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It’s time to reveal the gorgeous new cover of THE VISCOUNT RISKS IT ALL (Jan ’16)! This is the fourth book in the Prelude to a Kiss series which also features The Baron Next Door, The Earl I Adore, and The Duke Can Go To the Devil (July 7).
BOOK BLURB: Gavin Stark, Viscount Derington, learned his lesson when his childhood love was swept off her feet by another man before Dering could declare himself. Ever since, he has lived a life of no regrets—reaching for what he wants while never again allowing himself to lose his heart. If the experience taught him anything, it was never to risk what he wasn’t willing to lose.
Lady Felicity Danby had everything she ever wanted in life until the moment her husband died, turning her world upside down. A year and a half later, she is finally ready to return to Bath to spend the summer visiting family. She finds comfort in her old childhood friend, but is taken off guard when passion begins to simmer between them. She’s already lost everything once—can she possibly risk her heart a second time?
There she was.
Standing by the alcove, alone and searching the crowd. The filmy white fabric of her gown looked cloudlike against the blue velvet drapes behind her. She was beautiful, but that wasn’t what made Gavin Stark, Viscount Derington’s stomach drop at the sight of her. No, it was the fact that it was her, Felicity, the girl he knew better than any person in the world. More to the point, it was what he had come to say to her.
He’d seen her skinned knees, heard her laugh so hard she’d actually snorted, and comforted her as her tears had soaked through his best shirt following her mother’s funeral. He’d seen her tired, angry, stubborn, and even frazzled, but she’d never been anything but beautiful to him. As far as she was concerned, they’d been the best of friends since they were children.
And as far as Dering was concerned, he’d been desperately in love with her since they were fifteen.
It had been five long years since he’d fallen for her, and yet, in all that time, he had never once been able to bring himself to say anything. How could he, when he knew that the moment he did, everything would change between them? No more easy, lighthearted afternoons beside the river. No more stolen conversations in the folly, or teasing debates about the merits of stowing away on a ship to the Caribbean when the first blanket of snow covered the Somerset landscape.
Dering—the nickname his friends had given him at school that Felicity refused to use—knew that the moment he declared himself, everything would be different. It was a prospect that had scared the hell out of him, but time was of the essence.
His stomach rolled with a wave of nerves at the thought. Biting hard on the inside of his cheek, he straightened his shoulders. It was now or never. Her coming out had been postponed first by her mother’s illness, then by her mother’s death, but in a few short months, she would be off to London to make her debut.
This, his break over Christmas between the Michaelmas and Lent terms, was the last time he would see her before she left.
God knew the moment the ton got ahold of her, his chances would be destroyed. She’d be a diamond of the first water, an Incomparable for certain.
What was the overly tall heir to an earldom when there were dozens of rakish noblemen to be had? He couldn’t take the chance. Further, he simply couldn’t wait anymore.
Five years was long enough.
That thought finally pulled him from his invisible moorings and propelled him forward in her direction. He used his height and breadth to his advantage, gently but firmly bullying his way through the crush. He knew every last one of them there—his father entertained constantly and had instilled the importance of socializing in all his sons—but at that moment, none of the other guests meant a damn to him. There was exactly one person he wanted to see, and she had just noticed him coming toward her.
Felicity’s lips spread into one of her adorable, over-wide grins that made her entire countenance come to life. “Gavin,” she exclaimed, wrapping her gloved hands around his and giving a tight squeeze. “I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been waiting for you for ages.”
His mind instantly went blank as he leaned into her touch. Her fingers fit so well in his hands. Struggling to understand her meaning, he said, “Did I forget a meeting?”
Shaking her head, she pulled him the slightest bit closer so she could whisper by his ear. “No, but waiting for your return has been torture. Meet me in the library in five minutes?”
Dear God. In all of the scenarios he had dreamed up on how he could sweep her from her feet, he never imagined she might be the one to do the initiating. His Adam’s apple bobbed against his suddenly tight cravat as he swallowed and nodded. “I’ll see you then.”
Her smile was swift and glorious, making his heart hammer in his chest. “Excellent. I think I shall go nonchalantly take a turn about the room.” With a wink, she released his hands and slipped away, leaving him to stare after her and reflect that this may very well turn out to be the greatest day of his entire twenty years on this planet.
Sucking in a deep breath, he set off to find a footman, or more specifically, a glass of champagne. No, make that two glasses of champagne. If his dream was about to come true, he damn well wanted to celebrate with the woman he loved.
