The recent release of The Frost of Springtime, by debut author Rachel L. Demeter, transports readers to the war torn streets of nineteenth century Paris. Driven by paradoxical characters, steamy encounters, and a compelling storyline, it’s a bittersweet tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love. Described as “poignant,” emotionally devastating,” and “beautiful,” The Frost of Springtime is sure to please historical and romance readers alike. Available now in both eBook and paperback. Currently Amazon Prime members can read the Kindle edition for free!
Black Lyon Publishing
Formats: Paperback, Kindle eBook
Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction
To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.
On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.
But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.
Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone, replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.
Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.
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The heat of their bodies mingled as one. With each breath, Aleksender drank in the sweet essence of his beloved ward. His mind swam with unorthodox visions and desires. He inclined his head, lost to the power of her nearness, entranced by everything that was Sofia.
“Alek, my Alek …”
Each word infused Aleksender with a delicious and undeniable warmth. Intoxicated by roses and wintertime, he found it difficult to speak, difficult to think. Breathless, he swallowed and met the haunting depths of her eyes.
“Please,” she dreamily murmured, “I want you to kiss me again…”
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Praise for The Frost of Springtime
“I am astonished at this being Rachel L. Demeter’s debut work, for in form and style, it is very much a tour de force. A riveting story of love and courage in the aftermath of a brutal war, the author brilliantly juxtaposes the hazing splendor of French nobility and the impassioned elegance of two people in love, despite all the world’s oppositions. The title is, in a sense, a representation of change: the beginning of a new spring with La Belle Époque and the transition into a new era, for the world and our protagonists. The wistful loveliness of the setting paints a picture of a crying France, blending in with the dynamic romance perfectly. Or rather, it does not merely blend in the background as much as glitters like the brightest jewel, shining with a vibrancy that makes one want to relieve the halcyon days of grand old Paris. I was captivated by the setting, the lush writing of Rachel L. Demeter, and the subtle expressiveness of the characters, which all compelled me to research more of the historical background, of the 1871 Paris Commune, through which this story is made more infinitely dearer.” – Buried Under Romance
“We are in awe. The Frost of Springtime is a MUST HAVE! Despite that we loved the true facts, we fell instantly in love with the story. It was dark, emotionally devastating, and sensual. The innocence between the two main characters was beautiful and their love grew so strong throughout the story with such grace. One of us even cried while reading The Frost of Springtime. We loved the cover, we loved the writing style, and we adored the characters. We fell in love, really hard.” – Divas Book Blog
“This novel is intricately detailed and wonderfully written! Opening with a heartbreaking scene, I was immediately drawn to the story of Aleksender and his Sofia. Of course, as the story moved on, other enchanting characters helped to make this poignant book complete. The author has blended historical facts with fiction skillfully, and presented several narratives flawlessly. It’s beautiful! I loved it!” – Romancebookworm’s Reviews
“I absolutely love this book. The Frost of Springtime shows how love and tragedy go hand in hand and that love can actually be more powerful than anything. I have found that most books do not hit this point right on the nail like this one does. It’s a Historical Romance and let me just tell you this is one book I couldn’t put down.” – Magic Within The Pages
“WOW!! The Frost of Springtime is a powerful, epic love story unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The emotional and visual/sensory depth is astounding. I felt Aleksender and Sofia’s connection from beginning to end. Aleksender’s path to healing was at times breathtaking and heartbreaking. This is a hero who loves his woman with every last breath, every fiber of his being… and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her. AMAZING cast of secondary characters as well… a ‘villain’ who actually leaves you morally torn! Beautifully written (loved the vivid imagery and descriptions!), dark, unusual, rich with history, epic scope, and a soul deep love that only comes once in a lifetime… Brava!!!” – Sivonna, an advanced reader
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Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love. Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances.
Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul. Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.
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Having just finished reading M.J. Rose’s newest novel The Collector of Dying Breaths I can once again attest to just how beautiful and amazing her novels can be so I am extra excited to kick off her tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours! This time she takes us from the court of Catherine de Medici to modern day on a journey that will hold the reader spellbound. For me reading a novel by M.J. Rose is like slipping into a whole other world; one that I find myself completely immersed in until I reach that final page. With perfection M.J. Rose weaves historical fiction, suspense, adventure, passion, and obsession in a novel that is sure to please readers old and new! And I can’t help but mention that this cover rocks – it is as gorgeous as the novel is!
The Collector of Dying Breaths is the latest installment in the Reincarnationist series but can easily be read on its own as there is enough background given for the reader not to be lost in the story. I’ve enjoyed the books featuring Jac L’Etoile and I loved getting back to her story in this one. While Jac is a mythologist she also has the rare talent of not only being able to see her own past lives but those of others as well. For reasons I won’t give away Jac finds herself trying to replicate an elixir that is made from the dying breaths of an individual. In turn this elixir could be used to enable this individual to live another life. It is all very fascinating! The research takes her on a journey back in time that could prove dangerous to those she loves and even Jac herself.
