Violet: Free Preview — The First 19 Chapters (Chase Family Series)

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A Top 10 Google Play Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!
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England, 1673

The Ashcroft family motto is "Question Convention," and wallflower Violet agrees with the sentiment completely. For one thing, she's not planning to marry. Plain Violet is smart enough to realize any suitors would be after her large inheritance, or else interested in her beautiful younger sisters--and she'd much rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart...

Having wasted six years wooing a lady who eloped with another man, Ford Chase, Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Ford would much rather spend his time pursuing the sciences and constructing the first watch with a minute hand. Having his young niece dropped in his lap proves an unwelcome, annoying distraction...until an uncommonly intelligent neighbor named Violet comes to help...

BOOK DETAILS

• Humorous historical romance
• R-rated content: Steamy love scenes!
• Originally published by Penguin Putnam (Signet Books)

AWARDS


• Top 10 Bestseller on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play!
• Rose Award Nominee!

CONNECTING BOOKS


While VIOLET can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren's books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)

Regency Chase Family Series
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET ONE: THE JEWELS
CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET TWO: THE FLOWERS
REGENCY CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET

REVIEWS

"A captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

"This delectable romp is sure to be just the confection readers need for a sweet night's read…guaranteed to charm."
—Kathe Robin, Romantic Times BOOKclub

"You won't want to put Violet down until you reach the end."
—Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today

"Fans of Amanda Quick will find this romantic pair to be exactly their cup of tea."
—Amanda Killgore, Huntress Book Reviews


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Keywords: Restoration, Charles II, Chase Family, sexy, 1600s, trilogy, marquess, perfume, science, scientist, Christopher Wren, philosophy, viscount, gardening, sisters, matchmaking mama, matchmaking mother, matchmaker, 17th century, wedding, aristocrat, nobility, wealthy, rich, humor, comedy, romantic comedy, marriage, love, family life, friendship, sister, english, england, romantic, historical romance best sellers, authors, series, novels, sex, ebooks, kindle books, renaissance, historical romance virgin, historical romance castle, historical romance earl, historical romance family

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A Top 10 Google Play Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

London, 1816: Lady Juliana Chase wants nothing more than to see everyone around her happy. That's why she takes such pleasure in playing matchmaker. Her latest efforts involve Dr. James Trevor, the Earl of Stafford, and her good friend Amanda, who are absolutely perfect for each other. So why on earth is the handsome physician ignoring Juliana's good intentions and ruining her carefully laid plans?

After losing his wife, James buried himself in his work, opening a clinic to vaccinate London's poor against smallpox. The last thing he wants is to fall for another woman. So when Juliana meddles with his love life, he's surprised to find himself smitten—but not with Amanda. Now he must turn the tables and beat Juliana at her own game, or risk losing the determined beauty who has reawakened his desires and captured his heart...

BOOK DETAILS

A complete, standalone story—no cliffhangers!

Series: Chase Family Series: The Regency, Book 2
Style: Humorous historical romance
Length: 106,000 words (about 424 standard pages)
Bonus Material: Author’s Note, preview of next book, link to giveaway
R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!*

* If you’d prefer to read a Sweet & Clean (kisses-only) version of this story, look for “Juliana” by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal.

AWARDS

• Top 10 Bestseller on Google Play, Kindle, Nook, and iBooks 
• Winner of the Book Buyers Best Award (judged by the head merchandise buyer for Borders Books), the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Beacon Award
• Nominated for the Reviewer's Choice Award and finalist for the Golden Quill Award 

REVIEWS

"A captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

"…a light, adorable Emma-style romance destined to delight anyone looking for a witty, engaging plotline and utterly delightful characters who get caught in meddling, madness, and mayhem on the way to a happy ending."
—Romantic Times

"A perfectly executed historical romance…Tempting Juliana showcases Lauren Royal's writing at the top of her genre and is a sure sign that we will be watching for her next work."
—Curled Up With A Good Book

CONNECTING BOOKS

While TEMPTING JULIANA can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren's books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series: The Jewels
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)

Chase Family Series: The Flowers
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)
1651 - A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)

Chase Family Series: The Regency
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE JEWELS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE REGENCY COLLECTION

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Themes: steamy love stories, lords and ladies, noblemen and aristocrats, castles and stately homes, England and English history, 19th century and 1800s, Jane Austen era, brothers and sisters, family life, weddings and marriage, matchmakers and matchmaking, romantic comedy, scandal and intrigue, the London season, debutantes, doctors and public health, orphans and foundling children, sweets and desserts, baking and cooking recipes
PLEASE NOTE: This version of Chrystabel & Joseph’s romance contains steamy love scenes. If you prefer Sweet & Clean (kisses only) romance, there is an alternate version titled “The Cavalier’s Christmas Bride” by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal.

From a New York Times Bestselling Author…
England, 1651: Christmas has been outlawed by the new Commonwealth government—but that won’t stop Lady Chrystabel Trevor from embracing the holiday spirit. When she finds herself snowed in with handsome and intriguing Joseph Ashcroft, the Viscount Tremayne, merrymaking leads to mayhem. In a time of fear and oppression, can the magic of Christmas bring two hearts together?

BOOK DETAILS

A complete, standalone novel—no cliffhangers!

Series: Chase Family Series: The Flowers, Book 4
Style: Humorous historical romance
Length: 50,000 words (about 200 standard pages)
Bonus Material: Author’s Note, preview of next book, link to giveaway
R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!

