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Wow! What an amazing day we had yesterday. First, thank you to Shana Galen, Theresa Romain, Katharine Ashe, Kieran Kramer, Miranda Neville, and Erin Knightley for joining being part of our Historical Romance Extravaganza.

And thank you to all of the readers who joined the authors throughout the day on their blogs and live chats. Without all of you, this wonderful event would not have been possible. We hope that everyone had as wonderful of a time as we did.

The Winners of the Giveaways Are:

Kieran Kramer:

Chat Giveaway: Carol Yemola
Blog #1 "Scones, Anyone?" Giveaway: Arizona Dutt
Blog #2 "Saying No to Saying Yes": Donna Ann

Miranda Neville:

Chat Giveaway: Jennifer Teal
Blog #1 "The Life of a Gambler" Giveaway: Sandy Xiong
Blog #2 "It's Not Easy Being an Heiress" Giveaway: Lisa Hutson

Shana Galen:

Chat Giveawar: regencygirl01
Blog #1 "Spies and Anglophiles" Giveaway: Mary Holden
Blog #2 "Those Frenchies Seek Him Everywhere" Giveaway: Nicole Laverdure

Theresa Romain

Chat Giveawar: Sarah Christie Rosenbarker
Blog #1 "Get Ready to Indulge" Giveaway: BookLady
Blog #2 "Characters Got Talent" Giveaway: Connie Fischer

Katharine Ashe:

Chat Giveaway: Glittergirl
Blog #1 "There's Something About a True Hero" Giveaway: Alisha
Blog #2 "Overboard" Giveaway: Ann

Erin Knightley:

Chat Giveaway: Brittaney Ray Hernandez
Blog #1 "Something About His Voice" Giveaway: Pophyn
Blog #2 "Mr. Darcy Left Me Speechless" Giveaway: Laura Henderson


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by Erin Knightley


Ok so, yes, it’s the Scottish accent that sends shivers down my spine every time, I’ll admit. But it was the British accent, courtesy of the drool-worthy Colin Firth as he brought Mr. Darcy to life, who first captured my heart. My, oh my—who could ever forget all those soulful glances and haughty speeches? 

So when I met Colin Firth two years ago (again—how could I not work that in to every conversation?), I had an entire speech planned about how his portrayal of Mr. Darcy had inspired me like no other, how he was partially responsible for me being a romance novelist, and how much I appreciated his body (ahem) of work. But the very moment he laid those velvety brown eyes on me, my entire mind went blank. Literally. The only words that came out of my mouth were these: ““Er, uh, you’re… you’re wonderful!”

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*palm to forehead* Really? Really? A good half million words under my belt as a writer and that’s what I say in that crucial moment? He smiled, nodded, and patiently posed for a picture. Then just like that, he was gone. 

flirting-with-fortune-coverI’ll always have that picture (and the unwashed shirt ;)), and I later realized that I was lucky. Though I didn’t say my speech, at least I didn’t put my foot in my mouth. My heroine, Beatrice, from Flirting With Fortune, wasn’t always that lucky.  Here, she is about to part ways with the sexy half-Scot who discovered her in a room she wasn’t supposed to be in. Luckily, they agree not to reveal their names, so she hopes her reputation will be safe…

     With a reluctance that surprised her, she started to turn.

     “Perhaps,” he said, drawing her attention to him once more, “you’d save a dance for me.”

     She lifted her brow. “Ah, but that would require an introduction, would it not?” Even so, the offer was absurdly tempting. The idea of being pulled into his arms was almost enough to make her forget that dancing wasn’t her forte.

     “An excellent point, to which I offer this solution: If by the end of the night, you wish to take me up on my offer, then I leave it to you to seek an introduction to me. Seeing how I now have assurance of your mercy, of course.”

     Beatrice drew back in surprise. “Seek an introduction to you? I do hate to disabuse you of whatever opinion you have formed of me in these past few minutes, but I am not a desperate woman. I assure you, I will be seeking an introduction to no one.”

