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Bedeviled

 

Beguiling Bachelor Series Book 3

by

Madison Michael

 

Book Blurb

Charlotte is on the run…

Charlotte Roche escaped dangers lurking in Boston by accepting a job in Chicago. A new name, a new beginning – all built on lies. Thinking she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade, or will Alex’s probing questions pierce her carefully rehearsed story?

Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm’s length. But when Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury, Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty. Does he dare risk his reputation, his fortune, his friends, and his heart?

With exposure imminent, they appeal to their friends for help. Join Alex and Charlotte, along with characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden”, as they tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers.

How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides?
With malevolent forces advancing, is their love Bedeviled?
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Other books in the Beguiling Bachelor Series –
a steamy, Contemporary Romance Series

Bewildered – a prequel, short story  How can
Sloane choose between two hunky millionaires?

Bedazzled – Can Wyatt overcome tradition
and family to seize Kelli for his own?

Bedeviled – Randall is just not part of Sloane’s
plan when she claws her way back into society,
but she is definitely part of his.

Excerpt

“You look so beautiful,” he told her in a husky voice. “I have been wanting to do this all night.”

His head lowered to hers, pulling her close against him as he leaned back until all her weight was leaning on his and she had no choice but to twine her arms behind his head or the tree trunk. His lips captured her slowly, softly pressing against hers. One hand rested low, on the curve between her back and her behind. The other came up to tangle in her short hair, holding her head still as he deepened the kiss. His lips demanded response, plundering her mouth with his tongue. He tasted of expensive wine and Alex as his tongue explored the recesses of her mouth, hot and insistent. Her breasts were flattened against his rock-hard chest, her hips tight against his as he held her to him.

When he lifted his head, shadowed by moonlight behind him, Charlotte was unable to read his expression. Unsure and unsteady, she waited, catching her breath. Blood was coursing through her veins, hot and urgent. Her heart was pounding from just one kiss.

“God, I want you,” he rasped, the words torn from him, raw and insistent before he dipped his head to kiss her again. She returned the kiss, opening her lips to his insistent ones, entwining her tongue with his, increasing the pressure against his mouth as she ran her hands up into his hair. She held fast to him, feeling his hand move from her hair to the nape of her neck, down along her bare arms, tracing a pattern there with his fingers. The feel of his hands on her skin was warm, strong and sure. She had longed for his touch and now desired it everywhere.

Alex lifted his head reluctantly. “If we don’t get back in that car now,” he told her, his voice hoarse with longing, “I will not be responsible for my actions.”

He lifted her away from his body, steadied her and then hefted himself away from the tree and wrapped his arm around her shoulders to lead her back to the car.

She felt bereft without the solid warmth of him hard against her. Neither of them said a word until he opened her car door and closed it again, without allowing her inside. Instead, he pushed her gently against it.

“Sorry, I can’t make it home without one more.” Alex took Charlotte’s mouth in a searing kiss that took her breath away, sucking her lower lip into his mouth then sliding his tongue over it and into the moistness of her mouth. He kissed her senseless until she would have happily made love there in the sand, and the world be damned. She wanted this man as she had never wanted anything before.

Charlotte kissed him passionately, running her hands up and down his muscular back as she tightened her hold on him, wanting to get closer, to feel his bare skin until finally they mutually agreed to some restraint and dragged apart from one another. He kept his fingers touching her lightly until she got in the car and he closed the door behind her.

“Jeez,” he stated with a rough chuckle as he folded himself into the bucket seat, “I hope there are no cops out, cause I am planning to break speed records getting you home.”

Author Bio

Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.

Madison is the author of three novels in the ‘Beguiling Bachelor’ series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

After living in the northeast, southeast, and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Madison welcomes your feedback here.

 

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RBD: Book Review – ‘Aura of Magic’ by Patricia Rice

Aura of Magic
Book 4
Patricia Rice
Historical Romance
Book View Cafe
March 14, 2017
Kindle, Paperback
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Aura of Magic
Patricia Rice

Brighid Darrow, Countess of Carstairs, has endured years of a loveless marriage in order to aid her friends and the people of Northridge. Yet once she is widowed, the village shuns her with accusations of witchcraft—vilifying her unique gift of reading auras. Released from past restraints, Bridey rebelliously embraces her dream of establishing a forbidden school for midwives.

Having spent his life being all that is proper in hopes of earning a title in return for services to the crown, Aaron Pascoe-Ives, the illegitimate son of a marquess, is ordered to Northridge to save the royal mines from rioters. Any hope of aid from the beautiful but aloof countess is dashed when his incorrigible twins endanger their young lives by following him, mystifyingly insisting that the Countess of Carstairs is their new mother.

Bridey and Pascoe face ghosts, assassins, and riots—but nothing as perilous as the irresistible attraction between them. With hard-fought goals at risk, they must make the ultimate choice between achieving dreams—or losing each other.

