Multi-award-winning author of 25 best-selling Regency Historical Romances, Donna Hatch is a hopeful romantic and an adventurer at heart. Each book she writes is filled with wit and heart and plenty of swoon-worthy romance. Donna sings, plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Her family, including six children and two cats, recently left their native Arizona for the Pacific coast of the US. No matter where they live, she and her husband of over twenty years are proof that there truly is a happily ever after.
The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.
A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.
The Guise of a Gentleman is a wholesome Regency Romance, a.k.a. “clean” that explores finding one’s true self, loyalty, honor, and trusting loved ones. With plenty of swashbuckling action, it provides a several good twists that play off of familiar situations and proudly proclaims the redemptive power of love.
His lazy laughter rang out, filling her with slow warmth.
She barely controlled the impulse to smile. Instead, she raised her chin while trying to look appropriately irritated. “You laugh at me, sir?”
“You are a sheer delight.” He enclosed one of her hands between both of his. Though terribly, terribly improper, the sweet possessiveness of his gesture sent giddy little thrills through her. “Do you know that in many countries, once a person has saved the life of another, that person must remain with his savior until the debt is repaid? If we were to honor that, then I must be with you, watching over you, every minute of every day.”
She considered remaining in this man’s presence every moment of every day. Definitely not. Her good sense would never survive it.
She disentangled her hand and said primly, “Fortunately, we do not have such an inconvenient custom in England.”
Karlie Lucas is a school crossing guard by day and a writer/artist by night.
A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, SCBWI, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.
For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.
Seeking to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.
With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive.
Anwen watched, transfixed. She felt like she was watching a movie, except she had a front row view of everything. When the jackal-like creature attacked Courtney, she found herself closer to the edge of the drop behind her.
Why were they after her? And why were her new friends defending her? She shook her head, trying to make sense out of everything, but it was all happening too fast.
Two more creatures broke off from the fray, moving towards the two women on the precipice, one from each side. Courtney feinted towards one, then the other, not sure which to expound her energy on. They were both closing in at the same pace. “Back!” She waved the spear in front of her, trying to ward them both off.
One Fallen jumped forward, growling menacingly to distract her as the other raced for the other side. Courtney pierced the one through the heart and heaved it away as the other sped past her, towards Anwen.
Courtney turned to offer warning, hoping to check its flight with her weapon. Instead, she heard a scream, then a loud splash as something fell into the water below. She turned in time to see another bout of steam billow, noticing that Anwen was missing. Courtney called out to her, running to the cliff’s edge.
An epic fantasy of forbidden romance that chronicles the coming of age of a princess who is possessed by the Snow Queen and fated to rule her kingdom with a strong hand and icy heart.
As a child, Princess Freyja looked into the Snow Queen’s cursed mirror – and was changed.
Now an aloof and difficult young woman with a wit as sharp as her tongue, the future monarch is in need of a tutor. And Ambrose, a failed poet, is in need of a teaching position. He just never suspected how dangerous the extracurricular activities would be!
Soon, Ambrose finds himself on a grand adventure fighting to save the vexing but alluring princess from the court occult conspiracies that have targeted her. He is opposed not only by sorcerers and the evil Snow Queen, but also the icy royal damsel who holds his heart.
Will Ambrose’s love cause Freyja to thaw…or will she put him in the deep freeze instead?
Sensuous, suspenseful, supernatural and filled with witty banter, this romantic fantasy will both turn up the heat and leave you thoroughly frost smitten!
A 2019 Critters Readers Poll top ten finalist in the category of Science-Fiction and Fantasy.
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Micah S. Harris is the Author of the epic fantasy romance Portrait of a Snow Queen, which took third place in the category of science fiction and fantasy in the Critters Readers Poll. Strong female protagonists and banter are trademarks of his work. Portrait of a Snow Queen is no exception and is recommended for older fans of Frozen and lovers of the witty verbal sparring in The Princess Bride.
He won the 2016 Pulp Ark Award for best novel for Ravenwood, The stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa. He is also the Author – Along with artist Michael Gaydos (Marvel’s Jessica Jones) – of the graphic novel Heaven’s War, a historical fantasy pitting the Oxford Inklings against Aleister Crowley.
His lifelong love of movies also influences his fiction, whether a fairy tale retelling, horror story or paranormal mystery. He taught film on a collegiate level and has chronicled, both in print and via podcast, fascination lost genre gems.
Top Ten List
TOP TEN ESOTERIC FUN FACTS ABOUT MICAH S. HARRIS
1. My teddy bear Boo Boo ran away from home because I wouldn’t stop
sucking my thumb. After this intervention caused me to declare my
sobriety, we found him hanging out in a nearby tree.
2. My childhood pets include a Venus fly trap, a pink chicken, and a wolf
spider…at least, it might have been a wolf spider.
3. As a kid, I read the book The Gingerbread Rabbit, so I had to have my mom
bake me a gingerbread rabbit. He was delicious.
4. I attended the graveside memorial service for Schlitze, a sideshow
“pinhead” (he suffered from microcephaly) who was the inspiration for the
character of “Pepper” in American Horror Story. He can be seen in the
1932 cult classic movie Freaks. I wrote a book about him.
5. I was friends with the late Verne Langdon, make-up man on the original
Planet of the Apes and the old TV game show Match Game among his
many other projects. His company used to cast the foam rubber for the old
stop motion animation Pillsbury Doughboy.
6. I have always loved cats. My last one was named “Emmy” after Emma
Peele from the old British Avengers spy show.
7. I am a life-long Tar Heel who grew up nearby the real Mayberry: Mount
8. My favorite movie is the 1933 King Kong.
9. My favorite book is a tie: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin and unexpurgated,
uncut Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
10. I have the heart of a little boy…I use it for a paperweight.
“Exceptionally beautiful women must always be careful of men, my
friend, especially exceptionally beautiful women with power.”
Singing Back To The Sirens by Margaret DeRitter is a beautiful book with poems that talk about the life of a woman. Each poem is an amazing representation of her desire, love, loss and grief.
The book has two parts with wonderful poems. Poems talk about different forms of love, the kind between mother and child, two best friends, and a lot more. The exploration of sexuality at an early age, falling for a friend and accepting herself are written beautifully by the author.
I liked how the author presented the frustrations of a lesbian woman when she falls for a straight woman. And that really made my heart clench. The struggles she faces from the moment she identifies her sexuality to finding her love, losing it and going through the grief are very well written in the form of poems and it is kind of incredible.
Each poem is a song sung back to the many wonderful women in her life. After all, they shaped the way she sees desire, love, pain, strength and many more emotions, thus helping her define life and evolve.
Margaret DeRitter is a promising author. She crafted the poems very well. I look forward to reading more of her works. I received this book from Librarything for an honest review.