Greetings, Duchesses and friends! I’m so glad you’re here. To celebrate the release of my debut novel, WHEN SHE WAS WICKED, I have a few treats in store for you: virtual ball gowns and prizes!
First, the ball gowns. My heroine, Miss Anabelle Honeycote, is a talented seamstress, renowned for her ability to design the perfect gowns for her clients. Anabelle’s creations capture each woman’s personality and bring out her inner beauty.
Here’s a little glimpse of Anabelle in action, talking with her new friends, Olivia and Rose:
Anabelle frowned at Olivia’s comment. “You’re every bit as beautiful as Miss Starling. More so, if you ask me.”
Olivia erupted into peals of laughter.
“You don’t believe me?”
“Miss Starling is a diamond of the first water,” Olivia said. “I’m paste jewelry.”
Her lips loosened by the wine, Anabelle said, “Miss Starling is the cumbersome train and feathers one must wear before the Queen at Court. You are the stunning silk gown made for whirling around the dance floor in a candlelit ballroom.”
Olivia blushed. “I liked the whirling part. I shall try to remember your kind description the next time I’m tripping over my own feet. Now, what kind of dress is Rose?”
Anabelle thought for a moment. “Rose is the light, shimmery, summer frock made for chasing butterflies in the meadow.”
Alas, most of us aren’t lucky enough to have dressmakers like Anabelle, but we do have this…Anabelle’s ball gown generator. If, like me, you’ve been living in jeans and Uggs for a couple months, you might want to trade them in for a virtual gown. It’s easy! Just select a response for each question below to find out what Anabelle will make for you!
I hope you love your ball gown. (Hint, if you don’t, just change your answers till you get the gown of your dreams!)
Now, for the prizes. TWO random commenters will win a copy of WHEN SHE WAS WICKED. Just tell us about your virtual gown, another special dress in your closet, or a favorite dress from your past (prom, wedding, 6th birthday, etc.).
Thanks for being here. You all look positively dashing in your new gowns!
Update 2/10/13: The giveaway winners are Erin F. and Amanda B.! Ladies, please look for an email from me! Thank you to everyone who stopped by!
Publishers’ Weekly gave WHEN SHE WAS WICKED a *starred* review, saying, “Sensual and solid, this debut is a story demanding to be read. The characters are believable and relatable, and Barton smartly blends issues of morality and Regency era social class with passion and excitement.”
SOME RULES SIMPLY BEG TO BE BROKEN
A dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets—and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:
- Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
- Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
- Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.
Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest—until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford. Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen, Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined. . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?
Anne lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses are reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.