Danger Wears White – the fourth Emperors of London book

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“Full of political intrigue, steamy romance and plenty of twists and turns…a well crafted story that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. If Lynne Connolly isn’t on your auto-buy list, she should be.”~Sharon Cullen, author of Sebastian’s Lady Spy

Hoping to live down her family’s connections to the traitorous Jacobite cause, Imogen wants nothing more than a quiet life in the country. When she stumbles upon a wounded man, the white cockade in his coat tells her he’s a Jacobite, and a danger to the crown. Yet there’s something about him she can’t resist . . .

In search of a document on behalf of his powerful family, Tony is shot and left for dead. Secreted away to a hidden chamber, he finds himself both a guest and prisoner of a beautiful but mysterious woman. What she wants and who she serves, he cannot know. But what he does understand is the desire burning strongly between them. And that neither of them will be spared until their lust is sated.

When the action moves to London, suddenly it’s Tony who has to act to save Imogen. Forced to become a lady in waiting to Princess Amelia, she is in peril from the Jacobites, who are convinced she is their salvation. Only the strength of Tony and Imogen’s love can save them now.


  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616505958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616505950




Meet Lynne Connolly

 Lynne Connolly

Lynne Connolly writes historical romance, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. She loves the conflicts and complications that come about if someone lives their life to the full.
She has her own blog, but she also blogs for The Good, The Bad and The Unread, the UK Regency/Georgian writers’ blog and The Raven Happy Hour.
She lives in the UK with her family and her mews, a cat called Jack. She also enjoys making and decorating dolls’ houses. She visits the US at least once a year, attends conferences and has a great time.

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If you want sensual paranormal or steamy contemporary romance, you need to go

Danger Wears White (The Emperors of London, #3)
DANGER WEARS WHITE by Lynne Connolly is a exciting Regency Historical Romance set in England. 4th in the “Emperors of London” series, but can be read as a stand alone.
Fast paced, and adventure filled with political intrigue, passion, romance, mystery and suspense.

I was thoroughly engrossed in the story. Read it in one setting.  I Loved everything about this story, from the H/H, to the action filled story, the secondary characters, to the passionate kisses, to the love scenes and of course, the storytelling was magnificent. A well written tale with engaging and realistic characters. The storyline  is compelling, powerful and engrossing. Another hit for Ms. Connolly! This is  a must read for fans of Regency Romance. Highly recommended!


*Received for an honest review*

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: hot

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More







Title: Taming Her Forbidden Earl
Author: Catherine Hemmerling
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 250 pages
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62266-817-5
Imprint: Scandalous

Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless.

Of course, Lady Hannah is not completely what she seems, either. A member of the dowager Lady Lancaster’s Garden Society, she secretly spends her days solving mysteries and uncovering intrigues, and when she brings William into the fold, a sinister plot develops that brings the two closer together. William’s protective nature ensures he remains by Hannah’s side, but he will not surrender his anti-marriage stance.

Can intrigue, passion, and maybe even a little bit of scandal reform the most notorious of rakes?


About the Author
Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until now.
Hopefully it is the beginning of a long new journey with Lady Lancaster and the Garden Society girls. Certainly historical romance (especially the scandalous kind) is more fun than writing technical documents!
This author happily resides in Tehachapi, California (near Bakersfield – home of her Alma-mater!) with her family.

Catherine writes for Entangled Publishing’s Scandalous historical line and is thrilled to be part of their family of writers!




TAMING HER FORBIDDEN EARL by Catherine Hemmerling is an exciting historical romance/mystery set in Regency London.First in the  “Lady Lancaster Garden Society” series.Fast paced,filled with danger,a bit of intrigue, romance and love. Follow,Lady Hannah Rochester,a member of the Garden Society,and William Bredon, the Earl of Pembroke as they navigate danger,their attraction and deception. When a Lord is determined to ruin not only Lady Hannah’s life but the life and wellfare of her brother and the Earl’s brother. Enter, the Garden Society ladies as they and the Earl of Pembroke try to stop disaster and scandal. “Taming Her Forbidden” has strong characters,realistic exceptions,and an intriguing plot. I can hardly wait to see what is next for these young ladies and their counterparts. A must read for anyone who enjoys Regency,historical romance, danger,romance with a twist or two. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details may be found at the author’s website,Entangled Publishers,and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book  Addiction Reviews





The blog tour for A Little Bit Wicked by Robyn DeHart started this week!  Robyn will be visiting blogs with interviews, guest posts, and giveaways. Each tour stop will be giving away an ebook copy!



