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Release Day for Sandra Owens’ SOMEONE LIKE HER!


Someone Like Her
by Sandra Owens
Series: K2 Team, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 6, 2015



Known to the K2 Special Services team as Romeo, ex-Navy SEAL Jake Buchanan has yet to meet a woman he didn’t like. There is one though who sets his heart to racing in a way the others don’t. She is off-limits, however, and his boss—her brother—has made that crystal clear.

Troubled by a childhood that still haunts her, Maria Kincaid goes searching for a father she’s never met—and stumbles into a nightmarish experience. With her life in grave danger, she reaches out to Jake.

Jake, a man who believes he isn’t capable of committing to one woman, knows he should stay as far away from Maria as possible. She’s in trouble though and he’ll just lend a hand, then return to his life as Romeo.

As Jake soon learns, some things are easier said than done.


Middle-of-the-night phone calls weren’t unusual. Long accustomed to awakening at odd hours to all sorts of noises, Jake alertly reached for the receiver at the same time he eyed the clock. Had the operation gone wrong?

“Buchanan here.”


Maria’s voice was the last one he expected. Just hearing it sent his heart into overdrive. He sat up, as if by doing so he could get closer to her. “What’s wrong?”

She laughed. “Why do you immediately assume something’s wrong?”

One hundred and ninety-three miles between them did nothing to conceal the brittle note of her laughter. “It’s two in the morning for one thing. You should be sleeping. Don’t you have an early class?”


“Dammit, talk to me.”

“I’m in trouble, Jake.” Her voice cracked on his name.

For her, he would step in front of a bullet, but she wasn’t his to protect. She was so far off limits he might as well be wanting the moon.

He forced the words through his teeth that had to be said. “Then you should be calling your brother, not me.”

“I . . . I can’t talk to Logan right now. I just can’t. Please, you have to come.” The words were punctuated by a sob.

Jackson Kennedy Buchanan, in an attempt to be as honorable as his namesakes, opened his mouth to say no, not happening. “Are you home?” He pulled the phone from his ear and glared as if it were responsible for the decidedly inadvisable question. She’d probably had a fight with a boyfriend and needed a shoulder to cry on.

Maria Kincaid—top-of-her-class law student and weeks from graduating—didn’t get in trouble. Maria Kincaid, the woman her brother had put off limits by threat of death. The boss didn’t want his sister anywhere near a man known as Romeo to his SEAL buddies.



Book 1: Crazy For Her



A native of Florida, Sandra once managed a Harley-Davidson dealership, before switching from a bike to an RV for roaming the open road (though she’s also chased thrills from sky-diving to upside-down stunt-plane flying). In addition to CRAZY FOR HER—a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for Romantic Suspense—and SOMEONE LIKE HER, her works include the Regency romance novels THE LETTER, winner of the Golden Quill Award, and THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS, winner of the Golden Claddagh Award. A member of Romance Writers of America, she lives with her husband in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She claims the only thing missing in her life is a cat to curl up on her lap while she writes.







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Release Day Blitz: A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens


Hey everyone! Long Time No Read!! Today is my release day for my second Male/Male Romance, the first in a three part series. I am re-blogging from the lovely Lindsey’s awesome Romance Reader Girl blog. Don’t forget the enter the Rafflecopter to give my guys a try. Remember Love is Love!

Originally posted on Romance Reader Girl:

Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Publish Date: November 25, 2014
Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.
Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done…

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Cover Reveal! Julia Tagan’s Stages of Desire


I’m so thrilled to be able to reveal this beautiful cover of my friend Julia Tagan, who writes gorgeous, Regency romance. And her cover is just as beautiful!!

Here’s a little something about this fascinating book:

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of my next book, Stages of Desire, which will be released on January 5, 2015 by Kensington/Lyrical. This has been a true labor of love, as it merges my passions for the Regency period and the theater.

Early buzz looks good: “Witty, romantic, and full of surprises, Julia Tagan captivates with a story of unexpected passion and a tested bond of family loyalty. You will fall in love!”  — Jamie Brenner, author of The Gin Lovers. 


