Guest Author & Giveaway: Courtney Milan featuring Proof by Seduction

Friday, January 8

***This giveaway has ended, but you should still read the's worth your time:)  Thanks for joining the fun!***

Today is my final temptation of our Sexy New Year celebration (but not the last temptation of the year).  I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have!

I had the pleasure of reading PROOF BY SEDUCTION a few weeks ago and I absolutely adored it.  In fact I think it was my favorite historical romance I read in 2009.  I gave it 5 stars because I thought "PROOF" was perfection.  My review will post next week with the reasons why I loved it.  In the meantime, Courtney is my guest today confessing to her own "shiny" temptation that one lucky commenter will benefit from :)

Confessions of a Magpie Debut Author

There are somethings you can never understand until you're a brand new author with your first book on the shelves. I'd heard a lot of other authors say that, too. "There's just no feeling like seeing your book on the shelf," they'd say, and they would all nod sagely. Or someone would say, "It's just indescribable, what it's like to walk into a store and see your name on a cover looking back at you." More sage nods.

As an unpublished author, I nodded sagely along with them, and hoped that some day, I would get to see my very first book with my very own name (okay, my very own pseudonym) looking up at me, so I would feel that indescribable feeling.

Well, now it's happened, and I have to say, I'm pretty peeved at all those authors who couldn't describe the feeling. The feeling is very, very describable. Not only that, not a single one of them warned me about what would happen. The problem is, the feeling isn't pride or joy or happiness. It's not at all what you'd imagine it is like. In fact, the word I use is more this one: Magpie.

Magpie? Oh yes. It works like this:

Courtney: Hey, there's my book! It's on the shelves. So pretty. I'm going to buy a copy!
Rational Courtney: Courtney, are you nuts? You still have thirty-two copies in a box at home, not counting the two copies of your book you bought at Barnes and Noble and Target yesterday.
Courtney: But... but... it's shiny! And it's mine. Plus this Elizabeth Boyle in my hand looks all lonely by itself. It needs a friend.
Rational Courtney: Stop it! This is madness! If you want shiny, go purchase aluminum foil. No--what are you doing? You don't need TWO of them. Put them down, put them down.
Courtney: Okay, I'll put down one of them.
Rational Courtney: Why, you crafty little weasel. You'll put them both down, if you know what's good for you! Have you done the math? Why on earth would you spend $7.99 to get a book where you already know the ending, just to get your twenty cents in royalties?
Courtney: ... because it is shiny?
Rational Courtney: Gah. I give up, you filthy book magpie, you.

So here I am, with another copy of this book, which I personally bought, and it turns out Rational Courtney was right. There's nothing to do with it. So I guess I'll have to give it away to one of my commenters, who can share in my preening magpie joy. Look, shiny!

She is his last chance for a future of happiness . . .

Jenny Keeble has never let her humble upbringing stop her. She’s made her way in the world as a fortune teller, one who convinces her clients her predictions are correct by telling them what they most want to hear. Business is good… until she meets her match in the form of Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a scientist and sworn bachelor.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

Broodingly handsome, Gareth is appalled to discover his cousin has fallen under the spell of "Madame Esmerelda," and he vows to prove her a fraud. But his unexpected attraction to the fiery enchantress defies logic. Jenny disrupts every facet of Gareth's calculated plan— until he can’t decide whether to ruin her or claim her for his own. Now, as they engage in a passionate battle of wills, two lonely souls must choose between everything they know . . . and the boundless possibilities of love.

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...and speaking of shiny Magpie behavior, an exclusive excerpt: My hero, Rational Gareth Carhart, interacting with his much younger half-sister, Laura, who has a big of magpie in her as well:

Every month, she invited him over for tea.  Every month, he accepted.  And every month. . . .  To call these unfortunate tête-à-têtes awkward would understate the matter by an order of magnitude.

“Do you like my reticule?”  She set her saucer on the table with a clink and retrieved a puddle of pink silk that lay nearby.  She held it out for inspection.

The object in question was embroidered with pink roses, which in turn sported pink leaves and pink thorns.  It was of a size to fit a calling-card—a pink calling card.  Dyed pink feathers were sewed to the bottom.  The hand-bag was not merely pink.  It was fatally pink.

Gareth searched for an appropriately supportive response.  “It seems . . . serviceable?”

Congratulations Courtney on such a magnificent debut!  You can find out more about Courtney, her books, and one of my favorite she choose the title for this book, on her website, Twitter, and on MySpace.

