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Writing Journal Oct 26-Oct 31

Monday October 26.  Woke up excited to write. Anxious because they are turning our water off from 9-3. We’ll see how much the little distractions that come along with that does for our progress today. We’re over 50,000 words into this edit. Now that we’re on the last third of the novel we’ve got serious revisions up for us. So we can land the ending. Starting with chapter 23. 23 you shall not defeat me.  Tuesday October 27 Got the first half of Chapter 23 revised yesterday.  Pleased with results. I’m having trouble writing the transition to the next scene. …

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The Doctor and the Midwife by Sarah Alva

Back Copy: As a midwife running her own home birth practice, Audrey Novak deals with pressure like a superhuman. Until, that is, she meets her handsome and arrogant neighbor, Dr. Ammon Parker. Ammon, who believes only in modern medicine, is just as unprepared for the infuriating—and inconveniently beautiful—midwife. When the two are repeatedly called to the same labor and delivery unit, their clashing ideals and fiercely independent personalities threaten to derail both their professional goals and their pride. Outside of work, Audrey is a passionate rock climber, tantalized by a secret route she’s heard about in an online forum. Her …

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A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

Sometimes I feel like there are two types of Regencies. There are the historical Regencies that not only pay careful attention to the technicalities to British class rules but also historical attitudes and expectations. Then there are Regencies that are what high fantasy is to the medieval era. Basically, there is a castle and there is a king but everything else goes. Some Regencies have started to take on that sort of feel. Add a duke and a fancy English setting but everything else goes regardless of the social and historical realities of the time period.  There are major aspects …

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A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson

Backcover Copy: Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.  Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on …

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Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball

My Review: I really enjoyed reading Where the Stars Meet the Sea as it was set in a sprawling English castle that the author allowed her character to explore freely. So, while the main character Juliet is not sparing with the taciturn duke of Halstead she is exploring libraries, observatories, and a sunny orangery. On the surface this novel is a typical romance full of familiar regency tropes and a predictable plot but that is also part of what makes it so compelling. Kimball layers many conflicts on top of one another but expertly weaves them together in a way …

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A week of Proper Romance and Historical Fiction Deals

There are so many ebook deals for Shadow Mountain and Covenant titles this week. Many novels in the Proper Romance line are $2.99 right now. It’s really rare for DB to discount their books this way so get them while you can! Covenant also has a slew of deals running right now too. Esther Hatch’s A Proper Scandal is on sale for $0.99. Probably to celebrate the fact that A Proper Charade released this week–currently on sale for $5.99. Second, Covenant is marking the 75th Anniversary of VE day by offering several WWII titles for $0.99 Free books!

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His Lady in Hiding by Jen Geigle Johnson

Lady Elizabeth Davenport disguises herself as a maid and flees to America to accept a housekeeping position in order to escape a forced marriage. She meets Lord Barton, who sees through her disguise. His friendship provides her with the advice and comfort she needs to survive her journey across the Atlantic and prepare for her new life. When Elizabeth arrives in America and takes up her new position she discovers that Lord Barton is her new employer and he’s not so happy about the situation. I loved this book! Elizabeth has absolutely no clue what sort of life she’s thrown …

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Royal Heir by Traci Hunter Abramson

Royal Heir opens with a dramatic assassination attempt, which sets up the plot for the rest of the book. Princess Cassandra needs to go into hiding in Meridia until they find the people who want to kill her. Levi Marin a CIA agent is tasked with her security. The two fall in love while they try to find the culprit behind her assassination attempt before he strikes again. I loved the setting of this book. I love how the characters took frequent trips to the seaside and took in a view of the ocean. It was like taking a vicarious …

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The Masked Baron by Anneka R. Walker

I really enjoyed this story a lot because it explored a lot of the tropes I love so much. One of my favorite niche genres is gaslit fantasy, which is just a lighter-hearted version of gothic romance and steampunk. I feel like it is really hard to find gaslit fantasy because most writers like to embrace the dark aspect of steampunk and gothic romance a tad too much for my taste. So I loved that The Masked Baron tiptoes along the edge of the darkness cliff but doesn’t fall over the edge. It’s got some tense scary moments but never …