A Kiss for Miss Kingsley

Today I’m happy to announce a new release from my friend and fellow Romance Writers Weekly author Collette Cameron. A Kiss for Miss Kingsly is available now:

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A Kiss for Miss Kingsley
A Regency Short Story of Love Redeemed
By Best-Selling Author Collette Cameron
Author of the Castle Brides and Highland Heather Romancing a Scots Series

Blurb:

Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to fall in love and receive a secret marriage proposal two weeks into her first Season. However, one dance with Allen Wimpleton, heir to a viscountcy, and her fate is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric and ailing father, unaware of Allen’s proposal, announces he’s moving the family to the Caribbean for a year. … In two days.

Allen begs Olivia to elope to Scotland, knowing her father will refuse his offer of marriage after such a brief acquaintance with Olivia. Having recently lost her mother, and fearing for her father’s health, she refuses, pleading with Allen to wait for her until she returns to England. Angry at her hesitancy, and unaware of her father’s ill health, Allen demands she choose—him or her father.

 

Heartbroken at his callousness, but thankful he’s revealed his true nature before she married him, Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England. Coming face to face with Allen, she realizes she never purged him from her heart and once again the flames of love ignite, but is it too late? Does Olivia have any hope of winning Allen’s heart once more, or has he found another?

 

EXCERPT:
“This is a monumental mistake.” Fingering the ruby pendant hanging at her neck, Olivia Kingsley peeked out the window as the conveyance rounded the corner onto Berkeley Square. Carriage upon carriage, like great shiny beetles, lined up beside an ostentatious manor.

 
Guests in their evening finery swarmed before the grand entrance and on the stairs as they waited their turn to enter Viscount and Viscountess Wimpleton’s home.

 
Trepidation dried her mouth and tightened her chest. Yes, attending the ball was a featherbrained solicitation for disaster. No good could come of it.

 
God’s toenails, what was I thinking, agreeing to Auntie Muriel’s addlepated scheme?

 
Olivia flattened against the sky-blue squab in the corner of her aunt’s coach and vehemently shook her head. “I cannot do it.”

 
A curl came loose, plopping onto Olivia’s forehead.

 
Bother.

 
She shoved the annoying tendril beneath a pin, having no doubt the tresses would work their way free before evening’s end. Patting the circlet of rubies adorning her hair, she assured herself the band remained secure.

 
Her pulse beat an erratic staccato, and she searched for a plausible excuse for refusing to attend the ball after all.

 
“I … We,” she wiggled her gloved fingers at her brother, Bradford, lounging on the opposite seat, appearing as contented as their fat cat, Socrates, after lapping a saucer of cream, “were not invited.”

 
Terribly gauche, that. Showing up at a haut ton function, no invitation in hand.

 
“Nonsense, darling. It’s perfectly acceptable for you to accompany me.” Aunt Muriel, the Duchess of Daventry, patted Olivia’s knee with her plump hand. “Lady Wimpleton is one of my dearest friends. Why, we had our come-out together, and I’m positive had she known that you and Bradford had recently returned to England, she would have extended an invitation herself.”

 
Not if she knew the volatile way her son and I parted company, she wouldn’t have.

 

BUY LINKS:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Miss-Kingsley-Regency-Short-ebook/dp/B00QSNVG1K/

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-kiss-for-miss-kingsley-collette-cameron/1120949346?ean=2940149996025

Itunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-kiss-for-miss-kingsley/id950137983?ls=1&mt=11

Kobo
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-kiss-for-miss-kingsley

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=MY3ZBQAAQBAJ

 

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Collette’s Bio:

Award winning, Amazon best-selling author historical author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series and Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, Collette writes Regency and Scottish romances and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.

Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers.

She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

Collette would love to connect with you!

Website: http://collettecameron.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/collettecameronauthor
Tsu: https://www.tsu.co/collettecameron
Blue Rose Romance Blog: http://blueroseromance.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/collette_author
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Collette-Cameron/e/B00CWLYXL2/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7047979.Collette_Cameron
Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/regencyrose
She’s on Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn, Embracing Romance Blog, Romance Writers Weekly Blog, and Romancing the Era’s Blog too!

