Find Out What a Duke Dares!

Duke very low resWahooooo!

It’s a launch party in the lair.

You know how I love a launch party in the lair.

You know how I particularly love a launch party when it’s for a book I’ve written!

So ring (wring?) out the cabana boys! Fill up the margaritas! Let’s play Herb Alpert on the music system! And let’s party!

While you get yourself comfortable preparing to samba the night away, here’s some info about my third Sons of Sin Book, WHAT A DUKE DARES:

A reputation at risk…
What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.
romeCam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.
The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed – until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins…

You can read an excerpt here:

If you’re a Romance Bandits lair member (and why wouldn’t you be? For a start, we offer fabulous prizes every month and give members access to exclusive material! Just click on the Members Den button up the top), there’s another excerpt here:

To buy from Amazon, just click on the gorgeous red cover up above. Otherwise, WHAT A DUKE DARES is available this month from all good booksellers in print and e-book.

Here are a few more buy links:

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Reviews so far have been lovely. RT Book Reviews gave Duke a Top Pick and 4.5 stars, not to mention a K.I.S.S. (Knight in Shining Silver) Award and called it “an extraordinary read.” Publishers Weekly said, “Campbell makes the Regency period pop” and they comment on the “romantic fireworks and “witty banter.”

Booklist said, “With its superbly nuanced characters, impeccably crafted historical setting, and graceful writing shot through with scintillating wit, Campbell’s latest lusciously sensual, flawlessly written historical Regency, part of the Sons of Sin series (A Rake’s Midnight Kiss, 2013), will have romance readers sighing happily with satisfaction.” Isn’t that nice?

Rome 2Given the illustrations I’ve chosen for this blog, you’re probably asking yourself why this party is taking place in Rome in what looks like a nuclear winter!

I was trying to come up with a theme for this launch and I thought I couldn’t do better than daring. After all, Cam needs to be daring to get his sweetheart just where he wants her!

Still don’t get all these Italian photos?

WHAT A DUKE DARES has an Italian connection. Once she knocks back Cam’s fairly unenthusiastic proposal, the heroine Penelope Thorne takes off for the Continent. The first chapter is set in an inn high in the Italian Alps where Pen is in big trouble and Cam turns up to save her. She’s grateful for that. She’s less grateful when he insists upon escorting her back to England. Most of the story takes place in England, but it starts out as two prickly, unwillingly attracted people on a road trip through Italy.

Rome 5The other reason I put up these Italian photos is that I wanted to remember a time in my life when I was daring and it paid off. When I was in my mid-20s, on my first overseas trip I took off for two years in England. I can still remember how utterly terrified I was when I got on the plane in Brisbane, having never been outside Australia before.

That trip ended up being one of the best experiences of my life and let me visit so many wonderful places including…you guessed it, Rome!Β  So like Cam, I’m in favor of being daring!

Oh, and that was many years ago – hence the rather strange coloring on the pics!

1BanditBootySo I thought today, I’d ask you to tell me (no X-rated stories please!) when you were daring and how it paid off for you. And there are rewards for your bravery! I’ve got two signed print copies of WHAT A DUKE DARES up for grabs (international). Come on, tell me when you took a leap of faith! I dare you!




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  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Anna. Always love to dress up and attend a party at the lair. I’m not daring at all. I wish I had tales to tell. Can we pretend the dress I’m wearing to this classy shindig is backless with thigh-high slits and that’ll be my daring moment.

    • Wow, Jane, you look like one hot tomato in that slinky dress with the slits up the sides and the bare back! πŸ™‚ The Rooster can’t take his eyes off you. He clearly likes a gorgeous chick!

  • Deanna says:

    When I was daring … I think the first time I was daring, I was about 6 years old. I had to do a school project on Singapore and needed information on Singapore. Back in the day there was no Wikipedia so we had to do things the old fashioned way. My mom took me to the Singapore Consulate in the country we were living in and stopped the car at the front entrance. She then told me I had to go in by myself and ask for the information I needed for the school project on my own. So the 6 yo me got out of the car, trooped into the consulate building and somehow managed to get some books and pamphlets with info on the country for my project. I was so short back then, the reception desk was teller than me.

  • Susanne Bellamy says:

    Heart in mouth daring? Sending off my first novel to a competition.
    More interesting daring – 7 years old, leaning over the side of the ‘Fairsky’ in the Suez Canal attempting to barter with my pocket money for a straw sunhat for my mum.

    • Wow, Sue, I can picture you doing that! And I bet you were snowy-haired wee bairn! Oh, I hear you on that heart in the mouth thing when you entered your first contest. I was shaking when I put my first contest entry in the postbox!

