Posted by Anna Sugden Mar 24 2014, 11:45 pm in Anna Sugden, Bandita Booty, Rachel Brimble
Sorry for the late posting of this prize – I hurt my back/hip recently and computer time is limited!
Anyway, without further ado, the winner of Rachel’s prize is …
Congratulations, Amy! You’ve one your choice of one of Rachel’s Harlequin SuperRomances from her Templeton Cove series. Please send me your snail mail details to anna at annasugden.com
Posted by Tawny Weber Mar 18 2014, 12:00 am in Bandita Booty, Naughty Vegas Nights, Tawny Weber
Congrats to: Amy Conley, sandyg265 and Kim (post 19) !!! Your names were all drawn as winners of Naughty Vegas Nights!!! If you’ll email me at tawny@ tawnyweber.com and mention Banditas in Vegas I’ll get your digital book to you right away!!!
Posted by Anna Campbell Mar 11 2014, 11:00 pm in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Harlequin, historical romance, Mills and Boon, Regency romance, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, Sons of Sin, travel
Thanks so much to everyone who went all posh and tea-drinking to help me celebrate the release of the U.K. edition of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED from Mills and Boon in London. I’m delighted now to announce that the winner of the book is:
Megan, can you please email me on anna @ annacampbell.info with your snail mail details and I’ll get your lovely purple book off to you. Happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell Mar 10 2014, 12:02 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Great Britain, historical romance, International Releases, Mills and Boon, Regency romance, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, Sons of Sin, travel
Ahoy, my hearties! Feast your eyes on this purple beauty!
What’s that you say?
Is this a new release from Anna Campbell?
Hmm, the title sounds strangely familiar, yet I’ve never seen that handsome fellow and that blonde wench before. Who can they be?
Why, they’re the wicked and sexy Jonas Merrick and the brave and passionate Sidonie Forsythe from the first book in the Sons of Sin series, SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED.
Sidonie, as you’ll notice, has had a bit of a makeover and is now a blonde, but I must say I love the tension between these two in this picture. You just know sparks are going to fly!
If you’re regular visitors to the lair, I don’t think it will be any surprise when I tell you that I’m a bit of an Anglophile (along the lines of the way that Bluebeard had a few marital issues!). But while my books have come out all over the world (we’re currently at 16 languages), I didn’t have a British publisher.
You can imagine my excitement last year when Harlequin Mills and Boon in London bought the first three Sons of Sin books for a range of European territories, including a U.K. release. Yay!
Now I’m delighted to announce for U.K. Bandita Buddies that Rogue came out as a Special Release in both print and e-book in Great Britain on 21st February. A week after Valentine’s Day strikes me as a lucky release day for a romance.
If you don’t live in the U.K., but you’d like one of these gorgeous purple books, you can order them post-free from the Book Depository: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1455512079/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1455512079&linkCode=as2&tag=romanbandi-20 And I’m also giving one lucky person a chance to win their own lovely purple book at the end of this blog.
There’s a new blurb for the U.K. Rogue:
‘I’m your payment, Mr Merrick.’
When notorious Jonas Merrick finds the wife of his greatest enemy up to her neck in debt to him, he offers her a bargain – she can work off the debt…in his bed. But Jonas is more than a little surprised when her innocent, naive sister arrives in her place, bravely offering herself to the scarred, brooding rake. Unexpectedly moved by young Sidonie’s beauty, innocence and wit, the ruthless loner finds her seduction a much more compelling prospect. Instead of a martyr in his bed, he wants seven days to make her come willingly.
But when the week is up and the world intrudes…will beauty claim her beast?
Works for me!
The U.K. version of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED is available at all good booksellers including:
The Book Depository
Mills and Boon
You can read an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.info/rogue.html
By the way, the photos illustrating this post are from my visit to Haddon Hall which is one of my favorite stately homes. It’s one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been – no wonder it pops up as the setting for so many historical shows, including the lovely BBC JANE EYRE featuring Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester. When I visited in 2007, they had costumes from the series on show in the rooms where the scenes had been shot. A lovely touch!
If ever you’re in Derbyshire, don’t miss it.
So let’s stay British with our question today. If you’ve been to Great Britain, what were some of your favorite places and why? If you’d like to go to Great Britain, what would you especially like to see?
I’ve got a signed copy of a U.K. edition of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED up for grabs today for someone who comments. International giveaway. So good luck!