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Review – ‘Aura of Magic’ – written by Patricia Rice

Aaron Pascoe-Ives, the illegitimate offspring of his grandfather, and himself a widower with twin 4-year olds – Edward and Emma, is in service to his King, sent out to solve problems throughout the kingdom. He still thinks often of his deceased wife, Lily, who died when the twins were 2 years old.  If only she were still with him, to oversee their care.

Brighid (Bridey) Darrow, Countess of Carstairs, finds a home among friends and family after the death of her husband, George, the Earl of Carstairs.  Forced from her home by the new Earl (she was childless in her marriage) amid claims of her being a witch, she had her training by her grandfather as a midwife/doctor as a means of survival.  Stepping into that role at the castle at Wystan had been easy.  Among her ‘gifts’, Bridey can see the auras people give off as the go about their lives. 

A chance meeting at Wystan between Bridey, and the twin’s and their father, sets into motion a relationship with many ups and downs.  Pascoe-Ives dramatic and bold auras frighten Bridey so she closes her mind’s eye to him, dismissing him as a ‘London dandy’. 

His reaction to her was to think she’s a ‘Frost Queen’, cold and unfeeling.  He can’t know it’s a defense mechanism, not her true being.

What Bridey sees in the family confuses her.  A pink aura surrounds father and children.  This is clearly another person’s aura – who would that be, and why is it there?

Bridey, rebuilding her life now that she’s free, wants nothing to do with Pascoe-Ives or his children but finds herself increasingly embroiled in their lives.   

Patricia Rice, a long-time author with several million books in print, is a master storyteller.  This book does not let the reader down.  Everything you’ve come to expect from a Patricia Rice novel is there – including the happy ending.  I give this book 5-stars. 

By Author Dayna Leigh Cheser

 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an
honest review.  All thoughts, 
opinions, and ratings are my own.

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Author Bio

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance’s hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina and Missouri, she currently resides in Southern California, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc. and BVC Publishing Cooperative

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‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

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DLC: As Seen on the Internet

Let’s Take a Break and Chuckle a Bit – Have Some Fun!

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‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

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DLC: Is One Part Better Than Another?

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Is One Part Better Than Another?

Which is the dominant organ in the human body – the brain or ‘the gut’?  Until recently, it’s always been assumed the brain was in charge.  The brain is where intelligence resides, right?  Well, maybe.  But recently, it’s been determined that while the brain is central to the higher capabilities, ‘the gut’ is where the immune and digestive systems reside.  Important?  You betcha!  More important than the brain?  The jury is still out on that one.

Other scientists claim other organs are essential to the operation of the body.  And, it’s true – remove any organ from the body and death, or at least extreme medical procedures, are next.  So, it appears, the body cannot survive without all of the organs, that a brain, however superior to other organs, cannot survive on its own.

In sports – any sport – pick one – there’s always one exalted position without which, the team will fall apart, and the losses would pile up.  Is ANY position in any sports hierarchy so much more important than another that those other team members are not needed?  Imagine a Super Bowl without a Quarterback …

In a  marriage, who is more essential to the success of the relationship – the husband or the wife?  In very basic terms – and without considering modern medicine, both are critical to procreation.  But, both sexes have proven – over and over again (see: divorce rates) one can do quite nicely without the other.

In fiction writing, is the character more important to the success of the book than the plot?  Again, what good is a plot with no characters?  Conversely, what good are great characters if they have nothing to do?

But, even more basic than characters and plots is the importance of ‘story’ vs ‘craft’.

HUH?

This ‘story’ vs ‘craft’ topic isn’t often discussed, probably because it’s assumed – like characters and plots – that most books come with both.  But, that’s not always true.

Let’s look at what each function is to help us all be on the same page.

CRAFT:  This is all the technical stuff surrounding fiction writing.  Lumped into this category you’ll find scene-building, characterizations, POV (point-of-view), dialogue, flow, plot, pacing, and the other aspects of writing people spend years of their lives attending school or taking courses to learn.

STORY:  This is the author’s voice, that ability to create a unique and original book.  If an author truly understands what creates a compelling book, and also has mastered the ‘craft’, he or she has a bright future.  However, this is much harder to understand, and nearly impossible to teach.

That said, it’s helpful to understand that, like the brain versus ‘the gut’, the sports hierarchy, or the relationship models, the two are integral parts of each other.  But, for a moment, let’s consider them separately.

There are books out there that are technically perfect, or nearly so, but just don’t cut it because there’s no life to the writing.  This isn’t all bad as it shows people are taking the time to learn the craft, but they haven’t grasped the author’s voice.

Conversely, there are books out there that show great promise for unique writing but don’t have the mastery of the technical aspects.

How much of these respective deficiencies can be blamed on modern life and or technology?  Whether intending to or not, are new writers today ignoring what’s in their hearts and parroting ‘life’ as seen in TV and movies?

