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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly (Interview + Giveaway)


Buried Under Romance has the pleasure of participating in welcoming author Vanessa Kelly for an interview, for Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, to be released on April 1st.

Giveaway
**One print of SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD, book one of The Renegade Royals series per the total number of stops. (US/Ca only) Please see Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter widget.
Vanessa is also hosting a giveaway on her website for a chance to win one of three gift baskets stuffed with books, cookies and candy, and other fun gifts. 

Link to contest on Vanessa’s website:  http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/contest/ **

About Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom:

ONLY ONE WOMAN IS WORTHY OF HIS SECRETS...
Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…
Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…
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1. You mentioned that Griffin is the first bad boy you've written; what challenges did you have in writing him?

Griffin was shockingly easy to write, which leads me to believe I should be writing more bad-boy heroes!  When I was doing pre-work on his character, I kept getting images of Capt. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.  And that’s basically how I began to envision Griffin, except edgier and a bit darker, and with better hygiene and clothes.  My heroine, on the other hand, is based partly on the character of Mary Poppins.  Once I got the concept of Jack Sparrow meets Mary Poppins into the mix, it all fell into place.

2. How did you craft Justine's character?

I did actually start with the idea of Mary Poppins, since Justine is called in to take care of a mysterious baby left on Griffin’s doorstep.  I wanted a woman who was smart, capable, and fairly well able to handle anything thrown her way, including Griffin.  But I also wanted a vulnerable heroine.  Justine’s father was a spy who died tragically, and she’s never gotten over that.  Adventure is the last thing she seeks, since she’s convinced that her father’s love of excitement and danger got him killed.  So when Justine starts falling for Griffin, she’s not very happy about it.   She wants a quiet, boring life, and she’s not going to get that with him!

3. What scene was most fun to write in this book?

That’s a tough one, but it’s probably the scene where Justine confronts the Very Bad Men who have broken into the brothel next door.  Justine rushes over to save the day, pistol at the ready, and all mayhem breaks lose.  For someone who wants a quiet life, Justine is actually pretty good at causing all sorts of excitement.

4. What kind of heroes are your favorites? Heroines?

I’m an unrepentant lover of alpha heroes, and I really like good-guy heroes, too.  In his own way, Griffin is a good guy.  He respects women, he’s loyal, and he guards the weak and vulnerable.  He just has to learn to moderate his badass tendencies a bit.  As for heroines, I think smart, capable spinsters are my favorite.

5. Share a teaser for Dominic's book? He is such a major character in your Renegade Royals series and many readers are looking forward to his HEA. :)

I’m so happy that people have taken Dominic to their hearts – I love him, too!  The first thing readers should know is that Dominic’s story will be told in a digital novella coming out in November of this year.  Now, it’s a long novella so I think there is a lot of story and a lot of Dominic.  Tall, Dark, and Royal, which is the title of his story, will also be included as bonus material in the back of one of the subsequent books in the series, probably book four.

This scene from Tall, Dark, and Royal takes place in Cloe Steele’s house in the country.  Chloe is Dominic’s long-lost love, and Griffin’s mother.  Dominic receives a message that Chloe was injured in an “accident,” and he rushes to see her.
Dominic came to a sudden halt, his heart jolting at the sight of Chloe reclining on a chaise with a bandage wrapped around her head. Justine Steele, Dominic’s godchild, sat next to her holding a teacup. Lounging in a nearby armchair was Griffin Steele, Chloe’s son and Justine’s husband.

 “What the hell is going on here?” Dominic snapped. He glared at Griffin, who had a knack for finding or, indeed, creating trouble. “How did your mother get hurt?”

 Griffin let out a dramatic sigh as he came to his feet. “You have a lamentable tendency to blame me for everything, Dominic. I had nothing to do with Mother’s, er, little accident.”

 Chloe threw aside her lap robe and stood. “Dominic, I’m fine. There’s nothing for you to worry about.” But when she wobbled, Justine had to make a grab for her.

 In an instant, Dominic was by Chloe’s side. “For God’s sake, sit down.” He gently lowered her back to the chaise. Her tall, slender body felt fragile in his hands, as if the merest touch could break her. But appearances were deceptive. For all her pale, delicate beauty, Chloe had a strong will and character that had withstood years of tribulation.

 “You know the doctor told you to stay off your feet and rest,” Justine affectionately scolded. “I’m not sure how she’s supposed to rest with you lot fussing over her,” Griffin said. “Hill has been popping in and out like a character from a farce, not to mention all the girls sneaking in. It’s a bloody circus.” Justine frowned at her husband. “They’re worried about Chloe.”

 Dominic throttled back his impulse to snap. “I would be most grateful if someone—anyone—would answer my question. Wait,” he said to Justine. “First, tell me what the physician said.” 

 “Perhaps you might try asking Chloe, Sir Dominic,” Chloe said with pointed courtesy. “As you can see, she is perfectly capable of speech.” 

