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August 18, 2017
It’s been over a year since I left y’all hanging with why in the world Fiona kicked Duncan out of the marital bed. And it’s almost here!
I loved telling this story–there’s something about a close-to-the-vest hero that just hits ya in the feels when they open themselves up to love!
If you missed my emails from Scotland when I was researching the locations for this book, you can see them here.
You’ll finally learn their story on August 29th!
Here’s the blurb:
What if your husband turns out to be the man sent to kill your ancestor?
A choice to make…
Highland Games fanatic Fiona Campbell believes her only value is her family’s history, myths, and legends. So when she travels back to 1689 Scotland and discovers she’s the Fiona of family legend, you’d think she’d be excited. And she is. Except that the legendary warrior she’s to save her ancestor from is the hottie in a kilt she just handfasted.
A heart to heal…
Duncan MacCowan once trusted his heart to the wrong woman, but when a strange lass drops into his life and pries opens his heart again, he impulsively handfasts her. Yet before he can finish spinning fancies of their domestic bliss, she flees on the night of their wedding, leaving him even more convinced that he can’t trust his instincts where his heart is involved.
A family legend that will tear them apart
Fiona wants to shake her fist at Fate–she finally meets the man of her dreams but can’t have him because of the family legend? Not cool, Fate, not cool. Duncan believes he’s just terrible at picking women and destined to be alone. But as the heat of their attraction flares, how far can they tempt Fate for love?
Pre-Order at the following vendors
Amazon: preorder will be available a few days before release, which is August 29
July 22, 2016
[image error]To say I’m shocked is an understatement. As I told some people beforehand who were wishing me luck, I figured I’d used my snowball’s chance in ___ just to final O_o
The Romance Writer’s of America conference was held in beautiful San Diego, right on the water. The sessions were invigorating, and I had my first signings at RWA–first at the Literacy signing Wednesday night, and then at the Indie signing on Thursday. I got a nice RITA Finalist blue flag at the Literacy signing, which I snagged
July 9, 2016
[image error]Just a quick post to let folks know who still follow my blog that Book 3 in my Must Love series is now out and available on all major online retailers! Print will be coming in a couple of weeks…
Yesterday I posted a blog post over on Hearts Through Time with a lot of photos from my trip to Scotland!
Here’s the blurb
The Jacobite Rebellion–not the best time to get drunk, hook up with a guy, and lose your sister.
A drunken bet…
When computer game designer Traci Campbell gets too close and personal with a bottle of Glenfiddich while vacationing in Scotland, she whisks her kilt-obsessed sister back to 1689 to prove hot guys in kilts are a myth. Hello, hundred bucks! But all bets are off when she meets Iain, the charming playboy in a to-die-for kilt.
Wrong place, wrong time, wrong name…
Iain MacCowan regularly falls in love at the drop of his kilt. The mysterious red-haired lass with the odd accent is no different. But when his new love is discovered to be a Campbell, the most distrusted name in the Highlands, his dalliance endangers his clan’s rebellion against King William.
It’s all hijinks in the Highlands until your sister disappears…
Traci thinks men are only good for one thing–thank you, Iain!–but when she awakens once again in Ye Olde Scotland and her sister is gone, she must depend on the last person she wants to spend more time with. He wants to win a heart, she wants to keep hers, but can these two realize they’re meant for each other before the Jacobite rebellion pulls them apart?
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May 9, 2016
To celebrate this week, we’re giving away over 20 books. I’ll be giving away 5 Audible copies of Must Love Breeches!
To find out more about the giveaway and the site, go to this post!
November 1, 2015
MUST LOVE BREECHES is on sale for 99 cents!
I thought I’d join in this week, since this is the last day Must Love Breeches will be on sale for 99 cents! This excerpt is from my time travel romance, and in this snippet, the heroine has just met the hero but has no idea she’s travelled back in time. Now she’s dancing with him and asks him if he comes to these reenactment parties a lot (‘cuz that’s where she thinks she still is). The first line is from him:
“I am not at all sure what you believe we are reenacting, but unfortunately, I find I am expected to be at these balls with an appalling regularity.”
He had the period syntax and cadence down pat. “Wow, you’re quite good at this. Don’t worry, I’ll try to play along.”
Her partner did the eyebrow-slanting-up-in-the-middle thing and looked away. She could have sworn he muttered ‘Colonials’ under his breath.
