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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.

The Twelve Don’ts of Christmas – Duchess Release: Tis the Season

TisTheSeason_800x1250Today we’re celebrating the release of Tis the Season, an anthology of heartwarming Christmas novellas by yours truly, and my pals Erica Ridley and Emma Locke.

We’re giving away three books to one lucky commenter! Read on for more info.

My novella, Where the Heart Is, is a bit of a departure for me as it’s my first contemporary story. I’m so excited to share it with you! It kicks off my new Ribbon Ridge series about a family of sextuplets (and the seventh “oops” kid, plus the “almost brother” featured in Where the Heart Is).

Erica’s story, Midwinter Magic, takes place in her fantastical Nether-NetherLand, a place I wish truly existed because everything about it (from trolls to talking Pegasi to sasquatch lawyers) is full of win. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Charmed, you’re missing out on laugh-out-loud hilarity and sigh-worthy true love.

Finally, The Cheer in Charming an Earl launches The Innocents subset trilogy of Emma’s Naughty Girls Series. If you loved her darkly emotional Courtesans books but prefer lighter fare for the holidays, this is the story you’re looking for. It’s also the only historical story in the anthology, so it will definitely appeal to our Duchess readers!

 

The 12 Don’ts of Christmas (according to Tis the Season):

From Where the Heart Is by Darcy Burke . . .

1) Don’t say no to beer. Especially if Rob Archer is the one offering it.

2) Don’t go all fangirl if you meet one of the Archer Sextuplets.

3) Don’t buy a Christmas tree when a hot guy can cut one down for you.

4) Don’t underestimate the power of poetry, even if it’s penned by a 12-year-old boy.

 

From Midwinter Magic by Erica Ridley . . .

5) Don’t do a flamboyant Superman pose when performing miracles.

6) Don’t fall in love with a human who doesn’t know you exist.

7) Don’t get sleep-drool on your guardian angel’s wings.

8) Don’t fight destiny. (Or gravity.)

 

From The Cheer in Charming an Earl by Emma Locke . . .

9) Don’t assume that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

10) Don’t interrupt his Twelfth Night bacchanalia on the small chance that he does want a wife, and just doesn’t know it yet.

11) Don’t panic if you do find yourself spending your Christmas Eve with a coven of lightskirts and dissolutes.

12) Don’t forget to stand under the kissing ball as often as you can–why not make the most of the opportunity, if you’re going to be snowed in, anyway?

 

And if that’s not enough to tempt you, here’s some more intel!

Tis the Season . . .

For Hope

Orphaned as a teenager, Derek Sumner has found a place in his best friend’s family. However, the love and support of his surrogate parents and siblings can’t erase the grief and loss he struggles every Christmas to banish. But this year he meets the fun and sexy Chloe, whose optimism and sense of joy are incredibly contagious. Can she help him face his bleak past so they can forge a happy future?

For Miracles

As Jack Morgan’s guardian angel, Sarah Phimm has her work cut out for her. When his latest volunteer mission risks his life, she’s forced to reveal herself to him—but only in part. She can’t risk him knowing the truth. He’s everything her immortal heart desires but can never have. She soon discovers that keeping him safe amidst death bridges and tumbling telephone poles is far easier than guarding her heart.

For Love

The second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentleman happens by her brother’s smithy, it is up to her to act quickly–and rashly–to secure his interest. But Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, isn’t in the market for anything more than a new horseshoe. What’s a bachelor to do when an innocent miss turns up at his Christmas Eve bacchanalia? He ought to make her leave, but his Twelfth Night party just became more entertaining…

Three-book Giveaway!

You’re ready to put up a Christmas tree, heat up some wassail, and curl up by a roaring fire, right? Well, you’re going to need a good book to go with that. Lucky for you, you could get THREE! One lucky commenter will get a book from each of us:


From Darcy: Choose any of my historicals (Her Wicked Ways, His Wicked Heart, To Seduce a Scoundrel, To Love a Thief, or Never Love a Scoundrel)

From Erica: Charmed

From Emma: The Trouble with Being Wicked or The Problem with Seduction

To enter, comment with a “Christmas Don’t” of your own! The winner will be announced later in the day on Friday (Duchess Darcy has to go on a field trip with her daughter!).

Thanks for stopping by!

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!

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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.

Guest Author Rose Gordon

Welcome Guest Duchess Rose Gordon!

rose_gordonDearest readers, USA Today Bestselling Author, Her Grace, the Duchess Rose Gordon is joining us today. Duchess Rose has written quite a few Regency romances, which makes her right at home in the drawing room with us, but she’s knee deep in the middle of a series that takes place on the Western American frontier. Rose is an extremely prolific writer and I want to learn to be like—ahem, I think it would be fascinating to learn about her processes. So, without further chit-chat, let me introduce Duchess Rose!