Posted by Anna Campbell Mar 4 2014, 10:30 pm in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Blythe Gifford, Harlequin Romance, medieval romance, Royal Weddings Series, Secrets at Court, The Witch Finder, Unusual romance
Thanks to everyone who swung by to make Blythe Gifford so welcome yesterday. We had a ball in the lair!
I’m delighted now to announce the winner of the prize. It’s:
Teresa, would you please email Blythe on blythe @ blythegifford.com (no spaces) and let her know whether you’d like a copy of THE WITCH FINDER or SECRETS AT COURT, and also what your mailing address is?
Congratulations and happy reading!
Posted by Caren Crane Feb 28 2014, 11:30 pm in Bandita Booty, Caren Crane, Deb Marlowe, Half Moon House, Pissenlit, prize winner
Sorry, you don’t actually win half of a moon (Deb’s or anyone else’s), but the proud recipient of a copy of THE LOVE LIST, Book One of Deb’s fabulous Half Moon House series is….
Posted by Anna Campbell Feb 21 2014, 11:00 pm in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, historical romance, Jewels of the Ton, Regency romance, Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend, series, Shana Galen
Wow, what a huge day we had in the lair yesterday when Shana Galen visited to talk about her March release SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND!
Thanks to Shana and to everyone who swung by to say hello. There were two great prizes up for grabs and I’m delighted now to announce the winners:
LAURIE G won the U.S./Canada prize which is a complete set of the Jewels of the Ton books plus a beautiful rose quartz necklace.
MARY PRESTON won the international prize which is a complete set of the Jewels of the Ton books.
Congratulations, girls. Please email Shana on shana @ shanagalen.com (no spaces) with your address and she’ll arrange your prizes for you. Happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell Feb 20 2014, 12:01 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, historical romance, Jewels of the Ton, Regency romance, Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend, Shana Galen, SourceBooks Casablanca, When You Give a Duke a Diamond, When You Give a Rake a Ruby
I’m delighted to bring back to the lair sparkling Jewel of the Romance World, Shana Galen!
Shana’s here to give us a sneak peek (well, not that sneak, frankly!) at her latest sparkling romantic adventure SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND which is out from Sourcebooks Casablanca on 4th March. This is the last instalment in her glittering, bestselling Jewels of the Ton series. SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND is already creating a lot of buzz, including a Top Pick review from RT Book reviews.
Here’s the blurb:
Careful, gentlemen—there is more to this courtesan than meets the eye…
What better disguise for a secret agent than that of a courtesan? Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm, is a spy working for the Crown to uncover a traitor. Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington, wants to hate Lily for taking up with his father, but something about Lily intrigues him. When he discovers there is more to her flirtation than greed, he knows he must help her uncover a traitor. Even if that traitor is his own father…
You can find out more about Shana and her books on her website: www.shanagalen.com
So without further ado, here’s Shana:
MY FAVORITE EXCERPT
As an author, I never know what life experiences will make it into my books. You’d think very few, considering I write books set in the early 1800s, and I live in 2014. But though I don’t put cell phones or cars in my books, human interaction hasn’t changed much in 200 years.
When Princess Galen was a baby—she used to be Baby Galen, but now that she’s four, she informed me she would like to be called Princess Galen—she did not like to sleep. In fact, I don’t think she liked being a baby because she didn’t like to do any of the typical things babies do—you know, sleep or eat or sit in her car seat. You’d never know she was the Fussiest Baby in the World now because she’s super happy and smiling all the time. But when she was a baby and it was naptime or bedtime, I really wanted to pull my hair out. It was just torture to get her to go to sleep, and it was torture if she stayed up too because either way she was screaming her head off.
Those of you who are moms or aunts or babysitters know that when you are stuck with a crying kid day in and day out, you’ll try just about anything. One thing that worked for me was telling her a story. I’d use this singsong voice, and she probably liked the voice more than the story, but the story was for me. It was all about this little girl who had a closet full of magic dresses in all the colors of the rainbow. Each dress had a magical property. It was a great story because I could embellish if I was feeling creative, but I also knew it so well, I could say it in my sleep—and probably did!
Gradually, bedtime became easier, and I could do normal things, like read a book or rub her back to get her settled down. But then one night when she was three, she had a nightmare and was having trouble going back to sleep. I started telling her the story again, and believe it or not, she remembered it. Now she still requests it sometimes, and it’s a special bond we have from those rough early days.
