Happy (nearly) New Year, A New Novella, and a Bit about Boxing During the Regency! (Giveaway)

Happy (nearly) New Year Ladies and Gentlemen! May 2013 find you and your families in good health and good sprits. I, myself, have spent the last week a bit under the weather but realized about halfway through my bout of illness that sleeping, reading, and eating was actually a fantastic vacation after all. I quickly got over my melancholia at being bedridden.

SecretProposalTomorrow is a big day for me! My first ever novella, A SECRET PROPOSAL, will be released on 1/1/13 by St. Martin’s Press and I’m so excited to share this story with everyone. It’s the tale of Amelia Templeton. Amelia was introduced as a minor character in my debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, and in the novella, you finally get to find out what happened to her.

Amelia’s story is set against the backdrop of a Regency-era boxing saloon. I did a bit of research on the sport  to ensure that my premise was sound. The Regency did, in fact, have a great love of pugilism and pugilists, the most famous of the lot being John Jackson or “Gentleman Jack.” He owned and operated a boxing school of sorts from rented rooms on Bond Street and this is the inspiration for the boxing saloon operated by the hero of A SECRET PROPOSAL, Thaddeus Hammond.

Thad, like all good heroes (sigh) is tortured by his past, a past in which he was unable to physically best a man who killed his closest friend. Thad has spent the past three years becoming the best boxer in London, opening a saloon, and teaching the sport to others.

But his day of reckoning is coming when his best friend’s sister, Miss Amelia Templeton, comes looking for him to make a secret proposal. The night her brother died, Thad promised her that he would do ANYTHING for her. So, imagine his surprise when Amelia asks him to spend the night with her to help her get over her fear of a wedding night brought on by her having read Lily Morgan’s scandalous pamphlet, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT.

This was such a fun story to write as I not only got to delve into the world of Regency boxing, but I also got to bring a pair of former friends boxingtogether to become lovers. Reunion stories are my favorites!

There are a few appearances by some of the main characters from my Secret Brides series including Annie, Jordan, Lily, and Devon and hijinx ensue when Lily ends up helping her former rival, Miss Templeton, finally get her man!

I hope you enjoy this reading story as much as I enjoyed writing it!


After reading a scandalous pamphlet entitled SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, Miss Amelia Templeton cried off from her engagement. But her mother is set on seeing her daughter land a peer before the end of the Season. Amelia will do her duty. This time she has a list of the oldest, and most titled men in the ton who are looking for a wife. She’ll marry one of them. But first she needs to get over her fear of a wedding night.She enlists the help of Mr. Thaddeus Hammond, a mere mister who is riddled with scandal, but worse, he’s her dead brother’s closest friend. Thad has never told the story of what happened the night Amelia’s brother died, but he did make her a promise. She issues him a scandalous proposal: spend the night with her to show her the real secrets of a wedding night.


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So, tell me, dear reader, what is your favorite historical romance novel with a boxer in it? One lucky commenter will win a copy of A SECRET PROPOSAL (e-novella). Void where prohibited.


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Valerie Bowman writes Racy Regency Romps with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging storylines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands! Publishers Weekly calls Secrets of a Wedding Night, an “enchanting, engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments” and Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” Booklist gave it a starred review! You can find Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com and on Facebook and Twitter.


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Secrets of a Wedding Night was nominated by RT Book Reviews as the Best Debut Historical Romance Novel of 2012!


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30 Comments on “Happy (nearly) New Year, A New Novella, and a Bit about Boxing During the Regency! (Giveaway)
  1. Well our weather right now is frightful, but A Secret Proposal sounds absolutely delightful, so since I’ve no where to go (thank goodness!), let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! I’ll be curled up by the fire with Thad and Amelia. What a perfect way to ring in the New Year! :)

  2. Congratulations, Valerie! You sold me, just on the cover. Isn’t that lovely? Then the description sounds delicious and I can hardly wait to find out what happens to Amelia.

    Happy New Year – what a way to start it out!

    • I received some good advice before writing this, your grace. Someone told me when writing a novella, it’s best if the hero and heroine have already known each other. Which is perfect for me because I j’adore a reunion story. They are my very favorite!

  3. Hi, Valerie! I am so looking forward to reading “A Secret Proposal” and would love to be your winner. You pose a difficult question here. I remember reading a regency romance novel in the last year or so that featured a boxer and for the life of me, I cannot remember the title! SCREAM! Sigh…sorry…

    Wishing you a Happy New Year and continued success! Congratulations on the release of your novella!

    Connie Fischer

  4. My fav book that has a boxer in it is “Forever a Lord” starring Lord Nathaniel James Atwood by author Delilah Marvelle. Excellent story which everyone would want to read.

  5. Congrats~! Looking forward to this book for the start of a great new year. There are so many good books coming out this year and thank goodness the world did not end.

  6. Oh I definitely can’t wait to read this one! I loved your debut and I can’t wait to get my hands on more from you.

    My favorite book with a boxer hero is Her Notorious Viscount by Jenna Petersen.

  7. I haven’t read a whole lot of stories with boxers in them, but I liked Jill Barnett’s Boxing Day from the Christmas anthology A Stockingful of Joy.

  8. How exciting for you. Your cover is gorgeous! My favorite boxer just happens to be the gentleman in my first book being published in mid-January – Lady Belling’s Secret. Though, I dare say your hero would probably pummel my poor Thomas soundly. My guy spends the better part of the book nursing a black eye. Best of luck to you.

  9. Happy New Year & congrats on the release of your new book. I so agree with everyone that the cover is quite gorgeous! I’ve come across mention of “Gentleman Jack” or “Gentleman Jackson” in several books but the hero is not a boxer but boxes for sport.

  10. Thanks for the fun post and Happy New Year every one! Here’s to a new year and sooo many new books! Congrats, Valerie, on the newest release! I really enjoyed Secrets of a Wedding Night and can’t wait to get my hands on this newest! Haven’t really read any HR centered around boxing… hoping this novella changes that 😉

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  11. The set up for this novella sounds absolutely delicious! I love a reunion story. Especially one with such a hot premise.

    To pick a favorite pugilist hero, I’d have to pick between Darcy Burke’s Jasper from His Wicked Heart and Severin from To Seduce a Scoundrel. Since that will never happen, I’ll call it a draw.

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