Guest Author & Giveaway: Elizabeth Hoyt featuring Wicked Intentions

Thursday, August 12

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It's authors like Elizabeth Hoyt that wreak havoc with my TBR.  Why is that you ask?  Because once I discovered her books,  I had to read every single one of them that I could get my booklover hands on ASAP, as in they were the only books that existed for me until I read them...despite having more books than I care to count (actually am afraid to count them) that have been sitting patiently for their turn and that I plan to read...someday :)

I so excited that today has finally come because Elizabeth Hoyt, my favorite new historical romance author find from 2009 is my guest today to talk about her brand new book, Wicked Intentions.  It's the first book in her new Maiden Lane series set in the dark and dangerous world of St. Giles in London.  It's been out for about a week now so some of you may have already read it, but for those of you who haven't I'll just say this...it doesn't disappoint.  It's everything that I've come to expect from this author and I have a feeling that each of the subsequent books is only going to keep getting better!  Read and enjoy!

p.s. this one may take a while because there's lots to enjoy



In my newest book, WICKED INTENTIONS, the hero, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire is rather…unusual. Let’s start with his appearance. He has snow white hair--not white-blond as the step-back (above) may lead you to believe--which he wears long and loose. Even in a time period when men wore wigs this would be kind of different. Add to his white hair, striking blue eyes and a long ebony cane that he habitually carries, and Caire might remind you of a dastardly bad guy in a popular movie fantasy series.

But besides his physical appearance, Caire has a few other quirks. By his own admission he has trouble feeling emotion—any emotion. He doesn’t form relationships with women. Instead he likes to keep his transactions with females on a strictly business level. To that end he has in the past retained mistresses who know to expect his visits on a regular basis—and who are amenable to his special needs in the bedroom. When his latest mistress is murdered quite horribly in St. Giles, Caire realizes that he never really knew the woman—and has no idea who could’ve killed her.

When Caire decides to go hunting the murderer, he needs help. St. Giles is one of the worst slums of London—not the sort of place an aristocrat can blend in. But Temperance Dews lives in St. Giles where she runs a foundling home. Caire makes her a deal: he’ll help her find a new patron for her home if she will guide him through St. Giles.

Very soon, though, Temperance discovers Caire’s last secret: he cannot stand the touch of another human being. Why he is made this way and how she can help him overcome this handicap is the core to WICKED INTENTIONS.

Who is the most unusual hero that you can remember? What made him memorable?





From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.

A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . .

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . .

Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.

A BARGAIN NEITHER COULD REFUSE

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Congrats Elizabeth!  I know this series is going to be even more popular with readers as your previous books if the raving reviews are any indication of it's success.  Elizabeth and her publisher pulled out all of the stops for the new Maiden Lane series with a special website where you can prowl the streets of St. Giles and meet the characters in Wicked Intentions (lovin' it) and Elizabeth even wrote a free short story titled A Hunter in St. Giles (PDF will download to your computer) that will immerse you in this dangerous and tempting world even more.  I know this should be enough, but I want more :)  Gimme, gimme Notorious Pleasures!  It will be my cure for the winter time blues :)

If you'd like to learn more about Elizabeth Hoyt and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.elizabethhoyt.com and www.juliaharper.com, her blogTwitter, and Facebook.  She has a great extras page, and if you send her a self addressed stamped envelope you can get assorted goodies (like lovely bookmarks) and a signed bookplate.  I love goodies :)

To celebrate the release of WICKED INTENTIONS by Elizabeth Hoyt, her publisher Grand Central Publishing has offered to giveaway five (5) copies of this book.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
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  • 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.
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23 Comments:

Robin K August 12, 2010 at 12:12 AM  

The most memorable hero I remember is Acheron. He is mentioned in many of the books (Dark Hunters series by Kenyon) prior to his own. As a reader I was fascinated with his character and excited to read his entire tale. The anticipation made him memorable, the book made him mine ;)

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Tore August 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Who is the most unusual hero that you can remember? What made him memorable?
I would have say Edward from the Twilight Series. He loves Bella so much that he would do anything for her except change her into a vampire because he is worried about her soul and because he is happy just the way she is. Even when she almost died in the first book, and even though he knows if she remains human he could lose her one day, he still refused to change her. This shows how much he truly loves her and shows he care more about her than himself. The twilight series was a terrific series. I could not put the books down. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Scorpio M. August 12, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

It was Elizabeth Hoyt who brought me back my love of historicals. I had stopped reading them for a period of 2-3 yrs because everything was just so ho-hum, when I found her Princes Trilogy in '09, I felt the enchantment again.

I quickly read through her entire backlist and can say, resoundingly, that Elizabeth is my #1 favorite historical author. 'Wicked Intentions' was my most anticipated book this year. I was literally counting down the days! It was worth the wait. A great start to a new series.

Lazarus, Lord Caire, is my kind of hero...sexy, intellectual, mysterious, sarcastic yet vulnerable with a touch of bad boy. Most definitely memorable.

