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In Grace Burrowes’ upcoming release, Will’s True Wish (February 2nd), aristocratic London is plagued by a series of dognappings.

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1_19 grace burrowes book coverNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes continues her True Gentlemen Regency series in this enchanting “accidentally in love” romance

It’s a dog’s life…

Will Dorning, as an earl’s spare, has accepted the thankless duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though Will’s only true companions are the dogs he’s treasured since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a series of dognappings, Will’s brothers are convinced that he’s the only person who can save the stolen canines from an awful fate.

But the lady’s choice…

Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister’s only marital prospect. Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he lacks the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together to rescue the purloined pets, it’s loyal, dashing Will who steals Susannah’s heart.

About the Author:New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes has written over thirty-five books in the romance genre and has garnered numerous awards and STARRED Reviews. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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You Might be a True Gentleman/Gentlewoman If.. by Grace Burrowes – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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“You Might Be A True Gentleman or Gentlewoman If…”
by Grace Burrowes

How do you know if your Sig-O is a true gentleman/lady? Ask yourself a few questions…

First, do his or her best moves, smoothest lines, and cleverest flirtations only come out in public, or are the housework sessions equally likely to produce the verbal roses and melting glances from across the laundry pile?

The hallmark of a player is that their repertoire is best displayed when there’s an audience to play to. The true gentleman or lady isn’t playing, so the good stuff can come your way any old day or night of the week.

Second, does he or she deliver the fun and flirtation in you statements (“You look good in anything… and in nothing at all.”) Do they keep to the I-statements when the topic is difficult? (“I can come off irritated any time we talk about money because I’m afraid I’m not pulling my share of the load. I don’t mean to sound that way, and I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings.”)

The guy or gal who lapses into the you-always, and you-never accusations in the middle of a difficult conversation hasn’t learned to fight fair. Time to whip out a few remedial lessons from the relationship Code Duello, or find another waltzing partner.

Third, does he or she have the touch? Always respectful in public—even when respectfully affectionate—always cool with your respectful affections too?

The ladies and gents who treasure us the most know better than to cross that line, and we treasure them right back for their gallant attentions.

Fourth, do they listen to us? We’ve all had the experience of being on a date or in a discussion, and the person we’re with has checked out. They’re eying the door, the clock, their cool new app, or if there’s a mirror on hand (store window, shiny plate, mirror app), themselves. Um… that would be a no.

Fifth, are they honorable? Do they give you the sense that at all times, the person you’re with will be guided by kindness and honesty, even when neither is convenient for them? If that’s the consistent vibe—truth and compassion as their defining values—you are in the company of a true lady or a true gentleman.

Here’s the best part: True ladies and true gentlemen tend to be discerning people, for all they are also gracious, kind, honest, and excellent company. If you’ve found a true lady or gentleman for your very own, and they reciprocate your regard, chances are they have found a true lady or gentleman in you too!

11_4 grace DanielsTrueDesireAn honorable life

Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left-and even his churchman’s collar is beginning to feel like a noose. At the urging of family, Daniel attempts to start his life over as vicar in the sleepy Kentish town of Haddondale, family seat to the earls of Bellefonte.

Challenged by passion

Lady Kirsten Haddonfield has resigned herself to a life of spinsterhood. Then the handsome new village vicar, Reverend Daniel Banks, becomes a guest of the Haddonfield family while the vicarage is being renovated, and Kirsten finds herself rethinking her position. Lady Kirsten does not know that Daniel’s past is about to cast a shadow on love’s future.

About the Author:11_4 Grace BurrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Grace Burrowes on Family – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by the publisher. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance to win Grace Burrowes’ Windham series.

Message from the Author

My parents recently celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary—you read that correctly, 7-0. I’m the sixth of their seven children, so I missed a lot of the opening rounds of the Burrowes family story. To make up for that great unfairness, I ask my parents and my older siblings to fill in blanks for me. What was it like for my mom, starting out with twin boys, when the nice obstetrician—who didn’t want to upset her—failed to inform her she was carrying twins?

Mom learned she was to embark on double motherhood in the delivery room, when the nurse said, “Keep pushing, Mrs. Burrowes. You’re still in labor.”

She kept pushing. My brother Dick is particularly grateful she did, too.

What was it like for my father, to be the sole support of nine people, various shirt-tail cousins, and extended family members, on just a professor’s salary?

We never did without the essentials. How did he DOOOOO that?

These stories are the stuff of family legends, and every family has them. When I’d written stories for all of the Windham siblings, I still had a sense that the family tale wasn’t complete. How did Maggie and Devlin join the family? How did Percival, occasionally more stubborn than insightful, have the great sense to marry Esther? Why has Esther remained his champion, conscience, and confidante despite all the trying moments?

