Hello Everyone and welcome Cheryl Holt to SeawitchReviews and thank you to our Miss Ivy for directing her our way.
Official Bio: CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author of over thirty novels. She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories. Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews. She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans. Visit her website at http://www.cherylholt.com.
Seawitch: So Cheryl Holt is here to share the details about her newest self-published books that are coming out back to back in May, June and July so that you don’t have to wait months for the next story in the series. So I am happy to turn the blog over to Cheryl Holt:
Cheryl: I’ve finally written my first trilogy. Ta-da! I’ve never done an actual trilogy before. I’ve now published thirty-five novels, so over the years, I’ve had plenty of cross-over characters and a few linking premises, but I never previously set out to write a trilogy where one book flows to the next. The finished product is my “Lord Trent” trilogy, and the great news is that the three books are being released back to back so readers don’t have to wait months or years to read the next installment. The first book, LOVE’S PROMISE is already out. Book #2, LOVE’S PRICE, is coming on June 1st, and the final book, LOVE’S PERIL, will be here on July 1st. The hero in LOVE’S PERIL is a pirate. Yum! I always love macho pirates. The main linking characters in the trilogy are Charles Sinclair, the Earl of Trent, and his natural-born son, Phillip. For decades, Charles has been England’s most notorious roué. He’s handsome, charming, and magnetic, and he loves women—and they love him back. So he constantly has brief, illicit affairs. Yet even after he’s left his paramours, even after it’s clear he considered it a quick fling and he’s never coming back, they still pine away, praying he’ll return. But he never does. He doesn’t have much of a conscience, so he’s never been sorry for any of the havoc he’s caused in women’s lives. And since he’s seduced maidens from London to Rome, he has many, many illegitimate children. Phillip is his oldest bastard son, and he has a cordial and intriguing relationship with Charles. Charles doesn’t ever let anyone get too close, but he likes Phillip and has let him establish a fond connection. Phillip is everything that Charles is not: loyal, devoted, kind, generous. He worries about Charles’s bastard children—especially his natural-born daughters. Phillip has made it his life’s work to find his lost half-siblings, to create a family with them, and to fix any damage inflicted on their lives by their father’s licentious conduct. The “Lord Trent” trilogy tells the stories of four of Charles’s adult children. Book #1, LOVE’S PROMISE, is about Fanny (Sinclair) Carrington on her rocky road to love with a Duke’s son, Michael Wainwright, Viscount Henley. Book #2, LOVE’S PRICE features twins, Helen and Harriet (Sinclair) Stewart. They cross paths with sexy, yummy brothers, James and Tristan Harcourt. James is Earl of Westwood, and Tristan is a ship’s captain. Harriet is one of my favorite characters I’ve ever created, and in the novel, she lands herself in a wild, unbelievable predicament that will have readers whipping through the pages to learn her fate. The final book, LOVE’S PERIL, tells the story of Charles’s bastard son, John Sinclair. John grew up in France, and he has an alias: He’s the world’s most notorious pirate—Jean Pierre, The French Terror—and the entire British Navy is searching for him. When he sets his sights on the Bramblebay Estate on the English coast, Miss Sarah Teasdale’s life will never be the same. The trilogy has gotten great reviews, with Novels Alive TV saying the books are “…filled with extraordinary passion—both physical and emotional—that make it difficult to set them aside for any length of time. A true guilty pleasure!” And Ivy Truitt at Manic Readers said, “LOVE’S PROMISE can’t take the number one spot as my favorite by Ms. Holt—that belongs to her book NICHOLAS—but it’s currently running a close second.” The novels will be available both as e-books and print books, so they’re the perfect choice to take on your summer vacation or weekend getaway. The print books will not appear in stores but can be ordered on-line at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. And the e-books will be available at all the major on-line bookstores and available for download to any e-device. At the beginning of Book #1, LOVE’S PROMISE, the hero, Michael, mentions that he and the heroine, Fanny, have been exchanging angry letters, but the letters aren’t included in the novel, so readers are left to wonder what the letters say. When I was trying to figure out what sort of promo I should do to advertise the book’s release, I decided it would be fun to write the letters and send them out as if they were penned by the hero and heroine. So before you start to read LOVE’S PROMISE, be sure to read the ten letters between Michael and Fanny. They’re posted on my web page (on the LOVE’S PROMISE book page), and they set the tone for the beginning of the novel. http://www.cherylholt.com/books-by-cheryl/books/lovespromise.html Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post today. I’m very, very grateful to have had this chance to connect with you. I hope you love, love, love my Lord Trent trilogy. I think it’s the best work I’ve ever done. I hope all of you agree.
