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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Scoundrel For Hire by Adrienne deWolfe


Buried Under Romance welcomes Adrienne deWolfe and her novel, Scoundrel For Hire by Adrienne deWolfe, (book 1 in her Velvet Lies series) for an exclusive excerpt tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Adrienne is giving away great prizes as part of the tour (via Rafflecopter):
-a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two randomly drawn commenters 
- a Professional Story Critique of Chapter 1 of your novel (a $125 value) 
-an ebook copy of TEXAS OUTLAW (Book 1, WILD TEXAS NIGHTS) to three randomly drawn commenters 
-an ebook copy of HIS WICKED DREAM (Book 2, VELVET LIES) to two randomly drawn commenters 
-character worksheets to write Heroes, Villains, and Sidekicks for your novel to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

Without further ado.....

About the book:
Publication Date: June 7, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb: 

Raphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver and win her fortune.

But beneath Silver's cool veneer, Rafe encounters a sweet vulnerability and an aching secret that threatens to send his whole world up in smoke.

Now the wily scoundrel must choose: walk away or wager the one thing he can't afford to lose—his heart.
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Exclusive Excerpt: 
Rafe and Silver (The Haunting)

Why had he sat there, a mere hair's breadth from her lips, without making a single, solitary attempt to kiss her? Wasn't seduction his game? Wasn't he playing to win?

Rafe scowled at the memory. Jones, you're getting soft. What are you doing here, if it isn't to woo Silver’s trust, take her money, and get out before she gets wise to your lack of progress with Celestia?

Fortunately, all wasn't lost. Silver still stood by the window, worrying her full, moist lip and gazing up at the moon as if she thought she might decipher some mystical knowledge from the clouds wreathing its face.

And as any professional scoundrel knew, the moon was a handy tool for seduction.

Rafe moved toward her, but her voice, so full of trepidation, made his feet falter beside the settee.

"Do you... believe in ghosts?"

"Ghosts?" His brow furrowed. He liked to think he understood women, but that question had come like a bolt out of the blue.  He chose his answer carefully.

"I've never had occasion to."

She fingered a hunter green tassel hanging from the draperies. Was it his imagination, or did her hand tremble?

"I have to ask you something, and ... I need to know you'll answer truthfully."

Truthfully? He'd never wooed a woman with the truth before. He'd never found the unvarnished facts about himself terribly appealing. Why should a woman?

More curious than cautious, he decided to see where this train of thought derailed. "All right," he purred in his most alluring baritone. "What do you want to know?"

If she noticed the sultry transformation in his voice, she didn't mark it.

"The night of Papa’s engagement party, did you carry out your threat to... um, visit my bedroom?"

He hid a smug smile. Had she wanted him to?

"No."

She looked truly agitated now. "Are you sure?"

He arched an eyebrow. "I think I'd remember."

He had stopped a foot or two away; still, when she turned to face him, he could see her heart’s wild cadence in the fluttering of her gown.

He battled his rising sense of guilt.

"Rafe, please," she whispered, "please tell me you've been sneaking into my bedroom at night and leaving acorns. And … and broken bird eggs."

He frowned, genuinely concerned by her upset. "Silver, I swear, I have never meant to frighten you. And I've never been inside your bedroom, except that one time when I heard you scream. Because of Tavy. Remember?"

She closed her eyes and nodded. Her haggard features couldn't quite conceal her struggle for composure, and he watched the rare show uncomfortably.

"I-I'm sorry." She pasted on a weak smile. "It's this nightmare I keep having. It has me a bit jumpy, I suppose."

He frowned. Nightmare be damned. This was Silver Nichols, his cool-as-ice princess, the same woman who’d negotiated their business deal the way a barracuda negotiated a coral reef.

"What's this really about, Silver?"

She tore her gaze away. For a long moment, she faced the window, staring glassily toward the fountain and hedgerows in the sculpted garden beyond. The muffled tick, tick, ticking of the hall clock knelled in the silence between them.

Finally, she moistened her lips.

"I think I'm being haunted."

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Other books in the Velvet Lies Series:
Book 1: Scoundrel for Hire
Book 2: His Wicked Dream
Book 3: Seduced by an Angel
Book 4: Devil in Texas (Available in 2014)
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Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She consistently delights readers with sexy, action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series and her Velvet Lies series. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to Getting Your Romance Novel Published.

Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at http://MagicMayhemBlog.com to help her research her upcoming YA Epic Fantasy series. She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips and advice about the business of writing at http://WritingNovelsThatSell.com. She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and book coaching services.


Adrienne's Links
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Adrienne is giving away great prizes as part of the tour (via Rafflecopter):
-a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two randomly drawn commenters 
- a Professional Story Critique of Chapter 1 of your novel (a $125 value) 
-an ebook copy of TEXAS OUTLAW (Book 1, WILD TEXAS NIGHTS) to three randomly drawn commenters 
-an ebook copy of HIS WICKED DREAM (Book 2, VELVET LIES) to two randomly drawn commenters 
-character worksheets to write Heroes, Villains, and Sidekicks for your novel to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

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19 comments:

  1. I will definitely be reading the books in this series. :)

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    1. Thanks for the kudos, Mary! And thanks, too, for hosting my tour. You have an AWESOME website, and I'm looking forward to chatting with your readers. Hugs!

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  2. Love the sound of the story. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Howdy, Rita! So glad you found me here at Buried Under Romance! This excerpt is a little different from the others on the tour, so thanks for the kudos!

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  3. Note to All: I'm curious: As readers, do ya'll prefer a mixture of excerpts that show humor, sexual tension, action/adventure, and "angst?" (That was my goal on this tour) or do you prefer just, say, humor or just sexual tension? (I'll be doing a tour for HIS WICKED DREAM, Book 2 in the Velvet Lies Series, early next year, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to ask.) Thanks for your input!

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    1. I like the angst and sexual tension more the humor. But to be honest, anything goes! :)

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    2. Thanks for your input, Mary. It helps a lot!

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  5. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like an amazing read!!
    For the excerpts I love a mixture!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  6. This sounds like a delicious read!! The cover is just so pretty. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, definitely made me thirst for more.

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    1. Howdy, Renee! I'll let my graphic artist know you're a fan! :-) Ironically, this cover, more than any other in ALL my books (paperback and ebook), has people taking polar-opposite sides (which cracks me up.) But you know what they say: variety is the spice of life!

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  7. It is SO on my Christmas wish list!!

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    1. LOL! Yes, Santa should bring EVERY woman a scoundrel -- especially if she plans to be naughty. ;-)

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  8. Well there's a twist I never saw coming...

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Bwa-ha-ha! That's my job: to keep you turning pages! :-)

      Hugs to you, Emily!

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