     He didn’t look the least bit disappointed, or the slightest bit offended. Instead, the corners of his eyes crinkled in an almost imperceptible smile. Dipping his head in the approximation of a bow, he said, “Your prerogative. However, I do feel it prudent to clarify that I was giving you the option of not being introduced, should you wish to remain anonymous. I assure you it was not meant to disparage your prospects. I, of course, shall respect your decision.”

     He certainly had a way with words. Was it the accent or his sentiment that muddled her brain and had her leaning the slightest bit forward? “Er, thank you.” Already she was feeling like a ninny for having reacted as she did.

     “You’re welcome. And just so you know,” he said, slipping a gloved hand beneath hers and lifting her fingers to his lips for a feather-soft kiss that had her holding her breath all over again. “I’ll be keeping the last dance free.”

 

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Do you tend to be a ‘mind goes blank’ or ‘foot in mouth’ kind of person in these sorts of situations?

One lucky commentor will win this “I (heart) Mr. Darcy” shirt (your choice of size and color), and a signed copy of Flirting With Fortune!

Contest open US residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

Romance Author Erin Knightley 

About Erin:

Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science.  It was only after earning her B.S. and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn't any fun at all.  Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.


You can follow Erin online at:

Website: http://www.erinknightley.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/erinknightley
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/erinknightley

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by Erin Knightley

What is it about the Scottish accent that instantly transforms this pragmatic writer into a puddle of goo on the floor? Seriously – I once met Gerard Butler (what? Like you wouldn’t work that into every conversation??), and I actually heard him talking before I saw him. Time seemed to slow as my heart slammed to a stop in my chest. Could it be? I turned, holding my breath, and yes, it was him. Not in a kilt, I’m sad to say, but still darn fine in his broken-in jeans, boots, and button down plaid shirt.

Flirting with Fortune by Erin KnightleyMy powers of speech and thought abruptly fled as I stared at the glorious Scot only feet away. My friend, the actress who had invited me to this star-studded post-Grammy party, quirked an eyebrow at me, followed my line of sight, then chuckled. “Hey, I used to date Gerry. Would you like to meet him?”

I used to date Gerry? GERRY? If she hadn’t have just offered to introduce me, I may have permanently disowned her for failing to disclose this little tidbit before that moment. I mean, that’s grounds for friend divorce, right? Nodding dumbly, I let her lead her over the dark haired, ridiculously handsome Scotsman.

Honestly, I have no idea what she said to introduce me. All I remember is Gerard looking me directly in the eye, holding out his hand, and saying in that delicious accent of his, “Hello, Erin. So nice to meet you.”

Thud.  Heart on the floor.

So, is it any surprise that I decided to make Colin, the hero in Flirting With Fortune, Scottish? Well, half Scottish, to be precise. I swear, I could hear every word out his mouth as clear as if he stood in front of me.  When I wrote the first words he said in the book, I couldn’t help but give a little girly sigh. Below is that scene, when the hero and heroine have just met. Beatrice had been caught in a room she wasn’t supposed to be in, and had hid behind the curtains. Colin just happens to be the one to find her…

     “So this is the lady who belongs to the scent of lilacs. How lovely of you to come out and join me.”

     He was amused.

     She was not.

     Never mind that the almost musical lilt of his Scottish-tinged accent sent a shiver down the back of Bea’s already chilled neck. If he knew she was there, he should have had the decency to say as much. Embarrassment stiffened her spine—Lord she must look a fool. With as much dignity as one in her position could muster, she extracted herself from the heavy drapes and shook out her skirts. “Yes, well, since you wouldn’t leave like a proper gentleman, it seems as though I had little choice.”

     He lifted a dark eyebrow, tilting his head just enough so that a lock of midnight-black hair fell across his temple. “I do beg your pardon. I should have left the moment I realized there was a debutant-shaped lump behind the curtains.

     Well, when he said it like that. She lifted her chin regally. “Pardon granted.”

 

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So tell me, what is your favorite (read: sexiest) accent? Do you love the Scottish too? Or is it Latino, Italian, French…? 

One lucky commentor will win this cheeky Scottish-themed shirt (your choice of size and color), and a signed copy of Flirting With Fortune!

