Virtual Tour ~ Blurb and Giveaway~ The Once and Future Duchess by Sophia Nash

Welcome to The Once and Future Duchess virtual book tour! From May 19th to June 13th, author Sophia Nash  will be stopping by some of our favorite sites to celebrate her new release. Be sure to comment at all the stops along the way— Avon is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for TWO Digital Copies of THE DUKE DIARIES, Book Three in the Royal Entourage Series by Sophia Nash, Giveaway below.  So follow the entire tour and leave a comment for your chance to win at each of the tour stops:  Link to Follow Tour.

The Once and Future Duchess
Royal Entourage Series Book Four
By: Sophia Nash

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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 Candoverto 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

Calliope let out a long-suffering sigh like a master. “Honestly, have you not ever wondered what is going on in that colossal skull of his?”

Forever. “You know, Calliope, for one who claims not to esteem the man, you can’t seem to stop talking about him. One might think you actually like him.”
“I refuse to like someone who always makes us wait forever and a day until His Highness decides he will condescend to give a person fifteen minutes of his time. And not a minute more by the by.” She smiled. “I’ve timed it.”
“I realize you’ve never been more than a dozen miles from Portsmouth, but do you think you could make more of an effort to embrace the ways of Town?”
“Does it include kowtowing?”
“Are you going to send me home if I don’t?”
“Liar,” her cousin retorted with a mischievous gleam.
Isabelle stuck out her tongue. She knew how to lance a Parthian shot with the best of them.
Calliope nearly choked with laughter.
Lord, Isabelle hadn’t stuck out her tongue since the day old Hacksaw, uh, Miss Hackett had nearly yanked it out of her mouth.
Calliope removed her spectacles and wiped her eyes with her hands before Isabelle could remind her to use her handkerchief. At least her expression had softened.
“So why must you see him by yourself?   My mother explicitly told me my main duty was that I’m never to leave you alone with any man. Mama puckered like she’d swallowed a peeled lime when I asked why.”
Isabelle smiled despite herself.
Calliope looked at her with knowing eyes. “You’re not going to set his servants to gossiping, are you? I do have a reputation to maintain.”
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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Virtual Tour ~ Exclusive Guest Post, Blurb and Giveaway~ WOO'D IN HASTE & WED AT LEISURE by Sabrina Darby

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 

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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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Woo’d in Haste- Releasing May 13th, 2014

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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
The stunning follow-up to Darby's Woo'd in Haste. 

 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.

Woo’d in Haste Blog Post (The Side Character)

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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