Don Fedora has been released

Don Fedora has been released

Hello, everybody!

In an attempt to establish credentials for treasure-hunter Don Fedora, the main character of “Cairo Heat”, I thought it might be a good idea to present personal testimonials from other characters in the story:

“Mr. F is a tawdry novel with a nice cover.”
—Ms. Victoria Chase, celebrated photographer

“Him? He steals things.”
—Lester, part-time thug and body guard.

“How could I focus on driving with him in the backseat, kicking me in the head?”
—Max, chauffeur

“Don Fedora got me killed.”
—Amun, personal acquaintance and business associate (now deceased)

“I don’t know his name, I’m vague about his face, and I’m trying very hard to forget his manners.”
—Mr. Felton C. Carew, esq.

Gee, if only I could get recommendations like that! Anyway, if you like adventure stories with romance, suspense, a mummy or two, and shocking fits of temper, then I think you’ll enjoy “Cairo Heat”.

(Actually, the fits of temper aren’t so bad—I just succumbed to a little promotional hyperbole)

Anthony Diesso


Cover reveal for Awakened, The Fetish Club #6 (Out Aug 27th)

Cover reveal for Awakened, The Fetish Club #6 (Out Aug 27th)

Nina St James divorced herself from romance a year ago when she divorced her cheating husband. Still, as an erotic romance author, she has deadlines to meet. Hoping to be inspired, she heads to the local fetish club to research all the exotic toys and furnishings, and of course the unique people.

Deven and Daniel Jacobs remember the vibrant sexy writer whose books had intrigued them since they’d moved to America. The woman who faded into insecurity after she caught her bloody bastard of a husband cheating. Deven and Daniel vow, after seeing her in a local fetish club, that they will reawaken, and claim, the kinky sex kitten they’ve been fantasizing about for years.

Read Along- Love in A Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Hey guys sorry about the wait. Had a couple of other book reviews to do plus some other odds and ends.  Have you been waiting for this:

Recap:  The main character has been hired to unobtrusively investigate the persons who work for a company to see who has been trying to sabotage and undermine the company’s survival.  She has developed a nice relationship with her boss Matt Culhane and one of learning and friendship with the rest of her co-workers.  

Current read:  Starting with Chapter 11 is the Christmas season. Both Matt and Kate are trying to enjoy their Christmas.  Kate spent it with Matt and his family.   The conversation went to the Annual Beer Festival in Royal Oak.   Of importance maybe a piece of trivia for you.  Did you know that none of his employees are allowed to pour beer offsite.  He has volunteers to do that.  As usual the family speculates on whether or not their dating- they are not dating. However because Kate is investigating the persons who work there he lets her participate in the event.  When they get there, she helps set up the table.    One such person she sees is Chet Orowski who was looking to Matt for a business relationship.  He thinks Kate sidetracked him.   Her ex Richard showed up.  She was married to Richard who had been getting or having a relationship with Shayla at the same time.  They gave away a baby (pet)  named Stella Richard and Shayla.  Richard and Shayla are now getting married.   He cheats on his fiancée with a poodle.  Karmic Justice huh?   I believe if you read, he may have given Matt the address to where the dog is being raised and taken care of by some of his friends.

After being told, Matt took Kate to where the dog was being cared for by her ex husbands friends.   They have a meeting of the bodies in Chapter 14.   Also the police are waiting for him when he returns from the beer festival.  The place was wrecked.  But the workers managed to fix some tables and set up for the day.  Less a couple of the profits.  At the end of chapter 15  someone got scared and trashed Kates house. Stay tuned for more.

Again don’t forget the trivia information. at the end I will remind you about them.  Answer correctly and you get a free book courtesy of the author Dorien Kelly.


Hi guys how are you?  Well read chapters 5 through 10 in the novel. Starting chapter 11 tomorrow.  Have to say this book is getting good.  Just so you know, I think there is definitely some interest in the main characters in the novel.

