Michele Diener’s new book A Dangerous Madness

I am happy to announce the Release of Michele Diener’s newest book: A Dangerous Madness. I really enjoy Michele’s writing and I hope you check this one out!

 

It’s RELEASE DAY for Michelle Diener’s third book in her Regency London Series, A Dangerous Madness!
A Dangerous MadnessA Dangerous Madness
by Michelle Diener
Adult Historical
May 19th 2014

The Duke of Wittaker has been living a lie…

He’s been spying on the dissolute, discontented noblemen of the ton, pretending to share their views. Now he’s ready to step out of the shadows and start living a real life…but when the prime minister of England is assassinated, he’s asked to go back to being the rake-hell duke everyone believes he still is to find out more.

Miss Phoebe Hillier has been living a lie, too…

All her life she’s played by society’s rules, hiding her fierce intelligence and love of life behind a docile and decorous mask. All it’s gotten her is jilted by her betrothed, a man she thought a fool, though a harmless one. But when she discovers her former fiancé was involved in the plot against the prime minister, and that he’s been murdered, she realizes he wasn’t so harmless after all.

And now the killers have set their sights on her…

The only man who can help her is the Duke of Wittaker–a man she knows she shouldn’t trust. And she soon realizes he’s hiding behind a mask as careful as her own. As the clock ticks down to the assassin’s trial, the pair scramble to uncover the real conspiracy behind the prime minister’s death. And as the pressure and the danger mounts, Phoebe and Wittaker shed their disguises, layer by layer, to discover something more precious than either imagined–something that could last forever. Unless the conspirators desperate to hide their tracks get to them first.

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It just so happens that In Defense of the Queen, one of my Tudor-set historicals, is on special offer at the moment on Amazon, down to $0.99 from $4.99. The offer ends on May 24th, so if you like historicals with twists, turns and a lot of suspense, be sure to grab a copy.
Connections

I am so excited that my historical novel, A Dangerous Madness, releases today. A Dangerous Madness is set during the Regency period in London, and the plot revolves around the assassination of the British prime minister, Spencer Perceval.

 

A Dangerous Madness stands alone, but it is also connected to two other of my historical novels, The Emperor’s Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies. The fun part of connecting the novels for me was to revisit characters I love from the previous two books (which are also connected to each other) but introducing those characters so that a reader of A Dangerous Madness doesn’t have to have read the other two books to understand them. The characters have to stand alone, as much as the books do. But for those readers who have read either one or both of the previous books, they’ll see those characters again, and learn a little about what has happened to them since the last book.

I’ve had so many readers contact me and comment on how much they enjoyed catching a glimpse of one or other of their favorite characters, which I really love. And quite a few people who read Banquet of Lies went back to read The Emperor’s Conspiracy, and told me they found it equally satisfying, so readers don’t have to read the books in any particular order.
In this way, connected books are more versatile than a series, because most people are hesitant to read a series out of order, and I totally understand that. I also love that so many people wrote to me after Banquet of Lies, asking if the Duke of Wittaker would get his own story. It was very satisfying to tell them I had started working on it straight after I finished Banquet of Lies. :)
From the beginning of Banquet of Lies, the Duke of Wittaker is mentioned by various characters again and again, although readers only ‘meet’ him near the very end. But when he did arrive on the scene, he made a real impact. I wrote and rewrote the scenes with him in them, because he really shone as a character and I wanted to do him justice. I loved that readers felt the same way, and those who read Banquet of Lies and have been waiting for their Duke of Wittaker fix, I hope they enjoy A Dangerous Madness as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Image of Michelle DienerMichelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King’s Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.

Michelle’s other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor’s Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor’s Conspiracy).

Michelle’s first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

Blitz-Wide Giveaways:

Grand Prize: Print copies of The Emperor’s Conspiracy, Banquet of Lies, and A Dangerous Madness

5 Print or Kindle copies (winner’s choice) of A Dangerous Madness

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Blind Mercy Book Tour

Blind Mercy finalThe Sigurdsson family legacy continues…
A woman who prayed for a hero…
Orphaned at a young age, Rachelle Fiennes prayed for a hero to rescue her from her tragic life in England. When her only kinsman goes missing after the Battle of Stamford Bridge, Rachelle braves the aftermath of the battlefield to find him.
A man who lost everything…
Damned by the gods for surviving the bloodiest defeat in Norse history, Jarl Tyr Sigurdsson is still determined to get home. Hiding until nightfall so he can escape to his ship, his dangerous endeavor is disrupted when he’s accidently discovered by a beautiful Saxon.
Brought together by war, Rachelle and Tyr face many obstacles. Can sworn enemies find peace through love, or will fate tear them apart?
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Violetta Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and a master’s degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see. 
Violetta has been “in love” with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, at five, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the fictional worlds she enjoys bringing to life. 
Ms. Rand’s debut historical romance series, The Blind Series, is set in the fascinating world of 11th century Vikings. Her New Adult romance series, The Devil’s Den, is edgy and evocative, and explores the sexy world of exotic dancers.
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Ani’s Review
This story follows Rachelle and Tyr through battletorn England and across the ocean to Tyr’s home. And although Rachelle goes willingly, she fears that she won’t ever see her Uncle again and will be prisoner in Tyr’s household forever. What follows is romance, arguments, escapes, deceit, and finally love. It was a decent book but I really wanted this story to enthrall me. I just couldn’t get into either of the main characters but author Rand makes really good Norsemen and the does well setting the scenes. This is the second of the Siggurdsson books and I would recommend first reading Blind Allegiance – which I did enjoy.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

In my first post, I mentioned that I wouldn’t review romance novels but I also said that I reserved the right to review one if I absolutely loved the book. Well, Outlander is one of those books. It has everything: action, adventure, hunky highlanders, a bit of magic and bad guys you love to hate. Not to mention accurate historical references, a ton of plot and a heroine that is easy to empathize with.

The story is about Claire, a mid-20th century woman who finds herself in 1700’s Scotland when she walks through a crack in some standing stones (think Stonehenge). In order to survive and get back home she has to make some hard decisions and one of those comes in a six-foot tall package with red hair named Jamie Frasier. As Claire fights for survival, she must put her trust in Jamie but with that goes her heart. If Claire can return to her own time, how can she leave Jamie for the husband that she left behind?

This story is one of those that you reread over and over again. It is a fantastical historic romance that you can’t put down until the end and that you never forget. Besides the love story, you get an amazing historical piece with accurate descriptions of 17th century lifestyle and the drama that went with it. The cast of characters is amazing as well. Gabaldon is truly a great writer. There are several books in this series which I am grateful for because really, you just don’t want Claire and Jamie’s story to end. The only draw back is that Gabaldon takes her time writing these books. However, you have just enough time to get through the first seven(!) before her latest comes out this October.

There is also a spin off series with The Lord John character as the protagonist if you prefer a more mystery oriented novel.