Friday, 17 August 2012

Guest post by Heather Snow + Giveaway

You might remember my enthusiasm back in February when I discovered Heather Snow's historical romance and mystery series and read Sweet Enemy. I fell in love. With the characters, with the series and with Heather Snow's writing (as you can see in my review). So since then I have been counting back the days until the release of the 2nd book, which thankfully arrived and I was able to read Sweet Deception, which was wonderful (read my review). So I am very happy to welcome to Ex Libris Heather Snow who will tell you about some of the behind the scenes secrets of this second novel of her Veiled Seduction series. Please give her a warm welcome and you could even win a copy of her first book to start the series!


Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous final mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love—and every life—is at risk.

Hello! Heather Snow here and I am thrilled to be continuing my blog tour for Sweet Deception here at Ex Libris. Thank you, Stella, for inviting me! What I am doing for this tour is pulling back the curtain of Sweet Deception a bit, sharing a few of my favorite passages from the book each day while letting you in on the thoughts behind them. You can keep up with the stops (or go back and read ones you missed) either on my website or my Facebook page.

Derick, an agent of the War Department who has years of experience in the espionage game, meets his match in the one woman who is able to see right through him—the childhood nemesis he’d nicknamed Pygmy so many years ago…

The door clicked, and Derick’s mind snapped back to the charade at hand. He stepped from behind the chaise to greet Lord Wallingford, a droll greeting on his lips.

His mouth snapped shut as Emma, not Wallingford, strode into the room, her skirts swishing behind her. She stopped abruptly only a scant two feet from him, her eyes traveling his length.

Her sudden nearness hummed in his veins. Damn, but those eyes of hers made a man feel she could see right through him. Derick fought the ridiculous urge to step back from her frank perusal. He had no reason for concern—he knew exactly what she would see. He’d planned every detail.

Gold buttons winked in the sun that beamed through the massive windows, his burgundy and cream striped waistcoat contrasted nicely with his buff pantaloons, and his black Hessians fair gleamed. While he’d never go so far as to polish them with champagne, as Brummel had so famously espoused, Derick would challenge the man himself to find any other fault with his presentation.

And that’s what it was—the pretentious clothing, the intricately tied neck cloth, the close-shaven face, the precisely styled hair—a presentation. A uniform.

And today, perhaps even a suit of armor.

His mouth twisted wryly. As if he needed protection from Pygmy. “Why are you here?”

Emma’s brows dipped and her mouth wobbled, like she couldn’t decide whether to smile or scowl. “I live here, Derick.”

Imbecile. “Yes, of course.” Really, if his superiors could have seen him around Emma Wallingford, they’d never have entrusted the country’s greatest secrets to him. At least his incompetent fop act should be especially believable today. “What I meant to say was that I was expecting your brother.”

Poor Derick. Coerced into taking one final mission, he’s sent to the place he’d vowed never to return: his childhood home in Derbyshire. But he never would have guessed that his carefully crafted identity would be so thoroughly unraveled a slip of a girl he quite remembered as a pest.

I had originally planned for Emma to be a complete stranger to Derick. But, not long into writing this story, I realized Derick had many walls up to protect himself. I also knew that it could take someone years to burrow their way under them. Unless…she was already there. And that’s how Emma Wallingford became his childhood friend—the one woman who knew him before he lost his identity on the journey to becoming a master spy. And the only woman who could help him find it again (at least within the time constraints of one novel, anyway!)

I hope you enjoy Derick and Emma’s story as much as I loved writing it.

Please look out for SWEET DECEPTION, available now, wherever books are sold. I’ll be happy to give away a copy of my debut, SWEET ENEMY, the first book in this series. To enter, simply leave me a comment and answer the question: Who is the person in your life who can always see through to the most genuine you?


Heather Snow is a historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she much preferred creating chemistry on the page, rather than in the lab. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys and one very put upon cat. Find out more or connect with Heather at:


Sweet Deception by Heather Snow

Book #2 in the Veiled Seduction series

In the dark, the greatest lover can become the most dangerous conspirator...

Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love.

But when deception is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love--and every life--is at risk.



GIVEAWAY RULES:

Heather has generously offered a copy of Sweet Enemy, the 1st book in her Veiled Seduction series to a lucky comemnter!


All you need to do is leave a comment answering her question: Who is the person in your life who can always see through to the most genuine you?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 24 August 2012!

Good luck!

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