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The Messenger {Friday Fictioneers & Light and Shade}

“If you plan on cheating, why not go all the way?” Aeolus pouted as the wind tousled his hair. Hermes resisted the urge to roll his eyes at the petulant young god.

“How is it cheating? I was charged to deliver a letter so I’m delivering it.” He dug into the bag at his hip. “No one specified how.”

“I’m pretty sure Hera didn’t intend this. She did take away your sandals.”

Hermes grinned and wiggled his now unencumbered toes. The strap was rubbing anyway.

“Just keep this metal bird in the air. We’ve got a lot of distance to cover.”

copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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*Aeolus: God of wind

Hermes: God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, language, and writing

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For Friday Fictioneers (image above) and the Light and Shade Challenge (quote below)

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

Herodotus (484 BC – 430 BC)

 


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Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore {Book Review & Giveaway}

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Amelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she’d never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother’s sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man’s world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry . . . William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia’s marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family’s estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous Lady to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation . . . Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?

Praise for Becoming Lady Lockwood

“Moore does a lovely job of showcasing sizzle in this must-read for fans of regency and historical romance.” ~ Foreword Reviews

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Review

When I was younger and beginning my reading journeys I devoured romances, specifically historical ones. Some of my favorites that I re-read were from the same period as this particular novel. So I thought it would be fun to tap into my nostalgia and review a book like this. Oh, and I love the name Amelia so that was a huge draw as well. Those of you who KNOW me, know why :)

Amelia Beckett isn’t your typical young woman. If she had grown up in England I am certain she would have been a different person. But she grows up in Jamaica, relatively free of the typical expectations of a woman in her society. She is essentially told by her father to marry Lord Lockwood by proxy and willingly does it as it saves her the trouble of bothering with love. Her own experiences with it observing her parents has conditioned her to think love is a waste. And when her husband dies before the marriage is even consummated, Amelia is left is an ideal position as a widow with ample wealth.

Unfortunately, nothing can go smoothly, otherwise we get a boring story. The arrival of William Drake, Amelia’s husband’s brother, disrupts her perfect life. He contends the marriage was a sham and that it should be dissolved. He insists Amelia come with him to England to speak to a judge. The first meeting between Amelia and William is filled with sparks. Neither likes the other much and there are huge trust issues. However, once the journey progresses and William sees that Amelia is not like the other women he has met nor has she demonstrated she is willfully trying to deceive, his feeling change and he begins to care deeply for her. At the same time Amelia also feels her heart softening for William. Love, she finds, isn’t such a horrible thing at all.

There is a lot of action in this novel that kept the plot moving and myself engaged. I did wonder at the ingenuity of Amelia when the French captured their ship and how realistic it was but this is a story and creative license can be given. Plus it makes Amelia even more interesting. The mystery of the marriage agreement between Amelia and William’s brother is kept quiet until the very end, forcing you to keep flipping the pages to find out what is going on.

Overall it was a fun, easy read. There is love, action, adventure and intrigue, all the great hallmarks of a historical romance to me.

4 out of 5 stars

Jenny MooreAuthor Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com. The author’s first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.

 

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Deceptions {Friday Fictioneers}

Mei watched her mother post her twin sister’s report card on the fridge.

“Straight A’s again! Mama is so proud of her little scholar!”

Her fingers tightened around her chopsticks as her sister beamed at the praise. Mei never heard things like that addressed to her. All she got was disappointed shakes of the head.

“Thank you Mama.” Yi An slid her gaze over to Mei and smirked, her fingers toying with her own chopsticks. As soon as their mother left the room, Yi An pulled a fork from her pocket and began to eat.

Mei snorted. At least she ate like civilized people.

copyright Marie Gail Stratford

copyright Marie Gail Stratford

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What I like about you {Light and Shade Challenge}

Following sometime after this:

The explosions over, Rachel settled against a tree to wait for Nathan. He’d promised to find her after speaking to Amanda about a recording scheduled the next day. Stifling a yawn, she wondered how rock stars managed to get up and do things. Late nights seemed to be par for the course.

As she stared up in the sky, counting the stars that appeared like pinpricks in black cloth, a shadow wove through the crowd and slid onto the ground next to her.

“Whew. Never a moment to rest.” Nathan snaked an arm around her shoulder. Rachel sucked in her breath. Nathan, with his arm around her! It was still a little surreal. She hesitated then let herself relax into his body. His fingers gave her a little squeeze. Her lips tamped down, swallowing the squeal of joy threatening to erupt.

“I don’t know how you do it. I like my sleep.”

“You get used to it. I’ve always been a bit of a night owl. And my creativity is strongest then.” He gestured out to the now clear night sky. “What did you think of the fireworks?”

“I loved them. Rainbow has always been my favorite color.”

Nathan chuckled under his breath. “Glad my efforts didn’t go to waste.”

“What are you talking about?”

“The band sponsored this. Part of it is for the album promotion but I like to be involved in the community too.”

Rachel felt a little flutter in her stomach. Every moment she spent with Nathan only strengthened her belief that he was perfect. There was still that ‘sex with groupies’ thing but maybe it was all an act.

Nathan bent down and nuzzled her cheek. “You ready to get out of here? You’re more than welcome to crash at my place. We can grab a late breakfast then maybe you can come watch the recording session.”

Her heart did a little flip. Stay the night? She opened her mouth to accept when she remembered what tomorrow was.

“I—I can’t. It’s Sunday.”

“So?”

“I have to go to…to church.” Rachel squirmed away, once again about to kill the Mirror for dumping her into this particular reality. The battle between her love for Nathan and the understanding that this would be her new permanent home should everything work out was tearing her apart. How was she going to maintain her friendship with Amy is she dumped the religious part of her? It’s what brought them together as friends in this world.

“Can’t you skip it?”

“I promised Amy. I just…need to go this time.” Rachel found Nathan’s hand in the dusky light. “You’re not mad, are you?”

Nathan stared off into the night for a moment before giving her a wry grin. “No, it’s part of what makes you, you. “ He tweaked her nose. “And I kinda like that.”

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A scene from my never-ending (it feels like anyway) work in progress. Inspired by this week’s Light and Shade Challenge quote:


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Best Day of My Life {100 words}

Laura fingered the baby blanket, its colors faded from time, the edges soft and threadbare. She took strength from its innocence.

“Why are you here? You made your choice.” The girl glared at her, her tangled blonde locks forming a curtain across her cheek. Laura blinked at the venom. She hadn’t expected open arms but this was heartbreaking. Her throat tightened.

“Because I needed you to know. Because I needed to know…” She swallowed the lump, surreptitiously sliding her hands under her thighs to keep them from shaking. “The day you were born was the best day of my life.”

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For Leeroy’s 100 word Song – American Authors Best Day of My Life (my choice FYI) and Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge: faded

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