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Kindle Love Stories is excited to peek under the covers of Connie Brockway’s newest book, No Place for a Dame, featuring a tenacious and brilliant Avery, who will stop and nothing (including disguising herself as a man) to join the Royal Astronomical Society. Sound great? Yeah, we think so too.
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The daughter of Lord Strand’s gamekeeper, brilliant astronomer Avery Quinn, has always known Giles is far above her touch. What isn't above her touch is the prize money offered by the Royal Astronomical Society for the most compelling discovery of the year. Unfortunately, only males are eligible which means that Avery will have to masquerade as a man and find a gentleman willing to sponsor her membership into the elite club. Now, having saved Lord Strand from an undesirable marriage, Avery insists Society’s most sophisticated, world-weary lord to repay his debt. Giles, who isn't nearly as grateful as Avery thinks he ought to be, grudgingly agrees and so begins an unexpected alliance that rekindles a passion neither Avery nor Giles are prepared to admit. And neither can ignore.
First romance you ever read?
Love and the Loathsome Leopard by Barbara Cartland. I was on a car trip with my family, thirteen and bored out of my mind (Hey! I was thirteen, pretty much obligated to be bored!) and we stopped at a gas station. It was the only book in the rack. I spent the next five hours riveted. I’ve never looked back.
Romance that made you want to write your own?
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Romance you wish you'd written?
The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
Current author crush?
Lyndsay Faye. She wrote Gods of Gotham, my favorite book of 2012. Or 2013 for that matter.
Favorite pick-up line?
“Are you a parking ticket? Cause you got fine written all over you.” It sounds like something Ron Burgundy would say.
In which characters do you show up? Any family members or old flames inspire characters, dialogue, or a scene?
I think a common characteristic that applies to most of my heroines and me is pragmatism. My women try not to let their emotions overrule logic. And, as with my heroines, that sometimes works in theory better than reality. I also think there’s a certain wish fulfillment going on in the way I depict my heroines; They never worry about anything and I am the world’s best fretter.
As for inspiring dialogue, my dh has given me some of the best and driest lines in any number of my books. Not that he’d know. He was banned from reading them after he read my first book when, after I asked him what he thought of it, he told me. I think you can infer the rest.
And of course my family and friends make cameos as the characters in my books. But if I told you, I’d have to kill you, because they’d definitely kill me! It’s weird but true that no one has ever recognized themselves, even though at the end of a book I always say to myself, “Connie, you’re gonna have some ‘splain’ to do….”
Have you ever exacted break-up revenge through a character you wrote? Details, please.
Well. Er. Ah. Er. No one ever broke up with me. I’m cringing as I type this.
Favorite romantic movie or song?
I always write to a playlist and the songs change up some but a few that generally make it in there somewhere are: Rod Stewart’s MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO; Counting Crows MIAMI; Bruce Hornsby’s MANDOLINE RAIN and LONG WHITE LIMOSINE; Bryan Adam’s HEAVEN; THE DREAMING ROAD by Mary Chapin Carpenter; RETRUN OF THE GREVIOUS ANGEL by Ryan Adams/Emmylou Harris; A CASE OF YOU by Joni Michell (the later version), where her voice sounds like a cello played in the rain.
Favorite source of prorastination?
Research. I mean “research” — like convincing myself I really “need” to know how long it took to cross the English Channel by ferry in 1906. That little mental boondoggle only cost me two hours. Oh. And it took three hours forty-five minutes.
What's next for you?
A 1906 road trip to end all road trips! It’s an homage to the screwball comedies of the 40s where a handsome, befuddled professor hero and a young but worldly-wise opera singer are escorting her great-aunts cross country to secure an inherited fortune in rubies. I’m loving everything about it: the heroine who knows her man the minute she claps eyes on him; the hero who has no idea he has been identified as such; the great-aunts discovering a whole world beyond their London suburban home; and the profoundly wonderful Margery who “kidnaps” the old girls.
