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A Devilish Slumber
Rue Alliance, Book One
Inspired by the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty

Fast paced and intricately plotted, A Devilish Slumber spins a tale of lost love, cold-blooded murder, and heartless betrayal. A page turner!
by Award winning author, Gail Whitiker
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Since dealing with the death of her sister and her abandonment by Sir Phillip Jones, the man who professed to love her, Lady Roselyn Ravenstock has lived as if sleepwalking. Mired in grief, she sequestered herself in her home, avoiding all callers. Then she meets Mrs. Helen Beaumont, and Rose starts to come to life . . . until Helen is murdered. But this time, Rose isn't going back to sleep. Vowing to avenge her friend, Rose dons a costume and goes out into the night looking for a killer.

Sir Phillip, the Regent's favored spy, returns from war determined to win back the woman he was forced to leave three years ago. But when he witnesses Rose covered in blood, racing from a brutal scene while gripping the murder weapon, he goes on a desperate mission to unravel what he hopes is a case of mistaken identity.

The investigation leads Rose into a world of enchantment, where people can re-shape their features, fires are begun with a snap of fingers and objects move of their own accord. But the real magic is the blazing attraction that is re-awakened between her and Phillip.

Will Rose ever get her happily-ever-after? Possibly. But first, she'll have to convince Phillip of her innocence-before the killer strikes again. . . .
 

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A Devilish Slumber, The Rue Alliance, Book 1

I've done 4 historical novels inspired by fairy tales so far, and I have to say, Sleeping Beauty was a challenge. In today's world, even if we are reading a historical, we want the heroine to be feisty, kick-butt, take charge, almost an alpha-female. And no matter how I might spin this story, the inclusion of the word "Sleeping" does not envision an assertive confident female heroine.

So, as the start of the synopsis below suggests, the story actually begins the moment Beauty awakens. And what stirs her awake is not the kiss of her true love (that comes later), but the prod of a stranger at the marketplace - a woman about her mother's age - who asks Rose, "Do you think this fish is fresh?" while holding up an apple.

It's true that a deliciously sensuous kiss can shake a woman up royally, but it's a quirk of humor that stirs this Sleeping Beauty out of her private world of anguish and back into society's dangerous embrace. However, when that stranger, who cared enough to want to help Rose, is brutally murdered, she refuses to back off, return to her safe quiet world, and hibernate. Oh no! This time, Rose's anger erupts at the injustices of her life, and she decides that someone will pay for disturbing her peace.

So begins A Devilish Slumber (The Rue Alliance Book 1), a fairytale-inspired tale of magic, in a historical setting and, yes, with a touch of humor, and even a hint of horror, as a young lady uses an ancient family talent to help her bring a murderer hiding in the perilous dockside of 1813 London, England to justice.

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Inspired by Sleeping Beauty

Beauty awoke, and then the trouble began . . .

Since dealing with the death of her sister and her abandonment by Sir Phillip Jones, the man who professed to love her, Lady Roselyn Ravenstock has lived as if sleepwalking. Mired in grief, she sequestered herself in her home, avoiding all callers. Then she meets Mrs. Helen Beaumont, and Rose starts to come to life . . . until Helen is murdered. But this time, Rose isn't going back to sleep. Vowing to avenge her friend, Rose dons a costume and goes out into the night looking for a killer.

Sir Phillip, the Regent's favored spy, returns from war determined to win back the woman he was forced to leave three years ago. But when he witnesses Rose covered in blood, racing from a brutal scene while gripping the murder weapon, he goes on a desperate mission to unravel what he hopes is a case of mistaken identity.

The investigation leads Rose into a world of enchantment, where people can re-shape their features, fires are begun with a snap of fingers and objects move of their own accord. But the real magic is the blazing attraction that is re-awakened between her and Phillip.

Will Rose ever get her happily-ever-after? Possibly. But first, she'll have to convince Phillip of her innocence-before the killer strikes again. . . .

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The idea of shape shifters who shift into other humans rather than animals was a fun change to the usual shifter books I have read.
[*]Goodreads Giveaway for a print copy of A Devilish Slumber (The Rue Alliance Book 1) ends today, April 15, 2015, at noon EST

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NEW REVIEW - 4.5 STARS

InD'tale Magazine's June issue is out and A Devilish Slumber (The Rue Alliance Book 1) received 4.5 Stars (+3 steam Kettles = "sex but the door is closed"), along with a Crowned Heart "for excellence."

This wonderful review is on page 57 - here's a short excerpt:

A gorgeous twist on mysteries, romances and fairytales! As far as cocktails go it doesn't get much better than this. Ms. Vedam lures a reader in with a mystery and makes them stay by tugging on their heartstrings.
--by Mimi Smith​

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Goodreads Giveaway for a print copy of A Devilish Slumber (The Rue Alliance Book 1) is currently underway - Ends December 15, 2015

Beauty awoke, and then the trouble began...

A Devilish Slumber (The Rue Alliance Book 1)

Midnight, Wednesday, April 8, 1813, London, England

A SCREAM RIPPLED across the misty, dockside air.

Sir Phillip Jones's pulse lurched at that mournful cry. Gripping his walking stick, he raced down the hilly road of the deserted warehouse district in Wapping. A second muffled scream rang out and was then abruptly cut off. No longer concerned about keeping his movements covert, he ran toward those terrified shrieks. Rounding a corner, he tore past a man staring toward where the screams had come from.

"Imbécile," the large man grumbled from behind him.

Phillip was ten feet away before it registered that the man had sworn in French. By then, the woman who ran out of a warehouse gripping a bloody dagger had captured his focus. For a split second, her face was clearly highlighted by a stray shaft of moonlight piercing the mist. He stumbled to a halt, his chest heaving for air as stunned recognition sank in.

Rose?

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Beauty awoke, and then the trouble began...


A Devilish Slumber (The Rue Alliance Book 1)
The last of her family, Rose is mired in grief at the recent death of her beloved sister and the abandonment by the man she loves. Avoiding the cloying attention of friends, servants and well-wishers, she becomes a recluse. Until one day she accidentally bumps into a woman who reminds Rose of her gentle mother. Beginning to come out of her deep-seated grieving, Rose tentatively befriends the woman . . . then news comes of her new friend's brutal murder. Refusing to pliantly accept this latest blow, an enraged Rose resurrects an ancient, magical, family talent to re-shape her features in order to disguise herself as a young man and goes hunting for the killer through London's seedier lanes and dangerous dockyards.

Sir Phillip, the Regent's favored spy, returns from war determined to win back the woman he was forced to leave three years ago. But when he witnesses Rose covered in blood, racing from a brutal scene while gripping the murder weapon, he goes on a desperate mission to unravel what he hopes is a case of mistaken identity.

Will Rose ever get her happily-ever-after? Possibly. But first, she'll have to convince Phillip of her innocence-before the killer strikes again . . .


INFO threads on KBoard's The Book Bazaar for other books in The Rue Alliance series:
A Scorching Dilemma, The Rue Alliance, Book 2 info thread
A Perfect Curse, The Rue Alliance, Book 3 info thread
 
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