Four GoodReads Giveaways – Don’t Miss ‘Em

Trick or Treat!

I’m giving away an autographed paperback of each of my four novels this week on GoodReads! Don’t miss your chance to win – enter now through October 20th.

(US only; I’m sorry, international readers, but postage costs have me limiting this one.)


A Man of Character Cover Margaret Locke

A Man of Character

A Matter of Time

Cover to A Scandalous Matter

A Scandalous Matter

The Demon Duke


Good luck! 

Where In The World is Margaret Locke?

You may have noticed I’ve been relatively absent from social media and certainly absent from my blog. Or maybe you haven’t. No biggie.

Where have I been?

Mourning the loss of my mom. Much of my summer I was helping my stepdad and sister in caring for her as cancer robbed her of so much. On August 23rd, it robbed her and us of her life.

I was blessed to be very close to my mom. I know not all people are so fortunate. It’s made this all the much harder. I intentionally took the first month after her death to mourn. That month is now leaching into the next, but I can’t seem to keep the author hat on for any great length of time – the winds of grief blow it off when I’m least expecting it.

Thank you to all who’ve stuck with me and continue to stick with me. I’m determined to write for National Novel Writing Month in November. Whatever I produce may not be anything worth salvaging, but I *am* going to write.

Now the question: What?

Which would you rather read:

Sophie Mattersley‘s story, the fourth in the Magic of Love series, tentatively titled A Delicate Matter? Sophie was a rather surprise character in A Scandalous Matter. A number of you have asked for more about her – which of course makes me happy!

 

Or The Legendary Duke, the second in the Put Up Your Dukes series, featuring Gavin Knight, the Duke of Cortleon? He got about one sentence in The Demon Duke, but he’s familiar to several of that tale’s characters. His own story takes its inspiration from Gawain and the Green Knight. (And for fellow Merlin fans, yes, you’ll recognize Gwaine/Eoin Macken above, who’s serving as physical inspiration for Gavin!)

Vote in the comments! 

 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Cora Lee!

Welcome to Writer Wednesday!

Today I’m thrilled to bring you fellow Regency author, Cora Lee. Cora and I met on Facebook and soon discovered our books had been featured side-by-side in Library Journal (woot!). She’s so much fun, and I’m happy to share her with y’all.

And don’t miss the new Heart of Hero series, featuring stand-alone novels by nine fellow Regency writers, which Cora Lee kicks off with No Rest for the Wicked. Because who can resist this tagline:

What if superheroes were mortals who lived and loved during the Regency? The Heart of a Hero Series tells all.

So grab that cool libation (or perhaps hot, if you’re in the souther hemisphere) and settle in for a quickie. (Quick interview, that is – what were you thinking?)


Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland

Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book.

When I was just starting to get the idea for No Rest for the Wicked, I was trying to find a rough, tough part of a big city to set the story in. After some digging, I discovered Dublin had a neighborhood that had once been called Hell, complete with the carving of a devil in a local archway and a reputation for crime in the eighteenth century. And then my hero began to whisper that the locals called him a demon, and I knew I’d found the right place!

Name two things people don’t know about you.

1) I spent a large portion of my childhood playing on fire trucks—my dad was a volunteer firefighter, and he often took my sister and I to the station when he went out on a call.

2) I started out my university years as an Aerospace Engineering major and spent two years in the program before deciding I wanted to become a teacher. And if I hadn’t been an engineering major—where I was required to take a lot of math—I likely would have been an unemployed History teacher (I ended up teaching math my whole career, even though I majored in history).

What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?

Mary Balogh is one of my very favorites. Not only are her books well written, but her research is always so flawlessly incorporated into the story, and her characters feel like actual people rather than characters. She’s one of the authors I go to when I need a book that I know is going to be good, and she never disappoints.


A Bit About No Rest for the Wicked:

If one person can change a city, eleven can change the world.

A solicitor by day, Michael Devlin spends his nights protecting the people of The Liberties…until his estranged wife turns up with a summons from Sir Arthur Wellesley.

A spy for Sir Arthur, Joanna Pearson Devlin has been tasked with escorting Michael to Cork to join Wellesley’s intelligence gathering ring. Can Michael and Joanna learn to trust each other again and help Sir Arthur fight Napoleon?

Find No Rest for the Wicked here:

Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |   Amazon AU 


TypewriterA Bit About Cora:

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in history, Cora is the 2014 winner of the Royal Ascot contest for best unpublished Regency romance. She went on a twelve year expedition through the blackboard jungle as a high school math teacher before publishing Save the Last Dance for Me, the first book in the Maitland Maidens series. [You can truncate here if you need to.] When she’s not walking Rotten Row at the fashionable hour or attending the entertainments of the Season, you might find her participating in Historical Novel Society events, wading through her towering TBR pile, or eagerly awaiting the next Marvel movie release.

