Guest Author & Giveaway: Katharine Ashe featuring Swept Away by a Kiss

Monday, July 26

What do you get when you combine pirates, a wickedly scandalous lady, secret identities, and forbidden love in the midst of a war with France?  Katharine Ashe's debut historical romance Swept Away by a Kiss published by Avon Romance.

Katharine is my guest today to talk about her new novel....and snakes?  *shudders* Despite her use of the "s" word, this is one historical romance that I'm anxious to get my hands on.  Read and enjoy!


Yesterday my dog found a snake in the knee-high grass in my back yard. Like a goofball, the ninety-pounder pawed and pranced until the irritated intruder reared up in threat. The air conditioning guy (who was present at the time) insisted it was a Copperhead. It mattered little; the snake did not bite my dog. (Note: I did not believe the air conditioning guy. I saw no venom sacs in the narrow head. A transplant to the gorgeous southeast, this Yankee girl has discovered, somewhat to her chagrin, that southern gents are total lilies when it comes to snakes. Perhaps reasonably so.)

In any case, clearly the grass needed mowing.

Off to the garage I skipped for the mower, imagining myself some sort of early pioneer cutting a swath through thickets of reptile-friendly wilderness, paving the way for primate civilization. (I often think in epic terms.) Half an hour later, by the time I got to that part of the lawn, the snake had departed.

But it got me to thinking. About escapes. And escaping.

My dog escaped the snake. But he didn’t particularly want to. He wanted to play, despite the danger.

Or, perhaps, he did not quite understand the extent of the danger.

In my debut historical romance, SWEPT AWAY BY A KISS, pirates imprison the heroine, Lady Valerie Monroe, in a tiny ship cabin. Valerie is something of an exile to society who passed most of her youth trying to gain her estranged father’s attention by chasing inappropriate men. As such, Valerie is no stranger to risky escapades. This time, however, she may be in over her head.

Pirates pose only part of the threat. For Valerie is not alone in her captivity, and her fellow prisoner in the tiny cell upon the ocean is a figure of pure fantasy.

Fantasy and danger.

Etienne La Marque is a Frenchman, sworn enemy to the English in wartime. An adventurer who has spent the better part of his life in the wilds of America. A devastatingly handsome man of mystery. And a priest.

Yes, a priest—to Valerie’s knowledge, at least.

In fact, he is Viscount Steven Ashford, black-sheep English lord with a mission at hand—a mission that must not be compromised by the tempting noblewoman.

Valerie wants nothing more than to escape from the horrors of the pirate ship. To defeat her captors she’s willing to do anything, even resuscitate her old tricks to force her cabin mate to give her the help she needs. Then Steven vows to save her, but only if she plays the game by his rules. Rules by which a priest must abide.

It doesn’t take long for Valerie to discover that the greatest danger she faces is not pirates at all. It is her unruly heart. But Steven’s disguise is just that, and the clever, headstrong beauty could make a man forget everything but her.

With every moment the prisoners spend aboard ship, escape becomes less and less desirable, and danger has never tasted so sweet.

Have you ever rushed toward danger? What was your greatest escape? I’ll give away a copy of SWEPT AWAY BY A KISS to one lucky commenter today. But you have to answer the question to win!

A Secret Identity

When pirates storm Lord Steven Ashford’s ship upon the high seas, it brings him closer than ever to the nefarious criminal he seeks to ruin. Only one seductive detail threatens his victory: the scandalous beauty imprisoned with him, Lady Valerie Monroe. Temptation has never been so intoxicating or so forbidden, for Steven is disguised as a French priest. If they make it off the ship alive, to protect her from his enemies, he must never see her again…

An Undeniable Love

Back in England, and under the ton’s scrutiny for a reckless past she hasn’t escaped, Valerie dreams of the breathtaking “man of the cloth” with whom she shared her greatest adventure. Then he reappears in society under his true identity, Viscount Ashford, but despite the danger their consuming passion cannot be denied. Now standing in the way of their desire are Valerie’s wounded heart, Steven’s lone destiny, and a villain that will stop at nothing to crush them both.

