Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Meet Regency Author Maggie Sims and Read About Her New Title SOPHIA'S SCHOOLING, School of Enlightenment, Book One

Maggie is one of my fellow Wild Rose Press authors, and we're both very happy with WRP (I've been with them since 2010). Meet Maggie here and check out her new Regency romance, released in May.

About Maggie:

Maggie began her love affair with romance before her teen years, drawn to the Regency by her mum’s British influence. In her twenties, she did her best to live the Carrie Bradshaw life in New York City, albeit with less expensive shoes and more books.

Despite reading hundreds of romance novels in her life, she was still blown away when she met the love of her life, an ex-Marine cinnamon roll with creative woodworking and culinary skills.

Having retired from corporate life, they live in Central Texas and are parents to a varying number of dogs and cats.  When not writing, Maggie is a wine enthusiast, a travel junkie, and a romance reading fiend.  She also sporadically crochets for and does just enough exercise for that second glass of wine at night.

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An Additional Note From Maggie:

I would love to talk about all things romance, wine, and travel with readers, and to introduce everyone to my world.  The deliciously steamy Regency series centers around a unique finishing school where young women learn to take their future and their pleasure in their own hands. Sophia's Schooling , Book 1 of the School of Enlightenment is out, and Book 2 releases October 19. To get an early glimpse of this world, sign up for my newsletter and get a free prequel.

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1816 - London

Orphaned at eighteen, Sophia has learned love means loss.  Now she must leave her country home to navigate the opulence of the London Season, although she has no desire for romance or a husband.

Edward, the newest Earl of Peterborough, is struggling with the business of his family estate. He has shunned marriage due to a shameful secret, but with his title comes the need for heirs.

Despite their misgivings, Sophia and Edward cannot resist their attraction.  When she accidentally discovers his penchant for spankings, her curiosity is her undoing.  A clandestine meeting risks a scandal. Only marriage to a reluctant bridegroom can save her reputation. But perhaps the School of Enlightenment can give her an education in love.



An innocent country girl...a jaded education in pleasure.

Edward gave a mental snort. “You continue to disobey orders.”

Sophia groaned in frustration, probably suspecting where his statement was leading. “I’m very sorry.” She sucked in a breath. “I shan’t do it again. As I came out alone, I thought it would be safe.” She sent him a sidelong glance. “Is this a punishable offense, my lord?”

Perfect. She knew she was wrong. She saw what was coming. Her side-eyed glance told him she mayhap even invited it. Who was he to refuse a girl a spanking?

He took a deep breath, wishing… No. She’s not mine to covet. But she is mine to punish tonight.

His eyes shuttered as he considered. Was he taking advantage of her naiveté about Ton rules? He knew she’d enjoyed the last punishment and could not deny either of their desires. He almost heard the turn of the key as his conscience was again locked away.

He pushed, “We have been over this, Sophia. Punishment is an important learning tool. Hopefully, it shall be an incentive for you to obey specific directions in the future.”

Frustrated, she crossed her gloved arms. “Darn it. My feet hurt so much. I did not anticipate my bottom becoming sore, too. I shan’t be able to sit or stand comfortably.”

That wasn’t a no.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Meet D.K. Marley, Author, Artist, Owner and CEO of The Historical Fiction Company, Historium Press, and White Rabbit Arts

About D.K.

D.K. is the owner and CEO of The Historical Fiction Company, Historium Press, and White Rabbit Arts. She's also an artist and award-winning historical fiction author specializing in alternate historicals, Shakespearean adaptations, and historical time-travel. A true Renaissance woman!

I have several of her books on my reading list and can't wait to get to them.

Read about her new title STARCROSSED, a Fractured Shakespeare Novel - Book Three in the Series:

Their love broke all the rules... on both sides.

Rhen, an SS officer, and Julia, a young Jewish girl, fall in love at the outbreak of WWII, defying all the odds as star-crossed lovers. Based on Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, STARCROSSED reimagines the story set in the chaotic world of Berlin. Rhen and Julia meet at a maskenballe, both romantic dreamers whose ideologies rest more in the stars than in their own faith or the politics surrounding them. After their impulsive actions which bind them together, the war rips them apart, and they spend the next four years struggling to find each other... and searching to find their own place within the madness. Again and again, chances are missed as destiny pushes them onward, even as they determine to not end up like the ill-fated lovers of Shakespeare's play.

Will their love survive the horrors of Auschwitz?

Will Rhen save her, and himself, from Hitler's onslaught?



More News About D.K.

Her book KINGFISHER just won first place with Bookfest for Historical Romance Time Travel

The past, future, and Excalibur lie in her hands.

Wales, 1914. Vala Penrys and her four sisters find solace in their spinster life by story-telling, escaping the chaos of war by dreaming of the romantic days of Camelot. When the war hits close to home, Vala finds love with Taliesin Wren, a mysterious young Welsh Lieutenant, who shows her another world within the tangled roots of a Rowan tree, known to the Druids as ‘the portal’.

One night she falls through, and suddenly she is Vivyane, Lady of the Lake – the Kingfisher – in a divided Britain clamoring for a High King. What begins as an innocent pastime becomes the ultimate quest for peace in two worlds full of secrets, and Vala finds herself torn between the love of her life and the salvation of not only her family but of Britain, itself.

From award-winning historical novelist, D. K. Marley - a story for OUTLANDER and MISTS OF AVALON fans - comes a time-traveling historical spanning centuries.

"It is, at the heart of it, a love story – the love between a man and a woman, between a woman and her country, and between the characters and their fates – but its appeal goes far beyond romance. It is a tale of fate, of power, and, ultimately, of sacrifice for a greater good." - Riana Everly, author of Teaching Eliza and Death of a Clergyman

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