Book Spotlight – The Merchant and the Rogue by Sarah M. Eden


Good Morning Lovelies!! I hope you’re all doing well, staying safe, and reading so many wonderful books. Today, I’ll be doing a book spotlight for a new release from Shadow Mountain Publishing and Proper Romance.

The Merchant and The Rogue by Sarah M. Eden is out RIGHT NOW and I have some exciting swag promotion to share with you. If you’re familiar with Eden’s novels, then you absolutely cannot miss this installment in the Dread Penny Society standalone series. RTC!!!


“Eden continues to build the overarching mystery and skillfully handles secrets and secret identities. Interspersed chapters of Penny Dreadfuls delightfully foreshadow the main action. Readers who enjoy chaste romances and also love a good mystery will enjoy the Dread Penny Society exploits and will look forward to what comes next.”





Publication: August 17, 2021

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Genre(s): Victorian, Historical, Romance

Format: Paperback, 368 pages

ISBN: 9781629728513



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London, 1865

Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely.

Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a penny dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. But with no one to share his life with, he fears London will never truly feel like home.

Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at Vera’s print shop is aboveboard. When a growing criminal enterprise begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.




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Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.

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Thank you for stopping by sweeties. I hope you have an amazing day and don’t forget to grab yourself a copy of this beauty! Be sure to submit your receipts to receive your swag! While supplies lasts!

Stay safe, wear a mask, and happy reading!!!

Until next time! Take Care fellow swoonies!!


Life Update Through Covid-19


Hello Lovelies and Happy Friday Eve!! Well, it feels like forever since I’ve done some kind of life/personal update. I also know that I’ve been less active here with a few occasional blog post and reviews. Life has just been all over the place lately… in a good way. At least, it is now.

I was absolutely excited for 2020. I had plans to travel, books I was excited to read, book festivals I always look forward to going, birthday and anniversary plans, and so many more. But, you all know what happened. Covid-19 changed the way we live and pretty much everything that goes on. There’s some normalcy now, but I think this pandemic has forever changed the world and changed many of us. It definitely changed me…

This year has not been kind to me and it hasn’t always been the easiest. I’ve had some really awful days… days where I honestly did not even want to get up. It was really tough… I’m not going to lie. I fell into depression for a while and it was such a dark place to be. I lost interest in reading and things that made me happy. I just wanted to be left alone and for a while, I shut some people out. I guess heartbreak will do that to you. I never imagined going through a break-up the year I was planning for what would have been the 10th year anniversary with my ex. We were going to Greece, Italy, Spain and Paris. It was going to be romantic, epic, and unforgettable. But Covid-19 happened… other things happened or didn’t happen and at the end of it all… it was just time to let go. Did I try? Yes! I’m not the type of person who just leaves. I really tried to be understanding, patient, loyal, and I know I gave it my all. Even in the end… when it was hurting too much, I still stayed and I gave it a chance… up to the point I just couldn’t anymore and I let go… and we went our separate ways.

The next few days was unbearable. It was painful. It was excruciating. And I felt it all. I cried for days. I felt like I couldn’t stop crying and at some point I didn’t even know why I was crying anymore. I’d cry when I woke up. I’d cry myself to sleep. I’d cry in the shower. I’d cry while walking my dogs. I just cried… I also couldn’t eat or sleep much. I barely ate anything for two weeks. It was hell. I kept telling my famlove that I don’t know if I could get over this. I don’t know if I can move forward. How do I move forward?

A good piece of advice from my future sister in law really helped. She told me to cry it all out. To watch sad movies and listen to sad songs and just cry. My cousin also told me to keep riding the wave and let it all go. So, I guess that’s why I kept crying… and just feeling everything. It was really difficult and sometimes I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I just wanted it to stop… but I let it be and just felt it all.

