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Fangirl Friday (2.27.15)

Welcome to the last FANGIRL FRIDAY of February! The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This weeks I’m thrilled to announce the release of the third book in Shelley Coriell’s romantic suspense series, The Apostles:

The Blind by Shelley Coriell

BlindWhen art imitates death…

As part of the FBI’s elite Apostles team, bomb and weapons specialist Evie Jimenez knows playing it safe is not an option. Especially when tracking a serial killer like the First Friday Bomber. He calls himself an artist–using women as his canvas and state-of-the-art explosives as his brush. His art lives and breathes…and with the flick of a switch…dies.

As the clock ticks down to his next strike, Evie faces an altogether different challenge: billionaire philanthropist and art expert Jack Elliott, who’s made it clear he doesn’t care for Evie’s wild-card tactics.

Jack never imagined the instant heat for the Apostles’ defiant weapons expert would explode his cool and cautious world-and make him long to protect this woman. But as Evie and Jack get closer to the killer’s endgame, they will learn that safety and control are all illusions. For their quarry has set his sight on Evie for his final masterpiece…

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Shelley

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

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 Laurie Kellogg’s THE MEMORY OF YOU is FREE at Amazon through February 28th!

 

Also, the clock is running out on your chance to win one of four signed print copies of MARRYING MISTER PERFECT by Lizzie Shane – Enter at Goodreads by February 28th!

 

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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I’m excited by new releases by two of my favorite authors: Mary Hughes (Masked Attraction) and Roxy Mews (Coral-600).  I have so much love for these two and can’t wait to start reading.  What books have you excited this week?

Fangirl Friday (2.20.15)

It’s time for FANGIRL FRIDAY again – the day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.  It’s a light week for Ruby news this week, but don’t let that stop you from sounding off about books you love in the comments!

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

There are no new Ruby releases this week, but if you have a new book out or if there’s a new book you’re excited about, please tell us in the comments!

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

For our friends across the pond, UK readers can still get Kim Law’s Sweet Nothings & Caught on Camera for only 1 pound through February 23rd!

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And if you like Goodreads giveaways, check out these babies…

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Marrying Mister Perfect by Lizzie Shane

Marrying Mister Perfect

by Lizzie Shane

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hawk's Revenge by Vivi Andrews

Hawk’s Revenge

by Vivi Andrews

Giveaway ends March 15, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

Enter to win

Also, Laurie Kellogg’s THE MEMORY OF YOU will be FREE from February 26 through the 28th.

 

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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

What are you reading these days?

Fangirl Friday (2.13.15)

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the Valentine’s Edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY!!! The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.  Have you bought a book for your Valentine? Looking for something romantic to read over the holiday weekend? Read on for steals and deals this week…

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

We have a couple Ruby Releases this week, including my third Lone Pine Pride story… Welcome back to the pride!

Hawk’s Revenge by Vivi Andrews

HawksRevengeHer betrayal is unforgivable. But their passion? Unforgettable.

Hawk-shifter Adrian Sokolov made the mistake of trusting the beautiful Dr. Rachel Russell once—and wound up drugged, captured, and experimented on inside Organization Labs.

He isn’t about to make the same mistake again, but when she offers to help him escape this hell hole, he can’t say no. Her only condition? That he take her with him.

From the moment Rachel discovered her bosses’ true intent, she’s been secretly smuggling shifters out of the Labs. But now the higher-ups suspect they have a mole, and it’s time to flee—but not before she frees the golden-eyed hawk she was forced to betray.

When their escape goes wrong, Adrian wakes, confused and alone, in the safety of the Lone Pine Pride infirmary and realizes he may have left behind the one ally the shifters had within the Organization—the same breathtaking woman who invades his dreams.

Now he must face the Organization that destroyed him… before she pays for his freedom with her life.

Warning: This book contains betrayals, escapes, rescues, plots, double-crosses, a sexy surly hero, a heroine who deserves sainthood… and a pride full of trouble.

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Vivi

 

Our second release is not only a release, it’s also an incredible deal!  Check out this fabulous box set…

BoxSetONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE, a box set of 11 romantic fairy tale retellings,includes stories from Ruby Sisters Jeannie Lin and Cate Rowan and is available for a limited time for only $0.99!

