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Duo Duchess Release! “Engaging the Earl” & “The Seduction of Sarah Marks”

Congratulations to Duchesses Kathleen Bittner Roth and Diana Quincy on today’s release of The Seduction of Sarah Marks and Engaging the Earl! And take note dear readers: To celebrate, both books are on sale for just $.99 the first week of their release. Their Graces are here to tell us a little something about their wonderful stories.

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Duchess Kathleen: Thanks for inviting us into your drawing room, Duchess Ashlyn, I can’t wait to chat.

Duchess Diana: Thanks for hosting us today, Duchess Ashlyn.

 

What is the era and setting of each of your stories, and can you tell us a bit about them?

Duchess Diana: Engaging the Earl is set in Regency England. The hero returns from fighting Napoleon on the day the woman he left behind becomes engaged to another man. Here’s a little teaser:

Vivacious Lady Katherine Granville is the toast of the ton, but society’s most eligible miss secretly yearns for her childhood love, an untitled loner who vanished long ago after her father forbade their marriage.

After years abroad, the dark and brooding Edward Stanhope returns to England a changed man. No longer a second son with no prospects, his battlefield strategies have won him an earldom. His return should be a victorious one, but the new Earl of Randolph is battling secret demons that no one can discover. Least of all, Kat.

When the man she can’t forget reappears at her betrothal ball, Kat’s perfectly arranged future is thrown into tumult. Edward remains cold and distant, hoping she’ll marry a man worthy of her. But nothing is settled when Kat sets out to win back her first love. Can the new Earl of Randolph resist the woman he’s loved for so many years?

 

Duchess Kathleen: The Seduction of Sarah Marks is set largely in the Kent District of England in 1857. The story involves a prim and proper country miss who finds herself stranded in a strange inn with no memory other than her name. Viscount Eastleigh’s well-laid plans to find a proper wife—far removed from his eccentric, meddling family—run afoul when an accident forces him to return home with this straitlaced miss in desperate need of shelter. Here’s a little teaser:

After a blow to her head, Sarah Marks awakens in a strange bed with a strange man and no memory of how she got there. Her handsome bedmate, Lord Eastleigh, tells her she’s suffering from amnesia and the best course of action is to travel home with him until she recovers her memory.
Lord Eastleigh has his own reasons for helping Sarah and keeping her close. Reasons he cannot tell Sarah. As they struggle to restore her memory, their undeniable, inadvisable attraction grows—until Sarah finally remembers the one thing that could keep them apart forever.

 

 

Are each of your stories of a serious nature or can we look forward to a bit of humor as well?

 

Duchess Kathleen: Although the themes of amnesia and war wounds are very serious ones, I can’t seem to write any story without including a few laughs.

 

Lord Eastleigh hails from a large and unconventional family. Even though they are close-knit, he refers to them as a swarm of locusts. There’s a sexy-as-sin reclusive cousin with a mysterious past who is hell-bent on irritating everyone but Sarah; a sister named Will who prefers wearing men’s clothing, and three younger sisters who think nothing of riding their horses straight through the main corridor of the house. I mustn’t forget Eastleigh’s three roguish brothers who encouraged the girls to run rampant with their steeds.

 

Eastleigh’s eccentric grandmother lives with him (think Betty White the actress). She “tipples” all the gin, ciders and cordials she concocts, steals apples and cherries on the sly from the cook to concoct her illicit brews, and pretty much does as she darn well pleases. She is called Mum because she thinks she’s the Queen Mother and Eastleigh’s mother the Queen. Or is it all an act?

 

 

Duchess Diana: Edward, my hero suffers from nostalgia, which we know today as Post Traumatic Stress, so he can be somewhat dark. (By the way, the US military has dropped the term “Disorder” when referring to PTS, hoping to reduce the stigma associated with it). However, at times his humor shines through, as does that of the heroine, as we see in this scene when he finds her dog running loose in the park.

 

“This messy-looking creature can’t possibly belong to you. I’d expect an incomparable such as Lady Kat to own the best-groomed canine in town.” He smiled down at the dog. “Not a hopelessly mangy whelp like this fellow.”

“Now you’ve gone and insulted a lady.”

He looked up quickly. “I meant no insult to you.”

Not me,” she said, amusement in her voice. “That messy fellow is called Vera and is female.”

He grinned at her and light came into his eyes. For a moment they fell back six years—to when they had talked easily and enjoyed each other’s humor. “Ah, then I must offer my apologies.” He favored Vera with a doubtful look. “Although, while she may be female, she does not appear to be a lady. What breed is she?”

“No one really knows. We’re not certain how my father’s Pomeranian came to be enceinte at the country estate.” Her face warmed to be discussing breeding with him.

Turning his attention back to Vera, he didn’t appear to notice her discomfort. “She has the look of a pointer to her. Perhaps her mother had a clandestine meeting with a neighbor’s hunting dog.”