Precisely three minutes later, he was pacing the marble tiles of his father’s prized library, his heart thundering with anticipation. In a few short minutes, Felicity would arrive. After all these years of wanting her so badly, but knowing he couldn’t say a word for fear of risking their friendship, it was impossible to believe that the waiting would be over. The not knowing would be over. The moment was finally here for him to show her the man he had become, declare himself, and allow the pieces to fall where they may.
Hopefully, right into his waiting arms.
The door squeaked open. He turned just as she slipped inside, her cheeks pink and her eyes fairly glowing. Drawing a steadying breath—which failed utterly to calm his nerves—he set the drinks down on the nearest table and held his hand out to her. “There you are.”
“Here I am,” she responded with a grin. She hurried to his side and slipped her hands right back into his. He wished that the soft fabric of her glove wasn’t there, so he could feel the heat of her skin against his, but that would come soon enough.
His mouth practically went dry at the thought.
“I’ve missed you,” he exclaimed, not willing to hide the truth even a moment longer. It had been almost four months since he had seen her—far too long.
“And I you. Desperately,” she added, tightening her grip on his hands.
Desperately. He nearly closed his eyes against the pleasure the word evoked. Could it possibly be that she felt the same way about him as he did about her? Desperate was exactly the word to describe the way he had felt these last few months, waiting to see her again. “Lissy,” he started to say, but his voice cracked on the second syllable. Embarrassed, he cleared his throat and tried again. “Lissy, so much has changed of late.”
She seemed to be humming with just as much energy as he was. She nodded, her pale locks swaying with the motion. “Yes, I know. Everything has changed. And there is no one with whom I can speak of it but you.”
Yes! He had been going mad, not being able to talk to anyone about his intentions. His school friends would have mocked him for actually wanting to marry, let alone for falling in love. His chest tightened as he reached into his pocket where he had stashed the betrothal ring he had commissioned. As heir to the earldom, there were literally dozens of jewels he could have chosen from, but he hadn’t wanted them. No old family heirlooms for his Felicity; he wanted her to have something created just for her. Opal, surrounded by a cluster of diamonds to represent the moon and stars that he knew she loved so much.
The gold was warm to the touch as his fingers grazed the delicate curve. “I—”
“No, please, I can’t wait another second.” She bit her lip, looking as though she would burst if she didn’t say whatever was within her. “Gavin, I’m in love!”
His ears roared with the surge of exhilaration that washed through him. They were the sweetest words he had ever heard. “Me too,” he rushed to say, relief and elation assailing him in equal parts. All this time, he had been so afraid she wouldn’t return his regard, and here they were, declaring their love for one another. It was like a dream, even better than he had imagined in his very best scenarios.
Her eyes went huge, rounding to the size of twin guineas even as she laughed with delight. “You are? With whom?”
Dering froze like a rabbit in a snare. With whom? The words reverberated through his brain like a ricocheting bullet. If she didn’t think it was her, then that could only mean . . .
She was in love with someone else.
His fingertips went numb as he stared back at her, thunderstruck. “You first,” he said, only barely able to push the words past his lips.
She sighed gustily, her eyes briefly fluttering closed. “Oh Gavin, he’s wonderful. He’s kind and handsome and smart and I haven’t told a soul yet, but we’re getting married!”
The room dimmed from Dering’s vision, fading to gray as he focused on her beautiful, beloved lips and the unbelievable words they had just delivered. “Married?” he whispered.
She nodded, her light brown eyes glittering in the room’s dim candlelight. “He spoke to my father last night, and the announcement is to be made just as soon as the contracts are signed. I’m so happy, Gavin, I could burst.”
As she wrapped her arms around him in an impromptu hug, her scent enveloped him, that soft hint of gardenia that had taunted his dreams for years, and he breathed it in even as the shock numbed his thoughts.
She was getting married. She’d soon belong to another man, and there wasn’t a damn thing he could do about it. If she was being forced, that would be one thing, but she had uttered the one phrase that could keep him from declaring himself, consequences be damned.
She was in love. Felicity was in love, and it wasn’t with him.
He had missed his chance after all.
AUTHOR BIO: 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. An award winning and USA Today Bestselling author, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts.
Erin’s Favorite Things:
Baking—and eating the fruits of her labors (if only they were fruits!)
Water Sports of any kind, but wakesurfing in particular
Renovating, remodeling, and redecorating
Travel – and let’s not forget the joys of perfect packing!
Have you read all of the Outlander books/companion books? Has
@Writer_DG shared unpublished writings with you?
Yes and Yes.
Will you get a break before filming of season two starts or just go straight into it?
We will get a mini-break before we dive into Season two.
