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Wednesday 21 March 2018

☀ The Rake and the Bishop's Daugther: Friendship [3] - Julia Donner

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for The Rake and the Bishop's Daugther, a Regency Romance by (, Julia Donner, 386 pages).

This is the third book in the Friendship series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below. The Rake and the Bishop's Daugther is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Author Julia Donner will be awarding a $30 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 exclusive excerpts (☀).

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Society’s beloved wastrel, Sir Harry Collyns, pushes his popularity past the point of acceptability when he poses for a statue that creates a social uproar. People line up for blocks to see Handsome Harry in the nude, sculpted by a female artist!

Bored with the fuss and scandal, Harry hitches up his fastest team, heads for the country, and a near fatal curricle accident. When the bandages are removed from his head days later, he discovers the angel-voiced widow who’d cared for him is neither elderly nor as mild as her tone, but a straight-laced do-gooder unimpressed with his flamboyant past and dashing good looks.

Head-battered and heading for a broken heart, he falls into love with Widow Olivia St. Clair, who might be the one woman in England that Harry can’t charm into loving him back.

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The door opened and Harry went to clasp Lady Asterly’s outstretched hands. He pulled her in for a kiss on the cheek. “My thanks for allowing me to push my way in and interrupt your afternoon.”
      “Don’t talk rubbish, Harry.” Over her shoulder, she said, “Crimm, lay out the tray on the table by the windows. Bring up some chairs. Come along, boys. The sun has finally pierced the fog and gloom. We shall have tea in its light.”
     She sat and fussed with arranging the tray until Crimm and the servants left. “Out with it, Harry. We have been puzzling over the mystery of your disappearance this last summer.”
     Harry accepted a cup. “Yes, I expected you might have some questions, especially after the abrupt way I left this morning.” He waited until they both had tasted their tea. “I’ve asked Crimm to set about the rumor that I’m seriously looking for a wife, while not letting on that I’ve already found her.” He paused. “I see that this announcement doesn’t surprise you, Lizzie. Have the gossipmongers done their worst?”
     She considered the question as she set aside the saucer and held the tea cupped in her palm. “No, it isn’t that, and it isn’t that I’m not happy for you. It’s…Harry, you don’t sound happy about this decision.”

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The Series: Friendship

|| [1] || [2] || [4] || [5] || [6] || [7] || [8] || [9] || [10] || [11] ||

All books in the series are stand alone and HEA, and are FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

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The Tigresse and the Raven [1]

A secret stops Cassandra Seyton from accepting a flood of marriage proposals until Lord Ravenswold sees her. By then, it’s too late—her family hovers on the brink of financial disaster with another social catastrophe about to explode. But neither can resist an attraction that burns stronger than society’s dictates and their lack of trust—his of women—hers from a fear of discovery.

RWA contest finalist.

[Published 10 December 2012, 327 pages]

The Heiress and the Spy [2]

Rich widow, Elizabeth Shelton, secretly yearns to break free from the confinements of her placid life. Her late husband died a hero in the Peninsular Wars, leaving her childless and badgered by his greedy parents. Leaping into love and a dangerous scheme to serve king and country had never entered her mind, but she’s unable to resist the impoverished and dashing Lord Asterly when he asks her to become his wife and aid him in intrigue.

[Published 19 December 2013, 455 pages]

The Duchess and the Duelist [4]

To protect her son Evangeline Merrick has hidden her identity for a decade by becoming a dresser to Lady Asterly, who foils the successful ploy by insisting Evangeline take the role of companion. Unable to refuse the generosity of her patroness, Evangeline is thrust back into society. No one recognizes her but she ignites the interest of the last unmarried of the Four Eligibles, the Honorable Alfred Bates, heir to Viscount Grieves.

Famed duelist known as Arm-Winger Freddy, Bates finds himself obsessed with Lady Asterly’s mysterious companion. Something about Evangeline’s strength beneath the delicate shell haunts his thoughts. He has no right to pursue her when he’s affianced to another but the more she retreats, the more he must have her no matter what the cost.

