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#TBT: Mad About the Duke

This book, Mad About the Duke, is the story inspired my upcoming Bachelor Chronicles spin-off, Mad about the Major. Here is where the Duke of Parkerton finally meets his match.

But the wait for Parkerton’s story took some time. He first appeared at the end of This Rake of Mine, chastising his younger brother, Mad Jack Tremont, to get out of jail and go marry Miranda. I sort of fell in love Mad About the Dukewith him the moment he stepped on the page. He is so stuffy and ducal and proper. He just needed his life turned upside down.

Does anyone else sense a theme here? I just love taking a perfectly happy bachelor hero and turn his life inside out with the introduction of one of my madcap heroines. Elinor, Lady Standon isn’t exactly madcap (she’s actually a lot like Parkerton) but she is desperate to marry and she wants nothing less than a duke.

Mistaking Parkerton for a solicitor, she hires him on the spot to find her a likely candidate. And thus, Parkerton finds himself in the role of unwitting matchmaker. I loved putting Parkerton through the paces of falling in love and then actually admitting it.

Dukes just hate that!

Comment below and tell me what you are currently “mad” about (and by mad, I mean in a good way!) and one lucky commenter will win an autographed book from the Bachelor Chronicles series. Check back next Monday to see if you’ve won.

If you go on a complete reading binge this weekend, you might be able to finish the Bachelor Chronicles series by next Tuesday, when Arabella Tremont, escapes her ducal father and sets out to discover London on her own. You’ll learn why, like father like daughter, Arabella finds herself,  Mad About the Major.

But even if you can’t get them all finished, pre-order your copy of Mad About the Major before the release date of June 2nd to get the special price of $1.99. Otherwise you’ll just be mad at yourself for missing out. And not the good kind of mad. LOL.

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Blog Winners

I totally missed posting a winner last week for the Black Gown v. Red Dress post. I blame being on double-death deadline for letting this slip past me. My sincere apologies. But I am here to set this to rights. The winner for that week’s post is:

Stephanie M:

 

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And for last week’s #TBT post on nicknames in How I Met My Countess, the winner is:

Rosalie Otto:

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Each of them will receive an autographed book.

And watch for this Thursday’s Throwback into the Bachelor Chronicles when I take a look at Mad about the Duke, the book that inspired my June 2nd short novel, Mad About the Major. And of course, there will be a giveaway.

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#TBT: How I Met My Countess

Moving along to the next installment of my #TBT look the Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd release of Mad About the Major), this week we are going to look at How I Met My Countess.

Opening up what I think of as the last third of the Bachelor Chronicles is a trio of books about the Widows Standon. The idea for the book came from Love Letters of a Duke, where the hero laments having these warring dowagers from the previous heirs driving him crazy. How I Met My CountessI wondered about these three and then came up with the idea that all three had married very young and not really all that willingly to these potential heirs who all up and died and left them fighting over dowager scraps.

Then along comes matchmaking Felicity with a fierce idea: make them live together in a rundown, awful London town house until their either:

A) Kill each other
or
B) Marry the first likely gentleman to come along and get off the Standon gravy train.

LOL. My Regency version of a reality show.

I opened the series with most unlikely of heroines, Lucy Ellyson, or as her father and family call her, Goosie. Well, Goosie is hard to describe–so I suggest you meet her, the same way the Earl of Clifton did, but letting her saunter and swagger into your heart! You can read the excerpt and discover a little bit about one of my favorite characters.

(And BTW, you also get to meet Malcolm, who was also friends with Mad Jack, from This Rake of Mine.)

Comment below and tell me yes or no if you have a nickname–especially one that makes you just cringe every time your family uses it. One lucky poster will win an autographed book from the Bachelor Chronicles series. Check back next Tuesday to see if you’ve won.

You still have a week to get all caught up on the Bachelor Chronicles series by June 2nd, when Arabella Tremont, escapes her ducal father and sets out to discover London on her own. Only what she discovers is that she’s Mad About the Major.

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RT Kindle Winner

If you were at RT and entered the Mad About the Major Selfie contest, there are two things you should know:

1) You all cracked me up!
and
2) I couldn’t pick just one winner.

