Book Blitz – Mathew Wolfe: The Adventures Begin, by Blair Bancroft

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Mathew Wolfe: The Adventures Begin
by Blair Bancroft
Regency Adventure / Romance

Date Published: March 2021

Publisher: Kone Enterprises

At the risk of being taken up by Bow Street, Matthew Wolfe returns to London, hoping to discover some clue to his heritage, which just might be royal. But, of course, nothing goes as he hoped. Not even the role he had eagerly anticipated as one of Harding’s Hellions. Yet becoming an adventurer has some unanticipated benefits, such as acquiring an elegant mistress a decade his senior. And discovering his former fishing companion, Jocelyn, has grown into a beauty old enough to make her come-out.

But even as a partner in a newly formed private investigation business, life does not run smoothly for Matthew. Vast sums of gold and gems are being lost to a clever gang of thieves operating on both sides of the Channel, yet Matthew and his partner are unable to capture the villains. A problem that is keeping him too busy to explore that ever-tantalizing trail that might lead to royal relatives. And then, just as he is on the verge of combining his search for the thieves with the long-postponed search for his heritage, yet another dramatic problem crops up.

Warning: The Matthew Wolfe series is a return to an old tradition—one long story told in installments, each with a cliff-hanger ending. So please do not expect Happily Ever After until the final book.

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The Making of Matthew Wolfe

Book One

Published: November 2020

Publisher: Kone Enterprises

Welcome to a Regency series with a twist! Although the Matthew Wolfe books feature the adventures of a supposed nobody off the mean streets of London, they are designed for Covid relief—light, warm-hearted, even whimsical. Hopefully, by the time Matthew has found his Happily Ever After, our World will have righted itself and we will be well on our way back to normal. Meanwhile, here is the first in a series of novellas told as an old-fashioned “serial,” each book with a cliff-hanger ending.

Matthew Wolfe, born and raised in the squalor of London’s inner city, should be a nobody, forever destined to obscurity, or the hangman. But wait . . . he can read and write, is a whiz at math, can speak like a gentleman, even knows more than a bit of French. And when the boy from London ends up on a hops farm in Kent, surrounded by the remnants of the Royal 10th Hussars and a passel of children, what will this fish out of water do? Retired military and their ladies, children, dogs, a regal cat, neighbors in need, and a determined twelve-year-old—all assist Matthew on his journey toward the person he is meant to be.

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About The Author


Blair Bancroft is the award-winning author of more than forty novels. Although best known for books set in the Regency period (Gothic, Historical & Traditional), she also writes Mystery, Suspense, and SciFi/Fantasy, with a Medieval Young Adult and a Steampunk thrown in for good measure. Her awards include a RITA nomination and winning the Golden Heart (Romance Writers of America), “Best Regency” from Romantic Times magazine, “Best Romance” and “Best Young Adult” from the Florida Writers Association. She is also the author of Making Magic With Words, a 200,000-word book of advice on Writing and Editing.

Blair considers being able to create people, even whole worlds, from the imagination a never-ending joy. She is an “out of the mist” author. One of her favorite sayings: “I can hardly wait to sit down to my computer each morning and find out what my characters are going to do today.”

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Book Blitz: The Secrets of Colchester Hall, by Sophie Barnes

The Secrets of Cohchester Hall
The Secrets of Colchester Hall
by Sophie Barnes
Paranormal Regency Romance

Release Date: January 12, 2021

As one of six possible candidates vying for Viscount Sterling’s hand, Lady Angelica has been invited to stay at his grand manor for a week-long house party. But an unpleasant feeling lurks within Colchester Hall. It’s almost as if someone’s watching Angelica just beyond the edge of her vision. And while she tries to explain the chill creeping up behind her as merely a draft, she can’t shake the feeling that something disturbing might be at play.

When Sterling decides she’s the woman he wants, can Angelica accept her new home and the sinister secrets she fears it might hold, or will she give up on true love because of what could prove to be nothing more than her own imagination?

NOTE: This novella was previously included in the anthology, Wicked Liasons.

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Born in Denmark, USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian with varying degrees of fluency. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: A Detestable Name + Giveaway

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A Detestable Name
by Arabella Brown
Genre: Chaste Regency Romance

 

Pitchforked into the title by his brother’s death, the new Lord Newsam arrives at the grim family home in Yorkshire to face daunting challenges. His peevish, self-absorbed mother despises him. The servants are insubordinate. He hardly knows his sisters, for whom he’s expected to find husbands. The estate is ill-run and unprofitable, and the bailiff obstructive. And in the midst of all this, he must find a wife for himself – but the only woman he wants won’t have him. 
To widowed, impoverished Mary Thorpe, the very name of Newsam is detestable: his brother drove her husband to suicide and made her a social outcast. But Lord Newsam insists on rescuing her from penury. The shocking realisation that she is falling in love with him in spite of herself makes her situation even more complicated. How can she let him ruin his own family’s reputation by marrying her? There seems to be no solution – until every objection is swept away by a ball nobody wants to attend and a startling discovery on their return.
 