I read chapters five through ten and along the way found out that the culprit who damaged the property by leaving the freezer door open and spoiling the product still had to be found. But that Kate and  Matt’s relationship is developing.  However due to the fact that she doesn’t speak “beer” she is unable to work where she wanted too.  She has to learn the business.  At the event held at Woodsmen’s Hall everyone seemed to have a good time.  The Silent Auction was being prepared for and an employee named Laila hurt herself when her car exploded.  Is this a distraction from something more sinister? Or is it as it seems, an accident, that could have possibly been avoided?  The explosion shut down the bar/restaurant for the night costing him money.  But they also suspected arson as well.  And arson was a nasty crime.  Couple the possible arson, the spoiled food and destroyed freezer, you definitely had someone going after the business.  But who and why? 

Piece of trivia for you later on and it might help you win the novel in the raffle?  What is the name of the place that Matt Culhane would like to purchase?  It’s called the Nutshell.

Stay tuned for chapters 11 through 15 in the next entry. 

So what did you guys think so far of the story? I have to say that I like the style of writing and I like how the characters are portrayed.  What I like very much about this novel though is whatever romance there is; its more about the mystery then the romance. While it plays a part, it’s the actual finding of the person responsible for the damage that they are looking for in the novel. Its well written and descriptive. The scene in here where they start taste testing the beer was compared to wine taste testing.  So just think ladies and gents, who said culture was just for wine connoisseurs huh?  Still trying to figure out where the novel is going and who the culprit is but I am a little closer. My mind is working slowly but surely with a good dose of caffeine from coffee every now and then.

Did you know that you could win a free copy of the novel Love in a Nutshell from these two authors. All you have to do is the following:  from now until the end of the novel…

1.  Make a comment on each post.  Anything you would like to comment on including who your favorite author is or novel.

2.  Like this post as well.

3.  Include you email address if it doesn’t show up when you post your comment.

4.  Answer the trivia question to be asked at the end of the novel entry.

At the end of the novel, I will pick a winner and have the author mail them out a copy of the novel for free.

So hurry up guys and post your comments.

Interview of Dorien Kelly co-author of Love In a Nutshell

1. State your name, and your age.
My name is Dorien Kelly, and I’m old enough that that I don’t like to think about how old I am. Let’s put it this way: I have survived teenagers.
2. State the name of your spouse.
No spouse, but I do have world’s most wonderful boyfriend, Ken.
3. State the name of your children and ages.
Sean: 25, Caitlin: 23, and Erin: 19
4. State your educational background.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. I then attended Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State Law School). At that point I held the record of the highest LAST score and lowest GPA they had ever admitted. Luckily, I took to law school well and graduated third in my class. The practice of law was another thing altogether; I hated it.
5. When did you first decide to become a writer?
By the time my third child was a toddler, I knew I could no longer be a lawyer. I wanted to step off the crazy-go-round and be home with my children.
6. What was your first novel?
My first published novel was Designs on Jake, which Harlequin Books released in 2002.
7. Have you ever been a ghostwriter?
8. When you first got approached to write with Janet Evanovich as a co-writer, what was your reaction?
Actually, I approached Janet. I was scared to death.
9. How do you two write? Do you each write a chapter based on the other or do you draft up an outline and write from the outline?
Sometimes examining a process too closely takes away its magic, and I like magic.
10. Would you write a science fiction/fantasy based romance or mystery?
Sci Fi and Fantasy aren’t my cup of tea. I love reading them, but don’t think I’d make a very good writer in those genres.
11. Do you participate in book tours, signings and the like with her when the book comes out?
Nope. We’re at our respective homes, writing away.
12. Your website that does the upkeep for it? Is it an outside service?
I do have a wonderful web person who designs and does upkeep for me. There are only so many hours in a day, and I much prefer to spend mine on writing.
13. Would you and Janet like to donate a book to raffle off on the website for a lucky reader that may be autographed by either you or both of you?
I’d be happy to send a book.
14. Who are your favorite reads?
Anything by Janet. I also love Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Courtney Milan.
15. Who’s on your nightstand now to read?
I’m reading a lot of Irish history and general non-fiction right now. I’ll be heading to Ireland in March to begin research on more books in my Ballymuir series.
16. Final questions: What are your current projects now and when would they be published?
Just for fun, I’m self-publishing a novella in my contemporary Irish Ballymuir series. This past autumn, I took the original Ballymuir books, on which I own the rights, and self-published them in e-format at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc. The response has been a wonderful surprise! Readers want more, and I’m happy to give it to them. The Wedding Party will be out in February. After that, there will be more Ballymuir books. I need to decide whether to publish them myself or go the traditional route, though.