Contest open US residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

Romance Author Erin Knightley 

About Erin:

Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science.  It was only after earning her B.S. and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn't any fun at all.  Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.


You can follow Erin online at:

Website: http://www.erinknightley.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/erinknightley
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/erinknightley

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by Katharine Ashe

 

Overboard.

That’s what falling in love can feel like. Falling overboard.

When I was writing my new book I Married the Duke, I came across a song by a musician that if I mentioned him by name eight out of ten of you reading this right now would click to another blog, so let’s just call him Mega Star. (My excuse: I have a ten-year-old son.) As I was saying, I came across a song by Mega Star called “Overboard”. And there were my hero and heroine in the lyrics.

First, my heroine: Shipwrecked at a tender age, she has a holy terror of water. Now a poor governess, she must cross the English Channel to meet a prince whom she’s hoping to marry because she’s been told that is her destiny.

I Married the Duke by Katharine AsheNow, my hero: He is a sailor. A shipmaster. A former naval war hero. Recently he was blinded in one eye and he’s none too happy about it. He needs a beautiful governess with the attitude of a duchess on his ship like he needs a sword point in his good eye. Nevertheless, he takes her aboard. He has a thing about protecting the helpless, you see.

She turns out to be not so helpless, and he turns out to be the one that feels like he’s been thrown overboard.

Falling in love is dangerous. You’re hurled off the edge of a cliff—or a ship’s deck—by a gale that you cannot control. Or perhaps you choose to step off the plank, willingly, curiously, looking for fun. Or maybe your style is to walk slowly and carefully down the sand into the gently lapping waves, dipping your toes first, then your ankles, then your knees.

One way or another, if you keep going you’ll eventually be in deep, so deep that your feet don’t touch the ground and the currents have you in their thrall. The ocean is no jacuzzi. There’s no easy way to survive in its depths. Drowning is always a possibility.

The other option—diving in, swimming with the tides, reveling in the power of a force greater than any other on earth and becoming part of it—is just too tempting to pass up.

What do you compare falling in love to?

 

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In the comments section below answer the question above to be eligible to win an elegant limited edition latte mug plus a signed copy of Katharine’s seafaring heroine novel How to Be a Proper Lady and her Napoleonic War hero novella, A Lady’s Wish

Contest open US residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

Romance author Katherine Ashe 

About Katharine:

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning, best-selling author of nine lush, sweeping historical romances set in the English Regency era. Her latest novel, I Married the Duke, is the first in her new Prince Catchers series and features—you guessed it—a true hero.

You can follow Katharine online at:

Website: http://www.katharineashe.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katharine-Ashe-Community/120254261356587
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KatharineAshe
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by Katharine Ashe

There’s something about a nobleman who disguises himself as a commoner to accomplish honorable deeds on behalf of those less fortunate...

There’s something about a man of extraordinary physical strength who can, at times, be as gentle as a puppy...

There’s something about a confident, wolfish smile...

There’s something about a man who can defend himself with fists and sword and always win...

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There’s something about a wealthy man who’s willing to give up everything to have the woman he desires...

There’s something about a scarred man who is, nevertheless, breathtakingly handsome...

There’s something about a man of power who can kneel before a weaker person and humble himself, admitting his own humanity...

There’s something about a duke...

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There’s something about a seasoned sailor who thrives on high adventure but who deeply, meaningfully appreciates a glass of fine brandy, a warm dry bed and the company of civilized gentlemen...

There’s something about a man who can laugh in joy...

There’s something about a man who fights for his country, his life, and the woman he loves beyond hope, beyond prayers and beyond probability, yet regrets nothing...

There’s just something about a true hero.


Fill in the blank: There’s something about a hero that makes me ___________ .

 

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In the comments below, fill in the blank above to be eligible to win an elegant limited edition latte mug plus (in the spirit of today’s theme) Katharine’s heroes-who-battle-each-other books: How a Lady Weds a Rogue and How to Marry a Highlander.

