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Spring Has Sprung!

It is officially spring here in the northern hemisphere, and that brings the promise of new life and warmer weather. April is when the flowers start to push through the earth and "open". There are two theories on the origin of the name "April." One is that the name is rooted in the Latin Aprilis which is derived from the Latin aperire meaning “to open” –  a reference to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees. Another theory says Aphrilis is derived from the Greek “Aphrodite,” the goddess of love. So what better way to celebrate the month of April than to "open" a book of "love." Here are a few titles to get you started!

New in Print!

HER MIDNIGHT SIN will be out on April 17th!

Like a vengeful Norse God, Captain John Nylander has come from the sea to steal the only home that Callie has ever known. And that might not be all he's after.

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Captain Nylander.

       His voice was deep enough to shake the foundations of this mansion loose. Certainly deep enough to rattle Callie, her breath shallow and her mouth dry. She rose to a stand by slow increments and stood so silent and so still that she imagined she might be forgotten. Then the captain’s gaze met hers over St. Alban’s shoulder, and all hope was lost. His eyes narrowed in question, and she lifted a single, imperious eyebrow in response. The Grange knew that eyebrow well, and she sensed it was her best defense against this man in this moment.

       Before her stood the man who would never be her friend. He was her rival . . . her enemy. Soft gaslight caught the golden strands of his unfashionably long, slightly unkempt hair and the glint of clear blue sky in his eye. For all his modern English attire, the man could have been a Viking, a Norse god even, from the tales of yore come to life. All he lacked was a shield in one hand and a hammer in the other.

      Callie’s breath had no choice but to catch in her chest. Her enemy was imposing, yes, but did he also have to be so blasted, devastatingly . . . god-like?

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Chapter One    

      Zeno poked his nose against her knee, sniffing her. She stooped to pat him, then looked at Marcus with liquid brown eyes. “You are the Earl of Norbourne, aren’t you? If not, I should be quite embarrassed.”
      Marcus had long since abandoned his quest to understand feminine logic. This present situation only confirmed his reasons why. “But you are not at all embarrassed by the fact you just climbed through my window uninvited?”
      The intruder shrugged a careless shoulder—a long, sloping shoulder framing a pair of full breasts too ample for the slender waist he had held.
       “Not if you’re Lord Norbourne. For that’s whom I seek.” Without waiting for an answer, she walked to his desk in the middle of the room, Zeno padding behind her. Scanning the jumble of documents littering the surface, her gaze settled on a stack of stationery bearing the Norbourne crest. “See, my lord. You are the earl.”
      She stated it with such guileless triumph that for a moment, Marcus forgot that he knew full well who he was.


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April Giveaways!


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The Winners

Congratulations to the winners!

The winners of the Luck of the Irish giveaway are:

Wendi T. won two ebooks from our Oldies but Goodies list.

Carol D. won two ebooks from our Oldies but Goodies list.

The Books

Ladies of the Muse are toiling away writing more romances to share with you. In the meantime, why not browse through some historical romances which are already published?

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Penniless and estranged from her wealthy family in New Orleans, Widow Doña Melissa Bertrand de Cabrillo must barter her way from California to Louisiana in order to save her niece, even if it means posing as the wife of a perfect stranger.

Gold miner and banker Sebastian Henderson needs to find a wife soon . . . or at least a woman willing to play the role. Doña Melissa provides the perfect solution, but sharing a cabin with the tempting southern belle proves more challenging than their bargain--and more dangerous--after a passenger aboard their steamship is murdered. Melissa is convinced the death is connected to her family's events in New Orleans.

Thrown together by necessity, united by love, Melissa and Sebastian must unravel a murderous scheme threatening to tear them apart.

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When Lady Alanna Clayton discovers her fiancé’s infidelity, she stuns Society and breaks off their engagement. Her reputation in ruins, she devotes her time to improving the lives of orphans at the workhouse. When Alanna realizes the children’s futures are in danger, she vows to save them from early death, even if it means having to kidnap them.