Hey guys. I am still reading Love in a Nutshell but I have an update for you. Next week, I am hoping to post the interview with the other half of the writing team for this novel Dorien Kelly on January 17, 2013. I am also hoping to post the next five chapter review with questions for you as well. So guys stay tuned and thank you for following this blog so that we may continue writing. Hope you had a Happy New Year and continue to have a happy year.

5 Great Lines – Gemma Halliday, Deadly Cool

First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?

As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim. I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.

5 Great Lines from Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday


“That craptastical, gutless, son-of-a-cactus-humping butt monkey!!”


“In the immortal words of Mr. Burns…….eeeeexcellent.”


I took a deep breath. “I’m sorry I lied, I like your Star Wars sheets, you’re not that bad of a driver, and I swear on my Very Cherry lip gloss that I will never lie to you again.”


“I’ll go,” he said.
“And that’s safer because?”
“I’m a guy.”
“Right, and having a pair of dingle balls makes you invincible how?”


She shot me a sugar-coated smile. I matched it calorie for calorie.

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.- on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.
Look for my newest release- Dark Daze – Out now

Recap of Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly Week 2

Hi Fellow Readers- back for Week #2 for Love in a Nutshell. I am up to Chapter 5 now. A recap of the first four chapters has Kate Appleton losing her job and finding a job with Matt Culhane to find the person who is undermining his company and possibly putting him out of business. So she is “the snitch” and as such will be known as “the snitch” from now on. She believes that one of them had tampered with the cooler’s power switch causing him to lose money with the food because it spoiled. The cast of characters is being set. Kate Appleton, Matt Culhane, Laila, Jerry, Steve, Tinkerbell (Tink), Ginger, Travis, Bart, Amber and Betty. There is also Richard, Kate’s old boyfriend. The reason for Kate “the snitch” being hired is his new business venture in Florida where he is buying a hotel and turning it into a hotel/restaurant resort. He also planned to renovate another property which he believes will make him money. The “cooler incident” in reality had the “unit’s power switch to the right of the door turned off, but the door had been left open, too. From what she could gather from the brewery gossip, without both of those events, the cooler would have held its temperature within the allowable range until morning.” p 44 Also Kate has feelings for Matt which begin to be tested because- he may be the one who is taking her home from her and that is part of the reason she is taking the job. Her childhood home. ******************************************************** I still like the character of Kate. I like her even more as time goes on. Matt is a nice character as well. But a businessman who is about making money. And he wants to know who would hurt his chances at doing so. Although I believe he is developing feelings for her, I also believe those feelings will face something later on in the book- a decision on where he wants to be and does he want her in his life- her the same thing. So before I end this post, my question to you is the following: Is there ever a moment in your life, that you had to make a decision about someone in your life- whether they could or should stay or go? And what was the resolution of that decision? I think that a lot of us make that decision with our friends as well as romantic liasions. And we have to be cognizant of who is in our lives and who likes us as well. Personally for me- I know that I have to make that decision for me in a current relationship that has turned out to be beneficial for me and not beneficial for me. He had indicated that he liked me again more than I liked him. And I didn’t want to maintain the relationship knowing that he felt that way. I had been walking that minefield for a long time. So I just wanted to be his friend. So that decision for me is that he had to go. But as it was easier before its was not so easy now. That is because he is/was a nice guy and not a nice guy. And I fear that I would not be able to find a person who was willing to have that kind of conversation. I have found someone who says that he is willing but we never connected. So where am I to go on that one? So in your own personal life- where do you stand with that decision and conversation?