  • flchen1 says:

    Woohoo, Anna! LOVE this cover! Happy release party!!

    As for acts of daring, I guess finally changing my major in college was not so much daring as facing reality! Probably more daring was agreeing to perform in the spring show with my dance class a few years ago–I STILL get stage fright! πŸ˜‰

  • Mary Preston says:

    Launch parties are always fun.

    I won’t go into details, it’s not just my story to share, but 25 years ago I stepped out into the unknown. That leap of faith was not only daring, but liberating.

  • Rhonda Despins says:

    Hi Anna πŸ™‚ love your books. What was daring for me when I was in school somehow I got the wrong class and I had to sing a solo. Number 1 can’t sing to save my life number 2 was terrified. I am sure people were running to the exit what a complete disaster

  • Helen says:

    Woohoo Anna huge congrats on the release and I too love a party especially if it is in The Lair πŸ™‚

    I am taking Cam to be with me tonight I can’t wait to start it if only I didn’t have to go to work tomorrow I am sure it would be an all nighter.

    I am not sure that I am very daring at all although my youngest daughter has just gone to The States for aholiday for 3 weeks on her own more daring than me she is in LA at the moment I wish I was with her other than that I did take the plunge and so a managemnt diploma which I thought would never be possible πŸ™‚

    Have Fun

    • Helen, I hope you and Cam had a lovely night together, Snerk! Oh, solo travel really does test our daring, doesn’t it? I bet your daughter has a wonderful trip. And good on you taking on the extra training!

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    The biggest leap of faith for me was buying my house, it has been 10 years and I stll get palpitations when I make the mortgage payment!

    • Dianna, I’m in the process of selling my place and that’s majorly scary. But I know I need to move on and I’ll be glad when it’s done. It’s just the bit in between that has me all jittery!

  • Ann Gonzalez says:

    As a wife and mother of two, I quit my full time job and went back to college. I now have a better job and great benefits.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    When was I daring? When I took a chance at love, got married and had children. It has come with consequences, some not so good, some bringing great joy to my life but through it all I’ve learned so much, Made mistakes and come out the better for it.

    • Debbie, wow, that’s a really profound thought – but it’s so true. That’s probably the most daring thing anyone can ever do. I think we need to be daring occasionally to make life worth living.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Congrats, Anna! You already know how much I love, love, loooooove this book! Definitely worthy of a blowout bash in the lair. πŸ™‚

    I just answered this same question in a blog post at RARM earlier this week. I had a sheltered, small-town childhood and was a shy child but when I was 14 I somehow gathered the courage to get on a plane in Detroit and fly to Mexico City to live with a Mexican family for three months. This was back in the dark ages when the only form of communication I had with my family during those three months was via air mail letters. I spoke no Spanish and, with the exception of the father, my exchange family spoke little to no English. It was terrifying, exhilarating and contributed greatly to forming the person I am today. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

  • Wow! I’m so lucky to be in the Lair for the most fabulous Launch Party of the season!!! Hooray for margaritas!! (I don’t get out much, ha!)

    Many congrats to you, Ms. Anna! I just love the description of this book and can’t wait to dig into it. And the cover looks real purty, too. πŸ™‚

    Your photos remind me of some that I took on a trip to Hong Kong more years ago than I care to remember! Deciding to take that trip was truly daring. Traveling to faraway places has always felt like a big dare to me. And it’s always paid off in exciting adventures and amazing memories.

    And look how cute you are in the picture! You look like you’re having the time of your life. πŸ™‚

    • Kate, that photo always makes me smile. I look so happy doing my Three Coins in the Fountain act! Takes me right back to the moment.

      Thanks for swinging by the party. Here, have another margarita. You look thirsty! Hope you enjoy Duke!

      Traveling somewhere new – especially in a different continent – is always a challenge. Good on you for taking it up!

  • Kathleen O says:

    Congrats on your new book… Looking forward to reading it.
    I think the most daring thing I did, was go on vacation by myself. I was in my 30’s. My family and friends were mixed in this. My youngest brother tried to talk me out of it. I had never gone anywhere by myself. But it turned out I had a great time and enjoyed every minute. Well except the weather.. Turned that going to South Padre Is, TX in December during one of the worst winters nixed sitting on the beach or by the pool, but none the less it was a great time.

    • Kathleen, thanks for the congrats. Actually I remember how nervous I was the first time I traveled anywhere on my own. Since then I’ve done a lot of solo travelling. I think it’s lovely traveling with other people, but there are definite pluses to being alone. You can do what you want when you want and people are much more likely to talk to you if you’re alone than with someone else.

  • bn100 says:

    travel by myself

  • Linda says:

    Travelling to another country for my university studies alone never having left home nor hearth before. I have to admit I was terribly homesick throughout tho

    • Linda, that is brave! I think it’s a rite of passage and something that stands us in good stead, when we discover we can manage in a different environment without our usual support networks. But it’s still scary!

  • teresa says:

    Dying my hair blue. I went to a Christian school. It did not go well.

  • Cassondra says:

    Wooot! It’s another party!

    Anna, what a lovely cover, and the excerpt had me at the tossing of the boat.

    Congratulations on this release. You have quite the shelf full of beautiful covers now, and every book a gem.

    Thanks for hosting the party today, Fo!

    • Thanks so much, Cassondra. And thanks for checking out the excerpt! That’s one of my favorite scenes in the book. Love it when a first kiss takes place in such dramatic circumstances! Oh, aren’t these covers gorgeous? Did you see the new one for A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT that I put on the home page? Love that one too.

  • Phyllis Lamken says:

    After knowing each other for approximately 7 days, I agreed to live with my current husband. We have been together for 34 years. I love your books. You are a must buy. But I must ask will you ever have a historical novel set in New Zealand. One of my all time favorite novels is Sleep in the Woods by Dorothy Eden.

    • Phyllis, that is brave! How wonderful that it worked out so brilliantly! Congratulations on your many happy years together with your husband.

      Thanks for saying you love the books. I had to laugh – people often ask me about setting books in Australia. You’re the first person to ask me about a book in New Zealand. Never say never!


    I can’t remember very many specific times I dared something that got a specific type result. I dared to go to college, and went all the way to a PhD. not sure if that was good or bad (for me). for the entities I worked for, it was good.

  • catslady says:

    I took a horse ride up a mountain and back down in Haiti – I don’t ride and my horse fell which is a whole ‘nother story!! Don’t enter me – I’m getting your book πŸ™‚

    • Hi Catslady! Thanks for ordering duke! I hope you and Cam spend many happy hours together. Wow, riding a horse in Haiti! That definitely sounds daring! And ack to the fall!

  • Molly R. Moody says:

    I think the best dare that paid off for me happened January 2, ’77 when I accepted a ride from a young man who had caught my eye while I was checking in at Ft. Lee, VA. I married him Ferbuary 3, a month and a day after we met.

  • Hi Anna –

    Congratulations on the new release! Wishing you mega sales.

    I think, like every author, I took a risk when I decided to give writing a chance and my chosen genre – gasp – romance. πŸ™‚ It’s been a labor of love. I’m so glad I took the leap.

    The other risk was when I decided to start my own tax practice. I had no ideas where I might find clients yet they managed to find me. πŸ™‚ Can’t say that’s a labor of love though – more like a labor of financial expediency. πŸ™‚

    • Donna, so glad you took your leap of faith! Otherwise, we might never have had your wonderful stories to read. Hmm, probably less emotionally invested in your tax practice! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the good wishes for Duke!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    WOOOHOOOO!! Another book from the fabulous Fo! So excited – can’t wait to read it!

    So many risks, so little time to tell you about them … when you come over to visit, I’ll spill the beans *g*

  • Anna, I’m loving WHAT A DUKE DARES! Congratulations on all the brilliant raves you’ve received for this story.

    As for daring, I’m such a shy, retiring type. Maybe the most daring I’ve been lately is to try writing a new genre. It scares me every single day.

    • Christina, absolutely chuffed that you’re loving Duke. I so hoped you would! I think writing anything is scary – changing genre takes major courage. Good on you! I bet it’s brilliant!

  • gamistress66 says:

    Wahoo indeed! πŸ™‚ congrats on the KISS award (which I’m sure Cam is quite proud of) as well as the other rave reviews πŸ™‚ always happy to help celebrate a release party here. let the confetti & balloons fly (and maybe a gladiator or hockey uniform too) πŸ˜‰ as for a tale of daring, well, if the cabana boys keep the margaritas flowing & sven breaks out the extra tasty yummies, I might be able to come up with something πŸ˜‰

    • Gamistress, clearly we have to get Paolo to tickle you until you spill the beans – or your margarita! Thanks for joining in the party spirit. And yes, Cam has been horribly smug about winning the KISS award. Pen, however, knows how to bring him into line! Kissing may actually be involved…

  • Laurie G says:

    Congrats on your release. I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Most daring (or stupid)- Hiking in Glacier National Park after learning a camper had been killed by a bear a few weeks before.