“A female of easy virtue.” She arched a brow after the canine, who wandered away, distracted by a fluttering butterfly. “Thereby proving your point that Vera is no lady.”

 

 

Duchess Kathleen, can you give us a hint of the more passionate side of your main characters?

 

Duchess Kathleen: Seduction can take many forms when a certain chemistry exists between two people, even if it’s not done with purpose. Here’s a scene where Eastleigh rescues Sarah from a downpour:

 

The horse took a step forward. Sarah gripped the saddle and let out a pitiful squeak. No, she definitely did not ride by habit.

“I’ve got hold of you,” Eastleigh said from behind her. “Grab a handful of the horse’s mane to maintain your balance.”

His words of encouragement were warm and husky in her ear, his hand splayed across her stomach comforting, yet sending shockwaves of…of sinful pleasure through her. A squeeze of his legs against the horse, and the beast eased into a walk, then a trot. Sarah bumped about in the saddle.

“Let your hips relax, and you won’t bounce so.” Eastleigh gripped the side of her waist, and with strong fingers, urged her hips into a back and forth motion that matched the horse’s movements—along with Eastleigh’s. Not only was the difference in the ride immediate, but oh, dear, the cadence of the horse set her and Eastleigh’s hips moving together in a manner that was wickedly provocative.

Could he be aware of what she was thinking? Or feeling? Or was this rhythmic movement so common while astride a horse that she would be considered a prig to make note of it?

 

Duchess Diana, dog lovers might especially enjoy your story. Vera, the heroine’s pet, plays a key role in the book.

 

Duchess Diana: I really enjoyed writing Vera. I decided to bring a dog into the story after being moved by an article about an Iraq war veteran whose trained service dog helped him manage his PTS. These service dogs assist their owners through panic attacks and nightmares as Vera does for Edward. They are trained to stand in front of their masters to maintain a safe distance from anyone who might approach. They also learn to sit behind their owners to provide enough space when they wait in line. I made some of these behaviors instinctive in Vera, since no one was training service dogs back in the early 1800s.

 

Your books are on sale at $.99 during the first week of the release, which is practically a giveaway, but do you have anything else you are offering to celebrate?

 

Duchess Kathleen: Yes, of course. Anyone leaving a comment will be automatically included in a drawing for a free digital copy of The Seduction of Sarah Marks and a $10 gift certificate from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Starbucks.

 

Duchess Diana: Since no duchess likes to be outdone, I’ll match Duchess Kathleen’s giveaway. A second commenter on the blog will receive a digital copy of Engaging the Earl and a $10 gift certificate from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 

To celebrate the release of their books, Duchesses Kathleen and Diana are having a Facebook party, tonight at 7p.m. (EST). Numerous guest authors (including yours truly) are stopping by and giving away great prizes. Click here now to join the fun later!

 

42 Responses to “Duo Duchess Release! “Engaging the Earl” & “The Seduction of Sarah Marks””

  • Patty McKenna Van Hulle:

    I loved both of this book! I truly believe they both had Fairy Godmother in them. One furry, Vera, and the Grand Mum! This is the first time I have read either authors and I must say (insert pompoms here), I AM THEIR NEWEST FAN!

    • Thanks, Patty! I really enjoyed writing this story. Well, it sort of wrote itself! I actually dreamed the entire novel one night. I woke up with my head spinning and full of these wonderful character. I read once that Danielle Steele dreams a lot of her stories, so I don’t know that it’s so unusual. Thanks for stopping by

    • I’m glad you enjoyed reading the books Patty! Thanks for taking the time and for stopping by to say hello today :)

  • ki pha:

    Congrats on the releases Duchesses!! Looking forward to reading them. And you ladies are spoiling us with your giveaways! And see you at the party~

    • Thanks for stopping by. We love giveaways. And the Facebook Party is going to be a blast! Lots of authors and lots of prizes.

    • Ki Pha, it’s great to see you here! And Duchess Kathleen is right: tonight is going to be lots of fun. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

  • Alexandra:

    These romances sound delicious! I love a passionate pursuit after a brooding man as much as a sizzling rescue. Can’t wait!

    • I hope you enjoy reading The Seduction of Sarah Marks as much as I enjoyed writing it! I finished reading Duchess Diana’s Engaging the Earl last week and you’re in for a very enjoyable read! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Thanks Alexandra. I read Duchess Kathleen’s book as well (we swapped!) and you are in for an entertaining story with a great twist. Sadly, none of the plots for my books have come to me in a dream yet, but I’m waiting!

  • These both sound positively delightful, your graces! I am scurrying out of the drawing room right now to purchase them both! Happy Release Day!

    • Thank you Duchess Valerie! The people who attend tonight’s Facebook party are in for an additional treat since you are giving away your latest book.

    • Do have your fan at the ready, Duchess Valerie. It can get rather heated in the room every now and then (if you know what I mean). But then, your books make me fan my face from time to time! I’m thrilled you’ll be at the Facebook Party. How gracious of you to give away one of your books!

