Historical Romance Month #Giveaway

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hope you’re still enjoying Historical Romance Month here on Nesie’s Place. These amazing authors have given generously of their time and their work. And – we’re not done! I’ll feature one more author next week.

As the banner says, the books featured during May are a few of MY favorite things. So, on June 1st, I’ll share my favorite things with a random winner.

If you have commented on any historical romance spotlighted book post… you’re already entered. If not, what are you waiting for? Contest is open through May 31st.

The Prize? An ebook set of any historical romance series featured in May.

Option #1 – Nicola Davidson’s The London Lords and Fallen series

Option #2 – Lily Silver’s Reluctant Heroes Series

Option #3 – Maureen Driscoll’s The Kellingtons Series

Option #3A – Maureen Driscoll’s The Emersons Series

Option #4


You’ll find out who our next author is on Sunday!

Someone is going to win some of my favorite reads… then we can be Besties! Will it be you?



“Never and Always (Emerson Book 6)” by Maureen Driscoll #Spotlight

A Few of My Favorite Things

Historical Romance Month continues this week on Nesie’s Place with the work of author Maureen Driscoll in the spotlight! Maureen shares her personal insights on books from two of her series, The Kellingtons and The Emersons. Also, THREE random commenters will win ebooks each day this week! Good times!

Originally, the Emerson series was supposed to end with the fifth book.  But while all the adults in the Kellington and Emerson families had found true love, there were three girls who I kept thinking about.  Violet Kellington, Letty Emerson and Anna Emerson had met and become great friends as children.  Then I wondered what it would be like to see them find true love while also revisiting their families at the same time.

NEVER AND ALWAYS is three, inter-connected novellas in one book about three boys who meet at Eton.  One is Letty’s half-brother, and he and the other boys meet the two families as a result.  This was an awful book to write because the three stories all connect at places, but I didn’t want to keep repeating myself.  As a reader I hate it when an author repeats something she just told you forty pages earlier.  So I tried to re-tell the story from different angles each time.  It involved a lot of re-reading and swearing while writing.

But I believe I can now leave the two families, though I do miss them.   I just wrote the first draft of a new series, which starts at the end of NEVER AND ALWAYS.  So, I’ll probably revisit the families in future books.

A final question…what is your pet peeve about romance books?  Do authors do specific things that make you nuts?  One of mine is definitely when they repeat themselves.

I’ve enjoyed my time this week.  Thank you for visiting with me!


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“Never and Always (Emerson Book 6)”

Author: Maureen Driscoll

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Holidays

Release Date: December 19, 2016

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Return to the world of the Kellington and Emerson families in this Regency romance collection of three novellas.

Leticia Emerson, Violet Kellington and Anna Emerson have been friends most of their lives. Little did they know a visit from three Eton school boys would change everyone’s lives for the better.

Fifteen-year-old Lord Wesley Addington has just learned he has a half-sister, Lady Leticia Emerson. Over the next decade, Violet Kellington falls in love with the man who only sees her as his sister’s friend.

Lord Robert Carmichael has been all but abandoned by his family due to his pronounced limp, and he doesn’t want to pass on his affliction to a child. Though he is determined not to marry, Letty Emerson sees only the brave man who fought through the pain of his illness and the scorn of his family.

Scholarship student Mark Jones is torn between two worlds: the London stews he was born into and the peers who will never accept him. Anna Emerson, who has an English father and a Native American mother, knows she has found her soul’s mate.

The book contains three intersecting novellas, touching on love, loss and acceptance. It revisits the Kellington and Emerson families, more than a decade after their stories concluded. It is a love letter from the author to the two families which have meant so much to her.

There are, of course, graphic sexual scenes, but surprisingly not that many of them.


Maureen DriscollDanielle Fishel calls Maureen Driscoll her “most favorite author of all things naughty and delicious.”

Maureen is a television writer based in Los Angeles whose credits include MADtv, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Nickelodeon’s BrainSurge.  She was also a former recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce.  The script didn’t make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.

Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill.  Her Dating Geroge Clooneynovel Dating George Clooney is a political satire inspired by those years.

She has written two Regency Romance series, one centered on the Kellington family and the other on the Emersons.  She is launching a third in 2017 called the Jasmine Cottage series and has also written a time travel romance set in America in the 1920s called The Tycoon Murderer, to be released later this year.  She can be found occasionally on Twitter at @MaureenDriscoll, slightly more frequently on Facebook at Maureen Driscoll Author and almost never on her blog at MaureenDriscollRomance.wordpress.com.


Ebook Winners – Day 4! #MaureenDriscollGiveaway

A Few of My Favorite Things

Congrats to

A.C. Melody

Commenter on Thursday’s Maureen Driscoll post!

Your info is being forwarded to Maureen and she’ll contact you soon!

You’re going to LOVE Nick and Kate’s story!

Always Believe in Love


There are more books to give away this week, and post #5 – Maureen’s LAST POST of the spotlight is on the way!




Curated Content for Writers, May 19, 2017

Links for all the cool kids! 😉

Story Empire

Hi all, Craig here, and it’s my turn to assemble the Curated Content this week. Your Story Empire authors have rounded-up the best articles we could find for you, and they’re all in the pen waiting to be read.

Don’t forget to check out my own Self Publishing Checklist, and PH Solomon’s Typing Faster Using Scrivener.

When you’re finished, here are the little doggies for this week:

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” Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery” by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin #Spotlight

by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Genre: Nonfiction/Medical

Release Date: May 9, 2017

The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand—a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades—delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn’t, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.

In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system.

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.

The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.