Ella Quinn stops by b2b!

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Thanks so much Mel for having me back on bookworm2bookworm.

As I’m composing this post, I have just returned from RWA. My throat is a little sore from all the talking during the past week. We writers are a pretty solitary bunch, but when conference time comes around it’s non-stop. Not only talking but listening, something I sometimes have problems with, especially when I’m over-excited. In fact, I think I either insulted or hurt the feelings of an author I greatly respect and whose books are auto-buys for me. Something I’m going to have to apologize for in the very near future.

There are times when that can be more easily said than done. In my latest release, Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret, book 5 of The Marriage Game, my hero, William, Viscount Wivenly, is continually getting on the wrong side of my heroine, Miss Eugénie Villaret. Although in his case, I tried to warn him his behavior would not turn out well.

Here is an excerpt.

The morning following the disaster with his betrothed, Will sent his groom to the flower market. As he was tying his neckcloth, Griff returned empty-handed.

This was not good. “Where are the flowers?”

Griff fiddled with his hat. “Ain’t got a market hereabouts.”

Will almost rolled his eyes. His groom wasn’t usually so dense. “Why didn’t you go to the florist?”

“Ain’t got one of them either.”

They must have something. Will ran a hand through his hair. What the deuce was going on? He’d seen a flower arrangement at the Whitecliffs’. “I need to find a bouquet.”

“Sorry, my lord. I looked all over town and didn’t see any at all.”

Damn and blast. “Get your breakfast and meet me down at the warehouse. I’ll ask around.”

“Yes, my lord.” Griff bowed and left the bedchamber.

Will finished his cravat before strolling into the parlor, where he found Andrew already discussing a good portion of fruit. Will strolled to the sideboard and inspected the offerings. “There is apparently no flower market in town.”

Andrew glanced up with a smug expression. “That is what I was given to understand.”

Will paused in the process of selecting a baked egg. “Then where am I to find flowers for Miss Villaret?”

A grin split Andrew’s face. “You have to go to someone’s house and ask to be allowed to pick a bouquet from their garden.”

The egg slipped off the serving spoon Will held. “Ask a private person for flowers? I’ve never heard of such a thing.”

Andrew nodded. “There is a woman in the Queen’s Quarter who raises roses and lilies, among other plants. I have her direction. You may go immediately after breakfast. I was told it is better to pick the blooms in the morning.”

Will retrieved the egg and took a piece of Dum bread stuffed with cheese. “I’ll send Griff.”

“You’ll go yourself,” Andrew said, “or you won’t have them at all. The woman is particular about who she sells them to.”

“Give me the directions.” Will heaved an exasperated sigh. Was nothing easy when it came to Eugénie? He finished his breakfast as Andrew explained how to find the residence. An hour later, after tromping up a hill, losing himself in the jumble of streets, and having to ask directions from an old man who gave Will a knowing look. Halfway up the hill called Queen’s Quarter he finally knocked on the door of a house quite a bit smaller than his aunt’s but not as tiny as others he’d seen. It appeared to have only one floor as opposed to the multiple levels of the Wivenly and Whitecliff houses. . Eugénie had better forgive him after making him go through all of this.

An older woman answered the door and Will handed her his card. “Good morning, ma’am. I am Lord Wivenly. I was advised you might be willing to sell me a bouquet of flowers.”

“I might.” She rubbed her finger over the raised letters on the card. “What do you need them for?”

He resisted the urge to run a finger under his collar. “My betrothed and I had a slight disagreement, and I thought to sweeten her.”

The lady held the door open. “I’m Mrs. Rordan. What is the name of your betrothed?”

“Miss Villaret de Joyeuse.”

“Eugénie? I didn’t know she’d got engaged.” The old woman squinted her eyes and stared at Will. “You must be related to her step-father, but I don’t see much of a resemblance.”

“Um, no. My great-uncle took after his mother’s side of the family.”

Mrs. Rordan nodded. “Well, if you managed to get Eugénie’s back up, you’ll need something nice.”

Managed to distress her? When was she not upset?

The lady turned and started shuffling down a corridor. “Don’t just stand there, young fellow. Follow me.”

Will stepped in and closed the front door. “Yes, ma’am.”