To be or not to be—in love…

As a ward of the Duchess of Dorset, Harriet can hardly expect more from a match than the ringing endorsement of “from what I’ve heard, the man is financially secure and his teeth are quite regular.” After all, she’s only the lowly daughter of traveling actors, not the actual daughter of the duchess.

William Talbot, Earl of Abingdon is set to marry the duchess’s daughter. After his elder brother’s scandalous death, his family’s reputation is paramount, and he’ll allow nothing to damage it again. But when Harriet disappears to save her father from debtor’s prison, the scandal threatens William and his intended’s family.

The simple task of fetching the duchess’s runaway ward turns complicated when Harriet insists on traveling with her father’s acting company. William’s forced to tag along, and finds himself entranced. The stage transforms Harriet into a free-spirited, captivating beauty. But someone’s been sabotaging the theater company, and instead of facing scandal, William and Harriet discover a threat not only to their growing passion, but to their lives…

About Julia Tagan

Julia Tagan lives with her husband and goldendoodle in New York City. A journalist by training, she enjoys weaving actual events and notorious individuals into her historical romances. Her favorite activities include walking her dog in Central Park, scouring farmers’ markets for the perfect tomato, and traveling to foreign cities in search of inspiration.

You can find Julia on the web at TwitterFacebook and Goodreads.

For Julia’s other book look here:

A Question Of Class
The debut historical romance

A Question of Class

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United to exact revenge on a common enemy, they discover passion is the ultimate reward.

On the strength of her wit and intelligence, Catherine Delcour climbed from Connecticut poverty to opulent Paris society. But once in New York, her lowly past is a scandal her wine merchant husband won’t tolerate. After five years of marriage, Morris announces their union isn’t valid and reveals his plan to send her to the West Indies. Fearing she’ll end up destitute, Catherine schemes to escape–and secure her future with his treasured bottle of wine.

Under the guise of supervising Delcour’s wayward wife, Benjamin Thomas seeks to avenge his sister’s death by ruining him. But Catherine isn’t the spoiled society wife Benjamin expects. His growing affection for Catherine threatens more than his carefully constructed plans. His vow to never touch another man’s wife has never been harder to keep than when he’s around the beguiling beauty.

When Catherine and Benjamin join forces, their sensual natures collide even as their individual desires for passion, vengeance, and escape threaten to tear them apart.

Kensington Books, Lyrical Press Imprint

ISBN-13: 97816165054


Regency Historical Writer Christi Caldwell, with her #1 Book “For Love of the Duke”


     Please welcome my friend and critique partner, Christi Caldwell. I’m so thrilled her book has hit the number one spot on Amazon and I couldn’t be happier. She’s so talented and I know you’re all going to love her books. One lucky commenter will win a copy of her book!

For Love of the Duke—Official Blurb

After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by a fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.

With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper…

In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition—one that he accepts.

​Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.


He settled his large, hand over hers.

Katherine jumped.

“I suggest unless you merely want to trade death by drowning for death by the wheels of a carriage, that you release the handle, madam.”

His flat, emotionless tone conveyed boredom. Why, he might as well have been commenting on the weather or offering her tea.

Katherine snatched her hand back, feeling burned by his touch. “You are a m-monster,” she repeated.

He tugged free his wet gloves and beat them against one another. Drops of water sprayed the carriage walls. “Your charge grows unoriginal and tedious, madam.”

And in that moment it occurred to Katherine just how ungrateful she must seem. The towering stranger might be a foul-tempered fiend, but he’d saved her. Her lips twisted. Whether he’d wanted to or not.

“Forgive me, I’ve not yet thanked you.” She took a breath. “So thank you. For saving me. From drowning,” she finished lamely.

His shoulder lifted in a slight shrug. “I’d hardly ruin the amusements of the day by watching you drown beneath the surface of the Thames.”

She expected she should feel outraged, shocked, appalled by those callously delivered words…and yet, something in his tone gave her pause. It was as though he sought to elicit an outraged response from her. Instead of outrage, Katherine was filled with her first stirrings of intrigue, wondering what had happened to turn his black heart so vile.