To find those answers, I had to write two novellas. First, came “The Courtship”, wherein Their Graces fall madly in love, despite—what a surprise!—meddling parents. Second, came “The Duke and His Duchess”. We know Percy and Esther’s household was in some regards unconventional, but they chose love over appearances from the start of their relationship. I wanted to know how they got through the challenges created by Percy’s behavior prior to the marriage, and emerged a stronger couple and a happier family for their choices.

The Duke’s Courtship duology is the result of my curiosity about the ongoing magic of a loving family, and also a tribute to my parents, whose happily ever after continues, even as a I write this.

9_15 TheDukeHisDuchessTheCourtshipTHE COURTSHIP
The first novella to be published by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes features the foundation story for her bestselling Windham series. This is the tender story of love tested and won, and how Percy Windham, the dashing and brilliant man who was never supposed to become the Duke of Moreland, wooed Esther Himmelfarb, the amazing lady who became his beloved Duchess.

THE DUKE AND HIS DUCHESS
In this second prequel novella to the popular Windham series, Grace Burrowes continues the story of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland through the tumultuous and bittersweet first years of marriage and parenthood. Percival Windham is a second son and cavalry officer when he weds the beautiful Esther Himmelfarb. Percy and Esther must grow into the nobility they’ve been resisting and stand together, or face the threat of destroying their young family and the beautiful love that started out with such promise…

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Miss Esther Himmelfarb has been dragooned into attending a house party to make up the numbers, and to keep an eye on a cousin with a penchant for gambling. Little does Esther know Lord Percival Windham will risk all to win her heart.

“Miss Himmelfarb, I believe?” Lord Percival winged an arm and smiled at Esther graciously. “Shall I have us introduced, or in the informality of the occasion, will you allow me to join you at supper?”

A more calculating man would have offered to escort her to whoever had the honor of dining with her, but then, Lord Percival likely did not have to be calculating.

“I will happily accept your escort to the buffet, my lord.” Esther laced her gloved hand around Lord Percival’s arm, only to encounter a small surprise.

Or not so small.

Gossip had not lied. The man was muscular in the extreme, and this close, he was also of sufficient height to uphold the fiction that he’d protect Esther from any brigands or wolves wandering about Lady Morrisette’s parlor.

“Does your family hail from Kent, Miss Himmelfarb? I know most of the local families and cannot recall Himmelfarbs among them.”

The question was perfectly pleasant, and so too was his lordship’s scent. Not the scent of exertion or the standard rose-scented rice powder—he wasn’t wearing a wig—but something elusive…

“You’re twitching your nose like a thoughtful bunny, Miss Himmelfarb. Are you in anticipation of something particularly succulent among the supper offerings?”

He smiled down at her as he spoke, and for moment, Esther could not fashion a reply. Of all the times for Charlotte Pankhurst to be right about a man’s blue, blue eyes…

“I’m trying to fathom the fragrance you’re wearing, my lord. It’s pleasant.”

“If I didn’t know better, I’d think from your expression that you do not approve of men wearing pleasant scents.” His tone, amused, teasing, suggested that sometimes, all he wore was a pleasant scent—and that just-for-you smile.

Lord Percival leaned nearer, as if sharing a confidence amid the noise and bustle of the first night of a lively, extended social gathering.

“Bay rum lacks imagination, don’t you think? I shall wear it when I’m a settled fellow with children in my nursery. There’s cedar in the scent I wear, reminds me of Canada. You’re partial to spicy scents yourself.”

He was inviting a reciprocal confidence from her with that observation. The notion of trading secrets with Percival Windham made something beneath Esther’s heart twang—disagreeably, of course.

“Lavender with a few other things.”

“My dear”—his lordship had straightened only a bit—“why is My Lady Hair Bows staring daggers in this direction?”

My lady…? Then… my dear?!

“I’m not sure what you mean, my lord.”

“You know exactly what I mean, Miss Himmelfarb.” Lord Percival picked up a plate, though they were still some distance from any sustenance. “Now the Needy girl is at her elbow, pouring brandy on the flames of gossip. You and I will be engaged by this time tomorrow, I don’t doubt.”

Did one correct a duke’s spare when he made light of marriage to a woman within staring distance of professional spinsterhood?

Yes, one did.

“Her name is Needham, my lord. And I should think an engagement unlikely when you have yet to ask for my hand and I have given no indication I would accept your suit.”

The light in his eyes changed, going from friendly—yes, that was the word—to something more intent.

“You are an impertinent woman. We shall get on famously, Miss Himmelfarb. I adore impertinent women.”

