Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Guest Post by Vanessa Kelly + Giveaway

Today we are very excited to welcome here at Ex Libris author Vanessa Kelly in celebration of her newest release Lost in a Royal Kiss, a brand new novella that will introduce us to the author's upcoming new series Renegade Royals that is set for release early in 2014! Vanessa stops by today with a very interesting interview of her heroine that is sure to make us just more eager to read her story!

Character interview with Linnet St. Clare 
by Vanessa Kelly

Thanks for having me on, Stella. I’ve brought Linnet St. Clare along with me, too. She’s the heroine of Lost in a Royal Kiss, the introductory novella to my new Renegade Royals series. Linnet, perhaps you can tell us a bit about yourself. For instance, how old are you?

My word! A lady never tells her age, or at least they didn’t back in my day. You moderns, I’m sorry to say, seem to have little conception of good manners. But since I do not wish to be rude, I will tell you that I made my debut several years ago and that most people would believe me to be firmly ensconced on the shelf.

Er, so I’m guessing early to mid-twenties?

*frosty stare*

All righty! Let’s get to the next question—where do you live and what do you do?

My family resides in Kew, near the royal palace. Since my esteemed mother is a governess and attendant to the younger children of King George III, I have taken over the management of my mother’s household, which includes looking after my little brother and sister.

So you don’t actually work at Court yourself?

Indeed not, unless you count as work my attempts to improve the behavior of the younger members of the Court.

I would think you’re talking about the royal princes, like the Prince of Wales and his younger brothers. I take it they’re a handful.

You cannot begin to imagine. And at such a young age, too. It’s quite disgraceful.

Actually, I have a very good imagination, but let’s move on to something else. Tell us about Sir Anthony Tait, who I believe is an advisor to King George III.


*Vanessa squints* Linnet, are you blushing? I thought you never blushed.

I most certainly am not blushing, especially over someone like Sir Anthony! Indeed, he is the most provoking man I’ve ever met. He’s stubborn, imperious, and is convinced he knows a person’s business better than she does herself.

Sounds like someone else I know. You have to admit he’s very handsome, though.

I suppose so. If, that is, one likes a tall, broad-shouldered, powerful man with piecing hazel eyes and lovely brown hair that he refuses to powder. Not that I’ve ever really paid attention to that sort of thing.

Of course not. But would you say that you and Sir Anthony are friends? He seems to take an uncommon interest in you.

Really? I hadn’t noticed.

You’re blushing again. And, yes, he does. Everyone at Court is talking about it.

I never listen to idle gossip, especially Court gossip. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I do believe I have to step away and have a word with young Dominic Hunter. As you know, he’s the charity boy the queen adopted into the royal household as companion to the young princes. A very misguided notion, if you ask me, since the princes treat him in a very shabby manner. But Dominic is really a very nice boy and I have high hopes for him—if he can overcome his penchant for resorting to fisticuffs to solve his problems.

But wait! I’m not finished with my questions. Oh, drat. She’s gone. I swear that woman never sits still for an instant. Well, if you want to find out more about Linnet, Sir Anthony, and young Dominic Hunter, you can read all about their adventures in my new novella, Lost in a Royal Kiss.

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance." Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Vanessa's next series, The Renegade Royals, is due to hit the shelves on Nov. 26 with Lost in a Royal Kiss. Book one in the series, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, will release in January, 2014. 

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In this thrilling introduction to her Renegade Royals series, Vanessa Kelly transports readers to the court of King George III—where a London street urchin unwittingly plays Cupid, ushering in a new era—and ultimately a new kind of royal…

With her widowed mother working long hours as governess to the royal children, Linnet St. Clare must look after her siblings and run the household. Now she must add to her worries the fate of Dominic, a poor orphan who has inspired the wrath of the king himself. Clearly Linnet has no time to consider her own desires—much less notice the attentions of a certain handsome, powerful magistrate…

Sir Anthony Tait is at a loss for how to capture Linnet’s interest. If only she would be still long enough for courting. Outright seduction seems the only answer. But will his kisses be enough to persuade her—or might Anthony have something to learn from young Dominic about matters of the heart? And in saving the boy’s future, might Anthony and Linnet at last create their own?

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Vanessa is generously offering an ARC of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard to one lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment telling us: What's your favorite story featuring a bodyguard?

Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on 6 December 2013!

Good Luck!

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