Blog Tour: One Man’s Spiritual Journey to Healing with Color Energy by Lee Hillberg

 

One Man’s Spiritual Journey to Healing with Color Energy

By Lee Hillberg

Genre: Spiritual, Inspirational, Self-Help

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Book Description

In this world, color is all around us, and it has the power to change our lives. Author Lee Hillberg has been using the healing properties of color to make a difference not only in his own life, but also in the lives of others. In this book, he shares some of his most moving and spiritual experiences. Readers will learn:

  • How color affects their everyday lives
  • How listening and paying attention to nature provides insight on the future
  • How the application of color can be used to lift depression, shrink tumors, provide pain relief, and more

The techniques and advice given in this book have been frequently utilized by the author and could make a difference in readers’ lives as well. Hillberg is an ordained minister, has been a student of metaphysics and spirituality for many years, and is eager to help people using everything he has learned in any way he can. He is a self-professed naturalist, Native American historian, and lover of all parts of nature. Most importantly, he is passionate about harnessing the power of God’s creation to effect serious change in the world.

 

About the Author

Lee Hillberg was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After high school, he attended advanced-study programs at Dakota Wesleyan University, University of Chicago, and Duke University.

He spent four years in the US Air Force in national defense. Later, he established himself in the corporate world with a Fortune 500 company specializing in national security and commercial electronics. He travelled worldwide in this position and retired as a vice president in 1996.

Lee has always had a keen interest in nature, Native Americans, and spirituality. As a naturalist, he has a strong love for all of nature. As a Native American historian, he occasionally gives lectures on their culture at local venues. He has been a student of metaphysics and spirituality for a number of years and is now an ordained minister. He lectures and conducts energy healing and spirituality workshops. Lee now lives in a rural area of Georgia, enjoying his daily nature walks.

 

 

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Excerpt

How do we interpret signs, omens, and messages? There have been many types, forms, and expressions dating back to the biblical era. There is one we can all use. It is the art of naturespeak.

We all have gifts. We do not all have the same gifts. But, we all receive messages from nature because we are a part of nature. Learning to read the signs and messages from nature is easy and rewarding. Let’s examine intuition first. You must be relaxed and in a spiritual state, quiet and observant. Meditation and prayer are excellent for receiving intuitive messages. When you receive an intuitive message, it is critical to not question it. Just receive and believe. You should also be aware that Spirit will give us information in more than one form and usually more than one time. I believe we are given messages at least three times and in different forms or methods. So, when receiving intuitive messages, be conscious of what else you receive: a color, fragrance, sound, vision, etc. With practice, receiving intuitive messages will become easier and you will have no question as to what you are receiving. Other related help or assistance can come from totems, animals, and birds. Intuitive messages and divine guidance in other forms are helpful and supportive in our daily lives.

Connecting with Spirit is easier while being one with nature. Being calm, relaxed, peaceful, and open to what may present itself is the ideal mindset. Feel the power of nature. Be reverent and respectful of it. Remain positive and be patient. Remember, nature has tremendous healing powers and wants to share all of it with you.

 

Spotlight: Restitution Road and Planet of Graves by Marc Everitt

About the Book

Ever wondered if you were meant to have done something special with your life? Daniel is the poster boy for wasted talent and finds himself at rock bottom. One despairing suicide later and he is about to discover that death is not as final as he had thought it might be and that his troubles are only just beginning. From WW1 trenches to ancient Britain and to the far future where science is opening doors it really shouldn’t, Daniel must find a way to save his species and perhaps his own soul in the process.

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About the Book

On a remote, desolate planet something is amiss…. several somethings, in fact. With something watching them, a murderer amongst them and no way of escaping, the small research team on Graves’ World are going to need all the help they can get, help which may have just arrived in the shape of Taylor West. He’s turned his hand to solving mysteries in the past but has rarely been in so much danger. Because there is far more to this planet than meets the eye and not everyone wants his help.

