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New Release Roundup at The Captivating Quill ~ March 4, 2019

The Roundup posts are spotlights of recent, new, and upcoming releases from the Quills. Be sure to follow the authors' newsletters or on Amazon to be notified when their books release!

The Bastard by Alexa Aston

March 5, 2019

The three young children of Adelard de Blays—two sons and a daughter—are separated when their father commits treason against the King of England.

1342 A.D. – Spirited away when his father, Adelard de Blays, commits treason, bastard Quill Cardon longs to reclaim his family name when he reaches manhood and reunite with his half-siblings, Landon and Katelyn. Winning the king’s tournament at Smithfield and saving the life of Prince Edward leads to Quill being awarded an earldom and an estate of his own—but what he most desires is Lady Tristanna Willoughby, a woman he can never have.

Tristanna has served for years as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa and has waited for the return of her betrothed, Jarrett Marsden, from the war in France. Tristanna dislikes Jarrett, who chases anything in a skirt, and longs to wed Sir Quill Cardon, an honorable knight who has captured her heart.

When circumstances change, Quill and Tristanna have a chance at happiness—until a man seeking revenge threatens to tear them apart.

Also in the same series by Alexa Aston, don't miss The Pawn (Feb 12 ) and The Heir (Feb 27).

StormWolfe by Kathryn LeVeque

March 21, 2019

The 'little' de Wolfe Brother, Thomas, is no longer little. The de Wolfe cub has become a big, powerful Wolfe all his own...

1291 A.D. - Thomas de Wolfe, commander of Wark Castle, an outpost for Castle Questing, his father's powerful fortress, has come out from the shadow of his mighty father and brothers. Now, he is known as StormWolfe for his fearlessness and cunning. Where Thomas de Wolfe goes, storms are sure to gather.

Thomas is rightly feared along the borders just as his father was, because there is no Sassenach knight more courageous or deadly than a de Wolfe. But along with the qualities that make him fearsome, he is also know for being highly intelligent and more than a match for the reivers that run raids along the borders. In the fight against the reivers, Thomas leads the charge.

But he has a weakness...

Lady Maitland “Mae” de Ryes Bowlin is the sister of Thomas’ good friend. A widow, she has committed herself to a life of servitude with the church and has been assigned the guardianship of a foundling home. Unfortunately, the foundling home has been devastated by mismanagement and the children are starving. It’s Mae to the rescue and Thomas is fascinated by this strong, industrious woman. In fact, he’s quite taken with her, but there’s one problem –

He’s betrothed to a madwoman.

Thomas is betrothed to the heiress to the Earldom of Northumbria. Marrying her will make him one of the largest landowners in the north. But Adelaide is hiding a dark and terrible secret, one that threatens the very security of the House of de Wolfe. She wants Thomas and she wants him badly enough to kill. When Thomas realizes Adelaide’s true motives, it may be too late to save himself… and Mae.

Wild Montana Winds by MK McClintock

February 28, 2019

What happens when a mountain man tries to tame the heart of a Highland lass?

Ainslee McConnell turns down every eligible bachelor who asks for her hand, for she knows none can quiet her adventurous spirit. When she travels from Scotland to visit family and seek new experiences, she discovers a life more rewarding than she could have imagined.

Raised in the wilds of the Montana mountains, Colton Dawson lives as rancher, mountain man, and tracker. He is content . . . until one day a spirited Scottish lass crosses his path on her way to Hawk’s Peak. When a moment in Colton’s past revisits him, he fights to keep safe those he loves most.

Return to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak to experience a timeless western romantic adventure that will sweep you away on the wild Montana winds.

Fatal Reckoning by Marie Force

March 26, 2019

When tragedy strikes, a cold case suddenly turns hot—and deadly

A peaceful morning is shattered when Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland’s beloved father succumbs to injuries from an unsolved shooting while on duty four years ago. As the community rallies around Sam and her family, one thing becomes crystal clear: her father’s death has turned the unsolved case into a homicide—and it’s on her to bring her father’s killer to justice.