LOVE’S PROMISE May 2013 New York Times bestselling author, CHERYL HOLT, will sweep readers away with the first novel in her new and breathtaking ‘Lord Trent’ trilogy… With the death of his older brother, Michael Wainwright, Viscount Henley, has become heir to his father, Duke of Clarendon. The Wainwright men are renowned cads, and as his brother’s will is read, it’s discovered that he sired an illegitimate son and has left the eight-year-old boy his entire fortune. Michael decides to bring the boy to London so he can be showered with all the wealth and status guaranteed by his inheritance. But first, he has to gain custody from the boy’s aunt, who is determined to keep her nephew away from Michael’s dissolute family. Frances “Fanny” Carrington has always lived in a small village in the country. As a newborn, she was left in a basket on the church steps and raised by the vicar and his wife. But they’ve died, and Fanny is in dire straits, struggling to raise her nephew, to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. When she begins to receive correspondence from Michael, asking for custody, she can’t help but be suspicious. For years, the Wainwrights have refused to claim her nephew or provide financial assistance to him. She’s alarmed by their sudden interest. What can it mean? As Michael finally meets Fanny, their attraction is swift, blatant, and dangerous. He can’t fight the need to have her at any cost, and gradually, he lures her into his decadent life of affluence and privilege. But she’s never possessed the callous nature required to thrive in the cut-throat world of the aristocracy, so she could never understand the peril she faces from those who would do anything to keep them apart… “…a master writer…” Fallen Angel reviews “Best storyteller of the year…” Romantic Times Magazine
LOVE’S PRICE June 2013 CHERYL HOLT dazzles readers once again with another tale of soaring romance and breathtaking drama as she delivers the second novel in her critically-acclaimed ‘Lord Trent’ trilogy. Helen Stewart never understood why—as a tiny girl—she and her twin sister Harriet were sent away to boarding school and never allowed home for holidays. At age sixteen, they were shocked to discover that they are the illegitimate daughters of the notorious rogue, Charles Sinclair. Cast out by their relatives, they moved to London, and Helen has made a life for herself as a lady’s companion. In her line of employment, she must maintain a stellar reputation, but she’s exhausted by the fussy whims of the debutantes she’s forced to chaperone. She’d give anything to change her fate. James Harcourt, Earl of Westwood, is in a bind. After his father died, he learned that his estates were bankrupt. He gambles to replenish his coffers so he’s living a dissolute bachelor’s life. When his female ward arrives unexpectedly for an extended visit, he must protect her from scandal by hiring a lady’s companion. When pretty, alluring Helen interviews for the position, he’s instantly smitten. She possesses the qualifications to fill a much more intimate role. He shocks her by suggesting she become his mistress, and when his offer is rebuffed, he begins a cunning seduction, aimed at wearing her down. Helen can’t resist the temptation he offers, but she doesn’t have the sophistication to survive in his world. And as James immerses them in a dangerous spiral of pleasure and excitement, he proves that he is determined to have her at any cost…
LOVE’S PERIL July, 2013 CHERYL HOLT delivers another gripping tale of love, betrayal, loyalty and family, proving once again why she’s hailed as a women’s fiction powerhouse. In this explosive conclusion to her ‘Lord Trent’ trilogy, readers will be sighing with pleasure and cheering with delight. John Sinclair leads a double life. Though he’s the illegitimate son of the infamous cad, Charles Sinclair, he seems to be a rich and prosperous gentleman. In reality, he is the notorious pirate known as Jean Pierre, The French Terror. He preys on British ships, carrying out a secret vendetta guaranteed to financially ruin several wealthy families. He’s driven and determined and takes what he wants with a reckless abandon. Sarah Teasdale lives quietly in the country at her family’s estate on the English coast. With her father’s death, she’s at the mercy of her cruel relatives, and she’d give anything to change her fate. When dashing, mysterious John Sinclair arrives for a visit, she’s stunned to learn that her stepbrother has gambled away her home to John. Everything is lost—including Sarah—with John claiming she now belongs to him and he can use her however he wishes. And he has many ideas as to the exact sort of role he’d like her to fill. Normally, John wouldn’t have bothered with a sheltered innocent like Sarah. But he simply can’t resist. As a man who enjoys only the finest things in life, Sarah might turn out to be just what he’s always needed.
