Guest Author & Giveaway: Maggie Robinson featuring Mistress by Mistake

Thursday, May 13

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I like historical romances.  I think I always will.  It's the genre that I found romance novels with, so it holds a special place in my booklover heart.  There are a lot of historical romances that I would like to read, but I've also come to love other types of romances so I don't read as many historicals as I used to.  Too many books too little time.  It's a problem I will gladly accept.

Occasionally I will read, or hear about a historical romance that makes me sit up and take notice....that makes me want to forget about everything else. One that I will make sure finds it's way to the top of my matter what!  MISTRESS BY MISTAKE by Maggie Robinson was just one of those books.  Make no mistake, this looks like a fabulous read.  Maggie is my guest today at Seductive Musings for a chat about her debut novel that I am dying to read.  I hope you will join us and enjoy!

Welcome to Seductive Musings Maggie! I am so pleased to have you as my guest today because I am so excited about your new historical romance Mistress by Mistake . 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 want to laugh and cry when I read, so books that make me do both win my heart. I'm also partial to characters who have had to overcome adversity. I have way too many favorite authors to list, but Loretta Chase is kind of my idol. I enjoyed Rose Lerner's debut In for a Penny recently.

Mistress by Mistake is your first published novel and has been receiving rave reviews.  Congratulations!  What's been the most surprising and conversely daunting aspect of being a newly published author?

Thanks! I'm sure someone will un-rave soon though, LOL. Reviews are probably the most daunting. Even though I'm old enough to know I can't please everybody, the little girl in me is anxious for a pat on the head. As for the most wonderfully surprising, my release week came during a serious health issue for my husband. I can't tell you how touched I was by my critique partners and writing friends who ran my Twitter contest for me and pimped the book everywhere as I sat in the hospital with entirely other things on my mind. But I guess I'm really not surprised--the romance community writes about love and lives it too.

If you had to describe Mistress by Mistake and grab the attention of a potential reader in a two or three sentence teaser quote from the book what would you choose?

When a straight-laced spinster meets a straight-up rake, somehow she becomes his mistress by mistake.

Tell us about your hero, Sir Michael Bayard. What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Charlotte, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in Mistress by Mistake?

Bay has been spectacularly unlucky in love in the past, but still has a wicked sense of humor. He is, of course, impossibly hot and handsome. He collects art, and being with Charlie makes him want not just to look at paintings but create them again with her as his favorite subject. When Bay finds the wrong woman in his bed, she turns out to be just right.

Charlotte seems like an unlikely, and unwilling heroine for Michael.  How did being "ruined" as a young woman affect her and her view of love?

Charlie tells herself she's happy in her country cottage with her feral cats, but she's tamped down desire. She was jilted by her fiance when her family became too scandalous for him, and has tried to be too good for too long. Bay fixes that. :)

Charlotte's first encounter with Michael takes place in a cherub laden bedroom in a townhouse on Jane Street, also know as "Courtesan Court", where she finds herself in bed with her sister's naked benefactor.  As we all know first impressions are very important. Can you tell us how this initial meeting sets the tone of their relationship?

First, I have to say that Charlie's sister Deb is an acclaimed courtesan, and Bay thinks he is finally bedding her for the first time after dealing with a family emergency. Charlie just thinks she's having a delicious dream after a ten-year drought. When they wake up, Charlie is horrified and Bay thinks both sisters were out to trick him. But their chemistry conquers his doubts and her hesitation. They fall in lust first, then love.

What's your favorite scene or moment from Mistress by Mistake, and why? Can you describe it (or provide a short excerpt) for us without giving too much away?

I picked their negotiation scene since Charlie is trying to keep Bay at a distance, when it's obvious to him that's not what she really wants. She's pretty conflicted, but Bay is irresistible. Charlie fights against her warmer nature by being a proper, lace-cap wearing spinster who tries to set boundaries. Bay teases her out of her cap and erases every line she draws.

"I’ve brought us some champagne. Mrs. Kelly will bring dinner up later.”

“To the bedroom?” Charlie sounded shocked.

“It will save us time. All those stair steps. Down, and then up again. This way we can get right back into bed when we’re done. We might even bring a crumb or two along.”

Charlotte screwed up her face. Her words yesterday indicated she was not amenable to lovemaking that incorporated food. He’d soon convert her to his way of thinking. The thought of licking honey from her---

“It’s my turn to set some ground rules,” she said, her voice brittle.

Bay set the bottle down. No point in popping the cork if she was in a mood. He could scarcely believe that this was the same woman whose every velvet inch had given him such recent satisfaction.

“I have agreed to your suggestions thus far, repugnant as they are. I also agree to wait here until Deborah returns, or until we hear from her so I can tell her you have kidnapped me.”