 

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Cover Reveal: Collette Cameron’s TRIUMPH AND TREASURE

Today I’m happy to bring you a cover reveal from my good friend, and fellow Romance Writer’s Weekly group member, Collette Cameron. Today she’s previewing the cover of the first book in her exciting new series:

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Triumph and Treasure

Book I in the Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series

A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to her aunt and uncle’s, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.

A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.

When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union. Can Flynn and Angelina find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?

 

 

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Bio:
Award winning, Amazon best-selling author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series and Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, Collette writes Regency and Scottish historicals and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

Connect with Collette

Website: http://collettecameron.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/collettecameronauthor
Blue Rose Romance Blog: http://blueroseromance.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/collette_author
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7047979.Collette_Cameron
Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/regencyrose
You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Google+ too.
Just head to her website for the links.

Website  Blue Rose Romance Blog  Twitter  Facebook  Regency Rose Newsletter

 

Thursday Threads

Hot off the presses, this week we feature Collette Cameron’s sensual historical, The Earl’s Enticement:

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Title: The Earl’s Enticement
Genre: Regency-Scottish
Heat Level: Sensual
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KLO64S2/

The Earl’s Enticement Cover Blurb:

She won’t be tamed.

 
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.

He can’t forget.

 
Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.

 

Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.

 
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.

 

Excerpt:

“Halloo,” he hollered. “Is anyone there? I’m the Earl of Clarendon. I’m being held prisoner.”

 
She shook her head, sending him a contemptuous scowl. “Stop shouting, you dolt. It’s but a weasel or a stoat, perhaps even a squirrel. They come in through the drains or gaps where a stone’s gone missing in the wall.”

 
She motioned with the pistol for him to move away from the door once more. “I’m surprised none have paid you a visit as yet. As for Ewan, he’s away in London, just now.”

 
With what could only be described as a derisive grunt, Marquardt obliged her and sauntered away from the door. He rested against the far wall, ankles crossed, crunching on the apple.

 
A muffled thud, as if someone had bumped into something, echoed through the lower chambers.

 
He perked up. “That was no pest.”

 
Adaira whirled to peer into the gloom.

 
“I say, can you hear me? I’m locked in a cell.”

 
She spun back around.

 
He’d moved to the door, his hands fisted around the bars. Drat it. She was losing control of the situation. His presence mustn’t be known to anyone other than Brayan yet.

 
She bent to retrieve the sack. No doubt Brayan had come looking for her at one of her parents’ behest. Marquardt absolutely must not see him. Brayan would boast he’d helped lock the man up. From the sound of the crashing about, he’d sampled the flask a good deal more and was utterly bosky.

 
“Blast and da—” She stopped as Marquardt’s eyebrows flew to his hairline in obvious disapproval.

 
Lowering her voice, she hurried on. “Ewan’s expected back any day. When he returns, I’ll tell him I apprehended you. He can do with you what he wants. I’m quite sure it will involve the authorities.”

 
“Apprehended?” He shook his head. “You’re still sticking to the absurd notion that I’m Edgar?”

 
He tossed the apple core between the bars. It bounced before rolling to a stop barely three feet beyond her. A rat promptly appeared, scrambling to snatch the core in his pointed, yellow teeth. The little beast raced down the passageway with two other rodents squeaking their outrage in its wake.

 
Marquardt had done that on purpose, the lout.

 

Connect with Collette:

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Thursday Threads

Welcome to Thursday Threads, where each week I feature another great Soul Mate author’s book. Today we’re featuring:

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The Viscount’s Vow by Collette Cameron

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Heat Level: Sensual

Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a viscount and a  gypsy noblewoman to marry in this Regency romance sprinkled with suspense and humor.

Part Romani, part English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

 

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.

 

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

 

“A brilliant tale combining Regency romance with exotic Romani culture.”

 

Excerpt

 

“You didn’t eat much, wife.”

They were alone on the dance floor. Ian deftly twirled Vangie around his aunt’s smallish ballroom, mindful of the interested gazes watching them.

Stealing a glance at the smiling and nodding onlookers, he suppressed a frown. He felt like a curiosity on display at Bullock’s Museum. He wished others would take to the floor, so he could dispense with the devoted bridegroom facade.

The twelve courses at dinner had been torturous. His wife hadn’t taken more than a dozen bites nor said as many words. He’d tried to eat the succulent foods Aunt Edith had gone to such efforts to have prepared, but his anger made everything dry as chalk and every bit as tasteless.

