Thursday Threads: Spotlight on Historical Romance Author Dawn Ireland

Thursday Threads is here and with it the spotlight is shining on author Dawn Ireland, and her historical romance, The Perfect Duke!

Title: The Perfect Duke

Genre: Historical Romance (Late Georgian Era)

Heat Level: Three out of Five


Back Cover Blurb

Known as The Marble Duke amongst the Ton, Garret Weston, the Duke of Kendal sets himself apart from his peers. Nothing will hinder his guilt-driven attempt to become a perfect duke. Nothing that is, save the alluring and imaginative betrothed he’d thought dead. His intended believes-of all things-that she is a Vicar’s daughter. The “perfect” duke needs a “perfect” duchess, but how was he to discern her suitability? Employing her as a governess to his niece seemed like an ideal solution. But whose “suitability” is being tested? His betrothed refuses to see he is beyond redemption. And most grievous of all, she stirs his blood, making him forget what’s important.

Cara believes fairy tales really can come true, until she meets the unrelenting and arrogant Duke of Kendal. He looks like a Prince, but acts like a Beast. Why must he challenge her at every turn? Her greatest peril is her attraction to the vulnerable, seductive man behind the title. A match between them would be impossible. But can she show him, without losing her heart that “perfect” is in the eye of the beholder?


“The horse seems to know you.”

“He should. There was a time when I practically lived in the stable. Storm was my favorite.”

“What happened?”

“I became a duke.”


He straightened and forced his features into a mask of indifference. “So, Rachel loves horses.” He turned to face Cara. “I can appreciate my niece’s fondness, but I can not allow her to frequent the stable.”

“Why not?”

“It is not proper for young ladies of her station.”

“Garret, she’s a child.”

It was the first time she’d used his name, and somehow, Rachel visiting the horses didn’t seem like such a large request. “I will only allow it if she uses the passageway. At least I can keep the knowledge of her visits to a minimum. If you come with her, you will need to use the tunnel as well.”

“I can’t.”

“Why not?”

She blushed and turned away. “I’m afraid.” She said it so quietly, he wasn’t sure he heard her.

“Afraid? Of what?”

“Dark, enclosed places. Even as a child, I fell asleep with a candle burning.” She faced him and gave a small smile. “Perhaps I’m afraid that a beast will gobble me up in the dark.”

“There are no beasts at Belcraven, Miss McClure. I would not allow anyone to hurt you.”


“Never.” He started toward her and stopped. Damn, it would be better if he didn’t get close to her. As he left the stable, her whisper followed him.

“Not even you?” 




The Perfect Duke


Author Spotlight: Lauren Linwood and her book giveaway!

Today I am happy to host author Lauren Linwood and her latest release, Leave Yesterday Behind, a sensual, romantic suspense novel. Read on for information about Lauren’s giveaway!


KH: Welcome, Lauren Linwood to my blog, The Passionate Writer!

LL: Thanks for hosting me, Kim! It’s a pleasure to visit a fellow Soul Mate Author’s blog. I’m also a former teacher, and I so admire your passion and commitment to empowering girls.

KH: Thanks, Lauren. Next to writing, I love teaching, too. So you have several other novels which are published, and Leave Yesterday Behind is your latest release. Can you share the inspiration behind your latest book?

LL: I’ve published six historical romances, and the former history teacher in me will continue to write historicals since I love researching and writing about different eras . I also read a lot of romantic suspense and decided to challenge myself and see if I could write in that sub-genre. The result was Leave Yesterday Behind. I had so much fun during that process that I completed and sold another romantic suspense, Illusions of Death, which comes out in March 2016. I’ve recently finished up on A Dance Around Death and will be submitting it for consideration.

KH: What will readers love most about your hero/heroine?

LL: My hero Nick is a former professional baseball pitcher and ESPN broadcaster (which occurs before the book opens). Most readers would think some with Nick’s credentials would have a huge ego, but he’s very humble. He still is true to his small town roots. He worked on completing his undergraduate degree in English while playing. He’s a quiet man who now is a mystery writer—no ego in sight. Plus, he’s totally hot—so what’s not to love?

My heroine Callie has come to a crossroads in her life and has some big decisions to make. She’s also recovering from a stalker attack that left her physically and emotionally injured. Readers will appreciate that she keeps her humor throughout the healing process. And it sure doesn’t hurt that she has Nick to kiss her and make things feel better!

KH: Do you have a favourite moment or scene from your book that you would like to excerpt or share?

LL: I won’t include the excerpt, but there’s a scene where Nick and Callie go into New Orleans for the day. My husband and I honeymooned there, and my hero and heroine do some of the same activities that we did while in NOLA!

KH: Phew. We’ll leave that one to readers’ imaginations! I must say, many writers get their inspiration from places they have been to. I haven’t been to New Orleans, but it seems like a colorful, amazing place to visit.  What word best describes your book?

LL:  Evolving.

