I’m visiting The Literary Shed today, and I’d really appreciate it if you stopped by! Because they are not hosting a giveaway, I’ll do it here. Make a comment on the Literary Shed site, and I’ll enter you for a copy of your choice of Desiring Lady Caro, or my next book, Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret.
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On one of the last release tour stops, I’m on Bookworm2Bookworm today talking about Italian food and giving away a copy of Desiring Lady Caro! While I’m doing that, I invite you to post any excerpt of 500 words or less. Please keep it PG-13. Feel free to add your buy and social media links as well.
Here is mine from Desiring Lady Caro, regarding the food on B2B.
She tried to keep her tone light and reminded herself that she was not going to ruin this dream world, but then, unable to help herself, she said, “You do not have to stay with me, you know.” Suddenly her throat was sore. Yet she had to tell him. “I’ll understand if you need a mistress.”
Huntley scowled. It was the first time he’d frowned so seriously at her. When he spoke, his tone was harsh. “No.”
“You needn’t be angry with me.” What right did he have to be incensed with her when she was giving him the freedom to be with other women that most men wanted?
“I have no intention of being unfaithful. No good ever comes of it. This will all work itself out,” he growled, and went back to his pasta.
For some ridiculous reason, her heart lightened, and it shouldn’t have. This marriage was so unfair to him. The waiters returned with trays of other foods. Huntley must have planned another dinner like the one last night. She smiled. “Thank you.”
Shedding his frown, his lips tilted up. “I hope you like what the chef and I have selected. The dishes here are much more Austrian than Italian.”
As before they inspected the offerings on the sideboard, he hovered over her and helped her choose the dishes to try first. She turned her head toward him and, for a moment, their faces were close together. His gaze dropped to her mouth and rose, almost at once, back to her eyes. Her heart had stopped when she’d thought he was going to kiss her. Thankfully, he didn’t, but he was still too close. “I think I have enough food for now.”
He held out her chair and, after filling his plate, joined her. Once Caro had finished the last piece of venison, she leaned back in her chair. “All of it was wonderful. I don’t think I could eat another bite.”
A wicked smile appeared on his lips. “Oh, I think you might eat just a little more, my lady.”
He stood and walked to the bell-pull. After giving it a short tug, he sat back down. The door opened and a waiter entered the room carrying a large platter. She sniffed and sat up, then looked. “A chocolate torte? Oh, Huntley, thank you!”
The waiter placed the plate on the table and cut them both slices of the cake. She took a forkful of the piece Huntley offered, and sighed. “It has fruit in it as well.” Caro held out the next bite to him. “Here, have a taste.”
Leaning over the table, Huntley touched her hand as he guided the fork to his lips and opened them. She drew a sharp breath as warmth infused her fingers. What on earth was that tingling, and why was it suddenly so hard to draw a breath?
Posted in Desiring Lady Caro, Ella Quinn, Historical, News!, Regency, The Marriage Game, Winner, tagged Desiring Lady Caro, Ella Quinn, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, The Marriage Game, Winner on April 6, 2014 | 14 Comments »
Happy Sunday! What a week this has been!
I missed last Sunday because I was involved in the St. Thomas International Sailing Regatta, formerly the Rolex Regatta. That involved getting up early and arriving at the yacht club by 7 AM each morning. We didn’t get off the boat until around 5:30. Suffice it to say, that by the time I got home, all I wanted to do was go to bed.
here are some pictures.
This was day one on the committee boat. It was a 57 foot power catamaran, and a few of us still had to take seasickness medicine. The seas were 6-8 feet. But the wind was great all weekend.
After the races were completed, I saw this New Zeeland sailor. I loved his eyes, so I introduced myself as a romance writer and asked if I could take his pictures. Obviously he said yes.
Please check in with me on Facebook for any more blog tour stops.
Have a great week!!
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It’s day 5 and things are slowing down a bit. I’ve also decided to only post the links that are live.
There was no excerpt to go with the recipe, so here it is.
“What is that?”
