Historical Romance Book Giveaway

Win up to 30+ Historical Romance eBooks!

I’m really pleased to be part of this Historical Romance Book Giveaway with so many great authors. Just click the image to enter. And after you enter, you’ll have access to the Book Fair, with a ton of free and 99 cent books.

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(30+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Historical Romance Book Giveaway

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Historical Romance Book Fair

Christmas Romance Extravaganza

holiday romance graphicToday, I have a pleasant surprise to share with you. To celebrate the holiday season, I’ve teamed up with more than 150 highly acclaimed romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS over $1,000 in prizes!

You can download my novel, AN IMPASSIONED REDEMPTION for free, plus books from authors in every style of romance — from contemporary to historical to paranormal. Hopefully, you’ll find some authors new to you as well as reconnect with familiar ones. Enter the giveaway by clicking here.

I hope you gather some great reading for your winter months.
Good luck with the prizes and enjoy the books!

Thunderclap for Finder of Lost Love

It’s new to me, not only Thunderclap but also the innovative form of entertainment that this Thunderclap is promoting, called Flashpoint Finds. With Flashpoint Finds, collections of short stories, you can discover new writers while playing an online game and ultimately win prizes.

I’m in this Flashpoint Finds collection of short stories called Finder of Lost Love, with a story titled “A Gambler’s Heart.” I invite you to join our Thunderclap and then, when the book is published, October 2, grab a copy and play to win! Meanwhile, you can take a look around the playground, where you’ll search for clues, receive puzzle pieces, and ultimately unlock the vault to win a prize.

You can preorder the book now at Amazon.

New things can be confusing. Watch the Flashpoints Find video for more info.

Love Historicals Valentine’s Day Hop and Giveaway

Love HIstoricals Valentine Logo At last–it’s the big day for love and lovers! If you’re here, then you’re probably taking part in our Love Historicals Valentine’s Day Hop and Giveaway. And you’re looking for the information you need to enter to win the grand prize of $100 Amazon gift card. Good luck!

(Note: At the end of this post, you’ll find the links to the rest of the stops on this blog hop.) If you leave a comment telling me the most romantic words you have ever heard (perhaps “Darling, I’ll vacuum the entire house”), I’ll enter you in my giveaway to win the Prequel to the Defiant Hearts series, An Intriguing Proposition.

An Improper Situation by Sydney Jane BailyI’ve been asked to give the most romantic scene in my featured novel for this Valentine hop, An Improper Situation. That’s a tough one, but here goes, and, of course, it contains the answer you’re looking for, the hero’s name:

Charlotte heard the door knocker and Gerald’s footsteps in the hall, and she put down her book on the parlor table. However, preparing herself for an unexpected late-night visitor and suddenly seeing Reed, without a coat, his hair soaking wet, standing in the doorway was another matter.

There was no preparation for the feeling that started deep inside her, for the quickening pace of her heartbeat.

What on earth was she waiting for? This man wanted to marry her! She stood up and nearly leaped into his arms.

Gerald discreetly bowed out, closing the door behind him.

“Reed, what is it? You look as if . . .,” she trailed off, unable to say what his expression meant for she’d never seen it before, not on Reed’s face nor on any man’s. “Has something happened?”

“Charlotte,” he cut in, closing the space between them and taking her in his arms, mindless of the damp state of his clothes. He dropped a kiss on her parted lips, “Won’t you marry the man who loves you most in this world?”

She was thunderstruck. “You love me?” Her voice was little more than a whisper.

He looked equally shocked at her words. He’d finally guessed at the problem but couldn’t believe that was all there was to it. Still, here was his proof that she hadn’t known how he felt. “Of course I love you.”

“You never said it,” she told him, sagging with relief and feeling she would disgrace herself any minute by outright weeping. He loved her. She could marry him. She sniffed loudly.

He pressed her close against him, understanding finally that the only obstruction had been his inability to recognize and speak the love he felt. Charlotte had let him into her heart and then waited bravely, even refusing his proposal. And he’d nearly let a shadowy memory stand like a giant in his path.

“I didn’t think I needed to say it,” he murmured, taking her face in his hands. “In truth, I resisted saying it, thinking I could save a small part of myself from being completely in your power. It hasn’t worked. But I honestly didn’t realize that was why you were refusing my proposal. I thought I stated my case from all angles.”

“Like a lawyer!” she exclaimed, pushing away from his chest and searching for a handkerchief in her sleeve.

“But I am a lawyer,” he said exasperatedly, handing her a linen square from his own soggy pocket. She took it, dabbing at her eyes before scrunching it tightly under white knuckles.

“But I am a writer, and I deal in words, and I need to have them spelled out for me—precisely,” she added, sniffing again. “I was beginning to think you could never love me because of Celia.”

Reed looked surprised. “You’re a smarter woman than I deserve.” Then he lifted her chin, looking directly at her, his cobalt eyes ablaze with dark emotions. “Let me be precise. Charlotte Sanborn, I love you with all my heart.”

She felt a tear slip down her cheek. “And I’ll need to hear those words a lot, not just once,” she told him feeling a lump in her throat.

He smiled at her tears and her sniffles, and he pulled her to him again. “Is this my independent lady writer, brought to crying by a few words?”

“Not just any words, Reed, the words I’ve waited all my life to hear.”

He sobered, gazing down into her glittering green eyes. “The words I’ve waited all my life to say,” he assured her. “And I’ll tell you often, I love you.”

