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Calamity in Camberwell (The London Murder Mysteries #3) by Alice Castle Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway (Giveaway – Win a signed copy of Calamity in Camberwell (Open Internationally)

Calamity in Camberwell

Calamity in Camberwell (The London Murder Mysteries #3)

by Alice Castle

 

Synopsis

Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, worries she is losing a kindred spirit when her friend Jen, the only other single mum in the playground, suddenly gets married and moves to Camberwell. 

Soon Beth has to face much more pressing fears. Has something gone horribly wrong with Jen’s marriage? What is her husband really up to? Why is her daughter leading Beth’s son astray? And where on earth IS Jen anyway? 

As Beth’s friends push her to start dating again, Beth turns to Met Police DI Harry York for help. But will they solve the mystery in time, or will it turn out that in south east London, not everyone gets to live happily ever after?

 



 

Christie’s Review

4.5 STARS

I was glad to be back in Dulwich catching up with Beth and her family and friends. Beth has a lot going on…she has just hired a tutor for her son, Ben, for his upcoming Wyatt entrance exam. She is worrying if it’s too much pressure on him when he begins acting strangely. Her friends are pushing her to date again, and she misses her friend, Jen, who has just remarried. So, she isn’t looking to become involved in solving another crime. Yet, that is just where she finds herself when Jen goes missing.

There is no shortage of suspects. Jen’s new husband, Jeff. Was their new marriage as blissful as it seemed. What about Jen’s ex, Tim, or his wife, Babs? Or, has Jen just taken off? Soon, Beth finds herself in a lot of danger. The mystery kept me guessing. I really thought I knew what was going on, but I found I didn’t have a clue.

As with the other books in the series, Castle interjects her great sense of humor, especially at Beth’s attempt to date again. Dating has changed since she met her late husband. Now, there are reality shows about it and online dating, Tinder and Match.com. It’s also hard as she is one of the only single people in Dulwich. When she joins forces with Police DI York again, the sparks are there. If only she knew exactly what she felt more, chemistry or frustration. The man does make her crazy!

I really love this great little series. It has just the right balance of romance and mystery with a bit of humor thrown in. You can’t get much better than that!!!!



 

Calamity in Camberwell

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Author Bio 

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Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019.  Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

Links to buy books: MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery

myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich

myBook.to/HotChocolate

She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.

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Condemned & Admired: The Earl’s Cunning Wife (Love’s Second Chance Book 9) by Bree Wolf Book Tour with Excerpt, 5-Star Review, & Q & A with Author

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Condemned & Admired: The Earl’s Cunning Wife (Love’s Second Chance Book 9)

by Bree Wolf

 

Book Blurb

A French privateer’s daughter. A marquess’s son.

And a chance encounter on the high seas.


Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man.
Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been forced to take her place.
Fortune smiles on Violet and delivers an English lord into her hands – and with him the chance to return to England unrecognised.

OLIVER CORNELL, EARL OF CULLINGWOOD, is trapped in a life he abhors. Not seen as a son, but merely an heir, he dreams of sailing the seas, the epitome of freedom.
By sheer happenstance, Oliver ends up on a merchant vessel, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board the Chevalier Noir, Oliver meets the captain’s daughter, a woman unlike any other he has ever met. Utterly fascinated by the adventurous gleam in her eyes, he does not hesitate to offer his assistance when Violet finds herself in need of a guide to London’s upper society.
Revelling in his first taste of adventure, Oliver poses as her husband…only to realise before long that posing as her husband will not be good enough.
Can a privateer’s daughter and a marquess’s son ever have a happily-ever-after? Or is their love doomed to fail?

 

EXCERPT

Giveaway question: Have you ever lived on borrowed time?

Once the last course had been cleared off the table, the circle of friends moved into the ballroom where–to Violette’s surprise–they found a young man seating himself at the pianoforte.

“Shall we begin with a waltz?” Oliver asked, winking at Violette as he reached for her hand.

Chuckles rose from the others as they all turned toward their spouses, eyes filled with deep emotions as they looked at one another.

The man at the pianoforte began to play, and Violette took note of the impeccable way the other two couples began to move across the empty dance floor. A lump settled in her stomach, and a hint of panic raced through her veins.

“Look at me,” Oliver said, his voice strong, as he pulled her into his arms. “Don’t look at them,” he whispered when their eyes met. “You can do this. We can do this.”

Doing her best to remember the steps, Violette allowed Oliver to guide her to the soft notes of the music, her gaze dropping down to her feet again and again.

“Look at me,” Oliver repeated, pulling her against his chest so that she was no longer able to see her feet.

Violette glared at him. “I should think this is rather inappropriate,” she commented, trying her best to keep her voice from losing its seriousness. “What will the lords and ladies of the ton think?”

