Samhain Publishing Novels The Magpie Lord and Butterfly Tattoo Listed among National Public Radio’s Top 100 “Swoon-Worthy Romances”

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Annual summer reading list highlights great romantic reads based on 18,000 reader nominations.

The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles

“We’re delighted that these very deserving books have found such a lasting place in readers’ hearts and minds,” says Christina Brashear, president of Samhain Publishing. “At Samhain we’ve always believed that ‘it’s all about the story’."

International publisher Samhain Publishing® today announced that two of its romance titles were named by readers to National Public Radio’s “NPR Books Summer of Love” list of top 100 romances. The books are The Magpie Lord, by KJ Charles, and Butterfly Tattoo, by Deidre Knight. Nominations for the list were gathered in June, 2015 during a promotional poll that was so popular that NPR Books had to close voting early to manage the response.

“We’re delighted that these very deserving books have found such a lasting place in readers’ hearts and minds,” says Christina Brashear, president of Samhain Publishing. “At Samhain we’ve always believed that ‘it’s all about the story’, and both The Magpie Lord and Butterfly Tattoo are remarkable stories we’re proud to have on our list.”

The stories are very different from each other—yet both feature a transcendent romance:

The Magpie Lord

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude…and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

Butterfly Tattoo

Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch.

Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael’s grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash.

Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he never expected to find—Rebecca O’Neill, a development executive in the studio where Michael works as an electrician.

Rebecca, a former sitcom celebrity left scarred from a crazed fan’s attack, has retreated from the limelight and from life in general, certain no man can ever get past her disfigurement. The instant sparks between her and Michael, who arrives to help her during a power outage, come as a complete surprise—and so does her uncanny bond with his daughter.

For the first time, all three feel compelled to examine their inner and outer scars in the light of love. But trust is hard to come by, especially when you’re not sure what to believe when you look in the mirror. The scars? Or the truth?

To review other extraordinary books and learn about great deals on outstanding fiction direct from Samhain Publishing, visit the publisher online at http://www.samhainpublishing.com.

About Samhain Publishing

Samhain Publishing® is an international publisher of ebook and traditional print fiction, whose diverse array of titles include all genres of romance fiction, award-winning horror fiction, and Retro Romance® fiction—a program which enables previously print-only titles to reach a new e-reading audience. An acknowledged expert in digital publishing since its founding in 2005, Samhain is dedicated to ensuring extraordinary stories reach every reader. To learn why at Samhain “It’s all about the story…”, visit Samhain Publishing online at http://www.samhainpublishing.com.

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