Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Herald’s Heart by Rue Allyn

The Plot:

Royal herald Sir Talon Quereste plans to someday settle on a quiet little estate, marry well, and raise a family. The wife of his daydreams will enhance his standing with his peers—she’s certainly not an overly adventurous, impulsive, argumentative woman of dubious background who threatens everything he values, until he meets his father’s wife.

Lady Larkin Rosham lost more than everyone she loved when her family was murdered—she lost her identity. Now no one believes she’s Lady Larkin, least of all Sir Talon, whose dreams of owning Hawksedge go up in smoke if she is, indeed, his father’s lost bride.

But when the murderer strikes again, danger and betrayal lurk around every corner. Can Larkin and Talon discover how to save their lives without risking their hearts?

About the Author:

When not writing, spending quality time with her spouse, catering to her cat, or attending meetings, Rue now travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart-melting romance. She loves to hear from readers, and you may contact her at She can’t wait to hear from you.


I’m leery of reading historical romances. As anyone who follows this blog knows, I hate modern language and anomalies in period pieces, and I watch for them like a hawk. I warned Ms. Allyn of that when she asked me to review her book, and she said, “If you find any of that, my editor and I haven’t done our jobs.” Well, Ms. Allyn, you and your editor are to be complimented. The Herald’s Heart is a wonderfully-written historical romance with no anomalies to pull me out of the time-period or the story.

While Lady Larkin Rosham is a feisty heroine, she is a devout, chaste young woman who has been orphaned and married by proxy to an evil man whose men killed her family and believed they killed her by mistake when her father changed his mind about allowing her to marry him. No one believes she survived the attack, and the villagers call her “Liar Larkin.” She sneaks in to look for proof of her identity when the Lord is away, which is where she is when the Sir Talon Quereste, her stepson and the King’s Royal Herald finds her.

Again, Ms. Allyn pulled me in on the first page and kept me reading right straight through. Sparks flew throughout the book, but did not ignite in glaring 3-D. There were no glitches to pull me back to the present, and the grammar was excellent. Brava, Ms. Allyn. Thank you. I highly recommend The Herald's Heart.

Author Website:
Warnings:  Nudity
Length:  230 Pages
Digital Price:  $3.78

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. You can move the file by highlighting it and dragging it to the documents directory in you Kindle you want to move it to. Or right click on it, and then left click copy or move. Or hit Control/C for copy, Control/X for cut, and Control/V for paste.

Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

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