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Author: C.J. Archer

A native of Australia, C. J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember. She worked as a librarian and technical writer until she was able to channel her twin loves by writing historical fiction. She has won and placed in numerous romance writing contests, including taking home RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that would become her novel Honor Bound. Under the name Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in several women’s magazines, including Take a Break, Women’s Day, and That’s Life. After spending her early childhood surrounded by the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, she lives today in suburban Melbourne with her husband and their two children.

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To Tempt the Devil - Lord Hawkesbury's Players, #3

To Tempt the Devil
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  • Number: B008J2GEJC
  • Release: 2012-11-27
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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He’s dark and dangerous…and she can’t stay away…

Seven years have passed since Rafe Fletcher fled London. Now he has returned to make amends, only to find his brother, James, bound for debtors’ prison. Unable to clear James’s debts, Rafe does the next best thing, promising to watch over his brother’s betrothed in his absence. There’s just one problem: the shy, sweet girl he once knew has grown into an alluring young woman—one who wants absolutely nothing to do with a man like him.

Lizzy Croft isn’t fooled by Rafe’s dark good looks; she remembers all too well the hot-headed rogue he once was. But when Lizzy is framed for murder, she has no choice but to trust the man who once beat his brutish stepfather half to death, the man whose recent past is shrouded in mystery—the man who is slowly, inexorably winning her heart. Loving him would be the greatest risk of all…


Scandal's Mistress - A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players, #2

Scandal's Mistress
  • Number: B00702M9F0
  • Release: 2012-04-24
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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In Shakespearean London, falling in love just became the greatest scandal of all...

Just when Leo, Baron Warhurst, thinks his family’s financial situation can’t get any worse, he discovers that his unwed sister is pregnant. The Warhurst estate is already crumbling thanks to Leo’s father, and unless Leo can make a match with a wealthy heiress, his family will be ruined. Such are the dire straits that bring the ambitious nobleman to the White Swan Inn, where he must suffer the indignity of asking a common seamstress for help spying on his sister’s lover.

Yet Alice Croft is anything but common. She is low-born, yes, but also strong-willed, clever, confident, and bears a luminous beauty Leo cannot ignore. Leo knows that even the mere rumor of a liaison between them could ruin his marriage prospects, but the harder he fights against her, the stronger their attraction grows—until Leo is forced to choose between the woman who stole his heart and the family that demands his honor.


Her Secret Desire - A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players, #1

Her Secret Desire
  • Number: B00702M9HS
  • Release: 2012-04-24
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Prepare for a romp through Elizabethan England, where finding love is written in the stars...

Comely, courageous Minerva “Min” Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is determined to make her mark. Ill-fated to live in Elizabethan England, when women—deemed the inferior sex—most assuredly did not write plays, Min will prevail. With her finished play in hand, she implores Roger Style, a local theatre manager in London, to read it. Though desperate in his own right—due to a string of commercial failures—all Style sees before him is a woman playwright, and refuses to even look at her work.

On impulse, Min changes her story, claiming the play was written by the man standing across the street, and secures the manager’s agreement to review it. But her choice of surrogate, Robert “Blake” Blakewell, promises to be a mixed blessing indeed. Blake, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a pair of breathtaking shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. Though he agrees to her outlandish proposal, she has to wonder, as she gets lost in his eyes, what in the world she’s gotten herself into.

Blake’s own mission? To ferret out the cad in Roger Style’s theatre company responsible for getting his sister with child. And when that objective threatens to derail Min’s nascent career, his dilemma is a daunting one: protect either his family’s honor or the woman who’s slowly but surely softening his heart and winning his love.


Surrender

Surrender
  • Number: B0077IHEKM
  • Release: 2012-02-09
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Gentleman spy, Alexander Redcliff, murdered his colleague. It's an event he can't remember, except in his nightmares. Suppressing them is the only way to keep his sanity, but forgetting is no longer an option.

Only one woman can save Alex from himself.

