A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption by Jeannie Ruesch – Cover Reveal & Giveaway

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Scandal forced Lady Lily Melrose into an untenable decision: marry the man she wanted but who wanted someone else or leave her home for America. She gambled and stayed. Now, almost four years later, Lily is ready to gamble again—on a future that means leaving her neglectful, absent husband behind. But when a deadly adversary threatens them both, Lily realizes how little she understood about her husband—and her marriage. She’s faced with another impossible choice: leave the man she loved to face certain death or stay and fight to help him deliver on a promise he no longer remembers.

Robert Melrose was raised as the forgotten third-born son with no future—without even the label of black sheep to keep him respectable. Not content with obscurity, he cultivated his own path to power, aligning himself with London’s underworld, where betrayal is deadly. But when an accident wipes away his past, Robert can’t remember who he is or what he’s done. What he does know is that his wife, Lily, evokes a strong need inside—a need to prove he’s better than his past. But when his past becomes a present danger, Robert must choose: gain the trust and love of the woman intent on leaving or let her walk away from him and the danger that might cost both their lives.

About the Author:

Jeannie Ruesch wrote her first story at the age of the six, prompting her to give up an illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and declare that writing was her destiny. That journey to destiny took a few detours along the way, including a career in marketing and design.

Her first novel, a fairy-tale like historical romance, was published in 2009, but the darker side of life always captivated her. After a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to hide a dead body, she knew she had to find a way to incorporate suspense into her writing. (The legal outlet for her fascination.) Today, she continues writing what she loves to read—stories of history, romance and suspense. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their son and an 80 pound lapdog lab named Cooper. She can be visited at www.JeannieRuesch.com or found regularly on Twitter or Facebook.

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Friday Spotlight: Jeannie Ruesch

In reading the information given to my by this fabulous website and what I could talk about in my spotlight essays, I noticed (now, of course after I’ve talked about underwear and sex scenes) that they mention this is my chance to tell readers what’s important to me. So I thought I would end my spotlight week with something a little more serious: what I’ve learned over the years, in writing, in life, that helps me meet my goals.

Becoming an author has been my dream since I was six years old. I remember the white princess desk I sat at when I wrote my first story. And when I finished that, I knew it was my “calling” in life. Over the years, my pursuit of that dream has wavered at times, but it has never gone away. Life does get in the way, and you have to adjust your goals—whether long or short term—to match the issues you face.

My story isn’t all that different from many people. My childhood had some wonderful moments, as well as some painful ones. My parents divorced when I was a teenager, complete with all the angst it implies (and then some.) I’ve had my heart broken, more than once…and some of those times required a complete overhaul of my deeply held beliefs about my life. I’ve made mistakes, bad choices and I’ve struggled to learn from them. I’ve taken the risk of looking in the mirror on a regular basis and asked, “Do I like who I see?” If not, it’s time to take stock about what needs to be changed.

It’s been thirty years since I wrote that first story, and my dream of being published is finally here. I made it. Dreams do come true. I believe Abraham Lincoln once said that he believed in luck, and the harder he worked, the more luck he had.

So above everything else in my life, I’ve learned this: If you want something, don’t give up on it now matter how hard you have to work. No matter how many set-backs or how difficult the road is. Because just when it seems that your road to success has taken a backwards shortcut that leads nowhere, you might be surprised to find a path in the trees…that leads you to exactly where you need to be.

Thank you for having me, and sharing my dreams with me this week. I’m grateful.

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Thursday Spotlight: Jeannie Ruesch

“All for one and one for all.” ~ The Three Musketeers

Do you have a brother or sister? I am the middle child between two brothers, and I can tell you there is no other relationship like that of a sibling. That relationship has characteristics unmatched: the loyalty, the love, the times you want to wring their necks (or in my case, lock a certain older brother out of the house) but a day later, you can go outside and have an adventure like Batman and Robin. Most of all, having a sibling means understanding that someone has known you your entire life, they probably know all your secrets (including the ones you still haven’t told Mom and Dad) and they’re required to love you anyway. If you’re lucky, they might even like you.

When I started writing Something About Her, I knew that my heroine’s relationship with her siblings was paramount. Not just to her as a character, but to her story and a large portion of that comes from my own life, my own feelings about growing up with brothers. As children, my older brother and I were at times of the “us against them” mentality. It was definitely an “us against them” moment the night we came back into our house at 2am (mind you, we were about 8 and 11 years old at the time) after T-Ping a house in the neighborhood. We walked into the dark house and there, in the corner of the living room, sitting in the rocking chair sat our father. Busted. But we were busted together. Through all of the ups and downs in my life, my brothers have been there. I know they always will be.

