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!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 21: Dusk With a Dangerous Duke by Alexandra Hawkins



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

 

Well, we’re officially three weeks into March SWEET Madness and there’s still plenty of great historical romance to come! Take, for example, today!!! I’m featuring USA Today Bestselling author Alexandra Hawkins, and her latest, DUSK WITH A DANGEROUS DUKE! Alexandra is the author of the wildly popular Lords of Vice series, of which this book is number six.

 

More about the book:

 

HIS BACHELOR DAYS ARE NUMBERED



They were children when the Duke of Huntsley was introduced to Lady Grace Kearly. The young duke—nicknamed “Hunter”—took one look at his future bride and thought only of escaping his responsibilities to his family. Marriage was for grown-ups and Hunter still had years of skirt-chasing ahead of him. But now the time has come for Hunter to heed the call: if this Lord of Vice hopes to keep all of his inheritance, he’ll have to claim his long-neglected betrothed…



HER WEDDING PLANS DON'T INCLUDE HIM



​With her twenty-first birthday approaching, Lady Grace dreads the thought of marrying the duke she has met only once—especially since he’s grown into a notorious rake who will probably beget his heir and abandon her in the country while he pursues fresh game in London. So when Lady Grace coolly decides to call the wedding off, even Hunter is surprised by his refusal to let her go. Suddenly, the notion of claiming and taming this green-eyed beauty is one challenge he cannot resist…

Excerpt

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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To find out more about Alexandra, including her uber-cool book trailers, 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 Jennifer Haymore!!!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

50 comments:

  1. I agree. I don't have any foods that are a vice for me, but books? Definitely! Especially since I discovered historical romance novels in Nov. 2011!:)

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    1. Oh, wow, Maria! A relative historical rowmance newbie! So glad to welcome you to the fold ;)

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  2. One of my passions is reading! Sometimes, I do admit that I spend too much time reading! I love Regency-Victorian and Scottish romances. What can I say its a "Sweet Passion"!

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  3. It's gummies. I stop buying them in bulk or I'll finish all of them in one day!

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  4. Hi Heather and Alexandra!

    Kudos to you both - Heather for sharing all the fun she's shared with us all and her up-coming release on April 2nd of Sweet Madness and to Alexandra for being recognized as a USA best seller!

    I'm afraid after living all these years I have more than one vice (or two) but the way I look at it is that I can finally admit it and blame it on my age! All the males in my family who all tell me that by biggest vice is never admitting I'm wrong.

    I keep telling them I AM never wrong - momentarily confused perhaps but never wrong!

    PS: (I could at least have been lucky enough to have a daughter or two but fortunately have daughter-in-laws that I'm training to be as cranky as me)

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  5. i would have to say books i can't get enough of them my bookshelfs are over flowing i have them pile up every where and only i now the system...believe it or not i have them in order in my head... my other vice is bras i love bras i buy them all the time there isnothing like a cute/sexy bra to make a girl feel better.. lol

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    1. Two of the better things in the world, Olga :)

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  7. Chocolate, TV dramas and Books....not necessarily in that order!

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  8. Reading and chocolate.

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  9. Books, chocolate, sleep, etc, etc

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  10. Fried chicken--doctor says I shouldn't eat it but I will treat myself to a piece about every 3 months. Fried chicken was always my go to comfort food until doctor removed it from my diet.

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  11. The only one I can think of is buying romance novels. I like to read anything romance.

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  12. My biggest vice is food, in general. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love to eat, but I hate what it does to me!

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  13. Books... I have a serious book hoarding problem. No joke... and the Kindle made it worse b/c it's easier to "hide" those purchases... but my dear BF is so sweet, he just sighs and builds me another bookshelf :)

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  14. Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate

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  15. My vices are chocolate, books, and purses!

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  16. my vice??? mmm, buying books; playing free cell on the computer; staying at work wa-a-a-a-a-y too late; NOT cleaning house; NOT cooking. shall I go on?

    PS - I do not do twitter or tweet; and I'm staying away from pinterest, or it could become my worst vice!

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    1. I'm totally trying to moderate myself...Pinterest could be evil

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  17. Reading and chocolate.

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  18. My vice is loving chocolate too much.

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  19. I have two big vices. They are stubbornness and impatience!

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  20. sweets - especially dark chocolate

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  21. Books... and chocolate. But mostly books ;-)

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  22. desert & romance books -- love em both & wouldn't want to do w/o either :)

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  23. Hello Alexandra & Heather! You want to know my vice? Well, I have several. :-) Romance novels, carbohydrates, playing games with my two adult children and my sister on my tablet, and playing/walking with my Yorkie, Maggie. Thanks for asking for my comment. jdh2690@gmail.com

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  24. Drinking soda. Reading 12hrs+ & last but not least wanting to buy too much makeup; I don't actually but I get so tempted to.

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  25. My vice is books of course. No matter how many I have, I just keep buying more. I don't think I'll be able to read all the books I have unless I live to be over 100, but I'll sure try. :D

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  26. Chocolate...I would say reading, but that's not a vice at all! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. My vices are my determination and I'm personable :)

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  28. I love Alexandra's books! (and yours :D)
    My vices are chocolate, dark ale, and Irish tea to get me going in the morning.

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  29. I have a major sweet tooth. :) Have tried like mad to curb it, but never quite can. (I don't count my *collection* of books as a vice! pffft)

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  30. Books and carbs.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. I recently devoured the earlier books in this series. I can't wait to read this one! I'd love to win this book. KEEP ON WRITING THIS SERIES!

    Vices:

    I get impatient with people and I will interrupt them while they are speaking.
    I have a quick temper
    I lack a sense of humor
    I can't tell a joke
    I'm shy.
    I don't stand up for myself enough. I'm working on this.
    I let my mom's comments bother me.
    I have a hard time keeping secrets.

    love of ice cream I must eat it daily.

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  32. Probably my only vices would be romance novels and chocolate.

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  33. My biggest vice is time on computer. I find so much to do. Never enough time for them all. I love all my friends and pages. But they take all my time, more time than I really should be on here. So they all are nice, but also a vice!!

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  34. Most definitely anything chocolaty! Romance novels aren't a vice, right? ;)

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  35. Food...yummy food! That's my vice, I just love to eat!

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