Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and to celebrate the holidays I am giving away ebooks! What you sayz? Yep, all of the ebooks I have released are eligible (and are still "in print" and not including anthologies). 

Is there a book missing from your collection? Or are you just starting out and not sure what to read?

Here's all you gotta do: 

1) On the front page of my blog sign up for Eliza by Email
2) In the comments of this thread, tell me which ebook you want - don't forget your email address and how you want the book delivered (Nook, Kindle, etc.) The first person to tag/claim one of my ebook wins it. If someone beats you to the book you wanted, post a second choice in another comment. We'll do this until one of each book has been claimed or until December 31st. Oh, and one win per person.

Remember: First person to claim a book by its title, wins it!

I'm limiting this to Kindle, Nook and Ellora's Cave, since I have accounts with each of them.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

My Writer Friends: Welcome Ruth D. Kerce!

I'm so happy to have my friend Ruth Kerce in to tell us about her Christmas novellas. How did we become friends? We shared a release day some years ago (plus we are Word With Friends competitors.)

CHRISTMAS READS from Ruth D. Kerce

A big thank you to the wonderful Eliza Lloyd for allowing me to promo my newest Christmas release on her blog.  I’m also going to sneak in a promo for a limited-time, Christmas freebie for readers.  I hope you enjoy both stories.

CHRISTMAS COWBOY is part of the Reindeer Games multi-author, holiday series.  My particular story is a stand-alone, short novella (erotic romance).

BLURB: He breeds horses. So what’s a cowboy do with reindeer? She knows he can breed & sell the reindeer, if he’ll only believe. Together they find their miracle and also find love.

This story was such fun to write.  I write multi-genre romances, but being born and raised in Oklahoma, sexy cowboys are always a favorite for me to write.


XMAS AFFAIR is a short contemporary, holiday story which I indie published several years ago.  It’s a sensual romance and a quick read, showing that holiday wishes can come true...

BLURB: There's no hunk to kiss under the mistletoe until a past love reappears in her life. He left her once. Can she ever trust him again? Does she even want to?

This story will be free at Amazon from Dec 23rd through Dec 27th (if Amazon runs the promo as scheduled). Tell your friends!

Download XMAS AFFAIR free (for a limited time) only at:  Amazon

Ruth D. Kerce was born in Oklahoma to a military family. She’s lived various places, including overseas. Not wanting to be confined in her stories, she decided to write multi-genre romances and loves the variety and freedom it gives her. She holds multiple degrees and has been a teacher, analyst & web guru. Now living in Nevada, she writes fulltime when life doesn’t get in the way.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Regency Country Life

I am very much charmed by English country homes with the large barns, green hill sides with grazing sheep, rock fences and nearby streams with the gently turning water wheels. These were the homes of squires and modest barons. The Bennets had such a home in Pride and Prejudice.

They had great names, usually prompted by a local natural feature or nearby historical monument: Broadoaks, Moat Farm, Oak Farm, Lakeland, Manor Farm, Church Farm, Old Hall Farm. In Wicked Siren (Wicked Affairs, 6), my country baron Alex Preston lived in Kent at Oak Hoo:

“Prior to my family owning the home, it was called Oak Hoo. Hoo being an old Saxon name for the spur of a hill.”
“Oak Hill, is it?”
“No. We never changed the name. Most
everyone still calls the place Hoo.”

Naturally when I pictured Oak Hoo, I pictured this.

And then there was Glen Arbor, the home of Edward Chase, the Earl of Redding. This story was Wicked Lord (Wicked Affairs, 3). While the home had all of the bucolic earmarks of a country manor, this home was more stately with matching landscaped grounds. Edward even tries to charm his new wife by telling her about the deer that graze on the lawns.

Edward’s gaze followed hers, glancing at the Palladian monument, a testimony to his great-grandfather’s grandiosity. Edward did enjoy the breezy old mansion, but then he’d grown up here, running the fields, swimming its lakes and riding everywhere else.

Palladian architecture is a European style of architecture derived from and inspired by the designs of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580). That which is recognized as Palladian architecture today is an evolution of Palladio's original concepts. Palladio's work was strongly based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans – Wikipedia

This style was also popular during the colonial period and through the Revolutionary War in America. Palladian can still be considered a simple, boxy style home in contrast to the showy Georgian architecture which would typically involved white paint, crescent shapes and wrought iron balconies.

It is hard for some to think of the Regency period outside of London ballrooms and the flurry of the Season but the country house parties, the poor relatives and the vicar’s daughter were best featured in rural settings. I find a lot of comfort in the idea of changing seasons, planting and plowing and the inevitable cycle of life and death. Both the squire and the duke would maintain their herds, breed their horse stock and “chill” in the country.

Nearly all of my story arcs end up in the country: for healing, for peace, for family time. I find the English countryside to be one of my favorite story settings.