Contest open US residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

Romance author Katherine Ashe 

About Katharine:

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning, best-selling author of nine lush, sweeping historical romances set in the English Regency era. Her latest novel, I Married the Duke, is the first in her new Prince Catchers series and features—you guessed it—a true hero.

You can follow Katharine online at:

Website: http://www.katharineashe.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katharine-Ashe-Community/120254261356587
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KatharineAshe
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/katharineashe/

 

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by Theresa Romain

Everyone has a talent. I firmly believe this.

I’m not just talking about tap dancing or singing or whatever else gets you to the final round of a performance show (though if that’s your gift, nice! Let us know if you have a YouTube channel). Most talents are less flashy than that, but they come in handy all the time as we go about our lives.

For example: my mother can talk to any person, anywhere, at any time, and make that person feel comfortable.

It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa RomainMr. R can solve any computer problem, and he never ever wants to throw the computer against the wall. (OK, maybe he wants to, but he never actually does it. That sort of self-control is a talent in itself.)

One of my dearest friends has two toddlers and a baby, yet despite all the stress, she never loses her sense of humor.

And me? Ok. I have none of those gifts. But I can read really really quickly. Never quite quickly enough to keep up with my TBR pile, but that’s because I also have a talent for sussing out new books to buy.

In It Takes Two to Tangle, the characters have talents too. The widowed heroine, Frances, has an excellent memory. Since she’s a companion to a noblewoman, this talent comes in handy for keeping track of polite society’s essentials like callers, correspondence, and clothing.

Sometimes Frances wishes she could forget just a bit. Certain things, like the way she tricked her first husband into marrying her (she’s rather a sly one), or how he he left her for war, then left her a widow years before. Or the way she’s become fascinated with the hero, Henry, even though she can’t offer him anything he wants…

An artist and a soldier, Henry suffered a terrible battle injury that ends both careers. He doesn’t lose his eye for art, but he discovers something that’s even more useful: a talent for optimism. Even when no one else believes he’s ready to re-enter society, Henry gives it a try. And when he meets Frances and makes an ally of her, then begins receiving mysterious letters of courtship…well, that’s all the more reason to hope he can rebuild his life. Though it won’t take the form either he or Frances expects. Wait, is that a spoiler?

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What’s your talent? Can you wiggle your ears? Bake a delicious cheesecake? Ride a unicycle? Do tell!

Just as the first prize had a French flair, this one’s got an English flavor. One random commenter will win a “Reading is My Superpower” mug and a box of Twinings Prince of Wales tea, plus a signed copy of my backlist book Season for Surrender.

Contest open US residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

Romance Author Theresa Romain 

About Theresa:

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.


You can follow Theresa online at:

Website: http://theresaromain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTheresaRomain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TheresaRomain

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by Theresa Romain

We all have those moments when we need to indulge ourselves. Maybe it’s after a tough day at work, or an evening when the kids throw tantrum after tantrum. Or maybe it’s just been a while since we took time for a treat.

It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa RomainThe hero and heroine of my newest historical romance, It Takes Two to Tangle, aren’t used to indulgence. After a scandalous first marriage and widowhood, Frances Whittier has been cut off from her well-bred roots and makes a meager living as a countess’s companion. Hero Henry Middlebrook, wounded at the battle of Quatre Bras, spent the past three years as a soldier, traipsing across Europe and sleeping on the ground.

When they meet in London after Henry’s return home, they recognize one another as kindred spirits. Both bred for a life in polite society, they now live outside of it. They’re not sure where they fit, or with whom.

But this is a romance, so you know they’ll figure it out. The story is a take on Cyrano de Bergerac (minus the tragic ending), and both Henry and Frances eventually figure out how to be true to themselves and be loved for themselves.

All it takes is a little indulgence.

In the case of our heroine, her countess-employer laces her into borrowed silk instead of Frances’s usual plain gowns. Why? Because the countess wants everyone to see beyond the limitations of Frances’s role. Frances, more than anyone else, is surprised to see herself in a different way. Silks remind her of the life she gave up, but they also represent the promise of a second chance.

