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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

☀☄ A Lady Never Lies: The Windsor Diaries [3] - Stephanie Burkhart

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for A Lady Never Lies, a Steampunk Romance by (, Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc, 164 pages).

This is the third book in the The Windsor Diaries series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below, as well as details about the whole series.  Read the first four chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Stephanie Burkhart will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀) and reviews (✍).


Synopsis | Teaser | The Series | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops

Synopsis

Jocelyn Dunkirk is not your typical Victorian lady. She dresses in leather, wears goggles, and is not afraid to get a little grease under her fingernails. Gentlemen avoid her like a dirty rivet.

Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales, travels through time to claim Jocelyn's heart, but if it isn't one challenge, it's another. He determines to be a constant, steady presence in her life, hoping to prove he'd make a worthy husband.

Jocelyn's facing a bucket full of problems. The prime minister wants her to assist in ending a coal strike before it cripples the nation while her father attempts to recover from a serious injury. Will Jocelyn's dedication to her country and family ruin the one chance she has at love?

Teaser: Excerpt

     Jocelyn inventoried her belt in case she needed to flash her gizmos and toys to make a point. Her gadgets could be very intimidating to men not used to them. Then she double-checked her schedule. She had the rest of the rain soaked day and tomorrow. She frowned. Better to get it over with. If only the knots in her stomach would subside, but if she learned anything from her father, it was better to tackle a problem sooner rather than later, rain or shine and she was now committed to this one.
     Taking a peek in the mirror over her dresser, she frowned. Her hair was all frizz. Grabbing a ribbon from the small container on the dresser, she put it up in a bun. It wasn't her neatest work, but it would do. Satisfied, she raced downstairs, joining Richard and Sergeant Eastman in the foyer.
     "Are you sure you want to go now?" Richard crossed his arms. "You should rest. There are lines under your eyes."
     She waved her hand in the air. "Now's the time to strike -- while the coals are hot or the rain is wet, depending on your point of view."
     Richard placed his hands on his hips and looked her over from head-to-toe.
     Jocelyn pursed her lips. "What now?"
     "You're exasperating, frustrating, infur--" His tone remained light as he helped her into her overcoat.
     "I've heard it all, I assure you. Do you want to stay with your brother?"
     "Not on your life. Ed can keep Mrs. Riddle plenty of company and I don't want to miss out on the adventure of a lifetime."
     She cracked a grin despite herself and flung open the door. Mr. Riddle waited with the horses, protected by a heavy coat. The rain was lighter now, but still steady. Jocelyn hoped it would taper off soon. She grabbed the leather reins, tugged, and the horses trotted away. Unfortunately the driver's seat proved cramped with Richard and Sergeant Eastman both insisting on sitting with her, neither willing to budge.
     The trip proved soggy, but Jocelyn made good time. Mr. Riddle's directions were spot on and Jocelyn's memory hadn't failed her. She turned onto Rosewood, avoided a puddle and spied a long, brick building with grey smoke spitting out of the chimneys. Jocelyn parked the carriage next to the stoic façade and her companions helped her secure the horses to the hitching posts. Jocelyn extended her brass and iron umbrella, up to her ankles in mud. Once the horses were tied up, Jocelyn approached the entrance. She grabbed the iron knocker, and pounded on the door. Richard and Sergeant Eastman stood on each side.
     "I hear ya!" a gruff voice said, pushing the unwieldy door open. "Who might you be?" He gasped for breath between yellow stained teeth and narrowed his dark eyes, giving her the once over. Thank the rivets her overcoat hid most of her unusual dress.
     "I'm Lady Jocelyn Ridgecroft. The prime minister sent me to meet with the miners regarding the coal strike."
     "You're a day early."
     "I've had a change of plans."

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The Series: The Windsor Diaries

Victorian Scoundrel | A Gentleman and a Rogue | A Princess Is Always Right |

Click on the book cover to Look Inside the book on Amazon and read an excerpt.


Victorian Scoundrel [1]

It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Edmund of Wales, back to 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.

Alice soon finds herself over her head in trouble. Edmund is determined to help Prince Albert build a dirigible and the prime minister appears intent in preventing her from stopping Edmund. Alice knows it's too early for the massive flying machine to take to the air. Complicating matters is the passionate Grayson Kentfield, Earl of Swinton. Alice can't stop her pulse from pounding when she's near him.

Can Alice give her heart to a man from the past while working to stop Edmund from changing history?

[Published 29 June 2011, 230 pages]

A Gentleman and a Rogue [2]

Lady Keira Russell is destined to bring compressed natural gas to Britain. Her inner courage and mental toughness rarely falter – except when Prince Edmund Windsor is involved.

Edmund of Wales is from the future. His last jaunt through history muffed up the time line. Now, he's here to set it straight and win Keira's heart.

For Keira, if it isn't one obstacle, it's another. Queen Victoria has sponsored a competition to find a cleaner fuel source than coal. Keira's father is trying to build a windmill and the Ridgecrofts are working with gasoline. Then there's Edmund, whose sensual kisses and heated stares distract her down to her bones.

Keira has a choice: trust Edmund's notorious mischief-making or put her faith in Queen Victoria to make the right decision, but if Keira makes the wrong choice, the future of Great Britain will be changed forever.

[Published 10 November 2012, 201 pages]

A Princess Is Always Right [4]

Sophia may be the youngest Windsor, but she knows her mind. A Princess of York, she's committed to do her duty – prevent Jonas Byron from finding Nikola Tesla and decimating the time line.

Jax Ruston is a rugged metalsmith with curly hair and dimples to die for. A resident of 1855, he's pledged to help Sophia find Jonas. Together, they journey across continental Europe in pursuit of Jonas.

Despite her duty, Sophia's attracted to handsome Jax. However, he's committed to living in 1855. Can Sophia keep her focus on her mission, or will desire interfere with her task? Only one thing is certain: a princess is always right.

[Published 10 September 2015, 205 pages]

About the Author

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks. She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom.

She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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7 comments:

  1. Great post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and learning more about this book series. These books sounds quite interesting! Looking forward to checking out this book series!

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  2. Thanks so much for having me here today. I had a fun time writing the series.
    :) Steph

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    1. Hi Stephanie - thank you for stopping by!
      Can the books be read as stand alone novels or would you recommend reading them in order?

      Flora

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  3. Sounds like a great series - thanks for sharing!

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