The Demon Duke

Put Up Your Dukes

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Locked on Love
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A USA Today Bestseller, The Demon Duke is the first in Margaret Locke's new Put Up Your Dukes Regency historical romance series.

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“Locke has outdone herself with this sensitive, splendid Regency and her portrayal of its disabled hero. Damon Blackbourne has a little-known, completely misunderstood neurological disorder (now known as Tourette syndrome) that causes involuntary, uncontrollable nervous muscle twitches.

The real value to this romance is Locke’s depiction of the lovers overcoming the social obstacles that others create out of fear and suspicion of Damon’s disability. This tale of hope and courage will appeal to Regency readers across the board.” Publisher’s Weekly starred review, March 2, 2018

“Regency romance lovers will savor this story, interspersed with perfect amounts of romance, intrigue and redemption.” - InD’Tale Magazine, October 2017

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A man tormented by a painful secret meets the bookish miss who just might save him from himself...


Behind every good man is a great secret.


Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family’s estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, Damon must take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom and chaperone his sisters through the London Season–his worst nightmare come to life.


He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. She stirs him body and soul--until she stumbles across his dark secret.


Bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to find a husband, but she has other plans, such as writing a novel of her own. She has no idea, however, how to deal with the all-too-alluring Duke of Malford.


Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?
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If you love "beauty and the beast" stories, you'll love The Demon Duke.


"Margaret Locke's fourth book, The Demon Duke, puts her squarely in the senior ranks of Regency romance novelists. The balls, the social interactions, the rigidity of Regency society's arcane rules, all come to life in a charming way. And, of course, there are a number of happily ever afters. An excellent read, and I can't wait to see what adventures await the panoply of engaging characters." - P. A. Duncan, author of A War of Deception

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Genre: Regency historical romance

Put Up Your Dukes Book 1: 278 pages


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And don't miss Margaret's award-winning, reader-beloved Magic of Love series - three magical stories; one laugh-evoking, tear-inducing, thought-provoking series.


A Man of Character: What if your book boyfriend was real?

A Matter of Time: What if a magical manuscript threw you into the arms of your personal Mr. Darcy?

A Scandalous Matter: What if your soul mate doesn't want happily ever after?
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About the author

A lover of romance novels since the age of ten (don't tell anyone!), Margaret Locke declared as a teen she'd write them when she was older. Once an adult, however, she figured she ought to be doing grownup things, not penning love stories. Thank goodness turning forty cured her of that silly notion. Margaret is now happily ensconced back in the clutches of her first crush, this time as an author as well as a reader. Because love matters.

Margaret lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with her fantastic husband, two fabulous kids, and three fat cats. You can usually find her in front of some sort of screen (electronic or window); she's come to terms with the fact she's not an outdoors person.


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Publisher
Locked on Love
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Published on
Jun 6, 2017
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Pages
278
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ISBN
9781946553997
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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This content is DRM free.
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"Terrific storytelling with lots of wit,
derring-do, and tugging on the heartstrings!"

- Grace Burrowes, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author

"Locke seamlessly blends hints from classics like The Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice, and Arthurian legend into an utterly enjoyable Regency romance." 

- Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize


From RITA® Finalist and USA Today Bestselling Author Margaret Locke comes The Legendary Duke, the second in her Put Up Your Dukes Regency historical romance series.

For a Knight to win the Princess, he first must slay his dragons…

A tragic event in his youth led Gavin Knight’s mother to whisk him to Rome, where he lived a simple but secluded life—until, on her deathbed, she revealed who he truly was: the Duke of Cortleon.

Now twenty-nine, Gavin has returned to England, determined to learn what happened all those years ago. Despite charming his fellow lords and ladies alike, the new Duke disregards any notion of nuptials, as his honor first demands resolution--and retribution.

Then he meets Lady Elinor Greene.

For seven years, renowned beauty Elinor has refused all proposals, fearing marriage would curb her freedom. But when her family falls on hard times, Nelle must sacrifice herself to save them by marrying a man of means.
A wealthy widower seems the logical choice, a passionless union perfect. Until she meets the Duke of Cortleon, and learns one Knight can be legendary.

Soon Gavin and Elinor must each decide which quest is worth more: that for honor, or that for love...
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While second in the series, The Legendary Duke can easily be read as a standalone novel - especially because this story turned out to take place before that of The Demon Duke (oops).

Loosely based on the Arthurian legend Gawain and the Green Knight, The Legendary Duke provides adventure, mystery, desire, and betrayal in this satisfying blend of Regency historical romance with a hint of medieval flavor...and Arthurian Easter eggs pop up throughout!

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Category: Regency Historical romance (and my editor Tessa says, historical romantic suspense!)

Length: 110,000 words

"Terrific storytelling with lots of wit,
derring-do, and tugging on the heartstrings!"

- Grace Burrowes, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author

"Locke seamlessly blends hints from classics like The Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice, and Arthurian legend into an utterly enjoyable Regency romance." 

- Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize


From RITA® Finalist and USA Today Bestselling Author Margaret Locke comes The Legendary Duke, the second in her Put Up Your Dukes Regency historical romance series.

For a Knight to win the Princess, he first must slay his dragons…

A tragic event in his youth led Gavin Knight’s mother to whisk him to Rome, where he lived a simple but secluded life—until, on her deathbed, she revealed who he truly was: the Duke of Cortleon.

