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Posts Tagged ‘Valerie Bowman’

Dashing Duchesses Winner of It Happened Under the Mistletoe Giveaway!

Thank you for all the comments on my It Happened Under the Mistletoe post this week!

Congratulations to the winner of a copy of the e-novella: Sue Poshusta!

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Be sure to visit us Monday when Duchess Anna Randol talks about her latest release, Sins of a Wicked Princess!

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Dashing Duchess Book Release: It Happened Under the Mistletoe (Giveaway!)

Greetings Duchesses and Friends,

Today I’m here to celebrate the release of my first holiday story! It’s an e-novella and it’s book #3.5 in my Secret Brides series called It Happened Under the Mistletoe and it comes out on Tuesday 10/29!

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It’s the story of Oliver Townsende and Cerian Blake who meet at a holiday house party where hijinks quickly ensue. There’s a sassy Christmas cat, a few fun and saucy holiday parlor games, and some mistletoe-related kissing that will scorch your jingle-bell toe balls right off!

Here’s a bit more about it!

When Oliver Townsende escapes to his friend’s house for a Christmas party, he intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses who have been dogging his steps in London ever since he inherited a dukedom. He soon learns a bit of Yuletide peace and quiet is too much to ask for. When he encounters Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when a bough of mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?

Available for pre-order now only $1.99!

 

So, tell me, have you ever been caught under the mistletoe? Do give us all the juicy details. One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of It Happened Under the Mistletoe!

 

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels (aka Racy Regency Romps) with a focus on sharp

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dialogue, engaging story lines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands!

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got.

Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. Valerie loves to hear from readers. Find her on the web at Facebook, Twitter, and at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.

Duchess Release: A Scandalous Excerpt from Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage by Valerie Bowman

Hello Darling Duchesses and Dears,

On Monday, I told the story of the scandalous marriage of the Prince Regent to his first (if illegal) wife, Maria Fitzherbert. Today I’m back to share a scandalous excerpt from my new book, Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage which was released on October 1st!

Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage coverReady for a bit o’ scandal?

Her jaw tightened and anger flashed in her eyes. She turned on her heel, ran over to the double doors, and pushed them open. A blast of cold air shot through the room, and she ran out, into the black, freezing night, into the snowflakes.

James followed her, stalking out into the snow behind her. “What do you think you are doing?”

She turned on him, her eyes flashing blue fire. The snowflakes floated down her alabaster cheeks. She turned in a circle, around and around, her gown looking blood-red against the white ground. She breathed in the cold air. Her breath came in short puffs. Then she took two very deep breaths and exhaled slowly. “I’m feeling, James. Feeling. Feeling this air. Feeling the snow. I never knew if I’d feel this again.”

“What does that have to do with the money, going to the Continent?”

She turned on him, eyes still flashing. “I don’t want your money, James. I never wanted it.”

James stopped himself from reaching for her. Instead, he clenched his fists at his sides. “What do you want, then? Say the word. I have friends. I have money. We can make the blasted ton accept you again.”

She advanced on him, pointing a finger at his chest, and he retreated, slowly, shuffling backward through the snow, the cold wetness seeping through the legs of his breeches.

“You’re always trying to fix everything,” she said. “Always trying to make things right. That’s why you hired a runner for me, and that’s why you’re doing this now. But my reputation is another thing altogether. Even with my name cleared I’ve been involved in a scandal I will never live down. Even if George hadn’t been murdered, everyone knows I wanted a divorce. None of that has changed. God, James, don’t you know by now that not everything can be fixed?”

James closed his eyes. He was helpless. Helpless. The one thing he wanted to fix more than all the others was standing here in the snow looking more beautiful than he’d ever seen her, and telling him he was a failure.

“I can fix this,” he growled through clenched teeth. “I’ll publish whatever you want me to, use the printing press to save your reputation. You’re a duchess—”

She whirled on him, her scarlet gown flaring around her ankles, pooling against the pure snow. The flakes that still clung to her impossibly long lashes were illuminated like sparking diamonds by the candlelight that filtered from the windows of the house. “No!” she cried. “Don’t you understand? I don’t want to be a duchess.”

James dug his fingers into his fists. “What is it you want, Kate. Tell me. I’ll make it happen. I swear it.”

She bowed her head. “No. No.”