As Courtney mentioned above, to celebrate her sexy new release she is giving away one copy of PROOF BY SEDUCTION. Woohoo!  Gain as many entries as you can because the winner is sure to love this book!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question: What's your magpie weakness?  (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Bonus:  Post the "Toast to Temptation" widget to your blog or website and earn up to 10 bonus entries on each giveaway that you leave a comment for a chance to earn a total of 50 bonus entries during the course of the event week.
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to anyone who loves a good historical romance :)
  • The contest will end on January 10th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 

Good Luck!
Check out the first four temptations in our Sexy New Year celebration from
Donna Grant, Lauren Dane,Stephanie Tyler and Megan Hart.

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Stuff Rhys Likes January 8, 2010 at 2:18 AM  

For me, it's fragrance oil samples. I have a bath & body business, and I can't resist getting new scents from my perfumer, even when I don't really need them. :)

~Lindy (been following the blog for a while, just became a GFC follower)

mariska January 8, 2010 at 3:30 AM  

for me it will be a mobile phone bag. i only have one mobile phone but i have more than 5 bags so far. and stil if i go to other cities or malls, i will look a very unique a mobile phone bag :)

+ GFC old follower

flchen1 January 8, 2010 at 3:59 AM  

Ooh, books, definitely books, Courtney! I can never resist their beautiful allure, even though my TBR could already crush me :)

And LOL at Gareth commenting oh-so-politely on Laura's "serviceable" reticule!

Congrats on your release, Courtney, and thanks for sharing the magpie with us!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

-GFC, widget and blog post here:

Jane January 8, 2010 at 4:00 AM  

My magpie weakness is makeup accessories. I have tons of brushes,powder puffs and several eyelash curlers.

I'm a GFC follower.

Mitzi H. January 8, 2010 at 4:03 AM  

Hehehe, I'm not sure what to say:

I think I took the question a little differently.

Do you like my wheels (I've got two that will drive you to heaven)

Do you like my bed (It's wide, long and guarantees comfort)

Do you like my desert (It's sweet, tasty and always satisfying)

Hahahaha....I think I better stop.

And they are all servicable.

+1 I'm a follower
mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Tamsyn January 8, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

I am the proud owner of an iPhone and I just can't help showing off. It has got such a lot of nifty gadgets on it. I can make a call, SMS, send emails, listen to music, read my ebooks, play games, take photos and oh, so much more. Just can't resist downloading all those applications. Because they are for my iPhone!:o)

I am a follower.

Virginia C January 8, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

Hi, Courtney! Congratulations on all the absolutely fabulous reviews for "Proof of Seduction"!

In addition to being a magpie for books of all kinds, I can't resist cookware and cookbooks : ) I love skillets! I've always wanted a Colonial kitchen with a fireplace and my pots and pans and skillets hanging on the brick wall.

I am a Google Friend Connect follower.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Lori January 8, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

Love that! It seems... servicable?

Congrats on the debut! I'm hearing nothing but absolutely wonderful things about it!

For me, it's e-books. They're just so darned easy. I'll be looking at a title, and click and read. It's that easy. If I'm holding the physical book in my hand, at least I can have the conversation with myself about whether I really need it, or can it wait. Ebooks? Nope. Click and read!

-I've been a follower for a long time :)
+1: answered question
+10: posted widget on my blog here:

Book Junkie January 8, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

I have to agree with Lori above. Since I got my reader it has been e-books! I rationalize it by saying that it is cheaper. so on payday I buy between 3-10. Seriously I have no more time and I know it to finish these muchless even start the books! But I can't help it. I MUST HAVE IT
I am a follower of GFC
I blogged:
I posted the widget on my blog:


jeanette8042 January 8, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

My magpie weakness is books! I love them and buy so many that they pile up everywhere!

I'm a GFC follower!

I posted widget on blog:

lilazncutie1215 @

winterbabe98 January 8, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

My Magpie weakness is my iPhone and anything Disney!
And oh, I am a GFC follower!

CallMeKayla January 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM  

for me it's makeup. I have way too much of it, yet I keep buying more anyways.
~widget on blog-

Courtney Milan January 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

Hi everyone! Sorry I am here so late in the day, but it has been one emergency after another, and it's still not over yet. Whew!

It seems like there are a lot of make-up magpies here--and I have to admit, I am one too, which is really weird since I never wear make up unless I am about to go to romance writer stuff where I have to pretend to be all grown up and stuff.

And yet Sephora has this weird siren urge. Not just the make up things, but the lotions! the toner that I always forget to use in the morning! the little blemish-cover-up sticks!

