Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cool off at the Salon...

Summer is almost over and we're celebrating it in style at this month's Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham. This month we'll be hosting Erin Knightley, Debra Kaye and our own Deb Marlowe. Here is a sneak peek at this week's event.

ERIN KNIGHTLEY will read from THE BARON NEXT DOOR, from her Prelude to a Kiss series....

Charity Effington learned two valuable lessons from her first betrothal:1) When one loses the attention of an earl, one gains the attention of every gossip in London.2) Despite the lingering scandal, she’s not prepared to marry for anything less than love.

After an exhausting Season, Bath’s first annual music festival offers Charity the perfect escape. Between her newly formed trio and her music-loving grandmother, Charity is free to play the pianoforte to her heart’s content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbor tells her to keep the “infernal racket” to a minimum.Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, may think he’s put an end to the noise, but he has no idea what he’s begun. Though the waters of Bath provide relief from the suffering of his war injuries, he finds his new neighbor bothersome, vexing, and…inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it’s his heart that might end up broken.

DEBRA KAYE will read from EXCAPADES.

Lila has seen good days. But the day her only child starts college turns dark. Her husband, Peter, announces he is leaving her. Alone for the first time, Lila is lost.

Blake has devoted his life to his career. He has the perfect muscular build to show for his years in the Marines. On the surface, Blake is flawless. Chiseled and defined. But deep within, something is missing.

Just when Lila thinks she has hit the bottom a familiar handsome face from the past lights up her life. Blake. He reminds her what happiness feels like. . . and passion. An EXplosion of new and Exciting feelings surge through her body. But they hurt each other once, can they trusttheir feelings a second time. And will Lila’s secret halt their chance for a future together.

And our own DEB MARLOWE will read her novella A WALTZ IN THE PARK which can be found in the An Encounter at Hyde Park anthology...

James Vickers once believed honor and family duty to be his life's work. Now he knows better--and he's appointed himself as silent witness to his father's sins. His greatest goal is to act as the continuously pricking thorn in his lordship's side--and scandal is his greatest weapon. He has no use for an innocent young miss.

Propriety is Miss Adelaide Stockton's most important asset. She must be all that is prim and proper if she's to live down her parent's misdeeds and have any hope of catching a husband. She must avoid scoundrels like Vickers at all costs. Yet fate has thrown them together--and given each a key to the other's ambition. A bargain is struck...but together they find that gaining what one desires most is far more difficult than a waltz in the park.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our June Salon!

We had a great summer evening at Lady Jane's Salon RDU!  We are loving our new venue, the fabulous,  ever-evolving menu and all of the wonderful folks who come out to LJS RDU!

Caren Crane started us out, giving us a treat--a special sneak peek at her soon-to-be-released, Baby Steps.

Heather McCollum, founder of one of our very own charities, the Shout Against the Whisper Campaign, read next, giving us an adventurous scene from her brand new Crimson Heart.

And one of our own directors rounded out the night!  Ava Stone charmed the crowd with another sneak peek--of her much anticipated A Scandalous Deception!

We had a great time visiting with old friends and some new ones too!  Hope to see you all in August!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This June at the Salon...

Happy Summer from all of us at Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham!

We hope you can join us this month as we welcome authors Heather McCollum, Caren Crane and our own Ava Stone!As a quick reminder, we have moved to our new location at Another Broken Egg Cafe in Morrisville. Click on the link for address and directions.

HEATHER McCOLLUM will read from her latest release CRIMSON HEART, part of her  Highland Hearts Novels...

Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. Keeping the secret of her lineage has been a success for years, but now, with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena’s Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena’s true identity, she must not only flee to Scotland for her freedom, but also for her life.

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his own dark, killing magic must never be known. But when his father’s life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan’s suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest.

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland’s regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must find a way to trust each other, despite their secrets, before it’s too late.

Reading for the first time at the Salon, CAREN CRANE shares with us her soon-to-be-released novel BABY STEPS, from her Cross Springs Series...

