Flash Giveaway!

My Favorite Countess

I’m holding a flash giveaway on my facebook page for My Favorite Countess, the third book in my Stanton Family Series. I’ll be picking two winners tonight, so plenty of time to pop on over to facebook and enter. Just click here to leave a comment on the contest post.

 


Count The Countesses!

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Three in all!  My pal and fellow historical romance writer Theresa Romain has a new contest up on her website.  To celebrate the release of her upcoming book, To Charm a Naughty Countess, she’s giving away three countess-themed books, including my own My Favorite Countess.  Books by Courtney Milan and Julie Anne Long are also included, so you’ll want to check this out!  Just pop by Theresa’s contest page to enter.

PS.  Theresa is appearing today at my other home on the web, The Jaunty Quills.  Stop by for a fun interview with her and a chance to win How To Charm a Naughty Countess!


Guest Author: Darcy Burke & Giveaway!!

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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!

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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.

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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 http://www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her new releases newsletter, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.

 


Lethal Confessions Now Available!!

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Most of my readers know that I write contemporary romance with my husband as VK Sykes.  We also love writing romantic suspense, and I’m thrilled to announce that our first book in this genre is now available.  And for you fans of our sports romance series, The Philadelphia Patriots, you might be interested to note that Lethal Confessions is set against the backdrop of pro baseball.

Here’s the blurb:

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.

The book is available in both print and digital on Amazon.

And to celebrate the release of Lethal Confessions, hubby and I are hosting a party on facebook, tomorrow from 7 – 9 pm.  We’ll be joined by a bunch of great authors who will be giving away copies of ARCs and books.  Here are the details:

When: Wed. the 11th, from 7 – 9 pm

Where:  Facebook!

RSVP:  You can register for the event here.

Visiting authors:  Pamela Clare, Margo Maguire, Mia Marlowe, Juliana Stone, Kris Kennedy, Bella Love, Norah Wilson, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Monica Burns, Lila DiPasqua, Jennifer Apodaca, and Cynthia Eden!

Giveaways:  An ARC of Pamela Clare’s upcoming I-Team novel, Striking Distance, an ARC of Mia Marlowe’s upcoming Christmas historical, Plaid Tidings, ARCS of Lila DiPasqua’s upcoming historical romance, The Duke’s Match Girl, and lots more!

Grand Prize Gift Basket: includes a $25 Amazon gift card; reader’s choice of a print or digital copy of Lethal Confessions; an ARC of my upcoming historical romance, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard; copies of my last two books, My Favorite Countess & His Mistletoe Bride; a beautiful box of Godiva chocolates.

Again, to RSVP visit my facebook page and sign up!

And I almost forgot!  I’m on a rolling excerpts blog tour all this week–each day, one blogger is posting an excerpt from Lethal Confessions and doing a giveaway of two of my books.  For the schedule and links, please visit LitConnect.  Today, I’m visiting with Stella Ex Libris.

See you around the blogosphere!

 


LETHAL CONFESSIONS – Release Day Party Planning!!

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I’m so excited that my first V.K. Sykes romantic suspense novel will be hitting virtual and print bookshelves this Tuesday, Sept. 10th.  To celebrate the release of Lethal Confessions, my co-writer (my hubby) and I will be hosting a party on facebook – which will include visits from some fabulous authors and giveaways of their books.  Here are the details:

When: Wed. the 11th, from 7 – 9 pm

Where:  Facebook!

RSVP:  You can register for the event here.

Visiting authors:  Pamela Clare, Margo Maguire, Mia Marlowe, Juliana Stone, Kris Kennedy, Bella Love, Norah Wilson, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Monica Burns, Lila DiPasqua, Jennifer Apodaca, and more!

Giveaways:  An ARC of Pamela Clare’s upcoming I-Team novel, Striking Distance, an ARC of Mia Marlowe’s upcoming Christmas historical, Plaid Tidings, ARCS of Lila DiPasqua’s upcoming historical romance, The Duke’s Match Girl, and lots more!

Grand Prize Gift Basket: includes a $25 Amazon gift card; reader’s choice of a print or digital copy of Lethal Confessions; an ARC of my upcoming historical romance, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard; copies of my last two books, My Favorite Countess & His Mistletoe Bride; a beautiful box of Godiva chocolates.

Again, to RSVP visit my facebook page and sign up!  Thank you!

 

 


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