How to Date A Douchebag: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney Blog Tour

How to Date A Douchebag: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney Blog Tour

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He’s not a douchebag;

but that doesn’t stop his friends from

turning him into one.

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How to Date A Douchebag: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney is a fun and flirty sports romance. It’s time to go back to college with this fast paced story, characters that leave an impression on your heart, and crazy chemistry. 

Discover what really happens in this world of College Wrestling as this crew returns for another installment of unsolicited dating advice and debauchery. Can the douche in this story prove he’s not such a bad guy? Will the girl who answers the ad love him for who he is, or will his campus reputation destroy any chance for romance?

It’s time to settle in for a slow-burn, with lots of wicked banter, college shenanigans, and a wrestling team that you will love to hate ;).   Sara makes sure that you are fully satisfied at the end and leaves you wanting more from her world of douche’s.

You are moments away from discovering who the lucky hero is and the wrestling season plays out. Will the ladies on campus discover that perhaps, it’s possible to be a jock and not a douche. Enjoy your bookcation!

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Author info: Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.
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saraauthor 300x300 How to Date A Douchebag: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney Blog TourSara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Second Chances is one-click worthy

Second Chances is one-click worthy

%name Second Chances is one click worthy%name Second Chances is one click worthyEarlier this month Romance Writers of America released it’s second collection of unpublished stories from hot authors to sample their fabulous talents. If you haven’t purchased the Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection, one-click now!

Included in this collection are tales from J.Kenner, Christina Lauren, Liliana Hart, Alyssa Day, Rachel Hauck, Damon Suede, Marilyn Brant, Renee Luke, Kerri Carpenter, Tara Wyatt, Cici Coughlin, Cassandra Dean, Tina Ferraro, Ariella Moon, Brandi Willis Schreiber, Lizzie Shane, and Sharon Sobel.

Later this morning I’m meeting up with Damon Suede for coffee and wanted to share with you his tale in this collection, Twice Shy. A second chance story about a youthful crush, regrets, and loss.

Jerome and Wendell were best friends in school, then in one moment tragedy strikes and they are forever separated. Seventeen years later fate brings them back together. Life has moved on, years have passed, now more than ever they need each other the most. Can two friends find love after all this time? Older, wiser, and ready to find out what could be, will they take the leap?

When Damon crafts a story he infuses emotion, humor, and the perfect amount of chemistry. In three chapters his characters made me laugh, squeezed my heart, proved that love is everlasting and left me absolutely satisfied. In three chapters readers! Check out this excerpt and see for yourself. I’m off to meet up with Damon for coffee!

