Title:Secrets of Lady LucySeries:Agents of the Home OfficeAuthor:Rachel Ann SmithGenre:Mystery, Thriller, SuspensePublisher:Penford PublishingRelease Date:August 27, 2019Format:Paperback, Kindle, Audio bookPages:284Source:Amazon
It’s never easy keeping secrets…
Only her desire to crush the Crown’s enemies could induce Lady Lucille Stanford to endure another Season. For years she has worked secretly for the Home Office, and she has come to London with one purpose: foil the attempted kidnapping of a highly valuable target, identity unknown. Inconveniently, Lord Harrington—Lucy’s brother and guardian—has other plans. He won’t be satisfied until she is at long last married.
He never forgets a face …
After years on the Continent, Blake Gower, Earl of Devonton, returns to England in need of a wife. He should not be surprised when his best friend Harrington’s sister recaptures his attention. But there’s more to the woman Lady Lucy has become than the delightful girl Blake remembers. When she takes an unexpected jaunt to the country during the height of the Season, Blake is determined to know...
I am not sure what happened when Sharn got her review date and we received her book/s. One reviewer read and reviewed, Nothing Ventured: An Angel Drake Short Story of Mystery, Mayhem, & Mirth, and the other reviewer read and reviewed, Angel Drake is Going Solo: Murder, Mystery & Mayhem at The Antiques Emporium.
I've slept since then, so the only thing to do now is put both books up for review.
A little about Sharn First
Sharn Hutton scuttled along in the rat race with everyone else until the advent of babies provided an excellent excuse not to go back to the office.
Time marched on and as the children spent more hours at nursery and then school, she started to write during stolen moments. The seed of a story took hold and eventually grew into her first novel, 'It's Killing Jerry'.
A couple of years on and the Angel Drake Mysteries have been added to the shelf, with 'Angel Drake is Going...
Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan's father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky's mother's enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there's a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka's family. Only Mandeep's fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults' attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?
A little about Jessica first:
I’m the author of three novels, The Infinity Pool, published in July 2015, The Magic Carpet, published July 2019, and Title tbc which my agent is currently submitting for publication. I’m also an ex-teacher, a textbook author and a translator, and mother of two very human adults. This blog is for jottings and ideas related to fiction I’m working on. It considers the work...
LIES. AMBITION. FAMILY.
It’s a dark, smog-choked new Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.
Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.
Across the city, there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces, and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the center of it all …
In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the...
At five, Katharina is placed in a convent.
At twenty-three, she escapes.
At twenty-five, she marries the most controversial man in Europe.
This is her story - of courage, resilience in the face of adversity and a determination to choose her own life.
A little about Margaret first:
Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the 'Troubles' but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders. Margaret is passionate about well-researched, authentic historical fiction and providing a 'you are there' experience for the reader. She has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.
You can find more details, including why chocolate is vital to her creative process, on her website.
Diane Andersen's Review: 5-Stars
Having a lifelong interest and admiration for Katherine von Bora, wife of the 16th-century reformer, Dr. Martin Luther, I was excited to get the chance to read and review Margaret Skea’s novel, Katherina: Deliverance. Katherina von Bora, one of the unsung heroines of...
An unlikely hero and a cursed heroine deal with more than pride and prejudice as they race to stop a cunning thief.
Falsely accused of being the notorious Magic Thief, the non-magic Marcel Ellsworth, Baron of Carrington, wants nothing more than to stay away from enchanters and sorcerers. Unfortunately, he soon discovers his mentor, the Duke of Henly, is head of a family of proud enchanters—and that they’re the next target of the Magic Thief, a servant of the sorcerers. With the threat of another accusation hanging over him, Marcel sets out to prove his innocence, especially to the duke’s beautiful daughter Gabriella, and to stop the Thief once and for all.
But Gabriella is hiding a deadly secret that complicates Marcel’s mission and raises its stakes. For one thing is certain: the Magic Thief has come for more than magical treasures—he’s come for Gabriella.
THE MAGIC COLLECTORS series features stand-alone novels that can be read in any order. They are clean fantasy...
"Don't do that! That's our home! You're just not being green. Use a bin or take it home. Keep the beaches clean." Starfish, Crab, and Seagull live on a beautiful beach which is being ruined by rubbish and plastic. Join them as they speak to the people on the beach and remind them about the importance of looking after the beaches and coastlines for everyone.