Katherine did not rise to his clear attempt at bating her. “My name is Lady Katherine Adamson.” Pause. “I imagine I should know the name of my rescuer.”

He said nothing for a while, and Katherine suspected he had no intention of answering her. She sighed and reached for the curtained window.

“Jasper Waincourt, 8th Duke of Bainbridge.”

Her eyes widened. “You are a duke,” she blurted.

He arched a single, frosty black brow at her. “You’d be wise not to make designs upon my title, madam. I’d not wed you if you were the last creature in the kingdom.”

She blinked. Oh, the dastard. Katherine jabbed a finger at him. “And you, well I wouldn’t wed you if you were the last creature in the world, and the King decreed it to spare my life.”

His lips twitched. But then the firm line was back in place, so that she suspected she’d imagined the slight expression of mirth. “It is good we are of like opinions, then, madam. We are here,” he said.

She angled her head. And then the carriage rocked to a halt.

The sudden, unexpectedness of the stop, propelled Katherine forward, and she landed in an ignominious heap atop the duke’s chest.

It was as though she’d slammed into a stone wall. All the breath left her. She looked up at him through her lids…

Buy Links for “For Love of the Duke”


Author Biography—Christi Caldwell

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love,” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after!

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

Christi loves to hear from readers. To learn more about what she is working on, you can find her on Facebook at Christi Caldwell Author, Twitter @ChristiCaldwell, or visit her website www.christicaldwellauthor.com


Pre-Release! Jess Russell’s The Dressmaker’s Duke

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To be released this Friday-The Dressmaker’s Duke, by Jess Russell!

Please welcome Jess to the blog! this is her debut historical romance from The Wild Rose Press and she is also a fellow chapter mate of mine from our local NYC RWA group. Let’s find out a bit about her debut release.

“I am a dressmaker, Your Grace, I make and sell dresses.

That is the full extent of my commerce.”

But when this monkish duke invades her dress shop, her dreams, and finally her heart, will Olivia be able to deny Rhys Merrick might just be the perfect fit?

Ms. Russell’s book, The Dressmaker’s Duke, (releasing September 26th) is set in 1810 in London. Not unlike these Mayan women, her heroine, Olivia Weston, has few options to earn a living wage. Olivia chooses dressmaking rather than compromise herself. Of course, being fiction and a romance, there is a “knight.” But the Duke will find this dressmaker isn’t so easily swept off her feet by his white horse and glittering armor. He must work for this fiercely independent woman. Yes, the HEA is a foregone conclusion, but how they get there is the fun!

The Dressmaker’s Duke, available at: The Wild Rose Press, iTunes, Amazon, and B & N.

In the world of Romance writing there is always a happily ever after—the HEA. It is a prerequisite for the genre. Unfortunately that is not always the case in the real world where so many women struggle to gain their freedom, both personally and economically. Most likely there is no knight in shining armor to ride in and save the day. And why would women want that anyway? They are strong and resilient when given the tools to be so.

Jess Russell, multi-award winning romance author of The Dressmaker’s Duke, wants to help deserving women find their HEA. She has become involved in The Sewing Project, a part of the charitable group, Mayan Families (http://www.mayanfamilies.org.) This income generating program promotes the economic advancement of women by providing them with skills to use sewing machines as well as basic business skills.

Over 150 students have come through the six month sewing course, with a long waiting list of women wanting to take part. Many of these women have been able to use their new-found skills to establish small businesses, sell their products within the community and support their families independently.

Rosario graduated from the program and was able to take out a microloan and start her own business selling products made from traditional cloth.  She finally is able to earn an income to support herself and her four children.

The cost for one student to attend the program is $75. Not so much money to provide a dream. It is one thing to give a fish, it is quite another to teach how to fish.


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A bit about me.


