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Friday, January 31, 2014

Social Media Saturday #4

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #14

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read


General rules to Feature & Follow Friday:

1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list
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This Week's Question: 

Time for Book Spine Poetry again! Take a picture of your book spines spelling out something epic.



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Blog Tour: Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith (Interview + Giveaway)

About the book:
The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?

For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books. 
It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.

Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love. 

Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without. 

Product Warnings:

This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.
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Buy Links: Amazon | B&N 

Interview with Lauren: 
1. How did you come up with the idea for The Company of Rogues?

        A. When I was in college, I studied abroad for two summers at Cambridge and spent a lot of my free time exploring the grounds of Magdalene College and relaxing by the River Cam. It was there, amidst the history and stories of students from two centuries past that my League of Rogues appeared to me, their backstory fully formed. Cambridge is a beautiful place, peaceful and lovely. I asked myself, what would it be like to have that idyllic setting shattered under cover of darkness? What if five young men, students, mostly strangers to each other, joined together in a fight for the lives of one of them? Charles, one of my League members, was the victim of attempted murder by drowning in the River Cam and it was his struggling in the river that prompted the other four men of the League to unite to save him. The series itself takes place many years after this dark incident, but the idea for the series revolved around the effects of that night and how it bonded the League like brothers ever since. How deep would their loyalty to each other run, would the carefully constructed defenses they’d made all those years ago breakdown when intelligent and brave heroines entered the picture? That’s what the series is all about: the redemption of the League of Rogues.

2. When you write your characters, are there certain traits you want all of them to exhibit?

            A.   For my heroes, they must all start as likable anti-heroes. They are the guys you secretly crush on, while openly exclaiming “I can’t believe he did that!” They don’t apologize, at least not until after they're wrapped around their heroine’s pinky finger. They take what they want, but never by force or hurt. They are dominant and playful and seductive. Everything that breaks a girl’s heart if she falls for them. At the end of the day though, these bad boy heartbreakers always fall for the girl that’s right for them, the one that shines a light through their inner darkness and makes them better men. Some people might not like the inherent wickedness at the beginning, but if you just keep reading with a little faith, you’ll see the journey is worth it. These men become the best lovers and eventually husbands, they are fiercely loyal and will die to save those they love. Their transition from seasoned rakes and rogues to men humbled by love is a powerful story and I hope readers will enjoy seeing the men change and grow in each book. As for my heroines, I really want modern day readers to be able to understand that the heroines are a product of their time, but not weak. They are brave, intelligent, sensible, but just as fun and wild as their male counterparts in the right moments. It is the heroines who have to knock some sense into their heroes, but that’s half the fun of the story, watching the lovers work through their differences. I hope that readers will be able to put themselves in the shoes of the heroines and feel the stories as my heroines feel them.

3. What do you admire the most about Emily and Godric?

            A.   I admire Emily’s trust and believe in the power of love. She is young and innocent but not necessarily na├»ve. She has lived an entire year with an uncle who barely cares about her, and is mourning the deaths of her parents, who she was very close to. It would be easy for her to become jaded and hard, but she maintains her innocence and her sweetness. She understands a lot about people and so being thrown in the midst of the League she easily adapts to the men and the situation she is. Another thing I really like about her is that she has faith that love will win in the end. She realizes early on that she loves Godric and that she would fight to be with him, but at the same time, she doesn’t want to fully lose herself to him if he can’t love her back, so there’s a bitter sweet hesitancy in her that I think readers will be able to relate to. What I admire most about Godric is the vast change he undergoes by falling in love with Emily and how it makes him better by trusting her with his heart and admitting that love makes him strong not weak. At the beginning of Wicked Designs, he is hard and cold to some degree, but after just a few hours with Emily, he starts to soften. He opens himself for pain and fear of betrayal by falling in love with her and I respect his ability to be strong enough to take that kind of risk, especially since he had an abusive childhood. It would be easy for him to just close himself off to love forever, but he doesn’t. He takes a chance with Emily and in the end it pays off.

4. Which scene was most fun to write in Wicked Designs?

            A.  That’s tough to answer. I’d have to say it’s a tie between two scenes. The scene where Emily hides her riding skills and nearly escapes on horseback was really fun. It shows off Emily’s sneaky side and it then the emotional point where she has to give up her escape to come back and “save” Godric who faked his drowning in order to get her to come back. The other scene that was so much fun to write was the first time Emily meets the League and has breakfast with all of the men. She realizes how like a family they are and she sees the close knit relationships mixed with the different personalities. This helps her fear of the kidnapping fade and she starts to view it as more of an exciting vacation, since they aren’t threatening to her and aren’t keeping her tied up in a cellar. She’s more of a guest and eventually a friend to all of the League. I just loved writing the playful banter of the men as they talked and teased each other.