Join NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling authors as they invite you to explore the world of Fairy Tales in Eleven Exciting New Ways!

Experience the story of The Nightingale through a Steampunk landscape, or follow Rapunzel through Sci-fi adventures. There is the modern woman who steps out of her front door and into the Fairy Tale Realm, and there is the modern woman whose life resembles a Fairy Tale – one involving a slipper. Maybe you’d like to find out just who that Big Bad Wolf was and why he was so interested in Red, or maybe you’d like to go behind the scenes and see what those Fairy Godmothers are up to while everyone is getting their Happily Ever After.

Whatever your flavor of Fairy Tale enjoyment, you’re sure to find it here! ACT NOW before this limited time box set is gone!

 
If you’d like to check it out:

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

And with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, there are some fabulous deals out there!  Elizabeth Langston’s young adult novels I Wish & Whisper Falls are both still discounted down to only $0.99! And you can also get Kim Law’s contemporary romances Ex On the Beach and Hot Buttered Yum for only $1.99 through Valentines!

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And for our friends across the pond, UK readers can get Kim Law’s Sweet Nothings & Caught on Camera for only 1 pound through February 23rd!

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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I’ve been indulging with Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh. She really is a goddess without compare.  So brilliant.

What does your Valentine’s reading look like?  Have any favorites for the holiday?

Fangirl Friday (2.6.15)

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY!!! The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This week is a good week for lovers of contemporary romance and romantic suspense!  Three shiny new Ruby releases.  Behold!

Silken Threats by Addison Fox

SilkenEveryone has secrets, and some will kill to keep them buried… 

It started with a break-in. And though normally wedding dress designer Cassidy Tate could have handled it, having Tucker Buchanan’s strong arms, quick wits and great dog as backup was reassuring! The former army engineer turned architect was the perfect guy in an emergency—and the fact that he was willing to pick up the pieces was even more appealing. 

Because it turned out it wasn’t a simple robbery. Someone was after something in the shop Cassidy and her fellow bridal boutique owners shared. Now Tucker didn’t want to let Cassidy out of his sight. But was that to protect her—or claim her for his own?

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Addison

 

Sweet Talking Man by Liz Talley

SweetTalkingWho doesn’t want a little sweet talk? 

Leif Lively is the hottest thing to happen to Magnolia Bend. But single mother Abigail Orgeron figures he’s another heartbreaker and does her best to ignore the steamy glances he tosses her way. When he speaks, though, her resistance crumbles! His sweet words, humor and laid-back ways captivate buttoned-up Abigail. 

For once, losing control feels so good, and this no-strings arrangement is getting serious. What will she do when Leif solves the family mystery that brought him to town and decides to leave? Because she’s learning that the biggest love means taking the biggest risk…

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Liz

 

 

Also this week I’m thrilled to announce my inaugural foray into the wild and wonderful world of contemporary romance! Meet my new self, Lizzie Shane:

Marrying Mister Perfect by Lizzie Shane

MMPSometimes it takes a reality television show to show you the love that’s right in front of you…

To Louisa Tanner, Jack Doyle is perfect—heart surgeon, loving single father, and best friend a girl could have—so it’s no surprise when he’s tapped as the next Mister Perfect for the reality dating series Marrying Mister Perfect. But watching her secret crush romancing gorgeous women on national television? That flat out sucks—even if he will never see her as more than a pal.

Jack is skeptical of reality shows as a path to love, but drastic measures are needed to shake him and Lou out of their rut. His friend deserves better than being his live-in nanny and will never chase her dreams if she is busy taking care of him and his kids, so he vows to take the show seriously and find a new wife.

But the more stunning women he woos on command, the more he begins to realize the only woman he wants just might be the one he left back home. How can he seduce his best friend without jeopardizing their friendship? Especially when the cameras are always rolling…

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Lizzie

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

If you love Young Adult, you’re in luck this week!  As a Valentine’s Day special, Elizabeth Langston’s I Wish & Whisper Falls are both discounted down to only $0.99!  This is a STEAL, so get them by February 14th to catch this great deal.

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Also, every day next week I’m going to be giving away another contemporary romance novel on my Lizzie Shane Facebook page, so please head over and “like” me so you won’t miss your chance to win!
 