“I’d not much appetite, my lord.”

He chuckled. “Don’t you think you might address me by my given name, wife?”

“Why?” she asked pertly. “I’ve known you but four days, certainly not long enough to be so familiar with you.”

He lowered his head, breathing in her ear, very aware every eye in the room was trained on them. He’d give them something to gossip about. “Because I want you to, wife, and you did promise to obey.”

He nipped her ear.

She jumped and a tiny yelp of surprise escaped before she clamped her lips together. Her eyes were shooting sparks again; only this time they were directed at him.

“What’s my name, wife?”

“Please, don’t call me that. I too have a name, as you well know.”

Drawing her closer, her breasts pressing against the breadth of his chest and cresting the edge of her bodice, he murmured, “Indeed, but Evangeline sounds . . . angelic, and we both know you’re no such thing.”

“Pardon?” She stiffened, trying to shove away from him. “I don’t under—”

His head descended again. “Say it, or I’ll trace your ear with my tongue.”

He grinned as her breath hissed from between clenched teeth. She stumbled, her fingers digging into his shoulder and hand. A very becoming flush swept across her face.

“Will you cease?” Her worried gaze careened around the room. “We’re being watched.”

Voice husky, he said, “Say my name, sweeting.”

Giving her a gentle squeeze, he started to dip his head, caressing her elegant neck with his hot breath.

“Ian, your name is Ian,” she gasped breathlessly, twisting her head away.

 

Contact Collette

Website: http://collettecameron.com

Blog: http://www.blueroseromance.com

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/collettecameronauthor

Facebook Book Page: http://facebook.com/viscountsvow

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Collette_Author

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13595899-collette-cameron

She can also be found on WordPress, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Google+

Buy Link

http://amzn.com/B00EZ8RBN2/

 

Spending some time with Collette Cameron and Highlander’s Hope.

Today we’re visiting with Collette Cameron, author of Highlander’s Hope, which is scheduled for release next month from Soul Mate Publishing. Collette, thank you for stopping by A Writer’s Haven.

First, I want to thank you, Steve, for hosting me!

Tell us, Collette, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Okay, can I be totally honest? I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. Of course, I didn’t   know I wanted to be a teacher until I was in my forties either. Maybe I’m a late bloomer…a very late bloomer.

I’ve always been able to write, or maybe I should say, writing has always come easily to me, but there was never an “aha” moment where I decided to become a writer. Now that’s not to say I hadn’t toyed with the idea of writing a book. I had—for years. But, I never thought I’d write a romance novel.

So what did I start writing when I sat in front of my computer one day in February 2011? A historical romance—Highlander’s Hope.

Well, I can certainly identify with starting a little later in life. How long did it take you to write your first novel?

Highlander’s Hope took me 6 months to write the first draft, while still teaching full-time. It was a monstrosity—156,000 words. I cut over half of it and changed the title twice, before I was finally satisfied with the manuscript. Well, as satisfied as an author ever gets.

Tell us a little about your writing style. Are you a plotter, a pantser, or something in between?

A good friend of mine calls me a linear panster. It’s an oxymoron but it works for me, because I do write from beginning to end—I just don’t know exactly where I’m going along the way. Sometimes that’s great. I’ll write something that astounds me. Other times I write something that doesn’t move the story forward, and I end up cutting it. Even those cut scenes have value though. I’ve used phrases, ideas, or parts of them for some of my other work. I like to post them on my blog for my readers to enjoy too. 

All my books start with a single scene or idea, and the book develops around it. I do have ideas or plot points that I want to include in my books, but I also love seeing where my characters and the story take me. I couldn’t possibly come up with some of the things in advance that emerge as the story progresses. I often wonder, “Where did that come from?”   

So tell us something about Collette Cameron the person. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m an elementary teacher and an editor for a small ebook publisher.  I also am an avid gardener, and I dabble in interior decorating. Spending time with my 5 doxies, three adult children, and hubby of 30 years are also at the top of my list. And I love to travel. I’m scheming about how to finagle a trip to Scotland to do “research” for my 6 book Ferguson Saga. All the history, and castles, and the highlanders… Oh my! 

A six book saga? That sounds like quite project, and speaking of projects, tell us what inspired you to write Highlander’s Hope?