13 ep season 2? Thinking of splitting the book into 2 seasons?
No, Dragonfly will be one season, just like the first book.
Will you be returning to Doune for the next season?
Probably not, since we don’t go back to Castle Leoch in
Who among cast is most like the character they play?
@caitrionambalfe Stong, intelligent lady with a great sense of humor!
Even b4 being renewed were you planning on how to bring DIA to screen? Biggest challenges to this?
We definitely talked about it. Impossible not to talk about future books while breaking 1st season
Are the actors as excited for Season 2 as we are? Perhaps they’re a wee bit knackered right at this moment.
We’re all tired, but also INCREDIBLY excited about Season Two!
@TheMattBRoberts also do scouting for locations? Do you go location hunting? They have been spectacular!
Yes he does and I do too. All the writers/producers scout locations for their blockdo the fans help keep you guys going? we know we’re a handful!
Yes, they do. The support is amazing and keeps us going on tough days.
My man is watching
#Outlander w/me. Did cast and crew significant others know the series before filming?
I would say most of the cast and crew had never heard of the books before they started working on the show
Can you tell us if Sir Marcus MacRannoch was part of
@Outlander_Starz adaptation of book?
YES!We cast Frazer Hines in the role the man responsible for
@Writer_DG setting books in Scotland
how mini is a mini break?
Will you be joining Ron in a podcast during the season? love the podcasts.
I don’t know. He hasn’t asked! ;)
Are there different producers for each block? Though it was only the writers and directors.
All of our writers are also Producers. so, a different writer/producer covers each block
How do you decide on directors?
We look at their past work and also interview them and get references
Sam isn’t a heroic romantic?
But, of course! However, Sam can blink…. :)
Is anyone keeping costumes? They’re sooo good!
No, probably not. However Terry told me I could have Claire’s coat with the fur trim…..;)
Did T Menzies read bits of both Frank & Jack in casting or did you cast on basis of his general brilliance? :)
The amazingly talented
@TobiasMenzies read both a Frank scene and a Jack scene for his audition
What character do you look forward to the most to cast from Dragonfly in Amber?
Probably Lord John and FERGUS!!!
What character do you think will be the hardest to cast in Season 2?
Brianna and Roger
Since you’re already got a huge studio in Scotland, will you be filming DIA there?
Yes, we will continue to use our studio as our home base
No clue and it’s very sad. We feel HORRIBLE about it!
Have you given some thought into writing an ep?
Who makes you laugh the most?
Besides the coincidence of hair style, do you have other things in common with Claire?
LOL – Well some would accuse me of being ballsy and outspoken, so I guess there’s THAT coincidence as well! ;)
Were you a fan of the books before working on Outlander?
Um, YES! This was my passion project
@TheMattBRoberts gave me books years ago. Loved them. Pitched them to Ron
Thanks for all the questions! Sorry I couldn’t answer them all.Will try go back to answer ones I missed! Until next time!
@grahammctavish had a treat for his Hobbit and Outlander fans today as he put his fingers to the test and answered as many questions as he could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy this extremely talented man!
Get those ?’s ready
#AskOutlanderGraham ….Rhenish at the ready….
Absolutely and proud of it!
Do you have a family or clan tartan?
Yes, McTavish and my Grandmother was a Graham.
What is your clan motto?
Best thing about being Dougal?
Being entrusted with bringing him to life
Do you have fun playing a dwarf?
Yes, a lot of fun, with some great people.
Do you like playing bad guys or good guys better?
All bad guys should have some good
What is the most demanding part of filming Outlander?
Getting a Latte up a mountain…
Best part about dwalin’s costume/make up?
What have you enjoyed the most at Outlander-Set?
Is that actual wine or is the Rhenish on set just pink fizzy juice?
Gary insists it’s real
Describe Peter Jackson in one word
Has whiskey ever gotten you into trouble?
Is there a place you’ve never been but that you really want to visit?
Would you let Fili & Kili ‘babysit’ your daughter?
Same here for me and DH. Besides whisky, what’s a drink you favor?
Gin, tequila, rum, IPA, Wine etc
Who has the most retakes/bloopers?
We’ve all had our fair share!
#scotchtalk Will there be more of these adventures?
Watch this space
How long is a day of filming?
It varies. Longest was 17hours on the Hobbit one day…
Which is scarier to run from? Smaug or Mark Hadlow?
Mark is a VERY fast runner,….
Any acting plans after filming this season of Outlander? Or just R&R?
What’s your favorite part of the day?
