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Spotlight Interview and Giveaway with Catherine Hemmerling

Historical Romance author Catherine Hemmerling is here today with a fantastic interview. She is here to discuss her newest release from the Lady Lancaster Garden Society Mystery series, Enticing Her Unexpected Bridegroom. Please help me make her feel welcome.

Catherine will be giving away a free copy of her book (ebook). We will also being giving away a $20 Amazon gift card. Be sure to leave a COMMENT here on the blog or on the facebook post in order to be entered into the random drawing. A winner will be drawn and announced on February 2nd, 2016 @ 5pm

Before we get into your book, let us talk about you.

Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until recently.

This author happily resides in Tehachapi, California with her family.


Do you have a day job?

I used to be a Technical Writer and I loved it, but my dream has always been to be a novelist. I have been lucky enough to retire from the high tech world I lived in for 25 years and am now able to focus all my time on writing fun fiction.

What is your favorite color?

Definitely green.

Tell us about your greatest adventure?

Aside from this roller coaster as a writer, I suppose back-packing around Europe tops the list. Eight countries in thirty days with my best friend? It doesn’t get much better than that.

What is your biggest fear in life?

Failure. I have always been an overacheiver. It’s a hard thing to stop being. I was at the top of my field as a technical writer. As a romance write, I’m still learning the ropes. It’s a dagger to the heart to get a 1-star review, but it happens. I am quickly learning that you can’t please everyone. And that’s ok.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I have successfully followed Maya Angelou’s advice (paraphrasing here) “that just because you are in pain, doesn’t mean you have to be one.” I have suffered from a chronic disease since I was 17. It’s hard not to whine and moan when you hurt, but I have learned that I have a heck of a lot more to be thankful for than I have to complain about. I’m proud of that.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? (besides writing)

My mom and I have a small arts and crafts business called Petals and Leaves. I make jewelry and knitted fiber-arts for the business and she makes bags and crocheted good. I also paint and sculpt when I can.

How do you spend your spare time?

Crafting or writing. I also watch a lot of Netflix. I don’t like silence much. I always have a show or music playing as background noise.

Who is/are your biggest supporter(s)?

My fiance and my mom. Well, pretty much all my family. My sister was almost as excited when my first book came out as I was. She made me cry (in a good way). I have been blessed with supporters.

If you weren’t an author what would you be?

Right now? A lazy bum probably. But originally, I wanted to be a teacher if I couldn’t write.

If you could live in any time period which would you choose and why?

That’s tough. I am very fond of the regency period that I write in, but I am more fond of indoor plumbing and showering regularly. I suppose there is something appealing about the 50s and 60s. Seems like a more innocent time. Bottom line though, I’m happy where and when I am. Nothing beats being an 80s kid!

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing stories as a kid. I finished some short stories in college. But try as I might, I could not finish a book-length story. It wasn’t until I had a dream about Lady Lancaster and her girls (yes, an actual dream) that I was able to sit down and crank out an honest-to-goodness book. I actually finished it in about 6 weeks. And while I was waiting for an agent to pick it up (God willing) I wrote book 2 and 3. I had finished the first 3 books in the series in just under 8 months. It just poured out. Crazy.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I wrote what I loved; romance. I’m branching out into different genres now, but initially, I had to go with something near and dear to my heart.

Is there a genre/subgenre that you haven’t written that you would like to try?

I’m working on a straight up detective book now. I also want to try writing a male protagonist, but originally I wanted to write young adult fantasy. I still want to try my hand at that.

Where do you get your ideas?

Dreams. Pretty much always. I keep a notebook by my bed, because if I don’t write it down right when I come out of the dream, I’ll never remember it in the morning. The inspiration comes from dreams, but it takes a lot of time and imagination to get a book out of the dream.

What comes first, your characters story or the plot line for the book?

