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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Once and Future Duchess by Sophia Nash (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance welcomes Sophia Nash today, for a guest post on whether Love at First Sight is real. ^_^

** GIVEAWAY Details**
  • TWO Digital Copies of THE DUKE DIARIES, Book Three in the Royal Entourage Series by Sophia Nash (Rafflecopter links in Media Kit)
About the Book:
A duchess in time saves a noble line...

In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it's Candover's turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.

Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she's loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she's too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there's no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.

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[Mary: This is a very inspiring tale on Love at First Sight!!]
Love At First Sight: Fact or Fiction

Recently, I listened to the most romantic tale. It made me question my long-held belief that love at first sight was not truly possible. To correct, people sometimes say they fall in love at first sight, but playing the contrarian, I often have noticed it doesn’t always last. Instant chemistry is not that uncommon, but I think it takes two flexible, loving, committed souls to make it last.

But then there is the story of Carole and Joel. Thirty eight years ago, Carole attended the wedding of her sister. When the brother of the groom, fifteen years younger than Carole arrived, he took one look at her and was struck dumb. He whispered to his brother, “I’m marrying her. I’m marrying your sister-in-law.” His brother laughed and shook his head. “No, you’re not. She’s already married and has three young children.” Joel apparently scratched his head and walked across the room, and introduced himself.  He, at the tender age of twenty-three, even had the audacity to tell this thirty-eight year old woman his wishes. “I will marry you one day.” Carole laughed until she cried. Being a very level-headed, strong-willed woman, she did not for a moment take him seriously.

But three years later, a bitter divorce left Carole and her children nearly destitute. She moved far from the city, and started her own landscape design business. Guess who showed up, helped her get started and helped her with her children? Joel. He wasn’t afraid to move for her, even when she refused to ever marry again. An ardent feminist, she said she had served her sentence in matrimonial hell. And so they invited all their friends and families for an enormous wedding-like party and promised in front of everyone to, “Not ever, ever, ever marry.” Ten years and one child later, Joel finally convinced the woman he had fallen in love with at first sight to marry him. Carole is now seventy-three, whilst Joel is fifty-eight. Never have I seen two people more in love. If ever there is proof that love at first sight exists, it’s this couple.

In “The Once and Future Duchess,” (released May 27) the heroine, Isabelle Tremont, Duchess of March has been in love with the hero, the Duke of Candover since the day she first saw him. In my fondest daydreams, I imagine the duke and duchess in their dotage, loving each other as my two friends love each other. Fairytales do come true. You just have to believe!

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Author Bio’s
Sophia Nash was born in Switzerland and raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave. Before pursuing her long-held dream of writing, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for a CBS affiliate, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two children. Sophia's novels have won twelve national awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award, and two spots on Booklist's "Top Ten Romances of the Year."

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  1. In historical romances, I like how the characters manage love and other political issues at the same time.

  2. Aws that's pretty sweet. Sad she had to go through that with her first hubby but dang what a story!

  3. Thank you for hosting today!

  4. Congrats to Sophia on the new release! I've really enjoyed this author's books :) I love the romance and simpler times of historical romance :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looking forward to this book. Enjoying the series.

  6. I love the time periods.

  7. I've been a history buff for a very long time. It's fascinating to read about the lives women lived in different times.

  8. I've always loved history and historical romances are a wonderful escape to the past. :-)

  9. I love the history and imagining peoples lives in another era.

  10. I love reading historical romance because they always give me that special "take me away calgon" moment! I'm always amazed at how historical romance authors like Sophia make me feel like I've actually met her characters and that make the reader feel like they know them and what they are facing.

    I felt felt that way when I read both ·Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea and The Art of Duke Hunting and can't wait to read The Once and Future Duchess!·

  11. The refinement, elegance and social graces.

  12. I love to see how strong women are in historical romances despite not having as much freedom and power as women of our times.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway.



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