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 29, 2013

Day 29: A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean


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


I can’t believe the month is almost over, and I hope you all have had as great of a time as I have!


Today’s featured author, Sarah Maclean, blew me away with her adult romance debut, Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake. I still remember turning the pages breathlessly. I can’t tell you how much I adored it.


When choosing which book to feature, I decided to go with the first in her new series, however, because…well, it rocks, too. And it has a really gorgeous cover! Plus, it was just this week nominated for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award. Congratulations Sarah!!!


More about the book:


What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets . . .

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . even her heart.


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 buy the book:

Order Rogue from a store near you!
Indiebound
Signed copies can be shipped anywhere from WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn!
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

To find out more about Sarah, 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 Valerie Bowman!!!


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!

41 comments:

  1. I like to play black jack and I love the penny or quarter slots. Thanks for the contest. lisagk (at) yahoo (dot (com)

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  2. I've never gambled and I don't intend to. Ever. I have only been to a casino (once) in Windsor, Canada to hear Davey Jones (of the Monkees) perform. Fabulous show! :)

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  3. Nope... not at all. Just lottery once in a while when the jackpot is a lot!

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  4. I'm not a gambler. We went through Vegas on a return trip and lost $25. I do play Texas Hold'Em with my children for fun.

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  5. I am not a gambler, I feel that we work hard for our money and I don't want to throw it away!

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  6. I'm not, either. I have gambled, but it just makes me angry to lose money and when I win, I know I'm just a breath away from losing it again...which makes me mad all over! Nope, gambling's not for me :)

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  7. Not really - I do buy lottery tickets once in a while, but when I've been at casinos I only allow myself to loose a certain amount and when that's gone I'm done. The fun is to see if I can take a long time to loose it or the rare occasion where I come out ahead.

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  8. I've attempted gambling, but I am so bad at it I gave up. It was never going to go anywhere good.

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  9. My husband refuses to play games or cards with me because I have a "nasty" habit of winning! I'm much more agressive than he is when playing any game of chance so he considers me a "shark!

    We started challenging each other when we first got married when he was in the Navy during Vietnam. First we started out with Acey Ducey in which the typical strategy is to get at least half your checkers on the board as quickly as possible and form them into a blockade.

    Acey Ducey is a favorite game of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine since the First World War and the object is to rule the world!

    Oops! I guess I should let him at least once in a while!

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    1. I LOVE card games...big fan of canasta and hand and foot. Never heard of Acey Ducey. I'll have to look it up!

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  10. I do buy lottery tickets but not much more than $4 at a time...

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  11. LOL.. not a gambler at all... I'm too cheap! But I do occasionally buy *a* lottery ticket. Which everyone makes fun of me for. But hey... it only takes one right?!

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  12. I like to gamble, but I'm strict about how much I'm willing to lose. :) I like playing poker and blackjack. I have tried the craps table, so it's an interesting backdrop in Sarah's books.

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  13. I am not a gambler. I don't like to take risks with my money.

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  14. I gamble only once in a great while and I only play the slot machines...the kind that are like a game. They're kinda fun. But the fun doesn't last long...because the money limit I use doesn't last long. I've never won anything. :-( The smoke inside the casinos bothers my eyes and breathing too...so my stamina for the playing doesn't last long! BTW, Sarah, I love your historical romances! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  15. I don't like to gamble, but I will occasionally play the lotto and if I'm at a casino I'll play the slots.

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  16. Bingo at festivals! And maybe a raffle ticket or two for a gift basket (coffee, food, or bath stuff). I went to a casino once in Detroit and played the slot machines. Don't know how to play the other games. Now we have a casino in Toledo but I haven't been there.

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  17. I'm not a gambler. I've never bought a lottery ticket or even been to a casino, though there are several really close to where I live. LOL

    Congrats to Sarah and Bourne for the RITA nom!

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. I'm not a gambler at all. The only thing I've ever gambled on were some nickel slots in Vegas. I looked at it as a $20 entertainment, was up some, then back down, spent the money and was done.

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  19. I actually live in a town that has casinos, but I don't like to gamble.

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  20. No not at all! It's just never really appealed.

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  21. Nope! I hate gambling. But I'll make bets, only if I know I am right though. Lol does that make any sense?

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    1. Makes perfect sense! I do the same thing. But my friends and family have figured me out...they know if I'm willing to bet, I'm right and so they won't bet me anymore :(

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  22. No, I don't gamble, not even lottery tickets.

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  23. It's fun, sometimes :-)

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  24. I am not a gambler - if one is talking money. I might buy a lottery ticket occasionally, and I will buy raffle tickets on something being given away (especially if it's for a good cause or organization). But to bet money on something thinking I could win, or wanting to win big -- nah.

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  25. I don't really gamble, but I do enjoy playing Black Jack with the kids (now teens) and chips.

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  26. I'm not a gambler at all, I'm always playing it safe! Thanks for the month of giveaways, Heather, it's been fun! I just love Sarah's books!

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  27. No gambling here, I like to keep my hard earned money!

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  28. Thank you for the wonderful giveaways, Heather~ I love Sarah's books and sooo looking forward to starting Sweet Madness! :) I don't gamble but do love to play most any game of cards and board games~ Happy Reading and Writing~ Elizabeth~

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  29. No i can't say i am.
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  30. I am not much of a gambler. If I do it is usually Slots, because I get to flustered with any other games.

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  31. No, I am not a gambler. Stories about them are very interesting though.

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  32. I am not a gambler. Love reading about them though. I entered under the name of Virginia

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