Winner of the Sarah MacLean giveaway!

Thanks so much to Sarah MacLean for the fab interview, and to everyone who left a comment last week!

Sadly, there can only be one winner, but happily, that winner is…ki pha!

Congratuations, ki! Let me know your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

If you didn’t win, here’s more info about the book and where you can buy it.

One Good Earl Deserves a LoverOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Lady Philippa Marbury is…odd.

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She’s looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest–fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It’s not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London’s darker corners.

She needs…a Scoundrel.

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants…but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

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Don’t forget – this week you can win a $10 book gift certificate for yourself AND for a contemporary romance novelist in my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

Winners of the Manda Collins and Kelly Fitzpatrick giveaways!

Hello hello! For those of you in the bad-weather parts of the U.S., I hope the storms haven’t affected you too badly. Wrap up warm and stay safe, everyone. Oh, and read a lot of books!

Last week we had two giveaways – one from my interview with Manda Collins and the other from my pre-Valentine’s recommendation of Kelly Fitzpatrick’s funny, sweet novella Dodging Cupid.

The winner of Manda Collins’ How to Entice an Earl is…Chris Bails!

Congrats! Please send me your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Here’s more info about the novel and where you can buy it if you didn’t win.

How to Entice an Earl

How to Entice an EarlSome wallflowers are content to sit on the outskirts of the ballroom. But sometimes you have to take a chance—if you really want to dance…

FLIRTING WITH DANGER

Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…

ENFLAMED BY DESIRE

Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he’s investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he’s ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren’t so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…

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And the winner of Kelly Fitzpatrick’s novella Dodging Cupid is…bn100!

Good times! It’s an ebook, and Kelly can send it to you in epub, pdf or prc formats. Email me to let me know which one you’d like: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Again, here’s where you can find the novella, which I highly recommend if your Valentine’s week needs an extra dose of delight.

Dodging CupidDodging Cupid

After a string of disastrous Valentine’s Days, broken hearts and failed relationships, Jenna’s decided to spend this Valentine’s Day in the least romantic spot possible—the coin-op laundry.

No flowers. No candy. No annoying couples or romance of any kind. The only glitch in her plan is the leather-clad biker in heart-print boxer shorts who walks in as her washer starts. This just might turn out to be the best Valentine’s Day Jenna’s ever had.

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Everyone, this week you can win Sarah MacLean’s latest, One Good Early Deserves a Lover. Talk about delightful!

Interview with Sarah MacLean – & giveaway!

Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean’s debut Regency romance, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, was published three short years ago, but she immediately became one of the romance community’s best-loved authors. Known for her witty, vivacious heroines and her sinfully sensual heroes, Sarah is here this week answering questions about her latest release, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. And she’s giving away a copy! Woo hoo!

Welcome, Sarah!

1. I’ll start with an easy question. All this month on your blog, you’re celebrating women and girls who wear glasses.  Who do you think is the most awesome bespectacled woman in history, ever?

Oh! Not fair!! SO SO hard!

It’s been really hard for me to pick my favorites this month—especially since everyone else is choosing such wonderful examples! But I have to put a vote in for a strong, smart heroine who would leap up and save the world if necessary, so my choice is Gloria Steinem. I think she’s so fabulous—and so willing to stand up for what she believes in. And those glasses? Forget it.

Gloria SteinemAdd to that the fact that she is the source of the most important heroine adage ever: “Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself,” and she’s my choice. Hands down.

2. Those are some spectacularly cool specs. Excellent choice. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in your latest series, the Rules of Scoundrels quartet. Can you tell us more about the quartet? And should readers read the first in the series, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first?

A Rogue by Any Other NameThe Rules of Scoundrels series is centered on a pre-Victorian casino, The Fallen Angel. The Angel is widely believed to be the most scandalous, most exclusive club in London. It’s filled with excess and sin, and a member of the club can get anything he likes there. The four owners of the casino are Bourne, Cross, Temple & Chase—four fallen aristocrats, each exiled from society either by chance or by choice, and now royalty in the London underworld—where scoundrels rule.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in the series, and it’s the story of a brilliant, bespectacled bluestocking and the dark, haunted financier of the club. There’s no need to read its predecessor, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first, but if you’re a “series” reader then you might prefer to do so!

3. I read on your blog that Pippa, the heroine of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, was never supposed to have her own book. What happened??

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Winner of the Anne Barton giveaway!

Thank you so much to Anne Barton for last week’s interview, and to everyone who stopped by to celebrate her debut! Anne, I hope you truly felt the love.

One lucky person won a copy of When She Was Wicked, and that person is…Renee G!

Congrats, Renee! Email your address to me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Didn’t win? Here’s more about the book and where you can buy it.

When She Was Wicked

SOME RULES SIMPLY BEG TO BE BROKEN

When She Was WickedA dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets—and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:

  • Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
  • Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
  • Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.

Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest—until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford. Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen, Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined…until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?

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And this week you can win How to Entice an Earl by Manda Collins!

Interview with Manda Collins – & giveaway!

Manda CollinsManda Collins’ debut Regency romance, How to Dance with a Duke, came out one year and one week ago to rave reviews. Now her third book in the Ugly Ducklings trilogy, How to Entice an Earl, is out, and she’s here to answer some questions and give away a copy. Welcome, Manda!

1. With three books published, 2012 must’ve been a remarkable but busy year. What was the best and the most challenging thing about your first year as a published author?

I think the best thing has been finally having people read my books! It’s easy to feel like you’re just living in a bubble when only you and your agent and editor (and a few friends) have read your books. So, getting the opinions of people who don’t know and love you is a dreadful but necessary prospect. I can’t even really relax about a book until it’s published and out there. Which is weird I guess, but there it is.

The most challenging thing about this year has been having to write and edit one book at the same time that a previous book is being published and needing promotion. It’s hard to keep track of which book I’m talking about sometimes. By the time a book is published, I’m already mentally working on the next one. So there’s a lot of “wait, where am I again?” going on! But it’s great. And I’m so glad to be published now.

How to Dance with a Duke2. For readers who aren’t familiar with your books, can you give a summary of what the Ugly Ducklings trilogy is about?

The Ugly Ducklings trilogy follows three cousins whose mothers were THE beauties of their day. Cecily, Juliet and Maddie have had to grow up with the expectation that they’d follow in their mothers’ footsteps, and they most definitely do not. None of them is particularly into the social scene and they all have other things they’d rather be doing than sitting in a ballroom waiting for a dance partner. Each of them finds her hero and works with him to solve some mystery that’s plaguing them at the moment. I think of them as Nancy Drew for grown ups.

3. Nancy Drew for grown-ups? I’m all yours. I love love love friends-to-lovers stories. I also love wallflowers and ugly ducklings, so this whole series is perfect for me. 🙂 Tell us one thing that your hero and heroine from How to Entice an Earl would be shocked to discover about each other.

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