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A Book Birthday and Giveaway News!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by Black 'n' Gold Girl's Book Spot! I'm always delighted to provide my readers with what I think are fun and exciting giveaways and announcements to catch your fancy.

I had a happy mail day today! Harlequin sent me Carla Negger's latest book, Red Clover Innas well as an extra special giveaway set. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with that yet, other than give it to one of my readers sometime soon. Be on the lookout for that review and giveaway in the next few weeks.

Also, be sure to check out Rachelle Rea Cobb's Steadfast Love series. She's celebrating the "Book Birthday" of the third book, The Sound of Emeralds by giving away the entire series to one lucky reader. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below to enter for signed copies of ALL THREE of Rachelle’s novels. The whole series, signed! International friends, this giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only (sorry!). But do still enter, because on…

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser

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Well, it's official. This is the movie I'm most looking forward to this year! I'm not gonna lie, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, AND Jeff Goldblum in the same movie? SQUUEEEE!!!! My poor geeky heart...



Best Line: "He's a friend from work!" 😝


TLC Book Tours: The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron (Review + Book Giveaway!)

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Debut Historical Romance from the Pen of Lisa Berne: You May Kiss the Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty #1)

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The Story:
GENERAL MARKET, HISTORICAL ROMANCE

In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow the 'Penhallow way': find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.

But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?

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Paperback ISBN: 978006…

World War II Romance ~ When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom, Book 3) by Sarah Sundin

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The Story:
In a time of war, sometimes battles take place in the heart.

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy's newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

Stop by and say "HI!" to Sarah on her website!

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

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The Story:
"Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions." That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the jo…

A Beautifully Written Gothic Story from the Pen of Sandra Byrd: A Lady in Disguise, Daughters of Hampshire Book 3

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The Story:
In this intriguing novel of romance, mystery, and clever disguise set in Victorian England, a young woman investigates the murder of her own father.

After the mysterious death of her father, Miss Gillian Young takes a new job as the principal costume designer at the renowned Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. But while she remembers her father as a kind, well-respected man of the Police Force, clues she uncovers indicate he’d been living a double life: a haunting photograph of a young woman; train stubs for secret trips just before his death; and a receipt for a large sum of money. Are these items evidence of her father’s guilty secrets? His longtime police partner thinks so.

Then Gillian meets the dashing Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Their attraction is instant and inescapable. As their romantic involvement grows, Gillian begins to suspect even Lockwood’s motives. Does Lord Lockwood truly love her? Or is his interest a front for the desire to own her newly inherited property? And wha…

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering (Review + Giveaway!)

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About the Book
Book:Murder on the Moor, A Drew Farthering Mystery

Author: Julianna Deering

Genre: Historical Mystery

Release Date: February 2017

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents around those lonesome rolling hills–property desecrated, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, a crime for which Drew can discern no motive at all.

Few in the town of Bunting’s Nest seem like suspects, and Drew can’t keep his suspicions from falling on his friend’s new bride. Do her affections lie more with her husband’s money and estate, while her romantic interests stray to their fiery Welsh gamekeeper? As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what…

A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, Book 5) by Meredith Duran (My Review + A Reckless Reward Giveaway!)

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About the book: 
USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran’s A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is the fifth sizzling novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord.

 A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL…

Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart. …

NEVER GOES TO PLAN.

The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for...

Read a preview of A Lady's Code of Misconduct!
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Meredith…

Historical Amish Fiction from Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ My Review

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The Story:
A fresh start in the New World will test Anna's resolve . . . and her heart

In 1737, Anna König staggers off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. It's a time of new beginnings, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom.

But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World, his enthusiasm evaporates. When a ship captain offers him a first mate position, he grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?

As a newcomer joins the church, Anna is torn. This man is everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And he is here. Bairn is not.

Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves the lives of Bairn, Anna, and the newcomer together. When the secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?


My Thoughts:
First off, this book must be read as part of …

Giveaway: A Harlequin Valentine's Day (5 Books + Fringe Studio Soap + Heart Stud Pouch!)

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What's up, dear readers? I hope you will be enjoying a fun Valentine's Day with your significant other or maybe a Galentine's Day with your besties! I'm, unfortunately, doing neither of those things, but luckily I have a TBR (to be read) stack of books 6 miles high to keep me company. Thanks to Harlequin, your TBR stack might also grow!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Harlequin has given me one amazing prize pack to spice up your reading life! It not only includes 5 Harlequin titles, but a Fringe Studio Water Studies Sunrise Square Soap and a pretty heart stud pouch! What more can a girl ask for to keep her company on a chilly winter day?