CapturingUPDATE: Capturing the Cowboy’s Heart by Lindsey Brookes will be FREE on Amazon from February 7-11

After losing his wife in an accident two years before, not long after he’d been forced from the circuit by an injury, thirty-two-year-old Cade Tyler, ex-rodeo champion, thinks life has thrown him more than lemons. But life isn’t done…it sends him Lacy Dalton.  She’s a reporter. He hates reporters. She’s pushy. He hates pushy. She’s sexy. He…well, he just won’t let himself think of her that way. 

The more Lacy learns about Cade’s past, the more she finds herself wanting to prove to him that not all reporters are bloodthirsty vultures. But her growing attraction to him puts not only her heart in jeopardy, but her life as well, because someone is out to ruin Cade and will do anything to make that happen.

 AND as a Valentine’s special Kim Law’s Ex On the Beach (love this book!) and Hot Buttered Yum are on sale for only $1.99 each through February 14

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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I’ve been reading Sixth Grave on the Edge by our own Ms. Darynda Jones.  (I’m a bit behind on the series because of my book hoarding tendencies.)  And it is just as effervescent and marvelous as all the other addicting Charley Davidson books.  What are you reading these days?

Fangirl Friday (1.30.15)

Hello, ladies and gents, and welcome back to another edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY!!! When we’re all about the books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This week we have two exciting new releases from our talented Rubies:

Caught in the Act by Kim Law

CaughtCatherine Davenport Carlton needs a break. After dedicating her life to her political-minded family, shocking scandals from the past have shaken her to her core. Summer in the quiet town of Dyersport, Maine, is just what she needs, especially with a super-hot neighbor right next door…who’s none other than Brody Hollister, the boy she fell in love with as a teen. Cat wants nothing more than to pick up right where they left off eighteen years ago, but she’s still haunted by a terrible secret that could devastate Brody.

Brody Hollister spent years pining over Cat Davenport. They met young and loved passionately—until she disappeared from his life. Now she’s back, as spirited and beautiful as ever. But while Brody is determined to help Cat free herself from her family’s drama, his own family may be hiding something that could ruin their rekindled romance for good.

In Book Two of the Davenports romance series, sex and politics collide…with passionate results.

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Kim

 

The Sword & The Starship by PJ Kurtz

StarshipDoes she have a soul?

Genetically engineered to blend with a sophisticated, aristocratic society, Valara F’al-ten awakens from her hibernetic sleep in an uncharted star system, orbiting a planet rich in resources Earth Colony 5 needs, but how does one negotiate inter-galactic trade agreements with a society that still wields swords?

Clan High Chieftain, Gordain Ryn Phellan, has problems—an outlawed clan, a rival chieftain, and a despot with mind-control capabilities—even before he captures the bewitching female who claims to have a flying ship. That she could be kin to his greatest foe and was assembled rather than born should repel him. It doesn’t. Instead, he finds himself torn between his responsibility to the clans and his escalating desire for her.

Despite unnerving physical and emotional changes, Lara needs to complete her mission, but Dain’s enemies have other plans. Past and future collide as they work together to neutralize the threats, leaving Lara caught between duty and the yearning of her awakening heart.

Amazon :: More About PJ

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

Looking for a deal? Check out these free and discounted releases!

naughtyThe sexy contemporary romance from L.L. Kellogg The Naughty Never Die will be FREE TODAY at Bev_SS_smallall of the following vendors: Amazon :: Barnes & Noble :: I-Tunes :: Kobo :: Smashwords  If only the good die young, then New Jersey’s virtuous First Lady should be a cinch to kill. Unless….deep down she’s really quite naughty.

 

If you haven’t already snagged Bev Pettersen’s STUDS AND STILETTOS it will be discounted from $5.99 to only $0.99 until Sunday, February 1st! Don’t miss your chance to snag this excellent author at an excellent price.  Her hope for redemption is jeopardized by a sexy trainer…and a ruthless murderer! Amazon :: B&N

 

 And if you prefer a print giveaway, don’t miss your chance to enter to win one of five copies of Rita Henuber’s Hunter’s Heart at Goodreads!

