30 April, 2017

Loving the Marquess (Landing a Lord Book 1) by Suzanna Medeiros #review

Pages -  316
Publisher -  Suzanna Medeiros
Published -  January 14, 2013
Genre -  Historical Romance, Regency
Series -  Book 1 of 2, Landing a Lord
Amazon -  Link
Language -  tame
Sexual Content -  2/5
Narrative -  3rd P

She is on the verge of losing everything…
To save her home and keep her two younger siblings safe, Louisa Evans must turn to the head of the family that ruined hers.
He needs an heir…
The Marquess of Overlea is starting to show signs of having inherited the same illness that killed his father and older brother. To prevent the marquisate from falling into the hands of an unscrupulous cousin, Overlea must secure an heir before that illness also claims him.
But he is determined not to be the father of that heir…
Overlea’s plan is simple—marry the practical, yet desperate, Miss Evans and hold Louisa to her promise to provide him with an heir. But he waits until after they are married to tell his wife that he intends to have another man father that heir. His careful plan becomes complicated by an almost desperate need to claim Louisa for himself and an outside threat that proves even more dangerous than his illness.

232 Reviews at Amazon, and only 25 are in the Bad category (though Amazon considers a 3-star It Was Okay as bad).

Some reviewers remarked about poor editing, misspelled words but... and I'm really thinking right now, trying to recall... 

A few type-o's, yes but overall, this was well-written and even somewhat of a page-turner.

The plot itself is slightly contrived where wealthy Marquess is ill, stumbles to cottage on property in what appears to be a drunken stupor, and he ends up in the lady's bed being tended by her.

His relatives had stripped her father of his title and wealth but had enough heart to allow his family to remain in one of the smaller cottages.

A nasty male cousin of the Marquess is attempting to toss her, her younger brother and sister to the curb unless Louisa agrees to have sex with him, and if she declines, he'll be more than happy to approach her younger sister.

So, Louisa swallows what little pride she has left and goes to the now-recovered Marquess to ask for his help.

Turns out the Marquess is being hounded by his grandmother to get married and produce an heir so that the next-in-line cousin doesn't take over and ruin the place.

Overlea lost his father and older brother to a mysterious illness and is now presenting the same symptoms so doesn't want to produce an heir any more than he wants his dastardly cousin to take the reigns, so when the lovely Louisa shows up at his door, he propositions her as well, but with marriage and not just sex.

Louisa agrees and the two are hastily married, but it is Overlea's secret scheme to have his best friend perform the act without anyone in the family knowing about it.

When he finally tells Louisa his plan, she's not happy.

I would label this one a Sweet Romance

The sexual encounters were few and far between but without all of the graphic details.

This was more of a mystery surrounding a budding romance between two people who honestly did deserve one another.

It just took a bit too long for them to realize and adjust to their newfound happiness.

At least this one wasn't filled with misplaced commas, which made for a much easier read, so thanks for that, and as I said above, I didn't find this to be poorly written with a lot of errors, so perhaps that reviewer received a lemon copy?

Or, maybe she didn't review the right novel?

I'll also admit that it was difficult to make connections between characters and that all of them felt just this side of being fully developed.

The Marquess was undoubtedly handsome and kind, and Louisa was undoubtedly self-sufficient and mature, but the interactions between everyone involved in this story fell a little flat, sad to say.

I suppose some might label it as Mechanical or Formulaic style writing, but I think this author is fine as long as she continues to grow in knowledge and allow herself to expand on what is inside her head.

There is a plot twist near the end... a delightful addition to a story that was quickly going downhill at that point... and I, for one, was a bit surprised to discover the real culprit, even when the author made it much easier to deduce the answer earlier on in the story.

A Light and Easy Read

If you don't mind mellow sexual encounters, more mystery than romance, and a change-of-pace feel to your story choices, this is probably going to appeal to you.

And, yes, I'd be willing to read more by this author because, as mentioned, I don't think she's awful but does need to loosen up a little more.

There is a novella preceding this story and another after it for a total of 2.5 in the Landing a Lord Series.


Book 0.5 – Dancing with the Duke (prequel novella) 
Book 1 – Loving the Marquess 
Book 2 – Beguiling the Earl

28 April, 2017

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Over There! #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge Week 17

Hello, and welcome to another installment of the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge.

This week's question is: The Top Five Places I'd Like to Visit

I've included a Linky at the end of this post so you can visit everyone's submission to this week's Hop.

I know it sounds ridiculous to say I Love to Travel because, let's be honest, who doesn't?

A more accurate or realistic remark might sound more like this: Who Can AFFORD to Travel?


Not me!

But, dreams are free and here is mine.



Home to the Ideon Cave, which was the birthplace of Zeus.

But also for the food, the atmosphere, and especially the photo ops standing near all of the white buildings with blue awnings/rooftops/shutters... and with the Mediterranean as a backdrop.

I learned in one of my Linguistics classes that there is an island off the coast of Greece where the language is so obscure that even Greeks have trouble understanding it.

Fascinating stuff, so I'd like to hop over to that place as well, just to look around and LISTEN for a time.