He took two steps forward and grabbed her shoulders. They were close enough for the little puffs of her warm breath to evaporate against his shirtfront. “Tell me,” he demanded.

She looked up at him, trembling. Her eyes locked with his. “I want to spend the night with you.”

A NOTORIOUS CRIME

A duchess awaiting trial for her vile husband’s murder is the most delicious gossip the ton has heard in years. But for Kate Townsende, the woman in question, it could be a matter of life and death. And when a shrewd and handsome nobleman offers to publish her side of the story while arranging for a barrister to take her case, she’s tempted by much more than the chance to defend herself…
A SHOCKING DESIRE
James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, tells himself he’s only interested in a best-selling pamphlet, but Kate’s stubborn determination is captivating. Could the accused widow be telling the truth? At first, James isn’t sure of anything but his growing desire for her—but before long he’s willing to risk much more than his reputation to make the infamous beauty his wife…

So, what do you think? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage (print US only, or e-book anywhere else, void where prohibited). I’ll announce both of this week’s winners on Friday!

I’m getting married in October myself, and I *do* hope my own marriage won’t be such a scandal. Be sure to follow along the rest of my blog tour for the story of my appearance on SAY YES TO THE DRESS, ATLANTA and the reveal of a super BIG overall giveaway!

 

Valerie Bowman author photo hi resValerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels (aka Racy Regency Romps) with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging story lines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands!

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got.

Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. Valerie loves to hear from readers. Find her on the web at Facebook, Twitter, and at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.

 

Duchess Valerie Bowman on the Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage (Giveaway!)

Greetings Duchesses and Friends,

This week I’m celebrating the release of the third historical romance novel in my Secret Brides series. The book is titled Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage and it comes out October 1st! I’m so excited to share Lord Medford’s story with everyone.

In honor of the book’s title, I thought I’d give a little insight into one of the most scandalous marriages in history. It just Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage coverhappens to be during the English Regency (the period in which I write), as well.

Which marriage is that of which I speak? It’s the Prince Regent’s own marriage to the infamous Maria Fitzherbert, of course.

If you don’t know much about this scandalous union, allow me to shed some light. It’s quite fascinating and just goes to show that no matter how outrageous we might get in our books (I myself have written a fictional Regency bachelor auction and a recent bout of mistletoe mayhem) truth is often stranger (and more scandalous) than fiction.

I read a lot about the Prince Regent in Saul David’s fantastic book, The Prince of Pleasure. The book covers the prince’s life with many salacious details about his marriage to Maria.

Here’s how it went down.

The prince was young (22 years old) and fell madly in love with the very lovely and very Catholic Maria Fitzherbert was who an older woman at 28. The prince endlessly pursued the dashing widow who denied him again and again. She refused to be his mistress without the benefit of marriage even though she knew they could not legally marry (for several reasons which we’ll get to in a moment).

But the prince was a smitten kitten and he refused to take no for an answer. So, he bribed one of his chaplains into marrying them. The wedding took place in Mrs. Fitzherbert’s Mayfair townhouse and while the marriage was neither legal, nor valid, the prince and his ‘wife’ went about together living and acting as a married couple for the better part of 10 years. At which time, of course, the prince had to marry an actual princess (non-Catholic and someone of whom his father and the Privy council would actually approve). He ended up with his first cousin, Caroline of Brunswick, in a famously unhappy marriage.

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So why couldn’t the prince marry Maria? Well, for one thing she was Catholic and for the future monarch to marry out of his religion was unthinkable. The future monarch could not be raised Catholic, after all. For another, she was a widow and that, too, would be very unusual. Mostly, she would not have received the blessing of King George III (Prinny’s father) or the Privy council, both of whom had to approve before the Prince could legally/officially wed. However, the Catholic ceremony was enough for Mrs. Fitzherbert, apparently.

When it came time to end their false marriage, apparently Maria was informed quite cordially via letter.

The Prince went on to clash with Princess Caroline (even going so far as to attempt to divorce her), have a string of other mistresses, reestablish his relationship with Mrs. Fitzherbert and then cast her aside when he became king. Apparently, they had a large row. One wishes one knew the specifics. But in the end, the prince kept all her letters, and asked to be buried with her miniature around his neck.

And he was.