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eq emevBOOK BLURB: William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he’s bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can’t resist such a beguiling distraction…

Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family’s livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities…

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Ella Quinn

AUTHOR BIO: Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and a lovable great Dane.

Barnes & Nobel and Amazon bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.

Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, released in September 2013.

Ella loves when friends connect with her on Facebook and Tweeter / Website: (Up soon) or her Blog.

 

 

Jenna Jaxon and …

Eight Fun Facts about Medieval Times

ma1During my extensive research for Beleaguered, and all the books of Time Enough to Love, I have come across a plethora of information regarding the times, people, and customs of the Middle Ages.  Some of these facts found their way into the books in one form or another.  But I couldn’t use everything without sounding like a history book rather than a romance novel.  So I thought I’d share some of these little know facts about Medieval Times.

  1.  During the Middle Ages people bathed a lot more than people today give them credit for. In noble households they might have private baths with servants to assist.  For the masses, there were public bath houses that often also served meals to the bathers.
  1.  Weddings were held outside the doors of the church.  No priest was needed to officiate and if there were no witness, the marriage was still deemed valid as long as the couple had spoken their vows and had given and received a token (such asma2 a ring).
  1. Marriages were usually arranged by the parents of the bride and groom, who were often very young indeed.  The age of consent during the Middle Ages was 12 years for a girl and 14 years old for a boy.
  1. The Bubonic Plague that hit Europe in 1348 was actually three strains of plague.  The bubonic plague is the classic disease of the lymphatic system, carried by fleas from rats, that manifested itself in large buboes or swollen lymph nodes in neck, armpit, and groin. The second strain was septicaemic plague was an infection of the blood and pneumonic plague was an infection of the respiratory ma3system.  The latter two strains had almost a 100% mortality rate.  The Bubonic plague was closer to 50%. During the mid-14th century pandemic nearly one third of all people in the affected areas died of it.
  1. During the Middle Ages women rode  horses astride for travel and hunting.  Sidesaddles did not become fashion until the 15th century and then only for ceremonial occasions.  Women rode astride into the 16th century.
  1. Royal banquets lasted for many hours and consisted up to six courses.  Courses consisted of such dishes as civet of hare, a quarter of stag, sturgeon cooked in parsley and vinegar covered in powdered ginger, chickens covered in yolk of eggs and sprinkled with spice.  The point was to serve many intricate dishes from whichma4 guests took only a bit and then passed it on.
  1. Archery was one of the most popular sports of the medieval period.  Also popular were bowls, colf (forerunner of golf), hurling (forerunner of hockey), horseshoes, and stoolball (a forerunner of cricket).
  1. During the Middle Ages, when a woman went into labor, she was shut into a room with the doors closed and the windows covered until a month after the baby’s birth. She was attended by a midwife, her assistants, and several of the mother-to-be’s friends and relatives.

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BOOK BLURB: When death holds sway in the world, can even the greatest love survive?

Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas return to their roles as courtiers to Princess Joanna.  Their passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.

During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance with Geoffrey, her first love. His searing touch proves Alyse’s love and desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.

Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives.  Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves.  With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves.  But which love will survive?

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TEASER: 

The men continued to talk, but she paid them no heed, caught in a private hell from which she had believed herself safe. She would have to be vigilant to ensure neither she nor Thomas were burned by the fire that had been kindled months ago between her and Geoffrey Longford. She could not trust any of them now—neither her husband to keep his jealously in check, nor Geoffrey to cease his pursuit of her, nor herself to keep him at bay.

She had believed she loved Thomas enough to lay the ghost of Geoffrey to rest in their bed. But from the moment she had seen him on deck this morning, her beloved still, she knew deep in her very core that Geoffrey had been right: it would never be over between them until they were dead and in the tomb.

This realization frightened her beyond all reason. It was as though she had been two people in one body all day, each belonging to a different man. As long as they lived that would never change. She played with fire each time she met with or spoke to Geoffrey, and one day the banked embers would flame up and consume them both.

There would be hell to pay one way or the other. The only question was how much damage would be wrought. Immortal souls hung in the balance, waiting for Judgment Day.

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jjAUTHOR BIO: Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical  and contemporary romance.  She is currently finishing revisions to  her fifth full length novel, To Woo A Wicked Widow, set in Regency England and the first book in her five part series, The Widow’s Club.