About the Author: 9_15 Grace Burrowes New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Meet the Authors from the Small Town, Large Hearts Tour – Q&A and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by the publisher. Enter to win a small town contemporary romance prize pack including titles from Grace Burrowes, Sharon Sala, Andrea Laurence, and Samantha Chase.

What can you tell us about the small town setting of your upcoming romance?

Samantha Chase (author of RETURN TO YOU): The south shore of Long Island had always been my heroine Selena’s home. Born and raised minutes from the beach, she always dreamed that it would be where she’d find love, raise a family and live happily ever after. The small coastal town really hadn’t been part of James Montgomery’s plan for his own life, after meeting Selena, it’s suddenly a very appealing part of his future.

Grace Burrowes (author of KISS ME HELLO): Damson Valley lies in rural Maryland, about an hour away from both Washington, DC, and Baltimore. The Appalachian Mountains give the town a protected, bucolic feel, despite the proximity of big city lights. My hero attorney MacKenzie Knightley loved growing up with his brothers on a farm right outside Damson Valley, and was all too happy to go into practice with both James and Trent. The Knightley farm is now owned by foster mom Sidonie Lindstrom, who has moved away from Baltimore to give her foster son a better start in life. Sid has no patience for small town life, though before too long, the scenery does catch her interest…

Andrea Laurence (author of FEEDING THE FIRE): If you’re willing to turn your car off the highway and venture from the beaten path, you might be lucky enough to run across a town like Rosewood, Alabama. Steeped in southern charm and the traditional values of God, Family and Football (although not always in that order), Rosewood is like a time capsule preserving everything modern cities have lost. Here, you’ll find homemade pies, perfectly brewed sweet tea, and beauty parlors filled with lively gossip. It’s the kind of town where everybody knows everybody – and everybody knows your business whether you like it or not! Thanks for stopping by. Sit a spell and tell us what you know.

What is the most romantic spot in town?

Grace Burrowes: The most romantic spots in Damson Valley aren’t in the town itself, they’re in the surrounding countryside. Mac and Sid watch the moonrise from a blanket in the middle of a field, they enjoy some quiet time on the swing on Sid’s porch, they have a lovely meal on Mac’s back terrace. The great outdoors are for love when a couple lives in the country!

What is the heroine’s favorite memory of the town? Your hero’s?

Samantha Chase: For Selena, her favorite memory is of the time she spent with her grandmother and how they used to volunteer in the community and with their church. They enjoyed gardening and touring the local arboretum and parks. As for James, he considered himself and outcast but he looks at the time he lived in town as one of the only times in his life that he felt accepted. The friends he’d made and the people he worked for embraced him in ways he never thought his family did.

Is there a big party or a community get together for your small town?

Andrea Laurence: Rosewood has several big events throughout the year. They can turn anything into a party. Christmas, the Fourth of July, Halloween… you name it! One of their biggest events is the county fair. It comes in September and everyone enjoys taking their turns on the Tilt-a-Whirl and entering the bake-off. There’s a year of bragging rights hanging on that event! There’s the parade, and of course, the Miss Rosewood Pageant. Every teenage girl in town aspires to sit on that throne.

Keep an eye out for our movies in the square starting next summer!

About the Authors and Books

Samantha Chase: 3_2 small town ReturnToYou New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

RETURN TO YOU releases March 3, 2015. You can preorder the title here: http://amzn.to/1EV1EpC .

Grace Burrowes: 3_2 small town KissMeHelloNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

KISS ME HELLO releases March 3, 2015. You can preorder the title here: http://amzn.to/1GzO387 .

Andrea Laurence: 3_2 small town FeedingtheFire
Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she’s working on her own “happily ever after” with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody’s business.

FEEDING THE FIRE releases March 16, 2015. You can preorder the title here: http://amzn.to/1ADp431 .

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Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes – Spotlight and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by the publisher. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance to win a Sourcebooks Contemporary Romance Bundle including THE SWEETEST KISSES series by Grace Burrowes. Kiss Me Hello, the third book in The Sweetest Kisses series releases on March 3. Read our review here.

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He loves her, she loves him not…?

In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she’s not interested in the neighbor-despite his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he’s determined to change her mind…

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“This is a nice spot,” Mac said. “The horses will loaf here in the hotter months because the trees make for good shade, but the canopy isn’t quite done leafing out yet, so we’ll be able to see the moon come over the ridge.” He spread the blanket on a patch of grass up the slope from the pond.

Sid settled on the blanket, running her hand over what felt like soft flannel, while Mac lowered himself beside her.

“Give me your foot.” Mac didn’t wait for her to comply. He took Sid by the foot, and drew her running shoe off. “Other one.”

