Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post w/ Bronwen Evans + Giveaway!

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release late 2012, The Italian Conte’s Reluctant Bride.

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Writing the Cinderella Story…

Hi Danielle (TBQ)

What a fabulous blog name – I love it! Thanks for inviting me to pop by and introduce my latest Regency historical romance, TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD. Bear with me in terms of replying to comments, as I live in New Zealand and I don’t wake up until about 1pm EST.

I’m a writer but I’m a reader too, and for me it’s the hero and heroine that usually sell the book. The chemistry between them, and the journey they have to travel in order to fall in love, is what we emotionally engage with. There are many ways you can have the H/h find love, but there are only so many tropes. A trope describes ‘something’ recurring across a genre or type of creative work. In the final book in my Wicked Wagers trilogy, I start the book with a Cinderella trope, but I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly the story turns.

Amy Shipton, is the daughter of a duke and she has been raised to do her duty, that is, marry to promote her family's wealth and connections. However, she has one rule, she will not marry any man who is in love with another. Her parent’s marriage taught her how disastrous this can be.
So one night when she goes to the rescue of her neighbor, Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, a man she's secretly been infatuated with since the age of fifteen, she thinks her dreams have come true. Henry starts kissing her with a raging passion, but when he whispers another woman's name, reality comes crashing down. She flees before he realises who is in his arms, dropping her earring on the way. Knowing he'll try and find her, the woman he drunkenly accosted in his garden, Amy devises all manner of means to retrieve her earring before he learns her identity, She won't end up betrothed to a man who loves another, no matter how much she loves him...

Needless to say, it doesn’t take Henry very long to see Amy as far more than a gauche school girl.

What are you're favorite tropes, marriage
of convenience, secret baby, virgin
bride, past lovers, etc. I have an eBook
copy of To Challenge the Earl of
Cravenswood for one commenter!

~Bronwen Evans

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To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood by Bronwen Evans
Publisher: Evans Family Trust (October 17, 2012)
Series: Wicked Wagers, 3
Genre: Historical Romance

To live happily ever after...

Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he's searched for all his life. He just has to find her.

Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint as he's called for his bedroom prowess, seduce her in his garden? And what can she do when in the middle of their passionate encounter; he whispers another woman's name. Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she's determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She's not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.
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To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood by Bronwen Evans

With a triumphant smile, Henry put Amy’s hand on his arm and escorted her onto the floor. He cocked an eyebrow, his mouth curving with male amusement. “You looked as if you needed rescuing.”


“A woman could get use to being rescued by you.” At his astonished frown she added, “I remember you rescuing me when I came off my horse in Hyde Park. I’m not surprised you can’t remember. I’ve grown up a tad since then.” Maybe she could make him realize she was no longer a silly young girl but a woman with desires...desires that made her nights restless. Her dreams usually involved various scenarios of her and Henry dancing in each other’s arms until dawn.


For a moment he seemed startled. His eyes skimmed over her front, lingering momentarily on her breasts, and back up to her face. Now you notice. With a scandalous smile on her lips she stepped into Henry’s arms, moving a bit closer than was truly respectable.


Henry hid his shock well. He merely placed her hand in his, slid his other hand to her waist and moved her slightly backward before sweeping her into the dance.


“I had forgotten that incident. It was a few years ago now. I assume the arm healed properly.”

“All my limbs are in working order, my lord.”


“I’m very pleased to hear that, given Marcus tells me Sabine is playing the matchmaker. You’re husband hunting? It pays to have a full set of limbs when courting.”


She nodded. “I value Lady Wolverstone’s input. Rather her than my father’s choice.” Her smile died. “My father wishes to see me wed and is more concerned with haste than the fiancĂ©. I’d rather the choice was mine.”


“Yet you don’t appear to be enjoying yourself tonight. Has Lord Chesterton anything to do with that?”


“He is rather persistent, regardless of my feelings.”


“Would you like me to tell him to bugger off?”


“Henry!” She couldn’t help the shocked cry. She gathered herself together and tried to remain composed. “I’m perfectly capable of handling Creeperton”-


Henry burst into laughter and every head in the room turned their way. “Never have I heard a more apt name.”


Heat flooded Amy’s face. She hadn’t meant to say the name out loud. “My apologies. That was inexcusable.”


“No need. The name fits the man perfectly. In fact, I may well steal the name for my own use.”


Amy watched the earl roll the name over his tongue and his face lit with general amusement at her faux pas. It was humiliating. Here she was trying to get him to see her as a sophisticated woman, and she was behaving like a gauche school girl.

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ONE lucky commenter will win an

e-copy of To Challenge the

Earl of Cravenswood!

How to Enter:
  • Leave a comment, answering Bronwen's question about tropes! [Please leave your email addy; ie, The_Book_Queen(at)yahoo(dot)com]

This giveaway ends 11/21--Good Luck!

Winner will be pick via

And don't forget to enter the Wicked

Wagers Blog Tour  giveaway below!
There is an overall blog tour grand prize of a $30 Amazon or BN gift card. Open internationally.
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Thanks for stopping by, Bronwen! :) I loved your post, and I look forward to reading your books! I'm a fan of almost any trope, but especially a marriage of convenience or friends to lovers.


Until Next Time,


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