She reached up and kissed him. It was a long moment later when he lifted his head.

“Not that I wouldn’t mind hearing them myself,” he added, the hint of a smile on his lips.

She beamed at him, feeling the bliss of being encircled in his arms and for the first time knowing she was also surrounded by his love. “I love you Reed Malloy, and yes, I will marry you.”



Valentine’s Day Is Coming and So Is the LH Hop

Click the Love Historicals Valentine logo to see our charmingly romantic little video made by our own Love Historicals author, Nancy Morse.

Love HIstoricals Valentine Logo

The LH Hop is on Valentine’s Day (of course), and will feature a grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card, as well as small gifts from each of the participating authors. Hope to see you then.

 

Love Historicals presents Lost in a Kiss

Love Historicals presents Lost in a KissThe authors of Love Historicals released our first anthology, a boxed set entitled Love Historicals presents Lost in a Kiss on October 20. The Love Historicals authors who participated are myself (Sydney Jane Baily), Jill Hughey, Anna Markland, Nancy Morse, Laurel O’Donnell, Margery Scott, Lana Williams, and Cynthia Woolf. The eye-catching boxed set graphic was created by our own LH author, Christy Carlyle, and we already have a bunch of five-star reviews on Amazon. Thank you, readers!

We have a lovely trailer that shows all eight of our covers, created by our own LH author, Nancy Morse. You can watch it by clicking here.

An Impassioned Redemption by Sydney Jane BailyThe cover for my contribution, An Impassioned Redemption, was also created by Christy Carlyle.

A Note About An Impassioned Redemption

While all of my books’ heroines are either independent or feisty or unorthodox (or all three), I’ve never before written about such a wayward female as An Impassioned Redemption’s Josephine Holland. Though unmarried, she is not a virgin and is unapologetic about that fact. She is passionate, smart, and liberated, particularly for a woman in the 1880s, and a capable businesswoman, as well. She captured my interest and my heart when she arrived full-blown and sassy in An Inescapable Attraction, Book 3 of my Defiant Hearts series. Though she had only a small role to play, she played it larger than life, helping her friend Thaddeus Sanborn rescue the love of his life, Eliza Prentice. But could a saloon owner who is also a brothel madam have a romantic story of her own? Yes! Jameson Carter never had a name in Book 3, though he behaved heroically, saving the lives of Eliza and Thaddeus after a terrible shootout. And he lived only a stone’s throw away (actually, a river’s width) from Miss Josephine Holland. Naturally, this sexy riverboat gambler frequented her saloon. However, he wanted to know her better—intimately, in fact. It was up to me to make his wish come true. This is their story…

Excerpt:

Jo came down the stairs from the second floor that housed her and four other women—her girls, as she thought of them. Glancing around her establishment, she faltered to a halt on the last step when her eyes came to rest on the man in black. Carter. They’d never been formally introduced, but months ago, she’d asked one of her saloon’s regulars about him. Jameson Carter owned the lively riverboat where she’d once spent the night with its previous owner, the late Jack Stoddard, who unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on one’s point of view—had been as unable to have relations with her as one of the worms in the small but thriving garden to the side of her saloon.

Why she didn’t simply stroll up to Carter, place her hand on his broad shoulder, and introduce herself, she had no idea. Well, she did actually. He sparked an interest in her that was simply not allowed. She knew she could have him in her bed if she wanted. All her life, she’d been told of her appeal—she was curvaceous in all the right places and had naturally red-tinged lips to which men showed an inordinate amount of interest. However, at the moment, she found she couldn’t put her mouth to use to smile or even to speak. She simply didn’t know how to approach the man.

Jo glided quietly toward her private table. She didn’t want to speak to him in the guise of a saloon owner and a madam because more than anything, she wanted to impress him, talk to him, get to know all about him. Then she wanted to run her fingers through his dark brown hair and look into his intelligent toffee-colored eyes.

Oh, she wanted him in her bed all right—after all he was the essence of dash-fire and sensual appeal—but she also wanted a man, an interesting man like him, in other aspects of her life. To take supper with, to go to a play, to sit with on a sunny afternoon and talk about the day’s events or read over the local newspaper. And women like her simply didn’t get that opportunity, except the bed part, and then only for a night at a time. No matter how financially rewarding that arrangement might be, it wasn’t what she wanted with Jameson Carter.

With his back still to her, Jo pulled out her chair, which made a thunderous scraping sound that seemed as loud to her ears as a gunshot. She cringed as heads started to turn and Carter looked around.

Another shot rang out and all hell broke loose. Jo realized that it hadn’t been her chair making the first noise after all. As her heart leaped into her throat, she dropped to her knees and scrambled under the table.

Purchase Links

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Historicals-presents-Lost-Kiss-ebook/dp/B00O58I6MC

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-historicals-presents-lost-in-a-kiss-nancy-morse/1120568126

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-historicals-presents/id923175567?mt=11

Review

From Amazon:
I received an advanced copy of the 8 Amazing stories and I’m glad I did
By Florencia Fontanon October 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advanced copy of the 8 Amazing stories and I’m glad I did!!! It’s the first time I read most of these authors and I was pleasantly surprised! Fast paced, heart warming, and full of action and romance!! I would greatly recommend this collection!! Happy readings!!!

Facebook Release After-Party: Tomorrow, November 1, 2014!!

Click here to come on over and have fun. There will be prizes all day long. I’ll be hosting from 5:30 – 6 p.m. (EST) I hope to chat with some of you at the party.