On The Road Again!

Jaunty Quills

I’m blogging at my regular gig today at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.  We’re talking about phobias and the things that give us a big, old scare.  Stop by for a chance to win a copy of my VK Sykes 3-book anthology, The Philadelphia Patriots.

Join the discussion here!

Philadelphia Patriots

 

On The Road Again

Jaunty Quills

It’s my regular gig today at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills. Come join me for an interesting discussion about the supposed demise of the romantic suspense genre, and for a chance to win a copy of my new VK Sykes romantic suspense, Lethal Confessions.

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You can join me at The Jaunty Quills here.

Lethal Confessions now on sale!

The brutal murder of her twin sister drove Amy Robitaille into a career as a homicide detective for Palm Beach County. When a serial killer targets the wives of local baseball players, Amy has more than just a professional interest at stake—her only surviving sister fits the profile of the other victims. Amy’s hell-bent on catching the killer, not only to protect her sister but to destroy the demons haunting her since the death of her twin.

Baseball star and former soldier Luke Beckett has just retired from the game and is looking to move on with his life. When he’s asked to consult on the serial killer case for the local police, he finds the challenge he needs—despite the objections of lead detective Amy Robitaille. But Luke has no intention of backing away from the job and every intention of getting to know the intriguing detective.

Amy has no time to babysit a celebrity consultant while trying to catch a serial killer. But Luke is not the man she assumed him to be and he threatens to become a powerful distraction. That’s the last thing she needs, especially when the killer starts closing in on her family. But without Luke’s help, Amy stands to lose everything.

Available on Amazon for only $2.99, and in print from CreateSpace.

 

Guest Author: Robyn DeHart & Giveaway!!

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I’m so happy to feature Jaunty Quills sister Robyn DeHart on the blog today.  Robyn is an award-winning author who writes fantastic Victorian historical romance; she specializes in adventurous, unique, and very romantic stories with strong, smart heroines.  The Chicago Tribune calls her books “wonderfully entertaining,” and her readers would surely agree.

Robyn has a new book out in her Forbidden Love Trilogy, called A Little Bit Scandalous.

A Little Bit Scandalous

Isn’t that a gorgeous cover?  Here’s the blurb for A Little Bit Scandalous:

A woman in search of a gamble…

Mathematics prodigy, Caroline Jellico, plans to support herself by winning big in the gaming hells of London—while dressed as a boy. She’s tired of waiting for the elusive Roe to notice her. She’ll marry him or no man.

A gambler in need of redemption…

Monroe Grisham, Duke of Chanceworth, needs to marry off his beautiful young ward and ensure she attaches herself to the right man, not an irresponsible cad like him. But all grown up now, Caroline’s presence is an utter distraction. One he can neither act on nor deny.

A game of seduction…

But when Roe and Caroline meet across the gaming table, all bets are off. Seduction is in the cards and the winner will take all…or lose everything.

That sounds great, doesn’t it?  This is sure to be as delicious as the other books in the Forbidden Love Trilogy, so I’d advise my readers to get their copy of A Little Bit Scandalous immediately!

A Little Bit

For my readers today, Robyn is giving away a copy of the first book in her Forbidden Love series, A Little Bit Wicked.  Just tell me what kind of heroine you like in historical romances–the experienced widow, the bluestocking scientist, or the young debutante about to take on the world?  One person who comments will win a copy of Robyn’s new book.  And don’t forget to check out Robyn’s website and follow her on facebook and Twitter!

 

Grace Burrowes Visits The Jaunty Quills!

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Acclaimed historical romance writer Grace Burrowes is visiting my other home on the web today, The Jaunty Quills.  She’s talking about her new book AND giving away a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.  Zounds!  You don’t want to miss that, so hop on over and visit with us today!

We Have Winners!

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The winners of Flo Fitzpatrick’s books are May and Ivy.  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog.  I’ll be hosting some great writers in the month of August, so be sure to stop by.  And don’t forget to check out my other home on the web–The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.  We’ve got great columns by our regulars like Kristan Higgins and Shana Galen, and some really wonderful guests.  You can find us here.

Some Exciting News!!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to join an absolutely wonderful group of romance writers on their blog, The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.  It’s one of the best group blogs in the romance blogosphere, counting uber-talented writers like Shana Galan, Kristin Higgins, Mia Marlowe, and Robyn DeHart among its members.

I’ll be blogging twice a month with the JQs, and I’ll be linking to JQ posts fairly frequently from now on–which is good news for my readers because those gals know how to have a good time!  The JQs also host guest visits from your favorite romance writers (with giveaways!), so you’re going to want to stop by on a regular basis.

In fact, why don’t you stop over right now and say hello!

Guest Author: Shana Galen & Givaway!

I’m so pleased to be hosting one of my favorite historical romance authors on the blog today.  She’s Shana Galen, and she writes bestselling, Regency-set historical romance that’s both adventurous and sexy.  One of my most enjoyable reads this year was Lord and Lady Spy, which is a great caper story and a wonderful romance with a huge amount of heart.  I loved it!

Shana has a new book out, and she’s here to tell us about it.

Of Dukes and Downton Abbey

Like most of America and the UK, I fell in love with Downton Abbey last year. I’m not much of a TV-watcher, and my husband was so intrigued by my sudden interest, he took watched and was hooked. He’s not a writer, so when the weekly episode was over, it was over for him.

Not so for me. The cast—or at least their images—stayed in my mind. I was writing my September release, When You Give a Duke a Diamond at the time, and some of the actors provided perfect inspiration for my novel’s characters. You can see a few of my choices on my When You Give a Duke a Diamond Pinterest board.

The Duke

I chose Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley on Downton, as the model in appearance for William, the sixth Duke of Pelham. Matthew and Will have almost nothing in common personality-wise. Matthew actually seems to enjoy some leisure on the weekends. Pelham does not know the meaning of the word leisure and does not care to. He’s rigid, staid, and adheres to his routine almost as though it were a lifeline. He has many secrets and a dark past.

And when he meets the Duchess of Dalliance, his routine will never be the same again.

The Diamond

Robin Wright Penn, who played Buttercup in The Princess Bride, has the look of my spontaneous, fun-loving heroine Juliette. Juliette has been dubbed the Duchess of Dalliance, and she’s one of three glamorous courtesans known as The Three Diamonds. She cannot afford to be cut by the powerful Dangerous Duke, but that’s exactly what happens at the Prince Regent’s ball. And then to make matters worse, Juliette witnesses a murder at the ball.

The apparent murder of the Duke of Pelham’s fiancée.

The Jewels

When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first in a new series, and I introduce several characters who feature prominently in future books. The Countess of Sinclair is one such character. She’s the much pitied wife of the Earl of Sin, the protector (read: lover) of The Three Diamonds. But take one look at my choice for the countess—Maggie Smith in her role as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey—and you’ll know there’s more to the countess than it seems.

You’ll have to visit my other Pinterest boards for pictures of Juliette’s friends Fallon and Lily. They’ll each get their own books, filled with dangerous diamonds and dangerous men.

Do you like to picture “celebrities” as the characters in books? Who are some of your favorites?

 He had a perfectly orderly life…

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…

Until she came along…

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…

There you have it, folks!  The first book in Shana’s new series.  For my readers today, Shana is giving away a copy of When You Give a Duke a Diamond to those of you in the U.S. or Canada.  Just answer her question about celebrity inspired characters for a chance to win.  And don’t forget to visit her website for more info about her books, and also check out her group blog, The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.