As for Henry? He indulges himself by—get ready for it—asking for help. After years in the military, Henry has a fierce sense of pride and independence. But he soon realizes he can’t solve his problems alone. And the key to building a new life is asking for help—not only from family, but also from the mysterious widowed Frances, whose secrets intrigue him.

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We all have our indulgences, don’t we? What’s yours? Are you a fan of long bubble baths? Do you call up a sitter sometimes and give yourself a date night? Do you eat a whole bag of Jelly Bellys when you’re on deadline? (Ok, that one’s mine.) Leave a comment about your favorite indulgence!

First up, a prize package of French goodies! One random commenter will win a box of indulgent (see what I did there?) artisan French-style chocolate truffles from Cocoa Dolce, plus a signed copy of my backlist romance Season for Temptation.

Contest open US residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

Romance Author Theresa Romain 

About Theresa:

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

You can follow Theresa online at:

Website: http://theresaromain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTheresaRomain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TheresaRomain

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by Shana Galen

There’s a reason so many of my villains are French. My heroes are British, and the English and the French have a long history of rivalry and warfare. For a good part of the Regency Era, England and France were at war. Napoleon was scheming to take over most of Europe, and he wanted England in particular.

True Spies by Shana GalenIn my latest book, True Spies, Napoleon has been defeated, but the threat from the French is far from over. My fictional British spies work for an elite agency called the Barbican group. It protects the Crown and the sovereignty of the British nation. The main threat to the Barbican group is the Maîtriser group. Sounds French, right? It’s composed of agents from all over the world, but the leader is Foncé, a Frenchman. He’s a madman with a propensity for carving up his enemies, and he likes nothing better than carving up Barbican spies. If you read Lord and Lady Spy, then you remember Foncé was the man who eluded capture by Sophia and Adrian. In True Spies, Winn and Einor have a chance to capture him.

Historically, I’m certain the French aren’t always the bad guys. I know they’re not, but it’s important to remember that at that time in British history there was widespread fear among the British of an attack by the French. I read in some research that in 1804 some Welshman speaking Welsh were attacked by a mob because they spoke like foreigners and the mob suspected the men might be French. So the fear and the threat the French posed in this time was very real, and my fictional Maîtriser group comes from that historical fact.

In modern times, there’s much to love about France. French fries—okay, maybe those aren’t really French. French doors—again, maybe not really French. How about French kisses, French wine, and French fashion? Even when the British were at war with the French, they still drank French wine and wore French fashions.

 

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What qualities do you think make a good villain?

One person who comments will win a French-inspired sterling silver and cubic zirconia fleur-de-lis pendant necklace.

Contest open US and Canada residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

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About Shana:

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.


You can follow Shana online at:

Website: http://www.shanagalen.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shana-Galen/211315085575366?sk=app_190322544333196
Twitter: http://twitter.com/shanagalen

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by Shana Galen

True Spies by Shana GalenRecently my preschool-age daughter went to see the movie Planes with her father. Now their favorite shared joke goes like this.

Ultimate Sportsfan: Do you ever cry?
Baby Galen: I don’t cry. I’m British.

If only that were true (Baby Galen should be Italian for all her daily dramatics). Of course these generalities about various nationalities are exactly that, but it can be fun to play on them in fiction. One reason I enjoy writing about British spies during the nineteenth century’s Regency period is because I can give them a stiff upper lip.

In my new release, True Spies, Winn is a spy for the elite Barbican group. He’s trying to save his country and keep his wife under control—and failing miserably at both endeavors! But lest you, dear reader, believe he has lost his composure, read on. In this scene, one of my favorites, Winn has to combat an enemy agent.

