Guest Author & Giveaway: Margaret Mallory featuring Knight of Pleasure

Tuesday, December 8

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Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of being able to read and participate in the Knight of Desire book tour to celebrate the release of Margaret Mallory's first book in the All the Kings Men series.  It was a delightful surprise which inspired me to dedicate an entire week to medieval romance.  If you missed it, there were a lot of great books that were featured, including Knight of Desire (select "medieval romance" in the cloud tag if you'd like to see all of the books featured including my review of Knight of Desire).  I was eagerly anticipating her next book in the series, Knight of Pleasure....and yeah it's finally here!

Hi Margaret!  Thank you for being my guest at Seductive Musings!  I have to tell you that I have been looking forward to Knight of Pleasure since finishing the last page of Knight of Desire.  You, Julie Garwood, and Bertrice Small are some of my favorite medieval romance authors.  For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story, and who are some of your favorite authors to read? Who's your new favorite find?

I’m going to have to go lie down to recover from reading my name in a favorite group with Julie Garwood and Bertrice Small. Thank you!

OK, I’m still fanning myself, but I’m back now. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I didn’t read romance until about 8 years ago. What is funny is that I read a lot of other books, especially mystery series, for the romance. I didn’t care who the killer was! All I wanted to know was if Tony Hillerman’s Sergeant Chee would find a woman who deserved him, if some lucky woman would get John Sanford’s Lucas Davenport to settle down, and if Elizabeth George’s Inspector Linley would ever find happiness. Finally, my sister, who is a librarian, realized what I was doing and gave me Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught to read. Their books and Outlander still rank high among my favorites.

I am a sucker for the romantic happy ending. I only like heroines who are strong, but I don’t want them to be over-the-top abrasive.  And I can’t respect a hero unless he is strong enough to want a woman who challenges him.

New favorites? My biggest frustration with becoming a published author is that I don’t have as much time to read. Two authors I read recently that I really enjoyed are Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder.  I’m also a big Twilight and Harry Potter fan.

Knight of Pleasure is the second book in the All the Kings Men series.  Can you tell us how Knight of Desire and Knight of Pleasure are connected?  And can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories, and maybe a sneak peek at Knight of Passion (#3 in the series out in June)?

Each book in the series stands on its own, but they are connected by several characters, including Henry V, who is the king in the series title, ALL THE KING’S MEN.

The first book, Knight of Desire, takes place in during the last Great Welsh Rebellion when Henry V was still prince Harry. The hero, William FitzAlan, is a serious, alpha warrior who wins the king’s favor—and the heroine’s castle—through his skill in battle. He also has a profound lack of trust in women.

William’s younger half-brother, Stephen Carleton, is a charming knight who enjoys women altogether too much. In Knight of Pleasure, Stephen finds his true love in the midst of the King Henry’s re-conquest of Normandy.

Jamie Rayburn, who is both Stephen’s nephew and the son of my first heroine, is the hero of the last book in the series, Knight of Passion (June 2010). In addition to heating up a few royal palaces with their passion, Jamie and the heroine risk their lives to protect Henry V’s young widow in the volatile aftermath of the king’s death.

Tell us about your hero, Sir Stephen Carleton? What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Lady Isobel, fall in love with him and make her betrayal to King and country worth such danger and defiance?

Stephen was such an appealing character as a thirteen-year-old in Knight of Desire that I had to give him his own book when he grew up.  I confess that I ADORE Stephen, even though he is just the sort of charming, womanizing wastrel I avoided like the plague back in my dating days. But there is always more to Stephen than meets the eye.  Beneath his devilish good looks and all that charm is an honorable man with a true hero’s heart.

And just because Stephen wants to thwart the king’s plans for Isobel, doesn’t mean he won’t find a way to make things right with the king…eventually. He is used to getting away with things.

What's your favorite scene or moment from Knight of Pleasure, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

I can’t say which is my very favorite, but one of them is Stephen’s opening scene. At the beginning of the book, Stephen is a disillusioned young knight with tremendous potential who is headed down the wrong road fast. In his first scene, I show him waking up hung-over and not knowing where he is. When he turns to see who he is in bed with, he groans.  Not her again. He’s hit bottom, and he knows it.

