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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November Giveaway Hop

Kathy from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, and Tristi Pinkston are hosting another great giveaway! We all have things we're thankful for, and we all have goodies to give away too.

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For this international giveaway, enter to win one of TWO romance e-books:

1) Historical Romance: A Love By Any Measure by Killian McRae. 11/8/11 is the official release date for this angsty Irish bodice-ripper! You can read an excerpt at the end of this post.

2) Romantic Suspense: Bad Behavior, book two of The Conduct Series by Jennifer Lane. (Book one, With Good Behavior, is on sale for $.99 the month of November.)

You can also enter to win a Kindle Fire on the right side of my blog. (No joke---I'm joining other authors to offer a brand spankin' new Kindle Fire to one lucky reader, and this giveaway is international).

Entries now closed. Stay tuned for the winners' names!

From “A Love by Any Measure,” by Killian McRae
                Tulipe Noire Press, 2011
Accusatory, hostile glares traced Maeve’s every step. Two options lay be­fore her: be apologetic and claim this was only business and noth­ing was going on between she and August – an effort which Maeve knew would fail, as the truth of her conflict would be evident on her face; or she could bluff and take on an air of authority. In this second scenario, the other workers would at least fear losing their position for saying anything, if they believed she was indeed Grayson’s girl.
“We open in thirty minutes, and I don’t see a single loaf in the window,” she barked with false confidence. “Hop to it, eh?”
Maeve drew her eyes to the most fidgety of the shop girls, Clara, whom she knew would be all too eager to please and not dare speak a cross word. With a flex of her arm and pointing of a finger, Clara’s petite frame practically sprang to the back room. As Maeve turned to exit the shop to follow August, a cacophony of banging pans near the ovens arose and baked loaves were shoved in to the display glass.
The stairs to the manager’s apartment lay behind a cast iron gate on the side of the building. Maeve waited for August to exit and lead to the quarters that must have been the previous owner’s. August’s green eyes twinkled in fervent delight. He still had not understood what he had wrought, making her believe that his intentions had been benevolent despite the dreadful consequences they were likely to bring.
Maeve passed through the door. He followed and waited to be lauded and thanked for his keen plan and humble generosity.
“How could you be so daft?!” Her arms flew up as her balled fist walloped his chest.
He attempted to stutter a response, but she cut him to the quick.
“What did you expect they would think? I’ve been only a shop girl, and that only for a short time. And then some bloody Englishman sweeps into town, puts me up at his place, buys the bakery, and makes me manager?”
“Don’t you see what this does? Brand me a whore, is what. And for what? Just to have a place where you could continue this arrangement in private with me now that your sister and middleman are privy? Has a fortnight without driven you to insanity?”
Without courage, or perhaps, will to look at her, August shook his head wildly and sat on a stout wooden stool next to the door.
“I never .... It wasn’t my intention.....” He paused, collecting his thoughts before finally making a better retort. “Oh, Maeve, I didn’t think. I... I ... I was only thinking about... you. This wasn’t what I meant to happen.”
She scoffed with a cackling grunt. “Aye? And just what did you intend to accomplish by this maneuver then?”
“Your freedom.”
August finally chanced an upward glance on the heel of his sincere admis­sion. Maeve shrank back, perplexed.
“You are asked far beyond what should be of someone who’s already given so much. You went as far as to broker a deal with me that nearly cost you your chastity. I don’t want you to have to choose between having a home and having a choice. And if it’s just a question of money —”
“I never asked you for money. I never asked you for … this.”
He gave a weak half-smile. “I know. You’d rather rent your innocence to me than sacrifice your pride for a penny. If I could have simply given you money, I would have. But I could, at least, have seen the ramifications of that action. Instead, I decided to create an opportunity for you to earn your security. I thought, if I gave you the bakery...”
Maeve’s frame eased a little as she began to understand. Crossing the room, she kept her body turned away, yet laid a hand tenderly on his shoulder. She was surprised to feel a twinge of sadness.
“And you would... What about our contract? I still want the cottage, even if I’m living in town. What would I need to do? Would you have to come to town, or would I have come to...?”
“You’d still do that? Just to keep the cottage? Even with this apartment, you’d do anything to still have... the cottage?”
He turned toward her and gazed hopefully into her eyes, as though his very ability to breathe depended on the answer to his query. “Would you not want to be with me, Maeve?”
Brown eyes darted wildly around the room, looking to focus on anything but the optimism etched in his every feature. Yes, she’d want to be with him, but what did it matter? In the end, there was no way of being with August, there was only being under him. If there was a sliver of possibility, a minute modicum of chance that they might ever be together, she’d throw herself at it full force. But wishing simply couldn’t make it so.

