Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Spirit at Lady Jane's RDU!

We had a fabulous night celebrating Romance and ringing in the Holidays this month at Lady Jane's RDU.

Jennifer Delamere started us off with a lovely reading from her debut book, An Heiress at Heart.

The lovely and talented Michelle Willingham came all the way from Virginia to read from her book of connected novellas, Warriors in Winter.

The fabulous Sabrina Jeffries wrapped things up with her first Hardcover, 'Twas the Night After Christmas.

And a lovely time was had by all!  Thanks to all of our attendees for a great evening!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Festive Offering at the November Salon...

At our November Salon, we'll get the chance to get into the holiday spirit with New York Times Bestselling author, SABRINA JEFFRIES as she reads from her new hardcover Regency Romance ~ 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS.

Abandoned to relatives at the age of eight, Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” 

Somewhere between trying to seduce the beautiful Camilla and struggling with the cruel memories of his childhood Christmases, Pierce discovers that not only does forgiveness go two ways, but that love can blossom even in the coldest of winters.

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Traveling from Virginia, historical romance author MICHELLE WILLINGHAM will keep us in the holiday spirit as she reads from her most recent release ~ WARRIORS IN WINTER

Spend Christmas with your favorite warriors—the MacEgans!

In The Bleak Midwinter

It's a year since Brianna MacEgan's husband was killed, and she remains coldly obsessed with avenging his death. But Arturo de Manzano is intent on distracting her with his muscled fighter's body—and the ice around her heart is soon in danger of melting….

The Holly and the Viking

Lost in a snowstorm, Rhiannon MacEgan is rescued by a fierce Viking. Her lonely soul instantly finds its mate in Kaall, but can they ever be together? For not only is Kaall blind, he's also her beloved cousin's most hated enemy….

A Season to Forgive

Adriana de Manzano is betrothed to Liam MacEgan, a man she absolutely adores. But she's hiding a terrible secret. To save Liam's life in the Holy Land she was forced to betray him. If she tells this proud warrior the truth, can he ever forgive her?

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And finally debut author, JENNIFER DELAMERE will read from her Victorian Era romance ~ AN HEIRESS AT HEART

A New Beginning

A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she's finally returning home, but she's still living a secret life. Her best friend Ria's dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again...

A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville's world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he's invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother's young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lady Jane's Salon RDU--1 Year Anniversary!

We were so pleased and proud to celebrate Lady Jane's Salon RDU's 1st Anniversary last night!

It's been a fabulous year of fellowship.  We've had a blast uplifting the genre we love, donating to our wonderful charities, welcoming local authors and visitors from afar alike--we've even had some visitors decide to move and become local authors!  We've had a wonderful time mixing writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, industry professionals and all lovers of romance into one happy group once a month!

Last night was no exception!

We were thrilled to welcome Suzanne Kimball to LJS RDU.  Here she is reading from her contemporary Romance, Children of Angels.

Good friend to LJS RDU, Marquita Valentine, was scheduled to read for us last night.  Sudden illness kept her from us--we missed you Marquita!--but our lovely director Ava Stone was smart enough to have her laptop in her car and brave and generous enough to step into the breach!  She charmed us with her reading of My Lord Hercules from the anthology A Season to Remember-- out next week!--and even wounded herself in her spirited rendition!  Thank you, Ava!

And Tammy Falkner rounded out the evening, reading from her debut paranormal Regency, A Lady and Her Magic.  Ask her about Ronald, the garden gnome, and how he can visit you!

Many thanks to all of our readers and attendees over the last year.  We hope the next year is just as fabulous!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

This Month at the Salon...

This month at Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham, we'll be celebrating our one year anniversary! We hope you can join us for a fun-filled evening. We are happy to welcome:

SUZANNE KIMBALL will be reading from CHILDREN OF ANGELS, the first in her Stonebridge trilogy.

Investment banker ANDERS WHITFIELD has never known love but the dream he thinks impossible – a family of his own – begins to take shape when he meets SUSAN ALTAMONT, a feisty, impertinent journalist. 

While undeniably attracted to Anders, Susan believes that, for her, love is impossible. Who could love a woman who needs an ugly leg brace to walk? When she resists Anders’ attempts to deepen their relationship, Anders seeks a way to heal the hurt he sees in her heart. Brought together to help save a children’s shelter from demolition by a ruthless politician, they learn about love from a nun with a past and an angel disguised as a small boy. But the danger they face from both the past and present is very real for them.

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MARQUITA VALENTINE will read from her latest Holland Springs' release, THIRD TIME'S A CHARM.

Not even Holland Springs' Most Notorious Resident can stop this Love Spell.

Customers come to Rose Holland’s apothecary shop for three things: to hear her uncanny matchmaking advice, to buy the “magical” hair and skin products she sells, and to accuse her of trying to steal their men. For years Rose has been entirely innocent and almost content with that status quo. But that was before sexy, smooth-talking Sasha Romanov came to town and made her want to use her love potions on him… until he broke her heart. Now corrupt town officials want to seize her land and sell it to an industrial giant, and her only hope for help looks like the one man she can’t trust—or stop herself from falling under his spell. 