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In this excerpt from the start of “Twice Shy,”Jerome (aka Jug) has bumped into Wince, his best friend from high school, 17 years after they got expelled; both men are now single dads with kids attending their alma mater.
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Wince thumped Jerome’s shoulders and squeezed. “You look great, man. I swear you got blacker. And bigger, I think. You’re so jacked.”
“I do. I’m a…” Awkward. “I train people. At a gym. I’m a personal trainer.”
“Oh.” Doubly awkward. “I figured you’d be a doctor by now.”
“I am. I was.” Jerome studied the concrete. “Life got complicated.”
Wince blinked at him. “Truth.” He wasn’t leaving.
He could almost hear Olivia urging him to Talk to the man, Jerome. “My parents had some problems when I was doing my residency and I came home to help and I dunno…I never…”
Shrug, as if Wince wanted to put him at ease. “Well, you look amazing.” He crossed his arms. “I need pointers. Hey, you wanna grab some coffee?”
Yes. Jerome shook his head, wondering what Mrs. Wince might be like, and then wishing he hadn’t wondered. No reason to mention Olivia’s passing. He wasn’t hiding behind his wife’s memory, was he? Ugh. “I’m gonna be late.” He has a kid.
“Train?”
“The R.”
“I’ll walk you.” Wince herded him toward the corner, not actually bumping into him but steering him with his presence the way he had since they were in high school. He even walked with the same loose, dorky shuffle. Time travel again. They could have been headed to the library or to the principal’s office.
“Thanks.” Uneasy, Jerome tried to get Wince back on track. He just needed to survive another five minutes and they’d be done and over and nice to know you. “What about you?”
“Eesh.” Wince grimaced at the winter clouds and hunched forward as he walked, like the memory was too heavy to carry. “Yeah. Well, after I got expelled…so, juvie for a stretch. You knew that. After the wreck. Then a little prison for flavor. Got out, ditched my folks, and knocked around. A lotta drugs, because…reasons. I dunno. It was there. A couple sh*@#y tattoos I don’t remember getting. Then by accident, I fell into music. Bands, y’know.”
“You were in a band?”
“No! Well, I was, but mainly as scenery. Downtown Clowns. Pretty boy pop punk. I pretended to play guitar mostly. They wanted someone to freak the crowd and set fire to their pubes. You know me: professional troublemaker. That I’m good for. Right?”
Jerome chuckled. “And you applied.”
“Bulls@#t. I was recruited.” Wince smiled, big and bright, like they were still kids sneaking out to drink on the roof of his apartment building.
Back in school, how many times had he asked Jerome? What the hell am I good for?
Me. You’re good for me.
Wince faced him again and sighed. “Oh man. Fun gig. All that tail. Money eventually. Record label kept me out of court.”
They reached the corner and started snaking across a wide-open farmer’s market sprawled across a church plaza. In three minutes he’d be safe. “I can’t believe you were in a band. White boy rhythm and all.”
“Hand to God. And then we found a real guitarist and I sort of tagged along for kicks until our manager quit and I took over.”
Jerome choke-laughed. “Wait, what? You managed something? A band?” No way in hell.
“You could call it that. It just sorta happened.” Wince pushed his hand into his thick hair and scratched his scalp. “Made sure we got paid. Set up the venues. Fought with the label once we got signed. Kept the other guys clean-ish. Off hard stuff anyways. They figured I was crazy so they, I dunno, listened.”
They snaked past stalls piled with bread and onions, and fresh honey until they reached Union Square. “Never in a million years….”
“I know, right? But after my folks, what did I care? Nothing scared me. Nothing grossed me out. Turns out I’m a perfect stiff for pop bands. Now the label sends me out to break new talent. I’m respectable, Jug.”
“Jesus.”
“Tell me.” Wink. “But it pays great. How the hell else am I paying for private school in Manhattan?”
Right. “That’s amazing. You finally figured out what you were good for.”
You’re good for me.
Wince smiled again, and for ten seconds they were boys sitting on a window ledge, a hundred feet above the city, sorting out their escape plan.
Jerome could see Union Square up ahead and the entrance to the R train. Fright or flight, mofo. He wanted to run away and he wanted to let Wince kidnap him both.
“Here’s you.” Wince paused at the top of the subway stairs. His dirty gold hair gleaming in the cold sunlight, his joker’s grin teasing at the question that neither of them had the stones to ask.
Do you remember the two of us?
Jerome held out a shaky hand to shake.
Wince took it, but then pulled him into a quick hug, pressing their chests together for two impossible seconds. One breath, two breaths. And he still smelled great and felt better. And for two seconds, they were seventeen and anything was possible.
Once burned.
Wince muttered against his chest. “So great to see you, Jug.” And then he was gone, walking away before Jerome could respond or wipe his eyes.
Downstairs he stepped onto his train headed downtown. “Stand clear of the closing doors.”
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Excerpted from Twice Shy by Damon Suede
published by RWA
Copyright 2016. Damon Suede. All Rights Reserved

Click on the cover to start reading this must read collection now. 

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Guest Post Author Jeanne Adams

Guest Post Author Jeanne Adams

WelcometoOutcastStationfinal 201x300 Guest Post Author Jeanne AdamsToday I’ve got Jeanne Adams to share a little bit about her recent release Outcast Station. Thanks for stopping by Jeanne and sharing the whole latte with us!

Hi Rae! I’m excited to join you. I got a frappacino though…it’s hot today! I appreciate you giving a shout-out to my new release, Welcome to Outcast Station though, because I know you really prefer romance to straight science fiction.

While Outcast Station is a departure from my Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance roots, it was great fun to create this fast-paced space adventure. The stories will continue with Christmas on Outcast Station, out later this year. There will eventually be love interest, but for right now….adventure is the key!

Joining me in this fun endeavor is my Romance Bandits pal, Nancy Northcott. Both my story and Nancy’s are thrillers with strong protagonists that harken back to the golden era of Science Fiction. In fact, Nancy and I were thrilled when reviewers compared Welcome to Outcast Station to Robert Heinlein’s best and the works of Jack McDevitt.

If you like science fiction with strong leads, and a diverse cast, then you may want to join us out in space on Outcast Station. While decidedly NOT ROMANCE, these stories are nevertheless worth the read!