Clearly, Stephen needs a hard-headed woman like my heroine to give him a push and get him on the right track.

Knight of Passion will be released in June 2010, but what’s next for you? What new projects you are working?

I’ve started working on a four-book series set in Scotland in 1514.  I can’t give you details yet, but I’m very excited about it!

If you could ask readers a question, what would it be?

I love writing stories set in the medieval period. Handsome knights, swordfights, chivalry and honor—what could be better? I hear from readers who complain they have trouble finding enough medieval romances. So why aren’t medievals more popular with romance readers in general?

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

Life is short.  Find something you want to do and do it

Thanks Margaret! Now here's a look at Knight of Pleasure....


Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.


Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. So when a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen has a chance to prove that he is more than a knight of pleasure...and that love can conquer all.

You can learn more about Margaret Mallory and her books at her website  I'm especially looking forward to Jamie's story in Knight of Passion next June :)

Thanks to Forever Romance I have 5 copies of this delightful medieval romance to giveaway.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:

  • Mandatory: Answer this question:  Did you read  Knight of Desire, the 1st book in this series? And, answer Margaret's question to readers (found in the interview) (good for 1 entry) 
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Virginia C December 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

Hello, Margaret!

You have written a wonderfully intriguing series of Medieval Romance tales. The book covers are gorgeous.

+1 I have not yet read Knight of Desire, but I would like to read the entire series.

I was enchanted when I read “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White. I loved the movie “Camelot” with Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. Redgrave and Nero began an intense affair in 1966 during the filming of Camelot. She bore him a son, but they later parted ways. Forty years later, they reunited and married in 2006! Guinevere and Lancelot did end up together : )

+5 I am a follower and a subscriber.

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chelleyreads December 8, 2009 at 11:09 AM  

hi margaret! i usually stay away from medievals but your books sound soo good! i read seductive musing's teaser sentence yesterday, and i really want to read the KoP now.

+1 no i haven't read KoD but i do want to read it and KoP

+5 I am an old follower of seductive musings

thank you for the giveaway :)

creatnchris December 8, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

Hi Margaret,

I haven't read your series yet, but I have been lusting for it, and was so excited to see you here today!

I am also a follower of the blog!

Thanks for the great contest!

Chris Mead or

jeanette8042 December 8, 2009 at 1:22 PM  

The book looks and sounds fantastic!

I've never read Knight of Desire, but I've added it to the list of books to get!

I think medievals aren't as popular in that there aren't many of them out there and most people are focused on the paranormal or historical genre. There just hasn't been a medieval book that has captured my full interest.

I'm a follower!

Margaret Mallory December 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

It's interesting that I've heard from a number of readers who say they USED to read medievals and that my book is the first medieval they've read in YEARS. I hope I can lure more back. ;)


Scorpio M. December 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

I am new to Ms. Mallory's work but this book has been so buzzed about in blogosphere that it caught my eye and once I read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read it, badly!

+1 I have not read KNIGHT OF DESIRE yet but I just ordered it. I like to read a series in order!

I think medievals aren't as popular, currently, b/c it isn't promoted by the publishing industry enough. Nowadays, romances are either paranormal/UF or Victorian England it seems. Medievals, Early Americana, Westerns have fallen out of vogue but I as a reader long for those's what I cut my romance reading teeth on.

+5 follower via


Thanks for a great post & giveaway.

Jennifer December 8, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

Hi Margaret! I read your debut book and loved it. I look forward to reading everything you write.

I'm an aspiring writer who adores Medievals. Both my WIPs are set in the Middle Ages. I think Medievals aren't popular because the publishing industry is not promoting them as much as paranormals right now. Although Victorian era and post apoctolyptic romances currently seem to be on the rise, I'm glad I can still find the books (like yours) that I like to buy and read over and over again.

I don't think Medievals will ever die, but I hope to see more focus on this fabulous era in the near future.