Congratulations Katharine on your debut novel!  If you'd like to learn more about Katharine and her books Swept Away by a Kiss and Captured by a Rogue Lord you can find her at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To celebrate the release of Swept Away by a Kiss Katharine Ashe is giving away a signed copy of her new book and up to 10 signed bookmarks.  Here's how you can enter to win....

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Katharine asked readers and show her some comment love (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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stacey July 26, 2010 at 12:48 AM  

When tru a river at the end of winter very cold the water was very high just to get to a spot that i new in summer was a good gold panning spot I no craze right nevr did get much but i had fun trying .yes for about two years when gas prisess where low when was that about 11 or 12 years ago.Boy time flys.Well to get up there now the prise of gas would be to much.
Ps Please for give spelling not a great speller just a great reader.


debbie July 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

When I was little we had a tornado go through our backyard. My mother stupidly pulled me with her, and right into it, to save her laundry that was hanging out. I got out okay, but I will never forget the feel of the sand on my face, it felt like glass.
Another time I had a tree fall through my apartment, I ran inside to save my cat.

Katharine Ashe July 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Thanks for having me on the blog today, Booklover! :)

Wow, stacey--all of that for a possible pan of gold! You are a true adventurer. :)

debbie, I would definitely do the same for my dogs. I am awed at your tornado experience. I lived in the upper midwest for years and never ever got used to tornadoes. May have been because I saw The Wizard of Oz at too young an age. (I also have a thoroughly irrational fear of flying monkeys, go figure.) But to have that tactile memory of sand on your face... powerful.

Robin K July 26, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

I do not know that I ever escaped danger in a dramatic fashion. I certainly did a lot of dumb things as a kid and was very lucky to not have gotten in trouble. Jumping off a dam comes to mind.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Katharine Ashe July 26, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

Holy jamoly, Robin, you jumped off a dam? That surely counts as adventurous. Whether it counts as an escape depends upon what (who!) was still up on the top of the dam when you jumped, I suppose... ;)

aromagik July 26, 2010 at 3:17 PM  

I think the most adventurous thing I've done was when I went to Mexico as an exchange student for my junior year of high school. I didn't know any Spanish when I went (later majored in Spanish in college), and it was exciting to be away for a whole year from everyone and everything that was familiar to me. :)


Jane July 26, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

Congrats on your debut release, Katharine. I can't say that I've ever rushed toward danger. I've been programed to run from danger. I don't think I would know how to handle myself in a serious and dangerous situation.

I'm a follower.

jeanette8042 July 26, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

I've never really rushed toward danger, I always try to avoid it or I'm too engrossed in reading to attempt anything. If I ever had to rush into danger I would have my friends to watch my back.

GFC follower

chey July 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

Congrats Katharine,

I don't remember ever rushing toward danger. When I was a kid a forst fire got to close to town and we were evacuated.

I follow by gfc

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Estella July 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

Congrats on your debut book!
Don't think I have ever rushed toward danger---have spent my whole life avoiding it.

kissinoak at verizon dot net

Katharine Ashe July 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

Lindy, living in a foreign country is incredibly adventuresome, especially at such a young age! Kudos to you. :)

Jane, I've often wondered the same thing. It's amazing, though, how instinct and adrenaline kick in and we just do what must be done. I've had a few close calls in my life--one or two of which I brought on by rushing into danger--and each time I surprised myself with how well I handled it! You never know... ;)

jeanette, I read for the same reason, and write because of that too! It's so much fun to lose myself so deeply in a book that *my* heart beats fast and *I* gasp in astonishment when the characters do.

Katharine Ashe July 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Wow, chey, fire is serious stuff. Clearly it's not necessary to rush toward danger when it's already sweeping up your front lawn!

Estella, wise choice. ;)

Julia July 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM  

My danger moment was more a moment of stupidity. I was in a foreign country at a club with a new friend and some old friends including this guy I liked for a very long time. Well, things happened and the two ended up together (with a little help from me in the most masochistic, unselfish moment ever).

