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Starred Review from Kirkus Review: A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond

I’m so excited to announce that my first historical mystery under my new Heather Redmond name has received a coveted Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews!

Here is the complete text:

A TALE OF TWO MURDERS [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Heather Redmond

Review Issue Date: May 15, 2018
Online Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher:Kensington
Pages: 320
Price ( Hardcover ): $26.00
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-4967-1715-3
Category: Fiction
Classification: Mystery

A ghastly poisoning sets a young writer on the trail of a killer in Victorian London. January 1835 finds rising journalist Charles Dickens enjoying Epiphany dinner with his editor, George Hogarth, and his family in Brompton when a terrible scream splits the air. Dickens, Hogarth, and Hogarth’s daughter Kate rush next door to Lugoson House. There, Lady Lugoson’s daughter, Christiana, who’s been taken violently ill, dies before her mother’s horrified eyes despite the ministrations of the host of doctors summoned to her bedside. The next day, at the offices of the Evening Chronicle, Charles confides his unease to fellow journalist William Aga. How could Christiana Lugoson have become mortally ill when none of the other dinner guests were affected? William recalls the similar death of another young woman, Marie Rueff, just one year ago at Epiphany. Watching young Charles sniff out the connection between the two deaths is only part of the fun. Readers can also watch the sweet, unsurprising romance between Charles and Kate unfold at a modest but steady pace and can travel through a historical London that’s vivid without being overcrowded with detail. Each character’s voice is distinctive and appropriate to the period, and Redmond’s exposition is as stately and lucid as any contemporary reader could wish. Redmond, who writes romance under the names Heather Hiestand and Anh Leod, adds crime to her portfolio. Mystery fans and history buffs alike should cheer.

Time for Reflection: What is my author brand?

My kid is home sick from school today, which means I can’t have a normal work day, since I’m going to be fetching and carrying and doing emergency laundry…you know the drill. For now, I have time for a moment of reflection, since he’s napping. While I remain in cat-like readiness, I thought I would mention that I have a couple of reviews up on my new release, Hunting John Doe.

One is from a long-time reviewer and the other from is a new reviewer. However, he has read my sci-fi romance before, and he said both stories had a “gritty realistic setting.” Honestly, I was kind of shocked by that.

After all, aren’t I the same author who wrote a seven-book series about a bakery? Full of mouthwatering pastries? Still, as fluffy as aspects of that series were (The Redcakes) it had some grit in it, too. Most of the heroines were career women, pretty rare in the 1880s and 1890s. And then I moved on to Jazz Age London for the Grand Russe Hotel trilogy. And in that series, all the fun of parties and champagne and dancing is backdropped by the British Secret Service hunting for a deranged Russian bomber. Okay, I guess that’s pretty gritty too. Now I’m writing about Charles Dickens (as Heather Redmond). This was a guy who wandered London’s backstreets all hours of the night, learning the city like an encyclopedia, and he’s solving murders. Hmmm.

Sometimes it takes a new set of eyes to tell an author what their brand is. Thank you to Walter for revealing it to me.

What would you call my brand? “The reality behind the shimmer?” “Gritty love?” “Grit and reality?” “Real love?” Okay, that’s probably been used before.

LOL. Still a work in progress…after a night without much sleep due to the sick kiddo.

New Release: Hunting John Doe by Heather Hiestand, a Dark Science-fiction Romance

 

My novel is out today! Hooray! This is a revised novel that was released in an earlier form as Recreating John Doe by my old pen name, Anh Leod. Delle Jacobs made me a gorgeous new cover and it’s been expanded and re-edited.

It’s an Amazon exclusive for now, so it’s on Kindle Unlimited or you can purchase it.

Blurb:

Once a royal prince, the man known as John Doe now lives the low life as an intergalactic bounty hunter. Avoiding the revolutionaries who need him as their figurehead, he’s chasing his latest contract, beautiful Gaia Marlowe, wanted for the death of her husband.

Long ago, Gaia had supported herself in exotic BDSM clubs. Her path out of that lifestyle only led her to the darker pleasures of the upper class. With two husbands dead, it’s time to take charge of her life as an underground mistress.

John needs to capture Gaia, but she can’t afford to let that happen. If only their connection wasn’t so magnetic. Two people are running for their lives…and a chemistry that cannot be denied.

Disclaimer: Expect sexy adult situations and practices.

 

Cover Reveal! Hunting John Doe, dark science-fiction romance

Coming Soon! A revised version of Recreating John Doe by my pen name, Anh Leod

Once a royal prince, the man known as John Doe now lives the low life as an intergalactic bounty hunter. Avoiding the revolutionaries who need him as their figurehead, he’s chasing his latest contract, beautiful Gaia Marlowe, wanted for the death of her husband.

Gaia once supported herself in exotic BDSM clubs. Her path out of that lifestyle only led her to the darker pleasures of the upper class. With two husbands dead, it’s time to take charge of her life as an underground mistress.

John needs to capture Gaia, but she can’t afford to let that happen. If only their connection wasn’t so magnetic. Two people are running for their lives…and a chemistry that cannot be denied.