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About the Author

Marc Everitt lives in Swindon in Wiltshire, England. Marc has a degree in English Literature & Philosophy from the University of Hertfordshire and is a ltd co director in financial services. Marc has written two standalone science-fiction novels along with a space opera trilogy and he is currently working on a collection of mixed genre short stories.

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Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
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E-mail: darin@theinspirgroup.com

 

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Spotlight: A Quest Within by Len Marshall

The plot twists and turns, involving several Nation States, following a piece of malware virus designed to disable satellite locating devices in orbit.

Two mercenary hackers sell their time to the highest bidders. This is offset by a developing relationship with one of the hackers and the owner’s son who works for the manufacturer of the location satellites.

Unbeknown to both, they each believe in the spiritual doctrine of The Law of Attraction, and incorporate this principle within the mainframe of their server.

What emerges is a cat and mouse game of spiritual versus conventional computer solutions.

 

About the Author

 Len Marshall was born in Birmingham in 1959 and grew up on a local council estate. He attended a local Secondary modern School where he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and struggled to cope in main stream education.  However, and despite this, he went on to study at the prestigious Warwick University and obtained an honours degree in Politics and Economics. Len has worked in sales and retail most of his working life and recently he became self-employed.

He first discovered a spiritual understanding of life and studied the wonders of the human mind. Specialising in the Power of visualisation and the elements needed for success in the Universal Law of Attraction. He became a specialist in this area over twenty five years ago. This is decades before the recent surge of interest.  He has a great interest in global politics and World Nation state development and has extensive knowledge of the intriguing operations of computer technology.

Len has hands on interest in a local charity in his spare time. The charity specialises in brain injuries and the after effects of this condition and most recently became one of the trustees board. Len’s first book A QUEST WITHIN combines all this knowledge and an interesting plot.

 

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dr. Vampyre by S.N. McKibben

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Dr. Vampyre
by S.N. McKibben
Genre: Paranormal Romance
When a college professor is blackmailed by a student …
he has to walk the fine line of being true to his principles and not
letting his bloody secret out.
Dr. John Tennison, professor and physician, wakes up every morning and
counts his spoons—a measure of how many tasks he feels he can
accomplish during his day. One spoon to walk down the stairs, one
spoon to teach a class, one spoon to deal with tardy students. Lupus
limits him, but he still gives lectures and works at a hospital. He
also makes time for friends, and once a week visits Sanguine Loon’s
to sate—or subvert—his one strange desire. His nemesis, the one
thing besides lupus that keeps him from leading a normal life, is the
blood at the bottom of a little paper Dixie cup.
While Tennison’s blood-drinking habit is a secret, it’s well known that
he’s the campus asshole and has no tolerance for students who show
up late. When he kicks Vogue model Ylati Badashi out of his lecture
hall for wandering in ten minutes late, she’s having none of it.
She pouts, she seduces, she blackmails, and puts Tennison at odds
with his butler, and finally she tells him the truth about why she
needs to be in his class.
Tennison is a man of principles, and though he swears he won’t change his
mind, he starts to react unexpectedly to Ylati even as he hates her
for making him suspicious of his trusted butler. Tennison has to find
out where Mitch goes on his nights off and must deal with a budding
attraction to a woman he occasionally hates, all while learning new
secrets about himself. It’s going to take a lot of spoons.
Scroll up and help the doctor count his spoons!
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Today, I woke up with nineteen spoons instead of twenty-two. Not literal spoons—figurative. I don’t go to bed placing utensils on my face or twirl the family silver from my extremities. Such behavior would insult my Mensa-acceptable 133 IQ.

The spoon theory is a fellow sufferer’s explanation of what it’s like to live with lupus. Spoons represent how much energy I have before I begin to deteriorate, and I am grateful to each and every one of them. Every spoon I wake up with means I can do that many tasks. Tasks like walking down the stairs, teaching my class, seeing patients. The type of things others take for granted.