But the case has been cold for years…until an anonymous tip that’s too shocking to believe leads Sam down a dark and dangerous path. Her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, knows if she can’t solve this case, it will haunt her for the rest of her life. She’ll need the strength of their bond to pull her out of the darkness before it’s too late, because as the missing pieces rapidly fall into place, Sam realizes the truth might just break her all the same—and that her father’s killer isn’t done yet…

The Lieutenant and the Lady by Collette Cameron

March 26, 2019

How can he choose between duty and the woman he’d give his life for?

When Blaire Culpepper returns to England, she hopes to finally declare her love to dashing Lieutenant Julian Drake. Except, in her absence, he’s inherited his brother’s estate, sold his commission, and has been courting another woman. According to the rumor mills, a marriage announcement is expected any day.

From the moment Julian laid eyes on Blaire many month ago, she entranced him. But as soldier far beneath her station, he battled his growing fascination. When his brother dies, Julian social status changes. But so does his newfound intentions of courting Blaire and winning her hand…

Circumstances and honor have forced him into considering a union with another woman. But that means breaking Blaire’s heart and his own as well…

For an adventurous page-turning Regency Historical Romance novel brimming with suspense, passion, and tenderness, read the fifth book in The Blue Rose Regency Romances: The Culpepper Misses.

The Black Knight's Tune: Ruby's Story by Naomi Finley

March 3, 2019

RUBY STEWART is a slave living under the false pretenses of a freed black women in New York in 1853. She abides in turmoil longing to know where she came from. This unrest has caused her to be plagued by dreams and visions of a man she calls the Black Knight and a woman with haunting green eyes. Ruby's only recollection of her past is the name Mag, until she receives a letter from friend Willow Hendricks in the South describing a slave girl that passed through her family’s plantation over twenty years ago. Does Ruby dare hope this slave child might be her?

Meanwhile her job as a journalist at the Manhattan Observer––a penny newspaper––has Ruby fighting feelings for boss and friend Kipling Reed. She struggles with the impossibility of a relationship between a woman of color and a white man. But her skin color isn’t the only hindrance standing in the way of this romance. The unavailable Willow Hendricks has won the eye of Kipling. Torn by her feelings of a love that can never be, will Ruby be able to put the questions of her past to rest?

Dangerous Heroes: Passionate Tales of Rogues, Warriors, Princes, and Pirates by Paula Quinn, et al.

March 4, 2019

You're about to enter a collection of over 1,756 pages of heart-pounding, passionate romance. Of course, what you'll really be doing is slipping away to another world. A long-ago time and place where you'll find bold, larger-than-life heroes who live to sweep their proud and fearless heroines into their arms and ride off with them across the high moors, or speed away with them over tossing, white-capped seas, or perhaps they'll toss them over their shoulders and race up a castle's winding turret stair.

Either way, the five authors who joined together to bring you this collection guarantee our heroes and heroines will treat you to everything you love in a historical romance.

The Duke's Lady by Brenda Jernigan

An American spy with a British birth, Adam Trent is consumed with gathering information to use against England's navy. Despite the intrigues of war, the mystery of the lovely young woman washed ashore near his Cornwall estate is one he cannot resist. With the ragged remains of a treasure map concealed in her chemise and no memory of who she is and how she got there, the dark beauty is a puzzle.

My Lady's Treasure by Catherine Kean

Lady Faye Rivellaux is desperate to save a kidnapped little girl. Former crusading knight Brant Meslarches seeks redemption from his past. Forming an uneasy alliance, they search for lost riches of the legendary Celtic King Arthur and find a treasure worth more than gold

Defiant by Kris Kennedy

Jamie Lost is the king's most feared lieutenant, sent to bring in a rebel troublemaker before enemy forces close in. Cold-hearted and ruthless, he's been on far more dangerous missions. He expects no trouble. But trouble is what he gets when he's thwarted by a dark-haired waif who has no intention of letting him succeed. Hiding a small blade and big secrets, she thwarts him at every turn. Soon they're locked in a mortal game of oneupmanship, the exiled waif and the merciless knight. Only one of them can win.

