Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog – it was a really fun discussion! I have some more great guests coming up, including paranormal and romantic suspense author Karen Whiddon and my good pal, Marie Force, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Make sure you drop on by!
I have a HUGE treat in store for my readers today. I’m featuring the very talented author Shana Galen, who writes adventurous and romantic Regency-set historicals. Shana is a wonderful writer who was first published in 2005, and she’s been wowing critics and readers ever since.
Interestingly enough, Shana’s first book was a contemporary romance called The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Men I’ve Dated, which she wrote under the pen name of Shane Bolks. That book was nominated for a RITA, the prestigious award sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. It’s the same book that Meg Cabot—yes, THAT Meg Cabot—said was a “fun, snappy read” that she couldn’t put down.
Oh, boy. If I ever got a cover quote from Meg Cabot, I would probably faint on the spot!
Shana has garnered even more acclaim for her historical romances. Take, for example, Blackthorne’s Bride, which was also nominated for a RITA.
“Shana Galen adds a generous dash of action and adventure to the already irresistible mix of sexy romance and sharp wit in Blackthorne’s Bride, her latest fabulously fun Regency historical.”
This book is part of the popular Misadventures in Matrimony series, which was preceded by the Regency Spies series. She also has a more recent series called The Sons of the Revolution, a trilogy about three brothers struggling to restore their noble heritage in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Doesn’t that sound great?!
You can find out about these series on Shana’s website, and read some fab excerpts from the books. Trust me—you won’t be sorry you stopped by!
Shana has a new book out, and I’ve been waiting several months to read this one. It’s called Lord and Lady Spy, and it features the adventures of two out-of-work spies who just happen to be married to each other.
It’s been getting great reviews, including this one from RT Book Reviews: “Lively, utterly delightful adventure romance. The witty, sexually charged dialogue fuels the rivalry between the realistic characters and sets the pages flying.”
AND the book was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Top Romance Picks for Fall!
Here’s the blurb for Lord and Lady Spy:
Meet Lord and Lady Smythe, England’s preeminent spies. Their identities are guarded even from each other. After years of secrets and lies, their marriage is little more than a crumbling façade. But even love isn’t as important as The Mission—to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte.
But what happens when the mission is complete?
Meet Lord and Lady Smythe, out of work spies. Lady Sophia Smythe will scream if she has to attend another tea party. Lord Adrian Smythe will hit someone if he’s forced to while away another evening in Parliament. What are secret agents to do when the war is over?
There’s one chance left to get back into the game. The prime minister needs a murder investigated. The problem? Two spies. One position.
All’s fair in love and war.
Oh, my God! Doesn’t that sound like so much fun? I’ve got this one sitting right at the top of my teetering To Be Read pile.
You find read all about Lord and Lady Spy on Shana’s website.
To celebrate Shana’s new release, her publisher has donated two copies of Lord and Lady Spy for a giveaway to my readers in the U.S. and Canada. Just tell me who your favorite book, movie, or TV spy is, and why. Two people who comment will win copies of the book!
I’m so glad to have one of my good pals on the blog today. She’s Maggie Robinson, author of fabulously sexy historical romances. Maggie is on a whirlwind blog tour for her latest Kensington Brava release, Mistress by Marriage.
Maggie’s books are wonderful reads. As The Romance Dish said, “you’re always guaranteed sassy wit and sizzling sensuality when you pick up one of Maggie’s books.”
I’m going to turn the blog over to my friend now, as she gives us the inside scoop on her new book.
I had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa and her charming husband at the Romance Writers of America convention this June in New York City. They are sometime-writing partners, which absolutely flabbergasts me. I cannot imagine writing with my husband. In fact, he’s never read a word of what I’ve had published so far. (That’s a total of five novels and two novellas under my two writing names.) He’s just not at all romance-y, although he can be very thoughtful. We are total opposites when it comes to most things. He’s a jock—I only care about where the jockstrap goes. 😉 In fact, we’re a little like the characters in Mistress by Marriage (Brava, September 2011). I won’t say he’s as unyielding and rigid as Edward if he won’t call me flighty and temperamental like Caroline.
Marriage is a mysterious venture. It’s hard enough when the couple have similar backgrounds and goals. When you throw complete strangers at each other, there’s bound to be trouble. Because I am evil, I had my methodical, proper Baron Christie fall hopelessly in the thrall of unsuitable, improper Caroline Parker at a ball, and they’ve both paid for it for six years. When Mistress by Marriage opens, they’ve been separated for five of them. Edward has bought a house for his estranged wife on Jane Street, London’s most exclusive neighborhood for courtesans. He wants a divorce. So does Caroline.
A divorce was hard to obtain, hideously expensive and reputation-ruining in Regency times. It was far more common for people to live apart and wish each other dead, LOL. So I faced legal challenges as well as emotional ones. Once Edward discovers things were not what they appeared to be, he realizes his grounds for divorce don’t exist. His honor and heart are at stake. He wants Caro back. But does she fall into his arms? No, that would be too easy and end the book well before page 278.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so at last Edward reads one of Caroline’s naughty novels. (Did I tell you she writes lurid gothic romances? Do you think this means I want my husband to read my books?) He alters one of her plots, expecting a happy ending. Uh, no such luck. But don’t worry, by page 278 everything is more than okay. Defrosting “Cold Christie” was one of the most fun things I’ve done as a writer. He’s baffled by love—it does not fit into his logical worldview. And even though Caroline writes romances, she doesn’t think she deserves love, but Edward is happy to prove her wrong.
I have a friend who says “There’s a lid for every pot.”
Do you believe there’s someone out there for everyone? How did you meet your partner? I have a signed copy of Mistress by Marriage for one commenter.