So, that’s the story of one of the most infamous scandalous marriages in history. My newest book, Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage, isn’t quite as salacious as the true story of the Prince Regent and his Mrs. Fitzherbert, but it’s got a murder mystery, a scandalous pamphlet, and a love story all wrapped into one.

A NOTORIOUS CRIME

A duchess awaiting trial for her vile husband’s murder is the most delicious gossip the ton has heard in years. But for Kate Townsende, the woman in question, it could be a matter of life and death. And when a shrewd and handsome nobleman offers to publish her side of the story while arranging for a barrister to take her case, she’s tempted by much more than the chance to defend herself…
A SHOCKING DESIRE
James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, tells himself he’s only interested in a best-selling pamphlet, but Kate’s stubborn determination is captivating. Could the accused widow be telling the truth? At first, James isn’t sure of anything but his growing desire for her—but before long he’s willing to risk much more than his reputation to make the infamous beauty his wife…

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So, what do you think about Prinny’s secret marriage? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage (print US only, or e-book anywhere else, void where prohibited).

I’m getting married in October myself, and I *do* hope my own marriage won’t be such a scandal. Be sure to follow along the rest of my blog tour for the story of my appearance on SAY YES TO THE DRESS, ATLANTA and the reveal of a super BIG overall giveaway!

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels (aka Racy Regency Romps) with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging story lines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands!

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got.

Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. Valerie loves to hear from readers. Find her on the web at Facebook, Twitter, and at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.

A Secret Affair by Valerie Bowman (Giveaway!)

Valerie Bowman author photo hi resGreetings, duchesses and friends, today I’m at it again as my latest e-novella, A Secret Affair, is now on sale for only $1.99! It’s book 2.5 of my Secret Brides series and it’s pure fun if I do say so myself.

What am I ‘at’ exactly? Well, I j’adore a romp and this story is particularly rompy. It involves a Regency-era bachelor auction and a case of mistaken, ahem, sexual orientation.

Let’s just say that for a time, the heroine, Frances, thinks the hero, Charlie, is a bit…light in the instep. When she finds out the truth (but Charlie still thinks she thinks it) of course she does what any good Regency romance novel heroine would do and has a bit of fun with it.

Keep reading to see what happens (wink).

 

Excerpt from A Secret Affair

Frances and Annie had carefully orchestrated their retirement from the dining room tonight. Claiming exhaustion, both women had gone straight up to bed. Charlie well knew they were leaving for Ashbourne Manor soon. He’d been attempting to get Frances alone all day, and she’d successfully eluded him. She’d been half afraid he’d just out with it in the middle of the drawing room full of mixed company and

ASecretAffaircov_hi resdeclare himself partial to women right then and there. Thankfully she’d managed to avoid him, and now she’d left him little choice but to come up to her room and confront her.

A knock sounded at the door.

Right on time.

“Come in,” she called and the door swung wide.

Charlie stalked toward her, thrilling her a little. Indecent to have this man in her bedchamber? Absolutely.

Welcome? Oh, yes.

“Charlie, I—”

“Wait. You must listen to me.”

The look of determination in his dark eyes made Frances doubt her course for a moment, but she quickly rallied her confidence. “No. You must listen to me first,” she said with as much conviction as she could muster.

Charlie snapped his mouth shut. He was obviously impatient to speak, but she’d insisted, and he was a gentleman.

“First, be a dear and help me with this.” She turned her back to him and presented the buttons of her gown.

“Wait. What?” His voice shook a bit.

“Unbutton me, please?” She was thankful she was turned away from him so he couldn’t see the look of pure glee that was surely pinned to her face, although she was also a bit disappointed that she couldn’t see the shocked expression on his.

“I can’t—”

Frances gave a showy sigh and tapped her foot impatiently. “I won’t argue that it’s not exactly proper for you to be in my bedchamb

er, Charlie, but you’ve come here, and I can’t very well call Mary to help me while you’re here, and my stays are pinching me something awful tonight.”

Charlie’s voice faltered. “But I—”

She still didn’t turn to face him but secretly smiled to herself. “Besides,” she added for good measure, “let’s not pretend. We both know this is hardly tempting to you, is it, Charlie?”

