Saturday, December 22, 2012

Harlequin Historical Authors Giveaway Winners - so far

Here's a list of our winners...so far!

November 28 (Marguerite Kaye)        Alaine from England

November 29 (Annie Burrows)          Laura from New York state

November 30 (Michelle Styles)          Frances from Preston

December 3 (Michelle Willingham)    Fedora C
 
December 4 (Diane Gaston)               Melissa from Austin; Bonnie from NC

December 5 (Lucy Ashford)              Kai from Los Angeles

December 6 (Joanna Fulford)            Carol from Leeds

December 7 (Amanda McCabe)        Kirsten K

December 10 (Sarah Mallory)           Alaine from Bolton, Lancs

December 11 (Barbara Monajem)     Claire C

December 12 (Julia Justiss)              Khristine from Los Angeles

December 13 (Terri Brisbin)            Jean M from Missouri

December 14 (Louise Allen)            Helen from Great Yarmouth

December 17 (Jeannie Linn)            Rosemary K

December 18 (Blythe Gifford)         Janie from Missouri

December 19 (Ann Lethbridge)       Amanda from Luton, UK

December 20 (Bronwyn Scott)

December 21 (Elizabeth Beacon)     Solange from London

December 24 GRAND PRIZE
Email that day's author if you have any questions

Friday, December 21, 2012

HH Advent Calendar:Elizabeth Beacon


Welcome and Happy Christmas from Elizabeth Beacon, a writer of Regency Romances!

I was delighted to be invited to host my day of the HARLEQUIN® HISTORICAL Authors’ Advent Calendar Competition on the HARLEQUIN® Historical Authors’ Blog today. I’m new here, but have just finished my twelfth novel for HARLEQUIN® HISTORICAL and have been writing Regency novels for HARLEQUIN® for five years now. My next book, The Scarred Earl, is due out in May 2013 and is the second of the Seaborne Trilogy that began with The Duchess Hunt. My own website is being developed and should be online any day now, but this was a lovely opportunity to say hello to so many HARLEQUIN® HISTORICAL readers and wish you all joy and laughter and hope for the Christmas season and for 2013. I would like to say a very big thank you to my fellow Harlequin® Historical authors for their invitation to join them and host my day of the Advent competition here.

It’s a huge privilege for me to be the last author to pose individual questions for this year before the final grand draw on December 24th, when some lucky person will be drawn from all the calendar entries to win THE MAIN PRIZE, a Kindle Fire HD.

The prize I’m offering today is a signed copy (although that’s only signed by me) of my Christmas book, Governess Under the Mistletoe, which is the second book in Candlelit Christmas Kisses duo (
yes, there are two books in this one, the second is by lovely Anne Herries, so if you don’t like mine then hers is sure to delight and entertain you); a signed copy of The Duchess Hunt, which was published by HARLEQUIN® HISTORICAL in June 2012; and a delicious Lettuce scarf printed with strawberries that I couldn’t resist, because sending out real ones could be a bit tricky! All that adds up to nearly £30 GBP, so I hope you will think it worth your while to enter and, don’t forget that every entry counts towards the main prize drawn on Christmas Eve, so the more times you enter, the more chance you have of winning that Kindle Fire HD.

So my advice is to read the extract from my latest book, Governess Under the Mistletoe, before you answer this question!

What does Sophie use to pull Peter out of the snow?

‘No, I’m sure I saw someone,’ the Sophie voice insisted and Peter almost believed she was real, and shuddered at the monstrous idea of meeting her now he was all but spent and at his most vulnerable. ‘Over there, I tell you. There really is a rider heading straight into the ha-ha, Cordage.’

Halting Hannibal, lest she was real and right, Peter wondered at himself for believing in the impossible at such a time. He hesitated between jumping down and risking floundering, or staying up here and hazarding Hannibal’s knees. Deciding on the lesser of two evils, he heaved himself out of the saddle and sank up to his hips in drifting snow as he fought to push his horse back from the ditch. All the poor animal wanted now was to take the quickest route to shelter and the stable he seemed almost able to scent on the howling wind.

Very well, Peter told himself with determined logic, since the ha-ha clearly exists, the voice that says it’s there must be real as well.

Even if that voice sounded perilously close to that of a female he never wanted to set eyes on again so long as he lived, he had to believe his senses or risk being on the edge of madness. There was nothing for it but to believe the siren voice would find a way to rescue him before he and his horse expired from sheer cold and exhaustion, and Edwina, Aunt Hes and Merryweather had to kill Cedric for being possibly the most annoying man in England – or make a bonfire out of the coach in order to keep themselves warm and try to attract attention to their plight.