Going back in time to the 1500′s and Catherine de Medici’s court we are introduced to Rene de Florentine who is saved from poverty by Catherine de Medici to become her personal perfumer among other more distasteful things. It is he that believes the dying breaths of a person can be captured and released again in someone else. It is there that Jac must travel back in time in order to learn more about this elixir and how to recreate it. In this she finds help from her old lover Griffin but it isn’t long before the two find themselves embroiled in more and more danger. Will Jac find the answers she’s looking for? Will she ever find the life she desires most?
One of the most interesting things about this book as well as the one before it is the focus on scent and perfume making. I have always had a passion for perfume and the way different scents smell on different people. I really enjoyed reading about the mixing of scents to come up with a unique perfume. For me a scent can evoke a special memory or make me feel beautiful. For Jac a scent can take her back to a different time and place entirely. I have to admit it would be kind of cool to see into people’s past lives especially in a historical sense.
M.J. Rose has crafted another tale that takes you into the world of reincarnation and past lives. Don’t mistake this novel for a novel of magic because it isn’t although there is a kind of magical quality in thinking we’ve lived past lives. The novel itself is presented in such a way that makes the idea of past lives very believable and if you are someone like me you believe in that kind of thing anyway. M.J.’s writing is beautiful, the story fantastic, and I highly recommend it!
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
The Highlander’s Conquest by Eliza Knight is the second in The Stolen Bride series and I enjoyed this one just as much as I did The Highlander’s Reward. Once again I listened to the audiobook narrated by Corrie James who is fast becoming a favorite of mine. She just has such a great voice and perfectly acts out all the different nuances of her characters. While these books are part of a series it’s important to note that they would stand alone quite well.
In The Highlander’s Conquest Blane Sutherland has been tasked with bringing Lady Aliah de Mowbray to Scotland to be with her sister Arbella and their father. He disguises himself as an Englishman and presents Aliah with a missive from her father requesting that she go with him. Needing to know that her sister and father are safe and well she agrees. Needless to say that when Blane reveals himself to be a highlander Aliah is incensed and takes action. Now I’m not going to say what action but I will say it was very funny.
Aliah is a little spitfire like her sister Arbella and can certainly take care of herself despite having been sheltered her whole life. Just give her a bow and arrow and she’ll enlighten you. However she’s vowed to give her life over to God and the church and yet she can’t deny the ever awakening desires of her body. Could it be love? For Blane who is as roguish as they come he feels a powerful attraction to Aliah but his older brother Magnus would kill him for going near her. Blane has never really cared for a woman but somehow Aliah is working her way into his heart. There is nothing to do but push her away as he is most definitely not good enough for such a sweet soul as Aliah. Will they end up together or not?
Who can resist a highlander? Especially the Sutherland men. That’s what I say. Eliza’s books are such a sweet escape for a few hours! They are fun, sweet, sexy, and great to listen to! I thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series and full intend to enjoy the rest as well! As a note there is a lot of hanky panky going on for my readers who just aren’t into that. If you are though and enjoy a good historical romance check out Eliza Knight’s books and enjoy!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (paper copy-US/eBook copy-Int’l)
I have one copy – paper copy open to US residents, eBook copy open Internationally of The Highlander’s Conquest by Eliza Knight to share with my readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave a comment on this post entering the giveaway.
- Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
This giveaway is open to US residents for a paper copy or an eBook copy open Internationally. I will draw for the winner on March 15/14. Good luck!
Source: Audiobook from my personal library.
The Highlander’s Reward by Eliza Knight is the first in The Stolen Bride series and it was a very fun and enjoyable historical romance for me – actually one of my favorites to date. I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Corrie James and she does such a wonderful job of bringing this novel alive for the listener. She’s a British voice talent and she has a smooth and melodic voice that is so easy to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed her narration of this novel.
Lady Arbella de Mowbray is on her way to marry an English nobleman in Scotland. Needless to say she is not at all happy about this but it is her father’s wish. Things take a turn when they end up in the middle of a battle between the Scots and the English and Arbella finds herself kidnapped by a Scot no less!
Laird Magnus Sutherland is her kidnapper and instead of the ogre she expects he turns out to be a respectful and kind man despite his brutish but oh so very handsome looks. He whisks her away to Dunrobin Castle and it is there that she wonders whether Magnus, this castle, and the life of the Highlanders isn’t the life she’s always wanted for herself. Sparks fly though as both Magnus and Arbella had been promised to others… and they show up!
What I liked most about this novel was that I found it refreshing and fun. There was no brutality and the love between Arbella and Magnus was sweet. As for the audio it was such an entertaining listen and a great way to spend a few hours. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and will be reviewing the second in the series later this week so stay tuned. For my readers who do not like sexual content in their reading beware because you will find it within these pages. For me this was a great listen and I most definitely recommend this series for those partial to highland romances!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (paper copy-US only/eBook copy-International)
I have one copy of The Highlander’s Reward by Eliza Knight – a paper copy if residing in the US or an eBook copy which is open internationally to share with my readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave a comment on this post entering the giveaway.
- For 2 entries Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog about this giveaway.
This giveaway is open to US residents with a paper copy and Internationally with an eBook copy. I will draw for the winner on March 11/14. Good luck!
Source: Audiobook from my own personal library.