Abandoning his responsibility to his station for a career in the cavalry, Lieutenant-Colonel Kellen Harrington, Marquess of Aldwich, fled a life of abuse for a life of war. A dire summons brings him back to London and the estate he swore to never set foot on again.

Bonded by an old secret, fate reunites Alanna and Kellen in order to keep another. Deceit, blackmail, and revenge challenge their every step as they navigate the dark alleys of London. And traverse the corners of their hearts.

Can Alanna tempt fate and save Kellen from his biggest danger—himself?

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Morgan wanted to be a doctor for as long as he could remember. At an early age, he conned his brothers, Kade and Declan, into helping him gather road kill so he could dissect them out behind the barn, a project that left all three boys green and unable to face food for days. But it didn’t deter Morgan from his goal of becoming a highly skilled physician. So skilled, he never once questioned his decisions.

Until one such decision results in the loss of his beloved wife and unborn child. He never forgives himself for what other’s said wasn’t his fault. He becomes cold, professional, and walled-off. He vows to never allow himself the joy of loving again. That is, until he and Declan wander into the Whiskey River Bar and Grill and he meets the saucy Caitlin, owner, manager, and too darned appealing. But love isn’t for him. He’s had love once and destroyed it. But can Caitlin change his mind?

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Caden Mackay would never bed a Sutherland, let alone marry one. Bloody hell, what had possessed his twin brother to propose to one of the she-devils? And what is Caden to do with the Sutherland beauty who appears, as if by magic, in his library? The defiant intruder is the enemy, but she is unlike any woman Caden’s ever known, and her tantalizing curves and wide green eyes could tempt a monk. He must devise a way to stop the wedding. But can he stop the desire that makes him long to make Ariel Sutherland his own?

Ariel’s life had never gone the way she’d hoped, but ending up in eighteenth century Scotland was a stretch, even for her. If not for her dog, Scruffy, she might have thought she’d walked into a romantic daydream. Especially since the object of her desire appears to be entirely too virile. But can she find her way back to her time, before her too-handsome Highlander makes her believe that love can conquer in any century?

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Widowed and lonely, Bridget O’Shaughnessy Black indulges herself in a night of pleasure.
After all, she's in disguise. And the baby girl? An unexpected blessing...until an old flame claims the child as his own to force Bridget to marry him.


Many women pursued Colin Warren, but only one climbed in his bedchamber window. When Bridget does it for the second time, she needs his help. Colin is unfit to be a parent, and yet he has no choice but to acknowledge the little girl.


Together they must solve the mystery of the old flame’s intentions—but can they reconcile their divided loyalties—Irish and English—through the power of love?

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London, April 1825

Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to protect his daughter’s future.

Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.

A bargain is struck.

What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.

But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.

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Lady Faith longed for adventure. Be careful what you wish for . . .

Huntress Lady Faith MacAlister seeks adventure. Her father’s dying pledge tethers her to Wild Thistle Keep, thwarting her desire to explore the world beyond the palisade. Solace is found while hunting and providing sustenance for her clan. When snatched from the safety of MacAlister lands by a rogue bent on securing a ransom, she finds the adventure of her life.

Disgraced Captain Graeme Ross travels the high seas in search of bounty to sell in order to secure lands seized by the Crown. He longs to regain his honor in his father’s eyes and continually risks his life on the high seas. Lacking enough funds, Graeme and his crew follow Lady Faith MacAlister as she hunts. Out of need and desire, he kidnaps her. The lady captivates him for the moment he laid eyes upon her. Bold and spirited, she fights him. When he negotiates a ransom, deception tears the burgeoning romance apart.

Now, Lady Faith and Captain Ross seek to settle those differences hindering their union, despite the stretch of land and sea—and angry Highlanders standing between them.

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Meet the Authors

The Ladies of the Muse is a group of historical romance authors. To explore the author's Amazon page, click on their picture.

Michelle Jean Marie
Barbara Monajem
Dawn Ireland
Cari Davis
Madelyn Hill
DeAnn Smallwood
Sofie Darling

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