Guest Author & Giveaway: Jennifer Haymore featuring A Touch of Scandal

Thursday, April 1

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A Hint of Wicked was one of my very favorite historical romances that I read that year, and I've been anxiously awaiting the sequel ever since.  It's finally here!  I was so excited to read A Touch of Scandal and now I see that the third book in the series, A Season of Seduction is available for pre-order at Amazon.  I'm doin' the happy dance :)  And if that isn't reason enough to be in booklover bliss, I also have Jennifer Haymore as my guest today to discuss which is more powerful....first love, or mature love?  Read & enjoy!

Immature love says, 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says, 'I need you because I love you.' – Erich Fromm 

One of the themes of my first three books (The trilogy including the titles A Hint of Wicked, A Touch of Scandal, and A Season of Seduction) has to do with love and whether people can love again, even after they’ve encountered (and lost) the person they thought was the love of their life. 

In A Hint of Wicked, Sophie loses the man she’s loved since she was a little girl, only to fall deeply in love with Tristan, his cousin and heir.   

In A Touch of Scandal, Garrett believes he’ll never love again after his painful divorce, and then he meets the guileless and open Kate, who throws his bitter views of love completely out the window.   

And in A Season of Seduction (out in October, 2010), both Jack, the hero, and Becky, the heroine, believe themselves to have found “the one” early in life only to have their perceptions of love shattered completely. When they discover each other, these perceptions are slowly and carefully rebuilt…with plenty of bumps along the way.

As a writer, I think a lot about these “what-ifs?”, and they inspire me to write and to learn more about human nature in doing so.   

There’s the stereotype that that first love is exciting, new, adventurous, passionate…and love that happens later on in life is far more sedate, based on mutual understanding rather than true passion. Honestly, I don’t think that’s true…I wanted to turn that stereotype on its head and show in my stories that mature love can have all the passion and adventure of first love and so much more. I hope I’ve succeeded!

The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he's convinced he's been betrayed.

Kate knows her duty to her family, yet how can she ignore Garrett's powerful pull on her heart? Or the heady temptation of his stolen-and sizzling-kisses? Scandal has followed the duke since the war. Now the greatest shock of all is on its way-the one that can separate Garrett and Kate forever.

My many, many thanks to Jennifer for being my guest today.  She's been under the weather, yet she still graciously made time to prepare everything for this stop on her tour.  You can find her at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  How authors find time to do all of this AND write, AND have families...I have no idea.  

She also writes under the name pseudonym Dawn Halliday.  I'm a fan of her books under this name as well because she writes historical romances set in the Scottish highlands....and you all know how I love a hero in a kilt :)  Jennifer/Dawn also has a new book out this month titled Highland Surrender.  Yummy!  I have the first book in this series, Highland Obsession (which is currently a bargain priced book on Amazon for $6.00 and any title under Jennifer or Dawn is eligible for bonus entries in the giveaway below) in my TBR ....I guess maybe there is one benefit to being behind on my reading because now I can totally binge and read them back to back!

To celebrate the release of A TOUCH OF SCANDAL I have 5 copies of this new historical romance to giveaway courtesy of Forever romance.  In addition, Jennifer has offered to giveaway a signed copy of  A HINT OF WICKED to one very lucky reader.  And since I am a binge reader, and love to read series back to back, I am going to giveaway one of the five copies of A TOUCH OF SCANDAL to the winner of  A HINT OF WICKED.  That's right, one winner will win both A HINT OF WICKED (signed) & A TOUCH OF SCANDAL, and four other commenters will win a copy of A TOUCH OF SCANDAL.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • MandatoryAnswer the question: Who is your favorite tortured hero of all time, and why? (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  Please indicate in your comment if you are entering to win both AHOW & ATOS, or just ATOS.  If you've already read, own, or already won AHOW, please don't enter to win it in this giveaway....ya know that way we can share the love.
  • 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)
  • 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: 
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  • The contest will end on April 10th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
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Good Luck!

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Bethie April 1, 2010 at 12:37 AM  

My favorite tortured hero is Rhett Butler. I would love to win either of the books. I am a follower on GFC.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

CallMeKayla April 1, 2010 at 1:06 AM  

Fav tortured hero: Isdernus "Ice" Rykard from Shayla Black's Possess Me At Midnight. Why? Because he just is just damn amazing.

enter for both please :)

GCF already

Stuff Rhys Likes April 1, 2010 at 2:10 AM  

One of my favorite tortured heroes is Zsadist from JR Ward's 'Lover Awakened'. He's dark and brooding and deliciously intense. When heroes like that love, it makes me all tingly. :)

Please enter me in the contest for both titles.

I'm a GCF follower.

I don't have a blog (well, I do but it isn't book related & I never get any visitors -- it's like I'm talking to myself - lol) but I just posted a link to this page on my Facebook profile.


Mitzi H. April 1, 2010 at 3:43 AM  

My favorite tortured Jamie from Outlander. What Black Jack did to Jamie was disgusting and vulgar.

Why is he my favorite hero?...Because he was nearly dead but his woman (Claire) inspired him to overcome his injuries and grief and be with her..forever....

I would be elated to win an (autographed) copy of A Hint Of Wicked but I must admit that I've already purchased a copy and read it and loved it too....(but it isn't autographed???).

So, I'll only enter in the drawing for the book I haven't read/purchased....A Touch Of Scandal...(But darn, an autographed novel is soooo precious).

Ahhh well....Garrett, come to mama...Hehehe

Bravo Jennifer!!!...Love your books...and I had NO idea that you were Dawn Halliday too???