Want to connect further with Cora? Find her here:

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Newsletter signup | Author Website | Series Website


Thanks so much for joining us, Cora! I definitely look forward to checking out No Rest for the Wicked and the rest of The Heart of a Hero series! 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Louisa Cornell!

Welcome to Writer Wednesday!

This week I’m happy to bring you Louisa Cornell, Regency romance author and a fellow member of The Beau Monde (the wonderful Romance Writers of America group for authors of Georgian and Regency romance), and a contributor to the fabulous blog, Number One London. Wahoo!

Louisa’s here to tell you a bit about herself and her latest release, Lost In Love, so without further blathering by me, I’ll let her take it away!


Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

I love historical romances set in the Regency era. I love the manners, the tricky rules of behavior, men in breeches and boots, horses and carriages, stately country estates, and the first stirrings of marriages based on love rather than dynastic, financial or political connections.

 

Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:

The so-called “sports” of bear baiting and dog fighting figure in my latest book.

One interesting thing I discovered was the origins of the breed we now know as the pit bull. Bear baiting dogs were often rat terriers, used for their speed and tenacity. However, as these dogs were often injured, men began to cross them with bull mastiffs. The result was a fast, tenacious dog with muscles.

Despite their reputations for aggression and ferocity, by the Victorian age they were found to be the very best dogs to look after children. They were gentle and loving with children whilst fierce defenders of those children should anyone attempt to harm them. They were called the “nanny” dog well into the twentieth century.

 

Name two things people don’t know about you.

  • I play the bassoon, which my late Aunt Deliradale called the “bazooka” because she could never remember bassoon.
  • I speak, to varying degrees, eight languages other than English and I can ask for the police and the bathroom in several more. (Very important when traveling abroad!)


What’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

You mean besides Pride and Prejudice? I have a number of all-time favorites, but at the top of the list is Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. Never has a hero had so far to come and never has a heroine been so equal to the task. My heart ached for Dain, even when he was being an idiot and a beast. And I cheered for Jessica from the moment she stepped onto the page. How many heroines do you know who will go so far as to shoot the hero, in a spectacular fashion, to save him from himself?


A Bit About Lost In Love:

EVERY RELATIONSHIP HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS –

When Adelaide Formsby-Smythe insults the Duke of Selridge to the point she sees her own murder in his eyes, her wish that the ground would open up and swallow her seems a perfectly reasonable response. Until it does.

Thus, Major Marcus Winfield, now the Duke of Selridge, ends the worst year of his life by falling into an underground cave with the younger sister of his former fiancée. An offense punishable by—marriage!

EVERY MARRIAGE HAS ITS SECRETS –

Although he never imagined marrying Adelaide, Marcus decides they will limp along quite well together. There’s no need to mention he’s being blackmailed… or that his irritating new wife fills his nights with a passion he cannot deny.

Adelaide, however, having unexpectedly married the man of her dreams, will settle for nothing less than her new husband’s heart. She’ll make him love her. Far less bothersome that way when she has to tell him she’s a thief. And possibly a murderess.

AFTER ALL, EVEN THE ROAD TO FOREVER HAS A FEW BUMPS ALONG THE WAY.

Find Lost In Love on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Love-Forever-Louisa-Cornell-ebook/dp/B071JB4FWT


A Bit About Louisa:

There are those who say romance novels are fairy tales written for grown women. I happen to like fairytales. One of my favorite Broadway musicals, Cinderella, is based on a fairytale.

Through the pages of romance novels, I have played pall mall with the Bridgertons. I have had tea with the very high-in-the-instep Bedwyns. I’ve plotted with the Desperate Duchesses and giggled with the Wallflowers. I have loved it all so much that I decided to try my hand at writing some “fairytales” of my own.

I have wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old. A career as an opera singer – a tale of adventure in itself – and the twists and turns of life have taught me that fate and love are the two most powerful forces in the universe.

I’ve sung opera in Salzburg. I’ve lived in a small English village. I’ve been a teacher, a veterinary technician, and a funeral home coordinator. Now I manage a bakery. I create confections to help people celebrate those moments in life that bring us all joy.

Through it all I’ve seen my share of villains and ogres, frogs and princes, heroes and heroines. This much I know to be true. None of life’s characters are ever what they seem. Everyone is something more, and something less. Love is the one thing that lays our souls bare to each other. Love creates the only real beauty in the world.

For a long time, reading fairytales was enough for me. Then I had to write them, because there are stories in my head that simply must be told.

Want to connect further with Louisa? Find her here:

Blog / Website:  http://onelondonone.blogspot.com and http://www.louisacornell.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LouisaCornell
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RegencyWriterLouisaCornell
Facebook Take Two: https://www.facebook.com/louisa.cornell
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/louisacornell/


Thanks so much for being here, Louisa – it was a delight to have you,
and now I’m going to immerse myself in Number One London