‘Over here!’ he bellowed, as loudly as he could over the howling wind.

Lights flared through the murky darkness, sometimes blotted out by driving snow, sometimes clear as will-o’-the-wisps in the sudden breaks in the curtain of white as it swirled another way.

‘Rouse the grooms and stable boys, Miss Imogen,’ the man roared over his shoulder. ‘We’ll need help to carry him inside if he’s been out in this for very long.’

‘Imogen, do as Cordage says and then go inside and do me the courtesy of staying where I asked you to in the first place,’ the Sophie-like female ordered some poor soul beyond Peter’s faltering vision. He sympathised with the poor girl, whoever she might be, since she clearly lived under the cat’s paw.

‘And you should get inside in the warm as well, miss,’ the man called Cordage argued rather desperately.

‘Don’t be ridiculous,’ the shrew ordered her companion impatiently.

At the sound of her voice growing louder in his ears, Peter decided he ought to be grateful she was nigh as ungovernable as the woman he remembered so reluctantly as the most indomitable female he had ever met, since this one had evidently seen him from the window yonder and set out to rescue him.

‘Catch this!’ the woman ordered him, and he put out a hand without even thinking about it and caught the end of the leather belt she threw him more by chance than any skill on his part. ‘Now, pull yourself back onto the road with it,’ she went on, as if in charge of at least a battalion of rather stupid men lost in the snow. She prepared to lean back against his anticipated weight on the end of it.

‘With one hand?’ he demanded crossly, and thought he heard her gasp at the first sound of his suddenly hoarse voice – as if he reminded her of someone she didn’t want to recall as well.

‘Let your horse go and he will surely follow us. There seems little doubt he has more sense than you do,’ she said brusquely, and a dreadful suspicion began to dawn on him that this wasn’t a female who sounded like opinionated, sneaky, lying, felonious Sophie Bonet, but the real thing.

 

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So, if you have your answer at the ready folks, here’s what you need to do:
There is a problem  with Rafflecopter so  email the answer with Elizabeth Beacon giveaway in subject line  to contest@michellestyles.co.uk
 

Good luck, I will choose a winner at random from the correct answers then pass all of them to the main competition.  

Have a lovely Christmas and thank you for playing the game.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Harlequin HIstorical Advent Calendar: Blythe Gifford

Blythe Gifford is giving a Colonial candle in the scent which helped her write her latest trilogy plus a choice of book from the trilogy. For more details see her website.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Harlequin Historical Advent Calendar: Jeannie Lin

Today is Jeannie Lin and she is giving away a pendant because her June 2013 release The Sword Dancer has a pendant which is integral to the plot as well as a signed autograph copy of My Fair Concubine. For details on how to enter please go here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Castonbury Park Christmas Party



It's Christmas and Castonbury Park is hosting a party. We do hope you will drop in and raise a glass with the Montague family  and perhaps slip along the chilly corridors to the servants' hall to say hello to Hannah Stratton, Lumsden, Smithens and the rest of the servants, who have been given leave to hold a party of their own. 

In the drawing room, Giles insisted that Adam and Amber be invited to join the Montague celebrations,and they have come, despite Adam's initial reluctance. They are now in the drawing room and they have brought presents for everyone, dress-lengths of the finest muslin for the ladies and the best superfine for the gentlemen. Even the duke is delighted with the spotted velvet that Adam has selected for him and has instructed Smithens to have it made up into a jacket as soon as maybe

.

Claire bends awkwardly and kisses the Duke on the cheek, enquiring after her brother's health and smiles when he declares he's never been better, though missing her husband's cooking. At Lily's questioning look at her tummy, she nods. The baby is due in the early spring, she explains. When the men look around for the culprit, she explains he popped in to visit with the staff. Andre strolls in at that moment and is greeted by a chorus of congratulations which he accepts with good grace and a proud smile at his wife. They link arms and he escorts her to a chair at the hearth despite her laughing assurances she is perfectly fine.

Giles calls order and holds up a paper. 'I have a letter,' he announces,  'From Ross.' He proceeds to read in his rich, deep voice -

"Greetings and good wishes to all. It is with regret that Lisette and I cannot be with you at Castonbury Park to celebrate Christmas, but we will be with you in spirit. We are both happy to be back in India. I am still on leave from my regiment so we shall be spending the festive season with friends in the Malabar Hills – not quite the way it is celebrated in England but it will be our first Christmas together so it will be a special time for us. Picture to yourselves a picnic in a grove of leafy mangos and feathery palms, bright tropical flowers and cool sea breezes. Later, the gardens will be hung with lanterns for a Christmas ball, the house gay with music and laughter and a flutter of fans and the clink of dress-swords.
        The New Year will see me resuming my regimental duties, when Lisette will have her first taste of what life will be like as the wife of a soldier..."

