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This ebook collection will include: the bestselling The Blind Cupid, The Governess and the Beast and The Copper and the Madam. Approx 62,000 words total From Decadent Publishing
Author's note: I adore the Victorian era! It was an amazing time of scientific discovery and industrial improvements. Though Victorian society was outwardly prudish, underneath is a seamy underbelly that fascinates me! In London alone, there was one prostitute for every four men. So if a lot of my heroines are prostitutes, (or in the case of the short story, The Blind Cupid, a young man) its because most women (or youngsters) left on their own had no other recourse to survive. The era was a brutal one for the poor and indigent. ~Karyn
BLIND CUPID WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORM SEPT 9 and for 99 CENTS!
Was Cupid blind?
Madam Rea chose the name The Blind Cupid for her brothel because she knew love would never take root in the den of sin.
Rea and her employees hide wretched pasts and devastating secrets while remaining cool and detached with regard to their carnal dealings.
But Desmond, Lila, and Rea cannot deny the desire they feel or the fact their hidden emotions and passions are awakened.
Can they learn to trust again and let love into their lives?
Excerpt from The Governess and the Beast:
“Do you have courage, Miss Jennings?”
The question confused her for a moment. “I suppose as much as the next person....”
Baron Stonecliff reached behind his head, untied the knot, and unwound the scarf until he exposed his face. Utter ruin. She fought back the gasp of shock but could not prevent her physical recoil and stepped back. Mottled, puckered skin and a maze of nasty wounds, some of them burns, covered the left side. Scars crisscrossed his cheek and disappeared into his hairline. How miraculous his lips and jaw remained intact. What made the destruction harder to bear was the breathtaking masculine beauty still visible on the right. Lord Stonecliff must have been devastatingly handsome at one point. She kept her gaze steady, and she hoped, her emotions well buried. With swelling evident, she surmised his injury must have occurred in the last several months. The skin was red and raw. Would it be it sore to the touch? The scarring continued down his neck and disappeared under his collar. So, not only his face received injury.
“Have you looked your fill?” Stonecliff snapped in annoyance. “You must be able to gaze upon the horror that is my face. When I am in my own home, I do not cover it. The doctors recommended leaving my visage free to breathe in order to aid healing. Since am I told it is not as red as before, I suppose their theory has merit....”
He frowned and shrugged with slight indifference. The words were probably the most he had spoken to anyone in some time, and no doubt more than he wanted to share.
Hortense swallowed and took a step toward him. “Regardless, you are free to do as you wish in your own home. Since I did not run screaming from the room, there should be no difficulty.”
Did one corner of those full, sensuous lips quirk into an almost-smile? Oh, Lord, why was she thinking of his lips?
He bade her to sit again and took the chair opposite. Stonecliff crossed his long legs and regarded her closely.
“What I am about to say may well have you scream and run from the room. I did not bring you here to be governess to my ward. In truth, he is eleven years old and away at school. I lied. I brought you here to be—my companion.”
Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.
All three books are bestsellers in categories at Amazon and All Romance, with The Governess and the Beast reaching #4 on All Romance's top 50 bestseller list for the entire site.
About Decadent Publishing:
Decadent Publishing is an Alaska-based digital to print publishing house specializing in romance and mainstream fiction titles. Founded in 2010, we have published such lines as 1Night Stand, Ubuntu (African Romance), Prepper Romance, Beyond Fairytales, Calendar Men, and the upcoming ROAR line. We also publish non-fiction, sweet romance and young adult under our Bono Books imprint.