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Jilliand: A Story of Love and Freedom

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“Bruised, bloody, and barely dressed, she knew it was over. She had no doubt the Vikings would search for her if she tried to run—especially now, with their companion lying dead. It would be dark soon, and she had no idea where she could go or hide. Jilliand knew they would come for her. The Vikings were not likely to let this go—especially it being an attack by a woman. She was defeated. Weak and shaking, she stared at the man’s body. I think tonight I die.”

Clare Gutierrez is a registered nurse who grew up on a cattle ranch in rural Colorado as one of four children. After living in Carlsbad, NM, for twenty-eight years, she now lives in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She and her husband, Dr. Beto Gutierrez, host first-class photographers from the world over at Santa Clara Ranch, a 300-acre wildlife sanctuary. Jilliand is her third novel.

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The Girls of Mulberry Lane: A heart-warming, war time family saga (The Mulberry Lane Series)

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1938, Mulberry Lane, London. War is looming, but on Mulberry Lane there are different battles being fought… Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Cathy Sharp.

Maureen Jackson is a prisoner of her father’s blackmail. Three years earlier, she’d been hoping to marry Rory, the man of her dreams. However, after her mother’s death, she was left to care for her overbearing father. Now Rory is back in London with a pregnant wife in tow to remind Maureen of the life that should have been hers.

As war threatens, Janet ashley hopes to marry her sweetheart Mike, but her father refuses to grant them his blessing. Defying his wishes, Janet finds herself pregnant and her mother Peggy is determined to hold her family together at all costs.

Will the girls of Mulberry Lane manage to snatch happiness before the darkness of World War II descends?

Order the next book in the series out JANUARY 2018 – A Wedding at Mulberry Lane.

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Lost in Temptation (Regency Chase Family Series, Book 1)

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A Top 10 Kindle Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

England, 1815: The eldest of three sisters, Lady Alexandra Chase has always done what was expected of her. But when the man she’s loved since her girlhood returns from a long spell abroad, she quite suddenly finds herself hoping the fine lord her brother has picked for her won’t propose. She decides that if he does, she’ll quite improperly turn him down—that is, until the man of her hopes and dreams informs her he has no intention of marrying her.

The last time Tristan Nesbitt saw Alexandra, he was a common man with no hope of ever wedding the daughter of a marquess. Seven years later, he’s now Lord Hawkridge, which should make him eminently suitable for the woman who long ago captured his heart. But a dreadful scandal has tarnished his name in England—a scandal so horrid that marrying Alexandra would ruin not only her flawless reputation but her whole family. For Alexandra’s own good, he must fight his relentless desires and stay far away…

PLEASE NOTE: This book contains steamy love scenes. If you’d prefer to read a Sweet & Clean (kisses-only) version of this story, look for “Alexandra” by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal.


A complete, standalone story—no cliffhangers!

Series: Chase Family Series: The Regency, Book 1
Style: Humorous historical romance
Length: 103,000 words (about 415 standard pages)
Bonus Material: Author’s Note, preview of next book, link to giveaway
R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!

This new edition is a significantly revised version of the original novel released by Penguin Putnam. Some old reviews may not be relevant to the current book.


• Top 10 Bestseller on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play!
• Finalist for the Holt Medallion, Golden Quill, Book Buyers’ Best, Award of Excellence, and Beacon Awards!


While LOST IN TEMPTATION can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series: The Jewels
1666 – AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 – EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 – FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 – AMBER (Trick & Kendra)

Chase Family Series: The Flowers
1673 – VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 – LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 – ROSE (Kit & Rose)
1651 – A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)

Chase Family Series: The Regency
1815 – LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 – TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 – THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

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Themes: sexy love stories, lords and ladies, castles and noble estates, England and English history, 19th century and 1800s, Jane Austen era, sisters, family life, brother’s best friend, friends to lovers, second chance romance, marriage of convenience, weddings, matchmaking, romantic comedy, scandal and intrigue, suspense, murder and mystery, piano music, wine and winemaking, sweets and desserts, baking and cooking, recipes, animals and pets, mastiff dog

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Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series Book 1)

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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.

All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?

*Special note: This is a true series, meaning that it is not a stand alone. Each book in the series wraps up the conflict within the book, but the overall story continues on to the next book. I also want to direct you to my website where you can download and print out the charts that can be difficult to read on electronic devices ( That way you can keep it nearby as you read. Happy reading!

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A King Ensnared: A Historical Novel of Scotland (The Stewart Chronicle Book 1)

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James, 12-year-old heir to the throne of Scotland, is in mortal danger. His father, King Robert III, is dying, and Robert’s half-brother, the Duke of Albany, is plotting to seize power. The duke has already murdered James’ older brother, and James will be next.

James escapes Scotland and the murderous duke. Captured and imprisoned by the English, he grows to be a man of contradictions: a poet yet a knight, a dreamer yet fiercely driven. Hardened by his years in the Tower of London and haunted by his brother’s brutal murder, James is determined to regain his freedom and end the Duke of Albany’s misrule. But King Henry of England is determined that to do so, James must betray Scotland and everything he believes in.

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Lies She Never Told Me (Michael Gresham Series Book 1)

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Would You Kill the Man Your Beloved Grandmother Wants Dead?

Lies She Never Told Me is the story of Michael Gresham’s heritage, beginning with his father’s father. The book features mob wars in 1920’s Chicago; World War II invasions and POW camps; romance between powerful men and beautiful women; the most infamous mass murder in 1960’s Chicago; and the complete growing-up story of Michael Gresham himself, from young boy to young lawyer. The book recounts the first meeting between Michael and his famous investigator Marcel in Operation Desert Shield when both young men are soldiers on the track of Saddam Hussein.