Hannah Stratton is in the Servants' Hall, where she enjoyed a glass of wine with Monsieur Andre before he went back upstairs, and now she is watching the younger members of staff preparing to dance. Earlier in the day, the children from Lady Kate’s village school gathered around Hannah to receive the gifts Kate and her husband Virgil had sent from their new home in Boston. Spinning tops and jumping ropes, skittles, some beautifully illustrated books of fairy tales, and best of all, a carved rocking horse. Joe Coyle, the footman, had to arbitrate when a fight for possession broke out between one of the children and Charlie, the boot boy which Miss Thomson, the school mistress, failed to spot, for she was busy reading Lady Kate’s letter.  

‘Her ladyship says that she and her husband have established a school exactly like the one in Castonbury village,’ Miss Thomson exclaimed as the Reverend Mr Seagrove came into the kitchen with his usual beaming smile.
 ‘Lady Kate asks most kindly after you,’ Mrs Stratton told the vicar as she offered him a hot mince pie.
 ‘She asked most kindly after every one of us,’ Becca the scullery maid piped up. ‘She even remembered Charlie and me.’
 ‘A toast,’ said Lumsden, earning himself a round of applause as he dispensed glasses of hot punch for the adults, fruit cup for the children. ‘To Lady Kate and Mr Jackson. A very merry Christmas across the seas.’

Bram tapped Phaedra on the arm. “It’s time.” A shiver of excitement ran through her. Phaedra put down her glass of Christmas punch. Aunt Wilhelmina cast them a disapproving glance as they discreetly moved towards the drawing room door, leaving the Castonbury Christmas party. But Bram smiled and mouthed the words, ‘The foal’ and Aunt Willy’s expression softened, proving Bram could charm anyone. He’d worked miracles winning her aunt’s favor since their marriage.
    In the stables, Tom Anderson was already with the mare, kneeling beside her. He looked up at their approach. “It’s good you’re here. Too much longer and you would have missed it. She’s having an easy time of it.”
    Phaedra and Bram knelt beside the horse, Phaedra taking up position by the mare’s head. Within moments the new foal slid into the world, another fine colt from the Weston Stud. The little foal stood up and Phaedra gasped. “Have you ever seen anything like that? He stood up so fast!”
    The mare was licking him, encouraging him to nurse. Phaedra and Bram rose from the straw and moved away, giving the mare room to adore her baby. “He’s beautiful, Bram.” Phaedra breathed, feeling Bram’s arms around her.
  “Do you have name?” Bram asked quietly.
  “Miracle.” It had been a year for miracles at Castonbury with Jamie returned to them, Giles married at last, and Claire expecting, and now a beautiful colt born on the night of the greatest miracle of them all.
  “Perfect.” Bram kissed her cheek. “I’ll go open up a keg of ale and let the stable celebrate.”  

And while all the celebrations are going on, in one of the upstairs chambers on this cold night, a lady awaits a blessed arrival for the New Year, and a bright future for Castonbury Park.





 Do drop in and leave a comment - there's mulled wine and apple bobbing to enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2012

HH Advent Calendar: Sarah Mallory

For a chance to win a signed copy of Sarah Mallory's January release Behind the Rake's Wicked Wager  visit her website and answer a simple question about the book. Remember all entries do go into the drawing for the Grand Prize.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

HH Advent Day 6 -- Joanna Fulford

Today is Joanna Fulford who writes in a wide variety of time periods including Viking and medieval Scotland as well as Regency and Victorian. She is giving away a pendant to one lucky person. There is a very simple question to answer. You can find more here.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

HH Advent Day 6 --Lucy Ashford

Today is Regency author Lucy Ashford's day. SHe has a pair of lovely earrings to give away plus a signed copy of one of her books. All you have to do is answer a simple question to enter.
Go here for more details

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Harlequin Historical Advent Calendar Day 4 --DIane Gaston

Today is Diane Gaston's turn. A $25 Amazon certificate is up for grabs (will be drawn tonight) but a $10 Amazon certificate will be drawn on 21 Dec. To enter Diane's daily prize  email her the answer to the simple question on her website. More info  here.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fall In Love Again GIveaway WINNERS

Thank you very much to everyone who entered.
We had close to 700 entries when you include the comments left on the blog.
 The draw for the nine winners has been done and the emails sent.