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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I devoured more of my RITA books (and there were some insanely good tales in the bunch) but I’m excited to get back to regular reading I can gush about publicly next week.  I have a Nalini Singh waiting on my TBR, along with a Kieran Kramer and a couple Darynda Jones I want to get to.

What are you looking forward to reading?

Fangirl Friday (1.23.15)

Hello, darlings and welcome to another delicious edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY!!! The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

The Rubies don’t have any new releases this week, but if you have a new release or there’s a new release you’re excited about, please don’t hestitation to tell us in the comments!  And we love links, so feel free to include them!

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

Looking for a deal? Check out these free and discounted releases!

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This coming week, contemporary romance scribe Bev Pettersen’s STUDS AND STILETTOS will discounted from $5.99 to only $0.99!  The deal is available on all vendors and will be running from Monday, January 26th to Sunday, February 1st!  Her hope for redemption is jeopardized by a sexy trainer…and a ruthless murderer!  Amazon :: B&N  

 

 

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And if you prefer print deals, visit Goodreads and enter for your chance to win one of five FREE SIGNED PRINT COPIES of my latest sexy shape-shifter release TAMING THE LIONWhen she’s in heat, there’s no cooling down…

 


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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

I’ve started my RITA reading – which means I can’t actually say what I’m reading, but I will say the books are GOOD!  Steep competition this year!  Do you have any books to gush about?

Fangirl Friday (1.16.15)

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY!!!  The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

Today’s “new” release is the paperback edition of my recent Lone Pine Pride book, which became physically real on Tuesday!

Taming the Lion by Vivi Andrews

When she’s in heat, there’s no cooling down…

Wilderness guide and cougar-shifter Patricia “Patch” Fontaine has known the dangers of lone-shifter life since she was ten, when her parents mysteriously vanished. All grown up now, she thrives on her hard-won independence.

When rumors of a new rash of shifter abductions crop up, she’s forced to come home to the Lone Pine Pride for protection—right as the man she’s always secretly wanted is about to marry her best friend. And right as she’s going into heat.

Roman Jaeger values his role as Alpha heir apparent, but he isn’t thrilled about his arranged marriage to the Alpha’s daughter—especially when his bride is just as nonplussed as he is—but he’ll do his duty for the pride. Seeing Patch again challenges his noblest intentions. The wildness in her sets him on fire, and he can’t resist the chance for one last fling.

Both know a future together is impossible. But when chemistry and sowing wild oats grows into a need deeper than lust, their bond could threaten the very heart of the pride they both love.

Warning: This book contains a strong sexy Alpha-to-be, an independent cougar-shifter who knows her way around a lion’s heart, secret affairs, arranged marriages, politics, passion, and a pride full of lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.

Amazon :: Samhain :: More About Vivi

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

Looking for a deal? Check out these free and discounted releases!

No Holding Back: How Honey and Jack Met by Rita Henuber, the FREE prequel to Point of No Return.
While on assignment, the last thing Marine Major Honey Thornton expected was to be called away for a meeting with the acting station chief in Istanbul. Even more surprising was the former CIA operative she met there, the ruggedly handsome and built-to-last Jack O’Brien. When attraction sizzles and the meeting turns out to be a bust, Honey and Jack decide to put their time together to more pleasurable uses.
Slipping off to Jack’s hotel, the two quickly come to an understanding: no commitments, and no holding back. The two mesh perfectly and surrender to intense passion, the only question is whether they’ll stick to the rules of their casual hookup or give in to the deeper connection that sparks between them.  Amazon :: B&N :: KOBO

 

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FREE – HOOKED ON YOU by Romance Author Lindsey Brookes – Be sure to grab this free download of this humorous contemporary romance at Amazon before the giveaway ends!

 

 

And last week’s deals are still in effect, so if you missed them, be sure to click below and snag THE OBSESSION, TOUCH ME, and TEMPT ME!  Jan9Deals

 

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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week, I’ve had jury duty, but the good news is that it’s given me lots of time to read. I’ve been devouring Vanessa Barneveld’s This Is Your Afterlife, and I can’t say enough good things about it!  Simply amazing.  This Is Your Afterlife is paranormal YA following a high school junior whose talent as a medium rises to the fore when the ghost of the hometown hero & high school quarterback appears in her bedroom and she must figure out the secrets behind his suspicious death so he can rest in peace. Told with a clever, lovely voice that makes it a pleasure to read, thank goodness for this book making my waiting hours in the jury pool room fly by! 