Alexander “Sasha” Romanov seems like every woman’s dream: charming, handsome and fabulously rich. But while the people of Holland Springs think he’s in town to generously invest in their economy (and possibly one of their daughters), Sasha struggles to save his sick mother from his vicious uncle’s plans by doing everything the greedy businessman wants. And Vlad Romanov wants Rose Holland’s land—at any cost. Despite Sasha’s vow to get the job done and keep his hands (and everything else!) off Rose, the blue-eyed witch enchants him. But his mother’s life remains in the balance. Sasha must find a way to protect his mother, sabotage his uncle’s plans, and win the woman who’s captured his heart without destroying everything she loves. 

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And TAMMY FALKNER will read from debut A LADY AND HER MAGIC

Rules Are Made to be Disobeyed...
Sophia Thorne is new to the Regency's glittering high society, which resembles her magical homeland only insofar as both places are filled with ridiculous rules. Which means no matter where she goes, she's bound for trouble...

And Scandals Are Meant to be Shocking...
The Duke of Robinsworth has flaunted and shocked society for years. In a moment of fateful mischief, Robinsworth encounters the enchanting and distinctly scandalous Sophia. Between her streak of magical mischief and his penchant for scandal, they're about to take rule-breaking to a whole new level...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hot August Night at Lady Jane's Salon RDU!

Whew!  We were standing room only at LJS RDU this month!  And we had a blast!

We were so happy to welcome Diane Gaston!  She traveled all the way from Virginia and read from A Not So Respectable Gentleman--the last book in the Diamonds of Welbourne Manor series!

Dominique Eastwick had us fanning ourselves and laughing at her self-censored bleeps!  We got to hear from the first in her shared world Wiccan House series.

And Virginia Kantra charmed us all as she read from the first in her new Dare Island series!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This August at Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham...

Visiting us from Virginia, RITA winner DIANE GASTON will read from her latest release A NOT SO RESPECTABLE GENTLEMAN?

Since Leo Fitzmanning returned to London, he's kept his seat at the card table warm, his pockets full of winnings and his mind off a certain raven-haired heiress.

Until whispers at the gaming hell reveal that Miss Mariel Covendale is being forced into marriage with an unscrupulous fortune hunter!

Leo must re-enter the society he detests to help her, before returning to his clandestine existence. But he hasn't counted on Mariel having grown even more achingly beautiful than he remembers. Soon Leo realizes that there's nothing respectable about his reasons for stopping Mariel's marriage!

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New York Times bestseller VIRGINIA KANTRA will read from her newest release CAROLINA HOME

Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Steady Matt, the son who stayed 
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he’d never return...

Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times—its traditions slipping away like the sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life’s storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

Newcomer Allison Carter came to Dare Island to escape the emotional demands of her wealthy family. The young teacher aims to build a life here, to make a lasting place for herself. She doesn’t want to be another in the long line of Women Who Once Dated Matt Fletcher. It’s both tempting and dangerous to believe she can be something more.

Then Matt’s brother Luke makes a sudden return home, with a child of his own—and a request that will change all their lives.  With a child’s welfare at stake, Matt must turn to Allison to teach him to let go of the past, open his eyes...and follow his heart.

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And DOMINIQUE EASTWICK will treat us to a reading from SHIFTING HEARTS, the first book in her new WICCAN HOUSE series.

Sometimes it takes losing everything to find the one thing you need.

The last of his kind…

Rekkus is the last of the great Black Tiger weres and he is happy to stay that way. Working as security for the Wiccan Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger – and women – to keep him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.

Alone and discouraged…

Dana has walked away from all she has known, her fiancé, family, apartment, and job. Now, having a ticket to the Wiccan Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects, nor is it what she thought she was looking for.

Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus. The staff can get a little hairy and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall. But the proprietors always do what they can to make the resort into a place of healing and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and Paras reside side-by-side, everyone in need of the Rowan siblings’ services are welcome.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lovely summer evening at Lady Jane's Salon RDU

The humidity and high temps held off, just for our June reading at LJS RDU!  It turned out to be a Regency evening, with the historical heroes bringing the heat!

Erin Knightley charmed the audience reading her debut, More Than a Stranger!

Regina Jeffers read her thrilling tale, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy!

Deb Marlowe, reading from Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer has come to Lady Jane's RDU!

School is out! Summer is upon us! And Lady Jane's Raleigh-Durham is excited about our June salon!

ERIN KNIGHTLEY will dazzle us with her debut release MORE THAN A STRANGER, the first in her Sealed With a Kiss series.

AN UNCOVERED BETRAYAL When his family abandoned him at Eton , Benedict Hastings found an unexpected ally in his best friend's sister. Her letters kept him going--until the day he had to leave everything behind. Years later, Benedict has seen his share of betrayal, but when treachery hits close to home, he turns to his old friend for safe haven....

AN UNWANTED ATTRACTION After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams...and newfound desires.