Finally, when Michael’s grandmother comes to him with a request that he track down and kill one man, can he refuse? He’s been trained as a lawyer, he believes in the rule of law, and he believes that no man is above the law. But his grandmother won’t let him go. She tells him a certain man must die for his crimes. Michael loves his grandmother with every cell in his body. Can he refuse her dying wish? Will he honor the vow he makes to this most important woman in his life?

And so the hunt begins.

Who will Michael find first: the killer or himself?

Author’s note: This book was originally titled No Direction Home when it was on preorder.

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THE WAY: A Girl Who Dared to Rise

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In Kristen Wolf’s audacious and timely fiction debut, an unusual girl in the heart of ancient Palestine escapes her life of oppression—undertakes an epic and dangerous journey—and struggles to accept her remarkable calling as a great spiritual leader.

Deeply emotional, provocative and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, THE WAY transports readers to an exotic world brimming with mystery, betrayal, passion, unforgettable characters and jaw-dropping plot twists.

“Wow, is all I can say. This novel blew me away!”
—Book Pleasures

“I don’t think I could rave anymore about this book … truly one of a kind.”
—Chick Lit Plus

“This imaginative novel may make you a believer.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine

“THE WAY is a daring and passionate debut from an author to watch in the future.”
—Historical Novel Society

“Respelendent writing.”
—Minding Spot

“…page turning and utterly creative.”
—Maria’s Space

Anna is a striking and spirited young girl living in ancient Palestine where being a daughter is a disappointment. While her father excitedly anticipates the birth of his first son, the invisible Anna endures a life of drudgery. One bright spot in her world is the crippled old woman living by the village well who declares that the headstrong girl possesses a powerful destiny. But before the elder can reveal her prophecy an unexpected tragedy strikes Anna’s family and her father—dressing Anna as a boy—sells his daughter to a band of wandering shepherds.

Abandoned and armed with only bravery and wits, Anna must learn to survive the harsh desert and unruly men. Yet just when she masters her bold life of disguise, she stumbles upon a den of mysterious caves and is captured by the secret band of women living inside. Unable to escape, Anna soon discovers that the sisterhood’s mystical teachings and miraculous healing abilities have forced her to question everything she’s been told to believe and—to her amazement—unleashed an astonishing power within her.

But when violent enemies opposed to the women’s ways threaten to destroy them, Anna vows to save her mentors and preserve their powerful wisdom. Forced again to leave home and loved ones behind, a transformed Anna returns to the world of men—as only she can—determined to unfold a daring and dangerous quest. Her final effort drives toward a gripping climax that pits the new leader against overwhelming forces and puts everything she’s become to the test.

Will she succeed and save all she loves… or be condemned?

Gorgeously written, cinematic in scope and utterly captivating, Anna’s bold journey of courage—and its startling revelations—will thrill and inspire readers everywhere.


“Highly descriptive settings, imaginative plot, and flowing script abound.”
—Literary R & R

“THE WAY challenges you to think beyond what you have learned… to expand your vision.”
—Library Girl Reads

“… sure to be a book-club darling.”

“THE WAY is a magical, evocative first novel that I plan to buy a carton of to give to my family and friends. This message of compas­sion, healing, and respect for women could indeed transform our world.”
—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of A Woman’s Journey to God

“THE WAY took me on a journey…I was surprised in more ways than I ever could have imagined.”
—Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper

“A bold and powerful story…needs to make its way to the reading lists of women everywhere.”
—Rainbow Reader

“THE WAY will invoke some deep thinking and soul searching… pick it up.”
—Rhodes Review

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The French Orphan

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The year is 1640, and Louis XIII is on the French throne. However, as far as you’re concerned, this is all pretty meaningless. After all, as a teenage orphan living in a monastery school in Reims, all you have to worry about is dodging the unpleasant advances of a few unsavoury monks and looking forward to a life of penniless and celibate servitude in a religious order.

After a childhood and adolescence plagued by a constant longing to know who he really is, orphan Pierre has not the slightest idea that his questions are about to be answered. But you know what they say – be careful what you wish for…

Suddenly finding out who you are can bring with it not only happiness and fortune, but danger, friendship and the sort of swift education that the monastery could never have provided! The discovery of who Pierre really is affects not only Pierre and his friends, but has ramifications for the French nobility, the English crown, and most dangerous of all, the machinations of Cardinal Richelieu and his fierce ambition for the Church and for himself.

……And if all that excitement isn’t enough, the adventures continue in a sequel – The Secrets of Montrésor –

[This is a revised, second edition of The French Orphan]

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A Lock of Silver Hair (An Irish Family Saga Book 7)

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At the end of the Victorian era an elderly Irish fisherman finds himself revisiting his past and the days of his youth. As the early years of a new century bring more troubles to the McGrothers, a devoted son struggles to carry out his father’s dying wish and, once again, the family must come to terms with loss. Exiles, long lost relatives and young men’s outrage at social injustice, all play a part in this latest book of An Irish Family Saga.

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The Consorts

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China, 1700s. Lady Qing has spent the past seven years languishing inside the high red walls of the Forbidden City. Classed as an Honoured Lady, a lowly-ranked concubine, Qing is neglected by the Emperor, passed over for more ambitious women. But when a new concubine, Lady Ying, arrives, Qing’s world is turned upside down. As the highest position at court becomes available and every woman fights for status, Qing finds love for the first time in her life… if Lady Ula Nara, the most ambitious woman at court, will allow her a taste of happiness.

The Consorts is a prequel novella to The Fragrant Concubine, a full-length historical novel, also available on Amazon.

Melissa Addey meticulously evokes a strange, beautiful and harsh society.
Emma Darwin, award-winning author of The Mathematics of Love and A Secret Alchemy.

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