Huh? Wait, he was referring to her. “Hey, no need to be rude, and I’m not a Colonial. We soundly beat your hides and settled that score, like, two hundred years ago.” She gave him a playful swat on his shoulder. “Man, you British can sure hold a grudge.”
To join in the fun and see the other wonderful writers, go to Weekend Writing Warriors! Thanks for stopping by!
MUST LOVE BREECHES available on all major retailers
She’s finally met the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem: he lives in a different century.
“A fresh, charming new voice” – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare
HOW FAR WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR LOVE?
A mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle Rochon to pre-Victorian England, and suddenly her love of historical authenticity collides with the reality that she’s a modern-day girl. But when a thief steals her card case, she determines to retrieve the time-traveling artifact. Now she must hunt down the case, navigate the pitfalls of stiff society London, conceal her origins, and resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, a viscount so hot, he curls her shower-loving toes.
Lord Montagu is resolved to avenge his sister and has no time for dalliances, despite the appeal of the strange but lovely Colonial. However, when his scheme for revenge requires a respectable match, he convinces Isabelle to masquerade as his fiancée. But he did not bargain for Ms. Rochon being his intellectual match or her irresistible allure.
Isabelle thought all she wanted was to return home, but as passion flares between them, she must decide when her true home, and her heart, lies.
Set in 1834 London, this time travel historical romance features a small cast of historical characters, including Ada Byron, Lord Byron’s daughter, and Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine. It explores the often overlooked scientific developments of pre-Victorian London.
With a heroine caught between the Regency and Victorian eras, find out why USAToday calls this time travel romance “a delicious twist on historical drama and romance.”
Available for order:
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October 26, 2015
I’m a little late in throwing a book birthday party, but better late than never, right? To celebrate, I’m putting Must Love Breeches on sale for 99 cents this week, plus having a party today on facebook with two dozen time travel romance authors! Please join us!
Also, by helping to spread the word about my sale, you could win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Details at the bottom!
Must Love Breeches Anniversary Party
I decided to celebrate my debut novel being out for a year by inviting 23 other time travel romance authors to celebrate with me! So today, from 8am – 8pm CST, stop by the facebook event page to chat with some of your favorite time travel romance authors and comment to win ebooks, audio books, and more!
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/148106295541470/
AUTHOR LINE-UP (Times are in Central Standard Time):
8:00 AM – Angela Quarles
8:30 AM – Shelly Thacker
9:00 AM – Angeline Fortin
9:30 AM – Karen Michelle Nutt
10:00 AM – Peggy L Henderson
10:30 AM – Bethany Claire
11:00 AM – Eliza Knight
11:30 AM – Jessi Gage
12:00 PM – C.A. Szarek
12:30 PM – Gerald Costlow
1:00 PM – Bess McBride
1:30 PM – Donna Michaels
2:00 PM – L.L. Muir
2:30 PM – Sherry Ewing
3:00 PM – Nancy Lee Badger
3:30 PM – Jennae Vale
4:00 PM – Sabrina York
4:30 PM – Sky Purington
5:00 PM – Barbara Longley
5:30 PM – Clover Autrey
6:00 PM – Louise Clark
6:30 PM – Tamara Gill
7:00 PM – P.L. Parker
7:30 PM – Melissa Mayhue
8:00 PM – Angela Quarles
Jennifer Haymore’s A HIGHLANDER’S HEART is also on sale
A HIGHLANDER’S HEART by Jennifer Haymore on sale for just $0.99 until October 30.
Perfect for fans of Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, Jennifer Haymore’s electrifying Highland Knights series opens with a story of fierce loyalty, divided hearts, and lost love.
Ten months ago, Claire Campbell let her husband, Major Sir Robert Campbell, walk away, his ears filled with bitter words while her heart was filled with sorrow. Now, even though grief still dogs her steps, Claire knows she must find her love and ask his forgiveness, even if it means traveling far from her home and braving the blood-soaked fields of Waterloo.
Knee-deep in conflict and riding the aftermath of brutality, Claire and Rob must find each other and themselves against a political backdrop that will change all of their lives, and their country, forever.
Passionate and moving, this is a Historical Romance that speaks to soul and touches on the very heart of what makes us human.