5. If you could have one of your characters for a best friend, who would it be and why?

            A.   Ideally I’d love to just spend a weekend hanging out with the entire League. But if I had to pick just one, I’d probably say Ashton. He’s level headed, business minded and gentle. But there’s a tantalizing dark side to him that I think would prove interesting. While Godric is the official leader of the League, it sometimes feels like Ashton, as the eldest, might be the secret power in a lot of decisions where the League is concerned. I think as a friend he would provide good counsel and yet he’d still help you get into lots of trouble (the good kind of course).

6. Lastly, would you care some teasers about the second League of Rogues story? 

            A.   I have to say, I’m excited to drop hints about the second book. Its working title is Wicked Seduction and I hope it stays that way. I just sent it off to my editor a few weeks ago and am hoping to get the greenlight for publication around Christmas. The teasers are this: it’s a Christmas set story, taking place only three months after Emily’s marriage to Godric. Without giving away too much…I can say that it’s Lucien’s story and he breaks one of the most important League rules: never seduce another member’s sister. He does do this…and it results in him and another member of the League dueling on Christmas day! Throw in some assassins and the series villain attempting to kill them, and it’s just another day in the life of the League of Rogues.
Thank you for your fabulous answers, Lauren! I really like the idea of seeing bad boy heroes being redeemed by loving, brave heroines. And the brotherly bond these rogues share is fantastic as well, especially seeing as most of them probably just wants to pretend like nothing's wrong all the time. :)

About the Author:
Born and raised in Tulsa, Lauren Smith spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Oklahoma, bridging the worlds between urban girl and cowgirl. After high school she attended Oklahoma State University where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in history and political science. Drawn to paintings in museums and obsessed with antiques, she has satisfied her fascination with history by writing and
exploring exotic, ancient lands.
Over the years, Lauren’s studies have opened doors throughout the world. From spending two summers at Cambridge to attending classes at such divergent places as Ireland and Chengdu, China, she has discovered fascinating opportunities for enrichment wherever she goes. After completing college, Lauren moved to Michigan to attend law school at the University of Detroit-Mercy and University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Armed with two Juris Doctorate degrees from both countries, she returned to Tulsa and became an intellectual property attorney.
Since third grade when her English teacher proposed that all students should craft a story for a young writers’ conference, Lauren has been hooked on writing. Her first self-illustrated manuscript described the mysterious disappearance of rare brown bats that were being captured by scientists bent on using them as carriers for an incurable disease. The immense sense of joy in sharing that story with others, and discussing plots and characters, made it clear to Lauren that writing was her true passion.

Here's the tour schedule:



January 28: Cocktails and Books

January 29: Alexa Loves Books


January 31: Peace Love Books
February 4: Gone Pecan
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #17


Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...
                                           

                                    The Secret Pearl  by Mary Balogh, published in 2005
                                                  Goodreads | Amazon

Blurb:
He first spies her in the shadows outside a London theatre, a ravishing creature forced to barter her body to survive. 

To the woman known simply as Fleur, the well-dressed gentleman with the mesmerizing eyes is an unlikely savior. And when she takes the stranger to her bed, she never expects to see him again. But then Fleur accepts a position as governess to a young girl…and is stunned to discover that her midnight lover is a powerful nobleman. As two wary hearts ignite–and the threat of scandal hovers over them–one question remains: will she be mistress or wife?

To find out more about Mary Balogh and her books, click the links below:
                                          Website | Goodreads | Facebook

                                                           ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In a sea of governess romances, this one is quite unique. For one, the kid isn't actually important here and appears just a few times. No neglectful father here, either. Just one duke who recognized that the young woman whom he deflowered one night has become governess to his nephew (unknowingly since neither knew the other's identity). Fleur was forced to barter her body when she became destitute, and she never asked for someone to notice her, or become interested in her. But there is one big obstacle in their HEA, and that's the duke is already married. What follows is one of the most heartbreaking stories I've read (which does end in HEA, I promise) and one of Mary Balogh's best, in my opinion.

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World and Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading for their pick of the week. :-)

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #14: How to School Your Scoundrel by Juliana Gray


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week an upcoming book I can’t wait to read is…


How to School Your Scoundrel by Juliana Gray
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Series: A Princess in Hiding #3
Amazon | Goodreads 

Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe...

