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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Rake and the Bishop’s Daughter by Julia Donner - Excerpt Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Book Sale - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Julia Donner and her new book, “The Rake and the Bishop’s Daughter”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Julia and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is one SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Rake and the Bishop’s Daughter
by Julia Donner


GENRE: Regency Romance



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.



As they passed under the archway entrance and onto a broad path, she said, “It’s been so many years since I’ve ridden here.”

“Before marriage to Reverend St. Clair?” Harry asked.

“The fall of my coming out, which I heartily disliked.”

“Was that when Goodfall ingratiated himself with your family?”

She glanced at him. Harry rarely spoke sarcastically or in a harsh tone. He stated his likes and dislikes plainly, sometimes even joyfully, which made acrimony sound foreign when it came out of his mouth.

Veering away from an uncomfortable subject, she said, “I loved the escape of riding in the early morning, when there was rarely anyone on Rotten Row. With only a groom in attendance, I could pretend to be far away from the city. Here, sadly, there are no rolling pastures to gallop across, no barriers to leap over, but the fragrance of the moist earth and growing things helped carry me away in my imagination from the city’s smell and activity.”

Harry asked, “Where did spend your childhood?”

Olivia glanced at him out of the corner of her eye. “On one or another of Grandfather’s estates. I didn’t see much of Mother and Father. Their church obligations kept them occupied. After I grew beyond the age of having a nurse, Mrs. Oliphant, a distant relative, was hired by Grandfather as governess. She later became companion and lived with me at Beechgate. She’s quite elderly, and I expect will wish to return to a more retiring environment.”

“More retiring? I can’t imagine Lesser Beardsley as a beehive of frivolity and social activity.”

Olivia softly laughed. “No. But I was not an easy child.”

Harry turned slightly in the saddle to playfully stare at her. “You intrigue me. You were naughty?”

“No. Merely headstrong, and on occasion, adventurous. There was some difficulty convincing me to come down from the trees. I would climb up one every time told to do something I didn’t wish to do.”

He flashed one of his heart-stopping smiles. “Such as finish your porridge?”

“Not at all. I love porridge. It was more on the order of completing my lessons, especially French and art. I have no female accomplishments.”

He darkly murmured, “You have other, much more interesting attributes.”



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 B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. 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 :)

  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

    1. Always happy to read your comments & thanks for following along.

  3. OK, so you write under 2 names and 2 relatively different genres with each name. How do you keep everything straight in your head? It must seem like an awful lot going on in there!

    1. You've got that right. It can get pretty cluttered in there.

  4. Ah, this will be fun!


    1. Thanks, Trix! Harry was a lot of fun to write.