“I believe the term ‘kidnap’ is incorrect. That usually involves abduction from one’s home and the use of force. I found you in my bed, in my home, Charlie. Perhaps I should add trespassing to your other infractions. I have not used force. If anything, you have forced me. To hold me down like that while you had your wicked way---why, I couldn’t escape without doing myself some bodily harm.” He watched the beginnings of her rosy bloom. He counted the seconds until she was full vermillion.

“Nevertheless. I am here against my will. I’ll honor my sister’s covenant with you as she seems to have taken your property---accidentally, I’m sure---and I don’t wish to go to jail in her place. But you cannot visit me whenever it strikes your fancy. We must work some sort of schedule for---for sexual activities. Every sixth Sunday of the month, say. That way I can mentally prepare myself.” She shuddered as if his touch was an anathema to her, which he knew it was most assuredly not from her cries of “Oh, God yes!” earlier. “And I don’t want to take meals with you. I don’t want to take meals on you. If we are ever in the position to be dining together, we shall be sitting downstairs in the dining room, I at one end of the table and you at the other.”

Bay stifled his grin, which would only inflame her further. She was adorable in her umbrage. He could play along for a bit. “Every sixth Sunday? Are you certain you can wait that long?” He tapped a finger on his chin. “And surely there can be no more than five Sundays in any given month. It’s meant to be a day of rest, too. Our activities this afternoon were not precisely restful, Charlie. I declare you wore me right out.”

“Every Saturday then.”

“Every night of the week. Including Sunday. And possibly some afternoons when I’m not otherwise engaged.”

She turned white for a change. “Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Evenings only.”

“Every week night. I’ll give you weekends off if you behave yourself.” He’d have to eat red meat and swill beef tea all Saturday and Sunday to restore his prowess for Monday. Charlotte Fallon was a tigress.

What’s next for you, what are some of your upcoming releases, or new projects you are working on?

As Maggie Robinson, I've got a four book, two novella deal with Brava. Look for the novella Not Quite a Courtesan in Lords of Passion (with Virginia Henley and Kate Pearce) out November 30. The second Courtesan Court book, Mistress by Midnight releases on December 28. Next month I'll be back here again as Margaret Rowe with a darker, erotic historical, Tempting Eden from Berkley Heat. I have to keep pinching myself that I'm a double-debut author, only slightly schizophrenic.

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

Charlie makes lace, not only for income but to keep worry away. What do you do to relax?

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

I actually collect fortunes. I kind of like "Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice." It's a pretty accurate description of my writing process. :)

Scandal Is Only The Beginning…

Charlotte Fallon let her guarded virtue fall once—and she’s paid dearly for it ever since. She swore she’d never succumb to men’s desires again. But even a village spinster’s life miles from temptation can’t save her from a sister with no shame whatsoever. Or a heart that longs for more, whatever the cost…

Sir Michael Bayard found more than he expected in his bed when he finally joined his new mistress. He’d fantasized about her dewy skin and luscious curves, assured her understanding that what passed between them was mere dalliance. But he didn’t expect the innocence and heat of her response in his arms. Nor her surprisingly sharp tongue once she was out of them…

A few days of abandon cannot undo the hard-learned lessons of a lifetime. Nor can an honest passion burn away the restraints of society’s judgments. Unless, of course, one believes in nonsense like true love…

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Congratulations and many thanks to Maggie Robinson for being my guest today! She's had a lot going on both in her personal and professional life, yet she made time for the interview in her overwhelming schedule.  Maggie has the most beautiful and lush looking website,, where you can also find her blog, as well as a link to her alter ego Margaret Rowe (who will be my guest in June).  She's also on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.

I've been anxious to read MISTRESS BY MISTAKE from the moment I first read about it months ago (as I've stated many times). I am so excited that it's finally here! When I got it in my booklover hands earlier this week I wanted so badly to drop everything else to start reading it....alas I have other obligations to fulfill first *pouting*.  But here's what made me feel better....MISTRESS BY MISTAKE is the first book in a series titled The Courtesan Court!  The next book in the series, Mistress By Midnight is due out at the end of the year.

To celebrate the release of her debut novel Maggie has generously offered to giveaway a signed copy of MISTRESS BY MISTAKE.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • MandatoryLeave a meaningful comment AND answer the question Maggie posed to readers during the interview (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)
  • 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 for the book is open to US addresses and International addresses
  • The contest will end on May 16 at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using
  • The winner(s) 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!
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mbreakfield May 13, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

This book sounds great. The regency is my favorite time period. I read and watch movies to relax.
I'm a follower.

jeanette8042 May 13, 2010 at 3:24 AM  

I also love historicals and love how the romance starts with Bay having sex with the wrong sister! Definitely interesting to read about!

I read and listen to music to relax.

