Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Promises of the Heart
(Sisters of the Heart Series, Book One)
[Kindle Edition]
Scarlett Rains (Author)
December 25, 2013
Book Description
Fate Plays a Hand!
When Amelia Fitzailwyn, Duchess of Kensington, is orphaned at a very young age, she must leave home and travel to her new guardian's estate. She embarks on the journey with her beloved governess, Rachel: wishing all the while that her Uncle William would somehow rescue her. To her delight, he does! Uncle William is her new guardian...and he has two sons! Amelia happily settles in to life at Havenwood Manor with her new family.
The Stage is Set!
What are the servants whispering about? Have they noticed all those heated looks between Uncle and Rachel? Amelia sees mysteries everywhere...and would solve them all if her cousins would leave her alone long enough to do her research! She wishes John, the eldest, would keep his nose out of her affairs and poke it back in his theme bookHow to be the Most Boring Personage in the Realm. And Alex, the skirt chasing hypocrite, irritates her even more: going on-and-on about her one little rendezvous with Simon.
Time Will Tell!
When it turns out Uncle, is not really her uncle, Amelia begins to see the irksome boys in a new light. In fact, she plans to marry one of them! Will John stop straining his steely grey eyes reading and see her for the woman she is? Or will Alex stop pulling the curl out of her hair long enough to notice the sheen of it as it wraps around his finger? Solve the mystery, dear reader, as you enjoy this delightful tale of a young woman's coming of age in Georgian England.

imagefrom Nancy on  Goodreads:

"Promises of the Heart" is an eighteenth century tale of a young girl’s coming of age. The first thing I really liked about this book was the lovely graphics reflecting the time period in London, England. The reader is also pulled into the story at once with carefully crafted prose appealing to all five senses.

For example: watching the fluffy clouds lazily form shapes that quickly swirled into other shapes in the gentle breeze…a cacophony of sounds bombarded the weary coachman: the hue and cry of merchants and street people rose up above the clopping of the horses hooves in a relentlessly forlorn lament.

Scarlett Rains does a masterful job on style continuity throughout the entire novel. Somewhat like Charles Dickens, but more like the Victoria Holt novels I read profusely at one time in my life, "Promises of the Heart" resonates with cleverly woven intrigue surrounded by authentic characters of the day. Historical novels should inform about the life and times of the era—"Promises of the Heart" did not disappoint! The segue to her second novel "Seduction of a Bluestocking" was a perfect cliffhanger, enticing the reader to find out what happens next. Well done, Scarlett Rains! Five Stars!

About the author:
Scarlett Rains was raised in an orphanage, survived that and breast cancer! She considers all of it a blessing, refuses to let anything stop her; insisting that life is what you make it! Scarlett is a person who will spout optimistic 'truths' with her last breath! She is a busy grandma juggling a hectic schedule to try to balance her family's needs (including her insular cat's hissy-fits and her demanding dog's pathetic begging for belly rubs) and still manage a few minutes to write her stories. She often awakens from a sound sleep, jumps up, snatches a cup of coffee and hides in her office behind locked doors typing 18th century romance novels. Scarlett believes escaping her day-to-day responsibilities by living vicariously in the lives of the characters she creates keeps her out of trouble …and saves the cost of psychotherapy services. The author’s delightful Sisters of the Heart Series books are enjoyed by readers around the world. Scarlett loves receiving feedback and ideas from her readers.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Playing Darlene Guest Post

In this eye-opening true story, one woman recounts the double life she led working in two very different professions…one revered and the other reviled. Darlene spent over twenty years being thought of as a well-mannered teacher in a Southern California public school district, but her colleagues and students would have never imagined that for eighteen of those years she also worked as a professional dominatrix in a dungeon.

“Playing Darlene” lets the reader take a peek into the mysterious lives of professionals in the sex industry and some of the jaw-dropping encounters she had with the thousands of clients whose fantasies she helped come true. With everything from roleplaying a shopaholic wife being spanked by her husband to wrapping up a muscular cross-dressing client in plastic and watching him wiggle, Darlene helped men realize their most secret desires…while she wasn’t grading school papers on her breaks. Darlene's true stories of balancing her two different personas are frequently shocking, at times hilarious, and occasionally touching, but at the heart of the story is a woman on a personal journey not only to reconcile with her past, but also to discover the full potential of her own sexuality.

Guest Post

Thanks to 50 Shades...

BDSM is getting a lot more attention these days partly due to its inclusion in the 50 Shades trilogy. Here's what I think has been going on:

People have always had sexual fantasies. We like to fantasize about situations and/or activities that are considered naughty, illicit, or otherwise frowned upon by society. Whatever is prohibited becomes more desirable. Imagining these scenes in the safety of our minds can be highly arousing. Frequent scenarios involve kidnapping, domination, sex with a stranger, and even rape. Romance novels have been the most popular genre for quite a while, and guess what they involve? That's right -- those four activities. What woman wouldn't like to be overpowered by a handsome stud, carried off to the man's "cave," and seduced? Many women wish that sex could be like that for them, but, darn it, it's not. I think the cause could be that belief among dinosaurs that women aren't supposed to enjoy sex. Society is still telling us that we're not "good girls" if we like it as much as boys do. How can we take pleasure in sex if we're made to feel guilty afterward? But wait a minute. If it wasn't our idea, we can't be guilty, right? The abovementioned fantasy is the perfect solution. It was the MAN who swept us away and forced us to surrender. We can relax and have a mind-blowing orgasm and not have to take any responsibility for it. So...50 Shades comes along, and in addition to containing the gorgeous, very-skilled guy and the naive gal, throws in a few BDSM elements. Now women are discovering that a little kinkiness can make a romance novel even more erotic.

The next logical step is for people to wonder what OTHER activities exist in this "forbidden" world. If a small amount of BDSM is good, more would be even better. Consequently, it's not surprising that people are taking more of an interest in it. Besides, let's face it, after a while, vanilla sex can get boring, but with only a handful of B&D tricks up one's sleeve (coupled with a bit of imagination), there's no end to the variety of fun and satisfying sensual adventures ahead.

I'm excited to see that BDSM is becoming more mainstream. It looks like the addiction has begun.


About the Author:

Darlene was born in Hollywood, California, and grew up in Pasadena, a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She received a BA in German from California State University, Los Angeles. For several years she worked in television and film. Credits include General Hospital, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the female lead in the film Monstrosity in which she played a spaced-out punk rocker. She even photo-doubled for Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun and Corey Feldman in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (when they were 14 and 12 respectively). For the past 20 years, she has been a public school teacher in Los Angeles County. She currently lives in the San Fernando Valley, where she can be found indulging in her favorite hobby, ballroom and country-western dancing. Her next book is scheduled to be released in early 2013. You may also email her at

Darlene was featured in an episode of Discovery Fit & Health's “Shocking Family Secrets.” The episode will aired on Thursday, Dec. 27th at 10PM (9PM Central).

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