CrystalGB December 8, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

I have Knight of Desire on the top of my tbr pile. I enjoy reading medieval romance. I think medievals aren't popular because there aren't as many books set in the period as there are other genres.

I am already a follower.

Laurie Ryan December 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM  

I loved Knight of Desire and can hardly wait to finish my current read and pick up Knight of Pleasure. Wonderful books, Margaret. I'll follow whatever project you take on next because these books were so riveting.

I think that medieval romances surge and ebb within the readership but will always be around. And, in fact, I think we are on an upswing.

Best of luck, Margaret!

Maureen December 8, 2009 at 6:01 PM  

I haven't read Margaret's first book yet. I don't know why readers don't buy as many medievals but I know that I've bought them in the past.
I am a follower.
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chey December 8, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

Hi Margaret,
I read and enjoyed Knight of Desire.

I think maybe they're pushing some other subgenres so hard that they can't be bothered much with the subjects not in their focus groups.

I follow

Jane December 8, 2009 at 6:22 PM  

I have read and enjoyed "Knight of Desire." I don't know why medievals aren't more popular. I wish Julie Garwood would return historicals and write more Scottish medievals.

I'm already a follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

scottsgal December 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

I also read Knight of Desire and really enjoyed it. Medievals are overlooked I think - difficult to find.

I'm already a follower

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Heather D December 8, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

Hi Margaret, I loved Knight of Desire and I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Knight of Pleasure. Stephen really touched burrowed his way into my heart in KOD and I can't wait to read his story.

My first romance was a medieval by Virginia Henley. It was what hooked me on reading and more importantly reading romance! I bounce between the sub-genres to keep from getting burned out on any one area of romance, but my comfort is always a great historical of any time period. So I honestly couldn't say why medieval is more popular with romance readers today.

Thanks for the great giveaway!!

I am a follower.
I have read Knight of Desire.
I blogged about this contest here: (it will also get added to my sidebar later)

Bethie December 8, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway! I have not read Knight of Desire, yet.

If I had to write a fortune it would be "Think positive and positive things will happen.

+5 I follow

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Margaret Mallory December 8, 2009 at 9:24 PM  

Oooh, Virginia Henley! Both she & Bertrice Small, also mentioned above, gave me cover quotes. :) That was a thrill.


Cecile December 8, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

Hey ladies!! Coming over to show some support!! And of course try my hand at winning the second one!! I have the first one... and WANT the second one!!

Of course you know I am a follower of your... and of course I will post this on my side bar of my blog!!!

Hope everyone is having a great day/night!!!

The_Book_Queen December 8, 2009 at 9:34 PM  

Wonderful interview! :D I can't wait to read this book...

+1-- Yes, I just read Knight of Desire a few days ago and I really enjoyed it! And I think the reason why, in general, medievals aren't as popular is because there have been a few, unfortunately, that don't quiet live up to the good reviews we often see with other genres. Maybe readers can't connect the middle ages era with romance. Who knows? But if I see a book that sounds interesting, I'll read it no matter what the genre setting!

+5 I'm a follower

+15 (I posted a link for the contest on my blogger sidebar:


Martha Lawson December 8, 2009 at 10:11 PM  

Hi! Great interview.

+1 I haven't read the first book yet, but it sounds really good. I really don't know why more people don't read the medievals, I love them.

+5 New follower

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BUSY BEE December 8, 2009 at 10:53 PM  

I LOVE Knight of Desire. I can't wait to read the second book (OR the third in the series too!)

I think that medieval romance is less popular because it is really less envious to picture yourself in that time - hard living and dirty work...I think that is the biggest drawback myself...

+5 I am a follower of this great blog. I love your reviews, interviews and giveaways. Thanks.

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

Margaret Mallory December 8, 2009 at 11:03 PM  

And here I thought people turned away from medievals because of the approach to sex scenes in some (not all!) of the books from 30 years ago. You know, the scenes where the heroine can only enjoy it if she's forced. Ick. That's definitely not what what we are doing now. ;)


Lori December 9, 2009 at 1:03 AM  

+1 I read and really enjoyed Knight of Desire. Loved the beginning- you caught me immediately with it. And have you lucked out with the most gorgeous cover art, or what?

