HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS (Devil You Know #1) by KERRIGAN BYRNE

5 breathtaking stars!

He could break her.
He could protect her.
She feared him.
She needed him.
She wanted…this.

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne ticked every single box on the list of why we have such a deep love for historical romance. Not only was it brilliantly written, it had a dark, broody and mysterious hero and a heroine who encompassed both innocence and a will forged in steel. We love historical romances that showcase a time of traditions and societal rules; that keep to the time within which it is written yet highlights the strength of women in a time where the man is considered the dominant. Yes, we absolutely love the ruthlessness, the mysterious and almost aloof nature of the romantic ‘historical’ man, but what we love even more is the fierceness of the -anything but- demure heroine.

Kerrigan Byrne perfectly laid out this story in such a way that we were gripped from the first page. The character development was on point and the story line one of great tragedy, intrigue and suspense. The romance was divine and the character connection intense. We inhaled every single word and barely came up for air. Lady Alexandra Lane and Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne stole our hearts.

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HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS (Devil You Know #1) by KERRIGAN BYRNE

Interview with Sam Cheever, Author of Tea & Croakies

What can you tell us about your new release, Tea & Croakies?

Tea & Croakies is book one in a humorous paranormal cozy mystery series that’s based on a magical artifact librarian who has a Fae sidekick and a magical cat and frog. The book is filled with adventure, fun, and surprises, with magical creatures and a mystery to solve.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always felt the need to tell stories. I liked writing in different voices when I was in high school and one of my English teachers encouraged me to do something with my talent. That was probably the first time I believed I had something to offer with my writing.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

For me, this list is extremely eclectic. I chose the five books below not because they’ve been celebrated for their literary merit, although a couple of them certainly have. The following books have inspired me as a writer. Some have fascinated me with their magic. Others have given me an appreciation for comedic timing. Some have shown me the beauty and music in a well-formed sentence, a well-described scene, and a well-drawn character. They each have their own strengths and I’ve appreciated and learned much from them.

Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austin
One for the Money, Janet Evanovich

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

J.K. Rowling. I’d love to talk to her about her writing journey and why she went the way she did with the Harry potter series. The whole mood of the books changed so drastically from the first book to the last. It went far beyond normal character progression in my opinion.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There are days when every word seems like slogging through deep snow on a blustery, overcast Winter day. And there are days when the words fall like soft rain over a verdant landscape. The good days are good for obvious reasons. But the bad days hold much more to be proud of. They prove to me that, when everything is working against me, I can still put words to paper. They offer proof that I’m in this thing called writing for the long haul. There’s comfort and encouragement in that knowledge.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work 7 days a week. I’m in my office by 4:00 AM and usually leave it around 3:00 PM. I try to get out of my desk every hour or so to take the dogs outside, do laundry or other chores. My goal every day is to write between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Once my daily goal is reached, the remainder of my day I spend replying to emails, updating my website and other administrative things, and planning and setting up promotions and marketing.

What scene in Tea & Croakies was your favorite to write?

