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Author Samantha Grace shares with us  “What makes a Rogue” so darn appealing!

Author Samantha Grace shares with us
“What makes a Rogue” so darn appealing!

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In Bed with a Rogue By Samantha Grace

Soucebooks Casablanca

September 2, 2014

He’s the Talk of the Town

The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.

She’s the Toast of the Ton

Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…

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What Makes A Rogue?

Hi, everyone! I’m Samantha Grace, historical romance author of the series Rival Rogues. I’m excited to be here at Joyfully Reviewed chatting about rogues with all of you today, because seriously, is there any better topic than irresistible rogues? I think not!

 

A long time ago, it was more insult than compliment to be called a rogue, but the meaning has changed over the years. I imagine historical romance authors are partly responsible, because we do love our rogues. To me, a rogue is a charming, sexy, intelligently devious, and definitely ungovernable Regency gentleman who knows how to get the girl.

 

That description certainly fits Sebastian, Baron Thorne, my favorite rogue so far. Since age sixteen, he has known he is different from his peers. Ladies began propositioning him on a regular basis, and ten years of female adoration hasn’t exactly made him humble. When the widowed Lady Helena Prestwick comes to London, she should be an easy conquest, yet Helena is anything but uncomplicated. She has a secret that would ruin her standing in Society, and Sebastian has discovered it. Helena has quite the dilemma: risk having everyone learn about her shameful past or climb IN BED WITH A ROGUE.

 

Of course, the phrase  “to be in bed” with someone has a double meaning. It can also mean forming a business partnership for mutual benefit, which is exactly what Helena and Sebastian do. They make a deal where she will use her pristine reputation to help his sister reenter Society, and Sebastian will use his skill as a rogue to search the high-end brothels for someone Helena cares for very much. And if they happen to literally climb into bed during the process, I don’t think either will be complaining.

 

Here’s a sneak peek into the night they reach a bargain:

The lady bristled as Sebastian led her into the waltz. It was the middle of the dance and he wouldn’t have long to hold her, but he would savor every moment.
Her eyes narrowed at him. “Why are we dancing? I already invited you back to my home.”
“And if we leave now, tongues will begin wagging. You have a reputation to protect, do you not, Lady Prestwick?”
A crimson blush spread across her face, and her lashes fluttered as she looked everywhere but at him. Tonight she wore a sheer robe trimmed in embroidered black ribbon over an ivory silk gown. Her attire was uncharacteristically demure for a widow, as if she shied away from drawing attention to herself.
Sebastian couldn’t take his eyes off her.
“I believe you can see the logic in remaining at the ball, madam. Enjoy the festivities. Dance with other gentlemen.” His voice thinned. He cleared his throat and pretended it meant nothing. “Later, you will depart for home and soon after I will leave as well, but only when I’m certain no one will link our names.”
Her gaze snapped up. “It sounds as if you have had your fair share of secret liaisons, my lord.”
He couldn’t hold back a grin. “What exactly did your invitation entail? I thought we were just going to talk.”
She turned a deeper shade of red and pressed her lips tightly together.
He didn’t push her to answer but drew her closer on the spin. Her sweet scent filled his head with memories of her soft breasts crushed against him when they had collided outside St. Saviour’s Church. She had smiled at him that day, dimples winking up at him. Her plump mouth ripe for tasting.
If she offered more than conversation tonight, he might forget about wanting answers, but only temporarily. The mystery of what she had been doing in Whitechapel was eating at him. If it were nothing more than a charity mission, there would be no reason for her servant to leave her alone.
The music faded; the waltz finished too soon. They still held each other, neither of them moving even as the other couples began filing from the dance floor. She glanced up with wide eyes. Her pink tongue darted across her lips. God, he wanted this woman. But a vulnerability about her held him in check.
He released her and led her into the promenade. At the end of the line, he lifted her hand to his lips. Eyes that reminded him of the blue-green waters off the Spanish coast regarded him warily. The same optimism that had overtaken him as he’d stood on the sands as a younger man and viewed the vast sea filled him again in that moment. It was irrational. Unexpected. Marvelous.
“Thank you for the pleasure of your company, my lady, but I must bid you farewell. For now.”
A slight frown turned down the corners of her mouth.
As he sauntered away, he could feel her eyes on him and he smiled.

