Monday, November 19, 2018


 Leah Moyes is from Arizona but experienced many parts of the world in thanks to a career in the airlines. Now most of her time, aside from writing, is spent with her family, reading Historical Fiction novels or studying ancient cultures as a student of Archaeology.

She always believed she was born in the wrong time period, but since she doesn’t have access to a time machine she must write and read intriguing stories of the past. 

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Stay or flee? Life or family? An impossible choice.

It's Aug 13, 1961, in Berlin Germany. Nationale Volksarmee soldiers roll barbed wire across the war-torn city to create the first Berlin Wall.
Families are separated, livelihoods destroyed, death comes easily as crippling fear paralyzes the occupants on both sides of the wall. Fifteen-year-old Ella is faced with an agonizing decision. Does she risk crossing the wall and possible death to reach her family? Or does she embrace her new life and blossoming love that could be wrenched from her at any moment? West Germany and possible freedom or East Germany and controlled chaos?

Ensnare, the first book in the “Berlin Butterfly” series, is a story of life, love, survival and the struggle of living through the dark early years of the Berlin Wall. Readers will be captivated with Ella’s strength, determination, and vulnerability as she opens her heart amidst a dangerous and terrifying journey."


“El?” The sound was barely a purr, but there was no doubt where it emerged from.
I glanced at Anton then down to Papa. The commotion must’ve startled him awake. I went to him but delayed my touch, knowing he would sense my uneasiness. I knelt to the side of the couch and leaned my face in until I felt his breath on my cheek.
“Go,” he mumbled.
I looked at him alarmed, although the darkness hid my face. Is he really telling me to leave? I waited for a confirmation that came within seconds.
“You . . . must . . . go,” he gasped with very little strength.
I placed my trembling hand on the side of his face. “Please, Papa. Don’t make me choose.” My eyes stung from the strain. I looked back at Anton, my heart emotionally torn between the people I loved the most.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Wonders: NINE LADIES DANCING 2018

This week's Wednesday Wonders introduces 
a collection of 9 sweet Regency romances
and featuring 
Love's Refrain 
by Patricia Kiyono  

About Nine Ladies Dancing 2018:

Nine bestselling authors present nine Regency romances — some traditionally sweet, some clean, some mildly sensuous — in a boxed set you won’t want to miss!

Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Kay Springsteen: What's a girl to do when she's never been kissed, and the worldly man she wants regards her as a child?

How It All Began for the Baron by Tabetha Waite: Cassie can’t stand her brother’s best friend… really.

Love’s Refrain by Patricia Kiyono: Lady Laura Montgomery, acting as her stepsister's chaperone, takes solace in poetry and her love of music. Can they comfort her as she faces the man who stole her heart ten years ago?

Mistletoe Magic by Donna Hatch: Can the mistletoe work its magic and open Evelyn’s eyes to true love at the Christmas ball?

The Matchmakers by Ruth J. Hartman: Jessie Selkirk has a mission — to take care of every stray cat she finds. But when Baldwin Rutledge steps into her barn looking for a cat, she develops a whole new interest.

The Ruse by Felicia Rogers: Luke Andrews, Baron of Stockport, is in trouble. He needs a wealthy bride to secure future funds for his financially shaky estate, but the lovely lady who’s caught his eye doesn’t have two sticks to rub together — literally.

Heart of Delight by Jenna Jaxon: He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight — except tell the truth.

Mischief on Albemarle by Vivian Roycroft: Miss Beryl Wentworth is silently, desperately in love with her childhood friend, Finian Fitzwilliam, who unfortunately still treats her as if willing to shove her into the nearest mud puddle... until a quite charming rake asks her for the first two dances at the Hanover Square assembly room.

The Respectable Charades by Sherry Gloag: No one could have predicted the chain of events triggered by Jenny's discovery of her fiance's body in his library… least of all her chance to find true love.
From Patricia: 

Thank you so much for hosting me at your blog! Nine Ladies Dancing is a collection of sweet to mildly sensual historical romances released by Dingbat Publishing. Love’s Refrain is a sweet novella set in the regency period. Originally published in 2013, Love’s Refrain includes characters from my Christmas Regency series, which includes The Partridge and the Peartree, Two Tutor Doves, Three French Inns, and Four Calling Bards. I remember this story took very little time to write, because I had a clear idea of the main characters before I even started the first paragraph.

Laura Montgomery is a slightly older heroine, at least by Regency standards. She had her season ten years ago, and is now considered “off the shelf.” I wondered what it would be like for a woman like Laura, when women lacked the life choices we enjoy now. I was 28 when I married – a bit later than many of my friends, but in the nineteenth century I would have been considered a spinster. I did some reading and brainstorming, and I decided Laura would be a lot like me – responsible for her younger siblings, curious about the world around her, and finding joy as well as solace in music.

