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The Princess Dilemma, a royal Victorian romance, by Heather Hiestand #Newrelease #KindleUnlimited

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It’s here, it’s here! My final release of 2016, The Princess Dilemma. This historical romance is particularly close to my heart because it had a multi-year gestation. It is alternative history in a way, because the hero is the son of Queen Victoria’s father. He really did have illegitimate children many years older than his legitimate daughter, who became queen of England in 1837, but not my Edward FitzPrince.

This is a great book to read in anticipation of the new PBS show, Victoria, which is about the same exact time period as my book, with many of the same historical characters! Victoria Preview

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The Princess Dilemma Blurb:

England, 1837: In the game of kings, there can be only one winner, but a second chance at love is worth more than any throne…

As a British army colonel, Edward FitzPrince deals with dangerous secrets every day. When his mother dies and he learns he may have a claim to the British throne, he quickly finds himself out of his depths. The Scottish-born soldier discovers life in London and political maneuvering foreign indeed.

One woman can help him, German Princess Charlotte von Scharnburg, with whom he had a secret romance more than a decade before, his long-lost wife. As the best friend and lady-in-waiting to his half-sister, Queen Victoria, who has just ascended the throne of England, Charlotte is now his natural enemy.

Edward is determined to have his birthright. Charlotte must ensure her family’s survival. They will be each other’s greatest ally, or tear each other apart.

That Gold in Laguna by Heather Hiestand #newrelease #romance

that-gold-in-laguna-coverYeah! Book 2 in my Charisma Series, The Ericksons, is finally out. I wrote it back in the late winter, but held sexy treasure hunter Thor’s story all this time to be part of the mini-launch in the Laguna Beach series, part of Kindle Worlds. Buy Here

I really, really loved writing these stories, which came to me after a Curse of Oak Island television binge. The show has just started it’s fourth season, and I’m book two into my series!

Blurb:

Treasure hunter Thor Erickson stars in California Gold, a reality TV show. An outdoors buff, he wants to dig for buried gems in the wilderness, not in a rich girl’s Laguna Beach backyard.

Rachel McHughes is an art expert looking for a new challenge. She wants her wealthy father to sell his property so she can leave her job curating the family art collection and take a fulfilling museum position.

The California Gold producers insist the hunt for missing Hollywood Golden Age jewels is good television. The show must go on despite friction between the cast and the McHughes family.

Thor and Rachel can’t avoid each other, or the incredible, sexy chemistry they generate. The treasure they discover might not be gold, but each other.

 

OTHER BOOKS IN THE CHARISMA SERIES! Heather Hiestand on Amazon

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Preorder The Princess Dilemma: A Royal Romance by Heather Hiestand

the-princess-dilemma-second-versionThe Princess Dilemma, A Victorian Royal Romance, is now available on Amazon for preorder! It will be released on Nov 20th. Preorder Here

It is also on KU so you can read for free from Nov 30-Feb 28  if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited.

England, 1837: In the game of kings, there can be only one winner, but a second chance at love is worth more than any throne…

As a British army colonel, Edward FitzPrince deals with dangerous secrets every day. When his mother dies and he learns he may have a claim to the British throne, he quickly finds himself out of his depths. The Scottish-born soldier discovers life in London and political maneuvering foreign indeed.

One woman can help him, German Princess Charlotte von Scharnburg, with whom he had a secret romance more than a decade before, his long-lost wife. As the best friend and lady-in-waiting to his half-sister, Queen Victoria, who has just ascended the throne of England, Charlotte is now his natural enemy.

Edward is determined to have his birthright. Charlotte must ensure her family’s survival. They will be each other’s greatest ally, or tear each other apart.

A series about Queen Victoria is taking the Downtown Abbey slot in January. This is a great opportunity to learn about 1837 and get ready for the show!

 

Christmas Novel Sale! Christmas Delights is $.99! #historicalromance #holidayreads

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Christmas Delights is my holiday house party novel, a standalone part of the Victorian Redcakes series. It has a 4.3 Star rating on Amazon, and is available across all etailers. Get it for $.99 this November!

The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one—let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair—and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job. . .

Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party—but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts—for many holidays to come. . .