I have had lots of jobs. Wife, mom, (15 year old who is a sophomore at Bronx Science) actress, print/shoe model, acting teacher, professional stager (for selling real estate), award winning batik artist, and designer. (Right now I am in the middle of hand-sewing a Regency gown. I figure, if my heroine can do it, I can do it!)
Obviously I like to make things. I love the notion of creating something out of nothing, or at least things that other folks might think of as worthless. I am always dragging things off the street of New York City where I live now, and “re-purposing” them.

I love power tools. I have remodeled several kitchens, and three bathrooms as well as numerous tiling jobs and even painted faux finishes on furniture and walls. I knew my husband really knew me when he got me a chain saw for my birthday!

I never ever thought I’d be a writer. I am dyslexic. I overcame that fairly early on (thanks, mom) but the idea stuck in my head that I couldn’t write. I have always loved Romance and particularly Historical Romance.

When I turned 50 I wanted a new challenge. One particular scene had been brewing in my head for a long time so I thought I’d write it down. I did. Little by little I got braver. I sent a chapter to my mom to check it for “grammar.” Then I joined the Romance Writers of America and entered some of their writing contests. At first I did not final but got very encouraging feedback. Then I began to final and win. In the end I received three publishing offers for the book.

I still do many other creative things-still make things-now I can add that I’ve made a book! I am working on several other stories. Each one keeps tugging at me, “Write me!” So I feel a bit schizophrenic.

Why do I write what I do?

When one writes Historicals there are all these parameters that the author must try to write within. The world of a Regency woman is narrow, but she still has all the feelings that a modern day woman has, she just must express them in a more subtle way. This is the challenge for the writer who chooses the historical path; a kind of tightrope. I think the best historical writers embrace these strictures and learn to move gracefully and creatively between the confines of their chosen world.

It is easy to fantasize about the Regency period as being a more courtly and chivalrous time. I love exploring those opportunities for romance. But then realities intrude: no woman’s rights, hygiene, sickness. My current WIP deals with the Hero being shut up in a madhouse—not a pleasant thing. But that’s what I also love about the time in which I write, I love to show the reality and humanity of these people. They are not just witty cardboard cutouts, they are thinking, feeling folk with problems just like you and me.

Lucky Me.

Lucky Me because I had parents who cared about a child who struggled to read, lucky because I was able to explore my creativity in so many ways, lucky because, with age and experience, I stopped telling myself “no.”

I am a writer now. I am owning that title more and more stepping farther and farther out of my comfort zone to push against the arbitrary walls I put up. Writing has been an incredible journey for me. It has stretched my boundaries from my first tentative scene to, submitting to contests, to finaling in them, and winning them. Being a writer has opened my life up to new friendships and opportunities. But best of all, it has told me new things about myself and what I can achieve.

Jess Russell is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA.



It’s Sandra Owens and her Best Seller “Crazy For Her.”



I’m thrilled today to have Sandra Owens wonderful book, Crazy For Her on my blog today. Sandra has been tearing up the charts with her romantic suspense love story between Logan, an ex-Navy SEAL and Dani, the wife of Logan’s best friend, Evan, who died in Afghanistan. this is a story that takes so many twists and turns but throughout it, one thing remains strong. the love story that Sandra builds slowly and superbly.

Logan you see, has always loved Dani, but his friend Evan made his move first and won her love. But Evan died tragically and Logan had made him a promise to take care of Dani and their baby. What Logan couldn’t stop was the love he had for Dani that had never died.

Dani may be one of my favorite female characters in contemporary romance. she is strong but still vulnerable. She loved her husband. this isn’t a story where the heroine married her husband even though she loved another man. Dani loved Evan and mourned his death. Their baby almost steals the book. Dani writes romance novels (nice one, Sandy) and is also a pretty good cook. She finds herself attracted to Logan , but is unwilling to commit herself again to a man who still goes on dangerous missions.

You see, Logan and all the rest of his team may have retired from the SEALS, but they still take on almost impossible tasks that the government or high profile corporations hire them for.

Oh, and did I mention Logan has a huge secret?


Find out what made this an instant best seller and buy Crazy for Her!!

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Book Blurb: When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.