Something About Her is the first book in a series, and each of the siblings – Blythe (the heroine in the first), Adam, Cordelia, Lily and Georgiana will get their stories. I love spending so much time with this family that I get to tell their stories, not just how each of them finds love, but how much their relationship with each other affects their lives.

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Wednesday Spotlight: Jeannie Ruesch

As a romance writer, your friends and family are going to read your work. Generally speaking, that doesn’t bother me. I hope they like it. However, I am a romance writer…Inevitably, there is going to be some variation of a sex scene in my books. Which means that people I know will read something sexy written by me. My best friend. My mother in law. And oh my Lord, even my grandmother, will read these scenes. (Talk about embarrassing.)

So I know what the embarrassing moments about sex scenes and romance novels are for me, the writer…but what about as a reader? I love to read as much as I love to write, and I usually have at least one or two novels on hand to read when I have a few spare minutes. That includes when I sit on the couch with my three year old son in the morning, drinking my coffee and reading for a few minutes while he drinks his milk and watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It’s a time we get to snuggle on the couch together…but because I invariably will be reading a romance novel, a sex scene is likely on some days. And I have to say, I just have a problem reading sex scenes with my son next to me. LOL I don’t care if I’m standing in line at the DMV surrounded by strangers staring at the obvious cover. I don’t care if I’m in the kitchen, stirring a pot of something for dinner with one hand and a book in the other. But with my son even in the room? Nope, can’t do it. 🙂

So what about you? I’d love to know what some taboo places are for reading “those portions” of romance novels…

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Tuesday Spotlight: Jeannie Ruesch

Recently, my best friend asked me how I came up with names for my characters. Besides the answer that would make me sound crazy – “They name themselves, silly.”—I realized that naming my characters is a little like naming a dog.

We’re in the process of getting a new dog and my husband and I started tossing out names. I realized I couldn’t truly settle on a name until I see the puppy. Years ago, when I got my beloved cocker spaniel, I had thought to name her Lady. (I’m a Disney freak.) However, when we got there, that little puppy of mine was…well, anything but a lady. She hiked her little puppy butt to one side of the cage and watched the dozen or so of her brothers and sisters peacefully asleep on the other side. Then with a running start, she leapt into the middle of them and riled them up. Lady, my …well, you get the picture. On the way home, she became Xena. Warrior puppy.

Characters are much the same in my head – their personality develops and a name either fits them or it doesn’t. Though some authors I know can write with “Jane Doe” listed as the character’s name until they pick the right one, I can’t. I have to know who I’m writing about, because for me, the name is as important as the person. I research the meaning, I consider the people I know with that same name, and mostly, I wait to see when that perfect name clicks for the character. Sometimes they are ordinary – Michael is the name of the hero in my new release. However, sometimes they aren’t. Ariadne is the name of the heroine in my second book. And for different reasons, each name fits that character like they were born with it.

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Monday Spotlight: Jeannie Ruesch

As I sit down to write my thoughts for this week’s spotlight essays, I opened the Word document and started writing out “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…” Well, I think you get the picture. And I had the funny image in my head of days of the week underwear. I don’t know about you, but it’s safe to say that one, I’ve never worn them and two, you probably don’t want to think about my undies even if I had.

However, being that my recent release Something About Her is a historical, I couldn’t stop but wonder about the undies equivalent in Ye Olden Days. In fact, did you know that the term “ strait-laced” is rumored to have come from the determination of a woman’s sexual escapades based on her corset laces? A husband could determine if he was being cuckolded because the knots in her corset were different than the ones he had tied that morning. If they were laced straight, then she was pure and proper. If they were loose, then she was…yes, you guessed it. Loose. Whether this is true or just a fancy tale, it would certainly make for a terrific scene. (Hmmm…)

The time it took to get undressed might explain why proper women weren’t supposed to be sexual creatures…and why courtesans and mistresses lived in their lingerie. By the time they removed their corsets, the petticoats, the pantaloons, the chemises and whatever else they managed to shove underneath their gowns (other than the hero’s hand, of course), it was exhausting! Snuff out the candle light and go to sleep already. And the concept of a “quickie?” Well, I suppose one could just lift up the pile of skirts and… Yes, I think you get the picture.

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