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Thank you for joining us today, Your Grace. I’m in awe of how quickly and efficiently you write. Can you share your typical day with our readers? How do you juggle work with family and find that elusive balance we all seek in our every day lives?

Rose: Thank you for having me, I’m thrilled to be a guest duchess! My day is crammed. I get up about six and don’t go to bed until 10 p.m. with the following activities thrown in: shower, wake my husband and kids up, cook breakfast, go make sure my kids and husband are actually up, pack lunches, put on my “stern mom” look and check on my husband and kids who are still in bed and tell them it is time to get up NOW, serve breakfast, find that elusive sock, ask everyone if they brushed their teeth, comb my son’s hair because it still looks like he just woke up despite his telling me he brushed it, shoo everyone out the door, drop my kids off at school, then my husband, head to the library for three hours to write 2,000 words and answer emails, pick up my husband for lunch, go home write another couple thousand words on my current book, then answer blog comments and make another post (if time allows), do an hour or so of research on whichever topic my book took me today or I think will take me tomorrow, ride bikes with my husband for 20 or so miles, shower again, then start dinner, eat dinner, resist my urge to collapse and help my boys with their homework, put back on the “stern mom” look and get them showered and ready for bed, then read until it’s time for bed and I dream of my characters throughout the night. Busy day. I do have a loose “schedule” that I fill in each evening for the next day where I schedule five to ten minute breaks between each interval of writing or each task. During this break, I’ll either: walk around, comment on a few Facebook posts, write out bills, etc. Stopping to do these tasks—some fun, some mundane—really helps keep me moving. I also try to spend breakfast and dinner at the dining table with my husband and kids without the TV to stay connected with my family.

Does anyone else notice how she casually threw “ride bikes with my husband for 20 or so miles” as if it were simply another task in her already chock-full day? Which I suppose it is. But I fear Duchess Rose might be my new hero. Tell us more about your writing. Do you have any interesting quirks?

Rose: I like to write in chunks. I will do these “speed writes” for intervals of 30 or 60 minutes with the goal that I MUST get a certain number of words written during those segments. While I usually aim for 500 words in thirty minutes or 1,000 in an hour, I’m always thrilled when I beat it, but on tough days, I’m even more pleased that I just reached it. It helps keep me moving forward and not second-guessing things too much. It also helps, at least for me, to stop mid-sentence or mid-thought, because when I come back to it, it’s easier to pick up and take off again.

Excellent way to keep yourself on task. I’m doing this more and more myself and find I’m much more productive. You took a research trip that included a very surprising adventure. Can you tell us about that?

Rose: Last year, I drove to Charleston, South Carolina to do a research trip for one of my earlier novels, His Yankee Bride. While Charleston is absolutely beautiful and one of the most charming cities I’ve ever been to, I did not enjoy the night I camped there along the way and was run out of my tent by a cougar—and I don’t mean an older woman who wanted my husband. More recently, however, I have made several trips to Fort Gibson, the setting of the three books in my Officer Series. Every time I go, I learn something new that I can incorporate into my books. One of my favorite things to do while I’m there is to hear the stories about the wild, ill-mannered men who lived at the fort in the 1800s. It’s great inspiration that leads to all sorts of good mischief to write about!

Oooh, that sounds so . . . arousing! Where else would you like to travel?

Rose: I’ve been writing about Regency England for years now and I’d love more than anything to go visit London, Bath and even make my way to Scotland. Unfortunately, my unease about flying over the ocean keeps me safely at home. (For now.)

The Officer and the SouthernerOh goodness, perhaps when you do finally go, you should pack some smelling salts. Now, what can you tell us about your latest book, The Officer and a Southerner.

Rose: Second Lt. Jack Walker doesn’t always think ahead and when he decides to defy logic and send off for a mail-order bride, he might have left out only a few details about his life. When she arrives and realizes she’s been fooled (again), this woman who’s never really belonged, sees no other choice but to marry him anyway—however, she makes it perfectly clear: she’ll be his lawfully wed, but she will not share his bed. Now Jack has to find a way to show his always skeptical bride that he is indeed trustworthy and that she does belong somewhere in the world: right here, with him.

Which is your favorite kiss in this book? Our readers adore details, please!

Rose: My favorite kiss—other than the one that leads to something more—happens when the hero is trying to teach the heroine to shoot his gun. When she becomes confused about what something is and its purpose, he decides it’s his duty as a husband to explain things the best way he knows how: with a kiss so passionate it sparks flames in both of them!

