Book Of The Day – Confessions Of A Courtesan

by Greg on June 19, 2012

Today we have a bargain Historical Romance with a perfect rating for the ENT Book of the Day. Confessions of a Courtesan, by award winning author Elizabeth Charles (Deborah Hale), has an outstanding 5.0 star rating and is only 99 cents!

Elizabeth Charles is a pseudonym for Canadian author Deborah Hale. Deborah chose to use a pen name for Confessions of a Courtesan to signal romance readers that this was a different type of book from any she has written before – grittier and more sensual.

“Confessions of a Courtesan is one of the most fascinating historicals I’ve read in a very long time. Elizabeth lives and breathes on these pages, and I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved her story.” Paula – Amazon Reviewer



Confessions of a Courtesan
by Deborah Hale as Elizabeth Charles
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Category: Historical Romance
Price: $0.99

 

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Scandalous but True! From the harsh streets of 18th century London, Lizzie Cane rose to become the most successful and sought-after courtesan in England! Mistress of earls, dukes and even the young Prince of Wales, she lived an exciting luxurious life that was not without its perils. A single misstep could spell disaster!

Then, at the height of her career, she risked everything she had struggled to gain by breaking the courtesan’s cardinal rule…Never fall in love!

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

As always, Deborah Hale, has shown she is a master at the craft. Venturing away from historical romance, this time she tackles a real life heroine in Elizabeth Armistead, and she does it with style and depth that make this book a must read. If you’re looking for a great book to curl up with, I strongly suggest you do yourself a favour and pick up this book. You won’t regret the time spent in Elizabeth’s world.

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LOVED IT! Deb Hale, writing as Elizabeth Charles, brings the reader right along with her as she paints a wonderful picture of 18th century England and especially of the heroine, Elizabeth Armistead, who’s tough and strong, a fighter, yet insecure with the life fate has thrown at her – the death of her family. I felt her fear, her hunger, the damp cold, and loved Charles’ deft descriptions of the seamier side of England. Confessions of a Courtesan tells of how Elizabeth battled what seemed to be insurmountable odds to become a high-end courtesan and then, to ultimately accept herself as a loving and loved person and marry for love. This is a spectacular read!

*******

I love the Georgian period and can’t get enough of it, so this story was pure pleasure from start to finish. I’m a longtime fan of Deborah Hale’s historical romances (My Lord Protector remains one of my favorite historical romances of all time), so naturally I will follow her into other genres. This had all the elegant sparkle and style I know I will get from a Deb Hale book, plus the added bonus of being longer and meatier and full of even more historical details, which I relished and devoured. It’s great to see an author spreading her wings like this. I will definitely read more books by Elizabeth Charles.

*******

Elizabeth Charles deftly combines historical facts and fiction and drew me back to England in the 18th century when mere existence could be depressingly hard. The sources at the back show a scope of research, and the book is beautifully written with lots of drama and history to flesh out the life of the intelligent and successful courtesan, Elizabeth Armistead. A fascinating read!

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I’m a huge fan of Deborah Hale and she’s an auto buy for me so when she wrote Confessions of a Courtesan under the name Elizabeth Charles I couldn’t wait to get my hand on it to see how it differed from her other stories, and wow, was it ever different. I was totally blow away by the story, characterization and research put into this book. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was completely drawn into the life of Elizabeth Cane and intriqued by her story. So I’m happy to say Elizabeth Charles is now also on my auto buy list. Can’t wait for her next story! Well done1

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About The Author


Elizabeth Charles is a pseudonym for Canadian author Deborah Hale. Deborah’s first novel, the Georgian-era romance My Lord Protector won RWA’s Golden Heart award and was nominated for the RITA for Best First Book. Since then Deborah has written more than twenty more novels in the genres of historical romance, inspirational romance and otherworld fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Deborah chose to use a pen name for Confessions of a Courtesan to signal romance readers that this was a different type of book from any she has written before – grittier and more sensual.

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I have been writing stories ever since I could hold a pencil and singing in church choirs since I was big enough to hold a hymn book.

I had my first critique partner in ninth grade. We wrote lots of stories and assured each other how brilliant they were. Our treasured friendship continues to this day. During my highschool years, I dabbled in drama, including historical plays where I got to dress up in elegant gowns from bygone eras.

Title: Deborah Hale In university, I met my husband, the inspiration for many of my clever, nice-guy heros. While he was earning his doctorate in physics, I worked at a preschool and spent my lunch hours haunting the provincial archives. Tracing my ancestors to their origins in Georgian era Britain, I uncovered enough fascinating true stories to keep me in romance plots for years to come!

A special needs teacher by training, I left the classroom to raise our young family, fully expecting to return when my children reached school age. In my limited spare time, I wrote my first historical romance then began learning the skills I needed to make it sell. In 1998, my life took an amazing detour when my two youngest sons were diagnosed with autism and I sold my first book. Suddenly my writing hobby became a career that allowed me the flexibility to be at home for my boys, and my former profession became my life.

Since then, I have written more than twenty historical romances and two other-world fantasy novels, many of which dealt with my favorite themes of grace and forgiveness. After the launch of the Love Inspired Historical line, I became an avid reader of those wonderful stories and yearned to write some of my own. I am delighted and grateful to have been given that opportunity!

My family and I live in historic, romantic Nova Scotia. When not writing books or driving my children to various appointments and activities, I continue to worship in music with the Celtic Singers.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Deborah Hale/Elizabeth Charles and ENT appreciate it.

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1 Kay-M June 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I no longer see the “Deliver To” box (on my Kindle for PC app) to designate where I want my books sent to. It works fine when I use my smartphone and respond from an email, but not on my computer from FaceBook. Am I doing something wrong?

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