When my students in the blood cell biology class at the University of Southern California inquire about my condition, I describe lupus as a life-sucking force in which you have to constantly balance your time and energy against the downhill spiral of lethargy and pain. My explanation usually stops anyone from asking more questions. As if not talking about my condition will make the disease go away.

The pain used to anger me. Succumbing to a body that jails my actions is a study in humiliation. Worse is knowing lupus affects more women than it does men. Some call it a woman’s disease. Being a man, you might think that is what bothers me. What bothers me is I don’t like to see women in pain. Knowing what they are going through helps me as a doctor, but as a man, it doesn’t help my psyche.

You see why I strive for a logical life. Emotion takes so much energy that it’s better not to feel. In fact, suppressing any emotion is key to my success. It doesn’t stop the pain lupus gives me. Nothing stops the pain except one unnatural addiction, and that only for a brief moment. So with my shield of apathy and my sword of cynicism, I venture forth into the morning to heal and teach as a doctor and professor.

You’d think I would slow down or take it easy today knowing that I’ve already begun without my usual amount of spoons, but today is the first day of a new semester and I won’t be late. Never, in my nine years of teaching, have I ever been late. Besides, I can’t let those beemer brats wreak havoc in my lecture hall, now can I?

The one indulgence that would solve my lethargy problems flits through my brain. I resolve to shove that thought out. Anything not normal, right now, is not in the plan.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Art of Three by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

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The Art of Three
by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Menage (non-erotic)
Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he’s relocated from Dublin to
London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has
one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married
costar.
British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies
should have more sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business
colleague, but good judgement isn’t one of the qualities for which
he’s known.
Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim has better things to do than fret
about her husband’s newest conquest. She’s busy planning her
daughter’s wedding at the family’s farmhouse in rural Spain. Besides,
she and Callum have been married and polyamorous for almost 30 years;
she’s content to let him make his own bad choices.
But when Nerea flies to London after her artwork is selected for a
high-profile museum show, she falls for Jamie too. Soon Callum,
Jamie, and Nerea have bigger problems, and surprises, than
international logistics. From ex-lovers and nosy neighbors to adult
children with dramas of their own, The Art of Three is a contemporary
romance that celebrates families, and farce, in all shapes and sizes.
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Erin McRae is a queer writer based in New York and Washington, DC. She is a
researcher, statistician, and novelist.
She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the
University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and a master’s degree in
International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC).
Together with Racheline Maltese she founded Avian30, a literary collective
dedicated to stories with magical and sexual realism. She is a hybrid
author. She and Racheline Maltese have self-published titles (A Queen
From the North, 2017; The Art of Three, 2017, and the Love in Los
Angeles series, which was originally published by Torquere Press in
2014 and is being re-released in 2017). They have also published work
with Cleis Press (Best Gay Romance, 2015), Dreamspinner (The Love’s
Labours series, 2015), Supposed Crimes (Young Love Old Hearts, 2015).
She lives with her spouse and their two cats.
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Racheline Maltese can fly a plane, sail a boat, and ride a horse, but has no idea how
to drive a car. With Erin McRae she writes romance about fame and
public life. She is also a producer and writer on Tremontaine, Serial
Box Publishing’s adventure of manners, swordplay, and chocolate
that’s a prequel to Ellen Kushner’s gay lit classic, Swordspoint.
Racheline’s training includes a journalism degree from The George Washington
University, as well as acting and directing coursework at the
Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (New York City) and the
National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia).
Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous outlets, and
she is a regular speaker on pop-culture topics at fan and academic
conferences. Racheline also voiced Desire and Delirium in a benefit
performance of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman for the CBLDF.
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Cover Reveal: Historically Dead by Greta McKennan