 Dominic mentally winced. Chloe only used his title when annoyed with him. “I’m sorry, my dear. But it was a shock to come upon you looking like you’d been set upon by thieves.” 

 Thankfully, she flashed him a wry, forgiving smile. “Apology accepted.” She shifted her legs and patted the seat of the chaise. “Sit down and let Justine get you a cup of tea while I tell you all about it. Not that I wanted to drag you into this ridiculous and unfortunate episode, but my son insisted. Who knew Griffin could fuss and worry as much as any old maid?” Her son—one of the most ruthless and powerful men in London—rolled his eyes but declined to defend himself. 

 “What happened to your head?” Dominic eyed the bandage wrapped around her brow. 

“I bumped it, that’s all,” Chloe replied. “The doctor insisted I wear this silly thing and my son won’t let me take it off.” 

 Griffin narrowed his dark gaze on his mother. “You didn’t bump your head. It was bumped for you when that bloody bastard shoved you into the wall. And you will keep that bandage on for as long as is required.” 

 Dominic had been reaching to accept a cup from Justine, but his hand froze in mid-air. Slowly, he turned to Chloe. “Someone shoved you?” 

 Chloe’s shoulders unconsciously hiked up a notch. “Yes, but it wasn’t a very hard shove. Truly, I’m fine.” 

 Dominic could hear Griffin grinding his teeth from several feet away. He sympathized, but the situation was confusing enough without him losing his temper, at least not until he’d apprised himself of the facts. But once he tracked down the man who had dared to touch Chloe, the bastard would rue the day he was born.

Mary: Thanks so much for sharing the excerpt! I can't wait to read Dominic's book! ^_^
I have enjoyed this book, and click here to read my review.

About Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly is a nationally bestselling author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance." Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, the first book in her new Renegade Royals Series, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Vanessa also writes USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes. 
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Giveaway
**One print of SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD, book one of The Renegade Royals series per the total number of stops. (US/Ca only) Please see Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter widget.
Vanessa is also hosting a giveaway on her website for a chance to win one of three gift baskets stuffed with books, cookies and candy, and other fun gifts. 
Link to contest on Vanessa’s website:  http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/contest/ **


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35 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read Dominic's story! The more interviews and excerpts I read the more excited (and impatient) I am getting. :)

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    1. My evil plan is working, Kezia! Mwahaha!

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  2. Would like to win one of your books, have not read any yet.

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  3. Ever since I read Lost in a Royal Kiss I've been waiting to beable to say "Yeah! Only 5 more days until the release of Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom!".

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  4. Would like to win one of your books

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  5. You think we like "spinsters" so much because we relate to them the most, or is it just me? LOL If only I could find me a good-bad boy ;)

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    1. That's the case with me, MsAwesome - I was always pretty geeky.

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  6. Can I say I just love this interview! I'm learning a bit more about our H/H and I'm falling in love over them. Justine sounds like someone that can will drive Griffin on a merry chase. I can't wait to read it!

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  7. I enjoyed the interview and excerpt, look forward to reading the book.

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  8. I can't wait to read Dominic's story! Loved Secrets of Seducing a Royal Bodyguard!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed SECRETS, Samantha!

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  9. What an awesome excerpt from Dominic's book! I'm really looking forward to it! (Although it is slightly evil to tease us so far ahead of the publishing date.)

    I love the description of Jack Sparrow meets Mary Poppins! :-)

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    1. It was kind of mean of me, wasn't it, Glenda! But Dominic plays quite a large role in Confessions, too.

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  10. Loved the excerpt. Can't wait to read Dominic's story. Thanks for sharing. Love your books Vanessa.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. The scene you described of the brothel sounds like a hoot. lisagk(at)yahoo(.)com

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    1. I think it definitely brings the drama, Lisa!

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  12. Loved the excerpt. Just bought the e-book. Can't wait to read it. Love your books!!!

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  13. I love the Jack Sparrow meets Mary Poppins picture you gave of the story. What a combination. I am certain this book will be as enjoyable as your others.

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  14. Ooh, teasing us with more than one book... my tbr list is going to totter over and fall! Ok, not really, the kindle makes things so much easier and naughtier when I can truly impulse buy the books. What was the last book you saw that you just had to have RIGHT NOW?

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    1. That would be Lori Foster's latest, lavenders - A Dash of Risk. I ran right out and bought it!

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  15. Congratulations on the book and the teaser and thanks for letting me join you today! I asked several on my friends to join too.

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  16. This book looks great. thanks for the teaser. I hope to win a copy so I can read it soon.

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  17. Captain Jack Sparrow meets Mary Poppins. Intriguing! I am adding this to my to be read list.

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  18. I am loving the sounds of this, although I am not a big fan of Johnnie Dep! LOL!

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  19. I am dying over the description "Jack Sparrow meets Mary Poppins" ... as a bit of a strait-laced type myself, I can admire that bad boy from afar but can't fathom my reaction should I meet him in the flesh! The story sounds great and I'd love to read more ...

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