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!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 19: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt



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

 

Day 19 brings one of my very favorite authors, Elizabeth Hoyt! I’ve often said Lisa Kleypas brought me back to historical romance, but shortly after I devoured all of her backlist, a friend recommended Elizabeth’s Princes Trilogy, and I’ve been a fan ever since! I even had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth last summer, and in true fan-girl fashion, I blurted out one of my favorite lines from a book of hers. I don’t think she’s put me on a stalker watch list…yet…

 

Today, I’m featuring her newest book, LORD OF DARKNESS.

 

Here is what the book is about: (Warning: Blurb & Excerpt contain spoilers for her Maiden Lane series, so if you haven’t read the books yet, skip right to the contest!)

 

WHEN STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
He lives in the shadows. The mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, his only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife . . .

BECOME LOVERS...
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more . . .

DESIRE IS THE ULTIMATE DANGER
When passion flares these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband, Godric St. John—the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.

 


 

 

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 and 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!

Paperback
· Amazon
· Barnes & Noble
· Blackwell's (UK)
· Books·A·Million
· Chapters (Canada)
· IndieBound
Ebook
· iBooks
· Kindle
· Nook

 

And to find out more about Elizabeth, 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 Elizabeth Essex!!!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

47 comments:

  1. Westley from The Princess Bride! Or the Dread Pirate Roberts. Honestly that's actually what I thought of when I read the blurb for this!

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  2. All that pops in my mind is Zorro. I don't even know why, surely I can think of someone else...

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  3. How about the scarecrow (Rev. Syn) from the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh? Does anyone remember that series from Disney's Wonderful World of Color? Loved that series as a kid!

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  4. I always enjoyed watching the old Zorro TV show with Guy Williams....

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  5. lol I read lots of books but never read a story in which the main character wore a mask, I only remember Zorro..Some characters wore masks during a ball...

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  6. I'm going with Zorro. That was the first man that popped into my mind...well, not really. Actually it was Lone Ranger, but I like Zorro best. Especially as played by Antonio Bandares.

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  7. I like Scarlet Pimpernel. NOt sure if he's totally masked though.

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  8. Definately Zorro. I think he is sexy, especially when Antonia Banderas played him. Yummy

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    1. I thought Puss in Boots was sexy when Antonio Banderas played him...

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  9. Ooooh... someone mentioned Wesley from the Prince Bride... I'm going with the first thing that popped into my head... the Lone Ranger! And this may or may not have been inspired by the fact that I just watched the trailer for the new movie.... is there any role that Johnny Depp can't play?

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  10. i have to say Zorro!

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  11. Zorro...How about Spiderman and (Love Tobey Maguire!)

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  12. Lone Ranger - or Batman - or Zorro

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  13. Good morning Elizabeth and Heather! Growing up I loved the stories of my western "super heroes," The Lone Ranger and Zorro. Later in life I enjoyed Batman and Robin and other "masked" super heroes. In historical romance, I've always enjoyed the stories that included masked balls and the games the characters played while at those balls. :-) jdh2690@gmail.com

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  14. I have to agree with the others. My favorite masked hero is either the Scarlet Pimpernel (disguised more than masked) or Zorro.

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  15. My favorite masked fictional hero is Batman. I love his style and esp. is batmobile! His hideway/house is splendid and high-tech! His butler is hilarious in that silent kind of away.

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  16. Batman and Robin---I never missed the show or the reruns.

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  17. Batman is one of my favorites. I like the one from the tv series: Adam West .

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  18. Spiderman is my man!

    crystalwoodmancy AT gmail DOT com

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  19. Zorro was my first masked love, and that's never changed.

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  20. I always liked Batman and Robin.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Love Elizabeth Hoyt I have all her books :)

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  22. Iron Man or Batman :)
    Lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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  23. Hi Heather -

    I'll never forget watching my favorite "masked man" The Lone Ranger on our black and white TV as a child and he was and will always be my favorite "masked" hero!

    Ask anyone my age and they will remember The Lone Ranger and him saying before he rode off "Hi Yo Silver, away!"

    Along with his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring the "masked rider" would go racing off on plains to fight for law and order in the early west and of course he always captured his man!

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  24. Zorro, haha! Althought I love The Phantom of the Opera, as well.

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    1. Speaking of Zorro (and Antonio Banderas), have you ever seen Antonio sing Phantom? He did, with Sarah Brightman, once. You can see it on YouTube!

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  25. I like The Lone Ranger. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

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  26. Nananananananana BATMAN!;-)

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  27. The Lone Ranger is on the top of my list followed by Zorro and of course the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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  28. I'd go for Zorro - loved that accent and the sword fighting!

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  29. Love, love, love The Phantom of the Opera, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Westley~ The Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride. Thanks for all the lovely giveaways! Cheers ~ Elizabeth

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  30. Zorro is the first one that came to mind!! :D

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  32. I really loved Julie Garwood's Pirate Pagan in Guardian Angel.

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  33. Batman would be my favorite made hero!

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  34. I like Iron Man from the Avengers.

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  35. Zorro!! I always loved watching as a child. I dreamed he would whisk me away!!

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  36. Favorite masked man of fiction has got to be Spiderman!

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  37. From my new fave show, Stephen Amell as The Arrow!

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