WELCOME TO OUTCAST STATION

The Accidental Plague by Jeanne Adams
Outcast Station is a backwater, but for BVax Scientist Ravinisha Trentham, any posting is better than washing dishes. Ravi is top in her graduating class, but only Outcast would hire a McKeonite. Someone on station wants her dead, but when a plague breaks out, Ravi may be their only hope. If the murderer gets to her first, everyone will die.

The New Badge by Nancy Northcott

Deputy Marshal Hank Tremaine crosses the wrong person and lands at Outcast Station, the armpit of Terran space. His hostile boss promptly assigns him to a backcountry murder. Solving it will help redeem his reputation and get him posted somewhere more civilized. But failing to find the killer will bury his career once and for all.

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Happy Birthday Haven Harbor

Happy Birthday Haven Harbor

%name Happy Birthday Haven Harbor%name Happy Birthday Haven HarborHappy Book Birthday A Haven Harbor Halloween with novellas from Tawny Weber, Gail Z. Martin, Barbara Devlin and Jeanne Adams. This collection features four novellas that vary in heat and genre. Sit back and enjoy your bookcation to Haven Harbor. Be sure to read through to the bottom of this post for a fabulous giveaway! I received an ARC from the authors for a fair and honest review. If you love reading stories for the season, then one-click this Halloween collection at the bottom of this post. The sale price won’t last long.

KCDD 200x300 Happy Birthday Haven HarborDecadent Desires by Tawny Weber is set at the charming Karma Cafe. If you are a fan of Tawny’s Sexy SEAL books, this one does not disappoint. No, it doesn’t have SEALs but has the same chemistry and lovable characters.

Samson Phillips has roots in Haven Harbor but this adventure finds our dear hero in San Francisco sent to help Rose. He’ll need to keep his intentions a secret if he’s to help Rose and the town of Haven Harbor. What will happen when Rose discovers the truth?

Rose MacBriar is in a bit of a jam and will need to work with Sam if she has any hopes of salvaging her latest project. These two will have quite the tale to tell if they can agree to work together in a productive way 😉 Rose will need to trust Sam and accept the truth about her family.

Secrets, sweets and sin. Don’t miss this story of love, magick and mischief. This two peppers spicy latte hot delight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.  %name Happy Birthday Haven Harbor

Tawny Weber Author Photo 282x300 Happy Birthday Haven HarborNew York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty-five books, Tawny Weber writes sassy, emotional romances featuring hot alpha heroes.  Stories with a dash of humor and a whole lot of sexy attitude! A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes, and her very own hero husband, Tawny enjoys papercrafting, gardening, spending time with her family and dogs.

Fans are invited to check out Tawny’s books at her website, www.tawnyweber.com. For extra fun, join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapters, recipes, insider story info and much more.

You can also find Tawny on Facebook, Twitter or PinterestOr follow her on Goodreads, Bookbub or Amazon.

Backlist for Haven Harbor. Click the cover for more tasty fun!

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Check out my review from yesterday’s post for A Taste of Magick by Barbara Devlin
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after midnight e reader 200x300 Happy Birthday Haven HarborJeanne Adams returns to Haven Harbor in her latest Haven Harbor novella. In After Midnight, an unsolved murder sets the scene, and time is running out. Fingers crossed there are no more victims. 

Everyone knows what makes Haven Harbor special, the town witches and their unique abilities. By using their unique skills they can take care of “things” and that is why Haven Harbor is such a charming town, and always full of surprises.

Jim Stansfield has not been able to shake Keira out of his mind since she first stepped into Haven Harbor, and now she’s in need of a mechanic. Normally Jim wouldn’t mind, but it seems to be quite often. If he can figure out what’s going on with her car, might solve a mystery that’s plagued her for months. Will the reason she’s in town come between them? If Keira Danby can come to terms with her past, Jim might be able to admit he’s in love and ready to share himself completely.

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%name Happy Birthday Haven HarborJeanne Adams writes award-winning suspense, paranormal, mysteries and urban fantasies.  She’s also a sought-after speaker, who knows a thing or two about getting rid of the evidence… 

Jeanne specializes in thrills and suspense.  Even her paranormal and urban fantasies have a suspense element, so be prepared!  She loves football, baseball, dogs, Halloween and the weird and she teaches classes for writers on body disposal.

Jeanne lives in DC with her husband and two growing sons, as well as two dogs – a Lab and an Irish Water Spaniel.  Don’t tell, but she’s prone to adopting more dogs when her husband isn’t looking.

Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and other publications, her books have been consistently hailed as “One of the best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times.  You can find her at her newly redesigned website: www.JeanneAdams.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JeanneAdams or at www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor

pumpkin 21545572 250x300 Happy Birthday Haven HarborKeepsakes by Gail Martin is familiar ground for Deadly Curiosities fans. This adventure finds Cassidy and Teag hunting down ancient artifacts while strange things keep happening in Charleston, SC. The setting is magnificent, the historic homes are to die for, and the magick is strong.

How does Haven Harbor connect to Charleston? Who is behind the disruptions and chaos? It’s about to get stormy as Gail has given her readers a clever connection to Jeanne Adams world of Haven Harbor in this fast paced read! Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with either author, this book can be read as a standalone.

If you want to read more Deadly Curiosities? Click on the covers below.

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Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Vengeance: A Darkhurst novel, is the second in a new epic fantasy series for Solaris (coming April, 2018). Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Vendetta, and a new collection, Trifles and Folly. Spells, Salt, and Steel is the first in another new urban fantasy series set in upstate Pennsylvania. Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin)

Gail Z. Martin
Proud Member: SFWA, Broad Universe
New in 2017
Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst
Trifles and Folly: A Deadly Curiosities Collection
Salvage Rat (new space adventure by Larry N. Martin)
Assassin’s Honor: Book One in the Assassins of Landria
Plus all-new novellas in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, Blaine McFadden Adventures, Deadly Curiosities Adventures and Storm and Fury Adventures

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Featured Author – Barbara Devlin

Featured Author – Barbara Devlin

BarbaraDevlin 300x300 Featured Author   Barbara DevlinUSA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.
Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.

Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.

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If you are looking for a doctor this Halloween, head to Haven Harbor Regional Medical Center ER. Check in with Dr. Rafe Owen. This sexy new doc now calls Haven Harbor home and when he ventures out to meet the fine folk of Haven Harbor he encounters the owner of The Old Haven Mill Tavern, Mary-George McBride. Rafe’s world will never be the same and neither will yours ;).

Rafe is intent on getting to know George, will she open up and give him a chance? George has the ability to discover what he desires, will she use it? Trust is a very fragile thing and for this outsider he just might lose the one thing he wants if George hesitates to reveal hermodern stepback e reader 200x300 Featured Author   Barbara Devlin secret before it’s too late?

Take a spin, enjoy a walk around town and then hop over for a bite at the Tavern. George might have your order ready before you walk through the door, don’t let it spook you.  With fun and sexy characters you’ll be asking her for more from these two before long!

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Russell Lee is the high school jock that makes one horrible decision, and changes two lives, forever. Will he earn a chance to redeem himself? I hated him, I loved him and am amazed at how Barbara crafted this character and his story.

Cindy Parker can’t escape the past and is reminded daily that no one has forgotten. When Russell Lee returns to Haven Harbor, she will have to battle the demons of her past. Despite the horrible past, she is torn. What does one do when they still desire the one person that hurt you the most? Dear reader, you are gifted with witty lines and LOL moments. Time apart doesn’t always mend a broken heart, but it can plot somethinga taste of magick stepback high res 200x300 Featured Author   Barbara Devlin wicked ;).

If Russell and Cindy have any hopes of finding love, they will have to learn to trust and forgive. A dash of love, a spoonful of spice and magick make this a tasty treat for breakfast tomorrow!

To pre-order your copy of A Taste of Magick click on the cover below and get four novellas for just $0.99!

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The Marooner by USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Devlin

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Get ready for an oceanic adventure with sexy pirates, a brawl or two, a few favorite characters from previous books, and intimate scenes that leave you breathless. This book has it all and more!

Barbara’s attention to the lush details in each and every scene, especially the ones on the ship, allows for a fully enveloped reading experience in the Pirates of the Coast. Because of this, you will add every future release to your auto-buy list. 

Leland Stryker has faced insurmountable challenges and obstacles, and will have to face his biggest one yet when he meets Lady Sophia. Could it be that she’s his true soul mate? Can he trust Sophia to his secret? If not, it could kill them both.

From the first page to the last you will wish that it was you on that ship. Hang on to your heart, it’s about to melt and squeeze a multiple times. I wonder which pirate will be next in this high-seas adventure series?