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HISTORICALLY DEAD
by Greta McKennan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Pub Date: 12/19/2017
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Seamstress Daria Dembrowski must find a
historically-minded killer before the fabric of her peaceful town
rips wide open . . .
When the reality show My House in History comes
to Laurel Springs, Pennsylvania, savvy seamstress Daria Dembrowski
sees a business opportunity. The show follows two elderly sisters’
quest to restore their colonial mansion, and that means a heap of
work for a seamstress who specializes in historical textiles.
Although one of the old women is a bit of a grump, Daria loves the
job—until she discovers one of the researchers dead, and the whole
project threatens to unwind.
As a series of historical crimes pile up, from
a stolen Paul Revere platter to a chilling incident of arson, Daria
must find the killer quickly, for her life is hanging by a thread.
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Greta McKennan is a
wife, mother, and first-time author, living her dream in the boreal
rainforest of Juneau, Alaska. She enjoys a long walk in the woods on
that rare sunny day, reading cozy mysteries when it rains, and sewing
the Christmas jammies on her antique Singer sewing machine. She is
hard at work on the next novel in her Stitch in Time Mystery series
featuring seamstress Daria Dembrowski. Visit her on the web
at gretamckennan.com.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Spoils of Allsveil by S.N. McKibben

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The Spoils of Allsveil
by S.N. McKibben
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Murder. Marriage. Forgiveness. The kingdom of Allsveil is the chessboard, and
the royals are the pieces.
Two noble families meet in a whirlwind of battle, conquest, hate, and
passion.
When a neighboring army conquers her home, Princess Alexia is forced to
marry her father’s murderer, Darrin, the new king’s young prince.
While Alexia grapples with revenge and flirtation, finding her own
strength in the process, the new king, Goththor, seeks forgiveness
from his queen and from himself. Two generations learn that the game
of chess is nothing compared to the game of love and forgiveness…
Play chess with a princess…get your copy today!
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xMonths of fighting, and finally it had come to this—an evacuation. The City of Allsveil defending against The Empire of Dreshall. The Horse against The Hawk. My father, King Fieron Tyilasuir, fighting King Aiden Goththor at the gates of our regal castle. All because two men couldn’t see eye to eye about a small city being under one banner.

At that moment, I’d never wanted anything more than to be a son for my father. Especially while I stood in the high tower evacuating the servants, wet nurses, and maids. But I was not a boy or a man. I was my father’s doted-on princess. A girl allowed to swing a sword with my father’s permission because he was the monarch.

My mother had a sword of her own and used it in defense of my unladylike desire to hold more than a misericorde. Her blade was not tempered in metal, but its steel cut and the ring of her tongue drove deep. They say the pen is mightier than the sword. I’m personally aware that my mother’s word is mightier than a frail quill from a duck’s arse.

Mother kept sneaking glances out the windows. I could tell that, like me, she wanted nothing more than to be down there, wielding a sword against invaders beside our king.

Horrors I’d been told about in stories lay on our courtyard battlefield. Arrows stuck out from the chests and sides of our men as thorns to a rose. Not one man died with feathers in his back. Brave warriors, all of them, who knew they would never see past this day and did not turn away from protecting us.

Mother’s dark eyes expressed more fire than a hearth flame when she said, “Get them all out.” Worry tainted her expression even through her unwrinkled skin and hair pulled back in a severely tight bun. My mother, the queen, never out of place, never out of sorts, remained that way even in dire situations.

“Come, Emvery.” I offered my maid a hand and stepped patiently while the woman, who tended me since birth, waddled down the stairs one step at a time. “We’re under attack. You have to move faster.”

My mother drilled that sword of flesh with tone and timing. “Alexia, respect those who’ve protected you from rain and wind down to their bosom.”

“It’s all right, milady.” Emvery’s plump hand patted my arm. She always defended me—even against a queen.

“I’m sorry.” I took my maid’s arm firmly. She had a tendency to fall and was careful going down stairs. “But the castle gate is failing. We must hurry.”

Near the bottom of the stairs, Mother spoke to the guards assisting our escape. “Are we the last?”

The two queen’s guards, Clay and Heinsley, looked at each other.

“I asked you a question, gentlemen.”

“No, my lady,” Heinsley answered. “Samalia refused to leave her quarters.”

Mother huffed and spun on her heel, stomping back inside the tower.

Emvery held me tight, or I would’ve followed.

“My lady!” Heinsley leapt and caught Mother’s arm. “We must leave.”

The queen of Allsveil ripped out of her guard’s grasp. “Do not touch me, Heinsley. I will not overlook your inappropriateness again.”

Clay grabbed both my mother’s arms from behind. “I’m sorry, my lady, king’s orders.”

“Emvery, go!” I left my maid’s side and rushed back up the stairs.

Mother elbowed her guards while I passed them to get my Nanna, Samalia. A stubborn old nanny wasn’t going to be my martyr.

“Heinsley! The girl!” Clay said.

“You will address her as princess, or Princess Alexia!” My mother even now concerned herself with propriety. My practice in skirmishing with castle guards quickened my feet but while I could take three steps at a time, Heinsley, with his long legs, could take five or six even in his heavy armor.

Hands scooped me up by my waist. “No, Heinsley! We can’t leave her here!”

“We can and we will.” The guard’s rough voice rushed in my ear.

We struggled down the stairs. Heinsley squeezed my arms together while he leaned against the wall. I kicked and hit all the right places to tumble us both, despite the stupidity of falling down a stairwell. I was too angry. Too fevered in my desperation to get to my Nanna. We could not leave her to these plunderous savages.

Heinsley took my blows without so much as a grunt. My attempts became an embarrassment and after the eighth strike, I stopped. I didn’t want to hurt him or me. He was only trying to save us.

Clay held Mother fast by the shoulders, his back to the open escape. He was the brawny type that filled an entire doorway. If he stood in the archway, Mother wouldn’t be able to get around him. Not even if she crawled. Which, no matter the dire consequences, could I ever see the queen of Allsveil doing.

“Good.” Clay’s relieved face swept over me and Heinsley. “Let’s get out of here.”

Clay took hold of Mother’s wrists and turned around, engulfing the open door. A buzzing, the sound of a thousand whistles, then screams echoed off outside the tower walls. Clay stumbled back. My mother scrambled away just in time before Clay fell flat on his back. If it wasn’t for Clay’s size, we’d all have arrows in our bodies. Twenty or more bolts stuck out of Clay’s chest, stomach, and legs.

“Oh bloody hell!” Heinsley let go of me and leapt down the stairs.

My legs wobbled and I leaned against the wall. Heinsley pulled Clay all the way in and slammed the door. Thuds pelted the thick oak door.

“Clay?” Mother knelt to the man who’d saved her life and took hold of his hand.

Clay lifted his head. “Go, my lady.”

Dread shot through my stomach. The pain Clay must be in. Not only that, but in pain and knowing he was going to die. I leaned forward to force myself out of my locked position. “Nanna can help!” I turned and ran up the stairs.

“By God, Alexia, duck under the windows!”

Tears threatened behind my eyes, knowing but hoping that wouldn’t be the last warning Clay ever gave me.

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Blog Tour: The Guardian by J.L. McFadden

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Blog Tour ~ The Guardian

Author: J.L. McFadden

Genre: Paranormal/Romance

Tour Dates: 24th – 28th of April

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

The Guardian

Blurb

John a young man from Detroit realizes he has a special bond with a vampire, which gives him special abilities and makes both of them a target; the ancients will stop at nothing to destroy him and his relationship with this unbridled female vampire. Will John’s new found abilities be enough to save her and her coven?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20822421-the-guardian

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Author Bio

J.L McFadden is an American author that has an European writing style. He is an advid taveler and linguest that uses alot of his experiences in his fictional novels. He also enjoys sports and takes part in international martial communities. McFadden is a paranormal romance author that has a way of spinning tragic romance into stories that stays with his readers.