A little about Jude first:
Born in the seaside town of Southport on the North West Coast of England, I spent 11 years living and teaching in London before settling back up north in Liverpool in 2011. I was an Early Years Teacher for 18 years which complemented my love of all things creative, books and words. Since leaving teaching I've changed from a teacher who loved writing into an author who loves storytelling.
I love walking, camping in Buttercup, reading, music, going to gigs and the beach. I'm also rather partial to chocolate and my favourite animals...
Time-shifted to the past, three twenty-first century children fight to survive or risk being lost in time forever.
When Maisie Brown is time-shifted to 1471 during a school trip to Warwick Castle, it's the beginning of an incredible adventure. The only problem is she has to share it with Lizzie, the class bully, instead of her best friend Danny. He's managed to get caught up with an army marching to battle.
Determined to save him, Maisie and Lizzie leave the safety of the castle. Battling against everything that Medieval England throws at them, the girls find unexpected help from a Lord with a surprising secret and discover that two mysterious hooded riders are hunting them. With time running out to find Danny, they realise they have the unlikeliest of allies.
The chase is on. Will they be stuck in the past, or can they find a way home before being time-shifted again?
A little about Kate first:
Kate Frost has wanted to be an author...
Dreamscape: Looking for Altheda is a psychological fantasy quest entwined with a wide range of traditional stories and themes that’ll be sure to evoke some genuine scares in young readers. Amid the absurdity of negotiating a fairy tale world that exists inside a wooden chest, the young protagonist, Samuel Flynn, unspools an impossible adventure with heart-racing perils that unfold in the land of Dreamscape. The story takes many turns with humorous situations that’ll surely make readers giggle and gasp right up until the climax when Sam battles it out with an evil queen and saves not only Dreamscape, but his own world too.
A little about Elizabeth first:
In 2015, my husband and I sold up and left Sydney to live in a caravan. We've travelled ever since and have experienced many adventures of our own from a mini tornado to floods cutting us off from civilization. I love chocolate and anything sweet and delicious, reading YA fantasy books and watching adventure...
The 11th century was a dangerous time to be of the line unbroken of King Æthelred II Unread and his first queen, Æfgifu of York. Born in Hungary after King Canute III's failed attempt to murder her father, Edward the Exile, Margaret found her life turned upside down by King Edward the Confessor's discovery of her father's survival -- and the resulting recall of her family to England.
Now a political hostage only kept alive for as long as it served powerful men's interests, Margaret and her family found King Máel Coluim mac Donnchadh Ceann Mhor (Malcolm III Canmore)'s invitation to his court in Dunfermline in Alba the long-awaited answer to her prayers.
Scotland would never be the same again.
Includes two family tree charts, an expansive timeline covering over three thousand years of Pictish and medieval history, plus Roman Catholic prayers, and a bibliography so you can keep learning.
A little about Laurel first:
Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A....
Once a villain, always a villain?
Optimistic and idealistic superhero Prism is determined to redeem her father’s legacy by rebooting his supervillain rehabilitation program. To do so, she sets her sights on Fade, the relapsed supervillain who was the reason the government canceled the original program in the first place. However, when she petitions for Fade to be released into her custody, she finds out things might not be as simple as she thought.
Convicted of an unforgivable crime, Fade received a choice: surrender to trial and possible execution or endure a memory erasure so he could start fresh. Now with no recollection of his time before incarceration, Fade doubts he has the ability to be anything but the villain the public believes him to be.
A series of attacks by a mysterious power-swapping villain points back to Fade’s past and the crime that cost him his freedom and memory. With her father's legacy and her own reputation on the line, even Prism...
A story about young love, first love, true love, timeless love, and the power of love letters.
Mark and Bethany are two mismatched high school seniors in a new relationship.
It’s doomed to fail.
Mark has adored Bethany since middle school, and she’s finally giving him a chance. Only, he’s clumsy at romance and knows he’ll lose her because of it. Bethany thinks Mark is sweet. Only, she’s afraid to commit her whole heart to him because he’s going into the army and she’s headed off to college.
Fifty years earlier, a boy and a girl from the same high school shared an amazing love story. They have now returned as ghosts and are interfering in Mark and Bethany’s relationship. Who are they? Why do they care what happens to Mark and Bethany?
