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Posted by Beth Trissel | 11:45 AM | 0 comments »


I'm thrilled to finally reveal the cover of my March release, Lady of the Flames!

I had great fun writing this book -- it's a Regency with romance, suspense, and MAGIC! I love magic, and I really let myself enjoy writing about it in this one.

Here's what it's about:



Magic is fraught with peril—but so is love.

Lord Fenimore Trent’s uncanny affinity for knives and other blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop—an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen’s partner is accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he faces another unpalatable choice—to resort to the violent use of his blades once again.

Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother’s death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect—and perfectly unhappy—lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night—to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help—it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.

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It's up for pre-order now at a special introductory price of only 99 cents. (There's also a paperback at $11.95 for those who prefer.) Here are some links:


Amazon.com ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Flames-Most-Peculiar-Season-ebook/dp/B00T0JAWLO/

Amazon UK ebook: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lady-Flames-Most-Peculiar-Season-ebook/dp/B00T0JAWLO/

Amazon Canada ebook: http://www.amazon.ca/Lady-Flames-Most-Peculiar-Season-ebook/dp/B00T0JAWLO/

Amazon Australia ebook: http://www.amazon.com.au/Lady-Flames-Most-Peculiar-Season-ebook/dp/B00T0JAWLO/

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/lady-of-the-flames

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lady-of-the-flames/id970621206?ls=1&mt=11

 


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Lady of the Flames is part of a multi-author series called A Most Peculiar Season, about a London Season  when some very strange happenings take place. So far, there are two other books out: A Viking for the Viscountess by Michelle Willingham and Scandal on His Doorstep by Deborah Hale.
Happy reading!


HOME-MADE HUMIDIFIERS

Posted by Josie | 9:21 AM | 2 comments »

Thanks in advance to our local weatherman in the Charlotte, NC area for sharing the following tips:

According to the Mayo clinic, the optimal amount of humidity for a room is between 30-50 percent. A hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in a room. You can purchase them at Amazon.com for $9.99.




If you suffer from sore throats during the winter season, the culprit may be because your home is too dry. Many of our furnaces are running non-stop.

Here’s some ideas for home-made humidifiers:

1. Simply place a glass of water on your heater and let the water evaporate.




2. If you don’t have a flat top heater, soak a clean car-washing sponge in warm water. Squeeze to remove excess water and place in a punctured plastic freezer bag. Place in rooms as needed. When reusing, place sponge in microwave for 1 minute to rid of bacteria.

3. Keep your bathroom door open when showering with hot water. The steam will drift into the next room.

4. Purchase some inexpensive house plants. When you water the plants the water will evaporate through the leaves and back into the room.

5. Boil water on the stove, place in bowl and seal. Wait a few minutes for steam to gather, then bring to room that needs humidifying and unseal. Steam will instantly rise up into the air.

6. An open fish tank mixes business with pleasure and increases moisture in a soothing effective way.




Please note that it’s not recommended that you dry your clothes on radiators or heaters. Yes, moisture is being sent back into the air but the water may spread mold, bacteria, and viruses.




I’m excited to announce my upcoming release, spine-tingling historical romance novel Traitor’s Curse, book three in my Traitor’s Legacy Series, and the sequel to historical romance novel Traitor’s Legacy.
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The series opens with award-winning historical romance novel, Enemy of the King, Unlike the first two novels, Traitor’s Curse is set shortly after the American Revolution, and has a ghostly, Gothic flavor. Although, come to think of it, a ghost also figures in Enemy of King. I can’t seem to keep away from them. But Traitor’s Curse has a darker paranormal bent. Mystery and carefully researched history are strong elements in both Traitor’s Legacy andTraitor’s Curse. Enemy of the King abounds with adventure. And all three books pulse with the unpredictable and exhilarating scintillations of the heart. And humor, I always incorporate touches of humor.
Blurb for Traitor’s Curse:
Halifax, North Carolina, 1783. Captain Stuart Monroe returns home from the Revolutionary War to find Thornton Hall threatened by a peacetime foe: debt. He knows the location of a treasure amassed to pay for the capture of Benedict Arnold that would restore his manor to its former glory. The catch, it’s hidden in the graveyard, and coveted by old enemies. Hettie Fairfax inherited the Sight from her Cherokee ancestors, and her otherworldly visitors warn her, and Stuart, away from the buried treasure. Half-dead from fever, she delivers a message: the treasure is cursed. But will he believe a girl half out of her mind with illness? Even when a very real enemy attempts to poison her? Stuart soon wants to marry Hettie, but she fears her “odd ways” will blemish his reputation. The spirits have their own agenda, however, and the battle against darkness tests everything the couple holds dear, including their love for each other.
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Colonial American historical romance novel Traitor's Legacy