He peeled her socks down and tucked them into her shoes, then unlaced his boots and set them beside the blanket, stuffing a sock in each one. “Moonrise is always best appreciated barefoot.”

The sentiment was poetical; the words were not. “Is that a rule?”

“Suppose it is.” He took off his jacket, balled it up, and lay back to rest his head on it. “Come here and let me hold you, Sidonie. I haven’t watched the moon come up with a lovely woman in my arms for years.”

She settled against him, resting her head on the slope of his shoulder. “We’re going to talk about rules like this?” He thought she was lovely.

“We’ll come to some understandings.” His arm came around her shoulders, and his hand stroked over her hair. “I’ll undo this braid while we’re at it.”

“Don’t lose my elastic.”

His fingers were soon winnowing through her hair, drawing the length of it over her shoulder.

“How am I supposed to think about rules when you’re touching me like this, MacKenzie?”

“You don’t need to think. You just tell me what’s true for you.”

“True about what?”

He went quiet again, while Sid repositioned herself against him. She could hear his heart beat, feel the slow, steady thud of his life’s blood beneath her cheek.

“What do you want from me, Sidonie Lindstrom? What do you need?”

“Nobody has asked me that before.” She considered her answer, while Mac’s hand drifted through her hair, across her back, down her arm. “I want a friend, I guess. You’ve been a friend to me, and I wasn’t expecting to find that here.”

“Is that all you want? I can be a good friend. My brothers would vouch for me in that regard.”

She could not tell from his voice if he was disappointed with her answer, or pleased. “No, that isn’t all I want, but I’ll settle for it, and be grateful if that’s where you want to draw the line. A friend, a real friend, is nothing to scoff at.”

Another silence, while Mac got his hand on her nape and started massaging the tension there. His idea of friendship would soon leave Sid witless and boneless.

“I can’t expect you to put yourself out there without showing I’m willing to do likewise: I want you.” Mac’s voice was quiet in the gathering darkness. “I want you at least for a friend, an intimate friend, Sidonie, but I don’t share something that precious. If you allow me the privileges of a lover, then I will expect that for whatever time I enjoy that status, those privileges are exclusively mine. You will agree to this, or our friendship keeps its clothes on.”

Sid shivered, though the night wasn’t uncomfortably cool, and Mac gave off heat like a woodstove. He was so serious about this, when they could have shared a casual romp in the moonlight.

She would have settled for that—and settling would have been a mistake.

She traced his facial features. Beyond serious, he was solemn, as if these understandings he sought could be the foundation for something even greater than friendship.

“If you agree to my terms,” he said, his hand slowing in her hair, “you agree because it’s what you want too, not because I need to hear the words and you have a private agenda that’s different from what you’ll say to me.”

He was asking for honesty, the most basic tenet of a real friendship. Friends were kind to each other, considerate, patient, reliable, but above all, a friend was somebody who told the truth.

“I don’t have much practice with relationships, MacKenzie.”

He rolled slowly, like the earth heaving up, until Sid was on her back with Mac blanketing her. “There’s more to say.” He rested his forehead against hers. “A lot more, but right now, Sidonie, I have to kiss you. Have to.”

About the Author: 2_23 GraceBurrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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The First Kiss by Grace Burrowes – Spotlight and Giveaway

2_3 The First KissWelcome to the release day of Grace Burrowes’ newest book The First Kiss. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance to win Grace’s giant giveaway – a bundle of her historical and contemporary titles.

Classical pianist Vera Waltham is recovering from a bad break up by taking a hiatus with her daughter in the Damson Valley countryside. She’s content with her music, and has no interest in complicating her life with further attempts at romance.

Attorney James Knightley is a numbers guy who reads contractual fine print for lunch, and wants nothing to do with damsels, in distress or otherwise. Nobody is more surprised than James when he falls for Vera Waltham, and the only contract on James’s mind when it comes to Vera is holy matrimony.

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“May I ask you a favor?”

“Of course.”

“Play the piano for me?”

Nowhere near play with me, but this was Vera. “You want to do a lesson now?”

“This isn’t a lesson. I’m asking you to play for me, James. Get out your old favorites, the friends you turn to when you’re heartsore and soul weary, the consolation pieces that aren’t for everybody else. You play them for yourself.”

She curled up across the room in a pap-san chair and pulled an old quilt around her.

Could he do this?

If Vera had asked James to go to bed with her, he would have known he was competent to bring her pleasure, to satisfy her most intimate wishes and secret, sexual desires. But this? To play? For her?

She wanted music that had called to him, spoken to his soul and become a part of him. Pieces of his heart.