Only Scandal Will Do is Book 1 in her Georgian  House of Pleasure series and Only Marriage Will Do, second book in the series is with the editor. Her medieval trilogy, Time Enough to Love, is being published by Rising Phoenix Publications. Book 1, Betrothal is currently available.  Book 2, Betrayal, will be available later this fall.

Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

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Fan2Author Interview with … Collette Cameron!

collette cameronBookworms, please help me welcome Collette Cameron to the blog. Her books are new to me, and the one’s I’ve read so far have impressed me. I’m so happy to welcome her today and I hope you’ll join in the conversation and ask her some questions.

Collette Cameron: Thanks so much for having me here today!

b2b: Collette, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career?

CC: I haven’t been writing all that long. I sat down at my computer in February 2011 and starting tapping out my first historical, Highlander’s Hope. After rewriting it twice and cutting the novel in half, I started the whole query process.

cc hhI was very fortunate to find a publisher in a relatively short amount of time, and Highlander’s Hope released May 2013. The next two books in the series followed with the final book of the Castle Brides Series, The Earl’s Enticement, releasing in May 2014.

I’m well into my next series, The Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, with the first book, Triumph and Treasure, expected to release this fall. I’m also a contributing author to a Viking/Highlander anthology and a historical Valentine anthology, both of which are expected to release early 2015.

As if that won’t keep me busy enough, I’m participating in an 8 book boxed novella set with seven other Regency authors.

I’m so glad school is out Friday, and I can concentrate on writing again. I’m only working very part-time from now on!

b2b: How have your characters and their stories come to you and which one/s whispered the loudest for their story to be told?

CC: Highlander’s Hope began with a single scene that popped into my head one day. I wondered if I could write an entire story around it. Not only did I do that, I created a cast of characters I so fell in love with, most of them get their own novels or novellas.

TheViscountsVow2_850Adaira and Roark from The Earl’s Enticement pestered me and pestered me to write their story from the moment I introduced them on the page in Highlander’s Hope. But I told them they had to wait until Vangie and Ian’s story in The Viscount’s Vow was told. They’d nagged me all through writing Highlander’s Hope to get their story written. My characters aren’t known for their patience!

b2b: What was your favorite book as a child?

I loved Mother Goose’s Fairytales. I remember my dad reading them too me over and over until I could recite them with him. I was only about three at the time.

b2b: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?

CC: I don’t usually read books several times, with the exception of The Flame and The Flower. That book was the first full-length romance novel I ever read, and I think I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for it

I’ve certainly read many, many incredible stories since then, but that book was the catalyst for me falling in love with the romance genre.

b2b: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?

CC: Umm, do I dare confess this? I write Regency after all. I’m whispering here. I’ve never read any of Jane Austen’s book from start to finish. Yes, I’m hiding behind my computer screen. I’ve watched the movies. Does that count? And I adore Georgette Heyer.  Can I score any points with that?

b2b: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?

CC: I don’t think I’ve ever wished I had written another author’s book, but I certainly can appreciate their work and their creativity. I might think to myself, “What a great idea,” or “Why didn’t I think of that?” but I’ve never wished the story was mine.

b2b: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish it is made?cc tee

As I mentioned above, I’ve really enjoyed all the movies derived from Jane Austen’s writing. I also adore The Count of Monte Cristo, and I just read The Bride Gift by Sarah Hegger which would make a spectacular movie. I think Ella Quinn’s books would make a fabulous movie series too.

b2b: Which book we might be surprised to learn that you loved?

CC: It’s not historical or even romance, but I’ve read Wonder to my class of third graders for the last three years. That book is amazing and teaches such an amazing lesson. I never fail to be touched and more determined to be kind after reading it.

Okay, so for the reading the book over and over bit above, I would read Wonder over and over to students.

b2b: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

CC: Can I just say historical romance? Then I can read everything up until about 1920. Yep, that ought to do it.

b2b: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?

CC: The Duke of Morewether’s Secret by Amylynn Bright had me giggling. All of Amy’s books are filled with humor which is why she’s one of my favorite authors.  As far as crying goes, I don’t usually cry while reading a book, but again, Wonder made me cry.

b2b: Do you read your books post-publication?