5 Great Lines – Darynda Jones, Second Grave on the Left

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left.

5 Great Lines from Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones


She shook her head then took off again, and I found myself struggling to keep up with her in my bunny slippers. With a sigh, I realized I was getting way too much exercise. I’d just have to counteract it later with cake.


Crap. “Men in black are at the office?”
“Well, yes, but they’re actually in more of a navy.”
Crapola. I so don’t have time for men. In any color. “Okay, two questions. Do they look mad, and are they hot?”
After a long, long, pause, Cookie said, “One, not really. Two, no comment at this time. And three, you’re on speakerphone.”
After another long, long pause, I said, “Okie dokie then. Be there in a jiff.”


I’m Charlotte Davidson: private investigator, police consultant, all -around badass. Or I could’ve been a badass, had I stuck with those lessons in mixed martial arts. I was only in that class to learn how to kill people with paper.


His gaze slid over me like a veil of fire. He could ignite my deepest desires with a single glance. I decided right then and there no more reading romance novels by candelight.


“I do not,” I felt oddly appalled by her statement. “I’m an excellent liar. Ask my dentist. He swears I floss regularly.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.- on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.
Look for my newest release- Dark Daze – Out now

A Review of Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Hey guys- sorry for the lateness. Just finished a book review for a person that I had gotten paid for and I have to do one more for him which is also paid for-so now you have my attention.
Summary to Date:
So far I am almost through Chapter 2 of the novel. First off let me say I think I am going to like Kate Appleton. She is in need of a job because she got fired from her former job due to another associate’s actions. How many can relate to that huh? She got asked by an interviewer to be his “snitch” with the other employees. To befriend them and to give him what they are saying so that he may know what they are doing, thinking and saying. His reasoning is that he, the owner, Matt Culhane believes that someone is sabotaging the business and he needs to find out who it is as soon as possible. So she took the job and now works for him as a private investigator for his company masquerading as an employee.
Blog Entry
For those who have read Janet Evanovich you are no stranger to her novels, nor to her character. In fact I believe the unknown for me here is Dorien Kelly. She has graciously agreed to grant an interview which I will post her responses when I receive them. I am sending them out Christmas week, so please take into account that we are busy with the holidays and the responses may lag.
I was unable to find any questions to go along with this novel but I thought I would start out with how many of us had been fired or have been fired due to an action noted and mentioned by another employee- personally I don’t know names but I have heard of people losing their jobs as a result of that. Most reactions tend to be angry but they get over them because they need to work. Note- never bad mouth a former employer or employee because you never know who they talk with in regards to your future. What would you do if that happened to you like Kate Appleton and got a chance to work but had to be a snitch to do it? Would you take the position? And how would you approach the job- with what type of attitude?
Another question that came to mind as I read the beginning of the novel was how to handle the job interview and explaining how you once again lost another job-even I have problems doing this and am and have been in this situation. What do you say and how do you turn it in your favor? I think this lady was lucky because for me it was never easy trying to explain how I lost the jobs that I lost in quick succession. My goal is to not lose any more jobs. Or to get fired. But you know how that goes-you get fired for no reason except that they no longer want you to work there.
So stay tuned for the next installment and hopefully the interview will be responded to by then of Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly.

5 Great Lines – Emery Lee, The Highest Stakes

In the high stakes gentleman’s world of 18th century horseracing, when the blood of the “desert kings” ruled the English turf, a hero returns from war to claim the girl he has loved since he first spied her riding hell-for-leather over the Doncaster heath. Determined to have her at any cost, he will risk everything.

A story of star-crossed lovers and horseracing, THE HIGHEST STAKES transports the reader to 18th century England, an era infamous for corruption, arranged marriages, and high stakes gambling; when racing and breeding became the obsession of the uppermost elite, and a match race might replace a duel in settling a point of honor.