Christmas is here! The Rock Star’s Christmas Reunion is out today! #new release #romance

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I’m so excited to have my holiday romance out today! It’s the first full novel in the Charisma series, and is a standalone holiday treat. Join new caterer Yakima as she keeps the small town of Battlefield, WA warm and cozy with Christmas treats, and romances Bax Connolly, who left town twelve years ago to follow his musician dreams. Now he’s back to reconnect with his blue collar family, and find his true home.

Blurb:

Twelve years ago, Bax Connolly left his small town behind to find fame and fortune with his guitar. Now the legendary, tattooed rock star is back and has purchased a home. The bad boy of the music industry wants to reconnect with his estranged family by throwing a huge Christmas party. But his tough, working class relatives have no clue how to deal with their ultra-wealthy and famous prodigal son and want nothing to do with him.

Yakima Wannassay’s catering company needs a Christmas miracle to keep from going under, but she never expected Santa to deliver her the perfect holiday client—her former next door neighbor Bax. A recommendation from him could take her business to a whole new level. And when she steps under the mistletoe with the irresistible Bax, she finds herself wanting to mix business with pleasure. Too bad a long ago told little white lie could blow up in her face and ruin both Christmas and her future.

The Rock Star’s Christmas Reunion reunites a couple who were never together except in rumor, adds some music industry edge, and mixes in the joy of the holidays!

Praise for Heather Hiestand’s novels:

“This is definitely one for the keeper shelf.” —Historical Romance Lover on His Wicked Smile

“Heather Hiestand once again pleased me beyond measure with this book. I love the characters all of them…”—Hannah’s Words on His Wicked Smile

“Top Pick! An all around great read! It’s funny, witty, sexy, and smart.” —Romance Reader at Heart on Cards Never Lie

“Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read.” –Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked

Cover Reveal Help! Which cover would you choose? #bookcover #coverreveal

the-rockstars-christmas-reunion-blackthe-rockstars-christmas-reunion-goldI’m releasing my holiday novel next week, and I have an important choice to make. My cover artist, Melyssa Naujoks, did the titling in two different colors, gold and black, and I can’t decide which one to use! Which do you prefer?

The Rock Star’s Christmas Reunion will be out next week. Curious? Here’s the blurb:

Twelve years ago, Bax Connolly left his small town behind to find fame and fortune with his guitar. Now the legendary, tattooed rock star is back and has purchased a home. The bad boy of the music industry wants to reconnect with his estranged family by throwing a huge Christmas party. But his tough, working class relatives have no clue how to deal with their ultra-wealthy and famous prodigal son and want nothing to do with him. 

Yakima Wannassay’s catering company needs a Christmas miracle to keep from going under, but she never expected Santa to deliver her the perfect holiday client—her former next door neighbor Bax. A recommendation from him could take her business to a whole new level. And when she steps under the mistletoe with the irresistible Bax, she finds herself wanting to mix business with pleasure. Too bad a long ago told little white lie could blow up in her face and ruin both Christmas and her future.

The Rock Star’s Christmas Reunion reunites a couple who never were together except in rumor, adds some music industry edge, and mixes in the joy of the holidays!

 

If I Had You by Heather Hiestand #BookClub Reading Guide

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Need some jazzy historical fiction for you book club? Give If I Had You a try! Below are suggested questions for reading group discussions.

BOOK CLUB READING GUIDE for If I Had You by Heather Hiestand

 Jazz music is a passion of the heroine in If I Had You. Are there songs that tell the story of your life?

  1. Immigration is a major factor in the hero’s past in If I Had You. Do you think immigrants should fully embrace the culture of their new country, or is there still a place for the politics, language, and lifestyle of the old country while living in the new?
  2. There were more women than men in the young adult population in the 1920s, due to deaths in World War I. Many women had to support themselves but opportunities were limited. Would you do anything you could to find a man to support you, or look for work? What kind?
  3. A “live for now” attitude existed in youth culture in the 1920s because of all the terrors in the previous decade. How would living through a war and a flu epidemic as a teenager affect your twenties?
  4. Which comes first, protecting one family member or saving the lives of a lot of strangers? Would you help a relative escape the police if they had committed a crime or turn them in?
  5. If you owned a business with a scandalous history, would you embrace that history or attempt to hide it?
  6. In the 1920s, contraceptive information was becoming more widely available. Who should be in charge of family planning, the man or the woman?
  7. If the person you are in a relationship with speaks English as a secondary language, should you attempt to learn their primary language to deepen your relationship?

