Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jane Eyre: A Modern Author Takes the Romance Element Deeper!

If you've been following this blog in the past few months, you know I've been doing a series of articles on Jane Eyre.  I've explored the story-line, the main characters of Rochester and Jane.

And I've explored the many, many movie adaptions of this great novel. 
I've even shared a recent find by a modern author, Anna Erishkigal, who wrote The Auction, and told you how I loved the modernized story set in the present. If you've missed that story, here's a link to it on Amazon, btw  The Auction by Anna Erishkigal

So, since we've covered the pluckiness of Jane, the brood factor of Mr. Rochester, the scary events and Thornfield Hall, and the pathetic marriage proposal from Sinjun, I have one more thing to share before moving on to another couple worthy of Timeless Lovers discussions.   

This week, as promised long before my surgery on March 5th, 2015, I'm sharing another great MUST read that I feel will delight my fellow Jane Eyre fans.  

This time, it's a historical romance novel, a Gothic novel written by a very talented romance writer of our time, Eve Silver  (No Relation!)

Babs Bunny, no relation to Bugs Bunny! 

Eve Silver's story, His Dark Kiss, is part of a Gothic Romance series named Dark Gothic. It is book two in the series. 
  • Book one:       Dark Desires 
  • Book Two:     His Dark Kiss
  • Book Three:   Dark Prince
  • Book Four:     His Wicked Sins
Although I've only read the first two novels, I have the third on my kindle and am waiting to savor it. Her books are wonderful if you are a huge Gothic romance reader, as I am. 

His Dark Kiss:  
It's about a girl, Emma, who is living with her not so nice aunts. This is a period drama, like Jane Eyre. Emma is illegitimate, and despised by the aunts. In this time period, children born in such circumstances were treat badly by most, often hated, reviled, and sometimes abused merely for being born to an unwed mother. I know, it seems weird in our time, but we're talking 19th century morals here. 

The aunts wish to be rid of her, as well. They've set upon a scheme to sell her off as a mistress to some man. Wicked Aunties, to be sure!  Doesn't that just make you burn with anger on Emma's behalf. 

Emma would like nothing more than to get away from her aunts, but what can a girl with no money and no familial connects that would willingly help her do? She's a dependent relation to them. Emma is offered a position at her cousin's husband's home to act as governess to her cousin's son.  It seems the perfect arrangement for her. 

She travels to the manor house, of course a very Gothic type mansion full of dark secrets and set in a remote region, and meets her employer, Lord Craven, a widower (husband to the deceased cousin). This guy is handsome, sexy and Emma is instantly attracted to him on a primitive level. He's also more than a bit scary. Like Rochester, he broods a lot, and is not always pleasant to those around him. He also has some dark secrets that worry Emma. 

The manor is sort of crumbling. And, there are whispers of murders, and mysterious accidents occurring with other governesses. There have been a few governesses before her, so she's entered into a very dangerous position, not a pleasant one as she'd hoped. But, she preservers as a good Jane Eyre role model would. Emma has no where else to go, really, but back to her nasty aunts. She falls in love with her little charge, six year old Nicky, and is developing some pretty scary (as in deep) feelings for her employer, her cousin's widower. I don't want to give away spoilers, so I won't tell you every nuance of the plot. If you're curious, read the book, you'll not regret it. 

It is a romance, make no mistake. And, as a romance, the main action is between the Hero and Heroine, and yes, there will be a lot more stolen kisses and sensuality, even a love (Sex) scene, so if you are expecting a chaste rendition of the Classic, you need to know this upfront before you buy it. This story is NOT--NOT-NOT erotica, by any means, it is historical romance with a sensual edge. I don't wish anyone to be misled. The prior book I mentioned, The Auction by Anna Erishkigal, is a sweet contemporary romance mirroring the Jane Eyre love story. 

His Dark Kiss is a creepy, keep you up at night story, and it is close to Jane Eyre. Not line for line, but the imagination of the Ms. EVE Silver has taken the romance trope of governess and brooding male employer to a new level as she's added a much darker and sinister tone in her work. Love it. You will, too, if you love Gothic Romance. Below are other books in the series. They are standalone reads, as the events of any one book to not influence your enjoyment of the other books. I'm passing along the series as well as the Jane Eyre-esque read to you so that if you like dark romance, you'll have a new lead. Gothic romance stories are a rare find these days, so check these out if you dare! 

Book One

Book Three


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Addictive Reads Boxed Set: Escape into Romance


A much awaited sequel, and a delicious Boxed Set Deal

Hello, I am going to be offline from this blog for a little while as I'm having surgery March 5th, 2015.  Your prayers are appreciated, and your patience as I recover.  I should be back in a couple of weeks. So, until then, a little author news to keep you informed.  