I'm a GFC follower

lilazncutie1215 @

Shirley May 13, 2010 at 5:36 AM  

I abosultely love historical's. It's all I read. I'm so excited about this book after the excerpt.
What do I do to relax?
I read to relax. When I have time I pick up my book and it really helps me to relax and not feel the pressure of my life.

Shirley May 13, 2010 at 5:42 AM  

My daughter refered me, she knows how much I like historical's

My daughter is Christine H

Oma May 13, 2010 at 5:46 AM  

My daughter loves these types of romance novels, her friend share's all her books with her. We live in a small town with no bookstore anywhere. So I love to win this for her.

I relax with coffee and a Christain book or magazine of some sort.

Christine H May 13, 2010 at 5:49 AM  

I love to read aqll types of books, Contemp, Historical, paranormal, even self help books.

I'd love to win this one. Sounds like a great book!

There's only 2 things that relax me, thats laying comfy in my bed with a book or a good movie or favorite Tv shows.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe May 13, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

I see a lot of relaxed readers on here this morning! Thanks so much for my hostess's kind words and all the comments. Y'all are making my first release so much fun. I figure by the end of June, I'll have tucked myself in bed with lots of good books myself. :)Reading and taking a steaming hot bath are my two favorite ways to unwind, but I can't do both at the same time--too many soggy books!

Like Charlotte, I used to keep my hands busy--not with lace but crewel work. But when my kids were little they stole my thread for their projects and that was that. Somewhere I have an unfinished pillow.

Bethie May 13, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

Please count me in. I would love to win this. The cover is just great. I crochet to relax. We have blankets all over the house!

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog May 13, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

I've been waiting for this upcoming release, sounds like a great read! I knit and crochet to relax!! Thank you for the contest!

inthehammockblog (at) gmail (d0t) com

librarypat,  May 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

I am a GFC.

I love your favorite fortune. " Ignorance on fire" could be disastrous, but "knowledge on ice" is a terrible waste.

I used to do needle work, but haven't had much time for it. I am currently getting our house squared away (loosing you job gives you all sorts of time to catch up on projects). I am making a craft room. It will be nice to be able to work on things again. Right now, reading is the way I most often relax. When we get the chance, we hike and travel.

s7anna May 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

Congratulations on your first book release Maggie! I wish you success and prosperity.

*GFC follower

I love to read as a way to relax and slip away from daily troubles.


Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe May 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

s7anna, I'm all for prosperity.:) Altho if you want to make $ writing,it helps if you're Nora Roberts, LOL.

librarypat, when I found that fortune, I was just starting to write. Somehow it fit perfectly, because I sure was ignorant!

Carrie and Bethie, my mom tried to teach me to crochet to make clothes for my Barbie doll. Alas, I never could get all my fingers and the yarn working in concert and Barbie stayed naked. ;)

Estella May 13, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

Congrats on your first published novel. Hope it is a best seller!

I read to relax.

GFC follower
kissinoak at verizon dot net

Robin K May 13, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

Well, if I had to write a fortune it would be: Make friends with a stranger you will not regret it :)

Then I would gobble up the cookie, YUM!

I am a follower.

JHS. May 14, 2010 at 12:41 AM  

To relax, I make music, read, and watch The Real Housewives of Wherever, Top Chef, and Project Runway. :-)

Following on Google & Twitter


admin at jhsiess dot com

julstew May 14, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

This sounds like an awesome book. I love a good historical romance.

To relax, I like to read (of course) and crochet.

I am a follower.

julstew at gmail dot com

Tamsyn May 14, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

Congrats on your first published novel, Maggie. I love the excerpt already. My way of relaxing is to read books and I love Sudoku.
Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
I'm an international reader and a GFC follower.

Mitzi H. May 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

Wow, this book (and series) sounds fantastic!!!

To relax I like to swim and read by the pool.

I'm a follower on GFC and google reader and email.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Congrats!!! Can't wait to read it!!!

Stuff Rhys Likes May 15, 2010 at 2:18 PM  

I'm with you, booklover.,.. So many books, so little time! And for that I'm very thankful.

Congrats on the debut novel, Maggie. What a huge accomplishment.

Besides reading, when I need to relax sometimes I'll pull out my Palm Pilot and play a game or two of solitaire. It seems to clear my mind.

I'm a GFC follower and I also just added this blog to my FeedDemon list. (I don't want to miss anything) :)

I'm posting a link to this blog entry on my Facebook profile. :)


ComeTheSpring,  May 15, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

Please enter me. I really want to read this book. I've been seeing it around the internet and I appreciate the interview.

To relax, I lay on the floor and read. Or take a nap, lol.

I'm a Google follower and email subscriber.

I blogged about it here,


CherylS22 May 16, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

+1 - The book sounds like a good one & I love the cover. To relax, I read a book! (Simple, but true)

GFC follower

Thanks for the giveaway!

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