Monday, December 17, 2012

New Release Plus December Blog Tour

To celebrate the release of How To Woo... A Reluctant Bride, I'm doing a blog hop & mini-tour next week, with prizes. (see below)

How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride
(Romantic Historical Short Story)
by Lyndi Lamont

A marriage contract, nothing more...until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. Yet the rules are simple for an arrangement such as theirs. There should be no misunderstanding, no illusions of anything more.

But the rules are about to change when Evan is gifted with an intriguing copy of the Kama Sutra.  He sets out to win his high-born bride, blending seductive heat with exotic lessons in love-making. With a little help from Sir Richard Burton's new, provocative translation of ancient wisdom on seduction and arousal, the cold marriage bed of an arranged union is about to combust into a blazing flame of desire

(Previously published under the title Love… By the Book - this new version is less erotic but more romantic)

4 Angels...” a scintillating mix of lust and sexual exploration… Ms. Lamont has done a very nice job of bringing a bit of the exotic into her writing.” - Dawnie, Fallen Angel Reviews

Disclaimer: This is a short 30 page romantic short story. Contains scenes of Victorians breaking rules, hot marital sex and ancient wisdom from the Kama Sutra.

Available now for only 99 cents at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Coming soon to iBooks, Kobo and Sony.

For the Secret Santa Blog Hop, I'm giving away a $15.00 Gift Certificate of winner's choice. (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.)
The Grand Prize for the Blog Hop is a Kindle Fire HD 7" preloaded with books by authors on the blog hop, including a copy of my latest release How To Woo... A Reluctant Bride. Must be 18 to win. Details can be found at /

I'll also be giving away two ebooks of the winner's choice at the other blog stops from Dec. 20-22. Leave a comment on any of my blogs and you will be entered.

Here is the schedule:

Dec. 17-19, Secret Santa Blog Hop (A Victorian Christmas)

Dec. 20, Servants of the Muse blog (Kama Sutra)

also: also: Sunlight Sucks blog featuring a special giveaway of Deception, Historical M/M Romance 

Dec. 21, The Romance Studio blog (Victorian Wedding Customs)

Dec. 22, Love In A Book Reviews (Excerpt from How To Woo... A Reluctant Bride

I hope some of your will be able to participate and win some prizes.

Happy Holidays!

Lyndi Lamont

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Book of Lost Fragrances (Book Review Club)

The Book of Lost Fragrances
by M.J. Rose
Paranormal Thriller

The intriguing notion at the heart of this book is that an ancient Egyptian fragrance could be the key to unlocking the mysteries of past life.

For generations, the House of L'Etoile in Paris has created exclusive fragrances, but now the business is in trouble. The family patriarch is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and children Robbie and Jac (Jacinth) must find a way to save the company. Jac wants to sell two of their premiere fragrances, but Robbie is certain that if Jac, who has a superior nose, will help him, they can find the lost elusive fragrance of memory. Jac, a skeptic, dismisses his ideas. Robbie has an ulterior motive. A converted Buddhist, he hopes to find the lost frangrance and give it to the Dalai Lama to help the beleaguered Tibetan people. He enlists the help of Griffin North, Jac's former love.

As a child, Jac suffered from schizophrenic episodes made worse by the scents in her father's workroom. (Or were they memories of past lives that the young Jac had no way to process?) Since finding psychological help from Dr. Malachai Samuels, a familiar figure in previous books in this series, she has kept her distance from the family business. Then Robbie disappears from the House of L'Etoile, leaving a dead body behind, and Jac and Griffin must work together to find out what happened.

I really enjoyed this book. The main plot about the lost fragrance is quite fascinating and takes from present day to Ancient Egypt and Revolutionary Paris. The subplot about Chinese attempts to prevent the fragrance from reaching the Dalai Lama complicates matters, as does Malachai Samuels's attempts to obtain the lost memory tool. In previous books, Malachai has been a suspected villain, even coming under FBI surveillance, but he now seems determined to clear his name.

I found the book fascinating, both for plot and the ambience. MJ Rose was clearly inspired by her research into the history of perfume. The book doesn't have the happy ending I wanted but it was satisfying nevertheless. I have read the entire series and this is one of the best, along with The Memorist. I'm hoping there will be more.

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Linda McLaughlin
aka Lyndi Lamont

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