But the danger happened when I decided to leave the huge group was with and strike it out in the city of a language I didn't know at 4:50 in heels. I got lost and was followed by this guy practically the whole way who kept asking me in broken english if i wanted to drink. I said no and luckily he respected me and even gave me his phone to show me the subway lines.

So pretty much because I was hurt I made stupid, dangerous decisions. Thats my story.

Katharine Ashe July 26, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

Julia, what an absolutely abominable night that must have been! It's so easy when we're hurting to do things we otherwise wouldn't consider. (The heroine in my debut has the same trouble...) Thanks for sharing your story!

Tore July 26, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

I have never rushed into danger. I always avoid it. Would you please enter me in contest. I would really love to read this book.

Artemis July 26, 2010 at 11:59 PM  


I can't say that I've ever rushed into the face of danger or experienced great escapes. I try to be prepared in case of!

I run in to snakes too in the Piedmont area of SC. I especially hate it when I uncover them during weeding the flower beds! Copperheads like more of a water area. Still, need to be careful.

Congrats on Swept Away By A Kiss. I like the premise of mistaken identities!

Old follower.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog July 26, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

I don't really rush towards danger, I'm much too chicken!! Sometimes you gotta go for it even when you're scared, but I try to avoid actual danger :) I can't wait to read this book, thank you for the contest and CONGRATS!!

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

robynl July 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

the danger I rushed into was when my ex and I were separated and one morning I decided I had to see him at his new living quarters. I went there and knocked and knocked and when he came to the door I pushed my way in to see if another woman was there. I was scared and yet really wanted to know.

I run from snakes, mice, etc. Hate them and am afraid of them.

I am a GFC follower as primrose


Julia July 27, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

lol. I was so into telling my danger story I forgot to leave my email and express my interest in reading your book! haha!

bambbles at gmail dot com

Can't wait to read it!

Pink July 28, 2010 at 12:55 AM  

I once ran into danger headfirst, not exactly 'run', but rather 'drag my feet'. My friend once dared me to put my arms up in the air on a dangerously thrilling ride in a water amusement park. And well, I did. Luckily, I am still here with all my limbs intact. Whew!

My greatest escape is a good book on my lap with a glass of fresh, icy watermelon juice next to me. I can lost myself in the fantasy world and escape from the harsh reality. For a while. :)

I am a GFC follower and you can reach me at

Carol L. July 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM  

Congrats Katherine on your debut novel. I love the concept of your book and I love Pirates. :) It's on my TRL The most memorable time I remember of escaping was in the middle of the night I had awoken and smelled smoke.I jumped up because I had 2 daughters at the time and when I jumped up it was then I noticed there were flames everywhere. I ran to the bedroom and pulled my girls up and never once thought I wouldn't get them away. They were wrapped around me as I slowly got them towards the door because the noise alone of the flames was so frightening for all of us. To make it short we got out. Spent a couple days in hospital for observation and were lucky in that we had no burns.The fire Captain actually was there when we were leaving the hospital and approached us. He said the usually never follow up in person but he wanted to tell us it was truly a miracle we got out and hadn't fell into a deep sleep due to smoke inhalation. The temps in the room were in was over 1200 degrees.A miracle I'd have to say.
Carol L.

CherylS22 July 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

The closest I came to rushing toward danger was when I went whitewater rafting for the first (and last!) time. We, of course, capsized & I literally saw my life flash before me. I'd say my greatest escape was the instinct to go limp & let my life jacket carry me to the top!

Thanks for the giveaway ~
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

librarypat,  July 28, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

When I was 24, I was traveling home from the Philippines via Indonesia and other stops. I took a train out of Jakarta. It was considered the tourist train but dumped people off at a train station in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. I was the only American and after a few minutes, the only person at thwe station with the pedicab drivers. A pedicab is a bike with a little cab in front that will seat 1 or 2 people. Few spoke much english. I finally negotiatied a price and headed out. I had no idea how far the guest house was, or what direction it was in. there were no lights and it was pitch dark. When we go to the guest house and woke the owner the driver was upset. I didn't have the correct change to pay him and he thought I was trying to cheat him. The owner took care of it thankfully. After I got to my room, I realized what a bad spot I had been in. No one really knew where I was and my family wouldn't have had any idea where (or how) to start looking if I had disappeared. 39 years later I still wake up in a sweat if I think about it. My children and grandchildren had better not ever do anything like that.

