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Release day: The Soldier’s Woman

9 February 2017

Today is the official release of The Soldier’s Woman by Kelly Lyonns (book 1, Bladewood Legacy) (paperback and ebook, Atlas Productions). Here’s the blurb:

the-soldiers-womanThere really were times when being a petite well-bred lady was positively tedious.

Charlotte Everslea, dedicated paranormal artefact hunter, was in need of a little help to retrieve a dangerously powerful book. Not to mention, to rescue some children, thwart a Machiavellian nemesis and evade Napoleon’s Portuguese army. What she didn’t need was an unbiddable overprotective stormy-eyed Redcoat, even if he was sent by fate.

Being both a gentleman and a soldier was sometimes most inconvenient.

Colonel Maximilian Bladewood was used to giving orders and having them obeyed both on and off the battlefield. But the petite golden-haired hoyden, to whose accidental intervention he owed his life, challenged both his authority and his sanity. Regardless, his duty was clear. Even if it included protecting a stubbornly obsessed innocent from the dangers of a war.

Cross-purposed and with the civilised world at stake, fate throws down another challenge – hope for love. All it will cost them are the vows they have each sworn to keep.

Kelly dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

The Soldier’s Woman is the first book in the Bladewood Legacy series and features the eldest Bladewood brother, Colonel Maximillian Bladewood. The book is set in 1810 Napoleonic Portugal where the British have just retaken Lisbon from the French forces. Alliances during the Napoleonic wars changed frequently and rapidly, with balances of power often held very tenuously. Battles were won or lost as a result of the most ridiculous decisions or unbelievable series of events. I asked the question: what if the chaos was not just due to political jockeying, king-making and general incompetence, but there was actually some Machiavellian plan at work; someone manipulating events though paranormal forces? The idea of secret societies and mysteries beyond the everyday, the realm of magic perhaps, was intriguing. I wanted to explore the idea through a story arc using the Bladewood family’s large unusual family tree, hence the idea of a series. In The Soldier’s Woman I wanted the very down-to-earth hero with his fixed ideas of right and wrong, to meet not only love, but a world that he doesn’t even suspect exists. Charlotte’s challenges are not so different to his; both are trapped by their sense of duty. That duty has kept both of them from making emotional commitments in their lives. In Maximillian’s case probably from a fear of further loss; Charlotte’s more so from the isolating nature of her work. Despite the paranormal elements it remains a Regency romance.

You can find out more about this book at Kelly’s website or buy it from Atlas.

  1. k lyonns permalink
    13 February 2017 11:43 pm

    Thanks Helen!

  2. 9 February 2017 11:36 am

    Happy release day Kelly woohoo 🙂

    Have Fun


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