Characters, for sure, but the plot line comes soon after. I can’t write just off the top of my head. I need an outline to remind where I want to go. I must say, though, sometimes the characters have other ideas and I have to adjust my outline. They definitely take on a life of their own.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not in the traditional sense. I’ve never had a problem finding the story once I sit down and start writing. I do have days (weeks) where I am too tired to write. Days where I can’t think straight enough to string sentences together. Part of my illness, I’m afraid. But I always find a way to get back to that place I need to be to write…eventually.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I have been hugely influenced by Jane Austen and, also, Julia Quinn. I suppose there is some Nancy Drew in there, too. Jane Austen inspired the historical aspect, Julia Quinn, the overall feel, and Nancy Drew, the mystery.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I had far fewer than I have heard from other authors. I sent out 70 or so query letters to literary agency over a three month period. I received maybe twenty or so responses. All “thanks, I’ll pass” letters. But one showed interest and asked for the whole book. Then asked for some changes (I’ve always suspected my agent was testing my willingness to make changes to “my baby”). Apparently my changes passed muster and I was signed. Not long after, I had a publisher. The rest is history. All in all, less than six months passed between me finishing the book and me receiving a publishing contract. Highly unusual from what I understand.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

Not a thing. It’s all a learning opportunity. I wouldn’t be the author, writer, novelist I am now if I hadn’t gone through all the stuff I did to get hear. Plus I had a pretty easy go to get published, remember? I would have liked to know about my addiction to adverbs earlier on, but that’s a whole other matter.

What process do you use to research for your book?

Lots of googling. I also read old newspapers from the regency period. You’d be amazed at what you can find online. For book two (Romancing His English Rose), I followed the procedures detailed in an actual murder case  held and transcribed in 1814. Research is fascinating to me. I actually found a tradition (from the 1600s I think) where woman would fashion eyebrows out of mouse pelts and wear them!

Who has been your favorite character thus far?

Tough one… I want to be Lady Lancaster when and if I ever grow up, but I think I identify with Sarah the most. I have always been, and will always be, a clutz. I don’t think I grew into my height very gracefully either. I also have absolutely no filter. Both have caused me no end of troubles, as well.

Who has been the hardest character to write about? What character has given you the most trouble?

I think Emily (her book will be the fifth in the series) will be my most challenging. She is a true beauty inside and out, but I have never been the “belle of the ball” ad that is definitely the role I cast for her. It will be interesting writing a character that has all the men lusting after her.

What character, that you haven’t written/released yet, are you most looking forward to sharing with your readers?

Well, I’ve written this character into all the books, but I’m taking leave to focus on the second part of your question. I hope, hope, hope I get a chance to write Lady Lancaster’s story. You know, before she became the paragon she is in my other books. I think readers would be interested in the love story between her and the oft quoted Duke.

What project are you working on now?

I am currently working on book five of the Lady Lancaster series and book one of a new series. The new series is a detective/mystery set in current times. A bit of a departure, but it’s been fun exploring the new genre.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The worst critism I have received was a “did not finish” rating on Goodreads for my first book, Taming Her Forbidden Earl. Some of the comments were pretty harsh. I was particularly scarred by “lame banter is lame”. I think it was first strong lesson I learned that I will never be able to please everyone. As far as compliments, I think reviews that say they loved the book so much that they have to go buy the others is the greatest compliment any author can receive.

What is the last book you read? Are reading now? Looking forward to reading?

This is a touchy subjest. I am (or was) a voracious reader, but now that I am writing, I am sooo concerned I may subconciously steal an idea from another book, that I hardly read anything at all. Plagiarism is an awful thing to do to a writer, even unintentionally. I’m probably being silly, but that is the actual reason I don’t read much anymore.

How do you decompress after typing The End on a book?

A nice glass of chilled Moscato, of course. :o)

What is the best way to celebrate after a book release?

A nice glass of chilled Moscato, of course! LOL


Tell me about your book/release, Enticing Her Unexpected Bridegroom.

Give us a 30-word or less tagline:

Their unexpected marriage will either end in rapture… or ruin.

1. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I suppose my intended audience is romance and mystery lovers. You get both in this book. I also use an actual historic event to mold the story around, so history buffs may enjoy this read too.

2. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Oh, you had to ask! Titles are my kryptonite. I usually pitch a half dozen before my publishing team finds one they like. My original title for this book was Loving the Lady Sarah, but it didn’t quite fit in with the other titles in the series, so I had to go back to the drawing board.

3. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

My publishing team does the artwork. They send me an extensive questionnaire that tells them about the book, the main characters, and the types of covers I like. They also ask for examples of covers I don’t like. In the previous books, I had tweaks and fixes for the cover. This book’s cover was perfect from the get-go. I love my team!

4. Tell me about your Hero and Heroine?

Sarah and David…such a fun couple. Sarah has been in love with David for years. He is her best friend’s brother, so they know each other pretty well. Or so they thought. Sarah is uncommonly tall, clumsy, awkward, and terribly outspoken. David is a gentleman in this book, but he had some growing up to get there. He was a bit of a rascal in his youth. They both have a lot to learn about each other, but about themselves as well.

5. How do you come up with your characters names?

This is a crazy story. I came up with this series in 2011.  I searched the popular baby names for 1814 to get the first names. The last names are from a list of the peerage for England. I wanted to make sure I chose typical British names. The crazy thing is that I chose the names Sarah, Emily, David before even starting the series. In 2012, I met my, now, fiance. His name is David. He has two daughters. Their names are Sara and Emily! Such an amazing coincidence.

6. Are your Characters modeled after any one in your life?

Actually all the female characters, except the villains, are modeled in some way after me. I suppose you write what you know. The leading men are just what I think an ideal man could/should be. Not perfect, just perfect for their partner.

7. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Well, I love Sarah, of course, but I’m partial to Sam in this book. He isn’t a huge character, but he packs a fun punch. Little boys are scamps, you know?

8. What was your favorite chapter to write? Scene? Why?

I love when Sarah falls. I picture Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality. That woman can take some falls.

9. Do you have a least favorite character?  What makes them your least favorite character?

I am not a fan of the odious Earl, but the magistrate really annoyed me. I don’t like yes-men.

10. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

In the acknowledgments, my step-daughter’s name is spelled incorrectly. It should be Sara Hammons. I think with the character name being Sarah, the misspelling went unnoticed. I feel really awful that I didn’t catch it before it went to print.

11. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

All the books are based on actual historic events. I think that adds a little extra something. As a result I tried to be as accurate as possible with the historic details in the book. Street names, business names, etc. aren’t used if I couldn’t find reference to them in 1814.

12. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Like me on Facebook! My website is under construction, but in the future you can also find me at I love to hear from my readers, so please look me up!

13. What can we expect from you in the future?

Hopefully more and more books. I also made a new years resolution to be better at blogging. Fingers crossed, huh?

14. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Spread the word. Also, please take the time to comment on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you buy the book. But mostly, just keep reading.

15. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

First, finish the book. Then buy the latest edition of The Guide to Literary Agents. It is a great resource. And finally, be patient. It takes time. And while you wait, write another book, or two. 

16. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I’m about to the point I’m going to have to start making things up, so I think we’re good. :o)

17. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

“We are talking right now, Sarah-dear,” David responded tightly, “and as your husband, I may call you anything I like.”

“No, you may not!” Sarah cried, throwing down her napkin and standing abruptly. “You may have married me, but we are not husband and wife. And this—” At which point Sarah gestured wildly to the farce of a breakfast before them. “Is not talking. This is…this is…this is idiotic!”

And with that, Sarah spun around, tripped over her chair, and fell face first onto the plush carpeted floor with an inelegant “oomph.”


Apologizing profusely, Lord Cardigan made his way over to his daughter and began removing her forcefully from the party, but apparently not before Lavinia saw the grateful smile Sarah gave David.

Pulling away from her father, Lavinia skewered Sarah with a look and said nastily, “It was you, wasn’t it? You were the one to break my gift.”

Feeling like a fly that has been pinned to a mat, Sarah was unable to move, unable to say anything. Hannah, however, stepped closer to her friend and took her arm reassuringly. “How dare you! You heard my brother say he broke it. What right do you have to accuse Sarah?”

David, too, stepped forward, and now both Rochesters were flanking Sarah protectively. “Yes, Lavinia…are you calling me a liar?”

Seeing that she was outnumbered, Lavinia wisely said nothing. Instead she allowed her father to finally lead her from the room, but not before she gave Sarah one last evil glare. After Lavinia and her family were gone, the party began to break up. But Sarah remained where she was, wracked with guilt.