Disclaimer:  Expect sexy adult situations and practices.

Cover by artist Delle Jacobs

 

Do You Like Paranormal and Sci-Fi Romance?

Have you seen this awesome giveaway from BookSweeps? You can win my book KRINAR REVENGE, plus books from authors like Kathy Lyons and D.D. Miers, and a brand new eReader – PLUS you get FREE ebooks just for entering. This giveaway ends soon, so make sure you hurry and enter! Good luck!

 Join the fun here! http://bit.ly/prn-march2018

 When you’re done, tell me which books you’re most excited to win!

 

Romantic Suspense? Blood Ties is On Sale for $.99!

Amazon has put Blood Ties on sale for $.99! This is an unannounced sale and I have absolutely no idea when it will end, so grab my PG-rated romantic suspense now before the Zon changes their mind. If you can’t get it free through Kindle Unlimited this is your moment to read this highly rated novella for less than a dollar!

Blood Ties blurb:

A romantic suspense novella set during a heat-soaked summer in California…

Roselyn Ridge has always wanted to find her father. When she takes a website DNA test, she learns she has a Pacific Islander grandparent. After she attempts to learn more, strange things start to happen. Drug dealers appear in her quiet Sacramento neighborhood. Someone tries to run her over when she’s out jogging. Meanwhile, her mysterious father’s widow, Healani Chang, invites her for a visit to Hilo.

Nothing interesting has ever happened to Roselyn before, but she’s beginning to think ignorance was bliss. Now, if she doesn’t solve the mystery of her father, she risks not surviving to start a family of her own with the attractive Hawaiian man she’s just started dating.

Purchase link (or read in Kindle Unlimited):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077H6DDP8

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36602004-the-lei-crime-series?from_search=true

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Help Krinar Revenge win the allauthor.com Cover of the Month contest! I’m number five going into the second week and I need your help!

If you liked the cover of my book, The Krinar Chronicles: Krinar Revenge (Kindle Worlds Novella), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor! I am grateful for all your support!

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/1565/

Favorite Historical Mysteries, a new Pinterest board

I track most of my reading on Goodreads. Generally I don’t put in the middle grade books I read every day with my 3rd grader (sooo much Geronimo Stilton), but just about everything else is in there. I went through the past six months or so of my reading and started to build a visual representation of my favorite historical mysteries on Pinterest. I’d love to know your favorites, and hope you enjoy my reads! I started writing historical mystery in late 2016, and my first Heather Redmond tale will be out this July…

Counterprogram Your Holidays with this Summery Romantic Suspense! #newrelease

While searching for her true identity, an innocent woman falls into the path of a drug kingpin.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077H6DDP8

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36602004-the-lei-crime-series?from_search=true

https://www.facebook.com/groups/379407529140274/

So Many Sales! Pick up the Redcakes at Sale prices now. #Victorian #romance #Rakesandcakes

Catch up on my delightful bakery-based Victorian romance series right now. Six of the seven Redcakes stories are on sale, some for as low as $.99. If you want a Christmas read, start with Christmas Delights, but otherwise, the first book is The Marquess of Cake. If you’re a fan of my Grand Russe Hotel series, His Wicked Smile will give you some hints about my hotel characters!

Series link on Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0159I828Y/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-taste-of-scandal-heather-hiestand/1116110218?ean=9781601831125

ITunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-taste-of-scandal/id672375745?mt=11

KOBO:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/one-taste-of-scandal/Ci1zW7u1kUmjCnIqkwqXkw

Happy reading, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter at http://www.heatherhiestand.com. A link to a free historical romance is in the first newsletter you’ll receive.

Krinar Revenge by Heather Hiestand #Newrelease #romance #scifi #paranormal #alien

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075JQZKBY

The reviews are coming in!

“This was a great read.” Aimee, ARC reviewer

Krinar Revenge is a Science Fiction Novel that is suffused with adventure & a bit of humour. ” Sophie, ARC reviewer

“Wow what a read” Sarah, ARC reviewer

Blurb:

When firefighter Conway Smith enters Cloud Bar in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he has only one thing on his mind—revenge against the aliens who let his mother die, despite having promised her immortality. One look at Resistance fighter Venus Cloud, though, and all he can think about is the magic they will make together back in his hotel room.

Venus has been raised in the Resistance, and she’s tasked with seducing Conway and learning all his secrets. He has something to offer the hardened warriors trying to free Earth from the invaders—a stolen nanocyte serum that will make one human effectively immortal.

The local cell wants Conway in their group, not leading it, and devises a brutal operation to get what they want. If Venus finds herself more in love with Conway than respectful of her ruthless father’s plans, she’ll have to go on the run to save his life.

Sex, lies, and a road trip from hell. Venus may have to turn to her enemy Krinar to save her lover’s life.

P.S. There are seven other fresh new novellas set in the world of the Krinar Chronicles! And to see where it all began, read Close Liaisons, currently free! https://www.amazon.com/Close-Liaisons-Krinar-Chronicles-1-ebook/dp/B009MNXWMO