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Wed
Nov 19 2014 4:30pm

Favorite Christmas Stories from Dickens, Putney, and More!

Christmas in the Duke's Arms AnthologyToday we're pleased to have four authors joining us at Heroes and Heartbreakers. The four—Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville—have released a Christmas-themed anthology, Christmas in the Duke's Arms and are here to talk about their favorite Christmas stories. Thanks, ladies!

When Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, and I agreed to write a anthology of connected Regency Christmas novellas, we had to decide how to approach the holiday. Christmas romances run the gamut from inspirational to full blown deck-the-halls Santa/Rudolph/Frosty traditional. Since the Regency era was actually a bit of a down time for Yuletide in England, coming between the ancient folkloristic celebrations and the Christmas of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria that presaged the modern holidays, we could pretty much do as we pleased.

We agreed that the stories in Christmas in the Duke’s Arms should be warm and romantic and I know that my fellow writers, at least, delivered perfectly. As for the Christmas side, there’s plenty of greenery and mistletoe, a Christmas assembly and lots of love and happiness. I asked my fellow writers about their favorite Christmas stories.

Grace Burrowes:

I love the subtler Christmas tropes—the stranger bearing gifts, miracles in unexpected places, light overcoming darkness, warmth in the midst of winter, family of choice over family of origin (shepherds will do in a pinch, right?), and the community we can find at the margins when there's “no room at the inn.” While “The Gift of the Magi” is my favorite Christmas romance, I also love the children's television specials, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

[They still tug on our heart strings, too...]

Sun
Jun 22 2014 11:00am
Excerpt

The Captive: Exclusive Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

The Captive by Grace Burrowes

He'll never be free...

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's The Captive (available July 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Christian is attempting to deal with correspondence late at night, when he’s unexpectedly interrupted…

“Will I disturb you?” The countess in her dark bedclothes stood in the library’s doorway, her hair a golden rope braided over one shoulder.

“Of course not.” Christian rose, for she was a lady. An increasingly kissable, holdable lady. “Sleep eludes you?”

“I’m hoping not.” She advanced into the room and closed the door to keep in the fire’s heat. “I’ve brought your volume of Blake back, lest it find its way to some trunk or portmanteau of mine.”

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Mon
Sep 9 2013 11:00am
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Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait: Exclusive Excerpt

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Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes

What Lady Jenny wants for Christmas...

For Christmas, soft-spoken Lady Jenny Windham craves the freedom to pursue her artistic ambitions, though it will mean scandalizing her ducal parents and abandoning all hope of a family of her own. She confides her plans to successful artist Elijah Harrison when he's commissioned to paint a portrait of her small nephews, because assisting Elijah will bring Jenny that much closer to her heart's desire—won't it?

...Will break both their hearts

Elijah Harrison finds in his unlikely assistant not only an inspiring muse and unappreciated talent, but also a lovely and passionate woman. If Elijah supports Jenny's career, his own professional interests will suffer, but more significantly, he will lose Jenny forever. Both Jenny and Elijah must choose between true love and a lifelong dream.

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (available September 24, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Jenny Windham’s siblings have conspired to ask her and portrait artist Elijah Harrison to retrieve a forgotten gift from an empty manor house. Elijah and Jenny have had lapses before, despite the fact that they’re headed in separate directions… All Jenny wants for Christmas is one more moment with Elijah…

“Will you make love with me, Elijah? You’re leaving tomorrow, I know that, and I shouldn’t ask it. I shouldn’t want it, but I do. I want you, so much. Please?”

Not touching Elijah Harrison over the past days had been the hardest thing Jenny had asked of herself, ever. Harder even, than watching her siblings find true love, one by one.

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Mon
Jul 29 2013 11:00am
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Once Upon a Tartan: Exclusive Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes

Tiberius Flynn travels to Scotland with orders to snatch his young niece away from her Highland relations. He thinks it's going to be an easy task, until he meets the feisty little girl and her fiercely protective step-aunt.

A smart, headstrong beauty, Hester Daniels has joined her brother’s household in the Highlands to weather the scandal of having jilted an unworthy fiance. There she find herself attracted to Tiberius Flynn, a handsome imperious Englishman whose flights of sophisticated language hide a heart of gold—also a few secrets that could well cost Heather and Tye their happily ever after. Tye sets out to seduce Hester and win over Fiona, only to discover that he's losing his heart to a woman who's as untamable as Scotland itself. 

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's Once Upon a Tartan (available August 6, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Hester was sure etiquette existed for when a man was going to sleep between a lady’s legs, his seed drying on her belly and her vocabulary sent begging by intimacies too unimaginable to contemplate.

Tiberius would know the words for what he’d just done to her, probably know them in several languages. She traced the curve of his ear with her fingers. “What is the Latin term?”

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Mon
Mar 11 2013 12:00pm
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Darius: Exclusive Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Darius by Grace BurrowesDesperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins keeping company with jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he's losing ground financially each month.

