Guest Author & Giveaway: Margaret Rowe featuring Tempting Eden

Wednesday, June 9

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Tortured heroes are some of my favorites reads, but it seems that rarely do authors write about tortured heroines.  However, that didn't stop our guest author, Margaret Rowe, from putting her heroine Eden through all sorts of hell in TEMPTING EDEN.  I think that is one of the things that intrigues me the most about this story.  

We all know that women are strong and oftentimes endure a lot for love, and Margaret's heroine had to make some tough choices because of her love for her sister, which then led to a life that none of us would knowingly choose.   But to see her get her happy ending with her hero, Hart...well, for me that makes the story much more powerful and  the ending that much more touching. While I usually prefer lighter and happier romances (like Mistress by Mistake also by Margaret writing as Maggie Robinson) in the summer months, this is one book that I am more than willing to make an exception for!

TEMPTING EDEN, my Berkley Heat debut, has already been called “profound” and “poignant.” It’s also been called “dark” and “disturbing” and “depressing.” I expect some other words, possibly not as flattering. ;) I was warned by my agent and editor that I had something controversial on my hands…or should I say in my brain? For a nice, reasonably conventional middle-aged woman. I explored topics well beyond my comfort zone in Tempting Eden. Dominance and submission. Child prostitution. Quasi-incest. I also write as Maggie Robinson—fun, sexy, yet emotional historical romance—so where did all the darkness in TEMPTING EDEN come from?

I don’t really have an answer. My creative process is pretty much a mystery to me. I’m not one of those organized writers who has sticky notes on a board for every scene, or neatly numbered outlines. I literally do not know what’s going to happen until the few fingers I type with (I was a typing class drop-out) peck out something on the screen. People call this approach “flying by the seat of your pants,” but I like Jo Beverley’s description best—“flying into the mist.” And believe me, my mind is pretty misty :)

The prologue in TEMPTING EDEN turned up one day in my misty mind and scared the hell out of me. I’d created a villain and a willing victim—a vile seducer and a vulnerable virgin (oh, how I love alliteration, LOL). I was in the middle of trying to finish something else, but Eden would not let me go.

I never considered the book to be an erotic romance—to me, it was hard to fit into any identifiable category, so I knew it might never sell—but I kept writing it anyway. I just had to. TEMPTING EDEN, the fourth book I finished, turned out to be the manuscript that got me my agent and my first sale. It will not be everyone’s cup of tea—in fact, I can see a few teacups flinging toward the wall right now. But Hart is a fabulous hero, and Eden deserves her happy ending after all I put her through.

Tortured heroes are popular, but how do you feel about the tortured heroine? Comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of TEMPTING EDEN.

Set against the backdrop of Regency England comes a scorching new novel about a perfect gentleman and the imperfect woman who makes him forget all his good intentions.

Forbidden desire is the hardest to deny ...

Eden Emery is no stranger to sin. To keep her sister safe from harm, she’s paid a steep price with her body—and very nearly lost her soul. But when Baron Ivor Hartford, the very Devil himself finally dies, her troubles are far from over.

Major Stuart Hartford, the late baron’s nephew, is in the market for an honorable wife, but first he has to take care of the matter of his Uncle Ivor’s ward—a young woman who makes him question the virtue of being proper. For the passion she incites burns away his inhibitions and inflames his heart.

But Eden has vowed to never again cede her destiny to a man. And Hart is left with no choice but to tempt the temptress herself, to show the woman he longs to possess forever that passion can heal, that the sins of the past can be overcome, and that submission can be the greatest power of all.

And for your reading pleasure Margaret has provided an exclusive bonus excerpt just for Musings readers...

     He would wake her in a few minutes to see this little Christmas miracle. The snow swirled in a slate sky, pure white at the moment. Soon it would be sooty, more inconvenient than enchanting. For now, it dusted the rooftops and frosted the lone tree in the little walled garden below, turning it into a fairyland.

     But how foolish of him. She’d grown up in the north where the Cumbrian fells and moors were blanketed with snow for months on end.

     And she needed her rest. Last night had been particularly harrowing, as she’d fought off an invisible attacker and cried out in her sleep. For every forward step he made with her, she dragged him back two.

     He was fairly sure she loved him. She gave her body to him with complete unselfishness, perhaps even joy. There was no sense of Ivor’s shadow in a dark corner, save at night, when her dreams drove Hart to wakefulness.

     What he felt for her was more complicated. Desire, certainly. Protectiveness. Something beyond simple affection. He thought if a gun was pointed to his head or a sword to his heart, he could not adequately explain why Eden was so important to him. It went beyond the physical. It went beyond pity for her past.

     If he ever convinced her to marry him, she would not make an easy wife. He marveled than in the month he’d kept her, she’d shed her hesitancy and was not at all shy in expressing an opinion or arguing a point. Sometimes he thought she was shrewish on purpose to drive him away, but he would not be so easily discouraged. He knew she chafed at the privacy he sought for them both, and reminded her if they were married, they could move about in society as much or as little as she wished.

     And then her face would pale, remembering. He knew all about Kempton now. He knew about Blanchard. She would never feel safe. Normal. A wedding ring would not change that.