Tomorrow is the official release date for IN BED WITH A ROGUE, and I’m very excited about the virtual release party aka “Samantha Grace’s Soirée” scheduled from 9 am (EDT) – 10 pm (EDT). We have a great line-up of Regency authors participating and lots of prizes to be won. Everyone is invited, so we hope to see you. I thought it might be fun to ask some of the guest authors what they think makes a rogue irresistible, and here’s what some of them had to say:

 

To be irresistible, a rogue needs just the right amount of flirtatiousness, a good dose of humor, and the subtle hint that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

~Aileen Fish, author of Her Second Hand Duke

 

“What makes a rogue irresistible?” That big, mushy heart beneath all that naughtiness.

~Jane Charles, author of A Reluctant Rake

 

“The best kind of rogue is usually also confident and charming and most importantly, good-at-heart. I think that’s what ultimately makes him irresistible.”

~ Valerie Bowman, author of The Unexpected Duchess

 

A rogue is irresistible when he knows how to make a woman love him. A man with a sense of humor always works on me.

~ Christy English, author of Much Ado About Jack

 

My heroines can’t resist a rogue with a sense of humor. There’s something undeniably sexy about a man who can make a woman laugh.

~ Shana Galen, author of Love and Let Spy

 

So, what do you think? Do you find rogues irresistible, too?

 

 

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Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s Robin Hood. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.


 

 

 

 

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Covertly Strong

Book One in The Strong Series

By: N.A. Alcorn

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Synopsis

She can track down the world’s most dangerous drug lords, hack into any computer, and kill a man in fifteen different ways—but when she comes face-to-face with the only man who’s ever held her heart, it might be her most dangerous mission yet… Or is it?

Sloan Walker. Dr. Felicia Santora. Agent L-55.
Three very different personas, three very different names, but all have one thing in common. They’re all controlled, acted out, and lived by one woman.

Her past has been long forgotten. Ten years have gone by since someone remembered the girl she used to be. The young girl with the big-brown eyes and beautiful dreams of happiness, dreams of love. She now lives a clandestine life. A life filled with top-secret missions and covert assignments. Only a handful of people know the true nature of her job. Her safety is constantly being pushed towards the brink of life-threatening danger.

Then one day someone unexpectedly steps back into her life…

A man who once owned her mind, body, and soul.
A man who held her heart in the palm of his hand.

He remembers. He knows.

And this knowledge could threaten everything she’s worked so hard for. Nixon West is as intelligent as they come and his Navy SEAL training has made him one of the most dangerous weapons in the United States Military. The moment she reappeared into his life he promised himself that he wouldn’t let her go.

But the true question is…what extreme lengths will Nix go to for her?

She will soon face another mission.

And it will test everything.

Time never seems all that important until your life hangs in the balance.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock…

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Email: authornaalcorn@gmail.com

 

About N.A.

I march to the beat of my drum. Can you hear that? That perpetual bang, bang, bang that’s continually drumming relentlessly inside of my head. Oh, that’s just me? Never mind then, carry on…

Beautiful words, lovely plot lines, and COFFEE…Three of my favorite things.

I savor the weird, embrace the pervy, and willingly open both arms to anything that will make me laugh.

My obsession is books. I like to read them, write them, and inhale them in any way my ravenous mind will allow.

I’m awkward and sarcastic and can’t take a proper selfie if my life depended on it.

I was once told by my high school English teacher that my colorful ability to state the obvious would be my biggest weakness. I thanked him and made it my life’s mission to make that my biggest strength.

At times, I’m bordering on obscene and have strongly considered tattooing the words Approach With Caution on some part of my body.

Procrastinator at heart who tries to tell herself that she’ll meet every deadline.

Tomorrow. I’ll finish it tomorrow, I swear.

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GIVEAWAY! THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES by Jeaniene Frost!

GIVEAWAY! THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES by Jeaniene Frost!