Princess Luisa has devoted her life to duty, quietly preparing to succeed her father as ruler. Nothing, however, primed her to live on the run, disguised as a personal secretary to a notorious English scoundrel. The earl is just the man to help her reclaim her throne, but Luisa is drawn to her powerful employer in ways she never imagined…

Philip, Earl of Somerton, has spent six years married to a woman in love with another man—he refuses to become a fool due to imprudent emotions ever again. Only, as his carefully laid plans for vengeance falter, fate hands him hope for redemption in the form of a beautiful and determined young princess who draws him into a risky game of secrets, seduction, and betrayal. And while his cunning may be enough to save her life, nothing can save him from losing his heart…

Author's Website | Goodreads 
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I've read all of Juliana Gray's books and have been invested in this series since book 1, How to Tame Your Duke (review HERE) and have recently read book 2, How to Master Your Marquis. The teaser chapter for this book interested me in this battle-of-wills, gender bender story. I can't wait to read it!

Thanks for visiting my blog to see what book I'm waiting for this week! So...what book are you waiting for?

Spotlight: The Devil DeVere series by Victoria Vane! + Giveaway of Kindle Fire!

 Buried Under Romance is hosting a spotlight for Victoria Vane's award-winning Devil DeVere series. Please check out the fabulous books in this series, and read on for a giveaway of a Kindle Fire at the end! 

A Wild Night's Bride:
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE by Victoria Vane

 The Devil DeVere Series- Library Journal Best E-Book Romance 2012  

With the devil in charge … there could be hell to pay

She needs a protector… Once seduced by whispered promises of a faithless lover, Phoebe Scott is determined to make a name on the Covent Garden stage, but after three years of bit parts, she realizes she'll never achieve her goals on her own merits. Acknowledging her success is dependent on a powerful patron, Phoebe is now resolved to find a protector to secure her future. With this goal in mind, she seeks out the best prospects at London's most notorious brothel.

He's avowed to celibacy… Sir Edward "Ned" Chambers has been lost and lonely since his wife’s death in childbirth. Burdened with blame, he has sworn to a life of celibacy, but after three years, he is inwardly edgy, irritable, and increasingly discontent. Perceiving the cause behind Ned’s unhappiness, as well as the obvious cure, his best friend and rake of the first order, "The Devil" DeVere, is hell-bent to return Ned to the land of the living. DeVere's machinations result in an outrageous wager that could lead Ned to a new love… or land them all in the Tower!

All bets are off in in this racy Georgian romp! (romantic comedy with mature content)

Buy Link: Amazon

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review Tour: A Game of Chance by Lauren Linwood (Giveaway)


Buried Under Romance is reviewing Lauren Linwood's A Game of Chance today.  :)

**Lauren is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card and 5 Digital Copies of A Game of Chance (via Rafflecopter below)

About the Book: 
Gambler Jed Stone journeys to California to track down Simon Morgan, the man responsible for his best friend’s death. Arrested for robbery and murder upon arrival, Jed is shocked to see his face on a wanted poster. He escapes before his hanging, unaware that the man guilty of those crimes is the twin brother he never knew existed. In a case of mistaken identity, Jed acquires the most famous whorehouse in San Francisco in a rigged card game his twin is meant to win.

Lily Frontiere takes over running Lucky Lil’s from her dying mother, the house madam who shielded her by sending her away to boarding school. Lily’s intelligence and astonishing resemblance to her mother help in her charade, but she’s entered a world she knows little about. She clashes with the handsome stranger who turns up with the deed to Lucky Lil’s in hand, yet she is attracted to the charming risk taker.

Jed asks Madam Lil to stay on as he learns the business and is fooled by Lily’s performance until he stumbles upon the real Madam Lil and learns the truth behind Lily’s deception. His admiration for Lily blossoms into love.

But Simon Morgan seeks both Lily’s hand and ownership of Lucky Lil’s—and he will go to any means to possess both. Will Jed foil his nemesis while bringing his outlaw brother to justice and win Lily’s love?
Buy Link:  Amazon 

Review: 
Told in multiple perspectives, A Game of Chance read like an imposing tapestry woven into the fascinating post-Civil War era in the American Old West, where tales of robberies and outlaws are as real as it gets, and everyone is out to discover the newest get-rich scheme, some through nefarious plans. Such is the story that captured my attention from the first page. 

