If you’re like me, you’re busy busy busy. I love to visit blogs, but it seems I never have time to get by in a timely fashion…and never in time to win anything! Well, no worries about that here. The Historical Reader Salon will be open all month long and you can come by anytime during the month to join the conversation and enter to win! No rush, no hurry…just a nice relaxing visit (or three) at your leisure. Each month, I’ll throw out a topic for discussion as well as ways for you to win. We’ll keep the conversation going in the comments section and just see how our Reader Salon grows. Hopefully it will develop into a thriving community centered around what we all love—historical romance!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Day 1: A Taste For Scandal by Erin Knightley!


 
 
Welcome to the first day of March SWEET Madness—a month long party to celebrate the upcoming release of my novel, SWEET MADNESS, available April 2, 2013.

 

I am thrilled to kick off this fun event with a very favorite new author of mine. I first read her work when she was an unpublished writer and was blown away by her lush and lyrical voice. Want to see what I mean?

Read excerpt

A Taste for Scandal is the second in Erin’s Sealed With a Kiss series, and I can’t wait to give it away to a lucky winner!

 

Here is what the book is about:


A TEMPTING DIVERSION
Things have always fallen into place for Richard Moore, Earl of Raleigh. His good looks, abundance of charm, and the small matter of being heir to a marquisate make him quite the catch. So when a delectable young woman wants nothing to do with him, he can't help but seize the irresistible challenge.

AN UNLIKELY COURTSHIP
Jane Bunting knows all about responsibility—she has managed to support herself and her brother with their bakery—but she knows nothing of excitement or passion. When dashing Lord Raleigh crosses the threshold of her shop, she has no idea of the potential danger to her reputation . . . or to her heart.

AN IMPOSSIBLE MATCH
Neither imagined things would go so far—until the night their worlds collide, irrevocably changing both their lives. But when duty calls for Richard, and with everything Jane has worked for suddenly at stake, will their taste for scandal be their downfall?

 

And here's the fun part--your chance to win! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below! The contest will be open for 2 weeks.
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If you don’t win (or just can’t wait to start reading!), here’s where you can get the book!


And to find out more about Erin, you can visit her website at:

 


 

I am also giving away a copy of either my debut, SWEET ENEMY or SWEET DECEPTION (winner’s choice) EVERY DAY of March SWEET Madness! (you will need to enter this contest separately every day for a new chance to win!)

Sweet Enemy

Beakers and ball gowns don't mix, so when lady chemist, Miss Liliana Claremont, goes undercover as a husband-hunter to investigate Lord Geoffrey Wentworth, the earl whose family she suspects murdered her father, romance isn't part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can't control...

Read the Prologue and First Chapter HERE...

Sweet Deception



Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled up in the dangerous final mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long-lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love--and every life--is at risk.

Read the First Chapter HERE.
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And don’t forget SWEET MADNESS, coming April 2, 2013!

 

There’s a fine line between love and insanity…

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door.

Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.

Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.

Read the Prologue and First Chapter HERE...

"In this emotional, compassionate romance...the powerful love story will sweep readers away."
~RT BookReviews, 4 1/2 stars

“The brilliance of Sweet Madness shines strongly and completely. Heather Snow is cutting edge…a master storyteller. Sweet Madness is a magnificent story.”
~Book Obsessed Chicks 5 stars

See you tomorrow, where our featured author is Theresa Romain!!!

63 comments:

  1. Sorry, pls ignore my entry for Erin's giveaway

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  2. I love baking but the one thing that all my family loves is my very simple cheesecake. I've done it on every Thanksgiving and Christmas for years :)

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    1. Can't beat a good cheesecake...unless it's Key LIME cheesecake :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love making German chocolate cake. I love the icing because it's the best! Thanks for giveaway.

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    1. Oh, YUM. We have the best recipe of my great-great-grandmother's that we make from time to time. One year, I was on a diet and decided to count the calories in it...it was something like 990 calories per slice...and that was for a 1/16th! Yeah, I don't count calories when I eat it now... :)

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  4. I love blueberry cheese cake, I filled the raffle as Aretha zhen

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    1. Never have had blueberry cheesecake, but I love blueberries! Can't imagine they'd be too shabby in cheesecake, either :)

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  5. German chocolate cake with a butter cream icing was the first cake that I learned to make!

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    1. Mmmm...do you use coconut in your icing?

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  6. Heather! Since, I'm new to your street team, I printed both excerpts of your books while I get them. I would really read at least the first one! My sweet threat is Praline & Cream ice cream! I love your blog, it's so cheerful with bright colors! bravo! Nicole Laverdure

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    1. And my favorite dessert is my husband's Crème brûlée! sooo delicious!

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    2. Thanks, Nicole! In a couple of weeks, I'll be sending e-mails out to street team members. Welcome aboard!

      And creme brulee? One of my favorites!

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    1. Yum! Me too. Especially the edge pieces...

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  8. I like clatite - which is just Romanian for the word "crepe" essentially. My great grandma used to make them - my mom now makes them on special occasion. So good.. you can fill them with fruits, cheeses, chocolates, or just eat them with jam or plain. Sooo good! :

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    1. Sounds fabulous! Might have to google a recipe for them and try! Thanks for stopping by.`

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    1. Nothing wrong with that! Nothing wrong at all :)

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  10. My favorite sweet treat is Ghiradelli chocolate! I'm not picky about the flavor, but I especially love the ones with caramel. Yum!

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    1. Oooh! A treat you don't even have to bake. Just unwrap and enjoy! My kind of sweet :) (Erin is the baker, not I!)

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  11. I love just about any desert, but I think gooey caramel rolls are probably my favorite. It's a desert you can have for breakfast!!

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    1. Do you mean like a cinammon roll, but with caramel icing instead? Oh yum! Breakfast indeed! Sweet Breakfast...

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  12. I love cheesecake.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. A classic! Do you like yours with topping?

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    1. I love chocolate ANYTHING :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I LOVE sweet food, but I do really really times a million adore TimTams, which in case you're otherwise unaware are delicious chocolate-y biscuits.

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    1. Have heard of TimTams, of course, but have never had one...Am going to have to bribe Aussie Anna Campbell to send me a care package...

      Thanks for coming by!

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  15. Heather, you can get TimTams at HyVee! They are delish!

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    1. Really??? That's where I shop. I'll put them on the list. (Though I may still try to wheedle some out of Anna Campbell!) :)

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  16. chocolate is always good, particular in cake & cookie form :)

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    1. I'm with you, there! Are you a milk or dark chocolate fan?

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  17. I love cheesecake. By the way I lived in Australia so I know what Tim Tams are, they are yummy chocolate biscuits.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I MUST get to Australia one of these days! And not just for the yummy chocolate biscuits :)

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  18. I love cakes and cupcakes! Cookies too! Then chocolate YUMM Time to eat my chocolate chip cookie

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(do)com

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    1. You know who makes the BEST cupcakes? Erin Knightley. No kidding. You should beg her to make you some!

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    2. OMG~ I should when I meet her one of these days. We all should get together at one of the conventions and have a baking and eating with book chat party!

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    1. Crystal, my husband is right there with you!

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  20. I knew I shouldn't have read these comments while on my diet!! Know I want EVERYTHING! Seriously though, my new favorite dessert is Noosa Yoghurt. I don't know what makes it so good, but I would choose it over ice cream any day!

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    1. That's what you get for writing a book about a baker! Noosa, huh? Googling...

      BTW, I'm going to want some cupcakes in May. Just warning you... ;)

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  21. Lets see, cheesecake, cheesecake, and cheesecake, yum.......drooling......

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    1. Yum, indeed! Do you go for plain or do you like the flavors?

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  22. It really depends on my mood, but dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting is always a favorite; yum!

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    1. Mmmm...blackout cake. Sounds delish!

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  23. My most favorite dessert is pumpkin pie with whipped cream. I have it instead of cake for my birthday every year.

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    1. How interesting, Barbara! You're making me long for Thanksgiving...

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  24. I have such a sweet tooth; I absolutely love desserts. Ice cream, cheesecake, jelly, pudding.. I'm making myself hungry now :D

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  25. While I have worked in a bakery, I only sold the baked goods... but I can tell you that if the icing isn't shiney... it's an older product..

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  26. I like ice cream, eclairs and chocolate pie. Not at one time though. :)

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  27. Banana pizza pizza from Cafe Tu Tu Tangos. It's so good.

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  28. My favorite dessert is cheesecake!

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  29. Coconut cake - homemade from scratch.

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  30. I love Black Forest Chocolate Cake...actually anything chocolate will suit me to a tee!

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  31. I love chocolate cake with chocolate icing, eclairs, and ice cream.

    kscathy@yahoo.com

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  32. I love a chocolate devil's food cake with white boiled frosting - or warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream - depends on my mood

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  33. Stobber Goodies. Or at least that's what my family always called them because I got the recipe from a lady we were stationed with in Germany. It's really the 7-layer cookie recipe, but with a little addition.
    I also am partial to pumpkin pie -- but only the Libby's can recipe, and cooked longer.

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  34. Hi Heather and Erin!

    My favorite dessert to make (and my family and friends to eat) is Cherry covered cheesecake! Mine isn't the like "fluffy" kind but instead a thick rich treat. One of my friends actually snucked the recipe out of her home late at night because it was a "secret" family recipe!

    One of the things I can share is that instead of using graham crackers for the crust is you use crumbled zwieback toast instead!

    You'll never have to worry about gaining weight from eating the left-overs because if you turn your back it will be gone!

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  35. I bake homemade brownies and now use the Hershey's Best Brownies recipe that I found on their website. Delicious!

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