 

The Russians are Coming! If I Had You drops in one week #GrandRusseseries

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If I Had You, the first book in my Jazz Age London series, goes on sale in one week! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the response to my move to 1924. When you were last reading my historical fiction, it was 1892 in London! How times change…

When I decided to write a Grand Hotel series, I needed to make it opulent. I found information about the Ballet Russes and was very inspired by the costuming of this French-based ballet company. I designed my hotel based on the art in the marketing materials for The Sleeping Princess ballet back in the early 1920s. It’s on the Internet if you want to take a look.firebirdThis gorgeous creature is the Firebird. In my series, this painting hangs on a wall in the hotel and it figures into the series as it goes along. With all this Russian art in the decor, I had to bring in Russian characters, too.

Move over Scottish heroes, here come the Russians!

The hero of my first book is Ivan Salter. He was an upper middle class Russian who was able to leave during the Revolution because he and his sister were visiting friends close to Finland and were able to escape. Some people left that way, others left by way of China…or even British warship, like the hotel’s chambermaid, Princess Olga Novikova, another key character in the series.

In this time period the Bolshevik threat was very real, and a fair amount of the plot in this series highlights love in the time of bombs, deceit, and spycraft, 1920s style. In books 2 and 3 of the Grand Russe, you’ll start to see the spies come into play. It’s hard to fall in love when you’re pretending to be someone you are not!

But in If I Had You, the heroine is a British girl, reared by a vicar, who just wants to be a flapper, one of those girls who danced the night away in fabulous clothes. When she goes to London to work for a theatrical couple, she has no idea their command performance at the hotel is going to stir up a hotbed of Russian anger, centered on the hotel. Falling in love with refugee who is starting over isn’t so simple either. But when you meet the love of your life you just have to roll with it!

Happy September and Happy Release Month for Heather Hiestand

IfIHadYou200x300Happy September! Here in the Pacific Northwest it feels like autumn already. Admittedly, so did July this year, but most of August was hot and summery. It’s time to put away the kiddie pool, though, brew some tea, and curl up with a bunch of new books! My publisher is promoting If I Had You with some other new historical romances that are coming out this month, and I can’t wait to read them all. My Kindle is recovered from its epic crash and I have them all loaded up to enjoy!

If I Had You is out September 27th, though you can preorder it, as well as the sequel, “I Wanna Be Loved By You” which is out on Valentine’s Day. I’m negotiating the title of book three in the Grand Russe Hotel series with my editor.  Book #3 will be out in September 2017. I hope the series is a success so I can keep writing stories set in my exotic, sexy hotel in 1925. I have two more stories already planned, including the happy ending for the mysterious and elegant hotel manager, Peter Eyre, who is featured in all the stories, along with his doomed romance with a tragic flapper.

I can’t wait to see who the favorite secondary characters are in my new series! I always have my own favorites, and how readers respond gives my editor and I feedback as to who readers want to learn more about. That’s how Lewis Noble got his own story in the Redcakes series. Yes, Christmas Delights was written just for Lewis fans (of course, I’m one too!)

Thank you to my readers, who allow me to pursue my favorite career outside of motherhood. I hope we can enjoy the Grand Russe hotel together.

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Goodreads Q&A with Historical Fiction Author Heather Hiestand

IfIHadYou200x300I’m very excited to talk about my Roaring Twenties romance, If I Had You, with fellow lovers of history and romance. It’s my new Grand Russe Hotel series starter and is up for pre-order now. I’m hoping 100 people will add it to their Goodreads shelf so that my publisher will host a Q&A with me on the site. Please add my “Cinderella in the Jazz Age” novel to your shelf! bit.ly/2aDawHf

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Also, my paranormal witch in space erotic romance novella, Ex Factor, is rereleased today with a new sexy cover, and is on sale for $.99! Check it out at https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Factor-Anh-Leod-ebook/dp/B01K1EMP84. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited!

Blurb:

Columbo Balbane misses his ex. He’s out transporting cargo around the solar system, but he’s still in love…and in lust.

Teasy Rose never told Columbo she’s a witch, and now that she’s single, she’s ready for a change. She sells her candy shop and starts Ex Factor, a new business where she uses magic spells to impersonate other people’s exes and simulate final meetings with old lovers.

When Columbo schedules an appointment, not knowing it’s her, can Teasy find closure for herself? Or is it truly possible to go home again?