Guest Author: Margo Maguire & Giveaway!







I have a very talented historical romance author featured on the blog today.  She’s Margo Maguire, and she’s got seventeen novels published in twelve different languages, including manga-animated books in Japan.  How cool is that?

After several years as a nurse—during which she says she drew enough blood to keep the hungriest vampire satisfied—Margo decided to go back to college to study history.  She fell in love with her studies, which eventually led to the creation of her own fictional characters placed in historical settings.  Her first books were Medieval romances, released by Harlequin Publishing.  Margo even has some cool paranormal books, featuring sorcerer-warriors who must time-travel to England to save their race.  Fun!

You can check out all the details on  Margo’s Book Page.

Margo’s more recent books are published by Avon, and with those she’s moved into the Regency era.  Her Regencies have gotten lots of acclaim and one of those, Seducing The Governess, was recently nominated for Best Regency-Era Romance of 2011 by RT Book Reviews.

Seducing The Governess was the first of Margo’s two releases in 2011.  The heroines of these books are the granddaughters of the Duke of Windermere. Their mother was disowned by the hard-hearted old duke years before, so they’ve never met him. Now that the duke is on his deathbed he wants to make amends, and sends out Captain Gavin Briggs, a trusted former army officer, to find them.

Margo’s second book in this series, Brazen, has just come out, and it’s already getting great reviews.  Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about it:

“With affable characters and plenty of emotional tension, this sizzling, suspenseful Regency will hold great appeal for fans of the genre.”

RT Book Reviews called it “an exhilarating tale,” and gave it a K.I.S.S. designation (Knight In Shining Armor).  Here’s the blurb for Brazen:

Lady Christina Fairhaven is devoted to her adoptive family – and most protective of her wayward brother. So when a battle-scarred and world-weary Captain Gavin Briggs arrives at her cottage bearing shocking news – that she is the granddaughter of an aged, bad-tempered duke, Christina is stunned… temporarily.

She will not meet the duke who abandoned her when she was a child; Gavin will not receive his significant – and much needed – reward. However, should the good Captain agree to help her locate and rescue her endangered sibling, then perhaps…

But with a fortune at stake, the road to London is paved with peril. Treachery awaits them… not to mention attraction, temptation, and a most unanticipated passion.

To regain his soul, to protect his lady, Gavin must be more than brave.

To win his love, Chrtistina must be positively… Brazen.

Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?  You can find all the details on Margo’s website, including an excerpt.While you’re visiting Margo’s website, make sure to stop by her media link to watch her video, which features her beautiful covers and the stirring music from that uber-romantic move, Last of the Mohicans.

For my readers today, Margo will donate a copy of one of her wonderful books.  Since Margo has such great, sexy covers, let’s talk about that.  What’s your favorite kind of book cover—clinch, manly chest, or something a little more discrete?  One person who comments will win a copy of one of Margo’s books.