Spotlight Interview: A Duke’s Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Sounds like a fun Historical Romance!!

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I’m so happy to have Kathleen at the blog today~!!! As you may know Kathleen Bittner Roth is the author of the recently released novel,A Duke’s Wicked Kisswhich came out two days ago!!!

A Dukes Wicked KissA Duke’s Wicked Kiss
Author: Kathleen Bittner Roth
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 300 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Synopsis:

Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.

The duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising…

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Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson: Author Interview and Giveaway

Originally Posted By Kinky Vanilla Romance

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson, a paranormal romance available now from The Wild Rose Press.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debbie will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Remember, the more stops you visit, the more chances you earn to win.

Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson

She fell deeply in love with him in the early days of her childhood. And in return, she captured his heart the moment he first cast his gaze upon her…

Renowned artist, Mariah Jennings hired to paint a thirteenth-century Scottish castle, gets the shock of her life when she encounters the handsome knight who has dominated a lifetime of portraits and sketchbooks.

But Sir Cailen Braithnoch is no ordinary ghost, nor did he suffer an ordinary death. Magic of the blackest kind cast a pall over the knights centuries ago. As the ghost and his lady seek to unravel the paradox surrounding his death, black arts, otherworldly forces, and a jealous rival conspire against them.

Will those forces tear them apart, or is their love destined to last throughout the ages?

EXCERPT

Did he find her “bonny” then? A blush stole across her cheeks as she shook her head. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the creatures.”

“Kelpie are water horses that are uncommonly strong. Their shiny coat comes in colors of both black and white. They have a mane and tail that never dries. No matter how long they remain on dry ground, th’ hair will drip water constantly from th’ ends. Although their skin shines like silk in th’ sun, it feels cold as stone when ye touch it no matter how warm th’ day. These ghostly horses use trickery to keep themselves hidden from your eyes or they simply transform into any normal creature, includin’ th’ shape of a comely man or woman. ’Tis in this way they lure ye to them. And, ’tis also said that once they take ye captive, they might never let ye go back to the surface.”

“That’s a very interesting story. Have you ever seen a kelpie yourself?” she asked.

Cailen chuckled as he shook his head. “Nay, I cannae, in all honesty, tell ye that I have.”

“So then you don’t really know if these ghostly creatures carry women off or not,” she challenged.

The look he gave her quite literally stole away her breath. He turned his body fully toward her then and moved closer still. His eyes bore into hers. “Nay, but th’ danger still exists of other ghostly creatures that might.”

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

I am excited to be here on your blog, so thank you very much for inviting me over for an interview!

How much of a story did you have in mind before you started writing Spirit of the Knight?

Sir Cailen is actually a minor character in my previously published novel Spirit of the Revolution. He was a fun character to write and as I completed the chapter in which he appeared, I knew he had to have a full story of his own.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Spirit of the Knight to write? Why?

I don’t really have a favorite because I truly enjoyed writing every single page. However, I found it great fun to write the scene wherein our astonished heroine comes face-to-face with the fourteenth century knight she has sketched and painted her entire life.

What about your characters surprised you while writing the story?

I would have to say Cailen’s attitude and Mariah’s spunk.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

That deep and abiding love will always find a way, regardless of hardship and seemingly impossible obstacles.

What is on your “keeper shelf” of books?

Now that’s a loaded question! I have well over a thousand books in my personal library. But, if something terrible destroyed that library and I had to begin again, I would have to replace the classics first…

How did you know that you should become an author?

My husband’s faith in me that I could actually do it.

What was your biggest challenge in getting published?

Not giving up on myself and implementing all I learned as I waded through a plethora of rejection letters.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That I wouldn’t trade away any of those rejections letters, because in all reality, they made me a better writer.

What project are you working on now?

I am currently doing some revisions for a fantasy romance which takes place in a kingdom lost to history.

If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?

I would definitely travel backward in time. I love history and there are so many people I would love to meet and events I would love to witness for myself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages. However, in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press and the rest is history. She now has five published novels to her credit.

When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family, within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.

Connect with Debbie:

Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson-Author/214882805206529?ref=tn_tnmn

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/debpeterson1/

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lockens-Witch-Wieven-Debbie-Peterson-ebook/dp/B00FWWXBES/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_d_4

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/van-lockens-witch-debbie-peterson/1117524840?ean=9780991068210

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What’s Cooking inside a Medieval Kitchen…

Originally Post by Debbie Peterson

With but one week left to go on our Spirit of the Knight Book Tour and Giveaway I thought we would explore what the medieval cooks might have served our garrison of ghostly knights!

