Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series is already much-beloved among readers and when news broke that she planned to release a standalone work of historical fiction set in another time period, readers really started buzzing. Ranging from Edwardian England to 1920s Kenya to modern-day (or at least 1999/2000) New York, The Ashford Affair tells an engrossing story of romance and family secrets that spans generations. The novel got a DIK review here and when we got a chance to interview the author, we jumped right on it.
And we also have three(3) copies to give away! If you would like to be entered to win a copy of The Ashford Affair, please comment below by 11:59 pm on Monday, April 22, 2013. And without further ado, here is Lauren!
This week is extra special because we’re doing a double feature of Books with Buzz! As many of you know, Tessa Dare burst onto the scene last year with Goddess of the Hunt, and was our readers’ pick for Best Debut Author. I enjoyed reading that book as a reviewer, and readers have been thrilled with Dare’s storytelling ability as well as the mixture of humor and deep emotion found in her stories. She creates interesting, distinctive characters that really grow over the course of her stories and in One Dance With a Duke, she kicks off a new trilogy based around the members of the Stud Club.
I was able to read an advance copy of the book, and am anxious to read the rest of the trilogy now. Even better, thanks to Tessa Dare and the wonderful folks at Ballantine Books, 10 lucky winners will be able to get copies of One Dance With a Duke for themselves! Just comment below to be entered in the contest. And, now – here’s Tessa Dare!
1. Would you tell our readers a bit about One Dance With a Duke?
We’ve been buzzing around AAR for some time now about Meredith Duran, one of the rising stars of historical romance. It started with Duke of Shadows in 2008 and continued into a blockbuster 2009 with Bound By Your Touch (my favorite by the author and one of many AAR readers as well, considering the results of our 2010 Annual Reader Poll) and Written On Your Skin. On April 27 Wicked Becomes You, her newest release, hits stores and we’re already celebrating with this short interview with the author and by offering our readers a chance to win one of five copies of the book, courtesy of the publisher.
To enter for your chance to win, just comment to this post by Thursday, April 8th at 11:59 p.m., eastern time. The five winners will be selected at random from all entries and announced here on Friday. The usual caveats apply: This contest is designed to get early copies of the book into the hands of readers who wouldn’t otherwise have access, so if you review for another Web site or blog, please don’t enter. Due to high postage costs, this contest is open only to readers in the U.S. and Canada.
But first, sit back, relax, and enjoy the interview.
On February 2nd, The Golden Season, Connie Brockway’s newest historical romance, will be released. But 10 lucky readers won’t have to wait that long. Read on for details.
I haven’t made any attempt to disguise my delight at Connie Brockway’s return to historical romance. As her second historical novel following her return, my expectations were high when I turned the first page. The author didn’t disappoint. The Golden Season manages to be strike a perfect balance between light, funny, and charming, while also being moving and deeply emotional at the same time. And that, fellow readers, isn’t easy.
The author took the time to answer a few of my questions (and I hope she will answer yours, too, in the comments section) about the book. And, even better for 10 lucky readers, I’ve got 10 copies to give away to 10 lucky commenters.
All you need to do to enter is comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th. The 10 winners will be randomly selected and posted here on Friday morning. The usual caveats apply: This contest is open only to readers in the U.S. and Canada and, since the purpose of the giveaway is to put early books into the hands of readers who wouldn’t otherwise get them, if you review for another Web site or blog that receives advance copies, please don’t enter.
Ready to hear what Connie has to say about The Golden Season?
We’re Buzzing about the books that you’re buzzing about. Since the launch of our Books with Buzz feature in 2009 we’ve featured Lisa Kleypas, Colleen Gleason, Mary Balogh, Charlaine Harris, Elizabeth Hoyt, Leslie Parrish, Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas, and, of course, Laura Kinsale.
And there’s more buzzing to look forward to on Monday. What book and author will be in the spotlight? You’ll have to check back to find out.
But, in the meantime, we’d love to know what books you’d like to see featured here in the months ahead. So, suggestions? Wishes? We’d love to hear them.
- Sandy AAR
I like lots of books, but the list of books I absolutely love is a much shorter one. Laura Kinsale’s work figures prominently on it, however. Whether deeply dark or somewhat lighter, her prose captures the mood of her stories vividly, and I am in awe of the versatility of her voice. Her writing runs the gamut from the lighter tone and Regency world of her upcoming Lessons in French to the deep moodiness and medieval voice of the magnificent For My Lady’s Heart.
There’s something about anticipation. The longer we have to wait for something, the more it gets built up in the mind. As one of the many who adore Laura Kinsale’s writing, I have been waiting years for Lessons in French, and am excited that the release date is just around the corner. On January 26, 2010, Lessons in French should be hitting store shelves, and it lived up to those vast expectations I had built up in my mind. Both hilariously funny and quite poignant, I suspect this book will have readers laughing and crying – and probably both at the same time!
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am beyond thrilled to have Laura Kinsale here with us today as she begins counting down to release day for Lessons in French! And after you finish reading her interview, keep going for information on how you can win one of ten copies of the book!
Pamela and Vivi are the lucky winners of the ARC.
Thanks to everyone who entered!
Leslie Parrish is the alter ego of Leslie Kelly, a writer known for her light, humorous contemporaries. But you won’t be finding light fun with the new Black CATs trilogy by Parrish. Instead you’ll be getting dark, edgy, fantastic romantic suspense that readers and reviewers all over the web are buzzing about.
I almost didn’t start reading this series for a number of reasons. Chief among those was that I’d gone through a bout of bad and/or cheesy romantic suspense and I’d become quite cynical. But with the first book, Fade to Black, I couldn’t resist the idea of a heroine as a small town sheriff, so I took a chance—a chance that really paid off.
I loved the second book, Pitch Black, even more, and when I finished that one I was literally buzzing with excitement. Couldn’t-sleep-excited. Must-find-out-what-happens-excited. If Black at Heart had already been released, I would have driven immediately to the bookstore to buy it. At 10:00 at night. In my pajamas. I was (and still am) that excited.