Archive for April 7th, 2015


Secrets, Secrets are no fun. 

Genevieve “Ivy” Hursch thought she was living the dream! As the newly appointed promotions director for a hot new Chicago station, she was certain she had the radio world wrapped around her well-manicured finger. Coupled with an exciting relationship with her perfect new boyfriend, Ivy was certain life couldn’t get any better. That is until a piece of old news threatens to take down her career. 

Heartbreak, scandal, secrets, and lies send Ivy into a free fall of lost dreams and fractured relationships. How will unexpected advice allow Ivy to cope with a life that is less than perfect? Follow Ivy on a journey to discover the secrets of her heart. 

Secrets of the Heart is a continuation from Dirty Little Secret. Many of characters and situations from Dirty Little Secret, reappear in Secrets of the Heart, but it can be read as a stand alone novel.

Suggested audience 18+ for mild romantic situations.

About the Author
Willow has always had a penchant for weaving tales. Whether it was horror stories for her bunkmates during sleep away camp, or full blown novels, the written word is always something that Willow has been drawn to. After years of debating whether or not her stories were good enough to be seen by anyone other than people required by blood to tell her they enjoyed them, she has finally made the leap into self-publishing.

A Chicago girl born and raised, you will find that most of her stories are either based in, or somehow tie back to the city she knows and loves. Her loyalties lie on the North-Side, as she proclaims she is a Cubs fan, and a fan of anyone playing against the White Sox. She can also be found regularly rooting for the Illini, when she isn’t being forced by her husband to betray her loyalty to the Blue and Orange in favor of a weekend cheering on the Spartans.

When she isn’t writing (in the physical sense- as stories are always brewing in her head in some form), she can regularly be found feeding her coffee addiction at the Green Mermaid (otherwise known as Starbucks). She is also a voracious reader and is quite certain that there is a glitter encrusted picture frame bearing her headshot somewhere on the wall at Amazon that says “this woman pays our salary.” You can also find her frequently stalking Goodreads, Pinning, FaceBooking, or hanging out on the Twitter.

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OnceBeloved_hires2Title: Once Beloved
Author: Amara Royce
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Once, Helena led a charmed life. After eloping with the charismatic Captain Chase Martin, she left behind her childhood country home for a blissful life in London. Devastated by the death of her husband during a labor riot, she has spiraled into depression and agoraphobia, which she now combats solely for the sake of her children. When her grandmother summons Helena to her deathbed, terror at the thought of such a trip clashes with her sense of duty and affection toward her grandmother. Facing the village’s enmity for her long-ago betrayal, Helena finds an unlikely ally in her former fiance’s brother, Daniel Linfield. When Daniel travels to London for business, the last person he expects to encounter is the woman who jilted his brother years ago, destroying a land deal that would have been a boon to the whole village of Marksby.

Despite his family’s long-standing grudge against her and his own deep-rooted mistrust of women, he finds her vulnerable and in need of help he is in a unique position to provide. Logic and duty overrule his animosity as he offers to transport her and her niece home. The return to Marksby is argumentative, tumultuous and illuminating for both Helena and Daniel as an unwelcome but undeniable desire grows between them. Helena must face the consequences of her choices, while Daniel wrestles to overcome his own past and his shifting loyalties. When Helena returns to her London home and family, both face momentous decisions about their future together.


Once Beloved is available at Amazon


I write historical romance set mainly in Victorian London. Currently, I’m focusing on the mid-nineteenth century (the 1850s). I have a PhD in English literature, specializing in 19th-century British novels, so much of my academic background filters into my fiction writing. In my other life, I’m a community college professor of English literature and composition. I hope my books never come across as dry, didactic, or intellectual just for the sake of being intellectual.

I’m married and have a wonderfully supportive spouse and family. Really, I couldn’t do what I do if they weren’t so committed to my happiness. They’re remarkably understanding about work that takes me away from them.

I didn’t think of myself as a writer until a few years ago (approximately 2006-ish). Sure, I’d written little throw-away snippets in high school. I vaguely remember writing silly “meet cute” vignettes about my best friends in high school, including one of my friends encountering her true love while riding a horse through the French countryside. I’ve lost touch with that friend, but I’d like to think maybe she did meet a significant other that way.

Still, I didn’t think I had what it takes to be a writer until relatively recently. Then, I happened to read a few books like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Audrey Niffeneggar’s The Time-Traveler’s Wife and was inspired. What could it hurt for me to try, right? When I opened the floodgates, lots of burgeoning ideas came rushing out. Let’s see…I started a literary fiction (set in the same time period I’m writing now–Victorian) and a contemporary women’s fiction (Practical Magic meets, hmm, maybe “Babel”) and a Young Adult contemporary (a YA modernization of Don Quixote). I was all over the place. And I was still learning. I am still learning. I am ALWAYS learning.

A couple of years ago, I decided to do something entirely different. Historical romance enabled me to combine two of my favorite things: Victorian history/literature/culture and happy endings. I hope the fire and joy I feel when writing these historical romances translate to my readers.

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