Friday, September 18, 2020

Featured Author: Marilize Roos

 Welcome Today's Featured Author 

Marilize Roos!!




The Cape of Good Hope, 1816…

Benedict Archer, international man of mystery and spy for the Crown has been living a shadow-existence in the ballrooms of the Cape Town Beau Monde, until Lord Somerset gives Benedict his new assignment with a scandalous stipulation… Find a lady to pose as his wife in order to blend in at a high society garden party.

Gezina de Ruiter dreams of lords and ladies, ballrooms and beaus, far removed from her life as a farmer’s daughter. Then one night a sophisticated stranger kneels at her feet and begs her to masquerade as his wife for a few hours, offering her a glimpse into this world of the elite.

When a plot is discovered to free Napoleon from St Helena and murder the Prince of Lichtenstein, Gezina realizes that more is at stake than her reputation. She will continue to pretend to be Benedict’s wife at a week-long house party to save a life - indeed, to save the free world.


The Cape of Good Hope, 1820…

When Darien Forbes left England behind for the Cape of Good Hope, he’d hoped to leave behind the heartache and betrayal as well. His brother could keep his Marquisate and Darien’s fiancรฉe both – Darien would devote his life to hedonism on the other end of the world, and never entrust his heart to a beautiful woman again.

Mariana de Ruyter was a capable young woman. Hard-working. Sensible. Of sturdy Dutch peasant stock, but she gave up on dreams of a handsome young man sweeping her off her feet, when her beautiful sisters were around for comparison.

When Darien meets Mariana in the light of day, he thinks she’d be the perfect wife – one no-one else would want.

How was he to know that under his care and attention, she’d bloom and become a beauty other men would covet?  


 The Cape of Good Hope, 1821

By decree of her father, the Duke of Claremont, Delia Bassett was betrothed to a monster.

Desperate to escape marriage to a man whose previous wives had, according to the whispers of the ton, all died under suspicious circumstances, she devises a desperate plan: surely, if she were ruined socially, she’d be released from this betrothal contract.

Claremont is furious. To save face socially and politically, there is only one thing he can do: Marry his daughter to a man of unimpeachable character. If that is not possible, banishing her to the other end of the world would have to suffice.

Quinton Levin, Viscount Redding, fled England at sixteen years old with nothing but his twin sister and the clothes on their backs to escape their tyrant of a father, and stowed away on a ship bound for the Netherlands. Fourteen years later, Quinn is a respected physician at the Cape of Good Hope, with an impeccable reputation and a high standing in society.

Still adjusting to married life, Quinn discovers a friend and patient fighting for her life. Keeping her secret could ruin his marriage and his relationship with his best friend, and when Claremont discovers another threat to his political plans and the future of the Dukedom, his machinations threaten Quinn’s medical pactice.

If they are to succeed, they must stand united, but can Quinn and Delia resist pressure from a man as powerful as a duke?


The Cape of Good Hope, 1821...

Apparently, one did not have to attend one’s wedding to get leg-shackled.

In a moment of weakness, tired of relentless pressure, Este de Ruyter signed the document presented to her by the Duke of Claremont, binding her in marriage to his heir, the father of her baby, and now the duke wants to spirit her away to England, never to see her family again.

Paul Bassett made a mistake. In trying to force Este to remember the passion they’d once shared, he now faced transportation to New South Wales. When the duke pressures him into signing the marriage certificate, the threat is clear: Sign it, or Paul could be made to just… disappear.

When Paul escapes the notorious Robben Eiland prison, and breaks into the duke’s home to retrieve the wedding certificate, he is interrupted by his new wife, and they find a united purpose: secure Paul’s freedom, reunite Este with her family, and evade the machinations of the duke.


 The Cape of Good Hope, 1822…

“You know, I can’t decide if you’re lucky or completely snookered; only you could end up with a wife who brings his mistress home on their honeymoon.”

Kevin Nash’s womanizing habits have caught up with him.

First, he compromises a gently bred spinster on accident. There is only one honourable thing to do: marry her, or face her brother over pistols at dawn.

Two days after the wedding, his former mistress knocks on his door; she’s with child, and he doesn’t have any honourable options left.

And then his wife does the unthinkable…

**This is an FFM historical romance.**



Keep your secrets to yourself, and you won’t get hurt; it’s none of their business anyway.

Catch and Release at Club Angelus no longer holds any appeal to Dr Michael McIan; the kind of play he favours is intimate, and it hurts too much to let the submissive go after the scene.

But one day a couple walks into his surgery, and they respond so sweetly to him, his resolve to stay vanilla weakens. He should keep his distance; he refuses to get in the middle of their marriage.