Oliver grinned. “That I’m very fond of my wife.”

Violette suppressed a laugh. “Be serious.”

“I am.” His gaze held hers, and suddenly there was no mockery in the way he looked at her.

Inhaling a deep breath, Violette could feel his fingers tracing intricate patterns across her back where his hand rested gently, and yet, insistently while his other closed more tightly around her own. There was something in his eyes. Something that spoke of deep longing, and yet, he seemed peaceful, satisfied with the place he had found in life.

At least for the moment.

Violette felt her heart skip a beat as she tried to interpret the emotions that were dancing over Oliver’s face, and a touch of panic crept up her spine. Although she was far from disinclined–in fact, rather curious–from exploring a physical relationship with her fake husband, Violette knew that anything more would only lead to complications.

After all, his place was here in London as the future marquess while her own was out at sea. No amount of wishful thinking could change that.

No matter what they felt, what might come of the time they spent together pretending to be husband and wife, in the end, they would have to go their separate ways.

Averting her gaze, Violette looked over Oliver’s shoulder, refusing to meet his gaze as he tried to re-establish the connection they had had. The connection that had made her realise that the greatest danger on this endeavour was not to have her secret revealed, but to lose her heart to a man who could never share her life.

When the music stopped, there was a moment when Violette looked up and saw not only confusion but also a touch of fear in Oliver’s eyes. Had he felt it, too? She wondered. Had he just now realised the same thing? That they lived on borrowed time?



 

Christie’s Review

5 STARS

What a fantastic historical fiction/romance! I am new to the series, so I was relieved to know this could be read as a standalone! Getting to know Violette and Oliver was a perfect way to spend the day!

Violette is swept away from the life that was dictated to her by her cold, unfeeling father, Viscount Silcox, one dark night by her strong, protective mother and a French privateer. Years later, her mother and stepfather, that French privateer who whisked them away, have given her a life of freedom to make her own choices. England is a lifetime away until one day all that changes when a prisoner and a notice of a upcoming wedding change everything, and she finds herself back in the possible crosshairs of her unfeeling father.

Oliver dreams of a life outside the stuffy, regimented society of England that comes with being an Earl. He can never live up to his father’s standards, but he doesn’t believe he has the courage to take control over his own destiny that is until he becomes the prisoner of Violette and her family on a French sea vessel.

This is a couple destined to be together even though all odds are against them. When Oliver agrees to help Violette by posing as her husband, all bets are off. I liked both of them as individuals so I adored them as a couple. She helps him embrace his passionate, adventurous side all the while helping him find the freedom he craves. He shows her another side of life beside the open sea…a life full of love and support. He truly sees her as an equal, and he treats her as such.

This wasn’t just your ordinary historical romance. Violette wasn’t a damsel in distress, and she didn’t need a hero to save her because she was the hero. I just LOVED that concept. Yes, Oliver was a support, but they were equals which is a couple ahead of their time during that era.

Underlying all the romance, intrigue, and adventure was the theme of family and what constitutes a family…is it blood or relationships? Wolf does an amazing job of showing her readers that blood doesn’t make a family as you will clearly see in this novel, but it’s the love and relationships you form with others that make up a family.

I highly recommend reading if you love historical fiction/romance, and I recommend reading even if this genre isn’t your cup of tea. You might just become a fan after reading a Bree Wolf novel!



 

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Webage: www.breewolf.com

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Condemned-Admired-Cunning-Second-Chance-ebook/dp/B07D3TBHL7/

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/condemned-admired-the-earls-cunning-wife-bree-wolf/1128641189?ean=2940162096047

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Author’s Bio

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USA Today bestselling author Bree Wolf has always been a language enthusiast (though not a grammarian!) and is rarely found without a book in her hand or her fingers glued to a keyboard. Trying to find her way, she has taught English as a second language, traveled abroad and worked at a translation agency as well as a law firm in Ireland. She also spent loooong years obtaining a BA in English and Education and a MA in Specialized Translation while wishing she could simply be a writer. Although there is nothing simple about being a writer, her dreams have finally come true.

“A big thanks to my fairy godmother!”

Currently, Bree has found her new home in the historical romance genre, writing Regency novels and novellas. Enjoying the mix of fact and fiction, she occasionally feels like a puppet master (or mistress? Although that sounds weird!), forcing her characters into ever-new situations that will put their strength, their beliefs, their love to the test, hoping that in the end they will triumph and get the happily-ever-after we are all looking for.

If you’re an avid reader, sign up for Bree’s newsletter at http://www.breewolf.com as she has the tendency to simply give books away. Find out about freebies, giveaways as well as occasional advance reader copies and read before the book is even on the shelves!

