Friday, February 15, 2013

Sealed with A Kiss: Maire Claremont + Giveaway (US)

Welcome to day fifteen of our Sealed with A Kiss event. Debut author Maire Claremont is joining us and helping close down our celebration.


Meet Maire:

2011 Golden Heart winner Máire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own… until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his frst wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Máire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.

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I love the idea of Valentine's Day. Of two lovers asunder desperately trying to communicate and Valentine helping them out! My own hero and heroine are torn asunder and it takes quite a great deal to bring them back together. Set against the dark backdrop of Victorian society, Eva and Ian have so much to face but their love will conquer all! I'm so happy you get to read of their love and how they conquered guilt, shame, and the madhouse to find their happily ever after.

The past years have been hell. I never thought I would emerge from it or that you would come back into my life. Dwelling so far away in India, with the knowledge that you and I could never be together was almost too much torture to bear. But duty fortified us both. What a cold companion it was.

Now, it seems impossible to believe that we are together. That we have survived the fires of our pasts and found love. I am thankful everyday that I returned from India to find you. I always loved you. Since the moment we met as children, I knew you were the girl for me. You clutched that bear your mother had made you and so kindly offered to me just after my parents had died. You stole my heart and you have had it since and will have it always.

Your strength and ability to be kind after so much has befallen you leaves me in continuous awe. I count myself the luckiest of men that I will be able to spend the rest of our days side by side, growing, loving, facing this world and knowing we can surmount it all with each other.

Soon our child will be born. A child of perfect love. The idea of having a family with you fills me with such joy. Can there be such happiness? The answer, my love? Yes. With you in my life, I will never walk through hell again because you are there to pull me away from it. We have fought so hard for our happiness, and now I treasure it beyond all things.

Genre: Historical
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (January 16, 2013)

The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor....

Lord Ian Blake has returned from India a broken man. Years ago, he pledged to Lady Eva Carin—his childhood companion and " first love—that he would bring her husband back alive. His failure haunts him. But even his jade soul can’t anticipate the shocking sight of beautiful, independent Eva confined in a madhouse....

Locked in an asylum, forgotten by society, Eva is adrift in both body and mind. For Ian to break her free, they must cross a powerful enemy—and prove her sanity to England’s unforgiving aristocracy. But the biggest danger of all may come when the secrets of Eva’s tragic past are finally unlocked....
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We can't wait to read this book! Maire is offering a copy of The Dark Lady to one(1) lucky reader. Open to US readers. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment about your favorite romance couple or couples --we know it's hard to decide sometimes.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.

Head over to Dani's blog for Eva's letter to Ian.

Don't forget to enter for the grand prize! A giant box of books or $25 worth of books from The Book Depository.

Thank you to Maire for celebrating with us!

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