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Congratulations and many thanks to Margaret Rowe for being my guest today!  I can't wait to read TEMPTING EDEN.  Did you know that Margaret Rowe is also Maggie Robinson?  I might have mentioned this earlier, but it bears repeating as you are going to see a lot of her later in the year.  Regardless of the pen name she goes by you can find her at her beautiful website, where you can also find her blog, as well as a links to her alter ego Maggie Robinson, Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.  Both Margaret and Maggie have a treasure trove of upcoming releases later in 2010/early 2011 including ANY WICKED THING as Margaret Rowe, MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT, and a short story, Not Quite a Courtesan, in an anthology titled LORDS OF PASSION as Maggie Robinson.

To celebrate the release of her debut novel as Margaret Rowe she has generously offered to giveaway a signed copy of TEMPTING EDEN along with extra goodies like bookmarks, pencil, a magnet....just so you know I'm completely jealous right now.   Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • MandatoryAnswer the question Margaret posed to readers (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)
  • If you have a blog,  or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries.  You can blog about it with a link to this post,  post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) .  Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • 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
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Bethie June 9, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

I like the idea of a tortured heroine. As long as the character is well developed, I think it would work great.
I follow on GFC.

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dyockman June 9, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

I think a tortured heroine can work well as long as it is believable and she is well written. Please just don't make the issue frivolous! "Oh! I am a tortured heroine! I secretly have an uber successful publishing career!" Heh. I will say I did enjoy Mistress by Mistake so I am looking forward to more by you!

I am a GFC follower.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe June 9, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Good morning! Dyockman, I think I can safely say eden has a LOT of legitimate angst, LOL. Thanks for the kind words on MBM!

beth, I tried to be really careful with Eden, to make her situation plausible and fitting for the time she lived in. She kept revealing herself to me even up to the end!

tetewa June 9, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

I like the idea of a tortured heroine, as long as the story keeps me intrigued I would read it! I'm a follower, sounds good!

CrystalGB June 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

A tortured heroine is ok as long as the story flows and she can overcome her issues to find love.
Your book sounds great. I love the cover.
I am a follower

Estella June 9, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

A tortured heroine is ok with me as long as she grows with the story and finds her HEA.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe June 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

Hi, tetewa, Estella and Crystal! I was talking with a writing friend about tortured heroes and heroines, and she said she likes to make both as miserable as possible, LOL. We writers can be evil. :)

nfmgirl June 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

I love the tortured heroine. Most of us are a little tortured, aren't we? It gives us someone to identify with.

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chey June 9, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

I think a tortured heroine would work well. Problems hit everyone.

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chey June 9, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

I follow.

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stacey June 9, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

Do people get confuse about you wrighting under more them one name?
I blog about this contest on my myspace blog here is the link

I'm a Google friend


Martha Lawson June 10, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

Yes, I like the idea of a tortured heroine! I don't think there is nearly enough of them written! Please enter me for this awesome book.

I follow on gfc

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JenM June 10, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

I love tortured lead characters, both heros and heroines. I read a lot of UF and often the heroines are pretty angsty - that's what makes them kick butt. The one thing I hate though is when they act all tortured when all that ever happened was that one of their parents died or left them, or their parents had a bad marriage or something. That's not enough for them to truly qualify as tortured.

Artemis June 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Why not a tortured heroine - equal opportunity, right? You have included some very poignant issues for Eden and Hart to deal with: D/s, prostitution, incest.

The one blurb in the excerpt that screamed at me that this is one I must have: "He marveled that in the month he’d kept her." That's all I needed.

Old follower.

Tamsyn June 10, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

I think a tortured heroine can be as popular as a tortured hero. I would love to read about one.

I'm a follower (international)

mbreakfield June 10, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

Either a tortured hero or heroine is fine as long as well-written. If the character is too bleak, however, I might become disinterested. It is always good to lighten the mood ocassionally with humor.
I'm a follower.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe June 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

Thanks for all the insight, everyone! Stacey, to answer your question specifically, I don't think people are apt to get Maggie and Margaret confused, although I hope they will read both of me.:) Margaret chooses darker, more erotic plotlines. It's kind of fun to have two outlets for my imagination.

Anita Yancey June 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

I think that the idea of tortured heroines makes for great books. It's nice to have things changed up a bit, you get tired of it always being the hero. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower!


Scorpio M. June 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Tortured is such a strong word, lol. I like to think that whether, hero or heroine, the more complex a character the better. It makes for a lusher story. I have no issue with more complicated heroines.

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BUSY BEE June 11, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

Tortured heroines are great as long as there is a happy ending for me. It is wonderful when it is not always perfect.

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Anonymous,  June 12, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

I feel a tortured heroine can work just as well as the popular tortured hero if written effectively. For me (and this applies to either gender) it depends on the situations that were thrown out in life and how the lead deals with them/how it shapes them. Then how they grow past their hangups and learn how to accept the possibility of hope/happier future.

I am a follower.

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Stella (Ex Libris) June 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

I think a tortured heroine would be interesting if the character is well developed and her conflicts are detailed enough. I love reading about any (inner) conflicts which then will get resolved at the end. Happy endings are also a must, I especially feel that tortured H/Hs definitely deserve them! :-)

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