She could nearly hear his brain working. He was thinking, all right. Thinking about his options. He could either tell her immediately what he’d come here to say, in which case undressing her was out of the question, or he could play along with her little game and perhaps get an eyeful. A gentleman would tell the truth immediately. But an aroused, tempted gentleman? What would he do? She smiled to herself. She was about to find out.

Her answer came when Charlie’s warm, deft fingers began unbuttoning the back of her gown.

Buy A Secret Affair! Available now from St. Martin’s Press.

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Leave a comment about what you think of the excerpt for a chance to win an e-copy of A Secret Affair! (Void where prohibited.)

Read the first chapter on my website at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com and please vist me on Facebook and Twitter!

Sweet Revenge with Author Zoe Archer (Giveaway!)

My darling duchesses, today I am especially delighted to sit down to tea with fabulous historical romance author, Zoe Archer. Her grace and I happen to share the same agent and editor so I can personally vouch for her good taste. :) Ms. Archer is visiting us to discuss her latest release, Sweet Revenge, and to answer a rousing round of questions.

Sweet Revenge is the first book in her new NEMESIS, UNLIMITED series, and it came out this week!  Zoe calls the new series “gritty historical romance that’s like Burn Notice/Leverage in Victorian England.” Ooh, it does sound delightful, does it not? So please gather round and grab a teacake.

One lucky commenter will win a copy of Sweet Revenge!

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Duchess Valerie: Thank you so much for joining us today, Duchess Zoe.

Her grace, Zoe Archer: My pleasure.

Duchess Valerie: Let’s begin with a bit of writerly fun! Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?

Her grace, Zoe Archer: Selling a four-book series to Kensington was pretty amazing (The Blades of the Rose), and then getting a RITA nomination for Rebel was also incredible.  When I got the call, my heart was pounding and I thought I was going to pass out…in a good way.

Duchess Valerie: Yes, the good kind of passing out. I completely understand. Now, on to food. (This teacake is distracting me.) If you could choose one dessert or snack food that you could eat as much as you want of  (and never gain an ounce!) what would it be?

Her grace, Zoe Archer: Baking is one of my favorite non-writing activities. And of all the different kinds of desserts and baked goods I’ve made over the years, my favorite is a blondie—preferably with toffee bits and chocolate chips.

Duchess Valerie: Hmm. I want one right now. Where is the butler? Speaking of sweet, how did you get the idea for Sweet Revenge?

Her grace, Zoe Archer: My husband is Nico Rosso, who’s also a romance novelist, and we’d been talking about a secret organization in Victorian England.  This organization would right wrongs perpetrated against those without power, like women, and those in the middle and lower classes.  We started thinking more and more about this idea, and it really intrigued me.  Victorian society was so stratified, and geared toward privileging men, especially men of wealth.  It seemed like the perfect setting for gritty, exciting stories that could also be deeply romantic.  And so Nemesis, Unlimited was born.  Sweet Revenge is the first book in the series.

Duchess Valerie: Ooh, I do adore that idea. Power to the people! What kind of research did you have to


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 do to bring this story to life on the page?

Her grace, Zoe Archer: It’s not a spoiler to say that Sweet Revenge opens with the hero, Jack Dalton, breaking out of prison.  And he’s been in prison for five years.  So I did a lot of research into Victorian prisons, and based Dunmoor Prison on Dartmoor Prison.  That was some pretty grim stuff.  And then I just researched a lot about the structure of Victorian society, especially in London, and the ways in which women and the poor were disenfranchised.  Victorian England may have worn a very proper face, but it was also quite brutal, and it took a tremendous amount of
strength to survive within it.

Duchess Valerie: I think that same thing every time I read a Dickens novels. Tell me, your characters seem so alive and real…what’s your secret?

Her grace, Zoe Archer: I try to think of them as people, rather than characters in a romance.  So their responses and thoughts don’t necessarily have to adhere to romance conventions.  They can be rude, angry, melancholy, afraid of their needs.  I think that helps keep my characters rounded and real.

Duchess Valerie: On that note, who’s your favorite character in the book and why? Who was the most fun to write?

