Guest Author & Giveaway: Cara Elliott featuring To Sin With a Scoundrel

Friday, March 5


Cara Elliott is a new to me author, but when I read the title of the book, TO SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL, as well as the  name for the new series, Circle of Sin, I was intrigued...add to the fact that it was being published by Forever Romance and I knew that I had to give it a try, especially after having found such great reads through them like Elizabeth Hoyt, Margaret Mallory and Jennifer Haymore.

Cara Elliott is my guest today to talk about gossip in the Regency era.  Just a hint of scandal and a woman could be ruined, with little hope of ever regaining her place in respectable society.  Read and enjoy!


The Power of Gossip
Our current fascination with gossip and scandal is nothing new. Regency England also reveled in ‘tittletattle,’ and had its own colorful scandal sheets and “paparazzi.” Newspapers and pamphlets reported in lurid detail on the celebrity bad boys—and bad girls—of high society. Like today, sex, money and politics were hot topics. As for pictures, there were, of course, no cameras to capture candid snapshots and personal transgressions. But the artists of the Regency could be even more cutting than modern-day photographers, and their sharp wit make them famous in their own right.

The art of satire was honed to a fine edge in the Regency London. The top printmakers of the day, in particular James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruikshank, were masters at creating caricatures of famous figures of the day—from leading politicians to notorious courtesans—as well as any individual who dared to violate the rules of Society. And just as we look to our daily tabloids for the embarrassing front page photos and headlines, Regency London looked to the print shop windows each day to see who had done something shocking. Irreverent and scathingly satirical, the prints were wildly popular with the public, who just ate them up!

Ladies of regency had to be particularly careful. While gentlemen were allowed to sow their wild oats, ladies were allowed little freedom in their behavior. The slightest slip and their reputation would be ruined.  Some of the more famous—or infamous—females of the era included Princess Caroline, wife of the future King George IV, whose sexual shenanigans were fodder for countless gossip columns. Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, caused a scandal by running off to Europe at age sixteen with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelly. And Augusta Ada Byron King, daughter of Lord Byron, who was a mathematical genius, but also struggled with drug and gambling addictions.

So it wasn’t easy for a female to pursue her passion. But as I’ve also liked writing offbeat heroines, I had a great deal of fun creating my “Circle of Sin.” The heroine of To Sin With A Scoundrel is a beautiful brainy scholar who dares to defy the conventions of Society—and finds herself the subject of nasty gossip. To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who . . .

Oh, but that would be spoiling all the fun! I hope you’ll enjoy reading their story for yourself!

A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham, the Earl of Hadley is not accused of murdering anything—save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London’s newspapers.

Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl’s proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she had no choice but to make a deal with the Devil.

And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives—not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It’s a potent mix and the result may be explosive—and perhaps deadly—if they don’t watch their step.

Read a bonus excerpt (this will open up a PDF document)

Thank you to Cara for being my guest today.  You can find Cara at her website, on Facebook, or Twitter, as well as at Word Wenches.  She also writes under the pseudonym Andrea Pickens which you can find at

To celebrate the release of TO SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL I have 5 copies of this new historical romance to giveaway courtesy of Forever romance.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Finish this sentence: To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who . . . (good for 1 entry)
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librarypat,  March 5, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

I am a Follower.

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who just might be able to save both their reputations and their lives.

jedisakora March 5, 2010 at 11:20 AM  


To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who is secretly a vigilante that scores the night searching for woman in plight.

I am a follower

Anonymous,  March 5, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who . . .
will command her desire while stealing her heart.

Susan Helene Gottfried March 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Oh, no need to enter me (although this could be a LOT of fun to finish the sentence!), much as I'd like to read this.

I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Armenia March 5, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who is by night a scret master spy determined to discover her secret desires.

I am a follower

chey March 5, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

I am a follower.

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who needs her.

Soft Fuzzy Sweater March 5, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

"Oh, but that would be spoiling all the fun! I hope you’ll enjoy reading their story for yourself!"

I've followed you for years!

alba March 5, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel & scarify the one thing she thought to protect Her Heart.....
I'm a GFC
enjoy your day

Marianna March 5, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

"To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who ALWAYS leaves the seat up"

GFC follower

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Scorpio M. March 5, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who will surprise her with his genuine sweetness.

I am a GFC follower.


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog March 6, 2010 at 11:10 AM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who may in fact ruin her himself.

Thanks so much for the contest, I'm eager to read this book!

I'm a follower!

inthehammockblog (at) gmail (dot) com

Samantha March 6, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who has been rumored to have scored with the "innocents" of london and risk losing herself in his charm.

Yes I'm a follower.

Mariee March 8, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who has a few secrets of his own.

I'm a follower.

BUSY BEE March 8, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who...has a heart of gold.

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justpeachy36 March 11, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

To avoid utter ruin she must partner with a notorious scoundrel, who might be able to give her everything she could dream of...

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