Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Romancing the Mundane by Lorraine Heath + Giveaway

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Though Valentine's Day was yesterday, since it's my blog and my rules, I say we keep celebrating love and romance a little longer, ok? Don't you just love bending rules as you want them to be? :-) So anyway today's prominent guest is none other than acclaimed and well loved romance author: Lorraine Heath, whose writing I discovered and fell in love with thanks to her newest historical romance series (London’s Greatest Lovers).

Read on to discover all those small everyday gestures thanks to which Lorraine's still very much in love with her husband even after 35 years! :-)


Romancing the Mundane
by Lorraine Heath

First, I’d like to echo other sentiments expressed here and congratulate Stella on her first blogiversary. Way to go!

Anniversaries are wonderful things to celebrate. This year I’ll celebrate number 35 with my first husband. A marriage can’t last that long without a little romance in it. Here are the top ten ways that my husband has managed to hang onto me for so long.

10. When I decide to try something new at a restaurant and discover I don’t like it, he swaps dishes with me.

9. He always opens doors for me and taught our sons to do the same.

8. He gives me his coat to wear when the weather in Texas suddenly changes and I didn’t dress appropriately.

7. I get to select the movies we watch. (Of course, I’m sure it helps that action flicks, creature features, and big budget adventure movies top my list of favorites.)

6. On cold nights, he’ll slip into bed and warm up my side so when I crawl into bed it’s all warm and cozy, while he moves over to the cold sheets.

5. He does the grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, and vacuuming.

4. When I gamble away my allotted gaming money in Vegas, he slips me some of his.

3. When I’m on deadline, he surprises me with cake, chocolate, and all the other sinful things that I’m not supposed to eat—just to get me through the long nights.

2. He holds my hand when we’re walking.

1. He makes me laugh.

Of course, I must admit that many of my heroes exhibit these same tendencies to do small things that touch the hearts of their lady loves in a big way. This is especially true of the gentlemen in my latest series, London’s Greatest Lovers. Having been raised by a woman who was terrified of her first husband, fond of her second, and deeply in love with other men twice in her life, these brothers know how to win the hearts of ladies. Yet none of them have ever given their hearts to a woman—until the right lady comes along.

Passions of a Wicked EarlIn Passions of a Wicked Earl, released in November 2010, the Earl of Westcliffe agrees to assist his wife in giving her sister a Season even though his wife once betrayed him. By bringing her back into his life, he will discover that she is very much a changed woman—a woman he can love.

In Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (Avon)Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman, released in December 2010, Stephen returns from war to find himself facing the prospect of fatherhood when Mercy arrives with his babe in tow. Unfortunately, due to a wound he received in battle, he has no memory of Mercy. But he does the decent thing and marries her. In doing so, he will discover he is a far better man than he ever thought himself capable of being.

In Waking Up With the Duke, to be released in July 2011, the Duke of Ainsley is obligated to pay a debt that will cost him his heart when a friend asks him to get his wife with child.

What I love about these three heroes is that while they have earned their reputations for being very skilled in the bedchamber, it is the kindness and generosity with which they treat the ladies outside of the boudoir that is truly responsible for their reputations. They are the sort who will love only once, but oh, when they do—they love deeply.

Grand gestures and expression of love are wonderful and exciting. But I like to believe that it is when a man makes the mundane of our lives special that a man truly earns our hearts.

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero--Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.

She also writes for teens under the name Rachel Hawthorne and Jade Parker.

You can reach Lorraine at her website: http://www.lorraineheath.com

Passions of a Wicked Earl (Avon)


Lorraine generously offered 2 sets of autographed copies of the 1st two books in the London’s Greatest Lovers series (Passions of a Wicked Earl and Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman).

Passions of a Wicked Earl (Avon)  Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (Avon)

To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. Leave a comment/question for Lorraine. Tell us what are the small things your other half does that make you love him/her? Or if you don't have a special someone yet, what small nothing would make you absolutely fall for them?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Friday 4 March 2011.

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