A little about Donna first:
D. G. Driver is an optimist at heart, and that's why she likes to write about young people making an impact on the world. You'll find among her...
Harley will do anything to keep his new pal safe. But a hungry dragon needs to eat. And the government is hot on their tail.
Harley Maegher’s seen E.T. and knows what the government will do to mythical creatures. There’s no way he’s about to let his new-found friend fall into the hands of an NSA agent. When the dragon starts setting fires and eating livestock, the choice may be taken from him.
Steria is only interested in filling her tummy and spending time with Harley and his friends. After all, they’re the ones who woke her and called her from her egg. When the agent tries to capture her, she’s confined to the farm where she’s safe but without sufficient food. She’ll do anything to protect herself and Harley, even if it means she’ll go hungry.
A little about Kandi first:
Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was...
Born in 1097 in Aberffraw Castle, Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan was always destined for great things. As the daughter to one of Gwynedd's greatest warriors she grew up strong and passionate -- more than a match for her older brothers.
At sixteen Gwenllian's life changed forever when she fell in love with Prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, the beleaguered heir to Rhys ap Tewdur of Deheubarth. Together husband and wife fought for and ruled southern Wales, challenging the Norman Conquest of Wales and proving once and for all the nobility and courage of the Welsh people, a courage that endures across the centuries and lives in the heart of every Welsh man, woman, and child.
Includes an extensive timeline covering over 400 years of Welsh and English medieval history.
A little about Laurel first:
Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is an author of over twenty books published and self-published since August 2012 and in languages ranging from...
He’s about to sacrifice everything to become a Genie.
When eighteen-year-old Edmund receives an invitation to attend the 1890 class of The Academy of Arts and Science of London, AKA The Genie Academy, he is forced to make a monumental choice.
Edmund’s tutor tries to convince him that his many hidden magical talents will be revealed if he attends such a prestigious school, but Edmund has a hard time believing he could ever perform magic when he’s so shy and uncoordinated that he can’t even turn the pages of his sister’s sheet music at a recital without mucking it up.
If he attends the Genie Academy to discover his magical talents his father made it clear he will be disowned. Can he leave his beloved mother sister forever for a life of magic?
A little about Karin first:
Karin De Havin writes action-packed fantasy and paranormal romances with kick-ass heroines who love showing villains who's boss. In real life, Karin knows a thing or two...
Matthieu Sartonné thinks he knows precisely where life will take him. However, like the rest of the world, he is not prepared for what will come next.
Decades of fear and hatred have spilled over from the nearby city of Cyrnne. The armies of the Evangelical Brethren march under the sign of the falling star, destroying all in their path and bringing with them a deadly sickness, unlike anything the world has ever seen. Heilicon, the cradle of Matthieu’s every ambition, is the first city to fall. It will not be the last, but if Matthieu is to see any conclusion to this war, he must escape by any means he can.
He sets out into a larger world that owes him nothing and will never let him stay in one place for long. But he is not alone in his yearning for a better world. Along the way, he meets plunderers, refugees, islanders, sailors, zealots, a reluctant prophet, and a family...
Born in 1102 to King Henry of England and Queen Edith Matilda of Scotland, Matilda's uniquely royal Norman, Saxon, and Scottish heritage was meant to unify an England still divided by her grandfather's conquest in 1066.
When the 1120 White Ship Disaster made her the only surviving child of her parents, Matilda suddenly became heiress to the English throne in a time when the old Saxon Witan, not the king's Will, still decided the succession.
Discover the true story of the first woman to claim the throne of England in her own right and be inspired!
Includes Matilda's family tree charts, a detailed timeline, and a suggested reading list so you can keep learning.
Associated biographies: "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth," and "Margaret of Wessex: Mother, Saint, and Queen of Scots."
A little about Laurel first:
Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is an author of over twenty books published and self-published since August 2012 and in languages...
Lucky is the story of Abbey, a young girl who rescues a lost puppy only to discover that anyone who loves him actually becomes lucky!
When a shameless businessman dognaps Abbey’s beloved pet for his own gain, Abbey and her family must drop everything to search for him, as Lucky embarks on an adventure of his own as he tries to find his way home! This fun-filled fully illustrated chapter book is perfect for boys and girls of all ages, but particularly great for early readers aged 4-7.
Inspired by previous Muscular Dystrophy ambassador Abbey Umali, Lucky is the story of hope, perseverance, and most importantly love.
A little about Sam and Jenni first:
Samuel W. Reed started collaborating with Gold Pictures in 2008 as a writer and creative producer. In addition to writing and co-producing Aaah! Roach, Sam also co-wrote the screenplay and children’s book for Lucky, and co-produced, researched and wrote the award-winning documentary CinemAbility with Jenni Gold.
Sam has also contributed his...
After the end of World War Two, American society is recuperating from the human loss of war, an uneven social system, and a massive corporation that has caused a technological boom. Seeing a new opportunity, Sarah Igarashi departs from her home on the coast of Alaska to meet her cousin in Seattle where she stumbles to find her place in a new city filled with otherworldly technologies and ideals. In contrast is her cousin, Penelope, who is quite comfortable navigating through a rapidly changing society while also pursuing a singing career with the assistance of her uncle and close cousin, George. However, in pursuing their own goals, each family member is met with outward and inward conflicts; from familial deception to social upheaval and natural disasters.
A little about Catori first:
After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Catori Sarmiento’s travels while being a military spouse have often inspired her unique writing style. Although she began writing at an early age, it...
Is it possible to meet the love of your life in a liquor store?
Molly assumes the bossy, muscular (gorgeous) man is a rude stock boy until he hands her his business card. Porter imports fine wine, and Molly sells fine… other things… in her very naughty boutique. A match made in heaven?
But only read it if you’re mature enough to handle it. Steam level: Adult.
A little about Ariella first:
Ariella Talix is the nom de plume of a bestselling author who lives in America's Heartland. Her goal is to preserve the dignity of family members who would rather not be associated publicly with a woman who writes such scandalous and stimulating novels. She's not going to stop writing them though.
She loves her family, pets, great books, not-so-great books that still entertain, and art.
Born and raised near the beaches of southern California, Ariella Talix traveled the world extensively and then found her true home in the Midwest. She has a second-degree black...
It's 1967 and Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who live between the walls, feel that connection. When Mary becomes deathly ill, the Brownies and the ghost team up to try to rescue her, only to encounter a witch and her evil dragons and minions. Time is running out. They must rescue Mary from a fever-induced dream world before she is trapped there forever.
A little about Emily-Jane first:
Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including "The Whistling Bishop", "F-Stop: A Life in Pictures" and "To Be a Duke", all of which were Finalists in the Next Generation Indie...
Cecily wants a big life, but can she handle it?
Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she's dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily's best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila's boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she's never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she's lost two of the people closest to her.
Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?
A little about Krysten fist:
"Money can buy him (almost) everything, but will having too much make him miss his chance on true love?"
When Shawn inherits his dad’s estate, he is thrust into the spotlight as the 'Most Desirable Man Alive'. Struggling to navigate the constant presence of bodyguards and a sudden deluge of eligible bachelorettes, he is convinced that getting back to his private life is the answer, until he meets Shelly. She seems to genuinely like him, but his heart has been broken once before. Can he risk opening himself up again?
Shelly is surprised to find herself attracted to Shawn. He’s humble, kind, and generous, everything her ex-husband wasn’t. But it’s impossible to ignore all of the women who are vying for his attention, triggering her painful past. Will she be able to give love a second chance?
A little about Krista first:
Krista Wagner has been creating stories since she was seven. She is best known for her suspense and mystery novels, and her...
How do you choose between a dream job and a dream romance?
Sarah Noir wasn’t looking for love, but when she meets prideful artist James Martins at a bar after fruitless months of job-hunting, sparks fly.
Soon, the lovers are thrown into a whirlwind romance that neither is prepared for. What happens when a job offer crosses the threshold of their affair? Do they fight for their relationship? Do they compromise? Torn, Sarah and James are forced to make one of the hardest decisions of their lives.
A little about Cachline first:
I'm a bit of a romantic & I'm kind of difficult to deal with. I have no romantic life so I've decided to write romance stories instead. Just kidding, writing is a passion of mine and recently I began exploring the world of romance.
Elkin Hardcoves' Review: 4.8-Stars
When it comes to romance, I am incredibly picky. I’m a guy after all, and not, according to some genre editors and writers, the intended audience...