James set his hands on the keyboard, took a slow, deep breath, and began to play. He played from memory, his fingers finding the notes easily in the dim light. He could play this waltz with his eyes closed, and he had, many times. He hadn’t heard it since the night his mother had died, but she’d loved it too, and his hands would never forget how to craft the phrases and melodies.

“Oh, James, the Chopin.” Vera signed her pleasure at his choice, and James’s heart sighed with her. He could do this for her, soothe her with music the way she’d made music to soothe and delight so many others. The waltz shifted from a work he’d set aside years ago – a grieving piece – to a gift from him to Vera.

Only to Vera.

When the last rippling rise of notes died away, Vera remained curled up, eyes closed, mouth slightly parted.

James had played her to sleep. He took a moment to memorize the sight of her, safe and at peace under the quilt his mother had made for her hope chest.

Then he thought back over other pieces he’d set aside, the ones that were too sweet or too sorrowful or both, and he began to play again.

About the Author:2_3 Grace BurrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Holiday Blitz and Giveaway: Terry Spear, Carolyn Brown and Grace Burrowes

Welcome to a Holiday Blitz featuring Christmas stories from Terry Spear, Carolyn Brown, and Grace Burrowes. Enter the Rafflecopter to win an iPad Mini.

10_21 A Highland Wolf ChristmasA Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

Summary

It’s going to take a lot of mistletoe…

Guthrie MacNeill, financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, is at his wit’s end when the pack leader’s mate hires a gorgeous party planner to bring holiday cheer to the castle. Guthrie’s wildly attracted to Calla, except he can’t reconcile the fact that his job is to save the clan’s money, and hers seems to be to spend it.

To warm this Highlander’s heart

Calla Stewart has never had a more difficult client. The laird and lady of the castle are delightful, but the handsome Highlander holding the purse strings is quite impossible. Since she specializes in holiday magic, Calla hopes she can make the scrooge-like wolf lighten up. Then Guthrie takes on the role of Highland warrior to protect her from an unexpected threat, and the holidays take a turn for the passionate.

Excerpt from A HIGHLAND WOLF CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear

 

Women shrieked and shouted, but Calla was on the other side of the tree where she couldn’t see the commotion. But then she saw the twelve-foot tree toppling over—right toward her.

 

Before Calla could get out of the way, something hit her hard from the side and slammed her against the floor. Just before the tree landed on top of them. He was on top of her, smelling like the great outdoors, fir tree, and musky, sexy male wolf. Guthrie.

 

“Sorry,” he mumbled against her ear, branches framing his head and touching the floor on either side of her. “I meant to rescue you.”

 

She smiled. “From … the tree?”

 

He smiled back. “That was the idea.”

 

Guthrie lifted his head, smiling at her with a mischievous glint in his green eyes. Despite all the commotion, and to Calla’s surprise, Guthrie kissed her. His lips were warm and masculine and tasted like wassail. Cinnamon, apple cider, and oranges. She licked his mouth to enjoy more of the taste and he licked her back, smiling. Then he deepened the kiss.

 

Oh my God! She hadn’t felt this naughty in forever! The men were going to move the tree soon, and here she and Guthrie would be. Kissing. In front of several members of his pack.

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10_21 Cowboy Boots for ChristmasCowboy Boots For Christmas by Carolyn Brown

Summary

After two tours in Afghanistan, retired Army sniper Finn O’Donnell believes his new ranch outside the sleepy little town of Burnt Boot, Texas, is the perfect place for an undisturbed holiday season. But before he can settle in, an old friend shows up looking for protection and a place where nobody knows her name.

But that’s going to take a miracle…

Callie Brewster must relocate to protect her young nephew, Martin, and the only person she trusts is her old Army friend, Finn. Burnt Boot seems like the perfect place to be anonymous, but it turns out a small town with big drama is no place to hide…

Excerpt from COWBOY BOOTS FOR CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Brown

 

Callie was standing in front of the window, staring out like a bird in a cage. He crossed the room in long strides, scooped her up, and sat down in the rocking chair with her.

 

“I’m scared,” she said.

 

“I know. So am I.”

 

“This is too perfect, Finn. There’s a grenade somewhere and the pin is pulled. It’s just a matter of time until it all goes boom. I figured if I left now, it would be with good memories and not horrible ones. But I don’t want to leave. Just thinking of walking away from you breaks my heart.”

 

He tangled his fingers in her hair and held her head against his chest. “I’ll help you work through the fear if you’ll do the same for me.”

 

She drew her head back, her aqua-colored eyes swimming in tears. “Don’t bullshit me, O’Donnell. You’d face off with the devil.”

 

He let go of her hair and bent just enough that their lips touched in a salty kiss. Her arms sent desire shooting through his body when they laced around his neck. The kiss deepened into more as she opened her mouth and let his tongue inside to make love to her mouth.

