Book Promotion: Written in the Cards by Lauren Linwood

Today’s book promotion comes from Lauren Linwood and her book called Written in the Cards. If you like Western Historical Romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Written in the Cards
Author: Lauren Linwood
Genre:
western, historical, romance

 

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format:
ebook
Release Date:
5/21/2014

 

Summary:
Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees New York for the American West, where she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes and illustrates under the pen name Lud Madison.

After the Civil War, veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her and their unborn child in an Indian attack, Ben detaches from emotion and becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears revenge upon Ben.

Ben hides on a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, where a waiting Maggie wants to find a rough and tumble cowboy to interview for her next story idea. Sparks fly as the dangerous drover and popular novelist wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan hot on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?

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The Author:

Lauren Linwood’s Website: Here
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Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The heroine Maggie is a writer (although she writes dime novels under a man’s pen name so that her books will sell). I enjoyed giving her some of the same problems I face as I write–even if we’re writing books more than 100 years apart!


Where did you get your idea for this story?
The new Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL got me to thinking about British penny dreadfuls and American dime novels. I thought it would be cool to have a woman writing this adventures about tales in the Old West, but I have her doing so under a male pen name. Many women authors did that during the 19th century, most notably the Bronte Sisters.


What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Constantly write. Even if you don’t feel like. Even if you think it sucks. It’s easier to edit something on the page than to be facing a blank page.


What is your favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
All 3 for my many moods

 

I want to thank Lauren Linwood for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Written in the Cards!

 

Review for A Game of Chance by Lauren Linwood

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My Rating:  4/5

Author:  Lauren Linwood
Title: A Game of Chance

Genre:  Historical Fiction/Romance

Background:

Amazon Description:
Lily Frontiere returns from a costly European trip to find her mother has accumulated large gambling debts. Things grow worse as her mother’s health deteriorates and she can no longer run Lucky Lil’s, the most famous whorehouse in San Francisco. Though Lilian shielded her only child from house life by sending her away to boarding school, Lily takes over and poses as Madam Lil. Her intelligence and astonishing resemblance to her mother help, but she’s entering a world she knows little about. Lily tries to extract the house from impending financial ruin until a handsome stranger turns up with the deed to Lucky Lil’s in hand.

Gambler Jed Stone journeys to California to track down Simon Morgan, the man responsible for his best friend’s death. Arrested for robbery and murder upon arrival, he is shocked to see his face on a wanted poster. Jed escapes before his hanging, unaware that the man guilty of those crimes is the twin brother he never knew existed. In a case of mistaken identity, Jed acquires Lucky Lil’s in a rigged card game his twin is meant to win.

Jed asks Madam Lil to stay on as he learns the business. Lily clashes with the new owner over ways to make the establishment profitable, yet she is attracted to the charming risk taker at the same time. Jed is fooled by Lily’s charade until he stumbles upon the real Madam Lil and learns the truth behind Lily’s deception. His admiration for Lily blossoms into love.

But Simon Morgan seeks both Lily’s hand and ownership of Lucky Lil’s—and he will go to any means to possess both. Will Jed foil his nemesis while bringing his outlaw brother to justice?

Opinions: For western historical fiction romance lovers, this is one that you might want to try. The story has an interesting concept of mistaken identities on both main characters.

First, you have Jed whose mother died while giving birth to him. His father takes his twin brother, Cal, and runs off to leave Jed’s mother for dead. However, before she died, she gives birth to another baby boy, Jed. The two have different upbringings but both tangle with gambling. What are the chances of meeting your twin many years later in the same town across the country? And one twin is wanted for major crimes?

The other identity switch is with Lily and her mother. To keep her mother’s business open, Lily dresses up and acts like her mother. Her mother, on the other hand, is very ill and unable to maintain the upkeep of the whorehouse and gaming parlor. Lily tends to like acting like her mother. It’s completely different than her own personality. Lily soon finds herself attracted to Jed, but she doesn’t know if he really loves her or her mother (through her acting.) She also is trying to stay afloat with the business and maintaining a respectable reputation as the daughter of a whorehouse owner.

If that’s not going to keep you interested, let’s add in a little past history of a baddie with all characters mentioned above, but unaware of the full connections. Stir in a millionaire that connects to them as well, but not everyone is aware of it. Finally, include a little romance and jealousy into the mix to get the full story.

The plot moves along well. There is that anticipation of when one identity would be called out and by whom. Will the law arrest the wrong man? Do the people find out about Lily impersonating her mother? Will certain people get revenge? It doesn’t necessarily pan out exactly as I thought it would, so you might have a few surprises to read about.

