Who was Lady Greensleeves?

What is "Greensleeves"? "Greensleeves" is a traditional English folksong from the 16th or 17th century. You might better recognize the tune as the Christmas carol, "What Child Is This?" Trajan et Hadrian, Fair Use License. The lyrics are as follows:  Image courtesy of Pinterest You can listen to an instrumental guitar version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wARiOb80Zr0 Who Was … Continue reading Who was Lady Greensleeves?

New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)

My new novella is now available! Cover art by Dragonpen Press Designs “‘Tristan and Isolde’? More like stuff and nonsense…" At age eighteen, Isolde of Ayrland is expected to master the healing arts and uphold her mother’s legacy as a healer, but she’s nowhere near ready for the undertaking. Though her mother’s always urging her … Continue reading New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)

Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Title: Where the Forest Meets the StarsAuthor: Glendy VanderahGenre: Adult Contemporary Fiction, Romantic SuspensePage Count: 328 pagesPublisher: Lake Union PublishingRelease Date: March 1, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Title: Where the Crawdads SingAuthor: Delia OwensGenre: Adult Fiction, Women's FictionPage Count: 379 pagesPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsRelease Date: August 14, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet Raul Photography by Giulia Pugliese. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Raul Petigya Featured in: The Emperor’s Daughters: Jordinia, Book 5 by C.K. Brooke From: Halai, Heppestoni Status: Former foot soldier, builder. Distinguishing characteristics: Dark skin tone, warm eyes, sharp-witted. Motivations: Homeland, service, and helping others. Raul’s Story: Once a foot soldier lost in the … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet Bram Photo by Paolo Nicolello. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Officer Abram Visigoth Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants: Jordinia, Book 4 by C.K. Brooke From: Pierma, Jordinia Status: Officer of the Royal Guard Distinguishing characteristics: Very tall. Calm demeanor. Dark eyes and hair with a violet sheen. Motivations: Duty, honor, and service. Compassion. Bram’s … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Benedicta

Meet Benedicta Photo by Hai Phung. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Grand Duchess Benedicta “Nedi” Ducelle Featured in: The Emperor's Daughters by C.K. Brooke From: The Royal Palace, Pierma, Jordinia Status: Fourth and youngest Grand Duchess of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Pale blonde hair, a generous heart, determination. Motivations: Benedicta would like a husband and family someday, … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Benedicta

Meet the Hero: Prime Minister Rhoades

 Meet Prime Minister Rhoades Photo by Clem Onojeghuo. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Prime Minister Nathaniel Rhoades Featured in: The Golden Dove by C.K. Brooke From: The Kingdom of Dorsett Status: Prime Minister of Dorsett Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, slender, thin mustache. Prefers books to crowds.Motivations: His love of history and facts propels the young prime minister … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Prime Minister Rhoades

Meet the Hero: Archer

Meet Archer Full Name: Archer CrossFeatured in: Fool Moon by C.K. Brooke From: Cree Status: Self-proclaimed highwayman hunter Distinguishing characteristics: Brown hair, goatee. Carries a bow & arrow and rides a golden horse called Sunbeam. Motivations: Ridding the roads of highwaymen, protecting the innocent, restoring justice his way and making a living in the process. … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Archer

Meet the Hero: Lancelot

Meet Lance Full Name: Lancelot "Lance" Dulac Featured in: I, Guinevere by C.K. Brooke From: Dulac’s Farm, Camylot, Isle of the Bryttons Status: Farmer’s son, swordsman hobbyist Distinguishing characteristics: Young and handsome. Brown hair and amber-gold eyes. Skilled and promising swordsman. Motivations: Lance has long dreamed of wielding his beloved sword, Secace, in the queen’s … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Lancelot

Meet the Hero: Orion

Meet Orion Full Name: Orion, Son of Poseidon Featured in: Secrets of Artemis by C.K. Brooke From: Ancient Greece Status: Hunter god Distinguishing characteristics: Orion, the god, is best described as a gentle giant. He is tall and muscular, has a dog named Scorch, and can walk on water. He's often rumored to be hunting … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Orion

Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet Geo Full Name: Georome Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: The younger Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Raven hair, athletic, courageous. Can be reckless but for noble causes. Motivations: Loyalty and family. Will do anything for his brother. Geo’s Story:Although the two couldn’t … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet the (Anti-)Hero: Jothann

Meet Jothann Photo by Daan Mooij. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Jothann von Sparx Featured in: The Last Empress by C.K. Brooke From: District of Turane, Jordinia Status: Former scholar and paperboy turned soldier. Secret leader of an underground revolution. Distinguishing characteristics: Young, blond, contemplative, fiercely intelligent. Humble, gentle, idealistic and progressive. Motivations: Enlightenment, revolution, … Continue reading Meet the (Anti-)Hero: Jothann