Written by Dr. Jordan Bell, illustrated by Gabriel Cunnett and reviewed for scientific accuracy by paleontologist Professor John Long, Aunt Jodie’s Guide is a compelling story of adventure and discovery, that is engaging and interesting to kids and parents alike.
Join Sophie and Matt as Aunt Jodie takes you on an imagination-expanding journey back in time.
Learn about evolution in two different species, millions of years apart: the Plesiads, ancient lemur-like creatures from 55 million years ago, and colour-changing Peppered Moths from the 1800s.
What happens to the Plesiads when a volcano erupts? How do the moths survive when their camouflage stops working?
Discover the secrets that help all creatures transform and develop when big changes happen in the world around them.
A little about Jordan first:
As a nerdy parent who loves reading to my daughter, I wanted to find interesting children’s fiction with a strong STEM message, to help her learn about the world. I know there are lots of other parents out there...
Emmet Ryan is an inspiring journalist in the fight for a free and united Ireland. He never thought his words may bring death to those he loves most.
A little about Renny first:
Renny deGroot was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and raised in Toronto. She is a first generation Canadian of Dutch parents. Her debut novel, Family Business, was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, while her second novel, After Paris, has been widely recommended, prompting invitations to lecture.
Renny has a BA in English Literature from Trent University. Renny is a published poet, short story author and song lyricist. Her strong Dutch roots continue to influence her while the love of her Canadian homeland with its beauty and freedom, flavours all that she does. Renny lives in rural Ontario, Canada with her Great Pyrenees, Golden Retriever and Chocolate Lab.
Elkin Hardcoves' Review:4.5-Stars
The complexities and tragedy of 20th century Irish history are skillfully conveyed by Renny deGroot in this readable and intelligent...
Asthmatic furniture restorer and covert witch Amanda Cadabra is a survivor. After all, her family’s bus went over a Cornish cliff.
Now the presentable but irritating Inspector Trelawney is dogging her footsteps as he investigates the unexplained deaths. But that’s the least of her problems. Amanda has just got a furniture restoration job at the old English Manor of Sunken Madley with its murky past.
Armed only with a wand and Tempest, her grumpy reincarnated cat, she’s going in. A body, ghosts, hidden tunnels, chills and unexplained lights; can Amanda solve the mystery in time and save the village from the scandal of murder?
The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 1 is a humorous British cozy mystery.
A little about Holly first:
Humorous and quintessentially English with excitement and magic.
Cat adorer and chocolate lover, Holly Bell is a photographer and video maker when not writing. Holly lives in the UK and is a mixture of English, Scottish, Cornish and Welsh, among other ingredients. She...
Choice. What choice? Victorian beauties confronted by sinful Dickensian rogues. Will Elspeth and Amanda make the right choices and eventually find happiness? Two sizzling melodramas that will transport you into the heart of Victorian London!
Publisher's Note: This steamy set of historical romances is comprised of the following two full-length novels. Both contain old fashioned discipline suited to the era in which the book is set.
A Victorian girl abandoned...
Born in a distant land, Elspeth returns to London with the hope of a new love but disaster strikes and she is left destitute. How can a woman alone survive the rigors of Victorian London? Will she find the promise of a fresh start and the right man?
A Victorian girl with secrets...
When Amanda saves a cat - no ordinary pussy cat, either - she is drawn into involvements with two men... but which is the more dangerous?
A little about Vanessa first:
Vanessa Brooks - penning passion! International best selling author Vanessa, lives in the...
A generation designed by sorcery to destroy your people. Two races mired in conflict. Can a pair of outcasts unite them against an enemy who would enslave them all?
The birth of ‘bronzite’ babies in Lumina heralds the onset of war. The people take fright at the golden children and banish them from the land. A dangerous move. King Zheldar, commander of the black dragon, is attacking Luman borders. If he wins bronzite support for his army of monsters, Lumina is lost.
Davron Berates cannot share his people’s hatred of the children and, on discovering he has a bronzite brother, sets out to find him. At his side travels Chrystala. A bronzite, she has twice his strength and three times his determination.
When the black dragon kidnaps Chrystala, Davron is faced with a terrible choice: save his friend or save his nation.
A little about Paddy first:
Paddy Tyrrell was raised in Kent, the garden of England, and lived in an Oast House whose round...
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