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Monday, April 30, 2018
CONTRABAND HEARTS by Alex Beecroft Blog Tour
His future depends on bringing the smuggler to
justice. His heart demands to join him.
officer Peregrine Dean is sent by his patron to investigate rumors of
corruption in the Porthkennack customs house. There he is tasked by the local
magistrate to bring down the villainous Tomas Quick, a smuggler with fingers in
every pie in town. Fired with zeal and ambition, and struck to the core by his
first glimpse of Tomas, Perry determines to stop at nothing until he has
Quick is an honest thief—a criminal regarded by the town as their local Robin
Hood. He’s also an arrogant man who relishes the challenge posed by someone as
determined and intelligent as Perry. Both of them come to enjoy their
cat-and-mouse rivalry a little too much.
the eighteenth century is a perilous time for someone like Perry: a black man
in England. Two have already disappeared from the wrecks of ships. Tomas and
Perry must forsake their competition and learn to trust each other if they are
to rescue them, or Perry may become the third victim.
to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes
sinister history. Legend says King Arthur's Black Knight built the fort on the
headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds
of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo
ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and
surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below
collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling
British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and
through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone
About Alex Beecroft
Beecroft is an English author best known for historical fiction, notably Age of
Sail, featuring gay characters and romantic storylines. Her novels and shorter
works include paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.
won Linden Bay Romance’s (now Samhain Publishing) Starlight Writing Competition
in 2007 with her first novel, Captain’s
Surrender, making it her first published book. On the subject of writing
gay romance, Beecroft has appeared in the Charleston
City Paper, LA Weekly, the New Haven Advocate, the Baltimore City Paper, and The Other
Paper. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association of the UK and an
occasional reviewer for the blog Speak Its Name, which highlights historical gay fiction.
was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild
countryside of the English Peak District. She lives with her husband and two
children in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken
for a tourist.
is only intermittently present in the real world. She has led a Saxon shield
wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an
800-year-old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn’t learned to
operate a mobile phone.
represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Literary Agency.
celebrate the release of Contraband Hearts,
Alex is giving away a $10 Amazon
gift card and an ebook from her backlist, your choice! Leave a comment with
your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern
time, on May 5, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t
forget to leave your contact info!