Her grace, Zoe Archer: I do love the heroine, Eva Warrick.  She’s a woman who won’t tolerate any foolishness, and has a backbone of steel—though that isn’t to say she doesn’t have a softer side.  But I absolutely loved writing Jack.  He’s rough, tough, a little crude, and driven.  Jack grew up in Bethnal Green, one of London’s toughest slums, and did some thieving before he became a bare knuckle brawler in underground boxing matches.  Then he became a bodyguard to a wealthy peer.  There’s nothing genteel or refined about Jack.  He’s not a gentleman.  And there’s nothing more fun to write than a character who’ll say or do anything.

But, in truth, it was fun to write the crew of Nemesis, Unlimited, from Simon, the well-bred gentleman to Marco, the spy, and the squabbling (but secretly intrigued) Harriet and Lazarus.  I liked creating the dynamic between them, and that, even though they all work together for the same goals, they don’t always have to get along.  Kind of like the Avengers.  *wink*

Duchess Valerie: I’m loving this already, especially Marco, the spy. If your book were to be turned into a movie, would your dream cast be?

Dominic WestHer grace, Zoe Archer: Everyone has their own interpretations of characters, but in my mind, I see Jack as Dominic West (albeit after months of serious bodybuilding) and Eva played by Keeley Hawes.

Duchess Valerie: I can’t stand it any longer! Tell us a bit about the book itself.

Sweet Revenge: A Nemesis, Unlimited Novel

Book 1

 

The first in a breathtaking new series about the dangerous business of undercover revenge—and the undeniable pleasure of passion…

In the business of vengeance

When Jack Dalton escapes from Dunmoor Prison, he has only one thing in mind—finding the nobleman who murdered his sister and making him pay. But when he reaches the inn where the Lord Rockley is rumored to be staying, three well-dressed strangers are there to meet him instead. And the pretty blonde is aiming a pistol right at his head …keeley_hawes

Desire is always dangerous

Joining Nemesis, Unlimited has made Eva Warrick much more than the well-mannered lady she appears to be—one who can shoot, fight, and outsmart any man in the quest to right the injustices so often suffered by the innocent. She’s not afraid of the burly escaped convict, but she is startled by their shared attraction. She and her partners need Jack’s help to get to Rockley, but Eva finds she wants Jack for scandalous reasons all her own…

Zoë Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there’s nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master’s degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, created the steampunk world of THE ETHER CHRONICLES together. Her new gritty Victorian romance series, NEMESIS, UNLIMITED, launches this Spring.  Zoë and Nico live in Los Angeles.

Excerpt

Take a look at the tantalizing trailer!

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Have any burning questions about Victorian prisons? (I know I do!) Leave a thoughtful question for Zoe for a chance to win a copy of Sweet Revenge! (US and Canada only)

Romps! Romps! Romps! Valerie Bowman on Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Giveaway)

Join me, dear duchesses and friends, as I celebrate my release week for the latest story in my Secret Brides series, Secrets of a Runaway Bride. (3/26/13 St. Martin’s Press)

I like to refer to my work as Racy Regency Romps and if I do say so myself, this story delivers on all three of those promises.

Why romps, you ask?

Well, because they are the types of stories I most like to read. Many of our dear duchesses write such wonderful tales, though the duchesses’ styles range from the quite serious and dark to full-on drunken-night-of-revelry frolics! And we do adore our differences. But I’ve always been a huge fan of the farce, the comedy, and the romp. So much so that my entire next series is going to be based on famous comic plays. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Up With The Duchesses

 

There’s always cause to drink champagne with the Duchesses.

Duchess Debuts, Bestsellers, dreams made and kisses sealed forever. Today, we celebrate five new authors, eleven delicious books, a parcel of good news, and the brisk smoothing of skirts that got us here.

Please join us in raising our glasses, and our teacups, to the indomitable duchess spirit within us all.

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We love good news. Divulge yours in the comments and share the bubbly.

 

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

A Duchess Debut: Duchess Valerie Bowman and Her Baby…er, Book (Giveaway!)

Hooray! This week is such a happy time in my house. I’m proud to announce the birth, er, debut of my Regency romance novel, Secrets of a Wedding Night.

Ever see a book dressed up like a baby? You’re about to!

 

Ok, so here she is. My baby, I mean, book. Humor me, people, I’ve got no actual kids.

 

Her birthday is tomorrow, 9/25/12.  Her name is Secrets of a Wedding Night, I call her SOWN for short and she was a twinkle in my eye back on June 3, 2007 when I started typing my very first story.

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