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Scandalous Intentions (Ladies and Scoundrels #2) by Amanda Mariel

When I wrote book one in my Ladies and Scoundrels series it was supposed to be a stand alone. Shortly after Scandalous Endeavors was written it became clear that I needed to write another book in this world and Scandalous Intentions was born. I have fallen in love with my characters and it seems readers have as well because everyone wants to know the rest of the cast’s stories. Ladies and Scoundrels is now planned to be a five book series with Scandalous Retribution coming out next.

In Scandalous Retribution we will get Lord Shillington from book one and Lady Claudia from book two’s story. IN book three we will get Lady Jane from book one and Lord Keery from book two’s tale. The series will wrap up with Lady Grace and Uncle Lewis.

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Here is a sneak peak at book three in my series: Scandalous Retribution.

She swayed and clung to his arm as he led her out into the open country air. What would compel a lady to become foxed in the middle of the day? And who was she? Surly they had never met before.

He turned her down a path lined with various flowers and green foliage. The details did not signify. She was clearly in distress and he intended to help if he could.

“Might we sit, Lord…what is your name?” Her giggle floated through the empty space.

He’d never heard a sweeter sound. It tugged at his heart, endearing the strange woman to him. “Lord Shillington. And yours?” He stopped in front of a cast iron bench. He could not take his eyes off her as she lowered herself onto the seat in a flutter of skirts and auburn curls. Her gaze reflected sorrow but her lips held a breathtaking smile. His heart rate increased.

“Do sit with me, Lord Shillington.” She patted the bench next to her.

He positioned himself near her, but not to close. Being out here with an un-chaperoned lady was scandalous enough. He had no desire to compromise her, or himself. Given her state, he’d no choice but to remove her from the gathering. But he had a responsibility to control the propriety of his behavior.

A cool breeze ruffled her elegant skirts, drawing his gaze over her form. Heat climbed into his cheeks as he studied her. Tall and lean, yet she possessed curves in all the places a man liked to see them. He trailed his gaze back to hers, then grinned. “Your name, my lady?”

She looked at him through hooded lashes, her green eyes sparkling. “Lady Claudia Akford.”

His heart skipped a beat and his throat tightened. The notorious Lady Claudia who’d caused trouble for Lady Sara and Lord Luvington. He should not be anywhere near her, least of all attempting to aid her. The scandalous lady brought on her own troubles.

Book Blurb:

AM_ScandalousIntentions_Front_HiRes (1)When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sara. She’s as respectable as they come, just what his father ordered. But the lady shall not be easily won.

She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?

When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sara proposes an arrangement. Only the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sara could lose more than her social standing and Julian could lose his heart.

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Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.

Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
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Lullaby – a deleted scene by Catherine Peace


Gemini nearly drove me nuts. I never thought I’d get it done, and at one point almost threw in the towel. Thank the writing gods for awesome friends/crit partners/sanity keepers.

After some intense heart-to-heart (read: bitch) sessions, the story finally reached a cohesive point. I rewrote the first bit and felt great about it. Until my editor wanted the story. Once I got my edits back, I sat down, looked at what I’d written, and began the arduous process of sewing it all together. Unfortunately, something I really wanted in there didn’t quite make it.

To strengthen the relationship between my heroine Shadi and her father-figure Ezra, I thought it’d be awesome to show that side of their relationship through a lullaby. After all, he practically raised her and her twin brother. But since Ezra was a slaver—and ended up selling them anyway—the lullaby needed to be inappropriate. Cue “Long Black Veil.”

The scene where Shadi sings it didn’t fit, but I wanted to share it because I really love it.


For a while, she kept to herself, curled into a ball on the softest cot she’d ever laid on, unable to sleep. The engine’s hum lulled her into a doze, but every other sound she heard pulled her back into full alertness. She expected one of the nyx to kick her awake. When no one came, she was both grateful and concerned. What did the man expect of her?

“She walks these hills in a long black veil,” she sang under her breath for what had to be the thirtieth time. “She visits my grave where the night winds wail. Nobody knows, no and nobody sees. Nobody knows but me.” She sighed. “Ezra, where are you? You haven’t forgotten us, have you?”

Eventually, she headed to the cockpit where the man sat in quiet repose. Sitting in the vacant co-pilot’s chair, she studied him. Scars marred his forearms, and the markings of hard work covered his hands, same as hers. In his face, she read weariness and a small trace of fear around his eyes. What right did he have to be afraid? “Why.”

He jerked awake, as though from a nightmare.


Uri drew his pistol. He swiveled around, and seeing the girl, put the gun back in its holster, impressed that she remained stone-faced. “Why what?”

“You took me. Why.” Though she asked questions, her voice held only accusation. “Where’s Ezra.” Her voice broke and pierced his heart. Fully awake, he reached for her, but she pulled her knees up against her chest, blocking him out.

“I don’t know,” he answered and hoped to God she wasn’t asking about the Ezra he knew. “I’m sorry. I don’t know.”

“Stop lying to me!” A sob shook her frame. He wrapped his arms around her, unsurprised when she struggled; he simply tightened his grip. “He promised,” she muttered against him. “He promised….”

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Book Blurb:

Being one of the Embassy’s glorified treasure-seekers has its perks… 

Komandan Uriah Jacobs recovers ancient artifacts in exchange for more than just decent pay; he also receives guaranteed protection from his former owners, the nyx…until an emergency landing on a too-familiar colony brings him face-to-face with his past life and something more—a surprisingly priceless treasure in the form of a human woman.

A slave to the nyx since childhood… 
Shadi spends her waking hours in the forge, dreaming of rescuing her brother with the help of a man she once worshipped like a father. A crashed ship on the colony becomes her only hope to escape. But before she can steal the ship, the pilot abducts her. They may be the same species, but will he help her find her Shilah?

Their attraction is undeniable… 
Fighting it seems inconsequential as they evade the nyx’s bounty hunter and uncover a conspiracy that shines unwanted light on Shadi’s past and reveals the corruption in Uri’s beloved Embassy, placing their fledgling love in danger.

As the universe systematically falls apart, will Shadi and Uri’s newfound passion be enough to keep them alive?


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Catherine Peace loves telling stories. Recent ones include her dog really being a Russian spy. Find out more about her and her projects at


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An Interview with Mia Sanford from Risky Business by Dena Garson


Hi Mia – thank you so much for agreeing to join me here on Literary Lagniappe for this interview. To start us off, why don’t you give the readers a little bit of your background?


MIA: Okay, sure. I’m Mia Sanford. I am Analyst in the Marketing Department. I have a background in mathematics and minored in business statistics.

Mathematics and statistics? Wow. You must really like working with numbers.

MIA: *chuckles* Yes, I do. I like finding patterns in data and projecting trends. It keeps me challenged. And the people I work with are fun.

I understand you’re very good at your job.

MIA: Well, I make every effort to provide the information our management team needs in order to grow the company.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

MIA: A group of girls from work and I play in a softball league. But when we’re not practicing or playing in tournaments we like to get together at The Cabana and share pitchers of margaritas.

Are you a morning person or a night person? And how do you know?

MIA: Definitely a morning person. I know because I often wake up before my alarm even goes off. I like to get into the office early and knock out all my email and run reports before everyone else gets in and clogs up the system.

What is your greatest extravagance?

MIA: Normally it’s that fancy chocolate you can only buy at the gourmet at the mall. But lately I’ve been keeping my eye on a purse I found online. It’s way more than I should ever spend on a bag but it’s perfect! Just the right size for my wallet and things as well as my tablet. And the leather is so-o-o-o soft. Maybe after payday…

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

MIA: I finished my degree with a 3.9 grade point average. If it hadn’t been for that physics class, I might have managed a 4.0.

What is your most treasured possession?

MIA: A locket my grandmother gave me when I turned sixteen. It was one she had gotten when she hit her sweet sixteen. I plan to keep up the tradition and pass it down to my granddaughter.

Awww… I love that! Family heirlooms are special.

And do you plan to have those grandchildren by way of Jake?

MIA: (blushes) It’s a little early in our relationship to plan something like that but I’d certainly like to think the possibility exists.

So would I!

Well, thanks for joining me for this interview! And you’ll have to keep me posted on where that locket ends up.
Book Blurb:


Mia Sanford has admired Jake Hudson from afar ever since she transferred to Marketing. She might be comfortable tangling with the company playboy in meeting rooms but not in private. Facts and figures she can handle, but that blue-eyed devil is out of her league.

Jake was impressed with Mia, the sexy analyst who provides his monthly Marketing data, the first day he met her. Not only is she smart and reliable, she has legs that have inspired a few sizzling hot workplace fantasies. However, her girl-next-door demeanor and the company’s no fraternization rules force Jake to keep things strictly professional.

When Mia becomes the target of an embarrassing betting pool at the annual office party, Jake alerts her to the danger. But since he never expressed an interest in her until now Mia isn’t certain if he’s really looking out for her, or just trying to win the pool himself. If she trusts him, it might place both her reputation and her heart on the line.


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Dena Garson is a Process Redesign Specialist by day and a writer and jewelry designer by night. She is raising two rowdy boys who play lots of sports which forces her to spend way too much time on the practice field and/or sidelines. Thankfully she has a loyal and loving Labrador Retriever to listen when she complains and a spoiled cat who reminds her daily she is merely a servant.


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