Guest Author: Beverley Kendall & Giveaway!

I’m thrilled today to have historical romance author Beverley Kendall on the blog.  Bev is a real powerhouse in the romance writing community.  Not only does she write wonderful books, she’s the publisher of a fantastic on-line magazine and blog called The Season, which is one of the go-to places on the web for romance reviews and news.

I’m going to turn the blog over to Bev so she can tell us what’s going on in her world.

Like A Mother, An Author Shouldn’t Have Favourites

You always remember your first, right? Your first boyfriend, your first kiss, your first marriage (if you went on to have more than one), your first job and most importantly, your first child.

I have only one son so he is my first and only. No fear of jealousy between siblings here. No sense of guilt that I may—and I say may—gravitate more toward one child than the other.

No, what I have are the characters I create—my heroes. They are the ones who demand my attention exclusively for a good 3-5 months. I get to know them; their likes and dislikes, their foibles and strengths. They charm me and entertain me, and at times, they make my heart wrench and lift my soul. I’m captivated by them and feel a sense of loss when my time with them is over.

Luckily, when authors writes a series, they are able to revisit with much loved heroes of past books and flirt with upcoming heroes as we anticipate writing their own book.

My first book was SINFUL SURRENDER and James Rutherford was my hero; my first ever. For that reason alone, James will always hold a special place in my heart. But even as I wrote SINFUL SURRENDER my mind was on Alex Cartwright. I knew his story three years prior to writing his story, AN HEIR OF DECEPTION. I became even better acquainted with him in A TASTE OF DESIRE, especially when he was having fun tormenting my second hero, Thomas Armstrong.

But I knew Alex’s road to HEA would be littered with heartbreak and loss. I knew that Alex would—for a time—lose his wit, his dry sense of humour and a piece (tiny) of his humanity when he loses the love of his life. And because I knew the journey Alex was to take, he rose above the others in my affections.

I felt for Alex. I felt his loss. I felt his pain. I felt his anger and sense of betrayal and abandonment. Alex immediately became my favourite.

When AN HEIR OF DECEPTION, which I once hoped to publish with one of the New York publishers, was roundly rejected, I wasn’t deterred. I knew with 100% certainty that no matter what, I’d finish writing this book and it would be published. Of all the books I’d written thus far, Alex’s story above all needed to be told. In April I finished telling Alex’s story and let it loose on the romance reading public. Whew!

Now, I’m saying a sad farewell to my favourite hero, Alex Cartwright. Fortunately for me, I’m working on a connecting series, The Temptresses, so I’ll be visiting with him again even if it will only for a brief period.

What about you? Have you ever felt guilty about favouring someone over the other? Comment and enter to win a digital copy of AN HEIR OF DECEPTION. I’m giving away 2 copies. 

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Vanessa, here.  Be sure to visit Bev’s website for blurbs and excerpts for all her lovely books, and don’t forget to drop by The Season, too!

Guest Author: Beverley Kendall & Giveaway!

One of my favorite people in romancelandia is Beverley Kendall.  Not only is she smart and talented, she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  There’s another reason why I love her – she also writes sexy, Regency-set historical romances.  Oh, and did I mention her books are sexy?

Bev’s first book, which kicked off her Elusive Lords series, was Sinful Surrender RT Book Reviews gave it 4 stars:  “In her fresh, charming debut, Kendall’s natural wit and fine voice shine through.”

And New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell calls Bev’s writing “deliciously intense.”  Yum!

Bev’s second book in the Elusive Lords series is A Taste of Desire.  Take a look at her charming video, which gives you a sense of the fun that awaits you when you read this book.


Like many of us in the romance writing world, Bev has moved into the indie arena with her new novella, All’s Fair in Love & Seduction.  For those of you who have been following Bev’s Elusive Lords, this novella tells Derek and Elizabeth’s story.  I know for a fact that a lot of people have been waiting for this one, including me!

Here’s the blurb:

With her seduction she hopes to gain his affections

For Miss Elizabeth Smith, sharing her first kiss with the charming Lord Derek Creswell is nothing short of a dream come true…that is, until she is spotted by one of the most influential gossips of the ton. With scandal nipping at her heels, to avoid total social ruin, Elizabeth must present a fiancé by the end of the Season. But when the viscount proves reluctant, Elizabeth is forced to employ a seduction of a different sort…

With his seduction he is determined to ruin her

Viscount Derek Creswell believes Elizabeth set out to trap him into marriage. After all, her sister attempted the very same thing with his brother six years before. Now the delectable Miss Smith expects a betrothal and a ring, while Derek finds her ruination infinitely more appealing…

But as Derek sets out to seduce only her body, Elizabeth is intent on claiming his jaded heart.

Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?  All’s Fair in Love & Seduction is available for just $1.49 on Amazon, and a host of other e-retailers.  You can find all the handy buy links on Bev’s website, and read an excerpt.  As an added bonus, you can take a look at the first three chapters of Bev’s next book in her Elusive Lords series, An Heir of DeceptionThat book, which is Alex and Charlotte’s story, will be available in the Fall of 2011.   Can’t wait for this one!

While you’re visiting Bev’s website, there’s something else you should definitely check out – Bev’s online magazine, The Season.  It’s one of the best romance review journals on the web, and it’s packed with honest, thoughtful reviews of all the latest releases.  There are also tons of interesting features every month, including free reads, bestsellers, and links to all the places on the web to buy books.  The Season also has a blog, with daily updates and guest blogs from a huge range of wonderful romance writers.  You really need to check it out, especially since The Season will be celebrating its second anniversary this month.  Bev will be throwing a big party with lots of great prizes, including tons of books and a grand prize of an e-reader!

To celebrate the release of All’s Fair in Love & Seduction, Bev has donated a copy of the novella for a giveaway today.  Since today is August  1st – the height of summer vacation – let’s kick back a little.  Tell me where you’re going on vacation this summer, or tell if you intend to remain at home on a staycation!  One person who comments will win a copy of Bev’s fabulous novella.

It’s almost Christmas – time to give away more books!

In honor of the Season, I’m giving away a few more books from two very talented friends of mine.  The first is Sinful Surrender by Beverley Kendall. The second is Wild Heart by Lori Brighton.  Just leave a comment, telling me what’s your favorite kind of Christmas cookie.  One person will win both books.

And for the record, my favorite kind of cookie is good, old-fashioned chocolate chip!

Don’t forget to check out my big December contest while you’re here, too.


There’s a wonderful prize pack filled with fabulous historical novels up for grabs this month!

One winner will receive a MY FAVORITE COUNTESS tote bag and t-shirt along with the following TEN novels. What better way to pamper yourself during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Books included are:

SINFUL SURRENDER by Beverley Kendall (signed by the author)
HOW TO SEDUCE A DUKE by Kathryn Caskie (signed by the author)
WICKED BECOMES YOU by Meredith Duran
THE RECKLESS BRIDE by Stephanie Laurens

To enter the contest simply send an email to with the subject line DECEMBER CONTEST. Please include your full name and mailing address.

The contest ends December 31.

One winner will be chosen at random from all entries.