Monday, 24 December 2012

Let It Snow Books: Guest post by Leigh LaValle + Giveaway

Today I am very happy to welcome to our special holiday event another wonderful author whom I had the pleasure of discovering in 2012, please give the warmest welcome to Leigh LaValle, author of The Runaway Countess and The Misbehaving Marquess, two fantastic historical romances I have both LOVED (as you can see in my reviews of the novel and the novella), so join us as Leigh tells us about some of her best holiday reads and you could even win both of her books by leaving a comment for Leigh. :-)

Like all bibliophiles, I mark my Holidays by books given and received. I remember many a Christmas Day spent curled up by the fire (usually in a fancy Christmas nightgown) with a new book in hand. My brother and sister would be playing with their toys like most children, but I just wanted to read. My mom would eventually drag me out of the story and insist I spend time with the family.

One of the books that most stands out in my memory is the Sweet Valley High Christmas Special Edition. I just googled this book and got chills looking at the cover- I could be ten years old, sitting on the sofa in the living room, so excited to read about Elizabeth and Todd. (Ten years old? The romance bug bit me young :-D.) Oh how I loved these books-it is no coincidence that Elizabeth was the name of the heroine in my first (unpublished) novel.

The next book I remember is Anne of Green Gables. It was a thick hardcover edition that seemed so grownup to me. I’d heard of Anne, but had never read about her. Little did I know I was about to enter a world that would be part of my life forever. I devored those books. I don’t think I slept for a year. Ah, Anne and Gilbert, how sweet you were.

The next Christmas my mom got wise and bought me a reading light. She’d given up trying to make me go to sleep and finally just wanted to protect my eyes. Somewhere is those years, my younger brother started giving me fancy bookmarks. Some of them are still stuffed in my old books (the one’s I am not able to give away.)

I like to gift books as well. My father reads non-fiction—the biography of Andrew Jackson and other such exciting works—and I try to spice up his reading. I’ve given him, among other books, The Tao of Pooh and The Power of Myth. Both of these are lovely books, packed full of powerful ideas and interesting information. I must give my dad credit, he read both cover to cover.

This year, my neice is getting two books from me. (Shh… don’t tell her.) I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon and I Am A Bunny are favorites in my household.

For my friends who read romance, the book I chose this year is A WEEK TO BE WICKED by Tessa Dare. This book hits the right notes of romance, humor, and life lessons and is a delight from start to finish. I’ve also given DEFIANT by Kris Kennedy.

Gift certificates to the local bookstore abound in our family stockings. I wouldn’t be surprised if I receive a Kindle Fire this year. My kindle is a few years and, has one mark on the screen, but it's fine by me. It is my husband who looks at it and shakes his head. For him, the technology is exciting. For me, it is still all about the story.

Leigh LaValle was born in a time when ladies shopped at the modiste and rogues sent heated looks across a crowded ballroom. Time slipped forward a few hundred years, and she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she is not writing about said ladies and rogues, mommying, or reading, she is rarely seen cleaning. More often, she is found hiking or, when she is really lucky, in the white powder of the ski slopes. She is also a devoted yoga practitioner and instructor.

You can reach Leigh on her website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin.

Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor.

Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant…and surely as corrupt as his father once was.

Sensible, rule-driven Trent Carthwick, twelfth Earl of Radford, is certain the threat of the gallows will prompt the villagers’ beloved Angel of Kindness to reveal the highwayman’s identity. But his bewitching captive volunteers nothing—except a sultry, bewildering kiss.

And so the games begin. Trent feints, Mazie parries. He threatens, she pretends nonchalance. He cajoles, she rebuffs. Thwarted at every turn, Trent probes deep into her one vulnerability—her past. There he finds the leverage he needs and a searing truth that challenges all he believes about right and wrong.

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The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle

Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir-immediately-she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?

(Originally published in the e-book anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER.)


Leigh has generously offered ebook copies of  both The Runaway Countess and The Misbehaving Marquess to a lucky commenter!


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