But first, I thought I’d let you know that…

Today you will find me having an interview with Skeeter Lee over at Kinky Vanilla Romance!  Therefore, I invite you to join me in our question and answer session and while you’re there, don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

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The medieval kitchen inside the Nanstein Castle, by Anaconda74

So, what’s cooking inside a Medieval Kitchen? All kinds of things, actually, and some of the cuisine on the medieval menu just might surprise you. During the middle ages, and via the crusades, exotic spices became far more accessible to good cooks throughout all of Europe. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, coriander, mustard and ginger, just to name a few. Now, instead of cooking with just what they grew in their gardens, our medieval chefs could brew up a bit of excitement in the kitchen.

Perhaps Cailen and his rowdy crew favored chicken stuffed with apples and prunes, or how about Chike Endored (chicken glazed with golden batter). Maybe they preferred Five-Spice pork (roasted pork roast with 5 spices), or Alows de Beef (rolled stuffed steak, baked in sauce). They might have requested Cock-a-leekie (traditional Scottish soup) , Boor in Brasey (pork soup), or Chestnut soup. And for dessert? How about Perys en Confyte (pears cooked in honey and wine), Rhy Lumbard Stondyne (a sweet rice and egg pudding), or A Potage of Roysons, which is an apple raisin pudding?

I don’t know about you, but some of that sounds pretty good to me!

The original medieval dining hall of Pembroke College, Cambridge, public domain

Want to try your hand at making Crispels, which is a round pastry basted in honey?

Now before I go any further, I want you to know that this is an authentic 14th century English dessert found in the book, The Forme of Cury, A Roll Of Ancient English Cookery, Compiled, about A.D. 1390, by the Master-Cooks of King Richard II, Presented afterwards to Queen Elizabeth, by Edward Lord Stafford, and now in the Possession of Gustavus Brander, Esq.

This is the original recipe as taken from the afore mentioned book:

Take and make a foile of gode past as thynne as paper; kerue it out wyt a saucer & frye it in oile; oþer in grece; and þe remnaunt, take hony clarified and flamme þerwith. Alye hem vp and serue hem forth.

GODECOOKERY TRANSLATION:

Crispels. Take and make a sheet of good pastry as thin as paper; carve it out with a saucer & fry it in oil; or in grease; and to finish them, take clarified honey and baste there-with. Do them up and serve them forth.

INGREDIENTS:

Pastry dough

Olive oil

Honey

DIRECTIONS:

Roll out the pastry as thin as possible; cut into circles. Fry the pastry in a little olive oil until lightly brown & crisp. Drain well. Place the honey in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil, skimming off any scum that rises. Brush the pastries with the hot honey and serve forth!

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If anyone is brave enough to try it, let me know how it turns out! Click here for this as well as a plethora of other authentic medieval recipes! I know that I’ll be trying some of them soon…

All right… as I said, we are but one stop and one week away from the conclusion of our Spirit of the Knight Book Tour and Giveaway! I have had a lot of fun meeting new people and visiting with cherished friends. I’m wishing you all the best of luck in the giveaway drawing!

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Our final stop, September 1st:

Brooke Blogs and it is here that I share one of my own, personal ghost encounters… your’re not going to want to miss that, are you?

COVER REVEAL: A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND BY MANDA COLLINS

I am such a big fan of Manda Collins Books!!! I am really looking forward to the release date for this book!!!

Rakes And Rascals

(Lords of Anarchy, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

A DANGEROUS GAME

Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his “accident,” which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was involved with the Lords of Anarchy, a notorious driving club, and Leonora can’t help but suspect foul play. But the only way she can infiltrate their reckless inner circle is to enlist the help of Jonny’s closest ally, Lord Frederick Lisle. If only he didn’t also happen to be the man who broke Leonora’s heart…

AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE

Frederick isn’t surprised to find gorgeous, headstrong Leonora playing detective, but he knows that the Lords of Anarchy mean business—and he has no choice but to protect her. A sham engagement to Leonora will allow Frederick to bring her into the club and along for the ride. But it isn’t long…

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Blog Tour + Excerpt : What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn Macnamara

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WHAT A LADY CRAVES

Written by Ashlyn Macnamara

Published by Loveswept

August 19, 2014

Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.

Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.

For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run…

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Peterson, Debbie: Spirit of the Knight

Originally Posted by on August 18, 2014 @ Room With Books
Spirit of the Knight

by Debbie Peterson

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She fell deeply in love with him in the early days of her childhood. And in return, she captured his heart the moment he first cast his gaze upon her…

Renowned artist, Mariah Jennings hired to paint a thirteenth-century Scottish castle, gets the shock of her life when she encounters the handsome knight who has dominated a lifetime of portraits and sketchbooks.