Through the fictional love story of Robert Devington and Charlottte Wallace, a tale of drama, danger, thwarted love, and retribution unfurles…

5 Great Lines from The Highest Stakes by Emery Lee


“Finally, mutually, and completely, they released all doubts, abandoned all fears, unwilling and unable to deny this overpowering love.”


“Go bugger yer mother and lick yer boots clean!”


“Yes, my boy, you are indeed much faster, bigger, and stronger than me and an altogether superior speciman of God’s creation, but I have seen your like before. Only one of us can be master, and it won’t be you.”


“Try as you may, you can never defy love.”


“Son of a beast tried to bite me when I turned my back to the billets!”…
Nostrils flaring and ears pinned, the grey repeated the offense.
“He wants another go at it. Be a sport ol’ man!” Robert chortled. The indignant Scotsman threw the reins in his face, tromping off to collect the major’s horse.
“I wonder was it reward or punishment Winthrop had in mind in allowing you to keep that brute?” Drake innocently inquired.
“He only eats Scotsman,” Robert quipped.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.- on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.
Look for my newest release- Dark Daze – Out now


Each time I lost someone that was reading the blog I would get unhappy and try to figure out why I am losing the reader. Each time I would write another blog post I would try to figure that out. But how can you figure that on a blog you contribute too? And what about what I write- do you like what I write- would you buy my novel if it was a stand-alone novel?
I am in search of the elusive answer from you the reader. I am however making several assumptions- first that you read most if not all of the authors that contribute here; two that you like to read romance novels and three that you more than likely subscribe to this blog. Based on those three assumptions, I made the premise that you – contain my answer.
So I have a proposition or proposal/request for you the reader to participate in an exercise with me the contributing author. I request that you all purchase or borrow the novel Love in a Nutshell
by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. It is a novel I am reading for fun and join the conversation with me about that elusive answer-who are my readers and why do you like to read my blog? What I propose to do for the duration of the read is for the next couple of posts I will recap what I have read and pose some questions and some answers. Hopefully, those who wish to participate will also respond. I will pull some information from her webpage and also see if I can find some interviews with both her and Ms. Dorien Kelly as well.
The hope is that by the end of this novel, somewhere in that conversation someone’s response either to a question or a topic they start on their own will help me move towards finding that answer as to why readers come and go on the blog. I have part of my answer already and I will share that with you. People like the same old thing and don’t like change or too much deviation from what is/was normal for your blog. You will lose the reader because they don’t find it as interesting as they had once. The reader will choose to read another blog that gave them once what they had. So lesson learned for me in regards to that blog. I have to stick to what got me you the reader in the first place and not deviate. For my blog that I am discussing with you right now- it is all about writing, publishing in the industry, other writers, new novels and blogs as well as some of my own personal problems. I also showcase interviews and poetry as well as other writings that people allow me to publish on the internet. So I hope that you and the others will continue that journey with me.
However as this blog is Lets Talk Romance- I want to discuss romance with you and continue that conversation with you. So please join, I will not post the first blog entry for two weeks. In other words, it will not be the upcoming week of December 20, 2012 or the week of Christmas on December 27th, 2012 but the first Thursday in the New Year 2013- January 3, 2013. So hopefully for those who are going to participate you will be able to buy, borrow or download the novel. To help out, I am going to give you some links for that. Please check out below: (shows Plum Series but plug in the name and should bring it up) (direct link at www.

And if you are looking in the Nook: ($2.99 I believe on the Nook)

So hopefully ladies and gentlemen, you join me in my reading.

5 Great Lines – Rachel Gibson, See Jane Score


A little subdued. A little stubborn. A little tired of going out on blind dates with men who drive vans with sofas in the back, Jane Alcott is living the Single Girl existence in the big city. She is also leading a double life. By day, she’s a reporter covering the raucous Seattle Chinooks hockey team—especially their notorious goalie Luc Martineau. By night, she’s a writer, secretly creating the scandalous adventures of “Honey Pie”…the magazine series that has all the men talking.


