Thursday, June 7, 2018

Captain and Countess on sale for 99 cents until the end of June

On sale for 99 cents until the end of June
4.5 out of 5 stars

Captain Jason Northcross desperately desires his sister, Lily, to marry into noble society. To achieve a duchy for his sister, he needs a proper marriage for himself. His status guarantees an easily achieved betrothal, and he should have no trouble selecting one of the eligible young ladies during his party in the countryside. However, distracted from his goal, he has a hard time keeping his hands off his neighbor, Lady Rushford.

The late Earl of Rushford's widow, Bess Webster, believes romance has passed her by. So why can’t she keep Captain Northcross out of her dreams? And how does he inflame passions she didn’t know she had? While she should be focused on penning novels and finding husbands for her friends, her thoughts center on broad shoulders and laughing green eyes.

"Jane Austen haunts the pages of this regency romance, and she does so with a vigorous nod of approval. I'm difficult to please when it comes to historical fiction because it's so tough to capture use of language and tone without sounding contrived, but Ms. Gaines's prose is an effortless read, beautifully paced, and brimming with evocative detail of period and place. The novel departs from conventional offerings in this genre with characters that are fresh, multi-faceted, and richly layered."  Amazon reviewer

Monday, March 26, 2018

A few pictures from my trip to the Galapagos

I was supremely fortunate to be able to take a National Geographic cruise around the Galapagos Islands (off the west coast of Ecuador).  As you no doubt know, the animals Darwin found on these islands were instrumental in his formulation of the theory of evolution through natural selection.

This was my lovely cabin on the National Geographic Islander run by Lindblad Expeditions.  So cozy.  I miss it and the amazing food.  Only trouble is I fell in love with Ecuadorian beer and cant find it in the US.

As we approached a small hill, we heard a strange call, and our naturalist became excited.  "I have a treat for you," she said.

Twenty-two flamingoes marched by on their way to a lagoon for their breakfast.  My brother-in-law got his camera out quickly and took this picture.

Here's the lovely countryside on Santa Cruz Island.

And one of the highlights of my trip...a chance to sit down with a Galapagos tortoise.  The fields near the restaurant where we had lunch on Santa Cruz were full of these amazing creatures.  I sat down with this one, and we looked at each other for about twenty minutes until it started to rain.

What a gorgeous animal.  I miss him!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Now out from Entangled Scorched

Sex columnist Désirée “Rae” Knight is in a bind—and not the kind she usually likes. Her newest assignment, and possible big break, is an article for her magazine on the sex resort that just opened. The only problem is it’s couples only. Although she writes about having red-hot sex, she’s been single longer than she’d like to admit. Enter her coffee shop crush, who she’s been secretly ogling every morning. Trouble is, he doesn’t know she exists.

When Nate Winslow recognizes the shy, quiet woman at Sufficient Grounds as the author of the sex columns that fuel his fantasies, he’s surprised. And the last thing he expects is an invitation to join her at a sex resort. But his answer is hell yes!

Rae and Nate have enough chemistry in the bedroom to set the sheets ablaze. When Rae insists they limit their relationship to sex only, Nate agrees since he’s burned out on love. But the more they push each other’s boundaries, the more they realize one week won’t be enough.

“Intense, romantic and erotic!” –Charly M., NetGalley

“This is a sizzling hot intense and erotic romance.” –Shannon’s Bookish Life

“While this was an erotic romance and had plenty of sexy times, Ms Gaines managed to make it not all about sex by creating well-rounded backstories for Rae and Nate. They became more than just people having a good time for a week with no strings attached sex at a sex resort.
They were people with feelings, fears, hopes and dreams. The sex made for a spicy read but their personalities brought depth and meaning to the story.” –Deanna L., NetGalley

“Hot, hot, hot!” –Erika C., NetGalley

“There’s so much more to this sizzling romance than just the sexy times, and I loved it!”
–Monica B., NetGalley