Visit him at:

Website: http://jlmcfadden.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officaljlmcfadden/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieLeeMcfadde

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/J.L-McFadden/e/B00CZCLC94/

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Cover Reveal: Getting Down to Business by Allison B. Hanson

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GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
by Alison B. Hanson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 12/12/2017
Some jobs come with unexpected benefits . . .
Alyssa runs her personal life just like her
professional one: smoothly and efficiently. She learned in the worst
way possible that investing her heart in a relationship only leads to
disaster, and she won’t take that risk again. Pleasure is still on
the table though—as long as there are no feelings involved. Until a
one-night stand leaves a lasting impression.

When after-work drinks lead to an after-hours
hookup, Grayson finds himself playing by Alyssa’s rules—but she
leaves him wanting more. Even when they discover they work for the
same company, Alyssa is all business—on the outside, at least. As
far as she’s concerned, keeping Grayson at a safe distance is now
part of her job description, even if it’s her most challenging
task. But when her living situation falls apart, Grayson makes her an
offer she can’t refuse . . .
The terms of their new merger are strict:
roommates only; hands off. But every contract can be broken—and
every heart can be melted—if the deal is sweet enough . . .
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Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her novels include women’s fiction,
paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy
immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides and reading. Visit her at
allisonbhanson.com.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Only a Mistress Will Do by Jenna Jaxon

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ONLY A MISTRESS WILL DO
by Jenna Jaxon
Pub date: 4/4/2017
Genre: Historical Romance
The man of her dreams . . . belongs to another woman.
Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another…
Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves…
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Chapter 1
London, November 1761

Shivering in the brisk wind cutting straight through her thin gown, Violet Carlton trudged across the small dirt-packed backyard, littered with tufts of dead grass and scattered brown and red leaves. Teeth clenched to stop their chattering, she mounted the short three steps of the back stoop, straightened her shoulders, and rapped three times on the dull gray door of the silvery clapboard house. Beyond the weathered board fence of   the house next door a dog barked, but no one stirred. No prying eyes to witness her shame.

The door opened a crack, and a lad of about twelve stuck his head out. “What you doin’ ’ere this time o’ day?”

“I would like to speak with Madame Vestry, please.” Perhaps she should have waited until later in the morning. Such an establishment would obviously keep late hours. But the ache in her belly had forced her here as soon as the sun had risen.

“She’s still sleep. Come back later today.” He started to push the door closed but Violet rammed her boot between it and the jamb. The boy kept shoving, squeezing her foot until she winced in pain, but she gritted her teeth, put her shoulder to the door and pushed back. If she didn’t do this now, she wouldn’t have the courage, or the strength, to come back.

“I need to see her now.” She raised her voice, and threw her weight against the rough boards. Despite her small stature, she was stronger. He staggered back and she fell into a narrow back foyer with a row of coat hooks and the devastating yeasty smell of baking bread. Her mouth watered and her stomach rumbled. She hadn’t eaten for days.

Blond hair straggling from under a mobcap, a girl, maybe fourteen, rushed into the room. “What the hell’s going on in here Willie?” She wiped her hands on her apron, streaked with flour and grease. Warily, her gaze shifted from Willie to Violet. “Who are you?”

“I’ve come to see Madame Vestry.” Violet focused on the girl’s narrowed eyes.  “I need to talk to her, please.” Her heart gave a sickening lurch.

In one practiced glance, the girl took in her appearance, from what used to be her second-best hat to the rumpled and stained deep-purple dress to her scuffed black boots, and sniffed. “I see you do.”

The appraisal stung, but was probably fair. She’d come down fast in the months since her grandmother’s death. Her possessions long gone, her wardrobe—reduced to two dresses and a well-worn cloak—had been sold, leaving her with only the dress she stood up in. These clothes wouldn’t fetch a shilling in a secondhand shop now.

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Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise—so expect her to incorporate these elements into her work! She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets where she is currently working on the next House of Pleasure book, Only A Mistress Will Do, as well as a Regency series. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage when she writes. Jenna equates her writing to an addiction to chocolate—once she starts she just can’t stop!

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