 

“Darlin’, never doubt that my fears are every bit as big as yours, with commitment topping the list in big bold letters. Don’t run away, Callie. I need you to stay,” he whispered softly.

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10_21 What A Lady Needs For ChristmasWhat a Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Summary

Lady Joan Flynn needs a husband—any husband—if she’s not to find scandal and mischief under her Christmas tree; Scottish wool magnate Dante “Hard-hearted” Hartwell needs an aristocratic wife to gain access to the financing that will keep his wool mills secure. Can holiday magic spin an expedient match into true love, and wary differences into trust?

 

Excerpt from WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes

 

Dante and Joan’s wedding night has begun with a discussion of holiday gift-giving, though neither bride nor groom can stay focused on that topic for very long…

 

Joan stretched out her chilly foot, and encountered Dante’s calf. His bare, warm, hairy calf, because her husband slept without the benefit—or hindrance—of clothing.

 

He moved onto his side, facing Joan. “What shall I get you for Christmas, Mrs. Hartwell?”

 

“You’ve given me your very name. That’s gift enough.” Also his trust, his respect, his kisses…so many treasures.

 

He rolled to his back, suggesting Joan had provided the wrong answer.

 

“I don’t want your gratitude, madam. Loyalty, fidelity, and a good-faith effort to make something of this marriage will be a fine bargain on both of our parts. The marriage is as much opportunity for me as it is convenient for you.”

 

Joan did not want a fine bargain, but she did want the warmth her husband’s body gave off. She yielded to the craving and snuggled right up to his side. His arms came around her, as if they’d spent many nights visiting their way to shared sleep.

 

“I kept my nightgown on.”

 

“I know, lass. I’ll forgive you that modesty if you kiss me.”

 

She kissed him, and the contour of his lips told her he was smiling. “You should kiss me too, sir. My feet are cold.”

 

“You need your new husband to warm them up?”

 

Joan needed her new husband in so many ways. “Shall I take off my nightgown?” She didn’t want to, but Dante was naked, and the intimacies she’d tried hard not to dwell on were commencing.

 

“You feel safer with it on,” he said, shifting to blanket her with his body. “I’ll try not to tear it.”

 

Gracious. “I can stitch it back together if you do.”

 

He nuzzled her ear, sending a shivery feeling down Joan’s spine. “Kiss me some more, Mrs. Hartwell.”

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I started writing romance novels because one of my keeper authors had stopped publishing the kind of books I could enjoy. My disappointment was boundless, so boundless, I thought, “Maybe I could write a romance.”

Twenty manuscripts later, somebody suggested I try to get my stories published. This struck me as a distraction from the fun of writing, but when enough friends and family members raised the same question, “Why don’t you try to get published?” I figured, what the heck, why not? Off to an RWA Chapter conference I did go.

And promptly concluded publication was not for me.

The people at that conference spoke a dialect I did not understand, about lines and genres and whips—well, WIPS. They all seemed to know each other and were very confident of their publication goals, while I had more of a publication wish. I repaired to the bar the first evening, intending to take a drink up to my room and get some writing done. I noticed a woman in line beside me, and perceived that she was an Editor (cue dorsal fin music).

“Am I supposed to pitch you?” I asked. This is about the last full sentence I recall forming that evening, because the nice lady was indeed receptive to hearing about my book. When I told her there were twenty books (so far), she put her knitting bag on the bar, and pulled the pitch out of me, question by question.

The nice lady was Deb Werksman, now my editor at Sourcebooks. She read many, many of my rough drafts, and eventually settled on a few that looked promising. When she first brought my books up in an acquisition meeting, somebody asked the question, “Why should we acquire yet another debut Regency author?”

Good question. Such a good question, that might have been the end of my publication wish right there.

Deb came back to me, though, and asked me if I had any more ammunition I could throw at the acquisition committee. By then, I’d won the Georgia Romance Writer’s Maggie award for an unpublished historical, as well as several other contests. Deb took that list back to the acquisitions folks, and got the green light.

When she called me, I was on my way to another writer’s conference. I walked into the conference, and said to a bunch of complete strangers, “I Just Got The Call. WHAT DO I DO?!” Because I was not expecting that call, even given all the positive interaction with a very interested editor. I like to write, but compared to the people I encountered at conferences, I was nowhere near savvy enough, or driven enough to expect publication.

The authors around me were full of kind words and good advice, and the eventual result was a nine book deal, the last book of which, Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait, will hit the shelves this October. In addition to that, there’s Darius, in stores this month—which starts a new regency romance series I’ve called the Lonely Lords, as well as a Scottish Victorian series that continues this August with Once Upon a Tartan.