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THE MAROONER – Excerpt

Derbyshire, England
September, 1818

Somewhere in the dim light of the chandeliers, his future wife mingled with so-called polite society, but he would argue the perfumed peacocks, despite their refined manners, were every bit as cutthroat as the worst of his associates, especially the marriage-minded mamas, as they trotted their daughters before a man they believed was a well-heeled, wealthy American merchant.
In truth, he was but a wolf in gentleman’s clothing, with his face clean-shaven and his black hair trimmed and tied in a leather thong, that he might appear civilized. Of course, the as-yet unknown darling did not know she was marked as the bride for ruthless former pirate Leland Stryker, as he surveyed the various targets, bedecked in their finery, and how the beast was hungry. What would he choose from so many tempting offerings? Blonde, brunette, ebony, or redhead? Curvy or slender? Blue, green, hazel, or brown eyes? Tall or short? Meek and mild or saucy and fiery of temperament?
In the end, his body would decide.
“Good evening, Mr. Stryker.” Another in a long line of chits paraded past, batting her lashes at him, and he waited for some sign of life below his belly button, as he dipped his chin.
“Good evening.” Thus far, his notoriously fickle interest rejected every single blushing debutante, but he was in no rush to the altar.
Known throughout the pirate ranks as The Marooner, for his habit of abandoning his victims on deserted islands, a practice he considered far more charitable than gunning down, running through with a sword, slashing with a knife, or feeding to the sharks, as did other buccaneers, patience guided his every move. Whereas he always thought it unfair that the general public deemed him heartless and brutal for leaving his quarry to their own fate, his colleagues viewed his eccentricity as a sign of weakness.
For most marauders, innocents manifested prey to be consumed, in some form or another, if only to provide amusement for the crew. For Leland, those who had the misfortune of falling into his custody, through no fault of their own, other than happenstance, presented a connection to his childhood, to the young lad sold into servitude because his parents could not afford to feed him. Perhaps that was why he could not, by his own hands, kill the guiltless.
“My, my, Lady Sophia, what an interesting ensemble you sport, tonight.” An unseen female snickered in a nasty tone. “Is that not last year’s fashion?”
In that moment, he came alert.
“This is my favorite gown, so I see no reason to dispose of it, simply because it might offend your delicate sensibilities.” Given the cutting retort, the heretofore-unfamiliar Lady Sophia charged the fore, as she piqued Leland’s curiosity. “As always, Miss Barty, you exhibit the stellar comportment one would expect of a lady. Your parents must be so proud.”
“My father says your father has driven the earldom to ruin, and you have no dowry.” Now that bit of information snared Leland’s attention, because it made his goal much easier. “Such a pity. Who will have you now, when you possess naught but a good name to recommend you?”
“Certainly not that delicious Mr. Stryker from America.” So another tormentor joined the fray, and he gritted his teeth. “I mean, he could afford to marry anyone.”
“Why would he settle for nothing but an empty title?” Miss Barty replied, in the shrill voice that grated his last nerve. “When he could have a woman of taste and fortune.”
If there was anything he hated, it was a bully, because he was small in his youth and often the recipient of abuse aboard ship. But as the boy grew into a man, and he gained physical strength, he never forgot the seemingly endless beatings, and he always championed the unfortunate.
“Then I congratulate him on his good fortune, should he choose either of you.” Ah, Lady Sophia boasted a sharp tongue, and what he would love to do with that spirit. He had to see her.
With that in mind, he rotated casually, to glimpse a group of ladies, but the valiant Sophia remained with her back to him, as he identified the insufferable Miss Barty and her friend, Miss Oswald, two self-important debutantes he had already dismissed as viable candidates for a mate, because they inspired nothing but a queasy belly. Petite in stature, with dark brown hair, the mystery woman squared her shoulders, as she confronted her adversaries, and he cleared his throat.
“I beg your pardon, but would you care to dance?” Life was too complicated in England. In Jamaica, he would have taken her by the hand and hauled her into his arms.
“Oh, Mr. Stryker.” The snobbish Miss Barty gloated, and he savored the opportunity to take her down a peg or two. “It would be my pleasure.”
“I am so sorry, Miss Barty, but I address Lady Sophia.” Now he enjoyed that, as the haughty Miss Barty frowned, and his intended partner flinched, ever so subtly. When Lady Sophia faced him, a shiver of awareness kissed his flesh, and he gazed directly into her velvety brown eyes. “Leland Stryker, most definitely at your service, Lady Sophia.”

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BarbaraDevlin 300x300 The Marooner by USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara DevlinUSA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.

Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.

Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.