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Romance writers and readers love Happily Ever After. 

We write stories with alpha males and strong women who find their soulmates for their HEA. Most of our heros are rich and powerful. We weave a fantasy to let the reader escape reality for a moment. More importantly, we try to make every woman…and man feel their is someone special out there for them.

Our imagination soars when it comes to the British royals. Historical romances are filled with the aristocrats of England. Romance writers have used princes, dukes, earls, and viscounts for years, making them the heros that the heroines yearn for. But remember, we write fantasy.

In reality for us Americans, there was a little thing called the American Revolution. We Americans fought for the right that anyone, no matter their birth, could make their own path in the world. We don’t fully understand the Royal Family of England. Sure, we get up early to watch every royal wedding on TV. Sure, we go ga-ga over every royal baby picture. But its not personal to us. We are appalled by the scandal that Prince Andrew brought on the House of Windsor, but not anymore than we are by anyone connected to Jeffrey Epstein. We don’t feel the shock of Prince Andrew’s association with the monster.

As long as I can remember, tabloids have followed royalty. It sells. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would buy every magazine with Princess Grace of Monaco in it. I’m the same. I keep up with what’s going on with the royals. The way I looked at them changed when Princess Diana got engaged to Prince Charles. Honestly, my first thought was that poor thing has to wake up every morning to those ears. Diana looked so innocent, so viriginal. (Just a little tid-bit, did you know that Romance novelist, Barbara Cartland, was related to Princess Diana by marriage?) Diana was according to the papers a virgin because before she become Prince Charles’ wife, she had to be checked by a doctor to make sure she had never been with a man before. Now, I don’t know if that’s true. It was just something I remember reading at the time. I do remember watching the wedding. Diana looked so beautiful and happy. We all know how that ended. You can probably tell that Prince Charles isn’t my favorite royal. I don’t see how anyone could treat his wife in the manner he did. A gentleman? Not in my eyes. Remember ‘Tampongate’. Who talks like that? It was disgusting. What makes it worse to me is that he never loved Diana. Prince Charles was doing what he was instructed to do by the ‘crown.’ Marry a virgin of acceptable lineage. At the time, he wasn’t allowed to marry a commoner…you know the ones that aren’t born into privilege. Now, I will say I don’t know what would have happened had he been allowed to marry who he wanted from the beginning, but the way he treated Diana was unforgivable.

Because of Diana, the Royals have changed. We have seen Prince William marry the person of his choosing. Prince William has grown up in the public eye and has emerged as someone that the public can look up to. He has brought back the dignity that the Crown demands…along with his brother, Prince Harry. Prince Harry has been known for his charities and goodwill.

Which brings us back to Harry and Meghan. According to the headlines, he has resigned from being a senior member of royalty. What do I think of that? I think I need to write a romance using Harry as the hero.

As an American, I admire his choice because as being a royal he never had one. He’s not complaining about being born into wealth and privilege. What he is saying that he wants to make his own way. This is not a crisis. What was he? Like seventh in line for the throne. He’s not hurting anyone. He’s choosing to live his life on his own terms.

I’m just going to say—what does the monarchy want? For Harry, to always be in the background of his brother…always putting the needs of Will and Kate before his own family. I don’t think Harry is quitting his family. It’s just time for him to leave the nest so to speak and become the man he wants to be: a loving husband and father.

The consequences of his choice are his, but I personally don’t think he’s making a mistake. I love Meghan. (Yes, I watched her in Suits.) If they do move to Canada, I don’t think that’s a mistake. I have visited Canada a few times. Last year, my daughter and I stayed a week in Nova Scotia. It was just lovely and the people were so kind. Why is living in Canada taboo for a Royal? Isn’t Canada part of their commonwealth?

Love is a voice that echoes in all our hearts. Harry is listening to his.

Harry and Meghan’s happily ever after starts now!

 

ROMANTIC PICK~ Somewhere Between Love and Tomorrow is Forever! #ARomanceForTheAges

I started my Indie career in Amazon’s KDP program. KDP was where I made most of my sales. While I’m grateful for Amazon giving us Indies a chance to sell our books, KDP changed. So, I slowly began to take them out. Southern Legacy Series is my last books to leave. Now, all my books are offered everywhere. This doesn’t mean my books aren’t on Amazon, they are. It only means all all my book are now offered at ITunes, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. Enjoy!

NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!

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Now the bestselling serial is under one title— SOUTHERN LEGACY, 4-BK COLLECTION!
Including Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and the dramatic conclusion, The Sun Rises!

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon–here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times–Southern Legacy Series.

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned–loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman–Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomery cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

If you want to read each book individually, they are down below. Know that you will save almost $3.00 by buying Southern Legacy, 4-Bk Collection.

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Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon-here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times-Southern Legacy Serial.