Q & A with Bree Wolf

As a writer of historical fiction, is there a lot of research involved when developing a story?

I suppose that depends on your definition of “a lot”. Before I even started writing my first novel in the (pre-)regency period, I naturally did extensive research on peerage, titles, inheritance, marriage, divorce (not really an option those days!), formal etiquette, etc., etc. Now, with each new book added to the series, I get to research a little something new, like the how-to of fencing, all things Scottish, dueling and now privateering (a legal form of piracy). That’s always exciting!

Is there a certain time period in history that is your favorite? If so, what would that be?

The regency era is among my favorites as it provides a very specific setting. There are fixed rules for ladies and gentlemen (more so for ladies, of course!), which do not allow for much wriggle room. Or do they? In truth, I believe that boundaries create opportunities, and I love writing about extraordinary people who find a way around the rules in order to claim their happily-ever-after.

Do you have any other genre you like to read?

While historical romance is undoubtedly my favorite, I also love variations of it. Adding a bit of a mythical theme to history as in adaptations of the tales of King Arthur, for example. In book four in my novel series, Abandoned & Protected, Henrietta travels to Scotland and comes into contact with people who possess certain abilities. As I generally don’t include supernatural concepts, it is only hinted at, and every reader can draw their own conclusion.

I know you have traveled abroad, is there any one place that is your favorite? If so, where, and why was it your favorite?

Well, I’m partial to the Celtic countries as they’re steep in the kind of history that usually gets my creative juices flowing. I cannot set foot in Ireland (my favorite!) without feeling my thoughts whisked away on yet a new adventure. Also the landscape is simply breathtaking and provides a wonderful and more relaxed (compared to London!) backdrop to these love stories. It feels like anything is possible, something I like to bring across in my novels.

This new book begins with a privateer? Were any of the characters based on anyone in history? 

Not particularly. Naturally, I researched privateering in Europe in the early 19th century, but also broadened my research when it became clear that by then privateering was already on a descending branch. Still, I was more taken with what privateering could represent in that era. Again, opportunity to decide one’s own fate. To bend the rules…or break them. Freedom. These are major themes in my newest novel, which is why I chose a setting on the high seas. It seemed fitting.

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Outrageous by Marie Force Blog Tour with Excerpt

Today we are celebrating the release for OUTRAGEOUS, an erotic romance title that is part of the Quantum series by Marie Force. Check out the buy links and some teasers for the book below.

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OUTRAGEOUS by Marie Force

The 7th erotic romance title in the Quantum Series.

AVAILABLE NOW!


Book Blurb:

She drives him crazy… In more ways than one.

Every time Leah Holt encounters Quantum Production’s chief counsel, Emmett Burke, the only thing she can think of is how much she wants to lick him. Everywhere. She’s never had that kind of reaction to a man, and the fact that he’s a much-older colleague makes her out-of-control attraction to him far more complicated than it should be. Every day, she brings a new legal question to Emmett, hoping to catch his attention and make him see her as a grown woman who wants him desperately. She walks a fine line in trying to remain professional as the assistant to superstar Marlowe Sloane while lusting after Marlowe’s sexy attorney.

To Emmett, Leah is a fly buzzing around his head who can’t be swatted away. She’s always there, looking at him, asking him legal questions that have nothing to do with his specialty in entertainment law and generally driving him mad with her overt sexiness and sassy mouth. He wants to toss her over his desk and run the sass right out of her, which is hardly the way a professional who loves his job should behave in the office—especially with a young, fresh, sexy colleague. As the author of the company’s policy on inter-office dating, he’s painfully aware of all the reasons he should stay far, far away from her and the tantalizing temptation she represents.

Then Leah gets her chance to step up for Emmett, to help him through an unfortunate “accident” and to show him she’s much more than just a smart mouth and a sexy body. When she realizes she has genuine feelings for him—and that those feelings are returned—she wonders if he will take a chance on her or continue to hold her at arm’s length. Slowly but surely, she chips away at his resistance, and he begins to crave more of her. But Emmett knows if he’s going to let her in, he has to let her all the way in. What will she think when he introduces her to his BDSM lifestyle? Will she still want him the way she does now or will she run away in horror? And what will he do if she runs away?

When Leah confronts a dangerous threat from her past, Emmett is forced to acknowledge that his “annoying little fly” has worked her way firmly into his heart—and his bed.

Also, join the entire Quantum team at the company’s vineyard in Napa for Hayden and Addie’s wedding!

Contains the full TAME edition in the back for those who want all the romance with a less scorching heat level!

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EXCERPT

 

Leah

I want to lick him. I want to strip him naked and lick every hill and valley of his muscular body. I want to know if all his muscles are as big as the ones on his arms. I want to ride him like a cowgirl. And then I want to ride him like a reverse cowgirl.

