Feed Your Kindle – Cheap Historical Romance Reads!

After a flood of zombie books, I am in the mood for something a lot lighter and more upbeat.  Check out these historical romances, each less than a buck!

 

 A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale – .99

He is notorious.

Lord Simon Roxbury is a godsend to gossip columnists everywhere. This notorious rake has recently been caught in an extremely compromising position by none other than The London Weekly‘s Lady of Distinction. Rumor also has it that Lord R received an ultimatum: be wed or be penniless.

She is scandalous.

As A Lady of Distinction, Lady Julianna Somerset typically reports on other people’s scandals, but soon she finds herself embroiled in a very public battle with an irate Lord Roxbury—one that leaves her reputation in tatters and her position at The Weekly on the line.

Together they’re… respectable?

With no other choice available, these two enemies unite in a marriage of convenience to rescue both their reputations and secure his fortune. With their rivals intent on revealing the charade, Lady Julianna and Lord Simon inevitably surrender to temptation. It may just be a love match after all . . .

 

 

Confessions at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair) by Jacquie D’Alessandro -  .99

Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, is absolutely shocked by the Ladies Literary Society of London’s latest selection. Memoirs of a Mistress is scandalously explicit and downright wicked . . . and it’s stirring feelings within Carolyn that she hasn’t felt . . . well, ever! She’s sure that this steamy read is the only reason she’s succumbing to the charms of notorious rogue Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke. She couldn’t possibly be falling for the rascal and his illicit caresses . . . or could she?

The last thing Daniel wanted was to be shackled by marriage vows. He lusted after Carolyn, sure, but he never imagined that once he lured her to his bed he’d never want to let her go. Yet only when a murderer targets his beloved will he be spurred to confess his true love . . . and claim Carolyn as his bride.

 

 

 Midnight’s Wild Passion by Anna Campbell – .99

London’s most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge . . .

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue—banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie—Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes . . .

 

 A Masquerade in the Moonlight by Kasey Michaels – .99

A Kasey Michaels Historical Regency Romance.

"A writing style, voice, and sense of humor perfectly suited to the era and genre." Publishers Weekly

In Masquerade in the Moonlight, Kasey brings a brash American to London just in time to meet debutante Marquerite Balfour; young, beautiful, and very much in his way. It would appear she has some mischief afoot, mischief that could ruin Thomas Joseph Donovan’s mission to arrange some "deliveries" to his country, hoping to avoid yet another war with England. Bring on a battle of wills, a battle of wits… and an attraction that can’t be denied.

Kasey Michaels has earned four coveted starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, along with many awards for her outstanding work. A Masquerade in the Moonlight is one example of the dozens of Regency historicals Kasey has written since 1992, with many more to follow in e-book format.


 

  Scandalous Virtue by Brenda Hiatt – .99  – Brenda Hiatt’s Taming Tessa is one of the biggest reasons that I own horses today.  Who knew that a Regency romance could be so influential?

First impressions can be most deceiving!

Under the tutelage of her strict father, then that of an equally strict husband twice her age, Nessa, Lady Haughton, has been trained all her life to be a model of English propriety and virtue. But beneath the inexperienced young widow’s oh-so-prim exterior, she craves a taste of the wickedness she has always been denied. Now that she is finally free, she intends to satisfy that craving!

Notorious rakehell and war hero Jack Ashecroft finds himself unexpectedly elevated to Marquis of Foxhaven. But to claim the fortune that goes with the title, Jack must renounce his wild ways and establish himself as a respectable member of Society. The surest, quickest path, he is certain, will be to find and wed a woman beyond reproach—if one will have him.

When Jack and Nessa meet, each thinks the other is exactly the ticket to the changes they are seeking. Sparks will fly when they discover each other’s true goals—especially if it’s already too late to turn back!

Cover Shot! Crave the Darkness by Amanda Bonilla

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Amanda Bonilla’s next installment of her Shaede Assassin series hits stores March 2013.  All of the covers rock!  I love the splash of green on Crave the Darkness.

In stores March 2013

 

 

Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation, but dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond, but a new assignment to protect Anya—a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries—stands in their way.

It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. But when it becomes clear that someone—or something—is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin.