Thank you for the excerpt, Killian McRae! Check out A Love By Any Measure.


Arianne Cruz said...

Fave historical character? Aw man, that's hard. I guess my choice for now would be Rupert St. John from A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsey. he is so infuriatingly attractive

BJ said...

My favorite historical Romance character??? Well they have always been Highlanders....LOL
It really doesn't matter their long as they're are Highlanders, I'm good :0)
Thanks for the giveaway.


Darlene said...

Favourite romantic suspense character? I actually really like Lisa Jackson's Detective Regan Pescoli.

Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com
GFC Darlene

Killian McRae said...

BJ: "It really doesn't matter their long as they're are Highlanders" - That's a good motto to live by.

Darlene... You can't go wrong with a detective.

Arianne... Oh, those rogues. We love the hate them, and hate to love them.

Nay Nay said...

Fav historical characters have always been Highlanders!

I am having a hopping good time going to all the sites! I love visiting with old friends and finding new authors and books to add to my wish list. <^_^> !!

Thank you for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!

reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

katsrus said...

My favorites are highlanders too. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sue B

Jennifer Lane said...

Highlanders seem to be quite popular! I haven't read much historical romance other than Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, so I'll join the crowd. The name Rupert doesn't sound so sexy but that's the fun of going back to the past--different sounding names!

Darlene, I'll have to find out more about Detective Pescoli.

Nay Nay, that's great you're having such a good time! I'm in editing hell but I hope to enter some of the giveaways too.

Sophia Rose said...

Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

My fav romantic character- picking one would be tough- hmmm. Mr. Darcy or Captain Wentworth from Jane Austen.

brendajean said...

Kendrick DePiaget from Lynn Kurland's Stardust of Yesterday:)

geschumann said...

Darcy from Pride & Prejudice and from Bridget Jone's Diary. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I love Colin Firth. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

Taffy said...

I'm going to have to go with Darcy!

Gabrielle Carolina said...

I've got a big thing for Robin Hood, at least the one I write about!

latishajean said...

Im going to say Darcy its very hard to pick one! Thank you for the great giveaway!

Jennifer Lane said...

Sounds like Darcy is a hit for the historical romance lovers! I would've never thought of Robin Hood, Gabrielle. Sophia, any man with the name Wentworth is A-OK by me. :)

Julianne said...

I'm a new follower. GFC: Julianne
My fav historical character is from a book by Susan Johnson Hazard Black.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

desitheblonde said...

it would have be jd robb

The Happy Booker said...

My favorite historical romance character would be Francis Stewart-Hepburn (Bothwell) from Bertrice Small's Love Wild and Fair.

Thanks for the giveaway!
Donna @ The Happy Booker
ahappybooker at gmail dot com

The Happy Booker said...

My favorite historical romance character would be Francis Stewart-Hepburn (Bothwell) from Bertrice Small's Love Wild and Fair.

Thanks for the giveaway!
Donna @ The Happy Booker
ahappybooker at gmail dot com

Jolene and Family said...

My fav. romantic suspense characters are from Linda Howards Death Angel and Mr. Perfect. I just love Linda Howard :)

Thanks for the giveaway

Jennifer Lane said...

Thanks for these great historical romance recommendations, Julianne, Desi, and Donna! Jolene, I love the hero from Mr. Perfect but that's the only Linda Howard novel I've read so far.

Judy said...

Mr. Darcy of course!!!


Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

Mr. Darcy hands down :)

kalea_kane said...

OOOH Favorite romantic character...Mr Darcy and Rhett Butler. I love them both. What a great giveaway! Thank you for being a part of it. It has been a blast.


Cindy said...

I love Fitzwilliam Darcy!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the chance win your giveaway.
cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

SiNn said...

fav characters

rhett and scarlett

fav romantic suspence deff have to agree with the personw ho siad pascoli since reading those books by lisa jacksons i love how strong and tough she is

misskallie2000 said...

Still love Rhett Butler In Gone With The Wind. I have been reading over 60 yrs and just too many to try and pick one. My brain is dead tonite. lol

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Denise Z said...

Thank you for participating in this fun event. If I had to pick favorite historical characters in novels it would be the male characters from Jude Deveraux's writing; in particular Knight in Shining Armour's Nicholas Stafford.


Andrea said...

I'm enjoying the Highlanders in Maya Banks new trilogy.

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I think Darcy has to be my favorite. Strong, Stubborn and Handsome who could want more.

Thanks for the giveaway!

mary_reiss @

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! No doubt about it--Mr. Darcy.


ruthhill74 said...

So hard to pick my favorite--Maybe Mr. Darcy??


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