Connie Burns knew one thing for sure: she never wanted kids. After 15 years of marriage, though, lots of things have changed. Her best friend moved out of state, remarried and is having a new baby. Connie is also dealing with the realities of life with lupus. All the changes make her rethink having a baby, but her husband and her doctor are against it. Both encourage her to test the waters by being a foster parent first to see how it goes, since stress is the worst thing for her lupus. Not only is Connie a typical "type A" personality, but she has a high-powered career, a bedroom-sized closet full of shoes, a penchant for perfection and a compact sports car. Though she's not exactly primed for motherhood, she readily agrees to foster.

When four-year-old Desi  is placed with them Connie's life turns upside down and her heart is quickly lost. But parenting isn't for sissies and this little girl comes with more baggage than most. Desi's mother is in hospice dying of cancer. Not only does Connie face traumas like hosting a birthday party for a 5-year-old, she also has to learn on the fly how to help Desi deal with a new school, a new family and the devastating death of her mother. As they take Baby Steps toward building a life together, Connie has to learn that life is messy, shoes aren't mission critical, and an imperfect life can be full of extraordinary surprises.

And rounding out the night, AVA STONE will read from her soon-to-be-released A SCANDALOUS DECEPTION, the latest in her Scandalous Series...

Everyone knows Lady Felicity Pierce has been widowed the last three years, except she hasn't been. Lissy escaped the clutches of her dangerous husband but lost any chance for a happy-ever-after in the process. No one can ever know the secret she keeps hidden, the secret she wishes she could forget. Her harrowing escape would be for naught should anyone ever learn the truth. If only her husband had been the man she thought he was. If only he'd been more like Fin...

Phineas Granard, Viscount Carraway, might still be nursing a broken heart, but he has responsibilities that require his attention. Responsibilities to England and to his late-finace's family which never seem to end. But looking after Lissy is an exercise in futility. She's flightily. She's impetuous. She can drive the sanest man mad. And she's keeping something from him. If only she trusted him enough to love her, to keep her safe, to share the secret that haunts her.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Gorgeous Night at Lady Jane's Salon RDU

We continue to enjoy our new venue and we greatly enjoyed our March Authors!

Jennifer Delamere kicked off the evening just right reading from her A Lady Most Lovely.

Reese Ryan charmed everyone with her Love Me Not

We were lucky to get a sneak listen to Susan and Clay Griffith's soon to be released new series, as well as here from their Vampire Empire series.

Many thanks to all the folks who come out and make Lady Jane's Salon RDU such a great night!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's Time For Spring AND Our April Salon!

Just as a reminder on our new location, if you haven't been to the Salon since our change in venues... We're certain you'll continue to love our new location (and the menu) at ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE at 1121 Market Center Drive, Morrisville. The shopping center  *is* fairly new and not in all GPSs. So, if it doesn't show up in yours, the cross streets are Cary Parkway and Chapel Hill Rd (Highway 54).  There is a lot of parking, but the spaces do fill up in this popular spot. So, feel free to arrive as early as 6:30pm.

Now onto this month's authors...

We hope you can be with us this month as we welcome Jennifer Delamere, Reese Ryan, and Susan and Clay Griffith...

JENNIFER DELAMERE will read from A LADY MOST LOVELY, the second in her Love's Grace Trilogy.

Socialite Margaret Vaughn is the wealthiest heiress in London—or so everybody thinks. Saddled with debt left by her father, she agrees to marry a rich man who can save her family’s estate. But when her fiancĂ© turns out to be just another poor social climber, Margaret faces financial ruin—and social humiliation. Just when she thinks all is lost, she finds an unlikely savior in Tom Poole . . .

After amassing a fortune in the gold fields of Australia and surviving a harrowing shipwreck, Tom Poole is the toast of London society. Yet despite his newfound fame, he’s never forgotten his own humble beginnings. When he learns of Margaret’s plight, he offers her financial assistance—but his interest is not strictly business. This rugged adventurer now seeks a different kind of gold. Although many men pursue Margaret’s hand because of her beauty and lands, can Tom convince her it’s her heart he’s after?

Married writing team CLAY and SUSAN GRIFFITH will read from THE GREYFRIAR, the first in their Vampire Empire Steampunk series. 

In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once-great cities were shrouded by the gray empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya. It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming.

Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to a man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is the Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans.