This is a really tough question with this particular book. It was so much fun to write, from beginning to end. I have a lot of favorites. But, I guess my absolute favorite would be the following scene from the very beginning of the book:
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I’ve been told from an early age that magic wrangling is a science. Color me skeptical. It’s not that I don’t believe it’s a science. It’s that, for me, the whole process is really more of a hit or miss, try until you die proposition. It’s like I’m missing something that will make it easier. As if someone forgot to give me my magic wand when I reached my eighteenth birthday and came into my powers.
Or rather, my powers came into me. With a crash, thump, grab your rump kind of unexpectedness that left me hanging over the toilet horking and holding my head with both hands as it tried to split in two.
Even now, five years later, I still get the migraines. I wish I could say they’ve gotten easier over time. And maybe they have. But if you’re making a comparison between a tsunami and a level 5 hurricane, it’s really a distinction without a whole lot of difference for the people getting pounded by weather. Well, except one might kill you faster.
I’m thinking my shelf life might be a little bit longer these days, though I couldn’t prove it.
At the moment, with a thousand tiny gnomes wearing spiked golf shoes and using pickle forks as walking sticks dancing on my brain, I was thinking it might be preferable to die faster anyway.
The world suddenly erupted in a series of explosions which had a familiar cadence to them. I hid under my long, brown hair and fought my lids to get them to open. But they fought back, eventually snapping closed again as the explosions stopped and the door my intruder had been banging on swung slowly open. “Naida? Are you awake?”
All evidence to the contrary, I was, unfortunately, awake. I grunted something even I couldn’t decipher and my torturer took it as permission to come into my room.
“I closed up downstairs. Do you want me to make you some tea?”
My lips moved and more words nobody could understand eased through them. Fortunately, my loyal, if slightly annoying, assistant understood Migrainish Gibberish.
“I felt the magic arrive a few minutes ago, so I went ahead and closed up,” she cheerfully said as she picked up my teapot and proceeded to bang out the Star-Spangled Banner with it on my stovetop.
Not really, of course. But only because she wasn’t musically inclined and couldn’t recreate the Star-Spangled Banner if her life depended on it.
“Ugh!” I said, hoping she could interpret that single non-word as “Please try to be quieter. My head is killing me.”
Bang! “Oh say…” Crash “…can you see…” Clang “by the dawn’s early light…”
“Sebille!”
She jerked to a halt as I sat bolt upright in my bed, my blue eyes flying open with outrage. I immediately regretted the decision to move, my brain pulsing unhappily inside my head and the soldiers with pickle forks breaking into a rowdy rendition of the Irish Chicken Dance. “You’re killing me.”
True to form, my non-serious friend simply rolled her almost iridescent green eyes. “Drama much?”
I put my head into my hands and groaned. “Why do I bother?”
A steaming mug appeared in front of my face. The sweet, floral scent undulated toward my nostrils in a siren song I could not resist. Taking the mug, I sniffed first, letting the sweet deliciousness infuse my sinuses.
The headache eased a bit just from that sniff, and by the time I’d drained the mug a few minutes later, the pain was gone.
I sighed. “Are you sure you’re not a witch? Tea never works this well when I make it.”
Sebille dropped onto the edge of my bed. “You know I’m not a witch. I’m just tea-talented.”
I would have sighed but the extra air rushing through my system probably would have enraged the soldiers with pickle forks. “Thank you. I was working up the courage to make myself some when you assaulted my door.”
Sebille shook her head. “You always exaggerate so.”
I glowered at her. “And you have zero compassion.”
Shrugging, she tugged a strand of her bright red hair before tucking it behind a pointed ear. “That is unfortunately true.”
No remorse. Which, BTW, perfectly matched her lack of compassion.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I do. I love this quote from P.T. Barnum: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” It reflects my view of what I try to do perfectly.

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Interview with Christine Brae, Author of The Year I Left

What can you tell us about your new release, The Year I Left?

My new book, The Year I Left is the story about a woman who loses herself along the path of being a mother and a wife, and the journey she takes to find her way back.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I always loved to write. Five years ago, I experienced something so profound in my life, I decided to write about it with the hopes of letting others know that we are all held together by the same affairs of the heart. I was also encouraged to self-publish my first book by other indie authors who guided me and inspired me to share my words with others.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I grew up reading all kinds of books – it is so difficult to choose five of the best ones! I have to say that The Thornbirds by Colleen McCollough was the first book that had such an impact on me. Books by Stephen King were a staple during my growing up years. Anita Shreve’s The Last Time They Met and The Weight of Water are books I can read over and over again, and Tarryn Fisher’s The Opportunist impacted my life in so many ways. Paulo Coelho is amazing, anything he writes sings to my heart.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Another tough question! My writings have always been inspired by prose and poetry. Rumi, the Persian poet is such an enigma to me. Did he really exist? How did his words get so intense? What inspired him to write such beautiful, lyrical, insightful passages? Did he have one great love in his life and was he motivated by heartbreak? He wrote about the skies, the stars, the sun, the heavens – if he lived today, what would he be saying about how our world and how it has evolved?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a very demanding career – it involves making decisions and being surrounded by people who value my leadership and example. A typical day is never typical. I’m constantly putting out fires, attending meetings and giving 100% of myself and trying to make an impact. Of course, some days are full of accomplishments, others are not. But I get so excited at the start of each day – I am so blessed to have a job that I absolutely love.