That is, until aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can't refuse: get the Lord's pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivian, pregnant discreetly and Darius will earn enough money never to want again. But problems lie ahead when the stunning Vivian captures his heart, and the women of his wicked past refuse to let him go. Can Darius untangle himself without scandal and offer himself to Vivian heart and soul?

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's Darius (available April 2, 2013) with an excerpt of a selected scene.

Carrying a child did marvelous things for a lady’s décolletage, though Darius could hardly allow himself to appreciate those things with William Longstreet looking on. And it wasn’t just the fullness of Vivian’s breasts Darius noticed. Vivian had a glow about her, both a softness and a new substance that made him want to… linger in her ambit, though that was a thoroughly, exceedingly Bad Idea.

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Tue
Jan 29 2013 4:30pm
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Lady Eve’s Indiscretion: New Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Lady Eve's Indiscretion by Grace BurrowesLady Eve's Got The Perfect Plan

Pretty, petite Evie Windham has been more indiscreet than her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland, suspect. Fearing that a wedding night would reveal her past, she's running out of excuses to dodge adoring swains. Lucas Denning, the newly titled Marquis of Deene, has reason of his own for avoiding marriage. So Evie and Deene strike a deal, each agreeing to be the other's decoy. At this rate, matrimony could be avoided indefinitely...until the two are caught in a steamy kiss that no one was supposed to see.

 

Get a sneak peek from Grace Burrowes's Lady Eve's Indiscretion (available February 5, 2013) with a scene from Chapter 3.


Now would be a fine time for Lucas Denning to share a few of his lovely kisses, but no, he had to sit beside Eve in the grass, all solemn and gentlemanly.

She wanted to scream and lay about with her parasol.

A thought popped into her head all at once. A novel, startling thought: If the man was such a blockhead as not to realize this was a kissing moment, then the woman could certainly be astute enough, bold enough—

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Wed
Nov 28 2012 6:00pm
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The Bridegroom Wore Plaid: New Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace BurrowesHis Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed...

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.

But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.

Get a sneak peek at Grace Burrowes's The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (available December 4, 2012) with an excerpt of Chapter 8.

Augusta tried not to think, not to feel as she and Ian made their way down the hillside. Going down was in some ways trickier than coming up—a metaphor for having said too much and implied even more with the man moving along in front of her.

She could love him. She ought to find some consolation in knowing she was capable of loving a man, any man. She had wondered, after all.

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Fri
Jun 1 2012 9:30am

Author Grace Burrowes on Historically Good Looks

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to welcome author Grace Burrowes, whose novel Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal is now available, to talk historically well-dressed men. Thanks, Grace!

In the privacy of your thoughts have you ever wished you’d come across a fellow attired as Mr. Darcy was? Snug, soft doeskin riding breeches, cut to emphasize the “turn of a man’s leg?” Shining Hessian boots to accentuate the length of that leg? Spotless white custom shirt set off with just a touch of style about the cravat? Elegant, understated waistcoat beneath a beautifully tailored cutaway coat that shows off broad shoulders to wonderful advantage?

Compare this ensemble to its immediate forbearers by calling to mind any image of George Washington, King George III, or the lofty Duke of Devonshire pictured here. These Georgian gentlemen wore high heeled shoes, silk stockings, knee-breeches, cosmetics, wigs, abundant jewelry, bright colors, and heavy perfumes. In many regards, their fashion sense was indistinguishable from that of the ladies they escorted. They dressed to be seen, and more was better.

[Never anything wrong with a little peacocking...]

Tue
Apr 24 2012 12:30pm
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Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal: New Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal by Grace BurrowesMaggie Windham, oldest of the Windham sisters and a by-blow from His Grace’s pre-marital wild oats, finds herself in desperate needs of an investigator to help her retrieve a missing reticule. Benjamin Hazlit knows the Windham family secrets, and can be trusted to keep them to himself, so Maggie turns to Benjamin, though it means ignoring his too-broad shoulders, his too-knowing smile… and his too-skilled kisses.

As Benjamin starts the search for Maggie’s missing purse, he realizes two things: First, whatever was in that purse, its loss has Maggie not just rattled, but terrified. Second, Benjamin will go to any lengths to see Maggie’s peace of mind restored, even if it means he must keep himself in very close proximity to the shy, secretive lady who says she wants nothing to do with him.

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes’s Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal (available May 1, 2012) with a special excerpt of Chapter 2.

(And if you “like” this, be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book at our Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal Sweepstakes on Facebook!)

Chapter 2

William the Conqueror had been a bastard.

King Charles II had sired twelve bastards at least, raising three of them to dukedoms with a flourish of the royal pen.

More recently, the Duke of Devonshire had raised two—or was it three bastards?—in the miscellany sharing a roof with him, his duchess, and his mistress.

One of the royal princesses was more than rumored to have a bastard son being raised by the boy’s father, and the royal dukes had propagated bastards at a great rate in response to their dear papa’s Royal Marriages Act.

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