Georgiana Appleby is a most unconventional lady. Prejudice shadows the physician and scandal is never far away. Forced to take Alex as her patient, she must not give into the rogue's advances or she will risk losing her career and her heart.

Will Alex's fierce longing for Georgiana be enough or will he surrender to the darkness inside?


Kiss Of Ash - Book 2 of The Witchblade Chronicles

Kiss Of Ash
  • Number: B004UB5T3S
  • Release: 2011-03-28
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Pippa Ingleside will do anything to escape her ruthless uncle, but even she is surprised when her previously dormant powers aid her. Surprised and afraid. Her newly discovered abilities may have saved her but they condemn her at the same time.

Disguised as a boy, she travels to the home of Lord Ashbourne to find her one and only friend. To maintain her disguise and put a roof over her head, Pippa accepts a job as page of the wardrobe to Ash, a man as mysterious as he is dangerous. If he discovers her lie, he'll send her back to her uncle and her witchcraft will be exposed to the authorities.

As the lies build it gets harder for Pippa to maintain her disguise, especially when she falls in love with the man she must serve.

Her only hope is to find her friend. But when the friend is murdered, Ash investigates and where he goes, his page goes too. Together they uncover a web of secrets that could destroy Ash and condemn Pippa. But that's nothing compared to what happens when he discovers she's a woman...

NOTE: Each of The Witchblade Chronicles books is a complete novel with different characters. They do not need to be read in order.


Honor Bound - Book 1 of The Witchblade Chronicles

Honor Bound
  • Number: B004O0VCY0
  • Release: 2011-02-15
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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7 years ago a woman with too many secrets and a man with too many lies fell in love. Then she left him.

Isabel's quiet life as an assistant to one of London's famous apothecaries hides a deadly secret. A secret that could see her put on trial for witchcraft if the authorities uncover the truth. But when the authority figure who turns up at her shop is Sir Nicholas Merritt, she's at risk of losing more than her life. She could lose her heart and soul, and the man she loves.

Royal spy Sir Nicholas Merritt can't believe his luck when he stumbles upon Isabel during an investigation. He's been searching for her for seven long years and now he has her again, in his bed and his life. Except she's resisting all the way. Worse still, she's somehow tangled up with a plot to assassinate the queen. To hold onto her this time, he must find out why she left him while hiding a secret of his own that could tear them apart forever.

NOTE: Each of The Witchblade Chronicles books is a complete novel with different characters. They do not need to be read in order.


The Mercenary's Price

The Mercenary's Price
  • Number: B004MDLTD8
  • Release: 2011-02-05
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Being a national treasure wouldn't be such a curse if she only knew she could trust him.

Lady Eliza Harcourt, the queen's seer, is in danger of being kidnapped. To avoid such a fate, she will be whisked to safety during a royal masked ball. But when the man doing the whisking turns out to be Thomas Blackstone, she's no longer sure fleeing is a good idea.

Rejected by Eliza seven years earlier, Thomas has changed from the amiable second son of a lowly noble into a cold-hearted mercenary. Not only does she have to put up with the silent treatment, but she cannot be entirely certain he is on her side. The only thing she can be sure of is that he's still bitter about the rejection. And that she still loves him.


Redemption

Redemption
  • Number: B004LGRZGG
  • Release: 2011-01-28
  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Romantic Elements, * SF: Steampunk
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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In a world where inventors have all the power and anyone born with natural talents is feared, Tilda Upton must hide her skill at finding things from the authorities. But when a ruthless inventor discovers her ability, she's forced to locate a secret weapon for him or be put to death. The only man who can help her is Black Jack Knight - sky pirate, vagabond, killer. But Jack does not like passengers on his airship, especially women whose vast talents are just beginning to be discovered. And especially women who get under his skin.

Together they fight corsairs, a mad inventor and their growing attraction to each other in order to retrieve the invention Tilda has been forced to find, only to learn it could destroy her.

NOTE: This book was previously titled The Adventures Of Miss Upton And The Sky Pirate


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