It's wholly irrational. If there were some way to make it so my credit cards didn't work at Sephora, I would be so with that.

CrystalGB January 8, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Congratulations on your debut release. Sounds wonderufl Besides books, my obsession is lotions and candles. Can't get enough of them.

I am a follower.


Anonymous,  January 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM  

My magpie! I can't help myself when they speak to me from across the store I must have them. DH does not understand what I could possibly need with 5 pairs of black shoes. LOL! But they're all different!

Also, books. It does not matter that I have three stacked up and five more in the mail on the way...I want!

kalynnick January 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

My magpie weakness has to be designer purses.

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Darcy Burke January 8, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

No need to enter me in the contest since I picked up my very shiny copy of Proof today at Target (just two left on the shelf - if there had been only one, I'd have bought the lonely thing). Besides books (and thank God for the library) I don't have a consistent obsession. I just got through the Zhu Zhu pet obsession. Because they were so hard to find for Christmas and because my daughter's been asking for one for months and months, I worked very hard to buy one (um two, and a bunch of accessories, ahem). And even after I had those two squirreled (hamstered? they're faux hamsters or "artificial varmints" as Mr. Burke calls them) away, I continued to receive the alerts telling me where I could buy more. Insanity, I tell you. Glad that's over. So I guess I'm looking for the next shiny.

kalynnick January 8, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

Sorry but I forgot to say in my other post that I'm Follower!

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Spav January 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

My Magpie weakness are my iPod touch and makeup.
I'm a follower

alba January 8, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

Congrats on your release, Courtney i will be sure to add it to my TBB list.
My magpie I have a couple #1 anything with a Celtic Circle or Knot being From Scotland it's may passion.
#2 is Bears Victorian style I Have a family of 5 Real Mink Fur bears My DH bought a full length mink coat for $60( Canadian) one year and had them made for my Birthday he also had a long eared Rabbit made But I did not get that till Christmas the same year. Now I'm looking for a white fur coat i would love to have polar bears made....
Have a good day.

alba January 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM  

I forgot to say I am a Google Friend Connect (GFC)
silly me Ann

Scorpio M. January 8, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

My magpie weakness is shampoo, I have a ton of them, of all varieties yet I can't seem to resist buying more!

I follow via GFC.


Estella January 8, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

Definitely books!

I am a follower.

MarionG January 8, 2010 at 11:01 PM  

My magpie weakness is definitely books. I have to many; more than I can read anytime soon but I love to read. I can't resist buying a book either.
I'm a follower on google friends c.
polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail dot com

stacey January 9, 2010 at 12:56 AM  

Love the magpie part very funny.
I'm a Magpie two I have over 1000 books in sheves on my walls .And I keep buying more book even if there is about two hundred of them that I have not read yet.
+1 Follower
+15 Blog about it at my myspace here is the link
From Stacey

Anonymous,  January 9, 2010 at 2:03 AM  

+1 Books! Those irresistible gorgeous books! Can't stop buying them. :D

I'm a GFC follower!

+15 Posted:

Anna ♥

kgborland23 January 9, 2010 at 2:21 AM

^ +15 i posted a link to the giveaway and talked about.
^ +10 I posted the widget, or the code at least. The widget never popped up up.

+1 I'm a follower

My magpie-ness? I have never left a book store without at least 3 books, no lie. enough said.


Eva S January 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

For me it's books too! I can't resist beautiful books, although I know buying twenty every month when I know I'll only have time to read about ten...

I'm a follower

eva.silkka at

booklover0226 January 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

My magpie weakness is scented candles. I'll buy more even if my hall closet shelf is filled with them!

I'm a GFC.

Tracey D
booklover0226 At gmail dot com

Amanda Leigh January 9, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

My magpie weakness is definitely books. I went to the store yesterday to get medicine and cruised by the books and was like, well really I've want to pick that one up. Two days before that I went to a different store to get a present for a friend and cruised by some books and was like "oh, I've been meaning to get that one!" A few days before that, you see my problem...

I'm a follower, and found my way here from kgborland23's blog.

Armenia January 9, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

Hey Lorie, congratulations on your debut release. And yes, I have only heard great praises for your book. I'm a bit likie Magpie know, liking shiny things. Among those being crystals, lights, and yeah, shiny new books!!

long time follower

+10 posted widget on my blog

armiefox at yahoo dot com

etirv January 10, 2010 at 7:52 PM  

It's definitely books for me!


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