Now twenty-nine, Gavin has returned to England, determined to learn what happened all those years ago. Despite charming his fellow lords and ladies alike, the new Duke disregards any notion of nuptials, as his honor first demands resolution--and retribution.

Then he meets Lady Elinor Greene.

For seven years, renowned beauty Elinor has refused all proposals, fearing marriage would curb her freedom. But when her family falls on hard times, Nelle must sacrifice herself to save them by marrying a man of means.
A wealthy widower seems the logical choice, a passionless union perfect. Until she meets the Duke of Cortleon, and learns one Knight can be legendary.

Soon Gavin and Elinor must each decide which quest is worth more: that for honor, or that for love...
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While second in the series, The Legendary Duke can easily be read as a standalone novel - especially because this story turned out to take place before that of The Demon Duke (oops).

Loosely based on the Arthurian legend Gawain and the Green Knight, The Legendary Duke provides adventure, mystery, desire, and betrayal in this satisfying blend of Regency historical romance with a hint of medieval flavor...and Arthurian Easter eggs pop up throughout!

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Category: Regency Historical romance (and my editor Tessa says, historical romantic suspense!)

Length: 110,000 words


A Regency time-travel romance in which a modern-day Austenite's ultimate dream comes true when she lands in the arms of a Regency duke, only to learn some fantasies aren't all they're cracked up to be when he proves less than a Prince Charming...


"Literary magic takes widowed Jane Austen fan Eliza James to Regency England for a chance to win the heart of the likewise-bereaved Deveric Mattersley, Duke of Claremont, in this charming time-travel romance.  Despite the unlikely premise, the unforced unfolding of this magically-created romance is refreshing...the author has effectively captured the emotional essence of a historical romance and created an engaging love story that will leave readers eager for more of the series." - Publishers Weekly BookLife

"A Matter of Time should be on every fantasy, paranormal, contemporary and Regency romance reader's "to read" list...I would definitely recommend this novel - you will be charmed, captivated, have a few good laughs and shed a few tears as you cheer Eliza and Dev on to find their happy every after ending." - Marsha, KeeperBookshelf.com

"I fell in love with this book, just as I did with the Jane Austen classics. There's a new Mr. Darcy in town." - Annie, ARC reader, reviewer for The Write Review and ChickLitPlus.com

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Can a man with a past and a woman from the future forge a love for all time?

Nobody would blame widowed doctoral student Eliza James for giving up on Happily Ever After; at twenty-nine, she's suffered more loss than most people do in a lifetime. But Eliza's convinced her own hero is still out there, waiting for her, just like in the beloved romance novels she devours. Every Jane Austen-loving girl deserves a Darcy, right?

Only Eliza doesn't dream of a modern-day affair: she wants the whole Regency experience. When a magical manuscript thrusts her back two hundred years into the arms and life of one Deveric Mattersley, Duke of Claremont, however, Eliza realizes some fantasies aren't all they're cracked up to be, especially when her duke proves himself less than a Prince Charming.

Convinced he's at fault for the death of his wife, Deveric Mattersley has no interest in women, much less marriage. Determined to atone for his sins, he decrees himself content to focus on running his family's estates, and on raising his son-until the mysterious Mrs. James appears. Who is she? What does she want? And why does she make Dev's blood run hot in a way no woman ever has?

A charming time-travel Regency romance full of wit and humor, A Matter of Time reminds us that, like books, you can't judge people by their covers, and that love often comes when least expected.

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2016 HOLT Medallion Certificate of Merit winner for Best Paranormal and Best Book by a Virginia Author

2016 RONE Finalist for Best Paranormal

Genre: Regency time travel

Magic of Love Book 2: 365 pages

 

An award-winning magical romantic comedy in which a bookstore owner must choose between fantasy and reality after realizing the men she's dating are characters she'd created years before...

"Locke breaks down tropes--the popular jock and the thoughtful poet--and puts cracks in their shining armor with humor and insight...Blending romance with whimsical fantasy, Locke's story offers up a look at the expectations of youthful fancy vs. the realities of an adult love." - Library Journal

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What would you do if you discovered the men you were dating were fictional characters you'd created long ago?


Thirty-five-year-old Catherine Schreiber has shelved love for good. Keeping her ailing bookstore afloat takes all her time, and she's perfectly fine with that. So when several men ask her out in short order, she's not sure what to do ... especially since something about them seems eerily familiar.


A startling revelation -- that these men are fictional characters she'd created and forgotten years ago -- forces Cat to reevaluate her world and the people in it. Because these characters are alive. Here. Now. And most definitely in the flesh.


Her best friend, Eliza, a romance novel junkie craving her own Happily Ever After, is thrilled by the possibilities. The power to create Mr. Perfect -- who could pass that up? But can a relationship be real if it's fiction? Caught between fantasy and reality, Cat must decide which -- or whom -- she wants more.


Blending humor with unusual twists, including a magical manuscript, a computer scientist in shining armor, and even a Regency ball, A Man of Character is a whimsical-yet-thought-provoking romantic comedy that tells a story not only of love, but also of the lengths we'll go for friendship, self-discovery, and second chances.


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2016 HOLT Medallion Certificate of Merit winner for Best First Book

2015 Lyra Winner for Best General Fiction


Genre: Light paranormal chick lit / romantic comedy

Magic of Love Book 1: 327 pages


 

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