KH: Do you have any upcoming events that you would like to share with readers (book signing, giveaway, book release, conference, etc.?

LL: Look on Goodreads around mid-June. I’ll be doing some giveaways for paperback versions of some of my historical romances. Also, my next medieval historical romance, A Knight for Kallen, comes out in November.

KH: Readers, listen up! A giveaway is always great news. Lauren, if readers are wanting to sign up for the giveaway, and learn more about your book, where can they best reach you?

LL:         Website:




Amazon Author Page:       Linwood/e/B00CSSG8BC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1406670019&sr=8-1

Thank you, Lauren, for joining me today!

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Author Bio:

Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.

A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.


Callie Chennault vaulted to fame on the nighttime soap Sumner Falls, but after a decade of playing the same role, she is ready for a new acting challenge. When Callie is attacked by a stalker on the streets of New York, she takes a leave of absence from the show and returns to her roots in Aurora, Louisiana, to heal both physically and emotionally and determine her next career move.

Former professional baseball pitcher Nick La Chappelle has also come to Aurora to lick his own wounds after a messy divorce. A Cy Young winner and one-time ESPN broadcaster, Nick longs for the quiet of a small town in order to write murder mysteries under a pen name.

Sparks fly when Callie believes Nick is taking advantage of her great-aunt’s hospitality, but they resolve their differences—and surprise themselves by falling in love. Their bond is tested when both Nick and Callie become the focus of a serial killer nicknamed Lipstick Larry. Can they outwit a murderer bent on seeing them dead and survive to build a lasting relationship?


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Thursday Threads – A Highlander’s Accidental Bride By Author Cathy MacRae

This week on Thursday’s Threads, I am pleased to introduce you to author Cathy MacRae and her novel, The Accidental Highlander’s Bride. Following is her book’s beautiful cover and a photo of the author herself. The Accidental Highlander’s Bride also happens to be priced at just 99 cents from now until June7th!


The Highlander’s Accidental Bride

Genre: Scottish Historical Romance

Heat level: sensual



Chaos reigns between the Scott and Barde clans in 14th century Scotland. To end the generation’s long feud, King Robert II of Scotland decrees Eaden, Laird Scott, and Lady Miriam Barde wed with all haste. When marriage negotiations break down, King Robert threatens Eaden with the loss of his lands and title. Forced to take matters into his own hands, the laird kidnaps his bride, only to find the young woman he mistakenly drags to his marriage bed is not Laird Barde’s daughter, but her lady companion.

Mary Marsh fights for her freedom from the laird and the unwanted marriage, refusing to accept her new life as Lady Scott. Realizing his error, Laird Scott develops an attachment to the feisty young woman he has accidentally married. Can he win her heart and convince her she is more than just a ‘duty’ to him? Or will the bond forged between the lady’s companion and the laird be destroyed by secrets and a feud that will not be laid to rest?

Hook: Shocked to find herself married to the laird, Mary sees little to recommend her new life as Lady Scott. Until Laird Scott sets out to prove their accidental marriage was no mistake.


King Robert frowned fiercely. “What have ye done?” he asked, his voice hard.

“I’d tried speaking to Barde and doing things the traditional way. He was less than enthusiastic and mentioned hell freezing over as the only possible wedding date. His daughter was equally certain she’d no’ marry into the Scott clan.” Eaden shrugged. The feud between their families was generations old. He hadn’t wanted a Barde bride, either. “So I kidnapped her, carried her back to Scott Castle, and we married the same day.”

King Robert sat bolt upright in his chair, shocked surprise clear on his slack-jawed face. “Ye kidnapped her?” He wheezed, unable to inhale a proper breath, and pointed an accusatory finger at Eaden. “Ye actually forced her to marry ye?”

“Nay, Sire. I simply saw ‘twas done in a timely manner and without bloodshed.”

“How certain are ye her father is not, this instant, standing before the walls of Scott Castle, demanding his daughter be returned to him? Are ye trying to promote peace or war?”

Eaden gave an exasperated snort. “He cannae cry foul. I have the papers ye signed. And I have men keeping an eye on Barde.” He shifted in his chair uncomfortably. “The marriage is irrevocable. She is now well and truly my wife.”

King Robert collapsed back into his chair. “Do ye no’ ken the ruinous upheaval yer actions could provoke? ‘Tis true I commanded the marriage. I know how ye dinnae favor the alliance. But kidnapping the lass is a far cry from having the marriage properly planned and executed!”

The king stewed for a moment, as if consumed in vigorous contemplation. At last he shrugged. “Scott.” His voice invoked not Eaden’s friend, but Robert II, King of Scotland. “Inasmuch as ye have followed my orders to the letter, if not their actual intent, I hereby commit yer title and land to ye and to yer descendants.”

He leaned forward and clasped Eaden’s shoulder. “I hope ye dinnae have cause to regret yer hastiness.”

Eaden winced. He already did.

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