Release Day for Sharon Cullen and The Notorious Lady Anne + 5 book Giveaway
Today is the big day! The Notorious Lady Anne releases today. Whoo Hooo! I’m so excited that words cannot express it. And, to top it off, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There is no better time for a romance author than Valentine’s Day. So to honor both my release day and Valentine’s Day, I am showing you a little peek into a very private scene between Emmaline (Lady Anne) and her love, Nicholas. You won’t find this anywhere else.
Enjoy and happy Valentine’s Day!
Nicholas lay on his side and rested his head in his palm to better stare at Emmaline. She lay on her back with her eyes closed, twirling a lock of her midnight hair around on her fingers. There was a slight smile on her rosy lips but he didn’t fool himself into thinking she was in blissful satiation due to their recent lovemaking. No, she was more than likely thinking of one ship or another.
That was all right. That was what made Emmaline, Emmaline.
He touched the tip of her nose and her smile widened before she turned her head and opened her eyes. She stretched languidly, her taut, slim body and all that bronzed skin glistening in the sun. There was something to be said for private waterfalls on secluded Caribbean islands.
“Did you like your surprise?” he asked.
She finished her stretch and rolled to her side. “Oh, yes. I never dreamed we would return here.” Her smile faltered, became serious. “Thank you, Nicholas.”
He shook his head. “No. Thank you.” Returning to her island home had been a risk he’d been willing to take. He knew the inlets, knew where to hide the ships to give them time to enjoy her favorite place on Earth. However, wrestling the control of the ships away from her to grant her this surprise had been another thing entirely. But he’d succeeded and was rewarded with her cry of delight when they dropped anchor.
He took her hand and kissed her fingers. “We’ve been together a year now.”
“Almost a year,” she said, laughing.
“Almost a year,” he amended. “You know what today is, don’t you?”
She shook her head, her blue-green eyes still dancing with light, love and laughter.
“It’s Valentine’s Day.”
She frowned. “What’s that?”
He drew back in mock horror.
“You don’t know what Valentine’s Day is? Woman, you have not lived. It’s a day when lover’s express their eternal love to each other with sweets, flowers and handmade cards.”
She made a psshh sound that had him laughing. His Emmaline. Always the romantic.
“I don’t need any of that,” she said, then peered at him closely. “You don’t either, do you? Because I’ve never heard of such a holiday and I have nothing for you.”
He laughed, gathering her in his arms for a tight hug. “No, Emmaline. I don’t need flowers or handmade cards, you’re the only sweet for me.”
She squirmed away from him and cupped his face between her palms to give him a hard kiss. “I love you, Nicholas Addison, and always will.”
He touched her cheek, his heart overflowing in ways he never thought possible just a year ago. No, he didn’t need store-bought or handmade gifts, for Emmaline was the only he gift he desired.
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Reviewers are loving THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE – Here’s a review from Farrah at THE GOLDEN RULE:
A delightful pirate romance with a twist! The Notorious Lady Anne is a spectacular read.
I really liked the idea behind this book. There are, of course, many historical romances about a pirate who abducts the heroine and, eventually, they fall in love. This book was a role reversal. The pirate was Emmaline, AKA Lady Anne and she abducts the hero-Nicholas. And, this book does not disappoint at all.
Emmaline was definitely a different heroine. She is bent on revenge and is using piracy to get it. Despite being a woman, she makes her mark as a ruthless and clever pirate. At times, it was slightly annoying that she didn’t even consider that she was ruining several people’s livelihood to get vengeance on one person. But, that is the only negative thing I have to say about her. Otherwise, she was a lovely heroine that anyone would like. Her dedication, though occasionally misguided, was admirable. In short, she was great.
Nicholas was even more incredible. Having been badly injured after being attacked by pirates, he holds no great love for any of them. So, when Emmaline/Anne comes along, a conflict of interest ensues. Definitely adds some drama. But, moving on, Nicholas was an ideal hero. He was strong and clever, but also sweet and loving. And he would do anything to protect the woman he loves. Everything about him was wonderful. I adored the captain.
Emmaline and Nicholas has a complicated relationship, to say the least. Both should hate each other, but neither of them can. More than that, they are attracted to each other despite their conflict. But, they still managed to fall in love and it was very sweet. Not to mention the spicy that came along when that attraction between them caught fire. They were an adorable couple, one that really deserved their happy ending.
The plot of the book moved quickly. There was never a dull moment and I was hooked throughout the whole book. The ending was perfect, tying everything up in a clever way.
The Notorious Lady Anne is a delightful romance! Any romance lover should give it a read.
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance and historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.