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Title: The Beautiful Ashes

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014

 
About The Beautiful Ashes
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.
Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

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About Jeaniene Frost:
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.
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Excerpt:
“What is that?”
Adrian’s voice startled me. For a second, I was disoriented, the dream clinging to me as it always did. Yes, I was in a car, but I wasn’t the unknown woman driving away from her baby. That wasn’t real. The glare Adrian leveled at my chest was, though.
“Is that a mirror?” He sounded horrified.
I looked down. My locket was open, the mirrored side facing me. At some point while I was sleeping, I must’ve opened it. Adrian’s hand shot out, but this time, I was too fast for him.
“Don’t you dare,” I snapped, holding it out of his reach. “It’s the only picture I have of my sister after you left everything I own back at that hotel in Bennington!”
He lunged again, actually letting go of the steering wheel to reach the side of the car where I held it. With a sharp yank, he wrested the locket from my hands. I tried to snatch it back, but he shoved me into my seat with one hand, finally grabbing the steering wheel with the other.
“Are you crazy?” I shrieked. “You could’ve gotten us killed!” If this hadn’t been a lonely stretch of desert road, our careening into the next lane might’ve had permanent consequences.
“You’re going to get yourself killed,” was his chilling response. Then, still pinning me to my chair with that single hand, he held my locket up.
I gasped. Something dark poked out of the small mirror, like a snake made of blackest smoke. It disappeared when Adrian smashed the mirror against the steering wheel, but an eerie wind whistled through the car, ruffling my hair and stinging my nostrils with its acrid scent.
Adrian muttered a word in that unknown language, and I didn’t need a translator to tell me it was a curse.
“What was that?” My voice was hoarse.
He threw me a pitying glance, which frightened me even more. If he wasn’t angry, we must really be screwed.
His next words proved that. “Brace yourself, Ivy. You’re about to meet a demon.”
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Interview! HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER by Marie Harte

Interview! HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER by Marie Harte




Joyfully Reviewed is thrilled to welcome

Author Marie Harte

and her latest release

HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER!


harteHOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER by Marie Harte

HE CAN’T GET HER OUT OF HIS HEAD

It’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot like a woman he once knew, who died years ago. At first, Brody fears his attraction is a holdover from that secret crush, but Abby’s definitely different. She’s a lot shyer, a lot sexier, and despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, absolutely mesmerizing.

 

SHE CAN’T GET HIM OUT OF HER BOOKS

Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Brody is more than happy to serve as her muse and eager to help make sure her “research” is authentic. But when their research turns into something real…will she choose her own happily ever after?

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Please tell us a bit about your latest release.

In How to Handle a Heartbreaker, it’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot like a woman he once knew, who died years ago. At first Brody fears his attraction is a holdover from that secret crush, but Abby’s definitely different. She’s a lot shyer, a lot sexier and, despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, absolutely mesmerizing.

Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Brody is more than happy to serve as her muse and eager to help make sure her “research” is authentic. But when their research turns into something real…will she choose her own happily ever after?

Are you attending any conventions in 2014? If so, what are the top three reasons as to why you like/choose them?
I’ll be attending the Emerald City Writer’s Conference, and I can’t wait. My top three reasons for attending are networking, meeting readers, and it’s fun.

What is your favorite romance genre and what author makes you absolutely swoon?

I’m a sucker for erotic romance in any subgenre. I like the physical passion that accompanies the love. There are many authors who make me swoon, so I’d have a hard time choosing just one.

What is your dream vacation spot?

A deserted Caribbean island where my cabana boy can fan me in my lounger while I can absorb the sun, listen to the waves roll in and out, and feel the wind kiss my face.

What do you think has been the most important moment or event of your life so far? And why do you feel that way?

I’ve had so many important events in my life. Joining the USMC, having my children, moving across the country and starting over. But it’s funny. I was just talking to my boys today, and I realized the exact moment I wanted to be a writer—a monumental point in my life. I was in sixth grade and we’d had an English writing assignment. My teacher read my work aloud to the class, because I’d incorporated the students and teacher into my story, and everyone loved it. That warm fuzzy feeling stuck with me. I wanted to bring that joy to others, so that same happiness I felt after reading a book could be shared. I love my job.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

That I have a monthly newsletter to keep up on contests, releases and updates. It’s low volume and filled with insider news. Sign up and see.

Thanks for having me!


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Manscape or Not  A little

Lights On or Lights Off  On

Summer or Winter  Winter

Peanuts or Chocolate  Chocolate

Batman or Superman  Batman

The Voice or American Idol  The Voice

Christmas or Birthday  Christmas

Heels or Flats  Flats

Talk or Text  Talk

Action Movie or Comedy  Action movie

Facebook or Twitter  Facebook


 

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About Marie

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.


 

 

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