  • Janie McGaugh:

    I enjoyed the interveiw and excerpts. Eastleigh’s family sounds like a lot of fun; hopefully, you’ll write stories for some of them, as well.

    • Thanks for stopping by Janie. Eastleigh’s family is very entertaining. I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy.

    • Janie, I giggled out loud several times when writing the story. As did I when reading Engaging the Earl. Vera tugged at my heartstrings though (Vera’s a canine). Thanks for stopping by.

  • Linda:

    Congrats on the release of your books. I’ve read the 1st 3 books in Diana’s series & really enjoyed them. Eagerly looking forward to reading #4. Kathleen is a new author to me & my interest is definitely piqued.

    • Thank you, Linda! I hope the story lives up to your level of interest! Diana does write beautiful stories, doesn’t she?

    • Thank you, Linda. I hope the story lives up to your level of interest! Diana does write lovely stories, doesn’t she? Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Linda – And thank you for taking the time to read my books! I love to hear that people enjoyed them. I hope you like ENGAGING THE EARL as well. You should give Kathleen’s book a try. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Congrats on your releases! Duchess Kathleen, Eastleigh’s family sounds like a riot! And I love the idea of Vera being a service dog–or at least, an instinctive one!

    • Hi Duchess Alyssa – Eastleigh’s family is a hoot, for sure! And I did enjoy the role Vera plays in Engaging the Earl.

    • Thanks, Alyssa, I had so much fun with the family, especially his grandmother. My editor wants a proposal on her life as a young woman running around wild! I think Diana did a really good thing working Vera into the story. The kind of war injury that Rand sustained has been around probably forever. It was called one thing then. In WWII, it was referred to as “Shell Shocked,” as my uncle who was a paratrooper during D-Day was diagnosed and now today, PTS.

  • Wow! Two Duchess releases at the same time, and they both sound FABULOUS! I am packing right now to move *sobs*, but these give me something to look forward to when I’m finally done!!!

    I foresee some poolside reading in my future…

    Congratulations!

    • Her Grace Diana Quincy:

      Good luck with the move Heather! That’s never any fun :( Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

    • Heather, I hope you enjoy them. You’ll need some poolside reading after a big move. I’ve read Duchess Diana’s Engaging the Earl and that is definitely a book to relax and take in while lazing around! Thanks for stopping by. Best of wishes for a good move.

  • Leigh LaValle:

    Congrats Diana and Kathleen! I love the premise of both books. THe hero-returns-to-heartbreak and the lost-my-memory-with-a-hottie ;-) Both your covers a eye-catching representations of the stories- Entangled did a great job!

    Good luck, ladies!

    • Her Grace Diana Quincy:

      Hi Leigh – I agree that Entangled did an excellent job with the covers. I used to hate naked man chest covers, clearly I was a fool!

    • Hi Leigh, I agree, Entangled did a great job designing both covers. Sarah looked just like that when I “saw” her while I was writing the story. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

  • denise:

    these both sound wonderful

  • Jennifer McQuiston:

    Congrats on the dueling releases Diana and Kathleen!! I LOVE your covers. Love, love, love. Can’t wait to read them, and have fun at the Facebook party tonight!

    • Her Grace Diana Quincy:

      Thanks Duchess Jennifer! I think the covers are pretty awesome too.

    • Thanks, Duchess Jennifer. With the time difference here in Budapest, I didn’t get to bed until 5 a.m. after the Facebook party. It was wild! So much fun. I woke up this morning to find The Seduction of Sarah Marks sitting at #8 in the Amazon rankings for Victorian romance. I was really surprised and pleased.

  • Glenda M:

    Totally awesome covers!! The books sound wonderful! Congratulations Your Graces!

  • Karen H:

    I’m a huge fan of historical romances set anytime during the 19th century…of course, that’s no secret! Both ladies are new-to-me authors and I enjoyed reading about them and their books. So, I’m off to see the wizard….er….no…make that the bookstore to buy what I can buy!

    • Hi Karen! I love historical romances set in the 19th century as well. I think part of it is that during the Victorian era there was so much social changed taking place and it was a very difficult era for women. I like to write about strong women who have to overcome hardship to become self-empowered, so the time period fits right in. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Congratulations, ladies! I know I’m late to the party but best of luck with these releases. I love both covers!!

  • Thanks Duchess Joanna!

  • Her Grace Diana Quincy:

    Congratulations to Patty who wins a $10 gift card and a digital copy of Engaging the Earl. Thanks to everyone for stopping by to chat!

  • Her Grace Diana Quincy:

    Congratulations to Alexandra who wins a $10 gift card and a digital copy of The Seduction of Sarah Marks. Thanks everyone!

  • Duchess Kate Parker:

    They both sound wonderful. Congrats Diana and Kathleen on two winners.