My own work: I am justing finishing up my 10th romance novel, Some Enchanted Dream, Seasons of Enchantment Series Book 2.  This is the sequel to Some Enchanted Waltz, a Time Travel Romance.  In Waltz, Tara, a modern girl from our time was thrust back to Ireland of 1798 and ended up falling in love with a rebel militia leader in a cause she knows is destined to fail.  This time, Tara and Adrian travel to Paris in 1889, during the Belle Epoque. It's still the past for Tara, but it is the future for Adrian. As lovers separated by a 200 year gap in beliefs and sensibilities, they need sort out issues in their new marriage. With their companions, Dan from the future and Tara's two fey brothers, Riley and Mick Gilamuir, Tara and Adrian will discover a horrible plot that could affect the future of mankind. As so many readers have emailed me personally asking for a sequel to Some Enchanted Waltz, and not just a sequel with other characters but another story about Tara & Adrian, I am pleased to report the book is finally complete.
It is at the editor at present and will be released in mid to late April.  

Here is a sneak peek at the cover.

Thank you Kim Killion at The Killion Group!

A Delightful and Wickedly Delicious Boxed Set Release: 

I'm honored to be included in a boxed set of contemporary romance reads with some awesome authors.   

The Addictive Reads Escape Into Romance Boxed Set has just been released.   

Escape Into Romance with the Addictive Reads 11-author / 11-book / 2,000+ page contemporary box set, a $27.28 value, most written by best-selling and award-winning authors. Join our lovers as they overcome adversity and, through the power of love, find their happily ever after.

Final Hours by Cate Dean. Elizabeth Barritt fought hard to put her childhood behind her. Now she has the chance to move forward, to reach out for a new future. And she does - right into Jackson Kane's path. He is a time traveler, from the future, and on the hunt for a rogue agent. ~185pp Rated NC-17

The Auction by Award-Winning Author Anna Erishkigal. Dumped at the altar and left without a home, Rosie Xalbadora takes a job as a governess at the edge of the Australian Outback. The Auction is styled with the heart-wrenching, Gothic undertones of Jane Eyre and just a hint of the supernatural. ~580pp Rated PG-13

A Valentine Challenge by Kiru Taye. Life is good for ex-soldier turned entrepreneur Michael Ede. Or so he thinks. When his friends challenge him to exorcise the memory of a woman from his past, he expects it to be a walk in the park. Or so he thinks until he sets his sights on socialite Kasie Bosa. ~95pp Rated R

Real Men Don’t Drink Appletinis by Liz Matis. Hollywood’s handsomest men surround celebrity agent Ava Gardner, but none are as intriguing as larger-than-life Grady O’Flynn. The Navy SEAL is on an unsanctioned mission when they end up starring in their own romantic comedy. ~35pp Rated NC-17

Game, Set, Match by USA Today Best-selling Author Nana Malone. Tennis star Jason Cartright is looking for a comeback, but the makeover he needs to save his faltering career is in the hands of photographer Izzy Connors, the woman he loved, and left, fifteen years ago. ~325pp Rated NC-17

Aftershocks by Award-Winning Author Kristine Cayne. When Seattle is struck by a devastating earthquake, technical rescue firefighter Jamie Caldwell must save his estranged wife and daughter from the wreckage of a collapsed building. ~85pp Rated PG-13

More Than A Kiss by N.Y. Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Stacey Joy Netzel. Something about Sadie drew Zach—and it wasn’t just the amazing kisses they shared during the filming of his commercial. Will his discovery of her mother's gold-digger history undermine his belief in her and break her heart? ~220pp Rated R

Jade O’Reilly and the Mysterious Musician by Amazon Best-Seller Tamara Ward. Sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly investigates a mysterious young bass player who sounds too good to be true. Will Jade be able to close the case, or will she finally have to admit defeat? ~65pp PG-13

Malavita by Award-Winning Author Dana Delamar **Quarter-Finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award** Enrico Luccesi never wanted anything to do with the Mafia, but when his brothers were murdered, he accepted he would someday be the next don. However, he doesn’t accept he must marry Antonella Andretti, the daughter of the man who killed them. ~215pp Rated R

Something to Live For by Natalie G. Owens. **Haute Pink Magazine’s 2012 Summer Reading List Pick!** 15 years ago, one fateful day bound the lives of two perfect strangers. Can one passionate night together banish the ghosts of the past and give two lost souls a second chance? ~45pp Rated R

The Rock Star Next Door by Lily Silver. From the first moment he sees her, notorious rock legend Lex Coltrane recognizes up-and-rising singer Jessie Kelly. He knows they were lovers in a past life and their souls are destined for a reunion. Can he convince her they belong together? ~300pp Rated R

This collection has it all—(and only 99 cents!) --- contemporary romance, futuristic romance, romantic suspense, mystery romance, and paranormal romance—with a wide range of heroes, from time travelers, ex-soldiers, Navy SEALs, and multi-millionaire CEOs, to tennis stars, firefighters, Mafia princes, and rock stars! Heat levels range from sweet to sizzling, so there’s something to suit every mood.

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And, Dear Readers of Romance, we're hoping for some reviews on our new baby. So if you do read and review this boxed set, you'll be sending us a kiss and letting us know you want more romance from all these fabulous authors. Readers are the reason we keep doing what we do, writing stories to entertain and uplift, stories featuring that Happily Ever After we all crave!