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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Harlequin February Recommended Reads Tour (with New Release The Sicilian's Bought Cinderella by Michelle Smart)


Bought for his convenience…
But their chemistry is impossible to resist!
Posing as commanding billionaire Dante Moncada’s fiancée at a glamorous society wedding is a far cry from Aislin O’Reilly’s modest life, but she’ll do anything to secure money for her sick nephew. Her deal with Dante is strictly business—the gorgeous Sicilian playboy is danger personified. Yet soon their mutual explosive passion rips through the terms of their arrangement, leaving them both hungry for more…

I've always been a fan of Ms Smarts books, and when I was offered a place on this blog tour I instantly said yes. Aislin will do anything for her sister and nephew, so when she is given a proposal (not marriage), but to pretend to be Dante's fiancee for a million dollars, she knew she could give her sister the money to help with her nephew, you see Aislin doesn't want the money for herself its always being about family. 

Overall this was a brilliant book from start to finish, and for me I can recommend it, when the essence of the book is family.
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself.

I started writing pretty soon after I learned how to read, so it’s remained a constant in my life. In high school, a friend of mine introduced me to romance novels, and I absolutely fell in love. Some of my earliest romance-writing attempts have fortunately been lost to the winds of time. I started working toward a PhD in Literature, but then I won a fiction contest and decided it was time to focus exclusively on my writing career, and obtained a graduate degree in Fiction. The graduate program was one of the most prestigious writing programs in the United States, so I worked on “literary fiction” while I was there—all the while secretly writing romance.

Then it was a series of day jobs as I worked on romance manuscripts. Back then, we queried agents via the post, so I racked up considerable bills making photocopies of my book and sending it to agents. Eventually, I got an agent—and I went through major shifts in fortune. Up and down, reversals and advancements. I started in romance writing as Zoë Archer, and even received some award nominations from the Romance Writers of America, but when I signed up with my latest publisher, they thought it might be nice to have a fresh start. I’ve been Eva Leigh since then.

2. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

See my answer above! I did go through a few early permutations, such as book illustrator, costume designer, dramaturge, and academic, but I always came back to writing.

3. What are your favourite books/authors?

For romance, I love Julie Anne Long (her The Perils of Pleasure is on my keeper shelf), Joanna Bourne, Tessa Dare, Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas, and Elizabeth Hoyt. Lately, I’ve been reading great books by Talia Hibbert, Tracey Livesay, Naima Simone, Alexis Daria, and Cat Sebastian.

4. Could you tell us a little bit about both books Counting on a Countess and From Duke Till Dawn?

The Regency period is absolutely fascinating—it’s a time of great upheaval while societal rules governing behaviour were in the process of growing more rigid. Particularly fascinating to me are the people that dwelt in the margins: swindlers, smugglers, criminals, and the not-quite-respectable. Women made up a huge portion of this shadowy underworld, and I thought it would be quite fun and intriguing to show what it took for a woman to survive in a world that barely valued them. So I came up with the Scandalous Ladies of London series idea, which indulged in my love for across-the-tracks romance.

5. Could you give any aspiring writers any tips?

The advice that you must write every day or you aren’t a writer isn’t true. You can write at a pace that suits you, and allows you the room to be creative. That being said, discipline is key. Schedule time if you can and adhere to that schedule. Be tenacious—there are going to be setbacks, and it’s okay for you to feel sad or angry about them, but you will need to keep going in the face of opposition and indifference.

6. Just for fun if you were hosting a dinner party which three famous people living/passed who would they be?

Astronomer Caroline Herschel, famed Regency courtesan Harriet Wilson, and journalist and activist Ida B. Wells.

Title: A Soldier’s Return
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Special Edition

The Women of Brambleberry House are back!
Returning home to Cannon Beach and living in Brambleberry House, a place where good things seemed destined to happen, had brought Melissa Fielding and her young daughter such joy. Perhaps it was no accident when the single mom “bumped” into Eli Sanderson, and discovered the handsome doctor was also back in town. The ex-soldier was still so captivating, but also more guarded. Was now the time to put old ghosts to rest?

Title: Navy Seal To the Rescue
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Romance Suspense


Rescued by the alpha SEAL
Injured in the line of duty, navy SEAL Travis “Hawk” Hawkins retreats to paradise. But R & R takes a turn when he runs smack into a beautiful blonde who just witnessed a murder. Travis offers to help, only to find himself equally taunted and titillated by irresistible Lila Adrian.
Can the wounded warrior protect Lila and take down a deadly crime ring?


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