But Sir Cailen Braithnoch is no ordinary ghost, nor did he suffer an ordinary death. Magic of the blackest kind cast a pall over the knights centuries ago. As the ghost and his lady seek to unravel the paradox surrounding his death, black arts, otherworldly forces, and a jealous rival conspire against them.

Will those forces tear them apart, or is their love destined to last throughout the ages?

Buy Links:  Amazon || Barnes and Noble

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EXCERPT:

“You’re goin’ to acknowledge my presence now, aye? ’Twould be discourteous to do otherwise, Murriah Jennins, after our eyes met not once, but twice.”

Mariah’s hand flew to her mouth. She choked on a breath and stared. After swallowing past the knot in her throat, she shook her head slightly and stepped back. In so doing, she tripped over her own foot and collided with the turret wall. The impact made her lose her balance, and at once she fell backward. In the same instant, her knight wrapped a hand around her wrist and gently tugged her forward. He held onto her hand until she regained her footing.

“Watch your step now. We cannae have ye tumblin’ over th’ side of th’ castle,” he said.

She ignored his comment as well as his concern, for, most assuredly, neither of them existed. “No, you can’t be real. Such a thing just isn’t possible,” she murmured aloud.

Despite the rationale of her statement, her gaze remained fixed on the solid image that stood so close she could touch it without effort. Her fabricated vision folded his well-muscled arms against his chest, and tossed her a lopsided grin.

“That depends upon what ye mean by real. If you’re speakin’ of a man made of flesh, then no,” he replied. “Despite th’ lack, th’ rest of me is real enough, I assure ye.”

Mariah squeezed her eyes shut. The moment she opened them again, he’d be gone. Her imagination, as one might expect in an ancient castle, simply worked overtime. Especially after her earlier conversation with Evan. She licked the bottom of her dry lips, and then peeked up through her lashes.

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INTERVIEW:

It is my pleasure to welcome Debbie Peterson, author of Spirit of the Knight, to Room With Books.

Hello Patricia! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, I so am excited to do this interview with you, so…let the questions begin!

Please tell me about Spirit of the Knight and what inspired you to write it?

Spirit of the Knight is a paranormal romance featuring the ghost of a 14th century knight and a renowned artist by the name of Mariah Jennings. She has been commissioned to paint several portraits of the castle he haunts. Though Mariah has already encountered several spirits in the previous castles she’s painted, this ghost is different than all the rest. Why? Because he is the handsome knight she has spent an entire lifetime inexplicably sketching and painting. Discovering her beloved knight actually exists, if even in ghostly form, means coming face-to-face with the dark and mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. Along the way, as they fall ever deeper in love, they must find a way to solve the mystery and find their happily-ever-after.

Sir Cailen has his origins in my novel entitled, Spirit of the Revolution. Even though he is just a minor character in that particular book, his story evolved, and I knew I needed to write his full and complete story.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?

There is always a central plot to each novel, but the characters always dictate what happens as I write each page and chapter. At the end of the book I am always amazed at the way it has changed from my original conception.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

Well, there is no contest there. My characters always win and I have to admit, they are always right.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

Oh, I don’t know. I’m pretty much an open book, really. But perhaps they might be surprised to know I teach genealogy classes.

If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

Charlotte Brontë. The woman is brilliant!

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?

Now that’s a long list! Let’s see, I wanted to be a teacher, a nurse, and a concert pianist to name a few. I think that’s why I have so much fun writing my heroines. They have very interesting careers that I thoroughly enjoyed investigating.

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

Through the years I would often share some of my story premises with my husband and he finally convinced me to write them down and submit them.

What music inspires your writing?

I just have to have instrumental music on when I write and the mood must match the scene I am writing. Music sung by my favorite musicians only serves as a distraction while I’m writing because I find myself singing along with them. (Doesn’t make for good writing… )

Fun Facts:
What is your favorite breakfast? Waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

What is your favorite color? What would the world be without all of its beautiful colors? I love them all and don’t really have a favorite. But…I find more often than not I am drawn to lavender.

What is your favorite movie? Oh boy, that’s another tough one… I suppose if you want me to pin it down to just one I would have to go with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

What is your dream car? Actually, my dream car is a truck. I would love to have a candy-apple red, totally restored, tricked out 1957 Ford pickup.
How can our readers find you?

Author Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson/214882805206529

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/debpeterson1/

You can purchase Debbie Peterson’s books at the following locations:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=924

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Peterson/e/B007GYZ4EA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/debbie-peterson

I appreciate your time today, Debbie. Thank you for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages. However, in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press and the rest is history. She now has five published novels to her credit.

When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family, within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.

Connect with Debbie:

Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson-Author/214882805206529?ref=tn_tnmn

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/debpeterson1/

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GIVEAWAY Details:

Debbie will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Prize_Prayer for the FallenI encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking on the tour banner below.

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