The Trouble with Seduction by Victoria Hanlen – Spotlight and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Victoria will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

MediaKit_BookCover_TheTroubleWithSeductionRebellious, Scandalous and Irredeemable

Sarah, Lady Strathford is ready for a little harmless frivolity with a man of her own age and her own appetites…surely that’s not too much to ask! After the death of her beloved husband years before Sarah is ready for an adventure… Enter the dashing, roguish – and baffling – Mr Cornelius Ravenhill.

Ravenhill, however, is not the gentleman he seems, and soon Sarah finds herself battling against the corrupt and harsh world around her as it threatens to destroy all she holds dear. The question is, will her seduction at the hands of Mr Ravenhill prove to be her saviour or her downfall?

Enjoy an excerpt:

“This excerpt is from an unedited ARC and there may be small changes in the final book.”

“I have a favor to ask, Amelia.” Sarah rolled her cigar between her fingers. “It has come to my attention that perhaps someone connected to Edward’s accident was at your party a few weeks ago. Would it be possible for you to make a list of all present? And could you please include the servants and anyone else who might have arrived late, guest or not.”

“Oh, my, Sarah! Whom do you suspect?”

“I’m not sure. It’s for an acquaintance who thought they briefly saw someone there.”

Amelia’s face lit up. “This is all so mysterious. Who is this acquaintance?”

Sarah bit her lower lip and tasted rich Cuban tobacco. Yesterday’s image of Mr. Ravenhill in his revealing work smock appeared in her mind. She probably should have nothing more to do with him. Handsome males had always brought trouble. The very first boy she’d admired had teased her into breaking her leg. Its weakness would probably forever plague her.

She shouldn’t reveal he was the one who wanted the list, but she hated lying, and especially to her friends. “This acquaintance believes they have found a connection between the fire that killed Edward and the men who attacked…him.”

“It’s Mr. Ravenhill!” Amelia clapped excitedly.

Calista’s dimple twitched, and she shoved her cigar into her mouth.

Sarah wanted to make herself very small and slink away. This was exactly what she’d been afraid of, and these were her friends. She and Ravenhill were such a chestnut – a wealthy widow befriending a handsome rake, the younger son of a peer. “You purposely misunderstand the situation. There is nothing between us and that is the way it will stay.”

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TheTroubleWithSeductionAward winning, historical romance author, VICTORIA HANLEN, has worked at a wide range of jobs, from fashion, to corporate business, to treading the boards of stage and professional opera. A lifelong writer, she once put her skills to use in PR and advertising. But her favorite form of writing is stories with happily ever afters. Her first book, The Trouble With Misbehaving, was published in February 2016. Victoria and her husband live in rural New England surrounded by a host of wildlife.

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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Victoria Hanlen says:

    Thank you for hosting!!
    🙂 Victoria

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

    • Victoria Hanlen says:

      You’re welcome!! I’ve just been through some historic tobacco sheds (they actually look like tall barns). I didn’t realize they had thin side doors along their walls. Workers would open and close them to the outside air to regulate temperature and humidity. So interesting, but it was a hugely labor intensive process.
      🙂 Victoria

  4. Love the cover!

  5. Great looking cover and thanks for the generous prize.

  6. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Victoria Hanlen says:

      Hi Peggy,
      Yes, I do. But I have a couple of ways to jump start it again. Since I write Historical Romance, I start reading non-fiction history books about subjects that might help define the world I write in.
      I’ve done NaNoWriMo for several years. That is where you write 50,000 words in the month of November. Every day you have to write 1667 words. It took three tries before I was able to complete it. Sometimes all that came out was junk. Horrible, horrible stuff. But some days I was surprised at the ideas and flow that would happen. I had to force myself to write on the days where only junk came out. But it was like working out a writing and idea muscle. It gets stronger with consistent exercise.
      The other way that helps me is to write in a different place. Just the change in environment helps jump start ideas.
      Another way is to write down 20 ideas for your story or problem in you story. The first may be cliche, or silly, or downright awful. But the last five could be pretty good.
      The most tried and true way for me, though, is to set a word goal–turn off my internal editor, shut off the phone, force myself to stay off the internet and not allow myself to do anything else until I’ve met it. Don’t worry that only junk seems to come out. Once you get that out of the way the idea pipes start clearing out and some better ones make it through.
      Thanks for asking.
      🙂 Victoria

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