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Thursday 8 September 2016

☀☄ Pure of Heart: Pure Escapades [1] - Auria Jourdain

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Pure of Heart, an Historical Romance by (first published 10 April 2015; this second extensively revised edition , Auria Jourdain Books, 319 pages).

This is the first book in the Pure Escapades series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis, trailer and excerpt below. Read the Prologue and the first two chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Pure of Heart
is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Author Auria Jourdain will be awarding a $15 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 | Trailer | Teaser | The Series | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


A ghost child left to die in a French forest, Contesse Blanchefort seeks her long-buried past after her adoptive father dies at the Bastille. Embarking on a quest across England with a pagan woman and a rogue Gypsy, Contesse falls ill in London, and her companions are forced to seek help. With overwhelming compassion, physician’s apprentice Eric McEwan nurses Contesse back to health, but discovers that her exotic accent and pale features set his heart ablaze...her mere touch brands his soul. Passion blooms as the two discover their love for one another—with disastrous consequences.

Upon his expulsion from Cambridge, Eric must battle his domineering grandfather’s wrath. When family tragedy strikes, he must return to his provincial home and confront his abusive past. Carrying on with her quest, Contesse struggles to free herself from her childhood as sinister details are revealed. Without Eric, she’s lost. But love is strong...can they conquer their demons to find one another again?

Teaser: Excerpt

     Eric and Talon's voices wafted away as Contesse stepped out into a small clearing where the goldenrod, dead nettle, and pink heather bloomed all around her. The warm sun tickled her face, and she pulled her cloak tight to protect her skin. Sitting gingerly upon the grass, she perked up as the thunderous sounds of the river rumbled nearby. With a gasp, she turned to look, her mind whirling. Rubbing her eyes, a ghostly likeness of herself as a young child walked among the reeds, and she suddenly leapt back to a time she’d long forgotten...
      Wrapped in a long, rainbow colored cloak to cover her delicate skin, the child stooped over to pick the goldenrod. Rubbing it between her fingers, the girl smiled and placed it carefully in an elongated, open basket hung on her arm. Intent on her work, she didn’t see the two young children running toward her, laughing and pointing. “Devil's Spawn! Devil's Spawn!" the girls mocked. “You don’t belong here!” The little girl sat in the grass and cried, bent over with a sprig of goldenrod in her hand.
      Standing, Contesse went to the river bank to comfort the poor girl, but she had disappeared. A mockingbird called from high in the treetops, and Contesse frowned. Gazing down in surprise, she gripped a yellow flower tightly in her fist. Holding it to her nose, she inhaled the spicy fragrance that lingered upon her fingers.

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The Series: Pure Escapades

Pure Temptation [2]

Jilted by his betrothed and desperate to escape his family's strict "Gypsy" ways, Talon Barberry leaves England behind when he's hired by a French extremist to kidnap a diplomat's daughter sailing to New Orleans. However, he discovers that he is merely a pawn in the Frenchman's game, and his target is actually a spy hired by the Cabildo—the most beautiful spy he's ever seen.

Hired to take her best friend's place on a ship bound for the West Indies, Talia Montrose uses her feminine wiles to seduce the handsome rogue sent to capture her. When they uncover the truth that she too is a victim of the Frenchman's evil plan, Talon agrees to protect her and save her family home.

Over land and sea, they surrender to their uncontrollable desire for one another. Uprooting his entire moral grounding, Talon defies his honor by falling for the creole seductress, and Talia loses her heart to the man willing to sacrifice his life for hers.

But, it can never be: Talon is Romani, and he could never marry a white woman. Conflicted by emotions, Talon realizes a little too late that he can't live without her. Will he be able to give up his traditions to live a life of happiness with the woman that stole his heart?

*Parental Discretion is Advised!

[Published 1 March 2016, 510 pages]

About the Author

History buff, Francophile, and hopeless romantic that demands an HEA—it’s the perfect mixture for writing romance! With fond childhood memories of reading on quiet afternoons, I loved the "happily ever after" sweet teen romances, but I quickly plunged into the world of historical romance—my get-away-from-real-life transporter. Add in a degree in Political Studies with six years of French, and twenty years later, I’m living my dream. With three published novels, 7 finished, and several more in my head, I have years of work ahead of me!

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29: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'
30: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
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32: Two Ends of the Pen
33: Unabridged Andra
34: underneath the covers
35: Wendi zwaduk - romance to make your heart race
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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

thanks for hosting!

Auria Jourdain said...

Good Morning! Wow, this is wonderful! Thanks so much to Books Chatter for hosting me today and for this wonderful blog post! I haven't seen that video in a long time:) Pure of Heart was first released in 2015 with a small vanity press, and I received my rights back last spring. It needed a fresh revamp with new material and a brand new cover. And, thanks so much for the shout out for the second book, Pure Temptation! Released in March of 2016, the story continues with one of the secondary characters from Pure of Heart, a Romani (Gypsy) man, Talon Barberry. Both of these novels hold a special place in my heart, and I'd love to answer any questions you might have! I'll check back in periodically today. Don't forget to comment to be entered to win my rafflecopter!

BooksChatter said...

Hi Auria, thank you for stopping by! Yes, I did notice about the trailer - hence I set it not to play the last section of it :-) I have a soft spot for trailers ;-)

Hope you are having a great blast day!