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Today I’m on the ‘The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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33Awcl3IMarriage … To the highest bidder
Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems―like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter-offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections? Or does Lydia dare hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

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A year ago, I asked my followers on social media what sort of story they would like to see next. I had two ideas—both of which I liked a great deal. The first was a marriage of convenience story involving a governess and an earl, and the second an enemies to lovers story which centred around the heroine’s misdeeds in the past before the hero went off to war.
Assuming they would be as excited as I was about these two stories, I stupidly put it to the vote to see which I should write first, and that’s where all my best laid plans unravelled like knitting.
You see, my followers had another idea. Because clearly my job as an author wasn’t hard enough already, they wanted me to write an amalgamation! An enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience story! Their two favourite tropes perfectly executed in one eighty-thousand-word package. To do either of those justice isn’t easy as they are both well-used as well as well loved, and I always want to do something original, so I had severe misgivings.
But as I’d asked, I listened. I threw my other two perfectly good ideas out of the window and went back to the drawing board, dug out my research books and thankfully, and entirely because of a dusty impulse buy from Amazon a decade ago, inspiration struck.
Therefore, there is no governess in this book. The hero isn’t an earl either. The heroine doesn’t have a checkered past and nobody went to war.
Now my story involves the explosive end to a forbidden first love, a former stable boy turned convict who has recently returned from Botany Bay, and an aristocratic heroine sold to pay her family’s crushing debts. There is also gentleman’s club, a whole wardrobe of rattling skeletons, a near seven foot tall bouncer with the soul of an artist, a diminutive but meddling three foot sidekick, an unconventional dash to Gretna Green and, because I stumbled across some fascinating research on the meaning of convict tattoos, a sexy flock of swallows etched into the hero’s left bicep which occupies a great deal of my heroine’s thoughts.
I hope you enjoy reading THE SCOUNDREL’S BARTERED BRIDE half as much as I enjoyed writing it! And enjoy those sexy swallows…

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#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : Redeeming the Reclusive Earl – Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘Redeeming the Reclusive Earl’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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CKPNi3WAHis heart is a fortress … And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?

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Excerpt :

A Genuine Social Distancing Regency Romance…

Fancy a story involving social distancing during these bizarre times of social distancing? I might just have the book for you! After losing everything in a horrific fire, my tortured hero Max is hiding from the world at his newly inherited estate. The only problem is, alongside the house and grounds, he also seems to have inherited an odd female archaeologist who flatly refuses to leave him well alone. Here’s a snippet:

‘What the hell do you think you are doing?’
The grubby boy scrambled back to a sitting position and blinked up at the him through the thick lenses of his spectacles. When Max had first spotted the lad kneeling on the ground, he had assumed he was a poacher and was about to ride by, not caring if a few of his pheasants were liberated for a poor family’s cooking pot. Just because he no longer had any appetite didn’t mean the rest of the population couldn’t eat and he’d never had a taste for pheasant even when he had enjoyed his food, so it made no difference to him. But as he had crested the small rise near the eastern boundary of his new estate in his quest to fill some time, he spotted all the holes in the ground, the shovels, tools and wheelbarrow, and realised the intruder was digging.
‘I asked you a question!’ He practically spat in annoyance, aggrieved that he had to make the effort to actually converse or to concern himself with another human being and their peculiar business when he was in no mood for either. The boy’s spectacles magnified his dark eyes. They were the oddest spectacles Max Aldersley had ever seen. Instead of arms, the unsightly frame was tied around the back of his head with a bright red ribbon secured in a bow. Perhaps his first guess about the direness of the lad’s financial circumstances had been correct if he had to go out looking like that. His gaze drifted to the paintbrush and trowel in the boy’s hand, then fixed on the hole he was crouched before. Half-exposed in the mud was a dark object. Spherical, like a pot, which was either being buried or exhumed. All very odd and all entirely unwelcome. All much too much effort. ‘Why are you trespassing on my land?’
‘My land?’ The boy didn’t sound like a boy and instantly Max felt his hackles rise in panic at his own curious stupidity. The trespasser stood and his stomach plummeted to his toes.
Now he could see significant evidence that the boy was a woman which really made his blood boil. When he had first spotted her scratching around in the mud he had assumed her to be a young man—an easy mistake to make, considering she was dressed in breeches and work boots. Odd work boots. One black. One very definitely brown.
‘Oh, hello! You must be the new Lord Rivenhall.’
It was so much easier to be an abomination in front of a man.
Had he known that she was female, he wouldn’t have brought his horse so close no matter what she had been doing on his property. But now Max could see the trousers hugged her female form like a second skin and there was no getting away from the fact that the hips which flared from her waist were as unmanly as it was possible for hips to be—more was the pity. Worse, the capacious linen shirt tucked haphazardly into the top of the waistband also did little to disguise the fine bosom beneath. The wench had a body that was made for sin. Unfortunately, there was very little evidence that the rest of her lived up to that promise. Which, all things considered, was probably just as well. His sinning days were well and truly over…

