on November 1st 2016
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Two hot heroes to keep you warm on the long winter nights...
WAITING FOR A DUKE LIKE YOU
There’s no such thing as the perfect hero…
Nathan Cauley, Duke of Wyndover, is so handsome ladies swoon—but Nathan doesn’t want a fawning miss for his duchess. Then he stumbles upon a filthy young woman sleeping under a bridge, and his protective instincts are raised. When he recognizes her as the woman he loved years before, he’s determined to win back her heart.
Or is there?
Princess Vivienne is the last of the royal family of Glynaven. Vivienne is all alone and on the run when the Duke of Wyndover comes to her rescue. Vivienne barely remembers meeting him years before, and wonders if he is any more than a pretty face. But when the assassins return, Nathan might just prove to be the man Vivienne’s been waiting for.
A PRINCE IN HER STOCKING
When it’s cold outside…
Prince Lucien of Glynaven spends the cold winter days in a small bookshop, searching for a book that's the key to saving his life. When Lady Cassandra Ashbrooke comes in to shop, her lovely face is almost enough to make him give up his search. But when assassins track him, he must end the budding romance and abandon his last chance at ever reclaiming his identity.
A prince is just the man to make Christmas a little more cozy.
When the widowed Lady Cassandra catches a glimpse of an attractive man in her favorite bookshop, she decides to meet him, hoping to add a small spark of excitement into her dull life. Soon the prince’s kisses are more passionate than Cass can imagine. But with danger closing in on all sides, is it too late for a holiday miracle?
**These novellas were previously published in the anthologies DANCING IN THE DUKE'S ARMS and CHRISTMAS IN DUKE STREET.**
A Royal Christmas
I’ve always been fascinated by royalty, whether it was Princess Leia or the wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William. Naturally, I’ve always wanted to write a book featuring princes and princesses. In A Royal Christmas I did both. This duet features two novellas, one about a brother and one about his sister from the fictional kingdom of Glynaven. The two have barely escaped an overthrow of their father, the king, with their lives. Now they are in England, struggling to stay hidden from assassins.
In this excerpt from “A Prince in Her Stocking,” Prince Lucien is hiding in London at Christmastime. He has no money and no friends, but he knows there are documents with information to reclaim his name and some of his fortune hidden among the volumes of a bookshelf on Duke Street. At the bookstore he meets a young widow looking for adventure. She wants to help him…
“Did you have a library in the palace at Glynaven?”
His brows rose slightly, an indication she’d surprised him with her question. She’d surprised herself.
“Are we playing three questions again, Lady Ashbrooke?”
“Yes.” It might not be wise to play the game with him again, but neither had it been wise to approach him today. Besides, she was past the point of acting wisely. She had the rest of her long, lonely life to behave wisely.
He gave her a slow smile, which should have made her question what he would ask her in return. Instead, she rather hoped it would be something scandalous. At that thought, she peered about them. They were the only patrons in On the Shelf at the moment and at the back of the shop, away from the clerks and the doorway. Business was slow today, and Cass heard only the shopgirl humming to herself as she dusted the volumes in the window.
The prince leaned one shoulder against the shelf, tucking the book he held under his arm. “We had a magnificent library.”
“What was it like?” she asked, leaning close because he spoke softly so the shopgirl would not hear.
“That’s two questions.”
She nodded, not caring.
“The chamber was domed, and the cupola was painted by famed Renaissance artists from Glynaven—mythical images of satyrs and wood nymphs and enchanted forests. In the daytime, the library shone with light from the tall windows spaced throughout. If the lawn was not lit with lanterns at night, one could see all the stars from those windows. I used to sit for hours on the red velvet chaise longues and read. Of course, my younger sisters thought it most diverting to sneak up to the second level, squeeze behind a pillar, and spy on me. They must have been exceedingly desperate for entertainment to find watching me read of any interest.”
