Posted in Blogging Communty

The Jolly Lobster Award

 How exciting First Steps has another blogging award to end the week this time from the amazing Antonia van Zandt.

The original instigator of this stupendous award was none other than Milady Fury why are we  not surprised? It is for bloggers who really enjoy the fun and community side of blogging.

 Naturally it has rules. Well we all know how Milady likes her rules 🙂 

Rule 1 – Display the award logo ‘Drum Roll” and duly displayed.

Rule 2 –  Link back to the person who nominated you

Antonia van Zandt 


Rule 3 – An interesting fact about Lobsters is  they can live a long time providing they aren’t eaten by horrible humans. They take approximately seven years to reach an edible size but in their natural habitat and left alone by us they can live to well over a hundred. Amazing and what a shame to cut their life so horribly short.

Rule 4 – Answer the seven questions

 1 Have you ever written a book involving sea scenes?(That is sea. Do please make sure there are no typos here). If not why not and do you intend to?

The Dragon Legacy coverNo I haven’t yet although The Dragon Legacy was set in the English Lake District and The Revenge Masquerade is set in the Italian Lakes and Venice so there is a watery connection there just no waves.

2 What is your current WIP?

The Revenge Masquerade which is the second of The Dragon Legacy Books. This one features Jasmine (Witch) and Zane (Wolf ) from the first book and a very nasty entity from Ancient Egypt.

3 Do you have a favorite sea film? And why?

As a child I liked A Night to Remember which was about the Titanic. The original version of course because I’m that old. 🙂

4 A favourite fish recipe to share?

Not a great fish eater but I like salmon fillets on the BBQ with lemon and chives.

5 Your favourite sea-going book?

Loved The Little Mermaid , what can I say I do write fantasy after all.

6 Can you share a fav sea-side memory?

Lots of great times on the beach as a child but probably the best was living in South Devon in a caravan with my fiance for six months in 1981 and working in Teignmouth lovely time our first home together.

7 Most memorable sea-going journey?

I love the sea but from the shore. The sea and I don’t get on probably due to my perennial balance problem. My worst sea journey was the ferry back from Jersey it was rough and I felt sick…


Rule 5 – Nominate up to seven bloggers to receive the award and let them know 🙂

Tracey Rogers

Fiona Chapman

Incy Black

Lindsay J Pryor

Jane Linfoot

Eve Devon

Rae Rivers

Posted in Book Review, New Books

5* Review The Scandalous Love of a Duke Marlow Intrigues #3 Jane Lark

Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach.

The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss.

She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.

A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.

The Scandalous Love of a Duke (Marlow Intrigues, #3)My Review

The Scandalous Love of a Duke is book three in the acclaimed Marlowe Intrigues. Moving forward to the next generation this is John’s story.

John’s vulnerability hidden by arrogance makes him a tortured hero so worth saving groomed from an early age to become the next Duke of Pembroke John’s life has always been about duty, pride and emotional detachment. With the incumbent Duke of Pembroke close to death John knows he must return from his extended Grand Tour and accept the role he was born to. Haunted by his barren childhood John would rather remain alone in Egypt among the tombs of long dead Kings but his life is not his to control and he bows to the inevitable and returns to England and his family.

Katherine is a wonderful heroine courageous and loving despite her inadequate family. Katherine loves John but knows her love will remain unrequited because she is the illegitimate daughter of a servant taken in by the local gentry but treated more as a servant than an adoptive daughter

John and Katherine’s sensual attraction is unexpected for John and rekindled for Katherine.

Katherine is John’s addiction but is the attraction physical or something deeper. Katherine knows she is playing with fire but she loves John and will give him anything whatever the cost to her reputation and heart. John knows Katherine has the power to heal him but will he sacrifice his pride and overcome his fears of rejection to let her? The love and support of John’s family is a recurrent theme in the Marlowe Intrigues and a stark contrast to Regency Society’s brutal prejudice and disdain.

Well paced and full of intrigue this beautiful emotional love story is full of passion, anger, misunderstanding and vulnerability.

I received and ARC from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 Check out my other reviews of the Marlow Intrigue Series : The Illicit Love of a Courtesan and

The Passionate Love of a Rake

The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Scandalous Love of a Duke (Marlow Intrigues, #3)

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