Luc has made his feelings about parasite reporters—and Jane—perfectly clear. But if he thinks he’s going to make her life a misery, he’d better think again.


For as long as he can remember, Luc has been single minded about his career. The last thing he needs is a smart mouthed, pain in the backside, reporter digging into his past and getting in his way. But once the little reporter shed her black and gray clothes in favor of a sexy red dress, Luc sees that there is more to Jane than originally meets the eye.

Maybe it’s time to take a risk. Maybe it’s time to live out fantasies. Maybe it’s time to….


5 Great Lines from See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson


“I love you, and I want to be with you because you make my life better.” He pushed her hair behind her ear. “You asked me once what I see when I look into my future.” He slid his palm down her shoulder and took her hand. “I see you,” he said and kissed her knuckles.


“I want to make love to you, and if you don’t stop me now, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”


“Between the lapels of his subdued charcoal suit, he’d worn a silky red tie. A gold Rolex had circled his wrist, and an overblown blonde had been bonded on his side like a suction cup. The man clearly liked to accessorize.”


If ever there was something she needed to stick around and fight for, Luc was that something.


“I have friends. I want more from you than that. I’m a selfish guy, Jane. If I can’t be your lover, if I can’t have all of you, then I don’t want anything.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.- on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.
Look for my newest release- Dark Daze – Out now

5 Great Lines – Susan Mallery, Only Mine

Her town’s lack of men may make headlines, but it isn’t news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool’s Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town. Finn Anderssen will do anything to keep his twin brothers — the perfect contestants — off the show. Despite Dakota’s better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn’t dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV.

5 Great Lines from Only Mine by Susan Mallery


“Because sometimes when things are going really well, we find the one thing we’re pretending we’re not looking for.”


“I thought I was looking for something. Now I get that I was looking for someone. You. I’ll go back to school and get my degree because it will make you happy. But also because it will make me the kind of man you want. This all about you, Aurelia. Don’t you get that?”


“I’m not sure you need protecting.”
“Everyone needs protecting now and then.”


“I didn’t want to hurt you,” she blurted. “I never wanted to be someone you would regret. I’m not afraid for me. I’m afraid for you.”


“The last time I dated, dinosaurs roamed the earth. We didn’t even have electricity.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.- on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.
Look for my newest release- Dark Daze – Out now

5 Great Lines – Deeanne Gist, A Bride Most Begrudging

When Lady Constance Morrow finds herself held against her will aboard a ship bound for the American colonies–a ship filled with “tobacco brides” and felons–she is quite sure that as soon as she arrives she will find a reasonable man who will believe her father is an earl and send her back on the next ship to England. Instead she meets Drew O’Connor, a determined Colonial farmer who is nearly as headstrong as she is. Drew wins Constance as his bride but soon realizes he has taken on much more than he bargained for.

5 Great Lines from A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist


“That first scream, my lord, was indeed your daughter, my wife, and if you kill me, your grandchild will be quite without a father.”


“Oh, they’ll never believe a woman could solve such puzzles. They’ll just assume I’m humoring you by editing it myself and allowing you to put your name to it.”
She raised her eyebrows. “But you wouldn’t be.”
He humphed. “They’ll never hear me admit it.”
“I will,” she said, a smile curving her lips.
He shrugged. “They’ll believe me, not you.”


“Ho! Wise men say, ‘He who hath not a good and ready memory should never meddle in telling lies.'”
Drew smiled. “I have a good and ready memory.”


“Look. Isn’t he beautiful?”
Drew’s expression softened. “Ah, Nellie. He’s bald, pink, and has no teeth. What’s so beautiful about that?”


“You could have arrived atop a wildcat and no one would have said a word. They will adore you.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.- on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.
Look for my newest release- Dark Daze – Out now