We are happy to welcome you to the July edition of Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham!
This month we have an amazing lineup of readers!
First up is Lady Jane's RDU's own USA Today Bestselling Author DEB MARLOWE reading from THE EARL's HIRED BRIDE in Outwitting the Duke...
Because an unmarried Earl must be in want of a bride . . . Every debutante in the ton wants to be the Countess of Hartford—and mistress of Hartsworth Castle. Never mind that Hart has no interest in marrying just yet, the young ladies hunt him as ruthlessly as a pack of hounds after the elusive fox. What he needs is a hired bride—one who will give him some room to breathe, but is guaranteed to call it off at the end of the Season.
Because a girl with no prospects will do what she must to help her family . . . Miss Emily Spencer must do something. Her mother’s health is failing and the notorious Duke of Danby is growing dangerously close. Why not hide in plain sight and pretend to be the Earl of Hartford’s betrothed? And getting paid for her troubles? It’s just what she needs to make her family comfortable again. Because love comes when you least expect it . . . Sparks fly when the two put their plan in motion—and deeper emotions grow. But how can they be together when the path they’ve forged only leads to their inevitable break up?
Next up is Lady Jane's RDU's own USA Today Bestselling Author TAMMY FALKNER reading from her latest release FEELS LIKE SUMMERTIME...
Katie Higgins was the first girl I ever loved. We spent one summer together at Lake Fisher when we were sixteen and then I never saw her again. My life is shit, my job is gone, and my dad had a stroke, so I find myself back at Lake Fisher once again. And so does Katie. Her last name isn't Higgins anymore, because Katie is married with three kids and one more on the way, but when she shows up at Lake Fisher with her kids, danger trails her all the way there. I could do a lot of things. I could leave and go home. I could stay and deal with it. But what I want most of all is just to take care of Katie. If I concentrate on her, maybe I won't have to face my own problems. Yeah, that's it. Fix Katie. Katie: I haven't seen Jake in eighteen years, but the moment I lay eyes on him, I feel safer than I have in a very long time. Memories swamp me every time I look out over the clear, cool water. A first kiss. A first boyfriend. A first love. That old spark is still there. I just can't act on it, and neither can Jake. Our story started eighteen years ago, and then we both made lives with other people. Jake is willing to tell me about his, but I can't share mine with him. Ever. We can be friends and spend another summer together, right? Sure, we can.
Also reading will be out-of-town USA Today Bestselling Author JERRICA KNIGHT-CATANIA reading from her New Adult novel LEARNING TO LIVE... Devastated by the loss of her fiance, Jessica Brooks is certain she'll never love again. Hell, she may never even leave her apartment again. But circumstances force her back to her hometown of Atlanta and into the arms of someone who understands her pain. Torn between mourning her fiance forever and finding peace in the midst of her grief, Jess must find the key to her happiness, the cure for her pain, and learn how to move on without the person she held most dear.
And finally, reading this month will be KIANNA ALEXANDER reading from EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART...
The rhythm of love
Lina Smith-Todd is a winning bid away from owning a piece of musical history. The auction heats up when she discovers that her chief competition for a piano owned by Thelonious Monk is the man who once shared her bed. But the priceless baby grand isn't all that the seductive, supremely confident musician intends to possess. Rashad MacRae wants a second chance to be with Lina.
Rashad's passion for music was inspired by the legendary Monk. But if walking away with the prize means losing his shot at a future with Lina, he's ready to concede defeat. To entice her back into his arms, Rashad has to find a way to regain the self-sufficient attorney's trust. And now a family revelation could cost him everything. Can doubt be swept away by the promise of an everlasting love song they both know by heart?
We are excited to be back again at Lady Jane's Salon RDU on FRIDAY March 25! We will be meeting in our new location once more--at Spirit's Pub and Grub http://www.spiritscary.com And this year we're planning on doing a little spring cleaning! As many of you know, one of the charities that LJS RDU supports is Safe Space Inc, a shelter for women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse. They have a thrift store that helps to support their enterprise, and we thought we would give you the opportunity to do a little decluttering and help out at the same time! We'll have a truck at this month's LJS RDU, all you have to do is to bring your gently used clothing and household goods. If everyone brings a little, we'll have a nice big donation to help out the store and the shelter!