I don't know why medievals aren't more popular, although I do agree with Busy Bee that it's easy to wonder how these folks are falling so in love when they hardly ever bathed, and they didn't shave their legs (yuck) and all that stuff. LOL. I can say that I have only recently started reading them. My goal was to expand my horizons, and I realized all the great books I was missing out on.

Can't wait to read the next 2 in this series!

+5 I'm already a follower.

Linda Henderson December 9, 2009 at 1:46 AM  

I haven't read Knight Of Desire yet, but I would like to. I think right now paranormal and urban fantasy are so popular that medievels are lagging behind. Hopefully that will even out soon.

+5 already a follower

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Margaret Mallory December 9, 2009 at 1:58 AM  

OK, I'll say what I love about medievals. I love the dark drama of the period, the ideal of honor, the swordfights, the castles, the men in chain mail...I'll stop there.

Thanks to those of you who said you enjoyed my first book, Knight of Desire. That's always wonderful to hear. :)

Night all!


etirv December 9, 2009 at 2:34 AM  

I wasn't even aware medieval romances weren't as popular because I love medieval romances! Maybe because it's a more serious time period when life was harder....

I have Knights of Desire in my to be read during the Christmas break pile! Can't wait!

I follow your blog!

dor December 9, 2009 at 4:03 PM  

I have not read Knight of Desire yet but it is next on my list.

I love romance and I love medieval. I don't know why. I love reading almost everything. I just love going away in another a holiday. Is that silly?

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor December 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

+5 already follow......dor

sorry about 2 I in trouble.

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alexandrea December 9, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

I did not read it, I usually always end up starting in the middle of any series and having to backtrack anyways :(
So the reason I do not like medievals more (not that I dislike them, I love historical romance a LOT) is because there seems to be more war, killing, widows, misery in them then the ones I usually stick to who's dashing heroes might have been in the army but aren't in it anymore because the war is over, or if it isn't, they are a spy which seems so much more terribly romantic than getting blow to bits on a battlefield!

I am a follower, thank you for the interview and giveaway!

Margaret Mallory December 10, 2009 at 1:58 AM  

My hero wants to be fighting in battles, but the king has him spying on the locals. And he is very dashing. ;) There is, however, plenty of danger and swordfights, particularly for the heroine.
Dor, there is nothing silly about wanting a book to take you to another world! That's what a good book is supposed to do. :)

Thanks for all the comments!


nfmgirl December 10, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

I have Knight of Desire on my shelf, but haven't read it yet.

I'm not sure why medieval romances aren't more popular. I think that they are my favorite of the romance genre!

I follow


nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

justpeachy36 December 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Personally, I think that medieval romances would be more popular if there were more to choose from. Perhaps romance writers don't take that route because it's most likely harder to research and have good accuracy.

I have not read the first novel in the series. Primarily because I wasn't familiar with them. I think both books look like wonderful reads and I can't wait to get started.

I am a follower.

throuthehaze December 11, 2009 at 10:50 PM  

+1 I don't know why medieval romances aren't more popular. I love them :) Oh, and I did read Knight of Desire and I can't wait to read the newest book in the series!

+5 already a follower

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penney December 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM  

I haven't read the 1st book in the series this sounds really good I will get the 1st one, thanks wonderful blog today.
I'm a follower, thanks
luvhistoricalromance at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  December 16, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

I read the first book and I really liked it. I like the way you write and the storyline was believable.
I like reading hisoricals and medevials but I think some readers don't like this kind because it does have history in it. They tend to be longer. I think they like to get to the meat-and-potatoes of the story quickly.
I am a follower

dsandyboy December 18, 2009 at 10:46 PM  

Count me in.

Anonymous,  December 18, 2009 at 10:48 PM  

Please enter me.

lag123 December 19, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

I have not read Knight of Desire but would like to. I don't know why Medieval romances are not more popular. I love them.

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