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Duke of a Gilded Age • #Free

City_of_new_yorkLong before the maiden voyage of the Titanic (1912), luxury steamships were crossing the Atlantic Ocean. One such vessel was the twin screw steamer, SS City of New York (pictured). First class accommodations were meant to evoke the interior of a luxury hotel, with such amenities as a sumptuous dining room (saloon), library, smoking room, drawing room, hot and cold running water, barber shop, walking track on the promenade deck, electric ventilation and electric lighting.

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Steamship: Saloon (1890), photograph by Granger, courtesy of Fine Art America

As enjoyable as ocean travel might for the moneyed elite aboard these luxury liners, it was not without difficulty. Deadly icebergs would frequently break off from the western coastline of Greenland and these “calves” would float south through shipping lanes. The thick Atlantic fog that often surrounded these huge steamers would obscure hapless fishing vessels, leading to collisions. Should a ship suffer some sort of mechanical failure, it would be at the mercy of passing vessels to render aid. Opportunistic passengers known as cardsharps might also pose a danger to wealthy gentlemen who enjoyed a high stakes game of cards or two. In addition, stormy seas often led to lengthy bouts of sea sickness. Nevertheless, the lure of a relatively quick voyage (a little over six days in 1890) between continents far outweighed the potential dangers. Such is the setting for my sweet historical romance, Duke of a Gilded Age.

Victorian Romance, Duke of a Gilded AgeWhen American-born Wesley Parker inherits a dukedom in 1890, he must learn to be an aristocrat. Assigned to the task is his attorney’s daughter, prim Belle Oakhurst. As they travel to England together on a luxurious ocean liner, their tempestuous relationship encounters more than rough seas. Although Wesley is increasingly attracted to Belle, she is already engaged. While Belle begins to regret her hasty promise to marry, she is bound by honor and duty to keep her pledge. Furthermore, a thoughtless fabrication on her part threatens to expose her as a liar. Neither Wesley nor Belle can foresee that their voyage across the Atlantic will be fraught with peril, and will cost more than one man his life.

Download Duke of a Gilded Age free (March 26 – 28, 2017) HERE.

Read a sample excerpt HERE.

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Dragon Clan of Yden

DCOYCOVERSGRFinal4Before I began writing historical romance, I wrote fantasy. One of my dragon trilogies was released under the label of a small publisher, but as the contract for each book expires, I get the publishing rights back.

The second book in the trilogy will be re-released on March 29. As I was polishing the book up this past month, I was fleshing it out here and there…and ended up adding over 5,000 words. Dragon Clan of Yden (Book Two) has a new cover and a new title, but just as much dragon attitude. If you like young adult stories featuring dragons, magic, wizardry, and combat, this one is for you.  ~ Suzanne

Excerpt:

At the grotto, a waterfall flowed down the side of a cliff taller than the goal post at a football stadium. Off to one side, a sharply sloped, smooth section of rock formed a natural slide. Tall trees ringed the grotto, dripping with the kind of vines exactly right for swinging from boulders into the crystal clear pool. Jon spotted Max sunning himself on a flat rock. Shirtless again, the Unicorn Clan wizard wore only swim trunks and a grin. His long, lean muscles rippled as he stretched.

“You get the impression he’s in love with himself?” Jon muttered.

“Hopefully it’s only a crush,” Sela whispered.

As he drew closer, Jon returned Max’s smirk. “Rib feeling better?”

“Your attitude won’t quit.”

“Anytime you want to adjust it, let me know.”

To pre-order go HERE.

LGWOYSGRBegin at the beginning with Book One: The Last Great Wizard of Yden.

Jon Hansen always thought his father’s tales about the magical planet of Yden were fiction. When his father is kidnapped by an evil wizard, however, Jon is forced to dig deeper. His investigation uncovers magical artifacts that will unlock another dimension—if only he can gather his courage to make the journey. On his quest to Yden, Jon encounters wizards, Cyclopes, and a warlord who seem to want him dead. Fortunately, he’s got friends by his side, as well as the ability to draw things to life. Can he and his friends defeat the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known, or will Jon become the latest addition to the Wolf Clan wizard’s gruesome collection of trophies? Buy HERE.

Kira: The Yden Trilogy Prequel

Poisoned by an enemy, a young warrior struggles to find an antidote before sKIRASGRhe succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, she flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

To download a FREE copy of the Yden Trilogy prequel, KIRA, go to Smashwords HERE, BN.com HERE  and iTunes HERE. Also available at Amazon ($0.99) HERE.