New York Times bestseller SABRINA JEFFRIES will read from THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION, the newest release in her Sinful Suitors Regency Historical series ...
When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the witty, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife...if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Yet he wants nothing more than to have her for his own.
Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker. She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?
USA Today bestseller AVA STONE will read from STAY WITH ME from her New Adult Desolate Sun series...
\ Good guy Jason Cole always tries to do the right thing for everyone - his cancer-ridden mother, his best friend, even his neighbors. But when his first love - Emery Reid returns home for Thanksgiving with a giant ring on her finger, Jason is determined to do the right thing for him.
Emery left Wheston to pursue her dreams on the New York stage. A cramped apartment and barely scraping by, her luck changes once she starts dating an up and coming director. But when she returns home for the holidays and sees Jason after all these years, she can't remember why she ever left home in the first place. Will she take another chance with her fist love or keep her eye on the dreams she's worked so hard to obtain?
USA Today bestseller ERICA MONROE will read from I SPY A DUKE, from her Covert Heiresses Historical Romance series...
She wants revenge…
When bluestocking Vivian Loren becomes the governess for the wealthy Spencer family, she’s searching for clues about the murder of her brother, not a husband. But Vivian didn’t count on James Spencer, the infuriatingly handsome Duke of Abermont.
He needs a wife…
As head of Britain’s elite intelligence agency, James has no time to woo a wife. When he discovers Vivian’s quest for answers has made her a pawn in a treacherous plot, James realizes they can help each other. She’ll become his duchess, and he’ll keep her safe from one of Napoleon’s deadliest spies.
What begins as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes anything but, as they find out love is the most dangerous mission of all.
ANDRIS BEAR will read from LOVERS LANE, Episode 1 in her brand new Lane Chronicles... After her sister is attacked and left clinging to life, Roxana Lane vows revenge on the man responsible. But the closer she gets, the more detective Nathan Scott watches her every move. With his piercing eyes that seem to miss nothing, Roxy finds it harder and harder to hide her secrets… and stay out of his arms. A contradictory mix of strength and vulnerability, Roxy is a conflict of interest that fascinates him on every level. But when the sexy amateur sleuth uncovers Scandal’s dark underbelly, he must choose between the woman he wants and the law he serves.
OLIVIA KELLY will read from LOOK TO THE STARS, from her upcoming release in DISMISSING THE DUKE part of the Very Danby Season Collection...
Lord Leonato Blakeley is living his best life. With a healthy, hale father busy with his duties as an earl, on the ancestral Pennyworth estate, and a mother elbow-deep in her oil paintings, Leo is left to his own devices in London. Perhaps he's a bit short on funds, given the state of the family finances, but then, what lordling worth his salt wasn't? It's quite understandable when the news that his meddling great-uncle, the Duke of Danby, is in Town fills Leo with dismay. The old badger had become known over the last few years for slyly marrying off the younger generations of the family, whether they like it or not. Leo definitely would not like it, thank you very much.
Miriam Rosenbaum only agreed to accompany her mother on her visit to her childhood friend living in London on one condition. She would meet with Joanne and Charles Minsky, the sibling astronomers she had been corresponding with from across the ocean for the last year. In New York City, Mimi had been roundly shut out of the all male astronomy clubs, but she'd learned Joanne, through her brother, was actually allowed to study at the Royal Observatory. Mimi longed for such an opportunity herself, and if agreeing with her mother to attend the ostentatious, ridiculous parties of the English aristocrats could offer her that, she would tolerate them gracefully. Or at least, she would tolerate them.
A budding American astronomer heiress, an impoverished English lord devoted only to his own entertainment, and a matchmaking duke set loose during the whirling dervish of the London Season. Anything can happen, and usually does...
This is an inclement weather alert to let you all know that the heavy rain today has caused an issue with our new venue. We will have to convene inside Spirits Pub and Grub, and because of other commitments that the restaurant must keep--we have to be done with our readings by 7:30.
So--New Schedule, just for tonight!
Come at 6:00 for dinner if you can!
We will start the readings at 6:30 tonight, so we can be done with the reading portion of the night by 7:30. Of course, we can all stay and visit and drink and eat as long as we like afterwards!
New York Times Bestselling Author CATHY MAXWELL will be reading from THE MATCH OF THE CENTURY from her Marrying the Duke Series... Every debutante aspires to snag a duke. Elin Morris just happens to have had one reserved since birth. But postponements of her marriage to London’s most powerful duke give Elin time to wonder how she will marry Gavin Baynton when she cannot forget his brother, Benedict.
Already exasperated at being yanked from the military to meet “family obligations,” now Ben must suffer watching his arrogant sibling marry the only woman he has ever loved. Joining the army saved Ben fro sinking into bitterness, but seeing Elin again takes him back to the day they surrendered to their desire.
As the wedding draws near, Elin tries to push Ben far from her thoughts. When danger brings them together, there is no denying their feelings. But can Elin choose love over duty?
D.M. MARLOWE will be reading from her brand new YA - EYE OF THE NINJA
Blink—and you’ll miss her. Mei Barrett has been hiding all of her life. Raised in solitude by her beloved father, she’s been trained to fight, to adapt, to defend. She couldn’t prevent his death, however, when it comes at the hands of a mysterious creature straight out of legend. She could only run—and learn how to hide in plain sight. For four long years Mei has lived alone on the fringes of a society still recovering from the devastation of quakes and disasters along the infamous Ring of Fire. Mei’s concerns are more immediate however. She must hide her eyes and their despised mutation, and she must stay one step ahead of the strange wind demon that continues to hunt her. Detection was inevitable. But Mei begins to make some discoveries of her own. For it seems that her old enemy is not the only mythical creature on the loose. Nor is she the only one fighting them. And perhaps her own tragedies are not as far removed from those the world is facing, after all.
And finally, TAMMY FALKNER will read from HOLDING HER HAND, the latest in her New Adult Reed Brothers Series...
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl falls in love with boy… SCREECH!
No. It can’t be that easy. (You knew that, right?)
Boy meets girl. Boy can’t fall in love with girl, because girl comes from a different culture. She also has secrets. Lots of secrets he’s determined to uncover.
He’ll try to uncover all her secrets. But in doing so, he’ll have to remove the gloves she hides behind. Leave her bare and aching. And what happens then?
Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy can’t love her back.
Don't miss this month's Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham! We are once again at Cafe Carolina at the Arboretum in Cary - 137 Weston Parkway * Cary NC 27513 Parking can go quickly at the Arboretum, so feel free to arrive early. We have some amazing authors lined up!
SARRA CANNON will read from EMERALD DARKNESS, the first in her Beautiful Darkness YA/NA series.
Killing a priestess in the most evil organization of witches in the world has its consequences...
Harper Brighton is standing on the precipice of a great and terrible war. The sapphire demon gates have fallen, but the four remaining priestesses of the Order of Shadows and their ruler--the mysterious High Priestess--continue to enslave demons from the Shadow World to steal their power.
Harper and her friends in the Demon Liberation Movement target the Emerald gates--a dangerous and far more cunning enemy than any they have ever faced. No one is safe. Destruction comes in the blink of an eye, and the entire human world finds itself frozen, locked in perpetual darkness.
Now, Harper must battle her darkest fears in order to save those she loves most. Will she lead them to victory or will everything they've fought for be lost forever?
CAREN CRANE will read from TIARA WARS, the first book in her Cross Springs contemporary romance series.
Katie Warren's life was always determined by the rules and expectations of others. Everything from her beauty pageant wins to heading up community fundraisers has been to please other people. When her husband dies unexpectedly and a past secret comes to light, Katie must face the fact that her life isn't quite what she—or anyone else—thought it was.
With the help of her best friend, her daughter and maybe even her demanding mother, Katie sets out to determine what she wants from life. And it may very well include a handsome Italian restaurateur.
And our own AVA STONE will read from ONE MORE HAUNTED EVENING from her Regency Seasons Series...
Three London gentlemen return to Marisdùn Castle this fall for another haunted Samhain masquerade. Lord Quentin Post is still in pursuit of his angel. Mr. David Thorn is searching for his artist. And Mr. Sidney Garrick is still on a quest for more than just a little fun.
But when a powerful entity is accidentally released inside the castle walls, all bets are off and the lives of the three gentlemen in question will never be the same again.