Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Monster Promotions: Guest Post from Leigh LaValle + #Giveaway (International)


Meet Leigh:
Leigh LaValle lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she is not writing, mommying, or reading, she is rarely seen cleaning, and more often found hiking or, when she is really lucky, in the white powder of the ski slopes. She is also a devoted yoga practitioner and instructor.

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A Rose by any other name…

My hero in The Rogue Returns likes to call the heroine by various terms of endearment. At the start of the book, Roane teases Helen and addresses her by intimate nicknames.
“You’ve been digging today, sweetheart. What are you looking for?”
And, a few minutes later…
“You are obviously digging for something of great value. Unless this is your penance? Have you done something naughty, darling?”
Needless to say, Helen does not appreciate Roane’s sense of humor.
“I am not your sweetheart, nor your darling,” she grumbled from behind him. “Nor your honey.”
As the story progresses, Roane adopts two particular endearments for Helen— Princess and Buttercup. Princess because Helen is a London-bred lady who is extremely out of her element in the forest. And Buttercup because, well…
“Why do you call me buttercup?”
“Because you are so sweet.”
“I am not that sweet,” she muttered. “Damn these tangles. I can’t get them—”
He slipped the burlap sac from her hand and examined the knotted strings. Calloused, patient fingers coaxed the tangles loose. She did not glance up when he placed the food bag on the rock.
“Yes, you are sweet.” He hooked his finger under her chin and nudged her head up. Their eyes met, then he dropped his gaze down to her lips. “Sweet and spicy and tempting as sin.”
It was a simple glance, but it left her hot.
Hot and achy and full of want.
This was ridiculous. She was ridiculous. She arched away from his touch. “Tempting as sin? Really? How original.”
His lips tilted up. “I’ve wanted to kiss you all day.”
“And why would I let you kiss me?”
“Because I could make you feel wonderful. Exceptionally wonderful. ”
As I wrote the book, Helen became known to even me as Princess and Buttercup, depending on the mood of the scene. It started me thinking about nicknames, and where they came from. Most endearments are nouns, and related to something pleasurable (Sunshine, Joy), a sweet food item (Honey, Peach, Muffin) or an animal (Bunny, Kitten).

Luckily for us writers, most endearments we use today can be used in historical romance. Sweetheart, Honey, even Baby all trace their origins back hundreds of years.

In my household, my husband tends to call me Kitten. He used to call me Baby Doll, but I’ve been usurped by the actually babies in our home. And, of course, we sometimes fall back on the time-tested Sweetheart.

How about you? Do you have a favorite endearment?

Series: The Nottinghamshire series #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 299 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 6, 2012)

"Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin."

Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor.

Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant and surely as corrupt as his father once was.

Sensible, rule-driven Trent Carthwick, twelfth Earl of Radford, is certain the threat of the gallows will prompt the villagers beloved "Angel of Kindness" to reveal the highwayman s identity. But his bewitching captive volunteers nothing except a sultry, bewildering kiss.

And so the games begin. Trent feints, Mazie parries. He threatens, she pretends nonchalance. He cajoles, she rebuffs. Thwarted at every turn, Trent probes deep into her one vulnerability her past. There he finds the leverage he needs and a searing truth that challenges all he believes about right and wrong.

Warning: The delicious, if left-brained, hero might forever change all you think you know about the Robin Hood legend. Contains razor-sharp wordplay, skinny dipping and tortured hearts.


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Series: The Nottinghamshire series #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 90 pages
Publisher: Heart Bay Publishing (January 14, 2014)

THE ONLY THING LESS TRUSTWORTHY THAN A ROGUE...

Lady Helen Gladstone has siblings to protect and creditors at her door. There's only one way to stave off disaster—to find the fabled fortune that her deceased brother buried years ago. Her experience with her lying father and gambling brother has left her able to spot a scoundrel at ten paces. Unfortunately, the scoundrel she encounters is a lot closer than that...and he's planning to make off with her treasure.

…IS A LADY WITH NOTHING TO LOSE

After years of exile, Roane Grantham is eager to begin a new life without the law on his heels. First, he needs gold—his gold, buried one drunken night long ago. But he doesn't count on a petite, bold-as-brass blonde laying claim to his hoard.

Forming an uneasy alliance, Helen and Roane adventure through the high peaks of England, battling treasure hunters, violent storms, and dangerous terrain. But can they escape the growing passion that lays claim to their hearts?


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Series: The Nottinghamshire series #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 231 pages
Publisher: Heart Bay Publishing (January 13, 2014)

THE ONLY THING LESS TRUSTWORTHY THAN A ROGUE...

Lady Helen Gladstone has siblings to protect and creditors at her door. There's only one way to stave off disaster—to find the fabled fortune that her deceased brother buried years ago. Her experience with her lying father and gambling brother has left her able to spot a scoundrel at ten paces. Unfortunately, the scoundrel she encounters is a lot closer than that...and he's planning to make off with her treasure.

…IS A LADY WITH NOTHING TO LOSE

After years of exile, Roane Grantham is eager to begin a new life without the law on his heels. First, he needs gold—his gold, buried one drunken night long ago. But he doesn't count on a petite, bold-as-brass blonde laying claim to his hoard.

Forming an uneasy alliance, Helen and Roane adventure through the high peaks of England, battling treasure hunters, violent storms, and dangerous terrain. But can they escape the growing passion that lays claim to their hearts?


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