Congrats on your new release and Best Wishes!!!

Kathleen O April 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

Has to be Mr. Darcy... I mean loving Elizabeth Bennett from afar and because of his station in life being afraid to admit to his feelings.. OOOh just adore him.

I am a follower and I would love to win ATOS and AHOW... I have not read any of Jennifer's books, but but you can get bet they are going on my tbr list for sure..

Anonymous,  April 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

I have so many! They are my favorite kind of heros! I love Jamie from Outlander, Rio from the Midnight Breed, William of Candle in the Window, and David of Once a Knight....Gah!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith April 1, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

U. S. Grant - just reading a Bio...

I am a follower.

Bill ;-)

billsmith2003 (at) gmail (dot) com

Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:

jeanette8042 April 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

My favorite tortured hero is Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.

I'm a GFC follower!

lilazncutie1215 @

dor April 1, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

Only because I just watched New Moon. I say Bella's poor Edward Cullen. He plays such a tortured vampire.

I choose AHOW.

I follow on google friend...dor

Thanks so much.

jedisakora April 1, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

Hi, ^^
My favorite tortured hero will always be Bit Carroway. I love how after being hurt and tortured so much from the war and later hiding away that he tries to get back into society. He really wishes to please Lucinda and also to be a better person. ^^


I am a follower

Jane April 1, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

My favorite tortured hero at the moment is Cole from Christy Reece's "Second Chance." He's gone through so much pain. First his family was murdered and then he found out he killed an innocent man while he was tortured and drugged by the bad guys.

Please enter for a copy of "A Touch of Scandal." I already have a copy of AHOW.

I'm a GFC follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Marianna April 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

I guess I am still stuck in a juvenile mindset, but I just love the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast). I like that he learns his lesson, but it did take a little much didn't it? Men, haha~

I am entering to win both AHOW & ATOS.

I am a GFC follower!

+15 blogged about this contest!

patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

YzhaBella (aka Kate) April 1, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

My favorite tortured soul. Hmm, that's a tough one. I'd have to say Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. To take an excerpt from my review: Trust, compassion and kindness are “alien” emotions for Zarek. His tortured human life has left him cold, empty and very angry…. Emotionally scarred beyond repair.

Please enter me for both titles!
I am a GFC Follower

Have a great day every one!
Kate (aka YzhaBell's BookShelf)

Scorpio M. April 1, 2010 at 8:44 PM  

Oh my, there are so many tortured heroes to choose from...I'll go with Houston Leigh from Lorraine Heath's TEXAS DESTINY. He is especially memorable to me. Wounded as a young man in the Civil War and carried such hatred for himself but under it all was a true gentleman and soft soul.

I'd like to with both AHOW & ATOS.

I am a GFC follower.


Mariee April 1, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

My favorite tortured hero is Nicholas Blackthorne from A Rose at Midnight by Anne Stuart.

Please enter me for ATOS

I'm GFC follower.

marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

chey April 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

My fav tortured hero is Jamie from Outlander.

I'm entermg fpr ATOS.

I'm a gfc follower.

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Armenia April 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

One of my favorite tortured heroes is Garrett. With a broken heart I could empathize with him, and he just pulled at my heart strings. I can't wait to read his HEA.

Please enter me for just ATOS.

I'm a GFC follower

armiefox at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 April 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

My favorite is Rhett Butler. I love to watch Gone with the wind and have a DVD which I watch. He suffered from Scarlett's constant fighting, etc, loved his daughter Blue so much and when he lost her and Scarlett continued to be horrid to him he finally gave up. There will never be another film like Gone With The Wind. I also have the book which I have reread so many times.,LOL I can't help loving this book/movie.

Please enter me for both titles!

I am a GFC Follower

I am an email subscriber

I tried to tweet the contest but link said wrong..??
I am follower (@misskallie2000) and I retweeted this 4-3-10

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Samantha April 3, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

I would definitely have to say Zsadist from Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward. He was extremely dark and had a lot of turmoil. It was awesome to read how he was going to finally break.


etirv April 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

I like Sir Alistair Munroe from Elizabeth Hoyt's To Beguile a Beast, a remarkably scarred and tortured hero.

GFC follower!

Please count me in for A Touch of Scandal!


CrystalGB April 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

JR Ward's Zsadist. He had so much emotional baggage to deal with.

I would love a copy of A Touch of Scandal.

I am a follower.


alba April 5, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

Archron from Sherrilyn kenyon,
John Mathews Jr Ward That poor man has much to overcome... cant wait for his book to come out.
Theere are so many but I'll stick with those 2.
Have a good one Ann.
I'm a Gfc Follower.

librarypat,  April 6, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

Good interview.
My favorite tortured hero is Connor MacAlister in Julie Garwood's THE WEDDING. I have lots of others, but he and this book are at the top of the list.
I have not read either of these books so I am entering to win them both.
I am a Friend and a Subscriber.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

Christine April 6, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

Having just read Decadent and Delicious by Shayla Black I loved Luc so much! The fact he didn't think he could ever have children and he kept it a secret may make him tourtured. I love Luc, he's one of my all time favorite characters.

entering to win both AHOW & ATOS

Anonymous,  April 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

As an avid reader, I have come across a lot of tortured heroes but the one I remember most is Rye Dalton in LaVeryl Spencer's TWICE LOVED. He returns after years at sea to find his wife married to his best friend. A great read and one of my favorites. Also, Mr Darcy let himself be tortured by Miss Elizabeth in Pride an Prejudice.
I alrady read AHOW so i would like to reat ATOS
I am a subscriber

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