“It’s called Gröstel. I had it the last time. Very flavorful.” Huntley pointed to the small skillet in front of her. “That is Kasnocken. Small dumplings with cheese and onions. It’s quite good. Try it first and then, if you wish, you may have some of the Gröstel.”
Caro picked up her fork and took a bite. The tang of fried onions contrasted nicely with the nuttiness of the cheese. The noodles were softer than Italian pasta, and the cheese clung to them, infusing the noodles with flavor. This was so good. After she’d finished more than half of hers, Caro glanced longingly over to his. “May I taste some of that now?”
He speared some of it onto a fork and held it out to her. She closed her lips around it. The smoky flavor of streaky bacon mixed with fried egg and onions filled her senses as she chewed. She sighed. Not as good as the chocolate torte, but delightful all the same. “Wonderful.”
A smile pulled at his lips. “If I feed this to you, which I’m of half a mind to do, I’ll have every other husband here in trouble.”
Her eyes opened wide. “What do you mean?”
“Don’t look, but we’re the center of attention.”
She grinned as wickedly as she felt. “What if you fed me just one more bite?”
Posted in Blog Tour, Desiring Lady Caro, Ella Quinn, excerpts, Givaway, Historical, Regency, Release, The Marriage Game, tagged Blog, Desiring Lady Caro, Ella Quinn, Excerpts, Giveaway, Historical Romance, The Marriage Game on April 4, 2014 | 29 Comments »
I had a blog rejected as being too pitchy yesterday and had to get another one together in a hurry. But, because I loved the blog post, I decided to use it here. And because I love you all so much, I’m giving away two copies of Desiring Lady Caro. Just answer the question I ask and tell me you’d like to have the book.
Desiring Lady Caro, book #4 in my The Marriage Game series, has two love stories. While Caro and Huntley get most of the attention, they are the main characters after all, I wanted to give a shout-out to Horatia and John. More properly, Lady Horatia Laughton, widow of Mr. George Laughton, and Captain John Whitton, a former privateer, who is hiding the fact that he is now an earl.
Horatia is fleeing from the same evil Venetian who is chasing Caro and Huntley, but she took a different route, hoping to throw the blackguard off.
John is actually on his way to find Horatia. Although he’s never met her, he feels as if he knows her because of the letters he received from her dead husband, who also told John, she would be perfect for him. Now that the war is over, John is determined to find Horatia.
In many ways, they provide the comic relief for the much more serious romance between Caro and Huntley, and if you’ve read my books, you know I like humor. They are both older, Horatia in the late thirties and John in his early forties, and have learned how to deal with their emotional baggage, for the most part. I’ll give you a taste of what they are like.
This is part of the scene from when they meet.
The man didn’t answer but remained where he was, embracing her. He clutched her so tightly she had to strain her neck to continue looking at him. “Thank you for catching me.”
Small lines creased the corners of his eyes as they smiled down at her. His tone was deep, and soft. “My pleasure. I count myself fortunate that I was here to stop you from falling. A dock can be a dangerous place.” He glanced around and frowned disapprovingly. “Especially when the lines aren’t properly stowed.”
His strong arms caused sparks to shoot through her all the way to her core, and her body responded to a need she’d thought long dead. Oh my! That kind of reaction would not do at all. Although the air was chilly, Horatia wished she had a fan. She really must get away from this man and the desire he was stirring. “I take it you sail?”
“You could say that.” He flashed a crooked smile.
Horatia tried to keep her eyes from widening, and smiling back. His face was browned from the sun. His jaw was square. He had an aquiline nose that appeared to have been broken at some point. Yet what held her interest were his well-molded lips and straight white teeth. Then a dimple popped out, looking so incongruous in his strong face. From his voice, one could tell he was definitely gently bred and English.
Good Lord. She was acting like a peagoose.
How do you like secondary love stories?
Now back to the blog tour. Here are my stops for today.
USA Today HEA – I’m talking about chocolate disks with Cara Elliott
Romance Recipes - Also has a recipe
Romance and Beyond - talking about deleted scenes
Adventures in Authorland where I’m being interviewed.
The first three blogs are live now, the other one will be up later today. Thank you so much for sticking with me!