I haven’t yet, except for editing purposes for the print versions. Maybe someday I’ll sit down with one of the print books and read it. That would be a very unique experiences, I think.

b2b: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?

CC: Inside, under the bed, with my cowering dogs.  Yes, I’m a chicken.

The last really nasty thunderstorm we had, lightening touched down about eight feet in front of me. I was putting my chickens up. Scared the pants off me. I literally crawled the rest of the way in the house and discovered my computer modem had been fried from the surge.

cc bjb2b: Flannels or Silk?

CC: Silk of course. Pink or blue please with copious amounts of lace.

b2b: Sports car or SUV?

CC: Oh, I’ve got my eye on a lovely white Toyota Highlander.

b2b: Cats or Dogs?

CC: I have both, but I’m really more of a dog person; especially dachshunds.

b2b: Champagne or Beer?

CC: Neither. I don’t like either one or wine for that matter.cc n

b2b: Movies or TV?

CC: Movies. I watch very little television; writing all the time, you know!

b2b: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

CC: Favorite movie is The Count of Monte Cristo.

b2b: Collette, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with this series!

CC: Thank you so much!

And now it’s time for you Bookworms to be put in a hot seat!

If you had to give up your beverage of choice, comfort food of choice, or reading romance, which would you choose and why? 

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Spotlight on Victoria Vane and…

Hot Cowboy Nights Series!

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Hey Bookworms! I hope your summer’s going great! I have great news to share with you. My next series and its first book ‘SLOW HAND’ will be out sometime in November and it is hot contemporary cowboy series from Sourcebooks

This unique series is comprised of four connected stories (SLOW HAND, ROUGH RIDER, STRAIGHT SHOOTER and SILVER TONGUE) with an option for more. All of my heroes are true cowboys, but these are cowboys like you have never seen before. The cast of characters is unusually diverse, pairing a sassy southern girl with a Montana lawyer, a rancher/bull rider with a female stock contractor, a Marine scout sniper with a wildlife biologist and a horse whisperer with a documentary film maker. 

Although this new endeavor marks a distinct departure from historical romance, I hope you will find that my trademarks still remain—well-researched, scorching hot and emotionally compelling, character-driven stories. The first two covers are finished, and I hope you like them as much as I do. Both books are now available for pre-order as well.

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STORY: Wade Knowlton is a workaholic with an urge to get out. He’s close to leaving his struggling Montana law firm in the dust and going back full time to the ranch with his brothers . . . until the gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office in need of an attorney to settle her estranged father’s estate.

Nicole is a southern belle with a hankering for cowboys—but after a swell of bad seeds, she’s sworn off anything in boots. As their attraction flares into a passion they can’t avoid, will they discover that love can lead to greener pastures?

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He went to work on his shirt buttons. His collar was soon wide open revealing a generous show of muscular chest that make her hands itch to rip it off him. She diverted her gaze and curled her itchy hands by her sides.

“Have no fear, cowboy,” Nikki replied in a tone meant to disguise the warm flush that had come over her. “I corralled all my wild impulses long ago.”

“Did you, now?” He still stood in doorway, head cocked. “Somehow, I think you may have missed a few strays.”

“Maybe I need to make myself clearer. I have an aversion to cocky cowboys.”

Just keep telling yourself that, Nikki. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it’ll become true.

“Is that so?” His brows flew upward. “I can’t say I ever met a woman with an actual aversion to me.”

“Don’t take it personally. It’s nothing against you in particular, but to your type.”

“And what do you think you know about my type?”

“Since I don’t have a pole handy, enough to keep you at arms-length. Besides that, this whole line of conversation is entirely inappropriate in light of professional ethics, don’t you think? You are my attorney, after all.”

“Well, darlin’,” he scratched his unshaven jaw, “there’s a little hitch to that.”

“What do you mean? You said you’d help me.”

“And I will, but you can’t engage my professional services until I know who you are.”

“I’ve told you who I am!” she insisted.

“Sweetheart, I’m a lawyer, and according to the law, your claim don’t weigh without authentication.”

“Authentication?”

“Proof.”

“So what are you saying? That you don’t believe me?”