A good writer will write from the heart.  All the ‘craft’ parts must be there – including the infamous ‘show, don’t tell’ factor, great characters, dynamite plot, exciting locales, and interesting dialogue.  Tie it all together with a great ‘story’ and you have a winning combination.

You need to know and understand where your skills are – much can be forgiven in the ‘craft’ department if the story is strong enough.  On the flip side, a bad ‘story’ can never hide poor understanding of the ‘craft’.  This is especially true today when anyone can publish a book.  Keep both ‘craft’ and ‘story’ front and center as you work on your book.  They’re as important as ‘character’ and ‘plot’.

Readers will forgive lots of mistakes in ‘craft’ is your ‘story’ is strong enough.  That said, a perfectly ‘crafted’ book is nothing without a great ‘story’.

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‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

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DLC: Spotlighting How to Get Quickly Rejected

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So, you’re a writer, now. 

You’ve probably discovered that just being ‘good with words’ isn’t enough.  There’s so much more you need to know in order to be successful.

You need time immersing yourself in the industry – developing contacts, creating relationships, and more, including how to impress people (in other words, how to be a good salesperson).

Some of it isn’t ‘book learnin’.  Some of it is who you are, deep inside.  Do you have what it takes?

But, there’s one sure-fire way to get rejected, and it’s almost immediate.  It can happen with the very first contact with an agent/publisher.

Below are some sample calls.

Read the first two and decide which call is better, and why?  If you were Sharon, which of these callers would you say had the better chance of getting you to go to the prom with her

A Phone rings: “Hi Sharon, Um, I know you’ve probably got a date already, but would you maybe be interested in going to the prom with me?”
B Phone rings: “Hi Sharon. Barry Walker, here. How are you today?  …  WOW!  Auburn University? Your college wish came true! That’s wonderful.  …  I’m sure your family is so proud of you.  I know I am!  Let’s celebrate!   I’m sure you’re aware, our prom is six weeks from now.  I’d love it if you’d be my date that night.

Which of these 2 calls would you respond more positively to, and why?

If you chose B, that’s great!  You’re recognizing what’s important.

Now read the next 2 calls.  If you were Ms. Egan, which caller would you respond to more positively to and why?

C Phone rings: “Ms. Egan (well-known literary agent)? Hi, I’m Annie Payton, I wrote ‘Today’s Menu: Love’. I sent you my manuscript a month ago but I haven’t heard back from you, so, and I know you’re really busy, but have you had a chance to even look at it yet?”
D Phone rings: “Ms. Egan (well-known literary agent)? Hello. How are you today? … Ah, yes, the red-eye from LA. Been there. (chuckles)  Well, I won’t keep you but a minute.  I’m Marisa Churchill, author of ‘Another Day, Another Love’, a contemporary romantic thriller.  … I understand, of course. I’m pleased that you liked the title. I’m delighted to have spoken with you today. May I call again in a month?  …  No, not at all, two months would be fine. I’ll make a note on my calendar. Thank you so much for your time.”

If you chose D, that’s terrific.  Ms. Churchill has much more confidence in herself. Her communication skills impressed you, too.  Whether her book, ‘Another Day, Another Love’, passed muster for your agency or not, she’ll be a lot easier to deal with at the personal level.

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You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
If you err in that critical first communication with
your contact, it’s over before you even get started.

Show them you’ve got confidence in yourself.

When you’re starting something – anything – new, you’re quite naturally scared. You’re unsure of yourself.  So what do you do? You make it easy for people to reject you – you say ‘no’ ahead of time, so they don’t have to.

That’s pretty much a guaranteed rejection.

You lower the bar, so when the person says ‘yes’ (and they won’t), you’re astounded!

Humans do it all the time.  We think it’s humility, but we’re actually shooting ourselves in the foot.  We’re scared, so we sabotage ourselves before anyone else can.

Being a natural introvert, I’m as guilty of doing this as anyone … but, we don’t have to make it too easy for other people to reject us.  That’s their job, and it should be based on the merits of the project, not our own fears.

So, here’s a really radical idea: stop asking and start inviting.

Make sure your work is remarkable enough that when you invite them to see it, it will be something they really won’t want to miss.

However you do it, you must stop rejecting yourself before you issue the invitation.  Believe in your work and invite others to do the same.

What’s the worst that can happen?  There will be no bodily harm, and you won’t end up in jail.  The worst is someone will politely say they aren’t interested at this time, but to keep on writing.  You’ve heard the word before … No!

So, the next time you have something to submit, however you submit it, think carefully about how you are presenting yourself and your work and don’t give your contact a chance to accept an easy-out instead of your work.  Make them say … YES!

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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
‘Janelle’s Time’, ‘Moria’s Time’
‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

Janelle’s Time’ (2nd Edition) – 2017

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