About the time of Princess Galen’s nightmare, I had started working on SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND. I wanted readers to know where the heroine, Lily, had come from. She’s a courtesan and a spy, but she didn’t start out that way. She started out as a little girl with a family and a mother who told her bedtime stories. The book is about how Lily became who she was, and, of course, how she falls in love with the Earl of Darlington and defeats the villain Lucifer. But today I wanted to share one of my favorite scenes in the book, the scene with Lily as a little girl. See if you can catch anything from real life in it.
“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Lily.”
Lily snuggled under her covers and listened to her mother’s singsong voice. She heard the rain pattering outside on the roof and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves as a hackney passed her family’s modest home in London. On the floor below her, the low rumble of her father’s voice reverberated as he spoke to the man who’d arrived shortly after supper. Her father entertained more and more unexpected visitors of late. When she pressed her ear to the door to listen, she heard names like Napoleon and Fishguard and La Légion Noire whispered in furtive voices. Until Mamma told her to come away.
Sometimes she was scared, even though she didn’t know what she was scared of. But here, in her cozy room with the low-sloped ceiling, lying in her soft bed with her baby doll and her mamma beside her, she felt safe. Lily yawned. “What about the little girl, Mamma?”
“She was in possession of several very special dresses. There was a green dress that glittered with emeralds, and when she wore the green dress, she could fly.”
Lily closed her eyes, imagining flying.
“There was a purple dress with a velvet bodice and ruffles on the skirt, and when she wore the purple dress, she was a princess. There was a pink dress covered with spangles, and when she wore the pink dress, she could dance like a ballerina. There was a red dress that radiated with rubies, and when she wore the red dress, she was so strong.”
“As strong as Papa?”
“Yes. That strong. Now, close your eyes and listen.”
But Lily knew her favorite dress was coming, and it was so hard not to bounce with excitement.
“There was a white dress that dazzled with diamonds, and when she wore the white dress, she could swim like a fish. And there was a blue dress, and that was her favorite because it sparkled with sapphires. When she wore the blue dress, she was invisible.”
“And no one could see her.”
“That’s right, Lily Bea.”
Her name was Lillian Beatrice Dawson, and sometimes her mother called her Lily Bea. Mamma had pet names for all of her children—names like Robert Bear for her big brother and Lottie for Charlotte, who was only a year older than Lily—but Lily liked her special name best.
Mamma tucked the coverlet in snugly, and Lily yawned again. “Lily,” her mother asked, “why do you like the blue dress best? Is it because blue is your favorite color?”
“No.” Green was her favorite color, but it was all right that Mamma didn’t remember that. She had a lot to remember. “It’s because I want to be inbisible.”
“Like Papa. He says his job is to be in-vis-i-ble.”
“Hmm.” Her mother huffed, and Lily opened her eyes to see Mamma’s expression. Sometimes Lily said things that made her mother unhappy. Usually they were statements related to Papa. Mamma smoothed Lily’s hair off her brow, and Lily closed her eyes again.
“And lastly there was a black dress,” Mamma said, “as long and black as midnight, and when she wore the black dress, she could sleep for hours and hours. So let’s put on our black dress, and go to sleep.”
“Good night, Mamma.”
“Good night. Sweet dreams.”
Lily closed her eyes and dreamed of jewels and ball gowns.
What was your favorite story as a child or your favorite to read to your child?
I have 2 (TWO!) prizes to give away! The first is only for readers in US/Canada–win the complete set of the Jewels of the Ton books, WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND, IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY, and SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND, plus a fabulous rose quartz necklace. The other giveaway is open to everyone not in the US/Canada, and it’s another complete set of the books in the series.
Shana, what a lovely generous set of prizes. People will be clamoring at the gates of the lair to win this one.
Good luck, everyone! Get commenting!
Posted by Donna MacMeans Feb 12 2014, 11:30 pm in Bandita Booty, Changed By His Son's Smile, Robin Gianna
Hi all -
Suz mentioned that I failed to announce the winner of Robin Gianna’s blog back on January 3rd. Sorry about that. The person Robin chose was Heathercm2001. As I knew Heather’s address from a previous prize I’d sent out – I just gave Robin the information so she could mail it out. Still, I should have posted a booty notice here.
Heathercm – I assume you’ve received Robin’s book and tote bag. If you haven’t, let me know. I’m planning to see Robin next week and I can thrash her soundly if she didn’t follow through
Thanks everyone for participating in that blog. It was fun learning about everyone’s ethnical roots.