I am a GFC Follower.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

BUSY BEE July 28, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

I have never been one to rush into danger. I am just reticent by nature. Almost too afraid to hurt myself I guess...

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

throuthehaze July 29, 2010 at 2:22 AM  

I am definitely not one to rush towards danger...I am a bit of a wuss.
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

booklover0226 July 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

When I was a kid, I lived on a farm and it caught on fire! The day was windy and the flames jumped from building to building. Folks were afraid the "shop", where the farm equipment and gas pumps were stored, would explode.

We actually left the house for a while and wondered around!

I'm a GFC follower.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Anita Yancey July 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

No, I have never rushed toward danger, I am always to busy running away from it. This book sounds great. I love the cover. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower!


lag123 July 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

I have never rushed toward danger. I was once in a boat caught in very rough Atlantic waters. (small boat) I literally prayed that I would make it back to land to see my children again.

I am a GFC follower.

lag110 at mchsi dot com

MarthaE July 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM  

I loved the snake and dog story. Our little dachshund didn't fare so well pawing at a rattler he got bit. The anti-venom shot was $800.00! OUCH!

I am not the type to have ever run towards danger...except to accept a relationship a time or two with the wrong kind of guy (sexy but non committal or lying type).
Our family had some close escapes at sea when I was a teen. We got stranded once in the Bahama Islands, almost pulled under by a boat my dad tried to salvage in the ocean and another time caught in an early hurricane squall. It was the family joke for a few years: NOT to go with my dad boating in the summer.

I love the book premise, how you thought of it and I also like that cover! Best wishes for a great debut!!

Iam a GFC follower.

Pam S (pams00),  July 31, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

Congrats on your release! Loved the blurb and excerpts :)!

Hmmm I know I did some "not so smart" things as a kid and teen.. I was/and still am the curious type lol. Going swimming at a Place called Bulls Sleuth in the dark with group of a few friends one night was on the top of my adventurous. It is an area in the middle of no where surrounded by woods - the water is over 100 ft deep in some places.

Living in south Alabama (an hr from the coast) I've been through several hurricanes - including Ivan and Katrina. Sitting through those are something else.

Pam S

ape2016 July 31, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

I have only rushed toward danger to save one of my kids, like when they have run into the road. Once we were walking in the parking lot of a supermarket and someone kept driving toward me. I had my toddler, my 3 year old nephew and my baby in the cart. When I realized the car wasn't paying attention and was going to ram us, I pushed the cart away and jumped on the hood and pounded on it to get their attention. The worst part, they were mad AT ME!!!

As far as my escape, I love to go into the small aboveground pool in the backyard after the kids are in bed. I float and look at the stars.

Meredith July 31, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

I don't have a great danger story! My life has been somewhat normal.

There was one time I was out with a couple of friends and we thought we were in danger. Went out to eat, then left one of the cars at the restaurant and went for a drive, then came back. Before we got out of the car, we sat and talked for a few, then a car pulled up behind us and parked. The restaurant was closed, so no one should have been there, so we thought we were going to be robbed. We called 911, and when the police arrived, they found a couple making out in the car! And the guy was another police officer! He probably didn't live that one down at the station for a good week or two!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Patti July 22, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

Congrats on your debut.
I guess the time I rushed forward into danger was quite a few years ago. My mom and I were walking home and a few blocks from our house their was a man beating his gf up. Both my mother and I ran over and yelled at him to get off her. I had to run to a corner store and call police because he had a big guard dog with him on a leash so we couldn't get close enough to pull him away from her.

Sad to say when the police came she refused to press charges. But we just couldn't pass by and do nothing.
musicalfrog at comcast dot net

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