     But she was quick. They hit the floor in a tangle of arms and legs, and she slipped out of his grip, somersaulted away, and was on her feet again. “You bastard!” she spat.
     He jumped to his feet. “You’re the one who shot at me.”
     They circled one another. “I’m going to kill you, bastard.” She pulled a knife from a fastening on her leg and made a slashing motion at him.
     Baron’s eyes widened. This little vixen was a far cry from the pampered courtesans and spoiled wives of Society. “Who the hell are you?” he asked.
     “No one. Let me go.”
     “I don’t think so.”
     She slashed at him again. “Is this your idea of foreplay?” he asked, ducking the knife. “Because I rather prefer something with costumes. You could be the saucy chambermaid”—he ducked again—“and I could be the frigid butler who needs warming up.”
     “I’ll show you foreplay,” she spat.
     He jumped back and narrowly avoided a knife slicing across his gut. He thought about kicking her in the chest—his feet were already bloody and numb from the walk here—but she was a woman, and he still believed in chivalry. “Very well,” he conceded, knocking a chair over and tossing it in her path. She had to jump to avoid it, giving him a moment to strategize. “I’ll be the saucy chambermaid. But just this once. And I draw the line at frilly aprons.”

And that’s the beauty of writing about British spies. Nothing troubles them—not daggers, not pistols, not even raging fires. At least, not in fiction.

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What do you love most about spy heroes (or heroines)?

One person who comments will receive a “Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen” tote bag because there’s no better time to pull out your dog-eared copy of Austen than when surrounded by panic.

Contest open US and Canada residents only, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

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About Shana:

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.


You can follow Shana online at:

Website: http://www.shanagalen.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shana-Galen/211315085575366?sk=app_190322544333196
Twitter: http://twitter.com/shanagalen

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by Miranda Neville

An heiress had a hard life. Well, not really, but aspects of being a wealthy, unmarried lady of the Regency era weren’t enviable. Chances are you didn’t have control of your own money–you’d have a male guardian who controlled your spending and movements. And there were the fortune hunters. How could you tell a man wanted you for yourself?

The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda NevilleNovels about heiresses go way back. The heroine of Fanny Burney’s Cecilia (1782) loses all her money unless her husband takes on her last name. Alas, she falls in love with Mortimer Delville, a man whose family is so proud that he cannot consider changing his name. Nice hero, yes? (Plus his name is Mortimer. Really? Not a good hero name IMO!)) Incidentally many of those English hyphenated names came about when an heiress’s name was added to her husband’s.

Another challenged heiress is Dorothea in George Eliot’s Middlemarch. When her rather horrible elderly husband dies, his will specifically forbids her from marrying his cousin Will Ladislaw or she’ll lose her inheritance. Naturally Dorothea and Will, who had nothing going on before, fall in love.

Cecilia and Dorothea both end up giving up their money for love. Anne Brotherton, the heroine of The Ruin of a Rogue, faces a somewhat similar dilemma: her guardian can withhold her fortune if she marries without his permission. Her strict guardian tried to match her with the Duke of Castleton (in The Importance of Being Wicked) but the duke married her cousin Caro instead, much to everyone’s relief. Now he’s after her to marry the pompous Lord Algernon Tiverton. Anne prefers the dashing Marcus Lithgow, but she strongly suspects he’s after her fortune. Guess what? She’s right!

Can a fortune hunting rogue become a worthy husband for an heiress? And how can she ever be sure that he loves her for herself? Marcus is in need of some serious reforming, and Anne’s the lady to do it. Finally, what will happen to Anne’s millions?

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Let’s play “If I Was an Heiress.” If you suddenly inherited $10 million, what would your do?

One commenter will win my HEIRESS PACKAGE: a tiara (of course!), and, because heiresses have nothing to do but sit around eating bon bons & reading romances, some chocolates and a selection from my stash of books.


Contest open to US residents, ages 18+. Winners will be randomly selected from the comments received. The winners will be announced on the Discover a New Love blog on Thursday, September 5 and will have five business days to claim their prizes or an alternate winner may be selected.

 


 

Romance author Miranda Neville 

About Miranda:

Miranda grew up in southwest England. During her misspent youth she devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy and any other historical novels she could lay hands on. As a result she attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. Miranda spent several years writing catalogues of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby’s auction house in London and New York.

Miranda now lives in Vermont where she enjoys skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

You can follow Miranda online at:

Website: http://www.mirandaneville.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MirandaNevilleAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/miranda_neville

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