settlement. They are intelligent, loving, and know their own minds- but they are far from perfect.

From Heartbreak to New Beginnings

In 1879, near the small northern California town of Ridgeway, Lilly Warren is a young woman who has recently lost her father. There is little time for mourning, though, as the responsibility of running the twenty-six acre farm now belongs to her. To make matters even more complex, her father has deeded the house and the land to her in his will with an interesting condition: that she share the land with a person she’s never met, or forfeit ownership.

Leaving the Sea Behind for a New Love

Ricardo Benigno is a Spanish captain of the Anna Juanita, a shipping vessel bringing spices and oils to the shores of California. Seeking out the farm of his old friend Leonard Warren, he discovers that the older man has passed away. To his surprise, Ricardo has also been willed joint ownership of Warren land, as long as he shares it with Lilly, Warren’s only child.

Will There be Romance, or Rebellion?

The attraction between them is instant, and they both agree that marriage is the only acceptable way they can share the land. But can two people from such different worlds learn to love each other, or will Lilly’s heart be broken if she dares to kiss the captain?

You will instantly be swept away into a rich, visual setting and an intensely beautiful love story. Scroll up and get your copy right away!

 

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“Daffodils (The Katherine Wheel Series Book 1)” by Alex Martin

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Daffodils (The Katherine Wheel Series Book 1)

by Alex Martin

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Victorian/Sagas

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Short description: Katy, maidservant at Cheadle Manor, longs to escape her narrow life but events unfold slowly in her rural village. Finally, frustrated by personal tragedy and the shackles that continue to bind her, she becomes a mechanic in the WAAC as part of the British Expeditionary Force. Through the horrors of WW1 she discovers only love brings freedom.

Long description: In this heartbreaking romance feisty heroine, Katy, dreams of a better life than just being a domestic servant at Cheadle Manor. Her one attempt to escape is thwarted when her flirtation with the manor’s heir results in a scandal that shocks the local community.

Jem Beagle has always loved Katy. His offer of marriage rescues her but personal tragedy divides them. Jem leaves his beloved Wiltshire to become reluctant soldier on the battlefields of

The First World War. Katy is left behind, restless and alone.

Lionel White, the local curate, has just returned from India bringing a dash of colour to the small village and offers Katy a window on the wider world.

Katy decides she has to play her part in a world at arms and joins up as a WAAC girl. She finally breaks free from the stifling class-ridden hierarchies that bind her but the brutality of 20th century global war brings home the price she has paid for her search.

“A profound meditation on love and loss and the perils of war”: Bookbub
COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION

Note from the author: For fans of historical fiction, DAFFODILS is part one of a true love trilogy, The Katherine Wheel Series, is set in Wiltshire, England at the time of the First World War. It starts slowly. Life changes little in Cheadle. Petty scandals, gossip and the huge gap between the haves and those who serve them continue to dominate their small world. As I researched this era, I was drawn into the terrible tragedy of the war and so were the characters I’d created.

Daffodils drags Katy and Jem out of their lives and catapults them into the wider arena of a global conflict. Most books follow what happened to the soldiers and so does Daffodils, in part. It also follows the gallant women who provided the backbone for the army, not just the nurses, but the gender defying mechanics and drivers who managed the vehicles and ambulances. I found it fascinating to discover just how much women took on and how it shook up the world they returned to, once the conflict was over. But in essence, Daffodils is a love story, whose tender heart is almost torn apart through this tumultuous time.

“Absorbing, involving, unputdownable, honest, great characterisation”.
Indie Book Bargains Featured Author Book of the day June 25th 2013 and was chosen to be in the first edition of the Fussy Librarian’s selection.

Book Two of the Katherine Wheel Series is called Peace Lily. Find out how these characters fared after the Armistice when they entered a new, modern age. They have to carve out new lives in a changed world, having survived the war only to find new challenges they hadn’t expected when they return home.

A third book, Speedwell, completes the trilogy…for now…and takes the characters into the daring arena of motor racing in the 1920’s.

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“Where Souls Embrace (Jasmine Cottage Book 4)” by Maureen Driscoll

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Where Souls Embrace (Jasmine Cottage Book 4)

by Maureen Driscoll

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Gothic

3.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

From the author of the Kellington and Emerson Regency romances, comes the fourth book in the Jasmine Cottage series set in the early Victorian era.

Lily Winslow has had a difficult time making ends meet since the death of her parents a few years earlier. She has sought work as a companion, but it has been difficult to find a position with a ten-year-old brother in tow. She finally finds a job in a lovely home, but her employer keeps risking his life in pursuit of conspirators who wish to kill the queen.

Oliver Wadsworth has been a spymaster for well over a decade. Known for being calm under pressure, his entire life is upended when Lily Winslow moves into his home to care for his grandmother. As he tries to protect his family in a race to find the conspirators in a deadly assassination ring, he realizes he has a lot to live for.

WHERE SOULS EMBRACE is the story of finding love and blending a family. It’s very little history with a fair amount of graphic language of a sexual nature. It’s also a great deal of fun.

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“Colt (Alaska Cowboys & Mounties Book 1) (Western Historical Romance)” by Kate Bridges

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Colt (Alaska Cowboys & Mounties Book 1) (Western Historical Romance)

by Kate Bridges

Genre: Western/Victorian

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Be swept away by these passionate ALASKA COWBOYS and MOUNTIES! This enthralling western historical romance series by USA TODAY bestselling author, Kate Bridges, celebrates sexy alpha heroes and remarkable women as they fall in love. Don’t miss these steamy love stories!

Alaska and the Yukon, 1898

MEET COLT, the strong and silent Mountie who’s forced to escort the beautiful, brainy and talkative Elizabeth through the northern wilderness.

Mountie Colt Hunter is on a dangerous undercover mission with his team of Mounties, traveling to Alaska and the Yukon, and the last thing he wants is the delicate Elizabeth Langley joining them. Frustrated at being forced to escort her, Colt orders Elizabeth to go in disguise too—as his make-believe sister.

He wants Elizabeth to understand that she needs to follow his orders and step in line with his men. How else will they survive the dangers? And how will Colt survive the emotional battle dueling inside his heart, between duty and passion, every time he looks at her?

Elizabeth thinks that pretending to be his sister is ridiculous. But she can fake it as well as he can. She’s not the delicate city woman that Colt believes. Elizabeth is a hardworking doctor, trying to make it to the Yukon in search of answers to a troubling family secret and to meet with her grandfather. When they get to the Klondike, she’ll finally be free of Colt’s bossy attitude, free of his close proximity and free of the way he makes her heart race….

Originally published as Klondike Doctor in 2007.

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