What scene in The Year I Left was your favorite to write?

I can’t really give too much away – but The Year I Left has many soulful, emotional scenes – I can tell you that I cried while writing two particular ones involving Carin and Matias. This book was difficult to write because of the truth that is in every word. People who have read it may not believe it – but this book is based on true events. Which makes the emotion very real.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Aside from “never leave home without your eyebrows,” which my grandmother always told me (haha) – I really believe that living each day in gratitude helps me to always appreciate every single thing that’s been thrown my way – good or bad – everything I’ve gone through has made me who I am today. “Life is too short to be lived in regret.”

Christine Brae is the author of the new book The Year I Left.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | August 20

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Sam Cheever, Melissa Erin Jackson, Preston & Child, Karin Slaughter, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | August 20

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors W. Winters, Dianne Duvall, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Lauren Landish, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | August 20

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Christine Brae, Philippa Gregory, Bryn Greenwood, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | August 20

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Daniel Arenson, Kameron Hurley, Jay Allen, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Terry Cloutier, Michael Anderle, Emily R. King, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | August 20

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Abbi Glines, Brandy Colbert, Shana Youngdahl, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | August 20

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Greg Laurie, Mat Best, Ian Urbina, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Melissa Erin Jackson, author of Pawsitively Poisonous

What can you tell us about your new release, Pawsitively Poisonous?

Pawsitively Poisonous is the first book in my cozy mystery series. The books are set in a town completely obsessed with cats, and the lead character is a witch named Amber. She keeps her witchy abilities a secret but uses her powers to craft unique items for her shop, The Quirky Whisker. Amber finds herself in a bit of trouble when her best friend is found poisoned, a vial from Amber’s shop in her hand. The town’s police chief—who has always been suspicious of her and her wares—puts her at the top of his short suspect list. She has to find a way to clear her name and also keep her abilities a secret.

What books are currently on your night stand?

I’m more of an audiobook junkie lately, so my night stand is a bit bare at the moment. The last two audiobooks I finished were Wilder Girls by Rory Power (A YA novel that has a lot of Jeff VanderMeer vibes), and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (adult psychological suspense). Not sure what’s up next—maybe a fantasy. I like to listen to a wide range of genres.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

“Try not to be so hard on yourself.” And I’d probably tell her to get into writing sooner. I didn’t get “seriously” into writing until I was a freshman in college. High school might have been easier if I’d had my stories to lose myself in.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Sleeping! Adults need to have scheduled midday naps like preschoolers. Ha.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

About two years ago, I started going to OrangeTheory Fitness. It’s something I schedule into my week and force myself to go even when I’ve already had a hectic day. I dread it all day long, yet I’m always so happy once I’ve finished a class. It’s one of the few things I do that’s purely just for me. It’s a challenge every single time I go in there, and I always leave with a sense of accomplishment.

What scene in Pawsitively Poisonous was your favorite to write?

I really loved writing all the scenes that involved Amber’s magically enhanced toys. The opening scene of her demonstrating a cat toy for a bunch of wide-eyed children was a scene that popped into my head fully formed before I ever started writing. I’m a big fan of Scarlet the flying dragon, too.

Melissa Erin Jackson is the author of the new book Pawsitively Poisonous.

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