The winners are:
Khris
Filia
Kelly
Tory
Shannon Karan
Roxanna
Farrah
Adela

If you haven't entered the Harlequin Historical Advent calendar -- please consider doing so. The top prize is a Kindle Fire HD and there are daily prizes. Today's giveaway is being hosted by www.michellestyles.co.uk and is a gift box which includes a singed copy of one of her books (winner's choice), Christmas tea, biscuits, a mug and a tea towel ( £20 value). It is open INTERNATIONALLY.

Harlequin Historical Advent Calendar Day 3 -- Michelle Styles

It is Michelle Styles's turn today. She writes warm, witty and intimate romance set in a wide range of time periods. She is offering a Take A Break gift box -- filled with a signed book of the winner's choice from her books, Christmas tea, biscuits, a mug and a tea towel (total value £20)
To enter visit www.michellestyles.co.uk  and answer the simple question.
All entrants go forward to the grand prize.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

THE ILLEGITMATE MONTAGUE



Welcome!

I am so pleased to be part of the Castonbury Park Series, and for my characters I chose to write more about "downstairs" characters - in fact, my main characters are outside the big house altogether!

This book is number 5 in the series and I wanted to tell the housekeeper's story. Hannah Stratton is a much loved figure at Castonbury, she has seen the children grow up and has a son of her own, Adam, whom she has not seen for ten years.  She has never spoken about his father, or told anyone her history, but in this book it is necessary for her to put the record straight.


The Illegitimate Montague features Hannah's son, Adam. He has been away from Castonbury for many years, making a name for himself first as a captain in Nelson's navy, then in the north of England, where he becomes a mill owner. As a manufacturer of cloth, he has plenty in common with Amber Hall, the clothier who owns a warehouse and shop in Castonbury, and I could see them both working well together in the future , making the most of the opportunities that would present themselves in the forthcoming Victorian era – once they have overcome all the obstacles that I throw in their way, of course!

Without giving too much away, I can tell you that there is a disastrous fire at one point in the story, and this started me thinking about insurance. We take if for granted now, but not so in the Regency. However, the idea of fire insurance goes back to the days of the great fire of London in 1666.

One man involved in the rebuilding of London after the fire was a property developer, Nicholas Barbon. In 1667 he set up a mutual society called "The Fire Office" offering fire insurance, this later became known as Phoenix Fire Office.In 1682 it cost 30 shillings for the company to insure a property for £100 for a period of 7 years. The company employed its own men complete with liveries and badges employed to extinguish fires.
 
He is credited with setting up the first of several fire insurance companies formed around that time, others included the Friendly Society (1683), Hand-in-Hand (1696) Sun Fire Office (1710) and Royal Exchange Assurance (1720).
 
To identify that a property was covered by fire insurance, attached to the building, at a height easily seen from the street but out of reach of thieves, was a sign or emblem called a fire mark which was issued by the company. Each company had its own distinctive design which made identification of the property easier for their fire fighters and the company representatives. Designs included, for Sun Fire Office: a large sun with a face (like the image below); the Royal Exchange Assurance: their building; and Phoenix: obviously Phoenix rising from the ashes.

credit: Pauline Eccles [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Of course Castonbury was small village and did not have its own fire engine, but fire insurance companies were beginning to be set up in the larger towns such as Manchester and Buxton, so it is not impossible that businesses in Castonbury would have had insurance. I decided to include it in the plot, together with a rather unpleasant character called Mr Elliot a surveyor for the Twiss Fire Insurance Company (my own invention).I won't say any more, but I do hope you enjoy his part in Adam and Amber's story!

Sarah Mallory.

Harlequin Historical Advent Calendar Day 2 -- Annie Burrows

It is Regency Author Annie Burrows' day today. To win a book and some personalized stationary, follow  the instructions on her website. All entrants go forward for the draw of the grand prize.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2012 HH Advent Calendar Day One

Today is Marguerite Kaye's Day. She has a simple quesiton for people to answer and she is giving away a necklace.

