James, Sophia, One Unashamed Night

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James, Sophia, One Unashamed Night (Wellinghams, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  One Unashamed Night (Wellinghams, Book 2)

Author:  Sophia James

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Class Differences; Domestic Violence; Murder; Visual Impairment

Blurb:

Living in a gray world of silhouette, Lord Taris Wellingham conceals his fading eyesight from society. He has long protected himself from any intimate relationships.  Plain twenty-eight-year-old Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke does not expect to attract any man, especially not one as good-looking as her remote traveling companion.

Forced by a snowstorm to spend the night together, these two lonely people seek solace in each other’s arms. The passion they unleash surprises them both. Then a new day dawns…

Author Note,

One Unashamed Night is the second book in a family trilogy about the three Wellingham brothers, Asher, Taris and Cristo.  Asher, the Duke of Carisbrook, appeared in High Seas to High Society, and I received many letters from fans who were fascinated by his younger brother, Taris, and wanted to read his story.

Well, here he is!  Lord Taris Wellingham is an intensely private man, and one who keeps the world at bay in order to preserve his greatest secret.

Cristo’s book is yet to come.  He has had only a vague mention so far, but as a spy for England in France he has his own demons and distance.

I’d like to dedicate this book to three wonderful women in my life:  Pat Rendall, for her insight into the world of darkness; my mother, Jewell Kivell, for enthusiastically reading the first draft; and Linda Fildew, my fantastic editor, for her patience with and belief in all of my books.

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James, Sophia, High Seas to High Society

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James, Sophia, High Seas to High Society (Wellinghams, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  High Seas to High Society (Wellinghams, Book 1)

Author:  Sophia James

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Bereavement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Guilt; Injury; Physical Disability; Visual Impairment

Blurb:

Asher Wellingham, Duke of Carisbrook, was captivated by her! He had happened upon Lady Emma Seaton swimming naked and, beyond her beauty, had seen the deep curling scar on her thigh— a wound that could only be the mark of a sword.

Who was this creature of contradictions? Something about her brought back tantalizing memories from the past. Her ill-fitting, threadbare clothes concealed the body of an angel, but what kind of woman truly lay behind her refined mask? Highborn lady or artful courtesan, she intrigued him and Asher wanted to possess both!

Miller, Emma, A Beau for Katie

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Miller, Emma, A Beau for Katie,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  A Beau for Katie

Author:  Emma Miller

Imprint:  Love Inspired

Issues:  Accident; Injury; Visual Impairment;

Blurb:

The Housekeeper’s Surprise Match

Agreeing to work for two weeks as a housekeeper to help a family in need seems like a good idea to Katie Byler. But when Katie sees the handsome, young—and single—Freeman Kemp for the first time, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into. Freeman may be considered a catch, but the stubborn young man is driving strong-willed Katie to distraction. When the two of them decide to play matchmaker for Freeman’s elderly uncle, though, their feud takes a different turn. The spark between them is strong, but can Katie and Freeman reach common ground to find their happily-ever-after?

Wylie, Trish, The Millionaire’s Proposal

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Wylie, Trish, The Millionaire’s Proposal,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2008).

Title:  The Millionaire’s Proposal

Author:  Trish Wylie

Imprint:  Romance (Cherish)

Issues:  Disability; Visual Impairment

Blurb:

Ronan O’Keefe has everything money can buy. He’d give it all up in an instant to keep the one thing he’s losing. The jet-setting playboy is slowly being robbed of his sight.

Alone in New York, Kerry Doyle isn’t feeling quite so brave about her trip around the world. Luckily, a millionaire has come to her rescue….By the time they get to Paris, Ronan doesn’t want to let beautiful, bubbly Kerry go. His secret is casting its shadow, but Kerry has lit up his life…

Dear Reader,

A good friend of mine reminded me of something important this year-to be grateful for the good stuff when it’s here.  How many of us dedicate the same amount of time to appreciating the good things as we do focussing on the bad?  Maybe it’s because the bad can be so very overwhelming, and over the years life simply wears us down.  Yet it’s the good stuff that makes the difference, don’t you think?

We need to laugh as often as possible, take a deep breath of air to remind us we’re alive, look around us and see the beauty in things, spend time doing what makes us happy.  Most of all we need never to get so old or so jaded that we stop dreaming or believing in moments of magic.

One of the things I love the absolute most about writing and reading romance is the fact it shows we all still believe in love in the twenty-first century.  We may have busier lives, might be more cynical, but people still reach out for love in all its forms:  in friends, in family, in a man and a woman who can make it through the rough times because life is richer together than it is apart.  That’s a little bit of magic right there.

So if there’s one thing you bring with you out of Ronan and Kerry’s story I hope it’s a little reminder to make the most of the good stuff and any moment of magic that comes your way.  Grab hold of it, celebrate it, savour it, and that way even in times of darkness you’ll still be able to see the light.  Just like Ronan will with Kerry by his side.

Hs & Ks

Trish

Logan, Nikki, Awakened By His Touch

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Logan, Nikki, Awakened By His Touch,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Awakened By His Touch

Author:  Nikki Logan

Imprint:  Cherish (Romance)

Issues:  Visual Impairment

Blurb:

Laney Morgan may be blind, but she’s no pushover. When Elliot Garvey walks into her life wanting to globalize her family business, she plans to make him work for it.

Work Hard, Play Hard may be Elliott’s motto, but being around the irresistible Laney, he starts to see a new world through her eyes. But he’s here strictly for business…

Until Elliot guides Laney’s hand to his face. They can’t ignore the chemistry, especially the realisation she’s about to be awakened to a world she never knew.