A Lucky One/Dead Run Launch PARTY!!! WOOT!!

balloonsSome things you just have to share.  And what better thing to share than a Launch Party in the Lair?  Seriously, who does launches and parties better than the Romance Bandits?

So Lair favorite, and Bestselling author, Barbara Devlin is joining me today for a Launch Party for HER book, THE LUCKY ONE – the 6th in her amaaaaaaazing Brethren of the Coast series!  WOOT!  I have loved this series since it’s inception.  I got to read almost every one of these books in draft and OMGosh, I LOVE them!!!!  I’m not even the biggest historical fan in the universe and I confess, I just jones for the next Brethren book.  Barbara never disappoints, and THE LUCKY ONE is no exception.

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Those of you who’ve been around the Lair have met Barb, but if you’re new ’round here, you are in for a treat!  For a great example of her writing, and a taste treat of THE LUCKY ONE, check out the excerpt at the end of today’s post.

So that’s the 19th Century part of this Launch Party…The Cabana Boys, Paolo, and the ever popular Sven, the Lair Chef and Chief Masseuse have been hard at work replicating some serious Regency party food and drink, so make sure you partake.

On the 20th and 21st Century end of the spectrum, I have two books launching, both of them re-releases.  Some of our long term Bandita Buddies would remember and might have bought DEAD RUN in its original incarnation (Dark and Dangerous), but I’ve updated it for today’s market, and re-set it to start a series as it was originally intended.

DeadRunfinalAs I mentioned last month, DEAD RUN is the first in the Faithful Defenders series and hopefully will please you just as much in this new incarnation.  The second book in the series, DEAD RECKONING will be here before summer.  Hopefully, I can do the cover reveal on that on the 8th of NEXT month!

In DEAD RUN, Dana Markham is up against her worst enemy, and a man who knows her all too well – her mobster ex-husband Donovan Walker.  He wants their son in his hands, not in Dana’s.    And he wants Dana very, very, dead.   He’s also willing to go to almost any length to make sure of it.  Caine Bradley is an undercover FBI agent working inside Donovan Walker’s organization.  When he’s sent to kill her, Caine must make the desperate choice to reveal himself, and save her.  Dana’s no slouch at saving herself, though.  Between her own wits, her faithful defender, a German Shepherd AJewelinTimefinalnamed Shadow, and a full arsenal of weapons, she turns the tables on Donovan Walker at every turn.  Can she and Caine work together to defeat Donovan Walker one last time?

And if German Shepherds weren’t enough….Grins…Let’s go back to Germany in the 20th Century!

The second book I’m launching today, is my World War II novella, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, originally published with the above mentioned Barbara Devlin!!  Hopefully you remember that Barb and wonderful debut author, Caitlenn Ainnsley, and I launched the anthology A JEWEL IN TIME back in December.  Barb’s story, LOVING LIEUTENANT DOUGLAS started the show, then my WWII story, then Caitlenn’s sexy Contemporary THE BRIT, THE BROOCH, AND THE BLIZZARD.

If you want all three, go for A JEWEL IN TIME as an anthology.  If you just love historicals – especially if you love the Brethren Series! – just buy Loving
91WDgDbBjmL._SL1500_ Lieutenant Douglas as a single.  If you love WWII stories, the single of BEHIND ENEMY LINES is what I’m launching today!

BEHIND ENEMY LINES is set in 1939, right as the world began to realize that Germany, under Hitler, was a threat to freedom around the globe.  These first stirrings of war were so dangerous, so dark, that my lady spy, Grace Corvedale, misses her chance to get out before the Nazi’s invade.  Can handsome American spy, Lt. Robert “Dix” Dixon, save her – and himself! – from Hitler, and from the SS Officers who are hunting Grace?

Just so you know…I dedicated BEHIND ENEMY LINES to my father and all the wonderful men in my family who served.  Y’all who’ve been with the JamesH.PickeringWWIIBandits for a while know some of my stories about Daddy.  This is the picture I put up one Veteran’s Day.  Grins.

So, as I said…it’s time to PARTY!!!!!  WOOHOOO!!!

Snitzel, Schnapps, and all sorts of slurpy good pastries are on the party menu as well.  SVEN!!!  Bring on the beverages!!

So what is YOUR party preference?  Scnapps or a lovely wine?

What’s your era of preference?  19th Century historical, WWII Historical, or present day contemporary?

If you could walk back in time for just a day, what day would you choose?  What era?

Who would you want to dance with?  Prinny?  Lt. Douglas?  HRH King George?  Winston Churchill?  (I’m going to claim Richard Armitage as John Thornton from North and South !!!)

And now, that Excerpt of THE LUCKY ONE!

