Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Guest Post: Setting the Mood for Love (Scenes) by Tamara Morgan + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome to Ex Libris and introduce to you Tamara Morgan, the author behind the unique Games of Love contemporary romance series, which combine historical aspects in contemporary setting, games, banter, competitions and lots of sexy alpha males and sassy heroines :-) The first book in the series Love is a Battlefield was released on Valentine's Day, and I think you'll instantly add it to your wishlist when I tell you that it is a mix of Austen romance with Highlander in kilts (oh yes, literally)! So please give a warm welcome to Tamara and read on, you could win yourself a copy! ;-) 

Setting the Mood for Love (Scenes)
by Tamara Morgan

Romance authors are always trying to dispel the myths that surround the supposedly exotic, glamorous lives we lead. Not a day goes by that someone either in my life or online doesn’t make the assumption that I’m writing my books from a huge heart-shaped bed, complete with a chocolate fountain, feather boas, and a strapping young man on hand to provide inspiration.

It’s a nice picture, I’ll admit. But most days, I’m sitting on my couch surrounded by piles of unfolded laundry and empty bags of potato chips. Instead of a young man standing proud and tall by my side, I’m usually shielding my screen from my suddenly-capable-of-reading Kindergartener, dreading the day when she stumbles upon a half-finished love scene and asks me what a word means.

Having a young one at home also means that I have a tendency to steal writing moments wherever I can get them. Just last week, I found myself writing that ever-important first kiss while my daughter was at ballet practice—which sounds good in theory. But the reality was that the waiting room was filled with other moms, one of whom had just downloaded an app onto her phone that let her access police scanners from anywhere in the United States. For the next hour, she listened (at top volume) to reports of suspicious behavior in a Delaware parking lot and a traffic jam in Los Angeles.

And that was a good day. While I wrote Love is a Battlefield, I could commonly be found typing away at parks, coffee shops, mommy and me groups, and family dinners. None of these are exactly conducive to writing a sex scene—especially since curious bystanders almost always try to steal a glance at my screen. (Sometimes, I let them look. Serves them right.)

But, as is the case with reading romance, few of us have the time or the luxury to sprawl on our bed of rose petals and simply indulge. We get our romance kicks for a few minutes after the kids go to bed or between errands—and that’s perfectly okay. After all, isn’t that why we love the genre so much? No matter where we are or what’s going on in our hectic, day-to-day lives, it’s so easy to escape into a book and be whisked away to a land of heart-shaped beds, chocolate fountains, and, of course, strapping young men.

Love is a Battlefield by Tamara Morgan

Book #1 in the Games of Love series

It takes a real man to wear a kilt. And a real woman to charm him out of it.

It might be modern times, but Kate Simmons isn’t willing to live a life without at least the illusion of the perfect English romance. A proud member of the Jane Austen Regency Re-Enactment Society, Kate fulfills her passion for courtliness and high-waisted gowns in the company of a few women who share her love of all things heaving.

Then she encounters Julian Wallace, a professional Highland Games athlete who could have stepped right off the covers of her favorite novels. He’s everything brooding, masculine, and, well, heaving. The perfect example of a man who knows just how to wear his high sense of honor—and his kilt.

Confronted with a beautiful woman with a tongue as sharp as his sgian dubh, Julian and his band of merry men aren’t about to simply step aside and let Kate and her gaggle of tea-sippers use his land for their annual convention. Never mind that “his land” is a state park—Julian was here first, and he never backs down from a challenge.

Unless that challenge is a woman unafraid to fight for what she wants...and whose wants are suddenly the only thing he can think about.

Warning: The historical re-enactments in this story contain very little actual history. Battle chess and ninja stars may apply.

Tamara Morgan is a romance writer and unabashed lover of historical reenactments—the more elaborate and geeky the costume requirements, the better. In her quest for modern-day history and intrigue, she has taken fencing classes, forced her child into Highland dancing, and, of course, journeyed annually to the local Renaissance Fair. These feats are matched by a universal love of men in tights, of both the superhero and codpiece variety.

You can find her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.


Tamara has generously offered an ebook copy of Love is a Battlefield to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is

1) leave a comment and answer Tamara's question: Where do you get most of your reading done?

2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway ends on 29 March 2012 and is open worldwide!

Good luck!

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