I like telling this story, because it’s contrary to the accepted myth that publication must always be a six-mile uphill slog in blizzard conditions in the dark of night with no rest area to be found. It is that way, for many talented, hardworking writers it’s that way or worse.

But not all. Good things to happen to regular people, and a happily ever after could well be within the reach of those least expecting it.

I like that. I also love to write romance, and hope I’m still at it, twenty years from now.

4_26 Darius CoverA story that breaks all the rules…

Darius is a remarkable and romantic tale of desperation, devotion, and redemption from award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes. Her gorgeous writing and lush Regency world will stay with you long after you turn the final page…

With his beloved sister tainted by scandal, his widowed brother shattered by grief, and his funds cut off, Darius Lindsey sees no option but to trade his company for coin, all but selling his favors. Until the day he encounters lovely, beguiling Lady Vivian Longstreet, whose tenderness and understanding wrap his soul in a grace he knows he’ll never deserve…

 Praise for Darius:

“Burrowes brings to life a deeply moving romance that’s sure to be remembered and treasured.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick

“This rising author handles powerful romance and complicated family life with skill in romances with great appeal.” —Booklist

“Burrowes creates her usual intelligent characters, exciting chemistry, and flowing dialogue…” —Publishers Weekly

“Very compelling… Likable characters with enough angst to keep the story moving along.” —Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 stars, Reviewer Top Pick

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 4_26 GraceBurrowes New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit www.graceburrowes.com.

 

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PhotobucketMy Characters’ Christmas WishesLady Louisa’s Christmas Knight is a love story written for two people notable for their pragmatism. Lady Louisa Windham, though the daughter of a duke, has accepted that she lacks fashionable blond beauty, has no a gift for small talk or flattery, and is unable to murmur platitudes when a blunt truth lurks close at hand. If this has left her lonely and misunderstood, well, she finds consolation in her scholarly endeavors and poetry, and knows better than to cling to impossible wishes.

Sir Joseph Carrington is similarly a practical fellow. He’s growing wealthy raising swine, has a limp that keeps him off the dance floors, and seeks not a wife, so much as a mother for his two small daughters.

Their initial Christmas wishes are thus modest. Louisa wants to leave the London social whirl to enjoy quiet holidays at the Moreland family seat. Joseph wants to nose around the ballrooms for a bride who won’t mind his gruffness and pig farming so very much, nor expect him to aggravate his old injury mincing his way through a minuet. He’s distracted from his half-hearted bride search by Louisa, by her grace as she waltzes, by the seriousness with which she applies herself to question of presents for Joseph’s daughters, by her ability to inspire Joseph to recite the kind of poetry he usually only shares with his horse or his favorite breeding sow.

Their wishes change, from a wish that the holidays not be too difficult, to a wish that each might be free to deepen their regard for the other. In Joseph, Louisa senses she’s come across a fellow who understands that life is not a frivolous undertaking, and in Louisa, Joseph has found a woman who doesn’t let details like a limp, a lack of humor, or a penchant for pig farming obscure a simmering attraction.

When Louisa is put in a compromising situation, Joseph steps forward as her champion, and tenders a proposal of marriage to her, though he knows he’s reaching above his station. He’s also reaching for a woman whom he respects and is attracted to, a woman whom he suspects—on the basis of some intimate examination of the matter—is attracted to, and respectful of, him.

Their wishes change again, to a desire to make the best of their marital bargain, even to a desire to protect one another’s best interests. By the end of the book, this focus on each other’s happiness and wellbeing has become much more than a wish, it has become a quest. On a snowy Christmas morning, with the help of some meddling Windham relations, the Prince Regent, and various other elves, Louisa and Joseph achieve that goal, and are left with no other wish, except offer a wish for a Happy Christmas to each other and to all of their many loved ones.

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About the Author:

Grace Burrowes is a bestselling and award-winning author of historical romances. Her debut, The Heir, was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2010 in the romance category, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Romance of 2011 and was also nominated for the prestigious RWA RITA award. The author of the bestsellers The Heir, The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Grace is a practicing attorney and lives in rural Maryland. She’ll conclude the Windham Family Series with Lady Jenny’s story in October 2013, and will begin a new regency series with Darius in April 2013. Grace has also begun a Scottish Victorian series, with The Bridegroom Wore Plaid hitting stores this December! Please visit http://www.graceburrowes.com/ or follow her on Twitter: @GraceBurrowes for more information.

LADY LOUISA’S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES NOW!