In 1805 three little girls decided to create a “boys club” because boys have more fun. Their childhood was filled with sword fighting, horse racing, and archery. Now in 1815 they are all grown up and expected to join Society. Who will marry such independent and deadly misses?
Trials of Artemis
(Regency, Hot) Loving Lord Lucifer…
An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.
Jacqueline “Jack” Walters loves archery and Greek military history. In her third season she has failed to inspire so much as one marriage proposal and is planning to settle into the quiet life of a spinster.
Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has been avoiding marriage but a case of mistaken identity in the library has left him saddled with an argumentative and unwilling fiancée.
What readers are saying:
“I enjoyed seeing the relationship play out between
the two main characters, especially since the author decided to make
them both forthright and honest with each other, being able to pick up
on emotional cues, instead of relying on misdirection and
misinterpretation to lengthen the story, as is usually the case in this
“Their characters and their relationship develop at an almost
perfect pace as the book progresses (with bumps along the newlywed road,
of course). If you like a strong female, this is the book for you.”
Samantha Randall is a spirited young English beauty whose impetuosity puts her in a very compromising situation and the only thing that can salvage her reputation is marriage to Christopher Welles, a man she barely knows. As soon as the vows are spoken, her new husband whisks her off to his ship and they sail the following morning for America, to Christopher’s home in the Spanish held Territory of West Florida. Though the voyage was uneventful, the same cannot be said for the newlyweds who are in constant conflict with each other – their fragile relationship, which they struggle to build, is forever being tested by misunderstandings and outside interference. Once settled in Christopher’s home on the northern coast of Florida, they become closer and eventually fall in love – yet there are still challenges to come that will threaten to tear their world apart, some from outside forces beyond their control, others closer at hand.
With misfortune constantly overshadowing their lives, how will Christopher and Samantha – whose love was born of indiscretion and nurtured by enduring passion – be able to triumph over adversity and recapture the happiness that was so heartlessly taken from them?
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Sure, partridges in a pear tree are nice and all, but we know what you really want — books! The BEST books. So we at RT came up with our very own version of the Twelve Days of Bookmas, starring our twelve Seal of Excellence winning books from this year. For the next twelve work days, we’ll celebrate each Seal of Excellence title of 2013, and hear from those authors about their favorite read of the year. To further prove our love, we’re giving away a set of all twelve 2013 SOE titles to one lucky reader. For details on entering, read on! And check back here every day for a new post.
Blackmail. Sex. Ferro.
His dark hair, bright eyes, and cocky grin look just the way I remembered. The last time I saw Bryan’s Ferro’s beautiful body, he was naked and shimmering with sweat. This time he’s wearing a tux and a wicked smirk that makes my heart beat too fast. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him, the moment feels supercharged.
But, the words that fall out of his mouth aren’t what I expect and shock me to the core. They aren’t light and pleasant, like ex-lovers who decided to part ways. His tone is clipped, and if his jaw locked any tighter, it would crack. He doesn’t care about my personal life, my recent loss, or my boyfriend.
Bryan makes his intentions clear–if I don’t sleep with him, he’ll ruin me.
This is the “somewhat fictional” story of the life of Lanie Stevens. She is a 33 year old, beautiful, tall, sexy blonde who can’t seem to find the right man. Online dating has been frustrating and while she has met numerous men, she rarely goes out with them more than a couple of times. A lot of her choices are driven by her high libido rather than common sense.
She unintentionally sabotages her relationships and making the wrong choices in love is a challenge for her. Her sexual impulses put her in situations where she does things her body desires rather than things that are in her best interest.
When she does meet a man that she thinks she may have an interest in she usually messes up the opportunity. She doesn’t want her life to be a series of “one night” stands but she finds it hard to say “no”. Lanie is a woman that men desire but they want to control her. This is the erotic, romantic story of her life and sexual escapades…and those of her friends.
WARNING: This book contains graphic sexual descriptions and is intended for readers over the age of 18.
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If you enjoy the book be sure to read the sequels:
Also available is the newly released non-fiction by Lanie Stevens:
“Pussy Whip” A Guide To Control Your Man’s Thoughts, Actions & Deeds