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A Heartless Design (Secrets of the Zodiac Book 1) by [Cole, Elizabeth]
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Book 1 of 6 in Secrets of the Zodiac (6 Book Series)

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Editorial Reviews


"[Cole] certainly knows how to weave a wonderful story with compelling characters." - L. Sims, Top 500 Amazon reviewer

"Mystery, suspense, and romance combine to create a thoroughly enjoyable beginning to the Secrets of the Zodiac series." - Lusty Penguin

"Ms. Cole is a masterful storyteller who brings her characters to life on the pages of her story as well as intrigue and mystery!" - My Book Addiction and More

"Cordelia is exactly the sort of historical heroine I adore: a woman who knows what she wants." - Susanna's Parlour

From the Author

Q & A with Elizabeth Cole

Q: What's the Zodiac?

Elizabeth: I designed the Zodiac especially for this series. It's a secret team of spies working for Britain during the time of the Napoleonic wars. It consists of 12 secret agents, each with their own strengths and skills. Think of MI6, but in the early 1800s. In fact, I often describe the series as "James Bond + Jane Austen." Each book will star a different agent as they complete a secret assignment vital to helping Britain fight off Napoleon and win the war. A Heartless Design is the first book, and a great way to get into the series.

Q: So are the books regency romances or historical thrillers?

Elizabeth: They're both! The books are set during the early regency era, and there are plenty of scenes with parties, balls, and strolls through the park. But that's just one side of the story. I also show the regency underworld, delve into the grittier side of London, and throw plenty of action and adventure into the mix. In every book, a couple meets with a romantic spark, but they also need to solve a mystery.

Q: By romantic "spark," do you mean "sex"?

Elizabeth: These books are romances, and they're definitely sexy! I'd say they're like an R-rated movie, and a few times during the story, things will get steamy between the hero and heroine as their relationship deepens. If that's not your thing, DON'T read these books! (In that case, you should try my Regency Rhapsody series--they're more like classic regencies and contain nothing beyond a kiss.)

Q: Who should pick up your book?

Elizabeth: Do you love big, richly crafted, sexy romance but want a little something extra? Do you like mysteries but also want a little "ahh" in your heart? Then Secrets of the Zodiac is just for you. If you like to see ladies standing up against convention to follow their own path, or heroes who need to be both smart and tough, give this series a try.

Q: What else are you working on?

Elizabeth: I just launched a new series of medieval romances called the "Swordcross Knights". As a university student, I studied medieval history and that series reflects my love for that era. Honor & Roses is the first book. It's lush, dreamy, romantic, and a great alternative if you want to read about a different time period.

More Secrets of the Zodiac novels from Elizabeth Cole:
  • A Reckless Soul -
  • A Shameless Angel -
  • The Lady Dauntless -
  • Beneath Sleepless Stars -
  • A Mad and Mindless Night -
Check out these Swordcross Knights novels from Elizabeth Cole:
  • Honor & Roses -
  • Choose the Sky -
  • Raven's Rise - Coming Soon

Product details

  • File Size: 2722 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SkySpark Books (September 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F281DM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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