Brighton, England

Just for the day.

Because while there, I'd like to see ALL of England, Scotland, and Wales, but I watch a lot of YouTube channels, and one of my favorite channels hails from Brighton.

She does a lot of walking/driving around in this city, and it has fascinated me to the point of wanting to step inside the quaint, tiny shops, take a lot of pictures of the ancient buildings and colorful side streets, and to be able to say I stepped out on the famed pier.

Just not during peak summer tourist season, when this same beach becomes overcrowded to the point of not being able to see sand for skin.

No thanks.


St. Petersburg, Russia

And, speaking of Architecture, Ancient, and Colorful, nothing seems to hold a candle to this place for me.

My sister-in-law is from here and still possesses a cool accent after ten years, and I studied Russia from high school onward when she arrived to make me feel less than knowledgeable but no less fascinated.

Her father is my best bud; a delightful old man with a wonderful smile and with about as much thirst for knowledge of America as I have for Russia, and we both love to watch Tennis!

We hit it off right away.

Her mother is my babki and a font of ancient wisdom in the health food/home remedy department, which I'm told a lot of Russians seem to prefer over institutionalized medicines.

So now I have a special fondness for carrot cream, birch bark, and Kefir.

The history, the culture, and the people are why I'd be delighted to say I've been there, done that.

Not so much for the food, but I know I wouldn't starve there, either.

This is probably my answer to everyone else's Vietnam choice.



Until my son had to do a Poster Report on this state in 6th grade, I hadn't ever shown the slightest interest in it, but as he and I got into the research details about the flora, fauna, climate, elevations, history, the natives, etc., my mind started to switch gears.

Then came Northern Exposure (which, I know, was filmed in Washington, but...), one of the first TV series I got hooked on and watched every single episode of, helped to add fuel to a simmering fire inside of me.

Later on, when my Fantasy Romance novel idea struck, it was set in this largest State in the U.S., so I began my research again, forced myself to sit in front of a television to watch a few History Channel and A&E programs located there, and then follow an Alaskan page on Facebook.

I'm hooked despite the cold and desolate feel of the place.

And for the past few years, my Michigan has suffered far worse winters than Alaska, so climate change is more of a reality for me than it is for others.

There is just way too much to see, do, and experience in this humongous state NOT to want to say you've been there at least once.

I just want to see the Northern Lights, a glacier, and some real wildlife.



More Auroras!

Actually, I'm able to see them right here in Michigan 😊

But, I can't say sigur rós is from here!

A 2010 episode of Top Gear had Jeremy Clarkson cruising around the smooth-as-silk roads in a Ferrari F430, and James May drove a modified Toyota Hilux pickup toward a live volcano, which actually went Kaboom a week later!

courtesy Top-Ten Worst Things About Iceland (ironically)

The imagery just took my breath away as I watched that episode (a mere five years after it originally aired) but I've enjoyed sigur rós much longer than that.

The two combined make for one mighty intense urge to want to go there, see everything, touch as much as I can get away with touching, and film until I can't find anything left to film.

Then find someplace warm and snug at night to lie down on my back and stare up at the night sky, which is sure to amaze even more.

Well, in-between all the shopping, sightseeing, tourist-trapping, food eating, and hot-springs soaking, that is.

I think when some people go to Pinterest in search of the perfect Inspiration photos for their Fantasy novels, they'll land on something from Iceland and stop to stare before thinking... Yep, this is it. This is what I'm going for in my story.

Me, too!

Thank you SO much for joining me today and experiencing a journey I'd love to be able to take some day.

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25 April, 2017

Moments of Joy (Moments to Remember Book 1) by Ysa Arcangel #Release Blitz

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Book Title: Moments of Joy (Moments to Remember, Book 1) 
Author: Ysa Arcangel 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: April 25, 2017 
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With her family history of Alzheimer's and at great risk of acquiring the disease, Brandy Curtis always plays safe. She had always avoided commitments like the plague.

However, everything changed when she met Ivo, a gorgeous doctor with irresistible charm. He was just supposed to be another hookup, but he quickly became so much more.

It started as a one night stand which was followed by another, and another. The more nights they spent together, the more Brandy felt that life had given her something to live for.

The timing couldn't be worse. As her heart gets closer to Ivo, her memories begin to fade.

Will Brandy be able to actually have moments of joy with Ivo against the odds of losing herself into the recesses of her tangled brain?


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Ysa Arcangel, in real life, is a Spanish speaking GDS Consultant and mother to three amazing kids ages twelve, nine and six.

Her alter ego is an attention seeking and a hopeless romantic author who melts over a tattooed hero with 6-pack abs. Underneath her rhino skin exterior lies layers of insecurities. She is a perpetual doubter of her own creation but extremely proud of her works. Her alter ego is extrovert and a social media junkie. And just like in real life a coffee addict.

She is the author of Underneath It All and Love at First Sit. She has also written an urban fantasy novella, “Nexus Series Book 1: Anathema”. She is a Filipino author based in Manila and a loving partner to a very talented chef. She is also a tattoo fan, giant dog lover and an extreme sports enthusiast.

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