Amazon | Apple | Kobo | Nook | ARe
Tell your friends about our sales and you could win a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Since Jennifer and I are both having sales this week, we thought we’d team up to help spread the word. So, we’re giving away two (2) $25 Amazon Gift cards and all you have to do to enter to win is share our sale(s) on facebook and/or twitter!
To all my readers, thank you so much for your support over the past year!
October 16, 2015
I’ve been quietly working with a little over a half a dozen clients since the beginning of this year, and I figured it was about time I let you folks know who are subscribed to my blog–I’ve started Geek Girl Author Services!
I do print and ebook formatting, as well as some editing and marketing services. As I put it on my website–“I take care of the nitty gritty, so you can work on your writing.”
Yesterday, I was on Jami Gold’s blog, talking about ways to evaluate a formatter, and it reminded me I’d neglected this blog
Here’s what some of my clients have said about my services:
Angela’s formatting is clean, professional, and — so important — fast! As an author herself she knows what’s important and gives your book the same TLC she would her own!
~Elisabeth Staab, bestselling author
I can’t recommend Geek Girl Author Services enough! Angela created gorgeous custom ebooks for me that reflected my series branding and covers. The whole process was wonderfully simple, quick, and professional. The Goof Pass service has also been a lifesaver—Angela combed through my ebook and identified formatting issues, typos, and other embarrassing mistakes so that I could fix them before sharing the ebook with the world.
~ Anne Marsh, NYT bestselling author
I hired Angela at Geek Girl Author Services to format a print book for me. I’d tried to do it myself over and over and realized that I was wasting both time and money with my efforts. Hiring Angela was the best choice I could have made! She was all the things a professional should be: prompt, responsive, easy to work with, reasonably priced, and friendly. She turned my book around quickly and made the process painless. Best thing of all, the print version of my book is gorgeous. I am thrilled with her formatting service and will be using her for my future print versions for sure!
~ Leigh James, USA Today bestselling author
Angela is a thorough final pass reader and excels at clearly communicating any problems she finds. She can be relied on to work within deadlines and keeps you updated along the way – I recommend her.
~ Ranae Rose, romance author
If you’re interested to see what services I can help you with, come visit my new website!
July 21, 2015
In celebration, she’s giving away a copy to a lucky commenter, so just comment below to put your hat in the ring. I’ll draw names next week when I get back from the Romance Writer’s of America conference in New York.
Here’s a bit about the book:
Hitman Dmitri Lisko is determined to avenge his father. Once he takes out the man he believes is responsible for his family’s tragedies, he’s done killing for good. But a mysterious woman may tempt Dmitri to change his plan.
Sonya Truss was murdered in a Ukrainian village in 1968. Now she’s reappeared in San Francisco as a rusalka—the ghost of a wronged woman. And she’s thirsty for the blood of her killer. But she has to make things right before she’s trapped between worlds forever.
Sonya’s enigmatic siren powers stir Dmitri’s long-buried chivalry, and he finds himself compelled to help her. He also can’t resist giving her a taste of the pleasures she never experienced while she was alive. Soon they discover that touch has surprising consequences. Yet when their shared mission comes to cross-purposes, they must choose between deadly sacrifice—or surrendering to the one act that can save them both.
Doesn’t that sound cool? A bit of a twist on the usual paranormal…
Comment below to win a free ecopy!
July 14, 2015
MUST LOVE CHAINMAIL has released!
I’ve set the price to 99 cents for a few days to reward friends and followers, and then it will return to $4.99…
Trapped in the wrong time, she needs a knight in shining armor, but this damsel in distress might be the real savior.
A damsel in distress…
With a day planner attached to her hip, the last thing Katy Tolson wants is a romance that threatens her well-ordered life. She’s set to marry the safe–but bland–guy, but something’s not quite…right. A careless wish thrusts her through time into medieval Wales and into the arms of…
A knight in somewhat shining armor…
Sir Robert Beucol, half-Norman and half-Welsh, lives with the shame of his father’s treason and vows to reclaim his family’s holdings and thereby his honor. To prove himself to his king, he must be more Norman than a full-blooded Norman. What better way to show loyalty than to fight his mother’s people? He has no desire to be sidetracked by the mysterious wench with pink toenails, peculiar habits, and passion smoldering behind her cool, collected exterior.