The Greyfriar is the first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, the Vampire Empire series brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.
And Reese Ryan will read from her latest release, LOVE ME NOT...

Abandoned by a mother who chose drugs over her, Jamie Charles barely got out of her own addiction alive. Now, she pours her pain into her art while pouring drinks at a local bar. To Jamie, love is a four-letter word—until she meets Miles, a charming ad exec with piercing blue eyes who makes no secret about his desire for her.

Miles Copeland has family demons of his own, but his unhappy upbringing drove him toward hard work and success. He's determined to win Jamie over, and when he finally does, it's worth every moment he spent waiting. But when he confesses that he's falling for her, she panics. Sex is one thing, but love requires more than she can give.

Jamie can't deny her feelings, but she's haunted by her past. Miles knows his heart, but Jamie's lingering doubts have him questioning their future. It might take the threat of losing him forever for her to realize that refusing to let love in is the worst mistake of all.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lady Jane's Salon RDU March 2014!

What a great night we had at LJS RDU last night!

Jennifer Lohman, writer and librarian extraordinaire, started us off with a selection from her Weekends in Carolina.

Debut author Erica Monroe took us into the rookeries of old London with her reading from A Dangerous Invitation.

And Elizabeth Essex, who flew in from Texas to spend time with us, had everyone in thrall with a dark and dramatic excerpt from her new release, After the Scandal.

The food was wonderful, the company delightful and the party continued after we closed out Another Broken Egg Cafe!

Hope to see you all next month!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our MARCH Salon: Amazing Authors and Wonderful Food!

If you didn't make it last month, we are certain you'll love our new location (and the menu) at ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE at 1121 Market Center Drive, Morrisville. The shopping center  *is* fairly new and not in all GPSs. So, if it doesn't show up in yours, the cross streets are Cary Parkway and Chapel Hill Rd (Highway 54).  There is a lot of parking, but the spaces do fill up in this popular spot. So, feel free to arrive as early as 6:30pm.

Now onto this month's authors...

We hope you can be with us in March as we welcome Jennifer Lohmann, Erica Monroe, and Elizabeth Essex to Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham!

JENNIFER LOHMANN will be reading from her upcoming release WEEKENDS IN CAROLINA
Wishing the weekend would never end! 

Trey Harris wants nothing to do with his late father's farm. In fact, he can't get rid of it fast enough so he can enjoy his city life. Then he meets Maxine "Max" Backstrom—the gorgeous woman leasing the land. Between her passion for his family's farm and her determination to show him its beauty…well, Trey can't stop thinking about what it would be like to kiss her! 

Still, their lives are worlds apart. If he sells, her livelihood vanishes. But his interests aren't here. And no matter how magical their weekends together are, this can't lead to anything…can it?

ERICA MONROE will be be reading from her debut novel A DANGEROUS INVITATION, the first book in her Rookery Rogues series. 

Torn from her life of privilege by her father's death, Kate Morgan relies on her knowledge of finery to survive in one of London's dark and depraved rookeries as a fence for stolen goods. The last man she ever expects, or wants, to see again is Daniel O'Reilly, the man who promised to love, honor and protect her, but who instead fled amidst accusations of murder.

One drunken night cost Daniel O'Reilly the woman he loved and the life he'd worked so hard to create. If he ever wants to reclaim that life--and Kate--he'll not only have to prove he's innocent of murder, but convince the pistol-wielding beauty to forgive his many sins.

With a killer on the loose, time is running out for them...

And out-of-town author ELIZABETH ESSEX will read from her latest release in her Reckless Brides Series -  AFTER THE SCANDAL...

Can an indecent proposal lead to everlasting love?

When Lady Claire Jellicoe agreed to a walk in the moonlight, she never imagined her titled companion might have brutal motives. Nor could she have dreamed up such a brave rescue by the most unexpected savior of all: an inscrutable nobleman with a daring plan of escape—and a deliciously tempting embrace…

Timothy Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has palmed more treasures than he can count. Even for a man who grew up thieving in London’s stews, a stolen bride should be beyond the pale. But Fenmore won’t let scandal ruin the spirited beauty’s reputation. And now that she’s stolen his heart, how can he ever let her go…?