I want to talk about my Marsden Romance books. This series holds a special place in my heart because it is where everything started. My very first book was A Flawed Jewel. It was first released on April 4, 2014. It was exciting and nerve wrecking, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Here is A Flawed Jewel cover and Blurb:
Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather. Will love intervene, altering both their courses?
Pieretta Carlyle experienced the loss of her father, leaving her alone in the world except for her grandpere, Comte Renard Dubois. The comte insists that she travel to France to live with him. Pieretta doesn’t want to leave Charleston and the only home she has ever known. Her grandpere is her guardian, and she must do what he says.
Thor has a score to settle, and Pieretta is the key to his revenge. He became a pirate unwillingly after his business partner tried to murder him. He must acquire Pieretta by any means necessary, and he doesn’t mind plundering a ship to obtain her.
When Pieretta and Thor meet, they are instantly attracted to each other against their better judgments. Pieretta is disgusted by the pirate’s actions. Thor knows what Pieretta believes, but proceeds with his plans anyway. She is only a tool to achieve vengeance. What happens will depend on Thor’s need for revenge and Pieretta’s ability to forgive him for his dastardly deeds.
Now for a little background information. I NEVER intended for this to be a series. For the next set of covers some people might be confused and think that they are pirate books. They are NOT. Not in the sense that you would expect. Don’t read them thinking you will get a pirate love story. You will be disappointed. The short story A Crystal Angel should be an indicator of what they really are. Victorian romances with an ex-pirate stealing the show at times.
So here is the cover and Blurb for A Crystal Angel:
After a night of cards and drinking, Thor’s splitting headache is the least of his worries. When a messenger arrives with a contract for him to sign, his wife Pia discovers he’s agreed to betroth their son to the Earl of Devon’s daughter. Pia’s beyond furious and demands he fix it—or else. After overhearing the argument between their parents, the twins Liam and Lily decide to runaway in protest of the contract. Thor and Pia set out to find their rebellious children before something dreadful happens to them. Will Thor convince Pia to forgive him and find the twins before Christmas, or will their family fall apart forever?
A Crystal Angel is technically book 1.5 in the series. It goes along with A Flawed Jewel and is included in the print version. So if you want it in print pick up A Flawed Jewel and you get both books. Since A Crystal Angel is so short this was the best way to give it to everyone. It is just not logical to print it on its own.
A Treasured Lily is the second book in the series. It is about Pia and Thor’s daughter, Lilliana. She has an attitude that would rival any modern woman. She wants what she wants and does everything she can to get it. So why does she have a pirate cover? Well because Lilliana has a penchant for wearing pants whenever she can. When she sets out to go to South Carolina she quickly loses her fancy ball gowns and puts on breeches. So she looks like a pirate, has a real pirate attitude, but she isn’t an actual pirate. She was just raised by one.
Here is the Blurb and cover for a Treasured Lily:
What Lilliana Marsden wants—she gets. The thing she believes she desires most is to live in Charleston on a plantation. Her problem? Parents who refuse to listen to her. Lily decides to make her wishes come true and who better than a handsome American ship captain to help her.
Randall Collins finds Lilliana bewitching and quickly falls under her spell. When she asks if he can take her with him on his next voyage he finds himself agreeing—for a tiny fee. A kiss as payment and he’ll take her anywhere she wants.
As they set sail sparks fly between them. Will Lily find something more desirable than owning a plantation and can Rand convince her he’s the better choice?
So that brings us to the next book in the series (but it’s not the final book.) A Sanguine Gem is about Pia and Thor’s son, Liam. Again Liam is NOT a pirate. But yes he DOES have a pretty pirate cover. The picture of Liam I think shows us exactly how he sees himself. He has fully taken over his father’s shipping line and has sailed on them several times. He embodies it, but doesn’t practice it. Does that make sense? Liam was raised by Thor and some of his attitude has rubbed off on him. He may never have been a pirate but he’s fully capable under the right circumstances.
Here is the blurb and cover for A Sanguine Gem:
Lady Gemma Kemsley is in dire straits. Her cousin Alfie inherited her father’s estate upon his death. He quickly bled it dry of funds and is turning his lecherous intentions toward her. Alfie wants to have complete control over her inheritance. Without Alfie’s approval she can’t marry. She has one option—run away and live with her best friend in America.
When his sister begs Liam Marsden to help Gemma he reluctantly agrees. He has a past with Gemma he’d rather forget—involving a failed attempt at betrothal and her professed love. When he sees Gemma again he realizes he can’t ever let her go. Instead of sending her to America he uses the old betrothal agreement to marry her.
Gemma doubts Liam truly loves her. Can he convince her of the veracity of his love or will he lose her forever?
Now there WILL be two more books in this series. A Hidden Ruby will release this December. A Sanguine Gem is set to release on August 14. The final book, A Discarded Pearl, will be out next year. I look forward to the upcoming releases and seeing how readers react to them.
If you have any questions about these books feel free to ask. Here are some buy links for anyone interested. Just click on the title and it will take you to Amazon. A Flawed Jewel is only available on Amazon, but the rest are for sale at other retailers.