[Published 28 December 2014, 301 pages]

The Dark Earl and His Runaway [5]

Leticia Carlton has been told she has nothing to recommend her but an unsuitably clever intellect and a respectable fortune, but until she reaches the on-coming age of twenty-and-one, she can make no use of her few attributes. Her unsavory cousin holds the purse strings and has plans for her future, namely marriage to a frightening adventurer. What she needs is a shining knight galloping to her rescue, but the savior she ends up with turns out to be a friend from her childhood with a hair-trigger temper, tender heart, and tarnished armor.

[Published 28 April 2015, 162 pages]

The Dandy and the Flirt [6]

Widow, Emily, Lady Fortesque, embarks on a quest to taste everything delightful and decadent, placing her in a position where she must remarry. Providence supplies a cousin, Sir Hugh Exton-Loyd, the original stick in the mud. How difficult could it be to twist him to her will?

Sir Hugh considers Emily a brash and fickle a piece of work, but he requires a mother for his two, prank-playing boys. A chivalrous offer of marriage in Emily’s hour of need might be the perfect lever to curb her unacceptable habits. How difficult could it be to harness an aging hoyden?

Neither of them paid any heed to the old adage of how opposites attract.

[Published 29 August 2015, 159 pages]

Lord Carnall and Miss Innocent [7]

Ana Worth has problems enough with the struggle to keep her seminary from financial ruin and her wastrel brother out of debtors’ prison. More trouble lands on her doorstep in the form of Lord Carnall and his two sisters. She can’t trust the motives of the irresistible marquis and doesn’t understand his interest in her, other than a short-lived affair, until she discovers he’s a man on a quest for revenge.

[Published 5 January 2016, 289 pages]

The Barbarian and His Lady [8]

When Cameron Bradford is found bleeding and unconscious on the road, midwife Allison Davidson is asked to help him. The injured vagabond is soon discovered to be a local hero and thought to have died at sea. In him, she discovers a friend like no other. He finds a love that will not be denied, but Allison has a scandal in her past and will not tarnish a man so good at heart and courageous to a fault.

[Published 18 June 2016, 334 pages]

A Rogue for Miss Prim [9]

Gordon Treadwell thought himself too long in the tooth to get mixed up in a social disaster of epic proportions. In his cups, he makes a preposterous wager, which his stickler father decrees must be honored. The problem is that it involves a prickly and headstrong spinster sitting on a possible scandal of her own. Oil and water, flame and grease, no matter how you describe this pair, things are about to ignite.

[Published 30 August 2016, 276 pages]

An American for Agnes [10]

Most women would think it flattering to be the object of attention of more than one titled gentlemen. Not artist Agnes Bradford. One pursuer seeks to control her, to publicly ruin her if she refuses to submit. The other one is more difficult to resist and with him, its necessary to deceive.

Recently found missing heir, Maxime Blayne, Lord Loverton, travels to England to take up his title. Or so everyone thinks. His true purpose is to find the murderer of his parents. Then he meets fragile, heartbroken Agnes and that changes everything.

[Published 31 May 2017, 291 pages]

A Laird's Promise [11]

Coming in 2018

About the Author

Julia Donner (aka M.L.Rigdon) grew up in historic Galena, IL, USA, and spent most of her time in the museum of her aunt, who encouraged her interest in history and understood the need to cherish a dream. She started writing in secret in her teens and never stopped, merging it with her mother's encouragement to study theater and music, which led to performing in the Midwest, California and as far away as Austria.

Donner never forgot what it was like to write alone as a girl and is a happy member of Summit City Scribes. Concern for the failing educational system led her to develop Your Futures in Ink, a panel of local and regional authors, who go into to schools to encourage students and answer questions about writing.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nikolina said...

Shared on G+ to help spread the word, good luck with the book tour! πŸ¦‹

M.L.Rigdon said...

My thanks also but the book is not FREE. It's on sale at .99 for the duration of the tour.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

Karen H said...

Having fun following the tour and getting to know you and your book.

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for the great post and awesome giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

The whole series looks intriguing!