Friday, November 9, 2012

Louisiana History Collection: Reading Order

Look below for huge discounts on SEDUCED BY GRACE in both print and ebook versions, news about THE TUSCAN'S REVENGE WEDDING, and a sneak peek at the boxed sets soon to be available for many of the titles Jennifer mentions in today's post!


.Are you a history buff or a person who prefers to read series books in order? Many people are both, including me! My Louisiana History Collection from Steel Magnolia Press isn’t exactly a series, as there are no character connections between the stories, but they do have a chronological order according to their historical events. For those who might want to read them that way, here is the list:

FIERCE EDEN - circa 1730, uprising of the Natchez Indians at Fort Rosalie
LOUISIANA DAWN - 1740s, early colonial period under the French
EMBRACE AND CONQUER - mid 1750s, transfer from France to Spain
SPANISH SERENADE - 1788, great fire that almost destroyed New Orleans
PERFUME OF PARADISE - 1803, transfer to the U.S. via the Louisiana Purchase
PRISONER OF DESIRE - 1858, political upheaval and the beginning of Mardi Gras
SOUTHERN RAPTURE - 1870s, Reconstruction period in Louisiana

Life would be perfect - once   rid of her tiresome virginity...    ...steamy tale of passion, intrigue.  - Love Notes
Louisiana Dawn,
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In addition, SURRENDER IN MOONLIGHT describes the fall of New Orleans during the Civil War. Though the book starts in Louisiana at that time, its main setting is Nassau, Bahamas, center of blockade-running. For that reason, it was included in the Love and Adventure Collection, which will be releasing later this month.

The books of the Louisiana Plantation Collection deal with other aspects of Louisiana history during the antebellum period. MIDNIGHT WALTZ, for instance, gives the duties of the mistress of a plantation, plus details of the destructive hurricane that killed many wealthy planters at their summer homes on Isle Derniere in 1856. These stories have no particular reading order.

Finally, my 6-book Masters at Arms series illustrates social life in New Orleans in the 1850s as filtered through experiences with the dangerous sword masters, or fencing instructors, who taught men self-protection during this era of dueling. The books are available on Amazon from Mira Books. Their titles in order are:


- Jennifer 

 Kindle versions of The Louisiana History Collection, The Louisiana Plantation Collection and The Love and Adventure Collection titles can be found on these Steel Magnolia Press display pages right in the Amazon store.

  The Kindle versions of the Masters at Arms Series titles can all be found on this Amazon display page.


SEDUCED BY GRACE, the second book in Jennifer's Three Graces Series - which can be read as a stand-alone - is now just $1.24 for the Kindle version, and $1.30 for the mass market paperback (plus being eligible for free shipping with a minimum purchase and for the 4-for-3 promo). How long will this sale last? We don't know! Mira is running the discount and we haven't seen their end date.

Kindle Version  |  Paperback Version


Thank you to everyone who downloaded a copy of THE TUSCAN'S REVENGE WEDDING when it was free or purchased a copy at its introductory price of just 99c. We gave away over 47,000 copies, and have sold over 10,000 in less than 3 weeks. TUSCAN was in the overall Top 100 in the Amazon store for 2 full weeks, and is still in the Top 150 today! Kindle Version


And finally, here's a sneak peek at the boxed collections mentioned in Jennifer's post that will be available -- along with several more boxed sets! -- on November 21.
Regular prices for each boxed set are listed below, but be watching here and in our newsletter for special promotions throughout the upcoming holiday season!

Louisiana History Collection: Part 1 - Reg. Price $7.95
Louisiana History Collection: Part 2 - Reg. Price $9.95
Louisiana Plantation Collection - Reg. Price $9.95
Love and Adventure Collection - Part 1 - Reg. Price 5.95
Love and Adventure Collection - Part 2 - Reg. Price 7.95


Since publishing her first book at age 27, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Blake has gone on to write over 65 historical and contemporary novels in multiple genres. She brings the story-telling power and seductive passion of the South to her stories, reflecting her 8th-generation Louisiana heritage. Jennifer lives with her husband in northern Louisiana.

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