The sound of a cork popping…
I always forgot to ask you WHAT you like to draw??
How much, if any, Gaelic did you know before Outlander?
I owe it all 2
have u ever been injured on set?
A few stitches here and there but nothing too bad, touch wood.
Hi. what is the strangest thing a role required u to do?
If I told you you wouldn’t believe me!
Can I call you Scottish Santa?
Depends if you’ve been naughty or nice….
@lotteverbeek1 had a treat for her fans today as she tried to answer as many questions as she could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy getting to know the actress and the character!
Hi everyone! lets
What inspires you about Gellis?
Great question! she is just always full of surprises, even for me :-)
How many languages do you speak?
5 Dutch, English, French, Italian, German. Oh and outlandish makes it 6 :-)
What is your favorite characteristic of Geillis?
Can i pick 2? Playfulness and Passion
Which episode are you currently filming?
I am wrapped! but they just started the last block (= 2 eps)
Do you relate to your chr in anyway?
Relate to geillis in a lot of ways. though she prolly goes a bit further and crosses more lines than i do!
Is it hard to think “Dutch” at times? You must mainly be speaking/thinking in English…
I am rarely aware of switching languages, have been doing foreign films since i graduated, 6 years ago!
What’s next for you until Outlander season 2 begins production? Theater, movie, vacation?
Am so lucky!! already shot another film and two more to come. jay!
What was your favorite costume to wear?
Let’s see. there was ‘the monkey jacket’ ‘the moth’, ‘the raven’… cant choose!!
Did you get to collaborate with Terry for your costumes?
Absolutely! she is amazing caus i am just as stubborn as
#GD like to wear things my own way :-O)
What historical person would you like to have a drink with?
If you were a real witch, what would you use your power for?
I would fly. potentially on a broom.
Does it take a long time to put on your Geilis costumes? Are they very heavy? They look like they are…
There is a team to help us get dressed
#luckyus but the wearing we have to do ourselves. jeans are more comfy..
What characteristics do you share/differ with Dougal and Geillis?
Passion, drive, belief for sure. am personally less lethal though :-)
… A Daring Hearts Series!
BOOK BLURB: A Heart Divided
Blessed with an uncanny gift for mathematics, the lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one thing she can’t figure out? How to manage the most infuriating man she’s ever encountered.
A Passion Multiplied
Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds for Lydia. The gentlemanly thing to do would be to simply return it. But Lydia sparks a desire that has Alexander curious to see just how bold this brilliant beauty will be…
A Love Unequaled
What begins as a playful wager quickly escalates into a contest of the minds, a clash of the wills—and a battle of the sexes—as their fiery attraction grows. Even a genius like Lydia can’t account for the feelings Alexander arouses with his smile, or the fire he ignites with his touch. But when a dark family secret is suddenly thrown into the equation, it just might divide them forever.
REVIEW: What a wonderful début novel this is!
Nina Rowan must have had a blast writing this one. I certainly did reading it. Only a handful of authors out there are willing to gift their readers with strong, smart, complex and intellectual heroines such as Lydia. This woman with her brilliant mind adds a very unusual ‘equation’ to this well told story and I reveled in her wit and charm from page one.
As for Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, I honestly couldn’t have found anyone better suited to her even if I wrote the story myself [said she wistfully!].
Ms. Rowan paced the story perfectly so we would enjoy the relationship she built between Lydia and Alexander, and watching them get closer to each other was a lot fun.
I truly enjoyed everything in this story, from prose to plot; characters and historical aspect of the story; all of it was well researched and thought out. Whole heartedly recommend it!
BOOK BLURB: Prelude to a Kiss
A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.
Music to Her Ears
As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly meets Sebastian again. Perhaps the man who once dominated her dreams could be the husband she has hoped for—and save her from the fate she most fears.
Love Strikes a Chord
Risking scandal, ruin, and their own reputations, Sebastian and Clara enter into a marriage of convenience. But the pair soon discovers that their undeniable attraction is anything but convenient. Swept up in a crescendo of desire, Sebastian and Clara take each other to new heights of ecstasy—until secrets from the past threaten to doom the duet forever. Now Sebastian will have to change his tune—and prove his love is true.
REVIEW: This second book in Nina Rowan’s Daring Hearts series, we are treated to Alexander’s brother Sebastian’s happily ever after and once more Ms. Rowan gifts us with a very ‘lyrical’ character such as Sebastian.
Sebastian Hall was a gifted pianist as well as well known womanizer, once upon a time, but those days are now gone and he must figure out how to appease his father and find himself a bride and at the same time help Alexander locate the plans for a machine that he’d like to build. Enter Clara Whitmore, a widow with a possible plan that just might solve both their dilemmas.
