Fans of Danielle Harmon's Heroes of the Sea series will love FORTUNE'S HORIZON—a humorous, high adventure historical romance from debut author Andrea Stein in which a spoiled American heiress tangles with an arrogant British sea captain on a mission for the Confederacy on the high seas.
Help welcome Andrea K Stein to the wonderful world of romance and celebrate her debut novel, FORTUNE’S HORIZON. Andrea is doing a month long blog hop to celebrate and she is super excited to share her stories with you. The blog hop features spotlight posts, reviews, interviews (both of Andrea and of her characters, Lillie and Captain Jack…and maybe others) and guest posts. Andrea is giving away at $20 gift card to Amazon/Barnes & Noble to help celebrate!
You can find all the fun at these participatingg book bloggers:
Annette Gisby Author Blog
Adria's Romance Reviews
Mikky's World Of Books
Romance Magicians - with Louisa Cornell
Becky on Books
Book Reviews & More by Kathy
Night Owl Reviews
A really fun fact that helps set Andrea’s covers apart from all the other gorgeous covers in the historical romance world—her cover model isn’t really a cover model at all. Andrea wanted to do something different, something special. So, she asked some local heroes to help her out. The model for FORTUNE’S HORIZON is an avalanche search and rescue specialist…who also trains search and rescue dogs. With the help of the brilliant cover designer, Kim Killion, Andrea was able to have her vision realized.
Captain Roberts nearly bowled them over as he strode out of the room. Sarah stopped short, but Lillie couldn’t slow her momentum and trod hard on his polished boots. His only reaction was a frown. He held himself ramrod straight in spite of his considerable height.
There was a familiar bearing about him. Military, of course. He reminded her of her father, Charles Coulbourne, in the way he towered over everyone in the room and intimidated her in particular.
“You again?” He shook his head. “Weren’t you able to steal enough information the first time?”
She recognized a force as immoveable as her own, but didn’t care. Without hesitation Lillie rose on tiptoe to deliver a smashing slap to his face. She misjudged his height, however, and wound up landing a mere embarrassing smack to his neck.
Philippe Devereaux, Sarah’s father, strode into the hallway, clicking the door shut behind him and moved toward them. Sarah backed away toward a window.
The Englishman abruptly stepped back from Lillie as if scorched.
“I apologize for my daughter and her friend, Miss Coulbourne,” Devereaux said, as he moved between them. “I assume they were bored by the evening’s festivities and sought to invade my office for their own nefarious purposes.” He smiled indulgently. “I suspect they are guilty only of boredom and curiosity.”
He turned and gave them both a warning glance. “Go on back to the musicale, before your mothers discover you’re missing and assign you a week of confinement in your rooms.” He ignored their sighs of frustration and returned to his guest.
“Captain Roberts, I appreciate your efforts on behalf of our association, and look forward to seeing you again after your next series of voyages.” The two men shook hands and ignored her and Sarah.
“Now, if you will excuse my haste,” Roberts said, “I have to make the coast tonight. We sail to Portsmouth at first light.” As he turned to head for the front hall, a look of annoyance crossed his face at the sight of the two young women still lurking in the hallway.
Lillie returned the stare, as direct as his, and then turned back toward the musicale with Sarah, head down, close behind.
Captain Jack Roberts widened the slow smile spreading across his face. He turned sharply and, with a short nod to Philippe Devereaux, headed out into the night. He loped toward a waiting hired carriage in the circular entryway. After directing the driver to the Gare St.-Lazare, he climbed inside and turned to his weather-roughened companion who had been patiently awaiting his return.
“Tell me, Edward, do you ever get lonely and tired of endless adventures? Do you ever just wish to settle into anonymous domesticity, perhaps with a small fishing smack in Cornwall?”
Of course, the question was moot. Both battered veterans of countless engagements, neither spoke, but just settled in for the long ride ahead.
ABOUT FORTUNE'S HORIZON:
She risks everything to deliver gold to the Confederacy.
Lillie Coulbourne marks time in Paris while the Civil War rages back home. While translating dispatches from the Confederacy for the French Finance Ministry, she accepts a spy mission through the Union blockade. When the captain of the only blockade runner headed back to a Southern port won’t deal with women, or spies, she sneaks aboard as his cabin boy.
He refuses to risk his ship, or his heart.
Blockade runner Captain Jack Roberts has never been caught and he’s not about to let a spoiled American heiress ruin his perfect record. After he discovers her deception, he fails miserably at keeping her at arm’s length and vows to send her packing on the first mail ship back to England.
When she surprises him with her skill as a seaman and navigator, he grudgingly allows her to finish the run. But ultimately, he has to choose what is closer to his heart – Lillie or his ship.
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Daddy was a trucker, Momma was an artist, and I'm a scribbler. The stories just spilled out—the pony escaped, the window magically shattered. Not my fault.
Twenty years as a journalist couldn't stifle the yarns. Yacht delivery up and down the Caribbean only increased the flow. Now those tales celebrate romance on the high seas.
I am a professional captain living in the Rocky Mountains, just about 15 minutes from the Continental Divide. I spent the last 12 summers teaching sailing on awesome Lake Dillon at 9,017 feet in Summit County, Colorado. I also captained tours for my business, Sails in the Sunset.
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