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Win 2 x e-copies of Redeeming the Reclusive Earl (Open INT)
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#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Lilian and the Irresistible Duke – Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘Lilian and the Irresistible Duke’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Synopsis :

3P05_ECgA reunion in Rome … Sparks an affair to remember!
Responsible widow Lilian Fairclough is persuaded to travel to Rome for a hard-earned break and to let down her hair! She’s surprised to be reunited with passionate, cynical Italian duke, Pietro Venturi. He reawakens her sensual side and intrigues her with glimpses of pain beneath his rakish surface. Enticed into a secret and temporary affair – what will happen once she returns home?

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Lilian and the Irresistible Duke is my 14th published novel but the first set outside of the British Isles. When I knew my responsible widow was embarking on a foreign adventure, I decided to send her to one of my favourite cities in the world— Rome.
Like Lilian, I first visited the city in my forties. It was a school trip and I was one of the organising teachers, which meant my first responsibility was to the thirty teenagers I was chaperoning rather than the sightseeing. To make matters worse, it rained torrentially for almost the entire trip, so the kids were fractious and the adults were frayed. Yet even with those obstacles, I immediately fell in love with the city. Rome is so full of history; it made my little nerdy heart soar!
Subsequent visits have been less challenging, and my last one happened just two years ago during a particularly balmy Summer. There is something intoxicating and seductive about Rome in the sunshine— it is almost as if the entire city comes awake. From dawn to dusk it has a vibrancy all of its own that even the intense heat of July cannot dampen. As you walk those ancient streets, teeming with restaurants and cafes which spill out onto the pavement, there is always something going on. Residents, commuters, market traders, street performers, tourists and even packs of international nuns on a holy pilgrimage to the Vatican make the central parts of the city busy and exciting.
The Colosseum is both spectacular an awe inspiring. The historian in me cannot help but imagine what it must have looked like in in heyday, or what it must have felt like to be part of the huge audience during the games, or how terrifying it must have been to be one of the gladiators walking into that arena ready to fight and wondering if you would be lucky enough to walk out again in one piece! But the Colosseum isn’t all about history nowadays. It is also a mecca for every fresh visitor to the city, some more keen to take the perfect Instagram photo with one of the many entrepreneurial modern gladiators all dressed up in shining period armour than to take snaps of one of the earth’s most iconic buildings.
Away from that, as you wander around the two thousand year old ruins of Ancient Rome or the Pantheon or in one of the many Catacombs, you find peace. And then, once the summer sun goes down, the banks of the Tiber are lined with hundreds of outdoor, pop-up restaurants which the entire population of Rome seems to clamour to dine it.
One of my favourite thins about Rome is how the ancient constantly interferes with the modern. The jagged remains of an aqueduct over a busy road filled with traffic. The odd temple wall here and a stray statue there. Even the river bears testament to Rome’s imperial past, as feet from the modern bridge which crosses the Tiber, still pummelled by the same tidal rapids which have pummelled it for two millennia, is the last remaining arch of Ponte Rotto. Literally meaning ‘broken bridge’ nowadays, it was one the main artery linking the old city to nearby suburb of Trastavere. I sat next to it one night while eating dinner at one of those pop-up restaurants and couldn’t help wondering about the centuries of people who had crossed it before it was replaced in the 1800s.
Like me, my heroine Lilian was also blown away by Rome, but she is also blown away by handsome Italian art dealer by the name of Pietro and they fall in live while they sightsee. I hope you enjoy their story too, and if you haven’t been to Rome, I hope it inspires you to visit it one day. Go in the Summer, so you can eat your dinner beside the broken bridge. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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Win 2 x e-copies of Lilian and the Irresistible Duke (Open INT)
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#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The King’s Elite #3) – Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Synopsis :

Jf5ZywLMA spy on a mission … Until he meets this heiress!
Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!

