Title: Angelina’s Secret
Author: Diane Merrill Wigginton
Series: Jeweled Dagger Series (Book 1) (The Benjamin Franklin Award Winning Series)
Genre: Historical Romance/Suspense
Publisher: Jeweled Dagger Publishing
Release Date: Feb 14 2017
Edition/Format: 2nd Edition/Formats ~ eBook & Print
Angelina Stewart is a beautiful, bold, independent woman hiding a terrible secret. After returning home from a sea voyage, she is touted as a hero for saving her family’s ship and crew from a band of ruthless pirates, but Angelina feels like such a fraud. At the same time, her psychic abilities are becoming more pronounced as she attempts to unravel the mystery of London’s gruesome murders before she becomes the killer’s next victim.
Captain Jude Deveraux is leading a double life as well. He and his band of French privateers steal, rob, and plunder unsuspecting ships that have the misfortune of wandering into their domain. Awarded a title by the King of France for bravery during battle, The Duke of Bayonne, A.K.A. Pirate Captain, Jude Deveraux, takes what he wants from the world as he and best friend, Honore live each day as if it were their last. That is until the day Jude discovers that the only thing he truly wants is to capture the untamed heart of fiery tempered, Angelina for his own.
This book has been a surprise. It was not only quite entertaining but also full of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed Angelina who was ahead of her time when it came to her outlook on life, living and status. She was a brave lady and wasn't held back by society standards. When Jude comes into her picture things really get heated up in many ways!
This historical romance had secrets to learn and a relationship to build all while on an adventure. It was a truly enjoyable read and I can't wait to read the next book. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a historical romance with a bit of suspense and a touch of something else.
Exclusive Content ~ Character Bio for Capt Jude
Character’s Full Name Captain Jude Deveraux
Appearance- He is handsome, very tall, 6’3” in height with broad shoulders, tapered hips and piercing blue eyes that can turn storming when provoked. A real lady’s man. He has raven black hair and a winning smile.
Favorites – He loves being a Privateer, living on the open sea, until the day he meets Lady Angelina Stewart, falling in love with her strength and intelligence. She is witty, strong and determined. A perfect match for him.
Background – Jude was once innocent in love with a woman who had her sights set on climbing the social ladder. Entering the war with his best friend, Honore by his side, Jude wants nothing more than to forget he ever loved her. Saving the life of the king’s immediate family, Jude earns accolades, land and a title. Also earning the King’s favor, Jude is given a letter of marque, granting him the privilege to pillage and plunder unsuspecting ships that are not aligned with France.
Family – He is the only child of Prime Minister of France, Count Philippe Gerard Deveraux, and Countess Genevieve Sophia Deveraux of Bordeaux.
Personality (i.e. strength, weakness, vulnerability)-He is stubborn, tenacious and unrelenting. Failure is not an option for him.
Attitude (i.e. towards life and other things related to the book in general) – He hasn’t found a woman that he couldn’t seduce and leave until he met his match in Angelina Stewart.
Traits (i.e. Optimist or pessimist: Why? Introvert or extrovert: Why?) – He is intelligent, well-educated and determined to get what he sets his mind to. He is an extrovert to be sure.
Interrelations with Others (How does character relate to others?) He is amicable, charismatic, a real charmer.
Goals – Jude’s goal is to win the untamed heart of Lady Angelina Marguerite Amelia Stewart.
Miscellaneous (i.e. Occupation, Hobbies) Jude Deveraux is the captain of a band of French privateers, masquerading as the Duke of Bayonne, a title afforded him by the King of France.
Meet the Author
Born in Riverside, California in 1963, my family and I moved to San Diego when I was nearly 8. I had a very rich life growing up, with my brother, David and best friend Gigi, for company. I was married to my current husband, David in 1998 and we moved to Herald, California in 2001. We have a blended family of 6 kids and enjoy the rural life on our 5 1/2 acre ranch, 45 minutes south of Sacramento. I love writing and creating stories that are different and intriguing. I like to give my readers a little something unexpected. I have always wanted to be a published author, but the timing never seemed right. Raising a family and working full time always took precedence. Shortly after I turned 50 I decided that it would never be the right time, and determined that I needed to live my truth and follow my dreams. So I began writing on a whim, and loved everything about it. My first book is out, and the second one is at the publishers, scheduled to be released, April 4, 2017. I am currently working on book 3 of my series, slated to release the first week in August, 2017. I am very excited about the future, and thrilled to be writing. I count my blessings every day because I know how truly lucky I am. Life is good.