I am thrilled to host the Woo'd in Hast/ Wed at Leisure virtual book tour. It is being sponsored by the ever popular Tasty Virtual Book Tour. Today on FBL, I will be spotlighting Woo'd in Haste and Wed at Leisure by Sabrina Darby. To follow the rest of the tour, click on the following link: Follow the Book Tour
Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. Her debut book with Avon Red, On These Silken Sheets, was a Favourite Erotic Romance finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and a Best First Book finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards. Her new Regency novella, The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe, released July 31st from Avon Impulse and her first contemporary romance, Entry-Level Mistress, released February 2013.
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Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets … him. For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother. Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?
Wed at Leisure- Releasing May 27th, 2014
In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing. As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke.
After all, he's the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It's only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision. As Kate's determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she's putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.
How many times have you read a book where you were much more interested in a side character than in the main character? Sometimes, you are meant to be intrigued as these characters are sequel bait, fully formed in the author’s mind and ready to get their own books. In Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Bianca is a side character, a plot device to show how much Kate has been tamed by Petruchio by the end of the play but as a reader, in my mind, she became a fully formed heroine. Although The Taming of the Shrew was written as a farce, with stereotypes for characters, rather than letting Bianca be the flirtatious brat who ends up being the “real” shrew to her husband, I wanted to explore how and why a household like that of Kate and Bianca’s would become that way.
When, in Woo’d in Haste, the first half of my take on Shakespeare’s play, I gave Bianca her own story with her own dreams, I found that she had found solace and escape from a chaotic household in her books. Her dreams are shaped by the worlds she’s read, and thus she sees everything through the lens of Fanny Burney, Jane Austen and other well-known novelists. And when her hero is one who brings even more chaos into the home, she has to deal with that as well and decide if he’s worth the chaos.
Of course, as I wrote Woo’d in Haste, there were other side characters who kept waving at me from the page saying, “what about my story?”
Who is your favorite scene stealing side character of romance, whether or not he or she eventually got his or her own book?
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