Tuesday, 19 January 2010

An Honourable Rogue - Sample and Reviews

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Text copyright © 2008 by Carol Townend
Cover Art Copyright  © 2008 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.


'Carol Townend writes with apparent ease about a time in history that greatly intrigues me. A Top Pick.’
-Romance Reader at Heart

‘One outstanding read...I wanted to jump in the pages and just join them in their adventure’
- Coffee Time Romance

CataRomance awarded An Honourable Rogue 4.5 stars’
- CataRomance
Medieval lute - drawn by my husband

The Novice Bride - Reviews

(Blog file update)

'Historical romance at its mesmerizing best!'
- CataRomance.com

‘The tale that plays out in The Novice Bride is an utterly engaging one, and the author’s skill is so great that she effortlessly weaves the backdrop and central story together in such a way that the reader becomes enveloped in her historical world. I really didn’t want the story to end…In Cecily, the author has crafted a lovely and lovable heroine whose innocence and inherent goodness are her defining qualities…I defy anyone who reads this not to fall in love with her from the start. Carol Townend really puts across a feeling of what it was like to live in these harsh, violent times…it’s my favourite historical romance yet!’
- pinkheartsocietyreviews.blogspot.com

‘This is an exciting tale of the reality of conquest. We often hear about the Battle of Hastings and Harold’s death, but little is said of the period immediately following that time. This book brings reality to the story of a conquered people, their hopes, fears and rebellions, sometimes small, sometimes larger. I very much enjoyed this tender love story and look forward to reading more from an excellent writer. I award five roses.’

Romance Reader at Heart awarded The Novice Bride 4 roses

Coffee Time Romance awarded The Novice Bride 4 cups

Read the review from Historical Romance Writers:

The Novice Bride

The Novice Bride - Cover, Blurb & Excerpt

Cover Blurb

As a novice, Lady Cecily of Fulford’s knowledge of men is non-existent. But when tragic news bids her home immediately, her only means of escape from the convent is to brazenly offer herself to the enemy…as a bride!
With her fate now in the hands of her husband, Sir Adam Wymark, she battles to protect her family. Suspicions and betrayal are rife, yet their convenient marriage offers Cecily much more than comfort in her knight’s arms…
Wessex Weddings
Normans and Saxons, conflict and desire!


'No dowry, eh?' he said softly, for her ears alone
   Cecily's heart thudded.
    'Be calm,' he murmured, and swiftly, so swiftly that Cecily had no notion of what he was about, he released her and reached up.  Deftly unpinning her veil, he cast it aside.
    Stunned beyond movement, for no man had ever touched her clothing so intimately, Cecily swallowed and stood meek as a lamb while quick fingers reached behind her to release the tie of her wimple, and then that, too, followed her veil into a corner.  Reaching past her neck, he found her plait and drew it forward, so that it draped over her shoulder.
    She had eyes only for the man in front of her, the man whose green eyes even now were caressing her hair.  He no longer touched her anywhere, yet she could scarcely breathe.
    'No dowry,' he repeated softly, still gazing at her hair.   'But there is gold enough here for any man.'

Text copyright © 2007 by Carol Townend
Cover Art Copyright  © 2007 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.

To read a longer sample, please click here: Excerpt from The Novice Bride

More about The Novice Bride can be found here.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Alien Masquerading as a Tree...

Here is an alien masquerading as a tree.   It has found its way to Kew from Annie Burrows' website.    You can read the full story of Annie's alien invasion here: http://annie-burrows.co.uk/News.aspx

The second picture is of the lake in Kew Gardens, frozen over.    From which you may guess I was given a camera for Christmas, these are my first pictures.   I stopped taking photos years ago, for two reasons.   The first was that when taking a picture of a peacock on my honeymoon, I managed to cut its head off.  My lovely husband has never let me forget this.  The second reason is that my brother is a photographer.  Intimidated?  Me?  

When I have finished the WIP I can see I shall have lots of fun (!?) learning all the features of the new camera.  But at least I have made a start.