Belle of Charleston, Book One

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned–loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman-Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomerys cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

AUTHOR’S NOTE:

This is a serial! The books may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don’t want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books–Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise.

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Somewhere between love and tomorrow is forever!

Josephine Buchanan Wright is forced apart from the man she loves. She has chosen the path of honor and duty, denying her heart its desire. Unaware of a growing threat against her, she strives to make her dying father’s wish a reality.

Cullen Smythe returns to Philadelphia and tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered heart…forget her and make a life for himself—alone. But fate has other plans for once more Josephine enters his world.

Can their love be rekindled against the forces against them? Love and betrayal; jealousy and violence—all with a war looming on the horizon, bidding brother against brother.

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Each has chosen a different path, Tied by the bond of brothers!

The tie that bound the cousins, Cullen Smythe and Wade Montogmery, together has been strained…stretched to the breaking point and there is nothing Josephine can do. The bond once shared, once so strong, has been lost in the turmoil surrounding their lives…none larger than the war that looms on the horizon. The war will force the brothers to choose sides. Each will defend their beliefs and loyalties with courage and valor, but each will stand against each other. The world that once was will be no more.

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From the ashes of war, can an ember of love still burn?

The final chapter of this sweeping tale finds Josephine Wright Montgomery reeling from the devastation and loss around her. Stunned, she has never felt so helpless and alone. The life she has known is gone forever. Through her courage and strength, she is determined to hold onto Magnolia Bluff, but there is more working against her than the war raging.

US Navy Lieutenant Cullen Smythe has distinguished himself with his bravery and valor in the hard fought campaigns at New Orleans and Mobile. Time and battles have done little to expunge the demons that haunt him. Nevertheless when he receives news he has long feared, he has no choice. He follows his heart back to Josephine…but will it be too late?

ROMANTIC PICKS Recommends Romance! #FridayReads

51MOARbtebL (1)HEALTHY SCRATCH ~ SPORTS ROMANCE

He wants out of the friend zone…she doesn’t believe in happily ever after.

Relationships are not in Lauren Gentry’s playbook. The only kind she’s willing to consider are friends-with-benefits and even a red-hot and sexy hockey player like Dave Martin isn’t going to change that. Right?

When those chocolate brown eyes threaten to melt her defenses she has to remind herself that demons from her past could rise up at any moment. Which is going to be pretty hard to do, since she loses herself every time they touch.

Dave used to love the benefits that came easily to professional athletes; especially when they were in the form of puck bunnies who only wanted one night. But when he meets the pint-sized girl with bewitching green eyes and sun-streaked auburn hair his outlook suddenly changes.

He wants forever with Lauren. Now he just has to convince her.

Can Lauren risk everything for the man she’s secretly been falling for? Or will her past stop her from taking a chance on love?

51w-6abqTvLGHOST NIGHT  ~ PARANORMAL SUSPENSE

Rediscover the Bone Island trilogy, a thrilling series of haunted suspense by New York Timesbestselling author Heather Graham.

A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms are posed in macabre homage to a nineteenth-century pirate massacre.

Two years later, survivor Vanessa Loren is drawn back to South Bimini by a documentary being made about the storied region. Filmmaker Sean O’Hara aches to see how the unsolved crime haunts her…and Sean knows more than a little about ghosts.

Lured by visions of a spectral figurehead, Vanessa discovers authentic pirate treasures that only deepen the mystery. Are the murders the work of modern-day marauders, the Bermuda Triangle or a deadly paranormal echo of the island’s violent history? As Vanessa and Sean grow closer, the killer prepares to resume the slaughter…unless the dead can intervene.

41E9CT1+OhL._SY346_ECHOES OF THE PAST ~ ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Born Mohawk, raised white, forensic pathologist, Michelle Thomas is trapped between two worlds—this one and the spirit world where the ghosts of those who’ve drowned speak to her. Haunted by crippling nightmares of her own drowning death and erotic dreams of a phantom lover, she strives to make sense of her life. When two suspicious deaths occur at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, she’s sent to investigate. She’ll face the greatest challenge of her career when her past and her present collide. One of these men is her future, but which one—the rich and powerful Mayor Ron Davies, or Tony Steele, the hydrology professor who may be responsible for his students’ deaths? Charged by the spirits of her Mohawk ancestors to atone for her previous sins by protecting Lake of the Gods, can Michelle solve the murders, save the sacred waters, and fulfill her destiny?

51dQ1oGObZL._SY346_THE RAVEN WITCH OF CORFU ~ SHORT READS

A terrible evil lurks in the mountain…

Lizzie is not your average tourist. She may have just arrived on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu, but her mind is not on having a good time. Far from it, Lizzie has a daunting task to undertake: to claim back her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier on her previous visit. In a cave. By an evil witch.

