Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Escaping into History with Romance

Historical romances are always high in my reading pile, and like any avid reader, I'm always looking around for new books and different authors to read. This week I am featuring one of those new authors in My Writing Corner, Loreen Augeri.  

Like so many other authors, she tells us her love affair with reading and writing began as a child. She would make up her own stories about a girl and her horse. While her college degree was in computer technology, her enjoyment of the written word extended into her adult life, and she now works in a library.

Loreen says she always enjoyed reading historical romances from the time her children were babies, and eventually she decided to try to write one herself. Her first attempt was simple to see if she could actually do it, but eventually that led to her wish to be published. Her newest book is Not A Gentleman.

When Juliana Stevenson's father dies under suspicious circumstances, her greedy uncle betroths her and her sister to vile men for his profit. They refuse to be part of his plan and flee, but her uncle hires an arrogant, demanding man to bring them back.

Needing money to care for his brother and sister and repair a manor in disrepair, Nicholas Blackstone agrees to find the women. He captures Juliana but not her sister and imprisons her in his manor until he can discover the whereabouts of her sibling. 

Juliana's body calls to Nicholas, but she can never be his--her life is already mapped out. Can they fight the passion pulling them together while her father's killer stalks them? 

Want more?  Let's get an excerpt!


The small, warm form lay still below him. Had he killed her? No. Her ragged gasps penetrated his fear. Nicholas hadn't meant to land so hard, but the aggravating chit deserved it. She held a gun on him and threatened to shoot!

But she was a woman and a small one at that. He jumped off her, grabbed her arm and hauled her to her feet. 

"Let go...  of ... me." She panted as she fought to catch her breath.
"Are you hurt?"
"I don't... know. Probably. You pounced on me." She fought to free herself.
He released her. "You had a gun."
Miss Stevenson brushed the dirt from her bodice and skirt. "You tried to kidnap us."
"I wasn't kidnapping you. I was returning you and your sister to your uncle. He is worried about you." He strode to one side of the cave and scooped up the gun lying beside the wall. 
"He doesn't care for us. His concern is how much money our marriages will bring him." She examined her palm and winced. "We won't go back."
"He is your guardian." He peered at her hands. "You cut yourself."
"It's your fault, and he's not my guardian. I am of age."
"Well, Miss Emily isn't, and he wants you both. Where will your sister hide?"
"I have no idea."

She walked away. This female who didn't reach his should actually walked away. He thought his job would be quick and easy, and he would soon be with his brother and sister with money to start repairing the crumbling estate he inherited, so he could return to the army where he belonged. Where exasperating women didn't question his orders and answered when asked for information. He ran to catch up and grabbed her elbow. 
"Where are you going?

If you want more, you will need to buy the book.  Here are the  buy links:
Amazon e-book: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Gentleman-Loreen-Augeri-ebook/dp/B073N1CYCX/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1503506162&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=Not+A+Gentlaman
Amazon paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Gentleman-Loreen-Augeri/dp/1509215972/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1503506268&sr=1-1
The Wild Rose Press e-book: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5206-not-a-gentleman.html?search_query=not+a+gentleman&results=6
The Wild Rose Press paperback: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/paperback-books/5246-not-a-gentleman-paperback.html
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/not-a-gentleman-loreen-augeri/1126668442?ean=2940158815836

If you would like to contact Loreen, here is her contact information:
Website: www.loreenaugeri.com Facebook: facebook.com/loreenaugeri Twitter ID : @LoreenAugeri
Goodreads author page:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4094757.Loreen_Augeri
Thank you, Loreen, for being my guest.  Any questions or comments?
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