 
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Mrs. Thorpe sobered. “My lord, I have no wish to ruin this wonderful day, but you must not persist in this familiarity. No other relationship is possible. I assure you I am perfectly adamant, for your sake and for the sake of Gomersall.” She forced a smile. “But I have not had so lighthearted a time since I cannot remember when! And for that, I do say ‘thank you’, my very good friend.”
She gave him both her hands; he took them for only a moment, though it seemed to her he would have liked to have held them for longer; and then, saying nothing, he returned to the tilbury and drove back to the Hall.
He was met at the door by Badger, who approached him with the disdainful look that Lord Newsam was convinced he reserved exclusively for him.
“My lord, Lady Newsam and Miss Newsam desire your presence in my lady’s parlour with the utmost celerity,” he announced in the pompous tone that always irritated Lord Newsam.
“All right,” said Lord Newsam briefly, and went upstairs. “Did you want me, Mama?” he asked mildly as he entered. He observed that Lady Newsam appeared to be in a state of prostration, lying on the couch while Amelia offered her occasional sniffs at the vinaigrette and fanned her face. Charlotte was absent.
“Granville! At last!” his mother exclaimed feebly. “Amelia will tell you what has occurred!”
The memory of the pleasurable day he had spent away from Gomersall only exacerbated Lord Newsam’s vexation at being confronted by difficulties the instant he returned. “Great heavens, not another domestic crisis!” he exclaimed uncharitably.
“I am so sorry, Granville, I am afraid it is!” said Amelia regretfully. “It is Charlotte, you see! For some reason she has been down in the kitchens – I cannot imagine what has attracted her; she has never displayed any interest in them before! – and she seems to have been poking around and asking questions and Philippe – the cook, you know! – has taken offence – he is always temperamental and I have often had to mollify him – I am sure it is a consequence of his being a Comte in exile – and he has given notice, and nothing I say will change his mind!”
“Let him go, then!” said Lord Newsam shortly.
Lady Newsam gave a piteous moan. Amelia said, “Nobody has ever suited Mama half so well! He knows just how to please her!”
“Let Badger try to persuade him, then!” said her brother.
Amelia shook her head. “He considers Badger his inferior,” she informed him discouragingly. “Granville, you are the court of last resort! Do, please, try!” she implored.
Lord Newsam acceded with an ill grace and ordered the cook to attend him in his office. Not long afterwards, Philippe entered, a weedy individual with an air of offended self-consequence.
“I understand that you have given notice,” said Lord Newsam indifferently.
“Oui! I ‘ave been insult’ more zan ‘uman can bear!” Philippe averred. “I leave at ze week end!”
“All right,” said Lord Newsam.
The cook stared at him, dumfounded. “I am leave’!” he reiterated.
“You need not wait until the weekend; you may go now,” Lord Newsam offered helpfully. “I shall get the cook in from the Dower House.”
“What! A mere wooman in ze Gomersall kitchen!” exclaimed Philippe in horror. “Zis cannot be!”
“Well, we must eat,” Lord Newsam pointed out practically. “And I am not particular about my food, in any case.”
“But Madame! She will wizzer away!”
“Not at all; she will learn to do without the dainties you provide: that is all.” Lord Newsam remained unmoved.
“Non! You are torture’ your own muzzer! She tell me all ze time ‘ow she love my cooking! You ‘ave no feeling, milor’!”
“Granted, I have no sympathy for her delicate palate!” agreed Lord Newsam. “But it is you who have no feeling, deserting my mother over some silly nonsense!”
“Silly nonsense! When Miss Charlotte, she come ask’ question – where I get zis? ‘ow I make zat? – I am not good enough? I am good enough for Madame but not good enough for Mademoiselle?” explained Philippe indignantly. “Is zis ‘ow I am treat’?”
“Has it not occurred to you that she was not criticising, she was asking to learn? And asking the greatest expert she knew? And for this you wish to give notice?” Lord Newsam made a shooing motion. “Go, then, if you cannot even understand the greatest compliment of all!”
The cook stood silent. He was not accustomed to thinking further than the week’s menus, and this complex philosophical point came close to evading him. At length, however, he grasped the issue. “She wish me to teach ‘er?” he asked, his eyes lighting. “Ze noble Mademoiselle a student of Philippe? Ciel! Why she not say before? But of course!”
Lord Newsam held up a finger. “Only one day a week! She has many other duties!” He could visualise the cook demanding Charlotte at all hours of the day; the man was capable of it.
“Ah, oui!” responded the cook, only a little disappointed. “One day a week, I teach Mademoiselle to cook comme des anges!” He departed borne upon clouds of imagined glory.
Although she now lives in the U.K., Arabella Brown grew up in a small U.S. town. She spent most of her youth in the local Carnegie Public Library (thank you, Mr. Carnegie!), where she learned that intensive reading does more to broaden your horizons than school does. She still reads voraciously and her house is lined with thousands of books. Despite her emphasis on meticulous research, it’s the plot and the characters she particularly loves to create. She enjoys Jane Austen’s and Georgette Heyer’s novels and wishes there were more of them.
Under another name, Ms Brown has published a number of novels set in periods ranging from the 12th century to the 1960’s. This is her first Regency.

 

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