“I’m not saying that at all. Only that our professional relationship will commence once you get your I.D. In the interim,” His gaze slid over her in a way that threatened to melt her insides, “you’d best find yourself a nice, long, sturdy pole.”

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Victoria VaneAUTHOR BIO: Victoria Vane is an multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling and intensely erotic romance. Look for Victoria’s sexy new contemporary cowboy series coming in summer 2014.

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane combines these elements to craft novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism.

Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

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Jennifer Haymore’s Top Five …

 … Favorite Book Heroes & Heroines are …

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1. Jamie and Claire (Outlander)

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2. Sebastian and Jessica (Lord of Scoundrels)

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3. Lizzy and Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)

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4. Rhett and Scarlett (Gone with the Wind)

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5. Peeta and Katniss (Hunger Games)

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BOOK BLURB: Temptation Knows No Bounds . . .

Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn’t question his mission. But Sam didn’t know his deed had a witness–the beautiful and mysterious betrayer’s wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner-one he can neither trust . . . nor resist.

 

Élise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor–including seducing him senseless. She didn’t know of her miserable husband’s crimes, but she has secrets of her own, secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames Élise’s deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won’t let her go? Caught between the crown he’s sworn to serve and the woman he’s come to love, Sam will risk his heart–and his very life–to keep her safe.

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MINI REVIEW: Ms. Haymore pens another character driven story in her House of Trent series, third and my favorite of the three, or six, as there are three novella’s that are a part of this series too.

Let me tell you, out of all the heroes from each book that Ms. Haymore wrote, Sam will forever be my all-time favorite. He was everything we readers desire in an Alpha hero: good-looking, brave, protective of his family, dedicated to his country and a spy to boot!

Elise was one of those ‘older’ heroines [if you can be called that at 28] and I liked her as her story progressed more than I did at the start of the story.

If you like your romances with an aspect of an action-adventure, than you’re in luck, this book has it.

The fast pace, a very intriguing plot that waves through all the books, made this an enjoyable read for me. I do recommend you read them in order though.

Melanie for b2b

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jhAUTHOR BIO: As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she’s earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she’s never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

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Theresa Romain and Five Fun Facts from …

TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS

Hello, bookworms—thank you for hosting me today! My newest historical romance, TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS, just came out last week. It’s a Pygmalion story with an anxiety-prone virgin duke hero on a bride hunt, a rakish widow who has no plans to marry again, and lots of Regency gadgets.

That’s the nutshell version! And today I’m happy to share…

Five Fun Facts About TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS

1816 cold summer1. My working title for this book was “A Lady of Affairs,” but my editor (wisely) asked for suggestions that had a little more to do with history and romance. I came up with a list of 20 other possibilities, including the gem “These Aren’t the Brides You’re Looking For.” (Clearly I was no help at all.) My editor decided she did NOT want to evoke Star Wars and came up with the much more romantic final title.

2. The plot of TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS is driven by a real-life historical event, the brutal cold of The Year Without a Summer.” A huge volcanic eruption caused ash to spread through the atmosphere, dropping temperatures during the year 1816. As you might expect with snow in summer, crop failures were common. My fictional duke lost a fortune in agricultural investments in this way—thus his bride hunt.

3. The hero of this book is named Michael, Duke of Wyverne. When I started writing this book, I didn’tWYVERN know what a “wyvern” was, or that it was anything at all. Turns out it’s a very specific kind of dragon: Huh.

When I learned that, I decided to leave it as Michael’s title. First of all, it’s not spelled quite the same. And second—it’s a DRAGON.

4. A pair of minor characters in the story are named Lord and Lady Kettleburn. I borrowed their name from an even more minor character in the world of Harry Potter: Silvanus Kettleburn, the Care of Magical Creatures professor replaced by Hagrid. What can I say? The name just made me grin.

5. TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS begins on June 14, 1816. The story needed to kick off in early summer, and I chose that date because June 14 is my daughter’s birthday.  ;)

There you have it: five secret behind-the-scenes facts!

Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to ask me anything else about the story that you like. I’m giving away a copy of TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS to one random commenter with a US or Canada address.

 

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Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause–after first refusing his suit.

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Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Stratton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael–her counterpart in an old scandal–returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart . But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard-won independence she prizes above all.

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trAUTHOR BIO: 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, where she is working on her next book.

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