10 Reasons To Love Katy Moran’s Regency Romances

Katy MoranI’m delighted to be joining other book bloggers in celebrating the gorgeous new paperback editions of Katy Moran’s historical romance series – Game of Hearts, Wicked by Design and Scandalous Alchemy – published by Head of Zeus on 3rd February 2022. My thanks to Amy at Head of Zeus for inviting me to take part.

I’ve read all three books and can heartily recommend their combination of exciting adventure and delicious romance. In case you need further encouragement, here are ten reasons I loved the books:

1) The imaginative premise that the Duke of Wellington was defeated, not victorious, at the Battle of Waterloo and that this defeat resulted in the removal of the English Royal Family and the occupation of England by the French.

2) Hester Harewood, the spirited, resourceful and fearless heroine of the first book (originally published as False Lights) who finds herself alone and defenceless following the dramatic events of the book’s opening scenes.

3) The Earl of Lamorna (or Crow to his friends), the troubled, brooding and sultry hero – ‘sailor, soldier, spy, tattooed ployglot, expert liar’ – haunted by traumatic memories of the sights he witnessed and his own actions on the battlefield.

4) The crackling sexual tension between Hester and Crow, not surprising considering the references to the latter’s precise knowledge of how to leave a woman ‘in his power and wanting more’.

5) Kit Helford, Crow’s younger brother, who has a habit of getting himself into scrapes but also a way with the ladies that definitely runs in the family.

6) The settings which include the Scilly Isles, the rugged coast of Cornwall (ideal for those pining the absence of Ross and Demelza Poldark from their lives), the French city of Fontainbleau and the salons of St. Petersburg.

7) The storylines encompassing personal and political intrigue, betrayal and revenge plus a generous helping of spice. Georgette Heyer meets John le Carré, if you will.

8) The luscious period detail of food, clothing and interior decor such as this description of the preparations for a post-hunt picnic at Fontainebleau. ‘Hot-house peaches and necatarines were piled in shining pewter, and preserved Seville oranges arranged in honeyed slices on platters of chinaware. There were great heaps of glistening pastries too, sugar-dusted and dotted with caramelised nuts, covered for now with muslin cloths. Not far away, a quartet of violins and a harpist practised unfashionable Beethoven with bored competence.’ 

9) The vividly depicted action scenes – hand-to-hand combat, unexpected ambushes and hair-raising escapes under cover of darkness that make the books race along like a golden Turkoman mare galloping across the steppes.

10) A bonus for Crow fans‘He’d crouched at the water’s edge to shave himself with a cut-throat razor, stripped to the waist, revealing the extraordinary collection of tattoos on his back, writhing blue-black patterns that ran from shoulder to shoulder, from neck to lower spine.’ Sold to the reader over there having a hot flush…

Katy MoranAny one of the books would make the perfect Valentine’s Day read so, go on, treat yourself.

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Game of Hearts
Wicked by Design
Scandalous Alchemy


About the Author

Katy MoranKaty Moran is the author of Game of HeartsWicked by Design and Scandalous Alchemy. After a career in publishing, Katy now lives with her husband and three children in a ramshackle Georgian house in the Welsh borders. She is passionate about history, and is involved with multiple projects including Waterloo Uncovered and The Women of Waterloo.

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#PublicationDay #Spotlight Courage Without Grace by Jeannie Zokan

I loved Jeannie’s first novel The Existence of Pity. It introduced the reader to sixteen-year-old Josie Wales, growing up in 1970s Colombia, South America.  Therefore I was delighted when Jeannie got in touch to let me know her new book, Courage Without Grace, was to be published today. Although it can be read as a standalone, Courage Without Grace continues the story of Josie but it’s now 1983 and she’s living in Washington, DC.

If you’re tempted to grab yourself a copy of Courage Without Grace, the ebook is currently available at a promotional price of only £2.15 from Amazon UK.


Courage Without GraceAbout the Book

Josie Wales doesn’t need her palm reading skills to know her lover is seeing someone else. It’s time to end it, but she’s been with Tom for seven years. And there’s something – someone – she needs to tell him about. That secret keeps pulling her back, but this time she’s determined to break it off.

To find the courage to end the relationship, Josie seeks advice from new acquaintances. But she somehow manages to make an even bigger mess of her life. When Jack, Tom’s twin and her childhood friend, comes to DC to reconnect, he helps Josie get her feet back on the ground.

Just as Josie is beginning to resolve the chaos in her life, a tragic secret from her past comes back to haunt her. Before she can move forward and have a second chance at love, she must face her grief and loss.

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Jeannie ZokanAbout the Author

Jeannie Zokan is the author of The Existence of Pity and Courage Without Grace. She grew up in Colombia, South America and after studying Library Science at Baylor University moved to Washington, DC to attend The George Washington University. Much like Josie in Courage Without Grace, she became a palm reader there.

When DC’s cold weather finally did her in, she took her motorcycle to Florida’s Gulf Coast where she now lives ten minutes from the beach with her husband and their cat. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s reading, playing tennis, visiting their two grown daughters, or practicing yoga in their garage gym.

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