What books have consumed you lately?

Fangirl Friday! (1.9.15)

Happy Friday and welcome to our first FANGIRL FRIDAY!!!

Today is the day when we gush about books.  New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now. 

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

How to Find a Man in Five Dates by Tina Beckett

Tina_5DatesWhen the clock strikes midnight

Dr. Miranda Dupris is fed up with men! Her ban on relationships is a New Year’s resolution she is determined to keep. To prove it, she’ll go on twenty-five dates in one year—and that’s first dates only. Maybe then Mira will be able to find Mr. Right! 

Finding a man is one thing. But when sun-kissed doc Jack Perry arrives in a spray of perfect snow it soon looks as if Mira might be destined to lose her hundred-dollar bet… along with her heart!

New Year’s Resolutions!

Resolutions are made to be broken…

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Tina

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

Looking for a deal?  Check out these free and discounted releases!

TouchMeSmallTOUCH ME, Tamara Hogan’s UnderbellyTemptMeSmall Chronicles prequel novella, is FREE on  Kindle :: Nook :: Kobo :: iBooks  (Paranormal romance.)

TEMPT ME, the third book in Tamara Hogan’s Underbelly Chronicles paranormal romance series, is on sale for $0.99 on Kindle :: Nook :: iBooks :: Kobo   A sex demon and a preacher’s kid? Heaven forbid!
 

ObsessionSmallAlso FREE is Book 1 of Liliana Lee’s historical erotic romance series, THE OBSESSION. Get it from Amazon :: BN :: aRE :: Kobo :: Apple 
Princess Shanyin has a harem of male concubines to serve her every sexual fantasy, but from the moment she sees the handsome Chu Yuan, she has to have him. At her request, the Emperor gives the aristocrat over to Shanyin for her pleasure, setting off a power play of sensual torment and dominance between them. Trapped in Shanyin’s harem for ten days, will the proud Yuan surrender to his own dark desires, or will he turn the tables on the seductive princess?
 

 

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Did you have a new release this week?  A book on sale in the coming week?  Have you read something that blew your mind?  Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you!  We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once.  Thank you!

This week, I’ve been reading Tell Me Something Good by Golden Heart nominee Jamie Wesley.  A contemporary romance with wit and heart that reads like watching a good rom-com. Love. What books have you discovered lately?

Release Day Party: A SCANDAL TO REMEMBER

Prelim ASTR 2014-01-10 at 2.25.56 PMHuzzah!  Today is my release day celebration of my 9th book, A SCANDAL TO REMEMBER, the 5th book in my Reckless Brides series.

I am both excited and happy to final bring this book to you. Why ‘finally’? Because writing this book nearly killed me. Actually, it was appendicitis that nearly killed me, but it was because I was deep in the process of writing this book, and hard up against a deadline, that I ignored my body’s rather strenuous objections and warning signs until it was nearly too late. 

In the aftermath I realized that I had written my own drama into the book: I had created two characters who fail to recognize their own warning signs of impending disaster until it is very nearly too late for them. 

Interested? Here’s an excerpt:

Isle of Wight, and the whole of the coast of England, was slipping away to the stern. Nothing could stop Jane Burke now. Not Sir Richard, nor the snide derision of the crew. Nor even Lieutenant Dance’s strange ability to soothe and discompose her all at the same time. 

Perhaps the Bible verse had it wrong—it was not the truth, but her lie that had set her free. The irony could only make her laugh. 

“You seem well entertained this morning, Miss Burke.” While she had been watching the isle, Lieutenant Charles Dance had been watching her. 

Jane tried to combat the rising heat in her face by turning into the wind. “It has been a most instructional morning.”

A twisted-up half-smile threatened to steal across his face. “And have all your—what did you call them?—collecting expeditions been as instructive?”

“If only.” But Jane thought it best to say no more on the subject of instruction, and what she had learned this morning. And so she instructed herself to smile more serenely while she prayed that her face did not color with betraying heat. “But I am very much looking forward to learning more.”

The lieutenant’s sharp, all-seeing glance slid across her face so fast she was surprised it didn’t cut her.