To enter: go to http://www.margueritekaye.com/harlequin-historical-holiday-calendar/




Also remember there is still time to enter the Fall In Love Again Blog Hop which closes on 29 November. You can find the entry form here. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fall In Love (Again) Giveaway blog hop -- Final Set of Authors

Today we are showcasing the remaining three Harlequin Historical authors who have offered prizes for this giveaway

First up is Annie Burrows who writes  sparkling romance about brooding heroes and the fiesty heroines who help them find true love. Annie loves the Regency period because of the social mobility -- a man could rise to the pinncle of society through enterrpise and daring or plummet to its depth on the turn of a card.
Annie is offering a copy  Gift Wrapped Governesses singed by her to one lucky entrant.
by Sophia James, Annie Burrows & Marguerite Kaye "Christmas at Blackhaven Castle In disguise'' Penniless Lady Seraphina Moreton seeks sanctuary at the Duke of Blackhaven’s castle just days before Christmas. Trey swore never again to be beguiled by a beautiful face, but as governess Seraphina gets close to his unruly, motherless children, he wants the festive joy she brings to stay beyond Christmas Day…Read this and two other stories in this great festive collection.

Her next book Never Trust A Rake  will be published in  February 2013
Rumour has it that the Earl of Deben, the most notorious rake in London, has set aside his penchant for married mistresses, and turned his skilled hand to seducing innocents! There can be no other reason why he is so often seen in the company of a country miss, can there? But once Lord Deben engages in a battle of wits with the feisty Miss Henrietta Gibson, it becomes increasingly hard to determine just who is seducing whom!

You can learn more about Annie Burrows and her books on  http://www.annie-burrows.co.uk/
Barbara Monajem writes for the super sexy short sister line of Harlequin Historical, Historical Undone. These ebook exclusives are short novellas which pack a spicy punch. Barbara writes in the Regency period and is offering a download of one of her ebooks.
Her latest ebook is A Lady's lesson in Seduction and is her first Christmas themed ebook.
Once a notorious rake, Camden Folk, Marquis of Warbury, is now consumed by desire for only one woman: beautiful young widow Frances Burdett. And the Yuletide festivities at his country estate present the perfect opportunity for seduction…

After her brief and unsatisfying marriage, Frances Burdett swore never to become tied to another man. Then a passionate kiss under the mistletoe reawakens longings she thought buried forever. But can she give in to the pleasures of the body with a rogue like Cam—without losing her heart?


You can read more about Barbara and her sensual reads on her website. http://www.barbaramonajem.com/

Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance in a wide range of time periods from Roman gladiators to hardened Viking warriors and early Victorian rakes and businessmen.
She happens to love history and believes love is timeless.
She is offering a signed copy of  her latest Hattie Wilkinson Meets Her Match (or a  backlist book if the winner would prefer).
WHEN OPPOSITES ATTRACT...! In the eyes of the ton Hattie Wilkinson is a respectable widow, content with her safe, if somewhat modest life. On the other hand Sir Christopher Foxton prides himself on being regarded as one of London's most notorious rakes, with a particularly mischievous streak! Upon their first meeting Kit threatens to shatter Hattie's well-ordered peace - and her reputation! - if only she'll allow herself to succumb to his playful advances. This time they've both finally met their match...
You can read an extract here.
Her next book An Ideal Husband? will be published in April 2013
When heiress Sophie Ravel finds herself in a compromising situation, notorious Richard Crawford, Viscount Bingfield, swoops in and saves her reputation! She might have escaped the attentions of one undesirable, but will Richard’s protection expose her to even more scandal?

Richard curses his impetuousness at offering a betrothal in the heat of the moment! He gladly accepts Sophie’s terms that their engagement remains a pretence until, quite by chance, he unlocks his shy fiancĂ©e’s passionate nature. Now nothing will steer him from wedding—then bedding—his blushing bride...
You can read more about Michelle and her books on www.michellestyles.co.uk

The entry form for the Fall In Love (Again) blog hop is here

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fall In Love (Again) Blog Hop -- Learn More About the Authors

Today two more of  the Harlequin Historical Authors are highlighted.

Julia Justiss writes Regency romance with panache and warmth. Her books sparkle with wit and gentle humour.  Her next book The Rake To Ruin Her which is published in March 2013 kicks off her Ransliegh Rogue series.
Max Ransleigh, charismatic leader of the cousins, has his dream of a brilliant diplomatic career destroyed by betrayal at the Congress of Vienna. While staying with his cousin Alastair, he’s accosted by Miss Caroline Denby, who makes him a most unusual proposition: ruin her, so she will not have to marry! Though amused and intrigued, Max intends to emphatically refuse, but there’s something so alluring about the unconventional Caro…
 
Julia is giving away a signed copy of her book A Most Unconventional Match
Hal Waterman's calling on the newly widowed Elizabeth Lowery is the caring act of a gentleman. And with her household in turmoil and a young son to support, she is certainly grateful for his help. Hal finds Elizabeth even more lovely than when they first met, but knows that she will only ever see him as a kind and often taciturn friend.
Elizabeth finds comfort and companionship in Hal's caring of her. But then a tantalizing desire starts to simmer. His reassuring strength and presence have become so very attractive...so alluring....
YOu can read an excerpt here.

You can learn more about Julia on her website www.juliajustiss.com


Award winning  Ann Lethbridge writes  Regency romance with dark heroes and strong women...often with an element of suspense or mystery. She did win the Daphne du Maurier Award in 2009 for excellence in historical mystery/suspense.
She is giving  away a copy of The Gamekeeper's Lady either as an ebook or print (winner's choice)
A most forbidden attraction! Frederica Bracewell grew up under a cloud of shame. As an illegitimate child, she was treated by her uncle like a servant. It isn’t until she encounters the new gamekeeper that shy, innocent Frederica starts to feel like a true lady…Lord Robert Mountford has been banished by his family. After a debauched existence, he revels in the simplicity of a gamekeeper’s lifestyle. Until temptation strikes! Frederica’s plain appearance and stuttering speech are a far cry from the ladies of the ton, but she may just be his undoing…and unmasking!
You can read an excerpt here.

Ann has a newsletter and you can learn more about Ann and her books on her website. www.annlethbridge.com

You can enter the Harlequin Historical Fall in Love Again giveaway for a chance to win the above books, plus others here.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fall In Love (Again) Giveaway Blog Hop -- Learn More about the Authors

Harlequin Historical offers a broad range of time periods but because the Georgian/Regency/Victorian  time periods are so popular, they do always offer at least one of these books in the their monthly offerings. Each author writes with her own unique voice and take on the period.

Louise Allen whose personal research library rivals Georgette Heyer's  has certainly ventured into the far flung places of the long Regency. She has a twist of humour and plenty of passion in her writing. She has also written books set in the Dark Ages, and the English Civil War as well as publishing a nonficiton book.  Her next book The Forbidden Jewel of India takes place in 1788 in India. It will be published in January 2013.
TO OBEY HIS DUTY IS TO DENY HIS HEART

Anusha Laurens is in danger. The daughter of an Indian princess and an English peer, she's the perfect pawn in the opulent courts of Rajasthan. Even so, she will not return to the father who rejected her.

Arrogant angrezi Major Nicholas Herriard is charged with bringing the alluring princess safely to her new life in Calcutta. Nick's mission is to protect, to serve–but under the searing Indian sun an initial attraction unfurls into a forbidden temptation.

This beautiful, impossible princess test the very limits of his honor–especially when Nick is left with only one option to keep Anusha safe: marriage. But the fast-flowing waters of the Ganges determine a different fate, and duty may separate them forever...
You can read an extract here.

Louise is offering a signed copy of one of her recent works Ravished by the Rake
A merchantman sails home to England from India with passengers whose lives will be altered forever when it hits the treacherous reefs of the Isles of Scilly.

In the first of the Danger & Desire trilogy meet Lady Perdita Brooke who puts a carefree face on heartbreak and scandal and whose sharp wit soon finds a worthy opponent in the devastatingly attractive shape of Lord Alistair Lyndon. Three months on board ship bring them into dangerously tempting proximity; one night of ultimate danger reveals a secret that threatens to part them forever.
You can read an extract here.

You can learn more about Louise and her books on her website www.louiseregency.co.uk




Elkizabeth Beacon writes Regency with fiesty heroines and goregous heroes. Georgette Heyer sparked her iniital love of the period. She loves the period and sees no need to venture outside it.

Elizabeth is offering a signed copy of a recent release The Duchess Hunt
"HAD SHE BEEN RIGHT UNDER HIS NOSE ALL THESE YEARS? Jack Seaborne, Duke of Dettingham, needs a duchess, but falling in love is definitely not on the agenda. The logical thing would be to throw open the doors of his ducal country seat, host a house party for this Season’s most beautiful debutantes…and pick one of them. But then Miss Jessica Pendle arrives – his aunt’s plain-speaking goddaughter – and she’s the one who stands out from the crowd. But Jessica is looking for love – the one emotion Jack resists. Although he can’t deny there’s something about Jessica that’s very persuasive…!"
You can read an extract here.

For a chance to win these books, you can enter the Harlequin Historical Authors Fall In Love Again Giveway here.

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