 

The Descendants
Portsea Island, England
March, 1814

The diminutive, hooded thief, bearing a rucksack over his shoulder, skulked along the waist, hesitated for a scarce second, and then scampered below decks and into the cargo hold. Following in the scoundrel’s wake, Dalton Randolph hugged the shadows and grinned, as the unknown gadling lifted the lid on a barrel and retrieved several potatoes.

After a French ship had landed one too many direct hits to the Siren’s boards, Dalton had anchored off Portsea Island for an emergency field refitting. Once the leaks had been sealed, he had permitted the greater portion of his crew to indulge in a bit of local entertainment, while he remained aboard ship.
As a Nautionnier Knight of the Brethren of the Coast, a daring band of experienced sea captains descended of the Templars, the warriors of the Crusades, he savored the quiet hours, with nothing but the wind thrumming in the rat lines and the waves lapping at the hull. And even at the age of one and thirty, stargazing reigned supreme as a particular favored hobby, so he often doused the stern lanterns and studied the night sky, which is why the three bandits had not noted his presence, or the first mate, when they scampered over the larboard rail.

Given the interloper’s small frame, Dalton guessed the criminal could not have been more than a lad. As the Siren’s stores contained plenty of supplies, and hunger persisted during times of war, he abided the bit of mischief, in the spirit of generosity.

The plunderer bent to pilfer a tin of tea, and his breeches stretched taut over his backside. To Dalton’s amazement, he realized the villain was a woman, as he would know the telltale shapely, feminine derriere from a distance of fifty paces. Judging from the silhouette, the mystery lady had been blessed with a prime figure, which he ached to know on a more intimate level.

“You know, there are easier ways to earn a bit of coin and food, my dear.” He emerged from his hiding place. “Take off your hood, and let me gaze upon the rest of you. If I like what I see, we may broker a deal.”

The infinitely interesting prey shrieked and cringed. Then she edged toward the companion ladder, but he beat her to it.
“Come now, dove. There is no need to fear me, as we might strike a bargain, which benefits us, both.” Now he noted her ample bosom, as his soon-to-be bunkmate faced him. Fascinated, he longed to assess her complexion, as he splayed wide his arms. “And if you apply yourself, in earnest, and please me, I shall bestow upon you a handsome reward, and you need never burgle passing ships, again, as it is dangerous business.”
When he moved in her direction, she emitted the softest whimper and retreated. Clutching the bag to her chest, she skittered to the left and sheltered behind a few crates of vegetables. His quarry was fast, but Dalton was faster. As he closed the distance between them, she leaped atop a heap of sacks containing rice and dried beans.

The thrill of the chase burned in his loins and piqued the pirate in his pants, which had suffered serious neglect, in recent months. Given the importuning antics of his latest paramour, the well-used Lady Moreton, whose harbor had seen more action than Deptford, he sported for a new conquest, and it appeared she had found him, to his credit.

In the soft lamplight, he discovered the purest blue eyes he had ever glimpsed, peeking from the mask, and a lush mouth with lips as red as a pomegranate, and he had to have her. But the captivating swindler remained mute and refused to cooperate, as she evaded his spontaneous lunge. While his grand maneuver granted him nothing more than a close inspection of the wood grain on the deck, she availed herself of the opportunity to sprint to the companion ladder, and he shot to his feet and pursued what he vowed would be his future courtesan.

At the waist, she collided with one of her cohorts, just as shouts of alarm signaled the first mate and the cook, who wielded a large frying pan, chased the third conspirator.

“Come back here, you rascal.” Mr. Shaw bounded onto the deck, with a pistol aimed at the tallest of the boarders. “You there, hold hard.”
“As you were, Mr. Shaw.” Dalton stayed the first mate. “There is no need for violence, given the lady and I have just entered negotiations. What say you, pretty britches? I shall let your friends go free, if you agree to spend the night with me.”

For a few seconds, the odd trio shuffled their feet and exchanged wary glances. Then the two heartier thieves drew the woman to the rear and shook their heads.
“More’s the pity.” Dalton chuckled. “As you leave me no option but to summon the watch and have you arrested.”
The female flinched, and he could smell her fear. Together, the clumsy band of vagabonds inched closer to the rail. When the woman peered over the side, he guessed her intent.

“Steady, love. Do not attempt something you might later regret, as we are all friends, here.” With palms upraised in implied surrender, Dalton glanced at the first mate. “Mr. Shaw, lower the weapon.”

The first mate vented a snort of disgust. “But, sir—”

“Lower the bloody weapon. That is an order.” Dalton took two tentative steps forward. “Easy, love. Remain calm, as I will not hurt you.”
Just then, one of the bandits untied and kicked over an empty rain barrel, which had been lashed to the side, and sent it tumbling in Dalton’s direction. In a panic, the first mate discharged the pistol, and the female screamed.