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Author Bio: A native of Florida, Sandra once managed a Harley-Davidson dealership, before switching from a bike to an RV for roaming the open road (though she’s also chased thrills from sky-diving to upside-down stunt-plane flying). In addition to Crazy For Her—a 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for Romantic Suspense—her works include the Regency Romance novels The Letter, winner of the Golden Quill Award, and The Training of a Marquess, winner of the Golden Claddagh Award. A member of Romance Writers of America, and potential cat owner, she lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Her-Sandra-Owens-ebook/dp/B00ISCXNO2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409672395&sr=8-1&keywords=crazy+for+her


Connect w/ Sandra Owens:

Website- http://www.sandra-owens.com/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/SandraOwensAuthor

Twitter- https://twitter.com/SandyOwens1 (@SandyOwens1)

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Liza O’Connor’s The Troublesome Apprentice is Here



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Today, I have Xavier Thorn, the renowned Late Victorian Sleuth. Despite his reputation for having no patience, I’m planning to ask him tough questions.

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Xavier: Just to set matters straight, I have great patience as long as you don’t ask the same question twice, ask me ridiculous questions, or stutter in fright. If you do any of those, I will react accordingly.

Nancy: All right, now with the niceties set aside, let’s begin. I understand when you first met and fell in love with your apprentice Victor Hamilton, you believed she was male.

Xavier: As would have anyone! She makes a most convincing male, with her short hair, her flat chest, her straight waist, the hint male of accoutrements beneath her pants, and her pleasantly low voice. In addition, she carried herself with a high level of confidence and bravado only found in young men. Women are taught early on to be meek and demure. Plus, I knew her aunt who had always referred to Vic as her nephew. So no. Since I had yet to see her naked, I did not have any clue that she was female.

Nancy: And yet, you fell in love with Vic, even before you knew her true sex.

Xavier: That is true. I fell in love with Victor Hamilton. Her gender was irrelevant to me.

Nancy: Personally, I’ve no issues with that, but you lived in the Victorian era. Didn’t you felt unease at this turn of events?

Xavier: None whatsoever. I met Vic during the decade called the “Decadent nineties’. It was an era of change, inventions, and challenging the status quo. A decade where intelligent people sought the difference between right and wrong from Logic, not the Church of England. It was a time when homosexuality spread wide amongst the intelligentsia; a time when men chose to publically flaunt their love for each other in clubs and saloons that catered to their needs.

Nancy: What was your prior preference before meeting Vic?

Xavier: When I was a young man, I fell in love with a lady who chose to marry another. To escape my disappointment, I threw myself into my work and never had an interest in either gender until the day I met Victor Hamilton. He captivated me in less time than it took to solve the mystery of his aunt’s death.

*Xavier leaned forward* I did not care about his gender. I was only certain he was special, and that he’d awakened my dormant heart. Later, I discovered he was actually a she, but I tell you without shame or hesitation, his gender never mattered. I fell in love with the person, not the body.

Nancy: Wasn’t this the decade that Oscar Wilde was thrown into prison for being a homosexual?

Xavier: The attempts of parliament to stop a behavior the Queen and the Church of England disapproved of only pushed men such as Oscar Wilde to flaunt his preferences more so. However, Oscar wasn’t arrested until 1896, and he only went to prison because he foolishly took his lover’s father to court to sue the man for slander for calling him a ‘poser’ by which he meant a homosexual. The father, to prove he had not slandered Oscar, had only to prove Oscar was a homosexual. This was an easy task since the author had flaunted his preferences openly for more than a decade. Having proved Oscar was indeed ‘a poser’ the court eventually had no choice but to send him to prison.

However, I met Vic in 1893, and while new stricter laws had been passed in1885, among the intelligentsia, few believed they would actually be enforced. And generally, that was true.

Nancy: Were you happy, when you discovered Vic was female?

Xavier: I was relieved to finally discover what stood between us. But to be honest, instead of risking being jailed, she is in danger of being put into Bedlam if anyone discovers her true gender. But if that ever happens, I will break her out of Bedlam before a single hour has passed. Words cannot express how much my troublesome pup means to me. She is the center of my world now.