When Lizzie sees her brother again, she receives the shock of her life. The witch has tricked her… As if this weren’t enough, Stamatis, a handsome local, steals her heart to complicate her life even further…

“It’s a step up from Mills and Boon – much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland, with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix. And it’s certainly a page-turner.” ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu
 
“A delightful read and the perfect treat for those who love sweet romances set in stunning locations.” ~Readers’ Favorite

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At the moment, I have two books free and my upcoming release at $0.99! I’m always running different promotions and giveaways. For the next few months, I’m, also, running a monthly $25 Amazon card giveaway. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter. If you do, you will be entered every month that you are on my email list, not just for the month when you sign up. I want you to look forward to my newsletter.
To celebrate the 4th of July, Winds of Betrayal is FREE! Winds of Betrayal is the first book in one of my American Historical series that includes Winds of Betrayal, The Darkness of Deception, The Heavens Shall Fall, and Set Fire To the Rain. My other American Historical series are Winds of Change (The Governor’s Daughter and The Bastard Son) and  Southern Legacy (Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born To Be Brothers, and The Sun Rises).
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Under my penname, Colleen Connally, I have the historical series, Secret Lives, which includes Broken Legacy, which was a #1 Historical Romance on Amazon, Seductive Secrets and Seductive Lies. My contemporary series includes Boston’s Crimes of Passion (Fragmented and Framed) and Boston’s Crimes of Horror (Scream for the Camera). My newest release will be with The Three Realms Series, my epic fantasy series. The first book, PAST OF SHADOWS IS FREE!. The series also includes The Path Now Turned and the upcoming release, Vision of Destiny, which is at $0.99 for a limited time!

PAST OF SHADOWS IS FREE!

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ROMANTIC PICKS #FRIDAYREADS #ROMANCE AUTHOR Suzanne G. Rogers

51AVs1HlZ7LCOMING MONDAY APRIL 29TH – MY FAIR GUARDIAN

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When Bethany is saddled with an unwanted, unrefined, and decidedly common guardian, she must polish him up before he’s fit for good society. As for Willoughby Winter, all that stands between him and his inheritance is to marry Bethany off. Can he succeed in his efforts before his past becomes known or will she manage to distract him from his goal—by hook or by crook?

51TaLvLxSnLTHE STAR-CROSSED SEAMSTRESS

Skylar flees a family scandal in Boston, expecting assistance in society from her English relatives. Once her plans fall apart, however, she is obliged to earn money with her skills as a seamstress. Just when she’s given up on the notion of marriage, her path crosses that of a charming laborer who inexplicably sets her pulse racing.

When wealthy Joe Fiddick hits a patch of bad luck, he seizes the opportunity to do something meaningful by helping a neighbor and her pretty granddaughter with repairs to their cottage. As it turns out, he has more in common with the granddaughter than he realizes…and what they share spells disaster for their budding romance.

Will Joe and Skylar be star-crossed lovers or can the rift between them be mended?

51MH5paM3CLTOURNAMENT OF CHANCE – DRAGON REBEL

If Heather wins the Tournament of Chance, she’ll be the first commoner to earn a place at court. Instead of a glorious victory, however, she’s arrested and marked for execution. After a daring escape, she joins the Dragon Rebels, who seek to overthrow the despotic monarchy and restore the former kingdom of Ormaria. On a perilous quest, Heather battles wild dragons, vicious predators, angry trolls, and unexpected traitors. When a horrendous accident sends her back in time to fulfill a mysterious prophecy, she must rely on her warrior skills, wits, and endurance to survive.

51CbgwHlM2LICE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER

The daughter of a wealthy ice merchant, Miss Jillian Roring intends to marry for love. En route to her first season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends her into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiancée has other plans. He must convince Jillian that his love for her is real before the cruel gossip and sharp tongues of London society tear their budding relationship apart.

A romantic Victorian-era tale set in 1899, England.

 

ROMANTIC PICKS #HEARTWARMING READ #FAMILYFOREVER

Yet Another Fantastic Book by Donna Fasano!

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Nanny and the Professor by @DonnaFaz

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Save $3 ~ On sale for 99¢

Professor Joshua Kingston thought he’d found the perfect nanny for his son. But once Cassie Simmons stepped into his life, she turned it upside down! His son no longer played by the rules – and Cassie kept making up new ones. He would fire her – if he didn’t find her so utterly enticing.

Cassie had a huge secret to hide, and she couldn’t afford to lose her new job. But her handsome employer wasn’t making things easy. All those silly rules. How was an eight-year-old boy supposed to have any fun? The professor definitely needed a lesson in laughter – and love!

Many people say family is everything. There is nothing more beautiful than two people coming together for the sake of a child, finding love, and forming A Family Forever. Look for other titles in the series:

A Beautiful Stranger
Made in Paradise
A Reason to Believe
An Accidental Family
Nanny and the Professor

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A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER             MADE IN PARADISE