So here are the winners:

ashleygrothwolfe on Instagram
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kimberlietx on Instagram
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Mary @hufflewhat on Twitter
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Ladies, you have 7 days to claim your prize! Email me via my Contact page to claim your Kindle Fires! Congrats and thank you to everyone who shot a picture and fanned their way through RT!

And remember all, Mad About the Major is still on sale until it releases on June 2nd. Make sure to preorder ASAP–to get a great deal AND a great read.

PSST. Still need a nudge? Sneak in a few minutes and read the Excerpt!

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TBT: Confessions v. Memoirs

In my continuing #TBT look at my Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd publication of Mad About the Major), today’s smack down is more of a cover standoff: Confessions of a Little Black Dress v. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress.

A little background might be in order–after writing Love Letters from a Duke, Avon asked me to come up with a title that had the same sort of communication theme. I absolutely wracked my brain trying to find a “Letters” sort of title for Tally’s book. And then, driving down the highway one morning on the way to take my son to speech therapy, I had one of those “Aha!” moments that came from just letting my mind drift.

Tally’s story featured a misdirected trunk full of glorious gowns that she finds–the sort of dresses that have their own stories to tell. You know, like when you find a great vintage gown in a thrift store (if you are like me and LOVE vintage and thrifting–you will totally get this!) and you stop and wonder–where has this dress been? The parties, the events, the heartbreak? If only this little black dress could talk. And then I heard the perfect title just flit by.Confessions of a Little Black Gown

Confessions of a Little Black Gown.

I pulled off the freeway and called my editor immediately, breathless with excitement. She loved it right off the spot. But here was the rub–would a black dress be romantic enough on the cover? Wouldn’t it look like mourning? Or too funereal? But I persisted–because who doesn’t love the perfect little black dress? Luckily for me, as usual, Avon pulled it off perfectly. And it has to be one of the very few black dresses I have ever seen on a historical romance novel–making it even more special.

With Confessions of a Little Black Gown all locked down, the game was on to find the same themed title for Pippin’s book. I knew two things about Pippin’s story: she’d also have a fabulous dress, but 2) her story would not take place over the typical house party or London season of most books–Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dressrather, this was going to be a romance that took decades for her and Dash to find their happy ending. So essentially, it was going to be a memoir, and so Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress was born.

This cover is one of my favorites–I love the sense of movement to gown–which to me echoes the time passing in this story and the heart of the book–that love can survive over time, and true love can bring two people back together–no matter how much time passes–even when it seems the Fates have conspired to keep them apart.

So now it is your time to vote: Which cover do you like best? And it is okay to love them both–I do.

Confessions of a Little Black Gown Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment below to win an autographed copy of one of these books. A winner will be posted here on Tuesday, May 20th.

Haven’t had a chance to read these books yet? You can read an excerpt from each book and/or order your copy by clicking the titles below.

Make sure you are all caught up on the Bachelor Chronicles series by June 2nd, when Arabella Tremont, the unruly daughter of the Duke of Parkerton finds her true love–a man who is hardly suited for her–or he is the perfect match? Not that Arabella cares once she finds herself Mad About the Major.

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Romantic Times, Here I Come!

I’m off to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention this week, and I wanted to make sure anyone who is attending will be able to track me down. So here is my schedule:

Thursday:
8:30-9:45 am
A Military Tribute
While this is a private event, it is actually open to anyone–especially those with ties to the military. I am truly honored to be included. You can get a free ticket at the link above.

11:15-12:15
A Texas Homecoming Craft-Along with Avon Books
I’ll be heading up a crafting table and helping my crew create all kinds of fun. Join me and be ready to compete!

2:30-3:30 pm
Club RT
Drop by and say “Hi!” This is the perfect time to sit down and chat. I’ll have chocolate and we can have, as they say in the Regency, a good coze.

Friday:

10:00-11:00 am
The Historical Market Today
Hear from a panel of historical authors what they think works in today’s market.

11:30-12:30
Club RT
Once again, I’ll be hanging out and handing out chocolate. Come by!

4:00 – 5:30 pm
Avon presents A Night in Paris . . . Texas
Come kick up your heels with the Avon crew. Refreshments, books, and authors.

6:30-10:00 pm
Awards Ceremony and Party
Yeah, I might just be getting an award… Come cheer me and all the wonderful authors being honored.