Narration: Multiple third person

Standalone or Part of a Series: Standalone

Review and Giveaway for Outlaw Muse by Lauren Linwood

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Lauren Linwood
Title: Outlaw Muse

Genre: Historical Fiction Romance/Western

Background:

Amazon Description:
Separated from her twin during the Orphan Train selection, schoolmarm Serena Sullivan searched for her brother Bill over fifteen years. Just as she gets a lead on his whereabouts, she is railroaded by a crooked sheriff and set to hang for the murder of the sheriff’s best friend.

English playwright Daman Rutledge has come to the American West on business for his brother when he witnesses a woman about to be executed. On impulse he rescues the beautiful stranger and goes on the run with her. Along the way Daman finds the muse he’s been missing and loses his heart to the raven-haired beauty with haunting amber eyes.

As they try to outrun the long arm of the law, Daman seeks to prove Serena’s innocence before it’s too late.

Opinions:

Outlaw Muse is a story about a woman named Serena who was wrongfully accused of murder in a 19th century western frontier town. On the day of her hanging, she is rescued by an English playwright, Daman. From there, the two run from the law while falling in love with each other. Both, however, have troubled pasts that might get in the way of their love along with the sheriff and his posse.

The story is written in third person, mainly following Serena and Daman. Serena started her life out as a poor Irish New Yorker. Her father was a drunk and her mother grew ill, leaving both her and her twin brother to an orphanage. The Orphan Train took orphaned children to the frontier where they are adopted out. Serena and her brother were separated, but Serena never lost hope of finding him again. Serena’s adopted family abused her. She eventually made it out of there to become a schoolmarm – traveling from place to place. However, luck was not on her side when she was arrested for murder and found guilty. She was then rescued by a complete stranger. Selena must learn to trust again and overcome her fears and horrible experiences of her past. She is an outlaw; and the sheriff won’t stop until he catches her.

Daman, born and raised in England, is a third son. His troubled past includes a drunken father, a dead mother and sister, and a newly dead brother and mistress. Once able to write plays, he loses his muse and helps his older brother with his business with cattle. Unsure of where his life is leading him, he stumbles upon a woman being hanged, unjustly, for murder. By rescuing Selena, his life is thrust back into action, stimulating his imagination and muse once again. One main problem: can he save her and himself from the law?

The plot moved along well. I won’t write much here to avoid any surprises that you might find along the way. One thing is for certain in the book: there is a constant chase between the law and Selena and Daman. The relationship between Selena and Daman is not an easy one with their individual pasts. Their characters grow over the course of the book. One thing I would have liked to see in the book is more development/background of the Sheriff and Bill.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you like historical western romances, then you might want to give this book a try.

Book Promotion: Outlaw Muse by Lauren Linwood

Today’s book promotion comes from Lauren Linwood and her book called Outlaw Muse. If you like historical western romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Outlaw Muse
Author: Laruen Linwood
Genre: Historical Western Romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: Exclusively on Amazon for the first 3 months as an ebook with paperback to follow
Release: October 9, 2013

Buy off of Amazon: Here

Summary:
 Separated from her twin during the Orphan Train selection, schoolmarm Serena Sullivan searched for her brother Bill over fifteen years. Just as she gets a lead on his whereabouts, she is railroaded by a crooked sheriff and set to hang for the murder of the sheriff’s best friend.

English playwright Daman Rutledge has come to the American West on business for his brother when he witnesses a woman about to be executed. On impulse he rescues the beautiful stranger and goes on the run with her. Along the way Daman finds the muse he’s been missing and loses his heart to the raven-haired beauty with haunting amber eyes.

As they try to outrun the long arm of the law, Daman seeks to prove Serena’s innocence before it’s too late.

.About the Author:

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Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The best thing about writing OUTLAW MUSE had to be getting inside Daman’s head. Like me, he’s also a writer (an English playwright), and he’s lost his muse. He can’t write – no ideas, no nothing! It was fun to let him – and not me – be the one with writer’s block. I then got to reward him by giving him his own, very beautiful, and very feisty Outlaw Muse!

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I got the idea for my story partly because I taught US History for many years. I already knew something about the orphan trains and cattle drives, so I took that knowledge, did some more in-depth research, and combined that information with two characters dancing in my head.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
I would advise aspiring writers to always read – even outside your chosen genre. Good writing is good writing, and you want to soak it in. And write no matter what. Give yourself permission to write badly. Having something on the page to revise is better than staring at a blank page with nothing on it!

I want to thank Lauren Linwood for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Outlaw Muse!