Hunky Highlander Giveaway!

Highlander Giveaway

I’m giving away two books on my facebook page this weekend: a signed ARC of HOW TO MARRY A ROYAL HIGHLANDER (out in June) and a signed copy of historical romance author Madeline Martin’s new book, DECEPTION OF A HIGHLANDER. Just click here to enter on my facebook page.

And please be sure to stop by The Jaunty Quills today. I’m hosting historical romance author Darcy Burke, who is chatting about her latest release and also doing a giveaway!

More Stops on the Meet Me at the Beach Tour!


Tired of winter yet? Then join me for several more stops today on the MEET ME AT THE BEACH Release Week Blitz to celebrate the release of my VK Sykes contemporary romance! The first is at The Romance Dish, one of my favorite stops on the web. I’m talking about the inspiration for the book and doing a giveaway. There’s also a lovely review of the book–the gals at TRD really liked it!

Here are the other stops, which include a new excerpt from the book and more chances to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a copy of MEET ME AT THE BEACH.

Mary Gramlich Blogspot

Romance Junkies


And don’t forget that the MEET ME AT THE BEACH facebook party is tonight, from 7 – 9 pm EST. Darcy Burke,  Sheila Athens, Jen Lyon, and Debbie Mason will be joining me for the fun, and we’ll all be giving away prizes.

VK Sykes Grand Prize

Escape the winter doldrums by joining me and hubs tonight at our party! Just click here to RSVP and get the deets.


Guest Author: Darcy Burke & Giveaway!!

Darcy Burke

I’m so please to be hosting award-winning author Darcy Burke on the blog today.  Darcy is a lovely person, and she writes wonderful historical romance (and contemporary romance, too).  She’s here to tell us about her latest series and book, Scoundrel Ever After.

Thank you for having me here today, Vanessa! Now that my Secrets and Scandals series is finished (sniff!), I’m reflecting on the characters and stories. I really loved the multi-book redemption arc of Ethan Jagger. Reformed bad boys are one of my favorite tropes and I especially love a series that introduces a character as a villain (or as seemingly irredeemable) and lets you see the transformation from “hell no!” to “ hell yes, please!” What surprised me, though, is that I had not one, but two, female characters who traveled a redemption arc.

The first book in this series, Her Wicked Ways, features a spoiled London debutante who’s banished to the country to reform herself. Instead of multiple books to transform her, she (hopefully!) went from immature and selfish to independent and selfless. That book took place over several months, so her evolution and that of the love story definitely had time to percolate and grow. Still, reformed heroines are harder than heroes!


So why’d I do it again? head/desk. In the second book, His Wicked Heart, I introduced two secondary characters to befriend the heroine (Olivia). They were Lydia and Audrey, who ended up being heroines of their own books. But I didn’t introduce them with that in mind. Lydia, in fact, was more of a frenemy. She was a gossip and a bit condescending to Olivia, who was new to Society. Audrey was much softer and I knew earlier with her that she needed her own book. Lydia, on the other hand, was a tough sell. She’d been introduced as a foil and to make her into heroine material, I had to figure out why she was the way she was. I surprised myself when I paired her with Jason Lockwood, but I’m so happy with how their story turned out. It seemed natural—and exciting—that the socially vilified Jason would find love with the gossip-mongering Lydia.

I’m sure there’ll be reformation of some kind in my next series, Regency Treasure Hunters. One of the heroes, Lord Kersey, appeared very briefly in Her Wicked Ways. He had a somewhat notorious reputation he was trying to live down. We’ll find out how successful he was! I’m planning for the first book in that series (a prequel novella) to be out this summer.


Redemption is definitely one of my favorite themes and as I said, reformed bad boys is one of my favorite romance tropes. What are your favorite themes and tropes? What do you think of reformed heroines and what are some of your favorite books that feature them? One lucky commenter will get a copy of Secrets and Scandals Volume 1, which includes the first three books in the series!

Wow!  That’s a very generous giveaway, Darcy – thank you!  Personally, I’m very fond of the reformed heroine, since my third book, My Favorite Countess, featured a heroine who had to follow a pretty steep course of redemption.  What about you, readers?  What are some of your favorite themes and tropes.  Does it include redemption?  Let us know, and I’ll also throw in a copy of My Favorite Countess for Darcy’s winner!

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Visit Darcy online at and sign up for her new releases newsletter, follow her on Twitter at, or like her Facebook page,


We Have Winners!!

Excited man

The winner of Sally MacKenzie’s book is Warinda, and the winner of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is Renny.  Congratulations, ladies!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog. Be sure to stop back Thursday when Regency romance author Darcy Burke stops by!

FREEBIE ALERT!!  Lost in a Royal Kiss, the digital novella which kicks off my new series, The Renegade Royals, is now free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. Hop on over to one of those sites to download it, if you haven’t already!

Lost in a Royal Kiss Facebook Celebration Tonight!

Lost In A Royal Kiss (eBook)

Tonight’s the night!  From 7:30 – 9:30 pm, EST, I’ll be celebrating the release of Lost in a Royal  Kiss at a big party I’m throwing on facebook.  I’ll be joined by Theresa Romain, Monica Burns, Kris Kennedy, and Darcy Burke, who will all be giving away copies of their lovely books.  I’ll be running giveaways too, culminating in the following grand prize at the end of the night:

$25 Amazon GC, a rare print copy of my second book, Sex And The Single Earl, an ARC of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, and 3 Shana Galen booksTrue Spies, When you Give a Duke a Diamond, and If You Give a Rake a Ruby.

And as an extra special prize, I’ll be giving away a freshly minted ARC of book two in my new series, Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom.  That doesn’t come out until April, so one person will get to read it before anyone else!

To RSVP and to join the event, just click here.

See you tonight!

PS.  I’m visiting The Risky Regencies today for a fun interview, and a giveaway.  Please stop by!

PPS.  Silly me! I also forgot I was visiting with The Dashing Duchesses today, to talk about my FREE Christmas anthology with Kate Noble, Shana Galen, and Anna Campbell.  Stop by to find out all about it!