“Stand down, Mr. Shaw.” Dalton cursed under his breath, as two of the thieves jumped the railing. After unleashing a second barrel, the last of the criminals escaped.

“Hell and the Reaper.” The cook blanched and scratched his chin. “I presumed you were joking, but they had a woman in their midst.”

“Sorry, Cap’n.” The first mate tucked the firearm in his waistband. “Had I known of the lady, I would not have fired.”

“No worries, as their theft consisted of nothing more than food from our stores, and I do not believe you hit anyone.” Standing a-larboard, Dalton smiled, as the brazen crooks eluded capture via a small rowboat. Then a scrap of red caught his attention. The velvet pouch, which he bent to retrieve, had protected a valuable artifact, but now it sat empty. “Did our uninvited guests invade my cabin?”

“Aye, sir.” Mr. Shaw nodded. “That is when I roused the villains.”

In that instant, Dalton frowned. “Then the nameless scoundrels are not harmless, and their cause is not so noble, as I had thought, given they have taken something invaluable to my family, so we shall meet again.”

“But how will we find them, sir?” The cook hugged his cast-iron skillet. “As they have disappeared around the bend.”

“Fret not, old friend.” Dalton lowered his chin and flipped his familiar coin, which landed, however apropos, on tails. “They don’t call me the lucky one, for nothing.”

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  • Jane says:

    Welcome back, Barb. Jeanne, I can’t wait to read the updated book. I enjoyed the original “Dark and Dangerous.” I think I’ll start out with Schnapps. Can’t think of a specific day, but it would be fun to experience a day in Ancient Egypt. Maybe hang out with a female pharaoh like Hatshepsut.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oooh! What a great idea, Jane! Hey, look, the wandering rooster decided to hang out with you! Grins.

      And Egypt would be so outstanding. I wouldn’t want to stay there toooooo long, but a day? Yeah, I’d do that too. Grins.

  • flchen1 says:

    Woohoo, Jeanne!!! Hi, Barb! How exciting and so much to celebrate! Bring on the sparkling cider, please! Maybe a pomegranate variety 😉 As for era, I enjoy them all, but haven’t read too much WWII–would definitely enjoy more in that time!

    As for back in time for a day? I would be so curious to be back for a day in the time of Christ–to hear him speak in person? I think that would be pretty incredible!

    As for dancing? Hmm… no particular preference at the moment–I’ll wait for Sven to come back around with the drinks while I ponder 😉

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Fedora! I’d love to go listen to the Sermon on the Mount, wouldn’t you? Wow, wouldn’t that be an experience. Glad to know you’d like to read more WWII…Grins. I’m a bit biased on that one….

      Dancing…hmmm…lets see…

  • Ki Pha says:

    Hi ladies! It’s been awhile and look at all those books! I’m sure going to enjoy this party, especially while time traveling~ 😉
    But I wouldn’t mind trying Schnapps. It sounds interesting and looks quiet delicious.

    And as for my era, I’ve always been a history buff and definitely enjoy my research into Regency and Victorian era so those are my definite go-tos, but contemporaries are wonderful as well. As for WWII, I haven’t read much of them and I find them sometime depressing and rageful? I don’t think I do well with Nazi stories, however I do enjoy learning and reading about them, and hearing the survival stories, it’s just not a good feeling.

    And you know I’ll choose to go back to the Regency and Victorian era. I have to claim a dance from the Duke of Wellington! Maybe even Lord Byron, who knows. All the possibilities. But I do envy your claim to John Thornton!! I’ll have to claim Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion then. ^_^

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oooh, good one, Ki! Niiiiice choice of a dance partner. And hey, Wellington? Yeah, I’d go for that too. :>

      I totally agree with you on most of the WWII stories. Most of them are reallllly grim. And you’re right, there’s often a deep undercurrent of rage and deep seated hate. I did try to avoid that. Grins.

      Schnapps is often really good…I like peppermint and peach best. SVEN!!!

  • Minna says:

    I’d like to visit 19th Century Finland, though I’d avoid “the great hunger years”.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Minna! Yes, probably good to avoid the “huge issues” years, right? Grins.

      But I think I’d enjoy visiting Finland in any era. :> Such a beautiful country.

  • pearl says:

    Congratulations and what a wonderful launch. Travelling back in time is what I would love, especially meeting Sir Winston Churchill during the blitz. World War 11 era is my favorite since it was so meaningful and important.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Pearl! Winston was a real looker when he was young. I recently saw a pic of him in a regimental guards uniform….ooh, la, la! Grins.

