My second book, A Lily Among Thorns, re-releases on September 2nd!
Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter. When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.
Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wants to be left alone in his dye-making shop—until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble. He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust—and love—again.
The book was in and out of print pretty quickly because of the Dorchester disaster, and I’m thrilled that it can be read again! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 Lily e-books and a fantabulous gift basket (not literally. There is no actual basket)!
The gift basket includes:
1. A copy of the e-book in the format of your choice AND
2. an e-ARC of my January release, True Pretenses (Lively St. Lemeston #2)!
3. A signed promotional postcard.
4. Two Lily bookmarks.
5. A decorative plate using the “Sweet China oranges!” image from the Cries of London print series.
6. A presentation copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets with woodcut illustrations.
7. Four Hot Cocoa votives from Kittredge Candles.
8. A bar of Blanxart’s Chocolate a la Taza, or drinking chocolate. This stuff is designed for making hot chocolate by melting blocks into milk (or half-and-half, if you want to be truly decadent)—and don’t skimp on the chocolate! You want it to be really thick. It’s delicious plain, with a unique grainy texture, but drinking it is paradise. Not exactly what Solomon would have used, but Regency chocolate was not all that awesome by modern standards.
9. The Essential Billy Joel 2-CD set. “Don’t Ask Me Why” was my theme song for writing these characters!
Here are 9 ways you can enter to win (N.B.: all require leaving a comment on this post):
1. Read a post from my original blog tour. Leave a comment on the post here.
Chemistry during the Regency period at History Hoydens. Regency hair dye, how Solomon made the ribbon on Serena’s gown, and how to shave silver off a coin.
A Q&A with Susanna Fraser. Mr. Spock as beta hero and my love of Avatar: the Last Airbender.
On well-rounded villains at the Season. Tom Hiddleston, Storage Wars, and how you should be able to imagine every character eating toast.
Personal growth as a fundamental element of romance novels at MuseTracks. “A romance where love doesn’t help a character grow and change is an unsatisfying romance.”
10 Things to Love About Heroes & Heroines with Jobs at Cecilia Grant’s blog, ranging from “1. It’s an immediate connection with a lot of readers” to “10. Uniforms!”
An interview with Solomon and Serena at Bookworm2bookworm. Includes cute baby stories about Serena, which she does NOT want Solomon to share.
Q&A with Mandi at SmexyBooks. My four-axis hero system and the conflation of “beta” with “weak.”
Ten Tips on Writing Characters with Accents at Kat Latham’s blog. This post has become my most linked and read post ever. Huzzah!
On the Fantasy of Being Special and heroines who Aren’t Like Other Women, at BN.com.
Q&A at Risky Regencies. My journey to publication and how that story about the Rothschilds buying the Bank of England is TOTALLY NOT TRUE.
Inspirations and Influences at the Book Smugglers: old-school Regencies, Nicholas Lea (best known as Krycek from The X-Files), and Billy Joel.
2. Post a photo of yourself with your copy of A Lily Among Thorns (original printing or Samhain) on twitter, facebook, instagram, tumblr, or similar. Leave a comment here linking me to the picture.
3. Write a recommendation or review of the book in the forum of your choice. This review should be HONEST, it does NOT have to be positive. Leave a comment here linking me to the rec/review.
4. Read a review of A Lily Among Thorns (either one of the ones linked here, or find one on your own). Leave a comment here telling me which review you picked and something that intrigued you about it.
5. Look at the dream casting I did for Lily and tell me why you agree or disagree with one of my choices. Who would you suggest instead?
6. Read the first chapter of A Lily Among Thorns and tell me your favorite moment in it.
7. Leave me a prompt for a short story set in the world or featuring the characters of Sweet Disorder. Don’t forget to also comment here to let me know you did and you want to be entered!
8. Tell me about your favorite Star Trek episode and why it’s your favorite. 100 words minimum. Screencaps encouraged but not required.
9. My new cover for Lily makes me think of fire and ice, which is appropriate because Solomon and Serena kind of have a fire and ice thing going. Tell me about your favorite fire-and-ice romance!
1. To be entered you MUST leave a comment on THIS post.
2. The e-book giveaways are open internationally but due to postage costs, I will only ship the gift basket to the US or Canada.
3. Contest is open until September 23rd.
4. You may enter up to 5 times! Leave each entry in a separate comment.
5. The winners will be chosen at random using random.org. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.
6. No spoilers in the comments please! Especially about you know what. ;)
And don’t forget to check the blog on September 2nd, I will be posting a free short story about Solomon’s little sister and her husband. ETA: The story is up!