Book Blitz: The Understudy, by Ellen Tovatt Leary

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The Understudy

by Ellen Tovatt Leary

Romance, Historical Romance

 Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group

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Young actress Nina Landau is living in New York City, trying to make it on Broadway in the early ‘70s. Travel back in time with The Understudy—a book actor Stacy Keach calls a “…must read for all lovers of theater…”

Follow Nina as she braves auditions and eventually succeeds on the Broadway stage. Discover the backstage drama, how Broadway actors brave the occasional mistakes and celebrate opening night at Sardi’s! Although Nina’s adventure is from another era, her love story is timeless.

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Ellen Tovatt Leary is an actor and writer born in New York City. She performed in theaters across the country, including Broadway, off-Broadway, and many regional theaters. She worked with Hal Prince, Maureen Stapleton, James Hammerstein, and many others. After a life-long career in the theater, Ellen started writing. For fourteen years, she was on the writing staff of the Carnegie Hill News in New York. She has published short stories, poems, and two widely acclaimed books: her memoir “Mother, Once Removed” (2015) and her novel “The Understudy” (2020).

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: The Courtesan and Mr. Hyde, by Catherine Stein

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The Courtesan and Mr. Hyde

Mad Scientists Society, Book 1

by Catherine Stein

Historical Romance, Steampunk Romance

Date Published: August 16, 2022

Publisher: Steam Cat Press

 

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Sometimes the path to true love is a walk on the wicked side.

Dr. Henry Jekyll has—almost—always lived by the rules. Hoping to improve society by separating a person’s good and evil halves, Hal tests an experimental potion on himself. When the drug lowers his usual inhibitions, Hal crashes a high-class party, downs a strong drink, and propositions a sophisticated courtesan. All in the name of science, of course.

Calliope Finch needs only six more months as a glamorous mistress to earn enough to open the library of her dreams. So when Callie meets the awkward, bookish party crasher calling himself Mr. Hyde, she knows nothing can come of it. Not when his curious charm and unfailing honesty come at the expense of his bank account. All she can spare him is a kiss and maybe one night.

Spurred on by their unwavering attraction, Hal and Callie soon become friends and scientific collaborators. But Callie’s list of potential protectors is dwindling, Hal’s potion might not be the solution he hopes, and a mysterious enemy is making mischief at every turn. With their goals slipping ever further from reach, Hal and Callie must put their minds and hearts to the test. Even if it means freeing sides of themselves they’ve long kept hidden.

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She needed to get back to work. Nothing could come of wasting her time flirting with this mysterious party-crasher. No matter how intriguing he was.

“It is quite the extravagant affair,” the man said. His gaze fixed on Callie, sweeping up and down her body. “I’m glad I came. Mr. Ackner’s stoves may be second-rate, but his guests certainly are not.” Again, his face twitched a bit. Callie had the impression he wasn’t accustomed to speaking so boldly. Perhaps the alcohol had loosened his tongue.

She tried to quash her curiosity. It was time to move on. She glanced around, seeking potential wealthy lovers. That bastard Hinsberg caught her eye and gave her a wink. Callie quickly turned her gaze away. She could overlook the fact that he was twice her age, but he was cold and cruel, and that was entirely unacceptable.

She took hold of the party-crasher’s arm and steered him toward the exit, telling Hinsberg without words she was otherwise occupied. The young man flinched at her touch but didn’t try to pull away, allowing her to lead him out into the hall.

“Are we headed to a private chamber for amorous purposes?” he asked, a hopeful note in his voice. He thrust a hand into a pocket. “I brought coins. How much do your services cost?”

Callie shook her head, trying not to laugh at his bizarre naivety.
“More than you have.”

“Oh.” His shoulders slumped.

Callie tossed back the remainder of her champagne and set the empty glass on a decorative table in the middle of the corridor. Ackner could pay for new furniture if it left rings. Her companion looked down at his own half-finished drink, then shrugged and discarded it.

“Perhaps a small subset of your services?” he offered. “I have…” He made a quick check. “Two dollars and forty-seven cents.”


 About the Author

Award-winning author Catherine Stein believes that everyone deserves love and that Happily Ever After has the power to help, to heal, and to comfort.

She writes sassy, sexy romance set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Her books are full of action, adventure, magic, and fantastic technologies.

Catherine lives in Michigan with her husband and three rambunctious kids. She loves steampunk and Oxford commas, and can often be found dressed in Renaissance Festival clothing, drinking copious amounts of tea.

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Spotlight: A Glimpse of Music + Giveaway

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A Glimpse of Music

Sunlight and Shadows Book 3

by Sydney Winward

Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance

 

If fate gives you a third chance, would you take it?

Joel Harrington has been in love with the same woman for as long as he could remember. But he had to watch her court his best friend, and then marry his king. Now that she’s once more unattached, he refuses to let her slip through his fingers for a third time.

Darkness torments Nyana’s memories, and even after her cruel husband is killed, he still haunts her from the grave. When her past refuses to leave her alone, it puts not only her, but her daughters in danger. She has no choice but to lean on the man she has called a friend for the past eight years, a friend whose charms she tries hard to resist.

But along with the growing threat to her family, she keeps an even more dangerous secret—a secret that could change her life forever.

This book is part of the Sunlight and Shadows series, and each can be read as a standalone with their own happily ever after.

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A Taste of Shadows

Sunlight and Shadows Book 2

 

The faintest sound of her voice can kill.

Lyyli Ives has lived her entire life in silence. Those who have heard her voice never live to tell the tale. When she accidentally nearly kills her sister, she is sent away to the only person who can help her—the Archmage at Darkest Star Arcane.

Lord Killian Graves’ life is falling apart. His mother is cursed into a deadly enchantment. His title and school are threatened to be stripped from him. But when a mysterious woman who doesn’t speak pleads for his help, he finds he cannot resist the allure of her beauty nor the mystery of her predicament.

However, a great evil is after the power she wields, threatening not only her life but the lives of everyone they love. Killian must save her from her fate. Or die trying.

This book is part of the Sunlight and Shadows series, and each can be read as a standalone with their own happily ever after.

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A Breath of Sunlight

Sunlight and Shadows Book 1

 

They ordered her to kill him. She couldn’t help but save his life. And now she must keep it a secret or risk banishment. Or worse, death.

No one knew he was alive…

Calle Everdon has nothing left to live for. His brother killed his sweetheart, took over the Sun Fae kingdom, and hid him in the Pits to slave away for the rest of his years. But when a valkyrie attack gives him an opportunity to escape, he takes it.

Skaja has been taught that men are the enemy. They all must die in the name of freedom and justice. But when she comes across a fae man who shares an unexpected blood bond with her, she is unable to kill him, and instead breaks all the rules to save his life.

Torn between her growing feelings for the fae prince and her fealty as a valkyrie, she must make the hardest choice. Love? Or duty?

Hunted by both valkyries and his brother, can they take back his kingdom? Or will their forbidden love get him killed?

This book is part of the Sunlight and Shadows series, and each can be read as a standalone with their own happily ever after.

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Sydney Winward is a fantasy and paranormal romance author who dabbles in the occasional historical fiction. She loves building complex worlds filled with magic, strong characters, and emotional stories that can make you laugh and cry.

Sydney is the author of The Bloodborn Series and the Sunlight and Shadows Series. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, thinking about stories, or going on adventures with her children. She lives in Utah with her husband and three amazing kids.

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