Archive for September, 2013

Check out bookworm2bookworm for a great interview with one of my favourite authors, Victoria Vane + a Giveaway!


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Find out what books are on my auto-buy list for October


Check out the new books added to my bookshelves during the month


Reviews of…



Fun Quick Five – an idea borrowed from the Romance Bandits Blog with the kind permission of Anna Sugden


More favourite quotes


More interesting facts about Wales


Great English Country Houses – Longleat House


Plus lots more!

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Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

I don’t read too many contemporary romances, but fellow blogger Dot recommended this book on her blog, La Deeta Reads.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Official Blurb 

Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She’d almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she’s remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell.

Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead sexy character from one of her books, Cooper crashes Katie’s 29th birthday party. But one too many drinks lands Katie in uncharted territory… Cooper’s bedroom!

Drunk on love, Katie dives headfirst into the relationship only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets… dangerous ones. As if things couldn’t get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems.

Who would have guessed having an assassin for a boyfriend would be the least of her worries?



Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

I had to buy this book after reading a great interview with Christy English about this series on the Rakes Rogues and Romance blog.

(Shakespeare in Love #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb 

How To Tame A Willful Wife:

1. Forbid her from riding astride
2. Hide her dueling sword
3. Burn all her breeches and buy her silk drawers
4. Frisk her for hidden daggers
5. Don’t get distracted while frisking her for hidden daggers…

Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, expects a biddable bride. A man of fiery passion tempered by the rigors of war into steely self-control, he demands obedience from his troops and his future wife. Regardless of how fetching she looks in breeches.

Promised to the Earl of Plump Pockets by her impoverished father, Caroline Montague is no simpering miss. She rides a war stallion named Hercules, fights with a blade, and can best most men with both bow and rifle. She finds Anthony autocratic, domineering, and…ridiculously gorgeous.

It’s a duel of wit and wills in this charming retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. But the question is…who’s taming whom?


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A BIG thank you to everyone who stopped by to help me celebrate Rakes and Rascals 1st Birthday.

All the names of those revellers who were brave enough to attempt my quiz were put into a hat and my son kindly drew the winner who receives copies of…


plus a beautiful Celtic design bookmark.


Congratulations Mary! To claim your prize, please contact me at carolcork@live.co.uk with details of your postal address. 

There is also a special prize for the reveller who achieved the highest correct score in the quiz.


Congratulations, Courtnie! You had 18 out of the 20 questions correct and win a choice of one of the following audiobooks from Victoria Vane’s The Devil DeVere series.


To claim your prize, please contact Victoria at Victoria.Vane@hotmail.com with your address and your choice of audiobook.


Round 1

1. Suzanne Enoch
2. Mary Balogh
3. Tiffany Clare
4. Laura Lee Guhrke
5. Caroline Linden

Round 2

1. Pall Mall
2. Dodger
3. Vere Mallory, Duke of Ainswood
4. Deaf and mute
5. Dr Gregory House

Round 3

1. A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
2. Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt
3. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
4. Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase
5. Married By Morning by Lisa Kleypas

Round 4

1. Judith McNaught
2. Jennifer Ashley
3. Mary Balogh
4. Anna Campbell
5. Maire Claremont

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A Splash of Romance in Your Life blog has a fascinating interview with award winning author, Victoria Vane.

VIOLETTA RAND: A Splash of Romance

A couple weeks ago I purchased a random historical romance from an author I wasn’t familiar with. Not only did that book turn out to be one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read, I found out Victoria Vane is a celebrated author. Yes, I live under a rock. LOL. Nope, just in Alaska. Please welcome this incredibly talented writer.




Victoria Vane is an award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

Look for Victoria’s sexy new contemporary cowboy series coming from Sourcebooks
in 2014.


Victoria, you have a cat-ate-the-canary smile! Let’s get inside that restless mind of yours…


What inspired you to become a writer?

Writing was nothing…

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“I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be. I love you with my past, and I love you for my future. I love you for the children we’ll have and for the years we’ll have together. I love you for every one of my smiles and even more, for every one of your smiles.” (Colin Bridgerton)

– from Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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Ella Quinn gives us the inside story on what every Regency lady should be wearing and there’s a chance to win her delightful debut book, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe.

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