Friday, October 24, 2014

Release Day Tasty Book Blast - FALLEN by Tamara Gill

Happy release day for the final book in my Daughters Of The Gods series, FALLEN!! And to help spread the news of my latest release, Tasty Book Tours are hosting a Release Day Tasty Book Blast. So follow the blogs, spread the word and possibly win a copy of book one and two in the series, BANISHED & GUARDIAN and a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card. 
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Sara Daniels needs to change her life, so she sets out to run her late grandmother's farm. With no man at her side, and deserted by friends who can't abide her obsession with mythology, it's the perfect time to escape.

Hermes, favoured son of Zeus, has been framed by his hateful stepmother, Hera. Fleeing Olympus with his life, he finds himself in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It's the ideal place to hide from Zeus that is until the owner-- a woman with long, flaming red hair and the darkest blue eyes he's ever seen -- decides to move in.
Sara's family has divine secrets that even she's not privy to. Hermes' secrets, however, have the power to shatter their lives. And with a god as your farmhand, it's only a matter of time before those secrets are revealed in all their destructive glory. But the wild attraction that blazes between these two souls will not be denied...even if the outcome threatens to doom them both.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Official Release Day - The Lords Of Foxwoods Hall

The Lords of Foxwoods Hall by Historical Hearts member Nicole Hurley-Moore
This boxed set anthology contains the novellas Capturing Bliss and Seizing Heaven.
Capturing Bliss
In 12th-century England, love isn’t part of the marriage equation. But Lady Blissot de Woodville adores her younger sister too much to see her suffer such a fate. Instead, Bliss recklessly switches places with her sister—and marries a total stranger under false pretenses! Fortunately, she soon discovers she shares a rare passion and genuine love with her new husband, the ardent Lord William Reynard. Yet the happier Bliss becomes, the more her secret weighs heavily on her heart…because one desperate lie could destroy everything she’s come to cherish.
Seizing Heaven
Lord Savaric Reynard is intent on marrying the widow of Blackstone Manor, that is, until fate and the Reynard betrothal ring get in the way. On his way to meet the widow, Savaric is waylaid by Rosamund, an artist and a traveler. He doesn’t believe in magic or the old family legend that the Reynard betrothal ring has the power to choose the right and true bride. Savaric soon discovers he can try and run from Fate, but one way or another it just might catch up with him.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Official Release Day THE HEALER

THE HEALER by Historical Hearts member Allison Butler

Curb your Outlander cravings with Allison Butler’s seriously sexy Scottish novel about an English woman, a Scottish Laird, a case of mistaken identity, and a love that will surpass all barriers.

 An outcast in her own home for as long as she can remember,  Lynelle Fenwick will do anything to earn her father’s approval. Including exaggerating her healing skills, and setting off alone to rescue her step-brother from a band of raiding Scots.

 Living under a curse that has haunted the Closeburn Clan for years, Laird William Kirkpatrick, will do anything  to save his sole surviving brother. He may not believe in curses, but his clan does, and the growing number of graves seems to support their side. Having banished all healers from the clan for trickery, he has no choice but to allow an Englishwoman, claiming to be a skilled healer, into his home and into the room of his wounded brother.

Enemies by birth and circumstance, they can only succeed together. But blood runs deep, and tensions  high. What matters the desires of a heart?




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Walls of Old London (Part Two)

Medieval London was circled on three sides by a c.9.5m stone wall (primarily of ragstone, but also featuring Roman-era tiles and medieval flint-work). London’s defenses were further strengthened by numerous towers along the length of this wall.

Towers flanked the seven major gates, but there were many more ‘interval towers’ or ‘bastions’ scattered along the length of the wall. The diagram below indicates the probable locations of a number of them. 
Almost nothing remains of these towers now. Most of them crumbled or were pulled down centuries ago. The images below show the most complete tower still in existence, a medieval-built round tower now situated near the Barbican Estate. 
Archaeological investigation indicates that the towers came in a variety of shapes. Those on the eastern side (from the Tower to the northern Moorgate marshes) were D-shaped. Further west, towers were more likely to be round. One tower was renovated into a polygonal shape, and at least one tower on the 1278 extension around Blackfriars was built on a rectangular base.
"A rectangular interval tower on the City wall south-west of Ludgate, drawn ... after a fire of 1792."
(J. Schofield, London, 1100-1600: The Archaeology of a Capital City, Equinox, 2011.)
Historical and archaeological detail on the towers of London is very sparse. In my readings, I stumbled across a tantalising suggestion that these towers were much sought after as private residences.  A strange notion, but it makes sense. After all, the towers were built of durable stone in a city in which most residences were constructed of flammable wood and thatch. The poet Geoffrey Chaucer (of Canterbury Tales fame) lived for a time in rooms above Aldgate (a modern version of which is pictured below). Other towers might house the occasional anchorite or be requisitioned by the noble whose property lay adjacent.
It was enough to set my historical novelist’s mind ticking over. What would it be like to live in a tower in the walls of London, I pondered. What sort of person would live there, and how would they attain such a sought-after but tiny residence? In my novel My Lady of the Whip (released today!), the heroine takes up residence in a tower on the north-western stretch of the Wall. Precisely why this highly defensible residence is perfect for her purposes I leave to your imagination …

Be careful when you pick up a whip. Your fingers curl about that seductive handle, your wrist flexes its subtle weight and then… Yes, you wonder what would happen if you plied those innocent leather strips against another’s flesh.
1348. The Black Death is sweeping medieval London, social order is collapsing, and the virtuous Lady Elizabeth seizes a whip to defend her honour. But when death seems inevitable, Bess throws caution to the plague-ridden vapours …
… to save the man she can never have.

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