As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets—and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them…

Interview with Anya Wylde, Author of The Wicked Wager

 

Anya Wylde, author of The Wicked Wager, dropped by the virtual offices for a chat.  Please give her a warm welcome.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Anya Wylde] I live in Ireland along with my husband and pet dog. I love dancing, reading, writing and cooking. I am scared of numbers … and spiders.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Wicked Wager?

[Anya Wylde] The Wicked Wager is a historical romance with a dash of mystery. It is a light hearted read in which a reformed rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, concocts a madcap scheme to speed up his wedding to Emma Grey. Unfortunately his plans start falling apart from the very beginning. Soon someone is murdered and his dreams of walking down the aisle turn into nightmares of dangling from the noose. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Anya Wylde] I thought of the plot late one night as I was falling asleep. I started laughing hysterically much to my husband’s alarm. I wrote down whatever I could remember of the plot the next morning. Thereafter, I worked out the details of the characters that best suited the plot.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Emma?

[Anya Wylde] Rebellious, loyal and naughty.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Richard had a theme song, what would it be?

[Anya Wylde] It’s my life by Bon Jovi

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Richard’s bedroom?

[Anya Wylde] Hmm … I think Richard will no longer have any need for cheap tobacco, a false beard, or a spade.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Anya Wylde] I adore poetry. I often read Neruda or Rosetti for inspiration. Children’s books,  fantasy novels and classics inspire me as well.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Anya Wylde] Tea, a warm blanket, and a laptop.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Anya Wylde] Love amongst chickens by PG Woodhouse.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Anya Wylde] The Faraway tree by Enid Blyton.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Anya Wylde] Cuddling my dog and spending time with my husband or sometimes the other way around.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Anya Wylde] They can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Goodreads.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can order The Wicked Wager by clicking the widget below. There will be a special promotion on Amazon from November 1st – 5th, and ‘The Wicked Wager will be FREE to download.

Interview with Megan Mulry, Author of A Royal Pain

 

Megan Mulry visited the virtual offices to chat about her book, A Royal Pain.  Please give her a warm welcome.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Megan Mulry]  Writer. Mother. Wife. Love British hotels; French food; Swiss chocolate & tennis players; Italian clothes. Renaissance humanist. Optimist.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Royal Pain?

[Megan Mulry]  It’s the story of a strong-willed, independent American woman who unwittingly falls for a British duke. She’s obsessed with British culture, but the reality turns out to be more than she bargained for.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Megan Mulry]  I was totally immersed in reading Regency romances, and then I decided it would be cool to put a lot of the Regency elements into a contemporary setting (balls, royalty, British high society). The characters came out of that idea–how would a modern, accomplished American woman integrate into that world? What would a modern duke be like? It all sort of came together from there.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Bronte?

[Megan Mulry]  Feisty. Eager. Loving.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three activities would Max never engage in?

[Megan Mulry]  Gossip. Shouting. Moral ambiguity.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Max had a theme song, what would it be?

[Megan Mulry]  "I’ll stop the world and melt with you"

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the one accessory Bronte won’t leave the house without?

[Megan Mulry]   Love this…her obnoxiously large purse, of course.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Megan Mulry]  Other writers. Lately I am reading as many vintage Harlequin Presents as I can get my hands on (Violet Winspear, Anne Hampsen, Anne Mather). These books are incredible examples of how to pare down plot and character to pure emotion.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Megan Mulry]  Coffee. MacBook Air. Coffee.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Megan Mulry]  Violet Winspear’s Cap Flamingo.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Megan Mulry]  Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Megan Mulry]   Read. Go to thrift shops. Go to the beach with my family. Go out to dinner with friends. For longer stretches, I love to travel (but I usually end up writing while I’m traveling, so not sure that counts!)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Megan Mulry]  Yes please! I have a web page at www.meganmulry.com and then the usual places: I have a WordPress blog, a Goodreads page, a Facebook page, and spend way too much time on Twitter.

Thank you for having me!!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can order A Royal Pain from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below

About the book:

Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they’re the world’s most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte’s own search for love isn’t going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.

Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she’s certain he’s the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he’s a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities— and challenges— of becoming a royal.