How about sharing a teaser from The Officer and a Southerner?

“Ella, I’d like you to meet two of my friends. This fellow with wide eyes and his mouth hanging agape is Captain Grayson Montgomery and this—” he jerked his thumb in the direction of a man who wore an expression of amusement— “is Captain Wes Tucker.”

“Captains Montgomery and Tucker, it’s nice to finally meet you. I’ve heard so much about you from Jack’s letters that I feel as though I practically know you both already.”

“You do, do you?” Gray said with an overdone frown. “Interesting; he’s never mentioned anything about you.”

Stung, Ella blanched.

“But then again, why would he have made mention?” Gray continued as if realizing his earlier words hadn’t been as flattering as he might have intended them to be. “Had he announced your impending arrival, dozens of men—myself included—would have been there to greet your stage and fight for your hand.”

She flushed at his compliment and was thankful for it, all the same, as it seemed to evaporate the tension that had begun to choke them all. “Thank you, Captain.”

“Gray,” he corrected. “And now that you know what I prefer to be called, I must take it upon myself to ask who you are since Jack here lacks the manners to complete a proper introduction.”

“Ella. Ella Walk—Davis.” She blushed. She’d been telling everyone she encountered on her trip that she was already married and on her way to meet up with her husband. It didn’t seem as dangerous that way.

“And to what do we owe the pleasure of making your acquaintance, Miss Walk-Davis?” Wes asked, garnering him a jab in the ribs by one of Jack’s elbows.

Ella smiled. “That’s just the thing, Captain. I’ve come here to drop the Davis and add an ‘er’ on the Walk.”

It sounds like such fun! And one of our lucky readers today will win an ebook copy of The Officer and a Southerner. Just leave a comment for Duchess Rose and we’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Thank you so much for visiting, Your Grace. We look forward to having tea with you again! In the meantime, you can visit Duchess Rose at her estate at http://www.rosegordon.net or at her blog.

Rose: Thank you, Duchess Darcy! It was my pleasure.

The Earl is Mine: A Winner is Announced!

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Congratulations to Ella Quinn for winning a copy of Kieran Kramer’s The Earl is Mine. And a huge thank you to Kieran for being such a wonderful week-long Duchess.

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Please join us next week, Monday, April 29th, as Duchess Jennifer McQuiston hosts Donna Thorland, author of the wonderful new historical romance The Turncoat!

Kieran Kramer’s Sexy Regency Heroes: A Tea Party to Remember

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Today I am honored to (re)introduce Kieran Kramer (who happens to be my sister-in-law!), the award-winning, best-selling author of my favorite Regency romances including the Impossible Bachelor series and her new House of Brady series. But as I set out the tea and cakes, looking forward to a cozy chat, she arrives with two tall, muscular men.

Me (whispering): Kieran? Why are there two hot men standing behind you?

Kieran (shrugging): The heroes in my two recent books love attention! And I have to admit, I love to give it to them. So when they asked to come along, I said yes.

Me: I’m not one to complain, but won’t your brother (my DH) have something to say about this?

Kieran (tosses away my concern with a regal wave): We just won’t tell him! So let me do the formal introductions. She nods to the more rakish of the two, with blue eyes and dark, wavy hair.  Read the rest of this entry »

My Favorite Royal

Never in my wildest dreams had it occurred to me that I would one day live in Budapest. Little old me, a girl from Minnesota, living in Hungary? A former Communist country? Eastern Europe?

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What a remarkable and beautiful city Budapest is. What fascinating history. I have fallen in love with it all. It just so happens that my favorite royal fell in love with this country as well. The Empress learned the language, considered to be the second most difficult language in the world, and was so loved by the Hungarians, she became a historical icon. They built a summer palace for her just outside Budapest. One can find any number of statues bearing her likeness throughout the city, and one of the bridges crossing the Danube that connects Buda to Pest is named after her.

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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 »

RELEASE DAY! The Trouble with Being Wicked by Emma Locke

The Trouble with Being Wicked (final) @ 800 high resToday is the day I’ve been dreaming of for eight years! THE TROUBLE WITH BEING WICKED is available in the US at all of the major e-tailers, and will soon be available at The Book Depository for those of you outside the US. I hope this is a story you fall in love with!

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING WICKED is my debut novel and the first book in my Naughty Girls series. The Naughty Girls is a six-book series set to be released over the next two years, and can be summarized as a double trilogy featuring three courtesans and three country hoydens who marry into the notorious Alexander family. These five charming Alexander rogues (and their deliciously starchy neighbor) give my girls six excellent reasons for behaving badly. Read the rest of this entry »