Month of Love Guest Blog & Giveaway: Fall Back in Love with Valentine’s Day by Kate Moore
Everyone please welcome historical romance author Kate Moore to Paperback Dolls! Kate’s celebrating her second release in her Sons of Sin Trilogy, TO SAVE THE DEVIL, and at the end of her post you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy!
When your local Safeway looks as if Barbie’s living room exploded, Valentine’s Day can give romance a bad name—like sentimental, mawkish, mushy,
cheesy—and we can end up feeling like the little boy listening to his grandfather in The Princess Bride, wanting to skip the mushy stuff. But one good romance can restore our faith that Romance itself is alive and well on our planet. Here are five reasons to grab a romance and fall in love with Valentine’s Day again:
1. The sexual tension—there probably isn’t a more heightened state of consciousness than that niggling awareness of another person’s person.
2. The vocabulary of gesture–all those raised brows, hands half-extended, lowered eyes, pulses leaping, and quick glances that reveal characters’ emotional states.
3. The dark moment—yes, the moment when you reach for the tissue box and when the people you’ve been rooting for seem to have lost their connection.
4. The alert consciousness of people in love–We experience novels through the alert consciousness of the main characters, and in a romance those characters are falling in love, so we are invited to fall in love again, to have both that kind of awareness of ourselves and others and that confusion that falling in love creates. It’s a great ride. One would stand in line a long time at an amusement park just to experience it once, and then dash to the end of the line immediately to experience it again.
5. The blinding moment of discovery of love that changes the world—this moment may be the most difficult for the writer to pull off successfully, but when he or she does, the reader feels it like a gut punch and a fist pump in the air simultaneously. Yes, the world is renewed! Life is beautiful and good!
So maybe, you’re done with sappy cards, over-priced roses, and too much dark chocolate, but I hope you won’t skip the “mushy stuff” entirely. Let there be at least one kiss in your Valentine plans. On the page or in the world. Make it a good one–a peck in the kitchen in passing or at the door, or a torrid, lingering prelude to passion, a memory that brings a smile, or a promise of things to come.
Today, Kate is givingaway the first TWO novels in her Sons of Sin Trilogy, TO TEMPT A SAINT and TO SAVE THE DEVIL, to ONE lucky international commenter.
In Book One, To Tempt a Saint, Xander Jones saves the life of the Prince Regent when a mob attacks his carriage at night in 1816. Though Xander is knighted for saving the prince, his youngest brother is kidnapped in the confusion. In 1819 after three years of unsuccessful searching, Xander conceives a bold plan to light one of the darkest streets in London where his brother, if still alive, may be concealed. He needs money, and an encounter in his bank with an heiress whose funds are restricted until she marries leads him to propose a marriage of convenience. As two strong and wary partners come to know each other, they discover sinister threads of connection between them that lead inevitably to London’s darkest street, a test of their love, and the miraculous discovery that Xander’s brother is alive. The brothers are still divided, however, by the youngest brother’s fear of a powerful enemy.
In Book Two, To Save the Devil, love and duty conflict for two unlikely lovers. Will Jones, the middle brother takes on his enemies directly. An ex-spy and ex-Bow Street Runner, Will is a master of disguises. In disguise he enters the discreet brothel run by the family’s enemy and rescues a virgin being auctioned off as “Helen of Troy.” Helen is no swooning maiden, but a woman of wit and determination with a mission of her own. She must retrieve dangerous letters of her mother’s from a blackmailer. Disguised as a youth, Helen is determined to escape Will until she realizes he may be her only hope of getting her mother’s letters back. In the bleak winter days after mad old King George’s death, London is more dangerous than ever, and as Will and Helen search for her mother’s letters and his brother, they stumble on a plot to assassinate the English cabinet, which divides them in a moment of stunning betrayal.
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Giveaway ends March 7th and the winner will be chosen by random.org on March 8th. We ask the winners to post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out. Also, we will try to contact the winners, but we ask that you check back to see if you’ve won.
Hi, I’m Kate Moore. Whether you’re visiting this site as a reader, fellow writer, scholar, or friend, welcome. I’d love to hear from you about books, writing, or teaching at .
When I’m not reading, writing, teaching, or brainstorming, I walk in the redwoods; feed birds; collect books, apples and leaves; watch the tele-novellas on Spanish-language TV; and immerse myself in all things English. My favorite food groups are butter, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and red wine. My early literary influences were The Little Engine That Could, The Little Red Hen, and Winnie the Pooh. Austen, Heyer, Chaucer, and Homer came later and inspired me to put that first plot on paper.
Look for TO SEDUCE AN ANGEL in September 2011.