    • Laurie, thanks for saying you’re looking forward to reading duke. I hope you enjoy it! Eeek, man-eating bears and you still went hiking? That’s seriously daring. Or perhaps BEAR-ing? πŸ™‚

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new book. I usually plan everything out, so I’m not that daring. One (minor)daring thing I’ve done is find a car on the internet, negotiate over the phone & pick it up at a dealership 2 states from where I live. I did this with only pictures. I didn’t see the car until I picked it up. It worked out; the car was exactly as advertised.

  • Shannon says:

    Congratulations on your release. It’s on the top of my TBR.

    I suppose the most daring thing I did was to take my grandmother’s small legacy and spend it to go to graduate school. Almost 30 years later, I’m in a good paying job that offers some good challenges, lots of intellectual stimulation, and the usual but onot onerous amounts of headaches and frustrations.

    • Shannon, thanks for picking up Duke. I hope you enjoy it! I think that’s such a wonderful way to spend your grandmother’s legacy – something that enriches your life in the way she’d want. Good on you.

  • Becke says:


    I agreed to leave home at the age of 16 and attend an all-girl’s prep school. I went from the small town where I had attended school all my life to a Catholic boarding school.

    It was hard. Many of the girls had attended the school from 8th grade so they had their own friends. Because it was a 7 hr drive away, I only went home for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Some people thought I had been sent away. However, it was my choice and it was a good one for me.

    There was an upside to this. The school was in South Bend, IN. At the time the ratio of boys from Notre Dame to girls was 7:1.

    • Becke, wow, boarding school. I went to boarding school and I think that’s where a lot of the angst in my books comes from! So glad it was a much more successful enterprise for you. And that’s great about the ratio of boys to girls. Clever thinking, my friend!

  • Becke says:

    Congrats on your release. I’m sure it will be fabulous.

  • Annie West says:

    Sorry to be late to the party, Anna. But had to stop by to say Woo Hoo! Congratulations on the release of ‘What a Duke Dares’ – another corker from the Divine Ms C. Readers will love it!

    • Thanks so much, Annie. I’m stoked that you enjoyed this one so much! And thank you for swinging by. It’s not a party without you, my friend. Looking forward to your next visit to the Bandits!

  • Stop Press! I just learned that WHAT A DUKE DARES has been chosen by the prestigious journal Booklist as one of its top 10 romances of the last year. Wow! You can see the whole list here:

  • Anna, congrats on your fabulous new release (which I have already ready and totally loved). And how wonderful about Booklist! Yay!

    I’m trying to think of a time when I tried being bold and daring. Never took off for two years in another country, alas, but would totally love to do it in England.

    I did feel kind of bold and daring the first time I went to Dragon Con by myself.

    • Nancy, thanks for saying you enjoyed duke! Lovely to hear. Oh, going to Dragon Con alone definitely counts as daring. I remember how scared I was going to my first Romance Writers of Australia conference. Seems ridiculous now but at the time, I kept imagining they’d throw me out on my ear – or my rear!

  • Chelsea B. says:

    Not too daring as of yet– my time will come! πŸ™‚

  • Hmm, most daring… It was probably going bungee jumping in Auckland. Getting myself to jump off the platform of the Auckland Bridge was terrifying, haha. But it was also one of my most experiences, and I have every intention of doing some more terrifying things (:

    • Wow, Cyn, you’re a braver woman than I am! Bungee jumping? Just the thought brings me out in hives! I’m not very physically daring. Perhaps I should take inspiration from you! You’ll be jumping out of a plane next!

  • Amy Conley says:

    I took a HUGE leap of faith when I married my husband. We haad only known each other since Feb, went out on our first, and only non-date in March (St Patrick’s Day), moved into a house by the end of March and got married June 23,1984. Actually all these events took place in 1984.
    As a side note, he never drank again either after that non-date.LOL

  • Thanks so much to everyone who swung by to make my launch day so special. The Dude and the Dudess thank you most sincerely and say drop into the family seat for tea on your next visit!

    Don’t forget to check back to see who won the signed copies of the book. Good luck!

  • Barbara Elness says:

    The most daring thing I’ve ever done is sell my home, pack up and move across the country with no firm job offer, just a maybe, and knowing no one except my son and his wife. It worked out, luckily.

    • Wow, Barbara, that IS brave! Good on you. So glad it worked out. I did that in 1994, leaving Brisbane for Sydney with neither accommodation nor employment arranged. That worked out brilliantly well too. Just realised that counts as quite daring for me too!

  • Tawny Weber says:

    Sneaking in late to offer up a toast and a whoohooo little boogie boogie happy dance for your release, Anna πŸ˜€