Wicked men…why are they so sexy?


This question was posed to me for this blog and I decided to tackle the topic because well, who doesn’t love to talk about sexy men? Now the easy answer is…because they’re HOT!


I take this notion of creating heroes quite serious. Consider it for a moment…when you’re reading a romance novel, you want to root for the heroine and fall in love with the hero. If I can’t create a hero that readers can fall in love with, then I’m not doing my job right.


But what is it about the wicked ones, the bad boys, that really call to us? They don’t in the real world (for the most part). I mean most of us are married to the good guys. I know I am. My husband is a college professor for Pete’s sake. While he’d love to think of himself as a rough-and-tumble tough guy, he’s a big ‘ol softy. So that’s what I want to come home to every night, but when I snuggle up with a book, sometimes I want that rogue.


I think the biggest appeal is not so much how naughty they are, but that they’re naughty with a chance at being redeemed. We want to be that woman that brings that bad boy to his knees. We secretly long to be that girl, the one with the stack of books and the glasses sitting in the school cafeteria and the hottest guy in school walks past those cheerleaders because he can see the reality of who that girl is. He wants to know her. It’s all tied into that fantasy.


So the redeem-ability factor is huge. The other thing is those naughty men give the heroines a reason to be naughty, even if only behind closed doors. It’s nice to fantasize about being able to be daring and reckless with a man, to trust him so much we’d let him take us anywhere.


All right readers, your turn, who’s your favorite bad boy hero? It can be TV, book, movie, whatever.


Official Blog Tour Stops

Monday, 12/24  –   Novel Reflections
Friday, 12/28  –   Bringing the Epic
Tuesday, 1/1  –   Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance
Wednesday, 1/2  –   Book Soulmates
Thursday, 1/3 –    Ramblings from this Chick
Monday, 1/7  –   Mochas, Mysteries and More
Monday, 1/7 –    Vicky Dreiling’s blog
Wednesday, 1/9  –   Manga Maniac Cafe
Friday, 1/11 –   Books to Brighten your Mood
Monday, 1/14  –   My Book Addiction and More
Tuesday, 1/16  –   Urban Girl Reader
Thursday, 1/17 –    Ex Libris
Thursaday, 1/17  –   Breath of Live Reviews
Monday, 1/21 –    Reading Between the Wines
Tuesday, 1/22 –    Fade Into Fantasy
Wednesday, 1/23 –    Provocative Pages
Thursday, 1/24 –    Cocktails and Books
Friday, 1/25  –   WTF Are You Reading?



Marcus Kincaid has returned to England after a ten-year absence. His older brother died during that time, making Marcus the Earl of Ashford. Not only that, his younger sister is embroiled in a potential scandal that could ruin her chance at marriage. His aunt has already called in reinforcements—The Paragon.

Vivian March is known simply as The Paragon. She moves through every circle within Society, smoothing out scandals and stopping gossip in its tracks. Everyone in London knows that if she aligns herself with you, Society will forgive you your sins. What they don’t know is that she uses their secrets to cover her own jaded past.

But with every kiss and every touch that Marcus thrusts upon her, Vivian comes to believe life is infinitely more fun when you can be just a little bit wicked…


Title: A Little Bit Wicked
Author: Robyn DeHart
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 229 pages
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62266-816-8
Imprint: Scandalous

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?


BE: Hi April. Thank you so much for having me over to blog today. Tidbits-I’m not sure I’m that interesting really. Hmmmmm…

  • I live in New Zealand, a land of only 4 million people
  • I’m one of 5 girls, and I’m a twin, and the eldest by 20 minutes. My twin sister, Leigh, is my biggest fan.
  • I was pretty sporty in my younger days, playing representative netball (think basketball except you can’t bounce the ball nor run with it).
  • I grew up on a farm and had my own pony
  • I lived in London, England for seven years in my twenties
  • I have a business degree from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand
  • I’ve travelled extensively – visited every continent except two, the ones at the top and bottom of the world. Italy is my favourite country. Russia the most interesting.
  • I used to run my own company, which I listed on the New Zealand stock exchange in 2000.
  • I love reading romance novels and watching anything that has a thread of romance in it – Farscape, Fire Fly, Angel, Vampire Diaries, Bones, Revenge, The Mentalist. I’m a hopeful romantic…



MBA&M: What are some of the things that influence you while writing? (ie. Music, scents, images)


BE: I usually find I wake in the morning with scenes playing in my head. I’m not sure if I dream all through the night but they are definitely there when I wake. Therefore, I usually can start writing as soon as I’m showered, as long as I have a cup of tea in my hand! If I get blocked, I take myself off for a hill walk. I live in the hills of Wellington and I get a really good workout by walking up to the top of the hill where I can look out over the city, the harbour and watch the planes land at the airport. I usually have my walkman on, and I listen to the lyrics and I’m inspired enough to find my way through any block in my story.


MBA&M: While we understand everyone wants to know about the main characters, let’s take a different approach and discuss your secondary characters. Name a secondary character from your story and tell us a little about them?


BE: In the third novella, there aren’t many secondary characters that readers haven’t already met in books one and two of the Wicked Wagers trilogy. However, Amy Shipton, the heroine in To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood, was a secondary character in  the previous books and received so many emails from readers wanting her to get her own HEA. That pleased me immensely as I had her lined up for Henry. It proved to me I was heading in the right direction. I think readers liked Amy because she was true to herself while being selfless and kind. They could relate to her stance on marriage – which she would do her duty and marry to aid her family’s position but she refused to marry a man who loved another.


MBA&M:  Who would you cast as your characters if your book was made into a movie or TV series?

BE: I was asked this recently and I’ve picked the following: Henry would definitely be played by Philip Winchester, Leontes in Camelot, and Strike Force (in Regency historical romances the men are always a bit older). I think he’s so sexy. Amy would be played by Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries. Sassy, strong and gorgeous. Can you see them together?


MBA&M:  What scene from your story stands out the most to you? What scene was hardest to write? What was easiest? Is there a scene you’d love to rewrite now that the book has been published?

BE: The scene that stands out the most is the scene where Amy is searching Henry’s room for her earring and is almost caught. She hides under Henry’s bed and is shocked to see Henry…You’ll have to read the story to see what she catches Henry doing!

The scene that was the hardest to write was the same scene. The easiest was when Amy and Henry help a woman give birth. It was fun and romantic and a real beautiful moment.

 MBA&M:  Why did you choose this place,a country house, for your book’s setting?

BE: To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood is the final book in my Wicked Wagers trilogy so I wanted to set it somewhere that Henry and Amy would be forced to be together. I also wanted Henry St. Giles led down the garden path as to Amy’s feelings. So, I set the story at Marcus Danvers, The Marquis of Wolverstone country house. Marcus is the hero in book two of this trilogy. It worked really well! So well that Henry and Marcus almost come to blows.

Thank you, Bronwen, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and our readers today!! “A Wicked Wager” trilogy sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us and our readers!!


Would you like a snippet…


Henry took a deep breath before entering the drawing room and joining the guests before dinner. His eye immediately found Amy deep in conversation with Caitlin. He scanned the room and found Marcus on his own at the sideboard pouring himself a brandy. He crossed to his side.

“A word with you if I may.”

“Only one? How unlike you, Henry. What have I done now? You’re wearing your saintly frown.”

Henry bit back his annoyance at Marcus’s comment. Right now he felt anything but saintly. He wanted to smash his curled fist into Marcus’s smug face.

“What the hell are you up to?” he said through clenched teeth.

“I’m pouring myself a brandy. Shall I pour one for you? You sound as though you need one. Was the estate business worse than predicted?”

He looked around the room. No one appeared to be paying them any attention. “I know what you’re up to. I saw you.”

Marcus handed him a glass of brandy and frowned, “I don’t follow, old chap.”

“You were in the stable the other night. With Amy.”

A slow, smirk of a smile shaped Marcus’s lips. “How do you know that?”

Henry took a step back. He’d walked right into that. “I was looking for you.”

He chortled. “You didn’t find me.”

Henry clenched his fist around his glass. Don’t let him make you lose your temper. “I know that. Odd time of night to be meeting a young lady in your stables. In her nightdress…”

“Oh, that. She’d had a missive from her father that she begged my help with. You know my father and hers were close.”

“And she had to discuss it with you? Alone? In the stable? So late at night?”

“I’ve been advising her.”

I bet you have, bastard. “About what?”

“I’m not sure I can share her confidences.”

“I wonder what Sabine would think about you sharing—confidences—with Amy.”

Marcus’s countenance abruptly changed. The glass banged down on the side board. “What the bloody hell does that mean? It better not mean what I think you’re implying or I’ll knock your teeth down your saintly throat.”

“Why so defensive? Do you have something to hide? I saw her in your arms a few nights ago too.”

Marcus looked over his shoulder. “I was comforting her. Her father is forcing a match with Chesterton, whom she hates. I suggested she work on the Comte.” He nodded his head in a direction over his shoulder. Amy was smiling gaily at the Frenchman. Henry wanted to knock his teeth down his throat too.

“Whatever is wrong with you? How could you imply…”


 Thanks for letting me share some of my story with you.

Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today!!



Who would you love to be stuck at a country house party with and why? I have an eBook copy of To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood for one commenter!

About Bron:

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut novel, Invitation to Ruin, won the 2012 RomCon Readers Crown for Best Historical and Invitation to Ruin was also nominated for Best First Historical in the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards 2011.

Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at You can keep up with Bronwen’s news by visiting her website






Twitter: bronwenevans_NZ





To live happily ever after…


Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he’s searched for all his life. He just has to find her.


Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint as he’s called for his bedroom prowess, seduce her in his garden? And what can she do when in the middle of their passionate encounter; he whispers another woman’s name. Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she’s determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She’s not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.


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Good morning, Erin, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!
Thanks so much for inviting me! It’s a pleasure to join you today
MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into Erin Knightley?
I’m a true romance lover, having picked up my first one in high school some fifteen years ago. I love nothing more than sigh-worthy happy endings – especially when the hero and heroine have to really work for it! I’m a night owl, and just as I used to read into the wee hours of the morning, I now write that way. There are so few distractions and interruptions at two in the morning, lol!
MBA&M: What inspired you to write this genre and the “Sealed With a Kissseries?
I started off with contemporary romance, then found old westerns, but it wasn’t until I picked up a Regency set romance that I found my true love. I’ve been reading them for a decade, and when it came to sitting down to write my own book, there was never any question as to when it would be set: Regency England. The gowns, jewels, the titled men—what’s not to love?
MBA&M: How many books will be in the “Sealed With a Kiss” series?
I’m not entirely certain! I know for sure there will be three novels and one e-novella, but beyond that, we shall see. I still have two more siblings in the family to write about…
MBA&M: How let’s talk about some of the secondary or minor characters in “More Than a Stranger”,please tell our readers who your favorite is and why? And who would you like to see have their own story?Why?
From the moment my heroine’s brother showed up, I fell in love with him. Richard is funny, handsome as hell (Paul Walker comes to mind), and completely incorrigible. After writing a few scenes with him, there I knew he would be my next hero. The greatest challenge was dialing him back so that he didn’t steal the show!
MBA&M: What are some interesting facts you learned while writing or doing research on this series?
Oh, good question! Let’s see – I learned that there was no such word as “hallway” at that time! I also had to do some research into foxhunting, since I had no clue how it worked. After searching online, it belatedly occurred to me that my sister-in-law actually participates in modern-day foxhunts! She was lovely enough to tell me about how exhilarating the hunt could be.  Oh, and I really enjoyed investigating what books would have been around at the time.
MBA&M: Which character do you most indentify with and why?
Hands down, I totally relate to Evie. She has a lot of me in her, but also a lot of what I wish I could be if I ever thought of snappy comebacks or clever rejoinders. I’m one of those people who will think of the perfect comeback – two days later!  But I really related to her relationships with her siblings, her desire to be able to pursue her dreams (hello – writing!), and her need to take control of her own destiny.
MBA&M: Can you tell our readers a scene out of “More Than a Stranger” that stands out to you?
Oh yes – the scene in the garden at night was absolutely my favorite. I could feel the cool night air, see the stars, hear them speaking – more than anything that scene was when they really came alive to me.  It was also the scene that my brother chose when he was looking for inspiration for the original piano piece he composed as a companion to the novel (which is a free download at my website). My book trailer is actually just a music video that uses my brother’s song, some beautiful imagery, and some snippets from that scene:
MBA&M: What is next in the “Sealed With a Kiss” series?
Book 2, A TASTE FOR SCANDAL, is Richard’s story and comes out in December, but we also snuck a little Sealed With a Kiss Christmas novella into the mix. MISS MISTLETOE will be out in early November, and begins at Evie and Benedict’s wedding!
MBA&M: What is the first book you remember writing? What genre do you enjoy reading? and Do you get lost in a book while reading it?
My first official book was actually MORE THAN A STRANGER, but I did win a Young Author’s competition in fourth grade with a short story I wrote about two siblings discovering a secret room in their basement. I’m still proud of that book!  As for reading, I love romance—historicals mostly, but some contemporary—but I also enjoy YA, and some mainstream. The first author I ever adored was Clive Cussler and hiss sexy hero, Dirk Pitt. A good book, is a good book, is a good book, and when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter what the genre is, so long as it keeps me up at night!
And yes, I totally get lost in books. My poor hubby learned years ago that if I’m reading, it will take physically shaking me to get my attention!
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “More Than a Stranger” is available?
MORE THAN A STRANGER is in stores at Barnes and Noble, as well as online at Amazon, B&N, Walmart, and IndieBound.
                       Erin, do you have anything to add today?
Thanks so much for having me here today! Also, if any of you are anywhere near Anaheim, CA, I’ll be at the RWA “Reader’s for Life” Literacy Signing on Wednesday, July 25th from 5-8 pm. Come by and say hello!
Thank you for spending time with us and our readers! What a pleasure to have you with us today!
Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science.  It was only after earning her B.S. and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn’t any fun at all.  Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.

Reading level:Ages 18 and up

Mass Market Paperback:336 pages

Publisher:Signet (June 5, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0451237712

When his family abandoned him at Eton, Benedict Hastings found an unexpected ally in his best friend’s sister. Her letters kept him going—until the day he had to leave everything behind.  Years later, Benedict has seen his share of betrayal, but when treachery hits close to home, he turns to his old friend for safe haven….
After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams…and newfound desires.
Despite his determination to keep Evie at a distance, Benedict cannot deny the attraction that began with a secret correspondence. Yet as they begin to discover one another, the dangers of Benedict’s world find them, threatening their lives, their love, and everything they thought they could never have…
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Good morning, Deb and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Deb Marlowe?


Thanks so much for having me, ladies!  I’m thrilled to be back!  Hmmm . . . Well, I’m a wife, mom to 2 hungry, busy, teenage boys, and an author of Regency Historical Romance.  I love throwing my characters into a mystery or an adventure.  It’s a lot of work facing your demons, falling in love and getting yourself out of peril, too, but I love to give them the sort of happy endings that makes up for it.  


I adore history, good movies and men in boots.  I like pina coladas and getting caught in the . . . wait . . .  nevermind.  J


MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical romance,Regency,why that era?


I’m a major history geek.  I like learning about it every day and I love making history come alive.  The Regency era is wonderful to write because it is full of conflict, societal changes, historical figures that are larger than life, plus, you know . . . men in boots.  J


MBA&M: What inspired you to write “Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick”,if anything?


Braedon and Chloe are both hiding behind masks.  They are very different sorts of masks, but I wanted to explore a journey where the characters take the huge risk of exposing themselves, facing and learning their true selves, for the sake of love.  It makes for hard decisions and some hard moments too, but I think it’s that much more satisfying in the end. 


MBA&M: What kind of research goes into writing historical romance and where do you get most of your material(s)?


Research is one of the best parts of writing historical romance—and really helps in taking both me and my readers out of our everyday worlds and into the past. 


I read a lot of research books and belong to several historically oriented loops.  Sometimes it’s something specific that I’m looking up for a plot or scene, and sometimes it’s just a little nugget that pops out of a book or you see online.  Occasionally it’s that unexpected knowledge that becomes the basis for something fun in a book!


MBA&M: How do you feel the internet helps authors and readers connect?


I think authors and readers have reached a sort of connection today that has never been achieved before.  I love my fabulous newsletter peeps.  We do fun contests together and they amaze me with their stories and opinions.  Authors are easy to find and connect with on Facebook and Twitter.  I know not everyone is comfortable with so much interaction, but for the most part people are lovely.

MBA&M: What are your comfort foods?


Chex mix and my mom’s ham casserole.

MBA&M: Living in a small town,or not so small if you know the area,we are nearly neighbors as a matter of fact. How do the residents preceive you as an author? Are they camped on your doorstep,following you around,going through your trash,and such oddities? If so, how does this affect your family?


We are practically neighbors!  I’m not sure why we don’t see each other more.  J  I’m LOL at the thought of anyone camped out on the doorstep.  No one gives a hoot about my garbage except for the possums who go on a determined, nightly raid. 


No, my friends and neighbors are mildly interested in my career.  Some of them read my books, which is wonderful and strange at the same time.  They get a charge out of seeing my books at Walmart or the bookstore.  One thing that has been nice—this is such a great area to live in.  It’s easy to get around to the different smaller communities as well as Raleigh.  I’ve met some people online and then had the opportunity to get together for coffee and lovely romance talk!


MBA&M: In “Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick” which character, who do you identify with most and why?


In this particular book, I think I identify with Chloe Hardwick the most.  I’ve never gone to the extremes that she has to hide myself away, but I have reached several crossroads in my life—the sort at which you know that your decision is going to forever change your life—and the sort where you once and for all have to decide what kind of person you are going to be.


MBA&M: What is on the horizon for Deb Marlowe?


I am currently writing the second book in a new series.  Details to follow.


MBA&M: What is your biggest regret as an author?Why?


Not starting to write sooner.  I look back and know I could have found a way to make it happen, if only I had known how much I would enjoy it.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick” is available?


Please visit my website at or find me on Facebook and Twitter.  I love to talk books, TV and movies.  I’m addicted to story telling in all its incarnations! 


Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick should be available wherever Harlequin Historicals are sold, both in brick and mortar and online bookstores. 

Thanks so much for having me!

You are so welcome and thank you for spending with us and our readers today!!





Mass Market Paperback:288 pages

Publisher:Harlequin (May 22, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0373296934

(from the author’s website)

      Efficient Spinster or Desirable Woman?

       Adopting the guise of a buttoned up spinster is nothing new for Chloe Hardwick.  But under the watchful eye of her unnervingly handsome employer, the Marquess of Marland, for the first time Chloe yearns to be unbuttoned!  Yet he sees her only as his assistant–the efficient Hardwick–not as Chloe the Woman.

       Determined to escape Braedon’s cold detachment, Chloe leaves.  And when he pursues her to London, determined to entice her back, Braedon is utterly unprepared for what he find there–the real Chloe Hardwick . . .

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ABOUT SALLY(From the author’s website)

The short version:

USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie writes funny, hot, Regency-set books for Kensington Zebra. Her Naked Nobility series concluded (at least for the time being) with The Naked King, which was named one of ALA Booklist’s top ten romances for 2011; now she’s hard at work on a new “Duchess of Love” series which will debut with an e-novella prequel, “The Duchess of Love” (May 2012) and the first print book, Bedding Lord Ned (June 2012).  Her books have been translated into Czech, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Sally graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in the first class of women. She’s a Cornell Law School dropout, former federal regulation writer, recovering parent volunteer, mother of four grown sons, and “mature” Masters swimmer. A native of Washington, D. C., she still resides in suburban Maryland with her husband.

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Bedding Lord Ned

Zebra Books

June 2012

ISBN 10: 1-4201-2321-1

ISBN 13: 978-1420123210

Pleasure is in her future…

Ellie Bowman is determined: during this year’s Valentine house party, she will choose one of the men the matchmakingDuchess of Greycliffe–aka the Duchess of Love–has invited for her.  Unfortunately, that man will not be Lord Ned, the duchess’s second son.  Ned is still mourning his wife and will never see “trusty” Ellie as anything other than a childhood friend.  Now if only she could convince her heart of what her head already knows–and persuade the duchess’s thieving cat to stop stealing her red silk drawers and depositing them in Ned’s bed.

Lord Ned arrives at Greycliffe Castle vowing to finally cooperate with his mother’s matchmaking efforts.  He’s been a widower for four years; it’s time to put his past behind him.  He wants a family; he needs an heir.  Ergo, he must get a wife–and this year’s candidate even looks like his lost love.  But his old friend Ellie is behaving strangely, and Reggie, Mama’s cat, keeps bringing him a pair of shocking red underwear.  This outrageous, alluring scrap of silk couldn’t be Ellie’s, could it?   Suddenly his respectable old friend is invading his dreams in an utterly scandalous manner.

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Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.”
When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and, most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit who lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.You can learn more at:

MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical romance?

VD: I bought my first romance accidentally. Seriously, I didn’t know it was a romance until I got home and read the back cover. I’d never read a romance before and was a bit wary. But then I started reading Judith McNaught’s ALMOST HEAVEN and found myself completely captivated. Of course, I went to the bookstore to purchase all of her books I could find. Since that time, I’ve read other romance subgenres, but historical romance remains my favorite. So that’s why I write it.

MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing a historical romance series?

VD: My books are trilogies, rather than series. When readers found out that my first trilogy did not have a series name, they gave it one! My trilogy became known as the fan-named “How to” series. J  The main difference for readers is that each of my books is a standalone. All three books can be read in any order. I think this is helpful to readers who are just discovering newer authors like me. Interestingly, several readers have told me that they read the first two books again, back-to-back, and said that there was a slightly richer experience for them. But again, all three books can be read in any order. 



MBA&M: What is on the horizon for you?

VD: I’m writing a new trilogy for my publisher set in Regency England (it’s my favorite!). I will also be publishing a digital prequel to the new trilogy that is tentatively scheduled for fall 2012. One of the minor characters from HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE is the hero in my next book. I’m very excited about the new story. If readers are on Pinterest, they can find my Secret Regency Book board here:

Other than that, I’ve got several appearances this year at conferences as well as speaking engagements. So 2012 is shaping up to be a very busy year for me. Readers can check my website and blog for upcoming information. Also, readers can sign up for the newsletter to get the most up-to-date information about contests, behind-the-scenes features, and new playlists for my books.


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(from the publisher)


ISBN: 978-0-446-5654–0

FOR MORE: Hachette Book Group Site / Ravish a Rake

Why Should Rogues Have All The Fun?
SCANDALOUS DESIRES . . . Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . .
DEVILISH DELIGHT When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton’s shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . . .
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