The timing was finally right for me. My children are grown and substitute teaching left me with time on my hands. I had an idea for a cross genre novel, and it wasn’t going to write itself. For me, once I actually made the commitment to write Highlander’s Hope, there was no alternative but to plow forward until I finished it.

I’m a bit obsessive compulsive about finishing things…okay, maybe more than a bit.

Well, you’ve brought along a beautiful cover, the book blurb, and you’ve even offered to share a scene from Highlander’s Hope. So let’s get to it:

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Shipping heiress Yvette Stapleton is wary of fortune hunting men and their false declarations of love. She’d rather become a spinster than imprisoned in the bonds of marriage. At first, she doesn’t recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London’s docks, but her reaction to Lord Sethwick’s passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony.

He was the nobleman who vowed to make her his own. 

Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, Lord Sethwick and Laird of Craiglocky, hasn’t dreamed of the sensual beauty he danced with two years ago; he’s determined to win her heart. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, he unwittingly draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish Canon law to declare her his lawful wife—without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, “I do.”

Amidst murder and betrayal, Ewan attempts to win Yvette’s forgiveness. But is it too late? Has his manipulation cost him her love?

And now, a provocative scene from Highlander’s Hope:

Yvette stepped back as Ewan pushed his way into the room, leaving the door ajar. His hair was damp, no doubt from bathing, and the stubble darkening his face earlier was gone. Feet bare, wearing only buckskin breeches and a shirt unbuttoned to the waist, he resembled a pirate—a dangerous, rakish, sinfully handsome pirate.

 

She sucked in her breath. He oughtn’t to be here, but he’d said he wanted to talk to her, and he had promised to behave.

 

Yvette’s gaze traveled the path of silky hair from his chest until it disappeared into his waistband. Her stomach flip-flopped. Sweet Lord above. She pressed her hands to her frolicking middle. Why doesn’t he say something?

 

A distraction, that’s what she needed.

 

She escaped to the lumpy bed where she’d flung her clothing before bathing. She folded, then packed the garments into her valise and set it on the floor beside her trunk. Bending to retrieve her towel, she peeked sideways at him from the corner of her eye. He hasn’t moved an inch. What’s he about?

 

Grabbing the towel, she glanced down and froze. The candles to her left bathed her in a stream of light. She could clearly see the outline of her legs. Her nightwear was almost translucent in the candlelight and gave him a shadowy view of— dear God—nearly everything.

 

No wonder he hadn’t moved, the lout.

 

Standing upright, she held the towel before her and faced him. “Enjoying the view, your lordship?” she snapped.

           

Ewan lounged against the doorframe, watching her. A slow smile tilted the corners of his mouth. “Immeasurably.”

 

Well, I have to say I enjoyed that ‘immeasurably’ as well. The book comes out in May, and we’d love to have you back to help launch it, but before you go, tell us a little bit about what’s coming up next.

I just sold the second book in the Blue Rose Trilogy to Soul Mate Publishing. Highlander’s Hope is the first and The Viscount’s Vow is the second. I’m plugging away on the third novel, The Earl’s Enticement. I hope to have it done in May. Then I have a stand-alone novel that’s insisting I write it next. After that, I’ll either do the Ferguson Saga or a pair of stand-alone books but the characters are related. Actually, the entire Ferguson Saga and another five books I have plots for all center around secondary characters from Highlander’s Hope and other characters in my Blue Rose Trilogy.  

I have an idea for a contemporary romance as well as a paranormal historical. I’d like to try my hand at writing a medieval romance and maybe something in the Georgian or Victorian era too. The Blue Rose Trilogy is set in the Regency period.

You’ve given us a lot to look forward to, Collette. Thank you once again for joining us today at A Writer’s Haven.

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Collette Cameron Bio

A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.

A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.

Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of other author/writer groups.

Some of Collette’s favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she’s not teaching or writing, she is a content and copy/line editor for an Ebook publisher, enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading of course.

Connect with Collette Cameron:

Web site: http://collettecameron.com/

Blog: http://www.blueroseromance.com/

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/collettecameronauthor

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Collette_Author

Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/collette%20cameron

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/collette-cameron

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/colletteauthor/

Soul Mate Publishing Author’s Blog: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13595899-collette-cameron