‘Tis the Season for Scandal…

Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she’s nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution…

But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both…

Praise for RITA-nominated Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish:“An extraordinary, precious, unforgettable holiday story.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, Top Pick of the Month, Best Historical Romance, RT Book Reviews 2011 Reviewers’ Choice Awards

“My Christmas wish for you is that Santa brings you this book…a joyful sensual read.” —USA Today Happy Ever After

“Supremely sexy, emotionally involving, and graced with well-written dialogue…a fascinating, enjoyable read.” —Library Journal

“Burrowes continues to write outside the usual Regency box with strong characters and humor similar to Amanda Quick’s.” —Booklist

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What Would Be My Best Research Trip…

My best research trip would be to Great Britain, of course! I could spend months in London alone…

Except I’m not a city girl, so there would be trips to Cornwall, Portsmouth, and Brighton, where I would flirt with former members of the RAF who’ve taken up bird watching, and handsome, soft-spoken amateur antiquarians with names like Chatham and Upton. The little tidbits of history and culture they pass along would get me started on ideas for a Georgian series set on the coast.

Because I’m in the neighborhood and it’s so easy to do, I’d hop the train for at least a weekend in Paris, where I’d fall in “like” with a chance met vacationing Professor of Something Cool with the most scrumptious accent and a Gallic sense of humor. I’d ask Joanna Bourne what the Do Not Miss sights are—she’s been known to disappear on the Left Bank for days.

Because the 200th anniversary of Waterloo is coming up in 2015, the Professor and I would make a sortie to the battleground over in Belgium. An inscription on a monument would form the germ of a novella in a commemorative anthology. Then back to that scepter’d isle where my books are set (after a fond farewell to Quel est His Name).

I would hire a driver/guide, a tall, charming fellow named Ian with a wonderful Scottish accent with whom I’d fall a little in love (though he must never guess, of course). We’d tour some of the great country houses—Chatsworth, Blenheim, Burghley for starts—and then up to the Lakes. There I would like to do much fell walking, see Wordsworth’s house, be inundated with story ideas, and see what this cheese rolling sport is all about.

And then—while Ian falls a little in love with me, but would never confess such a thing—we’d spend a few days in York, where there is a little shoppe dedicated to the sale of whiskey, and bless them, they do give out free samples. After taking in the Minster, the Viking museum, and the shopping district, my guide and I would walk the city walls as the sun sets, a little tipsy from all the comparison shopping in the whisky store. We might even hold hands, and then not speak of it. Ever.

And then—after my guide introduces me to his dear old mum in Northumbria (she likes to paint portraits of companion animals)—we’re on to Scotland. We get drunk on Edinburgh, on the castles and kilts, the view from Arthur’s seat, the Scottish National Gallery, the medieval Old Town, the Botanical Gardens—where Ian kisses my cheek and I blush. The story ideas are coming thick and fast, but we must move on. Ian reminds me that all good things end, and he gives me a very earnest look with his green, green eyes when he says this.

Up through the countryside we go, moving from castle to castle until we’re at Balmoral itself, staying in one of the cottages on grounds. At Balmoral, the walking is fantastic (which is a good thing, considering how well butter goes with scones), the scenery is beyond fantastic, and the local whiskey distillery not bad either. The writing is going wonderfully, but alas, it’s time to turn for home.

Ian tells me I must spend one night in the Eisenhower Apartments at Culzean Castle, and though it means rearranging my flight, I agree, only to find the man with whom I’ve made so many great memories proposes to me, and has hired the Castle for our wedding (the L7,500 60-guest package). My family flies in, Mum and the cousins are there, and after an unforgettable pre-wedding honeymoon, I write a bunch of terrific books.

And we live happily ever after, too of course.

LADY MAGGIE’S SECRET SCANDAL BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES MAY 2012

Lady Maggie Windham Has Secrets…

And she’s been perfectly capable of keeping them…until now. When she’s threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she’s set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a distance, until they both begin to discover the truth in their hearts…

Praise for Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal

“Delicious… Burrowes delivers red-hot chemistry with a masterful mix of playfulness and sensuality, and her themes of healing and familial strength give this page-turner unusual depth. Charming and original with superb characters ready to walk off the page, this is a splendid addition to any Regency fan’s bookshelf.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“An unconventional tale of strikingly unique characters with realistic emotions and exciting antics. It’s always a delight to read one of Burrowes’ creations…” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Grace Burrowes is a prolific and award-winning author of historical romances. Her debut, The Heir, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2010 in the romance category. Both The Heir and its follow-up, The Solider, are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. She is a practicing attorney specializing in family law and lives in a restored log cabin in western Maryland without a TV, DVD player or radio because she’s too busy working on her next books. Please visit http://www.graceburrowes.com, follow her on Twitter: @GraceBurrowes, and check out www.sourcebooks.com for more information.