Blurb for Traitor’s Legacy:
1781. On opposite sides of the War of Independence, British Captain Jacob Vaughan and Claire Monroe find themselves thrust together by chance and expediency.
Captain Vaughan comes to a stately North Carolina manor to catch a spy. Instead, he finds himself in bedlam: the head of the household is an old man ravaged by madness, the one sane male of the family is the very man he is hunting, and the household is overseen by his beguiling sister Claire.
Torn between duty, love, and allegiances, yearning desperately for peace, will Captain Vaughan and Claire Monroe forge a peace of their own against the vagaries of war and the betrayal of false friends?
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1780, South Carolina: While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor’s death fighting for Jeremiah? If Captain Vaughan snatches her away, he won’t give her a choice.
All novels in the Traitor’s Legacy Series are published by The Wild Rose Press and available in print and eBook from their online bookstore, in kindle and print at Amazon, in Nook Book at Barnes & Noble and in eBook from all major online booksellers. Local bookstores can order the paperback in as can libraries. Release date for Traitor’s Curse TBD, but probably late summer.
Graphic Artist Debbie Taylor did the covers for Traitor’s Legacy and Traitor’s Curse. Rae Monet designed the cover for Enemy of the King.

Sore Throat Home-made Recipes

Posted by Josie | 8:41 AM | 5 comments »

It’s the middle of February and very cold outside. Today I’m sharing some home-made sore throat recipes from Health Digest.

For recipe one you will need:

1. Two lemons cleaned and sliced
2. Two pieces of ginger sliced into coin size pieces
3. 1 cup Honey
In a 16 oz. jar combine lemon slices and sliced ginger.
Pour honey (organic is best) over it slowly. This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.
Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a "jelly". To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour hot water over it.
Store in fridge 2-3 months. Makes about 2 cups





For recipe two you will need:

1 cup honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
shot of whiskey

Shake and take as needed. :)





Some added notes:

Do not pour boiling water onto honey, as it'll kill the medicinal properties and render it to simply a sweetener.
No honey for children under the age of 2.

Because I write this blog on Sunday, I’m a hoping you’ll be able to use some of these ideas for Valentine’s Day next weekend. Also see my bonus outfits at the bottom—one for a casual night at home, the other outfit for a fancy night out.

First, consider an out-of-the-box option restaurant for your Valentine meal—your local Waffle House. (Wear your casual outfit here.) Many Waffle Houses across the country are taking reservations. The menu prices will be inexpensive and feature heart-shaped waffles and steak specials.




Or consider a spa night in your own home. This recipe for a homemade hand and foot scrub is inexpensive and uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen:

1/2 cup sugar (white or brown)
1/4 cup olive oil
Mix ingredients and store in an air-tight jar. Scrub skin in shower or bath, using 1 tablespoon at a time. Rinse well.




Martha Stewart shares a delicious and easy recipe for Valentine cookies. You’ll need:
• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
• 3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more, for dusting
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
• 1 teaspoon canola oil or pure vegetable shortening
Directions
1. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in flour and salt. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill at least 2 hours, or overnight.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until 1/16-to-1/8 inch thick. Cut out hearts cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to an ungreased baking sheet; chill for 30 minutes.
3. Heat oven to 300 degrees with a rack in the center. Press the tines of a fork into each cookie to make designs. Bake about 18 minutes.
4. In the top of a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl set over simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Stir in oil. Dip half or one third of each cookie into the chocolate mixture. Add sprinkles if desired.




If you’re staying home, the following free one day coupon codes should work for any Redbox movie. Offer should be good until February 16th:

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And here are the bonus outfits for Valentine's Day. Enjoy!