If you'd like to enter to win the prize pack, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), age 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. I'm not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or non-working prize codes if applicable (ebook codes, promo codes, etc.). The pr…

TLC Book Tours: Lord of the Privateers by Stephanie Laurens

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The Story:
Revel in the action, drama, intrigue and passion as the Frobishers— with help from Wolverstone, the Cynsters and many familiar others— steer the adventure to a glorious end.

Unstoppable determination 

Widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final stage of the rescue mission his brothers have begun. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking Isobel Carmichael—his childhood sweetheart, former handfasted bride and current business partner—with him. A force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own: to find and bring a young cousin safely home. And along the way, she hopes to rid herself of the dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her.

Unfinished business

Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail, much less the new horizons that open before them as they embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the compound deep in the jungle. Yet despite the support of his brothers and their ladies, Royd and Isobe…

TLC Book Tours: The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page (Review and $25 Giftcard Giveaway!)

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The Story:
Sharon Page sparkles in this poignant and irresistibly entertaining follow-up to her breakout novel, An American Duchess.

Lady Julia Hazelton is the most dazzling among 1920s England’s bright young things. But rather than choosing the thrill of wanton adventure like so many of her contemporaries, Julia shocks society with her bold business aspirations. Determined to usher the cursed Worthington estate into a prosperous, modern new era, and thus preserve her beloved late fiancé’s legacy, the willful Julia tackles her wildest, most unexpected adventure in Cal Carstairs, the reluctant new Earl of Worthington.

he unconventional American artist threatens everything Julia seeks to protect while stirring desires she thought had died in the war. For reasons of his own, Cal has designed the ultimate revenge. Rather than see the estate prosper, he intends to destroy it. But their impulsive marriage—one that secures Julia’s plans as well as Cal’s secrets—proves that passion is ambition…

TLC Book Tours: Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas

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The Story:
In the heart of Ransom Canyon, sometimes the right match for a lonely soul is the one you least expect 

Dan Brigman may not lead the most exciting life, but he's proud of what he's achieved: he's a respected lawman, and he's raised a bright, talented daughter on his own. But finding a lone, sparkly blue boot in the middle of a deserted highway gets him thinking maybe the cowgirl who lost it is exactly the shake-up he needs.

After losing her baby girl, Brandi Malone felt like her soul died along with her daughter. Now singing in small-town bars to make ends meet, she's fine being a drifter—until a handsome sheriff makes her believe that parking her boots under his bed is a better option.

College grad Lauren Brigman has just struck out on her own in downtown Dallas when a troubling phone call leads her back home to Crossroads. Her hometown represents her family, friends and deepest hopes, but also her first love, Lucas Reyes. Will Lauren's homecoming be…

Litfuse Blog Tour: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

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The Story:
You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you take the journey to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana in Jocelyn Green’s new book, The Mark of the King.

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict. With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Read what others are saying about the book on the Litfuse website!

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My Thoughts:
So many times I've been pulled in by a gorgeous cover only to be let down by a complete disaster of a story house between it. Thankfully, I'm happy to report that is …

TLC Book Tours: A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

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A Certain Age Beatriz Williams Copyright 2016 William Morrow Paperbacks Paperback ISBN: 9780062404961
The Story:
The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm.

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her gener…

A Fun Regency Romance: Lord Sebastian's Secret by Jane Ashford

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Lord Sebastian's Secret 
(The Duke's Sons, Book 3)
Jane Ashford
Copyright 2017
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback ISBN: 9781492621621

The Story:
A Passionate and Whimsical Regency Tale from Bestselling Author Jane Ashford 

Will the secrets that brought them together tear them apart?

Proud. Cunning. Battle-hardened. Lord Sebastian Gresham is the epitome of military might and excellence. He's wealthy. The son of a Duke. There's just one problem: he can't read. It's those damned words. He doesn't see them in the same way everyone else does. It's a secret he'll never tell, certainly not to his new bride-to-be.

Brilliant. Witty. Beautiful. Lady Georgina Stane has always known she'd make the perfect bride, that is, if her eccentric family didn't scare off every potential suitor from London to Bath. After carefully orchestrating a London season with her parents out of the picture, she secured an engagement to an impeccable gentleman. And when Lord Sebastian…

Start the New Year with a New Series -- The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill
(Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1)
Julie Klassen
Copyright 2016
Bethany House Publishers
Paperback ISBN: 9780764218132

The Story:
Welcome to the English village of Ivy Hill, where friendships thrive, romance blossoms, and mysteries await. . . . 

The lifeblood of the village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. When the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant landlady. Jane has no idea how to manage a business, but with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must quickly find a way to save the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to overcome her losses and find purpose for the future. As she works with Jane, two men from her past vie for her attention, but Thora has promised herself never to marry again. Will one of them convince her to embrace a second chance at love?

As pressure mounts fr…

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano - A Thrilling, New Young Adult Novel!

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The Story:
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black. 

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

********** Be sure to stop by Merrie's site to learn more about Lost …