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A Burning Truth: Promo and Giveaway!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

There’s no shortage of deadly deeds in 1881 Chicago as school administrator Cady Delafield and entrepreneur Doyle Flanagan plan their wedding. When one of Doyle’s workers is brutally killed he must use his considerable power to stop a mysterious enemy bent on destroying his reputation and business empire. But as Cady and Doyle struggle to keep their marriage on track, the murder victims might not be the only casualties.

Excerpt One:

Doyle sat in the carriage, his brain frozen and his limbs unable to move. He watched Cady run up the steps and disappear into Ophelia’s impenetrable stone manor. When the front door boomed shut with the noise of a cannon blast, he jumped. He lurched forward and exploded out of the vehicle. She wasn’t getting rid of him so easily. In fact, she wasn’t getting rid of him at all. He had a voice in the matter. He intended to be heard.

Just as soon as he thought it, his steps faltered and he ground to a stop.


Now was not the time to try to reason with her, not when she was in a cold fury. He pumped a fist against a thigh and stared at the mansion’s rock façade, aware her current state of mind was as solid and unshakable. Even if he managed to get beyond the front door, she wouldn’t listen. Not now.

His head fell back. A piercing ache tore through him, as if his heart and soul had been shredded and tossed aside. Gunmetal storm clouds reeled over the sky, bleak and threatening. The bite in the air made his cheeks sting. Inside he was hollowed and gutted. His fingers curled and uncurled. Muscles coiled, he pivoted with a fierce twist, snapped an order to Phelps then threw himself back into the carriage. His next move must be deployed with utmost care. The carriage jolted forward and thrust him back against the seat cushion. She needed time to cool. Then he’d be back, and she’d listen to what he had to say.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012.  A Burning Truth is the second in the Cady Delafield series. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.



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  1. Rita said...:

    I like the regency era.


  1. bn100 said...:

    like any era

  1. I'm happy to read across history, but Regency England does beckon.

  1. Kristia said...:

    Regency Era, Victorian England!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  1. I really don't have a favorite. I just like all historical romance.

  1. I like the Regency era best, but will read any historical romance.

  1. Natasha said...:

    I love Regency and Victorian.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  1. I really enjoy the Victorian Era

  1. Somia Dz said...:

    I don't have a favourite era. Thanks for the post ^^

  1. I truly enjoy a well-written historical romance. Adding mystery and suspense only enhances the pleasure. Thx for sharing.

  1. LAWonder said...:

    Hmmm.. That is a tough one. I love history. I love the Legend of King Arthur and the Round Table, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, Anne of a Thousand days, etc. I love the discovery of America and the escapades of the Pirates and Privateers. I love the Biblical times. I Really like the Revolutionary War and Civil War periods. I love the migration to the far west.
    How can I possibly choose? There are to many wonderful parts of history to absorb!

  1. don't have a favorite like them all.

  1. Wendles said...:

    The early 1900's, Regency period, in England. Like in Sense and Sensibilty. The "courting" of Women when men were gentlemen.

  1. Ooh probably the Victorian era! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  1. Christine said...:

    I've always loved the '20s :)