Hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July (or just a great weekend outside of the U.S.) and if you’re still celebrating - have fun. Today I’m doing something a little different.
Today I’m featuring a book and author rather than hosting a guest blogger or doing a review of the book. The book is best-selling author Amanda Scott’s TEMPTED BY A WARRIOR. In addition, I have a giveaway to coincide with the feature. Guidelines later in the post.
Amanda is beginning her tour of blogdom today and will be making stops through July 16 promoting her paperback book which was published on Thursday, July 1. The 432-page TEMPTED BY A WARRIOR is listed as a fiction romance.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the book: “Lady Fiona, wed in haste, has never known marital peace. When last she'd seen her cruel husband Will, he'd struck her - and she has no memory of what she did next - only that she woke later alone in her bedchamber. Will has gone missing, and Fiona fears that in her rage and terror she might somehow have killed him. When her husband's cousin Sir Richard comes to search for Will, Fiona is touched by his warm nature. A knight and warrior, Richard is drawn to Fiona's brave manner, quickly seeing in her an equal measure of inner courage. Confessing that she fears having killed Will, Fiona accepts Richard's offer to help her. Pursuing together the mystery of Will's disappearance, they fall in love. Meanwhile the English are reinforcing their garrison in the Scottish Borderlands, putting Fiona, Richard, and Scotland in peril…”
Here are some fun facts about TEMPTED BY A WARRIOR:
The title TEMPTED BY A WARRIOR, as with that of its predecessor, SEDUCED BY A ROGUE, can be read two ways, because the warrior can be either the lady Fiona or the hero, Sir Richard Seyton, Baron Kirkhill. The reader can decide which one it is.
Amanda wrote most of this book last summer and fall while sitting on the porch of a rustic lakeside cabin in the High Sierras (meaning no internet, no road, no phone or electricity, but loads of peace and relative quiet), aided by nosy (and noisy) Stellar jays, assorted chipmunks and squirrels, and the odd glass of wine offered by childhood friends and neighbors who thought she ought to relax and enjoy real life more.
Amanda’s hard drive crashed while she was at the lake, and her tech-brilliant nephew, whose cabin is across the lake, suggested putting her laptop in the freezer for a few hours and then trying to access the hard drive to save the book (and other sundry files) onto a flash drive that he would provide. See wine reference in #2 above. Fortunately, freezing the computer worked and a nearby (relatively) computer fixit place froze it again and managed thereby to clone her entire hard drive onto a much larger replacement hard drive. Amazing!
The information for the head injuries in this book comes from both research and personal experience.
Willie Magee, the uh…assistant who has insisted on helping Amanda write for the past year, instead of climbing up her leg to get to the keyboard as he did when he was small, now leaps from the floor to her shoulder, drapes himself over said shoulder, and purrs loudly while watching her every keystroke. If she stops typing, he promptly reaches out a paw to the keyboard, clearly offering to continue in her stead. He also likes to play with the keyboard whenever she take a break, which has resulted in some interesting narrative, to say the least.
A little background on Amanda. She is the winner of the Romance Writers of America's RITA/Golden Medallion and The Romantic Times' awards for Best Regency Author and Best Sensual Regency. She began writing on a dare from her husband. Amanda has sold every manuscript she has written. More than twenty-five of her books are set in the English Regency period (1810-1820), others are set in fifteenth-century England and sixteenth-and eighteenth-century Scotland. Three are contemporary romances. Amanda lives with her husband and son in northern California.
Now the guidelines for the giveaway. I have five copies of TEMPTED BY A WARRIOR (ISBN: 9780446561327) to giveaway, thanks to Anna and the Hachette Book Group. To enter the giveaway send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Win Tempted” in the subject line and be sure to include your name and address in the body of the e-mail. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. Just so you know, I don’t share or use the mailing information for anything else. The giveaway ends Tuesday, July 20.
Tomorrow I plan to have a wrap up of sorts. Enjoy today because tomorrow it will only be a memory.