Then they come to him with the most tempting offer…

*This is an MMF romance with MF, MM and MMF scenes.


St Nicholas was not quite what Kelly Moore had expected.

For one thing, he was far too sexy for his own good and wears biker leathers instead of a flannel suit. For another, he traded in his sleigh for a growly Harley.

All Kelly wants is her family for Christmas. Can St Nicholas deliver?

While we Wait:  
 A varied collection of short stories of different genres and moods.

Some are serious. Some are sad. Some are light-hearted, frivolous, slap your thigh funny.

All of them are short, and perfect to read While We Wait.

About Marilize Roos:
Marilize is an author of historical and contemporary romance set in Cape Town, South Africa, but writes short stories inbetween for fun.

She used to comb the libraries and second-hand book sales for out-of-print copies of Afrikaans historical romance novels by authors such as Wille Martin and Ena Murray. She has always had a fascination for Cape Town history and Regency Romance, and thought to introduce the rest of the world to Regency-era Cape Town.

She's tried her hand at many different occupations, including working at a riding school as riding instructor, trail guide, stable manager, saddler, and horse handler on TV shows. She's worked as freelance typist, photographic assistant, maintenance contractor's assistant, Public Relations Consultant, and Administrative Assistant. These days she is a proud member of ROSA (Romance writers' Organization of South Africa).

She lives with her husband and son in Muizenberg, Cape Town, and is currently hard at work on her next novel. 

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Interview With Marilize:

1. Can you tell us a little about your books?

I started out writing historical, Regency-era romances set in Cape Town.  I've always been fascinated by our local history, and combined with my love for Regency romances, my imagination combined the two and The Lords of Good Hope series was born.

More recently I've ventured into writing contemporary erotic and BDSM romances, and my Club Angelus books are also set in the Cape Peninsula.

I like to infuse my books with local history and culture, and hope the reader feels as if they've visited beautiful Cape Town once they've finished reading my novels.

My heroines are strong, independent women who are not afraid to speak their minds.  They'll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our hero in facing their challenges.  My heroes are strong and protective, yet with a vulnerable side. They have their flaws, but together they will prevail. 

The bedroom door in my books is definitely left open, with everything described in sensual detail; I even explore FFM and MMF relationships.  Yet I concentrate more on the emotional and relationship elements of the love story.  Character and emotional development is very important to me.  You'll also find I have a weakness for redeeming characters, turning my bad boys into good men.  

I sometimes touch on dark themes.

2. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

So far I've published 8 books; with 1 standalone Christmas short story, 1 short story collection, 5 Regency novels and 1 contemporary BDSM novel. Coming soon, I have 1 more Regency era novel, 1 contemporary BDSM novel, and a Christmas novella (this one written in Afrikaans).

If I have to choose a favourite... right now it would be a toss-up between Michael and Kevin. Both of those books' characters have just really stirred my emotions and I feel deep affection for them.

3. For someone who hasn't read any of your books yet, which one would you suggest they read first?

If you prefer historical romances, I'd suggest starting at the beginning of the series with Benedict. It is also free on most platforms.

If you prefer contemporary BDSM, then read Michael, the first Club Angelus book.

If you prefer not to read bedroom scenes at all... both While We Wait and Nicked are clean and sweet.

4. If you could be friends with one of your characters, which one would you choose?

Definitely Mistress Ariel, from Club Angelus. She believes in Cheesecake therapy, and she takes no nonsense.

5. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

If I can fit in extra writing time, I do.  Sometimes this means writing over lunchtimes when I can.  

I work full-time.  In the evenings it's the normal mom-routine, and my dedicated writing time is between 8am and 9am (and if I'm on a roll, this could run over to about 10am).  Even if my muse isn't talking to me that day, I report for duty in front of my laptop.

6. Do you have a release day tradition?

Not yet - although I think I should start one!

7. If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose?

I adore the Garden Route, South Africa. Sedgefield, Knysna, Wildernis, Mosselbay... this area boasts some wild and beautiful landscapes.

8. What writing projects are you currently working on?

My next scheduled historical romance release, Kevin (The Lords of Good Hope #5) is on pre-order for 10 September, and Baxter, (The Lords of Good Hope #6is in the final editing stage.  I hope to release Baxter a few weeks later.

I've finished the first draft of Ariel (Club Angelus #2) and I can't wait to see the finished product.  I hope to release Ariel before the end of the year.

And last, I'm also working on a Christmas novella.  This is something different for me, in that I'm writing it in my mother-tongue, Afrikaans.  I'm strongly considering translating this novella into English as well.


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