Monday, August 3, 2020

Lost Girls Trilogy by Cheryl Holt ~ Author interview, Excerpt & Giveaway






Libby Carstairs was found by Navy sailors on a deserted island in the Caribbean. She was all alone and had no memory of her past or parents. Who is she? And what happened to leave her stranded so far from home? After she was returned to England, her situation was sensationalized in the newspapers, which meant she's enjoyed a life of public acclaim. Due to her unconventional history, she's very different from other young ladies and has no desire to ever be ordinary.

Luke Watson had an exciting career in the Navy, but on his brother's death, he's come home to assume his role as Earl of Barrett. His brother, with his repeated scandals, ran the family's reputation and estate into the ground, and Luke is determined to repair all that's been destroyed by exhibiting stellar moral behavior at all times. He will wed the perfect aristocratic girl, settle down to a tedious country existence, and try to be content.

But when he meets Libby, sparks fly and passion ignites. She's the complete opposite of the woman he thought he wanted in his life, but she just might be exactly who he needs...




Caroline Grey was just four years old when she was found stranded and alone by Navy sailors on a deserted island in the Caribbean. When she was returned to England, she enjoyed a brief burst of notoriety. Who was she? Who had her parents been? Ultimately, she was claimed by her dour, miserly relatives who've treated her like an unwanted pauper. She's spent her life trying to be accepted by those who should love her, but her haunting past has created too many obstacles. It's difficult to fit in...

Caleb Ralston is a wealthy, infamous gambler who's raging against the unfairness of life. After spending a decade in the Navy, he was forced out of the post he treasured, as he struggled to protect others from a scandal. As a result, he vowed to become very rich, so he could avenge himself against the sort of affluent oafs who've always disdained him...

When he meets Caroline, he's intrigued by her beauty and pluck, but she's part of the world he loathes, and he could never bind himself to her. But Fate and destiny have other plans for Caleb, and Caroline might turn out to be just the woman he needs...



Joanna James had a brief moment of notoriety at age four when she survived a shipwreck in the Caribbean. She was returned to England and raised quietly in the country by a doting auntie. She’s descended from an ancient line of wise women, so she’s very different from other young ladies. She has the sight, and she can cast spells and brew potions, but she’s cautious with her peculiar gifts and hides them from her rural neighbors who don’t always understand her odd talents.

Captain Jacob Ralston works hard to be boring and ordinary. After learning at age ten that his notorious father was a bigamist and liar, he swore he’d grow up to be the most moral man in the kingdom. He would never rock a boat or raise a brow. After a stellar career in the Navy, he’s determined to retire to the country, marry the fiancĂ©e his mother picked for him, and force himself to be content.

When he crosses paths with peculiar, fascinating Joanna, he’s instantly bowled over. She’s beautiful, intriguing, and not like any woman he’s ever met. He can’t imagine how he would ever bind himself, but Fate and destiny have other plans for him, and Joanna just might be the one woman who can make him happy forever…

Lost forever…finally found…




About Cheryl Holt

 

CHERYL HOLT is a New York TimesUSA Today, and Amazon “Top100” bestselling author who has published nearly sixty novels. 

Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She is considered to be one of the masters of the romance genre. For many years, she was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance”, and she’s also revered as “The International Queen of Villains.” She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews. 

She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans. Visit her website at www.cherylholt.com.

 From Cheryl Holt

My new Lost Girls trilogy will be released on August 11th. These are my Summer, 2020 books, and I’m so excited that everyone will finally have a chance to read them.

 This year, my link premise connects the three heroines. When they were little girls, they were traveling to Jamaica with their parents. Their ship sunk in a terrible storm, and they were the sole survivors. They were found on a deserted island in the Caribbean and returned to England. They were so young that they didn’t remember much about their pasts or their families, so they enjoyed a bit of notoriety as the Mystery Girls of the Caribbean.

 Each novel focuses on one of the heroines. Once they arrived in England, they were separated and doled out to distant relatives, and they lived very different lives. In Book #1, Libby is a flamboyant actress and singer who’s spent her life touring England and performing monologues about the shipwreck. In Book #2, Caroline was handed over to her cruel, miserly grandfather, and she lived a true Cinderella life. In Book #3, Joanna has grown up to be a midwife and healer, and she possesses all sorts of magical powers that are dangerous for a woman to possess in the Regency time period where the novels are set.

The 3 novels will be released on the same day, so you can read the whole series at once without having to wait for the next installment. They’ll be available both as print books and e-books. My Lost Girls trilogy! Coming August 11, 2020!

 

Interview Questions

 

1.      Have you started thinking of what trilogy you’ll be writing next year?

 

Yes, I already have a trilogy in mind, but the name of it will be a secret until I have my trilogy “reveal” in a few months. In the meantime, I’m going to take a break from historicals and write a contemporary women’s novel. The title will be, A Summer Wedding at Cross Creek Inn. I’m writing it right now, and I’ll release more information about it this coming fall, once I have the cover art finished.

 

2.       What are some of your favorite books or authors to read?

 

I’m not a big nonfiction reader. I love fictional stories so I read novels. I enjoy any novel that’s well-written and fun to read. It has to have fast pacing though—or I get bored and don’t finish it. I’m partial to historical novels, which you can tell from the fact that I constantly write historical novels, so I always like to read a great historical story. If I have a choice between a historical or contemporary novel, I nearly always pick the historical.

 

And because I write novels for a living, I have to keep up with the market so I know what’s selling. I try to read every bestseller that’s released.

 

3.       Tell us a little about your latest trilogy.

 

This year, I’m releasing my “Lost Girls” trilogy.

 

For several summer now, I’ve been writing linked trilogies that have a defined premise that carries the plot through all three novels. In this series, the link is that the heroines were traveling to Jamaica with their families when they were little girls, and their ship sank in a terrible storm. Against all odds, they were the only survivors. They were found on a deserted island by British sailors, but no one could figure out how they survived—and they were too young to explain much of what had happened to them.

 

They were returned to England, where they enjoyed a bit of notoriety. Then they were separated and doled out to distant relatives. They never saw each other again. When the novels start, it’s the 20th anniversary of the shipwreck, and the three women’s lives are pitched off in new and exciting directions where they meet the men of the dreams.

 

 

Excerpt



Giveaway

  

Cheryl is celebrating the release of her new LOST GIRLS series by running this contest. She will give away ten autographed print copies of Book #1, Someone To Love, to ten lucky winners. Since the first three novels in the series will be released together on August 11th, she will also give away one grand prize to one lucky winner of autographed print copies of Books 1, 2, and 3. The three books included in the Grand Prize drawing are: Someone To Love, Someone To Cherish, and Someone To Wed. So there will be eleven winners in all!

 The contest begins on June 28, 2020, and entries will close on August 12, 2020. The drawing will be held the next day, August 13, 2020, and winners will be notified by email. You may enter as many times as you wish, but please be aware that Cheryl’s books contain adult content. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. All entrants’ emails will be added to Cheryl’s general mailing list. The email addresses are used to provide readers with information about Cheryl’s career and her upcoming novels, and the list is never shared with anyone.

 Cheryl can only ship prizes to U.S. addresses. Thank you for understanding.


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17 comments:

  1. The covers alone make me want to read this trilogy! The blurbs all sound like stories I could fall into and escape. I'm adding these books to my TBR pile right now.

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  2. HI guys! And hi my old friend, Rita! It's so nice to see you're following my blog tour. I love how these Lost Girls books turned out. They're really fun, and I hope you love them. Coming next Tuesday! I'm so excited. Thanks for thinking of me today. I"m grateful.

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  3. Thanks for the chance to win a fun book to read.

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  4. Beautiful covers. The blurbs all sound really good for these book! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  5. I absolutely love the old school romance of the cover

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  6. I am always glad to discover additional book series that are new to me!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Thank you so much to everyone who's been posting comments today. The three novels represent a whole year of work for me, and I'm so glad (and relieved!) to finally have them released on Tuesday. Thanks also for the lovely comments about my covers. My designer's name is Angie, and she's been creating them for me now for most of a decade. They're always so beautiful! Hope all of you have as much fun reading the books as I had writing them!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this!

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  9. I'm looking forward to reading these.

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  10. Thanks for the opportunity, would love to get a copy!

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  11. Looks like another good one.

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  12. Thank you so much for the chance Cheryl!

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  13. these look like the kind of stories I love!

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