Obviously, no need to count me in for the giveaway. =)

Tina August 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

Hmm there are several since I read a lot of paranormal but the two that I liked the most are from historical. One is from Charlotte Featherstone's Sinful (my first read from her) and from Lisa Kleypas my favorite hero of all time Derek Craven from Dreaming of You. To me they are unusual because they are very flawed people that somehow rise above these flaws.

Danielle August 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

My most memborable hero would have to be Rhage of the BDB series. What makes him memborable to me is that he turns into a monster when he gets angry.

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jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World August 12, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

Great interview! I've been wanting to read this one. ^^

I have to say the most unusual hero to me is Mr.Knightly from Jane Austen's Emma. Throughout the book he doesn't readily appear to be the hero. The things he does are small and could go unnoticeable in larger town. It's only at the end when Emma starts thinking of him do we see the grand hero that is Mr. Knightly. After this you can't help remembering him. ^^

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Bethie August 12, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

The most unusual hero I remember was Harry Potter. In the beginning he was so small and un-herolike.
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Jessica August 12, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

I have to agree with Robin K. Acheron, reason: who wouldn't want a blue/black skinned god with black hair at your beck and call. Plus being 7 ft tall, he sorta stands out even when he's fair skinned, with green hair.

Don't put me in the drawing, I'm reading your book as we blog! So far, I love it.

chey August 12, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

The most unusual hero I can think of is Clay from Kelley Armstrong's series. Just when I think I'll never like him, he does something heroic and selfless.

Wicked Intentions sounds amazing. I have so many questions! I'll have to read the book to find out why he can't touch another human being.

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Hawkeyegirl August 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

I really like Terrible in the Stacia Kane Downside Ghosts series. He's not traditionally good looking, he works for a drug lord and he's really violent. He seems like he'd be a villain, but he makes my heart skip a beat whenever he's in a scene; I think he's my favorite in paranormal/urban romance!

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dor August 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

Wow, Elizabeth has done it again. I am so looking forward to reading this.
My most unusual hero is Stefan from Vampire Diaries. He fights so hard to be a good vampire and keep his love safe. He seems compicated at times. That's all I could think of right now.
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BUSY BEE August 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

The most unusual hero I can remember...hmm...I would say my favorite is still harry potter. I guess he is memorable to me since it really got me into reading again.

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JenM August 12, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

The most unusual hero I've read recently is Simon, the hero in Death Angel by Linda Howard. We aren't even told his name until about two thirds into the book. He's an assassin, who actually comes pretty close to killing the heroine, reasoning that if he doesn't do it, someone else will be hired to do so. Many people hated this book, but I loved it. Very angsty.

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Ivy August 12, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

I've not read any of Elizabeth Hoyt's books. Following this blog is proving detrimental to my budget! After all the praise how could I not want this book?
I think the most memorable hero for me is Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's St. Germaine. He's always calm, even when things are going to hell in a handbasket. He wants to be loved for himself, incl. what he is. He keeps his word and his loyalty is unquestionable. He just possesses so many qualities I admire.
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Barbara E. August 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

The most unusual hero I can think of is Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. When he was first introduced, I thought he was a bad guy and was going to hurt Cat. As the story went on, and the series, more and more of his character was revealed, and though he's had his moments, he's still Cat's hero, which is why I like him.
I'm intrigued by the description of Lord Caire, and can't wait to see what kind of hero he ends up being.

Samantha August 13, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

Nate from Beverly Jenkins' Vivid. He was so strong and when he finally fell for her, he loved with all of him.

Pam S (pams00),  August 13, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

Hmm I can't think of a really unusual one at the moment. One of the most memorable heroes that grew on me was actually Elizabeth's hero, Alistair, in To Beguile a Beast. His disfigurement and gruff attitude and sort of mellowing as the story progresses really hooked me into the book :). Caire sounds like such an interesting character - would love to read more about him! As a whole, I really have enjoyed Elizabeth's books that I have gotten a chance to read and look forward to this one.

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Meredith August 14, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

I agree with the commenter above about Harry Potter, especially early on in the first one or two books. Who would have thought a young boy like him, an orphan more or less, would be able to take on the evilest of evil villains in a magical world that he didn't even knew existed?

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Armenia August 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

The most unusual hero I can remember is Christian, Lord Easterbrook in The Sins of Lord Easterbrook. Because of his ability to "feel and read" other's minds he was constantly bombarded by their emotions. He was so eccentric and tortured, I just wanted to reach out to him.

Congratulations on the new series, Elizabeth. It sounds like a great series.

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Andrea I August 18, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

Adrian Phoenix's Dante Baptist of her Maker's Song series is my most memorable.
He's a born vampire, but also the child of a Fallen Angel.

Andrea I August 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM  

I forgot to add that I'm a GFC follower.

allisonsbj3 August 19, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

Harry Potter would be my choice as most memorable hero. He was only a baby when he was made into a huge celebrity but he didn't grow up with a huge ego. I love him.

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Misusedinnocence August 24, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

Joscelin from Kushiel's Dart. :)

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