AN UNSTOPPABLE INTRIGUE Despite his determination to keep Evie at a distance, Benedict cannot deny the attraction that began with a secret correspondence. Yet as they begin to discover one another, the dangers of Benedict's world find them, threatening their lives, their love, and everything they thought they could never have...

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Austen sequel author Regina Jeffers will read from THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GEORGIANA DARCY!

Shackled in the dungeon of a macabre castle with no recollection of her past, a young woman finds herself falling in love with her captor - the estate's master. Trusting him before she regains her memory and unravels the castle's wicked truths would be a catastrophe.

Far away at Pemberley, the Darcys happily gather to celebrate the marriage of Kitty Bennet. But a dark cloud sweeps through the festivities: Georgiana has disappeared without a trace. Upon receiving word of his sister's likely demise, Darcy and his wife, Elizabeth, seek answers in the unfamiliar and menacing Scottish moors.

How can Darcy keep his sister safe from the most sinister threat she has ever faced when he doesn't even know if she's alive? True to Austen's style and rife with malicious villains, dramatic revelations and heroic gestures, this suspense-packed mystery places Darcy and Elizabeth in the most harrowing situation thy have ever faced - finding Georgiana before it's too late.

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And finally, our very own DEB MARLOWE will be reading from her latest release - UNBUTTONING MISS HARDWICK!

Adopting the guise of a buttoned-up spinster is nothing new for Chloe Hardwick. But under the watchful eye of her unnervingly handsome employer, the Marquess of Marland, for the first time Chloe yearns to be unbuttoned!

Yet he sees her only as his assistant, the efficient Hardwick—not as Chloe the woman. Determined to escape Braedon's cold detachment, Chloe leaves. And when he pursues her to London, determined to entice her back, Braedon is utterly unprepared for what he finds there—the real Chloe Hardwick…

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Lovely Evening at LJS RDU!

Thanks to Claudia Welch, Jenna Black and Cindy Holby for their wonderful readings last night!  The air was balmy, the company was lively and the Romance was fabulous.

Claudia Welch enthralled us with her about-to-be-released women's fiction novel, Sorority Sisters.

Jenna Black reading a tender moment from her Deadly Descendant

 Cindy Holby steaming it up with her historical inspirational, Angel's End.

Our wonderful LJS RDU attendees!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Coming Soon at the May Salon...

Here is a sneak peek at what you'll hear at this month's Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham...

In DEADLY DESCENDANT, an ancient evil is unleashed in the modern world— unless one fearless P.I. can hunt it down. . . . Nikki Glass, Immortal Huntress, returns in this new novel in the acclaimed series by Jenna Black.

As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the Descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the “dogs” are really jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. . . . If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she’s got to catch him in the act. But when she stakes out a local cemetery, she ends up face-to-snout with a snarling pack of shadow-jackals whose bite is worse than their bark. These hellhounds are deadly—even for an immortal like Nikki. “Dog” spelled backward may be “god,” but that won’t stop Nikki from teaching these old gods some new tricks. Like playing dead.

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In the mountains of Colorado, a small town called ANGEL'S END welcomes everyone with open arms—even a man fleeing his past…in Cindy Holby's new Western Inspirational. 

 Wounded and on the run, Cade Gentry stumbles into a kind man who’s on his way to become the new pastor of Angel’s End. But not long after Timothy Key takes him in, Cade’s enemies catch up with him, and the young pastor is killed in the crossfire. Cade survives, stealing Timothy’s identity to escape, and arrives in Angel’s End on the brink of death. 

 Leah Findley is the sheriff’s widow, trying to make ends meet for herself and her son. Having the new minister as a boarder will help, but she isn’t expecting him to be wounded when he arrives. And she definitely isn’t expecting the feelings that the new preacher stirs deep inside her. 

 The more time Cade spends with Leah, the deeper he falls in love. To Cade, she’s an angel who’s saved his life and given him the sense of hope he’s never known. But he’s not the man she thinks he is, and before he can find permanent shelter in Leah’s arms, he must learn to have faith and put his former sins to rest

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When life doesn't give you sisters, make your own. Lady Jane's RDU's own Claudia Welch will read from her new Women's Fiction SORORITY SISTERS.

In 1975, trying to find a place to belong, four young women found each other in the same sorority pledge class. Through parties and pranks; finals and skipped classes; boyfriends and break-ups, they forge a bond that takes them by surprise. No one expected it to last beyond college graduation. But some bonds are too strong to break. Now they’re sisters.

And with sisters, it’s not about what happens. It’s about no matter what happens.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 2012 at Lady Jane's RDU!

Such a great night at Lady Jane's RDU this month!

First up, Kerry Adrienne read from her erotic time travel, complete with some hysterical bleep bleep self editing!

Lydia Dare (Tammy Falkner) kept us in stitches as she read from her paranormal Regency.

And Qwillia Rain had everyone on the edge of their seats with her Romantic Suspense!

Many thanks to our wonderful attendees!  You guys make LJS RDU so much fun!

Our LJS RDU Directors and readers: