Award-winning and Bestselling Author
August 31 – September 6
This week Duchess of Romance welcomes Award-winning and Bestselling author Barbara Devlin.
Meet The Author:
Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller. A Texan, through and through, Barbara hasn’t been without a book in her possession since she was in kindergarten. She wrote her first short story, a really cheesy murder-mystery, in high school, but it was a Christmas gift, a lovely little diary with a bronze lock, given to her in the fifth grade that truly inspired her love for writing.
After completing part of her undergraduate studies at the University of London, Barbara returned home and began a career in banking. But the late 80’s weren’t too promising for the financial industry, and every bank that hired Barbara soon folded. So she searched for a stable occupation, and the local police department offered the answer to her prayers.
Initially, Barbara wasn’t too sure about her new chosen career in law enforcement, but she soon came to love being a police officer. However, on an uncharacteristically cold and icy day in December 1998, Barbara was struck by a car and pinned against a guardrail while working an accident on a major highway. Permanently disabled, she retired from the police department and devoted her time and energy to physical therapy.
Once Barbara got back on her feet, she focused on a new career in academia. She earned an MA in English, continued on a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric, started writing historical fiction in her spare time, and completed five full-length novels featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast. The Lucky One, book six in the series, debuted March 29, 2015, and a spinoff series, Brethren Origins, premiered in July 2015, with the release of Arucard.
Connect with Barbara:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Devlin/e/B00GLGNPYA
Barbara’s first series of books entitled The Brethren of the Coast, five books in all starts off with Enter the Brethren. All this week I will be featuring one of Barbara’s books as our Book of the Day, keep watch each day to learn more about these amazing books and for links where you can buy them!
Here’s what Barbara has to say about the series:
Things are changing fast in the world of the Brethren. The series in its entirety quickly climbed the lists on Amazon, and My Lady, The Spy occupied the #1 spot in Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, and Hot New Releases. While my current stories are Peninsular War-era historical works, given reader interest, I have decided to write the adventures of the five original Templar Knights: Arucard, Demetrius, Morgan, Aristide, and Geoffrey. A lot has happened in 2015. First The Lucky One, which is Dalton and Daphne’s story, debuted at #1 in Hot New Releases on Amazon, and then this summer, Arucard: Brethren Origins Book 1, the first Medieval romance of the spinoff series, also debuted at #1 in Hot New Releases. In the fall, I will finally give so many of my nautionniers just what they’ve been asking for: Blake’s story. Yes, my hotheaded duke finds a bride in Love with an Improper Stranger. So feel free to peruse the pages and learn a little bit more of the world I’ve created just for you.
Barbara’s latest release is Arucard the first in the new Brethren Origins Series.
Arucard (Brethren Origins Book 1) ***#1 Bestseller***
WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE.
It is the year of Our Lord 1307, and by papal decree, Templar Knight Arucard of Villiers is a hunted man. One of a handful of mariners to escape the Inquisition and Philip the Fair’s treachery, Arucard sets sail for England, where good King Edward II has outlawed torture. While the Crown is more than happy to offer exile and create a new Order to accommodate the famed warriors of the Crusades, such assistance comes with a price. But is the cost one Arucard is willing to pay?
The world in which Isolde de Tyreswelle exists defines her as chattel. Nothing more than a means to an end, she is a puppet in her unscrupulous father’s dastardly play and is thrown into the courtly arena. To further her family’s political aspirations, she is betrothed to a man she has never met and, with her husband, must fight to survive the intrigues and betrayals of her new life. With good reason, she fears men. Can Isolde learn to trust Arucard before they are destroyed by their enemies?
Other Books By Barbara:
Loving Lieutenant Douglas: A Brethren of the Coast Novella
It is the Age of Sail, England is on the brink of war with France, and Royal Navy First Lieutenant Mark Douglas is not looking for a wife. As is so often the case, fate has other plans, and Mark sets his sights on a fiery society miss with a spirit to match his own. But can he redeem himself after inadvertently insulting his prospective bride?
Lady Amanda Gascoigne-Lake is at first smitten with and then disappointed by the impeccable naval man. After all, is it not a woman’s prerogative to change her mind? When a soldier disparages her reputation, Mark defends her honor and wins his lady. What happens when her father rejects Mark’s suit, and an ancient brooch with mystical powers portends doom?
A Jewel in Time: A Sultry Sisters Anthology
Three incomparable women, one incredible jewel…
It is the Age of Sail, and First Lieutenant Mark Douglas of the Royal Navy has set his sights on a fiery society miss with a spirit to match his own. What happens when Lady Amanda Gascoigne-Lake’s father rejects the sailor’s suit, and an ancient brooch with mystical power portends doom?
In WWII Europe, Lady Grace Corvedale flees Paris as the Germans approach, but Hitler has learned her brooch may have mystical powers, and he vows to possess it -at any cost. Lt Robert “Dix” Dixon, an unofficial attaché to the British Embassy, is dispatched to rescue her, but can he outwit The Fuhrer to save Grace?
When a series of tragic events leaves Olivia DuBois stranded in Boston during a blizzard, a handsome Brit rides to her rescue, and the California girl falls hard. Emerson Gascoigne-Lake manifests the quintessential knight in shining armor, but does a family heirloom foretell true love or destroy it?
I have read every one of Barbara’s books and they are truly masterpieces, works of art and a labour of love. Her Brethren of the Coast Series is absolutely pehenomenal, each story is filled with deep and rich historical accuracy and research but none is void of vivid imagination and creative genious. I highly suggest these stories, you will be drawn into the magical world which she creates. Truly a one in a million author with such immense talent!
Be looking for my detailed and individual reviews to be posted every week in September and October as we continue to spotlight this amazing author!