      Its a fascinating time period. As Ki Pha said, there’s a lot of dark about it, but there’s a lot of adventure as well, and certainly action, so I like it too. Grins.

  • anne says:

    Welcome back. A great celebration. If I could live during La Belle Epoque what an experience that would be. Fame, and artists, writers and a unique era.

  • Cassondra says:

    Wooot! Jeanne, so glad to see the formal launch of DEAD RUN! And congrats to Barb on her latest as well!

    I have to tell you that when I clicked over to the blog and started scrolling, I thought, “WOW, that’s a pretty blog.” From the balloons to the gorgeous Llewellen Designs covers to the fun pic of your dad. Just what I needed with my coffee this morning.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Goooood Morning Cassondra! You have coffee? I had one cup, but I need more. Really, everyone needs me to have more. Grins.

      Thanks for the lovely compliment! Isn’t Lynds a fab cover designer?? She’s so versatile. :>

      And I love that pic of Dad. He’s so young there, but the smile? That never changed.

    • Hi Cassondra,

      Doesn’t Lyndsey do fabulous covers?

      For me, I’d love to experience Regency England, if only for a day. And Jeanne, I’d have to have one dance with my dashing Lt. Douglas, if Lady Amanda allowed it.

      And I prefer fine wine to hard liquor–unless it’s a really good tequila.

  • jcp says:

    the 1940’s I just watched The 1940’s House on DVD

  • Jessica Hale(Parsons) says:

    love the Brethren of the Coast series

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      HI Jessica! I do too! The Brethren series is one of my all time favorites and not just because my pal wrote it. Grins.

      I adore the three-dimensionality of the characters. And trust me, the thought Barb puts into these books, and the research? Wow.

    • Hi Jessica!

      Thanks for stopping by to support our work.

  • LyndseyLewellen says:

    Congrats on both of your releases ladies! How exciting!

    I’d have to say I like to read Pirates of Regency, Steampunk Victorian, and Dystopian Futuristic, but I like living in reality of the present. It’s safer. 🙂

    • Hi Lyndsey!!!

      My cover goddess, so good to see you here. Now get back to work on my covers. 😉

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahah! Well, I like some dystopian – I’m currently running through John Ringo’s zombie apocalypse Under The Graveyard Sky. Brilliant.

      And I agree with Barb, you ARE a cover goddess!! Grins.

      My covers are in the queue too, right? Hahah! We shouldn’t be harrassing you in a public forum. Snork! All in fun m’dear! Grins.

  • ellie says:

    Congrats on these wonderful releases! I would enjoy spending time during the Word War 11 historical era. So memorable.

  • catslady says:

    All the books sound great. I’m definitely going for historical and the further back in time the more I seem to enjoy it but I do like them all. Definitely a nice wine, preferably red. I would love to dance a waltz with maybe a Duke (not the dandified ones lol). I’d like to go back and tell Pres. Kennedy not to take that last trip!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Catslady! OMGosh, yes, wouldn’t it be great to see what the world would have been like if JFK had lived? Wow….

      And yeah, dancing with a manly Duke as opposed to a dandified one would be preferable. SNORK!

      Sven! A nice Red for Catslady! (They’re so happy to have a party here. It’s been too quiet!)

    • catslady,

      wow, going back to warn JFK is a wild idea.

  • Dianna Love says:

    Cool party, Jeanne and wow what a list of books. I love the cover on your re-release!! Woot. That was a such an exciting book. Can’t stay long but was thinking about all you Banditos and had to jump over to say hello. Snoopy Dancin’ on the releases!

  • Woot! Congratulations, y’all!

    Barb, that’s a terrific excerpt. Jeanne, you know I’ve always loved Dead Run, and Behind Enemy Lines.

    Gorgeous covers, y’all.

    I’ll have wine. Today I’m in the mood for medieval, and I’d go back to the day Magna Carta was signed in 1215. To dance with…I’ll take Santiago Cabrera if Musketeers, Merlin, and Heroes fame.

    Congrats again, y’all.

  • Congrats on the launches!!! Gorgeous covers ladies!!! Sorry I’m late to the party today. Big hugs!!!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Historical, contemporary, makes no difference to me. As long as the book is good is all that matters.
    As for dancing I really don’t know. Of course, Jamie, from OUTLANDER comes to mind first, but there are others, both past and present I wouldn’t say no to, like Colin Firth from any movie/book.

  • Helen says:

    Woohoo I do love party time in The Kair I loved Dark and Dangerous so I am sure to love this one and I have the anthology 🙂 🙂
    I love all of those eras and I would love to dance with Rhett Butler 🙂 🙂

    Happy release days Barb and Jeanne 🙂 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen