Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Rake and the Bishop's Daugher (+$30 GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Rake and the Bishop's Daughter
Author: Julia Donner
Series: Friendship #3
Pages: 188
Date Published: 2018
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Society’s beloved wastrel, Sir Harry Collyns, pushes his popularity past the point of acceptability when he poses for a statue that creates a social uproar. People line up for blocks to see Handsome Harry in the nude, sculpted by a female artist! Bored with the fuss and scandal, Harry hitches up his fastest team, heads for the country, and a near fatal curricle accident. When the bandages are removed from his head days later, he discovers the angel-voiced widow who’d cared for him is neither elderly nor as mild as her tone, but a straight-laced do-gooder unimpressed with his flamboyant past and dashing good looks. Head-battered and heading for a broken heart, he falls into love with Widow Olivia St. Clair, who might be the one woman in England that Harry can’t charm into loving him back.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Harry carefully replied, “There are a number of difficulties attached.”

“Such as,” Asterly asked, then quickly added, “if it isn’t presumptuous of me to want the particulars?”

Harry gave up the pretense of taking tea and set the cup and saucer on the tray. “Her family would much rather she married someone else. Someone more morally and sociably acceptable.”

Outrage stiffened Asterly’s spine. “Which is to say, someone not likely to call it off and leave her at the altar. I don’t much care for their snobbery, whoever they are. Our family has been in Kent since the conqueror days and that stupid girl’s accusations are nothing but lies.”

Lady Asterly chimed in, “Everyone in town knows you didn’t jilt the chit. She’s already contracted to some idiot fool enough to have her. She isn’t worth a discussion.”

Harry said, “It’s good of you both to tolerate the ridiculousness that continues to follow me. It’s gotten more than a little tedious the last years.”

Asterly subdued his outrage. “If you won’t allow us to knock about the source of this insult, then we must switch reins. Tell us something about the lady you have in mind.”

Lady Asterly added, “My exact thoughts. And who are her people that they think they can deal you an insult? I’ll have their names, if you please, and let them know they can’t—”

Harry reached out and clasped her wrist. “Calm, Lizzie love, and thank you, but they do have reason for concern.”

Her eyes narrowed. “I care nothing for their reasoning. If Peregrine doesn’t take them down a peg, I shall.”
~Meet Julia!~ 
Julia Donner (aka M.L.Rigdon) grew up in historic Galena, IL, USA, and spent most of her time in the museum of her aunt, who encouraged her interest in history and understood the need to cherish a dream. She started writing in secret in her teens and never stopped, merging it with her mother's encouragement to study theater and music, which led to performing in the Midwest, California and as far away as Austria.

Donner never forgot what it was like to write alone as a girl and is a happy member of Summit City Scribes. Concern for the failing educational system led her to develop Your Futures in Ink, a panel of local and regional authors, who go into to schools to encourage students and answer questions about writing.

THE TIGRESSE AND THE RAVEN, first book in the regency Friendship Series, is an RWA contest finalist. The ninth book in the series, A ROGUE FOR MISS PRIM and the tenth, AN AMERICAN FOR AGNES, are available now. A LAIRD’S PROMISE will be released by Spring 2018.

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 Julia will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway and Congrats on your new release.

    1. Again, thanks for following along on this blog tour!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Thanks for the excerpt today and of course, the giveaway! Great fun following you on this tour.

  4. I do like this premise!


  5. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Congratulations on your book. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  6. I'll definitely be checking this one out!

  7. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

  8. I love your cover and I would love to read your book.