His greatest battle is just beginning . . .Read on for a chance to win a copy of Always a Temptress. Without further ado, here's Eileen.
Captain Harry Lidge has done his duty. After losing too many good men on the battlefield, he's ready to put his responsibilities behind him and live a life free of care. But first he has one last mission: find out what the most outrageous woman in London, the same woman who betrayed him nearly a decade earlier, is concealing, before her secrets take down the crown.
Her heart is the only thing she won't risk . . .
Surrounded by ardent admirers and a few loyal friends, Lady Kate Seaton glides through the ton on a confection of couture gowns and bon mots. No one suspects that beneath her lighthearted façade Kate hides a sorrow so scandalous she'll do anything to keep it hidden. But only when she trusts Harry with the truth and only when he trusts her with his heart can they stop the villains all too willing to kill Kate to attain their ultimate goal: destroy England.
5 Things you must have while writing:
1. Bottomless supply of decaf iced tea(or, in my coffeeshop, ice coffee)
2. Music. If I'm home and can control the entertainment, each book has a playlist, usually 6 CDs that are played over and over again until the book is done. (I make sure to play this only in my office so my family doesn't beat me for having to listen to the same thing for 6 months)
3. Internet—to do that quick research to see if a word I'm using is appropriate, or just where Almack's is in relation to my heroine's house.(the only downside is when I get a weensy bit distracted by Facebook)
4. A hard-backed folder stuffed with yellow-lined paper for writing notes, making vague outlines and writing flight of ideas about the book and characters
5. A critique-partner. And objective eye. And nowhere in my contract does it say I have to be objective about my own work.
4 Surprising things a reader learns when reading ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS.
1. Why Harry left Kate all those years ago.
2. What Kate has really been doing since her husband's death.
3.That Josephine Bonaparte had the first Psyche mirror, which is the full-length oval mirror on a stand that can be flipped. A free surprise is that they were considered scandalous. Of course Lady Kate has one.
4.That even a dowager duchess is still at the mercy of her family, since in Regency Britain a woman can't be considered responsible for herself. In Kate's case, her brother means to commit her to an asylum.
3 Random facts about Kate Seaton.
1. She is an excellent businesswoman.
2. Harry was engaged twice. Both times she talked his fiance out of it.
3. Kate is afraid of the dark.
2 Random facts about Harry Lidge.
1. Harry's dream is to be an architect.
2. Harry was knighted for bravery.
1 Favorite scene from ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS.
Oh, this is a tough one. I love the scenes where Kate gives Harry what-for. I like it even better when she gets to do it to her officious, awful brother. Kate gets to say all the things I've always wanted to say to people. When she realizes that Harry is going to keep her hostage, this is her reaction.
She smiled. “Good heavens. If kidnapping your favorite nemesis doesn’t put you in a good mood, Harry, I fear you’ve lost the knack for happiness.”
But I think number one would be the scene during which Kate and Harry finally learn exactly what happened ten years earlier that pulled them apart. I hope it shows their strength and growth and courage, and most of all each one's forgiveness of the other. And no. I'm not including it. I have no intention of sharing any of my spoilers.
Thanks so much for inviting me to join you. I hope this whets your appetite for Harry and Kate's story. And I hope you let me know what you thought of them.
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