Oh, Lord. And there was the suffocating heat. It was a good thing the wind was chilling, or she would be as overheated as a boiled turnip. “I mean, I am very much looking forward to this overseas expedition. I have never collected outside of Britain, nor taken such a long expedition before. Two months is hardly the same as two years.”

“Yes, hardly the same.” His green, green gaze, which had moved on in a constant inspection of all the various and different parts of the ship, came again to rest upon hers. She could feel the pressing weight of his regard as if it were a stack of books sitting upon her chest. 

“You do know, Miss Burke, that the Admiralty’s estimation of two years is based upon a sort of minimum requirement for getting to the other side of the earth and back?” His gaze spared her for a moment as it swept up the bowsprit. “Two years is the least amount of time it could take, barring bad weather and unforeseen circumstances, which, I will scruple to tell you, can be counted upon to plague us every sea mile of the way. The truth is, it will undoubtedly take far longer than two years.”

The news jarred the breath from her. She had not known, though clearly she should have. She had planned both her stores and her funds for reprovisioning at the standard stops of Madeira, Salvador de Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso—just saying the exotic names had made her giddy with delight—to last only those two allotted years. 

No, she had been careful in her preparation and generous in her funds. And besides, she had provisioned for two people—Papa and her, before he had changed his mind and decided they were not to go—when she would be only one. And those provisions had been a keepsafe—something to go along with the meals she would take sharing the captain’s table along with the rest of the expedition, as had been arranged. She would be fine—although she was certainly hesitant, as well as curious, to meet the captain after the lieutenant’s cryptic but descriptive comments upon her arrival. 

“And if you were asked instead of the Admiralty, Lieutenant, how long would you have said the voyage was to last?”

“I would have said that we will be lucky to see England’s shores within five years, Miss Burke, not two. That is, if Tenacious lives up to her name, and doesn’t sink us all long before that.”

Jane absorbed the second blow in silence. She had thought only of what she might accomplish on such a journey, and not of the passage of time. In five years’ time she would be one and thirty. She would be the thing she had not wanted to admit to being, the thing that she told herself was not important. Being recognized as a talented, dedicated, scholarly conchologist had been what mattered. But the inescapable truth was that in five years’ time, after having taken herself across the globe and back, she would be irrevocably ruined for marriage. She would be a spinster set firmly upon the shelf.

It was a bitter tonic to swallow at the very start of her triumph. It was almost frightening.

Oh. This time it was she who looked more closely at the grim pleasure on the lieutenant’s face. “I see. You mean to frighten me, Lieutenant Dance.”

He nodded, all purposeful admittance. “I do, ma’am, I do. I mean for all of you, from Sir Richard on down the Royal Society’s muster roll to you, J. E. Burke, conchologist, to be frightened into understanding what might come. Sir Richard spoke of hardships. Make no mistake, Miss Burke, there will undoubtedly be hardships, but there will also be danger—very real, threatening danger. The dislike of the crew, and the resistance of Sir Richard will seem like nothing compared to it.”

He meant it, this sharp-eyed, grim-faced man. He believed the truth of every word he spoke. “You’re a cynic.”

He laughed into the wind. “Assuredly, Miss Burke. But at least I am not a worthless drunk.”

 

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Foreign Affairs: An Interrogation Report for Suspected Russian Spy

SUBJECT:  Ex-KGB Agent Nikolai Markov, hero of THE RUSSIAN TEMPTATION by Nikki Navarre

State secrets have never been this sexy.

State secrets have never been this sexy.

INTERROGATOR:  CIA Agent James Riley, hero of AN AFFAIR OF DECEIT by Jamie Michele

LOCATION:  CIA Interrogation Facility, Washington, D.C.

DATE:  Yesterday 

RILEY:  Given these anomalies in your travel documents and your, ah, colorful history, you’ll understand why we need to ask a few questions, Mr. Markov.  Mind if I call you Nikolai?

MARKOV (lighting a Gauloise cigarette): I’d prefer it if you didn’t, Dr. Riley. As I’ve explained repeatedly to your CIA underlings, my name is Nikolai Kirov, and I’m an independent security consultant. A simple case of mistaken identity, no doubt, that you seem to have confused me with this ex-KGB hit man I take it you’re looking for.

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