The Enchanted by Paula Quinn

Prince Gabriel of Rhyddon is the reluctant heir to the faerie kingdom of Eilithia but he wants nothing to do with his birthright. Enchanted by an evil temptress, he is imprisoned by indifference and oblivious to love and the beauty of living. But when he meets the mortal woman chosen to be his wife by his father and an ancient, talking tree, he discovers a power stronger than any faerie spell, and a truth that could destroy the faerie kingdom.

Only for a Knight by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

After years of warring, Sir Robert MacKenzie is returning home to the Highlands. He's put the past behind him, the scandal and tragedy that drove him away. Now he wants only peace. But when he reaches clan land, his plans are upended by a damsel in distress. Mariana Mackay is paying a debt for her dying mother when an accident lands her in Robert's arms. Passion ignites - but Robert must face the past and risk all before he can claim the love of a woman with dark secrets of her own.

Tales from Whitcomb Springs by MK McClintock, Samantha St. Claire, & Christi Corbett.

March 7, 2019

Escape to Whitcomb Springs in post-Civil War Montana Territory, with tales of adventure, danger, romance, and hope in this special collection of short stories and novelettes from three award-winning authors.

WHITCOMB SPRINGS by MK McClintock In the spring of 1865, a letter arrives in Whitcomb Springs for Evelyn Whitcomb. The Civil War has ended and the whereabouts of her husband is unknown, but she doesn’t give up hope. With courage, the help of a friend, and the love of a people, Evelyn finds a way to face—and endure—the unexpected.

FORSAKEN TRAIL by MK McClintock Cooper McCord enjoyed a solitary life. When he first showed Daniel and Evelyn Whitcomb the beautiful mountain valley in Montana, he didn’t expect to stay. After the Civil War began, Cooper remained close and helped build the town, not realizing he was building a home for himself. When an unexpected arrival to Whitcomb Springs makes him question his reclusive life, will Cooper retreat to his wilderness or allow himself to take a chance and risk happiness?

UNCHAINED COURAGE by MK McClintock Daniel and Evelyn Whitcomb dreamed of adventure as they made a home in the Rocky Mountains. Four years after Daniel left Montana, he returns from the Civil War a man uncertain of where he belongs. Through courage, honor, and the arrival of an old friend, Daniel finds a way back to the life he once imagined. Join him in “Unchained Courage” for a lesson in the power of hope, faith, and remembrance.

HEALING FIRE by Samantha St. Claire After the death of Nora Hewitt’s husband, the citizens of Whitcomb Springs don’t see odds favoring the young widow for holding onto the ranch with only her ten-year-old son to assist. That changes when a gentle giant of a man offers a helping hand. Motivated by compassion and his own grieving heart, the blacksmith becomes a mentor for the troubled boy and befriends the attractive widow, scandalizing the town gossips. Propriety is wielded like a weapon to separate them, but Providence makes its own plans through fire, loss and redemption.

TRACKING AMY by Samanta St. Claire Riley Buchanan knew he’d been in the mining camps too long when he mistook the pretty widow for a boy. Why a woman like Amy Sutton who could shoot so well struggled to put food on the table for herself and her daughter presented a puzzle to Riley, one he thought worthy of solving. Curiosity put him on her trail. Destiny placed him in her life at just the right time. Would Riley become the missing piece to the puzzle that was Amy?

THE UNWITTING HERO OF WHITCOMB SPRINGS by Samantha St. Claire Drawn by the romantic stories of brave men carving a home out of the Montana wilderness, Rebecca joins her sister in Whitcomb Springs to find a real man, a man of heroic dimensions. What she finds is Roper, a man of dubious dimensions. But looks can be deceiving and Roper may turn out to be just the hero she’s not been looking for.

RETRIBUTION ROAD by Christi Corbett Graham Patterson, an accomplished veterinarian, is leaving Seattle and heading east to start a new life for himself. Opportunities abound for men who understand how to make the land work for them, rather than work the land. But after he overhears two scoundrels plotting to take advantage of a lonely spinster, his well-laid plans go awry.

Willow Bennet lives just outside the town of Whitcomb Springs with only her beloved dog to keep her company. It’s a predictable life, until late one night when she foils an attack and her dog is wounded as revenge.

Can she trust the mysterious stranger who insists he can help?


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