Then one day… I fell asleep. When I woke up, I couldn’t cry anymore and I was HUNGRY. Like really HUNGRYYYY… LOL. I mean I love food!!! And to not eat or really eat for days… well that was quite bad. So the moment I knew I was hungry and wanted food… well that’s the moment I knew I would be okay. That I was okay. That my Someday came sooner than I expected… Actually, it was surprising considering I was heartbroken. I mean 9 1/2 years is a long time. A lot of memories and so much of our life was meshed together. But, after thinking about every good and bad and all the things in between, I think I was just so tired of trying all the time and when it was all over, I could finally breathe again and there was just this lightness. I can’t quite explain it and I know people have said that I need more time to heal. But, I think we’re all healing every single day in some way or another. I just decided and chose to be happy in every way possible because we only have this one life. I mean I still felt sad, but the sadness wasn’t wanting for things to go back. I didn’t want the relationship back anymore. And as much as I cared, I didn’t want to go back to him. Just sadness. Sadness that it never worked out. I’m not sad anymore though. That feeling went away over time… I’m more grateful… for the memories, for the experience, and for the love that was there. I would never wish anyone to suffer or be miserable. That’s not who I am… and I hope my ex, whatever he’s doing now that he is happy and if he’s not that he’ll get there someday. Cause we all deserve happiness.

Life gives us experiences and teaches us lessons. Lessons that make us appreciate what’s important to us. Lessons that gives us strength and hope. Lessons to keep us moving forward to a better today and tomorrow. I don’t regret the time I spent with my ex. In some ways, he helped me become this better version of myself so that someday I can be that way for someone else everyday. He showed me what I want and don’t want in life and in love. I learned so much about patience and understanding. I learned that I’m always going to care deeply even when it hurts cause that’s just who I am. I’m going to give as long as I can. I’m going to be kind, open, honest, and loving. I’m going to continue seeing and focusing on the good in people. I’m always going to care and love people unconditionally, wholeheartedly, and truly. And, I honestly really LOVE this version of ME. Even though I know that I still make mistakes, that I’m far from perfect, and that I get insecure and scared sometimes… this is ME. And even if I get hurt all over again being myself, I’m going to still be ME. Cause if people can’t love me at my worst, then they don’t deserve me at my best. And if I’m not being true to who I am flaws and all, then who am I really? If I harden my heart, push people away, build walls no one can tear down, and hide the real me… then I’m not living at all. And if there’s one thing I’m going to take away from this year… that’s to keep LIVING. There’s a difference between being alive and living. And I choose to LIVE and I’ll experience everything that comes with that — to smile, to cry, to laugh, to getting hurt, to fail sometimes, to being frustrated, to try new things, to facing my fears, and to fall in love. All of it… It’s chaos… absolute chaos, but that’s what makes life breathtakingly beautiful and utterly worth living.

Cause even though my heart broke into a million pieces this year… so many people and moments also helped put it back and make it whole. It made me stronger in all the ways that matter and I want to keep being better at loving myself. I honestly never felt happier, braver, and livelier. I never pictured myself doing some of the things I do now months ago and years ago. I’ve smiled and laughed more this year. I can’t even remember feeling this light and hopeful and just so darn happy. And I want to stay this way. To keep looking forward.  To being kind and honest. To being happy. To loving life. And to just LIVING.

Through all the wonderful moments I’ve spent with the people who’s come into my life now and those that have been my constants… just know that you have all affected me in ways that made my heart warm and full of love. And I’ll be forever thankful for that.

So what have I’ve been doing lately? Well, I’ve been hiking and walking a lot.  I still read…  every now and then, but sometimes I just get distracted by other things. I’ve been spending more time with family and friends. It’s funny how I barely saw them before Covid-19, but now I think I see my brother and his fiance almost every week. And since I work from home, I can bring my work and spend a few days with them which is really nice. I’ve also been dating and that has been quite interesting and fun. I’ve never really dated dated before or even used dating apps, so that was pretty scary at first. It’s definitely an experience… LOL. I also got into taking care of myself health wise. I’ve been working out more now and just trying to eat healthy and clean. BUT, I do eat! I love food and don’t deprive myself. If I want it, I’ll eat it. LOL. And yeah, that’s pretty much it. Just enjoying life, doing things that make me happy now, and living.

That went a little longer than I planned. I’ve been wanting to finish writing this for a while now and just never got to it cause I was busy… just LIVING… I do plan on doing more bookish post. More bookmail, book spotlights, and of course book reviews/blog tours. When that will happen, I can’t quite say. Maybe in a week or a month, but I’m still here lovelies and I’ll be back full force soon. Love you all!!!


Thanks for reading! Hope you are all having a delightful day and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Stay safe, be kind, keep smiling, wear a mask, and happy reading!!!

Until next time! Take Care fellow swoonies!!