Thursday, 23 August 2012

Guest post by Jillian Stone + Giveaway

It is my great pleasure welcoming back to Ex Libris the wonderful Jillian Stone, whose books just get the most stunning covers! Jillian stops by today to tell you about her latest novel, A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis which will be released on August 28th (so pre-order it now if you'd like to have it in your hands by then: Amazon - Book Depository)! Read on to discover more about the hero and heroine of A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis and you could even win yourself an early copy!

How Compassionate are Romance Readers, Really?
by Jillian Stone

Is there such a thing as a second chance at love? Is it possible to give an abandoner/jilter a second chance with the one woman he loves––has always loved? It’s been my impression that romance readers can be ruthlessly unforgiving, much more so to romance heroes than men in real why is that? Could it be that a hero who is less than perfect ruins the fantasy?

Romance novels are a kind of controlled fantasy in which the woman always wins. But do all those wins come at a cost to our sense of poignancy, compassion and humanity? Are we so desperate to win at the fantasy game of love that we must beat our heroes into narrow niches of behavior. Or might there be a teeny-tiny space in our hearts for a hero who knows he has made a desperate and foolish mistake, and who is prepared to suffer the consequences––that he will never be forgiven.

I sometimes wonder about the rake in historical romance that is so easily tamed. On page one he is a notorious womanizer––by page fifteen he’s caught a sizzling glance from a wallflower at the ball, who has him leg shackled in a marriage of convenience before page fifty. And what about the brooding, Byronic hero like Healthcliff? Women’s fiction readers have been giving Heathcliff a pass on his behavior for years. Even Mr. Darcy is loaded with flaws and makes rude unforgiveable remarks to Elisabeth through more than half the novel. So where does the romance reader, draw the line?

In A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS, the hero, Rafe Lewis, runs out on the heroine the night of their engagement ball. Apparently, he has done something so unforgivable the marriage is called off at the last minute. As the novel opens, this strange, painful incident (five years in the past) remains a mystery and an open wound between heroine and hero.

The hero, rejected by his family and Edinburgh society, has gone off to make a life for himself in London as a detective for an exclusive branch of Scotland Yard. Now, Rafe been assigned to investigate a murder in Edinburgh, as well as guard the young heiress to an industrial empire...the young lady he so rudely and mysteriously abandoned the night of their engagement announcement.

Here’s the blurb:

When Fanny Greyville-Nugent's father suffers a gruesome death in the clutches of his own machine, mourning his loss is not the beautiful heiress's only heartbreak. Scotland Yard is convinced he was targeted in a plot to halt the rise of industry, and Fanny's former fiancé, dashing and dubious detective Raphael "Rafe" Lewis, has been assigned to the case.

For the estranged ex-lovers, bringing the notorious assassins to justice proves as tumultuous as quelling pent-up desires. Fighting peril and passion at every turn of a dangerous journey from Edinburgh to London, they are pursued by an anarchist group hell-bent on destroying her father's mysterious entry into the London Industrial Exposition.

When an astonishing discovery about the couple's failed engagement surfaces, the sleuthing duo realize they can trust no one. Rafe confesses new details about his infidelity and Fanny risks all to avenge her father's murder. But will Rafe and Fanny triumph over the pain of their past?

I wonder...can this brave hero I’ve written make a mistake, and be still be forgiven? And what if the heroine is not entirely innocent in this curious betrayal of affection? Unfortunately, I can’t divulge the reason Rafe did what he did, the night of the engagement ball, because I’d be a SPOILER! And I do not wish to take away from a number of unexpected plot twists, all of which take place on the run from Edinburgh to London.

As to whether Fanny and Rafe ever work out their differences, I’ll give you a hint in the form of a quote from Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray Love) which sums it up nicely: “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow–this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”

I do hope that you all enjoy the thrills, adventure and romance in A DANGEROUS LIAISION WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS.

How compassionate are you as a romance reader? Have you ever forgiven a hero who was less than perfect?

In 2010, Jillian’s manuscript for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy won the RWA Golden Heart and she went from no agent or publisher to signing with Richard Curtis and being offered a three book contract by Pocket Books. That summer, The Seduction of Phaeton Black also won the erotica category of the 2010 Romance Through the Ages contest for erotica and was offered a three book contract by Kensington Brava. Needless to say Jillian has been busy writing books this past year and a half! She lives in Southern California and is currently working on a special Pocket Star e-novella for The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series.

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A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis by Jillian Stone

Book #2 in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series

From the author of the well-reviewed An Affair with Mr. Kennedy comes a thrilling new romance in the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, featuring Rafe Lewis and his jilted former fiancée, Fanny, as they embark on a high-speed race against the clock to evade a madman hell-bent on murdering industrialists and inventors.

Special Inspector Rafael Lewis hasn’t seen the woman he jilted on the night of their engagement ball in five years. Fanny Greyville-Nugent has spent five years working side-by-side with her recently deceased father, a captain of industry in the steam revolution. When Detective Lewis and the Scotland Yard suspect that the late Mr. Greyville-Nugent was targeted for murder by an anarchist group determined to stop the proliferation of machines in the workforce, Lewis must guard his former fiancée with his life—much to her chagrin.

As Rafe and Fanny set out across the countryside from Edinburgh to London, danger lurks around every corner, but the biggest danger might turn out to be the embers of their previously smothered attraction smoldering to life.


Jillian has generously offered a signed ARC copy of A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis to a  lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment answering Jillian's question: How compassionate are you as a romance reader? Have you ever forgiven a hero who was less than perfect? 

The giveaway is open to US shipping only and ends on 31 August 2012!

Good luck!

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