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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Blog Tour: The Dark Affair by Maire Claremont (Interview + Giveaway)

I have the pleasure of welcoming Maire Claremont to Buried Under Romance today, for her new release The Dark Affair. There's an interview and giveaway!

***Maire is giving away a signed copy of The Dark Affair to one US/CA reader. Comment with your email to enter.
About the Book: 
The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor…...
Lady Margaret Cassidy left a life of nobility behind in Ireland, forsaking her grieving homeland to aid war-ravaged men in England. Still, she never expected a cruel turn of fate to lock her into an unwanted betrothal with one of her English patients—much less one as broken and dangerous as Viscount Powers.
Wrecked by his tragic past, Powers’ opiate-addled sanity hangs precariously in the balance, leaving him poised to destroy anyone who dares to utter the names of the wife and child he still so deeply mourns. So when he is forced to marry Margaret in exchange for freedom, he is shocked by the desire to earn her trust, her body, and—most alarming of all—her heart….
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  1. How did your Mad Passions series originate?

            The Mad Passion series was one of those things that just knock a writer for a loop. I was literally in bed, at night, and then BOOM this woman came to me standing in a black gown, under the pouring rain, her baby in her arms. I had to get up and write that scene immediately. Eva, the heroine of the first book, demanded her story be told and in her story, there was Mary. There was no way I could ignore Mary’s plight and call to have her own story told, hence Lady in Red. My characters speak to me. . . Most of the time. ;D

2. What was the most fun about writing this book?

            The banter! Powers and Margaret are both witty. Their humor styles match but are opposed. She’s full of teasing whimsy that’s spot on in terms of skewering someone and he’s dry and razor sharp, full of disdain. There interchanges make a dark book seem really light at points.

3. When you write, do you find yourself more hero-centric or heroine-centric?

Generally, I’m heroine centric. I find powerful women, especially when in vulnerable situations where they have to grow and stand up for themselves, terribly compelling. But Powers really called to me. He was such a force in Lady in Red I knew his story had to be next. Margaret totally matches him though!

4. What difficulties did you encounter while writing The Dark Affair?

            Truthfully? It was a rough year. My mother died of cancer and I was struggling to finish the book. But my mom was my biggest cheerleader! And I asked for her help and she pulled me through, filling my head with wonderful characters and a passionate story! She would have loved it, especially the Irish component. There is definitely a bit of my mother in Margaret.

5. What's coming next for you?

            So many things!!! In May I will be releasing a charity novella which is part of a brand new series. All proceeds for it will be going to Hospice and I’m so excited to work with some amazing people who are donating their time and talent. Soon, I will be sharing all that information and then there will be a new book this summer. I’m positively thrilled about this new series. Its dark and romantic and full of dangerous heroes on the edge.

Thank you for having me!
Thanks for coming, Maire! My condolences to you and your family. And wow, a charity novella sounds fantastic! 

About the Author:
2011 Golden Heart winner Máire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own… until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his frst wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Máire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.


Giveaway info: ***Maire is giving away a signed copy of The Dark Affair to one US/CA reader. Comment with your email to enter.

UPDATE: The random commenter who wins a signed copy of The Dark Affair is...Jeanne M.! 


  1. Wonderful interview and wonderful books. Dark, emotionally intense, heroine-centered books are my favorites, so I am definitely looking forward to these new stories.

    1. Thank you, Anna! My heroines may be in bad situations but they are tough!!! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Enjoyed the blurb and would really like to read more. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Hooray! Hope you love Powers and Margaret!

  3. Nice interview! Thank you very much! I really like to read more about this emotionally book. Kind regards, Hanny

    1. I had so much fun doing the interview. I hope you enjoy Powers and Margaret's story. ;) Thanks for commenting.

  4. I'm sorry for your loss. That's a difficult thing to go through.

    The plot sounds interesting. The blurb mentions her patients, so is the heroine a nurse?


  5. Wonderful Interview.

    Maire, my heart goes out to you for your loss. *hugs*

    You know I adore you and your books. I really enjoyed Dark Affair.

    **please do not enter me in the contest for a signed copy.**

    Great blog post, Mary.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!! And so sorry for your loss..she is watching over you:)
    bangersis at msn dot com

  7. congrats to Maire on her newest release! This has been such a fun tour :) I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Best wishes to you and your family!

  8. Great interview. It has been a long time since I have read a romance novel. I am a blogger/reviewer and usually prefer a historical novel. The description and excerpt of this one did catch my eye though..Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. I'm trying to keep up with your blog tour but I'm sure I'm missing one. That being said...I love the interview. I guess authors do get inspiration or ideas from anywhere. I applaud you and the ohter authors because I see you all write down an idea for a story and it expands into a excellent work. I wish I was good at writing. Congrats on your newest release and I'm so sorry for your loss. That is a tough time to go through

  10. So sorry for your lost while writing this book but very happ for a new addition to the family. You may never know but it might be your mother giving you a sign.

    Congrats on the release Máire!!

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  12. Thank you for the blog post and the giveaway. I really love discovering authors that are new to me.

  13. The Victorian ear was a great time and few women took over the future, Thanks for the excerpt about the book

  14. So sorry about your mother. It's good to hear her stories live on in your books.

  15. So sorry about your mother. It's good to hear her stories live on in your books.

  16. Sounds so good!!!

  17. I admire your strength and wish you the highest level of success in all your writing endeavors. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of yourself with us. It is always so appealing to know about the people whose books I love. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

  18. Beautiful cover. Thanks for the giveaway. Raquel36m (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Hi Marie!

    First I have to ask if you'll be including information in your newsletter about your charity novella and information on how we can participate in helping to raise money for Hospice. My daughter-in-law is a Hospice nurse and started with them as a volunteer when she was in High School. Her nursing job was as a neo-natal nurese but when she had a chance to work as a nurse for Hospice she accepted less money because she said that it was her passion. I'd love to help you out however I can so please include something in your newsletter!

    I love your Mad Passion series and the only problem is once I start reading them I can't put them down! After staying up almost all night to finish The Dark Lady so since them my husband won't let me start one until I can read them straight threw! Did I mention I started reading The Dark Lady after dinner on a night I had to go to work the next day? Believe me my boss wasn't happy - but it was worth it! (I think he caught me almost nodding off!).

    If anyone hasn't read Maire first books in the series I highly recommend that you buy all the ones you don't have and them read them in order - you won't regret it!


  20. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  21. I can't wait to read Powers and Margaret's story! Thanks for the chance to win!

    I'm looking forward to your new series. I love your books!

  22. What a great interview. I would love to read this book. Thanks!

  23. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the blurb looking forward to reading it.

  24. This sounds really good, and I love the cover!
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu



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