She is a mother that is willing to sacrifice everything for getting her son back from her own father who took the position of her son, thinking her unfit to raise him. She misses him dreadfully and needs a plan to get him back. Enter Sebastian, her former piano teacher who she had a crush on since she was sixteen.
Together, these two will forge a bond in matrimony, friendship and passion in order to face their past and create a future together.
This story has it all, from intrigue, romance, mystery and characters as real as you and I. I’m beginning to like this authors way of telling interesting and complex stories very, very much.
BOOK BLURB: When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast.
Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope, he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.
Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days—and nights—in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide…
REVIEW: This was my first time reading and reviewing this author and I read this little novella over the holidays, but I’m sharing it here again with those of you that missed it last December.
At a first glance, this might sound like a predictable story, but the further you go into it, the more you realize that not to be the case. It is one of those love stories that involves two people who have a total misconception of one another, yet both are attracted to the other.
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey they took to finally come together. I can’t recommend this one enough for the simple reason that this hero may as well have been my husband. It made me chuckle all the way through. It really is true that opposites attract, and I can vouch for that!
BOOK BLURB: No Distance Can Keep Them Apart.
For most her life, Lady Talia Hall has been dreaming of the day James Forester will take her in his arms and kiss her with unrestrained passion. Tired of waiting, Talia decides to take drastic measures to make James see her as more than his best friend’s little sister. But her bold plan goes awry when the scoundrel informs her that he is leaving London—and her—for a life of adventure traveling the world. Crushed, Talia throws herself into her reform work and vows never again to let her foolish heart get the better of her.
But even halfway across the world, James can’t stop thinking of the beautiful Talia, her bold declaration . . . or her brazen kiss. And when James learns that Talia’s reform work has thrown her into the path of danger and scandal, nothing can keep him from returning to London. But a broken heart is not easily put back together, and old habits die hard. Talia and James must learn that trusting in true love is the greatest adventure of all…
REVIEW: In the third book of this series we watch Talia, Alexander’s sister, get her heart broken by the only man she ever loved, James Forester, Baron Castleford, and put back together by the same man, many years later.
Damn but there’s so much I liked in this book, I’m not sure where to start! In spite of this being a romance novel, this little gem of a story encompasses a lot of historical detail about reformation of a juvenile prison system in England, to which our heroine dedicates her time and resources as well as her love for those less fortunate.
I also loved the characterization of the hero. He was a typical Beta hero that by the end of the book was all Alpha and I loved his whole nature, his explorer side as well as his outlook on the society in general.
Talia was another strong and capable heroine that I’m used to by now from Ms. Rowan. Her heroines are not just beautiful but smart, tenacious and very witty.
The romance was slow, sweet and subtle; characters were rich in-depth and the plot fast paced and engaging. This whole series was a pleasant surprise from the first book to the last. I highly recommend you read it.
As someone who cherishes her time, I’ve become a bit of a cynic when it comes to ‘new to me authors’ [especially début authors], and that’s why I try to buy books that are novellas. I started this series with ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief, a #2.5 in the series, and just knew I’d like all the others that were coming up. You can do the same. It’s still only $1.99 so go forth and check it out!
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copies provided by the publisher
Here we are. The end of 2013 is nipping at our heels and I’m astounded that it went by so quickly.
I have to acknowledge my two cohorts that joined me this year, Connie & Leah, without whose help and support this blog would have been lost to me. I truly hope they stick around with me for a long time to come.
I also would like to acknowledge Evelyn Archer and Kristal Faith who were tremendous help to me in shaping the blog into what it is today. I miss them both very much along with their creative input, but life took us into different direction and I wish them much success in whatever endeavor they undertake.
This year I felt many times like that ‘engine that could’ and at the end of the year, it looks like it not just could, but it did.
There are many components that go into a blog, and one of them are many authors that despite their busy schedule, family problems and business issues, they stopped by to share with me and you, their life and work. I can only say that I’m humbled with every single author that graced us this year with their visit. Love you all…
And now I come to you, my subscribers and followers.
I could blog, post and have a million authors stop by, but without YOU coming over and joining in the conversation, there would be no b2b, and that is humbling and amazing. Makes my heart sing. Thank you.
Connie, Leah & I wish to lift a glass in your honor and wish you the best a year that is knocking at the door, can bring.
May it be healthy, prosperous and filled with love and joy…and many, many books? After all, what is a bookworm without a book to warm its heart?!