Andrew is the man Laura loved from afar. Ten years ago he married Laura’s best friend, so she’s kept her feelings to herself. Of course he’s handsome, and kind. Like all my heroes, he’s based partly on my handsome husband. Except that Andrew is an earl and he plays the flute, and my husband… well, he’s a good listener! And of course, my husband has no royal title. But several of the character traits that attracted me to him so many years ago were incorporated into Andrew Bradford. He cares deeply for his mother and tries to please her, even when he finds her plans slightly distasteful. He’s fiercely protective of those he loves. Most of all, he supports Laura’s love of the arts.

Definitely hero material.


Lady Laura Montgomery, acting as her stepsister's chaperone, takes solace in poetry and her love of music. Can they comfort her as she faces the man who stole her heart ten years ago?


Laura’s thoughts went back ten years, to her own season. She’d been so young and naive then, full of hopes, dreams, and romantic notions.

There was one who figured prominently in her memories. One gentleman had stood out among all the others — a tall, handsome, elegant young man. He had been stylish, yet not vain. His hazel eyes had shone with intelligence, but he’d listened politely when others spoke, those expressive eyes indicating genuine interest. Through experience, she knew he was a graceful dancer, yet he seemed content to spend time discussing the weather with the chaperones. There had been no one else like him.

And then, as if she had magically recalled him from her memory, he was there. Andrew Bradford carried a plate of treats for his mother, the dowager Countess Covington, whose regal presence held court in a seat to Laura’s right. The man was as handsome as she remembered. His voice as he addressed the countess was as sonorous and soothing as it had been when he’d held her in his arms for one magical dance. Ten years ago, she’d fallen in love with Andrew, but he’d fallen in love with her friend, Lady Priscilla. And so she’d had to watch as he’d courted and then wed another.

Andrew was now the Earl of Covington. Would he remember her? She doubted it. She was no longer a debutante, but rather a spinster, relegated to the chaperones’ corner. 
Please CLICK HERE to purchase Nine Ladies Dancing 2018.

Author bio
Patricia Kiyono lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. She teaches music education at a nearby university, but when not in the classroom she can be found writing, sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, or making music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.

Patricia can be found at her website and blog, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blog Tour: A CONVENIENT ENGAGEMENT by Ashtyn Newbold

Today's Wednesday Wonders features
A Convenient Engagement 
by Ashtyn Newbold

About A Convenient Engagement:

A false engagement. A mysterious coast. Two reluctant hearts.

Much to her father’s dismay, Miss Amelia Buxton aspires to become a spinster, just like her eccentric aunt. Growing up with parents who married for every reason but love, she has never seen a joyful marriage. When Amelia requests a summer trip to the legendary waters of Brighton, her father allows her the excursion, but with one requirement: she must return engaged, or agree to the proposal of the man of his choosing.

Crawling with tourists, Brighton is not the town Adam Claridge once loved. When his sister Eleanor disappears without warning, Adam is desperate to bring her home. In his search, he happens upon Miss Amelia Buxton, a young tourist that proves vital in his search for Eleanor. But Amelia is conducting a search of her own—a search for a husband—and Adam has little choice but to offer a fair trade: he will play the role of Amelia’s betrothed in exchange for her assistance in finding Eleanor.

Convenient at first, Amelia and Adam’s arrangement quickly plummets into disarray. Falling in love had not been part of their bargain.

A Convenient Engagement is a sweet and clean regency romance novel.

My Book Review:

I loved the characters in this sweet romance set in Regency Brighton. The heroine was a sweet young woman disillusioned with marriage after seeing so many unhappy couples among her class. In spite of her father's insistence she marry, she sought to be like her eccentric spinster aunt -- such a great character hiding her own disappointments. Adam I liked, mainly because he possessed depth more than flash.

I enjoyed the plot, and the changes in attitude with the engagement of convenience designed to thwart Amelia's father's power play. A delightful read, one I highly recommend.

You may purchase A Convenient Engagement from Amazon. Please CLICK HERE.

About Ashtyn Newbold:

Ashtyn Newbold discovered a love of writing early in high school. Inspired by regency period romance, she wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. Because she can’t vacation in her favorite historical time periods, she writes about them instead. When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, music, and spoiling her dog. She dreams of traveling to England and Ireland. Ashtyn is currently studying English and creative writing at Utah Valley University. She lives in Lehi, Utah with her family.

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