SW: Which makes you go weak in the knees Southern Drawl or Scottish Burr?
CH: Scottish Burr
SW: Guard Dog, Lap Dog or Independent Cat?
CH: Not an animal lover
SW: Fur(wolfies) or Fangs(Vamps)?
CH: Not a paranormal reader, so no favorites
SW: Time Travel to The Future or to The Past?
CH: Time travel to the past. I love historical novels.
SW: Your idea of camping 5 Star Hotel or Canvas Tent?
CH: 5-star hotel
SW: Cowboy, City Slicker or Man of Mystery?
SW: Offspring or Home aloner?
CH: Home aloner
SW: Umbrella Cocktails or Longneck?
CH: Wine—with no umbrella
SW: Favorite Ice-Cream?
CH: Anything with chocolate in it
SW: Briefs, Boxers, Boxer-Briefs or Commando?
SW: Camel Ride or Elephant Ride?
CH: Elephant ride
SW: Breakfast at Tiffany’s or IHOP?
SW: Quiet Night In or Wild Night Out?
CH: Quiet night in—I’m the most boring person in the world!
Thank you so much for visiting us today Cheryl and if you want to go check out Cheryl and her books her are some links for her. http://cherylholt.com/
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Enjoy and thank you again for visiting Cheryl.
Michael Wainwright, Viscount Henley will also eventually become the Duke of Clarendon. With the death of his brother, John, Michael had the yoke of obligation firmly round his neck like a noose. At the reading of John’s will Michael discovers John had a son, Thomas. Thomas was left a fortune and Michael named his trustee. When Michael tries to gain custody of Thomas via letters he’s dismissed by Frances Carrington, Thomas’ aunt. Tired of arguing (really who does the woman think she is?) and ready to claim Thomas Michael travels to the village where they live. When Michael finally meets Frances all his carefully laid plans go to hell in a hand basket.
Michael Wainwright, Viscount Henley, is our hero and typical aristocrat, entitled and self-centered with a cavalier attitude regarding others. With the death of his elder brother John, Michael’s had to resign his military commission and return home. Michael resents the obligation and responsibility being the only son has placed on him. Upon the reading of John’s will the family discovers he’s fathered a son, Thomas, and bequeathed everything he could to him, naming Michael as his trustee.
Ms.Holt specializes in heroes who aren’t necessarily nice or likeable people, at least not to begin with and Michael is no exception. His disregard for the reality of Fanny’s position and rationalization of his actions, despite his suspicions about her parentage, are typical. Michael is thoughtless which oddly enough is his saving grace. He truly doesn’t thoroughly consider the consequences. It’s all about the moment and whatever goal he’s set his sights on. Michael kinda grows on you.
FrancesCarrington is Thomas’ aunt. She has raised Thomas and provided, however meagerly, for their survival. The scandal of Camilla’s pregnancy caused their father, the Vicar, to lose his position and the family to be shunned. The shame was blamed for his and his wife’s death. Frances doesn’t trust the sudden interest in Thomas by the Wainwright family when her letters requesting assistance in the past were ignored.
Fanny has dignity, class, and an honest loving heart. Though their circumstances may be dire she doesn’t give up hope. She loves Thomas dearly and vows to keep him from the Wainwright’s believing they don’t have his best interests at heart.
Our first introduction to Michael is at the end of an illicit tryst during a ball with a woman whose name he can’t recall. This sums up Michael in the beginning. His resentment shows in practically every move he makes. He feels trapped and can’t see any way out of his current situation.
When Michael sets out to claim Thomas he meets Fanny on the outskirts of the village.
Fanny affects him in the strangest and most disconcerting way. The only thing to ever truly discombobulate Michael is Fanny. She starts him thinking.
A lot of the appeal in Ms.Holt’s books is the rocky road to redemption and hopefully love requited. LOVE’S PROMISE has a particularly perilous path to a potential happily ever after. There are numerous wrongs to be answered for and a lot of growing to be done. A lot of living and action is packed into LOVE’S PROMISE; it’s busy and occasionally dramatic. I was hooked from the start.
Another favorite is the karma and comeuppance factor. Ms.Holt never stints on the karmic payback for her nasty characters and LOVE’S PROMISE contains some especially gratifying just rewards.
LOVE’S PROMISE can’t take the number one spot as my favorite by Ms.Holt, that belongs to Nicholas, but it’s currently running a close second.
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