Hannah and David remained where they were, as well, and Sarah took the opportunity to set the record straight.

“Hannah,” she said with a gulp, “Lavinia was right. David didn’t break the figurine. I did. But it was an accident, I swear.”

Hannah rolled her eyes. “Of course it was an accident, Sarah. Don’t think on it again. Yes, it was a pretty bauble, but it was from Lavinia,” she said, pronouncing her name like it was the plague or pestilence, “and I would have had to hate it on principle. That girl is rotten to the core.”

Sarah choked on something close to laughter and was surprised by how much better she felt knowing Hannah didn’t harbor her any ill will for her clumsiness.

“The question is,” Hannah continued, her eyes narrowing slightly as she looked at David, “why did my brother confess to something he did not do?”

David shrugged. “I knew that Lavinia would raise holy hell when she found out the bird was broken, and I could see Sarah was upset enough already. She didn’t need to deal with that little witch on top of it all.”

And that was it. That was the moment Sarah fell in love. Head over heels in love with David Rochester. Lord help her if Hannah ever found out.

“Oh, thank you, David,” Sarah sighed, looking up at her newfound hero.

Oh great, David thought to himself. He had seen that look before. What was it with girls anyway? Always falling “in love” over the stupidest of things. Well, that would teach

him to be nice to the little chit. Well, never again, he swore.

Never again.





Interview and Giveaway with Iryna K Combs

Sci-fi fantasy author Iryna K Combs is here today with a fantastic interview. She is here to discuss her newest release novel Black Wings. Please help me make her feel welcome.

Iryna will be giving away an e-book of Black Wings. Be sure to leave a COMMENT in order to be entered into the random drawing. A winner will be drawn and announced on Saturday January 23rd, 2016 at 5pm

Before we get into your book, let us talk about you.

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Originally from the Ukraine, I am still considered a new face to America. Speaking three languages including English, that became just as natural to me as my native Russian. I grew up in a town on the south of Ukraine doing the same things that other kids my age did. Dreaming, hoping and wishing. Growing up, I spoke absolutely no English and never even saw myself somewhere abroad. Nevertheless writing a novel in another language! I went to the local school that brought mostly negative experience in my life. But it shaped me throughout the years. My college life was much better. I was known to study well and to go out partying as much as it was possible. In my first year of college I began to work in the marriage agency and met my future husband. We dated and traveled to most of the Europe along with Egypt. When I finally got my fiancée visa, we both moved to the states, where soon after, got married. In the first few years I did some modeling and acting. Photo-shoots, run-way and photo in the magazine fulfilled my childhood’s dream. A few years later I became a mother of a wonderful and most handsome little boy. Along with learning and experiencing motherhood, I began to make hand-made jewelry and organic soaps. This hobby turned into my small business and became bigger than I thought it would. In the last year I discovered: an author lives inside me. Never did I think that I would write an English book and that I would love doing it. But I did! And I loved it!

 1. What is your favorite color?

           I like pretty much all colors, but I believe my favorite that I use mostly is grey.

2. Tell us about your greatest adventure?

           Life itself is the best, brightest and greatest adventure for me!

3. What is your biggest fear in life?

          Not sure if it is good thing, but I do not think I have any…

4. What is your greatest accomplishment?

         I would have to say my greatest accomplishment is becoming an author. Writing a first time novel and becoming published and re-published within one year was a great accomplishment! As growing up, I spoke no English and of course, never thought I would ever become an author. That is so amazing where life takes us sometimes. I learned one thing – you never know where you will end up, so it is best to know and being able to do as much as possible!

5. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? (besides writing)

        I do. I am also a jewelry maker. I create hand-made unique jewelry made from gemstones, Japanese beads, Swarovski elements, leather. I have been doing it for the last two years and had a big success in it. This type of jewelry is extremely rare to find and takes a long time to make, but the finished product worth every second! I have my shop on Etsy called Iryna’s Crafts and also a facebook page where I post all things I have ever made (custom, sold out or still for sale) at Iryna’s Crafts.

On top of that, I also love to cook. I am, in fact, one very food-driven person! My husband says I am like a man – mad when I am hungry. I love to try new things, I love to create something new and I hope one day within next two years I can write my own cook-book.

6. How do you spend your spare time?

           With my family, writing or reading.

7. Who is/are your biggest supporter(s)?

            My dear husband is my number one. He is my rock.

8. If you could live in any time period which would you choose and why?

            Honestly, I feel very fortunate to live in this time period we are living now. After experiencing modern technology, it would be a bit of a torture to go back in time. And future might be a little scary to visit. So I feel good right where I am today!

9. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

           My first writing experience was in the very end of 2014 when I finally decided to write a book. It took me about two months to finish it and about another two months to find a publisher.

10. How did you choose the genre you write in?

         It just happened that way. My novel Black Wings has a few genres mixed together. Fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, drama, romance. Some might think it is too much stuff for one book, but I have never heard anyone said it yet. I feel I pulled it off pretty well combining all these genres together.

11. Where do you get your ideas?

            My idea came from a dream that I saw last year. It was stuck in my head for many months before I developed the story and loved it. So I decided to let others live through it. However, many other ideas in the book came upon me while I was writing. Sometimes feeling like I squeezed everything I could from my, suddenly I get a new boost of ideas!

12. What comes first, your characters story or the plot line for the book?

             With “Black Wings” it was kind of both. But I think plot was one step ahead though. Annabel’s story was behind it.

13. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

            This is another story that makes my writing unique. I do not have any author who influenced me to write. Also, I am actually not a big dearer… I am not proud to admit it though. I wish I had more time to read. My novel Black Wings and the next one in the making come pure and untouched, from my own imagination and dream.

14. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

            Well, as most authors, I was rejected more than I could keep count. Likely it all happened very fast and finally I heard two publishers interested in my manuscript. One of them never wrote back but the other accepted my creation! It was a lot of sleepless nights doing researches and planning my next steps.

15. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

           I am happy with what I have, but I am also looking forward to try self-publishing one day.

16. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

        I would love to tell you more about it. I am currently working on my next book which is going to be realistic Biblical fiction. With this being said, there is a lot to it in order to make it as close to the Bible as possible. I do however, believe it will be great and might even serve some lessons, encouraging or support.

17. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

        I am very laid back person and I do not take criticism very personal. I even wrote an article for about negative thoughts. My article was published on their website in December 2015. And to be completely honest, I have not heard any bad critique about my book or myself as an author that would touch me… not yet. But some of the best compliments are when people tell me that my story made them tear up or even cry and experience other emotions. This is what makes me feel I did something right! Also, I love when people get into my book to the point they want to see it become a movie.

18. If you had to choose one of your book/series to make into a movie or tv show which would you choose?

         That would defiantly be my dystopian sci-fi novel Black Wings. I would love so much to see those creatures to come alive and the story in front of our eyes.


Tell me about your book/release, Black Wings. BlackWings_RoaneCvr

Give us a 30-word or less tagline:

     Dystopian sci-fi fantasy novel with elements of romance. Great read that will take you to another world.

  1. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

If you like fantasy, sci-fi, mystery – this is right for you. I think everyone should read this book because I had so many times when people who are not big on these genres still decided to read it and were happy they did. I honestly feel this novel is good for everyone. They should read it because it is different. It is truly unique and extremely exciting. After all, you will be pleased with a happy end!

    2. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

“Black Wings” represent my main heroine Annabel. She is very unique among others. She has some distinct differences about her inside and outside. But she was not always like that. The story will take you to her world, what happened to her and how she became different.

     3. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

This is actually quite interesting. My former SCP was the first publisher that took care of my book. While I had a perfect idea in my head for the cover, Dawnee Dominique – the cover artist, came up with another idea. The first idea she sent me did not appeal so great to me. So, we talked more, discussed it better. She sent me her second creation for the cover and as soon as I saw it – I loved it. I fell deeply in love with it! Although, it was still very different from my original idea, hers was way better! The green-eyed brunette on the cover is just about the exact image of Annabel in my head. How cool is that?

  1. How do you come up with your characters names?

I used the names that I personally liked and they just fit perfect to my characters. It was kind of one of those things – my characters told me their names.

  1. Are your Characters modeled after any one in your life?


  1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Annabel and Dexter. Beautiful, interesting creatures. Strong, smart and in love but intriguingly staying apart until the right time comes.

  1. What was your favorite chapter to write? Scene? Why?

My most favorite, absolutely best chapter is Chapter 2 when Annabel tells her story. Readers go into her mind and back in the past year to re-call what happened to her, why she became different and what makes her that way. The pain, torture and fears she had to live with every day is very exciting and intriguing. And finally her escape that will also bring some twists and surprises.

I also really like the last chapter, Chapter 6. It is fast paced and has a lot of excitement as well as the story gets to the end. It is full of twist and surprises that you will not expect. And do not forget – a happy end! Good enough to smile after all!

8. Do you have a least favorite character?  What makes them your least favorite character?

I think all my characters are unique. I do not have least favorite. Even bad buys are still interesting enough.

  1. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

I do not want to sound self-righteous, but I honestly feel that I would not change anything.

  1. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

The best one is that this book comes from a simple dream of mine. The dream that had to be just forgotten but it was not. It was in my head for months and now it is here, out all over internet and online book-stores.

   11. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Please visit my website:


Twitter: @IrynaKCombs

Amazon book page:

12. What can we expect from you in the future?

At least one more good book. Realistic Biblical fiction is in the making!

     13. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Please spread the word and leave your honest review on amazon or other websites. For readers who are interested in my book, I am already thankful beyond this world for your interest and for the time readers take to explore it. I feel bad t ask for more as it is already a lot! But when readers spread the word and leave reviews – it truly helps more than any promotions ever will!

     14. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Yes! Do not give up! Sometimes it takes longer to achieve things, but everything is possible and as long as you want it, push through and work on it – you will get everything!

  1. Think about your book. You realize that we all read books at different paces, with varying amounts of distractions.  Is there a particular part of your book that you want to highlight– not because it is your favorite – but because you want to encourage your readers to read it carefully and get all the details?

I would say The Prologue as it carries important information for the rest of the story to be well understood. I had many readers thanked for The Prologue as it sure helped and without it the story would be lost and hard to imagine.  

16. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you. Thank you, Heather. And thank you readers, authors and quests who took time to read my answers and who stopped by this blog today! Please know that I respect each one of you and highly value your opinion about my work. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have questions, or just want to share your thoughts about my novel.

       17. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

I would love to do that! Here is it, please enjoy:

I slowly sip a little of his bitter dry wine while he has a smile on his face. I swallow it, fee…ling bitterness as it passes down my throat. For a moment I think maybe this is a mistake. But now I can’t take it back or change it. I’m scared my plan is not going to work as I’d hoped. “We might just have started something new!” He takes back his wine. He drinks more and continues. “However, my sweetie, you will need to prove your intentions to change. And of course, let me say something so we do not have any miscommunication… I do not want to see any more tears rolling down this pretty, innocent face.” He walks around me, stops behind me. I stand as still as I can, my pulse beating in my head. “You know very well what happened to you while you were not cooperating, while you were stubborn and stupid. Do you know?” He touches my hair, letting his cold fingers run through it. “I know,” I reply not moving. “My dear, if you ever break this joy that you give me, or lie to me…” He stops, takes my hair, rolls it around his hand and pulls my head back to him. ”Your punishment will not know an end…your pain will not know any limit…you will not know…death.” He leans close to my face. Worried, scared and freaked out, I quickly answer to him in order to distract him from me. “It will not get to that point,” I promise, barely controlling my shaking voice.




How to Rescue a Rake by Jayne Fresina Blog Tour and Giveaway


Title: How to Rescue a Rake

Author: Jayne Fresina

Series: The Book Club Belles Society, #3

Pubdate: January 5th, 2016

ISBN: 9781402287824


Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate’s mysterious new wealth has the town’s rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana’s attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry “any suitable girl” under the age of 25.


Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate’s return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can’t help but feel in Nate’s presence…and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.


But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention—and her heart.


Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters, she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. She lives in upstate New York. Learn more about the author at


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How to Rescue a Rake, the third in Jayne Fresina’s Austen-inspired Book Club Belles series, comes out this January! For all of you Jane Austen fans, this fun new release is based on Persuasion and it’s a book you don’t want to miss. To celebrate this latest release, the heroine is here to give our readers a tip on how to rescue their own rake and to share an excerpt with us.


Tips for Capturing a Rake’s Attention: By Diana Makepiece (Or How to Stay Calm and Capture a Rake)


A tongue-in-cheek guide by one old maid, who has lost her bloom, has let her last chance for happiness pass her by and is now, at twenty-seven, half way to death (according to the parson’s wife)… and not at all bitter about it, thank you very much.


On the subject of nature, a lady should use it to her advantage. For instance, get caught in a spring downpour and it tends to bring out a rake’s gallant side. But so will anything that makes one damp— such as tumbling into the river by accident when trying to retrieve a fallen muff. A lady in need of rescue is irresistible, even to the worst of scoundrels, and particularly when she’s wet.


An Excerpt:


“I sent you a message the morning I left, Diana,” he said. “I fired it myself through your bedchamber window with a sling.”

“You did what?”

He ran a hand over his face, flattening rain-drenched spears of hair to his brow. “I climbed that damnable oak behind your mother’s cottage. I didn’t want to leave without giving us another chance.”

She tried to think, but her mind wouldn’t cooperate. Don’t believe him, Diana. This is another of his practical jokes, no doubt. Any moment now he will burst his seams with laughter.

Diana sniffed. “What did this supposed note say?”

He frowned.

“And don’t bother making something up, Captain, for I will know you’re fibbing. It comes naturally to you and always did. But I never fell for it, did I?”

The frown broke with exasperation and then reformed with scorn. “Oh, you know me. It was childish nonsense. Just what you would expect. Good thing you never read it.”

“Don’t tell me then,” she grumbled into her handkerchief. “It hardly matters now anyway. The years have passed, and we are both too old for climbing trees.”

“Quite,” he snapped. “Three years is an eternity.”

For me it has been, she longed to say.

Suddenly Nathaniel seized her hand. “We should start again, Miss Diana Makepiece, and put the past behind us.”

“And why, pray, would we do that?”

He lifted her gloved fingers and pressed his lips against her knuckles.

“Captain?” she demanded.

He met her frown with a narrow-eyed, somewhat menacing appraisal. “Your opinion of me might improve.”

“Well, it could hardly get any worse.”

Nathaniel’s hand tightened around hers and tugged her closer. “I am not all bad. We may become friends.”

Skeptical, Diana tried to retrieve her hand, but his grip was too strong. “I wouldn’t hope too hard, Captain.” She admired his spirit; she envied his lively manners and his fearlessness. But to feel more for such a capricious man would be a mistake. “I think you should—” A dark, devious twinkle sizzled in his blue eyes and made her draw an anxious breath. “Do not think of it!”

He blinked, but the wicked sparkle remained. “Do not think of what?”

That. It is not proper!”

“I’m afraid not. It is, however, necessary.”

“Captain Sherringham, if you dare—”

The words were stolen away as his mouth lowered to hers, claimed her lips. She’d said the wrong thing, of course. In his case, saying “if you dare” was like waving a red rag at a bull.

Diana was almost lifted off her feet, left to hover on her toes as he took his kiss. His tongue touched hers and stroked it gently. A raindrop that fell from his eyelashes to her cheek was warm and soft, tickling her skin as it trickled down the curve like a tear and finally gathered on the ridge of her jaw. Until the tip of his tongue followed it and then licked it away.

She was stunned speechless.

“If you don’t believe me about the note,” he whispered, his lips warm against her ear, “ask Jamie Bridges. It was his sling I used.”

Every inch of his hard body was pressed against her, and in her wet clothes she had little defense. He must feel her heartbeat. She might as well be naked. The wicked thought flashed through her mind as if he had put it there with his kiss.

“Ask him,” he repeated. “Unless you’re afraid.” A flare of white teeth showed as he smiled. Oh, that lethal charm. He would never lose it. “The world might tip upside down if I was proven honest for once.”

Nathaniel’s eyes shone down at her and she was caught up in their brilliance, like a fly trapped in a spider’s web.

“I once fell out of a tree for you,” he whispered, sounding bewildered.

“That would explain these bouts of madness,” she reasoned.


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