Regency England, check. Victorian England, check. We’ve even got ancient and medieval British Isles covered in this American-produced set. But what about romances set with a backdrop of American history?
As rich as our history is, it’s sometimes neglected in modern historical romance. Why? Perhaps it’s too close to home for the mostly American readership, which seems obsessed by tales of love and passion fueled by the Napoleonic wars and set in the ballrooms of London mansions by beloved authors like Jo Beverley, Amanda Quick, and Scandalously Yours’s very own Lynne Connolly.
We weren’t satisfied to ignore our rich American history, though. Josie Jax, a USA TODAY bestselling author, contributed Wilder’s Thief, set in post-Civil War Missouri and addressing that area’s rich heritage of wineries and German immigrants—as well as touching on the lawlessness of an era that had recently pitted brother against brother in the War between the States. An unlikely heroine, a to-die-for hero recently arrived from Germany, and his villainous uncle make for a delightful story, rich with history many of us may never have studied before.
Not to pass up on a story of the bride trains that brought potential brides west to miners, ranch hands, and other men who had braved the dangers of settling California and points east during the mid-nineteenth century, Scandalously Yours found Jane Leopold Quinn’s delightful story, Wooing the Librarian. The heroine, though part of the bride train to California, wanted not a husband but the chance to avoid entanglements and provide a library to the growing town; the hero, a former gunfighter turned preacher, was intent on changing her mind.
Eight stories, eight tales of love conquering all obstacles—enjoy them all!
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From Wilder’s Thief, by USA Today bestseller, Josie Jax
Well, she was robbing a bank. That certainly qualified her as barmy. But dang it all to hell, she couldn’t afford to slip into the coddling arms of her wild imagination, not in the middle of a cussed hold-up of all things.
From Aphrodite’s Necklace, by Anh Leod:
Holding the necklace and feeling quite steamy in her private area, she stepped into the hallway. She pressed her thighs together and when she separated them, they were sticky with some kind of hot fluid that had moistened her inside. She swallowed her shock as her nipples thrust against her corset. What was happening to her?
From Madamoiselle Makes a Match, by Kate Rothwell
Summoning all of her bravery, she darted in and landed a quick kiss on his chin but then backed away at once. “There. I was the first to touch. You want to touch me now?”
From Seducing Laura, by Lynne Connolly
That reminder of her one disastrous youthful indiscretion nettled Laura. It was something she preferred to forget. She sipped her tea and allowed her quick temper to subside within her. “That was an entirely different case, and our parents dealt with it smartly. Besides, I wasn’t an heiress. Belinda is. You know we have to be constantly on our guard against fortune hunters.”
From The Brass Octopus, by Maeve Alpin
“You seem uncharacteristically bothered. You do love to judge others, but you are usually quite calm about it--especially here among all your friends…the books.” Polly’s eyes gleamed as she flashed a wry smile. “What did he do?”
“He read a passage of Early Experiences out loud.”
From Beneath a Cornish Moon, by Ann Jacobs
The night seemed as fitting as any might be to stand vigil o’er her sire’s earthly remains. While her silent future husband stood the first watch at the foot of the bier, Lea sat beside the window, her head bowed as she fingered her rosary beads.
Silently Lea grappled with stark reality. She glanced toward Alain. His expression told her naught. He appeared as dark as the night, as mysterious as the Eucharist. No less overwhelming now than when he had worn full armor, he made her tremble, yet lent her strength by his presence.
A strength Lea appreciated more as hours went by and she endured the rituals of saying farewell.
From Timeless Voyage, by Cornelia Amiri
Her captive’s extraordinary eyes, fathomless as the sea, drew her to him. How could a Roman be so handsome?
Thoughts swam in her head. I do not know him. Even if I did, he’s a Roman. I have to hate him.
Laig the Dark headed scowled. “We leave no survivors, save for the Roman slaves we set free.”
From Wooing the Librarian, by Jane Leopold Quinn
In his life before becoming a preacher, in his bounty hunting days, he wouldn't have bothered with a proper looking woman. He'd needed the easy, no commitment, no responsibility, no-morning-after type of woman back then. It was all different for him now. Now he wanted the morning-after woman, the family, the promise of forever.
About Scandalously Yours authors:
In August 2014, a well-known publisher of erotic romances announced a downturn: slowed sales, layoffs of editors and cover artists, and most important, later and later royalty payments. Authors began requesting reversion of rights, and subsequently a group formed, consisting initially of former authors at this publisher. Box sets had become the project of the time, and so Under the Sun Publishing was formed as a division of Inkwell Royalty Solutions, to revise former titles from this publisher and bring those that fit the UTS guidelines out in box sets. We have since expanded our offerings to include books originally published elsewhere and never-before-published novels and novellas.
The guidelines: all books would be romances between one man and one woman, sensual to frankly erotic but without the coarse language many readers find objectionable. The first of these sets was released in September 2015, followed by two more in October and November. Book four, the first historical set, was delayed while we evaluated effectiveness of promotion, and Scandalously Yours will enjoy a twenty-stop blog tour before and immediately after its release on March 8, at multiple booksellers rather than as Kindle exclusives.
Under the Sun hopes readers will enjoy the stories it has compiled for them and pass the word along that its box sets are not only great reading but also great bargains!
Make sure to follow the whole tour—the more posts you visit throughout, the more chances you’ll get to enter the giveaway. The tour dates are here: http://www.writermarketing.co.uk/prpromotion/blog-tours/currently-on-tour/scandalously-yours/