A rebellion that challenges both…
The Welsh uprising fits perfectly into Robert’s plans. Katy’s on the other hand? That’s a no. As they embark on a perilous journey through the heart of Wales, each passionate encounter pulls them closer together, but farther from their goals. When everything they value is at stake, can they save each other and their love?
Where to purchase
I’ve posted them on the major outlets, but most of them are still processing. Once a link goes live, I’ll update this post. Print versions should be available within the week.
I thought I’d share a scene you wouldn’t find in the Look Inside feature. Below is from the hero’s point of view, and comes almost near the middle of the story:
Robert stared into Kaytee’s richly textured eyes, a field of green flecked with rich brown, like the exotic spice cinnamon. She was exotic too, a spice. A rare spice. He pinned her to the tree with only the cage of his hand. He did not squeeze—he had no wish to mar such a beautiful throat. But he did need to scare her. A little. She was too calm.
His question—are you a spy?—echoed in accusation around the forest.
Her eyes widened. Good.
Jolting her out of her complacency could help him get at the truth. Her truth. Had she truly heard Madog’s name from Alfred?
“No,” she whispered.
He tilted his head and studied her features, the openness of her eyes, the set of those shapely lips. Dealing with men-at-arms under his command and unruly villeins made him sufficiently competent in detecting falsehood. None existed in that statement.
Very well. But she was hiding something—the sure knowledge an itch under his skin. But if her secret wasn’t a danger to him, or to his king, he could afford the time to coax it out of her, cultivate her trust. For he would know her secrets. Secrets were valuable. Especially if such secrets benefited the English crown, and thus himself.
Then an itch of a different sort tightened his skin and made his blood pound. She was breathing heavily through her nose, obviously struggling to regain her calm, but her chest rose and fell in the small space between. If he stepped forward, just an inch, those lovely breasts would be pressing against him.
He stepped forward.
The pulse visible in the pale column of her neck vibrated faster, her intoxicating scent washed over him, and he was dizzy with lust.
Even through his mail and gambeson, he could feel her womanly curves crushed against his hard chest. He uncurled his fingers from her throat and ran the tough leather of his palm’s mitten along her neck and to the enticing curve of her shoulder. He nudged her mantle an inch, exposing skin.
He cursed that his hand was covered in mail. How long had he wanted to taste, to touch her precious skin? Unable to resist, he bent and, with his tongue, touched, tasted the heat of the skin on her collarbone.
Oh, Christ, she was lovely. She shivered, and satisfaction roared through him. He dragged his lips up the soft skin of her neck and gently nipped her ear lobe, sipping on the soft flesh. Her hands splayed against his chest.
Expecting a shove, his senses careened when her fingers fisted his surcoat. Their ragged breath overloud in the forest, he eased his face away, nose rubbing against her jaw on his retreat, and sought her eyes. Hers darkened and—Lord help him—held no censure, only interest.
He stepped back.
Curse his newly recovered scruples. Why did she have to excite him physically and dredge up his long-dead chivalry? He dropped his hand, and her fingers loosened from his surcoat. He turned to glower at the approach to Harlech and slowly flexed his fingers.
Do you have a release this week too? If so comment below with a short blurb and a link!
July 2, 2015
Squee! I’m pretty dang excited about this cover! Like my other covers, it was designed by the fabulous Kim Killion at hotdamndesigns.com!
It was a challenge finding a couple who had that fun/flirty feel of the cover of MUST LOVE BREECHES who had chainmail. There’s just not a lot of romance stock photographers draping dudes in chainmail (which is a shame). I found this one at periodimages.com. Kim changed his tunic and her hair color for me.
But when’s it due out, you ask?
Great news on this front… I’d originally been thinking mid-September, but as the editing pieces started falling into place, I grew hopeful I could launch shortly before Labor Day. That had been my assumption for months now until this past week, when my line editor finished three weeks ahead of schedule! Before, the national Romance Writers of America (RWA) convention was falling right in the middle of production, but now it isn’t, and it’s conceivable that I could have it out by mid to late July. I’m also not doing a pre-order this time around and will be offering it for 99 cents right before launch to reward my followers here and on other platforms. Right after launch, it will go to $4.99. If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss this Friends and Followers price notification, be sure to join my mailing list!
If you’d like to add it to your Goodreads pile, click here.
I’ll be sharing excerpts soon, so stay tuned.