Nancy: Well, I’m glad to hear that. Let’s find out more about your story…


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The Adventures of

Xavier & Vic

Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice

By Liza O’Connor

Cases to be Resolved:

The Key to Aunt Maddy’s Death

The Missing Husband of Mrs. Wimple

The Disappearing Scarlet Nun

The Clever Butcher’s Wife

The Rescue of Lady Anne



While investigating the death of a friend and client, Maddy Hamilton, Xavier Thorn (reputed to be the greatest sleuth in England) is greatly impressed with Maddy’s nephew, Victor, and offers him a job as his secretary. Aware of Xavier’s history of firing secretaries, Victor garners a promise that for three months he cannot be fired. Vic then proceeds, in Xavier’s view, to be cheeky and impertinent at every turn. Xavier endures the impudent pup because Victor is most skilled in extracting the truth from clients and intuiting facts with little evidence to assist.

As they solve a string of cases, Xavier discovers a few more important details about his troublesome apprentice, such as her true gender, and the realization that she has awakened his long dormant heart.

An Excerpt

Xavier held his pen, poised to write a second note. Perhaps he should retrieve Victor in person. No, he must wait. The young man would come or he would not.

Since returning to his office, he had spent considerable thought on his feelings towards Victor. The combination of the boy’s brilliant young mind with Maddy’s eyes and character had brought his stone-dead passion to life. He had never experienced such intense sexual stirrings before, and certainly never for a young man.

This sudden hardening of his manhood at the mere thought of the fellow was most distracting, and frankly unwanted, at least on his part. What Victor thought or wanted, he had no idea. However, since the young man refused to come to work, even when summoned, Xavier surmised he had not been comfortable with the length of time he’d been held last night.

Xavier cursed and threw his inkwell at the door. Unfortunately, the door opened at the same exact moment and the glass bottle slammed into Victor’s stomach, covering him in India ink.

“Damn it, Victor, knock before you enter,” Xavier cursed as he rose and approached the boy. “You are covered with ink,” he complained.

The fault is entirely yours, but we will make no more of it. Just remember to knock in the future.”

“I daresay I’ll not forget for a very long time,” Victor growled.

“Excellent attitude,” Xavier declared with excessive cheeriness. He ceased smiling as the young man continued to glare at him. “I hope you have not come to hand me your resignation because I will not take it. You have committed to remain three months, and I will hold you to it. And why are you so damnably late today?”

“Because I was sleeping and Gregory did not give me your note until I woke a half hour ago.”

“A fine excuse if masters customarily wrote notes ordering their people to work and, without such a note, the people were not meant to come.”

“Given last night, it had not occurred to me…never mind. You are right, I am completely in the wrong, and I apologize. I will be here at the crack of dawn each morning.”

Xavier relaxed. “Good enough.” He returned to his desk. “About the embrace last night…it was a one-time event.” He watched Vic’s expression and thought he caught a moment of regret before acceptance and relief took over.

Victor nodded. “I understand. You showed me a moment of kindness and I show up eight hours late for work. However, surely throwing an inkwell at me and ruining my best suit somewhat balances matters.”

“I did not throw the inkwell at you, but I am in agreement all should be forgotten and we will proceed from here. First of all, you need clean clothes. I doubt my clothes will fit you.”

The boy gave Xavier’s lean but muscular body a quick study, blushed, and agreed they would not.

The tightening of his loins caused by Vic’s perusal of his person unsettled him. “Well, you cannot remain as you are. You will make a mess as you dig your way through a mountain of paperwork. Go to the kitchen and find something to solve your problem. I expect you back here in ten minutes, ready to work, not a second later.”


The Troublesome Apprentice



About the author


I’m tired of telling my proper bio. So you get the improper bio.

Liza O’Connor was raised by feral cats, which explains a great deal, such as why she has no manners, is always getting in trouble, and doesn’t behave like a proper author and give you a proper bio.

She is highly unpredictable, both in real life and her stories, and presently is writing humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

Mostly humorous books by Liza:

Saving Casey – Old woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)

Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)

A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)

Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.

Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.

Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.

Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.

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