The story begins with a young Cara Lee bemoaning her naivety as she was giving birth. Her husband, Gordon, was a charismatic ne'er-do-well who essentially tricked her into a marriage (that was fake) in order to obtain a child to prove to his grandfather, Max, of his respectability. What he didn't know was that his Cara Lee had given birth to a second son after his cold departure with the first, making Jed Stone and Cal Hart twin brothers who grew up similar to The Prince and the Pauper

Year later, Cal Hart has grown into a vicious outlaw who is forever trying to squeeze more money out of Max, and Jed had grown into an honorable man whose livelihood depends on his luck. Several cases of mistaken identities brings him into contact with Lily Frontiere, and the rest, they say, is history. 

This book was really fun to read. I loved all the fitting historical diction and characteristic dialogue, as well as the setting imagery which made the time period spectacularly alive. The multiple perspectives provided not only backgrounds for the characters, but also their mannerisms, their motivations and thoughts, which fueled their actions throughout the book. Most of all, I enjoyed how Jed and Lily came to fall in love in spite of their troubles and disguises, and how they were both surprised by their changed circumstances but managed to resiliently weather against that turbulence. 

Jed is a wonderful hero who had grown up an all-around great guy, never forgetting his orphaned past. He dedication to helping orphans was a nice sign of his humanity, which made him all the more winsome. Lily's character matches his in personality and spirit, both intelligent and resolute, striving for beyond instead of being caught up in self-pity.

Combine great characterization, a highly engaging plot, fantastic writing set in a rich historical setting, and two devious villains, who can resist the allure of this novel? It seems that I'm forever discovering new authors to read, and Lauren Linwood has definitely made my list of authors whose books I need to read. 

*Review copy courtesy of the author through Tasty Book Tours; as always, this is my honest review.
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About the Author:
As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones.
Lauren’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras, medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Social Media Saturday #3

Social Media Saturday link upWelcome to Social Media Saturday #3!
This link up was created to allow bloggers to find awesome new blogs, gain exposure and increase their social media fans & followers!
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If you post your links, please be sure to follow at least 5 others!!! It is preferred that you follow everyone, as many of us will be following everyone on the list. PLEASE be courteous and follows others as well. Do not just post your links and run.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Blog Tour: Loving Lady Lazuli by Shehanne Moore (Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway)


Buried Under Romance welcomes Loving Lady Lazuli by Shehanne Moore, with an exclusive excerpt. 

**Shehanne will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

About the Book: 
Only one man in England can identify her. Unfortunately he’s living next door.

Ten years ago sixteen year old Sapphire, the greatest jewel thief England has ever known, ruined Lord Devorlane Hawley’s life. Now she’s dead and buried, all the respectable widow, Cassidy Armstrong, wants is the chance to prove who she really is.

 But not only does her new neighbor believe he knows that exactly, he’s hell-bent on revenge.  All he needs is the actual proof.  So when he asks her to choose between being his mistress, or dangling on the end of a rope, only Sapphire can decide…

 What’s left for a woman with nowhere left to go, but to stay exactly where she is?

And hope, that when it comes to neighbors, Devorlane Hawley won’t prove to be the one from hell.

Exclusive Excerpt: 
“Don’t stop now, Mrs. Armstrong, you’re just getting to be interesting.”

Interesting? The damn cheek of it. She was not getting to be anything. She was interesting. When he was not meant to know how interesting though, she would—she must—refrain from doing anything more than swallowing the lump that rose in her throat. A night bird chirruped and it was better to set her awareness on that, than the soft brush of breath against her forehead, the rumbled murmur of his voice.

Besides she had a fluttering robe to hold close. A robe she was completely naked beneath.

She edged a breath. “You said a kiss.”

Well, he had hadn’t he? So now he could not think it poor exchange for letting her off the hook. Particularly when her heart hammered in advance of offering him more and she’d a horrible feeling he was going to take it too. His stare was almost predatory and very, very inviting. While the feel of him, the closeness, these were things she had never experienced. Neither was what rose, what pulsated in her very center.

He gave a soft laugh, that actually wasn’t a laugh at all, more a noise that made her heart hammer harder, so she thought he must hear it. “And now you somehow think I want more?”

She edged her eyelashes lower. It was better to do that and keep her restraint about this, about everything, than respond by looking at him. “Well, I hope you don’t think I do.”

“That’s not how it looked to me.”
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About the Author:
Shehanne Moore writes gritty, witty, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy. What hasn’t she worked at while pursuing her dream of becoming a published author? Shehanne still lives in Scotland,  with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds collide, she plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking.

Her second book featuring a hottie scottie, His Judas Bride was recently released.

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