Meet the Heroine: Lori

Meet Lori Photo by Karoline Soares. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Lorileen Masters Featured in: Fool Moon by C.K. Brooke From: Cree Status: Daughter of an orchardist Distinguishing characteristics: Long dark hair that she wears in a braid. Was cursed by a wicked witch and now sees ghostly shades. Motivations: A normal life. Freedom from … Continue reading Meet the Heroine: Lori

Meet the Heroine: Néandra

Meet Néandra  Photo by Luke Braswell. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Néandra Konina Gatspierre DucelleFrom: Jordinia Featured in: The Last Empress: A Jordinia Prequel by C.K. BrookeStatus: Empress of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Dark hair, soft-spoken, always sees the best in people—arguably to a fault. Motivations: With traditional values yet an optimistic spirit, Néandra is motivated … Continue reading Meet the Heroine: Néandra

Meet the Heroine: Raphaela

Meet Raphaela Photography by Averie Woodard. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Grand Duchess Raphaela Ducelle From: Jordinia Featured in: The Emperor's Daughters by C.K. Brooke Status: Grand Duchess of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Long black hair, green eyes, freckles, a slightly hoarse voice. Motivations: Independence, novelty, freedom. Raphaela wants to travel the world and make her … Continue reading Meet the Heroine: Raphaela

Meet the Narrator: Mary Lehnert

Mary Lehnert is the narrator of The Golden Dove audio book. Today we'll learn a little more about her. Thanks, Mary! Born and educated in North Yorkshire, England, Mary now is an American citizen having traveled worldwide with her husband's job in the oil industry. She loved romance in her youth, living vicariously through all … Continue reading Meet the Narrator: Mary Lehnert

Meet the Heroine: Abi

It’s time for our very first #WriterWednesday! We’re ringing in the New Year with my #MeetTheHeroine series. For the next 15 weeks on my blog, I’ll be featuring a heroine from one of my books, every Wednesday. Let’s dive in with our first heroine from my pirate romance novel, Capturing the Captain: Meet Abi Photography … Continue reading Meet the Heroine: Abi

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I had never expected this to be "my" kind of book. I'd seen the title a million times on the shelves (virtual and otherwise) and it never appealed to me. I was expecting a sappy, melodramatic teen romance. How wrong I was! It was actually the ad for the Netflix movie that compelled me to … Continue reading Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Editor’s Review: The Songs We Remember (The Songs in Our Hearts #2) by Chantal Gadoury

*Full disclosure: I was the editor of this novel for 48fourteen Publishing. The Songs We Remember is the heart-rending yet lovely sequel to The Songs in Our Hearts by Chantal Gadoury. In the next installment of this contemporary YA love story, we return to our lovably conscientious heroine, Charlie, and her now-boyfriend, the charmingly laid-back … Continue reading Editor’s Review: The Songs We Remember (The Songs in Our Hearts #2) by Chantal Gadoury

Editor’s Review: Foretold (Book 3 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

*Full disclosure: I was the editor of this novel for 48fourteen Publishing. Foretold (48fourteen, 2018) by Holly M. Campbell is the third - and final? - book in the Near Deaths Series. As a mega-fan of Mrs. Campbell's previous works, including Foreshadowed (Book 1), Forewarned (Book 2), and Without Curtains, I was beyond honored to … Continue reading Editor’s Review: Foretold (Book 3 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

Book Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Not If I Save You First (2018) is a standalone teen thriller/romance by popular NYT bestselling YA author, Ally Carter. As a colossal fan of her Heist Society and Embassy Row series, I was excited about her latest release in the same vein as her previous works, involving U.S. Secret Service agents, the President's son, … Continue reading Book Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Editor’s Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

*I was the editor of this novel for The Parliament House Press. Nocturnal Meetings of the Mispalced (The Parliament House Press, 2018) by R.J. Garcia is my favorite book I've edited to date - and one of my all-time favorite novels ever. This unputdownable debut blends my favorite elements of YA, horror/mystery, small towns, a … Continue reading Editor’s Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

Book Review: Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series (HarperTeen, 2015) is a compilation of previously published novellas and new bonus material, all pertaining to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The bonus material was a nice touch. I loved the scenes from Celeste's point of view; those were definitely the highlight. I feel like I … Continue reading Book Review: Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Favorite: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

The Favorite: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2015) by Kiera Cass is the final (to date) novella in The Selection series, told from the point of view of Marlee, America's best friend and the country's "favorite" contender of the Elite. Marlee sadly loses favor in either The Elite or The One (forgive me; it's been a … Continue reading Book Review: The Favorite: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass