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!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 13: The Scoundrel Takes a Bride by Stefanie Sloane



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


Some people say 13 is actually a lucky number, and today, it certainly is for you, because our featured author is none other than Stefanie Sloane, the acclaimed author of the Regency Rogues series. Her first novel was a double nominees in the Romance Writers of America’s® RITA contest (and was, of course, quite fabulous—as are the rest of her novels!).


Today, I’m featuring the fifth in her Regency Rogues series, The Scoundrel Takes a Bride.


Here is what the book is about:


A notorious scoundrel, the right Honorable Nicholas Bourne has spent years in the East Indies amassing a fortune through questionable means. Still, his loyalty to his older brother Langdon remains true and trusted. But when Lady Sophia Southwell, the woman promised to his brother, seeks his help on a dangerous mission, he is troubled—and torn. Unable to dissuade her from her quest to find a killer, he vows to keep her safe. This makes his mission the hardest test of his wits, honor, and skill. For Sophia is the secret love of his life.

For years, Sophia has planned her daring act of revenge against her mother’s killer. She has painstakingly prepared herself by studying the criminal mind. Now she knows the moment is right and that Nicholas is the man to help her. But she doesn’t count on the reckless temptation of his rugged sensuality or the captivating intensity in his deep eyes. When desire and emotion intoxicate her as they venture together into the darkest corners of London’s underbelly, Sophia must contend with a yearning even more powerful than vengeance: love.





And now for the fun part—your chance to win! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Contest will be open for 2 weeks—US & CANADA only, please).
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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 Stefanie, 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! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY)

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 Miranda Neville!!!


And don’t forget, giveaways are open for TWO weeks, so if you’ve missed any of the fabulous authors featured, visit the archives section and enter!

53 comments:

  1. Ummm, Barrons, Hardy Cates, a little bit of Spike, and probably oodles more that I can't think of right now.

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  2. Lord Lucien Knight from Gaelen Foley's Lord of Fire. He's also my all time crush.

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  3. Zhadist from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series

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  4. I do like the bad boys. I love Bones and Vlad from Night Huntress and Tegan from Midnight Breed. I love all the guys from the BDB

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  5. I prefer scoundrels! Bad Boys!

    My favorite bad boy is Declan Bad Boy of the Highlands,
    character in X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts!

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  6. Bad boys for sure in books... not so much in real life....

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    1. That's pretty much how I think, too. I'd kill a bad boy in real life...

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  7. One of my favorite bad boys is Sebastian, Marquess of Dain, from Lord of Scoundrels.

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  8. Hmmm....close call. I love Derek Cravin from Lisa Kleypas' Dreaming of You, but Charlotte Bronte's Mr. Rochester is a no-brainer

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    1. I adore Derek Craven...also like Nick Gentry from Kleypas' Worth Any Price

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  9. Sebastien, Lord St. Vincent, from Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas! YUM

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    1. St. Vincent is one of my all time favorite heroes!

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  10. Who doesn't love a bad boy? Don't get me wrong, good guys are great but there is just something about the reformed bad boy that gets to me.

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  11. Sebastian from Lisa Kleypas' Devil In Winter! Bad boys make for a great read.

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  12. Scoundrels are way more fun! & my favorite fictional bad boy is Zsadist from J.R.WARD from her BDB series. :)

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  13. Scoundrels are the best bet.They can get your mojo working.

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  14. I have to agree with the others with the pick of Sebastian from DIW.

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  15. My favorite fictional bad boys are scoundrels.

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  16. I like the good boy that has a bit of a scoundrel in him.

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  17. I'm going to have to go back a ways to Devil Cynster in Stephanie Lauren's "Devil's Bride".

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  18. i guess I'm going to say a bad boy who becomes a good man.... picking fictional bab boy was tough and i could not choose so i picked the last one that i ready about it's lisa Kleypas's 'I Will" Andrew, Lord Drake.

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  19. I find more and more books to read == can someone tell me where to find the time to read all these must reads?

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    1. Isn't that the quandry, Donna...if only I could just sit and read forever :)

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  20. I'm not into bad boys, I like nice boys :)...but I guess I'll have to say Reyes Farrow from Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series since he's really just misunderstood. It has nothing to do with him being the son of Satan... lol
    Wait! I lied, reading the other replies, I do have one: Derek Craven. Who doesn't love him??????

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  21. One of my favorites is a reformed bad boy and it's Nick from Lisa Kleypas' "Worthy Any Price."

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  22. I like Nalini Singh's Dimitri from her Guild Hunter series. Naughty and delicious, mmmmm :)

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  23. I wish blogger had a "LIKE" button! I would be liking ALL of your yummy hero suggestions...

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  24. I prefer scoundrels who change their ways for the right woman. My favorite fictional bad boy is Jeaniene Frost's Bones.

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  25. Can they be a mixture of the two? You can't have one without the other correct? They will redeem themselves of course for the lady that's pinned to their hearts and on their minds.

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  26. Hi Heather and Stefanie!

    Oh I do so love a scoundrel and they're so much fun to reform!

    My favorite scoundrel/bad boy is Sebastian from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas from Wallflower series.

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    1. Yep, St. Vincent is a favorite around here!!!

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  27. Hello Stefanie and Heather! I prefer scoundrels as it is so much fun to see them become tame pussycats where their love life with a significant other is concerned. And I don't have a fave bad boy character...as long as it is historical romance, I love them all! I'm glad to be introduced to Stefanie today...and I intend to read all of her series!

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  28. scoundrels can be so much fun but then there is something sexy about a good guy's reliability so I guess I love them both :) a fave scoundrel -- st vincent from devil in winter

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  29. I prefer bad boys (in books only) because they're more easily reformed.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. I prefer the good boys myself. I don't like to get in trouble and I'm sure a scoundrel would drag me into trouble every other day.

    I think my favorite bad boy is Eric Northman from True Blood. I like him because sometimes there is a softer side that shows but most of the time he's bad to the bone.

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    1. Go, Annah! Nothing wrong with good boys :)

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  31. I like a healthy mixture of both. My fave bad boy is Quinn from Donna Grants highland series. Thanks and I used wrong email in raffle for Heather's giveaway. The correct one is lorih824 at yahoo dot com.

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  32. What a fun question! Scoundrels for sure, and like everyone else has said, fiction only! And I'm also a big Dimitri fan... he's still bad to the world, but a hero to Honor :)

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  33. I love scoundrels (in books only).

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  34. I like the scoundrels, they are fun reading.

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  35. In books, I love them both! In real life, I pretty much go for the good guys.

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  36. hummm in books I prefer scoundrels :) in RL not sure I can handle one eheh

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  37. Thank you for having this giveaway. It allows me to try a new author. If I do not win, then I will buy this novel. Have a great day!!!

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  38. I enjoy scoundrels who turn into good boys for the right woman.

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  39. In books, I prefer scoundrels. In real life, I'm happy to be married to a good guy!

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  40. I prefer for them to be a little bit of both.

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  41. I'm in favor of good guys in real life situations.

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  42. I prefer a scoundrel!! They seem to be more fun!!

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