Cass smiled, imagining the girls tiptoeing and giggling as their older brother pretended not to notice them. She’d never had any siblings and had often been so lonely that a chance to spy on an older brother would have been welcomed.
“And now it’s my turn,” the prince said. “What is your name—your Christian name?”
Cass smothered a smile. He did care about her. He would not have wondered such a question if she didn’t hold any interest for him. “My name is Cassandra, but everyone calls me Cass.”
He nodded slowly. “Cassandra, the cursed princess of Troy.”
Cass ducked her head. “I do not think my parents are great readers. I believe they just liked the name. And I have no great gift of prophecy, though I imagine if I did, no one would believe me either.” Fortunately, her head was bowed, and she did not have to look at him when she spoke. She feared she’d revealed too much.
“I have another question,” he said quietly, so quietly she had to lean closer to hear his voice. She again caught the scent of sandalwood and took a shaky breath.
“I suppose it’s only fair. I asked two in a row.” She glanced up at him, saw his lion’s gaze on her, and darted her eyes back to the worn boards beneath her feet.
“What were you daydreaming about?”
She froze. The object of the game was honesty, and she could not reveal the subject of her fantasy. She began to shake her head.
“Tell me, Cassandra.” The sound of her name on his tongue made her breath catch.
“I cannot,” she whispered. “It is too”—mortifying—“personal.”
“I answered your questions, and remember, you have another yet to ask. You can ask me anything you want, and I’ll answer.”
His voice was so seductive and so low that it rumbled through her, bringing warm spirals of pleasure with it. She could not tell him what she’d been thinking, and she also knew she didn’t have the willpower to deny him anything.
Today I’m giving away a digital copy of A Royal Christmas to one person who comments.
Just tell me which room of a palace you would most love to visit.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
WAITING FOR A DUKE LIKE YOU is one of Shana Galen’s most wonderful stories ever; what a delight! At the Dukeries, Vivienne is running for her life literally: assassins are pursuing her, and she is so hungry and tired she collapses. While on a scavenger hunt, Nathan, The Duke of Wyndover, stumbles upon her and gentleman that he is, he rescues her. He knows her but she doesn’t recognise him. Strange, that! Nathan is unbelievably gorgeous, unforgettable really to all but Vivienne, who doesn’t care for pretty men, however Nathan is much more than his pretty face, which is the least of his worries. This is Shana Galen at her very best! What a fabulous story, extensively researched, filled with political intrigue, action, and magnificent characters! I was enthralled from the very first lines. The romance is divine, the writing is exquisite, the chemistry between Vivienne and Nathan is palpable. WAITING FOR A DUKE LIKE YOU is sheer perfection!
In PRINCE IN HER STOCKING, Prince Lucien of Glynaven, now known as Mr. Glen is on the run. The Prince is now a destitute pauper, a victim of a revolution. While struggling to remain alive during a cold English winter, he is searching for the proof of his birth and reclaim his title. This so happens will be found in a bookstore, more precisely the one commonly known as the On the Shelf bookstore. While perusing, he comes across the loveliest woman he has ever seen, and he is immediately smitten. She is Lady Cassandra Ashbrooke, a widow, and he is delighted but taken aback that she wants to talk to him, even looking as miserable as he does, always hungry, with no place to live and no money. “Cass” lives with her tyrant of a sister-in-law, has always done what she was told; she has always been quiet, sweet and docile until events make her otherwise…With Shana Galen, you know you can expect romance plus action and adventure, and the author doesn’t fail us! Both Cass and Lucien are not your cookie-cutter romance protagonists, which makes the romance even more delightful – and real! I loved that the romance in A PRINCE IN HER STOCKING revolves around books, and a bookstore. There are surprises at every corner, fabulous plot twists, and terrific character development, especially when it comes to Cass. The writing flows beautifully, the chemistry between Cass and Lucien is palpable; what a wonderful story it is!
Shana Galen can do no wrong with these two exquisite novellas!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.