REVIEWS

"A captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

CONNECTING BOOKS

While A SECRET CHRISTMAS can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren's books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in series order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series: The Jewels
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)

Chase Family Series: The Flowers
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)
1651 - A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)

Chase Family Series: The Regency
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Chase Family Series: The Renaissance
1549 - ALICE BETROTHED (Adam & Alice)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE JEWELS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE REGENCY COLLECTION

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Themes: sexy love stories, Christmas and holiday romances, lords and ladies, castles and noble estates, England and English history, 17th century and 1600s, English Civil War, the Puritans and the Roundheads, Oliver Cromwell, the Protectorate, the Commonwealth Period, war on Christmas, family life, sisters and brothers, weddings, matchmaking, scandal and intrigue, romantic comedy, historical gardening, rose gardens
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Publisher
Novelty Publishing
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Published on
Jan 19, 2016
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Pages
161
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ISBN
9781634690485
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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A Top 10 Google Play Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!
Read the first 22 chapters FREE in this special preview!

England, 1677

The last of three sisters to marry, Lady Rose Ashcroft is determined to land a wealthy, titled husband--a marquess perhaps, or even a duke. Having had her heart broken in the past, she's decided the key to enticing a man lies in hiding her intelligence and academic interests while flaunting her more feminine qualities. Matchmaking mother in tow and strategy firmly in place, Rose heads off to Charles II's court to find love...

And runs smack dab into Christopher "Kit" Martyn, the one man who could ruin all her plans. Kit is a dashing, successful commoner with his sights set on landing the post of official Royal Architect--and he's the only man Rose feels she can honestly talk to about anything. Kit knows the true Rose, and he wants her, but she thinks of him as a family friend. Can he convince her that a title is unimportant compared to the passion he knows they're destined to share?

BOOK DETAILS
Humorous historical romance R-rated content: Steamy love scenes! Originally published by Penguin Putnam (Signet Books) AWARDS
Top 10 Bestseller on Google Play, Kindle, Nook, and iBooks! Winner of the Golden Quill Award for Best Historical Romance! Finalist for the More Than Magic Award! REVIEWS

"A captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

"…wonderful…charming and engaging…[Royal] portrays the 17th century and Charles II's colorful reign with a deft hand, filling the pages with the history and atmosphere of the era. Relax, enjoy, and delight in another luscious tale."
—Romantic Times BOOKclub

"…delightful…Royal vividly details the seductively glamorous court of Charles II."
—Booklist (American Library Association)

"Be good to yourself and take this title home as soon as it hits the shelves."
—Romance Reviews Today

"…full of wit and sensuality, a thoroughly engaging read."
—Romance and Friends

CONNECTING BOOKS

While ROSE can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren's books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)

Regency Chase Family Series
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET ONE: THE JEWELS
CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET TWO: THE FLOWERS
REGENCY CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET


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Keywords: Restoration, Charles II, Chase Family, sexy, earl, 1600s, trilogy, castle, perfume, gardening, sisters, matchmaking mama, matchmaking mother, matchmaker, architect, architecture, court, royal court, Hampton Court, flower arranging, florist, Windsor Castle, Whitehall, mistresses, royal mistress, romantic comedy, 17th century, wedding, aristocrat, nobility, commoner, wealthy, rich, humor, comedy, marriage, family life, friendship, sister, England, English, London, romantic, historical romance best sellers, love, authors, series, novels, sex, ebooks, Renaissance, historical romance virgin, historical romance castles, historical romance earl, historical romance family
A Top 10 Google Play Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

England, 1677: Lily Ashcroft is far and away the most conventional member of her eccentric family. Though she fell for dashing Oxford professor Lord Randal Nesbitt at the tender age of sixteen, she buried her feelings in deference to society's expectation that her older sisters marry first. Four years later, her sister Rose has now set her sights on Rand—and though it breaks her heart, what else can Lily do but help her beloved sister land the man of her dreams?

What no one considers are Rand's feelings on the matter. He's been nursing a secret affection for sweet, compassionate Lily ever since their first meeting. But Rose is just as beautiful and shares his academic interests. Now he finds himself caught between two lovely sisters—the one he's expected to wed and the one who's captured his heart...

BOOK DETAILS

A complete, standalone story—no cliffhangers!
Series: Chase Family Series: The Flowers, Book 2
Style: Humorous historical romance
Length: 100,000 words (about 400 standard pages)
Bonus Material: Author’s Note, preview of next book, link to giveaway
R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!*

* If you’d prefer to read a Sweet & Clean (kisses only) version of this story, look for “The Baron’s Inconvenient Bride” by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal.

AWARDS

• Top 10 Bestseller on Google Play, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo
• Rose Award Nominee

REVIEWS

"A captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Enchanting, tender, and filled with memorable characters who simply charm their way into your heart."
—Romantic Times

"…another triumph of deliciously sensual romance played against the fascinating world of Restoration England."
—Booklist (American Library Association)

"A refreshing story, told with much humor…a real joy to read."
—Romance Reviews Today

CONNECTING BOOKS

While LILY can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren's books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series: The Jewels
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)

Chase Family Series: The Flowers
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)
1651 - A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)

Chase Family Series: The Regency
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Chase Family Series: The Renaissance
1549 - ALICE BETROTHED (Adam & Alice)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE JEWELS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE REGENCY COLLECTION

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Themes: sexy love stories, lords and ladies, wealthy and rich dukes, castles and country houses, England and English history, 17th century and 1600s, sisters and brothers, family life and friendship, weddings and matchmaking, romantic comedy, Oxford University professors, linguistics and scholarship, codebreaking, pets and animal rescue, mastiff dogs
In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read)
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

Includes the bonus story “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe”

“With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.”—The Atlantic
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