My obsession with Emmett Burke began on my first day at Quantum Productions, where I work as assistant to megastar Marlowe Sloane, a Quantum partner and overall amazing, badass woman. On day one, Emmett was charged with reviewing the companys nondisclosure agreement with me. Even with Flynn Godfreys assistant, Addie, sitting with us, I didnt hear a word Emmett said about the NDA because I was so fixated on his obscenely sexy mouth. Right there in the Quantum office, I had visions of all the places Id like to feel that mouth.

Then he mentioned how I could be sued for discussing Quantum business or the partners outside of work, and that got my attention off his mouth, for a second or two, long enough to sign the NDA. I would never blow the amazing opportunity my friend Natalie secured for me after she fell in love with Flynn the superstar and ran away to Hollywood to marry him. But I sure would love the opportunity to blow Flynns attorney.

At her wedding, Natalie hooked me up with Marlowe, who hired me on the spot and bought out my contract with the charter school Id worked for in New Yorkunhappily, I might add. Teaching wasnt for me. Being the assistant to one of the top movie stars in the world? Hell to the yes, thats for me. Marlowe paid for my move to LA, and now that Im here, doing a job I truly love, Im the envy of everyone I know.

Telling tales out of schoolno pun intendedis not going to happen. Id never do anything to screw up this sweet deal and the amazing opportunity Ive been given to have a career I couldnt have dreamed up for myself.

But me and Emmett Burke? That is so going to happen. If I can just figure out a way to break through his uptight, always-professional demeanor to find the hot-blooded man under the three-thousand-dollar suits that have to be handmade for him because no off-the-rack suit would fit those biceps.

In the meantime, I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about licking him and trying to come up with reasons to talk to him. I wish I had the balls to come right out and tell him I want to suck his dick until he explodes down my throat, but something tells me that wouldnt be the best career move I could make.

While Emmett isnt one of the Quantum principalsand let me tell you, the word principal in this business is a whole lot different than it was in the school businesshe is best friends and chief legal counsel to Flynn, Hayden, Marlowe, Jasper and Kristian, otherwise known as the bosses. That means I need to tread lightly and keep my drooling and licking to a minimum.

But God help that man if I ever get him alone in a bedroomor any room that isnt an office in the building where we both work. I have to laugh at how ridiculous this obsession has become, because its truly out of character for me. Before now, before Emmett, my interest in men has been more along the lines of wham-bam-thank-you-sir. Ive never actually given a shit about any of them. But this oneThis one is different, and I knew it right away. Every time Ive been with him since that first day, and Im with himjust about every day, between work and playthese people love to partyI only want him more than I did the day before. Its insanity. I willingly admit that, but I have no desire to make it stop. No, my desire is entirely focused on making it start.

Sometimes, when Im home alone at night with my trusty rabbit, I allow my wildest fantasies to take flight. I picture myself with Emmett in every conceivable position, as well as a few that havent been invented yet. Ive begun to anticipate rabbit time a little too eagerly, which is worrisome. Ive never been the kind of girl to run from a challenge, but I suspect Emmett thinks Im too young and immature for him.

Theres really no one I can talk to about my dilemma,since my closest friends here also work for Quantum or are married or engaged to the partners. Of course, theyre the ones whose opinions I most want because they know him better than I ever will at this frustrating rate.

Im going to have three whole days with him when we head up to Napa at the end of this coming week for Hayden and Addies wedding. Ive been counting the days with plans to implement Operation Nail Emmett Burke while were there. I figure I only need to get Marlowe and Sebastian out of the way, because other than Emmett and me, theyre the only ones who arent in relationships. With lovebirds circling all around us, I expect the four of us to end up on our own quite a bit and will fully exploit any opportunities that present themselves without humiliating myself in front of Marlowe.

Fine line thatll be

Ive made up my mind that the weekend in Napa is go time. Enough fantasizing about what Id do if I had a night with him. Its time to make those fantasies a reality.

Purchase Outrageous now!

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Order a signed copy from Marie’s store, Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE QUANTUM SERIES

The Quantum Series, written as M.S. Force, marks Marie’s first foray into erotic romance. In this series, she writes about celebrities working and playing in New York, Los Angeles and other locations around the world while pursing their passion for dominant sexual relationships. Join the principals of the Quantum production company as each of them meets their match in life and love!

Book 1: Virtous (Flynn & Natalie)

Book 2: Valorous (Flynn & Natalie)

Book 3: Victorious (Flynn & Natalie)

Book 4: Rapturous (Hayden & Addie)

Book 5: Ravenous (Jasper & Ellie)

Book 6: Delirious (Kristian & Aileen)

Book 7: Outrageous (Emmett & Leah)

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

About the Author

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

All together, her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

 

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