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About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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‘The Disgraceful Lord Gray’ is the third book in “The King’s Elite” series by author Virginia Heath and one I’ve been definitely looking forward to.
Having read the other two stories I thought I knew what to expect, but I didn’t count on Lord Graham “Gray” Chadwick … and Trefor, the dog!
Really, that dog, what a great character.
He still makes me smile as I think how he played a major role in this story just by being mischievous.
He made such a great companion for Gray who’s really a bit gloomy being disgraced and all that.
They really balance eachother out.
Ofcourse there can’t be a lovestory without a woman and miss Theodora “Thea” Cranford is just perfect.
I adored her and her struggle of trying to keep herself, her quite fiercy side, in check.
The sparks just fly when they first meet.
Extremely entertaining and humorous I must say.
I definitely found my new favorite in the King’s Elite!
‘The Disgraceful Lord Gray’ is another fantastic read which I highly recommend.
I hope ‘The Determined Lord Hadleigh’ won’t let me down as I have high expectations now.

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Rachel’s Random Resources / Blog Tour : The Uncompromising Lord Flint (The King’s Elite #2) – Virginia Heath

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Synopsis :

the uncompromising lord flint ukImprisoned by her past – Set free by her enemy!

Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?

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About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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‘The Uncompromising Lord Flint’ is the second book in ‘The King’s Elite’ series written by Virginia Heath, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone.
I recommend however to read ‘The Mysterious Lord Millcroft’ first to get a better background story of the ring of smugglers and also because Lord Millcroft deserves it! 😉
This said, back to this installment… .
Like the other book I was immediately hooked from the beginning and it was hard for me not to read it in one go.
How I loved Jess right from the start.
She was just everything this story, and maybe Lord Flint, needed, a feisty and strong heroine with some troubled past.
And although she’s, for me, the real strength of this book, despite what the title says, it couldn’t be that good without Peter Flint!
He takes a bit of a background role in my opinion, but he’s still great of course.
I’m grateful we get to know him better trough others though, his mother specifically.
She’s another great character, perhaps my favorite in this story. (Hurray for strong women!)
I don’t know what to say more than READ IT because you have to find out yourselves if this fast-paced, action-packed train, that’s excellently written, ends with tomfoolery 😉 or more.
I definitely recommend it and can’t wait for another spy to give my heart to during these fantastic reading moments created by one of my favorite romantic authors!

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Rachel’s Random Resources / Publication Day Push : The Mysterious Lord Millcroft (The King’s Elite #1) – Virginia Heath

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft

Synopsis :

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Life as a duchess…
Or something much more dangerous…?
Part of The King’s Elite. Constantly told her beauty and charm is all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa which leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…

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About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathVirginia Heath lives on the outskirts of London with her understanding husband and two, less understanding, teenagers. After spending years teaching history,she decided to follow her dream of writing for Harlequin. Now she spends her days happily writing regency romances, creating heroes that she falls in love with and heroines who inspire her. When she isn’t doing that, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things that she doesn’t need or read romances written by other people.

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‘The Mysterious Lord Millcroft’ is the first book I’ve read written by Virginia Heath and I’m going to say straight away that it won’t be my last! I definitely can’t wait for the other installments of this series or her others.
Although maybe a wee bit predictable on who will appear as a character I didn’t find no reasons no to fall immediately in love, not only with the shy spy Seb, but also with the incomparable Clarissa. I did so understand both of them in what they did or said and sometimes I just wanted to shake or slap them! And that for me makes it a damn good story because it all just reads as if it really could be happening in that time frame and right in front of me.
Everything felt so genuine, from Seb, who’s an ideal spy, but hopeless when it comes to women, to Clarissa, a beautiful society girl with a secret and everything that happens in between.
I was hooked from te beginning and because of all the twists and surprises I couldn’t stop reading. Virginia has not only an eye for details, but also one for language. I loved the dialogues full of humor and wit and the suspense of being a spy. (How I do love spies!)
I guess I’m a bit short for words myself on how to describe my feelings about this book. It made me all just wish for a longer story. It was that good!
So please hurry up with the other spies. If they’re half as great as Seb is, I already know I’ll be giving them my heart too.

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