Saturday:

11:00 – 2:00 pm
The RT Giant Booksigning
I’ll be there signing. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! So please come and find me and you can bring books from home to be signed. See all the rules, as well as all the authors attending, at the link above.

3:30-4:45
Flaunt Your Fascinator
I’m just having a really crafty time–join me in making fun and feathery fascinators for you to make and take home for your next tea party or Royal engagement.

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Rake v. Duke Winner

Thanks to everyone who posted last week in my Throwback Thursday Bachelor Chronicles smackdown, This Rake of Mine v. Love Letters from a Duke.

The winner is:
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Congratulations to Annette Naish!

And watch for this Thursday’s Throwback and giveaway when we do another Bachelor Chronicles challenge: Confessions of a Little Black Gown v. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress.

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TBT: Throwdown Challenge Rake v. Love Letters

Keeping up with my #TBT retrospective of The Bachelor Chronicles in preparation for the release of Mad About the Major, I’ve always found it interesting how divided readers can be about their deep and abiding affection for either This Rake of Mine or Love Letters from a Duke, the 2nd and 3rd installments in the Bachelor Chronicles series.

I call it Rake v. Love Letters.

Personally I think it really divides this way:

Team Mad Jack v. Team Felicity
Now what isn’t to love about Mad Jack Tremont? He’s a rake, (hence the title, This Rake of Mine) and a very reluctant hero and just so darn sexy. I absolutely loved him the moment he walked on the stage in Something about Emmaline. Plus, his story has that whole gothic thing going for it–the creepy house that you shouldn’t go into iIMG_6631f you’re a proper young lady and you just know he’s up to no good. (We also see our first glimpses of Arabella Tremont and her starchy father, the Duke of Parkerton–but more on them in the coming weeks.)

But then there is Felicity and her infamous correspondence that gives us our story, Love Letters from a Duke. And she has got to be hands down one of my most popular heroines. I do like her conflict of trying to do what is best and right, but in the end following her heart. She makes the right choice and her heart is always in the right place. I think readers have always loved her determined spirit, and her stubborn blindside as to what is right in front of her. And of course, it helps that Thatcher is right there to steer a bit for her. (That scene near the opening where she hires him because he fits the coat still cracks me up.)

So what team are you on? And yes, you can play on both sides if you want. I won’t tell.

This Rake of MineComment down below before the end of Sunday, and one lucky poster will win an autographed copy of either Love Letters from a Duke or This Rake of Mine. Check back Monday, May 4th to see if you’ve won.

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Something About Emmaline Winner

Thanks to everyone who posted last week in my Throwback Thursday look at the first book in the Bachelor Chronicles, Something About Emmaline.

The winner is:

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And watch for this Thursday’s Throwback and giveaway when This Rake of Mine goes head to head with Love Letters from a Duke.

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TBT: Something About Emmaline

With Mad About the Major only a few weeks away from arriving on an ereader near you, I thought I would look back at the Bachelor Chronicles–starting with the first book, Something About Emmaline.

If you’ve never read this one, I have to say: what are you waiting for? Emmaline is one of my most favorite heroines–I adore how they first meet–Alex arriving at his London town house to find it in the throes of being redecorated and a woman in his bed. A woman who claims to be his wife:

“Yes, thank you,” she replied. “When my husband returns from Westmoreland, rest assured, he will kill you.”

“Have you ever considered, Lady Sedgwick, that perhaps he already has?”

“Has what?” she asked, the pistol trembling anew in her hand.

“Returned.”

It was at that moment that Emmaline Denford, Lady Sedgwick realized she was about to shoot her husband.

The very notion startled her so much, she dropped the pistol. And then the damned thing fired for her.

Card shark, con artist, beauty and unrepentant redecorater, I love how she turns Alexander’s life upside down. Read the full excerpt and order a copy today–all eight stories from the Bachelor Chronicles await you–and there is no better place to start than at the beginning.

Win an autographed copy of Something About Emmaline! Answer the question below before April 27th, and one lucky poster will win an autographed book. Winner will be posted on Monday, April 27th.

Question: Have you read Emmaline? Or any of the Bachelor Chronicles?

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